About Dr. Potter
From an early age, Dr. Jake Potter felt drawn to holistic healthcare. Chiropractic care in particular resonated with him as he made decisions about what to study at Brigham Young University. He quickly planned out his coursework to reflect his decision, allowing him to be all set for chiropractic school upon graduation.
Dr. Potter and his wife, Josie, are both from Rexburg Idaho. After dating at BYU, they decided to get married and moved back to Rexburg where BYU-Idaho is located. Dr. Potter received a degree in Exercise Physiology. While there, his internship consisted of training a group of contestants for “The Biggest Winner”, a weight loss program at BYU-Idaho. He enjoyed the training and teaching of the contestants and still has a passion for improving the health of those who are seeking it. He served as the president of the Pre-Chiropractic Club during his time at BYU-Idaho.
While living in Rexburg, Dr. Potter and his wife had their first 2 children, Nick, and Milo. Upon graduation, his little family decided to take a small break from school before starting the rigors of chiropractic school, so they moved into a bumper pull RV and lived and worked in Bryce Canyon National Park for a season. The natural beauty of the area entranced the whole family, and when a location was needed to settle down later, Cedar City was always high on the list.
The Potter’s got to Missouri where Jake began the Doctor of Chiropractic program at Logan University just in time to welcome their third child, Evangeline (Eva) into the family. While he was a student there in Chesterfield, MO, Dr. Potter spent time giving tours of Logan University’s anatomy/cadaver lab and enjoyed sharing the mystery and majesty of the human body with visiting groups. He was a volunteer mentor for incoming students, and was a student ambassador, giving tours of the campus and welcoming each new starting class. He also served as his graduating class vice president, and on the student government of the university as an activities representative, then as the treasurer. He graduated cum laude and received a service award for his contributions to the school, and the students housed there.
Dr. Potter began to meditate regularly during his time at BYU-Idaho, and that carried through to chiropractic school where he joined and then led and facilitated a club on campus focusing on sustainable movement, and mindful meditation. He became a certified Meditation and Mindfulness Teacher from the School of Positive Transformation. Dr. Potter loves sharing mindfulness, meditation, and movement advice.
There were grand plans to spend 8 months in New Zealand to finish up chiropractic school doing a preceptorship (internship) in a chiropractic office there, but the global pandemic changed those plans. Instead, a very fulfilling preceptorship was completed in the beautiful Star Valley, Wyoming, where Dr. Potter’s in-laws were currently living. The family then moved to Cedar City to finish Dr. Potter’s preceptorship in an office in St. George. Southern Utah is where the Potter’s had decided to settle down, close to the national parks they had grown to love.
Cedar City is now home to the Potter’s, and their 4th child, Felix, joined them soon after their move to this area.
Dr. Potter now enjoys attending and participating in the many community events and being a source of information for those living in Southern Utah. He practices inside of the Southern Utah Wellness Group and travels to neighboring communities to offer house-call chiropractic care.
Education and Certifications
Doctor of Chiropractic, Cum Laude, April 2021
Graduating Class Service Award
Student Government, Activities Representative, Treasurer
School of Positive Transformation
Certified Mindfulness and Meditation Teacher, 2021
YOGABODY Teachers College
Certified Breath Coach, 2022
Brigham Young University - Idaho
Bachelor's Degree in Exercise Physiology
There are physical, mental, social, and spiritual factors that impact individual health. All need to be in harmony to live life to the fullest. Physical factors include any physical or biological stress, strain, or injury to the body, as well as toxins and poisons introduced to the system whether intentional (alcohol, tobacco, medications, etc…) or unintentional (pesticides, home chemicals, work hazards, etc…). Mental factors include any psychological conditions (diagnosed or undiagnosed) impacting your mental state. This includes fear, anxiety, and depression, each of which has a large impact on the body’s perception of pain. Social factors include any outside influences of others including expectations and interactions at work or with family and friends. Cultural views on pain and appropriate responses are also social factors. Spiritual factors can impact all the others when there is a disconnect between internal beliefs (whatever they may be) and external actions.
There is more going on in these areas than meets the eye, and the body is constantly seeking balance among all the systems. The human body has built-in healing abilities referred to as innate intelligence. As a chiropractor, I deliver a force into a person’s body, facilitating the body’s natural ability to adapt, regulate, and heal itself through this innate intelligence. My chiropractic philosophy is a holistic (physical, mental, social, spiritual) approach to treating the body, avoiding drugs or chemicals as the first line of approach. I am not against western medicine but prefer to treat conservatively first, and then utilize the blessing of modern science when necessary.
A chiropractic adjustment can be a powerful force allowing your body systems to better work in harmony together, allowing your body to achieve, through its own built-in ability to heal, wellness in each area. Physical wellness includes recovery from and prevention of injury, being able to live pain-free and without fear from injury. Emotional wellness includes the ability to feel fulfillment in life. Being able to feel and express happiness and sadness. It includes optimism, self-esteem, self-acceptance, and the ability to share feelings. Social wellness includes our ability to meet the expectations and demands of our personal roles in a global community. Good communication skills, intimacy with others, and a support network made up of friends and family all fall into this category. It involves respect for yourself and for others and a sense of belonging. Spiritual wellness includes holding onto a set of guiding principles, beliefs, or values giving direction to your life. Faith, hope, and commitment to these beliefs give meaning and purpose to life.
Having all-around wellness, or harmony with all systems within and without, gives you the best tools for a fulfilling life.