jwDr. John Whitney has long been credited with the vision of “wellness” as a natural extension of the chiropractic principle. His Guelph clinic, The Wellington Chiropractic Group, was the largest in Canada and served as the development and implementation sight for his unique approach to practice and patient management. The clinic, currently owned by one of his two daughters who are also chiropractors, continues to thrive.

Strongly influenced by the work of Drs. Seyle, Simonton and Shealy, Dr. Whitney began working on a model of the doctor-patient relationship in the mid-sixties. Utilizing Maslow’s work in identifying the hierarchy of needs, adding neurolinguistic programming and blending it with psychoneuroimmunology, Dr. Whitney developed a patient management system that is still being taught to chiropractors today.

After 30 years in practice, Dr. Whitney founded Whitney Transition and ChiroBizWizdom. These firms have focused on providing emerging healthcare practitioners with outstanding patient management and success oriented business skills. Dr. Whitney has personally helped over 5000 chiropractors who have benefited from his guidance during their transition into practice. He has co-authored two books, multiple training manuals and numerous articles.

The success stories of the clients he has ushered into chiropractic speak for themselves…. Some of his clients have gone on to be noteworthy leaders in chiropractic and significantly, positively impact our profession.

Work was not work for Dr. Whitney. It was an extension and expression of all that he loved. An outstanding speaker, he  lectured extensively throughout the United States, Canada, and South Africa. We were all so fortunate to be able to learn from such a consummate professional.

Dr. Whitney’s interests expanded from organic farming to quantum physics. And his desire to continuously grow and expand extended to sports as well.  A competitive downhill skier in his early years and an archer in his later, he won the gold medal in his class in the 2010 senior Olympics and was preparing to compete for a world title in the coming years.

What’s next for Dr. Whitney?  Who knows….. for us he sadly passed, healthy and suddenly,on February 21, 2013. For John, he is into what he called ” the Big Surprise”. His legacy, his work and his passion live on through those of us who have been a part of the journey and feel honored to continue his vision.

A tribute for Dr. Whitney is shared at http://www.forevermissed.com/dr-john-whitney