Dr. Kevin Hoffman | Crystal River Chiropractor
Ha Ha! All my friends think it is funny that a chiropractic physician has back (disc) problems. In reality, it puts me in a position to uniquely understand your pain and how it affects your life. Several times in my life, I have been flat on my back, unable to even pick my butt up off the floor! Now that is a pathetic feeling, but I found chiropractic and the rest is history.
Actually, the story of why I chose chiropractic as my profession is a little longer. As a junior in high school (in New Jersey), I hurt my neck in football practice. My brother took me to a chiropractor on a Tuesday and I played in a varsity football game on Saturday. I remember thinking, “now that is cool.” Fast forward about 13 years and I was firmly entrenched as a pharmaceutical sales representative and corporate ladder climber. However, I did not believe in the drugs I was selling as a way to establish better health. If you have a conscience, it is tough to sell something you don’t feel strongly about. I wanted something more. I wanted to help people. So,in 1992, my chiropractor at the time, talked me into going back to school. Four years and two kids later, I graduated and started on this journey. None of this would have happened without the endless support and encouragement of my wife, Sherri. I have been blessed by God with the opportunity to help people realize their potential and stay in “the game of life.” That really is cool!
I graduated from the University of Florida in 1986 and worked in medical and pharmaceutical (Ciba-Geigy Pharmaceutical) for 9 years. I returned to chiropractic school in 1994 and graduated from Life University in 1998. While at Life, I was most surprised by the depth of my education. Like many people, I thought of chiropractic as taking care of backs. However, chiropractic education is far more extensive than in the past. While working for Ciba, I covered four medical schools and became very familiar with their curriculum. I realized very early in chiropractic school, that my schooling was going to be every bit as thorough as the medical school curriculum’s to which I was exposed. In fact, in some areas, it was more in-depth. Did you know chiropractors get more neurology, nutrition, musculoskeletal anatomy and physiology than medical doctors? I was pleasantly surprised to learn about how the nervous system is the master control system of the body and by adjusting the spine, you can affect other systems in the body. This is explained in another part of the site titled, ‘Chiropractic in 100 Words.” I was also enthused to learn how chiropractors can conservatively treat extremities (shoulders, elbows, wrists, hips, knees and wrists) without the use of drugs. We have incorporated this into our practice and treat athletes from around the county. We are also proud to serve as team physicians for Crystal River High School. Simply put, my chiropractic education changed everything about how I maintain my own health and that of my family.
The motto of our practice is “Teaming Up To Keep You In The Game Of Life.” After all, most of us just want to participate in our favorite activities at the highest level possible for the longest time possible. For one of my patients, that means being a world class marathoner at 61 years of age. For Tommy Bolt, that meant playing 18 holes of golf every day until he was 87. For others, it may mean getting out of bed able to work and support their family. Or maybe it means recovering from a motor vehicle accident and getting back to a normal life.
In our practice, we strive to keep your body functioning at 100 percent of what it is capable of at this point in your life without the use of drugs or surgery. We use chiropractic adjustments, decompression therapy, soft tissue techniques, injury rehab, certified massage therapists and nutrition to address your needs.
One size does not fit all at Citrus Chiropractic Group! Each person who seeks our care has unique needs and a unique situation. We utilize many techniques and therapies that allow us to design a care plan that is exclusive to you. This includes extensive conservative, non-invasive care of shoulders, knees, wrists, and ankles etc.. The time we spend with you is dictated by your needs and not by what the insurance company pays for!
I have been married to my amazing wife, Sherri, since 1990. We met in 1988 at a famous establishment. It is called the Union Hotel and Restaurant. It is where the jury for the Lindbergh baby trial (the trial of Bruno Hauptman) was sequestered. She supported me through my education and shares the awesome opportunity of raising our two daughters, Bekah and Madelyn. Both of my daughters are wonderful dancers, and participate in gymnastics and cheerleading. We are very active in the youth ministry of our church and I serve on the board of elders. I am a sports enthusiast and Florida Gator fanatic! I enjoy outdoors activities including boating, fishing, camping, biking and jogging. I guess you could say that my family and faith are my life. However, I will get back into some of my past times, like golf, photography and birding after the kids are older. I hope to go and do what God puts in front of me when I retire. Since my wife is a special education teacher and I am a chiropractor, it will probably include kids, education and chiropractic some where in the world. That is what excites me about the future along with watching my kids grow up.
As mentioned above, I have an ongoing battle with a lumbar disc problem. I receive chiropractic adjustments, myofascial release, trigger point therapy and massage therapy on a regular basis. This allows me to continue my daily routine and be a productive participant in life. I also take supplements regularly which include a multiple vitamin, glucosamine sulfate, fish oil, natural vitality and vitamin C. This regimen maintains my general health and addresses the soft tissue and joint problems that run in my family. I encouraged my wife kids and wife to do the same.
Thanks for visiting our site. We look forward to meeting with you in person and learning how chiropractic can fit into your health care goals. Give our Crystal River chiropractic office a call or click here to email us and we can arrange a time to explore your options!