by Barb Stern
Dr. Brian Moreland, Pitt-Greensburg ’98, is not a typical doctor. Whereas most doctors focus on physical symptoms, Moreland looks for possible underlying psychological issues. While many doctors protect their turf, Moreland builds bridges between his specialty of chiropractic medicine and traditional medicine.
1.) What made you decide to attend UPG?
I spent my first two years of college at Pitt-Main. Being in the city, I missed the country. I was shy back then. I didn’t go out much. Also, living in Greensburg would allow me to work while I attended school. I worked at Masso’s Medical Supply, mostly in customer service.
2.) What made you choose Psychology as a major?
I wanted to have a B.S. so that I could go on to chiropractic school. Psychology interested me because I liked the faculty. Deborah Evans-Rhodes inspired me a lot. I served as her teaching assistant. Diane Marsh and Dan Mellberg also inspired me. I enjoyed the coursework and I had outstanding faculty.
3.) How does your background in Psychology help you as a chiropractor?
There is more than a physical component to pain. My background in Psychology allows me to understand patients’ pain. It makes me a better doctor in that I recognize other issues. I am more attuned to underlying causes. I can refer my patients to counselors.
4.) What made you choose chiropractic medicine over traditional medicine?
I started out with a pre-med curriculum. Once I started investigating the differences in lifestyles, I knew at some point I wanted to have a family. Working sixty to eighty hours a week would not allow me to spend as much time at home as I wanted. Chiropractic medicine allowed me more opportunities to set my own hours. Also, as a doctor in private practice, I develop my own business and determine my own success.
When I was young, I suffered from terrible allergies to freshly cut grass. I went to a chiropractor. After the first treatment, those allergies were alleviated. I saw chiropractic medicine in action.
5.) What are the differences between traditional medicine and chiropractic medicine?
As a chiropractor, I seek to find the underlying cause of people’s problems and fix that cause. Traditional medicine provides medicines to minimize the symptoms and often overlooks the root cause. For example, if somebody has bad back spasms, a PCP would prescribe painkillers and muscle relaxers. The reason for that spasm can be an irritated nerve. My approach identifies where that irritation is. I adjust the bone. Basically, the body heals itself.
I have good working relationships with most local medical professionals. I get referrals from them. Traditional medicine has limitations, as does chiropractic medicine. Chiropractic medicine complements traditional medicine. We can co-manage back pain. Each of us heals a different component. We work hand-in-hand.
6.) How/Why did you become involved in the Pitt-Greensburg Alumni Association?
Because I was a commuter, I wasn’t that involved on campus while I was a student. My affinity for Pitt came later. I realized what a gem we have. We are extended family here. We have over 1,000 students but we still have a very intimate campus.
I was very much appreciate everyone who helped me get where I am. Pitt-Greensburg had a lot to do with my success. I knew that I wanted to get involved. I didn’t know how exactly. I attended an alumni board meeting. I quickly joined the board. I soon rose through the ranks. I kept moving through the offices until I was president.
7.) You have won the Alumni Distinction Award and the PGAA volunteer award. Of which award are you the most proud?
The Alumni Distinction Award recognizes my professional achievements in addition to my volunteer work at the university. I’ve learned work ethic and how to give back while at Pitt-Greensburg.
Being involved with the Pitt Alumni Association has been very rewarding. It has allowed me to become active on a campus that I was’t active on as a student. I’ve made some wonderful friendships. I also have made a lot of successful business contacts through my volunteer work. It also has hallowed me to strengthen ties between the Greensburg and Oakland campuses. It’s nice to be able to expand what Pitt-Greensburg has to offer. It’s a well maintained campus. The leaders at Pitt-Greensburg should keep doing what they’re doing.
I introduced an idea that I saw in Oakland the idea of a Student-Alumni Association. It’s a wonderful program that incubates future alumni leaders. We also have a leadership breakfast. We brought in local legislators and federal officers in Congress. We educated them on what we have to offer as well as the challenges we face in an effort to improve our campus.
8.) What would you like to see at UPG in the future?
I’m amazed at the improvements and the expansion on campus. We’re striving to add when need while preserving our older facilities. It’s a well-maintained campus. The leaders at Pitt-Greensburg should keep doing what they’re doing.