Best of the Bay 2010: An Interview with Dr. Mariza Snyder

by The Atlas of Life on November 3, 2010

the specific, mariza snyderDr. Mariza Snyder is someone who is clearly making a difference in her community through Upper Cervical Chiropractic care. After reading her interview, and realizing that I can really identify with a lot of what she says, I was not disappointed. Now it is your turn to read and enjoy!

As always, I’m grateful to Dr. Snyder for taking time out of her busy schedule to answer some questions for The Atlas of Life.

Dr. Brandon Harshe: How did you get into Chiropractic?

Dr. Mariza Snyder: “Initially I was on track to medical school.  Becoming a doctor was always a dream of mine, without really understanding why. The summer before I was going to start medical school at UC Davis, I met a chiropractor who changed my life.  At the time I was suffering from debilitating migraines and headaches constantly and had no where else to turn.  After getting under care my migraines and headaches slowed down significantly.  My chiropractor, Dr. Michael and I began having conversations about allopathic vs. holistic medicine and my paradigm dramatically shifted towards holistic medicine.  I immediately declined my acceptance to medical school and applied to Life Chiropractic College West during the summer of 2005.  I began chiropractic school that fall and never looked back.”

Dr. Brandon Harshe: How did you get into Upper Cervical Chiropractic, and more specifically Knee Chest?

Dr. Mariza Snyder: “When I started Life Chiropractic College West I had no idea that there were so many techniques within the chiropractic profession.  Life Chiropractic College West (LCCW) does a phenomenal job at providing an environment that supports all chiropractic techniques.  During my first quarter at school Dr. Shawn Dill made a huge impact on my philosophical understanding of chiropractic care.  He opened to door to upper cervical specific chiropractic, as he does for so many students at LCCW.  He advised my class to go out and explore the various techniques and find the right one that suited each of us the best.  After two years of exploration I found my true calling with Upper Cervical Knee Chest.  I fell in love with the technique because I loved to use my hands, and I strongly resonated with the philosophy that stood behind the work; volume 18 was a required text when I was training for the knee chest technique.”

Dr. Brandon Harshe: Where are you practicing now? How is that going?

Dr. Mariza Snyder: “Currently I am practicing in Oakland, CA at The Specific Chiropractic Center along side Dr. Lauren Clum.  I began practicing in Oakland approximately one year ago and I love it.  I have always loved Oakland, Ca, so it was serendipitous to end up practicing in one of my favorite areas in the city.  So many exciting things have happened since I joined the practice, which keeps me on my toes and as busy as ever.   We have a great time passionately spreading the word of chiropractic in the community, and being apart of the overall change that is taking place in Oakland.  It is also very exciting to be apart of The Specific team in the bay area.  We are a close knit family who provide physical and emotional support as we grow as individual practitioners, and as a team.”

(Editor’s note: Play the video below to watch Dr. Snyder and Dr. Clum in their video entry for the Best of the Bay 2010 competition courtesy of KRON Channel 4 in San Francisco.)

Dr. Brandon Harshe: What is the biggest thing you have learned since being in practice?

Dr. Mariza Snyder: “In the short time I have been in practice I have learned that there is no time like the present to bring the message of hope and health to the masses.  Everyday is a new day to create change and help people discover the power of chiropractic care.  One of my favorite things to do is MARKET!!! I love to market myself and my profession and I believe that every moment is an opportunity to educate someone about what we do and how we can make a difference in their life.  Chiropractic changed my life; it’s time for me to pay that forward in every way that I can.”

Dr. Brandon Harshe: You recently co-authored a book. Can you tell us about that?

Dr. Mariza Snyder: “About 6 months ago I was talking to Lauren about writing a book in the next 5 years.  Clearly the universe heard me and gave us the opportunity to write our first book just 3 weeks later.  We met with a publisher, who pitched us an idea about nutrition and we loved it.  We spent the last 6 months writing it and we are excited to have it published by the end of the year.

As chiropractors, it is our responsibility to assist our patients in navigating through their journey of health and wellness.  Nutrition happens to be an area that our patients have a lot of control over.  Unfortunately, many people are not properly educated on the subject of how and what to eat.  As we reach out beyond the walls of our practice, our intention is to provide easy, healthy solutions that the average person can incorporate into their everyday lives. The book is designed to serve as a practical guide for healthy eating and living.  Our book is called The Antioxidant Counter: A Pocket Guide to the Revolutionary ORAC Scale for Choosing Healthy Foods.”

Dr. Brandon Harshe: What advice can you offer people who are sick and suffering and haven’t found a way to achieve optimal health yet?

Dr. Mariza Snyder: “I try to always keep my advice simple and not over complicate it. The best advice I know to give someone who is sick and suffering is to invite them into the office for an evaluation.  Our goal is to provide hope and support to the sick and suffering as they begin their journey towards health and wellness. Ultimately sick people want to know if we can help them, and that answer is yes we can!”

Dr. Brandon Harshe: How do you see Chiropractic, and more specifically Upper Cervical Chiropractic evolving in the future?

Dr. Mariza Snyder: “One of the areas Chiropractic is evolving, especially Upper Cervical Chiropractic, is through research.  As I have witnessed through the recent upper cervical conferences, a lot of research is coming out to support the results we have been experiencing in our practices for a very long time.  I am so grateful to all of the doctors and researchers involved in providing empirical validation behind the work that we do.

Upper cervical chiropractic is also slowly evolving in terms of becoming a supportive and cooperative community.  Although there is still some division among doctors of different techniques; we are beginning to see unity within this small faction of the chiropractic community.   It is exciting to see doctors coming together to initiate the Upper Cervical Council and Upper Cervical Diplomat Program as a way to bring the synthesis of Upper Cervical Chiropractic alive!”