My name is … Thomas Bithell

Castle Rock chiropractor involved in foster care, church life

Posted 2/17/18

About me I've been a chiropractor here in Castle Rock for the past 18 years. I've got a beautiful wife of 22 years and six children; four by birth and two adopted through foster care. Castle Rock is …

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My name is … Thomas Bithell

Castle Rock chiropractor involved in foster care, church life

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About me

I've been a chiropractor here in Castle Rock for the past 18 years. I've got a beautiful wife of 22 years and six children; four by birth and two adopted through foster care. Castle Rock is the best place to raise a family and being a chiropractor is absolutely the greatest profession in the world. I've watched Castle Rock grow up from a sleepy little one-stoplight town to the thriving community that it is today, but I can still count on knowing the people that I see in Walmart.

My career

As a youth I had lots of friends that had bad backs and I had a car. So … I drove them to their chiropractic appointments. I watched them go into the treatment rooms in pain and come out new people. I always wondered what magic happened in those treatment rooms. When I was in college I found out what a chiropractor did, and I was sold; that's the life I wanted. After graduating with a couple of bachelor's degrees and then my doctorate in chiropractic from the National University of Health Sciences, my wife and I wanted to open a clinic near her family in Littleton. So, in 2000 we converted a historic little house in the old downtown Castle Rock area into a tiny chiropractic clinic. Six years later we moved into a bigger space in a medical professional building and bought the house across the parking lot.

Being involved with foster care

Over a decade ago, my wife and I both felt very strongly that we had something to offer children who needed some stability. Our goal has always been the reunification of foster children with their parents. We've had nine different foster children become part of our family over the past few years. Two of those kids have been invited to stay and become permanent family members when other options with their birth parents weren't feasible. Our house is very full and always busy, busy, busy. My wife is a saint and has the patience of … well, of a mother with all our kids.

My faith

I am a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints; the Mormons. Over the past decades I've served as a young men's leader, a children's teacher, a Sunday School adviser, a nursery leader, a Boy Scouter, and currently as the bishop of a congregation. The bishop is much like the pastor or parish priest of other Christian denominations, but it is a five- to seven-year, unpaid position. After my service as bishop I might be asked to teach a primary children's class or help with the upkeep of a building. It doesn't matter; I'll serve in whatever way I'm asked. It's an honor and a privilege.

Helping others

I treat all my patients like family. Sometimes they need Saturday morning appointments; I'm there for them. Sometimes they need after-hours calls; I make them. Sometimes they need a referral to a different provider; I find out who that is and send them there. It is a great joy to help my patients live life to its full potential. You can't do that if you are hurting or your spine is out of alignment. Making sure they are as healthy as possible is a simple way for me to bring a better life to my patients.

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