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Meet our great Team 

​Dr. Nichole Nygren

NCA Founder

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​Dr. Tyler Nygren

Associate Chiropractor

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​Jennifer McGarvey

Office Assistant

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​Dr. Terry Rainey

In Memory

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Wait, are Chiropractors Qualified?

Some are hesitant to see a chiropractor. They may wonder, "are chiropractors real doctors? Is chiropractic safe?" Yes, chiropractors are certified healthcare professionals that offer safe and effective therapies. Scroll down to learn about chiropractic education, or read more about chiropractic.

A Chiropractor's Education and Training

An aspiring chiropractor must attend a nationally accredited doctorate program, and undergo a minimum of 4,200 hours of classroom study, laboratory work, and clinical experience. Chiropractic education includes broad-based studies of: 

  • Human Anatomy & Physiology
  • Nutrition & Biochemistry
  • Public Health & Research Methods
  • Diagnostic Imaging & Interpretation
  • Chiropractic Techniques
  • Clinical Diagnosis & Decision Making
  • Physiotherapy & Rehabilitation

A significant portion of chiropractic education consists clinical experience, where students treat patients under the supervision of experienced chiropractors. It is in this portion of their studies where they learn the art and science of intricate, hands-on chiropractic techniques. At Life University, the alma mater of both Dr. Nichole and Dr. Tyler, chiropractic education consists of two years of academic study and two years of clinical experience. The course of study for chiropractic is approved by an agency recognized by the United States Department of Education, and has been for more than 25 years.

Board Certification & Licensing

Chiropractors must also pass a four-part national board examination covering:

  • Basic Science
  • Clinical Knowledge & Diagnostic Imaging
  • Clinical Decision Making
  • Practical Clinical Skills

To be licensed in the State of Ohio chiropractors must have completed:

  • An undergraduate degree program
  • An accredited Doctor of Chiropractic degree program
  • Parts I, II, III, and IV of the national chiropractic board examination
  • Board certification in physiotherapy

To maintain their license, chiropractors must meet annual continuing education requirements.

Phew! That's a lot!

It may interest you to know that chiropractors are designated physician-level providers by the State of Ohio, and by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Chiropractors can treat a variety of problems, and can refer patients to other health care practitioners when it is necessary. Recently, the American College of Physicians changed its guidelines to recommended chiropractic as a preferred treatment for back pain.

In Summary...

Chiropractic training requirements are stringent and rigorous. To be board certified and licensed, Doctors of Chiropractic must complete thousands of hours of classroom and hands-on training to ensure that they are able to provide the best possible care to their patients.

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