This article came out in 2016 on the 25th anniversary in practice.
Morgan has spent 25 years combining his passion for chiropractic health, diet and exercise at his wellness center and gym.
INTERVIEW BY IRENE BOWERS, CORRESPONDENT for Virginia Beach Beacon
Name: Thomas Jackson Morgan, Jr.
Neighborhood: Chic’s Beach
Hometown: Portsmouth, VA
Marital status: Married to Tammy for 16 years
Children: Proud parent of Elle, 24; Tory, 21; Jackson, 15.
Occupation: Chiropractor and business owner
Education: Kempsville High, 1984; University of Richmond, 1989; Life University, 1993.
Community service: President of Chesapeake Beach Civic League; Area Chair of Great Neck Athletic Association; Co-offensive Coordinator/ Strength and Conditioning Coach for Cox High football
YOU HEARD it here first: “Chirogym.” The concept will be the new normal in health and wellness, if T.J. Morgan has anything to do with it.
A certified chiropractic Sports Medicine Physician, former Mr. Universe competitor and collegiate football player, Morgan has spent 25 years combining his passion for chiropractic health, diet and exercise at his wellness center and gymnasium. He says his current business on Shore Drive – Morgan Wellness Center and Chix Beach Gym – is the model of the future.
“The concept of chirogyms, which I intend to franchise, brings together certified chiropractic care, nutrition and a full, training gym for optimal wellness,” he said. “Overwhelmingly, research shows the success of treating bodies as a whole – rather than treating symptoms – and how the well-being of a person influences their pain levels and ability to function.”
A former college running back, Morgan’s own injuries have included a ruptured patella tendon, pinched nerves, ruptured knee ligaments, pulled muscles, a broken arm and a broken hand.
“I learned early on that I recovered and got back on the field faster when I was treated holistically,” he said. “That started my interest in chiropractic and sports medicine.”
Morgan is a longtime volunteer with Chesapeake Beach Civic League, but also dedicates many hours to assist the Cox High School football team. His gym features dozens of college banners from grateful athletes over the years. "We've helped some 500 student athletes, but the majority of our clients are regular people suffering from poor health or pain,” he said. In addition to the traditional chiropractic apparatus, Morgan developed an examination gym to evaluate movement patterns and biophysics. “Regardless of the disability, my commitment is to take away pain and bring balance and health to their life.”
What do you enjoy most about what you do? Helping people find a path to relieve suffering, by treating the whole being.
What is the greatest challenge you face doing what you do? Reprogramming people’s ideas on the ways to heal.
What do you love most about the people with whom you work/ volunteer? This is a family business, so love is a given.
Who or what inspires you to do what you do? My mom, Woodie Morgan, taught me the value of effective communication, which has made all the difference.
Who or what in your background best prepared you for doing what you do? At the University of Richmond, generous mentoring from Neil Hutcher formed my interest in healing bodies, and my football injuries taught me the value of holistic treatment.
If a snapshot was taken of you enjoying a perfect day, what would it look like? In two words: Paddleboarding. Ocean.
Favorite gadget: My smart phone, a Samsung 7
Favorite movie: “Cinderella Man”
Pet peeve: Bullies
Hobbies: Coaching football, playing bongos and congas
Best job: Lifeguard at oceanfront
Worst job: Masonry, brick laying
First car: ’71 VW Baha Beetle
Favorite Virginia Beach spot: Chic’s Beach at sunset
First celebrity crush: Wonder Woman
Your celebrity twin, separated at birth: Bruce Willis
Comfort food: Chips and salsa
A favorite TV show from the past: “The Little Rascals”
A recently read book you would recommend: The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership by John C. Maxwell
A recently watched movie: “The Martian”
Of what achievements are you most proud? My children
Something you’ve done that others might not expect of you: I sang the national anthem at the opening game of the Hampton Roads Sharks in 1995.
If you could invite three famous people, living or dead, to dinner, who would they be? Benjamin Franklin, Abraham Lincoln, Albert Einstein
If you could choose your theme song, what would it be? Rocky
The song you’re most likely to be caught singing along/dancing to: Any song by James Brown
What is your good luck charm? 1987 University of Richmond championship ring
What is your personal motto? Fight One More Round
The most memorable words of wisdom you receive and from whom: My father, Thomas Jackson Morgan: Always try, because not trying assures you will never know if you can achieve something or not.
The words of wisdom you’d share with someone interested in doing what you do: Easy is the road to mediocrity. Dedication, sacrifice and persistence are the characteristics necessary to achieve your best you; find what drives you and go for it like your life depends on it.
Irene Bowers, firstname.lastname@example.org