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I'm Dr. Jenny Talbert, a fat-positive chiropractor based in Portland, Oregon. My journey into chiropractic care is deeply personal and shaped by my own experiences living in a larger body. I specialize in helping individuals in larger bodies reduce pain, move more comfortably, and embrace a journey that isn't defined by the scale.

My Story

From a young age, I knew I was destined to be a chiropractor. However, growing up, I rarely saw healthcare professionals who looked like me. I believed that to be taken seriously and to make a real difference, I had to fit a certain mold. This misconception led me on a path of dieting and striving for a body that wasn't mine. In 2018, everything changed. I embraced intuitive eating, abandoned the restrictive habits that had governed my life, and, most importantly, I began to love and accept my body in its natural, healthy state. I was tired of not seeing my body type represented in the worlds of chiropractic and physical therapy. So, I decided to be the change I wanted to see.

Embracing Health At Every Size®

My practice is built on the principles of Health At Every Size® (HAES). This approach advocates for size acceptance, aims to end weight discrimination and stigma, and challenges the societal obsession with weight loss and thinness. As a fat chiropractor, I've faced and overcome the biases and stigmas attached to weight, both as a patient and a provider. These experiences have not only made me a more empathetic practitioner but have also fueled my commitment to creating a healthcare environment where everyone feels seen, respected, and valued.

What I Offer

I currently work at Portland Chiropractic Group (I go by Dr. Jennifer at the office) and my approach to care is personalized and empathetic, focusing on:

  • Reducing pain and discomfort in larger bodies.
  • Teaching movements and exercises specifically designed for larger bodies, including modifications to ensure effectiveness and comfort.
  • Promoting an intuitive relationship with food and movement, free from the constraints of diet culture.
  • Advocating for body positivity and size acceptance, both within the healthcare industry and beyond.

I bring not only professional expertise but personal understanding to each consultation, creating a safe, supportive environment where you can truly thrive.

If you're looking for a chiropractor who gets it, and who knows the struggles and triumphs of living in a larger body, you've come to the right place.

Favorite Fat Things

Things that make my fat life more accessible and comfortable

Recharagable bladeless neck fan perfect for summer or for a hot flash. Fits well on larger necks and your hair will not get caught

Provides customizable back support and is ideal for air or car journeys, as it rolls up neatly and compactly.

True to size, high waisted, never rolls down and durable. Perfect for those with larger bellies and smaller thighs. Up to size 5x

Seatbelt Adjuster

I love this to keep my seatbelt from hitting me in the neck when I’m driving. Seatbelts were not made for fat women so we have to make it a little more comfortable

Supports up to 480 pounds and collapes flat. Anytime you need a seat in your home or traveling around this is great.

If your back is sore, you have trouble reaching to wipe, or you desire a clean bum after every use, this product is perfect. No power supply needed. Attaches directly to your water line

Back Scrubber AND Scalp Scrubber in a single tool. 100% silicone and stainless steel core for a hygienic and long lasting product

Fanny Pack with Extendable Belt

Perfect size, color and shape. The extendable belt is awesome to fit up to a 62 inch waist.

Self Massge

My favorite home massage tools

Use this to massage hard-to-reach trigger points between your shoulder blades and neck.

*Tip- hold down on a sore spot and try moving your neck or arm to get a deeper stretch

An excellent tool for self-myofascial release, these balls can help reduce tightness and soreness in your muscles and connective tissues. Its little spikes on the Naboso stimulate the small nerves in your feet..

This is essential for anyone who works at the computer or is a fellow bodyworker. Armaid is specifically designed to work on tight muscles, tendons and ligaments in the forearm, wrist, hand and elbow areas.

Excellent home back massager. The handle is long enough to use on yourself self and the dual head works best for your back. Even better if you have a partner help you.

Home Movement

Some of my favorite home movement tools

I love this yoga mat; it's durable and wider than a standard one. Plus, your and feet won't slip!

Great for stretching your hamstrings and shoulders, the loops provide multiple options for holding without over-gripping.

Foam rolling can be difficult to access due to the uncomfortable positions it requires or the pain it causes. A soft-density foam roller is a great place to start.

*Tip: even easier start, try using a 36-inch roller against a wall instead of the floor.

Use these to practice your balance, protect your knees when kneeling or us them in sitting exercises to raise you up off the groun.


Pillows, Mattresses, Sleep Apnea Supplies

If you are a side sleeper only, this pillow is great! It fills in the gap between your shoulder and head and keeps you cool

Great for a combo of a back and side sleeper. Adjustable foam inside stays where you place it.

The sleep meditations on this app are so lovely to help you fall asleep. Worth the money for sure. Enjoy a 30 day free trial with the link above.

I always need some sort of white noise when I’m sleeping but many of the apps have a looping sound that makes me crazy. This product is all different types of fan noises

I need a supportive pillow when I’m traveling to support my head and keep my CPAP mask from moving. This helps turn a regular hotel pillow into a more orthopedic pillow. Not really for sleep sitting up right.

Waking up gently using this sunrise simulation alarm clock. Perfect for dark winter days or if you use black out curtains

Luxury Mattress for Fat People

Saatva is a high end mattress company that has a mattress just for fat people. Great for those with back pain One year home trial! Use the link above for up to $650 off

Resp Shop CPAP Supplies

I typically order my CPAP supplies online and this shop has great prices and ships from Washington

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Dr. Jenny resides in Portland, Oregon with her husband, David. In her free time, she enjoys playing the ukulele, crocheting, reading, listening to podcasts, and exploring the city on foot or bike. As the organizer of Nerdy 30s Ladies of Portland, a private social group for women in their 30s and 40s, she fosters community connections. Dr. Jenny also excels in public speaking and is interested in personal finance and retirement planning.

Work with me in person

I am currently accepting new patients at Portland Chiropractic Group. I go by Dr. Jennifer at this office!

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