Dr David Nygaard

Dr David Nygaard Atlas Chiropractic Asheville NC

Dr David Nygaard DC, MS, MBA

Member of the NC Chiropractic Association Sole doctor and owner of Atlas Chiropractic of Asheville since 1997


  • BS, Special Education
  • MS, Guidance and Counseling
  • MBA, Human Resource Management
  • Doctor of Chiropractic, Palmer College of Chiropractic

Professional Experience

  • Certification in Kennedy Decompression Technique
  • Presenter at Advanced Atlas Orthogonal seminars
  • Published author in chiropractic journals
  • Experienced field consultant, having assisted other chiropractors implement Atlas Orthogonal clinical protocols in their practices
  • Member of the North Carolina Chiropractic Association
  • In addition to Atlas Orthogonal specialty, we are clinically focused on spinal disc decompression and recovery from soft tissue injury and spinal rehabilitation  

“I have the honor of witnessing the complexities of how the body, despite once being compromised, can heal itself. On occasion my patients experience seemingly miraculous healings in just a few visits.” — Dr. David Nygaard

About Atlas Chiropractic of Asheville

Science has proven that the body has tremendous intelligence and inherent wisdom for self-healing. This understanding serves as our foundational guiding principle for all we do at Atlas Chiropractic of Asheville.

Through empathy and listening we come to understand the unique characteristics of each patient’s concern, and then apply decades of experience, careful analysis and technical expertise to provide the specific care that addresses the cause for each patient.

At Atlas Chiropractic of Asheville we offer the specialty of Atlas Orthogonal. David Nygaard (Asheville Chiropractor Specializing In Orthogonal Care) is one of less than 250 chiropractors worldwide who is board certified in this advanced specialty. We provide precision, light-force pain relief without twisting, popping or cracking of the spine. We treat a wide variety of upper cervical neurological conditions, many of which are a result of unresolved head and neck trauma, including acute whiplash and post concussion trauma. Additionally, we treat pain disorders resulting from disc and nerve conditions by utilizing the advanced technology of spinal disc decompression.

Most  weeks, we see some form a miracle, while working with our patients as they experience the life-changing nature of this form of drug-free healing.

David’s Story:

David initial vision of becoming a Doctor began in his junior year of high school,  and he began studying the prerequisites at that time. However, his varied eclectic personal and academic interests  took him in different directions, including traveling to 34 countries, backpacking through Europe at age 17 after high school, and later Asia for nine months after grad school. He obtaining three college degrees and had three different careers prior to becoming a chiropractor.

David obtained a BS in Special Education, an MS in Guidance and Counseling, and an MBA with an emphasis on Human Resources. He worked with developmentally disabled adults. For years he was  responsible for the clinical component of two Employee Assistance Programs (EAPs), and managed a team of therapists, who collectively worked with business and industry to provide the mental health and addiction recovery needs of their employees. David also served for a number of years as the community and public relations person for a Fortune 500 drug and alcohol hospital.

In 1990, at a time when the hospital he was working at was being sold, he decided to pursue his lifelong dream of becoming a chiropractor. He resigned his corporate position and attended Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport Iowa, and in 1995 at age 40, David earned his Doctor of Chiropractic degree.

A highlight of David’s chiropractic career was that he completed his clinical requirements a semester early and was able to participate in an off-campus internship. As a result, he was fortunate enough to have had the opportunity to work for seven months in the office of Dr. Roy Sweat, a pioneer and iconoclast in the chiropractic profession. Dr. Sweat founded and developed the Atlas Orthogonal technique and clinical protocols, developed upper cervical instrument adjusting, and trademarked an upper cervical analysis system.

David credits his expertise in Atlas Orthogonal to this unique opportunity to have studied with the founder of the discipline. David went on to co-author two articles that were published in chiropractic journals, one of which was in the only peer referenced journal of the time, the Journal of Vertebral Subluxation Research. David also feels blessed to have served as a presenter at the Advanced Atlas Orthogonal Seminars.

With Dr. Sweat’s encouragement and support, David worked immediately after graduation as a field consultant, teaching other doctors how to implement Atlas Orthogonal in their offices, including instruction in clinical protocols and office procedures.

Today David is one of less than 250 chiropractors worldwide who are board certified in Atlas Orthogonal and has perfected his technique over many years of serving the Asheville community.

Since early childhood David has had a strong interest in sports and the outdoors. In his younger years he played baseball, basketball, as well as cross country skiing, running and canoeing. His newest passion is disc golf.

Since 2001 David has been active in the worldwide men’s movement known as the Mankind Project. He has a special interest in their commitment to social justice and has volunteered with Journeyman Asheville, a non-profit that provides mentoring and rites of passage experiences to adolescent boys at risk.

David is a true animal lover, having rescued and fostered both cats and dogs. There is always a friendly dog at the office as part of the healing atmosphere. Most recently he has a Brother Wolf rescue named Jamaal, a one eyed beagle and golden retriever mix.

Contact us today to learn about Atlas Chiropractic of Asheville and the many conditions we treat. 828-253-0700