Steffan Vossen is to become regular poster on this blog. I have read Steffan’s comments on many of the skeptics blogs and believe he should have a wider audience and post his own topics. Contrary to popular belief, chiropractic is not based on dogma, yes there are dogmatic chiropractors and skeptics out there, however a progressive health care profession has no place for dogma, chiropractic is a diverse profession and I welcome all who have a positive contribution to make to the philosophy and practice of chiropractic.
Stevan writes what he wants to write about, and is only resposible for what he writes in his catogory “Skeptic Pit”, if I disagree with his views like everybody else I can do so in the comments. Initially Stefaan is going to focus on the skeptics he has come into contact with while surfing the internet.
Name: Stefaan Agnes Laurent Pascal Vossen (in Belgium every boy has got a girl’s name for a second name, all right? ….nothing worthwhile taking the proverbial out of,… really, I am still recovering)
Chiropractor, since graduating in 2003 from the AECC, Bournemouth. Studied physiotherapy at the the University of Ghent, Belgium. Enjoyed a well-spent miss-spent youth in the Flemish speaking part of Belgium after moving there in 1983 from what was then Zaire and is now known as the Republic of Congo.
Father is a GP practising in a little village in the centre of Belgium, since moving there in 1983. He had specialised in tropical diseases graduated in 1972 with many seriously scary accolades to his name and was given a seriously hot job in Zaire. Surgery hours 8am-8pm, home-visits 24 hrs/5 days/week.
Mother met father whilst studying to become a nurse, which in those days was studying to become a doctor’s wife so she has been very successful and continued to be successful being a nurse, teaching nurse and nursing her kids to be who they are now. One is proud father of 3 works in a field I do not to this day understand and the other one is my little sister whom I have been assured is still a virgin and is currently working to finish her chiropractic degree.
Fortunate enough to have met Angela, my wife who is a) tolerant of me b) stunning (in a classy kind of way) and c) likes me (a lot). Between us we have 4 children, 3 girls, one boy all equally damaged by their parents and equally loved.
Supposedly born into the second largest chiropractic family in Europe, although I do not actually know if that’s true, or relevant.
I opened my own practice in Warwick last year after working for a chiropractic clinic in Rugby for 6 years. Have an extensive interest in chiropractic, podiatry, dental malocclusion and chiropractic. Also have a specific clinical interest in chronic and complex cases and chiropractic. Finally I have thought about and discussed chiropractic theories, practices and clinical applications for a very long time now, having had my childhood taken away by uncles who wanted me to do better than them. According to some there might be some value in these opinions but that is really all they are, opinions.
Two substantial professional achievements so far:
- successful clinic built on the back of referrals (my ego doesn’t tolerate the idea of having to advertise, I am sure there is a post to follow on that)
- got an insurance company to look at outcome stats and agreed to make the chiropractic profession the first healthcare profession able to guarantee its outcomes
I will leave it to that for now, the rest (good and bad) will become apparent through the blog posts, I am sure, but above all; I am not here to tell people they are wrong and I am right.
I am here to share a view, an insight, a way of looking at things which makes me successful (but what is success?) at what I do and makes me happy whilst doing it. I am interested in taking these opinions to a level of testing and am interested in debate. Hope you join in!