Dr. Curtis Martin: A Firsthand Inspiration
By James Florence, Diamond Certified Resource Reporter
CONCORD — For Dr. Curtis Martin, the decision to become a chiropractor was inspired by a firsthand observation of the practice’s healing power. “Early in my childhood, my dad had a back injury that left him unable to walk,” he remembers. “Before resorting to surgery, he decided to look into other options. He started chiropractic treatment and it saved him from having to get surgery. I was really impressed by this, and eventually I decided to become a chiropractor myself.”
Today, as owner of Martin Family Chiropractic Center, Dr. Martin says his favorite part of his job is the same thing that initially inspired his chiropractic career. “I enjoy helping people recover from injuries and regain their health. Often, people come to see me after they’ve reached an absolute health crisis, so it’s very rewarding to take them from being in pain to being fully recovered, without the need for invasive surgery.”
A resident of Lafayette (where he lives with his wife, Stephanie, and son, Andrew), Dr. Martin expresses his appreciation for the vibrant and diverse Bay Area setting. “No matter what you want to do, whether hiking in the mountains, relaxing at the coast or going to the city, we have it here. It’s incredible how many fun things there are to do in the Bay Area.”
Outside of work, Dr. Martin engages in a variety of active pastimes and hobbies. “I’m a pretty outdoorsy guy, so I enjoy hiking, fishing and camping,” he says. “I also like to stay fit by working out at the gym, and I’m very big on nutrition and eating right. In fact, I probably enjoy my wife’s home-cooked meals more than I do eating out!” Additionally, Dr. Martin is a huge hockey fan. “I played hockey from a young age all the way through college. Even though I don’t play anymore, I’m a big San Jose Sharks fan and love taking my family to watch them play at SAP Center.”
In his life and career, Dr. Martin says he’s always been driven by an urge to help those in need of care. “Ever since I was a kid, I’ve felt that helping people was my calling. This really became apparent while I was working as an EMT in my 20s. When we responded to an emergency, I always wanted to be the first one to help instead of standing back and letting someone else do it. Today, I’m still passionate about helping my patients and giving them relief from pain.”
When asked the first thing he’d do if he were to retire tomorrow, Dr. Martin says he’d hop on the next plane to Italy. “My wife has always wanted to go to Italy, so if I retired tomorrow, I’d probably take her on a trip over there. In general, I’d like to spend more time hanging out with family and having new adventures and experiences.”
Ask Me Anything!
Q: What’s one book you’ve found particularly influential in your life and career?
A: “You Win in the Locker Room First” by Jon Gordon and Mike Smith. It has some ingenious insights about having a winner’s mindset in every aspect of your life.
Q: What’s your favorite snack?
A: A piece of fruit and a handful of almonds.
Q: Do you collect anything?
A: West Coast native art. I have several pieces, including masks, paddles and sundials, which I enjoy incorporating into my home décor.
Q: Music or talk radio?
Q: What’s your favorite style of music?
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