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Mandan Chiropractor : Dr. Erik Isaacson

Mother knows best…

Mandan Chiropractor, Dr. Erik Isaacson

Dr. & Mrs. Erik Isaacson, Mandan Chiropractor

Dr. Erik Isaacson says that, according to his mother, he announced at the age of three that he wanted to be a chiropractor. “I have no idea where I would have gotten that from, but my mother reminded me of this when I was in high school and there was a vocational week, a what-do-you-want-to-do-with-your-life kind of thing,” says Dr. Isaacson. “I did a little investigating about chiropractors, talked to a few people and did some reading. I liked what I saw and that was the beginning. Dr. Isaacson, who got his chiropractic degree at Northwestern College of Chiropractic in Minneapolis, says, “the more I learned about chiropractics, the more it made sense to me.”

Chiropractic Education

After attaining prerequisites for chiropractic college at Virginia, MN, Community College and North Dakota State University, Dr. Isaacson began his journey through chiropractic college. The more he learned and studied, the more he realized this was the life path for him. “Chiropractic care just made sense. I wasn’t being taught how to pump the patients’ bodies full of man-made medicines, but helping people heal in the most natural way possible,” says Dr. Isaacson.

Starting A Chiropractic Practice

Dr. Isaacson opened his practice in a middle-class, blue collar town of about 15,000 people. For almost 25 years, he has helped family, friends and neighbors feel better. “I don’t harp and demand my patients come back numerous times a week, just to guarantee myself a paycheck,” he says. “I am very open and honest with everyone about treatment plans, expectations of self care and a maintenance or supportive care program. I feel my patients have responded appreciatively to this type of care.”

A trusted member of the Mandan community, Dr. Isaacson especially enjoys watching families grow. “It’s very rewarding living in a small town and being involved in the community. I have treated infants to great-grandparents and they all have a different story. When my cell phone rings on a weekend, I’m either getting invited to someone’s barbecue or it’s an emergency call. Either way, it’s satisfying.”

Family Life

Dr. Erik Isaacson and his family

Dr. Erik Isaacson and his family

Dr. Isaacson and his wife Martina (Helbling) Isaacson are proud of their blended family. They have five kids, two labrador retrievers and a Lhasa Apso. “I fell in love with Martina and that was the beginning of our story,” he says. “Our family motto is ‘happily ever after,’ but our theme song is circus music. It seems like there’s always something crazy and exciting going on around here, and I wouldn’t trade it for anything.”

Dr. & Mrs. Isaacson have two adult sons, Blake and Todd; an adult daughter, Kalbe; and rounding out their pack are Ariel, a seventh grader and Kire, a first grader. “It’s amazing to see the changes our family has made over the past several years. I’m excited for every day.”

Community Involvement

Dr. Isaacson is also a supporter of his community. He and his wife belong to the Mandan Progress Organization, Mandan Athletic & Recreation (MAR) Club, Bismarck-Mandan Chamber of Commerce and Dakota Zoo. They also support the Bismarck and Mandan hockey clubs with significant commitments to both programs’ building projects. Dr. Isaacson is a member of the North Dakota Chiropractic Association, American Chiropractic Association, Elks and been a past board member for Mandan Hockey Club, local homeowners association board member and has served on Duck’s Unlimited committees over the years. He has also been a coach for Mandan Hockey Club for several seasons and actually just pulled on his skates as a parent coach for the Bismarck Hockey Club as his last little hockey fanatic is old enough to hit the ice.


When he’s not cheering for his kids in their various activities, Dr. Isaacson enjoys spending time on the Missouri River, camping, traveling, tinkering in his garage, playing in the backyard, motorcycle riding and hunting. He is a do-it-yourselfer and frequently has several projects going on at one time.

Dr. Isaacson, who plays men’s league hockey, is a fan of University of North Dakota and the Minnesota Wild hockey teams.

Living the Chiropractic Lifestyle

“My kids are the best example of my chiropractic lifestyle,” says Dr. Isaacson. “It’s not unusual for them to get stiff and sore after some of their strenuous activities. I’m proud that they come to me first before reaching for the bottle of Ibuprofen.”

Dr. Isaacson also encourages new parents to research vaccinations, antibiotics and over-the-counter medications before taking them or giving them to their children. “I’m not totally against medication, but I do believe it’s overused. The best thing for parents to do is talk to me and their medical doctor about possible side effects and alternatives or other treatment options. Today’s average patient is very educated and should be able to make the decision that’s best for their family based on all the facts.”

Dr. Isaacson keeps himself in shape by playing men’s league hockey, hunting, swimming and yard work. “I’m a real person, just like my patients, and I try to relate to everyone on an honest level. Not everyone is as active as they should be, but with support and encouragement, we can all live a healthier, happier life.”

“Thanks for visiting my site. I hope you consider putting the health of your family in my hands. Give our Mandan practice a call so I can help you take your first step toward better health.”