A TRIBUTE to
Today, we lost a man whom we loved, respected and admired, a man who went out of his way to help those in pain: Dr. Ferdinand Mejilla, chiropractor and practitioner of the GONSTEAD technique for treating back and sciatic pain.
About 2 years ago, when I was so crippled with sciatic pain, I was desperate for help, we looked into the Gonstead approach to sciatica. After watching videos on YouTube and seeing how much it helped others, we searched for a local practitioner. Only one name came up in the Hamilton/Burlington area: Dr. Ferdinand Mejilla. I booked an appointment.
Dr. Fred, as we all called him, worked out of humble premises on Plains Rd. in Burlington. The only things that flashed in his office when I opened the door were the warm, welcome of his lovely receptionist, Shawna, and the sparkling, friendly eyes of Dr. Fred along with his dazzling smile. He hadn’t even examined or x-rayed me yet, but I knew I could put my aching body into his care. Just as the songs say, Dr. Fred Mejilla, “had me from hello” and with “just one look”. Or rather, just one smile.
But today, we said goodbye to Dr. Fred, a gentle man who, when my daughter was unable to afford several sessions with him on a trip home from Nashville where she was recording a CD, told her that all that mattered was that he send her back to Nashville in better shape than she had just arrived in his office. Then, he added: “But there is a price for that…!”
“And that is…?” she asked.
Dr. Fred burst out laughing as he replied: “A copy of that CD you’re producing in Nashville and a front row seat when you do a show up here. Deal?”
That was the kind of guy our Dr. Fred was. He always had fresh fruit, cookies and chocolates on the coffee table for his patients. At Christmas, he’d throw a party and adjust patients’ backs between handfuls of cake and tons of good cheer. And whenever I dropped in for an adjustment, his eyes twinkling mischievously, he always asked: “How’s that CD coming? How much longer will I have to wait for my payment?” And he’d laugh and laugh.
We’re sorry Dr. Fred that the CD wasn’t ready before you left us, and that you won’t be sitting in that front row seat when Apollo’s Crown return to Canada to perform for the Hamilton/Burlington community. But, we’d like to believe that somewhere out there, you are listening and enjoying their music, and smiling your beautiful smile.
R.I.P. Dr. Ferdinand Mejilla.
Remembering you with love,
Viga, Victoria, Kim, and John Boland.