Recently, chiropractic care was rated as the #1 preferred treatment for low back care by Consumer Reports. 59% of people surveyed were highly satisfied with their chiropractic back pain care, while only 39% were highly satisfied with their primary physician’s back pain care. When it comes to treating any kind of spine pain, it is best to go to a chiropractor.
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Meet the teAm
Dr. Craig D. Pearson
Dr. Craig Pearson was born in Port Elizabeth, on the south-east coast of South Africa. He attended high school at Woodridge College, graduating in 1983. Following graduation, he traveled to New Zealand for a year on Rotary Youth Exchange. Returning to South Africa he attended the University of Port Elizabeth and graduated in 1987 with a bachelor’s degree, majoring in Chemistry and Biochemistry. In 1988, he completed an honors degree in Organic Chemistry. Dr. Pearson served in the South African Air Force for two years, attaining the rank of 1st Lieutenant.
Following three years in the workforce as a chemist, Dr. Pearson traveled to Davenport, Iowa to attend Palmer College of Chiropractic. He graduated with a doctorate in chiropractic, magna cum laude, in 1997. He is a member of Pi Tau Delta academic fraternity.
Dr. Pearson has been an active member of the Boulder Valley Rotary Club since 1998 and served two terms on the Board and as President in the Rotary year 2015/16. He received the Rotarian of the Year award in 2002. In 2004, he received his first Paul Harris Fellowship award. Dr. Pearson is now a U.S. citizen and he and the wife of 21 years, Claire, have made Boulder County their home. Dr. Pearson has practiced in Boulder since 1997. He has an advanced certification in Whiplash Trauma from the Spine Research Institute of San Diego and uses chiropractic techniques taught at Palmer College, however, there is an emphasis on Sacro Occipital Technic™– SOT® taught by Sacro Occipital Research Society International, SORSI. Dr. Pearson was President of SORSI in 2013.
Dr. Pearson loves animals and respects their inherent intelligence and so became certified by the American Veterinary Chiropractic Association. He no longer maintains the separate license in Colorado. His English bull terrier, Yezi, joins him at the office every day. Dr. Pearson played rugby as his primary sport for about 25 years and shared his knowledge as head coach of the Boulder Men’s Rugby Club in the late nineties. He enjoys his personal time cycling, golfing, skiing, traveling and keeping fit with his wife.
Dr. Joshua Luitjohan
Dr. Joshua Luitjohan was born in Edwardsville, Illinois, a suburb of the greater St. Louis Metropolitan area. He graduated in 2013 from Missouri State University in Springfield, Missouri with his bachelor’s degree in Exercise and Movement Science, cum laude, double minoring in Biomedical Science and Biochemistry. After graduation, he spent a year living and serving in the community of Gros Morne, Haiti. If anyone is fluent in Haitian Creole, Dr. Josh always welcomes an opportunity to converse in this hidden gem of a language.
Following his year of volunteering, Dr. Josh enrolled in Logan University’s College of Chiropractic program. He married his wife Courtney in 2017 and graduated that same year with his doctorate in chiropractic.
Dr. Josh and his wife Courtney moved to Boulder County following graduate school to fulfill a lifelong dream of living in the Rockies. He has specialized training in Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA), Acupuncture, McKenzie Method of Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy, as well as Functional Analysis of Blood & Brain Chemistry. While he utilizes a number of treatment techniques dependent upon each specific patient presentation, he has an emphasis on Sacro Occipital Technic™– SOT® taught by Sacro Occipital Research Society International, SORSI. Dr. Josh is also certified by the Colorado Chiropractic Association to provide Preparticipation Physical Examinations required for involvement in school athletics.
Dr. Josh can be seen outside of the office spending time with his wife and Great Dane, Roscoe, getting lost in the beauty of nature. They enjoy hiking, skiing, camping as well as a number of sports like soccer, basketball, and golf. Movement is the key to life and he and his wife Courtney try to embrace that lifestyle.
Mike – Chiropractic Assistant
Dr. Craig’s vision for ultimate wellness brought Mike into the office where they work as a team to create a unique and complete care package for every patient. He works in muscular skeletal therapy and healing modalities that accompany chiropractic care and aide in full recovery. Clients often see Mike for ultrasound, muscular stimulation, cold laser, kinesiotaping, and rehab exercises.
Mike was born in Colorado, raised in California, and landed back in Boulder after attending college at Franciscan University of Steubenville. Mike sustained many sports injuries in his youth, which led to multiple surgeries and lengthy physical therapy. It is through these same experiences that Mike’s passion and empathy for people came to fruition. On any given day, clients visit Mike for a quick session of modalities, catching up, and laughter!
Casey – practice manager
Casey joined the Canyon Chiro team in February 2018. She loves interacting with the patients and helping the office to run smoothly!
Casey is from Houston, Texas, and graduated from Texas A&M University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Allied Health under the college of Education and Human Development. After graduation, she spent the next year traveling all over the world, one of the trips being a three month medical internship in Cape Town, South Africa. When it was time for her to return to the states, she decided to make her new home here in Boulder, Colorado. She has a passion for serving others and all Colorado has to offer, from everything outdoors, 14ers, yoga, craft breweries, and anything involving adrenaline.
Yezi – Resident Canine
Yezi is our resident canine. She is an English Bull Terrier. You may recognize her resemblance to the Target dog mascot or Spuds Mackenzie. She has been in the office more days than the doctor. She is very sweet and loves everyone. You are always welcome to come say hi to Yezi and give her love. She will certainly brighten your day! However, she does not often roam the office freely because she’s known to chew up all the toys in the kids box.