Interview with Fabrizio Mancini, D.C.
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Written by Fabrizio Mancini, D.C.   
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Fabrizio Mancini came to the United States in 1978 from Colombia, South America.  His dream was to become a doctor to help alleviate the suffering of others.  His journey began in Dallas as he studied pre-medicine at the prestigious University of Dallas where he was preparing to be a neurosurgeon.  He later discovered the chiropractic profession and enrolled at Parker College of Chiropractic  as a student in 1987, having recognized the potential in preventing disease and educating patients in a wellness lifestyle for optimum performance.  He opened the Mancini Chiropractic Center in 1993 in a Dallas suburb, where he has treated thousands of patients.

In 1999, at age 33, Dr. Fabrizio Mancini became one of the youngest college presidents in the nation when he was named fifth president of Parker College of Chiropractic.  He has been variously described as a family man; an internationally acclaimed professional speaker and educator; president of one of the leading chiropractic schools—and the largest chiropractic seminar series—in the world; healer; humanitarian and philanthropist.  Add to the list of credits his recent success in co-authoring Chicken Soup for the Chiropractic Soul, part of the bestselling series by Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen, and what emerges is the budding profile of a chiropractic icon.

In an interview with The American Chiropractor, Dr. Mancini discusses his new book, as well as his vision for the future of Parker Chiropractic College, Parker Seminars, and the chiropractic profession.

TAC: Give us some background information on yourself and your family.
Mancini:  I was born in Colombia, South America, and moved to the US in 1978 at the age of thirteen.  I decided to become a doctor in high school.  As a result, I moved to Dallas and enrolled in Pre Med courses at the University of Dallas.  I wanted to specialize in neurosurgery. 
While there, I discovered chiropractic and enrolled at Parker College of Chiropractic in 1987.  I graduated in 1990 and opened practices in Miami and abroad.  I later moved back to the Dallas area and established a practice in Irving, Texas.  During part of that time, I also served as Director of Admissions and Assistant to the President, Dr. Jim Parker, at Parker College.
I’ve written several articles for magazines and newspapers and have spoken on radio shows about chiropractic in both English and Spanish languages.  I have also been a guest on many TV shows and have co-authored the newly released Chicken Soup for the Chiropractic Soul®, with Mark Victor Hansen and Jack Canfield. 
Now, as far as awards go, I have received many humanitarian, educator, speaker, and volunteer honors.  They’ve been awarded from various civic and professional organizations, including the World Chiropractic Association, the Texas Chiropractic Association, and Heroes for Humanity. 
I’ve been married to my love, Alicia, for seven years and have two boys, Gianni (6) and Luciano (3).

TAC: What influenced you to seek chiropractic as a career?
Mancini:  A Parker student at a party mentioned the word chiropractic in 1986.  It was the first time I had heard the word.  She told me her story as to why she left medical school to become a chiropractor, and I was sold.

Raising money for the Save Out Subluxation (SOS) campaign, a legal suit instigated by the ACA, Dr. Mancini is joined onstage by many of the leaders in the profession, who presented contributions to the fund totaling over $600,000. Las Vegas Seminar 2003.TAC: How does the fact that you are a practicing chiropractor help you in developing seminars and running a chiropractic college?
Mancini:  It keeps me connected to the patients.  Dr. Parker shared with me that we must always keep the patients in mind as we make decisions in chiropractic.  Practicing does that for me.  Also, it lets me know what patients are thinking about the field, what’s going on in the insurance world, etc.

TAC:  As a chiropractor, the president of the largest chiropractic seminar series, and college president, what motivated you to collaborate with Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen in the writing of Chicken Soup for the Chiropractic Soul?  How do you see it helping in the development of a chiropractic practice?
Mancini:  Since I have been in the role of President of Parker College, I have recognized that we, within chiropractic, know what we do and feel great about it.  But, when you look at the statistics and realize that we are not growing with the population, and that over 90% of the public has not experienced chiropractic, I am concerned.
Since I know Mark Victor Hansen, I asked him if he would help us share our miracles with the world through his best-selling book series.  His answer was, “Yes,” and we went to work.  Jack Canfield also agreed, and the publishers were thrilled. 
The genre of the series is a perfect match, as our stories are meant to touch the souls of the readers and inspire them to seek us out as their health care providers.  It is a great tool to help build a practice, as the book tells stories of the amazing healing power of the body through chiropractic.

TAC: As the president of Parker Seminars, how do you see the seminars’ relevance in helping today’s chiropractors and chiropractic assistants?
Mancini:  Our main goal is to fine-tune working procedures so that an office can manage a patient’s relationship from the time he makes that first call to the point where he sees the chiropractor on a regular basis.  We also have the best speakers on subjects like professional growth, personal growth, and the latest science supporting chiropractic.  Our team teachers are also founders of most techniques that keep our art on the cutting edge.  They are successful wellness experts who share their secrets for building and maintaining successful practices. 
A Parker Seminar is a total experience from personal to professional.  It elevates you to a higher level of performance, whether you are a student about to open a practice or a veteran of chiropractic.  We want to help chiropractors and assistants also create greater financial security so that more students will be attracted to chiropractic as a profession. 

TAC: What is the basis of Parker Seminars’ system for professional success?
Mancini: The system is based on the principles and procedures that Dr. Jim Parker taught for over fifty-one years.  Many believe this system is the foundation for some of the greatest successes we have seen in our profession.  We continue to u
evaluate and find ways to teach it more was the first time I had heard the word.  She told me her story as to why she left medical school to become a chiropractor, and I was sold.

TAC: How does the fact that you are a practicing chiropractor help you in developing seminars and running a chiropractic college?
Mancini:  It keeps me connected to the patients.  Dr. Parker shared with me that we must always keep the patients in mind as we make decisions in chiropractic.  Practicing does that for me.  Also, it lets me know what patients are thinking about the field, what’s going on in the insurance world, etc.

TAC:  As a chiropractor, the president of the largest chiropractic seminar series, and college president, what motivated you to collaborate with Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen in the writing of Chicken Soup for the Chiropractic Soul?  How do you see it helping in the development of a chiropractic practice?
Mancini:  Since I have been in the role of President of Parker College, I have recognized that we, within chiropractic, know what we do and feel great about it.  But, when you look at the statistics and realize that we are not growing with the population, and that over 90% of the public has not experienced chiropractic, I am concerned.
Since I know Mark Victor Hansen, I asked him if he would help us share our miracles with the world through his best-selling book series.  His answer was, “Yes,” and we went to work.  Jack Canfield also agreed, and the publishers were thrilled. 
The genre of the series is a perfect match, as our stories are meant to touch the souls of the readers and inspire them to seek us out as their health care providers.  It is a great tool to help build a practice, as the book tells stories of the amazing healing power of the body through chiropractic.

TAC: As the president of Parker Seminars, how do you see the seminars’ relevance in helping today’s chiropractors and chiropractic assistants?
Mancini:  Our main goal is to fine-tune working procedures so that an office can manage a patient’s relationship from the time he makes that first call to the point where he sees the chiropractor on a regular basis.  We also have the best speakers on subjects like professional growth, personal growth, and the latest science supporting chiropractic.  Our team teachers are also founders of most techniques that keep our art on the cutting edge.  They are successful wellness experts who share their secrets for building and maintaining successful practices. 
A Parker Seminar is a total experience from personal to professional.  It elevates you to a higher level of performance, whether you are a student about to open a practice or a veteran of chiropractic.  We want to help chiropractors and assistants also create greater financial security so that more students will be attracted to chiropractic as a profession. 

TAC: What is the basis of Parker Seminars’ system for professional success?
Mancini: The system is based on the principles and procedures that Dr. Jim Parker taught for over fifty-one years.  Many believe this system is the foundation for some of the greatest successes we have seen in our profession.  We continue to u
evaluate and find ways to teach it more effectively.

TAC:  You’ve been quoted as saying that you and Parker Seminars want to “move the profession forward.”  How do you see the seminars as the vehicle to accomplish this vision?
Mancini:  I believe that the profession, as a whole, is a reflection of where we are individually.  We, at the seminars, want to help individuals grow by teaching them ways to practice effectively.  This, in turn, helps the profession grow.  We want to double the patients that come to chiropractic within the next ten years.  We want to lead the wellness movement and demonstrate that, together, we can all help more people.  We want to bring patients to our seminars and have the best of the best give lay lectures so that those patients can become even more motivated to refer everyone they know.  We want to continue to raise funds for worthy causes.  We want to get our profession more fit (Parker Get Fit) and involve our children by having a program for them at every seminar (Parker Kids Club).  We want to continue to be the place where everyone  goes because they know everyone  benefits.

TAC: Parker has introduced some pretty innovative post-graduate programs. What are they, and how do they relate to “moving the profession forward”?
Mancini:  We have implemented many programs including neurology, acupuncture, and pediatrics.  This fall we will be starting the Parker Business Academy.  This program is designed and operated by some of the greatest business minds out there.  We joined forces with Dr. Nathan Jones and his team of experts to create a program that teaches basic business skills in managing an office.  We have realized that most chiropractors love being doctors, but they may not be the best CEO’s in their offices.  We now will have a program that will teach them.  This, in turn, will increase the financial u  welfare of the profession, allowing us to was the first time I had heard the word.  She told me her story as to why she left medical school to become a chiropractor, and I was sold.

TAC: How does the fact that you are a practicing chiropractor help you in developing seminars and running a chiropractic college?
Mancini:  It keeps me connected to the patients.  Dr. Parker shared with me that we must always keep the patients in mind as we make decisions in chiropractic.  Practicing does that for me.  Also, it lets me know what patients are thinking about the field, what’s going on in the insurance world, etc.

TAC:  As a chiropractor, the president of the largest chiropractic seminar series, and college president, what motivated you to collaborate with Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen in the writing of Chicken Soup for the Chiropractic Soul?  How do you see it helping in the development of a chiropractic practice?
Mancini:  Since I have been in the role of President of Parker College, I have recognized that we, within chiropractic, know what we do and feel great about it.  But, when you look at the statistics and realize that we are not growing with the population, and that over 90% of the public has not experienced chiropractic, I am concerned.
Since I know Mark Victor Hansen, I asked him if he would help us share our miracles with the world through his best-selling book series.  His answer was, “Yes,” and we went to work.  Jack Canfield also agreed, and the publishers were thrilled. 
The genre of the series is a perfect match, as our stories are meant to touch the souls of the readers and inspire them to seek us out as their health care providers.  It is a great tool to help build a practice, as the book tells stories of the amazing healing power of the body through chiropractic.

TAC: As the president of Parker Seminars, how do you see the seminars’ relevance in helping today’s chiropractors and chiropractic assistants?
Mancini:  Our main goal is to fine-tune working procedures so that an office can manage a patient’s relationship from the time he makes that first call to the point where he sees the chiropractor on a regular basis.  We also have the best speakers on subjects like professional growth, personal growth, and the latest science supporting chiropractic.  Our team teachers are also founders of most techniques that keep our art on the cutting edge.  They are successful wellness experts who share their secrets for building and maintaining successful practices. 
A Parker Seminar is a total experience from personal to professional.  It elevates you to a higher level of performance, whether you are a student about to open a practice or a veteran of chiropractic.  We want to help chiropractors and assistants also create greater financial security so that more students will be attracted to chiropractic as a profession. 

TAC: What is the basis of Parker Seminars’ system for professional success?
Mancini: The system is based on the principles and procedures that Dr. Jim Parker taught for over fifty-one years.  Many believe this system is the foundation for some of the greatest successes we have seen in our profession.  We continue to u
evaluate and find ways to teach it more effectively.

TAC:  You’ve been quoted as saying that you and Parker Seminars want to “move the profession forward.”  How do you see the seminars as the vehicle to accomplish this vision?
Mancini:  I believe that the profession, as a whole, is a reflection of where we are individually.  We, at the seminars, want to help individuals grow by teaching them ways to practice effectively.  This, in turn, helps the profession grow.  We want to double the patients that come to chiropractic within the next ten years.  We want to lead the wellness movement and demonstrate that, together, we can all help more people.  We want to bring patients to our seminars and have the best of the best give lay lectures so that those patients can become even more motivated to refer everyone they know.  We want to continue to raise funds for worthy causes.  We want to get our profession more fit (Parker Get Fit) and involve our children by having a program for them at every seminar (Parker Kids Club).  We want to continue to be the place where everyone  goes because they know everyone  benefits.

TAC: Parker has introduced some pretty innovative post-graduate programs. What are they, and how do they relate to “moving the profession forward”?
Mancini:  We have implemented many programs including neurology, acupuncture, and pediatrics.  This fall we will be starting the Parker Business Academy.  This program is designed and operated by some of the greatest business minds out there.  We joined forces with Dr. Nathan Jones and his team of experts to create a program that teaches basic business skills in managing an office.  We have realized that most chiropractors love being doctors, but they may not be the best CEO’s in their offices.  We now will have a program that will teach them.  This, in turn, will increase the financial u  welfare of the profession, allowing us to further  advance chiropractic.

Dr. Mancini presents Dr. Wayne Dyer with a special achievement award at the Las Vegas Parker Seminar 2003.TAC: What are your thoughts on the role of Parker Seminars in leading the way to the creation of a new paradigm in overall wellness?
Mancini:  I believe that Parker Seminars bring all parties together in recognizing that even though our opinions may differ, we still have common goals—and that we should work together in achieving our objectives.  We believe that we should be the ones to help define what wellness means and to lead the wellness movement (including patients).

TAC:  James W. Parker, the founder of Parker Seminars, developed the original Parker Principles. How do those principles relate to today’s chiropractic professionals and other wellness practitioners?
Mancini:  I believe the principles never change.  In order to give justice to Dr. Parker, each team teacher shares one principle and how it changed his/her life at each seminar.  This helps the audience consistently hear the message that the principles work and have many effects on people.

TAC: Parker Seminars Las Vegas has become THE event for the chiropractic profession.  What is your vision for Las Vegas in 2004?
Mancini:  Our vision for Vegas 2004 is to have more than 10,000 professionals registered.  We hope that all that came last January will come again and bring someone with them.  We have received a lot of feedback on what they loved in past seminars and what they would like to experience, so we are prepared to give them what they want. 
We also plan to have the largest gathering of patients ever—so they can be our champions in spreading the word in their respective communities.  We will be bringing in many celebrities from outside our profession and will continue to bring the best from within our profession.  We want all the associations and groups within chiropractic to learn, communicate, be inspired, and be entertained.  We plan to have the media involved so that it can spread a greater awareness as to who we are and what we do.

TAC: Any final words for our readers?
Mancini:  Dr. Jim Parker taught me one of the most profound lessons in my life.  He said, “Develop a compassion to serve that is greater than the compulsion to survive.”  My message to the profession is that we should not just survive—but be sensitive to the needs of humanity and become its greatest resource for health and wellness.  We need to grow from within and keep a vision that is greater than all of us individually.  This profession was not meant to be for a selective few; it was meant to be for ALL.

You may contact Dr. Fabrizio Mancini by telephone at 1-800-438-6932, or by e-mail at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . TAC


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