April 15, 2007
Chiropractors With Collections By Jennifer Maciejewski Though it may be unusual to decorate your home with a Coca-Cola theme or to search high and low for B.J. Palmer memorabilia, having unique collections is just what the doctor ordered for these four chiropractors. Here, they share the details of their passions, from their most treasured possessions to the moment that started it all. A Rockin’ Collection When Peter Joffe, D.C., pulled a muscle in his back while bowling with some friends during college, he tried everything from painkillers to hot packs, but nothing touched the pain. After a few days, he visited the chiropractor that his sister used after a car accident, and within a couple of visits, his pain was gone. By his senior year, the biology major had decided to become a chiropractor, and today Joffe, who specializes in the Chiropractic Bio-Physics (CBP) technique, operates Joffe Family Chiropractic in Manalapan, N.J. While his passion for chiropractic has its roots in his college years, Joffe began collecting KISS memorabilia when he was just a toddler, after his teenage brother introduced him to the band. “At that age, usually little kids are either deathly afraid of KISS or think they’re like superheroes,” Joffe recalls. “I was definitely the latter. At that age, I got things like the original KISS dolls and the original KISS lunchbox for Christmas and birthdays. I used to take the lunchbox to nursery school and kindergarten. As I got older, I started to get into not only collecting the albums, but different pictures, posters and KISS videos. I used to go to KISS conventions and collect stuff like that. My room at my parents’ house used to look like a KISS shrine; once I ran out of wall space, I started putting stuff up on the ceiling.” Over the years, Joffe has had several items autographed by members of the band, including books, albums and his childhood lunchbox. And not only has he been to over 20 concerts at which he’s caught several guitar pics, he attended the funeral when KISS’s second drummer died. Though Joffe plans to create a KISS-themed guitar room once he moves into a larger home, for now, he stores his collection in Tupperware totes in his townhome’s basement. After all, his wife isn’t quite as into KISS as he is. “That’s partially why it’s in the basement,” Joffe notes. “She’s starting to get used to my KISS obsession. My birthday was a couple weeks ago, so she bought me a collector’s edition KISS picture that has a gold single of theirs, and actually, she let me hang it up on a wall that leads down to our basement. Whatever house is going to accommodate it, I’m definitely going to have a KISS music room so I can put all of my KISS stuff back on display.”