Helping others is fundamental to being a good doctor. He is driven by these three simple principles of care: Communication is key; exercise is essential; trust is a two-way street.
Communication: "For potential patients, I set aside time on my schedule to meet and consult with them on their health needs and concerns. During this consultation, we determine whether their condition can be treated with chiropractic care and what their expectations are. I feel it is important for a patient to be comfortable with the doctor and the office. These consultations are free of charge and provides me the opportunity to meet with potential patients in a no-pressure situation.
Exercise: "I am a strong proponent of exercise. If patients are willing and able to begin a conditioning program, I am willing to help develop that individual's program for them to utilize outside the office. One that will identify their weaknesses, in which they can perform either at home or in a gym, given they have access to one."
Trust: "Since I have a lot of patients that are active duty and get transferred to different duty stations, I always tell them to ask around before choosing a doctor. Friends and co-workers will refer you to someone they trust. I feel a chiropractor is a very personal choice and with that comes trust. In turn, I trust my patients are taking my advice and doing their prescribed exercises in order to rehabilitate and regain functional movement."
Dr. Fast's, interest in chiropractic care began when he was the one on the adjustment table. His neighbor, in his home town of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, was a chiropractor that used to care for Fast when he was a competitive water skier. Season after season, from one injury to the next, his chiropractor was able to keep him in competitive shape. "He enjoyed his profession immensely and was always enthusiastic about what he could do to help his patients. I found that aspect of health care very attractive," said Fast of his first mentor.
Shortly thereafter, Dr. Fast moved to the St. Louis Metro area and enrolled at Logan College of Chiropractic. There he specialized in spinal adjustments, physical therapy and diagnostic testing. During his training, he encountered another major influence – Pi Kappa Chi – a professional chiropractic fraternity. "The active brothers and alumni were a great resource for education and training. They were always willing to give back their time and knowledge to make me a better doctor. I try and find time to give back to the students now." After he graduated in 2000, Fast gave back by serving on the alumni advisory board.
After practicing in O'Fallon, Illinois for 13 years, Dr. Fast briefly went into practice with Dr. Meinders in the west end of Belleville. Fast has since taken over the Back Pain Clinic, after Dr. Meinder's retirement in July of 2014, to continue to service the community.