About Dr. Van Wagner

Why I am a chiropractor

I became a chiropractor in the same way most people become patients.  Most chiropractic patients have some condition that they have found is not being helped by traditional methods.   While I was in school, on my way to becoming a physical therapist, my wife, Nichole, woke up one morning and couldn't move her neck and was in a ton of  pain.  We went to the hospital, and after medications and waiting a week, she wasn't any better.  Her friend told her about a chiropractor, we reluctantly went thinking it was not going to help, but didn't know what else to do.  We were amazed.  After one adjustment she was back to normal without the use of any medications, or other invasive treatment.  I was taken back.  I saw medicine fail, and was amazed at how easy it was to fix the problem without it.  You see, she had a misalignment in her neck that started some really bad motion patterns in her vertebrae.  The muscles had had enough and the only thing it could do was completely seize up and stop moving.  It was a condition called acute torticollis. It didn't need medication, it just needed to start moving correctly again.  I immediately looked up the best chiropractic college and began the process of applying and taking classes necessary to start the program in the fall.  

In school I realized that chiropractic was not just for people in pain, but for achieving a better, more optimally working nervous system.  In doing so, the body works more efficiently at every process it is doing.  I knew right away that this was my path!  My passion lies in empowering people to achieve a more optimal health status without the use of drugs and surgery, to give options to patients with complex health conditions that need more than one treatment type, and to support the efforts of individuals already practicing wellness.  If you are sick and tired of being sick and tired, see a chiropractor, it could change your life.  

Education and Technique

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Education:

  • Ferris State University, Big Rapids, MI
  • Central Michigan University, Mount Pleasant, MI
  • Palmer College of Chiropractic: Davenport, IA, Class 071

Chiropractic should always be a customized approach.  Different patients have different needs.  The wide range of techniques used makes it possible to customize treatment for all patients.


Techniques used:

  • Palmer Package
  • Gonstead
  • Thompson
  • Diversified
  • Flexion Distraction
  • Activator


Family and personal interests

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I graduated from chiropractic college in 2006.  I spent the next seven years working as an associate in Port Huron, Michigan.  While I could have just jumped into my own practice right away it was a very rewarding opportunity to work for an experienced doctor, Dr. Bradley McMath,  who I now consider to be a very important mentor.   My time spent at Lakeview Chiropractic was much like a 6 year clinical internship.  He was able to teach me all of the very meaningful and real world things that school cannot teach you.   We moved to the Naples area in 2013.  I have absolutley fallen in love with the Naples area.  I extremely enjoy fishing and kayaking which I could previously enjoy for about three months out of the year.  My wife, Nichole is our front desk and office manager.  We have three young girls that keep her busy the rest of the time.  We have loved making this place our home and I am honored to be able to work with the people of this community. I love helping them reach their health goals naturally.