NextGen Member of the Month: February 2020
In order to display the diverse accomplishments of ACA's NextGen members, ACA will feature one NextGen member a month. This is a great way for you to get to know your peers and find others with similar interests. View previous NextGen Members of the Month.
This month's NextGen member of the month is...
Esteban Sandoval, DC
Dr. Sandoval has been a member of ACA since 2016 when he was highly involved in his SACA Chapter at University of Southern California. He is currently on the NextGen Legislation Taskforce and works at Spectrum Pain Management in Corona, CA. To connect with Dr. Sandoval about NextGen and the chiropractic profession, send him an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Q: How and when did you first become involved with the ACA?
A: I first became involved in 2017 as the Legislative Representative to my alma mater, SCUHS. I knew after attending my first NCLC in 2016 tthat I needed to become involved and try to make a difference. What can I say? I got hooked!
Q: What are three words you'd use to describe ACA?
A: This. Is. It. - If you are looking for somewhere to make a change, to leave this profession better than you found it, to try to just make a long lasting difference in more than a practice...this is your ticket. Take it!
Q: Can you share your favorite thing about being part of NextGen?
A: Funny...they aren't things...they're people! I love the leadership of NextGen. The innovators, the go-getters, the ones who work tirelessly to achieve that better tomorrow that everyone secretly hopes for. It's a long list, but you know who you are - thank you!
Q: How has being involved with ACA helped your career?
A: It set me apart from the "competition". I know we strive to build a stronger profession, but the job market (especially in California) can get tough! Having this organization shape and mold me has forever changed me in ways I don't think I could have done alone. Not to mention the fabulous leaders in the ACA!
Q: What adviice do you have for prospective NextGen members?
A: Reach out to Dr. Michelle Maiers! She is one of the most wonderful and influential people I have ever had the honor of meeting. If you are thinking about NextGen, talk to her about it. 2020 just started...it is a great year for new adventures!
Q: Favorite vacation spot?
A: That's tough! I'm going to cheat and give myself two. Anywhere with a spa/beach OR anywherwe with an amazing hiking trail!
Q: What motivates you to wake up and go to work?
A: My patients. I love nothing more than to see them experience new health. The look on someone's face when they achieve something they had resigned themselves to is...magical...to say the least.
Q: Tell us something that might surprise us about you?
A: I play in a Regional Hispanic band on the weekends. Yup. Matching hats, matching outfits, boots, big belt, the whole nine yeards!
Q: What is one thing you can't resist?
A: Laughing. I looooooooove to laugh!
Q: When you have 30 minutes of free time, how do you pass the time?
A: YouTube! It is my guity pleasure. I love to learn interesting facts about anything, watching people do amazing things or watch "try not to laugh" compilations.
Q: How do you balance your career, personal life, familly, friends as well as taking time for yourself?
A: I'm going to be 100% with you guys on this one - that's an area I want to try to improve in 2020. I have a bad habit of trying to help everyone with everything and have gotten myself into the hot seat for it OR go for weeks at a time with 3-4 hours of sleep per night. Pro-tip, make good friends in the profession who can be real with you and let you know if they see signs of an incomming meltdown.