Dr. Thomas Miller, Local Chiropractor, Credits Atlantic Cape for His Success
Dr. Thomas Miller ’73
- Resident: Absecon
- Profession: Doctor of Chiropractic, Miller Chiropractic Wellness Center, Pleasantville
- Atlantic Cape Degree: Associate in Science, Business Administration
- Additional Education: B.A., Business Administration, New England College; Doctor of Chiropractic degree, Life Chiropractic College (now Life University School of Chiropractic)
- On Atlantic Cape: “The College cared about me, and gave me the support and direction I needed in life.”
When Dr. Thomas Miller first entered Atlantic Community College (now Atlantic Cape) back in the early 1970s, he had no idea what he wanted to do with his life and was still puzzling over his high school guidance counselor’s opinion that he wasn’t “college material.”
But thanks to the guidance, support and individual attention he received from the College’s faculty and staff, the Absecon resident was able to determine the path he wanted to take, which placed him firmly on the road to becoming a successful chiropractor.
“All of the counselors and professors at (the College) looked out for me,” he fondly recalled. “They were concerned about the students; you weren’t just another number. That’s what I remember most.” He credits the faculty and staff at Atlantic Cape for recognizing his innate intelligence and nurturing him, which gave him the confidence to move up through the ranks of academia.
After graduating from the College in 1973 with an associate degree in Business Administration, Miller went on to earn a bachelor’s in Business Administration from New England College, Henniker, N.H., and Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Life Chiropractic College (now Life University School of Chiropractic) in Atlanta.
He is now a respected chiropractor of 25 years, with a bustling practice in Pleasantville. He said he couldn’t have done it without Atlantic Cape.
College Mentors Provided Guidance
“When I first came to Atlantic Cape, I thought I was going to be a professional football player,” Miller said. “I realized that wasn’t going to be it for me.” He did join the College’s basketball team, and he formed a bond with then-Assistant Coach Bobby Royal, who is now dean of the Worthington Atlantic City Campus, Community Affairs & Security. Royal became one of many mentors from whom Miller received valuable guidance.
Another faculty member who took a personal interest in the young student was Accounting Instructor John Hall, whom Miller fondly remembers as, “Such a warm, kind-hearted person who really helped us students a lot.” After taking an accounting course taught by Hall, Miller toyed with the idea of entering that profession. “But it didn’t pan out that way,” he said.
Thanks to the interest taken in him by Royal and Hall, as well as Willie Moss (Counselor for the Educational Opportunity Fund program), Miller discovered his true calling. “They all took an interest in helping me decide what I wanted to do with my life. The EOF program really assisted me in having the finances and support to further my education.”
Giving Back to the Community
Not only did his experiences at Atlantic Cape enable him to become a success in life, those who mentored him instilled in Miller the importance of nurturing others, and giving back to the community.
I don’t know what my life would be like if it weren’t for Atlantic Cape.
“The College cared about me, and gave me the support and direction I needed in life,” he said. “The people there gave me the courage not just to do for myself, but to do for the community. I was able to see the value of giving to the community through my practice. It’s not just about money. Atlantic Cape taught me to be in the state of mind to care about other people. Because the College played an integral role in enabling me to feel good about myself, I am always thinking about what I can do to help change and make someone else’s life better.”
In addition to mentoring other young people who went on to become successful chiropractors, Miller frequently speaks at area schools and churches in an effort to inspire young people to make a difference in their communities. He also is involved in the annual Walk and Run for Life and Wellness event that takes place in Pleasantville, and hosts a weekly half-hour “Fit for the Kingdom Wellness” radio show on Gospel WHEA-88.7 FM.
He’s come a long way from the confused kid who was told he wasn’t college material. He claims he owes it all to Atlantic Cape.
“The College gave me the ability to know that, once I put my mind to something, I could do just about anything. I don’t know what my life would be like if it weren’t for Atlantic Cape.”