Heskett Chiropractic Hosts Morristown Chamber Breakfast | Company finance

Dr. Michael Heskett is a living example of how dreams can come true.

Heskett’s office hosted the Morristown Area Chamber of Commerce’s membership breakfast Wednesday morning to celebrate the upcoming 25th anniversary of his practice.

“November turns 25 for us in Morristown,” said Heskett.

Heskett’s chiropractic story began as a teenager at the age of 16.

“My brother and I were on a Prowler boat on Lakey Falls, Alabama,” he said. “My 28-year-old brother, who is 16 years older than me, injured his back in the steel mill there over 30 years ago. He couldn’t walk and should have an operation. A chiropractor asked him, ‘What are you doing with the rest of your life?’ “

Long story short, the chiropractor led his brother into chiropractic after 10 years in this steel mill.

“We didn’t have that much college on our family side,” said Heskett. “He went to chiropractic school and moved to Atlanta.”

Heskett wanted to be a coach, but his brother persuaded him to get into chiropractic as well.

“It was a dream that God put in my heart back then,” said Heskett. “I founded Life University in Atlanta in 1992.”

It was there that Heskett saw the Braves go to the World Series in 1992 and win everything in 1995. He also took part in the 1996 Summer Olympics at what would later become Turner Field. In Atlanta he also met his wife.

“We got married in June 1995 and decided to drive around cities,” said Heskett. “We took out a map and rated each city. Sevierville got a 10 but we went back on Saturday and it got a 5.

“We came from Bean Station’s 25E. We drove over a beautiful lake, over a bridge. I thought if there was a Walmart anywhere it would be perfect. Then there was a Walmart, right by the mall. We drove through town, past the Rose Center and downtown, and said, ‘This is it.’ ”

Heskett used his last student loan check to buy his wife a wedding ring. When the Hesketts moved to Morristown, he went door to door and introduced himself to the community.

“I got to know so many people,” he says. “I fell in love with Morristown. I hear kids say, ‘I can’t wait to get out of here’ all the time. This is kind of crazy because I’ve worked my whole life to get here. I love this area, I wouldn’t want to live anywhere else. “

Heskett’s first office was next to Dr. Moyers on West Andrew Johnson Highway.

“It was 1,100 square feet,” said Heskett. “Within three months, we were among the first percent of the chiropractic offices (in Morristown). My wife was in charge of the front line and we have had a lot of fantastic people in this office over the past 25 years. The Lord has blessed us with some of the best team members of all time. “

The Hesketts have four children.

Heskett has three things he doesn’t regret: accepting Jesus as his personal Savior, marrying his wife, and becoming a chiropractor.

“Some have said I should preach,” said Heskett. “God didn’t call me to preach. He called me to lay hands on the sick and watch them recover. I know every day when I walk through that door this is the calling that God has placed in my life. It may be a slightly different calling than it was 25 years ago. I used to have great hair. That’s the trick I’ll ask Jesus about when I get to heaven. “

Heskett also shared what it was like for his practice in the early days of COVID-19 as chiropractic was not viewed as an essential service.

“In two weeks, the entire healthcare system will suddenly be upside down,” he said. “People run scared. My nephew bought his Kentucky chiropractic office and has not been able to open his office for eight weeks. My wife asked what we would do. I told her that we will continue what we have been doing for 25 years: give people hope, encourage them, let them know that God loves them and they are fine. “

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