The Doctors

Dr. Jonathan Barnewolt, D.C.

Dr. Kristi Barnewolt, D.C.

Doctors of Chiropractic
Jon and Kristi

Dr. Jon and Dr. Kristi are both graduates of the renowned Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport, Iowa, the world’s first chiropractic college. Both doctors hold a Doctor of Chiropractic degree and a Bachelor of Science degree from Palmer. Lifelong students, the doctors currently have over 20 years of combined higher education. Dr. Jon has been in practice since 2012, and Dr. Kristi since 2014. Both have served in humanitarian health clinics in developing nations, Dr. Jon in India and Dr. Kristi in Morocco.

Dr. Jon decided he wanted to become a doctor following a severe auto accident 20 years ago that nearly cost him his life. The medical specialists responsible for his recovery inspired him to pursue a career in healthcare. In turn, a chiropractor saved him from an imminent spinal fusion surgery, which taught him the importance of spinal alignment, proper nutrition and exercise, and the remarkable power of the body to heal and maintain itself, given the proper tools and opportunity. Chiropractic assists in achieving health in the least invasive way, by unlocking the body's full potential to heal itself. He’s excited to witness this transformation in his patients every day!

While Dr. Kristi was working with international students in Admissions at Palmer College of Chiropractic, Davenport, IA, she decided that her next step would be to pursue her doctor of chiropractic degree. While an employee at Palmer, Dr. Kristi was diagnosed with breast cancer. Because of the supportive environment she was in, she was motivated to research her options for treatment and empowered to take a more active role in her care based on what she learned and what results she wanted from her treatment. She received chiropractic treatment throughout her conventional treatment for cancer and also made changes to her diet and lifestyle to strengthen her immune system. Dr. Kristi’s illness and what she learned from it were an impetus that caused her to consider healthcare, true wellness care, for her next career. She came to yoga during her time as a graduate student and found the practice to be a wonderful compliment to chiropractic. During her last term at Palmer, she became a registered yoga teacher (RYT-200 hours).

After opening Thrive Chiropractic, Nutrition & Yoga in June 2015, Drs. Jon & Kristi knew they wanted to go on the Ideal Protein diet. In September and October 2015, during an 8 week period, Dr. Jon lost 54 lbs. and Dr. Kristi lost 24 lbs. Both also lost enough body fat to put them into the fitness range, a healthy indicator of body composition. During this time, Thrive began to offer the program and has helped many dieters to achieve their health goals, including not only weight loss and decreased body fat, but also decreases in blood pressure, blood sugar levels, chronic pain, and “bad” cholesterol.