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Glen Zielinski, DC, DACNB, FACFN, CBIS

NW Functional Neurology


Dr. Glen Zielinski, DC, DACNB, FACFN, CBIS

Glen Zielinski is a Chiropractic Physician and Board Certified Functional Neurologist. 

He graduated Suma Cum Laude from Parker College of Chiropractic in Dallas, Texas. He was Valedictorian of his class in September 2000 and received numerous awards including the largest scholarship in the chiropractic profession.

He completed his neurology training with the Carrick Institute for Clinical Neuroscience, graduated first in his class, and became board certified as a Chiropractic Neurologist by the American Chiropractic Neurology Board in 2003. He was immediately appointed as an Assistant Professor of Neurology with the Carrick Institute.

He was awarded a fellowship from the American College of Functional Neurology in 2010. He is fellowship-trained in Traumatic Brain Injury Rehabilitation, Vestibular Rehabilitation, Movement Disorder Rehabilitation, Childhood Neurodevelopmental Disorder Rehabilitation, and Clinical Neurochemistry. 

Dr. Zielinski has lectured for thousands of hours on Functional Neurology to chiropractic, medical, osteopathic, and naturopathic physicians throughout North America and Europe. He has qualified hundreds of doctors throughout the world to sit for board examination in Functional Neurology. He has published on mechanisms of post-concussion syndrome.

He is a member of the Carrick Institute’s Institutional Review Board and helps guide international research in the functional neurology field. He continues to lecture throughout the country on functional management of neurological, neuropsychiatric, and autoimmune disorders.

He is a board member of the Brain Injury Alliance of Oregon and has been the keynote speaker at the BIAOR conference from 2016-2020. He spearheaded a legislative project that resulted in Functional Neurology being coded into the chiropractic scope of practice in Oregon. His testimony in the Oregon Senate helped facilitate passage of legislation allowing chiropractic physicians to authorize return to play following concussions. He was honored as Neurologist of the Year for 2014 by the International Association of Functional Neurology and Rehabilitation, the highest award in the Functional Neurology profession. He was honored as Educator of the Year in 2019 and Chiropractor of the Year in 2020 by the Oregon Chiropractic Association.

Dr. Zielinski founded Northwest Functional Neurology in 2006. His practice focuses on severe traumatic brain injuries, post-concussion syndrome, movement disorders, disorders of gait and balance, and disorders of childhood neurological development. Patients travel from all over the world to have Dr. Zielinski attend to their care. People that live down the street regularly share his waiting room with people from Norway, Australia, and all points in between. He has helped celebrity entertainers and musicians, professional athletes, Olympic Gold Medalists, and World Champions recover from neurological injuries and maximize their performance.

His work was featured in the Netflix series Afflicted, which focused on sufferers of poorly-defined chronic diseases.

He splits his (alleged) spare time between activities as a musician, martial artist, winemaker, and fending off sneak attacks from his children.