Meet the Doctors

Dr. C

Dr. James Cranford Jr. 

Dr. James Cranford, Jr. attended Life College in Marietta, Georgia where he received his B.S. in nutrition and in 1995 graduated with his doctorate in Chiropractic. He took a position at Tri- State Chiropractic located in Rossville, Ga before opening Chowan Chiropractic in his home town of Edenton, N.C. in 1999. He specializes in hands on and instrument assisted chiropractic procedures for the conservative management of musculoskeletal conditions, such as neck, shoulder, lower back, auto and sports related injuries. He feels that he excels at various headache treatments and has received extensive training on treating facial pain associated with TMJD. He's the past president of the Edenton/Chowan Chamber of Commerce, Edenton Rotary Club and has served on the Albemarle Board of Health. He enjoys spending his free time with his family and attempting to play golf. He looks forward to helping people with their health concerns at both Chowan as well as Albemarle Chiropractic.

Dr. V

Dr. Stephen Van Giesen

Dr. Van Giesen was born into a military family and grew up living throughout the United States and Europe. He has lived and practiced in Elizabeth City for the past 38 years and has successfully treated over 5000 local and not so local residents. Over the years he has developed an excellent and trusted reputation working with our local medical community. He has been voted “Elizabeth City’s Best Chiropractor” for 15 years. Paul Harris Fellow- Rotary Dr. Van Giesen enjoys travel, hiking vacations, cooking, reading and listening to music especially “The Blues.” He enjoys long-distance running and has completed 10 marathons. The outdoors, nature and wilderness survival are special interests of his and he is a graduate of 2 Outward Bound survival schools.


Michigan Technological University—Where he studied forestry and wildlife management.

Santa Fe Community College—Associate of Arts.

University of Florida—Research work developing an aflatoxin fungicide for Monsanto.

Life Chiropractic College, Atlanta Georgia-Graduated Cum laude.

Fellow of the international Academy Of Clinical Acupuncture. As part of this certification he spent time studying In Beijing and Hong Kong.

Extensive post graduate education in orthopedics and rehabilitation.

Certified back safety instructor for the Red Cross.

Member of the American Chiropractic Association.

A past vice president of North Carolina Chiropractic Association eastern district.

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