Get to Know our Doctors
Our Doctors are highly trained above and beyond chiropractic. Only a few chiropractic schools in the world teach Upper Cervical chiropractic. Out of these schools, there are only a few classes taught about Upper Cervical.
Specialized Upper Cervical Training
Therefore, to be a highly effective Upper Cervical chiropractor, he or she must train extensively outside of school. Our doctors have spent hundreds of hours outside of school to become experts in Upper Cervical chiropractic. They also participate in continuing education of at least 20 hours per year, solely focused on how to help those in need with Upper Cervical care.
Dr. Ray Drury
Amongst chiropractors, Dr. Drury stands out as part of an elite group that specializes in upper cervical care. With a private practice spanning almost three decades, he has earned numerous accolades for his unwavering commitment to the upper cervical discipline. Recognized globally as one of the foremost experts in this specialized field, Dr. Drury is especially known for offering hope to those who’ve often been told there isn’t any. Patients from across the globe, especially challenging cases, seek his expertise at his Charlotte clinic.
Hailing from Kentucky, Dr. Ray Drury is a proud second-generation upper cervical practitioner who feels deeply honored to serve the people of North Carolina. He carefully selected the Charlotte region to establish his family practice and takes great pride in being a part of the Mecklenburg County community.
Furthermore, his bestselling book on Amazon, “The Best-Kept Secret in Health Care,” educates readers worldwide about the transformative potential of upper cervical chiropractic, empowering them to reclaim their health and vitality.
Dr. Christopher Weaver
Dr. Christopher Weaver is a native of Gastonia, NC, and is proud to serve the area he grew up in. Since 1998, Dr. Weaver has been active in the health and wellness community, and has a strong passion for helping others learn how to improve their health naturally through Upper Cervical Chiropractic care.
Dr. Weaver received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Human Services from Gardner-Webb University. He is a graduate of Sherman College of Chiropractic, where he received his Doctor of Chiropractic Degree in 2017. Dr. Weaver opened his first practice in Asheville, NC in 2017 before relocating back to his hometown in 2022. Dr. Weaver is excited to be a part of The Upper Cervical Spine Center.
Dr. Weaver loves spending his spare time with his wife and three daughters. His hobbies include hiking, fishing, weight training, and being outdoors as much as possible.
Dr. Zach Shaw
During his undergraduate studies, Dr. Zach Shaw experienced persistent lower back pain. He tried a plethora of treatments – from medications and massages to injections and even discussions of surgery. It was only after turning to chiropractic care that he found relief not just for his back pain, but unexpectedly, his acid reflux as well. This profound transformation steered his journey towards understanding the human body in-depth, ultimately leading him to a specialized education in chiropractic.
While attending Sherman College of Chiropractic, Dr. Shaw encountered the specialized area of upper cervical chiropractic. He realized the immense potential of focusing on the top two neck bones – the upper cervical region. By concentrating on this area, he discovered that he could facilitate faster recovery in patients, even from diverse conditions.
Proudly graduating from Sherman College of Chiropractic, Dr. Shaw earned the coveted Blue Angel status within the Knee Chest Society. This organization deeply resonates with the principles and methodologies of knee chest upper cervical chiropractic. Dr. Shaw has been fortunate to train under the guidance of Dr. Ray Drury since 2017. His commitment to the practice, education, and continual growth in upper cervical chiropractic ensures that he provides exceptional care to his patients.
Hailing from Dayton, Ohio, Dr. Shaw has found a fondness for the warmth – both of the weather and the welcoming nature of the people in Wilmington, North Carolina.
Dr. Skyler Alvord
While taking a gap ear to prepare to attend graduate school for performance psychology, Dr. Alvord began to struggle with low back pain and was referred to a chiropractor. Having no prior understanding of what chiropractic was, he was blown away by the results. Not only did his low back pain resolve, but he also noticed a drastic improvement in both his allergies and asthma. Having dealt with autoimmune and allergy problems throughout his childhood, he had been medicated for most of his life with little relief. With the excitement of the results and the newfound understanding of the body’s ability to heal, Dr. Alvord immediately changed his career path and enrolled in chiropractic school.
Enrolling at the Southern California University of Health Sciences, Dr. Alvord developed a fervor for pediatrics and holistic family wellness. He takes pride in crafting an engaging environment for young patients and their families and is always thrilled to witness the transformative impact of his treatments on individuals and family dynamics alike.
Though rooted in Southern California, Dr. Alvord’s pursuit of enhanced treatment methodologies led him to the specialty of upper cervical chiropractic. As destiny would have it, he connected with Dr. Ray Drury and Dr. Zach Shaw when planning a move to Wilmington, North Carolina. Conversations around the breakthroughs and the healing marvels achieved through upper cervical care resonated deeply with Dr. Alvord. He felt a divine calling to this specialized area. Today, he remains committed to maximizing the therapeutic potential of upper cervical chiropractic, aiming to unleash the inherent healing potential in every patient.
Outside his clinic, Dr. Alvord’s passions lie in golfing, surfing, and cherished moments with his wife and daughter on Wilmington’s beaches. He’s enthusiastic about planting deeper roots in Wilmington, driven by a mission to usher in a wave of health and well-being to the community.
Dr. Brittany Zellar
Dr. Zellar’s personal journey into chiropractic care began young – she was 14 when an old film x-ray depicted her s-shaped spine caused by scoliosis. That along with grappling with debilitating migraines spurred Dr. Zellar to delve into the world of chiropractic. She pursued her BA at the University of Alabama and her advanced degree from the esteemed Palmer College of Chiropractic. While traditional full-spine methods proved ineffective, her life was transformed by upper cervical care, which successfully alleviated her migraines. This pivotal experience cemented Dr. Zellar’s commitment to upper cervical care. She honed her expertise in a pediatric setting during her preceptorship and later under the guidance of Dr. Drury.
Today, she has established her roots in the vibrant city of Nashville, TN, where she oversees a specialized chiropractic clinic. The clinic’s niche lies in addressing the crucial upper cervical area near the brain stem. With the aid of advanced techniques like detailed X-ray assessments and thermography scans, they craft bespoke adjustments tailored to each patient’s needs. Dr. Zellar’s personal journey and steadfast belief in Upper Cervical Care drives her passion to assist every patient in their health journey with dedication and warmth.