He is a chiropractor and always knew that's what he wanted to be. It may have started because he lived near Logan School of Chiropractic as a kid and snuck to the windows of the anatomy lab with the other kids to see the bodies there. But where it most likely began, was at his wrestling match at Parkway Central. His sister's boyfriend, who was a part of the Canadian National Wrestling Team, came to see this particular match. In an attempt to really impress him, Dr. Rahden tried to do a hip thrust. The only thing he ended up thrusting was one of his ribs out of place. After his embarrassing defeat he was met in the bathroom by his sister's boyfriend who performed a J Move and Dr. Rahden was able to instantly breathe again! That was the moment.
Dr. Rahden embarked on his career path by getting a degree in biology in college. Life, however, had different plans. Four months after graduation he began throwing up blood and lost 45 lbs in about 2 months. He was off his parent's insurance and in order to take care of himself he had to find a job. Not long after getting started as an Account Executive at JP Morgan Chase he found out he had Crohn's Disease (Learn more here: http://www.ccfa.org/what-are-crohns-and-colitis/what-is-crohns-disease/).
In 2008 he went back to school and received his license to practice in 2011. Now, he has the career he's always wanted, he's happily married and loves taking his 7 year old daughter to the Muny (you may also recognize Dr. Rahden as he dances back to the car after a Muny performance).
Theatre isn't just something he watches, it's something he does...for his family. One year after his grandfather had had a stroke and a heart attack but was still mentally fit, Dr. Rahden decided he wanted to do something special for him. So, he rounded up his cousins (they all had a little liquid courage in them) and performed a skit. They all had so much fun that it became a tradition that lasted for 10 years!
We did talk about his profession quite a bit. He was with an integrated medicine clinic up until 5 months ago, when he joined a friend from school to work in his practice in Ballwin. They are ramping up to become an integrated clinic with Doctors and Physical Therapists. One thing he maintains is that he will not be a "rack and crack" chiropractor who does hundreds of adjustments per day. He provides a more personalized experience, he may even spend a substantial amount of time loosening a muscle before adjusting, otherwise that muscle will pull the bone back out of place when he's finished.
It was great meeting Dr. Rahden for a coffee at the Chesterfield Kaldi's!
Insights: I think it's inspiring that Dr. Rahden was able to overcome the obstacles that he faced in order to follow his dream. I also would like to start wearing a Coca-Cola shirt and ordering a Dr. Pepper.