About Us

Meet the Doctor

Dr. Matt Kirkland DC, CCEP


Dr. Matt grew up in Lincolnton, North Carolina. He obtained a B.S. degree in Biology, focusing on dentistry at UNC Charlotte in 2012. He realized that with the efforts of modern medicine and the effects they have on patients’ health, he decided to seek a more natural option to healthcare for patients.

Working as a chiropractic assistant after college, as well as receiving chiropractic care, he discovered the amazing and life-changing benefits of chiropractic and began a pathway to learning how to provide this service to others.

Dr. Matt graduated from Life University in Marietta, GA in 2019. In the DC (doctor of chiropractic) program he learned various techniques to remove subluxations in the spine as well as restoring the communication lost in the central nervous systems of patients.

Shortly after graduation he finished his post graduate training and obtained his CCEP certification through the Council on Extremity Adjusting. Dr. Matt believes the body works as one unit and all parts involved play a vital role in your overall health and function.

Dr. Matt practiced in Indiana from 2019-2021 and then moved back to Hickory, NC to open his practice to be back in familiar surroundings. He has a God-given talent to serve and has a healers heart for his patients, helping them to become the best versions of themselves and supporting the local community.

Why Choose New Directions?

At New Directions Chiropractic we strive to be more than just a chiropractic clinic.

In order to achieve maximum health and a better quality of life you must have first have your nervous system working at 100%. We focus on freeing this system from the interference that life can create and instead of only treating the symptoms or diagnosing the disease, we plan to uncover the root cause and restore the communication between the brain and body so you can do what you were designed to do; HEAL.

Our patients are like family and we treat them as such. We want to build lasting relationships for years to come! After all, we want to be able to provide quality care for you and your family now and in the future!

We want our clinic to be a safe haven in the community for you to feel at home so you can focus on working towards a better version of YOU! It is never too late to take that first step towards health and we will be here helping you achieve the goals you want to reach every step of the way!

A healthy outside starts from the inside! Let us help you start your journey in a new direction!

“If you keep doing what you’ve always done, you’ll keep getting what you’ve always gotten.”