First of all, I have never been one for going to the doctor but the way I see it is: If it’s
broken, fix it… and if it’s not broken don’t.
For lack of better term, I “broke” myself after having a lapse of judgment
Wednesday… Instead of asking someone to help me with the 40ibs of dog food in
the busy store on the bottom shelf, I decided to sling it onto my right shoulder to get it to the register. After swinging it up there, there was no pain, no twinge, no snap crackle or pop.
Around 6am Thursday morning I woke up unable to move my head to the right,
forward or back. I passed it off as sleeping in a weird position until I tried to get
ready… still in denial that I was broken I hopped into my car… after driving to Basalt
I decided it was not safe for me to drive with my absent range of motion and the
pain I was in. Luckily, I was meeting a friend and he was happy to drive my broken
self to Aspen.
Still in denial after the drive I made my way to work at The Aspen Club. Within
minutes the General Manager, Spa Manager and Marketing Manager made comment
on my inability to turn my head to the right that made me realize that this was kind
of a big deal.
I went into the spa looking for a massage therapist that had a few free minutes to
work on my neck and I found Fiona. The next fifteen minutes were the best I had
felt all day. She worked not only on my neck, but on my shoulders and scapula (she
has magic hands). Meanwhile, she made it clear that the next place I needed to go
was the chiropractor in physical therapy, Dr Pete.
For financial reasons I decided I’d wait to make my appointment with Dr Pete for
the next week to see if my neck improved over the weekend. While I was working
at the front desk Dr Pete happened to stop by and just like all the managers right
off the bat asked me what I did to myself. He was nice enough to add me to his
schedule bright and early the next day (Friday).
Now, for someone that has never had an appointment with a chiropractor and
didn’t really go to the doctor unless it was absolutely necessary I was needless to
say nervous about heading into my appointment. The funny thing was is that I had
been in Dr Pete’s office multiple times with other patients as moral support and to
create a marketing video, so I was already familiar with him and the way he runs his
Ok, so short story is that Dr Pete is pretty much my hero.
The longer version is that Dr Pete is awesome because he explains the why (for the
service he is performing) before he does it and is very attentive about answering
any and all questions you may have before during and after the appointment.
Dr Pete made me feel at ease and was very straightforward about my injury no
nonsense or doctor lingo, which was awesome! (I don’t know about the rest of you,
but about ½ the time I am in a doctor’s office for an appointment I have no idea
what is going on, what happened or what I need to do and I leave with about 100
questions that the doctor is usually too busy to answer).
That’s NOT the case with Dr Pete. He welcomed all my questions and I walked out
of there knowing what he did, why he did it and what I needed to do until my next
I’m looking forward to having my range of motion back and for the pain to subside
(all of which takes time unfortunately).
I gladly recommend Dr Pete and his services to anyone in need of a chiropractor,
orthotics or dry needling services.