2019 -- “Remember
that you have so much power in your hands, and there are so many opportunities
within our field right now. Logan is really preparing you for life outside this
little bubble, so make sure to use the resources that you’ve been given.”
Those were the words of recent graduate Amari Kimble DC, CCSP
(2018) who is now practicing alongside Robert DeStefano DC, CCSP of DeStefano
Chiropractic and Associates in New York.
The two were invited to campus June 28 by the Student American Black Chiropractic Association to discuss the future of the
chiropractic profession and how to find success in practice. Logan students,
faculty and staff were in attendance.
Dr. DeStefano has been the team chiropractor for the New York
Giants for 19 seasons. He is an expert in helping prevent and treat joint and
muscle injuries and is known for developing manual, self-treatment technique
called Facilitated Active Stretch Technique (F.A.S.T.), which is used in
combination with chiropractic care by professional athletes and the general
During the presentation, Dr. DeStefano offered insight into how
students should present themselves as chiropractors as well as the value of
associating with other professionals to establish an equal playing field.
“I’ve had people tell me that they ‘believe in chiropractic’ the
same way they would say they believe in the Easter bunny,” he said. “Sometimes
in conversations, you have to present all your knowledge first, then drop the
bomb on them by letting them know you’re a chiropractor. As long as you talk to
other professionals as equals, they’ll get it.”
Dr. DeStefano has been in practice for more than 30 years. He is
certified in the Active Release Technique (A.R.T.) and has led more than 100
seminars on A.R.T. He has also worked with Olympic athletes on all levels as
well as athletes in the NHL, NBA, LPGA and MLB.
He reminded the Logan community to not be afraid of making yourself
stand out from the crowd. “If you can master the art of manipulation and focus
on hands-on, manual work,” he said, “you’ll differentiate yourself from every
other chiropractic out there, and that’s what will help you become successful.”