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Miracle Story


John Hinwood

My First Day in Practice

Submitted into: Miracles of Work Category,

On: 2009-07-10 12:48:41

On May 7, 1977 I graduated as a Doctor of Chiropractic in Toronto, Canada. I had gone back to study again at 27 years of age after being a high school physical education teach in Australia, England and South Africa.

In the last few months of my internship I had found a centre in Toronto where I would practice as an associate for one year until my wife Judy graduated from Chiropractic College the next year. My consulting hours were Monday, Wednesday, Friday from    8.00 pm to midnight; Tuesday and Thursday 9.00 am to 7.00 pm and Saturday mornings.

As I had all day free Monday, Wednesday, Friday I sought out a locum position  to relieve a Chinese Chiropractor who was going to China for six weeks to visit his family.

I was so excited! Not only would I be on my own practicing six days a week, I would also be working ten hours a day, three days a week, seeing 75 patients each day in my locum position. Wow! What a way to kick off practice.

The Chinese doctor was leaving June 1st, the day I would be issued with my licence to practice.

My wife said that I was so ‘cock sure’ of myself as a new Chiropractor on the block, I was suffering from the ‘God Syndrome’. What did this mean? Well, I knew absolutely everything there was to know about practice even before I started.

I went to visit the Chinese doctor two weeks before starting as his locum. I was so sure of myself that I didn’t ask any questions. I visited him during his lunch break and I didn’t observe him caring for any of his patients. I didn’t even check any patient files to make sure I understood the way he made his case notes. I didn’t ask him any questions on how he practiced. All I asked were the hours of the practice and collected a key so I could arrive early and leave late.

On the Monday morning I arrived early at 7.30 am for an 8.00 am start. There were four patients waiting outside the front door when I arrived.

They were all Chinese and no one spoke any English other than they greeted me as Ah Dr Hingwoo!

I opened the practice front door and in the five of us trooped. I asked each their name. They had no idea what I was saying.

Patient files were stacked up behind the front desk, however there was no chiropractic assistant to work with me. Where was Sue? We were now 10 minutes to 8.00 am and ready to go.

Did Sue speak Chinese? Could she communicate verbally with each client? The file holders had Chinese names written in English eg. Wong Chi Chen, along the address bar on the outside of the file. This was great, however the patients didn’t read or speak English, so they didn’t understand their name in most cases.

What was even worse, when I opened the first file to review it, all the case notes were in Mandarin.

I thought this must have been a once-only mistake; oh no, all the files were in Mandarin.

My belief on day one of practice was that I needed these past file notes to understand each and every patient’s case. What I very quickly learnt that day was that with 75 patients to be seen by me between 8.00 am and 6.00 pm that I had better make a fast change in my thinking to get to the core of each client’s emotional needs very rapidly and start expecting some sort of miracle to support me.

All these patients were undergoing various stages of corrective care and they all needed their spines adjusted in the most appropriate manner.

I learnt that day that I didn’t have to really talk to any client, only greet them with a huge smile, love and care for them genuinely and find the area of subluxation or nerve pressure in the spine, adjust it, sit the patient up and then farewell them as a VIP.

What happened was that at 6.15 pm that day I had seen 75 patients with only a handful speaking very broken English and I’d contacted the hearts of those whom I had cared for.

My miracle was that I understood on day one of practice that it’s not what I say, it’s how much I care for each person with my non-verbal communication, love, focus and commitment that is really important.

Dr John Hinwood