Welcome to the practice of
Dr. James LeVan, Chiropractor

About Us

Dr. LeVan

I've been a Chiropractor for 35 years.  I feel it is an honor to work in health care and I appreciate the trust my patients place in me.  

In my office the patient is always the most important person in the room.  My schedule is structured so I always have time to listen and answer questions.  Every aspect of patient care is performed by me personally - there is no delegation of responsibility.

Brenda and patient.

Brenda Ventura

Brenda is the office manager.  She is crucial to the functioning of the office and makes it possible for me to focus on my patients.   Brenda works well with all our patients, helping with insurance documentation, scheduling, medicare and much more.

Conditions We Can Help

Low Back Pain

Low back pain (LBP) is the most common symptom that brings patients to see me.  There are several possible causes of LBP, most of which I can treat effectively.  My first job is to determine the cause of the pain.

Neck Pain

Just as low back pain has several possible causes, so does neck pain.  Neck problems can be accompanied by referred nerve symptoms in the shoulders, arms or hands.  My first job is to determine the cause of the pain, most of which I can treat effectively.

Back Pain from Pregnancy

As a woman's pregnancy develops, the weight gain unbalances the lower back causing low back pain and often sciatica.  Chiropractic care can alleviate this problem and reduce or eliminate the need for pain medication.  In my office I have a treatment table that is designed specially for pregnant women.


Low back problems are often accompanied by referred nerve pain in the hip, leg, or foot.  The most common type of referred nerve pain is sciatica, which is relieved when the low back problem is resolved.


Headaches have several possible causes.  The most common is musculoskeletal and is effectively treated by Chiropractic care.  My first job is to rule out less common, but more serious types of headaches.


Automobile accidents, sports injuries, and accidents in the home are common reasons for people to be treated in my office.  Extensive research has found that Chiropractic care is often the most effective treatment for these kinds of injuries.

Frequently Asked Questions

When should I consider Chiropractic care?

Chiropractic care is an appropriate first step in dealing with most spinal problems and mild to moderate physical injuries because it is non-invasive and does not utilize prescription medication or surgery.

With every new patient my first job is to diagnose the cause of their symptoms by taking a detailed history and performing a focused physical examination.  Sometimes X-rays or an MRI may be necessary.  If the problem is one I can help I will make treatment recommendations; if not I will make a referral to the appropriate specialist. 

Can Chiropractic care keep you from needing surgery?

Sometimes.  I have seen many patients who have been told they need surgery.  Although it is sometimes necessary, I think surgery should be a last resort for most people who are having spinal related symptoms.  Because most medical doctors know very little about Chiropractic, they often are not aware that there is another option available before resorting to surgery.  

If you see a Chiropractor do you have to keep going forever?

Sometimes.  Many patients have an injury or condition that can be fully resolved wtih Chiropractic care and after being discharged from care have no need for further treatment. Some patients have injuries or conditions that are not able to be cured.  These people must find a way to manage their condition and Chiropractic care can be an effective component of their management program.

Are Chiropractors holistic?

Yes, but not because we treat everything.  We are holistic because we realize that the proper way to address the human body's problems is with a combination of services from several different healthcare disciplines.  We also recognize the powerful effect of a patient's home care program and lifestyle choices.


 There is no insurance assignment in my office.  I don't believe an insurance company should tell you what doctor to see or tell me how to treat my patients.  All patients pay for their visit at the time service is rendered.  I work hard to keep my fees affordable and provide complete documentation so patients can be reimbursed by their insurance coverage.  For Medicare patients we send in their claims, and they are reimbursed directly by Medicare. 

Contact Us

Dr. James LeVan

8555 16th Street, Suite 405, Silver Spring, Maryland 20910

(301) 585-5350


By Appointment

Monday through Saturday: 7am - 11am

Monday, Wednesday, Friday: 3pm - 5pm

 Feel free to call me if you have any questions about Chiropractic in general or how it might help you personally. 

Find Us

Our office is located on the northbound side of 16th Street between East-West Highway and Spring Street.

Dr. James LeVan

8555 16th Street, Suite 405, Silver Spring, MD 20910

(301) 585-5350


From Georgia Avenue traveling south, stay in right lane and veer onto 16th Street. Make a U-turn at the 3rd light (East-West Highway/Rt 410) to head north on 16th Street. Make an immediate right turn into parking lot of 8555 16th Street.

From East-West Highway/Rt 410, turn north onto 16th Street. Make an immediate right turn into parking lot of 8555 16th Street.

Traveling north on 16th Street, cross East-West Highway/Rt 410. Make an immediate right turn into parking lot of 8555 16th Street.


Professional Licensure, Affiliations, Education and Training

  • Licensed Chiropractor in MD and VA since 1982
  • Maryland Chiropractor of the Year 2003
  • Doctor of Chiropractic (D.C) 1981 - National College of Chiropractic
  • B.S. in Human Biology 1979 - National College of Chiropractic
  • B.A. in Philosophy 1974 - St. John's College, Annapolis, MD
  • American Chiropractic Association - member since 1981
  • Maryland Chiropractic Association - member since 1981
  • Maryland Chiropractic Association - Board of Directors since 1986

Journey to Chiropractic Licensure

  Chiropractic licensure is obtained by completing:

  • a four year undergraduate degree
  • a four year doctoral Chiropractic degree
  • a one year Internship treating patients under the supervision of licensed doctors
  • successfully passing a four-part national board examination
  • successfully passing a state board licensure examination for each state

 Chiropractic school, like medical school, consists of two years of basic medical science classes such as anatomy, microbiology, neuroanatomy, and pathology, followed by two years of clinical education in subjects such as orthopedics, neurology, radiology, laboratory diagnosis, etc.