October 15, 2018 -- Logan University’s Preceptor Program allows
students to leave campus during their final trimester of studies to work in a
clinical atmosphere and gain real-world experience. Logan works with students
to identify valuable practice opportunities that are suited to each student’s
interests. Meet Dalton Wood, DC (2018), who completed his preceptorship at a
practice in Tennessee.
live in an increasingly progressive society where health care trends are taking
a turn from traditional medicine toward a more innovative approach to patient
care and treatment,” said Dr. Wood. “The body can heal itself naturally.
That’s why I fell in love with chiropractic.”
his three years at Logan University, Dr. Wood’s deep-rooted passion for combining
chiropractic and rehabilitation was further enhanced through a variety of clubs
and organizations―including Motion Palpation Institute and Rehab 2 Performance―where
he was given hands-on experience with functional medicine.
looking for a preceptorship, Dr. Wood knew he wanted to work under someone with
similar beliefs about chiropractic and the future of the profession. “My
clinician, Dr. Jason Goodman, knew what kind of doctor I wanted to be and
helped me find the right fit.”
Goodman recommended Southern Chiropractic and Acupuncture, a progressive
practice owned by Krista Martin, DC (2010), FASA and Brock Martin, DC (2010),
FASA in the small town of Huntington, Tennessee.
and Brock have molded their practice around high-quality, evidence-based treatment,
with a focus on chiropractic in tandem with acupuncture,” said Dr. Wood. “I
knew within a few days of shadowing them that I wanted to learn from them.”
wasn’t long before Dr. Wood was examining new patients, which quickly turned
into hands-on treatment. Specifically, he designed rehab programs for athletes using
techniques he had learned at Logan.
of my athletes was experiencing chronic back pain on the basketball court, and
nothing he tried had helped,” said Dr. Wood. “I revised his treatment plan and
began implementing various rehab techniques that strengthened his back and
core. It was super rewarding to watch him get stronger week-by-week and watch
his pain slowly slip away.”
on the agenda for Dr. Wood’s preceptorship was training in acupuncture
treatment techniques―something he had neither experienced nor tried with his
own hands prior to his experience at Southern Chiropractic.
Wood’s goal for the future is to open a practice with his girlfriend, Kristen Zumberger,
DC (2017), where together they can advance chiropractic in the community, much
like what he experienced during his preceptorship.
see a lot of chiropractors who join boards or chambers in their communities―but
the Martins don’t just participate as individuals in their city, they immerse
the clinic as a whole,” said Dr. Wood. “The pair has woven together their
passions for chiropractic, acupuncture and serving others in such harmony―and
their patients reap the benefits, which is the ultimate goal. I hope one day
Kristen and I can do the same.”