Preceptor Program: Dr. Dalton Wood

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.

“We 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.”

During 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.

When 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.”

Dr. 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.

“Krista 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.”

It 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.

“One 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.”

Also 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.

Dr. 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.

“You 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.”