“My football coach advised me to see a chiropractor. After three months of non-invasive treatments, I was able to ride my bike to his office and back. That chiropractor saved my life and set the stage for my life’s work as a chiropractor.” – Dr. Hartman

Dr Hartman Neurologist

Dr. Jonathan R. Hartman

Dr. Jonathan Hartman has more than ten years of experience in the field of Chiropractic Healthcare. Dr. Hartman is board-certified with Diplomate status from the American Chiropractic Neurology Board – In 2017 he was one of only thirty-nine individuals worldwide who completed the requirements for this distinguished Neurology Diplomate. Dr. Hartman is also a board-certified Diplomat of the American Chiropractic Rehabilitation Board.  He is an honors graduate of Palmer College of Chiropractic. He continued to expand his outstanding academic pursuits through specialized training and certification in Active Release Technique and Manual Adhesion Release, two of the most advanced soft-tissue treatments used today to break down scar tissue and adhesion formation.

Dr. Hartman is dedicated to the advancement of treatment in musculoskeletal disorders. He continues to pursue advanced training in sports injury and rehabilitation in addition to nutrition. With Dr. Hartman’s refined skill set, he has been able to offer a comprehensive array of treatment options supported by the latest scientific research. Dr. Hartman is also a contributing writer and speaker for local newspapers and organizations.  Dr. Hartman is locally involved with volunteer work with high school sports events. In his personal life, Dr. Hartman enjoys traveling, backpacking, CrossFit, and spending time with his family. Dr. Hartman is a voracious reader with a particular interest in neurology, anthropological evolution, and nutrition.

As a chiropractic neurologist, Dr. Hartman employs this functional and brain-based approach to target interventions specific to the location of the dysfunction.

Academic Degrees:

  • Doctor of Chiropractic
  • Diplomate American Chiropractic Neurology Board
  • Diplomate American Chiropractic Rehabilitation Board
  • Fellow, American College of Functional Neurology
  • Fellow, American Board of Vestibular Rehabilitation
  • Certified Active Release Technique Provider

Dr. Hartman’s Story

HartmanFreshman year of high school, I was a tall, underweight, kid determined to be a high-ranking football player, but within five minutes of play, in my first game, I had my first severe head trauma. I caught a pass up the middle, was tackled, and came down with my head bouncing against the ground. Instantly, my parents and coaches knew something was not right, given my crooked, unbalanced walking, and slurred speech. I was rushed immediately to the hospital.

The doctors found an arachnoid cyst the size of the golf ball in the exact place where my skull hit the ground. The standard of care was simple; rest and return to school in a few weeks. I followed those instructions for a few weeks, but when I returned to school, I noticed my concentration and brain function was declining, and I was enduring constant headaches. My memory of the game, the tackle, and the entire hospital experience was gone. And of course, I did what any ordinary high school kid would do – I told no one and hoped it would go away. What I didn’t realize at the time was how this event was going to impact me for the rest of my life.

Fast forward to the following year; I returned to playing football and was back in the weight room for strength training. Yet, without any formal training or knowledge of proper technique, I made “Power Cleaning” part of my routine. Inevitably, with poor form and too much weight, I felt a POP! The pain was remarkable, and the next morning and for the following three weeks, I was unable to walk. An MRI demonstrated several severely herniated discs in my lower back that were compressing three nerve roots, which supplied function to my legs. I met with the surgeons, and the prognosis was frightful. Spinal fusion? What? Then my football coach advised me to see his chiropractor. After three months of non-invasive treatments, I was able to ride my bicycle to his office and back. That chiropractor saved my life and set the stage for my life’s work as a chiropractor.

Now nearly a decade in practice, I reflect on my teenage self often and how my patients are as important to me as my family. I feel truly blessed to wake up every day with excitement and passion for impacting the lives of my patients. I also never stopped the pursuit of learning. As medicine and science continue to evolve, so does my approach toward helping my patients, and the Hartman Center for Functional Neurology / Bettering Brains Bettering Bodies® embodies that commitment. My commitment. I started The Hartman Center for Functional Neurology as a place where my patients could feel heard, valued, and understood. I want our center to serve as a beacon for answers and optimized health.