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May all recently graduated chiropractors find their own version of George Jackson!  

When Ruth and I were setting up the practice, we had the good fortune to call Mitchell’s carpet cleaning business.  Mr Mitchell introduced me to George Jackson, the then secretary of the East Fremantle football club.  Later, George was instrumental in getting me a role as club chiropractor.

 George Jackson was one of the greatest among the people of goodwill who shared an amazing influence over the survival growth of our new practice.  His quiet, unassuming manner contrasted with his high standing among the many people with whom George mixed. 

George’s daughter, Robyn married Kent who was a sort of extended family member. At that family wedding, I saw the close knit structure of George’s many long term friends.  At the conclusion of the breakfast speeches, George took the amazing step of introducing me to the guests and speaking about the relief he experienced with migraine headaches.  That was one of many instances of his wonderful support for a struggling chiropractor. 

Many dynamic people served the football club at that time.  They and the players took the lead from George and in their turn, recommended chiropractic to their own relatives and friends.    

I use the term ‘people of goodwill’ for those patients who, without being asked to do so, actively networked on my behalf.  Some introduced me to their service clubs as a speaker. 

Another example was when a patient, Joy invited me to her housewarming.  Joy asked me to arrive late.  Upon my arrival she called out to the assembled guests to split into two groups, those who have had chiropractic care and those who have not. Joy advised those who had not been to a chiropractor to select a partner from among those who had been to a chiropractor and find out why they should go, and any questions; ask the chiropractor. 

During my decades of lobbying MPs and other influential people, patients including George Jackson came along to lend a hand and to provide photo opportunities for pictures to accompany stories in our newsletters. 

Without the support of those people of goodwill I may not have survived the transition stage from no practice to a very busy practice.  As I began, I conclude with the wish that ‘all recently graduated chiropractors find their own version of George Jackson!’

 

Your Chiropractor

Michael McKibbin passed his Iowa Basic Science and graduated from Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport Iowa.

Since then both wonderful staff and patients have contributed toward decades of valued experience in his family practice.

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