Roswell chiropractor Dr. John Dalton was named “Chiropractor of the Year” in May by the New Mexico Chiropractic Association. (Randal Seyler Photo)
Dr. John Dalton, a Roswell chiropractor, was recently named “Chiropractor of the Year” by the New Mexico Chiropractic Association.
“It’s pretty big,” Dalton said on Tuesday. “It means a lot to me to be honored like this by my peers.”
Dalton was honored on May 17 at the New Mexico Chiropractic Association’s annual convention, held at the Sandia Resort in Albuquerque.
“He is a highly regarded professional and an incredible person, and we were very proud to give him that award,” said Jaeni Aarden, executive director of the New Mexico Chiropractic Association.
“Dr. Dalton has been on the executive board for the New Mexico Chiropractic Association for several years now and before that, he has been on various committees of the association,” said Dr. Robert C Jones, NMCA president.
“Dr. Dalton is a strong advocate of his patients and to that end, he has been politically active in the ongoing changes in healthcare in the United States, especially with regards to Obamacare,” Jones said. “Dr. Dalton has continued his education in post doctorate work with an emphasis in conservative primary care. I believe he is Board Certified in Diagnosis and Internal Medicine and is certified in Advance Practice.”
The “Chiropractor of the Year” honor is an award that is given out once a year to one member of the association, Jones said. Nominations for the award are given to the NMCA executive director and then those names are voted on for the award.
“This award reflects the respect Dr. Dalton’s colleagues have for him as a person and as a physician. Dr. Dalton well deserved this award,” Jones said.
Dalton’s clinic, Pecos Valley Health and Wellness, offers patients a holistic approach to health care. Besides the standard chiropractic care, the clinic also has a nurse practitioner, Loretta Sparkman, on staff.
The clinic offers a variety of patient services, including Rolfing, massage therapy, IV vitamin therapy, hormone replacement therapy, and weight loss programs.
Rolfing is provided by Dameron Midgette, of Santa Fe, who comes to Roswell twice a month, Dalton said.
The clinic also has its own hyperbaric chamber, which is used in treatment of a number of illnesses.
“People don’t usually come to us just for a back adjustment — now, they are also coming looking for advice on how to approach their health from a more holistic, alternative approach,” Dalton said.
Originally from Albuquerque, Dalton himself became interested in chiropractic while in college after seeking treatment for a sore neck. “After that experience, I wanted to learn more about chiropractic,” Dalton said.
As he prepared to attend chiropractic school, he worked as a Spanish teacher in Texas while he attended college to finish the prerequisite classes.
“Once I completed my prerequisites, I went full time to chiropractic college,” he said.
Dalton attended Parker University in Dallas to receive his D.C. degree. He has been a doctor for 18 years; for 15 of those, he has been located here in Roswell.
He is also very active in the community. Dalton serves as second vice president of the Roswell Chamber of Commerce, as vice president of Alianza of New Mexico, and he serves on the Roswell Symphony Orchestra Board.
Dalton also serves as treasurer for the New Mexico Chiropractic Association Board and as secretary on the Roswell Country Club Board.
One of the biggest challenges patients face is diet, Dalton said.
“If you have the willpower to avoid fast foods and eat healthy, you will extend your life by a lot,” he said. “The big thing I tell everyone is for your evening meal, all you need is a protein and a neutral.”
By that, Dalton said he means people should eat simply in the evening, such as a piece of fish, chicken or beef for protein and a salad. Avoiding the starches, such as potatoes or rice, makes it easier for the body to digest the food.
Patients who follow the wellness advice, modifying their diet and taking vitamins and supplements, can lose weight and feel better all around, Dalton said.
Two of Dalton’s patients, Doug and Sandy Howard, said that Dalton has been caring for them for several years.
“We first saw him when we were severely ill with mold exposure,” Sandy Howard said. “He treated us wonderfully with chiropractic, holistic, and homeopathic alternative treatments.”
Dalton has helped the Howards over the years with injuries, allergies, surgery recoveries, misalignments and general preventive measures.
“He has been a true friend and is very knowledgeable in many, many areas,” Sandy Howard said. “He is so much more than a chiropractor. He is a compassionate soul, a good, involved citizen, and a friend to his patients.”
Another of Dalton’s patients, Patricia Gomez, said that Dalton was able to cure a disease that she had been told was incurable.
“I have something called Meniere’s syndrome, which causes extreme vertigo,” Gomez said. “The room is spinning like you are on a merry-go-round.”
Gomez said she went to nine doctors all over country and they all told her that her vertigo was incurable.
“When it hits you, you can’t move,” Gomez said. “The whole room is spinning and you are throwing up. It was awful.”
A friend recommended that she visit Dr. Dalton, and he diagnosed Gomez’s problems to be caused due to allergies.
“He gave me a test, and told me to stop eating this, this, this and this, and I have been vertigo-free for a year now,” Gomez said. “I looked on Mayo Clinic website and it said that Meniere’s is incurable.”
Gomez said she couldn’t say enough about Dalton. “I am on Cloud Nine because I have a life again,” she said. “I had stopped driving, and my children all live out of town and I couldn’t visit them. I am very appreciative of Dr. Dalton, he’s my hero. “