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How to select a practice location

practice location

  Many students and new grads struggle when trying to find a location to start their practice or join an existing one. One aspect that is rarely discussed is the relationship between the type of patients who use chiropractic and the places and services they frequent— then using that information to determine a viable practice location. Did you know that the highest documented utilization rate of chiropractic services in the world occurs in Alberta, Canada? Nearly 30 percent of people in Alberta use chiropractic care. In addition to accessing chiropractic more than the residents of any other province in Canada, READ MORE >>

10 things I wish I’d known starting out

success tips

The late winter wind blows a few snowflakes past the window as I stare and contemplate the past 20 years of my life. “Oh if I could go back in time, knowing what I know now,” I think, as all the fleeting images of long-gone successes and mistakes race through my mind. Are you a student or a DC looking to start a new practice? Here are the top 10 things I wish I READ MORE >>

The top 10 mistakes new DCs make

The top 10 mistakes new DCs make

Mistakes are inevitable and they can be learning experiences, so don’t fear them. But if you can avoid or minimize making mistakes, you will be in a better position because they can cost you both time and money. And because experience is a great teacher, do listen to your teachers and those who have gone down the road before you. By listening and learning, you can avoid many of the common new-practitioner mistakes. This READ MORE >>


Your Future Practice


Career Development

  • building success Position yourself for success

    New grads and grads-to-be: The world awaits, as does a rewarding career in one of the world’s finest professions. While it’s an exciting time, no doubt you’re full of questions, many of which have to do with setting up your first practice. After all, your training was in the art…

  • shadow a dc Why you should shadow a DC

    One day you will graduate from chiropractic school. Stressful days of cramming for tests will be replaced with the stress of building a practice, paying off student loans, and making rent. You will be responsible for marketing, acquiring new patients, and managing staff, along with keeping up with the latest…

Financial Preparation

  • DebtFreeSDC Debt-free faster than you imagined

    Whether in the first or last trimester of your chiropractic career, you will always be focused carefully on the kind of practice you want to build. But one of the first concerns all students should have before graduation is the amount of debt they will be carrying and how fast…

  • fair value Fair value: The cost of free services

    A recent presentation at Logan College of Chiropractic raised the matter of free services and screenings offered by chiropractors. The question asked was, “Do you believe that chiropractors offering free services helps bring in new patients?” Despite their popularity, if you look closely, you’ll see these marketing techniques do not…

Practice Startup

  • success tips 10 things I wish I’d known starting out

      The late winter wind blows a few snowflakes past the window as I stare and contemplate the past 20 years of my life. “Oh if I could go back in time, knowing what I know now,” I think, as all the fleeting images of long-gone successes and mistakes race…

  • fears Put your fears to work

    I have had the opportunity to speak to chiropractic students of all backgrounds and with various motivations for entering the profession. And often, students ask me, “What should we know as we start out in practice?” Which is understandable—I will never forget the stress that comes with transitioning from a student…

Job Search

  • interview Advanced hiring interview strategies

    When you’ve narrowed down your list of potential hires to a manageable number, it’s time to schedule face-to-face interviews. Here’s your chance to make a good hire, so use this time to learn as much as you can about the candidate. Be a good listener When it comes time to…

  • champion The way of the champion

    If you watch, listen, and study champions in various sports, you will find some common habits that separate them from the rest. They have a detailed training program, a passion, and a focus that are relentless. They work hard each day on themselves and on their plan. To a champion,…

About StudentDC

Student DC is the online resource for student and future doctors of chiropractic, and those in their first years of practice. An educational resource from Chiropractic Economics magazine, here you’ll find articles from chiropractic thought-leaders that address tips and insights for getting the most out of chiropractic school and launching your first practice. Techniques, marketing, management, site selection, financing, and more. Our business is your success.