BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Dr. Patrick Smith of Smith Chiropractic in Berkeley Heights grew up on a small farm in Hillsborough, New Jersey. He brings those farm-raised values to his thriving chiropractic practice, located at 134 Snyder Avenue.
Smith has been a chiropractor for twenty-one years after graduating magna cum laude from the Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport, Iowa, the birthplace of chiropractic and the largest chiropractic college in the world. He is a member of Pi Tau Delta International chiropractic honor society, an honor awarded to the top chiropractic school graduates throughout the country.
However, Smith's interest in the field dates back to his childhood. He played "a ton of sports" in school and when people would get hurt, he would act like a quasi-trainer, taping ankles, knees, and assisting with other ailments.
Smith's father was a high level athlete and blew out his knew shortly before a scheduled tryout with the New York Yankees. The younger Smith had a knack for helping his father's knee and was able to make him feel better.
Smith's childhood experiences convinced him he wanted to be a hands on doctor. He went to college and majored in pre-med. There, the Department head encouraged him to read about chiropractic. Smith enjoyed it and then spent time with a local chiropractor and fell in love with the practice. At about that time, Smith's mother injured her back and went to the family doctor who prescribed pills. She did not feel better and she went to an orthopedist who prescribed more pills. After a month of pain, his mother went to a chiropractor who fixed her back and eliminated her pain without any medication. This episode convinced Smith that he wanted to go to chiropractic school.
"I am a family doctor. The difference is I use natural healing," Smith said. Recently, Smith helped a star high school tennis player who hurt her elbow. He was able to relieve her pain and get her back on the court without medication or invasive procedures. Another patient, a baby with torticollis (a condition in which the baby's head lays to one side and cannot move) is now already moving her head and sleeping better thanks to Smith's treatment.
But Dr. Patrick Smith is not only a chiropractor in Berkeley Heights, he is a committed community volunteer. He is the race director of the Berkeley Heights Charity 5K Road Race and Fitness Walk that has raised $79,600 in 13 years for local non-profits (www.berkeleyheights5k.com). He also serves on the Board of Directors of the Suburban Chamber of Commerce. Smith lectures extensively at schools, universities, hospitals, civic groups and corporations.
Smith told The Alternative Press that he once asked his clinical director, "how do you know if you're doing the right thing for your patient?" The director responded, "Just treat everyone like your mother and you'll never do the wrong thing." "That's our credo," Dr. Smith told The Alternative Press. "We try really hard and give the care and attention to all of our patients that I give to my own mother. There are no gimmicks. What you see is what you get."