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What’s In A Logo?

It has been a long road of renewal since my father, Dr. James M. Sigafoose, passed away Thursday, July 3rd, 2014. That first year was a little crazy! I had just gotten home from living and practicing in Panama, I did not have my license to practice in Maryland back as of yet and I also did not have a drivers license (a story for another time), but I did have a lot of time on my hands.

Our first logo was simple; it was a signature of our last name. Because lets face it, there is not a lot of Sigafoose chiropractors out there that have given their entire life to one profession and one cause, that being, educating people on THE philosophy of straight, vitalistic chiropractic. It was a good logo, but when it came time to update the website, we wanted something NEW, while staying true to the Sigafoose ideals.

After A LOT of back and forth and tweaking here and there, what you see below is what we came up with.

I like there to be a bit of meaning and hidden symbolism in things,

I have no idea where that came from, but it is what it is. We still kept the straight (pun intended) in the logo and we took, “THE chiropractic philosophy,” from the original logo and the SigTalks podcast, but the biggest change is the symbol to the

This symbol, which I hope you will be seeing a lot more of on hats and shirts and various other forms of paraphernalia, has several meanings. First off is the bubbled curve in the center. This represents two things. The “S” in Sigafoose and the “S” like curve in the vertebra. You might notice that the center circle is larger then the rest, because it represents, the heart and being centered, two things that I feel every chiropractor should possess. You’ll also see the fading circular lines that come off the “S” and these represent the Yin & Yang symbol. In Chinese philosophy, two principles, one negative and one positive, whose interaction influences the destinies of beings and things.

Finally there is the circle, which the Yin & Yang symbol makes.

The circle is an American Indian symbol of equality, where no person is more prominent than any other person. Circle meetings ensured that all people were allowed to speak and the words spoken were accepted and respected on an equal basis. A circle around other Native American symbols, or the “S” in my fathers last same in this case, signifies family ties, closeness & protection. The circle holds that which cannot be broken.

I chose all of these symbols carefully, to honor my father and his lifetime of work, as well as a way to represent the profession and different cultures and ideals that he cared for. I hope our new logo is pleasing to everyone and I hope now that you know more about it, that whenever you see it, it will remind you of Dr. James M. Sigafoose and all that he gave to the one thing he loved most, Chiropractic.

Keep Giving, Loving, Doing & Serving,

Dr. Carey N. Pabouet-Sigafoose

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