[Editor’s note: This story is part of an ongoing project in conjunction with the South Plains College Alumni Association. The project highlights former SPC students and their achievements.]
To teach patients about living a healthy holistic lifestyle, Bronson Lester started his own chiropractic clinic.
Lester owns a HealthSource Chiropractic and Progressive Rehab clinic in Fort Worth, Texas. He opened his doors in May 2013, and it has been growing ever since.
“It was definitely a huge risk opening right out of grad school,” Lester said, “but I knew I could do it! I had great advisors, and my parents were so very supportive in my decisions throughout my life. They never doubt me with anything that I do.”
Lester’s clinic treats several different musculoskeletal conditions ranging from foot pain to neck pain. He also teaches patients about healthy lifestyle changes and holistic health. He has helped many patients to not rely on drugs or surgery as options. Lester has been rated one of the top chiropractors in his district by the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, a daily newspaper serving Fort Worth and the western half of the North Texas area.
“Through the years, I have always tried to give the very best care to each patient,” says Lester. “I think, over time, the community has noticed how hard I strive to accomplish this. This has helped me become one of the highest-rated chiropractors in Fort Worth in only four years.”
Lester also serves on the Board for Hope Center 4 Autism, which is a non-profit organization based in Fort Worth that helps assist children and their families affected by Autism in many different ways, mainly through Applied behavior analysis (ABA) therapy.
ABA therapy is the application of the principles of learning and motivation from Behavior Analysis, along with the procedures and technology derived from those principles, to the solution of problems of social significance.
Lester graduated from South Plains College in 2008, earning an Associate of Science degree in Chemistry. He credits SPC for being a good stepping stone for him.
“I decided to go there because of the size of the campus and classes,” said Lester, who grew up in Plains, Texas, and attended Plains High School. “The location was close to home and close to Lubbock, which made it easy to see friends and family often.”
While at SPC, Lester was highly involved on campus. He served as a Campus Ambassador and gave tours to potential students. He also helped other students with whatever they needed to elevate their experience.
Lester also worked in the Science Department as the stockroom worker. He prepared labs for the professors, tutored students, and helped professors with projects. On top of all that, he served as president of the American Chemistry Society during his time at SPC.
“I truly loved attending SPC, and I have such wonderful memories of it,” Lester recalls. “I always enjoyed my professors because they were so relatable and available to talk with. I know I used several professors as references for grad school, and I still love following their journeys on social media. They were such a great support system to have throughout the years.”
After SPC, Lester went on to attend Texas Tech University to complete his pre-med classes and applied early to Parker University College of Chiropractic. Lester was the youngest student in his graduating class at Parker University. During his time there, he served as president of the Student American Chiropractic Association and led the association to Washington, D.C. to promote chiropractic care throughout Congress.
“SPC really helped prepare me for what was to come,” Lester said. “It was great because it provided me with the educational basis to be a competitive student throughout my college and graduate school programs.”