PICKERINGTON – It’s safe to say that chiropractor Brian Supplee has a special bond with two of his siblings.
Supplee received a kidney from his brother in 2014. However, when it finally failed, his sister donated one of her kidneys last year.
Supplee said he knows asking someone for their kidney is a big question.
“It was very emotional for me,” he said. “But we were a close-knit family anyway. So I joke that I expect to have an organ from all of my siblings before I die.”
Supplee had a genetic disorder in his kidney and on his first visit to the doctor he was told that he would need a kidney transplant in two years.
“And he was right to the money,” he said. “A few years later my youngest brother gave me one of his kidneys. This transplant worked pretty well for about four years, then it failed and I had to be on dialysis for a couple of years. Then my youngest sister gave me one of her kidneys. and that was about a year ago. “
Supplee said his recovery has been going well since the second transplant in August 2020. His own experiences have changed his view of others with medical problems, he said.
“I have more compassion for the chronically ill,” he said. “More drive to make people realize that their lifestyle is a big factor in their overall health. Do you play sports? Are you sleeping properly? Are they being fed properly? Are you making sure you don’t burden yourself with toxins every day? “
Supplee works part-time for Rodney Oberdorf, DC, at 38 E. Columbus St. He specializes in functional medicine and has been with the Oberdorf office since March.
Supplee has been a chiropractor since 1988. He is from Rochester, New York. But his family moved to Ohio when he was a kid, and he graduated from Zanesville High School in 1974. Supplee said that most of his childhood memories are from times in Zanesville and Coshocton.
Supplee said he was drawn to chiropractic because of his upbringing.
“We haven’t been to the doctors often,” he said. “We took care of things, of course. If we had a fever or an acute injury that needed stitches, or a broken arm or something, we would go to the doctor. But mostly it meant eating well, going out, doing sports and taking care of yourself. That was the philosophy. ”
Supplee was a high school science teacher when he enrolled in massage therapy school. After speaking with doctors from various medical fields, he thought that chiropractic would suit him best.
Much of his work is focused on a patient’s spine, but of course Supplee needs to be familiar with other areas of the body as well.
“There are times when what goes on in the spine is actually created by foot imbalance,” he said. “So if taking care of the spine and adjusting the spine doesn’t work, then don’t the hips work? Are the knees not working? of the problem. Just because the pain is in one place doesn’t mean the problem is there. “
Apart from work, Supplee plays guitar, piano and flute. Supplee also enjoys playing golf, hiking and camping with his wife Sandy. He said he and Sandy exercise every day.