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Our 20 Under 40 awards highlight 20 local business folks under the age of 40, ones who are the leaders of the future. This is the eighth year the Abilene Reporter News will honor up-and-coming business leaders.
Dr. Matthew Christenson
Business: Big Country Clinic of Chiropractic
Job Title: Doctor of Chiropractic/Owner
The person who most influenced you in business: One is Dr. Thomas A. Owen (D.C.). This man has the biggest heart I know and is a living legend within Chiropractic. The second is Dr. Chad Petterson (D.C.). He is without a doubt the most humble and positive person I know. These two are giants amongst men and I am grateful to have learned from them.
The best advice you have ever received: I once read somewhere that people want three things in life: attention, affection and appreciation. When this is practiced not only does the other person benefit and feel good about the relationship/activity but you do as well. It becomes a Blessing to both parties involved. I use this in every relationship I have whether it be with my family, patients, staff or the person waiting our table. There is tremendous power in depositing good into people’s lives. This is needed by every one of us, especially in the world we live in today.
The most significant hurdle you had to overcome to get where you are: My wife and I left everything to come to Texas to start our practice and new life. That includes our family, friends and anything familiar. All we had was faith, hope and a vision for our practice. The biggest risk we ever took has turned out to be the greatest Blessing we have ever received from HIM.
The one thing you would do differently if you were just starting in this business: I honestly would not change a thing. Every success or obstacle that has come along so far has made me who I am today. And like the saying goes what doesn’t kill us, only makes us stronger.
What you want to be doing in 20 years: Wow, 20 years from now! I guess I would still like to be helping people enjoy better quality lives through Chiropractic (maybe slow down a little bit). I would also like to be helping other chiropractors start and run successful practices. Personally I want to be at a point where I can devote as much time and attention to my loved ones as possible. It doesn’t matter what we are doing as long as it’s together.
Your family: I am surrounded by my beautiful wife Jessica and our jovial 2.5 year old daughter Sophia. These two ladies are my everything.
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In 2008 I had double knee replacement and in 2012 another replacement on my left knee, doctors thinking it was the material in the replacement causing inflammation that was resulting in so much pain. That didn’t work and my pain was getting worse. I was on a lot of pain meds and after 10 years of taking them they were not working very well.
I tried everything out there that might help even going to Mayo Clinic. Nothing was working and I was giving up. I read Dr. Christenson’s ad that popped up on my iPad. It was something I’d never tried so decided to try one more time.
It didn’t work immediately but Dr. Christenson encouraged me to keep going. About a month into the procedure it started working and every week I got better and better. I can walk longer distances and climbing steps and even kneeling with very little pain.
Thank you Dr. Christenson for helping me and encouraging me to keep going. You had changed my quality of life. You have a wonderful friendly staff.