About the Founder
Don Harrison, DC, PhD
Donald D. Harrison, DC, PhD, MSE, (also known as Deed by his family and early life friends) passed away on Wednesday, July 20th, 2011. He was 65 years old residing in Wyoming with his loving wife Dr. Sang Harrison. Due to complications from Type II Diabetes, he passed peacefully with his wife Sang, his son Deed, and his daughter Holly by his side.
Dr. Don’s Chiropractic Path
After struggling with a back injury, Don sought out Chiropractic care. He was so impressed with the recovery of his back injury due to Chiropractic care (when standard medical management had failed for him) as a patient that he wanted to become a Chiropractor. He earned his Chiropractic degree in 1979 from Western States Chiropractic College.
From 1979-1985 he and his partner at the time, Dr. Dan Murphy, owned and operated Bell Plaza Chiropractic Office in Sunnyvale, CA. In 1985 he sold Bell Plaza and moved to Evanston, WY with his Wife Sang and his boys Erin and Deed. Together, Don and Sang started Evanston Chiropractic Center (1986-1992)
At the age of 47, in 1993, Don and Sang made the decision to concentrate on spinal research and he went to graduate school and received his MSE in Mechanical Engineering in 1997 from the University of Alabama in Huntsville, and a PhD in Applied Mathematics in 1998 from the University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH). Don had to get special approval from the UAH education board to work on these two difficult degrees simultaneously; his tenacity and unmatched work ethic allowed him to persevere.
Dr. Don’s Professional Activities and Accomplishments.
He was a Member of the Board of Directors of the International Chiropractic Association, was an ICA member since 1977, was nominated as a Fellow of the ICA (FICA in 1990), and received the ICA’s Chiropractor of the Year award in 2006. Don was also the ICA Representative for the state of Wyoming in the years 1986-1993, 2001-2004. And he was the past President of the Wyoming Chiropractic Society in the late 1980’s.
Dr. Harrison was an Extension Faculty member for several Chiropractic Colleges including: Life Chiropractic College-West, Life University, National Chiropractic College, Cleveland CCKC, and the Universite du Quebec a Trois-Rivieres.
Dr. Harrison became one of the most published Chiropractic researchers in the history of the profession; with over 80 peer-reviewed publications to his name. These publications appeared in the top physical medicine, orthopedic, biomechanics, and spine research journals around the world. Dr. Harrison was voted in as member of the prestigious orthopedic research society: The International Society for the Study of the Lumbar Spine (ISSLS).
Don’s Greatest Professional Achievements and Living Legacies
- Arguably one of Dr. Harrison’s greatest achievements and his greatest legacy for the Chiropractic profession is the fact that he was the primary origin of Chiropractic BioPhysics® (CBP®) Technique (1980), with its Mirror Image® methods. His brother Dr. Glenn Harrison was a founding member and developer of CBP technique as well. Also, instrumental in the development of CBP Technique were Dr. Dan Murphy, his late wife Dr. Deanne L.J. Harrison, and his current widow Dr. Sang Harrison.
- Don authored and edited several text books for Chiropractors including the widely known: CBP Technique: The Physics of Spinal Correction (now in its 7th edition) and Spinal Biomechanics: A Chiropractic Perspective, (4th Edition).
- In 1991, Drs. Don and Sang Harrison started a quarterly trade journal called The American Journal of Clinical Chiropractic (AJCC). The AJCC is now in its 21st year and is owned and operated by Don’s son Deed.
- Dr. Don and his second wife Dr. Deanne founded a non-profit spinal research foundation dedicated to the advancement of Chiropractic and spine sciences. CBP research foundation was founded in 1982 and was registered as CBP Non-Profit, Inc. in 1989 by Dr. Sang Harrison (Don’s 3rd and final life’s love). Through this organization Dr. Don and colleagues published nearly 140 peer-reviewed spine and Chiropractic research publications. Further, CBP Non-Profit, Inc. funded many scholarships as well as donated chiropractic equipment to many chiropractic colleges always trying to support chiropractic advancement and education. Dr. Don was the acting president of CBP Non-Profit, Inc. since 1982
- Lastly, from the years 2005-2008, Dr. Don Harrison and his son, Dr. Deed, spearheaded a team of Chiropractic researchers and clinicians who produced two monumental Chiropractic practice guidelines. The first of these guidelines is the ICA Practicing Chiropractors Committee on Radiology Protocols (PCCRP) document.
Dr. Don was a founding Co-Chair ICA Best Practices and Practice Guidelines (ICA Guides). This is the only guideline in the chiropractic profession to include ALL levels of evidence. Over 1400 original clinical papers were included in the database, dating back to the early 1900’s. The findings of the ICA Guides serve to protect the principles and tenets of the practicing ICA and all Chiropractors worldwide. Both of these practice guidelines have been accepted for inclusion in the National Guideline Clearinghouse (NGC).