The initials behind Dr. Mark Albers’ name stand for Diplomate of the American Board of Chiropractic Internists. That sounds pretty official and comes with a lot of specialized training and education, but beyond that is a Doctor who has been right where you are, as…A PATIENT.
Dr. Albers has spent a lot of time on the other side of the examination table. At age 22, while in flight training to become an airline pilot, he was also training in aircraft mechanics. Once he was licensed as a commercial pilot, all this training would make him a highly desirable candidate in the eyes of the airlines.
With his plans laid out, the future looked bright for Dr. Albers, until an automobile accident forever changed his life. On a trip home from Tulsa, he and his brother were involved in an accident, in which Dr. Albers’ sustained neck injuries that created equilibrium problems, inability to sleep and mental fog, rendering him unable to fly.
After the accident, Dr. Albers saw some of the best physicians in the area. Instead of actively searching for the cause of his symptoms, the physicians told him to take muscle relaxants & pain medications with hope that the problem may someday resolve itself. This news was disturbing because up until then he had been confident that they would find and fix his condition and he would be able to continue his pursuit his dream of flying airplanes.
Around this same time, his dad was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma and was undergoing chemo and radiation therapy, which was not a pretty sight. Dr. Albers applied his knowledge of working on aircraft to his dad’s condition. As an aircraft mechanic, you are trained to identify and fix whatever malfunctions on the airplane. After the maintenance, you are required to fly a test flight with the pilot, which means you better be confident that you have fixed the problem!
With the mindset of a mechanic, Dr. Albers began to ponder the root cause of his father’s cancer, believing that finding the cause would make the solution clear. But yet again he was shocked and frustrated by the lack of knowledge the medical community had to offer regarding the cause of his father’s condition. Dr. Albers remembers saying “If you don’t know the cause of a problem, how can you even begin to fix it”?
At that time, it was very apparent that the interest of the medical community was not to find the cause of patients’ issues, but to manage the symptoms. So when Dr. Albers reluctantly accepted the fact that he would be unable to continue his pursuit of becoming a commercial pilot, he also realized he had found his life’s true purpose through a patient’s eye.
Since the medical community could not help Dr. Albers with his condition following the car accident, his mother recommended that he see a Chiropractor. It was at the first visit, when he received his first Chiropractic spinal adjustment that he realized that he had finally found a doctor that would uncover his core symptoms then address them accordingly. With major relief from the treatment, Dr. Albers’ began a journey to become a Doctor that addresses the cause.
The first Chiropractic adjustment following his car accident was the catalyst that drove Dr. Albers to graduate Chiropractic College with honors and help others find the cause of their ignored medical conditions and help restore a better quality of life as he experienced himself. The catalyst that drove him to further his education and become a Board Certified Chiropractic Internist was the illness his father suffered that was unsuccessfully treated in the medical community.
Dr. Albers studied for his undergraduate at the University of Southwestern Louisiana and then moved to Kansas City to attend Cleveland Chiropractic where he graduated Magna Cum Laude and received his Doctorate in 1988.
While in school he co-authored his first research paper on Conservative Treatment of Pain in Tennis Elbow, published in Research Forum, vol.3, num.4, 1987. He was also awarded a Certificate of Appreciation for Outstanding Service to the community from Cleveland Chiropractic College.
In 1989, he worked a short time as an associate in Columbia MO. and then took over a practice in Osage Beach MO.
In 1992, he moved to Wichita where he has practiced Functional Medicine and specialized in soft tissue injuries with emphasis on chronic pain management and rotator cuff injuries/tears without the use of drugs or surgery.
The practice of Functional Medicine involves the use of Conventional and Non-Conventional laboratory testing. that may not be routinely used in the current medical community. These lab tests are used to more specifically evaluate and manage illness and disease without the use of drugs or surgery, if possible. More emphasis is placed on managing chronic health issues with diet, lifestyle, environmental and nutritional supplementation. In the current health care system, health concerns are not typically addressed by looking at the cause. Instead medication is used primarily to address only the symptom, which has lead to the overuse of medication which causes even more health issues. It is a vicious cycle!
Dr. Albers is one of only a handful of Doctors in the Wichita area using advanced Cardiovascular Risk Profile Blood tests. This test helps identify the early cause and current possibility of a stroke or heart attack allowing the patient better odds of identifying a Cardiovascular issue long before the symptoms of a heart attack or stroke appear.
Dr. Albers has given well over 560 public speeches on varied health related topics such as Hypothyroidism, Pain, Hormone Imbalances, and Difficult Weight Loss. He has also published over 130 health related articles to help inform the public on improving their health naturally.
The final stages of his first book related to Rotator Cuff injuries are nearing completion.
Dr. Albers is the host of Community Wellness Day which is a public education event on total wellness benefitting Wichita Habitat for Humanity.
In his leisure, Dr. Albers enjoys playing with his two dogs, boating, windsurfing and gardening as well as spending time at his house on the river.