Thanks again for stopping by my website. Here's a little background about my journey to become a chiropractor:
After graduating from Iolani in 1986, I went to BYU-Provo as an art major. My dream out of high school was to become a painter.
In 1988, I served a church mission in Hiroshima, Japan for two years. When I returned to BYU, I switched majors from art to recreational management. I changed my mind and decided that I would prefer working with local kids at the YMCA instead of working the paintbrush.
Then I got engaged. Eriko, my future wife, told me the day after she agreed to marry me that she didn't think recreational management was a wise move. . . and maybe I should look at other career possibilities.
So I decided to switch majors once again and the new plan was to graduate with a Japanese language bachelor's degree and then get into law school. This time things looked like I was really on the right track. I started getting really proficient at reading and writing kanji. I started my LSAT prep. But then about four months before getting my bachelors, it hits me.
I don't want to be a lawyer. Sure, Grisham novels are awesome and arguing a case in front of a jury like they do in Law and Order seemed so cool, but the obvious finally dawned on me: all that is fiction. And the reality of what lawyers do in real life did not really match with who I am deep inside.
So I get this moment of clarity and sigh, "Now what?"
I scrambled. Do I take my Japanese degree and teach? Maybe. Graduate, move back to Hawaii and work with my dad in the construction biz. Possible, but not likely. Start from scratch and get into engineering, perhaps? Take another crack at art?
Limbo is a very frustrating place to be. Especially, as a newlywed.
In my search for an answer, I visit for the first time the BYU Counseling and Career Center. I browse through some brochures and flyers they have out on an information table. One on dental school. Hmmm. One on optometry school. Interesting. Another piece of literature on podiatry.
Teeth, eyes and feet.
Then I see a stack of info on chiropractic. Info on how to become a chiropractor and what a career in chiropractic is all about.
I know. Instantly. This is what I am to be. There is absolutely no doubt.
I rush home and tell my wife that I'm going to be a chiropractor. Without ever even been treated by a chiropractor, without even knowing a single, solitary chiropractor, I know what I am to be.
My wife smiles. She doesn't even knows what "chiropractic" means. And at that point, neither did I, really. But she knows that I know and that's enough for her.
So three weeks later my application is filled and sent to Cleveland Chiropractic College in Kansas City.
And three months after that, my pregnant wife and I are traveling in a rented U-Haul van in a move from Provo to Kansas City.
In October of 1998, I graduated from Cleveland Chiropractic College (named after the school's founding family, not the city in Ohio) and just one week after getting that doctorate diploma my wife and I along with the two kids we had there in KC moved back to Hawaii. I began my career as an associate at Hawaii Chiropractic Clinic in Aiea. Seven months later, I opened up my own place, Hawaiian Pacific Chiropractic, in Kalihi. In 2013, I opened a new clinic in Pearl City and renamed my practice Honor Box Chiropractic.
Eriko and I have been blessed with two more children after we returned to Hawaii. So there's six of us all together now. Life's been good.
And that's enough about me. Now, I hope I'll have the chance to meet you! Especially if I can help and serve you as a chiropractor in any way. It would be an honor if you would like to be a part of the chiropractic family here with us.