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Managing pain is Stephen Dohoney's calling, along with helping others
Stephen Dohoney, D.C., DAAPM, 37Home: Nashua
Birthplace: Pittsfield, Mass. (grew up in the small town of Dalton, Mass.)
Family: Father, Stephen James Dohoney; late mother, Eileen Dohoney; wife, Melanie Dohoney; daughter, Stephanie Dohoney
High school: Wahconah Regional High School
College/post grad degrees: Bachelor of science, Siena College; doctorate of chiropractic degree, New York Chiropractic College
Current job: Owner and sole doctor at The Pain Relief Center, Nashua
Key past positions held: Associate doctor at O'Brien Chiropractic, Methuen, Mass.
Volunteer activities: I am a member of the Nashua Lions Club, Nashua Rotary West, Meals on Wheels, Elks Lodge, Rising Sun Masonic Lodge, First Church in Nashua, Friend of H.E.O.P. at Siena College.
Most admired person (outside your family): I admire so many people who are in my life for a variety of different qualities they possess. I have particular admiration for people who have overcome major obstacles, setbacks, or started from nothing and achieved great success in their lives. I also have particular admiration for successful people who use their position to help others and make the community and world a better place for others to live in.
Key current professional challenge: Musculoskeletal conditions such as back pain are actually very complex, mysterious, and unpredictable. The consequences of improper management of these conditions can be severe. One of the biggest challenges I see is getting professionals such as medical doctors, physical therapists, and chiropractors as well as other disciplines like massage and acupuncture under the same understanding with these conditions. The other challenge is to use each other's unique roles to work together and educate the public of the same.
Last major achievement: Recently I had a patient with debilitating low back pain and sciatica. He was having trouble being comfortable performing his job and enjoying his leisure time. Having been though injections and physical therapy, he didn't get the results he had hoped for and was hoping that chiropractic could provide additional benefit. After two months of care at my office, he reports minimal discomfort at work, the sciatica gone, and he can enjoy his leisure time without being held back by pain.
Two peers who know you well: Ray Ennis and John Phelan
Biggest problem facing New Hampshire: I wouldn't say problem, but I think a major challenge facing New Hampshire is it has an aging population. I feel the challenge is and has been attracting the right young people to New Hampshire who embrace the values and traditions that make this state so magnificent.
Favorite place in New Hampshire: I enjoy spending the day in Portsmouth in the summer and I really have liked the renovations and vibe at Hampton Beach in the summer lately as well. My father lives in beautiful Wolfeboro and I love spending time with him there. Those are all great places to spend time with my family and friends. There are many other places, cities, and experiences in New Hampshire that I want to see and explore, but Nashua is home to me and I really love living in this city.
What book are you reading now? My office manager, April, gave me two books of quotes for Christmas that I am currently reading now and enjoying "Open Your Mind, Open Your Life" and Donald Trump's "Think Like a Champion."
How do you relax? I like to phrase this as how do I keep myself feeling good. I like to divide my time between exercising, dedication to my work and profession, spending time with my beautiful family and friends, community and charity groups, and thinking, pondering, and loving God. I feed off the energy of positive and enthusiastic people and groups that do constructive community projects.
What websites do you visit most often? I try not to get too distracted by the Internet. I still do not even own a smartphone. However, when I do go on the Internet, I enjoy visiting mercola.com, WebMD, luminosity.com, asking Google and for fun yahoo.com
Favorite TV show, radio station or musical artist: "Through the Wormhole with Morgan Freeman," "Into the Universe with Stephen Hawking," and "60 Minutes." All are shows that I enjoy watching and really make me think. I enjoy listening to NPR, and my music interests are varied. I enjoy everything from Radiohead and Pearl Jam to '90s hip hop to Today's pop rock n' roll to a lot of the new pop country.
Dohoney, 37, of Nashua, is the owner of The Pain Relief Center in Nashua.
Dohoney is a Doctor of Chiropractic, a certified fitness trainer and a Diplomate of the American Academy of Pain Management. Aside from helping thousands of patients manage their pain, he is also an active member and volunteer for numerous charity and professional organizations.
"I have particular admiration for successful people who use their position to help others and make the community and world a better place for others to live in," said Dohoney, who follows that motto throughout his daily life.
Dohoney is a member of the Nashua Lions Club, Nashua Rotary West, Elks Lodge, Rising Sun Masonic Lodge, First Church of Nashua and helps with the Meals on Wheels program in southern New Hampshire.
Dohoney most admires people in his life who have overcome major obstacles and setbacks, or started from nothing and achieved great success.
He works tirelessly to help those less fortunate better their lives and create opportunities to help them thrive, according to April Pelletier, who works for Dohoney.
"Through the Pain Relief Center, Dr. Dohoney offers monthly marketing promotions that annually raise up to thousands of dollars for organizations and charities such as the American Heart Association, the New Hampshire Food Bank, Marguerite's Place, the Nashua Humane Society, the United States Armed Forces, the American Red Cross and various disaster relief efforts as they arise, matching the monetary and item donations with the funds from his own pocket," said Pelletier. "He is a role model to the people in our community, and an inspiration to all of his patients."
Dohoney was instrumental in creating the Run For Your Ribs charity race for the Nashua Rotary West Rock 'N Ribfest event, which has raised significant money for numerous nonprofit groups in Nashua. He is now working on a motorcycle charity ride from Laconia to the Ribfest event in Merrimack as another fundraiser for the community. "I feed off the energy of positive and enthusiastic people and groups that do constructive community projects," he said.
The biggest challenge facing the Granite State, according to Dohoney, is the aging population of residents.
"I feel the challenge is and has been attracting the right young people to New Hampshire who embrace the values and traditions that make this state so magnificent," he said.
Outside of the office and his volunteer duties, Dohoney enjoys spending time with his wife and daughter, reading, exercising and watching television shows that keep his mind active.
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