National Stuttering Association

Justin JamesChiropractor

    Justin James

    Memphis, TN
    Resilient Spine and Sports Health

    Briefly describe your daily job duties.
    I am a Doctor of Chiropractic, I specialize in rehabilitation. I spend my days speaking to patients to better understand their history so that I can effectively treat them. I also need to explain to them, in an easy to understand way, what their problem is and how I can assist them.

    As a person who stutters, share the most challenging part of your job.
    The most challenging part of my job is speaking with patients. It’s something I do all day, every day. This can be incredibly nerve-wracking some days, but I’m able to work past it and work through it.

    Did you self-disclose your stuttering during the job hiring process? If so, how did you do it and how do you currently disclose your stuttering to unsuspecting clients?
    I am blessed to own my practice. As a result, I didn’t have a job interview. I have chosen not to disclose my stutter to patients. I do not feel like it’s my place, in my position, to take the focus off of them. Their issues and health concerns are my primary focus.

    Describe how stuttering makes you a better, more valued contributor at work.
    Stuttering has taught me so much. It has taught me empathy and understanding. It has shown me that struggling is part of life. But, with the proper mindset and tools, these obstacles can be overcome.

    What is your proudest moment at your current company?
    My proudest moment is actually going to work every day as a physician. Every day is a proud moment for me. When I think back to my childhood, I was always terrified to speak to anyone I didn’t know. Terrified they would see me stammer. I never thought in a million years I’d ever accomplish what I have accomplished.

    What are your long-term career aspirations?
    I want to be known for my rehabilitation skills. I want to be able to teach at local colleges and teach at seminars around the country. I’ve already done some speaking to students teaching them about differing rehabilitation strategies.

    What’s your best advice for people who stutter just entering the workplace and for those in a career striving to achieve greater success?
    Do not be afraid. You can and will accomplish great things. Some days are going to be harder than others. You’re going to get frustrated and that’s ok. You will get through it. You will succeed.