Currently Working At: Tsawwassen Chiropractic Clinic
Bio – Dr. Spencer Smid in Delta, BC and attended University of British Columbia on a varsity football scholarship. He graduated with a degree in kinesiology and minor in biology. He then attended University of Western States and graduated with his doctorate of chiropractic in 2013. After graduation, Dr. Smid returned to his hometown, was able to join a successful chiropractic clinic and has been working there since. He has been married to his wife Michelle for 12 years and they have two girls, Claire and Jane.
When you were in school, how did you envision your future work in the field of chiropractic?
I was conscious to keep an open mind to the many options available to me as a chiropractic physician during my years at school. We were exposed to the vast spectrum of opportunities available and I was still a little unsure about direction my career would take. I always knew that I wanted to return close to home and practice there. Halfway through school, an opportunity to return to my hometown and join a successful, family-run clinic became available and I have been there since graduation.
What is the most rewarding part of your job?
I love working in the city where I was raised and continue to live in. It seems that every second patient coming into my office has a relationship with my family or me. There is a strong sense of community here and I feel that extends into my practice. It is rewarding to work alongside with patients, my community members, and help them achieve their health care goals.
What was the most valuable peart of wisdom you learned from UWS?
Every day patients look to us to give answers to their health care problems. Do not pretend to know all the answers. One of the best services you can give your patients is to tell them, “I don’t know,” and then go and find that answer.
What is your advice to current chiropractic students?
Stay the course and finish well. School is a grind with a seemingly never-ending amount of work and information to absorb. At UWS, you are getting an excellent education that will serve you well in your chiropractic career. I also advise students to find the place you want to live and grow your practice there. When you establish roots in a community you love and want to serve, your practice will flourish.