Dr. James Goodge, IV attended Palmer College of Chiropractic graduating magna cum laude, Indiana University of Pennsylvania majoring in Pre-Chiropractic with a Bachelors of Science Degree, and Canon-McMillan H.S. While in Chiropractic school Dr. Jim had an opportunity to participate in the Clinic Abroad Program, traveling to El Salvador, to provide Chiropractic care to the less fortunate. Dr. Goodge is a third generation chiropractor and living in a chiropractic family only reinforced his desire to follow in his father’s and grandfather’s footsteps. He joined the practice in October of 2004.
Dr. Goodge resides in Cecil Township with his wife Adele and their two children.
A Little More About Dr. Goodge
What is the favorite part of your job?
This is a hard question to answer because there are so many phases of patient care that are rewarding. My favorite has to be interacting with a new patient who has never been to a chiropractor before. A lot of patients come to a chiropractor as a last resort and have been failed by other medical providers. Being able to properly diagnose a patient’s problem, explain to them why they are feeling what they are feeling, and giving them a plan to fix their problem. Then there is that magical moment of seeing the expression of relief and a restored hope to get better after receiving their first adjustment. That whole first visit is the favorite part of my job. A close second is the visit when a patient is healed from their condition and released from care. I always say my favorite visits are the first and last with a patient.
Tell us about why you chose to become a chiropractor.
I did not decide to become a chiropractor until the spring of my freshman year of college. I was playing football for IUP and suffered a neck injury during one spring practice. My father, who is a chiropractor, found a chiropractor for me to see in Indiana. It was that chiropractor who made me realize I wanted to become a chiropractor. Not because she was a good chiropractor, but because she was a terrible chiropractor. You see, I grew up in a family of very talented chiropractors and was used to the best chiropractic care, especially during football season, which kept me pain free. It was only after experiencing pain and bad chiropractic care that I realized what I had taken for granted my whole life. Needless to say I traveled home and my father fixed me up, and that was when I decided to become a chiropractor.
Talk about why you decided to join this practice.
Deciding to join Randour Chiropractic was a no brainer. Randour Chiropractic is my family’s business that my grandfather (Mom’s father) started in 1942. He was deceased at the time, but my father, Dr. James Goodge III, and my uncle, Dr. David Randour, were both in practice when I joined. I knew my uncle was going to started semi-retirement when I got out of school so it was the perfect opportunity for me. It was also a great mentorship opportunity to work with such talented doctors who had been practicing for 30+ years. I can’t tell you how much I learned in my first couple months practicing with them. They would say, “I’m going to teach you something your grandfather taught me.” That stuff was priceless!
What do you like to do in you spare time?
In my spare time I enjoy spending time outdoors with my family. I am an avid Hunter and fishermen. I spend most of my free time in the summer with my wife and two children at our camp swimming, boating, and fishing. I really enjoy teaching the kids outdoor activities such as hunting and snow skiing. My wife and I also have a Netflix addiction after the kids are in bed!