He’s leaving in September to attend medical school at Washington University of Health and Sciences in San Pedro, Belize, on the island of Ambergris Cay.
He heard good things about the school from a friend and, after doing a lot of checking, he realizes this is the school for him.
After graduating from Balboa High School in the Republic of Panama in 1974, Wade enrolled at Jacksonville State University in that same year. His plan was to join the ROTC, stay four years at JSU and let the military pay for his medical education.
His plan changed when he received a scholarship to the Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, N. Y. He graduated from there in 1978 with a degree in engineering, but not before injuring his neck while playing rugby in 1976. He was treated medically and aggravated the injury in 1978 while working on the SS Manhattan in Valdez, Alaska.
He came home and his father carried him to see a local chiropractor and JSU supporter, Dr. James Lett, in Anniston.
“That was my first experience with chiropractic,” said Wade. “After my success with chiropractic, I changed career paths and ended up buying Dr. Lett’s practice from him. I became an engineer, then a chiropractor and am now going to medical school. I asked God why now, why not back then. He told me that if I’d gone to medical school then, I’d have missed out on the fact that He is the source of healing.”
Wade said he made a promise to God that he’d go out into the world and, with His help, spend his life healing.
Now is the time, Wade believes, to move on to the next chapter in his life.
“I’m still going to be involved in health care,” he said, “but it’s going to be a career path shift. I believe that an integrated multi- discipline approach of dealing with health is a better overall picture. So if I can integrate things I’ve learned about the power the body has and apply that to some medical care, not to put people on medicines necessarily, but to be able to help get them off medicines, I can help them stay healthy without having to do drugs or surgery.”
Wade has been offered a position teaching anatomy in the undergrad program at Washington University. He will begin in January.
“Honestly, it’s a little bit scary thinking about disconnecting and going,” he said.
It will take about five years to get the degree. Wade will take basic science classes in Belize and will do clinical rotations in the United States.
“I’ve been teaching a program based on living healthy until the age of 100,” he said. “There’s an estimated number of years left in your future. They call that your innate potential. It’s a calculated number where you take the oldest person in your family tree, then you subtract your current age.”
Wade’s great-grandfather lived to be 93; Wade is 56.
“So that means I’ve got 37 more years for me,” he said. “This is sometimes called your m-pyr (pronounced Empire). I’ve just started my 30th year of chiropractic practice, and I am committed to keeping my offices open, but I’m excited about expanding our services to the community for the future.”
Wade said that he’s been teaching people how to stay healthy during his career and one of the things he stresses is fitness.
“The idea is you can be healthy progressively if you take responsibility over your health and are proactive,” he said. “Instead of letting nature take its course, do something preventive. If you keep your body moving and flexible, then you’re going to have an excellent chance of living longer and meeting or exceeding, your potential years.”
Instead of accepting the idea that age causes stiffness, he suggests practicing strength and endurance exercises and maintaining your structure balance with Lifestyle Chiropractic Care. Wade said swimming, walking, biking, yoga, massage and some type of resistance are good exercises.
“If you want to live a long, healthy life, you’ve got to be proactive and do something, and that’s what we teach in our outreach workshops,” he said. “We’ve partnered with the Buy Local, Buy Healthy Campaign and the Gathering Place of the Jacksonville Farmers Market and we talk about good nutrition. Eating healthy provides good dividends.”
Wade said that grocery shopping habits can be changed. Rather than shopping in the aisles, “where the bad stuff -- chemicals and preservatives -- are, learn to stay on the edge, where the fruits and vegetables are. We get into trouble when we go into the aisles.”
Prevention, nutrition and fitness, he believes are the key factors in living a longer, healthier life. His goal is to teach and emphasize that for at least the next 37 years of his life.
Wade opened his office on Snow Street in Oxford in March 1984, almost 30 years ago. This time last year, he opened an office on South Pelham, in the same location as Calhoun County Insurance Center. Dr. Carol Evancho is on staff there, and Wade said he’ll bring another doctor in soon. He also offers massage therapy as well.
“The community of Jacksonville has been awesome in accepting us,” he said. “We’ve expanded three time since we’ve been here and more than doubled our office space. We had a lot of patients living in this area that we’ve taken care of over the years, and I wanted to try to make it easier for them to access our services. We have a great team, and I will continue to be back between terms from school for patients”
Wade received his chiropractic degree in 1984 from Life University in Marietta, Ga.
He and his wife, Lisa, have nine children and seven grandchildren. They are members of Word Alive Church and enjoy kayaking. Lisa is the business manager for both his practices.
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