Dr. Gerard Poortinga, DC, FIAMA, DACAN
Gerard Poortinga, DC has practiced nutrition and applied kinesiology as a chiropractic physician for 35 years. He focuses on improvement of functional. health, with relief of symptoms and maintenance of cognitive function being particularly important.
He received a BA in English from Hope College, taught public school fourth grade for two years while doing graduate work in education, then worked three years in Chicago as a commercial casualty underwriter for the Insurance Company of North America.
For eighteen months, he attended the weekly healing class of Dora Kuntz, President of the Theosophical Society and founder of Therapeutic Touch.
He entered the National College of Chiropractic in 1972, first receiving a BS (North Central Accr.) in Human Studies, and the degree Doctor of Chiropractic in 1979. His was awarded certificates including Clinical Laboratory Diagnosis, Physiological Therapeutics, and Meridian Therapy Acupuncture.
He was a student member of the research committee of National College, after which he was the staff member of the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics during its founding year, when it received Index Medicus inclusion.
Dr. Poortinga received license to practice chiropractic in Illinois, Michigan, North Carolina and Ohio, and entered private practice in Yellow Springs, Ohio
He has done extensive postgraduate study with Dr. George Goodheart, the founder of Applied Kinesiology, and is certified by the International College of Applied Kinesiology. During his first eight years of practice, he was employed part-time doing annotated bibliographies for Dr. Goodheart.
In 1989, he received the President's Award for production of “Low Back Pain, Chiropractic Results,” a consensus document of the Ohio State Chiropractic Association, which he served five years as Resource Chair.
He was designated a Certified Chiropractic Sports Physician by the Council on Sports Injuries and Physical Fitness of the American Chiropractic Association in 1990. He is a Fellow of the International Academy of Medical Acupuncture.
Dr. Poortinga received a postgraduate degree in Clinical Neurology from Parker College of Chiropractic in 1993, and is a Diplomate of the American Chiropractic Academy of Neurology of the American Chiropractic Association. He is certified as a FirstLineTherapy® Providor, by Biomeridian International, and by The Institute of Functional Medicine. He is a member of various professional organizations.
Dr. Poortinga enjoys a family of three young adult children, and has been in private practice in Yellow Springs, Ohio for 35 years. He maintains that what is generally most important to him is the one above, and the one in front of him.