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Who is Dr. J. Shafer


Joseph Shafer has practiced as a chiropractor since graduating from Palmer College of Chiropractic in 1980.

  • He graduated cum laude from Louisiana State University before earning his doctorate.

  • At Louisiana State, he studied international law, history and psychology.

  • After graduating from Palmer, Dr. Shafer and his then-wife moved to Denmark. He continued to study Applied Kinesiology, Nutrition and Sports Medicine.

  • In 1989 he became a certified sports medicine physician and in 1990 a diplomate in Applied Kinesiology.

  • From 1986 to 1990, he was one of Team Denmark's official specialized doctors on call to treat elite athletes. In 1989, he supported athletes in the World Games in Karlsruhe, Germany. In 1990 he was team doctor for "Nissan Performance" at Le Mans and also in 1991 and 92 at the Daytona Beach 24-hour endurance races.

  • From 1991 he was regularly invited to speak and lecture in Moscow and in Novokuznetsk, Russia. In 1993, he was awarded an assistant professorship (HON) at the Novokuznetsk School of Post-graduate Medicine, and in 2004 he was awarded professor status at the School of Post-graduate Social and Rehabilitative Medicine, Moscow. 

Dr. Shafer has developed several diagnostic and therapeutic techniques that are widely used by physicians, chiropractors, osteopaths and physical therapists. One of these is the Brain Recovery System. Currently, this is his great passion and after having seen the most difficult patients at various locations in Belgium in 2021-23 and having gained much experience with the system, he is now lecturing throughout Europe, America and Australia.


There are currently four Brain-Recovery centers in Belgium recognized by Dr. Shafer. These are spread across the country:


  • Group Practice Drenth, Geert Drenth, Heuveneindeweg 6, 3520 Zonhoven - 011/812.075

  • Group practice David Saerens, Beekstraat 19, 1742 Ternat - 0474/978.975

  • Topofit: Tom Van der Goten, Putsebaan 33, 2040 Zandvliet - 03/210.900.6

  • Crescendo: Hatem Sassi, Pakmoere 28/A, 9900 Eeklo - 0485/656.793


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Titles and degrees

- Professor of post-graduate medicine of the Moscow Academy of Social and Rehabilitative Medicine: 2004 to present
- Diplomate International Board of Applied Kinesiology – 1990
- Certified Chiropractic Sports Physician – 1989
- Assistant professor of post-graduate medicine (Honorary)
- Novokuznetsk College of Manual Medicine, Russia – 1993 

Private practice in:

- Denmark from 1980 – 1991
- Italy 1991 – present
- Scotland and England 1999 – present

Other experience:

- Sports medicine physician for Milan AC: 2008 -2009
- Sports medicine consultant for Team Denmark 1987 – 1991 (A state run organization for the development of and support of sport and athletes in Denmark)
- Team doctor for NISSAN Performance drivers of 24-hour endurance races
- LeMans, France – 1990
- Daytona Beach, USA – 1991/1992
- Specialist physician for world class badminton:1993 – 1996


- AK chapter in multidisciplinary book: Dentistry and Alternative Medicine – 1996
- Kinesiologia Applicata e Terapia Craniosacrale (Italian only at present) [Applied Kinesiology and Craniosacral Therapy}
- The Muscle Test Handbook (Guest Editor with Hans Garten) 2013

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