AN INTERVIEW WITH:
Dr. T.K. Gossett
Why did you choose to pursue a career in Chiropractic?
When I was approximately 12 years old, my 35 year old father was told he should “get his life in order”, because he had a month to live. He had been suffering from a degenerative heart condition for about 2 years & at this point was unable to walk from the parking lot to his office (approximately 150 feet) without severe angina pain. He had been under the care of 2 M.D.’s during this 2 years – his Primary Care Physician & a Cardiologist. All they could do was observe the condition worsening & document it. They had no answers for effective treatment – only nitro-glycerine tablets to control the angina pain, when it struck. I can still remember the terror that swept through our family when we received this news.
A friend recommended a local Chiropractic Physician, who had taken post-graduate training in Cardiology, as it relates to Chiropractic. After discussing it as a family, we all decided we might as well see what he had to say . . . especially since the M.D.’s had “thrown up the white flag”. So, my father made an appointment with this recommended doctor & as they were discussing his past history, they uncovered the fact that he experienced a severe injury as a child when he was thrown into a tree “head-first” by a team of horses, while riding behind them on a piece of farm equipment. The x-ray examination revealed injuries to the upper, mid & lower cervical spine, as well as to the upper & mid thoracic spine – all levels, which send nerve supply directly to the heart, controlling its’ function & health. This was confirmed by EKG & ECG testing. This Chiropractic Physician said very simply, “I think there is a good possibility I can help you . . . I certainly can’t hurt you, with the news your M.D.’s have given you.”
So, he recommended a program of care composed of the following:
- Chiropractic Manipulation to the cervical & thoracic spine,
- Nutritional Supplementation for the heart & blood vessels,
- A Cutting-Edge Walking Program (now commonly referred to as Aerobic Exercise Walking).
What became of him & his condition? Over the next year, he gradually recuperated from most of the cardiac complications & lived to be 77 . . . yes, 77 years old!! This Chiropractic Physician had added 37 years to my father’s life, over double the predicted lifespan!!! (of his PCP & Cardiac Specialist)
Needless to say, our whole family was impressed! Even as a young man, I had an inherent interest in biology, so I began studying the heart & circulatory system, then the other systems of the human body as well. I was so impressed this Chiropractic Physician had helped my father without drugs or surgery, I decided to become a doctor & help others in a similar way. I completed undergraduate study (in human biology) & attended Logan College of Chiropractic, in St. Louis. After graduating from Logan, I immediately opened private solo practice in Central Illinois & have remained so, for 35 years.
What are your credentials to treat chronic and severe conditions?
During my years of practice, I have continued with post-graduate study in Orthopedics, Neurology, Nutrition, Passive Rehabilitation (w/ Physiotherapy), Active Rehabilitation (Physical Therapy), and various Chiropractic Techniques, as well as cutting-edge Examination & Treatment Procedures.
This has prepared me to not only treat traditionally accepted Chiropractic conditions like neck & back pain, headaches, shoulder, pelvic & leg pain, but also Chronic & Severe conditions like those listed under the Chronic Conditions tab, near the top of the Home Page. As a result, I have been able to assist patients (along with their M.D.) in safely discontinuing medication related to pain/spasm/inflammation (including narcotics), as well as those related to indigestion, constipation, diabetes, high blood pressure & recurrent infections. It has been gratifying to see my proprietary treatment protocols prevent the necessity of various recommended surgeries. Below is a synopsis of my professional history & a listing of my educational background.
- Activator Method of Chiropractic Analysis and Treatment protocols, scientifically based and supported, attended on a regular basis since graduation from Logan College of Chiropractic in St. Louis, MO, January of 1978,
- Neuro-Cranial Integration Procedure Treatment protocols,
- Orthopedics Training (over 300 hours of study),
- Pettibon Technique of Chiropractic Spinal Balancing/Rehabilitation (over 100 hours of study),
- Passive Pysiotherapy Protocols (various courses over the past 25+ years),
- Active Physical Therapy Protocols (included in 2-100 hour courses of study),
- Acupuncture (over 100 hours of study),
- Soft Tissue Rehabilitation (included in 2-100 hour courses of study),
- Sport Physician Training (a 100 hour course of study),
- Insurance Claim and Peer Review (a 100 hour course of study),
- 5 years, member of Spinal Aid Centers of America (for training in Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression & Spinal Flexibility Rehabilitation),
- Neurological Training (over 100 hours of study) including Peripheral Neuropathy, Imbalance Conditions, ADD, ADHD & Dyslexia.
Memberships & Associations:
- American Chiropractic Association
- Illinois Chiropractic Society
What else is important to you, Dr. Gossett?
First & foremost I am a family man, with 6 grown children (all in their mid-late 20’s & early 30’s) & 3 grandchildren from a previous marriage. I am very proud to be the father of Allison, Ashley, Tim, Alexandra, Amanda & Taylor as well as being a grandfather. My wife, Jami of 9 years & I have 2 beautiful daughters – Sabrina, who is 8 & Gabriella, who is 4. I have arranged my professional hours to be able to maximize time with my family.
My mother and stepfather live in Tuscola and I enjoy having a full relationship with them and with my sister Patty who lives with her husband in Springfield, IL.
What other interests due you have & enjoy?
Jami and I have been Foster Parents for approximately 10 years. It has been rewarding to serve the community in this capacity and make whatever difference we could, in the lives of the many children we have come into contact with, during this time.
We are committed to supporting CASA of Champaign County, as well as The Forgotten Initiative, which supports local social service agencies and the clients they serve. We attend 1st Christian Church, on Staley Road, in Champaign, IL.
I support the University of Illinois Athletics and am a die hard St. Louis Cardinals Fan. I enjoy recreation (especially outdoors) ranging from Basketball, Softball & Golf, to Fishing, Camping and Off-Road Jeeping.