DC Ambassador Mindy Pelz
San Jose, California
Life Chiropractic College West’s network of DC Ambassadors provides an incredible service. In addition to nurturing the chiropractors of tomorrow, many of them proudly refer prospective students to the college.
A shining example of what these doctors do for vitalistic chiropractic practices in nearby San Jose. Mindy Pelz, DC, is the founder of Family Life Wellness, and she’s been serving her community as a chiropractor for more than 20 years.
“When I went to college I was studying exercise physiology, and I thought that I wanted to go to med school,” she said. “When I realized that all I would be doing was prescribing medication and managing people’s illnesses, I realized that wasn’t for me. One day I walked into my chiropractor’s office, and he had just hired a young chiropractor who took one look at me and said, ‘Why don’t you go to chiropractic school?’ It hit me like a ton of bricks that chiropractic was exactly where I belonged.”
We need to stand together and teach people that the body can heal itself.
Dr. Pelz is not a Life West graduate. However, she was motivated to help the school, its students and its alumni based on what she saw in Life West graduates.
“There was a fire in their bellies and a passion for serving others that I didn’t get at the school I was attending,” she said. “That unique factor caught my attention. In my 23 years in practice, we’ve had many interns that have come through our office, and the Life West interns have been some of the best.”
After meeting many of the chiropractors who graduated from Life West, Dr. Pelz became a DC Ambassador, one of the chiropractic professionals tasked with spreading the word about everything the school has to offer. In addition to referring 14 current students to the college, she welcomed current and aspiring chiropractors to her office for a Life West Career Night recently.
“The world needs more chiropractors,” Dr. Pelz said. “We need to stand together and teach people that the body can heal itself. The more voices we have screaming this message, the more impact, the more lives and the more healing we can have on this planet.”
Dr. Pelz also believes that chiropractors are at the forefront of a changing health care environment, one where the desires of patients are shifting away from what has long been seen as the traditional model.
“People are not looking for a doctor that stands above them and tells them what to do,” she said. “They are looking for a doctor that links arms with them, who educates them, who cares about them and who inspires them to be the best they can be. No other profession does this as well as chiropractors. Being a DC ambassador is about bringing more like-minded people into our profession so that we can change the world together.”
Not surprisingly, Dr. Pelz’s philosophy on changing the world is a large part of her message to aspiring chiropractors.
“If you like to work hard, you love people, you want to change the world, and you are concerned about the current state of health that people are experiencing, then this is the profession for you,” she said. “This profession will give you the most amazing lifestyle, help you make the greatest impact on people’s lives, and allow you to live the life that you dream of at the same time.”