Bio: Byron Agapay attended Western Oregon University (WOU), where he completed his BS in biology and a minor in health before coming to University of Western States (UWS). While at WOU, Byron enjoyed working with the admissions office, providing tours and information to prospective students, which is why you can now find him giving tours to prospective chiropractic students at the UWS campus. Since his second term in the DC program, Byron has been very involved with the associated student body (ASB), coordinating events and overseeing club activities on and off campus. After Byron has completed his program, he dreams of owning his own multidisciplinary practice, while also giving back to the profession by educating future chiropractic physicians and passing on the plethora of information that is currently being passed onto him.
Why did you choose UWS?
I chose UWS for three reasons. The first reason is that the curriculum is evidence-based. It is imperative to treat patients using techniques, therapies and modalities that have been researched and that have been demonstrated to work. UWS does an excellent job distributing chiropractic health research throughout its entire curriculum. The second reason I chose UWS was because the students seemed happy to be there. When I toured the campus in 2016, I saw happy students around campus and I knew that if the students were happy, then the university must be doing something right. The last reason I chose UWS was its location. Portland is an awesome city with so much to do! My friends and I are always out on new adventures. I believe that it is important to have fun outside of the program so that you can unwind at the end of the week or day, so that you don’t find yourself burnt out at the end of the term.
Why did you choose your program/concentration?
During my time at WOU, I went to visit a chiropractic physician in the little town of Monmouth. It started with wellness checks, and eventually when I hurt myself in the weight room, Dr. Joynt (his real name!) helped me get back on my feet in no time. I inquired about what he does and he only had positive things to say about his career. The more I looked into being a chiropractic physician, the more things started to fall into place. I knew that I wanted to help people by treating a variety of conditions, while also helping them function at their top capacity, so it was an easy decision to apply to the UWS doctor of chiropractic program.
What has been your favorite class/instructor?
This is tough! We have had so many great instructors and classes at UWS, and each of them carry their own pros. If I had to choose, I would say that my favorite instructor is Dr. LeFebvre. His lectures are like performances, where he scrutinizes over every line and then delivers them in such a way that we cannot forget. He also takes our education very seriously and pushes us to be the best doctors that we can be by holding us accountable for all of our answers and actions. The lessons we have learned from Dr. LeFebvre go beyond the curriculum for his courses, and I am very grateful that he is teaching us at UWS.
As for the courses, I have to say that I have two. The anatomy sequences and clinical training phases I-III. Working with cadavers is a humbling experience that really ties in our education at UWS. Our profession is based on anatomy, so it is very important to have these classes! Dr. Herrin, Dr. Borman, and Logan Bale made the anatomy sequences unforgettable. The clinical training phases I-III have provided us with opportunities to put all of our education (up until this point) into clinical application with standardized patients. It is a lot of work, but it has built us up into strong future-physicians.
What is your favorite part about attending UWS as a student?
Other students! I am so lucky to be a part of the UWS community. These students have amazing minds and personalities, and are always willing to help each other. The community at UWS really make this program an enjoyable one.
What do you hope to do after graduation?
I hope to do what I just went to school for – be a chiropractic physician! I am so excited to get there, but for now, my focus is on finishing the program strong. I am currently studying for part II American board exams, so it is hard to look past that big speed bump (and the two other board exams after), but as always, I’m optimistic!
Favorite way to relieve stress from school?
Hanging around Portland with my friends! It’s never a dull moment, especially on Tuesday nights where trivia can get pretty heated! I always tell my tour groups that it is important to find good ways to relieve stress, so find some good people in your program and go have some fun!