Hi, I am James Nero, D.C. and I have been a licensed chiropractor since 1989. My first and only practice location is the one I currently operate here in Coquitlam, so I have been a part of this community for 30 years and counting. I live close to the office because I don’t like commuting. I have 3 adolescent male children because I love grey hair! And I have a wonderful wife I love dearly who puts up with me and keeps me on track. There is also the sixth, seventh and eighth members of our family, our 6-year-old Cairn Terrier Terra, our 7-year-old ferret Tessa and our new Golden Doodle puppy Blaine.
Winnipeg is my birth city and my place of residence for 21 years of my early life. Naturally I played hockey for all that time and more. But I wasn’t a one sport addict. I also participated in football, soccer, baseball, basketball, biking, running, lots of frisbee, cross country skiing, curling, and a peculiar Winnipeg sport called snow shovelling! I noticed early on that some girls did not like jocks but preferred the artsy males so I doubled my chances of getting dates by participating in music, drama but as little dancing as I could manage. Luckily, music has always called to my soul and I enjoyed being an artsy young man.
High school graduation sparked the adventure bug in me, and I hit the road to find my experiential fortune. I worked and partied, travelled, worked and partied, met amazing people, worked and partied, saw life from many angles, and, you guessed it, worked and partied. Maybe, just maybe, I slept a little bit along the way. Surprisingly to me upon later reflection, during that time, I maintained a consistent focus on my health via solid nutrition, consistent exercise and more sleep then I just joked about. Therefore, it was an easy decision to enter a healthcare profession when I finally decided to ‘get a career’.
Post secondary educational pursuit took me back to Winnipeg and the loving arms of my parents. I must admit that I knew nothing about chiropractic as a profession or a healing art when I was deciding which branch of healthcare to work toward. When I was introduced to the idea of chiropractic it was an immediate connection to my own core beliefs of health and wellness. I then set out on the long journey of a starving student and the first phase of that journey was at the University of Winnipeg.
In 1989 I graduated from the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College in Toronto, one of the leading chiropractic educational institutions in the world. I enjoyed my years in Toronto and miss the people I met while there as a student. It was a tough decision to leave and not set up a practice there. It was also a tough decision not to return to my hometown and establish a practice. But the lure of Vancouver was strong, so I made the worst financial decision of my life and moved to what became the most expensive place to live in Canada and virtually the entire world!