Meet the Chiropractors
Dr. Heather Sloan, D.C., and Dr. David Sloan, D.C., DIBCN, FIACN both attended the Life Chiropractic College West in the San Francisco Bay Area, one of the top three chiropractic schools in the nation. David, Heather, and their friends inspired each other with their passion for the philosophy, science, and art of chiropractic and adjustment, even having the opportunity to travel and offer their services to the people of Central America. After getting married and moving to Olympia in 2004, Heather and David were mentored by Dr. Wendy Schauer in the skills of patient and practice management. The Sloans were able to open their own practice after two years, and are incredibly grateful to be able to work and live in the Olympia community, where they also raise their son.
David Sloan was born in Hayward, California, and did all his schooling through college in the East Bay Area. After graduating cumae sum laude from Life Chiropractic College West in 2002, David was chosen to teach chiropractic students board reviews in San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Houston. In 2011, David earned his Board Certification in Chiropractic Neurology. In 2016, David was also certified as a Functional Movement Specialist (SFMA Level 1) under Gray Cook, P.T.
With these skills and certifications, David specializes in treating athletes of all ages, focusing on the underlying functional causes of injury due to running, dance, cross-fit, and martial arts. He has also developed a comprehensive home exercise program to correct functional limitations in athletic performance. In addition to athletes, David treats people with work injuries to help them return to work quickly. He also treats auto accident clients, using restorative exercises to reduce or eliminate the complications that often linger after motor vehicle accidents.
Outside of the chiropractic practice, David enjoys playing guitar, cooking, martial arts, reading, and continuous learning. “I feel very fortunate to have a loving and supportive family and community in which to live and practice.” –Dr. David
Growing up horseback riding, gardening, and participating in 4-H in Southeastern Arizona, Heather Sloan became interested in health and wellness at a young age. She was thinking of becoming a physical therapist or a nutritionist when she suffered a severe back injury. Heather struggled when physical therapy didn’t help and pain medications made her sick. One doctor even told her she would just have to get used to living in pain, because it would only get worse as she aged. Finally, she agreed to see her father’s chiropractor as the last resort to avoid surgery.
“The philosophy of chiropractic, as the body being a self-regulating and self-healing organism, is what gave me the hope I needed that my body was going to heal.” –Dr. Heather
Heather’s life-changing first-hand experience spurred her exploration of the field, leading her to work in several chiropractic offices in Arizona and California, and attend many seminars where she learned more about the science, art, and philosophy of chiropractic. To help her work her way through chiropractic school, Heather also went to school for and practiced massage therapy.
Today, Heather loves to help young athletes learn how to care for their spines, support mothers, and help people relieve pain and get back to the sports and physical activities they love. She still loves horseback riding, and is inspired by her fellow riders who persevere through injuries and surgeries with the help of good rehab and discipline.
“My greatest passion as a chiropractor is getting people well and moving, without medication.” –Dr. Heather
Dr. David and Dr. Heather look forward to many more years of service in Olympia. They hope to eventually be able to guide new chiropractors through patient and practice management, and be able to teach and serve through some part-time travel. They also look forward to the opportunity to do more outreach with the local schools, teaching kids about their spines and their bodies’ abilities to heal themselves, and helping teachers incorporate movement enrichment into their classrooms.