Upward Living Blog

Meet Dr. Lucas Chesser


Dr. Lucas started his path toward the chiropractic healing art at a young age. When his idol, grandfather Seifert, underwent quintuple bypass heart surgery in 1995, it caused a paradigm shift. For the first time, he saw this symbol of strength lying in a hospital bed high on pain medication and clinching a pillow to his chest to relieve the agony of a broken sternum and a reconstructed cardiovascular system.  Lucas thought, “There must be a way to prevent these diseases”.

At the time, Dr. Lucas thought that traditional medical practices were the best way to nurture health in a community, so he decided to go to medical school.  But on September 11th, 2001, his plans changed.  He joined the U.S. Air Force in November of 2001.  This turned out to be the best decision of his life.  During his six-year military enlistment, Dr. Lucas served three tours in Iraq, won scholarships, military decorations and attained the rank of Staff Sergeant.  But the most important benefit was the ability to observe many medical doctors in practice and research various medical specialties.

During his time, he engaged in independent study of endocrinology, cardiology, oncology & family practice.  One glaring contradiction became despairingly clear:  none of these specialties really prevented anything. Patients typically do not visit doctor’s offices until they are already experiencing symptoms of disease.  Many times they are only one catastrophic event away from death. And if these people were already experiencing symptoms of disease, it meant that they had probably been ill for a significant period of time before that.

Was there a specialty that focused on nurturing health, or did all the healing arts focus almost exclusively on preventing death?

Through a strange twist of fate, Dr. Lucas met chiropractor Dr. Chris Cox in Tucson, Arizona. In five minutes, Dr. Cox articulated everything about health that Dr. Lucas thought, but had not been able to organize into a systematic philosophy of health.  However, this paradigm is the foundational philosophy of chiropractic.  It focuses on two basic premises.  First, the human body is a self-healing and self-regulating organism.  Second, the nervous system is the primary organ system that facilitates all healing processes.

Without a healthy nervous system, the body’s central processor (the brain) cannot effectively coordinate the actions of the rest of the organs within the body. The spine is the gatekeeper between the central nervous system and the organs, tissues and glands which rely on the brain for vital information. If the spine is allowed to deteriorate and degenerate, it compromises the integrity of the nervous system and a complex of symptoms known as vertebral subluxation complex (VSC) ensues.  A nervous system under the stress of VSC can exhibit pain or adversely affect health and well-being.

The decision was made.  Dr. Lucas tore up his application to the University of Arizona medical school and attended Cleveland Chiropractic College in Los Angeles, California.  He immediately went to work and led three campus organizations while finishing a grueling curriculum.  He also served the people and honed his skills during three missions to El Salvador and Guatemala.  After attending these missions, Dr. Lucas learned to “expect miracles” because he saw the beautiful simplicity of the chiropractic philosophy at work.  People who suffered needlessly for five or more years found relief in only a few visits.  The body truly can regenerate when it is operating free from nerve interference.

Dr. Lucas graduated with a powerful mission to nurture a community of people who value their inborn ability to experience health and well-being.  With a sound philosophy, superior skill in analysis and correction of vertebral subluxation complex utilizing the Gonstead method, and a firm foundation in nutrition and supplementation, Dr. Lucas stands ready to serve the Santa Barbara community.

Curriculum Vitae

Board Certification:

  • California State Board of Chiropractic Examiners
  • National Board of Chiropractic Examiners
    • Certified Parts I, II, III and IV Chiropractic Examination
    •  Certified Physiotherapy Examination


  • Doctor of Chiropractic, Cleveland Chiropractic College, Los Angeles Campus
  • Bachelors of Science in Human Biology, Cleveland Chiropractic College, Los Angeles Campus

Associations and Memberships:

  • International Chiropractors Association
  • American Chiropractors Association
  • California Chiropractic Association
  • Christian Chiropractors Association
  • Gonstead Clinical Studies Society
  • Gonstead Seminar of Chiropractic
  • World Chiropractic Alliance

Scholarships and Awards:

  • International Chiropractors Association Auxiliary Scholarship
  • Federation of Straight Chiropractors and Organizations Leadership Scholarship
  • Cleveland Chiropractic College, Los Angeles Dorothy Towne Scholarship
  • “Who’s Who” of North American Colleges and Universities

Scholastic Leadership Experience:

  • Gonstead Club President, Vice President, Treasurer
  • Student International Chiropractors Association Cleveland L.A. Chapter President
  • Student International Chiropractors Association National Chair
  • Founder/President of the Cleveland Chiropractic College L.A. Philosophy Club

Professional Experience:

  • 10 Gonstead Seminars
  • Gonstead Extremity Certification with Dr. Mark Werking
  • Organized &/or attended 20+ Gonstead Workshops
  • Guest Lecturer for “History of Chiropractic and Technique Systems”, Cleveland Chiropractic College in Los Angeles, CA

Chiropractic Philanthropy:

  • Mission to El Salvador with “Spinal Missions” 2010
  • Mission to El Salvador with “Spinal Missions” 2011
  • Mission to Guatemala with “Gonstead Clinical Studies Society” organizer Dr. Tanaka 2012

Volunteer Work:

  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Adopt-a-Highway
  • Volunteer Elementary School Tutor
  • Humane Society of Arizona

Military Experience:

  • Staff Sergeant in the United States Air Force
  • Served as a Fuels Distribution Supervisor at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base
  • Operation Iraqi Freedom Air Force Commendation Medal
  • Operation Enduring Freedom Air Force Achievement Medal
  • Physical Training Leader
  • Airman Leadership School Distinguished Graduate
  • Davis-Monthan Chief Wanda Kennedy Memorial Scholarship



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