For Dr. Scott Baker, owner of Upper Cervical Chiropractic of Spartanburg, his profession was more than a career choice – it was a calling.
Before earning his medical degree, Dr. Baker had a life-altering experience.
“I became very sick and was told by medical doctors I was dying. An upper cervical doctor saved my life with a gentle, specific adjustment to remove the pressure on my brainstem that was killing me. I realized at that time: I am called to this profession to help others who are suffering. The goal was to open my own upper cervical corrective practice and serve the community with all my heart, soul, talents and skills. Today, we are serving upwards of more than 100 people a day, five days a week. As patients ourselves, we can say we listen, we care and we get results.”
Dr. Baker’s practice has an amazing lineage started more than 50 years ago by Dr. Lyle Sherman – the namesake of Sherman College of Chiropractic – who was succeeded by Dr. Donald Thomas.
“I have carried the torch since 2012,” said Dr. Baker.
Another important part of the practice is Laura, the warm and caring office manager, along with three amazing associates – Dr. Margaret Shreve, Dr. Brian Spackman and Dr. Ingrid Milan.
Dr. Baker completed his doctoral studies at Sherman College of Chiropractic, where he was awarded the prestigious Service Distinction Award, along with many other academic competition honors. He also earned certification in the Blair technique and Activator technique and is a candidate for the diplomate in cervical cranial junction procedures.
Dr. Baker and his wife, Dr. Cynthia Baker – a recent graduate of Sherman College who specializes in pediatric chiropractic – reside in the Boiling Springs area. They have one daughter, Cayla – a chef and mother of two, Phoenix and Ryker – and three sons: Steffen, who is currently serving in the Navy, married and a father of one, Luna; Monte, an artist; and Anthony, a salesman. Scott and Cynthia are active members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Boiling Springs.
Dr. Baker’s practice draws patients from about a 100-mile radius, he said, but also has had clients from overseas and Canada seeking help in healing due to the unique techniques and high level of care his practice provides. He and his associates deal with all ages, from infants to seniors, mothers-to-be, athletes and accident victims, all who benefit from a healthy spine and nervous system. The team strives to correct the cause of a health problem, “not just treat the symptoms.” And, Dr. Baker said, if a person is symptom-free, upper cervical chiropractic care is one of the best ways to stay healthy. It is much easier to care for a healthy body than it is to try and fix a broken or sick one.
Among the services and treatments Upper Cervical Chiropractic of Spartanburg offers are digital X-rays, an extensive analysis of the spine, specific adjustments for each person, measurable and objective results, a state-of-the-art range-of-motion exams and advanced full-spine techniques. All patients receive post X-rays with an analysis and report so they can see the results they are already living.
Dr. Baker believes there are three stresses affecting a person’s health.
“We call them the ‘3Ts,’ and those are: traumas, toxins and thoughts. Traumas like falls, vehicle accidents or other physical injury. Toxins in the body come from the foods, allergens and medications. Thoughts can create physical stress and strains affecting the body negatively. That is where we come in, working hands-on with the body, removing the interference and allowing it to heal on its own. We have seen remarkable success stories of life-changing healing for patients and their families.”
For more information on Upper Cervical Chiropractic of Spartanburg, call 864-804-6886 or visit www.uppercervicalspartanburg.com.
By John Torsiello