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Meet Johnny Nguyen, DC | Founder of Thrive Chiropractic in Keller

Today we’d like to introduce you to Dr. Johnny Nguyen.

Dr. Johnny, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
While many things brought me to this point in life, it all started back in 2009 when I was a freshman in high school. It was a stage in my life that I would call: imitation. It involved conforming to my surrounding environment and the search for constant validation and approval of my peers. During this time, my friends and I would talk about what we wanted to do when we “grew up” and how we were going to make money. In our little minds, money was everything! I guess that’s a normal thing at a young age, right?

Well, I was introduced to chiropractic through my cousin’s husband. He had come from a family of chiropractors, himself included. Although I had previous experience with chiropractic from a previous car accident, it was still all a blur because I was at an age where I didn’t comprehend the medical language. All I knew was that they took x-rays of my spine, gave me various therapy treatments, “cracked” my back, and made a ton of money. As a young boy, I thought to myself, “helping people get well and making a lot of money, who wouldn’t want that?” This was a “I want to do what he is doing” moment. So, I set forth a vision of becoming a chiropractor and never looked back.

After finishing my undergrad at the University of New Orleans, I moved to Dallas to attend chiropractic college. I was very fortunate to meet amazing people during my journey that helped mold me to where I am today. We’ve had weekend seminars across the United States, even taking mission trips to deliver chiropractic care outside of the country. My peers and I spent our extra time learning things that weren’t necessarily taught in school. What I’ve learned was that: it was never about the money and how much you could make. The joy and happiness in seeing the transformation of one’s life through a chiropractic adjustment is what keeps me pushing forward. The impact in one person will affect those around them. That is amazing.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
The likelihood of having a perfectly smooth road is very slim to none for any of us. My journey was built with unsteady and unpredictable ups and downs. I’ve taken risks, faced major changes, and in all the meanwhile, furthered my personal development. Society may look at my life and see a young man who just propelled his way through school and “made” it into the real world without facing any challenges or roadblock. Let me say it hasn’t been an easy climb!

In high school, I was living two separate lifestyles. At home, I was a good young man who went to school, did his homework, and listened to his parents. Well, outside of the home, I was a different person from my addictions, cheating, stealing all things that would make parents disappointed in their kid. It was normal in my community for friends to know more about each other’s lives than our own family. But the only thing that kept me on top was my drive to succeed in life.

Old habits are hard to get rid of, but it wasn’t until I found the Lord that I was able to become the man God called me to be. There is a bible verse that says: Don’t be fooled by those who say such things, for “bad company corrupts good character” 1 Corinthians 15:33. Our minds are programmed to believe in negativity and when you have people surrounding you trying to scare and discourage you, the fear and negativity slowly become instilled in you. My life was constantly being bombarded with people who gave their thoughts and opinions on what I should’ve or shouldn’t have done. I’ve learned to make myself immune to these “negative” influences and surround myself with individuals who strive to push each other towards our dreams and goals.

Thrive chiropractic – what should we know? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
In December 2018, I graduated with my Doctor of Chiropractic degree at the age of 24. Three months later, I opened Thrive Chiropractic to serve the communities and families of Keller, TX. Thrive chiropractic was built on the mission to provide hope in people’s journey to health no matter what stage of life. As you know, most chiropractors focus on reducing muscular tension, increasing range of motion, and providing temporary relief of pain. While that is all well and good, at Thrive Chiropractic, we take things a step further.

At Thrive Chiropractic, we focus on an area of chiropractic called Structural Correction. This approach is different in that our focus is directed toward the underlying instability of the spine, which is typically the root cause of many secondary conditions (symptoms) that could very well be traced back to instability of the spine and impingement of the spinal nerves.

Secondary conditions like migraine headaches, paresthesia, neck and back pain are the conditions most commonly referred to our practice, typically from other healthcare professionals or chiropractors who have not been successful with their plan of care. We have also had success with TMJD, sinus issues and trigeminal neuralgia by utilizing our gentle cranial corrections.

Our practice uses specific chiropractic techniques, such as the Gonstead System, a technique unique to Structural Corrective care – allowing us to offer our patients highly-effective, gentle adjustments. In addition to serving the general population, we work with powerlifters, triathletes, and even have a large referral-based clientele that includes women in all stages of pregnancy, as well as newborns who may have suffered minor displacements as a result of the birthing process.

At Thrive Chiropractic, we do not ask people to “believe” in chiropractic and commit to a lifetime relationship with our practice. Instead, we explain what we do – in common sense terms, and conduct a thorough evaluation of the patient – using objective diagnostics. We recommend a plan of care that reflects the needs of the patient relative to the goals of Structural Corrective chiropractic care. Our goal is always to work with the referring doctor in improving the health of the patient.

What is “success” or “successful” for you?
When it comes to success, most people tend to view and define success through a financial lens. I grew up with this mindset due to my parents being financially unstable because they didn’t have a good education or a great paying job. Before I knew any better, the idea of graduating college, obtaining a degree, and having a high salary job meant I became “successful” in life. Merriam-Webster defines success as the attainment of wealth, favor or eminence. The problem is that there is no right way to define success. You see, we will all define success differently based on our own personal experiences.

Without giving much thought, I used to start new projects but never finished them. I did not give it my all. My view on success evolved as I began to mature in life. I believe success is an attitude. “Well wait, what do you mean it’s an attitude?” Success is a state of mind in which you give your best effort to reach your maximum potential resulting in self-satisfaction. Success is living each moment in life to the highest with a positive attitude while pursuing God’s plan and dreams He has created for me.

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