Dr. Donald Thigpen
Dr. Thigpen is licensed Doctor of Chiropractic, a natural medicine practitioner (PScD), and business owner. As an instructor for The Woodlands School of Massage Therapy, Dr. Thigpen occasionally lectures on topics such as anatomy, physiology, pathology, and the nervous system.
Dr. Donald Thigpen is a graduate of Texas Chiropractic College and has been a licensed Doctor of Chiropractic since 2004. He specializes in non-surgical treatment of conditions related to the neck, back, and musculoskeletal system and also in natural medicine for overall health and wellness. As a Doctor of Chiropractic, he is a certified Spinal Decompression Practitioner and is also certified in Whiplash Biomechanics & Traumatology through Dr. Arthur Croft's Spine Research Institute of San Diego. As a PScD and member of the PMA, Dr. Thigpen also specializes in natural and holistic medicine (www.pmai.us). He has completed NEI (Neuro-Endo-Immune) certification along with certifications in Functional Endocrinology: A 21st Century Approach to Thyroid & Adrenal Disorders and the Diobesity Epidemic; 21st Century Epidemics: Autoimmune, Lyme, and Stealth Infectious Disease, and many other additional hours of training in the arena of natural medicine. Dr. Thigpen received his Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Texas Chiropractic College and was valedictorian of his graduating class. While at Texas Chiropractic College, he received an extensive education in human anatomy, physiology, pathology, and other clinical and biological sciences. In May of 2001, under the direction of Dr. Bill McGimsey, Ph.D., Dr. Thigpen was appointed to the position of gross anatomy lab instructor and assisted students in the dissection of human cadavers. He retained this position for 2 years performing dissections on over 150 human cadavers. In January of 2002, under the direction of Dr. Hasnaa Shafik, M.D., Ph.D, Dr. Thigpen was appointed to the position of histopathology lab instructor where he assisted students in the microscopic identification of human tissues and diseases. Dr. Thigpen's experience includes a chiropractic internship along with medical rotations in neurosurgery and rheumatology. His rotation in neurosurgery was conducted under the supervision of Dr. Edward Murphy, M.D., at St. Joseph's Hospital in Houston, Texas. During his rotation in neurosurgery, Dr. Thigpen assisted Dr. Murphy with neurological examinations, observed and assisted in surgery, and received extensive instruction on neurological conditions, brain MRIs, and spine MRIs. His rotation in rheumatology was conducted under the supervision of Dr. Martin Lidsky, M.D., at the Veteran's Affair's Medical Center in Houston, Texas. Under the instruction of Dr. Lidsky, Dr. Thigpen gained valuable knowledge and experience on the proper evaluation and diagnosis of many arthritic and rheumatic conditions. Prior to attending Texas Chiropractic College in Houston, Texas, Dr. Thigpen completed his undergraduate studies at McNeese State University in Lake Charles, Louisiana. In May of 2000, he graduated cum laude and received a Bachelor of Science degree in pre-medical biological sciences. While at MSU, because of his academic standing, he was selected by MSU faculty to participate in the Senior Honors Thesis research project, which he completed under the direction of Dr. Ray Neyland, Ph.D. From 2004 to 2008, in addition to a full time practice as a doctor of chiropractic, Dr. Thigpen was an instructor for the Louisiana Institute of Massage Therapy where he taught human anatomy, physiology, and pathology. Dr. Thigpen is also an Elsevier reviewer and has been recognized in three text books for his contributions. You can find him listed as a contributing editor and reviewer in Mosby's Pathology for Massage Therapists 2nd Edition, Massage Therapy Principles and Practice 3rd Edition and Massage Therapy Principles and Practice 4th Edition. Dr. Thigpen is a member of the Texas Chiropractic Association, American Chiropractic Association, Pastoral Medical Association, Better Business Bureau, Business Network International, and the Woodlands Area Chamber of Commerce.