Episode 028 — New Beginnings Board Member, Dr. Sam Selimo

Title: New Beginnings Board Member, Dr. Sam Selimo

Episode Number: 028

Host: Dr. Thomas Lamar

Show Date: 10/29/2010

Run Time: 10:29

Description: For the past 20 years a chiropractic movement has been afoot in the Northeast — a movement that aims to stay true to preserving, protecting, and perpetuating philosophically based, principled Chiropractic… without compromise. That movement is know as New Beginnings Chiropractic Weekend. Join Dr. Lamar as he interviews New Beginnings Board Member, Dr. Sam Selimo, On Location at their Fall 2010 gathering in Long Branch, New Jersey.

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ON LOCATION in New Jersey

-20th Anniversary-

An Interview with Board Member, Sam Selimo, DC

New Beginnings Chiropractic Weekends

Fall 2010

Dr. Thomas Lamar interviews New Beginnings Board Member, Dr. Sam Selimo

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More “On Location” New Beginnings Chiropractic Weekends Interviews from some of our Profession’s Finest!

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Arno Burnier, Jason Deitch, Billy DeMoss, Kevin Donka, James Dubel, Gary Deutchman, Skip George, Reggie Gold, Jay Handt, Bill Henry, Ernie Landi, Tony DeMarco, Peter Morgan, Jeanne Ohm, Barbara Sanoudis, Jon Schwartzbauer, Fred Schofield, Liam Schubel, Sam Selimo, Gary Street, Chuck Ribley, Armand Rossi, and Robert Tarantino.

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[Dr. James Dubel: Hey guys, this is Jim Dubel, and you’re here listening to Spinal Column Radio at the 20th Anniversary of New Beginnings for a New Future Chiropractic Philosophy Weekends.]

Spinal Column Radio, episode number twenty-eight.

Coming up next on Spinal Column Radio — An interview with New Beginnings Board Member, Dr. Sam Selimo.

[Dr. Sam Selimo: Not everybody wants to stand up on that stage and talk to 500 chiropractors. Not everybody wants to do a lay lecture in their office. But you know what …if you want to be a true warrior for this profession and carry forth the heritage of Palmer Chiropractic — the heart and soul that helps people heal — it is only for the select few that really have that burning desire.


[intro theme music]

And welcome back to another exciting and information packed episode of Spinal Column Radio. My name is Dr. Thomas Lamar, chiropractor and Dad of 6. And this is the podcast that gets you to think. To think about your health in a whole new way. We’re the podcast for your backbone… the podcast with backbone. Who knew that spinal education could be this much fun?

We’d like to invite you to visit our podcast website at SpinalColumnRadio.com where you can learn more about us, check out our world-renowned “What’s a Podcast?” page, and can access the show notes for this episode. Also, we encourage you to leave comments and ask questions through our website, or, if you prefer, you can email me using DrLamar AT SpinalColumnRadio DOT com.


[transitional sound effect]

Well today on SpinalColumnRadio we’re reaching into our Fall 2010 New Beginnings Chiropractic Weekends Bag O’ Interviews that Logan and I procured from our trip to the New Jersey Coast a month ago…. and we’re pulling out one that’s short and sweet. It’s with New Beginnings Board Member, Dr. Sam Selimo… another shinning example of the outstanding chiropractors that make up the New Beginnings Family….


[transitional sound effect]

Today on Spinal Column Radio, we continue to get to know the New Beginnings Chiropractic Weekends Board Members as we podcast from their 20th anniversary gathering here at the Ocean Place Resort and Spa on the New Jersey Coast. Joining me this time is Chiropractor Sam Selimo. He’s a 1979 graduate of Palmer College of Chiropractic and maintains a private practice about an hour from here in Boonton, New Jersey.

Dr. Lamar: Dr. Selimo, thank you for joining us on Spinal Column Radio.

Dr. Selimo: Oh, you’re welcome!

Dr. L: Well, tell us how you got involved with New Beginnings?

Dr. S: It started years ago where I was a friend of Jimmy’s out of Palmer…

Dr. L: Jimmy Dubel, right?

Dr. S: Jim Dubel. And we studied for the state board together and you know, then we went on our way and developed our practices. And we’d see one another at D.E. down in Atlanta. And he always talked about having something in the shore area. And lo and behold we just, you know, got together for dinner and lunch and we just started doing these things on a small basis. You know, maybe 5 or 6 guys and it just grew. It snowballed to where we are at today.

Dr. L: Now, you are a Palmer graduate.

Dr. S: Correct.

Dr. L: About 31 plus years ago…

Dr. S: Geez, I’m that old?

Dr. L: Were there certain things around campus that served as evidence or reminders to you that B.J. once roamed those halls?

Dr. S: Yeah, it was… I’m very thankful that I chose Palmer College of Chiropractic to go to school at in Davenport, IA because the history, although it’s not there anymore, it did leave a burning desire in your heart to want to keep this profession moving. It’s kind of like, you know… I’m Italian. My grandparents came over from Italy so to keep the Italian heritage going in my family to my kids and to their kids. That’s how I feel about chiropractic when I went out to Palmer. It’s something that I feel I have to keep alive, the Palmer heritage. The Palmer chiropractic heritage.

Dr. L: New Beginnings puts out a Newsletter entitled The 34th Principle and in it you once wrote an article. And in that article you stated “New Beginnings is not for the weak of mind or heart. It’s for the select few who want to make a difference, who are strong enough to take a stand.” Tell us about the difference. Tell us about the stand.

Dr. S: Ok. What we like to do here at New Beginnings is develop inner strength with our doctors that are here. And those doctors, we would like them to go out into their individual neighborhoods, into their individual states and develop true chiropractic, bring chiropractic to the forefront. And what I meant by that article is not everybody wants to do that. Not everybody wants to stand up on that stage and talk to 500 chiropractors. Not everybody wants to do a ley lecture in their office, but you know what? If you want to be a true warrior for this profession and carry forth the heritage of Palmer chiropractic, the heart and soul that helps people heal… It is only for the select few that really have that burning desire. And can you develop it? Yes you can, but you really want to have to develop it.

Dr. L: Sometimes don’t you just kind of take one step forward and jump in?

Dr. S: That’s the way I did it because the way I got involved in this profession… I got hurt playing semiprofessional football and I was selling life insurance at the time and one of my clients saw me rubbing my neck. And he goes, “What’s the matter with you?” I said, “I think I got… well I know I got knocked out. I was running back a kickoff and I found myself laying under the bench. I woke up with a headache, put me back in the game. I didn’t know what street I was on and here I am trying to sell your life insurance.” And he took me to see this little chiropractor in Livingston, NJ and I walked in there like most people. And I’m going, “What’s this little guy going to do for me?” Showed me x-rays, adjusted my neck. I walked out of there… my girlfriend was so afraid to come into the chiropractic office. She stayed in the car because she thought it was voodoo. I walked out of there and I said, “This is the best I’ve felt in my life!” And I was only 23 years old. You had the world in your hand. You thought you could conquer anything. I’m a big football player. This guy taught me how to stay alive.

Dr. L: What a pivotal moment for you in your life.

Dr. S: Yeah! And you know what? I’m very thankful for him being in my life even though it was a brief thing. He retired and went to Florida but he started with having classes. I attended 3 of his classes, sat in the front row. He gave me books to read. He goes, “Here, read this book. Read this book.” And, you know, I didn’t know what I was reading because I was reading a B.J. Palmer Green Book and it made no sense to me. And then he would talk about it and, you know, it started making sense. He wanted me to go to Sherman. I ended up at Palmer.

Dr. L: Also in your article you quoted CEO and Ex-football coach, Jim Rohn, because it reminded you of the New Beginnings mission. And the quote was… “There are no new fundamentals, You’ve got to be a little suspicious of someone who says, ‘ I’ve got a new fundamental’ That’s like someone inviting you to tour a factory where they are manufacturing antiques.” What was it about this quote that made you think of New Beginnings?

Dr. S: Can you reinvent air? I mean it’s fundamentals. You have to breathe. You have to breathe air. You have to start with fundamentals. I was also a football coach for 10 years and I played football for 22. I’m also a strength coach. My whole principle on teaching chiropractic to my patients and to the doctors here is you have to start from the beginning to truly get it, to truly understand it, to develop that burning desire. The sun is going to come up tomorrow. You’re not going to change that. It’s going to go down at night. You’re not going to change that. That’s the fundamentals of the universal intelligence. We are not going to change it. Can we add to it? I don’t think so, you know but what we can do is make our delivery better, becoming stronger ourselves in wanting to develop that passion. And I feel we do a pretty good job here at New Beginnings with that.

Dr. L: I’m going to give you 30 seconds. Nah, I’ll give you a little longer if you need it. But, I’m going to let you have the final word. Is there something that’s on your heart that you want to share with us today?

Dr. S: Yes, there is. I would like every chiropractor to please, at one point in your life, at one point in your career please experience New Beginnings. Why? Not for me because we are a nonprofit organization, but just feel the people that are in these rooms that truly want to push this profession to the heights of unlimited boundaries and put us where we belong and people gain respect for your profession. Be proud. Be proud of yourselves.

Dr. L: Dr. Selimo thanks so much for taking time out today to talk with us on Spinal Column Radio. It’s been a pleasure.

Dr. S: Thank you.

Dr. L: Thank you.


[outro theme music]

Dr. Sam Selimo… a Chiropractic Warrior for New Beginnings Chiropractic Weekend. For more information on New Beginnings, Check them out at NewBeginningsChiro.com, as well as their FaceBook Fan pages…. we have links in this episode’s show notes to help you out.

Spinal Column Radio would like to remind you that true health comes from the inside out — not outside in. As such, the content of this podcast, along with the show notes and related links, is not intended to cure, diagnose, treat, or prevent any disease. But, instead, is meant to inform and inspire you in asking better questions regarding your health. Since the circumstances surrounding your particular situation are unique, you are encouraged to consult with a Doctor of Chiropractic — or other health care practitioner of your choosing.

Next time on Spinal Column Radio, we’ll press pause on our series of interviews and bring you a podcast I just produced that could have only been inspired from interviewing 23 principled chiropractors in 2 1/2 days. That’s next week. So, until then, for my son Logan, tweaking the knobs on the mixer board, this is Dr. Thomas Lamar, your podcast chiropractor.


Spinal Column Radio is a production of Spinal Column Communications in conjunction with AnchorChiropractic.net. Copyright 2010.


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Dr Sam- a great chiropracTOR! loved the interview!

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