We're a Northern Minnesota Chiropractor

True North Spinal Care provides an extremely gentle, precise, non-invasive adjustment to the spine to free the nervous system of interference. Our goal is to re-align an individual’s entire spine gently, allowing the body to express life at its highest potential.


Sub: below or less than | Lux: the Latin word for Light

Our bodies go through physical, chemical and emotional stress on a daily basis. These stressors may cause subluxation, which is a misalignment of the spine interfering with the body’s healthy communication. By removing subluxation through our gentle and precise adjustment, the brain and the rest of the body are able to communicate at a higher level, optimizing functionality of the body.




Dr. Joe Parpala

My wife Britta and I grew up in Cloquet, MN, where we met and later got married. Following high school, I joined the Air National Guard in Duluth, MN while I continued searching for direction in life. I started college at the University of Minnesota Duluth in the Biology program, keeping all my options open.

I had a tremendous experience with my chiropractor as a child. This experience made me curious about chiropractic at a young age, which in turn sparked my interest enough to pursue it. Following my undergraduate at UMD, I started postgraduate school to become a chiropractor. As I investigated chiropractic to find the most safe, proven, and reproducible technique, all signs pointed me toward practicing the NUCCA adjustment. After studying this advanced technique, I had a feeling NUCCA was going to be a great fit. I grew up playing hockey and endured a number of head/neck injuries that accumulated over time. I suffered from chronic headaches, neck pain, mental fogginess, and poor focus. I always had decent results with traditional chiropractic treatments but my very first NUCCA adjustment gave me a whole new experience. I knew this was my calling in life.

Following chiropractic college, I began practicing and being mentored at the most advanced NUCCA clinic in the state. Throughout my time practicing in the Twin Cities, I witnessed hundreds of people get well. This experience and the recent birth of our first child, Jayla, affirmed our decision to transition our family back home to the Northland. We are thrilled to be back “home” and I am beyond excited to be the first Upper Cervical Chiropractor north of the Metro!

Dr. Joe and his family: his wife Britta, and three daughters Jayla, Aili, and Anika. 

Dr. Jenna Dougherty

Dr. Jenna was born and raised in International Falls, MN. She attended the University of North Dakota where she earned her Bachelor of Science degree in biology. Jenna went on to attend Sherman College of Chiropractic to obtain her Doctorate in Chiropractic. 

She was an athlete in high school who endured multiple injuries, so she sought out upper cervical chiropractic care. From that point on she realized it had a huge impact not only in the improvement of her body’s ability to function, but overall felt amazing when her body was in balance. Her personal chiropractic care experience made her curious about becoming a chiropractor herself. While shadowing multiple health professions, chiropractic was all Jenna could think about; specifically how chiropractic could benefit the health of all the people she saw while shadowing. That’s when she knew she needed to become a chiropractor herself.

Jenna is passionate about people being able to express the full potential of the power that is within all humans to allow them to be the best version of themselves with optimal functioning of their body.

Outside the office, Jenna enjoys spending time with her husband and daughter, as well as fishing, watching hockey, spending time on the lake and being active.

Dr. Jenna Dougherty

Dr. Jenna and her family: her husband Andy and daughter Ailynn



We’re currently accepting new patients! Our new patient process consists of three initial appointments. To get started, fill out the form below or give our office a call, and we’ll be in touch as soon as possible!





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Email: info@truenorthspine.com Phone: 218-729-7077 Address: 5094 Miller Trunk Highway Suite 300 Hermantown, MN 55811


Monday: 9am-5pm
Tuesday: 9pm-5pm
Wednesday: 9am-5pm 
Thursday: 9am-5pm

By appointment only.

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