Athena Payne, D.C.
Dr. Athena Payne is the clinic director for Salance Chiropractic Clinic. She is a native of Lake Charles, La., where she attended McNeese State University and graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Biology. While in Louisiana, Dr. Payne became a visiting lecturer educating undergraduates in human anatomy, physiology and microbiology.
In 2010, Dr. Payne graduated cum laude from Parker College of Chiropractic earning her a doctorate in Chiropractic. While attending Parker College, she was named the recipient of the Alumni Endowment Scholarship. Dr. Payne was selected to attend the Clinic Abroad Program in Ecatapec, Mexico, treating more than 300 patients, as well as studying Spanish at the Universidad Estatal del Valle de Ecatepac.
By attending postgraduate seminars on sports medicine, functional medicine, chiropractic neurology, rehabilitation, personal injury treatment, and nutrition, Dr. Payne stays ahead of the trends affecting the chiropractic field. She has completed training with Palmer College of Chiropractic Florida and the American Chiropractic Board of Sports Physicians, the American Chiropractic Nutrition Board, Functional Medicine University (University of Southern California), and she is also training to become a Scoliosis Specialist/Postural Neurologist as well as a FAKTR (Functional and Kinetic Treatment with Rehab) Certified Provider. She is also only one of five Functional Anatomy Seminars trained chiropractors in Fort Worth specializing in Functional Range Release. Dr. Payne also enjoys teaching Human Anatomy and Physiology for Tarrant County Community College.
In addition to furthering her education and participating in community service, Dr. Payne has achieved clinical success as a clinic rehabilitation director of a multidisciplinary rehabilitation clinic serving personal injury, worker’s compensation, wellness, and post-surgical patients. She practices using a variety of techniques such as Diversified, Activator Methods, Thompson drop table, and Gonstead techniques, and Graston to name a few. She utilizes a variety of modalities to supplement the chiropractic adjustment including physiotherapy, spinal decompression therapy and trigger point/myofascial release to help her patients achieve their health goals. It is her firm belief that Chiropractic care for wellness is essential for everyone and she approaches patients in pain with an open mind and heart.
In December 2015, Dr. Payne was chosen as an honoree representing the medical/healthcare field in the Fort Worth community as an "up and coming" community leader by the Fort Worth Chapter of the Phi Delta Kappa Fraternity, a professional organization for educators.
Dr. Payne believes that the relationship between doctor and patient contributes significantly to the quality of care delivered. According to Dr. Payne, “Education is important and patient participation in their healthcare is essential for successful health management. You have to know what’s going on to make an informed decision. So, I listen to my patients and treat them like I would want to be treated. I care about them as a person, not just as a patient.”
By providing exceptional care, Dr. Payne helps patients return to a healthy state and provides them with the tools and education to maintain a healthy spine and nervous system for life.
Summary of Curriculum Vitae:
2018: Texas Chiropractic Association Sports Chiropractic Conference, Houston, TX
2018: K-Laser Certification Training
2017-2018: Arthrostim/Percussion Therapy Training
2017: Personal Injury: John Schmidt, D.C.
2016-2017: Certified Chiropractic Sports Physician Candidate, Port Orange, Florida (in Progress)
2016: TCA Texpo Conference2016: Designated Doctor Training Austin, TX (in Progress)
2016: Functional Anatomy Seminars/Functional Range Release Lower Extremity, Austin, TX
2016: Functional Anatomy Palpation, Austin, TX
2016: Myofascial Release Seminars, Dallas, TX
2015: DC Seminars—Medicare and Documentation Compliance Dallas, TX
2015: Functional and Kinetic Treatment with Rehab Dallas, T: Cranial Adjusting Turner Style 1 2014: DC Seminars—Clinical Compliance
2014: Certified Medical Examiner/Member of the National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners
2013: DC Seminars—Medicare and Documentation Compliance
2012: Personal Injury Seminar—National Educational Seminars
2012: Functional Medicine University Certification Program/Nutrition: Southern California University of Health Sciences (in Progress)
2012: American Clinical Board of Nutrition (in Progress)
2012: Pettibon Institute/Chiropractic Biophysics
2012: Standard Process: The 5 Essentials of a Nutrition Practice
2011: Personal Injury: Treating, Coding, Billing/Collections—Texas Chiropractic Association
2011: Myofascial Release Seminar—Texas Chiropractic Association
2011: Introduction to the McKenzie Method—The McKenzie Institute International
2011: Introduction to Functional Capacity Evaluations—Safety Works
2011: The Athletic Shoulder: Examination, Imaging and Treatment—Jack Dolbin, DC/Terry Yocum, DC, DACBR
2011: Medicare: Causes, Affects and Documentation Solutions: Lisa Speaks, BA, CMS
2011: Ethics, Risk Management and Documentation
2011: How to Incorporate Low Tech Rehab and Active Care into the Chiropractic Office-- Footlevelers
2010: Spinal Cord—Carrick Institute of Graduate Studies
2010: Sensory Systems—Carrick Institute of Graduate Studies
2010: Neurology of Pain—Carrick Institute of Graduate Studies
2010: Introduction to Neurotransmitters—Apex Energetics
2010: Functional Blood Chemistry Analysis—Apex Energetics
2010: Functional Endocrinology—Apex Energetics
2010: Autonomic Nervous System—Carrick Institute of Graduate Studies
2009: Hormonal Imbalances: Thyroid and Adrenal Glands—Standard Process of Texas
2009: Chiropractic Clinical Neurology—Parker College of Chiropractic
2009: 21 Day Detoxification/Purification Process—Standard Process of Texas