About Us

The Pettibon Institute's original name when it was incorporated as a 501(c)(3) in 1981, in Tacoma, Washington was 'Pettibon Bio-Mechanics Institute'. While our name has changed our mission has remained the same: To advance chiropractors' ability to deliver spine and posture rehabilitation.

The Pettibon Institute's goals are to:

  • Be an exemplar of learning and sharing of knowledge for the collective good.
  • Foster a reputation for excellence through academically rigorous programs and outstanding teaching.
  • Promote evidence-based programs of study.
  • Seek and cultivate research for spine and posture rehabilitation.
  • Extend our research and education for the benefit of enhancing the public's health.

Burl R. Pettibon, D.C., Ph.D., FABCS, FRCCM
Founder & President

Dr. Pettibon has guided The Pettibon Institute's direction, continuing education offerings, and research since its inception as the Pettibon Spinal Bio-Mechanics Institute.

As a teacher, inventor, and researcher, Dr. Pettibon's influence and contribution to the science of chiropractic are legendary.

Dr. Pettibon has been an extension faculty member and lecturer at Palmer College of Chiropractic for over 35 years. He is also an extension faculty member at Life University, Logan College of Chiropractic, Parker College of Chiropractic, and Cleveland Chiropractic College—where he received his degree in 1956.

Dr. Pettibon has written over 65 papers and books on chiropractic care and research. Over the course of his career, he has developed 25 clinics. At the present time, the profession is using the more than 40 products that he has invented to make the detection and correction of abnormal spinal form and function both easier and more accurate. He currently holds three patents and has two pending approval.

In 1988, Dr. Pettibon received the Daniel David Palmer Chiropractic Scientific Award. In 2005, Dr. Pettibon was certified as a Fellow of the American Board of Chiropractic Specialists and inducted as a Fellow into the Royal College of Chiropractic Medicine. In April 2007, Dr. Pettibon was awarded an honorary Ph.D. from American International University, an affiliate of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of the United States of America (RCPSUS). RCPSUS is a sister college of the Royal College in England which founded the world's oldest medical institution in 1645.