Dr. Ralph D. Roles was born and raised in Las Vegas, Nevada. His first experience with chiropractic came as a teenager, when he was treated for an asthmatic condition. A pre-law major in college, his interests soon turned to fascination with the study of the human body, leading him to pursue a career in chiropractic. He graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Pasadena, College of Chiropractic in 1976 and was the Valedictorian of his class. After eight successful years of private practice in Las Vegas, he, his wife Pamela, and their two children, Keeley and Kyle moved to Charleston, which is Pamela's native home. In 1987, Dr. Roles opened Charleston Neck & Back Center and has cared for thousands of people around the Lowcountry.
During a career that has spanned over three decades, Dr. Roles' continuing-education efforts have led to certifications from the Parker Chiropractic Research Foundation, the Southeast Back Institute, and the University of Florida, Colleges of Medicine and Health & Human performance. In April of 1993, upon graduating from a three year postgraduate program in Chiropractic Neurology through Logan Chiropractic College and the University of Central Florida, Dr. Roles made South Carolina Chiropractic history by becoming the first Board Certified Chiropractic Neurologist in the state (D.A.C.A.N., a designation that is still unique to him in the state). Dr. Roles' goal as a physician is to provide his patients with the highest level of care through the use of his extensive diagnostic and treatment knowledge, utilizing state-of-the art rehabilitation equipment and having the most professional, caring and knowledgeable staff.
Dr. Roles continues to treat a wide variety of cases. He specializes in the treatment of headaches, neck pain and chronic lower back pain. His interest in the treatment of headaches came as a result of the outstanding success his patients experienced in response to his treatment. He also feels that there is no greater professional reward than being able to rid a person of such a painful, re-occurring condition. His often-made statement "no person should elect low back surgery before attempting all conservative treatment available" is a reflection of his experience that most cases of low back pain (lumbar disc involvement included) can be successfully treated conservatively. Dr. Roles currently does consulting and second opinion work for many local chiropractic and medical physicians.
Dr. Roles has been actively involved with the South Carolina State Chiropractic Association since the late 1980's. He served as president of the association for two consecutive terms, and for over ten years has been an active member of the Board of Directors. In 2010, Dr. Roles was appointed by Governor Nikki Haley to the South Carolina Board of Chiropractic Examiners. He served on the Board for nine years, and was Chairman for two years. Also in 2010, the South Carolina Chiropractic Association honored him with the Palmetto Patriot Award for demonstrating good citizenship and exceptional achievement in his profession. In addition, he was a member of the Federation of Chiropractic Licensing Boards, a national organization, for eight years. In 2012 he was inducted into The Chiropractic Hall of Fame. He is especially humbled by this honor from his peers.
When not at his office caring for patients, you'll find Dr. Roles playing golf, racquetball or enjoying time with his family. Keeley and Kyle now live in Austin, Texas with their families. Dr. Roles has served many years as a deacon for the Baptist Church, and actively seeks God's will in his life. His patients and colleagues will tell you that he is truly one of a kind - the best kind.
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