Meet Dr. Zac
Atlas Orthogonal Upper Cervical Chiropractor in Des Moines
I was born and raised in the Des Moines area, growing up in Johnston. After high school, I had no desire to go to college so I worked in a bank for a couple of years, and upon the revelation that banking was not going to be a career path for me started taking classes at DMACC to discover what I was going to be when I grew up. While attending DMACC, I had an epiphany and suddenly knew I was going to be a Chiropractor.
Once I had completed the prerequisites, I moved to Davenport to attend Palmer College of Chiropractic. While at Palmer I solidified my education by helping my fellow students as a tutor for many subjects ranging from anatomy to neurophysiology. As part of my Palmer education, I studied many different chiropractic techniques to find the ones that seemed to be the most helpful, and after three-and-a-half years I graduated cum laude in June 2006. I then went on to complete a master’s degree in Human Clinical Nutrition and Metabolism through the University of Bridgeport and a board certification in Atlas Orthogonal Chiropractic – a very advanced way to realign the top bone in the neck without manipulation.
I continue my education with vigor, often receiving double the state required continuing education hours, pursuing the latest ways to treat patients safely, gently, and effectively without the traditional cracking that is associated with chiropractic.
I have been blessed with the opportunity to practice in a variety of locations, starting in Moline, IL where I began my career as an associate doctor and learned as much as I could from Dr. Ron Lyss about SOT and other gentle techniques. During that time I became interested in nutrition and left Lyss Family Chiropractic to move to Japan to teach and pursue my Masters in Human Clinical Metabolism and Nutrition.
While living in Japan, my love of helping people could not be ignored and I began practicing Chiropractic in the evenings. Soon, I was blessed with a practice full of happy patients.
Upon completion of my masters degree, I moved back to my hometown of Des Moines to start practicing again with a classmate of mine. We did great work for the people who came to see us and after about 18 months I decided it was time for me to fulfill my dream and open my own practice.
I now get to come to work every day with the opportunity to help people with a variety of issues, from headaches to constipation, often being the place of last resort, as is often the case with Chiropractic.
Board certified in Atlas Orthogonal Chiropractic through Sherman College of Chiropractic
Professionally Certified in Applied Kinesiology through the International College of Applied Kinesiology
Palmer trained in Activator Technique
Certified SacroOccipital Technique (SOT) Practitioner through SOTO USA