Dr. Alex Aten began his chiropractic practice in Colorado before moving back to Lincoln in 2014. He received his Doctor of Chiropractic Degree from Cleveland Chiropractic College in Kansas City and has advanced training in Motion Palpation Institute (MPI), Active Release Techniques (A.R.T.) and Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization (DNS). Dr. Aten has additional training in Exercise Strength and Conditioning, Evaluation and Treatment of Sports Injuries, Structure & Function Dry Needling and is nearing completion of the Certified Chiropractic Sports Medicine Specialist program.
Dr. Aten grew up in Grant, Nebraska, and then moved to Kearney, Nebraska, where he graduated from Kearney High School. He studied at Doane College for two years and was a member of the basketball and golf teams before transferring to the University of Nebraska at Kearney to graduate with a bachelor’s degree in health science.
After initially studying information systems and computer programming, his passion for health and fitness began to develop. When his best friend suffered a serious spinal cord injury, Dr. Aten spent time visiting him at the hospital. On one of those visits Dr. Aten shared that he wanted to change his career path to something in the health and wellness field. His friend encouraged him to become a chiropractor and that set him on his path to study the function and performance of the human body.
Watching his friend battle through his injury and the years of intense rehabilitation, walking alongside his sister the past eight years as she fights cancer and his years of experience in practice have shaped Dr. Aten into the caring and compassionate doctor he is today. He truly cares about each person who comes into his office, and his greatest desire is to be able to help them. He has witnessed that true change and growth takes commitment and consistency, and he applies these attributes to both his practice and his life.
In his practice, Dr. Aten’s goals are to (1) treat each patient with honesty and integrity and (2) find the primary cause of the symptoms. To provide the tools and plan necessary to get patients feeling and performing their best, Dr. Aten uses a combination of the following when appropriate:
- Comprehensive examination
- Joint manipulation
- Active Release Techniques (ART) and other soft tissue therapies
- Dry needling
- Rehabilitative exercises
- Patient education
Dr. Aten also has a vast multidisciplinary referral network that he utilizes when issues arise that are outside his scope of practice. He strives to do everything in his capacity using his knowledge, education and experience to help his patients.
Outside of his practice, Dr. Aten enjoys spending time with his wife, Marcela, and their three kids. He also enjoys intentional time growing his faith, staying active, playing golf, wood-working and cheering on the Broncos and the Huskers.