Breaking The Underdog Curse for Chiropractors

By Dr. Don MacDonald

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Breaking “The Underdog Curse” is a show for vitalistic Chiropractors about breaking free from limiting beliefs, and how to overcome being stuck as an underdog. Your Host Dr. Don MacDonald is a Chiropractor, coach and the author of the bestselling book “The Underdog Curse”. Hear Dr. Don's personal interviews with thought leaders, bestselling authors, and Chiropractors from around the world. All designed to inspire you, challenge you and help you live more aligned with who you truly are.

Episode Date
Being Mindful - Vikki Kelly

Our ability to pay attention has atrophied because of the way that we live our lives and thus learning how to be present and mindful is crucial so we can make better decisions and be in a state of homeostasis.

On this episode, we are with Vikki Kelly. She’s a mother of three kids, a business owner, a director, a speaker, and is passionate about helping people understand the importance of mindfulness and meditation.

Vikki shares tips on how we can start being more present and how it can change your life and your practice. Get all the resources for this episode and listen to more at

Jun 20, 2018
Finding Out What Your Real Target Is In Practice - Dr. Otto Janke

Any time Dr. Otto Janke has been burned out is because he lost his way and took his eye off his real target in practice. He pissed away a fortune on things that started taking him away from his gifts but soon, he realized that mistake and learned from it.

On this episode, we are here with Dr. Otto. He graduated from Palmer College of Chiropractic in 1992 and has been in practice for more than 26 years. He shares the importance of focusing on your goal and your gifts and how it can help you stay on track. Get all the resources for this episode and listen to more at

Jun 13, 2018
Selling Chiropractic Instead Of Yourself As The Chiropractor - Dr. Donald Francis

Selling yourself as the chiropractor, building a practice which is all about you, and hiring an associate into that practice is a good recipe for trouble.

On this episode, we’re here with Dr. Donald Francis who has been in practice for nine years. He’s a former soldier and was an officer in the Royal Regiment Artillery for almost 12 years. He went to Palmer University when he was 32 years old and graduated in 2009. Now, he runs the fastest growing Chiropractic Clinic in the Scottish Borders that utilizes the Sacro Occipital Technique.

Dr. Donald talks about the one thing he would change on day one of his practice if he could go back in time now. It is that he would start selling chiropractic. He also shares how chiropractors can create a great environment for their associate colleagues and the importance of being able to communicate to your practice members what you are trying to do. Get all the resources for this episode and listen to more at

Jun 06, 2018
What Does Money Have To Do With It - Brandi MacDonald

People have so much emotion around money so we can never have an objective conversation about it. When chiropractors aren’t able to talk about money, it creates this challenge which prevents them from serving more people.

On this episode, we are here with Brandi MacDonald to talk about what money has to do with what we learned as kids and what we believe about ourselves.

When we realize that everything we are doing is just patterned behavior, we can always change the situation that we’re in. Get all the resources for this episode and listen to more at

May 30, 2018
Uncover Your Gift - Philip McKernan

Everyone has a gift and it is your choice whether to share it with the world. However, that gift lies right next to our greatest pain and most of us are afraid to deep dive into it.

Today’s guest is Philip McKernan. He is a speaker, writer, and filmmaker. He has also worked with the Canadian Olympic Team and The Pentagon. He helps people transform their personal and professional lives, so they feel more aligned with their purpose.

On this episode, he talks about how we can uncover our gift or our truth and be aligned in our work, in ourselves, and in our relationships. Get all the resources for this episode and listen to more at

May 23, 2018
Being More Certain About Vitalistic Chiropractic Through Research - Dr. Kelly Holt

Research states that subluxation is real, it does exist, and it affects the way our nervous system functions.

On this episode, we are here with Dr. Kelly Holt. He graduated in 1999 from New Zealand College and has been doing full-time research since 2009. He has been creating research that more vitalistic chiropractors can use.

Dr. Kelly talks about how he started getting interested in research, and how vitalistic research made him feel more certain about chiropractic. He also shares how chiropractors who are interested in doing some research can get started. Get all the resources for this episode and listen to more at

May 16, 2018
Expanding the Essence Of Chiropractic - Dr. Jeanne Ohm

There is an inborn intelligence within all of us and we are connected with that intelligence in different levels of expression of being beside just physical. If we trust and respect each individual, the universe becomes friendly.

On this episode, we are here with Dr. Jeanne Ohm. She started her practice in 1981 with her husband, Dr. Thomas Ohm. She is the Executive Officer of the ICPA (International Chiropractic Pediatric Association), and the Editor of the Pathways to Family Wellness magazine.

Dr. Jeanne shares her knowledge on how to make it easier to understand that life expresses intelligence, and integrate it into the whole practice. Get all the resources for this episode and listen to more at

May 09, 2018
Getting Clear About Who You Want To Work With And What You Want - Dr. Louise Blair

Having a team can help you grow your practice but how do you find the right people for it? How do you make sure that your team grows and thrives together with the practice?

On this episode, we are here with Dr. Louise Blair. She has been in practice for almost 20 years and is practicing in Wellington, New Zealand. Previously, she served as the Vice-President of the NZ Chiropractors’ Association.

Dr. Louise talks about the importance of getting clear about who you want to work with and what you want. Get all the resources for this episode and listen to more at

May 02, 2018
Getting The Fire Back In Chiropractic - Dr. Max Saint-Denis

As chiropractors, we need positive energy in today’s society. However, day to day life can suck your energy up and that’s why being around with people that lift you up is important.

On this episode, we are here with Dr. Max Saint-Denis. He graduated from Life University in 2003. In 2005, when his father, Dr. Roger Saint-Denis passed away, he took over his practice. Despite growing up in the profession and attending Parker seminars, Dr. Max crashed and lost his fire in practice, which is the reason why he joined the Vitality Shift.

Dr. Max shares how the Vitality Shift has helped him lit his fire back and have deeper connections with people. Now, he is having fun in practice again. Get all the resources for this episode and listen to more at

Apr 25, 2018
Change Your Lifestyle through Sales - Melissa Krivachek

Melissa Krivachek says that sales is the only occupation that could fundamentally change the entire legacy of your family tree for generations. Thus, learning its dynamics and how to integrate them into your business is crucial.

Melissa has 23 years of sales experience and has won multiple awards. She is the author of seven bestselling books and runs The Millionaires Hot Seat podcast. Also, she is the current executive producer of The Ultimate Sales Summit, which will be held in October in Dallas.

On this episode, Melissa talks about what the word “sales” really mean. She also shares advice to rookies who don’t know how to do sales and to people who experience burnouts in their businesses. Get all the resources for this episode and listen to more at

Apr 18, 2018
Building Sustainable Long-Term Healthy Relationships - Brandi MacDonald

Most people in a relationship don’t understand what it takes to build a sustainable long-term healthy one. As chiropractors, it is our responsibility to be aware of who we are and how we enter into a relationship with everybody than just being unconscious about it, and getting consumed by a quick fix of happiness, which is what the whole world is doing.

On this episode, we are here with Brandi MacDonald to talk about the most significant challenges in a relationship, whether that is in an intimate relationship, in your team relationship or your practice member relationship.

One of the deep-wired human needs is the connection that happens in relationship with somebody. For that relationship to work well, it is crucial to be healthy, and that means that the brain is working, firing, and viewing the world and others. Get all the resources for this episode and listen to more at[...]

Apr 11, 2018
Empower People – Dr. Patti Giuliano

The human body knows how to do what it needs to do, and when it needs to do it. There’s this innate intelligence within us that is always present.

On this episode, we are here with Dr. Patti Guiliano, who has been in practice for 35 years. She graduated from Life University in 1982 and is now in practice with her husband, Dr. Peter Kevorkian. In addition, she has taken leadership roles in the Academy of Chiropractic Family Practice, IFCO Board, and State Board in Massachusetts. As the Co-Founder of the League of Chiropractic Women, she helps to bring women’s voices onto the chiropractic scene.

Dr. Patti talks about the chiropractic philosophy and its application. She emphasizes that it doesn’t matter if you adjust with your hands or an instrument. What is more important is your intention. Get all the resources for this episode and listen to more at

Apr 04, 2018
How To Become A Better Chiropractor - Dr. Brian Kelly

Dr. Brian Kelly says that the gap between a chiropractic education and practice is ginormous. People pay a lot of money for their education, but the reality of practice is nothing like it.

Dr. Brian Kelly is from New Zealand, but studied chiropractic in Australia and built a successful practice there for 11 years. He was appointed as the President of the NZ College of Chiropractic for eight years, and after that, he became the President of Life Chiropractic College-West in California, which he led for six years. He has helped to influence thousands of chiropractors and students around the world.

His experience as the former President of two Chiropractic Colleges made him realize how he can raise the standard of chiropractic. He knew that he needed to find a way to get the message out there. Thus, Dr. Brian shares the challenges that chiropractic is having and how chiropractors can make a difference in helping the practice grow, expand, and be in better shape. Get all t [...]

Mar 30, 2018
Facebook Marketing for Chiropractors - Dr. Enrico Dolcecore

It’s tough for someone who moved to start a new practice, get new patients, and get people to your door. This is difficult because you don’t have any network at your new place.

Dr. Enrico Dolcecore grew up in Alberta and graduated from Palmer College of Chiropractic, where he met his wife, Dr. Christine Hafer. In 2017, they headed down to Florida, where he became an associate. At first, it was hard for him to get patients, then, he realized that he could do it online.

On this episode, he gives us an overview of Facebook marketing and how it can attract new patients. He says that if you learn how to do Facebook marketing yourself, you will discover that you don’t need someone else for thousands of dollars to do that for you. Also, he has been helping other chiropractors for free by setting up their Facebook ads, and teaching them how to learn it by themselves. Get all the resources for this episode and listen to more at

Mar 28, 2018
Healing Through Chiropractic - Dr. Laura Jean Baxter-Gravelle

We are here with Dr. Laura Jean Baxter-Gravelle. She’s from London, Ontario and has been in practice for 15 years. She and other chiropractors collaborated to write a book “The Art of Being Healthy,” which is a book on the real-life accounts of mothers and children healing through Chiropractic. On this interview, she shares the story of how her daughter, Lucy, was healed through chiropractic adjustments.

Also, Dr. Laura shares how difficult and stressful it was to try to scale up her business and do everything by herself. That’s when she decided to enroll herself to Vitality Shift. After watching the videos from that program, she shifted her practice from a little basement to a 1,500-sqft office. Get all the resources for this episode and listen to more at

Mar 21, 2018
Discover Your True Being - Dr. Tony Miller

When we are disconnected from ourselves, we become a different person, someone we think we’re supposed to be because that’s what we learned from our past experiences.

On this episode, we are here with Dr. Tony Miller. He graduated from Life University in 2013 and has been in practice for three years.

The number one thing that Tony struggled with was always feeling authentic, and it took him 30 years to discover his true being. Until he realized what his real power was, it was exhausting and stressful for him to borrow other people’s vision and wear their personas. He was even dreading Mondays because he wasn’t sure why he was in his practice doing what he was doing.

On this episode, he shares how discovering who he really is has created freedom for him and made his practice more fun. He realizes that his power is to be in this connecting and passionate place. Unlike before, now, he is looking forward to connecting with people whatever they’re coming i [...]

Mar 16, 2018
Be The Best That You Can Be - Dr. Nick Laurie

Dr. Nick Laurie says that doing a lot of personal development, going to many seminars as you can, and having a mentor can teach you the quickest way to grow your practice and reach your target without sacrificing your family and health.

Nick has been in practice for close to 18 years. He graduated from NZCC where he was in their 2nd class. He also came up with Fiji on Fire, where chiropractors have the opportunity to learn from ‘Chiropractic masters’ through power sessions and hanging out.

Nick shares how he got hung up on the value of achievement and got focused on the numbers which made him felt isolated from his family and friends. He did things to make up with it, but didn’t realize it was putting his health at risk.

Nick had a heart attack, and when he recovered, the things he learned from coaching and self-development programs have helped him to rebuild himself and his relationship with the people around him. Get all the resources for this episode a [...]

Mar 14, 2018
Dealing with Feedbacks - Dr. Paul McCrossin

Not all people who go to chiropractic clinics understand what chiropractic is all about and its true message. Thus, for people in practice, it is vital to be able to understand people’s health views and let go of those who don’t accept your message.

On today’s episode, we are here with Dr. Paul McCrossin. He has been in practice for 23 years, very much involved in the United Chiropractic Association, and helps other chiropractors practice safely and ethically. He talks about the reasons why people complain and how to handle it. For him, it’s a feedback when people complain.

Paul says that miscommunication is one of the reasons why there’s a disconnection between the chiropractor and the practice member. People drop out of care because they feel they’re not being listened to or the chiropractor doesn’t care. When you communicate where they’re at, you would be on the same page making them feel connected to you. Get all the resources for this episode [...]

Mar 07, 2018
Making Wise Investments - Dr. Ernest Li

Being with like-minded people and having a mentor can definitely up your game. Dr. Ernest Li invested his money, time, and effort attending seminars, which made him realized what his true value is.

On today’s episode, we are with my mastermind buddy, Dr. Ernest Li. He is a chiropractor, and a businessman who owns real estates and a pub.

Dr. Li wouldn’t have discovered chiropractic unless he hadn’t gone into his fifth car accident. The accidents he had caused him pain that made it tough for him to focus on school. He tried everything else and ended up seeing a chiropractor as his last resort. After three adjustments, he felt better than a year and a half of physiotherapy and massage combined.

Like other chiropractors, Dr. Li also overdid the practice, got burned out, worked his butt off serving his patients, which took him away from family time. That was the time when he thought that there must be easier ways to make money other than being a chiropract [...]

Mar 02, 2018
HRV University for Chiropractors - Dr. David Fletcher

People want to know more about Heart Rate Variability and how to use that application in order to deepen conversations with practice members.

On today’s episode, we have Dr. David Fletcher to discuss HRV and to help us understand it in the Chiropractic setting. Also, he shares how to describe HRV in a simplistic model to your practice member when you’re doing it.

How chiropractic differently impacts the HRV compared to sleeping or exercising is that it engages specific parasympathetic feeds, arousing the body’s innate responsiveness, and giving it an energetic boost so it can keep the momentum going. Get all the resources for this episode and listen to more at

Feb 28, 2018