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Dr. Ryan Slaughter, DC, Rocktape CMP

Dr. Ryan Slaughter

Throughout his education, Dr. Ryan Slaughter has taken a focused interest in rehabilitation and prevention of sports injuries. Even from a young age, one of his favorite hobbies involved being around sports and being active. His interest in Sports Medicine was first sparked in high school when a Sports Chiropractic Physician resolved his chronic knee pain. After only a few treatments, the years of pain from old injuries was gone, his performance was improved, and his recovery time was shortened. 

After this experience, he knew he wanted to pursue a career helping injured athletes who found themselves in similar situations.  Dr. Ryan graduated from San Diego State University in 2010 with his B.S. degree in Kinesiology, emphasis in Physical Therapy. Soon after, he went on to attend Palmer College of Chiropractic, San Jose where he proudly received his degree as a Doctor of Chiropractic in 2014. Throughout his academic career at Palmer, he was an active member of Sports Council volunteering at various high-profile sporting events including Sea Otter Classic and the Susan G. Komen 3-Day.

Being a certified Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA) practitioner, he looks at body movement and fundamental movement patterns to get a better understanding of how to best treat the body as a whole. Using a combination of techniques, he creates an individualized treatment plan for each patient to maximize performance and keep them active.

As a California native, Dr. Ryan enjoys being active, going to the beach, snowboarding, playing volleyball, camping and playing the guitar. Participating and watching sports of all kinds is a lifelong interest for him as well as rooting on his local Bay Area and San Diego teams.

Certifications/ Seminars

  • Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA) level 1 & 2 Certified
  • Graston Technique (GT) level 1 Certified
  • Rocktape – Certified Medical Provider (CMP)
    • Functional Movement Technique Level 1
    • Rocktape Blades – Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (IASTM)
    • Rocktape Movability
  • Functional Movement Technique Level 1
  • Rocktape Blades – Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (IASTM)
  • Rocktape Movability
  • HansOn Muscle Therapy (HMT) – Full Body Certified
  • Primal Movement Chains – Moving Beyond Mobility
  • Perform Better seminar (2013-2015)


Tuesday: 10am - 4pm

Wednesday: 10am - 4pm

Thursday: 10am - 4 pm


5321 Scotts Valley Drive
Suite 101
Scotts Valley, CA 95066


Goes the EXTRA mile-I have never EVER had any previous Chiro do what Ryan does. He does NOT just adjust. He goes ALL OUT. He listens, spends A SUPER GENEROUS amount of time doing a form of amazing body work/trigger point work called HMT that relaxes my muscles BEFORE adjustment (ALL INCLUDED IN MY APPOINTMENT) and then only adjusts what is needed. Most if not all other Chiro's spend what 5 min with you? Not Dr. Ryan, minimum of 20 min worth of the most effective treatment I've ever received along with corrective exercises.

Colleen I.


Soquel, CA


I was recommended to meet Dr. Slaughter by a chiropractic student who interned in my office. I was intrigued by his focus on restoring optimal movement patterns using the Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA). It's not something I do in my practice, but I wanted to experience it in my body. I am a chiropractor, a CrossFit athlete and an avid stand up paddle boarder. Ryan evaluated me, adjusted me and game me some great exercises to help with thoracic mobility. He really helped me with some neck and upper back tightness I had. Thanks Ryan!

Goldi J.


Watsonville, CA


Ryan is one of the best chiropractor I've every worked with. He really truly cares about healing and focuses on the whole body, not just what works. With every session I learn something new about how my body works. I started going to him for persistent shoulder pain that woke me up at night. A few months later, I'm competely painfree and as long as I do the two exercises he's taught I stay painfree with full range of motion.



Scotts Valley, CA


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