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
Changing Lives By Restoring The Curve - Dr. Michael Hall

Technology isn’t all bad but if that’s all we do, we’re going to have troubles.

Forward head posture is one of the most common musculoskeletal disorders associated with the use of imaging devices and when the head goes forward, chest expansion diminishes, which puts you at risk of a number of diseases.

On this episode, we are here with one of my mentors, Dr. Michael Hall.

Dr. Michael talks about how correlated our cervical spine health is to our physiology and mental health, and that when we can restore the curve, we can also restore lives. Get all the resources for this episode and listen to more at

Aug 29, 2018
Acknowledging Chiropractic Assistants - Cath Foote

Having a chiropractic assistant is essential to make sure that the chiropractor can focus on being a chiropractor and on making a difference but being a CA is not easy. There are a lot of things that go on to be a chiropractic assistant.

On this episode, we are here with Cath Foote. Before knowing Dr. Craig Foote, her husband, she didn’t know much about chiropractic at all. Her husband was her introduction to chiropractic and he taught her a lot about the practice.

Cath talks about how her journey as a chiropractic assistant began and how crucial that role is in helping grow and maintain the practice. She also shares about her mindset behind hiring a staff and looking after them, and how you can keep them inspired on a regular basis. Get all the resources for this episode and listen to more at

Aug 23, 2018
Tapping Into Your Creative Mind - Jonah Sachs

We all know that the world is changing and we also got to change with it because if we keep on doing what we did yesterday, it’s not going to continue to work.
But when we do something that we’ve never tried before, we create all these new ideas about the thing that we’re good at.

On this episode, we are here with Jonah Sachs, who is a returning guest and author of the book Unsafe Thinking.

Jonah explains the difference between “safe thinking” and “unsafe thinking” and how the latter can help us break into our creative minds. Get all the resources for this episode and listen to more at

Aug 15, 2018
Connecting With Yourself, Your Practice, And Your Community - Dr. Erin Hawken

One of the reasons why people get burned out is they have lost their love of what they do or they have lost being able to see why they do what they do. At those times, connecting with yourself, the practice, and the community are things that are going to bring you back to life.

On this episode, we are here with Dr. Erin Hawken. She graduated from Murdoch University and has been in practice for 13 years. She has worked as an associate in four different practices and now, she has her own practice, LiveLoveLife, which is located in Sydney.

Dr. Erin talks about how crucial it is to bring yourself into practice in a true and authentic way, which is a big part of being successful in growing a practice. Also, she shares her experiences of feeling burned out in her career and how she was able to get back on track again. Get all the resources for this episode and listen to more at

Aug 08, 2018
Getting Involved In Chiropractic - Dr. Gilles LaMarche

How involved are you outside of your practice?

That is the question Dr. Gilles LaMarche asks every chiropractor he meets.
Dr. Gilles encourages chiropractors to get involved in the practice. When we are more involved in the practice, it impacts you, your life, your career, and your community for the rest of your life.

On this episode, we are with Dr. Gilles. He is the Vice President of Professional Relations at Life University. Also, he has been an Ambassador of the Australian Spinal Research Foundation.

Dr. Gilles talks about various ways that chiropractors can become more involved in the practice. He also emphasizes how crucial it is for chiropractors to not only become an exceptional chiropractor but also be the best practice member in their practice. Get all the resources for this episode and listen to more at

Aug 01, 2018
Staying Connected With Yourself - Dr. Tiffany Johnson

Before you can be connected with your practice members, your team, your family, and everything else, you have to be first connected with yourself and grounded.

On this episode, we are here with Dr. Tiffany Johnson. She graduated from Northwestern Chiropractic and has been in practice for 12 years. Also, she is a mom of two adorable kids.

Dr. Tiffany shares her experience of how she ran into a Board issue and how she accepted the full suspension, probation, and monitoring so she can start to heal and move past it. Get all the resources for this episode and listen to more at

Jul 25, 2018
Increasing Financial Literacy - Jonathan Gold

Dr. Demartini who is one of my mentors said that one of the best things chiropractors could do to be better chiropractors and to help chiropractic, in general, is to become more financially stable. If we’re more financially stable, everything we do is from a state of purpose.

On this episode, we are here with Jonathon Gold. He completed a Bachelor of Commerce with a Major in Finance in Concordia University in Montreal. He is the founder of Gold Investment Management, a company that is focused on one thing and that is investment counsel.

Jonathon talks about investment and the fallacies associated with it. He also emphasizes the importance of not only paying your debt off but also saving early and investing. Get all the resources for this episode and listen to more at

Jul 18, 2018
Making A Commitment To Chiropractic - Dr. Ron Oberstein

Shedding the husk that’s on us and taking from above down inside out that you’re going to create a big impact is a big part to being able to make a difference and give, do, love, and serve better.

On this episode, we are here with Dr. Ron Oberstein. He graduated from Life Chiropractic College, which is now Life University, in 1981 and is the current President of Life West. Dr. Ron has been in practice for 37 years and his goal is to spread the chiropractic message and get the world under chiropractic care.

Dr. Ron shares how chiropractors can enrich themselves so they can fulfill their mission, which is changing the world through chiropractic. Get all the resources for this episode and listen to more at

Jul 11, 2018
Asking The Right Questions - Brandi MacDonald

Everything you talk about in your practice is directly related to what you believe in chiropractic and if you’re not aligned with your concepts, it’s hard to ask the right questions and to understand what’s really going on with the person who comes into your office.

On this episode, we are here with Brandi MacDonald. She talks about what the most important concepts are and shares different scenarios to help us understand those so we can help people achieve their true potential.

Aside from learning those concepts, it is also crucial to learn how to communicate those concepts to your practice members, and to connect to who they are and what their potential is. Get all the resources for this episode and listen to more at

Jul 04, 2018
Transitioning Into A Vitalistic Practice - Dr. Danny Constable

Chiropractic is not a numbers game. The number of patients you see and the amount of money you earn don’t matter. Chiropractic is about helping people reach their full potential.

On this episode, we are with Dr. Danny Constable. He graduated from Palmer University in 2000 and now runs a successful practice in Germany.

Dr. Danny talks about the difference between the mechanistic practice and vitalistic practice and the reason why he converted his practice into the latter. Get all the resources for this episode and listen to more at

Jun 27, 2018
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