Dr. Tara (Snyder) Buchakjian (most easily pronounced 'boo-cha-chin') was born and raised in Bucks and Montgomery Counties in Pennsylvania, but has spent the most time in Hatboro. She is a graduate of Hatboro-Horsham High School. Dr. Tara began her pre-chiropractic education at Delaware Valley College in Doylestown PA and received a Bachelor of Science degree (B.S.). She was then accepted at New York Chiropractic College (NYCC) in Seneca Falls, New York. After completing a 5 year graduate program at NYCC, she was awarded her degree as Doctor of Chiropractic (D.C.) in 2004.
Her lifelong passion to specialize in the care of infants, children and pregnant women lead Dr. Tara to pursue Board Certification as a Pediatric Chiropractor holding a 400 hour Diplomate in Pediatric Chiropractic by the Academy of Family Chiropractic. Many of Dr. Tara's patients are infants and children. Dr. Tara is an active member of the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association (ICPA) and regularly expands her knowledge and skills through additional studies in pediatric and perinatal chiropractic care . For children, Dr. Tara offers adjustments to restore the nervous system function and allow the body the ability to express a greater state of well-being and health. She has helped children with colic, nursing difficulties, asthma, reflux, and chronic infections.
Dr. Tara is also certified in the Webster Technique which is a safe, gentle, and effective chiropractic treatment that prepares the pregnant woman for delivery. The technique seeks to correct sacral misalignment, balance pelvic muscles and ligaments and reduce in-utero constraint to the baby which allows the baby to get in the best possible position for birth. The result is a safer, easier labor and delivery. Because of the effect that chiropractic adjustment has on all body functions, pregnant mothers should have their spines checked regularly throughout pregnancy, allowing for safer, easier deliveries and optimized health benefits for both the mother and baby. For mothers who recently delivered, Dr. Tara offers to stabilize the pelvic regions as the ligaments are lax due to the hormonal changes of pregnancy and birth.
Dr. Tara is married and they have three children. They also have an energetic terrier/lab mix (named Izzy) who may sneak out to greet you excitedly with a bark, tail wag, a sniff when you come into the office. Their children were all born safely and naturally at home. They each received their first chiropractic adjustment within hours of their birth and continue to receive weekly chiropractic check-ups to ensure that they grow up healthy and express their full health potential.
Education and Certification
- Delaware Valley College, Bachelor of Science (B.S)
Chiropractic Graduate Education
New York Chiropractic College, Doctor of Chiropractic (D.C)
Postgraduate Training and Certifications
- Diplomate in Chiropractic Pediatrics from the Academy of Family Practice (D.A.C.C.P.)
- Fellow of the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association (F.I.C.P.A)
- Certified Pediatric Chiropractor (C.A.C.C.P.)
- Webster Technique Certified
- Upledger Craniosacral Therapy Level 1
- Craniosacral, TMJ-Dental, and Fascial Therapy with Dr. Barry Gillespie
- Drop Table/ Thompson
- CranioSacral Therapy
- Webster Technique
- Extremity Adjusting
- Logan Basic
Drop Table/ Thompson
Thompson Terminal Point Technique is built around the research of Dr. Derifield of Detroit Michigan. Dr. Derifield noticed that the same adjustment on two patients with the same analysis did not always give the same results. As he gained more experience, he found that the answer lay in determining through analysis whether the subluxation was at the top of the spine or lower within the spine. Analysis of the patient's subluxations, using the Derifield Technique, depends upon a very accurate leg check. Dr. Derifield created a set of rules for checking the legs to determine the point of the subluxation in the pelvic and lumbar area. It was further determined that turning the head in certain ways helped to balance the legs. Later Dr. Niblo added testing various trigger points on the side of the short leg, and adjusting the anterior ischium, producing astonishing results. Using a Thompson terminal point table, which is especially designed for the Derifield technique, a special weighing mechanism in the terminal point table instantly weights the patient and adds only enough tension to hold the patient in the "up" position before the thrust is given. This table regulates the pressure applied to make the adjustment special for each patient.
Diversified Technique is the classic chiropractic technique, developed by D.D. Palmer, DC. and taught in all chiropractic colleges. Diversified Technique was refined and developed by the late Otto Reinert, DC, to address biomechanical failure in each section of the spine, as it relates to specific subluxation. The focus is on restoration to normal biomechanical function, and correction of subluxation. In addition, Diversified methods have been developed to adjust extremity joints, allowing for beneficial applications in treating sports injuries and other injuries. Diversified adjusting of the spine uses specific lines of drives for all manual thrusts, allowing for specificity in correcting mechanical distortions of the spine. X-rays and case histories are used in analysis and diagnosis. No instruments are used in the adjusting procedure. Motion palpatation and full spine, hands-on techniques are used to deliver a deeper thrust, which makes an osseous (popping) sound as the adjustment is given.
Activator Methods is based on the postulate that understanding body mechanics and force is the key to understanding how to move bones. A leg test is utilized to tell the doctor if the subluxation exists, chiefly in the lumbo-sacral area or cervical region of the spine. With further research into body mechanics, W.C. Lee D.C. and A.W. Fuhr D.C. were able to analyze the body and produce from the analysis consistent changes using a light non-force specific chiropractic adjustment. Lee and Fuhr understood that force was not necessary to correct subluxations in the body. Two components are necessary for fast, effective reduction of nerve pressure caused by subluxations. They are speed and line of drive. Speed and line of drive are what make chiropractic the distinct and dynamic art and science that it is. The activator instrument was designed to deliver this specific dynamic thrust. It is a small hand-held mechanism that delivers a sharp percussive thrust upon triggering. The activator instrument controls the force and speed of the adjustment exceptionally well and with the activator, the line of drive is more specific. The principals of this technique at Active Chiropractic Wellness Center will be utilized when using the Adjustor at times, in addition to the Activator. Each patient responds differently to each instrument utilized.
Founder, H. B. Logan, 1915 started the Logan College of Chiropractic in 1935. Logan Basic is a Chiropractic procedure that utilizes light force adjusting and postural analysis. It is a system of body mechanics that incorporates the use and understanding of pelvic and spinal distortions as they relate to sacral subluxation. A sacral adjustment is performed using light force contact (4 - 10 ounces). The adjustment corrects sacral subluxation and irregularities in body mechanics. The technique also includes extremities and cranial adjusting.
For pregnant mothers, Dr. Tara Buchakjian is certified in the Webster Technique. This technique helps to stabilize the pelvic regions by balancing the pelvic muscles and ligaments which in turn removes constraint to the women's uterus and allows the baby to get into the best possible position for birth. This specific chiropractic technique can be used when baby is confirmed breech. It allows the baby to turn head down for an optimal delivery. It can be up to 80% effective in allowing the baby to turn head down, therefore it may eliminate the need for intervention such as External Cephalic Version (ECV) and/or Cesarean Section.
Dr. Larry Webster, Founder of the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association, discovered the Webster Technique as a safe means to restore proper pelvic balance and function for pregnant mothers. In expectant mothers presenting breech, there has been high reported success rates of the baby turning to normal vertex position.
Any position of the baby, other than vertex, may indicate the presence of sacral subluxation and therefore result in intrauterine constraint. It is strongly recommended by instructors of the technique that this specific analysis and adjustment of the sacrum be used throughout pregnancy. This technique will detect imbalance and prevent intrauterine constraint.
Because of the effect that chiropractic adjustment has on all body functions, pregnant mothers should have their spines checked regularly throughout pregnancy, allowing for safer, easier deliveries and optimized health benefits for both the mother and baby.