Dr. Richard Williams
Official Team Chiropractor Lenoir Rhyne University
Dr. Williams graduated from Logan College of Chiropractic in St. Louis, Missouri. He studied the Gonstead Technique, Diversified, Logan Basic, and Advanced Logan Basic Technique for scoliosis. Dr. Williams uses a combination of techniques in giving his patients serious pain relief and improved healing potential. Dr. Williams is the only chiropractor in western NC that is also a certified athletic trainer. As a chiropractic physician, Dr. Williams is also a Certified Chiropractic Extremity Practitioner (CCEP). Currently Dr. Williams is 1 of approximately 1000 CCEPs worldwide. This certification required completion of 105 hours of study and passing a final exam on the subjects of Upper and Lower Extremity Adjusting, TMJ, Ribs and Shoulder Girdle, Foot, Gait and Orthotics, Extremity Rehabilitation, Soft Tissue Methods for the Extremities and Global Assessment of the Extremities. This also allows Dr. Williams to effectively treat TMJ, Shoulder Girdle Syndromes, Tennis Elbow, Carpal Tunnel, Knee Subluxations, Baker’s Cysts, Sprained Ankles, Shin Splints, Foot and Gait mechanics and other ailments.
Dr. Williams is a native of the Bethlehem community in Alexander County. He attended Bethlehem Elementary, West Jr. High and Alexander Central High School. He graduated from St. Stephens High School. Sports is a lifestyle for Dr. Williams. He participated in football, baseball, wrestling and track and lettered in three sports in high school. After graduation, he attended Wingate University, majored in Athletic Training and became a certified Athletic Trainer following his Board of Certification exams.
While attending Wingate, Dr. Williams worked with numerous athletes from a variety of different sports such as softball, football, lacrosse, soccer, volleyball and swimming. He was a member of the Sports Medicine Club (SMED) and Phi Epsilon Kappa Fraternity. He was named Athletic Trainer of the Year during his senior year. Also, during his senior year, Dr. Williams completed an internship with the Charlotte Checkers, a professional hockey team. It was during this time that he realized he wanted to study further in avenues of the healthcare field to eventually provide a well-rounded, holistic approach to patient care.
Before entering Logan College of Chiropractic, he worked with local high school football teams as an Athletic Trainer. In addition to his studies at Logan College, Dr. Williams continued his sports interest by participating in the Scottish games. He earned many medals for individual competition and nationally ranked in the top five percent of all amateur participants. He was awarded Scottish Games Athlete of the Year at the St. Louis Scottish Games in 2011. While at Logan, he was a member of the Logan Sports Council and co-founded the Logan Highland Athletic Club. Community Service activities included the St. Louis Arthritis Walk, volunteered as an Athletic Trainer for the Chesterfield Pumpkin Run, offered chiropractic services for Crohn’s and Colitis Walk, volunteered at the Red Bird Health Fair, and volunteered athletic training services for the St. Louis Slam—a semi-professional women’s football team.
Currently, Dr. Williams is very active in the Bethlehem community. He is president of the Bethlehem Business Association (BBA) and a member of the Alexander County Health & Human Services Board. He also helps coach a private, christian-based high school football team called “The Hickory Hawks”.