Gunawan Poespowidjojo, D.C. (West campus, '18) worked eight years as a product-marketing manager for a Silicon Valley company before adjusting his career from hi-tech to health care.
"Coming from the 'corporate world,' I used to work at a desk for 40 hours a week, and I can relate to the aches, pains and stresses of meeting deadlines to create new products," said Dr. Poespowidjojo, a 2002 graduate of Santa Clara University (B.S., computer engineering).
To work toward his goal of caring for clients at a corporate-based clinic, and to gain experience working in multidisciplinary settings, Dr. Poespowidjojo participated in Palmer's VA-DoD Internship program and completed a special internship in the athletic department at St. Mary's College prior to graduating in March 2018.
"Working with other health care professionals, I got to see medical doctors, athletic trainers and physical therapists take patient histories and perform physical exams that I'd already learned in school — which reinforced my decision to attend Palmer West and made me really value where I got my education."
Poespowidjojo with daughter, Marcella (2), after his graduation in March 2018.
In his new role, the married father of two-year and four-month-old daughters provides care at a campus-based wellness center for a Silicon Valley Fortune 500 company. Dr. Poespowidjojo now designs ways for workers to avoid "tech neck" and other common work-related conditions, alongside a team of chiropractors and other health-care professionals.
"I'm pleased with the decision I made to change careers. I'm grateful for the opportunity to work with some great doctors in a corporate wellness setting, which provides convenient accessibility for my patients, and great exposure for the chiropractic profession!"
Dr. Poespowidjojo's corporate-to chiropractic journey has now taken him full circle; only this time, instead of promoting products he's changing lives.