Utah Navajo Health System, Inc. has just added a second Doctor of Chiropractic to its arsenal of medical providers with the announcement that Dr. L. Adam Black D.C. has joined the family.
Dr. Black is the son of Lewis and Claudia Black, of Blanding, and a 1991 graduate of San Juan High School. After high school, Adam served a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Hartford, Connecticut. He returned from his mission and married Brittney Shumway, the daughter of Kathryn and the late Eugene Shumway, of Blanding.
Dr. Black received an Associates Degree from the College of Eastern Utah – Blanding Campus in 1994. He then attended Utah State University and Southern Utah University, before moving on to Palmer College of Chiropractic, in Davenport, Iowa. He graduated in 1999 with a Bachelors of Science and a Doctor of Chiropractic degree.
Dr. Black returned to the Four Corners area after graduation and began working with Dr. Michael Treinen in Cortez, Colorado in 1999. Being an avid outdoorsman he always hoped he could return to the diverse terrain of the Four Corners area and he will always be grateful to Dr. Treinen for giving him a start.
In 2003 he began what would become a very successful practice and partnership with Dr. Kiviok Hight, in Cortez, that lasted until last month, when Dr. Black agreed to begin working with UNHS. He said he has enjoyed his years living and practicing in Cortez. He has raised his five children there and will miss his more frequent interactions with the great people of Montezuma County. He plans to continue living in Cortez for the immediate future. But, when weighing the pros and cons of a move to UNHS, he said it was a heavy decision. In the end, though, it just felt like the right thing to do.
“I look at it as a new adventure. It’s going to be fun,” Dr. Black said. “It’s a chance to be the first, along with Sterling (Doctor Sterling Black, who joined UNHS last month in Blanding) to bring chiropractic into UNHS, and work alongside the medical staff to assist them with acute and chronic pain patients and so much more. Multidisciplinary clinics are becoming more popular in this country and I’m excited to see UNHS doing so much to benefit the people.”
Dr. Black also explained that many of his patients over the years were Native Americans from Montezuma Creek and Aneth, and even Red Mesa. So many, in fact, he actually learned to speak enough Navajo to do a complete evaluation and adjustment, using the Navajo language with patients who couldn’t speak English.
“I look forward to working with the Navajo people and I love the Navajo language. I want to continue learning their language and this will be a great opportunity to do so,” he added.”
Dr. Black began working at the new UNHS Montezuma Creek Clinic on Monday of this week. He will work mostly at the Montezuma Creek Clinic with occasional days at the other clinics if needed. To make an appointment with Dr. Adam Black call the Montezuma Creek Clinic at 435-651-3291.