Chiropractors who Struggle with Marketing and Management

Doctors, in general are struggling, but not all of them. I know many who are prospering.

I just finished presenting my signature program called Reclaim the Joy of Practice, at a fantastic practice management seminar in Minneapolis put on by the company PM&A (Petty Michel & Associates). Ed Petty and Dave Michel started the chiropractic consulting firm about 25 years ago, and I’m grateful for their help with my practice over the years.

The seminar was top notch, and I would expect nothing less from PM&A. Their integrity and reputation for “all steak but little sizzle” are some of the reasons I was their client for 24 years, and am now working with them. By “little sizzle” I mean there’s no hype and no hidden agendas.

Ed and Dave and now their newest associate consultant Phyllis Fraize, are not chiropractors, but they have as much if not more passion and commitment for the profession than many chiropractors. We are blessed to have them on our side. Thanks gang, I love you for that! Thanks especially for putting up with us bunch of misfits and knuckleheads, some of whom whine way too much.

The whining is at an all time high for some docs, but as I wrote earlier, not for all – and that’s what’s most interesting. Why the contrast? How come some docs are thriving yet some are struggling and even closing up shop? Well, I have some answers.

One of the answers involves identity. The doctors who are thriving, almost universally have a strong chiropractic identity. By identity I mean that they have a concrete solid understanding of what they stand for and what they do. Don’t ever take that for granted. Some of you would benefit from some Chiropractic coaching and counseling on this matter.

And if you try to question them on it like “But what if…?” or “What about ….?” Or “Yeah but have you considered that….?” You’ll find that they’re not offended or annoyed by your skepticism, but they are unshakable. In other words, their faith confidence and belief in what they are doing runs deep. That is definitely a quality to take note of and emulate.

But like most good things, getting and having a strong identity, especially if it runs counter to the norm, or the “worldly way” of doing things, does not come easy or fast. It must be worked at and then maintained. And the chiropractic principle of health, that health is already within, but that it gets hampered by interference in the nervous system by spinal misalignment (subluxation), is definitely a misunderstood concept that runs counter to the “worldly way” of health care.

You can learn more about this health care conflict, and the “worldly way” versus the right, better way to health, in my chiropractic book Whole Health Healing – The Budget Friendly Natural Wellness Bible for All Ages. Getting a thorough understanding of that difference or conflict, and how a doctor must be clear about their role, is a good place to start for doctors who want more  joy and success. Some authorities claim that having and keeping that clear identity, is the key or at least the foundation to it all. In my observations from working in the field of doctoring for 25 years, I agree.

So doctor, if you are wondering why you’re struggling, why it seems that the chiropractic marketing you do and the procedures you follow do not produce the results you want, don’t blame your struggle on the external things around you like the economy or the health care reform changes. No, look inward, deep to your core beliefs, and get that all important identity figured out and secured to a point whereby it’s unshakable. This concept is no different than building a house that can better withstand hurricanes and earthquakes – it needs a great foundation. You do too!

I’ve worked hard on my own identity and benefited significantly as a result. Now I’m reaching out on a grander scale with my newly expanded identity -the “down to earth” doctor. You can take a look at the fun I’m having with that at my other blog site –

This missing link for doctors, strong unshakable identity, is one of several “fixes” I teach in my class. In fact I wrote the book on the subject and it’s called Reclaim the Joy of PracticeAn Advanced Guide For Advancing Doctors. The book contains about 75 “fixes” in addition to that identity issue.

Hey doc, why do you think you’re struggling?

Practice on,

Dr Tom Potisk

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Categories: chiropractic marketing, doctor personal growth, identity, marketing/advertising


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One Response to “Chiropractors who Struggle with Marketing and Management”

Hi Dr. Tom,
Thanks for the reference and your contributions as well.
Your presentation at our 3 Goals seminar received high marks. The reviews from doctors an staff were all very positive about what you had to say. Looking forward to more of your presentations! Ed


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