HW: Local chiropractor keeps busy with outdoor activities
If you can keep up with him, you can find Dr. Nick Sechrist being active somewhere, somehow.
The owner of Grand Junction chiropractic clinic Elevation Now, 2505 Foresight Circle, Unit C-1, Sechrist, 29, likes hiking, golfing, skiing and basically any outdoor activity that ends in “ing.”
As energetic as he is, it seems only fitting Sechrist’s job as a chiropractor has allowed him to help keep people moving and not hampered by pain.
“I have seen all types of different cases from people with migraines to digestive problems,” Sechrist said. “There are people who can’t walk up and down stairs or get up off the floor.”
For as much as helping people becoming well through chiropractic makes Sechrist content, he once was a sickly 18-year-old not knowing what he was going to do. Sechrist fought a number of conditions growing up that zapped his energy and left him without the liveliness of a typical 18-year-old.
Advised by his mother, Merry, who was seeing a chiropractor for migraines, Sechrist began receiving chiropractic adjustments for the chronic indigestion, headaches, sensitivity to the sun and general lethargy that plagued him.
“I was 18 years old and I felt like an 80-year-old man,” Sechrist said. “When I got adjusted, a lot of different symptoms and conditions began clearing up.”
The first adjustment not only helped what ailed Sechrist, who was then attending Mesa State College with an undeclared major, it also gave him direction on a career.
“Once I got adjusted it immediately pointed me in that direction,” Sechrist said.
Sechrist enrolled in Palmer College. He and his wife, Samantha, both Grand Junction natives, moved to Davenport, Iowa.
While at Palmer College, Sechrist was able to indulge a lifelong dream to travel through a clinical abroad trip to Manaus, Brazil, and spent a week adjusting the locals.
“That was an amazing experience because we went to an area where they were not exposed to chiropractic,” Sechrist said. “In one week we had adjusted over 5,000 people. There was a language barrier but once they got off the table they were like a bright shining light. There wasn’t much advertising for it and it was held in the cafeteria of a school, but it was filled with people waiting for hours to get adjusted.”
When Sechrist graduated from Palmer College, he knew he wanted to practice in the state where he grew up, but not Grand Junction. He and Samantha took a trip through southwestern Colorado trying to find their city.
“We thought Grand Junction would be the last place we would end up,” Sechrist said. “We did a trip throughout southwestern and central Colorado trying to find our place, but as we were on our way back on 1-70 and we just felt Grand Junction was the right place for us.”
Beginning a business was one of the most challenging things for Sechrist, but after practicing for six years, times have never been better. Sechrist sees mostly referral patients and client numbers continue to grow.
“We like to say we are choosing not to participate with the economic downturn.” Sechrist said.
Still, the chiropractor is thankful for the first adjustment that helped mold his life.
“I never would have imagined that I would be able to do this,” Sechrist said. “After every shift,
I think of every individual that has come into the office and, number one, I am grateful for their presence in our office, but looking back on my life and while there have been some challenging times I try and be grateful for all the little things that have brought me here.”