Dr. Don Nakaya Nielsen is a visionary who pioneered the chiropractic profession into Thailand back in the 1990’s. Dr Don was a world champion kickboxer who fought out of Japan and came to Bangkok to train in Muay Thai under his Japanese management team. After living and training in various Muay Thai camps, Dr Don discovered that the chiropractic profession had not yet been established in Thailand.
Dr Don attended Whittier College on a football athletic scholarship and was a pre-medical major. After experiencing chiropractic care for himself due to a low back injury, Don decided to become a chiropractor and graduated from Cleveland Chiropractic College in Los Angeles, CA in 1986.
Dr. Don’s Center for Natural Health was successfully inaugurated in March of 1993, after spending lots of time, effort and money to find a way to get the chiropractic profession established in Thailand. Dr Don became the first chiropractor in Thailand to set up chiropractic as a legitimate business venture. There had been several doctors before who came to Thailand to treat patients as an extended vacation, but Dr Don was the first one to be issued a work permit as a chiropractor. He initially joined the mobile medical units with Paolo Memorial Hospital under the supervision of the late Dr Udom Thongborisute. The mobile medical units supplied doctors, dentists, and nurses to help the underprivelidged people in the remote upcountry areas who had no access to regular health care. He treated up to 300+ patients per day on the charity tours.