Cancer Treatment Centers of America

Charles McDonald, DC


Western Regional Medical Center

"Our integrative approach combining conventional and complementary therapies makes Cancer Treatment Centers of America a truly cutting-edge facility."

- Charles McDonald, DC
Charles McDonald, DC


  • Doctorate, Chiropractic - National University of Health Sciences, Lombard, IL
  • BS, Human Biology - National University of Health Sciences


  • Independent Medical Examiner in Orthopedic - Los Angeles Chiropractic College
  • Board Eligible Certified Chiropractic Sports Physician - Logan College of Chiropractic
  • Fascial Movement Taping
  • Licensed Chiropractor

Practicing Since: 1980

A chiropractor at Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA) at Western Regional Medical Center (Western), Dr. Charles McDonald attended Millikin University in Decatur, Illinois; then earned a bachelor of science degree in human biology from National Chiropractic College (now known as National University of Health Sciences) in Lombard, Illinois, where three years later he received a doctorate of chiropractic degree.

As a post-graduate, Dr. McDonald devoted time to studying X-ray, orthopedics, nutrition, spine and extremity exercise rehabilitation and general diagnosis. He brings over three decades of experience to his patients at CTCA® and has operated a clinic in Scottsdale since 1982.

In 1993, Dr. McDonald lost his mother to lung cancer. He came to CTCA, in part, because of his admiration for the Mother Standard® of Care. “I am so impressed with the core philosophies and the culture that has been created here at CTCA," says Dr. McDonald. "The Mother Standard of Care is the same approach I’ve always taken in my private practice.”

At CTCA, Dr. McDonald evaluates his patients to see if they have any spinal or extremity joint dysfunction as well as improper movement patterns. He then uses manual and non-force instrument adjustments to alleviate pain, improve mobility, and enhance well-being.

"Joint dysfunction and improper movement patterns are the source of most musculoskeletal pain," says Dr. McDonald. "Form and function are intertwined. Balance in the frame of the human body is necessary for 100% nervous system function and optimum health potential. It is such an honor helping improve a patient’s quality of life."

Outpatients and caregivers interested in receiving chiropractic care do not need a medical referral. Inpatients need a medical referral from their medical oncologist or internist. According to Dr. McDonald “some cancer patients may have restrictions on the extent or type of chiropractic care they can receive. However here at CTCA the patient need not concern themselves with that. We have access to all of the patients records and will customize a safe treatment option for that patient.”

Dr. McDonald is a member of nine professional organizations, including the American Chiropractic Association (ACA), the Arizona Chiropractic Society, and the Arizona Association of Chiropractic. He is certified as an Independent Medical Examiner in Orthopedics by Los Angeles Chiropractic College and trained as a Chiropractic Sports Physician by Logan College of Chiropractic in Chesterfield, Missouri.

In his spare time, Dr. McDonald enjoys spending time with his family and friends, golfing, and cheering on the ASU football and basketball teams. His favorite quote is, “Happiness is a decision, not a destination.”

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