Meet Dr. Mik Hamilton

I never dreamed that I would become a chiropractor!

After many years traveling throughout Europe and Asia, I settled down in Berkeley and began to have numbness in my hands. A friend referred me to a chiropractor who adjusted my neck and within seconds the feeling was restored to my hands. Then he explained the chiropractic philosophy to me and three weeks later I was enrolled at Palmer College of Chiropractic.

Chiropractic Education

I attended Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport, Iowa because it is the Chiropractic Fountainhead. That’s where it all began. I had been out of school for ten years and found it very invigorating. I maintain to this day that even if I had never practiced chiropractic for a single day, it was an invaluable education. Click here to review my resume and credentials.

In 1966 I met a great man in India who told me that what I was looking for in life I would “not find wandering around the Himalayas, but rather in society, among people by trying to be of service to them.” I returned to the States with a commitment to this purpose and, like so many things in life, the future began unfolding as if on its own until one day I found myself seeing my first patients under the philosophy of Mastery In Servitude. (We become the masters of ourselves by serving others.) “True happiness lies making others happy.”

Chiropractor in Berkeley shares his story

I thought you might like to know something about me personally, so I decided to include a short sketch of my life:

I was born in Wisconsin and raised in the small Illinois town of Bloomington. Bloomington is in the middle of the state about 150 miles south of Chicago, on the famous U.S. Route 66. While I was growing up the town’s population was 34,200. It was a time when no one needed to lock their house and left their keys in their parked cars.

My Grandfather was a great influence on me during my growing years and taught me the skills of carpentry, electrical, plumbing, masonry, roofing, plastering, paper hanging, painting, etc.

I was an innocent boy who liked to spend my summers fishin’ for whales and daydreaming. As I got older I loved hot rods and learned to build them. As a teenager, I saw the movie “Rebel Without a Cause” with James Dean and wanted to become an actor, which I fulfilled in local stage productions, and even directed one play in high school.

An ancient high school teacher (he was very old when he taught my mother!) asked me if I knew the meaning of the word “existentialism”. I didn’t, so I asked him what it meant. He replied, “You never know”. I looked it up in the dictionary and didn’t understand the meaning so I went back to him and asked him what it meant that “man’s essence precedes his existence” and again he repeated, “You never know”. This started me on a search for the meaning of “existence” which took me through the existential writings, western philosophy and the scriptures of all religions until I discovered the Beat poets. When I read “On the Road” as a senior in high school, it was like all those years of living next to U.S. Route 66 surged inside me and I had to GET OUT OF THERE.

About this time, (1961) the Berlin Wall was built and President John F. Kennedy made his famous speech. I enlisted in the U.S. Army as a way to GET OUT OF THERE. I lived for two years in Germany in the Army where I learned to speak fluent German.

Upon discharge from the Army, I still had the itch to travel and longed for the real answer to the question “What am I doing here?”. This was 1964. From Germany I set out hitchhiking to India. I spent the next four years wandering around Asia (mostly India) looking for truth. I met hundreds of yogis, swamis, saints, pirs, walis, sadhus, malangs, etc., who told me just how holy they were and what miracles they could perform. I was living the life of an itinerant on the streets of India. I became enthralled with the Hindu scripture, “The Bhagavadgita”, where I discovered for the first time, the concept of an omnipresent God and the meaning of practical mysticism. Eventually, I came into contact with a genuine Perfect Master, Avatar Meher Baba, who, with a single glance, changed my life. That is a whole other story that will eventually be published in book form under the title “In Search of the Beloved”.

Meher Baba told me that what I was looking for I would not find wandering around the Himalayas, but in society among people, by trying to be of service to them. He instructed me to return to the West and “be in the world but not of it”. I returned to Berkeley, California in 1968 and eventually decided upon a career in chiropractic.

I attended Palmer College of Chiropractic, graduated and received my D.C. degree in 1973. While attending Palmer, I met and married Mary Callahan. In 1972 our first son Minoo was born and when we returned to Berkeley in 1973 we had a second son, Michael. Mary and I have always had a very close family both with our parents and with our children and this remains so today.

Chiropractor in Berkeley starts his practice

We began our Berkeley chiropractic practice in 1975. For more about the history of Berkeley Chiropractic / Hamilton Chiropractic Offices, click on ‘History‘.

I am an enthusiastic people person, who has interest in world affairs, geography, language, botany, ornithology, anthropology, and world cultures. I love humor and movies. My favorite T.V. show is Jeopardy.

Thanks for visiting our site. As a passionate Berkeley chiropractor who cares about each patient on an individual level, I look forward to meeting you in person and learning how we may be of service to you. Give our Berkeley chiropractic office a call and let’s arrange a time to explore your options.