A few years ago, Anthony Britton was nervous about returning to school. This June, he celebrated the opening of his own chiropractic practice.

Anthony had always meant to go back to school. Throughout the years, physical therapy piqued his interest, especially since he mostly worked physical labour jobs and was even a professional Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fighter for a while. But majoring in physical therapy seemed a stretch for him, having been away from school for so long, so he went another route. He set his eyes on Capilano University’s Rehabilitation Assistant diploma program but first he needed to take care of a few prerequisites. Luckily, he could do that through Cap’s Adult Basic Education program. “Cap made it easy to take it step-by-step,” Anthony says. After he got his book smarts back, he added a few courses from the Faculty of Arts & Sciences to better prepare him.

Capilano’s Adult Basic Education program is designed so that each student works at their own pace: “It was perfect for me. I like to knock chapters out and work fast. I get bored easily,” Anthony remembers and adds that the self-pacing was especially good for him in math class—his weakest subject, in his opinion. It was also a different atmosphere than in a regular university classroom. “Everyone was focused. No one was forced to be there. We just all put our heads down and went to work,” he emphasizes.

Anthony calls the Rehabilitation Assistant diploma program “a phenomenal basis for learning.” He liked the assortment of students and learning about patients from different professions, which has been especially important in his current role as a chiropractor. “I really learned to be patient-centered and holistic, thinking about every aspect of illness,” Anthony says.

Three days after completing the Rehabilitation Assistant program in 2010, he found himself in California pursuing his dream of becoming a chiropractor. “Capilano prepared me really well. I was in the right frame of mind to take on the tough courses like organic chemistry and physics,” Anthony says, although chiropractic school is probably a lot harder than most people can imagine.

“Chiropractors don’t get the same cultural authority as physicians. So to make it in chiropractic, you have to have that maverick spirit and like to be your own boss. I want to be responsible for diagnosing my patients, not carry out someone else’s,” he continues.

The ‘no-surgery’ and ‘no-drugs’ aspect of chiropractic is what really drew him to the profession. “I’ve been going to chiropractors since I was 10. I got regularly adjusted because sometimes an ibuprofen won’t do it, but physically moving your back will.” Physical health is especially important to Anthony, since he still works as an MMA and kickboxing trainer.

Arcadia, California is home now. That’s where Anthony’s practice, Britton Chiropractic, opened this June. “We decided to stay on the West Coast for family. We feel at home here and it’s sunny!” says the former Vancouverite. “My daughter is a Cali girl, she doesn’t even know what rain is,” he snickers.

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