Introducing Chiropractical - About chiropractors, for chiropractors
Chiropractical Podcast

Episode 1: Welcome to Chiropractical

Welcome to our first episode! You're going to spot a theme in this first episode: Relationships. Whether you're reopening or never closed we'll talk about ways to build your practice.


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What Can We Say About 2020 So Far

2020 is the year that just keeps giving…and giving…and giving. If you’re feeling a little (a lot?) unsure, you’re not alone. But this isn’t the first time chiropractic has come under fire. Dr. Lou Sportelli has been involved in the chiropractic profession for 6 decades and he’s seen it all. If you know Dr. Sportelli you know he’s a straight-talker. Co-host Melissa Knutson gets his thoughts on where we’ve been, and where we’re going.

“Emotional intelligence” (aka EQ) is a popular term these days. Our guest Chris Myers talks with co-host Chick Herbert about why he believes EQ eats IQ for breakfast, and how to develop a growth mindset. We even have a document you can take away to check your own EQ and discover areas where you can grow.

Do you ever feel uncomfortable telling people you’re a chiropractor? Dr. Hannah from New Jersey does. In our “Ask NCMIC” segment presented by Mike Whitmer, Dr. Nicole Ingrando shares her thoughts on how to get past your discomfort and create mutual wins for your patients, business collaborators, and yourself.

Our Guests:

Dr. Louis Sportelli

Louis Sportelli, D.C., has served in a variety of leadership roles throughout his 50+ chiropractic career including as president of the World Federation of Chiropractic (WFC) and as president of NCMIC Group, Inc. He has authored several business, ethics, risk management and jurisprudence textbooks. He is a widely sought after speaker and continues to advance the integration of chiropractic by serving on the board of trustees of Blue Mountain Health Systems, a community based hospital system.

Christopher Myers

Chris Myers is an accomplished entrepreneur, CEO, and author. He currently serves as the Managing Director of Bodetree Advisors, a boutique management consulting firm, and as Entrepreneur In Residence at Skysong Innovations at Arizona State University.

Dr. Nicole Ingrando

Nicole Ingrando, D.C., launched North Orlando Spine Center directly out of school. North Orlando Spine Center has grown to become a team of more than 10 providers. Between lecturing, writing and practicing as a clinician, she serves as an instructor of chiropractic medicine with the University of Central Florida College of Medicine. Additionally, Dr. Ingrando was named Consulting Chiropractic Physician for the United States Tennis Association at the National Campus. 

Our Hosts:

About Chick Herbert

Chick is Sr. Vice President of Enterprise Organizational Development. Chick has nearly 30 years of experience as an executive business leader, independent consultant, speaker and executive coach. He is the co-author of “It Begs the Question – Learn How the Best Managers Drive Performance Through Question-Centric Coaching.” Chick is a past board chair for Special Olympics Iowa and was recognized as the 2013 statewide volunteer of the year. He recently accepted a leadership role with Iowa Women Lead Change. Chick and his wife have three adult sons.

About Melissa Knutson

Melissa is Sr. Vice President – Insurance Operations. She’s been with NCMIC since January 2004. As an active part of the Greater Des Moines community, Melisa volunteers with Big Brothers Big Sisters, Habitat for Humanity, United Way’s Grad Walk, and Meals from the Heartland, as well as serving on the Board of Trustees for EveryStep. She is the founder of Give Grace Give Hope, Inc., a nonprofit dedicated to addressing period poverty in Central Iowa by providing menstrual products to local schools and nonprofits. Melissa and her husband have three daughters.

About Mike Whitmer

Mike Whitmer, Vice President of NCMIC's Chiropractic Insurance Programs, has more than 25 years' experience in the business world to share with D.C.s who are starting their chiropractic careers. By day, Mike leads the corporate relations team at NCMIC Group, Inc., teaching at chiropractic colleges about business practices and risk management, and attending trade shows and homecoming events. Mike is also the cofounder of a property management company and a restoration firm that have provided his "real world" experience on writing business plans and dealing with small business finance and operations. He is the board president of Children’s Cancer Connection, and on the board and executive committee of the National MS Society, Upper Midwest Chapter.


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