Dr. Robert Ehlers: A Holistic Inspiration
By James Florence, Diamond Certified Resource Reporter
VACAVILLE — When asked what led him to pursue a career as a chiropractor, Dr. Robert Ehlers says he found his inspiration early in life. “My mother had a practice doing holistic medicine and therapy, and she was introduced to chiropractic through networking with other professionals in that realm. Growing up, chiropractors fascinated me to no end. I think what intrigued me the most was how they were able to heal their patients without conventional medicinal means—no nasty smells or painful procedures. It just lit a fire inside of me, and from then on, I knew it was what I wanted to do.”
Despite the young age at which he experienced his epiphany, Robert managed to stay focused on his vocational goal all the way through to adulthood. Even when presented with other opportunities, he knew he had to stay true to his heart’s desire. “After high school, I had people offer to pay for my schooling if I chose to become a medical doctor, but it wasn’t what I wanted,” he recounts. “After earning my degree at Life University in Georgia, I moved back to my hometown of Vacaville and started my practice in 2001.”
Today, as owner of Ehlers Chiropractic Center, Dr. Ehlers says his favorite part of his job is seeing the results of his work. “I treat a lot of patients whose health has been stuck in a downward spiral, and it’s very rewarding to turn things around for them. When someone is suddenly able to do things they haven’t been able to do for a long time, you see the spark return to their eyes. Basically, I get to see little miracles all the time.”
A resident of Vacaville, Robert spends his free time taking advantage of everything the regional setting has to offer. “Living in the Bay Area, we have an amazing outdoor playground at our disposal,” he says. “I do a lot of outdoor activities like motorcycling, dirt biking and boating. I’m also a bit of a foodie and enjoy sampling all the great local cuisine, especially in the Napa Valley.” Additionally, Robert likes keeping up with his three grown children, Anna, Grant and Kailey.
In regard to a professional philosophy, Dr. Ehlers references a lesson gleaned from a previous livelihood. “During college, I worked as a server in a fine dining restaurant, where I learned the value of service,” he explains. “I realized when people go out to eat, it’s not because they can’t cook at home—it’s because they want to have a nice experience. If the experience isn’t good, they probably won’t return, even if the food is great. That really stuck with me, and today I make it a point to give my patients both helpful treatment and a great overall experience.”
When asked about his future retirement plans, Dr. Ehlers says he doesn’t have any. “I feel like I’m already retired,” he laughs. “I enjoy treating patients and interacting with people, so I don’t think I’ll ever stop doing that. After all, you get no enjoyment out of life by keeping things to yourself—true fulfillment comes from helping others.”
Ask Me Anything!
Q: Have you ever read a book more than once?
A: I’m a big fan of Zig Ziglar and I’ve read a couple of his books more than once.
Q: What’s your favorite thing to do on a rainy day?
A: Ride my motorcycle.
Q: Music or talk radio?
Q: Do you collect anything?
A: Testimonials from patients I’ve helped over the years. I have a folder of them that’s probably an inch and a half thick.
Q: What’s your favorite thing to eat for dessert?
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A: Key lime pie.