I was born in the birthplace of Chiropractic: Davenport, Iowa. In my first year, my dad, Dr. Dale Jacobson, finished his chiropractic doctorate and moved our family to Belgium to study with Dr Gillet, the famous chiropractor. who took Chiropractic from the static “bone out of place” paradigm to the more dynamic system of functional analysis via joint motion palpation. From my first days, I have watched my dad give seminars throughout the country and heal people wherever he goes. The power, simplicity and sensitivity of “to practice with hands” (the meaning of chiropractic) have drawn me since then.

“Healing” is strong empowerment, and my passion is for women, children and infant care. I graduated from Mills College in 2002 with a Bachelors degree in Women’s Studies. I travelled to England for my thesis on methods of organizing immigrant women against cycles of violence in their lives. From this theoretical perspective, I learned how empowering women improves lives globally, and that each woman is a unique centerpiece for creating positive changes from the beginning of life. I have also been gifted with further learning while traveling internationally. In Nepal I studied at a Tibetan Buddhist nunnery, in India I trained as a yoga teacher. Throughout my life, I will continue to intertwine bodywork with spiritual and physical health.

In the spring of 2003 I met Luke Hunt, now my husband. He is a scientist and avid outdoorsman. He was working on his PhD at Stanford’s Hopkins Marine Station when we met. What can I say? When you know it is right, you know. We were married in the fall of 2004 and lived on Luke’s 31-foot sailboat in the Monterey marina for nearly 3 years until we moved to Portland, Oregon where I attended chiropractic college.

I graduated from Western States Chiropractic College in December 2008. While there, I pursued advanced training in Craniosacral Therapy with the Upledger Institute. Portland is a special city, because medical practitioners from across the spectrum interact. Midwives work closely with Medical Doctors, and Chiropractors and Naturopaths write NIH (National Institute of Health) grants together. It was a phenomenal place to study “alternative/complimentary” health. While in school I spent many hours with three well-known Portland chiropractors that specialize in pediatrics and women’s health care. But what really cemented my goals for a specialized practice was when I became pregnant with our son Jacob. It was then that I realized just how sick this country is in its practices regarding healthy pregnancy, birth, postpartum, and infant care.

Two weeks after my graduation, Jacob, our first child, was born healthy and happy at our home in Portland. I was born at home, as were my three younger siblings, and it was always my intention to have a home-birth. As I watched Jake thrive in his first months, I realized that one of the greatest gifts you can give your child is the gift of health. He has never had colic, sleeping problems, fussiness, etc. I work to be healthy myself, to breastfeed, to eat carefully, to rest, to play, to have him treated with Chiropractic/Craniosacral Therapy, and to take him outdoors with his beloved dad. Jacob is such a joy and I am thrilled to be his mama.

Luke, Jake and I moved to Nevada County in the spring of 2009 so that I could begin working at Jacobson Chiropractic. Due to my clear interests and passions, I am specializing in women’s, pregnancy, pediatric, and infant care. I combine gentle Chiropractic methods with Craniosacral Therapy. Using chiropractic, we find the joints that aren’t moving properly and restore mobility through precise manual adjustments. I assess the muscles and treat them as needed, for many times people’s pain arises from muscle imbalances. Craniosacral Therapy is an extremely safe light touch method for working with the cranium (head), spine and sacrum (bottom of the spine where the spinal cord attaches). It is a complimentary method of resolving restrictions from the brain down the spinal cord. Combining Cranial and Chiropractic work allows the nervous system is free to function properly, thus allowing the body to pursue its natural path of health.

Maternity Care/Infant Care: As a new mom myself, I know how important this perinatal time is, and I am very sensitive to the issues that arise. Mainstream medicine considers discomfort in pregnancy and colic in babies to be “normal.” However, they are not normal, and they can be largely alleviated by Chiropractic and Craniosacral techniques. With pregnant moms I mix of gentle chiropractic, muscle work (a combination of therapeutic massage techniques) and Craniosacral work. With infants I use Craniosacral work almost exclusively. The birthing process is often traumatic for their little bodies that I believe all newborn babies greatly benefit from at least one treatment (that is why I offer a free Craniosacral treatment to all babies up to age one).

Women’s Health: I put special emphasis on getting a full picture of your health as a woman, realizing that neck or back pain can be just the symptoms of deeper more chronic patterns. Pelvic imbalances, gut health, emotional stress, past traumas, anxiety, hormonal changes and/or daily routines can greatly influence health. Chiropractic, Craniosacral, muscle work and nutrition consultation are usually what I find most helpful.

Pediatric: Being a kid can be rough on the body. Growing up is hard work and joint injuries are frequent. Often, kids have health issues that we would not know about without taking them to a chiropractor, but that may negatively affect their later life. Falls and bonks, growth spurts, repetitive stress injuries (soccer, dance, etc.), chronic ear infections, learning difficulties, sleep difficulties, stress from life, ADD, headaches, orthodontic/dentist work, digestive problems, sensory integration disorders and failure to thrive.

General Chiropractic: My general chiropractic work includes spinal and extremity adjustments, muscle work, physical rehabilitation, stretching exercises, massage and nutritional counseling. Great for sciatica, whiplash, TMJ, neck and back pain, accidents, slip-and-falls, shoulder/arm/wrist pains, knee/ankle pain, balance problems, dizziness, headaches, and the list goes on!

I am excited to offer my skills to my hometown area and offer such safe and effective methods of healing. I am also thrilled to be a part of building communities around healthy images of women, birth, family and care for our children. What could be better? I look forward to working with you!

Yours in health,

Dr. Heather Hunt D.C