meet our team
Dr. Chris Brown
I received my undergraduate degree in 1991 from Westfield State University and then graduated with honors from Palmer College of Chiropractic in 1998. Since graduation I have completed certification as a Chiropractic Sports Physician (CCSP), American College of Addictionology and Compulsive Disorders in Auriculotherapy ...
... Kennedy Decompression Technique, Back Project Corporation; Active Therapeutic Movement, Nutritional Response Testing (NRT), and Holder Research Institute; Torque Release Technique Advanced Proficiency. I have taken countless hours of continuing education classes all in an effort to continue to improve my knowledge, skill, and technique to better serve the people who entrust me to help them with their health and life. I am a member of the Virginia Chiropractic Association (board member 2001-03), the International Chiropractic Association, and the Foundation for Chiropractic Education and Research.
Originally from upstate New York, I found my way to SWVA after chasing my now wife Melissa, who at the time was living in Wytheville, VA. Of course shortly after I graduated and moved to Tazewell she moved to Raleigh, NC (but that’s a story for another time). My plan eventually worked out and we now have three great kids; Elizabeth, Audrey, and Sophie. We are a pretty active family and being with my girls is one of my greatest values and passions.
My professional journey has definitely changed as my understanding and appreciation for chiropractic and its role in health has evolved the past several years. Early in practice I was what I now call a “limited scope, pain-based chiropractor”. I initially practiced the way I was taught in school and it was also how most chiropractors I knew and learned from practiced. I focused on your primary complaint, or pain, and did my best to alleviate it using both chiropractic adjustments and various therapies. My practice has evolved since then from a “pain-based” practice to a “brain-based” practice. The critical difference is that I now understand the significant relationship between your nervous system and your ability to adapt to stress and be healthy. I now focus on identifying the cause of the symptom; whether it’s pain, low-energy, digestion, sleep, or any of the many signals or symptoms your body may be expressing.
However, I’ve also lived with severe and chronic pain and when I was suffering the only thing I cared about was for it to go away. I get it. It can be brutal. It was for me. The pain was horrible, but what was even worse was how it disrupted my life. It can rob you of so much. Work was a struggle, and for longer and more often than I’d like to admit, by the time I got through the work day I would be worthless. Nothing left for my family or myself. When Elizabeth and Audrey were young I think the most frequent memory they have of me was me laying on my back on the floor icing every night after work. I get it. I am convinced that most people come to me not because of pain, but because the pain or some other symptom is robbing them of life. It interferes with their participation, or at the least enjoyment of something and/or someone that is very important to them.
Your brain controls all body function….including healing. The most common place an interruption of communication between your brain and body occurs is where the nerves exit the spine. We now have sophisticated computerized technology to identify stress on the nervous system, and if it does exist, measures the severity and location of the nerve stress. We also utilize digital x-ray to fully access if any stress is on the spine that may be interfering with the spinal cord and/or the exiting nerves. Suffice it to say we have objective outcome measures to accurately access the entirety of the nervous system.
Pain is an important indicator that we need to pay attention to. That said, there is a vast difference between healthy and just not symptomatic (in pain). More and more people are seeking us out for spinal and nervous system “check-ups” without any obvious symptoms. The analogies are endless, but consider your dental health. Do you wait for your teeth to hurt before you brush and floss? I certainly hope not. Your nervous system controls, coordinates, and regulates every other organ and system in your body. Once interfered with, and mind you this almost always occurs initially without symptoms, your nervous system can no longer control, coordinate, and regulate all your body functions properly. You are no longer functioning at 100%, the body is now in a state of dis-ease (or lack of ease), and over time you are robbed of your optimal expression of health. Our mission is to help you and your family live a healthier life now and for the rest of your life by objectively identifying if your current state of health (or lack of) is related to possible spinal misalignments that are disrupting the normal function of your nervous system. If we find that your health (including your health concerns and goals) can be helped with our brand of chiropractic care we will tell you. Rest assured that if we determine you can be better served by another health care professional we will make that referral without delay.
Most recently we have incorporated more lifestyle modifications into our care protocols for our practice members interested in taking their health to the next level. More and more research is substantiating the connection between health and lifestyle. What we once accepted as conditions that were beyond our control because we had been told they were genetic, is now being replaced by more and more science proving they are caused mostly by our lifestyle. We continue to bring new information, ideas, and strategies to our practice family to help them reduce their physical, chemical, and emotional stress by improving how they eat, move and think. After all, our mission statement is “to help you and your family live a healthier life today and for the rest of your life”.
Dr. Jordan Baldwin
I was born and raised in Tazewell, VA. I graduated from Tazewell High School in 2011 and after graduation, I went on to attend Southwest Virginia Community College and Radford University. While at Radford University, I studied Sport Medicine, because I have always had a passion for exercise and health. During college, I met my wife, Isabella, who was born and raised in Richlands, VA and is the current School Counselor at Cedar Bluff Elementary.
After graduating from Radford in 2015 with a bachelors in Sports Medicine, I decided to attend Sherman College of Chiropractic to begin my career as a Chiropractor. I received my Doctorate from Sherman Chiropractic College in September 2020. During my collegiate career, my plan was always to return back to Southwest Virginia in order to give back to my community
My decision to attend Chiropractic school was initiated by seeing Dr. Brown at the Cedar Bluff Fall festival where he was having a screening event in 2015 after graduating from undergrad. I had been under care with Dr. Brown for years prior to attending college for Scoliosis care and received amazing results. After reconnecting with him, he made me realize the power of chiropractic and what it has to offer people. I knew then that this is what I want to do for a career and I knew I wanted to come back to Southwest Virginia and care for the people in my community. I received my chiropractic licensure in October of 2020 and have been practicing in the Richlands office since then.
I’m a native of northern NJ and am delighted to join the team here at Chiropractic First in beautiful Southwest VA. I’ve always known I wanted to be in some form of healthcare at a young age, not the least of which due to frequently being injured played sports growing up.
There was always the ubiquitous thought of being a medical doctor, dentist, physical therapist, etc. Then I was introduced to chiropractic while in high school by a classmate’s father who was a chiropractor while participating in our school’s career day. It just made sense and planted a seed in my mind.
After receiving my biology degree at Liberty University, I worked in the pharmaceutical industry for a year and finally decided it was time to begin my chiropractic journey ultimately graduating from Logan College of Chiropractic in St. Louis.
The first 17+ years of my career was spent in a multidisciplinary environment working alongside PT’s, acupuncturists and even pain management doctors. Although I thoroughly enjoyed helping people get out of pain, I became weary of “chasing symptoms” and felt there was a better way. I’ve now come back to my roots as a chiropractor here at Chiropractor First where we seek to allow the nervous system, and ultimately the body, do what God created it to do by removing the
interference caused by subluxation.
I cannot be more excited to plant new roots here in beautiful Southwest Virginia with my wonderful and smarter half wife Rana who is originally from the Shenandoah Valley and our annoying Shih Tzu Heath.