Dr. David Hopper, DC, OMT

Chiropractor, Oral Myofunctional Therapist

As a health care provider, my main objective is to see the entire person and to work with each person from a whole-life perspective; not to simply treat the presenting complaint. I often ask questions that may seem to have nothing to do with the original reason for seeking chiropractic care. My years of research and hands-on experience in working with people show that there are usually underlying issues which are more than just chiropractic-related. We will discuss sleep, nutrition, movement, stressors, activities, and life experiences. I am passionate about whole-person health and believe in living our best lives. It is my life’s work. My life’s goal to help each person elevate their health and live to their fullest potential!

Chiropractic

Dr. Dave received his Doctorate in Chiropractic (DC) from the National University of Health Sciences (NUHS) and his undergraduate degree in Kinesiology/Exercise Science from Northern Illinois University (NIU). Dr. Dave has worked as a chiropractic assistant and personal trainer/strength and conditioning coach for over 10 years prior to going to school for his doctorate. This gave him a drive to focus on two areas he knew would be vital as a practicing doctor; Preventative & Rehabilitative therapies and Sleep and Breathing related therapies. As a result, Dr. Dave became a research assistant to deepen his knowledge on sleep and breathing therapies. As well, Dr. Dave completed all of his coursework for his Diplomat of Chiropractic Rehabilitation. Armed with all this knowledge Dr. Dave is ready to help every person, regardless of age or ability find their best health and life.

Oral Myofunctional Therapy

Dr. Dave became interested in working with issues of the airway and sleep after his father suffered a heart attack related to obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). In his research Dr. Dave found oral myofunctional therapy (OMT) to be a useful tool in the conservative treatment of OSA. This rabbit hole lead Dr. Dave to realize the importance of recognizing all sorts of airway and sleep issues such as; tongue and lip ties, TMJ Dysfunction, sleep disordered breathing (including OSA), insomnia and other concerns. Since practicing OMT, Dr. Dave has successfully helped patients find freedom from their CPAP machines for OSA by bringing their sleep study scores under that of which would be diagnosable OSA. Dr. Dave has also helped many sufferers find relief from jaw pain and headaches related to jaw pain. As well, Dr. Dave has worked with many kids and adults in the successful revision of tongue and lip ties.

Preventative and Rehabilitative Therapies

Being a former professional athlete himself, Dr. Dave knows and understands the physical strains the human body can endure. Dr. Dave helps practice members find ongoing relief and more importantly he helps to prevent future injuries and dysfunction through his deep knowledge of the human body and it’s physiology. He will perform focused soft tissue therapy as needed and may assign practice members corrective type therapies, rehabilitative type therapies and or wellness/preventative therapies. This may include exercises, soft tissue work, stretching and or other therapies.

Credentials

  • Doctor of Chiropractic (National University of Health Sciences)
  • Oral Myofunctional Therapist (Academy of Oral Myofunctional Therapy)
    Jaw pain/discomfort, tongue tie therapy, breathing, speech and eating motor therapies
  • Webster certified chiropractic for Pregnancy (International Chiropractic Pediatric Association – ICPA)
  • Specialized training for infant and pediatric chiropractic (ICPA)
  • Fully trained for Diplomat in Chiropractic Rehabilitation
  • Professor of Anatomy and Physiology
  • Holds 2 United States Patents on exercise and ergonomic equipment
  • Research assistant during graduate school focused on conservative sleep and breathing therapies
  • Former professional athlete

Speaking Engagements

  • National University of Health Sciences homecoming – Best-evidence research on conservative care for sleep apnea
  • Chicago Area Dental Study Clubs – Oral Myofunctional Therapy
  • Northpark University – Multiple exercise science topics