Revolutionizing a Profession
from the Inside
Dr. Fabrizio Mancini did not set out to be a wellness revolutionary. Nor did he set out to compete against traditional medicine. He planned to be a traditional MD, but at the age of 33 he had already emerged as one of the world leaders in wellness and alternative medicine. Today, at age 41, he is still just getting started.
I became aware of Dr. Fabrizio Mancini ("Fab") after The Wellness Revolution was published in 2002. My original book contained very little on chiropractic care because, like most Americans, I had never visited a chiropractor. During the publicity tour for the book several chiropractors expressed to me their dismay that I had not included more about their profession in my book.
One of these chiropractors was Dr. Fabrizio Mancini, who at age 33 had become president of Parker College of Chiropractic, making him one of the youngest college presidents in the United States. Parker College of Chiropractic, in Dallas, TX, is a fully-accredited institution offering both undergraduate degrees and Doctors of Chiropractic.
When Dr. Mancini contacted me I was first expecting another upset chiropractor, and was pleasantly surprised. Fab slowly walked me through the history and principles of chiropractic care, where the profession was today, and how he and other national chiropractic leaders were retooling the profession into becoming the wellness providers of the future. Although he and I had not yet met in person, I could sense the deep compassion this man had for his patients, and his dedication to bringing wellness care to millions of people from all walks of life.
I was also aware that chiropractic care had recently been elevated by the IRS to the same status as traditional medicine, and was thus one of the few segments of the wellness industry that enjoyed the same tax and accounting advantages of sickness care.
Chiropractic care is based on the principle that health is the natural state and the human body has the ability to heal itself, but sometimes parts of the nervous system (vertebrae) become sublaxated (interfered with) and cannot properly communicate with each other. Chiropractic care seeks to eliminate vertebral interference to allow the body to return to its natural state—optimum health.
While most people think of a chiropractor as someone to see when they are ill or have had an accident, the best use for chiropractic care is to keep the nervous system functioning at an optimal level before organs begin to malfunction and symptoms appear—preventing patients from becoming ill in the first place.
Although I was skeptical when Fab first explained this to me, I listened because I was, frankly, overwhelmed at the presence the man projected, even over the telephone. I later found out that this is what Fab really does best—identifying and educating authors, celebrities, and other people of influence who are simply ignorant of chiropractic care.
Dr. Mancini eventually convinced me to see one of his graduates in my town, Dr. E. J. Raven. After I began a series of chiropractic wellness visits, my wife, who is a scientifically minded, UCLA-trained biologist, was very pleased with my results—so pleased that she started taking herself and our four children to Dr. Raven for a weekly adjustment. We attribute our wellness care to eliminating the regular colds that come from living in a ski town with four small children, but there are simply no words to describe how much better than healthy we feel since adding quality chiropractic wellness care to our lives.
Dr. Fabrizio Mancini was born in Colombia and moved to the United States with his family, speaking only Spanish, at age 12. In 1987, while a premed student, he was surprised when his orthopedic surgeon referred him to a chiropractor after a car accident. He switched from premed and enrolled at Parker College of Chiropractic. It was here he first realized the powerful connection between chiropractic and wellness and began his odyssey to bring health and wellness to the masses.
After graduation he developed a very lucrative practice, but was also recognized for his leadership potential, and was asked to become president of Parker College in 1999. As president, he has greatly expanded the enrollment, curriculum, and quality of the incoming students. To attract the best and most dedicated students, in addition to offering the Doctor of Chiropractic degree, Parker now offers B.S. degrees in anatomy and in health and wellness.
As president of Parker College, and president of Parker Seminars (which runs the world's largest annual educational conventions of chiropractors), Fab has emerged as an international leader for the profession—educating chiropractic students, already-practicing chiropractors, and potential chiropractic patients. As he explains:
"Consumers must be counseled and educated relative to their spines, the need for proper exercise, diet, as well as the adverse effects of pollutants, obesity, smoking, stress and negative thoughts. Unfortunately, much of the general public does not realize that today's chiropractor is well educated (more than seven years of university studies) and recognizes that the body was designed to be healthy, and not sick."
—Dr. Fabrizio Mancini
President, Parker College of Chiropractic
A frequent guest on popular television shows, Fab has received awards from the state of Texas, the White House, and from chiropractic organizations and colleges worldwide. To expand the knowledge of chiropractic, he created the book Chicken Soup for the Chiropractic Soul, which became an instant bestseller.
Fab is most proud of what he is doing to bring the benefits of wellness and chiropractic to the less fortunate, both in the United States and abroad. Hispanics, as some of the newest immigrants to the United States, are often at the lower end of the socioeconomic ladder and have thus been less influenced by the wellness revolution. To reach this group, Dr. Mancini, who speaks fluent Spanish and Italian, has developed programming for CNN Espanol and its 38 million viewers.
Parker's Clinic Abroad program makes it possible for American students to study and live in Mexico. The students treat patients at the university's public clinic, and students also study Spanish and Mexican culture in order to better prepare them to serve the U.S. Hispanic population when they return home.
Mexico has a population of 100 million people and only 100 chiropractors. Dr Mancini assisted the Secretary of Education to establish the first and only chiropractic school in Latin America. The first group of students has already graduated and are practicing in the Mexican hospital system. Mexican chiropractic faculty study and are trained at Parker College in the United States.