Dr. Hanks grew up in Illinois and graduated in 1970 from Bradley University with a major in psychology. With the influence of his father and older brother, both chiropractors, he entered the National College of Chiropractic in Chicago, graduating in 1974. Dr. Hanks has been in private practice since that time, first in New Mexico for one year, and then in Denver since 1975. He is board certified in chiropractic orthopedics, and in 1997, finished a master’s degree in healthcare systems from the University of Denver. He has served on the postgraduate faculty of four chiropractic colleges. Presently, he is the senior chiropractic consultant to Kaiser Permanente. Dr. Hanks is certified in acupuncture as an adjunct to chiropractic practice. He has a strong interest in clinical nutrition and all forms of orthopedic disorders, especially spinal. His interests include writing, as a columnist for DC Magazine, gardening, judging BBQ contests, and playing with his eight grandchildren.