At RYZ we interview creative and motivated people who are actively pursuing their dreams and achieving great things. Today we interview Dr. Christopher McLaine, an entrepreneur from San Diego, California:
Dr. McLaine, DC has developed his own unique combination of holistic and integrative health solutions to help his patients restore and maintain their optimal health. Dr. McLaine combines neurologically-based Chiropractic care along with hyperbaric oxygen therapy, LED light therapy and PEMF, custom orthotics, ergonomic footwear solutions and lifestyle medicine. Dr. McLaine survived a near-fatal traumatic brain injury in 2009. Recovery was long and tough. Dr. McLaine became fascinated by how the body can heal from injuries and decided to become a holistic health coach. After becoming a health coach, Dr. McLaine decided to go to Chiropractic school to learn about the nervous system and body. Dr. McLaine lives with an autoimmune disease. He has become a subject matter expert regarding digestive health and the ways to influence and enhance the gut microbiome to help control autoimmunity.
Dr. McClaine was born in Washington DC, lived in two cities in New Jersey, Rochester, NY, Austin Texas, Phoenix Arizona, Los Angeles, and San Diego. He attended the State University of New York at Geneseo and completed his undergraduate work with a Bachelors of Arts in Sociology from the University of Texas at Austin. He became a Holistic Health Coach after completing a program from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. Dr. McLaine completed the Doctor of Chiropractic program from Southern California University of Health Sciences in Los Angeles. While attending school he began working towards a specialization in Functional Neurology with The Carrick Institute. He has completed over 14 Functional Medicine Seminars from Apex Energetics from Leaky gut and Autoimmunity to Thyroid function and evaluation.
What was your background before you became an entrepreneur and health practitioner?
I owned my own business as an independent third party wireless solutions specialist. I sold business applications for cell phones like two-way radios, GPS tracking, mobile credit card processing, and portable internet devices for laptops. Prior to that I had worked in restaurants and bars for 17 years and did everything from the back of the house to the front of the house.
Was there any defining moment that led you to pursue your current path?
Yes, a near–fatal TBI caused me to change directions in 2009. When you get a second chance, you make it count. I was so grateful for the help and support I got from different health providers that I wanted to give back and do what they do to help people restore their health.
Tell us a little about some of the projects/works that you have created?
I have written a guide to gluten free living and help patients navigate the challenges that come with living with autoimmunity. I am still studying to complete my Diplomate in Functional Neurology. I am planning to expand my practice to offer lab testing and evaluations.
What projects are you working on now?
I am a volunteer with San Diego Street Medicine Movement. We support the needs of those individuals experiencing homelessness in San Diego by providing medical services and support.
Who would you say are the people that have influenced you the most?
Dr. John McDougall, Dean Ornish, Caldwell Esselstyn, MD, T. Colin Campbell, Dr. Michael Greger, Dr Neal Barnard, Dr. Ted Carrick, Dr. Brandon Brock.
What are some of the challenges that you have faced and how do you face new challenges?
Surviving a TBI and recovering were tough, but going to Chiropractic school at age 43 with a brain injury and having to move to a new city without knowing anyone was challenging. I felt so empowered and strong by taking those steps that I never gave myself room to fail.
What work are you most proud of?
Achieving a state of balance so that I can observe life without over-reacting to it. I have become pretty raw and unfiltered, but it reaffirms the power of healthy communication which really means say what you think now and don’t wait because you may never get another chance to say it.
Do you have any advice for an aspiring entrepreneur?
Don’t focus on the what-ifs. You have to take a leap of faith and just go for it even when it seems totally insane to do so. Find some people who went for it and make them your friends.
Where can people go to learn more about your work?