Meet Dr. Eric Mitz
Professional Q & A
Why did you become a chiropractor?
I knew when I entered college that I wanted a career path where I could help people, and I was pretty sure it would be in health care. As part of my college’s pre-medical preparation I spent time with many fine Surgeons, Dentists, Optometrists, Podiatrists, and a Chiropractor in Evansville – Dr. Tom Hamilton. After my first day at The Hamilton Clinic, I knew this was the career path for me. Unlike all the other health care providers’ offices I had been in, his patients and staff seemed happy to be there and enthusiastic to share their chiropractic success stories of pain relief, of health restoration and of improved function. I soon after became a patient of Dr. Hamilton’s receiving treatment for various athletic injuries and eventually a bad car accident – all of the care without drugs and surgery. It is very humbling that Dr. Hamilton turned his practice over to me upon his retirement.
What is your educational background?
I have a B.S. degree in Human Biology with a minor in Philosophy. I received my Chiropractic Doctorate from Logan University’s College of Chiropractic in 1996 where I also completed basic acupuncture certification. My advanced acupuncture academic training was completed through Parker University in Dallas, Texas with my clinical training completed in Kansas City with Dr. Richard Yennie.
Do you have any specialty training?
In addition to my chiropractic practice, I am also a Licensed Acupuncturist and Fellow of the Acupuncture Society of America. As a Diplomate of the American Academy of Pain Management, I am a credentialed specialist in multi-disciplinary pain management. In the spring of 2015 I will be sitting for the American Chiropractic Rehabilitation Board’s oral examinations having completed a very demanding clinical and academic preparation including over 300 credit hours of post-graduate course-work, significant time spent doing advanced clinical training in Chicago, published research and two lengthy written examinations. Because of how demanding this program is, there are fewer than 200 board certified rehabilitation specialists in the country out of 50,000 or so chiropractors. This additional training has given me even more foundational knowledge and advanced clinical experience instilling in me the confidence that I can properly diagnose and manage virtually every condition that enters my practice.
I am a member of the American College of Sports Medicine, the Professional Football Chiropractic Association, the International College of Applied Kinesiology, the American Chiropractic Association and their Sports and Rehabilitation Councils. I’m also active within the Indiana State Chiropractic Association. Because of my particular interest in working with pregnant women and newborns, I am also a member of the Evansville Birth Network.
Do you have any awards?
Our Clinic has been an annual award winner in the Evansville Courier and Press Readers’ Choice Awards for best Chiropractor in Evansville, receiving this honor every year it has been offered. I’m also very proud to be one of two chiropractic physician in the state of Indiana to have Diplomate status with the American Academy of Pain Management.
How long have you been in practice?
Nearing 20 years, but I’ve never stopped learning! I have continued my education since the moment I graduated.
What’s the best part about caring for patients?
Getting to know them personally and developing relationships with my patients. On a daily basis dozens of people enter my office, most in pain. I love seeing them leave with a smile now feeling so much better. I enjoy the variety of my practice: on any given day I will treat children and the elderly, professional and college athletes as well as homemakers – people from all walks of life with many various issues. I especially am gratified when I see patients who have literally been everywhere else, including to other chiropractors, and finally get results working with us. Most of my patients are so impressed with the care they receive that they refer their friends and family for help with their health issues. This is the highest compliment any professional can receive.
Outside of the Office
In his personal time, Dr. Mitz loves spending time with his wife Erica and his six children: Theo, Henry, John David, Mary Katherine, Anna and Maggie as well as their dog, “Rudy”. He is an avid golfer and enjoys tennis, swimming and bicycling.