About Our Grapevine Chiropractor
Dr. Summer Spillman
I have always been interested in both holistic and modern medicine, especially, how they can work together. Initially, I studying environmental science in order to understand how the environment we live in affects us and our health. Even decades ago, it was known that the toxins in our environment can negatively impact our health. After receiving a Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies from the University of Texas at Arlington, I worked as a chemist and then in horticulture before accepting a position at Dr. Lee’s clinic in his office. During this time, my brother was bed-ridden due to herniated
discs and had trouble walking, even around the house. I wanted to learn what could be done to help him. After observing Dr. Lee help numerous patients with his chiropractic and acupuncture techniques, I decided that I wanted to learn more, so I enrolled at Parker University in their Doctor of Chiropractic Program.
One week before starting the program, I injured my back for the very first time while trying some difficult dance moves. I had never experienced such pain and it limited my movements. During my school orientation, I was unable to use the stairs and had to follow behind the other students after taking elevators while they toured the school. I thought that I would never get better, but chiropractic and acupuncture helped me when nothing else worked. As my back health improved and I continued
through school, I worked on some additional degrees, including a Bachelor of Science in Anatomy and a Bachelor of Science in Health and Wellness.
After graduating with my Doctor of Chiropractic, I decided to continue my education with a Masters Degree in Functional Nutrition. Nutrition is such an important aspect of our health, as along with the spinal vertebrae, comprise the building blocks of our body. I was selected for an internship at Parker in clinical nutritional research and focused on a study that investigated what supplementation chiropractors are prescribing for low back pain.
Once I completed this Masters Degree, I continued on with my second Masters in Neuroscience with a clinical residency at Synapse Human Performance Center in Frisco, Texas. This degree focused on neuroanatomy and rehabilitation for patients with concussions, strokes, and traumatic brain injuries. I received my Certification in Acupuncture from Parker University because I feel that the combination of both chiropractic and acupuncture can propel the patient forward gently towards their functional goals without overwhelming their bodies. Acupuncture is now an accepted part of medical science and has
been proven to be effective in many cases, musculoskeletal and beyond. I can’t imagine having a practice without it.
In my practice, I use a combination of techniques designed to remove interference to the body, helping the patient do what their bodies were designed to do: heal. Techniques such as Diversified, SOT (Sacral-Occipital Technique), Activator, and Cranio-Sacral Therapy can gently help the body to recover from both injury and chronic imbalance.
My free time is spent practicing yoga, spending time in nature, gardening, reading fantasy novels (especially with magical creatures), drawing and tattooing nature art, and taking care of my pet cat and frogs.