Dr. Steven M. Nickels A.S., B.S., D.C., N.M.D., D.A.C.B.N., D.C.B.C.N.

Dr. Steven M. Nickels

Dr. Nickels has practiced as a Board Certified Nutritional Physician and Chiropractic Physician in the Jacksonville area for over 32 Years. He has just opened a new practice for Science Based Wellness in Ponte Vedra Beach where he provides a Nutrition and Wellness Program that benefits people from all ages from as young as infancy to patients well past their 80’s. He specializes in what people now call “CONCIERGE CARE”. This means your healthcare is managed and maintained with a one-time payment without office call fees and you have access to Dr. Nickels at your service with any questions and answers throughout this Wellness Program.

Dr. Nickels graduated with Cum Laude scholastic honors from the University of Florida and Life Chiropractic University in Atlanta, Georgia with a Doctorate degree in Clinical Nutrition and Chiropractic Medicine. He was also awarded a Diplomate from the American Clinical Board of Nutrition and a Board Certification from the Chiropractic Board of Clinical Nutrition. He also holds a Doctorate in Nutritional Medicine.


I am often asked what a Diplomate is and the best way to explain this is to understand that in the area of teaching and research, one can attain a degree in education at a level of a Bachelor’s degree and then pursue, beyond that, a Master’s degree and then the last step being a PhD which is the highest level of training in the area of teaching and research. In the clinical and healthcare field and as practitioners, one can obtain a Bachelor’s degree, then pursue a Master’s degree and then pursue a Doctorate. There are four physicians that are licensed in the United States.

  1. The Medical Doctor or Allopathic Physician (MD).
  2. The Chiropractic Physician (DC).
  3. The Osteopathic Physician (DO).
  4. The Naturopathic Physician (ND).

Beyond this level, one can attain a board certification in a specific area to specialize in the treatment of conditions. The board certifications are considered Diplomates. In my personal level of training, I have attained a Diplomate from the American Board of Clinical Nutrition (D.A.C.B.N.) and from the Chiropractic Board of Clinical Nutrition (D.C.B.C.N.). The level of training of a physician does not make that person any better than another practitioner. It simply gives one the opportunity to provide additional options and services to obtain optimal health. As a Diplomate, I am able to provide potential patients additional testing that objectively helps the question and eliminate the guesswork involved in that particular individual’s health condition.
If you have any additional questions concerning what a Diplomate is, feel free to contact our office at 904-834-2337.
To Your Health,

Dr. Steven M. Nickels, D.C., D.A.C.B.N., D.C.B.C.N.
Chiropractic Physician
Diplomate/Board Certified

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