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Rick Chaney (aka Jots the clown)
Kernersville, NC
Cervical and lumbar degenerative disc disease, with spinal stenosis, pinched nerves, radiculopathy and cervicogenic headaches
"If Dr. Cohen hadn't done my surgery, I'd probably be lying in bed on disability."


When Rick Chaney was 12, he lived a boy’s dream life – traveling with the circus alongside his father, Earl Chaney, a clown in the  Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey’s Greatest Show on Earth. The grease paint left a permanent mark. By age 15, Rick was performing as his own clown persona, Jots. 


Over the years since then, from his days in Las Vegas to his current life in Kernersville, NC, Rick has always been a part-time or a full-time clown. Early on, he was Ronald McDonald for a year, following in his father’s footsteps. Later, he clowned part-time while working as a construction manager after  moving to North Carolina to raise his children.


Today, he’s back clowning full-time through his company, Circus Daze  – but only after enduring two car accidents, months of pain and two major spine surgeries. He credits Max W. Cohen, MD, FAAOS, founding physician of Spine & Scoliosis Specialists, with putting a big clown smile back on his face.