Doctors of Chiropractic
Dr. Rob Watkins
Dr. Rob Watkins is a native of the Fort Myers area. He graduated from Fort Myers High School in 1986, and went on to attend Edison Community College and Florida State University for his Pre-Medical Studies. He attended Life University – School of Chiropractic for his Chiropractic doctorate degree and graduated in 1992.
Dr. Watkins graduated from Life University Chiropractic College in 1992. Also attended: Florida State University, Edison College. Additional degrees: National College – Physiotherapy, Erhardt Radiological Science, Florida Workman’s Compensation Certified, AMA Disability and Impairment Rating Certified.
Public service and education are two of the many goals that Dr. Watkins strives to attain. He currently serves as the Director and Past President of the Lee County Chiropractic Society which requires him to be the voice for the region on the Board of Directors of the Florida Chiropractic Association. He served on the Board of Athletic Trainers in the past, as appointed by Gov. Jeb Bush.
Dr. Watkins also enjoys conducting educational workshops throughout the Ft. Myers and LaBelle areas. He also enjoys being an active member of the Estero-S. Ft. Myers Lion’s Club.
Dr. Watkins and his staff are very excited to be able to serve the Ft. Myers & LaBelle communities of Lee and Hendry county Florida. We want you to know that we pride ourselves on trying to make chiropractic a pleasant experience for you and your family. You may expect to be treated like family when visiting this office. To accomplish the correction of your condition, we will analyze your individual needs and develop a plan to help you reach this goal. Along the way, we will check to see how your condition is progressing and that the cause of your problem, if not yet completely eliminated, is well on its way.
Kids are always welcome in our office. Dr. Rob thoroughly enjoys teaching children about their health while entertaining them. In fact, Dr. Rob, or as some of the pre-schooler’s at his church know him as “Silly Rob”, serves as a volunteer each month and during VBS teaching the children with just plain silliness and animal balloons.
Dr. Nick Loughren
Dr. Nick Loughren is a proud native of Southwest Florida. He graduated from Bishop Verot High School in 1999 where he excelled athletically as a baseball player. After being drafted by the Colorado Rockies, Dr. Nick pursued a professional career as a pitcher, only to fall short following multiple injuries. His experiences ignited an interest in sports medicine which eventually led to a passion for chiropractic medicine. Dr. Nick believes if he had been introduced to chiropractic care sooner, he may have been able to avoid the injuries that ended his career.
Dr. Nick went on to serve 10 years in the Lee County Sheriff’s Office, where he had a successful tenure in various leadership roles including 6 years on the emergency response team and 5 years as a sergeant. Dr. Nick, though, maintained a passion for sports medicine and decided to return to school to pursue sports medicine.
Dr. Nick went on to complete his undergraduate studies at Florida Southwestern and then Hodges University where he was awarded Student of the Year and graduated Cum Laude with a dual major B.S. in Biomedical Science and B.S. Interdisciplinary Studies. This paved the way to acceptance at Palmer College of Chiropractic where he was selected to serve as a Student Ambassador and awarded with the Most Outstanding Future Alumni award by the Palmer Student Alumni Foundation. Dr. Nick graduated from Palmer- Florida in 2021.
Dr. Nick has maintained his involvement in the community through baseball for over 30 years. He has coached at all levels, ages 6-18, including a 2-year stint as the skipper at Desoto High School as well as various successful travel ball organizations. Dr. Nick prides himself on “leading by example” and enjoys mentoring young athletes. Dr.Nick is a goal-oriented and results-driven personality, a trait he expects his patients to thrive on while under his care.
Dr. Nick enjoys the hands-on application of Diversified Technique, but also offers Thompson Drop technique, Cox Flexion/Distraction, Pro-Adjuster, and Activator techniques as well as various modalities including IASTM, Rock Tape (FTM Certified), ultrasound, electrotherapy, and proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation (PNF).
Dr. Nick is motivated by his support system; his wife Suzi and three children Brady, Colsen, and Taryn. Dr. Nick enjoys an active lifestyle, fishing, golfing, and anything baseball. Dr. Nick is extremely thrilled to join the team at SWFL Spinal Care and looks forward to serving the community in this new capacity.
Dr. Sam Watkins
Dr. Sam Watkins (Uncle Sam) served as a covering physician in our Ft. Myers and LaBelle offices. He originally practiced in the downtown Fort Myers area and served the community in that location for over 50 years. He also served as a well-respected mentor to many other chiropractors in Lee County. Though currently retired, Dr. Sam will always hold a special place in our office family!