Meet Dr. McHattie

Dr. Jennifer McHattie D.C.

You made it this far into your cyber journey to see if Element Chiropractic is right for you and now you are here to see who the doctor is, to see if I am someone you actually want to speak with and who you can feel confident about getting adjusted by. I love being a chiropractor, but I hate writing bios. Here’s a quick list of a few things about me because we all have better things to do than reading bios:

  1. Over 13 years of experience as a chiropractor. I graduated from Los Angeles Chiropractic College in 2007.

  2. I grew up going to the chiropractor and knew I was always going to grow up to be either a chiropractor, veterinarian, or medical doctor. Chiropractic won because it’s an awesome way to stay healthy by being proactive with your care and without taking pills.

  3. I have more than one tool in my toolbox. I adjust with traditional hands-on techniques, but also instrument-based adjustments, focus on realistic physical therapy goals, and use Kinesio taping when needed. I also have years of experience treating car accident injuries and navigating the car accident insurance land.

  4. Feet are sweet. I believe in treating your whole body and not just your neck and back. Your feet do a lot for you and need to be adjusted too. I also really love adjusting shoulders, ribs, and elbows.

  5. I hate surprising my patients with bills, so I get nerdy with the insurance stuff by staying on top of insurance changes, attending billing seminars, and working with great billing staff. Deductibles, coinsurance, and other insurance lingo can make your head spin and I do my best to communicate with my patients what insurance will and will not cover.

  6. That’s about it for the work stuff. I have a first-class husband, two cute kids, one adorable dog, and one mellow lizard. I love waterskiing, snow sports, hiking, road trips, watching football, reading fiction books, playing word games, trying new beers and I can’t say no to most cookies. I hate bananas, but I like banana bread.

What makes you different from other chiropractors?

The biggest difference when you come to see me is that I take the time to determine what your needs may be and create a customized treatment plan with you in mind. The CrossFitter with low back pain may have a different frequency of adjustments and more focused rehab exercises than the long-distance truck driver with the same type of low back pain. Of course, my goal is to get you out of pain as quickly as possible regardless of these differences and I work with you to get there.

Why did you become a chiropractor?

I started seeing the local chiropractor when I was about 8 years old. My mom thought that I might have scoliosis and she was concerned, but it turned out that I just had awful posture. The chiropractor adjusted me on a schedule and I was given home exercises to do (which I did not like doing as a kid). My posture improved over time and I also found that my regular headaches were improved with chiropractic care.

By the time I was almost done getting my Biology degree, I had to make the decision to either become a medical doctor or a chiropractor. In the end, I realized that chiropractic was a better fit since it focused on the cause of the problem rather than a focus on symptom care. Being a chiropractor has been awesome and I love helping my patients!

What do you like doing in your free time?

I like to shred the mountains with my husband, goof off with my kids, play with the pup, read a fiction book, hike the trails, explore new places with road trips and camping, get sweaty at CrossFit and occasionally reward myself with a local beer from one of our lovely breweries.

What are 3 things we should know about you?

  • I have been waterskiing since I was 5.
  • I hate bananas, but I like banana bread.
  • I collect magnets from places I’ve been. My fridge is half covered.