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Dr. Derek Houtz

“Simply put, I’ve been there,” admits Dr. Houtz.

Dr. Derek Houtz

Dr. Derek Houtz

“After severe episodes of neck and back pain when only a junior in high school, an appointment was made for me to see a local chiropractor. I didn’t know a thing about chiropractic, but I went to the appointment after my mother insisted.

“What I experienced was incredible,” continues Dr. Houtz. “I was amazed at how great chiropractic made me feel in a short period of time. It was after this experience that I decided that I wanted to be a chiropractor. I wanted to help people the same way I was helped.”

Dr. Houtz Education

Dr. Houtz grew up in the Licking Creek area of Juniata County, and graduated Juniata High School in 1993. Dr. Houtz began his pre-chiropractic education at Shippensburg University, majoring in Biology-Health Professions Concentration. He studied the basic sciences such as organic and inorganic chemistry, biology, physics, along with basic anatomy and physiology courses. After completing his study there, he began his chiropractic training at Life University, College of Chiropractic in Marietta, Georgia. During his four years at Life, courses included biochemistry, advanced anatomy and physiology, X-ray, chiropractic adjusting techniques, as well as patient care in three Atlanta metro clinics. Dr. Houtz graduated Valedictorian of his class in 1999. Also, having completed extra courses in chiropractic pediatrics and prenatal care, he achieved a certification as a Fellow of the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association. Following his schooling, he moved back to central Pennsylvania to establish his practice.

Our Goal at Houtz Chiropractic Center

“Our practice’s goal is to serve our community by providing exceptional chiropractic care in a professional manner in a professional setting. We understand that some patients may be apprehensive, so we go to great lengths to make you feel comfortable. We make a point to explain everything in advance, answer questions and attempt to over communicate. And along the way, we have a lot of fun.”

Dr. Houtz is married to the former Amy Bomgardner and they have three children, Sydney, Emily and Quentin. Amy is a culinary arts teacher at Mifflin County Junior High. Away from the practice, Dr. Houtz likes running, golf, basketball, weight training, reading, watching sports and playing with his children. He is also passionate about gardening and nutrition.

“Thank you for visiting our site. I look forward to meeting you in person and learning how we may be of service to you. Contact us and let’s arrange a time to explore your options.”