Quinn Will, D.C. (West, ’11) was recently appointed to provide chiropractic care at the Claremore Indian Hospital (CIH) in Oklahoma, a government owned and operated facility that provides inpatient services and outpatient care through nine clinical departments, each headed by board-certified or board-eligible chiefs of service.
“Working with Native Americans has been a goal of mine since 6th Quarter,” said Dr. Will. “We all have a purpose, and a place to serve that purpose. After graduation I was determined to find out why chiropractic was not provided through IHS (Indian Health Service, the federal health program for American Indians and Alaska Natives).”
After making dozens of phone calls to several IHS-managed facilities, Dr. Will’s perseverance paid off when he finally connected with the chief medical director for IHS in Oklahoma.
“I presented him information about chiropractic care provided in multidisciplinary settings that I’d received from Dr. Greg Snow (West, ’90, West Campus dean of Clinics), Dr. William Morgan (West, ’85, chiropractor at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland), and Dr. Morgan Young (West, ’07, chiropractor at the LifeConnections health center at Cisco Systems),” said Dr. Will, who maintains his primary practice at Maynard Family Chiropractic in Tulsa, Okla.
A year later, Dr. Will received an offer to begin a weekly trial program providing chiropractic care at Claremore Hospital. His chiropractic services have been assigned to the department of Family Practice, where patients have direct access and don’t need a referral to seek chiropractic care.
Although Dr. Will acknowledges there’s a rather steep chiropractic learning curve for both patients and other practitioners at Claremore, he welcomes the challenge and looks forward to playing a hands-on role in both the delivery of care as well as the patient/practitioner education process.
“They don’t have a clear understanding about the chiropractic profession; for now, I’m viewed as an alternative to narcotic pain medications,” said Dr. Will. “But, it’s a start, and I look forward to the opportunity to serve patients who I know will benefit from chiropractic care, including many who would not have access to any other health and healing options.”