Upper Cervical Chiropractor in Capitol Hill Seattle
Education & Credentials:
Diplomate in Chiropractic Craniocervical Junction Procedures : DCCJP (2019)
Treasurer and Board of Directors of the International Chiropractic Associations Council on Upper Cervical Care (2018-present)
Advanced Level Certification in Whiplash Biomechanics & Traumatology through the Spine Research Institute of San Diego (2017)
Board Certified in the Atlas Orthogonal Technique from Sherman College of Chiropractic (2011)
Certification in Manual Muscle Testing through the International College of Applied Kinesiology (2001)
Doctor of Chiropractic : Life Chiropractic University in Atlanta (1999)
Bachelors of Science : University of Florida (1992)
I take a holistic and personalized approach to chiropractic care and customize my treatment plans to meet the needs of each patient. I primarily focus on helping my patients recover from whiplash injuries, post-concussion symptoms, headaches, & neck pain. My approach incorporates gentle spinal, cranial, and extremity adjustments, manual muscle testing, cervical traction, injury recall techniques, neuromuscular rehabilitation, functional evaluations, postural awareness and self-care exercises. I recognize that postural habits and lifestyle choices can have a dramatic impact on ones health and ability to recover. For this reason, I help my patients discover areas of improvement in an effort to minimize the aggravating factors and maximize the conditions for healing. The goal is to help you get well quickly and stay that way. The more you learn about your body, the better choices you can make on how to best care for youself and I want to empower you to do just that. I’m a firm believer in teamwork and have developed a large network of physicians and bodyworkers that I collaborate with, especially when the complexity of the condition requires multi-modal treatment.
I’ve learned alot in the past 20 years and know there’s always more to learn, so along with daily study, I attend numerous conferences and training programs throughout the year. In June of 2019, I received my Diplomate in Chiropractic Craniocervical Junction Procedures (DCCJP). The DCCJP is a rigorous, post-graduate 300-hour/2.5 year advanced study in upper cervical spinal biomechanics, neuroanatomy, neuro-physiology, advanced imaging, chiropractic diagnostic and corrective techniques, outcome assessments, and upper cervical research. I am currently the only DCCJP in Seattle and one of 33 nationwide.
I’m available for complementary phone and in-office consultations, so feel free to reach out if you have any questions.
The Atlas Orthogonal Upper Cervical Technique is an advanced method for adjusting the most complex joint region in the body: The Cranio-cervical junction (CCJ). The CCJ is a collective term that refers to the occiput (base of skull), atlas (1st cervical vertebrae), axis (second cervical vertebrae) and supporting muscles and ligaments. It is a transitional area between the mobile head and relatively rigid spinal column. The brainstem, spinal cord, and vertebral arteries pass through the CCJ making it both the neurologic switch and the primary pathway for the exchange of fluids between the brain and body. The key vertebrae in the CCJ is the atlas or 1st cervical vertebrae. When the atlas becomes misaligned it can increase tension on the spinal cord, spinal nerves, muscles, ligaments, veins and arteries in the CCJ and can disrupt the proper function of the nerve, muscular, vestibular, vascular, and cerebral spinal fluid systems. An Atlas misalignment can have serious neurologic & neuromotor consequences. It’s often found to be can be a cause of whiplash and post-concussion symptoms, headaches, and neck pain. The CCJ is a vital & vulnerable region and therefore merits special consideration for care and treatment. Treatment is very gentle and specific and does not involve twisting or cracking the neck.
Spinal Radiographs are a safe and effective way to evaluate the atlas misalignment and general condition of the spine. They can help reveal spinal regions that are under high stress, expose areas of degeneration and instability, and help to rule out the existence of more serious pathological processes that would be a contra-indication to receiving chiropractic care. The specific Atlas Orthogonal Images are used to evaluate the atlas misalignment and the formula for correction. Digital radiographs have many advantages: the images are recorded and stored on our secure server, images are easily transferable, and the image quality is excellent. I utilizes the iCR3600 Digital Radiography System and Opal 20/20 Spinal Analysis software to process and analyze the images.