Cara L. Borggren

Cara Borggren
Assistant Professor
College of Chiropractic
Assistant Professor
College of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine

Personal Information


Currently Teaching (2014-2015)


I am an assistant professor in the College of Chiropractic at Northwestern Health Services University. I am also a doctor of chiropractic at the Bloomington Natural Care Center and University Health Services.

I received three years of post-graduate residency training in geriatric care.  I am certified in Activator Technique, an instrument-assisted adjusting technique, and Graston, an instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization technique.

I thoroughly enjoy working with interns and patients simultaneously to achieve the best possible results for patients, and an incredible learning experience for our students. My approach to health care is one that promotes the body’s own desire to heal itself, coupled with a patient-centered, evidence-informed approach.

I have had many unique and respected post-graduate experiences. I was the director of Chiropractic Consultative Services within a hospital setting where I treated patients with chronic and debilitating neurological conditions. I helped open New York Chiropractic College’s satellite clinic in Rochester, NY. I was a research fellow who helped implement chiropractic care within a long-term care facility.

I was also chief of staff for Northwestern’s partnership clinic at the Pillsbury House Integrated Health Clinic in Minneapolis, MN. My experience and various health care positions have broadened my knowledge and expertise for treating a diverse patient base.


  • CPR/AED certification, 2009
  • Doctor of Chiropractic - NWHSU, 2006
  • Bachelor of Science - NWHSU, 2006


Borggren CL, Hightower JE, Karuza J, Dougherty P. Description of patient characteristics and treatment methods utilized of patients undergoing care in an integrated chiropractic clinic within a long-term care hospital. Journal of Chiropractic Education. 2011;25(1):74.

Borggren CL, Wiles MR. Assessment of students’ perceptions after the implementation of a geriatrics case studies seminar elective course. Journal of Chiropractic Education. 2010;24(1):85.

Skaufel J, Borggren C, Westrom K, Evans R. Implementation of chiropractic care in the long-term setting: a pilot study through a chiropractic college and the Volunteers of America. Journal of Chiropractic Education. 2010;24(1):112. 

Skaufel J, Borggren C, Wiles M. Experiential learning: a game on aging to improve quality of care. Journal of Chiropractic Education. 2009;23(1):94.

Borggren CL, Osterbauer PJ, Wiles MR. A survey of geriatrics courses in North American chiropractic programs. Journal of Chiropractic Education. 2009;23(1):28-35.

Borggren CL. Pregnancy and chiropractic: a descriptive review of the literature. Journal of Chiropractic Medicine. 2007;6(2):70-74.

Major CC, Borggren CL, DeVries RM. Traumatic hand fracture in a patient with osteogenesis imperfecta. Journal of Chiropractic Medicine. 2009;7(4):155-160.

Borggren CL. Evidence-based chiropractic practice by Michael T. Haneline. Journal of the Canadian Chiropractic Association. 2007;51(3).

Borggren CL. Complementary medicine in clinical practice by David P. Rakel. Journal of the Canadian Chiropractic Association. 2007;51(3).

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