#1 Straight out of school I got my first job, and I was excited to be working unfortunately I was making 12 dollars an hour, yup 12 dollars an hour. I was promised bonus and incentives but I was never able to reach them. So I left that practice and went to another, this time with a raise to 14 dollars an hour. 140k in debt two years exp and 14 dollars an hour, with the writing on the wall I got out and went to work in corporate america and although I am not making 6 figures, I am doing much better!
#2 Went to work after graduation with a doctor that believed subluxations were the silent killers and pushed outrageous treatment plans (3 times per week for 6 months on an 18 year old kinda stuff). after only 3 months i got tired of all the lying we did. i then decided to do the independent contractor thing with an old timer that basically told me that the only way a chiropractor can make it in this economy is by "bending the rules". so after 9 months i went out on my own. i tried to stay true to my cause (helping sick people get better) but all i did was neck and back complaints all day everyday (LCCW told us we were going to help people with cancer and diabetes). most of the time the patients werent even hurting, they were just trying to get money out of the insurance companies. i grew bored and tired of what i did so i decided to go back to school and get a physician assistant certificate. by the way, i believe i was successful as a chiropractor, i always met my overhead, paid my personal bills, kept a roof over my head, and enjoyed several vacations. but i want something more challenging, something more stable, something more respected, something thats really going to make a difference in peoples lives. thats why i decided to leave chiropractic.
#3 Thanks for putting up your website.
I have been practicing for ten years now. There have been a few good years but by far most of them have been bad.
I am 37 years old and have $171,000 in student loan debt.
For years I have been considering starting up a website that I would call "shouldigotochiropracticschool.com" but have not because I didn't want to embarrass myself further.
After five years in practice, half of my classmates are out of the profession.
I just started a job where the initial exam and adjustment are $12.95. There is no receptionist.
If only I had looked at the professional opportunities portions of the colleges websites, I would have known that jobs in the chiropractic profession are awful.
What a low return-on-investment.
I feel that chiropractic has, for the most part, ruined my life. I am now finally starting to get around to leaving the profession, with the realization that it is not entirely my fault--that the cards in this terrible profession are stacked against you more than any other healthcare profession.
Please do your best to dissuade unknowing potential chiro. students from entering chiro. school.