The Faces of Lake Country: Dr. Matt Waro

Meet Dr. Matt Waro! Dr. Matt is a chiropractor who at one time had aspirations to be a choral music educator. He grew up in Walworth, and worked in Michigan prior to opening his Oconomowoc practice. Dr. Matt is the Marquette University hockey team chiropractor, a member of the Oconomowoc Area Chamber of Commerce and Rotary, Oconomowoc Community Choir, and will soon be starting a new BNI chapter in Lake Country.

An interesting story that Dr. Matt shared was that he studied the Spanish language under the teaching of a Peruvian woman for four years, who became like a grandmother to him. She was very impactful on his life, and would often share stories of what life is like in Peru. Dr. Matt has been inspired to visit Peru after learning about its delicacies, festivals, shamans, and even its bone setters. We want to thank Dr. Matt for spending some time with us to talk about his life and his love of Lake Country.

Question: What inspired you or led you to your current career?
Answer: “Growing up, I always wanted to be a doctor, however in college I decided to be a choir teacher. Toward the end of my college career I jumped ship and looked toward medicine. However I didn’t want to prescribe meds all day, so I looked at chiropractic. I was generally a sick person, but not since I started getting adjustments.”

Q. What is your favorite restaurant in Lake Country, and what do you love there?
A: “VIP Sushi, I’m a big sushi fan. I’ll often go to lunch there with friends after they come for an adjustment. They have this roll, the Birds Nest, and it has a great citrus sauce.”

Q. What is your favorite movie OR what is the first movie you remember seeing in a theatre?
A. “‘How to Train Your Dragon’, it’s a fun movie, and cool because there are dragons in it!”

Q. What advice would you give a crowd of people?
A. “Don’t dwell on the past. Take what has happened and learn from it.”

Q. What is something on your bucket list?
A. “I would like to see all 50 states. Whenever my mom and I go on trips, we bring along our travel almanac, and we add a picture of everything we see to it.”

Q. What is your favorite music? Three bands you would like to see (dead or alive)?
A. “I like whatever is easy to harmonize with! 102.5-FM is my jam. I love Pentatonix, also country music, electronic dance music, Mariah Carey and Sidewalk Prophets. I was Sidewalk Prophets’ chiropractor when they came through town.”

Q. Choosing anyone alive and a non-relative: with whom would you love to have lunch? Why?  Where in Lake Country would you have lunch?
A. “Sandra Yancey, of the eWomensNetwork. Her goal is to help one million women make $1 million or more in revenue. She believes you have to look internally to fix what’s going on, and I’d love to pick her brain. I’d take her to VIP Sushi.”

Q. What is your favorite thing or something unique about Lake Country?
A. “Lake Country has a small town feel, but it’s not small town. It’s big enough to have the things I need, yet small enough that people know each other.”

Q. Where do you see yourself in 5 or 10 years?
A. “I’d like to open a second clinic in Pewaukee, and have a doctor in each clinic. That would allow me to do corporate chiropractic, networking and building relationships.”

Q. Even for friends or family, what is something interesting that most people don’t know about you?
A. “I like the TV show ‘Chopped’, and much like the show, I’m able to pull random stuff out of my pantry and make something that turns out pretty good, most of the time.”

Q. If you were cast into a major motion picture and had your choice of anyone to be your co-star, who would you choose?
A.”An animated dragon! No, not really. I’d like to star with Jake Gyllenhaal, he’s a pretty cool guy.”

Q. If you had a full time staff member that was fully paid for, who would you choose?Chef, Housekeeper, Driver, Coach, Physical Fitness Trainer, or Nanny?
A. “While my cat is quite a handful, I’d probably choose a physical fitness trainer.”

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