Backbreaker

A half-kilo of blow, machine-gun blasts, and a millionaire chiropractor. Does this make sense?

On April 1, as dusk settled on Bal Harbour, Dr. David Goroway parked his white Toyota Tundra on Collins Avenue. Only a few years ago, when he lived with his wife, a former model, in a mansion in Southwest Ranches, a trip to Bal Harbour might have meant a day of shopping or a night on the town. Back then, he was a dashing young chiropractor who had earned millions helping his colleagues wring extra bucks out of insurance carriers. But his businesses gradually failed. His marriage imploded. And he found himself mired in a sweeping lawsuit filed by insurance giant State Farm. According to police, Goroway arrived in Bal Harbour on the night in question with a very different agenda: to buy half a kilo of cocaine. He had come, more specifically, to Haulover Park, to the parking lot that borders the Intracoastal Waterway. Goroway's contact asked to see the money, and Goroway showed him 90 $100 bills.

Goroway's hair was thick, short, and jet-black. He wore designer jeans with a white-and-blue long-sleeved shirt. He was 43 but looked more like an undergrad with rich parents as he waited by his truck. The other man opened the trunk of his car and returned with a half-kilo of cocaine, which he allegedly handed to Goroway. Goroway climbed back into his pickup and drove south on Collins, slowing as he approached a red light. He was waiting to make a U-turn that would bring him north, in the direction of his Hollywood home, when he heard a sound behind him. It came from an unmarked police cruiser.

No one but Goroway knows what flashed through his mind in the moments that followed. Maybe he was in a state of disbelief. Maybe he went into an adrenaline-fueled panic. Or maybe, in those moments, as two Bal Harbour cops in SWAT gear approached his truck, guns raised, David Goroway simply decided he would rather die on that spot than find out what would happen next.

A few years after he graduated, Goroway was already closing in on his first million.
A few years after he graduated, Goroway was already closing in on his first million.
Markell Boulis is a cautionary tale about the dangers of chiropractors' dabbling in drugs.
Markell Boulis is a cautionary tale about the dangers of chiropractors' dabbling in drugs.

All that's known for sure about those next few seconds is that they produced three gunshots — and a whole lot of blood.


Goroway detailed much of his life story in a wide-ranging 2005 deposition for the State Farm lawsuit. He was born in East Brunswick, a New Jersey city of about 50,000 that today serves as a bedroom community for those who make the hourlong commute to Manhattan. Goroway's mother, Betty, worked as a nurse. After she divorced his father, that nurse's salary was the family's primary income. Goroway and his four siblings weren't poor, but in a city where today the median income is about $90,000, they ranked at the low end of the working class.

Goroway was ambitious if unfocused. While his friends wanted to buy a Camaro Z28, Goroway dreamed of a Corvette. He just had to figure out exactly how to make his fortune. He dreamed of a career in acting, but in his success-minded Jewish family, that didn't sound practical. Better to channel his talents into law or medicine.

A doctor's work — orthopedic surgery, maybe — interested Goroway, but medical school held little appeal in the months after he graduated high school. His passion was playing middle linebacker. They didn't have a team at his first school, Middlesex County College in nearby Edison. He then transferred after a semester to East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina, where he hoped to walk onto the team.

While lifting weights, Goroway injured his back. Before Goroway went in for surgery, he decided to visit a chiropractor. The treatment worked, and Goroway — who had returned to his hometown to attend Rutgers University — decided he'd make chiropractic his career.

Considered a form of alternative health care, chiropractic focuses on disorders of the musculoskeletal system that cause pain in the joints, back, and neck, treating them through an array of physical adjustments to the spinal column — never through prescription drugs.

Goroway was 23 when he enrolled at Life Chiropractic College, an alternative-health school in Atlanta. He roomed with a swarthy, mischievous fellow named Markell Boulis. "I was a young, crazy, skirt-chasing, going-out-at-night kind of guy — and so was he," Goroway noted in his deposition. "He was fun, and he was charismatic and charming, and so we were friends." On nights when he wasn't partying with Boulis, Goroway was tending bar or working as a bouncer to pay his tuition.

In 1991, he graduated with a degree as a doctor of chiropractic. He packed his life's possessions into a U-Haul and drove south. Goroway didn't know a soul in Florida. "I liked the sun, and I didn't like New Jersey weather," he said.

As he neared Miami, Goroway left the freeway and went cruising on the side streets for chiropractic clinics. Finding one, he'd walk into the office and offer his services as an intern. The first to accept was the South Florida Center of Chiropractic Medicine on East Atlantic Boulevard in Pompano Beach. Goroway would be paid $150 a week.

Eventually, the apprentice would be entrusted with the majority of the clinic's chiropractic work. Goroway treated some 180 patients a week. Because many patients visit a chiropractor regularly for an adjustment, which may take only five minutes, those clinics can churn through a much larger caseload than traditional medical clinics.

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fivestar1
fivestar1

It never ceases to amaze me how slanderous remarks can be made without even a shred of truth to substanciate them on the internet. You may want to consider having even a bit of truth in your comment  before you make them. First of all, he is not now nor has he ever been an owner or even affiliated or employed of Biovis . He simply utilized there billing services for a period of time. And another piece of misinformation, They are not a pharmacy!! Like the rest of the content in your posting, these are all false statements.

JohnW
JohnW

David Goroway is back at it. Somehow while still on parole he owns a pharmacy called Biovis with another felon John Bayliss. Please do not do business with these people. I was offered money to write prescriptions for diabetic patients which they were calling from telemarketing rooms for pain creams which I later found out were stored in 50 gallon containers from suspect ingredients. Then I find out that Goroway was arrested and sued in the past for this very same thing of bilking insurance companies out of millions of dollars. I asked to speak to his partner John Bayliss after learning this and never received call backs. Then I find out that John is a convicted felon as well as most of the company staff. How the hell do people like this keep taking advantage of us and earning millions of dollars in the process? Do yourself a favor and call the police if they approach you to write prescriptions.


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janetmansure
janetmansure

The girlfriend Suissa is a piece of work and works for the Broward County School System-nice, huh???

Jackie McKool
Jackie McKool

I would love to know what went on between 2008 and today, 1/18/2012, because David Goroway is still scamming people -- me for one.  I am a chiropractor in SC and his latest scam is to con $847 out of chiropractors under the guise of setting up hCG weight loss programs in their clinics.  They would do the marketing and provide the MD to prescribe the hCG.  Needless to say, his company formerly known as Nu Age Rejuvenation and now called Life Allure has never performed their end of the agreement -- and I am out $847.  I wish I had read this article before now, I might have stood a better chance of getting my money back.  He is smooth, I'll tell you that much.  He's disgusting.

Ed
Ed

"Medical fraud is a real problem, but the chiropractic portion of it is tiny." That's B.S. The chiropractors are wannabee doctors who never completed a fourth of what it takes to get an M.D. and go through residency. But they still want to make just as much money (or more). As the article states, they treat conditions that usually get better anyway with time, but the chiropracter takes the credit, and the ignorant public doesn't realize the difference! They constantly bring up the occasional deficiencies of real doctors to justify their actions. They are ok if they stick to the lower back and know when to refer if things don't inprove but their greed and ignorance in medicine often lead them to do inapropriate things. And on a much more frequent basis (per capita) than legitimate doctors.

wilfred
wilfred

I was a patient of Dr.Goroway at what was Flamingo Chiropractic. I was searching for my records for my VA claim, this is how I found this story.So where are the records from the now defunct "United Care Medical?"

bigsigh
bigsigh

This is about a bad doctor and human being vs. a bad chiropractor. You can sadly go to medical doctors who will spend five minutes with you as well. In practices (chiropractic) that I've been in, half and hour to fourty five minutes is closer to the norm. Medical fraud is a real problem, but the chiropractic portion of it is tiny. The electrodiagnostic tests you mention are medical tests, not chiropractic inventions. The vast majority of these are performed by MD's. I personally think they're overused, and never refer patients to them. Many legit MD's (and some Chiropractors) do have uses for them. Many MD's will order them automatically, even though they don't change treatment direction significantly. It is often considered medical "standard of care" to order them for pain down the arm or leg. The school he went to for chiropractic is one that the rest of the profession tried to strip it's license from, out of concern for the quality of teaching. He is not representative of the profession. While his goal may have been to have patients dependent, that's not a universal tenet of the profession. My goal is to get my patients better so they can fire me. It would have been nice if you'd bothered talking to a legit chiropractor, or contact the ACA for information of where he was different from the average chiro. Relying on the dregs and "critics of the profession" to discuss the profession is not accurate reporting. Also, just looking at the wikipedia article for the electrodiagnostic testing would tell you what it was for, instead of presenting it as a chiropractic scam.

Cari
Cari

I was once a patient, then employee of Dr. Goroway and he is one of the nicest guys that I have ever known. I remember him treating people for free and making people feel good about themselves who feel real crappy after accidents. He is an amazingly charismatic person and I was shocked to see this in the paper. I remember some of his struggles though and hope that everything works out for him. Happiness is only achievable when you are happy within David!

LB
LB

Is there a follow up coming soon?

sally
sally

so wheres the story?

janetmansure
janetmansure

She is a teacher, a teacher of elementary school children. Pretty scary stuff.

drdbiggs
drdbiggs

How many chiropractors cut out the wrong kidney or prescribe the wrong poison that kills you?

Drug glazed surgeons are not my idea of real doctors.

Ed
Ed

In the case of these chiropracters, it was being used as a scam.

Ed
Ed

He may have been a nice guy. I've known several people who were nice on casual meeting but were nevertheless dishonest.

 
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