Dr. Edgar Peralta
Dr. Edgar Peralta is originally from Michoacán, Mexico, emigrated to the United States when he was a child and began a path to his education. He attended Parker University, one of the most prestigious universities in the United States for Chiropractic Medicine. In 2004, there were a total of 200 graduating students and Dr. Edgar Peralta was the only Hispanic from Mexico in his class.
His interest in chiropractic came after an unfortunate injury to the lower back while working in a mechanic’s shop. While he was in rehabilitation, the doctor who oversaw his medical treatment, motivated him to continue with his education, becoming his mentor. With such support, he made the decision to go back to college specializing in problems of the spine and more. He has extensive study and knowledge of:
- The neurologist
- Everything related to comprehensive health
Dr. Peralta understand the importance of their patients’ health and transmits them enough about their needs to have a better quality of life.
I really do not know where to start. It has taken me several weeks to write this document. I never thought in my life that I was going to be a doctor. What I knew was that I wanted to have a professional job. Since I was a child I always knew that I wanted that. In one way or another, destiny brought me to this profession. I think this profession chose me long before I chose it. Maybe it was my destiny to be a chiropractor doctor. Maybe it was my destiny that I help people with their physical problems.
What I did not know was how difficult this path would be as a chiropractic student. The first four years before starting my career were not that heavy, but the last 3 years 8 months were definitely very challenging. I remember that the first day I started my studies, I was very happy and excited to start my career. Unfortunately, I could not start my studies on time, because the government denied me the financial loan because I was not a US citizen. This was a very strong blow for me and I thought my dreams would go down. But I still did not give up. Look for help and pay for other avenues but nobody could help me. So, I went with my family and I told them about the financial problem I had, and it was my mother who helped me. My mother was and still is the person that keeps me up in my career. helping me and financing my studies 100%.
I remember the first day of school, I looked everywhere to see if I could find a Hispanic, but nothing. I only saw Americans and several other minorities. I felt lonely, but I was ready, I thought so. Several weeks in my studies, I faced the reality of this career. My classes became very difficult, and I thought that I was not going to achieve my purpose. I remember telling myself “maybe this is not for you Edgar”. I remembered my previous works, especially when I worked putting tiles in the houses and I said to myself, “you have to make you want to study”. Better to be at school than to be enduring the heat on the roof. I also remember that I told my mother that my studies were super difficult, that I did not know if I would be able to finish my career. She always gave me moral support. He said to me, “You win, son, I pray to God and to the Virgin Mary for your studies” and so I went on. I wanted to pass my classes, even if it was a pity, but pass them. In the course of my studies I found several friends who gave me my hand, they contributed to my studies and they were always there to help me. Especially Sue and Marcus, who are now doctors.
The first year and a half, books, my pencil and I were like flesh and blood and books became my life. I remember studying so much that I forgot what time it was. I got to study 12 to 15 hours a day while my friends studied from 3 to 5 to pass the exams. I always had to study more than others to pass my exams. On weekends I studied from 8 to 10 hours and many times I slept almost 1 or 2 in the morning. That was my way of life in the first year. Over time, this became a daily routine and what I had to do to pass my exams.
During the year and a half, I was scared, and I wanted to surrender more than 100 times. I thought about leaving everything because it was very difficult. But my heart told me that I should not do it. I closed my eyes and remembered my mother’s prayers and her hard work that she did, selling clothes at garage sales to raise money to pay for the next semester. I also wanted to be an example in my academic studies for my daughter, my family and for my community. To be honest, these factors were the ones that kept me going in my studies and they did not let me give up. Ladies and gentlemen, if you want your children to be doctors, sell chorizo and put on clothing sales, because these efforts can make a Doctor. It would have been very easy to give up, but I could not have seen myself in the mirror. Perseverance keeps you standing.
After my second year of study I arrived at an adequate level and I felt as intelligent as any other student, I felt surer of myself. For the first time I did not feel less, and I felt part of the school. I started to have better grades. I received good comments from my friends and several teachers. They congratulated me on my grades and the adjustments, (which is the way to accommodate the spine). Even my discipline of Martial Arts had to do in this phase of my career. The Martial Arts helped me to discipline myself, to focus and gave great speed to my hands to be able to straighten the spine. Another person who influenced my career a lot was Dr. Garza, who taught me what the procedures of a clinic are. He has always been available to give me his advice.
This path has been very long, it has been the biggest challenge of my life. After finishing my studies, I think I can achieve many more things. I also know that there will be many more challenges and obstacles, but everything in this world has a solution. That has been my experience. I love what I do, and I think I can do it in the rest of my career. I also believe that this is one of the reasons that I came to the world, to help the one who has pain and discomfort. I really believe that this was my destiny to be a Doctor of Chiropractic.
My vision is to help those patients who have some pain and / or illness, be their first Doctor. And if someday I could not help them because it is not in my ability to practice, I will recommend another Doctor who is in that specialty. I will continue studying in my step to understand the human body much more and give a greater service year after year to my patients. I would also like the other generations of my family and families around especially their children to have a good education and a professional job. They must stay in school to achieve it. Ladies and gentlemen, we must remember that we live in the United States of America. The great country of opportunities. You must take advantage of this, just like the other immigrant does. We need more professionals from the Mexican minority. My great vision is that between 10 to 15 years we have many professionals in our families. Families that in one way or another originate from a small town in Mexico called Tiquicheo Michoacán.
Dr. Teresa Gomez
Dr. Teresa Gómez is from Dallas, Texas. Dr. Gómez is a graduated from the University of Parker College of Chiropractic in 2005. Dr. Gómez is fully bilingual English / Spanish and has many years of experience working with the Hispanic community. Through the years, she has gained the necessary experience in work injury and personal injury cases to help many patients with these types of cases.
Dr. Gómez firmly believes in multidisciplinary care as part of effective relief for the patients she serves in North Dallas and Ft Worth Texas.