Doctor Douglas M. Ellingson, of Grimes, earned the status of Certified Chiropractic Wellness Lifestyle Practitioner (C.C.W.P.), one of the first doctors of chiropractic to successfully complete this comprehensive post-graduate educational program.

The wellness certification program offers an extensive post-graduate curriculum of pertinent wellness research, patient care approaches and methods to maximize the clinical effectiveness of chiropractic care in a new wellness paradigm. The program includes evidence-based information in nutrition and natural health, wellness-directed physical fitness and spinal hygiene, and state of mind and emotional health, as well as effective insights for generating and supporting patient lifestyle changes. Doctors also learn advanced approaches to patient wellness assessment, clinical case management strategies for optimal wellness and recent research findings on clinically relevant lifestyle choices.

"The C.C.W.P gives practitioners practical research and science-based data in a growing field that is increasingly relevant because it addresses important health issues in a context where chiropractors already do excel," said "ICA President, Gary Walsemann. "Those who compete the curriculum build an intensified understanding of the founding philosophic and scientific principles of chiropractic. They are also uniquely equipped to fill an important lifestyle and public health gap in their communities by becoming sound, authoritative source of evidence-based wellness lifestyle choices and living strategies."

Dr. Ellingson currently practices at 200 Gateway, Suite 103 in Grimes.