Dr. Karl grew up in Othello, WA. When he was young he hurt himself while jumping on his trampoline. His mom took him to the local chiropractor for help. He was so impressed by how the chiropractor helped him he knew that is what he wanted to do. Once he graduated from Chiropractic College he decided to settle down in Spokane Valley because he had fond memories of visiting here.
Dr. Karl has been here in the Spokane Valley at the same location for over 25 years. We are located just south of Sprague on the corner of 3rd and University Road, across from Spokane Transit bus station here in the Valley.
Dr. Karl is one of the founders of ASEA and is an active member of the ASEA Medical Professionals Board .
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Welcome to University Chiropractic located in Spokane Valley, WA. Chiropractic is one of the most amazing healthcare professions, but very few people understand what it's all about. This article is here to help you gain a basic understanding of how our Spokane chiropractors can help you and your family.
Chiropractic care is the practice of using spinal alignment to alleviate a wide variety of physical ailments, including muscle strain, neck pain, chronic back pain, and more. This is accomplished by adjusting the position of the spinal column to its proper shape, providing a non-invasive solution for pain relief.
How Can Chiropractic Care Help You?
Many people dismiss chiropractic as being something only for back pain, but chiropractic treatment can be used to treat a wide variety of physical issues, such as migraines and headaches, chronic pain, carpal tunnel, pain due to injury or muscle strain, and much more.
What is Chiropractic and How Does It Work?
Consistent chiropractic care is one of the main keys to good health. Dr. Karl Smith of University Chiropractic , Spokane Valley, WA, has a goal for you. That goal is to get you back on the road to good health and then empower you to “take charge of your health!”
How does he go about doing this? Education is one of the major sources of empowerment. The more you understand basic health principles, the better able you are to make better health decisions that can improve the quality of your life.
Good health care is more than just taking care of the symptoms. You also need to treat the cause.
For example, if your roof is leaking and you don’t fix the leak, it will get worse. Placing a bucket to catch the water leak is only treating the symptom. You still need to fix the roof and have the knowledge of how to maintain it so it will not leak again. This is what we teach our clients, taking care or your health.
We have flexible office hours to accommodate your work schedule.
The first time I went to University Chiropractic, Dr. Carl called after hours to see how I was doing. Dr. Carl and staff are very friendly. My lower back is feeling much better since I started going to Dr. Carl. Thank you for everything!
- Laurie Brown. 5/18/2020
I saw Dr Start, after dealing with recurring neck pain and headaches from working as a dental htgienust for 33 years. I got behind on massage, and was very locked up in my cervical vertebrae. Dr. Start really took the time to loosen the spine, and did a very good adjustment. I feel so much better!!
- Shelly Birch. 5/3/2020
Very personable staff with knowledge of how to treat my specific needs. I don’t feel disgraced or ashamed of my self-care, but rather encouraged. Dr. Smith has made a point to get to know me and recognizes my face. I adore that interaction from someone who helps my health and well being.
- Sarah Hilsen. 2/2/2020
Everyone is so friendly and professional. As a first time chiropractic patient I was very nervous. But each person made sure I understood what was happening at every stage and now I can’t wait to go back!
- Abby Vogel. 1/20/2020
Hips, back and shoulders we're misaligned. My shoulders we're quite painful. The morning after first adjustment I am already feeling more energetic and can move my arms and legs more freely.
- Alvin Bartsch. 1/5/2020
I had a massage today from Tonya... I will say it was easily one of the best I have ever had. She listened to me and focused on the areas that bothered me the most. I could feel my knots unraveling one by one, I highly recommend! She was so sweet and kind, I cannot wait for my next appointment with her!
- Sinead Condon. 1/4/2020
I recieved a great massage from Suzanne which made a world of difference at the gym the next day!
- Don Deshazer. 0/30/2020
Friendly, positive attitude, extremely well versed, they get right to helping, did not have to wait long at all especially with how busy they were
- Karina Boydstun. 0/3/2020
- Jeffrey Smith. 9/23/2019
I got an appointment right away and I was not from this area. Dr. Smith spent over an hour with me. I am very happy with this place!
- Tammy Mattos. 9/10/2019
I would recommend University Chiropractic to anyone who is having issues with their back! Dr Carl will access your back issues in seconds and knows how to treat whatever you have going on! He’s gentle and thorough, and will work you in if you need to just drop by without an appointment.
Thank you for getting rid of my migraine Dr Carl!
- Kathy Forney. 8/7/2019
I have no hesitation referring others to Dr. Smith as I know he will have their best interests at heart and treat them with professional care.
- Greg Howard. 5/20/2019
Dr. Karl is the best! I recommend him to everyone! I was plagued with daily headaches for 6 months and he has alleviated them completely! Thanks Dr. Karl!
- mason c. 5/17/2019
This was my very first experience visiting a Chiropractic clinic. Everyone was friendly, kind, and professional. A most positive experience!
- Elizabeth Dalager. 4/2/2019
Super fast, kind and they really want to help!
- Kristen Spangle. 3/27/2019
Very friendly staff. Very thorough assessment. Dr. Karl even made a follow up call after my initial visit to see how I was feeling after my adjustment. Which by the way I felt great. Thank you University Chiropractic.
- Devin Dowdy. 3/25/2019
Really knowledgeable. Dr. Eric is a great addition to the staff.
- Amy Carlson. 1/16/2019
I just want to say how much I love Dr Karl and Karen. A year and a half ago I was in a car wreak, not only did Dr Karl get me feeling better they forgave over 3k in charges that insurance refused to pay. Insurance would only cover 2 months of medical expense because they said it was not a high impact wreak. Although it took me another 8 months to feel the way I did before I was in the wreak. During treatment he didn't charge me a dime and I was just able to focus on getting better! Thank you so very much Dr Karl, Karen and others at University Chriopractic who that helped me get my quality of life back. You guys are the BEST!!!!!
- KR JR. 0/5/2019
Suzanne is a fabulous me therapist. I always feel better after seeing her. Can't say thank you enough
- Christna Overly. 11/21/2018
They are always so good about rescheduling me last minute.
- Pamela Lines. 11/7/2018
I've been going to University Chiropractic off and on since 1999! Very nice, thorough and personalized service. I really feel like the providers listen to your needs and give you a truly customized adjustment. I have seen both Dr. Karl and his associates and they are all kind and compassionate healers. Dr. Eric Start, the newest provider, gives the most gentle adjustments and and helped put me at ease with cervical traction which I've always been too anxious to have done. He helped me get over my past fears and I've never felt better! Lexi at the front desk is amazingly helpful making my appointments and working with my sometimes crazy schedule. Thanks to everyone for a wonderful chiropractic experience!
- Sarah Mjelde. 9/17/2018
Dr. Karl Smith is an amazing chiropractor. He shows real compassion and concern for your condition. If you want excellent chiropractic care, go visit University Chiropractic!
- Christina Dunkin. 8/7/2018
went to 2 other chiropractors in Spokane area to deal with my neck. They did not want to work with it. Went to Univ Chiropractic and now I can turn my neck and other great improvements on my spine.
- richard nuke. 8/1/2018
I have been using university chiropractic for 4 years now and it is ALWAYS a great experience! The staff is kind, friendly and knowledgeable!
- Carey Jaffe. 8/1/2018
Always a positive experience. Dr. Karl is awesome!
- Brandy D. 7/30/2018
Karl is AMAZING !! I definitely recommend University Chiropractic!!
- Karen Julian. 7/3/2018
I have been a patient of University Chiropractic and Dr. Karl Smith for many years. His entire office staff are kind, helpful and accomodating to your needs. Dr. Karl is great! He always listens to the issue, takes care of the problem and often gives exercises to further assist healing. I’m a marathoner and Dr. Karl’s treatment allows me to heal quickly and keep enjoying my sport. I love University Chiropractic!
- Sherry Vizcaino. 6/31/2018
I’ve been to many chiropractors over the years but University Chiropractic will be my last. I’m in love with Dr. Davis and his staff. It seems like I walk in broken but walk out fixed every time. I’ve lived with chronic pain for decades. Dr. Davis is my hero with reducing my pain levels. Everything from chronic back pain to migraines he fixes me every single time. He has even been able to diagnose issues that modern medicine has over looked. I’m so happy that I made that first appointment. Thank you Dr. Davis, Lindsey, and Erin for providing me first class, stare of the art, personnel care.
- Katelynn Daniells. 6/22/2018
Dr. Karl Smith is a one of a kind chiropractor who listens, evaluates, and takes action to resolve pain, realign the body, and ease tension that is beyond anything I’ve experienced, and I’ve had chiropractors providing care since a very young age.
At 51, I’ve found the one who was able to do exactly what I needed in a reasonably short time. After 3 visits, I feel immensely better. He was able to heal a shooting pain I had on my left leg from my hip that radiated down my thing into my shins. The pain is gone, and I am grateful.
He will remain my chiropractor from now into the future.
If you want results from someone who is truly compassionate and caring and is sensitive to your needs while healing you, look no further than Dr. Karl Smith.
- Barbara Johnson. 6/15/2018
Awesome doctor's very friendly fast and the receptionist is super nice as well . Very home like feeling here :)
- wendy VanDenDriessche. 5/22/2018
The providers are great, you walk in saying this one area has been bothering me and they know exactly how to relieve it. They have great staff, great customer service and can take walk ins which is great for someone who's schedule is always changing. I reccomend them any chance I get.
- Ashley Johnson. 5/21/2018
Awesome chiropractors and terrific massage therapists!
- Andrea Severns. 5/20/2018
Dr Karl is the best Chiropractor my husband and I have ever been to. We come from North Spokane just to see him.
- Hollie Malpass. 5/19/2018
Dr Karl Smith is an amazing chiropractor!! He is one of the kindest most compassionate people! He truly cares about ALL of his patients.
- Dawn Wiser. 5/11/2018
University Chiropractic is a very friendly efficient ,happy business...Lots of Smiles and
2 chiropractors that do a FANTASTIC job to
Give u relief...and comfort.A+
- Kay Oglesbee. 5/5/2018
Thank you Thank you Thank you Dr Carl and staff for taking care of my family! We get the friendliest staff and talented chiropractor that takes care of our pains! ya'll are the best and we really appreciate you!
- Chris Knight. 8/15/2017
From the first visit, the pain (pinched nerve in the hip) began to subside. Within a few months, it was cured and we moved on to an issue with my shoulder which cleared up within another six months. Friendly staff and extremely accommodating. I intend to keep going back, not to get fixed, but to stay fixed.
- Robert Peck. 8/12/2017
They are amazing! I really appreciate the scheduling process; I can call and get in for an adjustment within minutes. Dr. Smith goes above and beyond. He really shows his care and compassion. This is definitely a judgement free business and I feel like family when I go.
- Michelle Eveland. 8/12/2017
I came in with out being able to stand up straight. Now things are back to normal Thanks UC!
- Gary Boardman. 8/12/2017
I've seen Dr Smith for years and I always leave better for it. From the Front desk staff to the treatment and after care instructions Dr Smith and University Chiropractic is professional thorough and caring. I recommend them to everyone.
- Curt Critchlow. 8/12/2017
I love it Nice and friendly people Especially Dr. Karl is the best chiropractor that I've seen ever. Thank you so much. Giving 5 star because you deserve it!
- Zheka Nechytaylo. 2/20/2017
Dr. Karl is the best of the bunch. Five stars!
- Andrew Zorich. 1/27/2017
- Scott Pilant. 11/15/2016
If you want an honest and gentle chiropractor then this is the place for you. The staff are friendly and welcoming. Children friendly. Just a great place to go.
- Mari Pritzl. 10/16/2016
Meet these guys at pig out in the park. I'd overstretched my back earlier and this gal was able to remove the metaphorical knife in my back with just a 10 minute chair massage. Imagine what she could do with a full hour. :)
- Kate West. 8/25/2016
Dr. Karl Smith is a one of a kind guy. Always cheerful, always willing to help. He is highly respectable and trustworthy. I strongly recommend him to anyone.
- Alex Solodyankin. 3/15/2016
Dr. Karl is a healing master! I've been to a lot of chiropractors in the past and he is by far the best.
- Scott Parsons. 11/7/2015
I have had hip and back problems for years.I went to him. I could not believe how much I feel better. I drive up from Moscow,Idaho. The staff is really nice. Dr. Karl Smith is very welcoming!! :-)
- Danielle Stoker. 6/1/2015
I love Dr. Karl,
He is awesome, caring, and has excellent bedside manors. He is right on with his adjustment every time!