Dr. Noel Snodgrass
A few words with Dr. Noel Snodgrass, Chiropractic Physician.
Why did you become a chiropractor?
Because I want to help people, one on one, to get better without the use of drugs and surgery. With the vast majority of injuries I've ever had (and there have been a few...) I noticed that I healed faster and better when someone took the time to put their hands on me, and work with me, one-on-one. I just wanted to return that favor!
An art gallery in a chiropractic clinic?
Oh yes! It's a natural fit to me. My undergraduate degree is in art from Willamette University, and most doctors I know acknowledge that healing is more of an art form than a science, so it feels like a perfect complement to me. Come by and see what's on the walls, as it changes every month.
What do you do for pain?
It depends on what's causing it! That's a primary focus of my practice: the proper diagnosis of what's ailing you. So much of medicine and drugs are aimed at masking symptoms when we should be worrying more about what's causing them in the first place.
How do you keep fit?
Stress! I ride a bicycle for commuting (and exercise), we have Kettlebell classes here in the clinic, yoga on Tuesdays, and of course, trying to keep up with my daughters will make anyone healthy! I also gave up sodas and caffeine, and boy what a difference that made!
Why do you teach?
Because it's so much fun! I teach Anatomy, Physiology and Pathology at East/West College here in Portland, and it's an amazing time. I get to work with future Licensed Massage Therapists and challenge them to think and understand the body in ways they may never have before. The best reward is when I get to see the "lightbulb" moment with some students on their journey.
Oh...this is tough. I really like to make mine with Walla-walla onion chutney, kalamata olives, spicy sweet red peppers and a cheese or two. (Feta's really good with that one as is mozzarella.) Of course, a meat lover's supreme from an un-named pizzeria near Mt. Tabor rocks too.
Roll over or under?
Over all the way!