Motivated to fight the opioid crisis, a Keizer University alum embraces a career in chiropractic

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Jared Portnoy, a graduate of Keizer University College of Chiropractic Medicine, discovered the benefits of holistic muscle and bone treatments early on as the son of an osteopath. Now a graduate of the Keiser University College of Chiropractic Medicine (KUCCM), he is happy to continue the family tradition of healing with a focus on treating patients through manipulation and other physiological therapies.

The Parkland, Florida native recently recalled some of the stories he had heard throughout his father’s 25-year career. “Listening to how he handled each situation made me curious about the world of medicine and how someone like my father could play such an important role in someone’s care. It really made me want to take the initiative and pushed me to become a doctor,” Portnoy said.

The growing opioid crisis has also motivated Portnoy to come up with alternative pain therapies. “Opioids can be very addictive and in today’s world they can be over-prescribed. I have seen the negative effects these addictive pills can have on a person. The individual may have to rely on pills to get through the day. As a chiropractor, I am grateful to use my hands instead of pills, to help many patients deal with their various musculoskeletal pains,” he said.

And it was the curriculum at Keizer University College of Chiropractic Medicine in Portnoy that provided her with a strong educational foundation while introducing her to an additional counselor.

“Dr. Gene Spilker has really helped me hone my coping skills as a student and continues to be an incredible mentor who is always ready to answer clinical questions that come my way and provide guidance when that I continue to be an excellent chiropractor,” Portnoy said while adding that he also enjoys KUCCM’s small class sizes and has gained a variety of information relating to the factual aspect of the field while diagnosing and treating patients in his spinal care clinic.

When asked what he would recommend to those considering a career in the field, Portnoy said, “My best advice would be to go for it and persevere every step of the way. With hard work and dedication, anything is possible. When I left Keizer for the real world, I felt prepared and ready to face anything that came my way. Don’t let money and other outside influences be the reason you don’t achieve your goals. Be the person you are meant to be and do whatever it takes to reach for the stars.

Prior to enrolling in Keizer University’s College of Chiropractic Medicine in 2018, Portnoy earned her Bachelor of Science in Biology with a minor in Psychology in 2017 from Nova Southeastern University. He now practices at ChiroCare of Florida Injury and Wellness Center located in Plantation, Florida.

With a mission to educate caring, critical-thinking healthcare professionals who focus on spinal care, Keizer University Spine Care Clinic offers a variety of treatments including chiropractic spinal manipulation, Cox flexion distraction, class II laser therapy, physiotherapy modalities, therapeutic exercises, and more. All care is administered by senior student trainees under the direct supervision of faculty clinicians. To schedule an appointment, please call 561-273-0099 or visit Keizer University Spine Care Clinic website.

The Doctor of Chiropractic program at Keizer University is a rigorous professional program consisting of ten semesters of study that take place over 40 months. It combines traditional lectures with small group learning, weekly lectures and seminars, laboratory and experiential sessions, and clinical training opportunities at a number of sites. All courses include case-based relevance to the practice of chiropractic as an entry-level profession dedicated to excellence in spinal care.

Keizer University is a private, independent, nonprofit university serving nearly 20,000 students at 21 Florida campuses, online, and at two international locations. Co-founded in 1977 by Chancellor Arthur Keizer, Ph.D., and Evelyn Keizer, Keiser University currently offers more than 100 degrees ranging from associate to doctoral degrees. Keiser University is a designated Hispanic-serving institution, a member of the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities, and was ranked #5 in the United States in social mobility by US News and World Report in 2022.

Jared Portnoy, Keizer University College of Chiropractic Medicine Alumnus

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