I was born and raised in Port Angeles so I have legitimate webbed toes and speak fluent rain. Most of my formative years were outdoors playing sports, hiking, fishing or hunting. My first experience with chiropractic came while playing basketball in high school. I 'tweaked' my low back landing funny during a rebound. By the next day I could hardly stand up and at practice that afternoon I wasn't any better. That night after practice Dr. Irvine, my basketball coach and a chiropractor, adjusted me and by the following day I was 100%. Oh, to be 18 again! During junior college I would occasionally 'tweak' my back and Dr. Irvine would get me upright in no time. That's was the extent of my chiropractic experience.
Between my sophomore and junior year of college, while studying pre-med, I was working near the Hoh river building logging road when I suffered a significant injury to my low back and was taken to the hospital in Port Angeles where an emergency physician, my family doctor and an orthopedist were summoned to examine me. No one could tell me what I had done to my back but sent me home with muscle relaxers and some strong pain meds. After lying in the middle of my mother's living room floor for 2 weeks without improvement, crawling to and from the bathroom, I finally called Dr. Irvine. After the first adjustment I couldn't stand up straight but could walk on my own. What a relief that was. Within a few weeks I could run again. This chiropractic thing was cool.
That back injury substantially cut short my summer income and I was unable to stay at WSU to finish my pre-med studies. I returned to Port Angeles and worked full-time for a commuter airline and continued college part time at nights for the next 4 years working towards a degree in business administration and learning to fly. And married Cheryl. Pretty good life but something was missing and after talking with Dr. Irvine one day it struck me that chiropractic was calling me. My darling wife was less called but humored me. I finished my organic chemistry that summer at Portland State and was enrolled at Western States Chiropractic College in September of 1981. I graduated in 1985, practiced with another chiropractor for almost a year then struck out on my own and have been in the Olympia/Tumwater area ever since. Cheryl and I have a small farm and she teaches people how to ride and have more fun with their horses. My daughter, Kelsy, lives in a 1901 house that was part of the original homestead on our property and graduated from Western Washington University in 2009. I continue to love the outdoors and have an affliction my family and staff call 'Fish-a-holism.'
Over the years I've taken hundreds of hours of continuing education classes. I've completed the 3 year diplomate program in chiropractic orthopedics, the first year of a masters in clinical nutrition, dozens of hours in physical rehabilitation and too many others to list. I can hardly wait for the next class as I continue to love learning about the amazing human body. Hardly a day goes by that I don't have a 'wow!' over the way the body functions and is able to heal itself.
Over the years I've come to appreciate that my patients want quick relief from their pain and don't want to make any more trips to the office than necessary. My first priority is to determine what's wrong and find a way to get their pain under control. I do my best to explain to my patients what is wrong. Next is to engage them in a program to stabilize their condition so it is less likely to show its ugly self in the future. Along the way I love to teach nutrition, wellness and prevention. In the process of the healing I may recommend massage, acupuncture or physical therapy in addition to a home exercise program. When additional information or treatment outside the clinic is needed I have a network of other physicians, imaging centers and therapists I've worked with for an integrative answer to the solutions. I will work with the primary care provider to assist in my patient's recovery. I will also ask my patients to be an active participant in their care and not become a victim of the healthcare monster.
Those who read my newsletters and most of the material on this website will see it's not real polished. I was not an English major so forgive me for my boo boos but the majority has come directly from me.
Doctor of Chiropractic – Eastside Chiropractic Services, PS
Adjunct Instructor – South Puget Sound Community College (Anatomy & Physiology; Human Biology)
Adjunct Instructor – The Evergreen State College (Anatomy & Physiology; Health for All of Us)
Doctor of Chiropractic – Palmer College of Chiropractic (Davenport, Iowa)
B.S. Human Biology (Nutrition) – University of Wisconsin – Green Bay
I am a recent transfer to Olympia, Washington, moving in 2012 from my home near Green Bay, Wisconsin. Prior to becoming a Doctor of Chiropractic, I worked for four years as a nutrition counselor with the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Program in Wisconsin. While there I developed a passion for helping pregnant women, infants and new mothers.
This passion followed me and after graduation from Palmer College of Chiropractic in 2012 I completed an additional certification program as a member of the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association (ICPA) to deepen my skills working with pregnancy, infants and children in my chiropractic office. I am certified in the Webster Technique, a gentle method used during pregnancy to help align the mother’s pelvis for her own comfort and to potentially improve room for the baby to develop.
I absolutely love working with infants as well. Birth is a stressful process for both mom and baby so I recommend having infants checked right after birth. I work to minimize disturbances to the baby’s nerve system function by using gentle touch on the baby’s spine and cranium to reduce misalignments resulting from the birth process, milestones such as sitting, crawling, learning to walk or even common daily activities such as diapering and sitting in car seats.
In addition to standard manual techniques taught by Palmer College of Chiropractic, I have training in the Sacro-Occipital Technique (SOT), Instrument-Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (IASTM) and Kinesiology Taping. I enjoy using these gentle techniques for patient comfort and to support muscle and connective tissue causes of movement disorders.
My background provided me with the opportunity of learning and expanding my appreciation of different beliefs and cultures. I was born and raised in northern California and spent the other half of my childhood living in Kenya. When I was 14, and playing rugby with friends, I injured my ribs and that was my first experience as a chiropractic patient. I felt so much relief, following my treatment, just being able to breathe better again without pain.
Returning to the US at 17, I finished high school and started college, working towards a degree in architecture. While I enjoyed architecture, I realized that I needed to be doing something more fulfilling. Something that would allow me to work with my hands and help people at the same time.
In my 20’s, I was able to spend some time observing my grandfather working in his chiropractic office. From just a few sessions, I knew that I had found what I was looking for. I received my undergraduate degree in Biology from Portland State University and my doctorate in chiropractic from Life West Chiropractic College. I have spent the past 25 years living in the Northwest and I love being outdoors, hiking, camping and photography.
Over the years that I have spent in practice, I have combined a few different techniques to provide the best adjustment. The most common techniques I use are Gonstead, Receptor-Tonus (Nimmo) and Diversified. Having had experience working in the construction trades in the past I have a unique perspective as to the physical challenges experienced.
As a chiropractor, I am dedicated to working with patients to help them improve their personal vitality by reducing pain and increasing their function so that they can live life to the fullest.
Emberly SlavinLAc, EAMP
Since I was a wee lass, I’ve lived and breathed sports. Having the privilege and opportunity of growing up in the beautiful state of Washington, I indulged myself in outdoor activities and team sports as an adolescent. As soon as I became acquainted with my arms and legs, I found myself throwing, catching, and dribbling balls everywhere I went. Up till my junior year in high school, I knew that my future would revolve around the world of sports in some way or another. To my surprise, that wasn’t at all what my future had in store for me.
That year, as a junior in high school, I whimsically decided to be a teachers aid in our schools Life Skills class. At the time just thinking it would be all fun and games. Little did I know that the students I became surrounded by in this class would spark the greatest passion of my life, the passion to help others. I found that in moments of their greatest struggles, I had the utmost patience and understanding that enabled me to help them be their best selves. From the very first day I stepped foot in that classroom, I knew that my life calling was to help those in need. This passion soon began to make me realize that I not only wanted to help people on an emotional level, but on physical and spiritual levels as well. Slowly but surely, the pieces started coming together as I remembered an incredibly influential book I had once read.
This book entitled, The Web That Has No Weaver, introduces the concept of a holistic mind and body connection that has been used in Chinese medicine for thousands of years. At the time I read this, I was in seventh grade and had gone to see an acupuncturist for low back pain, which I had acquired from a sports injury. After the first treatment, my pain significantly decreased. After the second treatment, it was nearly absent. By the third, I said, “My back doesn't really hurt anymore. What else can you help me with? This stuff is pretty neat and I want to learn more!” This is when she handed me the book. She then said, “I think you will enjoy this. Some of your questions will be answered but, I assure you, you will have more questions when you’re finished.” Sure enough this intrigued me even further.
After experiencing the benefits of just a few acupuncture treatments and reading, The Web That Has No Weaver, I was hooked. It wasn’t until years later and after obtaining an AA degree from Centralia Collage, and a BA with an emphasis in Health Science from The Evergreen State College, that I finally decided to buckle down and get my Masters of Science in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine from Bastyr University in Kenmore, WA. I spent 4 years at Bastyr University pouring my blood, sweat and tears into learning and understanding this magnificent ancient medicine that I so dearly love.
In Chinese Medicine, we see the body and mind as an integrated whole. Everything is connected in one way or another and if there arises an imbalance or disharmony, it is likely to affect other areas of the body or mind. Chinese medicine uses acupuncture and variety of other treatment techniques to harmonize these imbalances. All of which has been proven to show effective based off of thousands of years basic instinct, trial and error and methodical observation.