Our Team – San Diego2022-08-05T04:43:26+00:00

#1 CHIROPRACTIC GROUP IN SAN DIEGO

Rebecca Astalos

C.M.T.

Techniques I Use: Deep Tissue, Swedish, Shiatsu, Neuromuscular, Active Release, Trigger Point, and Reflexology

About My Practice: I help people experience their best lives through bodywork.  Life is often so hectic that self-care is crucial for physical and mental balance.  Many times we are confused about the origins of our pain. Through massage you can gain insight into the true reasons of problems.  I offer custom massages to meet individual preferences and needs.  I am passionate about assisting my clients in eliminating their chronic pain.

About me: II grew up in New York. In my free time I enjoy going on adventures with my dogs, yoga, traveling, and soaking up the SoCal sun.

Lisa Hughes

C.M.T.

Techniques I Use: Swedish, myofascial release, deep tissue, PNF, stretch therapy, aromatherapy, prenatal massage, reiki.

About My Practice: I’ve always been interested in holistic wellness practices and the importance of self-care. Our choices we make every day directly impact our health and well being. Maintaining health requires a consistent balance. We must “heal faster than we injure” . When this balance is disturbed our health begins to suffer. Some variables are out of our control such as air and water pollution and agrochemical food production. Stress management, sleep habits, daily exercise and nutrition are all areas we can work on to improve our health. This is where my passion lies. The last eight years I have been committed to pursuing wellness practices.

About me: I have been practicing massage therapy for the last 8 yrs. part time . May 2021 I retired from nursing after 35 yrs. The majority of that time I worked in the hospital setting in the area of orthopedics and physical rehabilitation. I recently moved from NJ to San Diego when my daughter started studying at SDSU. When I’m not working I enjoy gardening, cooking, nature walks and Qi Gong.

Paolo Errico

C.M.T.

Techniques I Use: Relaxation, Deep tissue, neuromuscular therapy, Sports massage, myofascial technique, trigger point, scrapping/guasha, cupping, and muscle activation technique.

About My Practice: I help professional athletes get back in the game after being sidelined by an injury. I have many years of experience helping CEOs heal from chronic back and hip pain so they can get back to their boardroom meetings and family lives. I have a deep passion to see people engage in life in the most wholistic way possible Through my bodywork and active listening to your specific needs, I will tailor an experience to bring a restorative experience for both mind and body. No two bodies are the same.

About me: I’m originally from the San Fernando Valley and just recently moved to San Diego. I enjoy hiking, cooking, and long connective conversations with friends.

Franziska Cichy Ramirez

C.M.T.

Techniques I Use: Deep tissue, Swedish, myofascial release, reflexology.

About My Practice: I’ve always been interested in holistic healing and through bodywork I found my calling. Through my own personal injuries and general discomfort from the work I was doing at the time I found how beneficial a massage can be and how my quality of life changed. I thrive when I can relieve aches and pains, help heal injuries and relax the mind. Every body is different and I adjust my sessions to fit your body’s individual needs giving you a personalized treatment every time. I will let tight muscles and tissue release by starting slow and will gradually apply deeper pressure getting the body’s “permission“ if you will. My hope is you can leave feeling like your best self!

About me: I grew up in Germany and have family both here and there and used to spend my summers in Long Beach with my grandparents until in 2015 I decided to move and in doing so connected to some distant family members who happened to be body workers and thus my interest in healing with my hands came to be! When I’m not working I like to cuddle my fat cat, do yoga, hike, explore new places and eat lots of good food.

Additional Languages: German

Dr. Nikki Nguyen

D.C

Techniques I Use: Diversified adjusting, drop table adjusting, instrument adjusting, extremity adjusting, myofascial release, instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization, corrective exercises

About My Practice: My approach to chiropractic is to look at the body as a whole. I find it important to not only address the joints within the body, but also the muscles and tissues surrounding those joints. Along with spinal adjustments, I also adjust extremities when necessary. In addition to adjustments and soft tissue work, I want you to be in control of your own health. This is why I believe it is essential to educate and provide corrective exercises to reduce the risk of re-injury.

About me: I’m originally from the Midwest but I came to California for chiropractic school and ended up loving it out here. I like spending my free time hiking with my dog Brutus, being on the beach, playing sports, and spending time with friends. I love animals and am currently pursuing a certification in animal chiropractic.

Dr. Roxy Rodriguez

D.C

Techniques I Use: Diversified adjusting, drop table adjusting, extremity adjusting, activator, myofascial release, functional movement correction, and family care.

About My Practice: My holistic practice is rooted in acknowledging and respecting each individual’s experiences and taking those into account when starting care. I strive to educate each individual in order to get them aware of their body and take ownership of their health so they too can be an active participant in the healing process.
Working with anyone from kids to parents to athletes of all types, my goal is always to get to the source of the problem and elevate my patients overall quality of life.

About me: I went to the University of Alabama for my Bachelors in Exercise Science and have a slight obsession with Alabama football so “Roll Tide” is a part of my vocabulary!  I’m  a beach bum at heart and will be in the sun any chance I get. After being a competitive gymnast for 14 years, living an active lifestyle is a huge part of my life so Olympic Lifting and Crossfit  have kept me fit and healthy for the past 7 years.

Dr. Paul Thenard

D.C.

Techniques I Use: Diversified adjusting, drop table adjusting, extremity adjusting, myofascial release, proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation (PNF) stretching, instrument assisted soft tissue manipulation, therapeutic exercises.

About My Practice: I like to see each patient as a puzzle, because I enjoy working with them to piece together their cause(s) of discomfort and then being able to look at the whole picture to create a tailored treatment plan for them both inside and outside of the office. My goal is to provide the best possible care to my patients by using a holistic approach to get to the root of the issue(s) for them. While each patient will have a different reason for coming in, I truly believe that everyone can benefit from chiropractic work and look forward to providing that to the San Diego community.

About me: A born and bred Southern Californian, I graduated from CSU Long Beach with a degree in Kinesiology. After four hectic years of being a student athlete there (pole vaulting) and just under four years of graduate school, I am enjoying more of the slow life now. I love growing food (gardener), fishkeeping (aquarist), and playing fetch with our enthusiastic pooch (half German Shepherd, half Labrador Retriever), LunaBear, at the dog park.

Stephanie

Dr. Bradley Fitzgerald

D.C.

Techniques I Use:Diversified adjusting, extremity adjusting, myofascial release, instrument assisted soft tissue manipulation, activator adjusting, therapeutic exercises, soft tissue therapy

About My Practice:I strive to provide holistic care and go after the root of the problem rather than simply treating the symptoms. I fell in love with chiropractic after numerous personal trips growing up from a variety of different sports injuries. I specialize in treating injuries ranging from sport-specific to everyday problems.

About Me: I live and breathe all things sports from watching to playing, and in my free time I enjoy escaping up to the mountains to snowboard on my day off or checking out the new local brewery.

Dr. Paul Peterson

D.C., D.A.C.N.B.

Techniques I Use: Diversified adjusting, drop table, myofascial release, PNF stretching, functional medicine, functional neurology, whiplash rehabilitation, prenatal care.

About My Practice: My practice is heavily influenced by my own experiences. I had 2 hip replacements by age 22. After years of compensation and continued limitation I started chiropractic care as a patient. Totally changed my life in 6 months and I decided to make it a career out if it.

A standard session with me utilizes adjusting, muscle work and/or stretching, and probably some dry humor. Specialties in hip issues and joint rehab & TMJ. I enjoy working w/ runners, cross-fitters, & weekend warriors. Also a Board Certified Chiropractic Neurologist and enjoy working w/ concussion and chronic pain.

About Me: I enjoy backpacking, doing yoga, being in the ocean, traveling abroad, and being a “foodie.”

Additional Languages: Spanish

DR. ERIC BENDER

D.C., C.C.S.P.

Techniques I Use: Diversified adjusting, extremity adjusting, myofascial release, instrument assisted soft tissue work, corrective exercises, biomechanics education. therapeutic exercises and various types of soft tissue therapy.

About My Practice: I like to get to the root of your issue and bring relief. I’m also Certified Chiropractic Sports Physician. I have training in sports medicine teaching athletes to use their body in a way that lowers the risk of injury and increases their performance.

Visits in his office are generally more comprehensive than with most other physicians, and he always gives patients the time they need to get a complete adjustment, soft tissue therapy, and training on how to correct posture and poor movement habits.

About Me: I’m a huge baseball fan, and happiest when spending the afternoon at a Padres game. I’m a native Californian and SDSU grad. I enjoy being outdoors, traveling, cooking, and spending time with my family and friends.

Darl Gearhart

C.M.T.

Techniques I Use: Swedish, Tui Na, and Eastern Deep Tissue

About My Practice: I was attracted to massage therapy and different forms of holistic healing for several years before I pursued my certification. I have gathered and refined a deep set of massage skills while studying Massage Therapy and Asian Bodywork at Pacific College of Health and Science. I love to help clients reach a deep state of relaxation and meditation while relieving physical tension and pain during my treatments. My preferred treatment method is a swaying mix of Western Swedish massage and Eastern Deep Tissue to ensure my clients are deeply relaxed while receiving the maximum benefits of muscle therapy. I work so my clients walk away feeling healthy, refreshed, and rejuvenated.

About Me: I enjoy reading science-fiction and fantasy, going on long walks every day, playing video games and board games, and meditation.

Joanne

Nikki Krause

C.M.T.

Techniques I Use:Ayurvedic Massage-Abianga Tradition, Chair Massage, Deep Tissue Manipulations, Lomi Lomi Hawaiian Massage, NeuroMuscular Therapy, Pregnancy Massage, Reiki I, II, and Reiki Master, Shiatsu, Spiritual Healing, Somatics, Sports Massage/Advanced Circulatory, Structural Alignment, Traditional Oriental Healing, Trigger Point Therapy Massage, Tui-Na, and Reflexology.

About My Practice:I love to work with athletes and individuals that want to continue to operate at their fullest potential. I have healed from multiple injuries using the Holistic Wellness Model, so I am inspired to work with individuals that are moving through injuries. I also have seen the benefits of committing to regular self care and body work, so I love to work with patients that just need regular maintenance.

About Me:I hale from the sandy shores of San Clemente and Mission Viejo, in Southern California. I have been an avid yoga practitioner for 21 years and yoga teacher for 12 years. I love to trail run, travel, dance, organic farm and vegan food prep. When I have any extra free time I love to spend time with my family and friends, hike and be outdoors with my husband and spend as much time with our daughter as possible.

Dr. Carmel Agdeppa

L.Ac

Techniques I Use:  Traditional Chinese Acupuncture, Orthopedic Sports Acupuncture, E-Stim Acupuncture, Japanese Acupuncture, Auricular, Tui Na, Fire cupping/myofascial release, Gua Sha/muscle fascia scraping, PNF stretching, Kinesio Taping, Moxibustion, Herbal Medicine, Food Therapy, Health Education.

About My Practice: My approach to treating patients combines my experience as a health educator, personal trainer and TCM practitioner. I have a lifelong dedication to improving lives and help patients attain optimum health. My experiences include treating patients at UCSD Cancer Research Institute, UCSD RIMAC, Seniors Clinic at First Lutheran Church in Downtown San Diego, Veterans Clinic and as a volunteer acupuncturist at the annual Military Stand Down.

About Me: I enjoy outdoor activities and cooking delicious meals at home. I love to travel and spend quality time with my husband and son.

Yvonne Ko

L.Ac

Techniques I Use:  Traditional Chinese Acupuncture, E-Stim Acupuncture, Facial Acupuncture, Auricular, Tui Na, Fire cupping, Gua Sha, Moxibustion, Herbal Medicine, Nutrition, Health Education.

About My Practice: s a second generation of acupuncturist, I grew up in a family of oriental medicine practitioners. My approach to the treatment of illness is thru a holistic approach, merging the vital chi energy and meridians with natural medicine. My specialized areas of treatments include: immune and auto-immune disease, anxiety, depression, eczema, digestive GI disorders, thyroid condition, menopause syndrome, fertility support, male and female reproductive care, acute or chronic muscle pain relief.

About Me:  l love bodyboarding and swimming at our beautiful San Diego beaches. I truly enjoy a walk at La Jolla Cove, immerse in the delightful sunset and gentle Pacific Ocean breeze, while paying a visit to my favorite seal friends.

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