By Hank Bond
The Greenup Beacon
A life’s experience led Terry Meredith to seek a career path which will help others and make a medical difference in people’s lives.
Terry Meredith, DC is the son of the late legendary Russell basketball coach Marvin Meredith and Leonora Meredith.
Dr. Meredith was born May 25, 1957 in Ashland. Terry has lived in this area all his life with the exception of college from 1978-1984 in Davenport, Iowa while attending Palmer College of Chiropractic.
Terry is married to Terri Enyart Meredith, a 1975 graduate of Russell High School. She obtained a Bachelor of Science in Education, K-8, from Ohio University. Together they have raised four children: Adam, Brandon, Heather, and Chase.
Dr. Meredith began his education at Edison Elementary in Boyd Co.
As a freshman in high school, his father, Coach Meredith transferred him to Russell High School where he graduated in 1976.
He was a starting guard in basketball. In 1976 his Red Devils team held a record of 24 wins and 4 losses.
After High school Terry received an Associate Degree in Science from Ashland Community College and a pre-med degree from Morehead State University.
In 1978 he was accepted to the famed Palmer College of Chiropractic where he graduated in 1984 with a Doctor of Chiropractic Degree.
“As a chiropractor, I treat the frame of the body, mostly the spinal column, and its adjacent tissue as well as the joints.
“It is important to allow full range of motion as much as possible, to relieve nerve and root pressure, and allow normal functioning of the muscles and organs the nerve supplies.
“Chiropractic also helps increase the ability to enhance balance and endurance from the sportsman to the elderly. Dietary and nutritional advice is also a part of overall health. Over the past thirty years in practice, I have been constantly amazed by the results of chiropractic care.”
Meredith has been in a solo practice for over three decades
“After passing the state and national board examinations, I began practice in 1984 on Carter Ave. in Ashland, and have maintained an active practice for 30 years.
“The practice is located at 2120 Carter Ave., Ashland, and the phone is 606-329-8158.
Helping people has led him to find a peace in life.
“I believe that almost anyone can have whatever they want if they will help enough other people get what they want. I think you must have clear and specific direction of where you want to go in life.
“So having specific goals and following a plan to achieve them is important. Also, be persistent, it's 90 percent perspiration and 10 percent inspiration.”
It is clear to Meredith how he began his career path.
“I first became interested in Chiropractic due to a health condition I had that did not respond to a variety of methods and treatments in traditional care.
“After three years of treatment I was told I would just have to live with it.
“Not only that but the condition would progressively get worse.
“A high school friend found out I was having some problems and said, ‘I'm taking you to see my dad!’
“I had no idea what a chiropractor was or how they helped people but with limited options, I went.
“Amazingly, in a few months strength in my legs had returned. Stomach and bowel problems cleared as well as fatigue.
“It all disappeared without a single drug or surgery. The chiropractic doctor explained to me that the body was designed to take care of itself to function normally.
“He said he just removed the interference and disruption of the nerve flow through the body.
“The brain controls all the information to the muscles, organs and joints. This information is relayed through the spinal cord, out through the nerves, then to the muscle or organ that it controls allowing it to function in harmony with the rest of the body.
“I realize this is a simple explanation for a complicated process but it raised great interest and fascination about how the human body works.”
Meredith has a solid believe how this has all come together for him
“It all comes down to persistence and discipline. Having this new fascination with anatomy and physiology, I began to study and prepare myself like never before.
“I wanted to help others the way I had been helped. Desire and direction was fuel for fire as I developed a passion and excitement about the function and health of the body.
“It was as exciting as playing basketball or anything else I enjoyed. Even after 30 years, I consistently take continuing education and seminars.”
What people eat, from Meredith’s perspective, impact an individual’s overall health.
“At present, one of my projects is to gain information on how food additives affect our health and influence symptoms of discomfort as a result.
“I also collect data from multiple resources in other countries to find reasonable influences or irritants associated with the incidence of Autism. The statistics are now 1 out of every 58 children born in America.
“Approaching the end of an active career, I plan to continue part-time as long as my body will allow.
“I just can't imagine not staying active and continuing to help others. I hope to help new chiropractors just beginning their careers to set goals, be more effective in management and gain financial success.”
Meredith credits his life’s path to his religious convictions.
“I also plan to work with ministries to teach about God's love with the ultimate goal of seeing lives turn to our Savior, Jesus.”
Meredith is quick to hand out the credit for his success to others.
“There are so many people that helped me that I want to thank.
“Darrell French- for taking me to his father and being a great friend;
Dr. Glennard French, D.C. - For his excellent care. Also his kindness and willingness to help guide and encourage me.
“He gave me back my health. He is a good friend to this day and one of my heroes. Opel Conley and Robert Goodpaster, Dewey Greer- who took extra time to encourage and tutor me when I needed it.”
Also importantly, “My father, Marvin Meredith, who gave me a competitive attitude to never quit and never give up.
“Senator Nelson Allen - who wrote letters of recommendation on senate letterhead.
“Dr.Homer Bailey, D.C- for sending encouraging letters to me while at Palmer.
“Dr.Tom Kreusch, D.C. - who over the past 25 years spent many hours bouncing new ideas and treatment technologies off each other to best treat disease processes. I can always depend on him. He is a great close friend.
“Jack Metz - who organized the office construction.
“Dr. Chuck Gibson, D.C. of Gibson Management and Dr. Jay Morgan, D.C. - for helping me develop effective management skills.
“Most importantly - My Lord and Savior Jesus Christ for putting these and all the many more wonderful people He placed in my life, And for the health and knowledge He has given me to help so many hurting people.”
Here is a glimpse at Meredith’s philosophy.
“There are 7 major steps to reach your goals.
1) Identify what the goal is. Be specific and clear. Know when you reach it.
2) Set a deadline. Have a timetable for accomplishment with milestones and sub-goals. Be able to measure you progress over time.
3) Identify the obstacles needed to overcome
4) Know what people or groups you need to work with
5) Identify what knowledge or skills you need to accomplish the goal
6) Develop a plan of action - write it down.
7) Know why you want to achieve your goal. List the benefits to you. This may be as motivating as the goal itself.”
In conclusion Terry offered this life’s thought: “I would just like to add that every big goal requires the help of others. I want to thank my parents and family for all their love and encouragement in my life. I can truly say I am a blessed man!”
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