Erik L Malone DC

Straightforward Chiropractic

"I graduated with honors from Texas Chiropractic College in December of 2015. Since graduating I have had the pleasure of seeing about 1000 new patients every year. In 2015, before graduation, I started working full time in Longview with my father-in-law Dr Randall Northcutt as a preceptor. Dr Northcutt gave me unparalleled experience in patient care, chiropractic treatment, and acupuncture. I continued to treat patients in Longview until 2018.

Before graduating I had began putting plans in place to establish Normal Chiropractic (We are calling it Normal Health & Wellness these days). The name 'Normal' is actually an homage to both clinics. I began treating patients at Normal Chiropractic in July of 2016. For the remainder of 2016 and all of 2017 I worked 7 days a week in Longview and in Tyler to grow as a chiropractor and develop the thousands of doctor patient relationships I have today.

I don't think anybody would accuse me of being an average chiropractor. I put a great deal of effort into every patient who chooses my care and I am dedicated to bringing the people of Tyler the very best chiropractic can offer."

~ Dr Malone

"I grew up without a steady place to call home. My father worked for an oil equipment sales company and his promotions always meant a new home. Among the many homes that I have had growing up most were in Texas (Corpus Christi, Midland, Houston) but several were out of state and even out of country. Edmond, Oklahoma; Littleton, Colorado; Veracruz, Mexico; and Caracas, Venezuela to name a few. I actually graduated high school in Venezuela and moved back to the states to start college at Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, Texas.

I started college as a computer science major which abruptly ended after a couple semesters. I would like to say it was a lack of interest but it was probably more of a lack of dedication and direction. It took a few years for me to figure out that minimum wage labor was not going to do it. A little soul searching and some reason lead me to re enroll in college this time as a radiology major. It was during x-ray school that I met and fell in love with my, now, wife Genia.

X-Ray school was the first time I really felt a drive to excel in an academic environment. After 4 years I earned a Bachelors of Science in Radiologic Sciences graduating Magna Cum Laude. I started work as an X-ray tech in Abilene, Texas of all places where I worked for 2 years before moving to Dallas to be near my family. While I was in Dallas I worked at Texas Regional Medical Center in Sunnyvale. The traffic is horrible in Dallas and I don't recommend it to anyone. 

I had another reason for moving back to Dallas though. While I was still in X-ray school I had decided that I would become a radiologist. After settling in Dallas, I began taking pre-med courses at UT Dallas and Richland College. Over the next two years I managed to take all of the required coursework in chemistry, physics, biology, and math to apply to medical school. Best yet, I had managed it without lowering my GPA which I knew would matter on my applications. Somewhere along the line, I spent a day shadowing my Father-in-law to get a feel for what a Chiropractor does. I had no idea.

In what tallied 5 years of working in a hospital (mostly night or weekend shift) I had formed an opinion of our medical system and the people working in it. Nobody is happy. Doctors are miserable. Nurses are stretched thin. Patients are scared, unhappy, and rarely grateful for care provided in a hospital environment. Don't get me wrong, lives are being saved everyday by the heros that staff these places. A part of the ER and Code team at both hospitals, I was one of them. 

In just one day of shadowing at the Northcutt Clinic I saw no less than 40 very, very happy patients and a chiropractor who really loves what he does. I had literally never seen anything like it. I still didn't know what an 'Adjustment' was supposed to do or what it felt like for that matter. It didn't make any difference though, because after a few short months I had been accepted into Texas Chiropractic College and my path decided.

Everyday, I see patients who I could have helped in other ways as a radiologist, ER physician, or maybe a surgeon. I sometimes wonder if I made the right decision but it never takes long for me to remember why I made the decision to become a chiropractor in the first place. I get to help patients in a very real way, every single day. The gratitude from my patients is immeasurable and nothing means more to me."

~ Dr Malone

I take a physical approach to the care of musculoskeletal problems including joint manipulation, soft tissue work, rehab, therapies, and needling. As a chiropractor, my specialty is Spinal Manipulative Therapy (SMT). There are a lot of chiropractors our there that claim all sorts of techniques and usually have some fancy reasoning ... but I don't. Over all the years that SMT has been studied, one thing has held true: the therapy works and it doesn't matter what you call it or what your reasoning is.

I employ only the best hands-on techniques out there. However, there are few things I won't do:

  1. I won't use some kind of gizmo that is supposed to 'adjust' people. I don't buy into that technique and it should not be classified as SMT in my opinion. My SMT is by hand only.

  2. I won't use the word subluxation. My patients get real diagnoses.

  3. I won't use techniques that are unsafe or ineffective.

  4. I won't give my patients unrealistic expectations or make outlandish claims.

~ Dr Malone

  Mon & Wed | 9a-11a  &  3p-6p

  Tues & Thurs | 10a-2p

  Fri | 9a-11a  &  3p-5p

​140 E 9th St Tyler, Texas
phone: (903) 207-8890
​fax: (844) 512-6977

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