Meet Doc Edwards!
John “Doc” Edwards, DC, DACCP is a pregnancy and pediatric chiropractic specialist who serves Cape Coral, North Port, and the surrounding communities in FL . He is a leading researcher in pregnancy chiropractic and teaches perinatal (before and after pregnancy) chiropractic technique around the world for the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association. In 2017 Doc was the first chiropractor in SWFL to complete the Academy of Chiropractic Family Practice’s 400 hour post-graduate program and the first doctor in the southeastern US to become a Spinning Babies Aware Practitioner. In 2018 he also completed the BrainDC 100 hour functional neurology series taught by chiropractic neurologist Dr. Michael Hall.
John Edwards uses chiropractic care to improve the health and wellness in all areas of patient’s lives, whether they’re pregnant women looking to bring balance to their pelvis for a safer, more comfortable delivery, parents concerned with their baby’s fussiness or people who just want to start feeling better when they wake up in the morning. Dr. Edwards takes a “whole person” approach in chiropractic care, which means looking for the underlying causes of disease, discomfort, and pain, as opposed to just treating the symptoms. Many seemingly unrelated symptoms often arise from subluxations, interference in the communication between the brain and body often related to imbalances in the spinal column, and Dr. Edwards will be able to create a personalized chiropractic and wellness plan to suit each patient’s individual needs. Under the supervision and care of our caring and skilled chiropractor, patients report higher functioning in all areas of their lives.
Dr. Edwards wanted to be a chiropractor since the time he was a teenager in Omaha, Nebraska. He graduated Magna Cum Laude from Truman State University in Kirksville, Missouri with his Bachelors in Exercise Science. He was so determined to learn more about the human body that he moved to be a block away from the Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine (now known as A.T. Still University) so he could attend the open cadaver lab! Dr. Edwards began his studies at Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport, Iowa in 2000. While at Palmer, he served as his class treasurer, lobbied the US Congress as a representative to the student chapter of the American Chiropractic Association, and worked at the NIH’s Center for Chiropractic Research. The most transformative experience of his time at Palmer was serving the Labasa and Savu Savu Fijian communities as part of the clinic abroad program.
After being selected as one of two class representatives for a leadership development program called the Vogt Leadership Society in 2002, Dr. Edwards again graduated Magna Cum Laude with his classmates of PCC 041, this time earning the highest philosophy honor bestowed upon a Palmer College student in 2004: The Virgil Strang Philosophy Award. He took his credentials and three years of experience in the Palmer Sports Council with him to the Gold Coast of Australia, where he was recruited to develop a sports chiropractic practice.
It was while Down Under that Dr. Edwards found his calling as a chiropractor who works with expecting mothers and children. He met a 3 year old boy named Harry who had needed abdominal surgery to repair his large intestine, and had subsequently needed daily medications to have a bowel movement. Dr. Edwards told Harry’s mother Tara that he didn’t know if chiropractic could help the boy, but if the nerve flow into the organs wasn’t right, his body wouldn’t get the chance to properly heal. Tara brought Harry in six times over two weeks, and by the seventh visit Harry told Dr. Edwards “Guess what? My super powers are on!” Every adjustment appointment Dr. Edwards would ask Harry if he was ready to get his super powers switched on, and here it was two weeks after beginning care and he was able to go poo without medication for the first time in his life.
Dr. Edwards continued working in Australia for 3 years, serving as the Queensland Program Team Leader for the world’s first spinal health promotion program, Healthy Spines. He also served as the Public Education Chair for the Queensland branch of the Chiropractors Association of Australia and oversaw the implementation of the Straighten Up Australia! program in schools across Queensland. He returned to Rockford, Illinois to practice in a family clinic for 5 years.
In Rockford Dr. Edwards began the alternative health news video podcast Guerilla Health Report, for which he won a Telly Award in 2011, and started the ICPA’s post-graduate program for working with expecting mothers and children. He moved to Cape Coral in 2011 to start Mama’s Chiropractic Clinic because he saw the potential for creating exactly the kind of community he always wanted to raise a family in. Doc was the first chiropractor within 100 miles to have a Webster Certification for working with pregnant women.
Dr. Edwards enjoys exploring Florida, playing with his blue and gold macaw Captain Pete, and being an advocate for nature and conscious living.
If you have any questions about our Cape Coral chiropractor, or would like to learn more about chiropractic care at Mama’s Chiropractic, please call us at (239) 549-6262 today!