"The most important job I have is to help my patients see how incredibly important their health is ...because if you wear out your body, where are you going to live?"
- Dr. David K. Montgomery, D.C., B.S., Clinic Founder
I am often asked "Why did you become a chiropractor?" and I always answer, "I think chiropractic found me."
I can't tell you how great it is to be a chiropractor. The wonderful things I get to see on a day to day basis are just spectacular-I truly love what I do!
When I was five years old I woke up with excruciating neck pain. That afternoon I received my first chiropractic adjustment. After that day chiropractors played a big role in my life. When I fell off a cliff skiing, or when I got knocked out in football or when I flipped my motorcycle at 50 MPH, I landed in the chiropractor's office each and every time. Also I had birth trauma to my neck and a birth defect in my low back, so every six months throughout my childhood my neck or my back would go out, laying me up for days. One time, I was unable to stand up straight for days, so the neighbors brought over a wheelchair for me...we were scared. We went to the medical doctors and they advised correct lifting techniques and pain pills. I was petrified that, at 15 years old, I would stay like this. Then we remembered the chiropractor that had helped so many people we knew. Within a week I was doing much better and I knew what I wanted to do with the rest of my life. I went to work in that very same chiropractic office several decades later, you see, my chiropractor happened to be on the board of trustees to Palmer College of Chiropractic, my alma matter ...the place where chiropractic began in 1895. I truly did land in the right place.
In 1962 my father was in an auto accident that left him with back pain, two herniated discs and sciatica pain. He was told to undergo surgery, to which he refused. My dad lived with constant back pain and leg pain for two years until he went to the local chiropractor next door to his office.
Later, my mother had a back injury from skiing. Luckily, she knew right where to find the best chiropractor in town! Off to see my dad's chiropractor she went, receiving the same results-relief from her pain.
In 1975, my grandmother who is now a 104, was laying in the hospital in traction for the 3rd week after injuring her back lifting something (things have changed haven't they?). My father finally said "we are getting out of here... we're going to see the chiropractor who helped me." (chiropractors to the rescue again!). He knew she needed a chiropractic adjustment, not another day in traction in the hospital. She was back in her own house within days. I still adjust her and other seniors to this day because I have special gentle techniques ... Those gentle techniques also allow me to adjust newborn babies, so if you're between the ages of 0 and 104 I could probably adjust you too.
Dr. Montgomery is a lifelong resident of Auburn and has been serving the community since 1989 when he graduated from Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport, Iowa.
Dr. Montgomery enjoys spending his free time with his family hiking, biking and enjoying the great outdoors.