YOUR STORY: Local chiropractor achieves an Aussie 'first'
I WANT to share one of the proudest moments in my career.
Becoming Australia's first chiropractic "Fellow" in Sacro Occipital Technique or SOT for short.
The honour of Fellow is the highest level of recognition a profession can bestow and took me 18 years of determined effort to achieve this level.
I had to sit three exams, the last of which was the most difficult in my life.
In the past 20 years only six people had successfully past this exam on the theory and practical application of cranial adjusting.
To fulfil the research requirement I completed a Master by research from Macquarie University and submitted the thesis to the Fellow review committee.
This need to be referred to an international body as no applicant in the world had used a Masters thesis to complete their Fellow requirements.
It took three months before a decision was reached but on the October 10 2015 (one day before my 52nd birthday) I flew down to Melbourne and in a lovely ceremony in the Melbourne Town Hall received my honour.
It put a new meaning when on my birthday everybody sang "for he's a jolly good fellow".
- Shaun Cashman, Alstonville Chiropractic, Kinesiology and Natural Therapies