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“5 Questions” is an occasional feature in which we ask five questions of Downey business and community leaders. This week’s participant is chiropractor and community leader Dr. Dan Fox. Interview conducted by Eric Pierce
1.) How did you decide to become a chiropractor?
I was introduced to chiropractic as a profession by my girlfriend, who later became my wife. Her father was practicing here in Downey and he showed me more about chiropractic and how to become part of the profession. After much discussion with family and friends, my wife and I were off to Chiropractic College.
2.) What’s the difference between an independent chiropractor such as yourself and the big chains?
The main difference is the philosophy. I went to Chiropractic College to help people and use the tools I was taught to help people get well; more of an individualized course of treatment. The chain has the philosophy that all you need is one tool and see if that helps. I would think that a “chain”, as you put it, has less individualized care. It’s like what Henry Ford said about the Model-T, “You can have any color you want as long as it’s black.”
3.) Your business is in the heart of downtown Downey. What’s your opinion of the recent changes downtown?
I have thought that Downey, in general, usually builds things that aren’t big enough, but they did a good job building a 4-story parking structure downtown that gave us the ability to grow and it looks like we may outgrow it. The growth in the downtown area is amazing and when The View (apartment complex) opens it will be a challenge for all to find parking in an area close enough to their liking.
4.) You are heavily involved in community service, including Rotary and Gangs Out of Downey, and previously ran for Downey school board. Would you ever consider running for public office again?
Eric, I had a wonderful experience running for school board, seeing first-hand how “the political process” works, and the voters of Downey were cordial to me, which is probably not the case in every community. About running again, let me just say, “Never say never.”
5.) We know you are a big baseball fan, particularly of the Angels and Dodgers. If you had to start a team with Mike Trout or Yasiel Puig, who would you choose?
Eric, this is probably the easiest question you’ve asked. Those who really know me know I am a Dodger fan, but if I had to choose between these two players it would be Mike Trout to start a team around. They are both great players, but I think Trout has the leadership to build a team around.
Published: May 8, 2014 – Volume 13 – Issue 04