BLS Featured CMLSO: Phil Harrington
Tell us about yourself
Some people call me ‘the other Dr. Phil’ (ha ha) – I am Dr. Phil Harrington, DC, CMLSO, FASLMS. I am the father of two awesome daughters, and I enjoy gardening, reading and playing my menagerie of musical instruments.
I earned a BS in Physics from Iowa State University in 1987, and later a doctorate in Chiropractic from Palmer College in 1996. I taught high school math and physics for three years and was in private chiropractic practice for ten years before my current
Now I am the Manager of Education, Safety and Clinical Support for K-Laser. We are the premiere class 4 therapy laser company in the world, developing laser therapy solutions for both human and animal medicine.
When did you start working with lasers?
I first used therapeutic lasers in my chiropractic practice in 2005, and have been
with K-Laser since September 2007. I am an active proponent of class 4 laser therapy, and have given expert testimony to several state boards of examiners to
ensure that chiropractors in all 50 states can use the technology.
The safety protocols around this laser were justifiably strict, including a requirement
for baseline retinal photographs before being allowed to work with the laser. That
summer taught me a healthy respect for the capabilities of laser light. I have been
working with lasers continually ever since.
Do you like being the LSO?
Yes! I enjoy helping clinics develop a laser-safe environment. Laser therapy
treatments can help such a wide range of conditions in both humans and animals, so
it is rewarding to help these clinics set up a safe laser treatment area.
Has becoming certified helped you in your career?
Being certified has given me credibility as an expert witness, primarily in giving
accurate laser safety information to our clients and to state boards of examiners. I
have even helped clinics who have purchased equipment from other laser