Dr. Eric Carlsen is a summa cum laude graduate of Palmer College of Chiropractic where he was a Presidential Scholar. At Palmer College, he was appointed to the prestigious Vogt Leadership Society and the International Chiropractic Honor Society. Dr. Carlsen received numerous scholarships and awards while at Palmer College. He received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology from the State University of New York at Geneseo. In 1996, Dr. Carlsen moved to the Richmond area to complete his internship. After receiving his doctor of chiropractic degree in 1997, he practiced in an interdisciplinary office in Henrico County for five years. He then accepted a position at a multi-doctor practice in Northern Virginia in 2001. In 2003, Dr. Carlsen moved back to Central Virginia to start Family Chiropractic Center of Richmond in Manakin-Sabot to offer chiropractic and wellness services to the Greater Richmond Community. In addition to chiropractic practice, Dr. Carlsen has served as an Extension Faculty Member for Palmer College of Chiropractic, has taught Anatomy & Physiology to allied healthcare students in Richmond, and has been a Certified Instructor of Back Injury Prevention and Ergonomics for the American Red Cross. Dr. Carlsen is a member of the Foundation for Wellness Professionals where he delivers educational workshops and lectures, at no charge, on health-related topics throughout the Greater Richmond community. An accomplished and compassionate doctor, Dr. Carlsen is devoted to helping patients attain optimum health through the many benefits of comprehensive chiropractic care. He has a special interest in chiropractic family practice. Dr. Carlsen enjoys caring for all members of the family, from infants and adolescents to adults and our senior population. He continues his education by attending post-graduate seminars and conferences addressing a wide variety of topics involving the practice of chiropractic, health, wellness, and nutrition. Dr. Carlsen is licensed by the Virginia Board of Medicine and is a member of the American Chiropractic Association, the Virginia Chiropractic Association, the Richmond Chiropractic Society, and the Palmer College of Chiropractic International Alumni Association. He has served on the Board of Directors of the Virginia Chiropractic Association, representing the Central Virginia District, where he was named District Director of the Year in 2006. Dr. Carlsen serves on the School Health Advisory Board for Goochland County Public Schools, is a member of the YMCA Healthy Living Committee, and served on the Board of Directors for the Goochland County Chamber of Commerce, He is a graduate of the Greater Richmond American Red Cross Leadership Development Council, the Goochland Leadership Enterprise, the Henrico Citizens Police Academy, the Goochland Sheriff's Academy and is a current member of the Rotary Club of Goochland where he serves as the President of the Goochland Rotary Foundation. In 2016, Dr. Carlsen was named Goochland's Greatest Chiropractor. When not helping others, Dr. Carlsen enjoys spending time with his family. He and his wife have three children, an elementary-aged son and pre-school aged boy-girl twins.
Dr. Carlsen does not have any board certifications listed.
Why It Matters: Dr. Carlsen's Board Certifications
Board certification should be one of your top considerations when choosing a doctor. Board certification is an official recognition given to doctors who have met specific requirements set by national medical specialty boards in the United States.
Board certification indicates that a doctor is highly qualified in the medical field in which he or she practices. A board-certified doctor is more likely than a non-board-certified doctor to have the most current skills and knowledge about how to treat your medical condition.
Car Accident Injuries
Chronic Back Pain
Chronic Neck Pain
Low Back Pain
Lower Back Injuries
Lower Back Sprain
Neck Soft Tissue Trauma
Chronic Pain Management
Low Back Procedure
Manipulation Adjustment of Back and Neck
Neck Pain Procedure
Range of Motion Testing
Soft Tissue Massage
Trigger Point Therapy
0 Malpractice Claims
No malpractice history found for Virginia.
What is medical malpractice?
Medical malpractice is issued when negligence by a doctor causes injury to a patient. For example, a doctor may improperly diagnose, treat or medicate outside the standard of medical care. The three types of malpractice are: a settlement, an arbitration award, or a judgment.
If my doctor has malpractice history, does that mean he or she is a poor-quality doctor?
If your doctor has a malpractice claim, evaluate the information and determine if the action could potentially impact the quality of care you receive. Claim settlements and arbitration awards may occur for a variety of reasons, which should not necessarily reflect negatively on the doctor's professional competence or conduct. You may want to use this information to start a discussion with the doctor about his or her history and specific ability to provide healthcare for you.
How far back does Healthgrades malpractice history go?
Healthgrades reports details of a doctor’s malpractice history when the doctor has at least one closed medical malpractice claim within the last five years, even if he or she no longer practices in that state.
For which states does Healthgrades collect malpractice history?
Healthgrades collects malpractice information from California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Massachusetts, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, and West Virginia. If your doctor has a malpractice claim, evaluate the information and determine if the action could potentially impact your quality of care. Sometimes multiple states report the same claim. If a provider practices in a state where data is unavailable, please reach out to your local state legislature to help make this data publicly available.
No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.
What is a sanction or disciplinary action?
A sanction, also known as a disciplinary action, is an action taken to punish or restrict a doctor who has demonstrated professional misconduct. Sanctions may be imposed by a state medical board, professional medical licensing organization, or the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
If my doctor has sanction history, does that mean he or she is a poor-quality doctor?
If a doctor has a sanction, it does not necessarily mean that he or she is a poor-quality doctor. Some sanctions are not related to medical care, and involve a doctor’s finances or administrative activities. Before you make any choices about changing your doctor, we recommend that you evaluate the doctor’s sanction information and determine how severe or relevant you think the sanction cause and action were.
How far back does Healthgrades sanction history go?
Healthgrades reports state and federal sanctions from the previous five years, except when a doctor's license has been revoked or surrendered. Healthgrades displays all actions for doctors whose licenses have been revoked or surrendered.
For which states does Healthgrades collect sanction history?
Healthgrades collects sanction history from all 50 U.S. states. Physicians with a disciplinary action in one state may move to another state where they have a clean record. Since Healthgrades painstakingly compiles disciplinary action information from all 50 states, Healthgrades website will show if a physician has a disciplinary action in more than one state.
0 Board Actions
No board actions found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.
What are board actions?
Board actions are non-disciplinary actions imposed upon a doctor based on a complaint investigation. A patient or medical colleague may file a complaint with that state medical board or professional licensing organization, which then investigates the complaint. Board actions are intended to ensure that a doctor is able to perform safe medical and health care tasks.
Types of non-disciplinary actions include an advisory letter, a corrective action agreement, a limitation or restriction on the medical or healthcare tasks a doctor can perform, or a voluntary agreement by the doctor not to practice. A board action can also include a termination of a corrective action agreement or voluntary agreement, which allows the doctor to return to full practice.
If my doctor has a board action, does that mean he or she is a poor-quality doctor?
If a doctor has a board action, it means he or she has had a non-disciplinary action imposed upon him or her. It does not necessarily mean that he or she is a poor quality doctor. Before you make any choices about changing your doctor, evaluate the doctor's board action information and determine how severe or relevant you think the cause and action were.
How far back does Healthgrades non-disciplinary board action history go?
Healthgrades reports non-disciplinary board action history from for the previous five years, except when a doctor's license has been revoked or surrendered. Healthgrades displays all actions for doctors whose licenses have been revoked or surrendered.
For which states does Healthgrades collect non-disciplinary board actions?
Healthgrades collects non-disciplinary board actions from all 50 U.S. states.
State University Of New York
Undergraduate School | Graduated 1993
Palmer College of Chiropractic
Medical School | Graduated 1997
Awards & Recognition
Awards & Honors
Dr. Carlsen has no awards or honors listed.
Media & Publications
Dr. Carlsen has no media or publications listed.
Awards & Recognition
What is a recognized doctor?
Healthgrades Recognized Doctor designation identifies leading doctors who:
Are board certified.
Have not had their license surrendered or revoked since Healthgrades started collecting data in 2000.
Have no malpractice judgments, adverse arbitration awards, or monetary settlements for the last five years in the states in which Healthgrades can collect malpractice data.
Are free of state or federal disciplinary actions (sanctions) for the last five years.
Healthgrades updates the Recognized Doctor list quarterly based on board certification data. Healthgrades also receives sanction and malpractice data throughout the year, depending on how frequently the state medical boards release updates.
We remove a newly sanctioned doctor from the Recognized Doctor list as soon as we receive the information. However, it is important to note that malpractice information is publically available in only 14 states.
Memberships & Professional Affiliations
American Chiropractic Association, Member
Board of Directors for the Goochland County Chamber of Commerce, Board Member
Palmer College of Chiropractic International Alumni Association, Member
Richmond Chiropractic Society, Member
Rotary Club of Goochland, Member
School Health Advisory Board for Goochland County Public Schools, Board Member