What do you do?
Where do you work and what is your title?
I own Walford Chiropractic Office. I am a doctor of chiropractic and a certified chiropractic sports physician.
What do you do there and/or what are you responsible for?
I focus on spinal-related issues and the impact to the nervous system. I am also a certified chiropractic sports physician, treating an athlete’s conditions or to enhance athletic performance, with emphasis on the nervous system’s relationship to the spine and extremity joints.
How long have you been doing this kind of work (total)? How long on the Westside?
My relationship with people in the community has a few various histories. Several names, still one face, as I have been known as Dr. Walford, a practicing chiropractor for 25 years and in the same Westside office for 23 years; “Mr. Walford, the biology teacher,” at Manitou Springs High School (1976-1981); and “Coach Walford,” coaching football and wrestling in that same era.
What do you like best about it (other than quitting time)?
Chiropractic has become a lifestyle for me so I never really quit for the day. After office hours, I often head over to be a sideline doctor for a football game. When my daughters played high school and college volleyball I went as often as I could, also treating their teammates. I have been associated with many sports programs, including those at Manitou Springs High School (over 30 years), Junior Olympic volleyball, the Olympic Training Center (I was a volunteer sports chiropractor for 7 ½ years) and, this year, treating some members of the Baltimore Ravens football team before and after games (my son-in-law is a Ravens offensive lineman.) That was an absolute blast to help these athletes perform better.
If you could change one thing (other than pay), what would it be?
If I could, I would cure the ignorance about chiropractic that some people have. I hear too often, “I don’t believe in chiropractic.” My response is, “I don’t believe in it either; it just works, whether I believe in it or not.”
What part of your work did your training/education never prepare you for?
I was prepared very well for most everything I needed. Most people don’t realize that more hours are required completing a chiropractic degree than a medical degree.
What makes working on the Westside special?
The colorful history of the Westside is entertaining. My two daughters are third-generation Westsiders, graduating from Coronado and Manitou Springs High Schools. My wife, Cindy (Clark) Walford grew up in a home near the Garden of the Gods and, as part of the first class at Coronado High School, was on a committee to choose the school colors and mascot. Cindy’s father, Norm Clark, grew up on West Colorado Avenue, running the Clark’s service stations with his father Lester. Cindy’s mother Luana lived on the Westside, and has stories of walking over to the roundhouse to hop a train to take lunch up to her father working in Victor (he worked on both the Midland and Cog railways). How many kids get to do that anymore? There are many families on the Westside that are connected like this in one way or another. This makes for community and a feeling of home and belonging.
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