Our very own, Dr. Dan Higgins, has earned the Wisconsin Chiropractic Association’s (WCA), 2018 Nels Bakke Award for Young Chiropractor of the Year. The WCA Board of Directors selects practioners in each of the four categories: Lifetime Achievement Award, Chiropractor of the Year, Nels Bakke and the Chiropractic Technician of the Year, every year. We are so excited to celebrate this achievement with Dr. Dan.


The Nels Bakke Award honors chiropractors that have been in practice for less than five years. It recognizes the contributions of younger practitioners who have equally dedicated themselves to serving the profession and their community.

Not only does Dr. Dan create treatment plans for patients out of his Appleton clinic, but his innovative approach, known as “Workplace Chiropractic” allows him to bring his services to various corporations.

“Soon after I opened my practice in 2014, I heard from patients who wanted to take better care of their bodies, but felt they didn’t have time to make a trip into the clinic,” Higgins said. As a consequence, they eventually ended up back in the same painful position that brought them to me in the first place.”

Studies show that employers who provide regular, on-site healthcare can improve the overall wellness of their workforce and earn significant savings on lost time and annual costs.

Dr. Dan, also known as “Coach Higgins”, has coached both football and basketball at the high school and middle school for many years, serving as offensive coordinator for the Hawks varsity football program since 2015. It was during his years as a high school athlete that he discovered the value of chiropractic care, something that ultimately led him to the profession. Now he takes particular satisfaction using his chiropractic skills to help other young athletes.

In addition to coaching, Higgins has been active with United Way-Fox Cities, the Red Smith Sports Award Banquet Committee, the Heart of the Valley Chamber of Commerce, and St. Mary Parish, Appleton.

Workplace, coaching and additional volunteering opportunities are just some of the reasons Dr. Dan has been awarded such a distinguished award. No one is as deserving as you are, congratulations Dr. Dan!

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