The Clinic: Family Health and Sports Chiropractic became active within the West Fargo community upon establishment in May of 1998. We relocated from our original location on Main Avenue to a larger location within the Pioneer Center in 2002. We once again relocated in January 2014 to our current location to improve the all around healthcare experience for our patients!
Our doctors believe that a healthy musculoskeletal system is an important component to living a well balanced, healthy lifestyle. We also strive to educate the public on the importance of chiropractic care as a natural health care option. This allows us to better serve the West Fargo, Fargo, and Moorhead communities.
Dr. Ryan Jenkins
Dr. Jenkins was born and raised in Moorhead, Minnesota. With an adventurous spirit and desire for sports, one may find it odd that about the only sport he didn't play...was hockey. A multitude of sports related injuries sparked his passion for chiropractic. Following graduation, he practiced in Maryland for 10 years before listening to the beckoning call of the upper Midwest to return home in 2011.
Dr. Jenkins takes a functional approach to patient care, resulting in carefully considered, customized plans to help you perform your best- whether its on the field or getting you back to your passion. He has extensive experience treating all types of athletic injuries- ranging from weekend warriors to amateur and professional level athletes.
“I know firsthand that terrible feeling when an injury prevents you from performing your best. Worse yet, most injuries could've been prevented if proper treatment had been provided by a knowledgeable and experienced professional.”
In his spare time, he enjoys volunteering in the community, coach’s soccer and endures having his dreams of a Vikings Super Bowl crushed annually. He can often be seen enjoying a Fargo Redhawks baseball game or pounding the glass watching the Fargo Force. His true love, however, is spending time with his lovely wife and beautiful daughters, Kate and Charlotte- and their pugnacious pug, Otis.
His educational background includes a Doctorate of Chiropractic degree from Northwestern Health Sciences University (1999), Certified Chiropractic Sports Physician (CCSP) from the American Chiropractic Board of Sports Physicians and a BS in Human Biology from NWHSU. He is Graston Technique certified and has experience with advanced kinesiotaping as a Rocktape 'Rock Doc'.
Dr. Jenkins believes that keeping up with the most current, most effective and up-to-date treatment methods is crucial to providing excellent patient-centered care.
Dr. Samantha Kiecker
Dr. Samantha Kiecker found a home at The Clinic after graduating from Northwestern Health Sciences University. She studied undergraduate at The University of North Dakota in Grand Forks and knew she wanted to come back to North Dakota to live and raise a family. An opportunity at The Clinic arose and she jumped at the chance to build her practice and life.
Her journey began similar to many girls who were raised in a rural area, veterinary science was her dream. After a ninth grade job shadow with the local veterinarian and a short stint trying to regain consciousness in the employee restroom, Chiropractic became the new dream.
“Chiropractic has so much freedom with where it can go and what it can do. Chiropractic can fill gaps and works well along-side other types of care. It provides great relief especially for people who don’t always fit the mold.”
Dr. Kiecker takes an integrated approach to patient care, utilizing modalities from many areas including chiropractic, sports medicine, acupuncture, eastern health practices, nutrition, and massage. She often incorporates other providers care allowing Dr. Kiecker to utilize treatment options that are not offered at this clinic to create customized care plans. Using this integrated approach allows Dr. Kiecker to work with other practitioners in the region, helping her to expand her view and understanding of the bigger picture.
“Health is a continuum, more effectively looked at as a spectrum as opposed to an absolute. The most effective tool I have is to bring all the pieces of health together to build a program incorporating all treatment options in one comprehensive plan.”
In her spare time, Dr. Kiecker loves to be involved in community events, service group and volunteering. An avid reader and movie fan. She finds jogging and strength training to push her limits. Her true driving force for everything she does is her family - her very understanding husband Brandon, and her amazing two boys.
Dr. Chad Zimmerman
Always curious from a young age, Dr. Zimmerman was usually the child taking the toy apart instead of playing with it. Following a back injury at age 15, he decided to turn his curiosity to the human body and how it works. After graduating from Northwestern College of Chiropractic in 1999, he returned to his home town in Iowa to begin is practice.
As a multi-sport athlete, Dr. Zimmerman has dealt with most kinds of injuries common in sports, which gives him a unique ability to understand and treat a wide variety of conditions. Being the son of teacher rubbed off on him and he greatly enjoys teaching about the body, how it functions and why things go wrong.
"Pain can be life-changing and devastating. I know, I've dealt with injuries most of my life, which is why I've committed my life to understanding them and helping people find solutions, so they can get back to living happy, healthy and active lives."
Dr. Zimmerman's career has taken him from Iowa and Colorado to Fargo, ND, where he enjoys the Midwestern culture and kind of people he grew up with. He currently lives in Fargo with his wife and three children and enjoys sports, learning, cooking and outdoor activities- primarily walleye fishing.
He has worked with dozens of doctors from throughout the U.S. and consults regularly on cases from all over the state. He practices with a patient-centered approach and includes post-graduate training in neurology, functional movement, soft tissue techniques, rehabilitation, non-surgical spinal decompression and nutrition. He stresses a cause-based approach and specializes in finding effective, non-invasive methods of treating chronic pain conditions in most areas, including the low back, neck, hips, knees and shoulders.
"We have turned into a 'hands-off' care culture that is ineffective and costly. You can only really help by understanding what changed...and helping to change it back. When we do this, it works quickly and people get results."
His post-graduate training includes sports injury and performance, neurology, orthopedics and rehabilitation of acute and chronic conditions. He has worked with a wide variety of athletes that include semi-professional football, baseball, gymnastics, wrestling, professional tennis and top-level runners.
Dr. Parker McKittrick
Dr. Parker McKittrick comes from Pierre, South Dakota where he grew up doing anything and everything outdoors. He attended NDSU and was a member of the track and field team, specializing in hurdles/sprints, graduating with a degree in Exercise Science. He then continued to get his Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Northwestern Health Sciences University, where he also received his acupuncture certification.
Dr. McKittrick uses a total approach to health and patient care by using a multitude of techniques such as chiropractic, acupuncture and dry needling, cupping, Graston, kinesio-taping, along with rehabilitative exercises and activities. He creates individualized treatment plans to help people become pain-free and functioning at an optimal level, whether that be for daily life or for a specific sport or activity.
“People are not the result of what happened yesterday, but we are the end product of what we’ve done in the last six weeks, the last six months, and the last six years. This is why I like to look at everyone as a whole and not just treat the symptoms, but rather figure out what the actual problems are and do what will get someone better the best and the quickest way.”
When he’s not at The Clinic, you can find Dr. McKittrick playing the seasonal city league sports, hunting, cheering on the Chicago Bears and Blackhawks and getting perpetually disappointed by the Twins. Him and his wife, Maddy, also enjoy watching every scary and horror movie ever made.