Meet the Team
Dr. Byron Akita, DC
Dr. Byron Akita grew up in Dallesport, Washington and attended Central Washington University in Ellensburg, WA graduating with honors with a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration. He later graduated Cum Laude as the Valedictorian in 1985 from Western States Chiropractic College in Portland, Oregon. He worked in McMinnville as an associate doctor for two years before returning to the Gorge in 1987 to open Akita Chiropractic Clinic.
Dr. Akita has taken numerous post-graduate classes in Clinical Nutrition, Functional Medicine, Chiropractic Orthopedics and Neurology, Copes Scoliosis Treatment and Chiropractic Sports Medicine. He was a member of the Oregon Board of Chiropractic Examiners State Licensing Committe. Dr. Akita has also volunteered his services to Wahtonka High School and treated numerous sports injuries. He continues to treat local athletes from surrounding schools.
When not working in the clinic, Dr. Akita stays active working on the family cherry orchard in Dallesport. He is also the Head Instructor of The Dalles Doshinkan Karatedo Dojo and holds the rank of Shihan 8th degree black belt. In his free time he likes to read science fiction and mystery novels, watch old western television shows, collect comic books and play the guitar.
Dr. Tim Akita, DC
Dr. Tim Akita is a native of The Dalles and graduated from The Dalles High School in 2004. He then received a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and a minor in Chemistry from Oregon State University. While at Oregon State, Dr. Akita suffered multiple injuries while practicing judo and was impressed by how quickly he recovered after being treated by his father, Dr. Byron Akita.
Dr. Akita graduated Cum Laude from the University of Western States in 2012, while also receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Biology.
Dr. Akita has a special interest in treating whiplash and concussion injuries and was certified in a four part post-doctorate course in Whiplash Biomechanics and Traumatology presented by Dr. Arthur Croft, an international expert on whiplash injuries.
Merrie Akita - Office Manager, Chiropractic Assistant
I wear many hats in our family business: office manager, insurance specialist, chiropractic assistant, wife and mom. The Dalles has been a great community to live in, work and raise our children. Many of our long time patients have become good friends. When not in the office, you may find me on the tennis court, playing the guitar, woodworking or leading Bible studies. It has been a pleasure to serve the people of The Dalles for the past 30 years and we thank you for your support!