Dr. Debbye Atkins 



HER Story

Dr. Deborah "Debbye" Atkins DC, CCSP, CCEP, NREMT, BCTMB is a proud native of Washington, DC, and a product of DC Public Schools. Dr. Debbye found an early passion in sports and excelled across a range of activities, including qualifying for the Jr. Olympics in multiple track and field events, maintaining a national ranking in the Jr. US Tennis Association and performing with the Washington Mystics dance teams. During her senior year of high school however, a foot injury led to two surgeries and forced her to forfeit multiple sports scholarships. Her life changed when a guest lecturer in college introduced her to the world of chiropractic care, and thus began her journey to support holistic wellness began.


 Dr. Debbye earned her Doctor of Chiropractic and Master of Chiropractic Sports Science degrees, both from Life University. She also received a BS in Biology and Exercise Sports Science from North Carolina Central University, and completed her Massage Therapy Certification at Heritage Institute in Falls Church, VA. She is a Certified Chiropractic Sports Practitioner (CCSP), Certified Chiropractic Extremity Practitioner (CCEP), National Registry of Emergency Medical Technician (NREMT), and certified by the National Certification Board of Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork (NCBTMB). Dr. Debbye has crafted what she refers to as a "Restorative Massage" that incorporates elements of energy work, traditional massage, and mobility enhancements that are individually tailored during each session. 


When her son took an interest in Judo, Dr. Debbye also joined the sport and began competing. It was during a competition, however, that she suffered a  second crushing/ heartbreaking injury she experienced. Her recovery required her to undergo three surgeries over two years, and she was wheelchair bound for nine months, in addition non- weight bearing for more than a year; all while still enrolled in chiropractic school. Undeterred, Dr. Debbye epitomizes tenacity and is thrilled to have a career that reflects her personal interests and academic training. She empathizes with patients who are recovering from injuries and is passionate about applying her expertise in chiropractic, sports science, and massage therapy to improve and enhance the lives of her patients. She currently volunteers with the District Starts Youth Foundation, DC Public Schools, and the DC Saturday Night Bike Club. She is looking forward to a new challenge as a member of the POW-HER team.