Dr. Mark Albers
The initials DABCI 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 all that is a Doctor who has been right where you are, or have been ……………….
Dr. Albers has spent a lot of time on the other side of the exam table as a patient starting at the age of 22. At that time he was in flight training to become an airline pilot and was also taking training to be an aircraft mechanic which would allow him to be accepted more readily into a flying position with an airline once he was licensed as a commercial pilot.
On a trip home from Tulsa he and his brother where in a life changing car accident which left Dr. Albers unable to fly due to neck injuries that created equilibrium problems and inability to sleep and mental fog. All these conditions are not acceptable for a position as a commercial pilot.
Even though he saw some of the best physicians in the area they could not find what was causing his symptoms and told him to take muscle relaxants and pain medication and it may someday resolve.
That was disturbing news as he was confident they would find and fix his condition and he would be able to return to his dream of flying.
At the same time his dad was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma and was undergoing chemo and radiation therapy which was not a pretty site. Dr. Albers took his knowledge of working on aircraft and applied it to his dad’s condition. As an aircraft mechanic you are trained to find and fix whatever dysfunctions on the aircraft. You are then required to fly with the pilot for a test flight after the required maintenance, which means you must be confident that you have found and fixed the cause of the mechanical failure.
With this mind set Dr. Albers thought if we know the cause of why his dad had cancer then we can fix the problem. Again he was shocked at the lack of knowledge the medical community had to offer as to the cause of his father’s condition. If we don’t know the cause….how can we fix anything!!!
It was very apparent at that time that the medical community was not interested in the cause but in managing symptoms.
Dr. Albers was unable to return to flying as a career but found his life’s purpose through a patient’s eye.
Since none of the medical community could help Dr. Albers with his condition following the car accident, he visited a Chiropractor on his mother’s recommendation. Upon his first visit he realized he had finally found a Doctor who uncovered the core of his symptoms and started to address it with a Chiropractic spinal adjustment. With that treatment he had major relief of his symptom’s which was the beginning of a journey too becoming a Doctor that addresses the cause.
That first Chiropractic adjustment following his car accident was the catalysts that drove Dr. Albers to Graduate Chiropractic College 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 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 for 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 pain control and rotator cuff injuries/tears.
Dr. Albers has given well over 460 public speaking engagements on health related topics focused on 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.
He is currently a Board Member of Air Capital Ambucs which is a charity organization dedicated to bringing mobility to handicapped individuals.
Dr. Albers is the host of Community Wellness Day which is a public education event on total wellness which benefits Habitat for Humanity here in Wichita.
Time off includes playing with his two dogs, one goose, as well as boating, windsurfing, and gardening and enjoying his house on the river.