About Dr. John H. Riggs

Dr. John Riggs was born in Dowagiac, Michigan. After graduating from Union High, he attended General Motors Institute (GMI) in Flint, Michigan as an engineering student for one year before entering the USAF for 4 years.  He was stationed in Texas, Mississippi, California, Oregon, and Washington.  He attended college in California on the GI bill following graduation.  He is married to Martha (Marty) Riggs (she runs office) and has a daughter (Kirsten Maren) and  two grandsons (Jared and Hayden) living in California and one step-grandson (Will) in Lubbock. His son Matt lives in Olympia Washington with 3 grandchildren (Sean, Cody, Caitlin).  Marty's oldest son is a professor at Texas Tech in history (Ph'D) and her youngest son Josh  graduated from Medical School at Texas Tech El Paso in May 2013.  Dr. Riggs speaks and reads a little Norwegian and is learning Japanese (Spanish is also on the list).     

Dr. Riggs had the honor of being appointed to the Texas Board of Chiropractic Examiners (TBCE)in 2013 by the Governor and served 4 years until he resigned in 2017.  He served as the Enforcement Chair in his last position overseeing disciplinary actions against licensed doctors of chiropractic.   In his role as a board member, he participated as delegates and alternates to National Board of Chiropractic Examiner (NBCE) and Federation of Chiropractic Licensing Board (FCLB) national and regional meetings.  He was also part of 2 test selection teams for the NBCE Part IV national board examinations.  He was honored with a gift from the  TBCE and staff of a Texas flag flown over the Capitol in recognition of his service and a certificate of authentication from the Texas House of Representatives. He also served for 2 years on the Texas Tech University Public Health  Community Advisory Board for graduate degrees in public health.  

Dr. Riggs holds board certification in chiropractic othopedics (DACO) and is a member of  the Academy of Chiropractic Orthopedists as a Fellow (F.AC.O).  He is also a Certified laser practitioner (CLP) and certified in Graston Technique.  He is experienced in whiplash trauma, impairment ratings, carpal tunnel, neck and back injuries, disc injuries, sciatica, soft tissue modalities, therapy modalities, laser therapy, to name a few.  He has practiced over 28 years (since 1989) and holds chiropractic licenses in Texas, Michigan, California (inactive) and Tennessee (inactive).  He  formerly held Designated Doctor status for impairment ratings with the Texas Worker's Compensation system.   

While in Chiropractic College, Dr. Riggs was vice president of the motion palpation chiropractic technique club.  Dr. Riggs is also an accomplished martial artist with a 5th degree (godan) black belt in Aikido and has owned his own Aikido dojo.  He was formerly president and technical director of an Aikido Association and teaches  Aikido seminars throughout Texas and instructs at semi-annual association seminars in California.   He is on the teaching and testing committees of the Western Aikido Association.

In addition to teaching martial arts, Dr. Riggs has also taught University classes in Human Resources Management and Organization and Management for Healthcare.  He also performs peer review of practicing DCs and is currently working with a Continuing Education company developing webinars and online continuing education courses.

Dr. Riggs also teaches Basic Anatomy and Human Biology classes at SMC and LMC.

  • D.C. (doctorate of chiropractic) at the Los Angeles College of Chiropractic (now part of the Southern California University of Health Sciences).  Graduated 12/17/1988
  • D.A.C.O. 9/29/12.   Board Certified Chiropractic Orthopedist and Academy of Chiropractic Orthopedist Fellow (FACO).   Completed coursework requirements at  Palmer University, (Davenport, IA -2011), Parker College of Chiropractic (Dallas, TX), NUHS (Chicago) in chiropractic orthopedics (non-surgical). 
  • Certifications:  Acupuncture (NBCE-August 2016);  Laser Practitioner (CLP), Logan University October 2011-Total  60 hours; Certified in Graston Technique (instrument assisted deep tissue therapy).
  • M.B.A. (Master of Business Administration) in Human Resources Management from San Diego State University 1981
  • B.S. (Bachelors of Science) business, California State-Dominguez Hills  1975.
  • A.A.  (Associate of Arts) in business from El Camino College 1974
  • Pre-med classes at Saddleback College

Chiropractic Licenses:
  • Michigan Chiropractic license since 2007 (10 years)
  • Texas Chiropractic license since 1997 (20 years)
  • California Chiropractic license 1989 -retired
  • Tennessee Chiropractic license retired.

Services and Areas where chiropractic treatment may help:
  • Chiropractic Orthopedics-non-surgical
  • Low force/soft touch and traditional chiropractic manipulation/Flexion distraction decompression (Cox)
  • Soft tissue (Graston, kinesiotaping)
  • Acupuncture/meridian therapy (laser only in Michigan)
  • Laser therapy-cold laser
  • Low back and neck pain
  • Carpal tunnel
  • Sprains/Strains
  • Sports injury (chiropractor for Midland College)
  • Sciatica and radiating pain (radicular pain)
  • Arthritis
  • Shoulder pain
  • Plantar fasciitis/heel spurs
  • Herniated or slipped discs
  • Impairment Ratings

Peer Reviewed Publications:   3 publications
  • Riggs, John H. III DC, FACO; NMO Transverse Myelitis:-A case study.  Journal of the Chiropractic Orthopedists (JACO).  March 2015, 12(1), pp. 7-11.
  • Riggs, John H. III MBA, DC, FACO; Gaines, Joshua D.  MD.  "Diagnosis of colorectal cancer in a 75 year old male:  A case study and literature review."   Journal of the Chiropractic Orthopedists (JACO) September 2014, 11(3).
  • Riggs, John H. III, DC, Schultz, Gary D., DC, & Hanes, Sheila, DC.  “Radiation Induced Fracture of the Scapula.”  Journal of Manipulative & Physiological Therapeutics.  Vol. 13 (No. 8), October 1990.  Pp. 477-481.  (refereed Chiropractic journal)
Professional Publications (non-peer reviewed):  10 publications
  • Riggs, John H. III, D.C., F.A.C.O. The Three Biggest Mistakes Texas DCs Make. Texas Journal of Chiropractic. Winter, 2017. Pp. 18-19.
  • Riggs, John H.  III, DC, FACO.  "Ounce of prevention:  the chiropractor can play a vital role in colorectal cancer prevention and detection."  Chiropractic Economics:  Vol. 64(4),  3/11/14.  Pp. 17-21.
  • Riggs, John H. III, DC, FACO.  "Other upper extremity entrapment syndromes.   Chiropractic Economics.  Pending publication August 2013.
  • Riggs, John H. III, DC, FACO.  "Median Methods:  Understanding median-nerve entrapment syndromes." Chiropractic Economics.  Vol. 59 (3), February 25, 2013, Pp. 31-32.
  • Riggs, John H. III, D.C., “Managing Employee Performance Problems,”  California Chiropractic Journal.  April 1991.  Pp. 26-29.
  • Riggs, John H. III, MBA.  “Practice Management-Motivating Office Personnel.”  Digest of Chiropractic Economics.  Vol. 30 (No. 6), May/June, 1988.  Pp. 28-31.
  • Riggs, John H. III, MBA.  “One-Minute Management.”  Success Express.  Vol. 12 (No. 1), Spring, 1988.  Pp.  36-39.
  • Riggs, John H. III, MBA.  “Appraising Staff Performance.”  The American Chiropractor.  June, 1988.  Pp.  63-68.
  • Riggs, John H. III, DC, MBA.  “Select the Best.”  Success Express.  Vol. 13 (No. 2), Summer 1989.  Pp.  50-53.
  • Riggs, John H. “Spinal Health Care Specialist,” Dynamic Chiropractic, August 13, 2007, Volume 25, Issue 17.

Martial Arts Publications:  7 publications.
  • Riggs, Dr. John H. III.  “Knee Injuries in Aikido.”  Aikido Today Magazine.  Nov. 39, Vol. 9, April/May 1995.
  • Riggs, Dr. John H. III.  “Aikido:  Striking and Pressure Points.”  Black Belt Magazine.  June 2005.
  • Riggs, John H. Le Docteur.  “Les blessures du genou en aikido”.  European Aikido Journal (French Edition), 21F, 1/2007.  Translation of 1995 knee injury article
  • Riggs, John H.  Aikido:  “Atemis et points de pression en aikido.”  European Aikido Journal (French Edition), 22F, 2/ 2007.  pp. 16-22.
  • Riggs, Dr. John H.   "Aikido-Knieverletzungen"   European Aikido Journal, German Edition.  August 2, 2010, pp. 11-13.  Knee injury Translation republication.
  • Riggs, Dr. John H.  Knee Injuries in Aikido, European Aikido Journal, online edition.
  •  Riggs, Dr. John H. III.  Schlag-Stobtechniken und Nervenpunkte.  European Aikido Journal (German edition).  1/2012.  Translation republication of pressure point article

Martha (Marty) Riggs, CCCA, Office Manager

Marty was born in Winchester, TN and has lived in numerous states and for a while in Germany.  She and Dr. Riggs met in Clarksville, TN while he was filling in for another doctor.  They have been married since 1995.  Marty has two sons by a previous marriage and one grandson (Will) in Lubbock. Her oldest son (Jay) holds a Ph'd in history and teaches at Texas Tech in Lubbock. Her youngest son (Josh)  graduated with his medical degree (MD) from the Paul Foster School of Medicine at Texas Tech in May 2013.  He also holds bachelors and masters degrees in political science from Tech.   He passed away from colorectal cancer at age 31 in July 2014.
Marty has worked in numerous medical and chiropractic offices as a nurses assistant, x-ray tech , and office manager.

  • Nationally Certified Chiropractic Clinical Assistant (CCCA) through FCLB.
  • Certificate of Completion chiropractic assistant status training (NACA) 
  • Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA)-inactive

Riggs Chiropractic  Orthopedics
206  W. Division Street
Dowagiac, MI 49047
Fax:  269-390-5177

Office Manager  Marty Riggs
John H. Riggs III, D.C., F.A.C.O.
Riggs Chiropractic Orthopedics
Board Certified Chiropractic Orthopedist
Academy of Chiropractic Orthopedists