Hi! My name is Dr. Sam Norgaard and I was raised here in Naperville, and I played football and rugby at Neuqua Valley. My story at Action Chiropractic and Sports Injury Center started in 2014, when I pulled my hamstring while I was training during my senior football season. My trainers suggested I go see Jason who just opened up his office down the hall from their gym inside what was Player’s Indoor Sports.
After about an hour, I was walking around a lot easier and went back to playing. That was my first experience with chiropractic and with Jason. I later graduated from Neuqua and went to pursue my undergraduate degree in Biology at Central College in Pella, IA while also playing linebacker for their football team. I was considering going to physical therapy school after graduation. In my sophomore season, another twist of fate steered me to Action, I broke my thumb in a game and needed surgery, and of course rehab. After the course of PT was complete, I was still feeling some wrist and thumb stiffness and pain, and one of my coaches suggested I go and see the local chiropractor to see what she could do.
She worked her magic, and after that I seriously started to consider chiropractic as an option. After I graduated undergrad, I then attended Palmer College of Chiropractic. I quickly realized that this was what I was looking for and then started to vision what life would be like after graduation. I reached out to Dr. Durnas on one Christmas break and asked what he did at school and asked for some advice. He recommended I study ART (Active Release Technique) and if I liked it I could intern with him for the last semester of school. In addition to ART, I got certified in Flexion-Distraction and Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy. I graduated Magna Cum Laude in October of 2021, and joined Action Chiropractic in November.
Working with Dr. Durnas and the team here at Action Chiropractic has allowed me to gain a tremendous amount of knowledge, not only in terms of patient care, but also about the ins and outs of business, insurance, work/life balance, and many other things.
When I am not seeing patients in the office, I am out in the community visiting local gyms and businesses with a portable table, giving people a firsthand experience of what chiropractic is and how it works. These volunteer opportunities allow for good networking and help to establish the Action brand in the community. Next time you’re out and about and see the blue Action Chiropractic banner, stop by and see what we can do for you!