The Choate Tables Story:
In 1987, I, James Choate, the founder of Choate Tables,
began the study of chiropractic at Life Chiropractic
College West (LCCW) in Hayward, CA. I found a home in
this field, and knew that the rest of my life would be
dedicated to a career in chiropractic. From the first
time I stepped foot onto campus, I was charged from head
to toe with excitement and de’ja vu! This campus was my
old 7th grade stomping grounds, having
previously been Barrett Jr. High. Back then I had no
clue what chiropractic was, nor did I care! Little
did I know that 5 years later my life would be
transformed with chiropractic, starting with becoming a
student at LCCW.
At the point of my senior year in high school, like most kids
my age, I didn't know what I was going to do with my
life. One thing I did know, though, was that I was
not going to work for anyone else. It was during
that time that I met a girl named Nancy while working
out at the gym one day. She told me she was a student
at the chiropractic college. I asked, "What is
chiropractic"? She went on to tell me all about it,
intriguing me to the point of my asking her lots
of questions. As I found out that the college was my old
jr. high school, it seemed fate to me. So, after
graduating high school in 1984, I went full steam ahead
to meet the prerequisites for LCCW as soon as I could.
Three years later, in September of 1987, I began my
Right away I realized that I was going to need my own
chiropractic table. In my spare time, during my first
quarter, my father and I built my very first table. I
was a poor student, living on a shoestring budget.
Gratefully, the materials I needed for the
table ended up being one of my Christmas presents that
year! As the students and the college clubs got word of
my table, they started to inquire about it. I made one,
then another, and then another. It was so cool that my
tables were getting popular!
To this day I have designed and hand crafted hundreds of my own chiropractic
tables, as well as recovered many of the tables (other
brands) for the doctors in the bay area.. I am well known around here as “The Table
Guy”. But I digress. Back to my first year and 4th
quarter: I was in class doing setups and noticed that
my wrist started to hurt. Of course, I thought it would
eventually go away, and, of course, it did not. In
fact, it only got worse - my wrist-bend range reduced
from 45 degrees to 15 degrees. I got scared. My hands
were my life! I went to get an X-Ray and found out that
the problem was an avascular necrotic scaphoid. This
was BAD. The bone was so bad the center was
almost hollow. I freaked out. What was I going to do?
I took time off from college to get the experimental
operation. I was told that this operation had not been
performed before, so naturally, I was extremely
nervous. I recovered from the surgery "3mo" and was
told to be easy on it. Actually, I was told, “Do not
adjust with it!” So, it was back to the drawing board -
and the official beginning of Choate Tables.
My vision was to have a chiropractor walk into another
chiropractor’s office and
to know a “Choate Tables” by sight. Now, 20 years
later, in 13 countries, having made thousands of tables and custom Choate supplies, I am still
going strong - with no end in sight! I continue to
recover and design new tables, strive to create top of
the line equipment at an affordable price, and make sure
that my customers are very satisfied with their
It has now been 20 years and every day I still get excited to
get up and go to work building these tables and
designing equipment for the chiropractic community.
Thank you for your continued faith in me!
-James Choate- "The Table guy"