Since 2003, Carlson Chiropractic has worked with a hands on approach to health care. We’re committed to helping our patients live a healthy life. Each of our doctors bring their advanced experience and knowledge to the practice, providing patients with the tools and education for optimum health and wellness. We realize that every patient has different health and wellness needs. That’s why we customize a program specifically targeted to each individual as they walk through our state-of-the-art facility. Whether your body needs spinal decompression, gentle manual adjustments or even a customized nutrition plan, our team will work with you so you can “live your life naturally.”

Chiropractic care and maintenance uses the basic principle of putting the patient first, since we don’t prescribe drugs to relieve symptoms but rather work with patient’s body through manual adjustments, muscle stimulation and nutrition. In other words, health has more to do with making sure the body is functioning properly rather than making sure the patient feels good for a short period of time. If the body is working the way it should, then the patient should feel great—period.



Dr. Steven M. Carlson is firm, positive and enthusiastic in his approach, in Chiropractic medicine and in life. A graduate of Kansas State University, where he received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Life Sciences, Dr. Carlson completed his education, and received his Doctor of Chiropractic Degree, Summa Cum Laude at Palmer College of Chiropractic in 1996. After working in a group practice for seven years in Florida, Dr. Carlson moved to Joplin with his wife Heather, and their two children, and founded Carlson Chiropractic Center in 2003. He is a member of ACA, MSCA, ICPA, Rotary and the Joplin Chamber of Commerce.


Dr. Christopher Banks graduated from Harding University in 2003, where he received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Exercise Science. With a strong desire to help people live better, healthier lives, Dr. Banks went on to attend Parker College of Chiropractic in Dallas, Texas, and received his Doctorate of Chiropractic in 2008. After practicing in Little Rock, Arkansas for several years, Dr. Banks joined the Carlson Chiropractic Center team in January 2011, and is excited to be living in the Joplin area. He is a member of and the Joplin Chamber of Commerce and trains in crossfit regularly.


Dr. William Lewis graduated from Cleveland Chiropractic College in 2004, where he received his Doctorate of Chiropractic Degree as well as his Bachelor of Science Degree in Human Biology. After having experienced the benefits of chiropractic firsthand as a young athlete, Dr. Lewis felt compelled to explore the profession. After working in his own practice in Kansas City for six years and as a coverage doctor in Virginia, Dr. Lewis joined the Carlson Chiropractic Center team in 2014. Thrilled to be living in the Joplin area, Dr. Lewis brings his focus on excellence to his patients, providing great chiropractic care and helping them understand the difference chiropractic can make in their lives.


Dr. Gross graduated from Logan University with a Doctorate in Chiropractic and a Bachelors in Human Biology. His coursework has since focused on integrative primary care, family practice and holistic functional medicine. Dr. Gross utilizes clinical laboratory testing and analysis (including blood, urine and saliva), dietary and nutritional education and lifestyle modification. Natural and alternative therapies are implemented for conditions ranging from autoimmune conditions to sugar metabolism issues. He has a passion for getting to the root cause of patient’s health issues. Dr. Gross routinely hosts free food sensitivity workshops—that’s right, they’re completely free.