DR. JEFFREY N SCHOLTEN
BSc (Kin), DC, DCCJP, FCCJP, PgCPain
As an undergraduate student in Kinesiology at the University of Calgary in the mid-1990s, Jeff was exposed to NUCCA after his sister experienced tremendous health benefits from care with Dr. Al Berti, a NUCCA doctor in Vancouver. While working with his sister as a kinesiologist-in-training during his schooling, Jeff observed her almost instantaneous structural improvements; the exceptional results piqued his interest in the NUCCA procedures, and Jeff began to investigate this little-known chiropractic procedure with a local NUCCA clinician, Dr. Gary Thomson.
The results observed in Dr. Thomson’s practice created a deep appreciation for the role that appropriate structural balance in the upper neck plays in human health and disease. In short order, Jeff was inspired to shift his academic focus and make chiropractic his career path.
After earning a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology in 1996 from the University of Calgary, Jeff continued his studies at Palmer College of Chiropractic graduating Magna Cum Laude in 2001. Wanting to know as much as possible about the upper neck, he completed his post-graduate advanced training in Chiropractic Craniocervical Junction Procedures in 2015’s inaugural class earning his DCCJP. In 2016, he was the first diplomate to complete a fellowship in Chiropractic Craniocervical Junction Procedures earning his FCCJP. Jeff then went on to a post-baccalaureate graduate-level certificate program in Pain Management in the Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine at the University of Alberta, graduating in 2018.
During his professional training at Palmer College of Chiropractic, Dr. Scholten was inducted into the exclusive Vogt Society as recognition for exemplary personal leadership, received a Certificate of Merit for his role as an Anatomy Teaching Assistant, earned membership in Pi Tau Delta (an International Chiropractic Honour Society as recognition of superior academic achievement), and was awarded a Certificate of Recognition for Extraordinary Personal Action from the American Red Cross. During his time at the University of Calgary, he was granted a Jimmy Condon Athletic Scholarship to reward his athletic and academic excellence.
Notable professional and academic achievements include:
- 2019: Membership invitation to the Golden Key International Honour Society for outstanding academic achievements at the University of Alberta
- 2018: PgCPain - University of Alberta
- 2017: NUCCA President - 2017 - 2022
- 2016: FCCJP – ICA-CUCC (International Chiropractors Association’s Council on Upper Cervical Care)
- 2015: DCCJP – ICA-CUCC
- 2015: Chiropractor of the Year ICA-CUCC
- 2014: Certification candidate NUCCA – passed Part 2
- 2012: Certificate of Merit – Clinical Research (NUCCA)
- 2012: Canadian CAM Research Fund (CCRF) Grant for ongoing Practice-Based Research
- 2010: NUCCA Vice President – 2010-2017
- 2002: Certification candidate NUCCA – passed Part 1
- 1999: Certificate of completion – NUCCA introductory course of study
Clinical interest: TMJ Treatment in Calgary
As an active clinician, Dr. Scholten focuses on the relationship between malocclusion (teeth not fitting together properly, often called “TMJ”) and postural issues. While The Vital Posture™ Clinic has an overall focus on postural difficulties, TMJD pain is often multifactorial. Therefore, multidisciplinary treatment is (in most cases) chosen to address the string of physical problems. Through his NUCCA knowledge, expertise, and intervention, Dr. Jeff Scholten can help relieve TMJ pain.
Officially indicated as TMJD (TemporoMandibular Joint Disorder) or TMJ syndrome, the issue can activate symptoms ranging from:
- Tension Headaches
- Facial Pain
- Jaw Pain
- Neck Pain
- Shoulder Pain
- Postural Imbalances
- Persistent back pain issues.
Dr. Scholten works in cooperation with a range of medical professionals such as dentists, massage therapists, medical doctors, naturopathic doctors, optometrists, pedorthists, personal trainers, and other professionals who are aligned with the NUCCA philosophy and treatment options.
Dr. Scholten is a published clinical researcher, the clinic director and a clinician at the Vital PostureTM Clinic, and a professor at Life Chiropractic College West teaching diagnosis and management of spinal disorders.
As a volunteer, he is a Board Member of NUCCA, the International Chiropractors Association, and the Upper Cervical Research Foundation. He is the Credentialing Committee Chair for the ICA’s Upper Cervical Council of which his is also a past-President and Board Chair.
Dr. Scholten is also past-President of Upper Cervical Health Centers Inc. (UCHC), past NUCCA President (2017-2022), as well as Vice-President, Treasurer, and past Chair of several committees. He also served the UCRF on a special committee as liaison to the Canadian Institute of Natural and Integrative Medicine.
A regular presenter at conferences, Dr. Scholten has presented hundreds of hours in North America, Europe, and Asia. He teaches regularly on Anatomy, Diagnosis, Research, Patient Management, Pain Management, and Practice Principles. The lectures Dr. Scholten delivers to his fellow chiropractors, the general public, dentists, physicians, and other professionals are appreciated for his passion, knowledge, clarity, and engagement.
- The integration between dental and chiropractic professions on the diagnosis and management of TMD
- Practice-Based Research, with the goal of predicting and optimizing patients’ responses to care
- Helping people understand health and disease so they can proactively plan to age gracefully
- Assisting those suffering from the detrimental health effects of mild/moderate traumatic neck injuries
- Supporting his fellow clinicians to develop and maintain outstanding office and patient procedures
The idea of being able to positively impact the quality of a person’s life, and the amazing health benefits experienced by his own family through NUCCA care, originally led Dr. Scholten to pursue a career in chiropractic. The tremendous patient results seen within his own practice along with his vision of seeing the specific assessment for subluxation of the upper cervical spine as a first step in health care, has inspired Dr. Scholten to devote significant time and attention to the advancement of this branch of chiropractic.
Find out more by viewing Dr. Scholten on YouTube.
Dr. Jeff Scholten can help you to
Get help from someone who's 'Been there - Done that'
The knowledge I’ve gained and the systems I’ve developed over the years can serve to help you develop strategies and systems for your patients or practice.
It invigorates and inspires me when I can help others succeed by understanding new possibilities. I’m driven to leave the world a better place and to help both patients and practitioners create a better future.
I offer help with:
- Associate systems that can offer you the independence you desire by transitioning your practice into a sustainable venture, less dependent on your physical presence.
- Challenging patients that could benefit from an understanding of advanced imaging and the integration of the different chiropractic craniocervical junction procedures.
- Clinical skills development can be tough to acquire in a busy life. I can help you quickly get up to speed on the basics of chiropractic craniocervical junction procedures.
My experience and guidance can help you improve stability, effectiveness, and both patient and team satisfaction in your practice.
One-On-One training and consultancy
Are you a successful chiropractor that hasn’t been able to develop an associate system that works sustainably? Are you an upper cervical clinician that has a patient that you’d like another perspective on and a helping hand? Are you ready to incorporate more precision into your work in the craniocervical junction but don’t want to wait to learn in groups?
Changing professional methodologies can be arduous and requires the willingness to work hard. Whether you need to develop an associate program, need help with an existing patient, or want to learn methods to care for your patients’ necks more effectively, I’m here to help.
One of the benefits of working with me is the independence and work-life balance you’ll gain. It will come with many challenges, but it can be achieved when we work together to develop a tailor-made solution that works specifically for you.
Get results with your practice or patients
Transitioning my practice into a sustainable venture which operates without my physical presence was a difficult journey.
My practice in Calgary is no longer as dependent on my contributions as a clinician to generate sufficient revenue, leaving me free to help others like yourself to achieve the enjoyable balance you desire without sacrificing your practice.
Every successful practitioner started somewhere
If you’re looking to transition your practice in the same way so many successful chiropractors have been doing, feel free to discuss your goals with me any time.
I’m here to help you begin your own journey to transform your practice from an income earning opportunity that stops when you’re not actively with patients, into a company that operates successfully without your constant clinical presence.
Dr. Jeffrey Scholten can help you:
Kickstart the development of your associate systems
Get help with your challenging patients. I look forward to speaking with you! Make contact today.