Dr. Darin J. Mitchell graduated Summa Cum Laude from Texas Chiropractic College in 1997 with a Bachelor of Science in Human Biology and Doctorate of Chiropractic. After graduation, he spent the next 3 years performing histories and physical exams for a prominent neurosurgeon, while concomitantly starting his private practice. It was during this specialty medical training where he discovered the large chasm between traditional therapies and surgery for many pain sufferers.
Many challenging patients achieved tremendous relief under Dr. Mitchell’s care for their chronic conditions when other traditional treatments had failed. Their successes were a result of utilizing a comprehensive assessment strategy along with the multi-factorial approach of advanced soft tissue techniques, spinal and extremity adjustments, rehabilitative/therapeutic exercises and new technologies (i.e. cold laser, decompression).
Dr. Mitchell’s dedication to solving the tough cases led him into nutrition and functional medicine. He became board eligible with the Diplomate of Chiropractic Internist and certified in Functional Diagnostic Medicine. It was with this training that opened up another level of observation in which to evaluate a patient and new tools to address their symptoms. Those tough cases that did not respond to a mechanical model approach only, responded favorably when their structure, nutritional status, biochemistry, and physiology were balanced.
From Dr. Darin Mitchell:
My practice expanded from being primarily musculoskeletal based to a more of a whole body/whole-person approach utilizing natural-based wellness concepts. This provides patients with the truly next generation of “chiropractic and natural medicine.”
Many patients prefer the traditional medical model for their health care. This is where the doctor looks at the collection of information (history, physical, lab testing and symptoms) and diagnoses the disease. Then typically medication is prescribed to treat that disease. My medical colleagues have done many great things in the fields of emergency medicine, infectious disease, and ophthalmology.
However, many patients slip through the cracks within medicine because they do meet the criteria for a disease name and/or do not like the side effects that accompany the medication used to diminish their symptoms. If a patient does have to be on medication then we can provide a supportive role by addressing the nutritional deficiencies that many medications can cause.
I can honestly say that I don’t treat disease. As a portal of entry doctor if a true medical issue is identified and unmanageable with conservative treatment an immediate referral is made. I address the patient first and through a comprehensive history, physical exam, and diagnostic testing attempt to identify their dysfunctions that may be mechanical, chemical, nutritional, electrical or emotional.
People often have significant symptoms and they don’t feel well, but again they don’t meet the technical requirements for a particular diagnosis. I work with my patients to discover the dysfunctional patterns that lead to their symptoms, and then develop strategies to correct these patterns and restore optimal health. I focus on normalizing the underlying foundation, physiological imbalances and restore healthy function through chiropractic, nutrition, supplements, and lifestyle changes.
There is nothing more rewarding than truly helping a patient create a better proactive prevention-based strategy for their health versus early disease identification. It is really not about treating a patient’s disease but prevention.