Is your body telling you something is wrong? It’s time to listen, change, and heal.




9am - 6pm


9am - 6pm


9am - 4pm


10am - 6pm



(814) 954-5095


*Closed daily from 1pm -2pm for lunch






Dr. Kim Devlin is a board-certified doctor of chiropractic and member of the inaugural class of the Upper Cervical Academy. She carries an advanced specialty degree, with post-graduate training in Toggle-Recoil and Knee-Chest Specific techniques.



The presentation and triggers associated with migraines vary widely among sufferers; however, advanced imaging techniques have allowed researchers to identify a causal association between migraine headaches and brainstem dysfunction, resulting in vascular swelling around the brain.


The brainstem controls nearly all vital functions of the body, including organ health, immunity, circulation, and musculoskeletal coordination. Trauma to the upper cervical spine has an immediate impact on the brainstem, often leading to full-body pain responses like Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.


Structure and function are inherently related in the human body. As such, a common cause of nerve irritation is spinal misalignment. Precise correction of the upper cervical vertebrae can influence the entire spinal column, alleviating pressure at the nerve root. Trigeminal Neuralgia sufferers, in particular, have experienced profound and lasting relief from upper cervical corrections.


Severe upper cervical misalignments can directly inhibit communication pathways between the brainstem and cerebrum. Often (but not always) due to a traumatic birth or head injury, this abrupt neurological disturbance can over-excite cortical neurons and provoke the onset of a seizure, either immediately or long after the injury took place.


Proper jaw movement relies on the muscular coordination of our two temporomandibular joints, which are neurologically supplied by the 5th cranial nerve (originating in the brainstem). Improper nerve supply to these muscles, coupled with the sheer proximity of a misaligned atlas vertebra to the TMJ, can make for dysfunction and intolerable pain at the site.


This common yet costly health problem plagues millions; its complexity is partly due to the role of the brainstem in respiratory function and immune response, both of which are required for involuntary oxygen exchange during exercise.

Conditions That Have Responded Well To Upper Cervical Care

  • Allergies
  • Autoimmune Disorders
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Child Developmental Problems
  • Concussions
  • Diabetes Mellitus
  • Digestive Problems
  • Dizziness
  • Ear Infections
  • Emotional Disorders
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Headaches
  • Herniated Discs
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Indigestion
  • Infertility
  • Inner Ear Disorders
  • Insomnia
  • Low Back Pain
  • Meniere’s Disease
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Neck Pain
  • Sciatica
  • Scoliosis
  • Sinus Problems
  • Trigeminal Neuralgia
  • Vertigo



  • Dr. Devlin will take a comprehensive look at your health history to address all factors pertinent to your case. This is followed by a brief dialogue about the philosophy and science behind upper cervical care.
  • A thermal image is taken to discern if, and to what extent, nerve pressure exists within the spine. The sensors glide upward from the base of the neck to the base of the skull and involves no radiation.
  • Assuming nerve pressure is detected, specialized x-ray views are taken for the purpose of revealing how vertebrae have misaligned to create such pressure. On occasion, x-rays reveal abnormal findings (indicating that nerve pressure is due to something other than a misalignment). In these cases, we refer to any/all appropriate medical fields for further evaluation.
  • A postural assessment and spinal exam allow Dr. Devlin to glean more information about compensatory misalignments in the mid and lower spine. Manual palpation of the vertebral column, ribs, scapulae, and specific areas of concern are noted.
  • Dr. Devlin will review all x-ray images in detail, using life-size models and spinal charts to help illustrate the state of your upper cervical spine and its relationship to other spinal regions. With the patient’s consent, any family members and friends are welcome. We encourage all questions, as this session is meant to be educational.
  • The first upper cervical correction is given, followed by 15 minutes of rest and a post-adjustment thermal scan to confirm functional improvements.

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Upper Cervical Center of Lemont

140 Mary Street

Lemont, PA 16851

(814) 954-5095

NOTE: We are located in the train station across from the U.S. Post Office downstairs from Nittany Custom Fitness.


How does the Upper Cervical process work?

Upper cervical chiropractors analyze and align the upper cervical spine using low-force yet powerful individualized corrections. More often than not, a displacement of the atlas vertebra (the top segment in the spine) is found in relation to the skull. A millimeter shift at this level can impact brainstem function, and consequently, the form and function of the entire body. When the head is offset from the spine, neurological and structural compensations occur in attempt to protect the nervous system and keep us upright. This process can negatively impact the spine, pelvis, hips, knees, ankles, etc.

It is therefore critical that precision x-rays are taken, from which a formula is derived for the delivery of a personalized correction.

No two misalignments are exactly the same, and in treating the upper cervical region, attention to detail may mean the difference between negligible body changes and the resolution of a chronic neurological condition. For this reason, we do not give general manipulations to the neck using high velocity, rotational force. At the Upper Cervical Center, the patient remains in a side-lying anatomical position for all corrections, and typically receives only one adjustment to one vertebra in one specific direction, setting in motion a full-body healing response.

Progress is monitored by way of thermal scans, which are taken during every office visit to determine if an adjustment is necessary. If the scan shows no pressure, no adjustment is given, and we estimate the time it may take for the misalignment to return (early in a patient’s care, there is a threshold of time that the bone will stay in place before misaligning again due to old muscle patterns. This is the case until new muscle patterns form in response to properly aligned vertebrae).

“Holding is healing” means that our goal is to re-establish a new normal position for the atlas or axis vertebra. Adjusting the problematic segment as soon as it becomes misaligned allows for the joint to “hold” in place longer and longer until it is self-sustaining and requires little attention.

Most patients see results after the first few corrections, and significant improvements in the first 4-6 weeks of stabilization. Our goal is to check this region occasionally to ensure old patterns have not returned, adjusting only as necessary based on thermography findings.

Does it hurt?

Occasionally, patients will feel pressure at the site of their misalignments during the correction, due to concentrated nerve endings in this region. Otherwise, no pain is felt. Often, patients report feeling nothing at all, and express concern about this (later, they feel the effects). These patients have typically experienced aggressive chiropractic treatments in the past.

While adjustments are low-force, their effects can be quite dramatic. It is common for patients to experience symptom changes, indicative of the necessary musculoskeletal shifts (affecting all associated nerve roots) that have to take place in order to restore spinal balance.

Muscles will tend to go through “work and rest” phases, gearing up occasionally and then becoming loose without obvious cause. They are attached to the vertebral column and act as levers to pull misaligned vertebrae into alignment. This will cause temporary and even asymmetrical tension patterns before completely relaxing. In the short-term, patients may experience negative symptoms as the body tries to purge itself of toxins and acclimate to neurological and structural change. Common symptoms include:

  • Feeling relaxed to the point of fatigue
  • Mild headaches or lightheadedness as blood pressure lowers
  • Sinus drainage and nose-dripping
  • Changes in digestive activity and timing
  • Muscle stiffness and ribcage tightness
  • Tender points that migrate as the spine shifts
  • Tingling or heat sensations as circulation attempts to normalize
  • Old injury pain sensations (lasting no longer than one week)
Am I under any obligation with the free consultation?

There is no obligation to continue with care after the first two visits. Dr. Devlin does recommend a third visit to assess thermal and symptom changes, and to recommend a custom action plan based on factors like age, health history, thermal images, x-ray findings, etc.

The plan is designed to stabilize the upper cervical region so that it “holds” in place for a month or longer. At that point, the atlas/axis should continue to become more and more stable, requiring fewer and fewer adjustments until a new normal has been established.

During the third visit, one can choose to move forward with the plan or decline. Our new patient program is altruistic in nature. It is designed to provide education, resources, and empowerment to individuals during their healing process.

Do you take insurance?

We do not take insurance. The reason for this is simple: we are a small family practice and we focus all our attention and time on one thing - patient care. Our office visits fees reflect the co-pay for most specialist visits and we pass the savings onto our patients by being able to provide a deeper, more intimate level of care.

If you have chiropractic coverage and your insurance company reimburses for “out of network” services, the Upper Cervical Center will provide you with a “superbill.” You simply need to submit this form to your insurance company, who will reimburse you directly. We do not communicate with insurance companies on your behalf. That is your responsibility.

Can I schedule online or do I need to call?

New Patients: It is not possible to schedule the consultation online but standard patient visits can be done this way. If you would like to speak with Dr. Devlin about your condition, you can follow the links on our website and book your 15-minute “discovery call.” She will call you at the designated time and discuss your eligibility for care. If you are already comfortable setting up a consultation, simply call our office during business hours and Sabrina will find our first available appointment for you.

Current Patients Only: Please schedule using our patient portal located under the resources tab at Simply log-in to select from available appointment times up to a month in advance. For your convenience, office visits can be scheduled as late as one hour before available appointment times.

Due to Dr. Devlin’s high patient volume scheduling your appointments online is the fastest way to book an office visit.

What are your appointment cancellation policies?

All cancellations require 4 hours’ notice. All late cancellations are subject to cancellation fees and no-shows will result in a missed appointment fee of $55.

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How do I download the scheduling app?

You can download the app for Android here

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