Dr. Tammy Atkinson provides chiropractic care in Cary

Dr. Tammy Atkinson

Doctor of Chiropractic

Dr. Atkinson is the clinical director of the Chiropractic Pain & Injury Center. She is a graduate of Palmer College of Chiropractic and has been in practice for over 16 years. Dr. Atkinson has received advanced post-doctoral training in MRI and is trained through both chiropractic and medical academia to order and evaluate MRIs. She has taken over 135 hours of post graduate training in Advanced MRI training.

Her experience focuses on caring for spinal related issues, which range from trauma related cases as a result of accidents, sports injuries to disc injuries cases.

Dr. Atkinson firmly believes that educating a patient about their condition is paramount to the patient’s recovery. She educates her patients on posture, biomechanics, and injury prevention. She believes that no matter how a patient presents, and no matter what their condition is, that everyone can make choices that can lead to a higher quality of life. Dr. Atkinson works extensively with herniated disc patients and those with failed back surgery to teach them how to manage their condition with lifestyle factors, movement patterns, and disc reducing exercises.

Diagnostic Imaging
Diagnostic Imaging

MRI Interpretation Review Qualified, recognized by Cleveland University-Kansas City, Chiropractic and Health Sciences with courses recognized by the ACCGME in conjunction with the State University of New York at Buffalo Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. Qualification approved by the American Chiropractic College of Radiology (ACCR) and the American Chiropractic Board of Radiology (ACBR) 2022-Present


  • Palmer College of Chiropractic West
    - Doctor Of Chiropractic
  • Methodist College
    - Bachelors Degree
  • East Carolina University
    - Masters Degree


  • Institute for Functional Medicine
  • Academy of Chiropractic
  • American Chiropractic Association
  • Palmer Alumni Association


  • Licensed by the North Carolina Board of Chiropractic Examiners
  • Certified Medical Examiner, FMCSA
  • MRI Interpretation Review Qualified, Academy of Chiropractic Postdoctoral Division.
  • Hospital Based Spine Care Qualified, Academy of Chiropractic Postdoctoral Division
  • Active Trauma Team Member, Academy of Chiropractic Postdoctoral Division
  • Primary Spine Care Qualified, Academy of Chiropractic Postdoctoral Division
  • Evaluation & Management Qualified, Academy of Chiropractic Postdoctoral Division
  • FirstLine Therapy Lifestyle Medicine, Certified
  • Certified Golf Injury Doctor
  • Certified Graston Technique® Provider


  • MRI Spine Interpretation Credential
  • Applying Functional Medicine in Clinical Practice, Institute of Functional Medicine
  • Lifestyle: The Foundations of Functional Medicine, Institute of Functional Medicine
  • FirstLine Therapy Lifestyle Medicine Course, Metagenics
  • Credentialed in Spinal Biomechanical Engineering
  • MRI Physics
  • MRI Disc and Spinal Pathology
  • MRI Advanced Pathology, Bone and Tumors
  • Lumbar MRI, Bulge, Central Canal Stenosis and Degeneration
  • Lumbar MRI Herniation, Cauda Equina and Root Involvement
  • Cervical MRI, Bulge, Central Canal Stenosis and Degeneration
  • Cervical MRI Herniation, Spinal Cord and Root Involvement
  • Clinical Correlation of History, Physical Findings and MRI Images
  • Spinal Trauma Pathology: Clinical Grand Rounds
  • Spinal Trauma Pathology: Documents – Research Reviews
  • Biomechanics of Traumatic Disc Bulge and Age Dating Herniated Disc Pathology
  • Spinal Trauma Pathology, Ligament Anatomy and Injury Research and Spinal Kinematics
  • Spinal Trauma Pathology, Triage and Connective Tissue Injuries and Wound Repair
  • Accident Reconstruction: Research, Causality and Bodily Injury
  • Accident Reconstruction: Causality, Bodily Injury, Crumple Zones, Force & Critical Documentation
  • Mild Traumatic Brain Injury/Traumatic Brain Injury/Concussion
  • Neurodiagnostics, Imaging Protocols and Pathology of the Trauma Patient
  • Impairment Rating, The understanding and utilization of the protocols and parameters of the AMA Guide to the Evaluation of Permanent Impairment 6th Edition
  • MRI, Bone Scan and X-Ray Protocols, Physiology and Indications for the Trauma Patient
  • Stroke Anatomy and Physiology
  • Clinical Evaluation and Protocols for Identifying Stroke Risk
  • Clinical Posture Practice: Rehab of Motion & Balance
  • Clinical Posture Practice: Motion Patterns
Come into Chiropractic Pain & Injury Center for your chiropractic consultation to learn how we can help improve your condition.