Back injury led Greenacres chiropractor to change planned career path


MEET YOUR NEIGHBOR: Dr. Jason Cleveland, 42

By Mary Thurwachter

Special to The Palm Beach Post

A funny thing happened to Dr. Jason Cleveland on his way to law school (that’s funny as in curious, not funny as in ha ha). Cleveland, a political science student at the University of South Florida, was working as a bartender in Tampa while applying to law schools. He hurt his back moving a keg of beer and his orthopedic surgeon told him he would need to be out of school at least six weeks.

The same doctor referred him to a chiropractor, who had Cleveland back in the classroom in a quick four weeks. The fast recovery made an impression. And when Cleveland’s lawyer cousin came for visit, she counseled him to point his career in a different direction.

“You don’t want to be a lawyer,” he remembers her telling him at the time. She said he should become a chiropractor, like his brother Joshua (who has a practice in River Falls, Wis.).

Cleveland said knew his cousin was right. So he went to Life University in Georgia to earn a doctorate degree in chiropractic.

His affinity for chiropractic work really didn’t come as a surprise. In high school, he worked for a chiropractor as a member of HOSA, a high school health science student organization geared towards giving students an introduction to the healthcare field.

“I’d been going to a chiropractor all my life,” Cleveland, 42, said. “We (his family) weren’t there for aches and pains. We were there for our health. We went to stay well.”

And then, after he hurt his back in college, he found out first hand how successful chiropractic treatment could be for someone with aches and pains.

He has had a practice in South Florida for 12 years and heads Central Palm Medical Group in Greenacres. His patients range in age from f4 weeks old to 89.

He and his wife, Allison, a dietitian, live in Lake Worth with their children, Brandon, 11, and Megan, 9.

“I like to fish,” he said when asked about hobbies. “I exercise a lot. I like to run. I also like electronics and I’m pretty good with a wrench.”

He’s also pretty good, he said, and helping others get and stay well.

“There’s no cookie cutter treatment,” he said. “Each patient is unique.”



Reader Comments ...


Next Up in Community

Nancy Sinatra Sr., first wife of Frank Sinatra, dead at 101
Nancy Sinatra Sr., first wife of Frank Sinatra, dead at 101

Nancy Sinatra Sr., the first of entertainer Frank Sinatra’s four wives and mother of their three children, died Friday, according to The Hollywood Reporter. She was 101. >> Read more trending news  Her death was announced on Twitter by her daughter Nancy, who tweeted “My mother passed away peacefully tonight at the...
Ever had cancer? Preexisting conditions can define your future
Ever had cancer? Preexisting conditions can define your future

Robin Shine Maddox has racked up $160,000 in charges for biopsies, chemotherapy, medications and scans since being diagnosed with breast cancer in February. Now the 55-year-old Mt. Airy resident looks forward to finishing treatment and being able to call herself a cancer survivor. But even then, she’ll be among the one-fourth of Americans under...
Ditching the doctor? What to know about home health tests
Ditching the doctor? What to know about home health tests

Medical tests save lives. Discovering diseases before they become more serious can mean the difference between life and death. But many Americans say they don’t have time to see a doctor, live too far from a medical facility or are so uncomfortable with examinations that they avoid tests altogether. These challenges have created a demand for...
These small steps can produce big results to your health
These small steps can produce big results to your health

To be sure, great healthcare is a big part of keeping citizens fit. Yet each of us individually has a big part to play as well. As health care moves from go-see-the-doctor-when-you’re-sick mode to I-want-to-feel-as-good-as-I can-every-day model, we have some work to do. No matter where we live, say experts, a few simple steps can reap big rewards...
The numbers that matter most in staying healthy
The numbers that matter most in staying healthy

Health often seems like a numbers game. What’s your blood-sugar level? How many calories are you eating? And are you getting the right percentage of macros (or macronutrients)? The problem is that sometimes we track, count and obsess over numbers that don’t matter very much for our overall health. Or worse, we ignore numbers that do matter...
More Stories