From Army Medic to Radiologist

Hello All,

Initially, I set a fundraising goal for educational expenses. In lieu of fundraising for educational expenses, I am fundraising to start an online business that will support my family and I through the next 15 years of education. I hope to grow DocDesmond.com into a health resource that will create income and fund my educational expenses. I believe this is a better use of resources and your generosity, considering the cost of education.

Cost of EducationDissertationPer TermPer YearTotal Cost
Doctor of Chiropractic$9,875$29,625$135,090
Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine$29,200$58,400$233,600
PhD in Health Care Human Resource Management$26,055$4,854$19,416$94,003
MS in Health Care Human Resource Management$2,920$11,680$17,520
BS in Health Care Leadership & HR Management$2,850$11,400$45,600
Totals$525,813
Cost of Education only includes tuition and fees. It does not include books, room & board, transportation, board exams, or residencies.

Tuesday, March 17, 2020 was a day that changed a great deal for my family and I. It was the day that we had to close up shop on my job because of the COVID-19 outbreak. I was a little upset, but I wasn’t too worried, at first. I figured we would spend a few weeks at home, then things would get back to normal. How wrong was I!?! I was working as a Fitness Director for one of the smaller, but successful fitness companies in the US. I had taken over the position in September of 2019. We went through a few months of rebuilding. However, March was about to be our breakout month. I had a really good team of trainers that were highly motivated and good at what they did. And I was on track to make the most money that I have ever made in a single month. It felt really good, because this was the first good paying job that I had since leaving active duty. Our doors stayed closed for about two months.

1% to my fundraising goal

When we re-opened things were not the same. We fought to maintain memberships and personal training clients. Still, people were cancelling by the droves. Needless to say, our household income took a huge hit. The fitness industry would take some time to recover. So, my wife and I saw it as an opportunity for me to continue my education. The decision would not improve our financial situation, but it would increase my knowledge and skill as an exercise professional. We packed up and moved, so that I could get back into Chiropractic school.

I have been enrolled in the Doctor of Chiropractic program at Life University since October of 2020. I plan to also complete a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine program and PhD in Health Care Human Resource Management, en route to becoming a Musculoskeletal Radiologist, then Health Care CEO. I took this quarter off, so I could be available for our youngest son. He started Kindergarten this year! However, I am using this time to start an online business to help us financially and fund the next 15 years of education.

My wife has been supporting us for the most part. I was receiving a housing allowance from the Post 9/11 GI Bill, but I have used up all of those benefits. Now, it’s just financial aid, which is not enough to keep the household going.

I am seeking help to cover the cost of running the business for the next 12 months. The funds that I am asking for will help me to market my online business. I would do it the old-fashion way by pounding the pavement. I just don’t have a great deal of time with school. Below is an itemized list of the expenses that will be covered with your help.

Annual Expenses for eCommerceDailyMonthlyAnnual
Upgrade website from a Personal to an eCommerce site$1.48$45$540
Marketing (Facebook & Google – $3,650 each)$20$608.33$7,300
P.O. Box Rental$0.82$25$300
Sales & Email Marketing Software$1.64$50$600
Product Campaigns$3.45$105$1,260
Totals$27.39$833.33$10,000
Annual Expenses for Recruiting, Staffing, & TrainingDailyMonthlyAnnual
Marketing (YouTube)$10$304.17$3,650
CRM Software$11.51$350$4,200
Educational Platform$3.25$99$1,188
Totals$24.76$753.17$9,038

Every $1 counts & is much appreciated,

Becoming a Doctor & CEO

My Why

in memoriam
Doris Lene Desmond
April 12, 1932 to April 15, 2018

This is my paternal grandmother, Doris Lene Desmond.

She was the type of lady that would give her grandkids everything that she owned. She lived in the same house for my entire life. And despite never having much, she always promised to give us more once she got more.

My grandmother was hospitalized while I was doing job training for the Army. She had been sick and did not tell anyone in the family. Within a couple of weeks after being hospitalized, she died from colon cancer. I made it home from training a few days before she passed, but was not able to see her before hand. However, I made a promise to her. She never heard that promise. Unspoken Promise is my way of fulling that promise.

My Grandmother was Hilarious. I had NO idea how funny my grandmother was until I graduated high school. I was suppose to visit my dad for a month during the summer after I graduated, but that never happened. Instead, I stayed with my grandmother for that month. I have never laughed so hard in my life. Every night that month, my older brother and I stayed up until well after midnight talking to her. She told us tons of stories about family. We were looking through old pictures one night, and I found out that my great grandfather was from Ireland. I never knew!

I said, “Grandma, who is this little, old white man?”

She said, “that’s your great granddaddy boy” and proceeded to let out this whale of a laugh. I can still hear her laughter today. I miss it.

The gems that we get from previous generations are priceless. Dot, as my grandmother was affectionately known, was the last of my grandparents. And here passing marked the end of a generation for my family. However, there legacy continues to live on through us, their ancestry. My grandmother was a giver. She always promised to give us more, as she received more. She never amassed the physical things that she wanted. I know that bothered her. Still, she gave us a tremendous amount of love, laughter, and guidance in her 86 years of life. Creating a health care system that nurtures the living and strives for abundance through sport is my way of honoring my grandparents and keeping their memory.

My paternal grandmother’s passing is the reason that I cannot give up on my dream to become a physician. Becoming a physician has been a goal of mine for a very long time. However, I doubted my ability to make it for a long time. Goals are accomplished through planning. This timeline is my plan to achieve my goal of becoming a doctor.

My Goals

From Army (Combat) Medic to Diagnostic Radiologist and Health Care CEO

My Professional Goal

Create, grow, and lead a Christ-led, physician-driven health care organization that 1maximizes your opportunity and ability to participate in sport, exercise, & physical activity; 2accurately diagnoses Neuromusculoskeletal issues, especially pain, that limit participation in sport, exercise, & physical activity; 3treats N-MSK issues using Biblically-based and scientifically sound principles; 4recruits, staffs, and develops future generations of Christian scientists and health care workers.

My Personal Goals

Fulfill the promise that I made to my grandmother to care for others afflicted with cardiovascular diseases, cancers, respiratory diseases, diabetes, and musculoskeletal injuries when they are injured and sick. Obtain the rank of Colonel in the United States Army Medical Command and retire with 40 years of service. Share my professional and educational journey in an effort to encourage others to fulfill their purpose.

My Educational Goals

Continue growing in the knowledge and understanding of my faith, while becoming a Doctor of Chiropractic with a specialty in Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine; a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine, Board Certified Radiologist, and Fellowship trained Musculoskeletal Radiologist; and PhD in Business Management specializing in Human Resource management.

My Experience

2002 to 2006
Enlisted into the US Army, with plans of becoming a Physical Therapist. Shipped out to Fort Jackson, SC for Basic Training. From August to December of 2002, I completed Advanced Individual Training (AIT) at Fort Sam Houston, TX to become a Health Care Specialist a.k.a. Combat Medic. After AIT, I was stationed at Fort Bliss, TX. Put my medic skills to the test quickly, as I arrived in El Paso in January of 2003 and left for my first deployment in March of 2003. Began searching for answers on how to solve the pain problems that soldiers were facing, during this first enlistment.

2006 to 2009
Briefly served in the Army National Guard, while working full time as a personal trainer. Decided to go back on active duty. I was sent back to Fort Bliss, TX and soon left for my second deployment. This deployment was good for me. We treated tons of injuries, and I had the privilege of learning from some of the best ER doctors and nurses. After the deployment, I was seen by a Physiatrist for a shoulder injury that I sustained. I had never heard of Physiatry, but the introduction reenforced my desire to become a physician.

2010
Enrolled in the Prerequisite Program at the National University of Health Sciences to complete science prerequisites for professional study. The goal was to complete the Naturopathic Medicine program at NUHS. Became acquainted with Chiropractic Medicine. After being seen in the student clinic, by a Chiropractic Radiologist, I was sold on the Chiropractic profession. It seemed like a perfect route to achieving my desire to perform physical therapy and cure chronic disease. However, I left school due to an illness that required surgery.

2010 to 2018
Worked in various administrative roles with the Veterans Health Administration, United States Army Reserves, and Kimbrough Ambulatory Care Center, but the desire to become a physician never faded. In fact, these roles strengthened the desire. They also gave me a desire to work in hospital administration. Categorized as the soul searching phase of my career.

2018 to 2020
Began working at 24 Hour Fitness as a Sales Advisor, but was promoted to Fitness Manager within five months. My knowledge of and love for the relationship between health and fitness helped me thrive in my role as a Sales Advisor.

Learning & Development: My Journey from Army Medic…

My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge. Because you have rejected knowledge, I will reject you from serving as My priest. Since you have forgotten the law of your God, I will also forget your sons.

Hosea 4:6

To N-MSK Radiologist and Human Resource Manager

On a Journey from Army medic to Neuromusculoskeletal Radiologist and Human Resource Manager in Health Care, in order to keep an unspoken promise to Nurture the Living. My goal is to learn and share my knowledge.

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