Dr. Sarah Tony


Welcome to The Optimal Living Institute. My name is Dr. Sarah Tony, D.C., and I am thrilled to have you here and interested in the exciting world of natural medicine.

I was born in a small farming community in southern Minnesota in a very traditional household of conventional medicine. My mother was a nurse who fueled my inspiration to be a caretaker, but I also realized that the lack of results coming from traditional medicine was extremely apparent within my own family. Unsuccessful surgeries, bad reactions to prescription drugs, and the declining health status and vitality of my family left me with a helpless feeling inside. After seeing a chiropractor in high school who eliminated my intense pain with one adjustment, I knew there was another side of health that I had to explore.

I went on to attend South Dakota State University and graduated with a BS in Microbiology emphasizing in Infectious Diseases. I worked for chiropractors and nutritionists all throughout college, which only fueled my passion for Natural/Functional medicine. I then attended Northwestern Health Science University in Bloomington, MN where I received my Doctor of Chiropractic degree. My emphasis there was in a technique called Applied Kinesiology founded by Dr. George Goodheart, D.C. Applied Kinesiology (AK) is a system that evaluates structural, chemical, and mental aspects of health using muscle testing with other standard methods of diagnosis. In a very short period of time I found that this was the most effective way to treat patients. I was getting results on even the most difficult of cases.

In 2006 I discovered a technique called Nutrition Response Testing (NRT) that has allowed me to dig even deeper into the nutritional realm.  At the same time I immersed myself into Functional Medicine, which is the blending of the latest scientific research and testing and natural medicine.  The combination of chiropractic, nutritional therapies, and our adjunctive detoxification methods have proven the great effectiveness of Functional and Chiropractic medicine.

After running a robust clinic in San Francisco for 12 years, I chose to move to Coeur D’Alene, ID to have a more peaceful and natural life for my family.  After 4 years of living in CDA I made the decision to start serving my community with the best natural medicine clinic available.

My passion for supporting patients without toxic drugs and invasive surgeries is my lifelong quest. I have dedicated my energy to preserving the wellness of my family, close friends, community and myself in the most natural way possible.

Please come and join me on the quest for Optimal Health!

Health and Happiness,

Dr. Sarah Tony, D.C.

Chiropractic Kinesiologist, Clinical Nutritionist