Dr. James W. Mattison, Jr, DC, RTP

Functional Medicine

Whether you want to eliminate pain, increase your energy, or address unresolved symptoms of existing health concerns, our team is ready to work with you to create a roadmap for optimal wellness.

License/title and certifications:

  • Bachelor of Science in Health and Exercise Science from Wake Forest University
  • Doctor of Chiropractic from Northeast College of Health Sciences
  • Post-Doctoral Studies: Functional Medicine and Science-Based Nutrition
  • Certified in Trigenics Myoneural Medicine and Functional Neurology

About Dr. Mattison

Dr. Jim Mattison graduated from Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina with a bachelor of science degree in Health and Exercise Science. He continued his education at Northeast College of Health Sciences where he graduated with honors while receiving his Doctor of Chiropractic degree. After graduating, Dr. Mattison continued his Post-Doctoral Studies at The Functional Medicine university, The Kalish Institute, and The Kharrazian Institute of Functional Medicine where he concentrated his training on functional medicine and integrative nutrition.

Prior to joining Aligned Modern Health as a Functional Medicine provider, Dr. Mattison practiced in New Jersey for 26 years where he owned a chiropractic and functional medicine office which focused on helping patients discover the cause of their underlying health while simultaneously finding sustainable solutions and answers.

Q&A with Dr. Mattison

What are you most passionate about professionally? Personally?

Professionally, I love educating patients with real science-based answers to their health concerns. A doctor will often give a “canned” answer that doesn’t help a patient with their personal situation. This often leads to a patient relying on unreliable information from questionable sources which often causes further health complications and issues. I am very passionate about giving patients the time and reliable information that allows them to make informed decisions about their healthcare that they feel comfortable with.

Personally, I am blessed to have a great family that is the center of my life.

What three traits define you?

Three traits that define me would be empathetic, honest, and humble.

What would you do even if you didn’t get paid to do it?

I would teach people how much they can actually improve their health on their own with the right information.

What are you surprisingly good at?

Patients have always told me that I am really good at getting them to open up about what their real problems are and then having them try solutions that they thought were not possible for them.

What’s one thing you couldn’t live without?

I couldn’t live without my family.

How long have you been working in your field?

I have been in the healthcare field for 26 years and have been involved with functional medicine since 2006

What’s your biggest accomplishment?

In 2000, my niece was born and had complications with her breathing. She was flown to Hershey Medical Center and spent 26 days in the hospital. My sister and brother-in-law were able to stay at the Ronald McDonald House the entire time so they could be close to Hershey Medical Center. In order to pay this generosity forward, I decided to run a marathon and raise money for the Ronald McDonald House. I ended up running the Twin Cities Marathon and personally raised over $10,000.

How does your education connect to your professional career? What about personal experiences?

I’ve known since I was 8 that I wanted to be a doctor. I just didn’t know what kind. I decided on becoming a chiropractor because it best fit my philosophy on health. Plus, I saw firsthand how it helped my entire family. After being in the chiropractic field for many years, I discovered that there was a piece missing in my treatment of my patients. That piece turned out to be functional medicine. So, since 2006, I have been studying functional medicine.

What problems do you consistently solve for your clients?

I can help patients with a wide variety of conditions. What I always find interesting and exciting is that patients will often come in with one issue or complaint, but because functional medicine deals with underlying causes, patients often find that other issues improve as well.

What are you complimented on most in your work?

I am often complimented on my wide range of current knowledge of healthcare issues and my ability to explain it to patients in a way that they can understand it, but more importantly use it.

Who is your ideal client and why should they connect with you?

My ideal client is ready to change their health and solve those health issues that have been holding them back. It is the patients that take an active role in their care that often see the greatest results. I often tell patients that I have the knowledge. I just need you to make the effort.

In your work or creative process, what concepts are sacred? Which rules have you made, which ones do you follow?

I have two rules that I have made when working with patients. One, I can’t want the changes that they are looking for more than them. And two, they have to be willing to take an active role in the process. If they can’t put in the effort and work, then I will usually don’t work with them because they won’t get the results that they want.

What is your grand, audacious goal? What do you wish people would know, believe, do?

I wish that people knew no matter where they are on their health journey that they can improve. Often those first couple of steps seem monumental, but most patients will usually say that it wasn’t as difficult as they thought. With the right information and the right guidance, it is possible to live your life to the fullest.

Where do you live?

I live in Easton, Pennsylvania, the home of Crayola Crayons.

Do you have any family members or pets to include in your bio?

I have been married to my wife, Kate, for 26 years. We met on a blind date in Washington, DC. We have three children, Jimmy (21), Meghan (18), and Sean (15). Extra commotion is added to our house with our two dogs, Buster and Sydney, and our two cats, Ralphie and Natalie.

Do you have any other passions or personal goals that you would like to share?

I have always wanted to live at the beach.

What do you do for fun in your spare time? What are your hobbies?

In my spare time, I like doing anything around water which would include swimming, boating, fishing, or even just a lazy day at the beach. Away from the water, I enjoy hiking and golfing.

Share something unique that most people don’t know about you.

During my career, I was the personal physician to a Grammy award-winning pianist. I would travel with him on his tours and had the opportunity to travel to New York, Chicago, Canada, Argentina, Nice, and Germany.


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