Dr. Allison Spencer, D.C., M.S.A.C.N.
Masters of Applied Clinical Nutrition
Please list your licenses/degrees:
- Masters of Applied Clinical Nutrition from New York Chiropractic College
- Doctor of Chiropractic from New York Chiropractic College
- Bachelor of Arts in Psychobiology from Binghamton University
How long was your schooling? What years did you attend?
- Chiropractic School from 2001-2004 (3.5 years)
- Nutrition degree from 2006-2008 (2 years)
- Bachelor’s degree from 1993-1997 (4 years)
How long have you been practicing? 12 years.
What tasks/treatments does your medical description include? After taking a thorough health history, I examine the patient’s joint and soft tissue function to obtain a diagnosis. If needed, I will take spinal x-rays to further rule out abnormal pathologies. After reviewing the films with the patient, I will make recommendations to correct their musculoskeletal imbalances such as orthotics or an ergonomic assessment. Lastly, I deliver adjustments to the patient’s spine to help correct the dysfunctions I previously found during their evaluation. Pregnant patients are treated with a specific adjustment protocol called the Webster Technique, that I have an advanced certification in. Patients leave my office with a treatment plan which may include ergonomic, diet and lifestyle changes that I will help them initiate.
Are you a member of any Associations or Organizations? If so, which ones?
- International Chiropractic Pediatric Association
- League of Chiropractic Women
Please list any medical awards or accolades that you’ve been given:
- Phi Chi Omega Honors Society
- Dr. Lance Blackshaw Scholarship
- First Line Therapy Certification for nutrition and health coaching
- National Board of Chiropractic Examiners Certification for New York and California
- Graduated cum laude from Master’s program in Applied Clinical Nutrition
- Webster Technique to treat pregnant women
What is something that you want your patients to know about your method of caring for them? Each patient will have a unique treatment plan based on their health history and current presentation. I modify my adjustments to deliver an effective and quality service. Additionally, I treat each patient holistically, which means I look for the root cause of the pain, which can be a non-chiropractic issue such as diet or vitamin deficiencies.
I have been affiliated at Manhattan Total Health… for 12 years. After receiving my Nutrition degree, I furthered my professional career in California, practicing in an integrative wellness clinic for 2.5 years before returning to MTH.
In my free time, I like to… golf, exercise (pilates and running), cook healthy meals, sail and enjoy time with my husband, family and Cavalier King Charles Spaniel.
When I’m not at MTH, you can find me… visiting with family.
I love what I do because… being a chiropractor is so much more than giving an adjustment. It’s an opportunity to educate patients and their families on how to change their diet and lifestyle. I feel grateful to be able to provide a service that can positively affect people’s lives.
If I could give one piece of advice, it would be… never give up!