Meet Dr. John Lafayette Dallas
My history with Chiropractic goes back to the early 80’s when I injured my back playing football. I was a wide receiver and I twisted incorrectly while catching a pass which caused extreme back pain. My parents took me to Henry Ford Hospital where I was diagnosed with scoliosis. After my diagnosis, my mother asked the physician what options I had to treat the back pain from my football injury. In response the physician simply suggested that I take Motrin. Taking Motrin was not helping to reduce the pain so thankfully my mother asked her co-workers for a second opinion. One of her co-workers suggested I go see a chiropractor. He said that chiropractic treatments had helped him tremendously with his pain from repetitive bending and standing on a concrete floor in the General Motors factory.
While initially nervous, I was hooked after my first visit. After seeing how enthusiastic I was about the treatment, my Chiropractor encouraged me to follow in his footsteps. After careful thought and study, I decided that becoming a Chiropractor was the career for me and sought out to find the best chiropractic program to apply to after undergrad. Through another co-worker, my mother learned of a local chiropractor that had graduated at the top of her class with a degree in Biochemistry from the University of Michigan. I contacted her to ask what school I should set my sights on and she enthusiastically said The National College of Chiropractic (now the National University of Health Science). She told me that she had visited most of the major chiropractic schools and National graduates had the highest board scores and the most diverse education. National’s comprehensive curriculum is led by accomplished professors that hold Doctorates in Medicine, Chiropractic, Physical Therapy, Nutrition, and Psychology. Diagnosis is taught by Medical Doctors the way they were taught in medical school. Physical Therapy is taught by Physical Therapists. Nutrition is taught by professors that hold a PhD in Nutrition. Psychology is taught by professors that hold a PhD in Psychology. Chiropractic manipulation is taught by experienced Chiropractors that have a vast knowledge of the field. My neurology professor, Dr. Rand Swenson holds Doctorates in Chiropractic, Medicine, and Anatomy. He is currently a faculty member of Dartmouth’s Medical School.
While I was studying at the National College of Chiropractic, I quickly understood that the diverse education I was receiving would allow me to treat a range of musculoskeletal conditions without drugs or surgery. I also learned when to refer a patient to another provider for treatments that were necessary but outside of my scope of practice including hip replacement and back surgery. While at National I learned how to perform phlebotomy, EKG’s, EMG’s, prostate exams (we found prostate cancer on my first patient!) and interpret blood test results. While I don’t perform the above procedures now and refer to a specialist if they are necessary, my knowledge of these tests allow me to be a competent member of my patient’s healthcare team. In addition to my Doctor of Chiropractic I am a Certified Chiropractic Sports Physician and have taken numerous classes in Radiology to ensure that my clinical skills are as sharp as possible.
Since I am not only a Chiropractor, but a chiropractic patient as well I know common concerns from patients include questions about costs and whether chiropractic can benefit them. I can tell you I have put everything I have into my practice since 1990 and if after evaluation we decide that you are a good fit for treatment at my office it is based on many years of education and clinical experience. In regard to cost, you will find the cost to be one of the most reasonable in healthcare for the services provided.
All three of my daughters have chosen to pursue careers in healthcare due to seeing the joy that a career in healthcare has brought me and my wife (a biochemist who has worked in cancer research since 1986). I thoroughly enjoy being of service to my patients and have a deep love for all walks of life which shows through in my diverse city practice.
Dr. John Dallas
My Education and Training:
Bachelor of Science - National College of Chiropractic
Doctor of Chiropractic - National College of Chiropractic
Certified Chiropractic Sports Physician (CCSP)
Board Certified in Michigan and North Carolina
Additional training in post-doctorate Radiology and conservative treatment of disc herniation
American Chiropractic Association (ACA)
Michigan Association of Chiropractors (MAC)