Photo by Kimberly Jefcoat
I was born and raised in Aguada, Puerto Rico. I completed my undergrad degree at Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Puerto Rico with a Bachelor’s degree of Science in Biology. Then I attended Palmer College of Chiropractic in Port Orange, Florida where I earned my doctorate degree.
My passion for chiropractic started when my parent started chiropractic treatment. Dr. Gabriel Cruz D.C. commitment and passion for the profession, help, teach and inspire my parents not just to live a healthier life but allow them to live a more fulfilling life.
Gandhi once said that “the best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” Daily, I practice simple life rules like always listening, expressing empathy, and sharing kindness and passion. I always attempt to hold these as my central tenants to patient treatment. These simple rules can allow a sense of trust and commitment to emanate in the people around us. When a strong rapport is established with a patient, astonishing things can occur. These relationships will be what is needed to influence patients to allow a true sense of trust to happen.
I have always believed that listening is the best service we can give to patients. By simply listening, we connect as human beings and can truly establish that we understand their needs and care for them. Creating a bond of trust means that we can get the patient to believe in new opportunities. Opportunities to become better and have longer and healthier lives is something that I strive for in every patient that I encounter. I want the patients to understand that even if the road forward is rocky, I will always be there to help them make it the rest of the way.
My bilingual skillset is one of my most crucial skills. I am proudly able to speak Spanish and English. This skillset allows me to communication in two languages that opens up the number of patients that I can effectively treat. This demographic is underserved and may be initially resistant. The Hispanics minority population living in American need chiropractic care, and I will be able to bridge that gap effectively. When we love what we do, we give all that we have, we take risks, and we sacrifice many things without knowing the final result.
For this reason, my mission as a chiropractor is “pay it forward.” Chiropractic saved my family, and I am going to save other families. As D.D. Palmer said, “I feel it my bounded duty to not only replace displaced bones, but also teach others, so that the physical and spiritual may enjoy health, happiness and the full fruition of our earthly lives.”