Welcome to The Joint Chiropractic - Forest Acres! As your Columbia chiropractor dedicated to family chiropractic and spine health, we invite you to join the millions of Americans who have not only found relief from lower back pain, sciatica pain, and migraines, but also a pathway to wellness with chiropractic's natural, drug-free approach to healthcare.
Whether you have seen a chiropractor in the past or are seeking a local chiropractor near you for the first time, expect your visit to The Joint Chiropractic - Forest Acres to be different from any healthcare experience you've had before. Perhaps even life-changing.
Here are a few reasons why The Joint Chiropractic in Columbia is your perfect destination for pain relief and preventative care:
As you can see, chiropractic care provided by the licensed chiropractors at The Joint offers you and your family an affordable, convenient and accessible solution like no other.
Through manual manipulation of the spine delivered to the highest standards by licensed chiropractors, chiropractic care works to restore and maintain proper communication from your brain to your body by relieving what chiropractors refer to as a subluxation, or a misalignment, of the spine. Restoring proper alignment to the spine can assist with pain relief and prevention of:
So whatever “symptoms” you or your family may be experiencing, visit our Columbia chiropractic office today to learn more about how you could improve your overall health and well-being. And remember, you never need an appointment to visit, so stop in when it is convenient for you. We look forward to seeing you soon!
Dr. Yolanda Johnson joined The Joint Chiropractic family in 2019 with her arrival at the Forest Acres location in Columbia. A graduate of Spartanburg Methodist College where she earned a bachelor’s degree in biology, she went on to receive her doctorate of chiropractic in 1999 from Sherman College of Chiropractic in Boiling Springs.
“The best thing about being in the chiropractic field is having the ability to help patients relieve pain without the harmful side effects of medication,” Dr. Johnson says. “I love educating patients on how to treat musculoskeletal dysfunction as well as prevent future injury.”
Dr. Johnson grew up in Blackville and worked previously in Greenville.
“I love spending time with my family,” she says. “I enjoy watching professional and college football, good food, and relaxing by the pool.”
Dr. Johnson vividly recalls the moment that impacted her career choice. “I went to an event and a doctor was talking about how, with a hand adjustment, he could release a power in the patient that could free healing,” she says. “I knew I wanted to be a chiropractor.”
She derives special pleasure from working so geographically close to Fort Jackson.
“This location is near a military base,” she says. “I love having the honor of serving our soldiers and their families.”
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If Dr. Johnson could create her dream dinner party, she could probably guarantee herself a good time. “I would invite Oprah Winfrey because she inspires me, and LeBron James because he is my favorite basketball player,” she says. “Ellen de Generes is so funny I think it would be fun. I would also include Beyonce so I can hear her sing and because she is Beyonce.”
Dr. Johnson says the coolest thing she ever did wasn’t so much about her. “I would have to say one of the best things ever was watching my nephew at 6 host a program at church, and watching my niece at 9 sing a solo in church,” she says. “It was cool because when I was their age, I was terrified to speak in public, and to see them do it made me so proud.”
Dr. Kayla Cooper has had a wide reach as a member of The Joint Chiropractic team since joining the staff in March 2019; she works out of several different locations, including Forest Acres, Killian Crossing, Harbison and Lexington.
She majored in biology and earned a minor in chemistry at Presbyterian College in Clinton before getting her doctorate of chiropractic from Palmer College of Chiropractic Florida.
“The thing I love about being in the chiropractic field is being able to offer all people help regardless of anything else; everyone with a spine living in earth’s gravity is a great candidate for an excellent chiropractic patient,” she says. “It’s also gratifying to help with major current crisis, specifically the care of our military members and veterans and those who seek musculoskeletal pain relief through opioids. These populations of people are primed to be taken care of by excellent chiropractors. In doing so, our country will be healthier and have better posture.”
A product of Lexington, Dr. Cooper worked previously in Irmo and Orangeburg. In her spare time she loves traveling, fishing, going to the beach, and relaxing with friends and family, including husband Tyler, their two sons, and a German short-haired pointer named Rambo.
She had chiropractic ingrained in her at an early age.
“I was born in Iowa, less than an hour away from the oldest and first chiropractic college, Palmer,” Dr. Cooper says. “As my sister and I moved around with our family, our mother would always take us to see the chiropractor no matter where we lived, and she would call around looking for a ‘Palmer doc.’ So I knew that if I was going to become the ‘family chiropractor’ that my family always envisioned, I would go to Palmer.
“After college, I was unsure what to do, and was enrolled into the RN program at Midlands Tech. I realized one day that I wouldn’t be an awesome nurse or MD because I am very emotional and not good at bad news -- or bodily fluids. It was the second summer after I graduated from Presbyterian College that I started chiropractic school at Palmer in Florida. ... It was a perfect fit for me and I loved it.”
In her current role, she is able to practice where she grew up.
“I thoroughly enjoy being able to treat people from all sides of Columbia and enjoy being able to explore different sides of town as well,” she says.
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Dr. Cooper says the one thing she always keeps in her refrigerator is filtered water “because water is the most important thing you can have.”
If she could have any four people from history at a fantasy dinner party, Dr. Cooper says she would include chiropractic pioneer BJ Palmer, Hippocrates, media mogul Oprah Winfrey, and baseball player Jim Abbott.
“Palmer developed this fine profession we call chiropractic, and Hippocrates was the father of modern medicine, so I would love to have a scholarly discussion with them about the current state of health and healthcare in the world,” she says. “Oprah is one of the most influential figures of my lifetime. I have watched her since I knew how to watch a television, and her journey as a woman in a man’s world is one that profoundly inspires me.
“As for Jim Abbott, I had his baseball care when I was a young girl, and the idea that he can become a major league pitcher with only one hand is very inspirational; what an example to the world that you can reach your dreams no matter your physical limitations.”
The coolest thing she has ever done, she says, “was creating two brand new humans.”
“Outside of that, participating in a 10-day clinic abroad in the West Indies was the coolest thing I’ve done. I had the privilege of being selected to go to an island called Bequia -- the second island in St. Vincent and the Grenadines -- to treat the population with chiropractic care,” Dr. Cooper says. “The whole island is 7 square miles and economically categorized as third world. The people were so excited that we were there, and we went to all corners of the island and every school on the island.
“Treating so many kids was the highlight for me. Watching them and their teachers and parents enjoy the benefits of chiropractic, which they do not typically have access to, was a real life-changing experience. The pure joy and happiness that exuded from the population on Bequia is something I try to carry with me all the time.
“And one of the bars had whale vertebra as bar stools. Coolest thing I have ever seen.”
Dr. Andrew West joined The Joint Chiropractic family of local healthcare providers in 2019 with his arrival at the Harbison clinic location, one of the four locations in Columbia . A graduate of The University of South Carolina, Dr. West earned a bachelor’s of science degree in Sport and Entertainment Management before getting his doctorate of chiropractic. “The best thing about being a Doctor of Chiropractic is being able to analyze a patient’s spine, make the correction necessary, and watch the patient’s body begin to respond immediately and positively while they are still on the table,” he says. “It’s so rewarding to hear a patient’s response after being adjusted and see them react to their newly restored condition, and then to see them progress in care.”
Dr. West grew up in Columbia and in his spare time he enjoys writing music and playing electric bass guitar. He also enjoys cooking for his family, which includes wife Radley West, and daughter Peyton. "When Radley and I first met we both wanted to own a gym and we ultimately made that dream come true,” he says. They have owned Anytime Fitness Lake Murray Irmo since 2007 where Andrew honed his skills and these interactions at the gym led to his eventually hearing the call of chiropractic. “As I progressed through my years as a personal trainer, I realized how important posture was to people's health and I could only do so much to help my clients in the gym,” Dr. West says. “After a while, I was having to refer them to a chiropractor.
After referring so many clients and telling them what the doctor would find, the doctor said I should have an honorary degree. Instead, my wife agreed it was time for me to go to school and become a doctor.” Being from Columbia means a bit more when he is also able to practice in his hometown: “I have the joy of moving through four locations in town, so being able to see the diversity of Columbia and helping so many patients is an awesome experience .” Dr. West says the one thing his family loves is how he grills foods, so he always has something in the refrigerator that’s ready to be warmed up: “The family enjoys my cooking, and being able to reach in and grab something that’s already ready is nice.”
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In a recent Consumer Reports study, chiropractic outperformed prescription medication, deep-tissue massage, yoga, pilates, and over-the-counter medication therapies, in treating back pain. 1
1 Consumer Reports Health Ratings Center. Back-Pain Treatments. ConsumerReports.org; July 2011.
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