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Can you please recommend a good chiropractor in Oakland/Berkeley who also has
massage therapists as part of their practice. Great if they take Healthnet and
United Healthcare insurance. Thanks....
I've been seeing Dr. Lori Ann Gertonson who is a wellness-oriented
and love her. She has a massage therapist in her office on San Pablo right off
Solano. Dr. Gertonson has an array of techniques that really help correct
structural problems, help healing and help with maintenance. Her website is
www.TGIwellness.com and phone is 526 1559.
Dr. Sid Verma at Oakbay Chiropractic in Oakland! He is so wonderful-
knowledgable and a gifted Chirpractor. They take insurance and have great
massage therapists. I was a bodyworked foramy years and am very choosy. I
Dr. Elon Bartlett at the Acorn Wellness Center in Oakland has massage therapy
http://acornwellness.com/ and he's a GREAT chiropractor. From his website:
''At Acorn Wellness Center, we believe that combining massage with
chiropractic treatments makes for an even more effective and dramatic result.
The affected areas are targeted with highly refined and therapeutic massage
before the chiropractic adjustments, making any back pain treatments easier,
the benefits longer lasting, and the relief from pain faster.'' Phone: (510)
452-2929 He has a certified massage therapist on site:
My family and I go to Dr. Charlie Prins in Albany. He's a great doctor who
genuinly cares about his patients! He has 3 massage therapists who do lots of
different techniques and they are all wonderful!! Check out his website if you
want more info. www.prinschiropractic.com. The phone number is 510-526-6243.
Beth Baron is an excellent Myofascial Trigger Point Massage Therapist in
Berkeley. Her work is deep, going straight to the heart of the pain and
it in the bud. I've had much experience with various kinds of bodywork and
BethbPost-Mastectomy Massages work is as good as it gets. Her experience/certification includes
myofascial, cranial sacral, somatic/deep tissue and more. (510) 551-9539
New mom's arm and hand pain
I'm the new mother of a 3-month old, and have been suffering from
debilitating pain and numbness in my arms and hands. I'm looking for an
Osteopathic Physician who can help me figure out if this is carpal
tunnel or tendonitis, or a side effect of previous shoulder/neck
issues. I live in Oakland, so someone nearby would be great, but I'm
willing to drive for a good doctor (as long as parking isn't a major
issue, since I'll have my baby with me).
As an aside, I'm willing to try alternative therapies for recovery, but
I'd like to have a physician diagnose the issue first.
Sorry to hear about your pain.. I can recommend my Chiropractor,
Jennifer Lanett, on Shattuck Ave in South Berkeley. The numbness and
tingling could be from your neck or your arms, but she can tell you
that, as she helped me with upper back and neck pain from holding my
newborn. She is a low-force chiropractor, not the 'cracking' kind and
she is very gentle. Her number is 510-644-4414 and www.drlanett.com.
Dec 2010: Infant Chiropractor?
I am looking for a reputable and successful infant chiropractor. My
baby is happy and thriving during the day, but can't get comfortable
at night. He twists his upper body and lifts his head up and to one
side. I have tried a total elimination diet for food allergies as
well, it has helped with the ecezma, but not the sleeping. He still
gets up 4-5 times a night. tt
My wonderful cranio-sacral practitioner Nancy Burke works with lots of
babies. You can reach her at:
237 25th Street
Richmond, CA 94804
She is wonderful to work with, and will let you know how she may be
able to work with you and your baby. (Please say hello from me!)
If you would consider an osteopath for your son's sleep concerns, you
might try Catherine Henderson, 902 Santa Fe Ave., Albany, CA 94706
She did cranial/sacral work on our son as an infant and periodically
for a number of years. She was excellent.
Chinabear Joseph (510-595-5530 or email@example.com) is a great
chiropractor with lots of experience working with infants. Her
practice utilizes gentle adjustments combined with cranial sacral
therapy. Although not a chiropractor, Nancy Burke (510-236-1007 or
www.nancyburkecst.com) also does body work on infants (cranial sacral
therapy). Nancy was a great help to me and my newborn daughter when we
were having trouble with breastfeeding; Chinabear was a lifesaver when
I hurt my back recently and I would feel very confident taking my baby
to her for treatment. Good luck
I continue to enthusiastically recommend Dr. Chinabear Joseph for
gentle chiropractic and cranial sacral work, especially on infants- She
is an expert with babies and highly experienced.
We took our (then 3-month old) daughter to see Dr. Joseph for help with
colic. After one session, my daughter had a noticeable difference in
her temperament. Almost 13 years later, our whole family continues to
see Dr. Joseph as needed- I still take the kids for ''tune ups'' when I
feel they are out of sorts- She does a very gentle cranial sacral
bodywork with them and I find it regulates their nervous system and
overall disposition. Her number is 510-595-5530.
Please reconsider taking your infant to a chiropractor for any
''adjustments.'' You failed to mention how old your baby is but it is
very common for babies to wake up several times a night and move about.
Their neck muscles are not developed enough to lift the weight of their
heads. They may be moving and appear to be uncomfortable but it is
Chiropractors are not physicians although they are legally allowed to
identify themselves as ''Doctors.'' They may work wonders for people
who voluntarily receive their care but babies are still developing. In
fact, there may be some ethical and legal guidelines preventing
chiropractors from treating an infant or toddler.
Your baby may be colicky or simply on a normal schedule for his/her
age. You should, at a minimum, speak to your pediatrician about your
Sept 2010: Chiropratic Practice with Massage Therapists
Can you recommend a very good chiropractor who also has in house Massage
Therapists and bill insurance companies. Looking in the Oakland/Berkeley
need good chiropractor
I recommend Laurie Klein, DC at Active Balance Chiropractic in Oakland. She
provides stellar care and has in house massage therapists. She's at 444.8494
Try Dr. Elon Bartlett. He's been in his new office for a
year and has a massage therapist. Most importantly, he's
wonderful, gentle and caring.
I've used Dr. Matt Green at Ashby Chiropractic, and he's
treated my kids for some joint problems as well. There is
an in-house massage therapist, and I think pilates teacher
as well. He's just off I-80 at 510.845.4540
In Line Chiropractic (www.inlinedc.com) in the Lake Merritt
area has excellent chiropractors and massage therapists, and
they will bill insurance companies directly. They also have
an acupuncturist on staff. I've been going there for more
than a year and highly recommend Dr. Pound for chiropractic
and Crystal Thomas for massage, although I've heard good
things about everyone there. They are very professional and
a wonderful group of people.
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Bruce Rizzo in Berkeley is a great chiropractor. Don't have his
number with me, but I'm sure he's in the book. Good luck
July 2010: Chiropractor or oesteophate
I have a sciatica, so I am looking for a chiropractor or
I had a sciatica during my first pregnancy in France, went
to see my oesteophate he fix it during 1 hour visit what
it the practice over there.
I tried an chiropractor here and was surprise with the 15
minutes visit, and it didn't work because I am still
suffering a lot.
Could you recommend someone who could look at my spine
1rst? Find all the problem I have because sometimes you
have more than what you come for and could have 1 hour
visit. Sorry I can't believe 15 minutes could be efficient.
Thanks for your help!!!
The first visit with my chiropractor lasted about an hour. He checked my spine,
took measurements and did a thorough job evaluating me. I too had sciatica
during pregnancy and it comes back now and again since then. Dr. Matt does a
great job to keep me pain-free. He also recommends stretches and modifies
them depending on my ability at each visit.
Dr. Matt Green at Ashby Chiropractic (near the new Berkeley Bowl)
I use Dr. Ali Bagherian in San Francisco and I think he is
awesome! I have been seeing him for at least 10 years. I
reviewed him on Yelp! so if you want all the sordid
details go read that. The review is for Synapse Health
Center, which is what he calls his office, since they do
more than just chiro. I have been to plenty of crappy
chiropators, so I know that he is not one of them! He will
take the time to find out what is really wrong with you
and fix it.
Catherine Henderson is who you're looking for. She is commonly regarded as the
best Osteopath in the area. Both me and my daughter have been treated by her
and she is wonderful. 510-526-5256
I can recommend Christoph Muehlinghaus DC
he Is from Switzerland And does very quality chiropractic work.
Very thourough, sensitive, And good sense of humor.
Located near summitt hospital At webster And 30th
I would highly recommend Dennis Barker at Tice Valley
Chiropractic. He has helped so many people that I know and
he is a wonderful, holistic chiropractor who, in addition
to doing chiropracty, has established an entire wellness
center to keep his clients health and active.
Here are the Yelp reviews on his practice:
Here is his web-site: http://ticevalleychiropractic.com
Also, here is his information on how to reach him:
1866 Tice Valley Boulevard
Walnut Creek, CA 94595-2224
I'd like to recommend Dyanna Anfang, DC. I started seeing
her a few months ago and really like her work. One of my
clients had recommended her to me since Dyanna had helped
her greatly with her sciatica symptoms.
Dyanna is in Berkeley on Channing Way. Please check her
website for more details: www.anfang.com
I highly recommend that you try the Alexander Technique for
your sciatica. Although one usually thinks of going to a
physical therapist or chiropractor for back pain, the
Alexander Technique is also entirely appropriate. The
British Medical Journal found that it is highly effective in
treating back pain. I have had a wonderful experience
learning to ''use'' my body according to Alexander Technique
principles. It changes the way you move and hold your body
so you don't put pressure on the sciatic nerve. I am now
entirely without pain, entirely symptom free, and I hope to
keep it that way! My AT teacher is Amira Alvarez, in the
Berkeley hills. Her contact info is 510-528-3109,
www.amiraalvarez.com. You can take private or group lessons,
or try out the Alexander Technique at a workshop. Good luck!
Lucky to have found Amira
I highly recommend Reddel Chiropractic, Albany, 558-8258. I went to see
Michelle Reddel on the recommendation of another BPN post about two years
ago, for chronic headaches and after having tried several other remedies. She
spent over an hour with me on each of my first two visits. I was (and continue to
be) very impressed by her thorough and comprehensive approach. My
headaches dissipated by the third visit. Gone completely soon thereafter. I
continue to see her for regular maintenance check-ups (which are about 45
minutes each). She is skilled, holistic, knowledgeable, and effective.
May 2010: Chiropractor with Acupunture/Therapy treament
I am looking for a combination of services for the
combination of health issues I want to improve. I am
looking for a chiropractor that emphasizes on the following
expertise or at least is known for working with other
professionals to meet health goals: Craniosacrial/Myofacial
therapy, Acupuncture, Message Therapy. I have back and
terrible knee pain, TMJ, and plantar fasciitis. Bottom line
I am in pain, and need an expert.
I just started with myofascial release therapy at the
Myocenter in San Francisco (www.myocenter.com). Caveat:
I've only had one appointment so far. It went well, and I
definitely felt benfits in some areas of my body, but it
was still only one appointment. Anyway, Matthew, the
therapist who worked on me, mentioned that he was also
trained as a chiropractor and accupuncturist. I had the
impression that he was currently doing accupuncture out of
another office, but not chiropractic. I appreciated that he
had the breadth of experience to know whether some other
approach might be better for me. Anyway, it might be worth
April 2010: Chiropractor for pregnancy
I'm looking for a chiropractor who takes anthem blue cross
blue shield and who works well with pregnant women. I have
someone who is great but isn't covered by my insurance and
I'm desperate to deal with my aching lower back/hips.
Thanks for any and all recs!
alive chiropractic is great with pregnancies. i went there
went i was pregnant. jennifer was excellent. they are
located on piedmont ave. good luck!
I highly recommend Robert Ammirati. He is incredibly
knowledgeable, has a lot of experience and gives very good
adjustments no matter how complex the issue. He has treated
my whole family. My mom, dad, husband, sister... I even
trusted him with my daughter when she was only 2 months old
(it was the only thing that would help with her reflux).
Not only does Robert provide great chiropractic care but he
also really cares about people (something you need when you
are pregnant/postpartum). His office is in Albany near the
1201 Solano Ave. #A
Albany, CA 94706
Phone: (510) 524-2222
I discovered Dr. Liz Dobbins at Shine Network Chiropractic
during my pregnancy and its been amazingly helpful.
I'm 39, first time pregnancy and I've been feeling fantastic
throughout (I'm 34 weeks now). I look forward to my
appointments as the work has built on itself and has allowed
me to manage stress and has taught me to maintain physical
relaxation (and comfort) between sessions.
I'm very picky about the doctors and caregivers I choose. I
only see practitioners who ''live it to give it'' - are happy,
healthy and feel good to be around.
Dr. Liz is positive, wise, and encouraging. Her office in
Piedmont has a great energy.
Dr. Liz Dobbins: 510-428-9880
Deborah Claire, 510.849.1101, was an RN and worked in labor
and delivery. She is an excellent chiropractor and resource
for a healthy, holistic pregnancy. She also understands the
western med aspect, since she was a nurse for almost 20 years.
had a great pregnancy with Deb
March 2010: Chiropractor who works on muscles
I'm looking for a very good chiropractor in Berkeley/Oakland
who works on the muscles as well as adjusts the spine. I'd
like one who adjusts without too much force yet can move the
bones as necessary and who uses traction or
Matt Green at Ashby Chiropractic (near the new Berkeley Bowl) is amazing. He
was a massage therapist for years before becoming a chiro. This gives him skills
to care for both muscles and joints. He is a lovely person, really cares about your
whole health and has a very gentle manner.
Parissa Peymani is an amazing chiropractor! First off, she
is completely trustworthy -- knowlegeable, thorough and
very freindly. I had never been to a chiropractor but had
shooting sciatic nerve pain and horrible lower back pain,
I couldn't move for a week, and went to see her and she
fixed me right up with two adjustments. I was amazed ,I
went from being unable to walk down the hall to back to my
usual routine of yoga and hiking and playing with my
preschooler. She has also treated my husband and several
friends who have ahad great experiences with her. I really
appreciated how she emphasized proper ergonomics, gave me
stretches to do, advice on how to walk, twist, engage core
etc. and advised me on how to modify my exercise until it
was better. She was very clear that the way to improve and
maintain was with these regular lifestyle changes rather
than relying on her for adjustments constantly which I
have heard some chiropractors try to sell you on. She's
right in Emeryville and her number is (510) 655-5540.
Rob Ammirati (1201 Solano Ave., at Cornell, 510-524-2222) has been my
chiropractor for almost ten years. He uses a good variety of techniques, and
one of my favorites is his deep tissue massage. He's worked on my neck, my
shoulder, trick knee, numb hands, whiplash (yes, I'm kind of accident prone!)
and I'm in pretty good shape. I even ride a bicycle without fear and I'm 57!
You may have seen the skeleton hanging outside his front door on Solano
Avenue. The office is conveniently located, parking is easy, and Rob has good
''bedside manner''. I'm really picky about who I let adjust me, and I have total
confidence in this guy. He's the best.
March 2010: Chiropractor who uses an activator
I'm looking for a chiropractor who uses an activator (low force), preferably someone in the
East Bay. . . Someone who understands that you not only adjust the problem area but all the
other areas that compensated because of the original problem.
Thank you in advanced!
Dr. Jay Bunker uses an activator. I believe his office is on
lower Solano Ave. Nice person.
I can highly recommend Dr. Charlie Prins on Solano Avenue
in Albany. Charlie uses an activator and has many ''tricks''
up his sleeve to adjust gently, balance, correct, treat,
taking the whole body and being into consideration.
He has been treating our familiy for several years.
The office number is 526-6243.
i had no idea what an activator was until i went to dr.
carol barnes at college avenue chiropractic in rockridge.
she uses a wide range of tools (cups, heat, ''sander'',
blocks, biofreeze, etc) to address your entire body & how it
may have adjusted to compensate for a problem *warm smile*
she uses very specialized massage to realign your body (not
fluffy stuff, sometimes it can even be a bit uncomfortable
but she is very open to feedback & knowledgeable about what
she is doing!) she will also ''crack'' parts of you as needed,
but that is neither her first nor her only approach. i'm
including a link to her reviews on yelp for more info. in
addition to having a dog there, she is *very* welcoming of
kids! my son absolutely loves her! he sits on the couch near
a window in the same room while she works on me & watches
movie on the portable dvd player we bring, or colors, reads,
or quite often talks to dr barnes *lol*
someone walking much straighter because of dr. barne's magic touch!
Deborah Claire, 510.649.1101, is is a gentle chiropractor
who uses an activator. She was a nurse for 18 years and
treats both the symptom and the big picture. She is a nice
person and very knowlegable about anatomy and physiology, as
well as a fabulous chirporactor! I highly recommend her.
Kevin Wong in Orinda is a fabulous Chiropracter who has all
kinds of different tools he uses including an activator.
Kevin believes in getting to the root of the issue, and
often ends up at the feet, believe it or not! He's been
super in helping my low back and foot problems, and also
has a terrific new laser he uses in certain situations (he
used that on my husband's neck which was causing him severe
distress and it really helped.) He can be reached at (925)
254-4040, and is office is in Orinda.
I would highly recommend Mark Shapiro, DC. His office is on
Webster St. in Oakland, across the street from Summit
Hospital. He is extremely thorough, gentle and kind, and he
addresses the body holistically. He uses a combination of
an activator, massage, microcurrent, traditional cracking,
and exercises, depending on the injury or issue being
treated. For my issue, he only used the activator, massage
and microcurrent, and he gave me a few exercises to work on
for strength and flexibility. And as a bonus, he was able to
relieve something in my neck (not related to the original
issue I went in for) that stopped regular headaches I had
been getting for years. He is reasonably priced and takes
insurance. Check out his description here:
http://eastbaypaincare.com/staff_shapiro.html and call him
today - you won't be sorry! (510) 444-2772
Activated and Headache-free
I can't recommend Dyanna Anfang highly enough. She's warm,
earthy, practical, very caring, and has an experienced
sensibility and touch. Both my husband and I see her, and I'm
always running into friends in her waiting room. She's at 2234
Channing Way in Berkeley (510 549-9080), and there's easy and
free parking so it's a breeze whipping in there for a quick
adjustment. Here's her website: http://www.anfang.com/
Good luck and best wishes!
Feeling Better in Berkeley
I saw your listing and thought of Carol Barnes, a
wonderful chiropractor on College Ave in Berkeley. I had
a ruptured lumbar disc about a year ago and tried many
things to get help. After trying many things, I was close
to going ahead with back surgery to deal with a painful
ruptured disc. Luckily, I was referred to Dr. Barnes
before I opted for surgery. Thanks to her work, I got
better fairly quickly without needing surgery. I would
call her a non-traditional chiropractor. She didn't do
any adjustments on me (although she does do adjustments on
many of her clients). She used an activator, deep
massage, and some other techniques that she could explain
better than I can. All I know is that I was feeling much
better after a few sessions. She's very interested in
muscles and believes that massage and other work on the
muscles is often good preparation before doing adjustments
and is sometimes all that is needed. She's very ethical
and knowledgeable. She can be reached at 428-0450. I had
been very unimpressed with a different chiropractor I saw
several years ago and thought chiropractic care seemed
like a scam; after my work with Dr. Barnes, I can see its
very value when practiced by someone very skilled and
saved from surgery
March 2010: Chiropractor Elon Bartlett
Has anyone gone to Elon Bartlett for prenatal care? I am
18 weeks pregnant with twins and am trying to take steps
to ensure that both are vertex so that I can have a
I saw his name on an earlier post, but was wondering
whether anyone who had recent experience with him would
Other recommendations are also welcome.
I'm 20 weeks along and have been going to Elon the last two
months. My first was breech and I didn't know about the
Webster technique so this time I'm starting early.
I like Elon. He's got the equipment to adjust a pregnant
woman. I'm not far along enough yet for him to actually do
the webster technique on me. So I just go for general
adjustments. They work on me okay. I prefer Bruce Rizzo
usually because my problems are really muscle related and he
does a better job there. But I really like how Elon doesn't
rush me and takes the time to explain things to me.
Feb 2010: Chiropractor for back pain during pregnancy
I am looking for a recommendation of a chiropractor that
specializes in treating back pain during pregnancy.
Recommendations would be greatly appreciated!
pregnant and in pain
Dr. Carol Barnes is amazing. She is a chiroprator who uses
many tools. She rarely makes ''typical'' adjustments. She
knows our bodies well and spends most of her time giving
you the best message. However she goes beyond message she
is a wonderful healer. She understands posture, body
mechanics and how to help one's body come back from pain
and or injury. I have know her to help young ( my daughter
age 13 who hates to be touched), old and in between. I
have every faith she would help you and your body through
your pregnancy. She spends alot of quality individual time
with her client's. One can experience quite a difference in
Dr.Barnes will work with you until you are better .
I think she is the best. I have been to many chiros and
message therapists. You should know:
1) She has a wonderful and affectionate dog
2) Dr. C can ber talkative,she is flexible let her know
what works for you (talking not talking and or other things
3) Dr. C is Berkeleyish, meaning her office is not shiny
and high tech. (It is very clean) She plays music and her
office is more like healing center.
Wishing you the best with your pregnancy. Good start
taking care of yourself now.
BEst to you!
I had tons of hip and back pain during my last pregnancy and
my midwife recommended Elon Bartlett and I couldn't have been
happier with him. He helped me so much. His practice is for
the whole family, but he does gear much of his practice
towards pregnant women. He just moved his practice to
I highly recommend Dr. Cynthia Santelli, DC. for prenatal
chiropractic. She is highly skilled, experienced and uses
gentle chiropractic techniques appropriate for pregnancy.
She also incorporates craniosacral therapy and some muscle
work. In addition to this, she has a hydraulic chiropractic
table which would be easier for someone who's pregnant to
get on and off of. She's an excellent chiropractor.
Try oaklandchiropractor.net. I met the chiropractor,
Robert Townsend, at a meeting and he seemed quite
knowledgable about the body's changes during pregnancy. He
has an office in Rockridge, and has experience working
with pregnant women. He also mentioned that he has a
pregnancy pillow that allows you to lay on your front.
I am 7+ months pregnant and I guess he noticed that I was
shifting my weight a lot (due to worsening pain in my
back). I must have looked pretty uncomfortable because
after the meeting finished he offered to do a mini-
adjustment under less-than-ideal conditions(I was seated
on a bench). I've never gone to a chiropractor before, but
my back was really hurting and I was actually concerned
about the overly ambitious schedule I had ahead of me that
day, so I agreed. He has a very pleasant bedside
(benchside) manner and explained things well. I must
admit, I made it through my day quite well and have been
feeling better since. I have not been to his office yet,
but I plan to follow up there for sure for more adjusting
(plus I can't wait to get into that pillow!).
2 months to go...
Jan 2010: Chiropractor who does cranial vasomotor
A colleague is trying to find an Easy Bay chiropractor who
does cranial vasomotor work. And, she says, if the
chiropractor also does applied kineseology testing and
provides nutritional support, all the better. I told her
that if anyone knew of such chiropractors, it would be the
good people who participate in BPN!
Sounds like you are describing Dr. David Lepp (Center for
Cranial Integration)in Berkeley. He has been my Doc for 4+
years and has helped me regain and maintain my health. He
has done cranial manipulation on me (I hate it when my
head's not on straight!), applied kinesiology techniques
(NET - amazing!), and routinely monitors my labs and diet
(functional nutrition). Check on his website, he offered a
free consultation recently - might still be.
His contact info:
David Lepp, DC, CSCS
Center for Cranial Integration
He has two offices, one in San Jose and one in Berkeley:
2560 Ninth Street, Ste. 313
Feel free to contact me with any more questions. I'd be
glad to tell you more about him. He has made such a HUGE
difference in my life!
I highly recommend Dr. Laurie Klein at Back in Balance
located on Grand in Oakland. 510.444.8494.
Her practice is patient centered. One patient and the
Doctor working together. She has treated myself and
several members of my family with outstanding results.
Other Chiropractors may choose to treat multiple clients
at the same time but Dr. Klein does not. What you get
from her is a commitment to the highest level of care.
Jan 2010: Chiropractor for dancer with back pain
I'm looking for a chiropractor who will really take the time to figure out what is
going on in with my back and hips. I can barely move some days and I don't
want to give up my swimming and dancing. Does anyone know of a reasonably
priced (no insurance for this) but talented and knowledgeable chiropractor in
Dancer with back pain
He's in Berkeley, not Oakland as you asked for, but
specializes in working with dancers and is a former dancer
himself. Dr. Ethan Feldman of BACK IN ACTION, I've seen him
off and on for many years and highly recommend him. His
office is: MLK at Dwight and the phone number is 510 8HEALTH.
IMHO, you will not find a better chiropractor than Parissa
Peymani at Emeryville Chiropractic. She has been our
chiropractor for about 15 years and I trust her
completely. She will do an initial workup, complete with x-
rays to determine what ails you and she LISTENS to you.
Then she will adjust you and advise you. She will be
honest if she feels she cannot make you feel better. I'm
not sure how her prices compare but I believe she has
always been fair about her charges and she doesn't
recommend more services if you don't need them. She was
voted the best by the Oakland Tribune polls at least 2
years that I know of. Her office is directly across the
street from the Amtrak station in Emeryville and her
number is 510-655-5540. I hope you feel better soon.
Karen Kartch on Grand Ave in Oakland is great. She's done
wonders with my back.
I highly recommend Dr. Carolyn Finnegan at Align
Chiropractic Center. She is a warm and caring doctor who
performs a thorough evaluation to determine the source of
your aches and pains and then recommends a course of
treatment. I have had great results from working with her
and she is very popular- winning Best of the Bay in 2009.
Here is her contact info: 510) 654-2207.
Upaya Center in Oakland is great. Dr Aaron is very
attentive and super skilled. http://www.upayacenter.org/
(their website is out of date but all the contact info is
Healing IS possible!!
Susan Brennan is a wonderful chiropractor. I have gone to her for things ranging
from carpal tunnel to vertigo to back pain. My close friend who is an ex-ballet
dancer also swears by her. She is in Oakland, on Park Blvd. with easy parking
and reasonable rates. She is also a really nice person.
Elon Bartlett is fantastic! He just moved his practice to
Oakland. Find him here: http://www.acornwellness.com/
I have a wonderfully skilled chiropractor to recommend:
Dyanna Anfang in Berkeley (510-549-9080). She zeroes in on
the source of my periodic back and neck pain and sets me
straight, literally, with a minimum of time and fuss. I
trust her absolutely. My husband sees her, too, and feels
the same way, as do friends I've referred to her over the
I see Dr. Naomi Ghondour at In Line Chiropractic on
Lakeshore Ave. by Lake Merritt. Both Dr. Irwin and Dr.
Ghondour specialize in sports injuries and take a lot of
time assessing root causes of injuries and pain. I have
trouble with hips, knees, back, and neck/shoulders, both
from cycling and more recently pregnancy & childbirth, and
have been very happy with the care I receive there. My
insurance does not cover the treatment, so I am on a
cash-only plan of $60 per visit, which is worth the relief I
experience after visiting.
I greatly appreciate the chiropractor I see, Janet Kniveton. She is by Lake Merritt,
reasonably priced. One thing I really like is that she does not treat right away
during the visit, she does a exam for the purpose of diagnosing. I recently
returned to her with a new ailment, and she carefully examined me to find the
source of the ailment, where did the treatment need to be targeted. I have not
noticed this in all chiropractors. 510/452-3940
I have spent the past 2 years working out some long-term
musculoskeletal issues. For the past year I have been
seeing Dr. Jan Alden at the Working Body (near Lake Merritt;
www.workingbody.net), and she has been amazing. Not only is
her chiropractic technique wonderful, but she is also very
knowledgeable about neuromuscular issues. She uses the
Graston technique (from what I understand, it's a very
specific sort of massage aimed at loosening up tight
fascia), craniosacral, neuromuscular retraining, and more. I
can't begin to recommend her highly enough.
I chose to switch to Dr. Alden from my prior chiropractor
for two reasons. The first was her emphasis on
neuromuscular retraining and her ability to consider my
whole body (she tested me for food allergies and ended up
recommending that I consider a detoxification diet because
my system was overloading and making me allergic to
everything). The second was because I wanted a chiropractor
who could collaborate with a pilates instructor. Dr. Alden
lived up to and exceeded my hopes and expectations. (Note:
Many of the pilates instructors at the Working Body are
dancers themselves, so you might eventually consider working
with them, too, if your budget will allow.)
Oct 2009: Pediatric Chiropractor
Can anyone recommend a good pediatric chiropractor in
Berkeley? Preferably one who takes Blue Cross?
Dr. Karen Josephs Lewandowski is *amazing* with babies & children
(adults too, for that matter)!
She has a daughter herself & really has a special touch...
Her number is 510-527-5770 and she offers visits in the home and
hospital up to 8 weeks postpartum. She also has an office in
Sept 2009: Looking for a Great Chiropractor
Hello! My wife and I have twin 2 year olds that are keeping us mighty busy of
late. Recently, my wife has been experiencing some significant lower back pain
due to the excessive bending, lifting, etc. Would anyone have a recommendation
for a great chiropractor/massage therapist in the Rockridge/Berkeley/College
Ave areas? Any thoughts or input would be greatly appreciated. Many thanks.
Dr. Jamila Neyon is the absolute best. I started seeing her
when I had severe back pain during pregnancy. I can't reccomend
I highly recommend Dr. Kristin Peters. Her practice is called
Optimum Wellness and she is located across from Lake Merritt.
She is a highly skilled chiropractor and absolutely loves
helping people. Give her a call and talk to her, you'll be
really glad you did, and it will be well worth the extra 5
minute drive. BONUS--Her husband is a massage therapist and
works in the same office!
Her direct line is: 510-444-7088
or email her at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Elon Bartlett in Berkeley is a great family practice chiropractor. I started seeing him
when I was pregnant and continued to see him regularly after I had my son. My son
has also seen him--he does crano-sacrial work with children and very light
He can be found at: http://www.bartlettchiropractic.com/contact.html
Office: (510) 843-1234; email@example.com
A great massage therapist is Cat Bellinger. Her office is called ''Float On'' and she
generally works from her home in Oakland where she has a hot tub that clients can
use. I believe she may also travel to do massage. She gives wonderful massage!
She can be reached at: 510-653-5628
I recommend my wonderful Berkeley chiropractor, Dyanna Anfang,
510-549-9080. She's been great when I had problems from lifting
and carrying my kids. I know she sees a lot of parents with
young children and pregnant women. Her office is very kid and
adult friendly. Kids can come into the treatment room when their
parents get adjusted.
- happy parent
Deborah Claire R, DC, 510.649.1101, is a gentle chiropractor who
uses an adjustment device (activator). Deb was a nurse for 18
years before becoming a chiropractor, so she is super
knowledgeable. She was an RN in neurology, Labor and delivery,
and a surgical nurse. Deb is great at seeing the ''big picture''
and is very insightful. She is also a very nice person.
happy chiropractor patient
Sept 2009: Chiropractor from IMPAC Health in Oakland
I've been dealing with chronic upper back and shoulder pain for
18 months and because of the type of work I do, have been
unable to work. I've seen doctors at Kaiser who diagnose
trigger points, so have had physical therapy, massage therapy,
acupuncture, cortisone injections and a chiropractic work. The
chiropractor has helped the most, but after almost 6 months of
treatment, I still have pain. My chiropractor does not accept
Kaiser, so I've been paying out-of- pocket and it has become
cost prohibitive. I'm looking for a chiropractor in Berkeley,
Albany or El Cerrito who accepts Kaiser, and who treats trigger
points. Dr. Bivolcic @ IMPAC Health in Oakland has been
recommended to me. Has anyone had experience in this office?
Also, my doctor at Kaiser recommended Botox injections. Anyone
had any success with this? Any recommendations would be
too much pain
Both of the Drs. at Impac health are great. I see Sr. Roe and have for 3 years...I don't
have Kaiser but wish I did!
If you need to find a chiropractor in your area that accepts
your insurance call your insurance and they will give you a
list of dr's that accept that plan.
I do know Dr. Rixen D.C in El Sobrante takes Kaiser.
his number is 510-222-6206.
Aug 2009: Chiropractor who uses Activator
I just moved to the Bay Area and am missing my wonderful chiropractor in
Portland, OR. I'm looking for a chiropractor that uses the activator to
make gentle adjustments, as well as combines this with electric stimulation
of muscles and massage. After years of seeing various chiropractors, this
trifecta of treatment seems to do the trick for my ailments. Lastly, I'm
hoping to find someone who is covered by Anthem Blue Cross Plus. Thanks in
advance for any recommendations you may have.
Dr Jessica Greaux at Innersport Chiropractic in Central Berkeley (883-1126 and
she also has a good website where you can schedule appointments) is fab. She
works with many Cal athletes and is herself a soccer player and cyclist. I
hesitate to give her name because I don't want appointments to get harder to
Julie Orman is a Network Chiropractor. she uses an Activator but not sure
about the other techniques you mentioned. She totally cured my diagnosed
rotator cuff (shoulder) pain and now only need occasional adjustments. She is
off Piedmont Ave. in Oakland. Her office number is (510) 654-2399,
Dr. Jennifer Lanett in Berkeley is wonderful. Her hours are good (open on
Saturdays) and she's available for last minute urgent problems.
I just met the activator 4 yrs ago and it's amazing - IF you have a good
my opinion, Dr. John Harrington at Vallejo Chiropractic is the best, bar none.
be a bit far for you - but I can vouch for him as I've seen several others and
only one who fixed my back problem after years in pain. His website is:
I love my chiropractor, Dr. Carolyn Finnegan. She uses an
activator, traction, decompression, exercise and adjustments to
heal your whole body, and not just treat your symptoms. She was
voted the Best of the Bay for 2009 and has awesome reviews on
Yelp. Her number is 510-654-2207 or www.alignchiro.com
Carol Barnes (428-0450)is a chiropractor in Berkeley who uses an
activator, does deep tissue massage, and gentle adjustments. I
think she's absolutely wonderful: very knowledgeable, works very
hard, has integrity. The only downside is that she has been
laid up for over a month due to an injury; however, I think
she'll be back working in a few weeks. I was very close to
having back surgery for a herniated disc when I was referred to
Dr. Barnes and I credit her with saving me from needing
surgery. I highly recommend her.
Rockridge Family Chiropractic on Telegraph Ave in North Oakland
(near Alcatraz Ave). 428-9288
I've been seeing a wonderful chiropractor in Alameda, Dr. Nancie
Odbert, for 5 years. She keeps me in excellent alignment and is
able to quickly remedy any aches and pains related to
sports-related injuries I sometimes incur.
Dr. Odbert uses both an activator and electric stimulation, which
I appreciate because I'm very sensitive to aggressive chiropratic
manipulation. I'd researched several recommended ''bone-crunchers''
before finally finding Dr. Odbert.
She is very professional, reasonably-priced and accommodates
appointments on Saturday, which is wonderful for 9-to-5'ers.
She's also one of the nicest people you will ever meet.
Dr. Nancie Odbert, DC
Alameda, CA 94501
Take care, Marissa
I've seen Dr. Dyanna Anfang for relief for a tight back that becomes quite
times. I was so relieved that I have referred both of my daughters to her for
She's conveniently located at Ellsworth and Channing, and open early and late
You'll be lucky to work with her:
2234 Channing Way, Berkeley, California 94704
An excellent chiropractor who uses an activator is Mark Shapiro, and he takes
Blue Cross Plus. His phone number is 510-451-3700, his e-mail is
Hi- I recommend my Dr.Steven Jakobsen of the Lafayette
Chiropractic Group.I've been an established patient of his for
over 12 yrs, and have my whole family, including my children
see him. He has a very gentle, intuitive touch- he's amazing!
I'm just not sure of the insurance coverage portion of your
question. You may want to check with your insurance company as
to whether Dr.J is a network provider.If you are interested.
His office phone number is (925)283-8140, located at 3466 Mt.
Diable Blvd. suite#C203 Lafayette, Ca. 94549 Good luck& hope
this helps in your search.
Aug 2009: Chiropractor In Alameda
Can anyone recommend a good chiropractor in Alameda? My back has
been very sore and out of alignment since my second pregnancy. I
have had cronic low back pain most of my adult life and now need to
take actions to correct this or at least stop it from getting worse.
I use and like Euleta Johnson, DC (510-769-6499) on Encinal near Park.
Cheryl Saxton and Lynn Carlsen, both of Advance Health Chiropractic, are
wonderful! When I first saw Lynn, eleven years ago, I was highly skeptical
of chiropractic in general, but immobilized by sciatica after my son's
birth. She had me walking more easily by the end of the first session, and
out of pain entirely by the end of the third session. I've been seeing
Cheryl for years now (Lynn was away for a while), and couldn't be happier.
She even helped me after a car accident a year or two ago. I drive from
another county just to see her -- nobody else can compare.
I highly recommend Sophie Blanchard in the Marina Village part of Alameda.
When i got pregnant with my third child, I threw a disc out in my lower
back and couldn't move! I saw her everyday for awhile, then weekly, then
monthly. She was so gracious and kind, worked with me in every area, and
still to this day treats me like a friend. She's not one to tell you you
need to keep coming and coming. She treats what you need treated and sends
you along to a healthier life. Can never thank her enough!
May 2009: Chiropractor for PTSD
I suffer from neck and back pain as a result of very old
traumatic injuries. Can anyone recommend either a conventional or
Network chiropractor who can help with this?
I would like to recommend Dr. Robert Little in El Cerrito. He has helped
my neck and back pain greatly. He does an hour appointment, with some
massage/bodywork as well as more traditional chiropractic adjustments.
There is also acupuncture available in their office. I really like Dr.
Little. He is kind and relaxed, with a firm touch, but gentle. Good luck.
For PTSD-related neck and back pain, I can highly recommend Ellen Mossman.
She isn't a chiropractor, but her approach is amazing. She is a body
worker specializing in craniosacral work. She has 21 years of experience
doing many different types of body work, but she's raised cranio to an art
form. She collaborates with neurosurgeons, psychotherapists, and
chiropractors, and she also teaches at the McKinnon Institute. PTSD,
headaches, TMJD, neck & back problems, chronic pain, stress, anxiety,
insomnia, depression, trauma resolution -- I'm sure there are more but
those are the things that I know she works with that come to mind.
I've seen her for back pain and insomnia; I'm now pain-free and sleeping
like a rock. I was so impressed, I sent my 77-year-old mother to her, too.
For the past year and a half, she'd had dizziness associated with her
angina and medications. The drs. had no solution and recommended a
chiropractor. Mom didn't want anything that ''vigorous'' so went to see
Ellen instead. After a couple of sessions, no more dizzy spells -- and I
can't remember ever seeing my mother so relaxed.
Ellen is located in El Cerrito, not far from the Plaza. Call her at:
So Glad I Found Her!
You (and everyone else reading this) should consider a visit to Julie
Orman. I was diagnosed with rotator cuff issues with my shoulder... she
fixed me. Awesome, i mean AWESOME!! she does Network Chiropractic and
can be found here: www.julieorman.com or (510) 654-2399 .
She takes some insurance is is a true healer.
I highly recommend Dr. Matt Green. He has worked with a lot of people
whose physical symptoms are emotionally based. I find him comfortable to
be around, and willing to listen and be thoughtful about your experience.
His office is on Ashby. He is at: 510.845.4540 http://www.ashbychiro.com
I have never used a network chiropractor, but I have heard a good person
is Dr. Julie Orman at Network Chiropractic on Piedmont Avenue.
I have been seeing Jan Alden at The Working Body in Oakland (near Lake
Merritt) for some major chronic/post-injury issues. Dr. Alden has been in
practice for 20+ years, and uses a combination of muscle testing, Graston
technique, basic chiro and more. The Working Body also has pilates
instructors and massage therapists, and right now I am seeing a pilates
instructor who works closely with Dr. Alden. Together, they have begun to
make a world of difference. www.workingbody.net Feel free to contact me
if you would like more details.
I highly recommend Dr. Elon Bartlett in Berkeley,
510-843-1234, http://www.bartlettchiropractic.com/. He is so
gentle, a great listener and very dedicated to providing the
highest quality care possible for his clients. I've been to
many chiropractors all over the country and Dr. Bartlett is
the best I've ever been to.
April 2009: Network Chiropractor
I would appreciate recommendations of Chiropractors who practice
Network Spinal Analysis. Preferably in Berkeley/North Oakland.
I only went a few times but would highly recommend network chiropractor Koichi.
Address: 3286 Adeline St, Berkeley, CA, 94703
Phone: (510) 428-2332
I highly recommend Koichi Naruishi at Hikari Chiropractic. He is a very skilled
Network Chiropracter, and a good person. His office is on Adeline at Alcatraz, so
it sounds like it's in the area you're looking for. Here's his number: 428-2332.
April 2009: Pediatric Chiropractor?
Hi. I am looking for a good chiropractor in the East Bay for my son and myself. We
live in El Cerrito. We have been seeing someone in Marin, but with her schedule
and ours, it is just not working out.
My son and I were in a car accident about a year ago, and did not receive the best
care unfortunately.. I am most concerned for him as he is 3 1/2 and I can see
signs of discomfort, muscle tension etc... Any recommendations? We have Kaiser for
our insurance.,.. but I am open to anything as I just want to help my son (and
My chiropractor, Dr. Lori Ann Gertonson has a family-oriented
practice. She recently had an incredible success with a young boy who
wasn't able to walk when he first came in. He's totally normal now
after just a few sessions. She's also helped me enormously. Her office
is on San Pablo Ave. just north of Solano. 526 1559.
It's the Gertonson Institute: A Creating Wellness Center.
Hi there....Try going to Dr. Daniel Rixen in El Sobrante...He is the
BEST...has been adjusting kids since they were 6 wks old. He see's
adults too. Very friendly and knows what he is doing. He see's my
whole family plus friends.
his number is 510-222-6206
he is located at 4726 appian way in el sobrante.
Give him a call.
My chiroprator in Berkeley, Elon Bartlett, is awesome! He works on
kids and babies, so give him a call:
http://www.bartlettchiropractic.com/ He is attentive, professional
and highly skilled. He has a very calm and friendly demeanor which is
great with kids.
I can highly recommend Dr. Allen Currano in El Cerrito. His office El
Cerrito Spine Care is located across from the EC Post Office, next to
the Bank of the West. His phone number is 232-4333.
Dr Steve Rottell, firstname.lastname@example.org -510 205 5442- at 2718
Telegraph, Berkeley. I have been seeing him for persistant pain in my
leg and arm with great results! He listens well, takes his time with
you and is very caring. Good advice on exercises to do at home etc. In
addition to regular chiropractic care he uses a method called Nucca
which focuses on the atlas vertebra at the base of the head and those
adjustments have done wonders!
Has anyone had experience with Dr. Serge Azzolino, a neurological
chiropractor in SF? Am interested in taking my children to see
him but would love to have some references. Does anyone know his
I recently have started seeing Dr. Azzolino. I appreciate the
fact that he tries to fix things when my medical doctors just
want to ''wait and see'' or prescribe meds. He is smart and
experienced and seems to know what he is talking about. He is
also able to provide a lot more than your basic chiropractor by
also offering functional health advice and taking a more whole
body approach. His neurology specialty is a unique thing and
makes him a really valuable healthcare provider for my issues.
With that said, I haven't been with him long enough yet to know
if his treatment is going to work with my issue. I was referred
by a friend who was very happy with her treatment there.
You don't say the ages of your kids or why you want them to see a
chiropractor. If you choose to go there, I would recommend seeing
Dr. Azzolino over his associates. Dr. Azzolino has a better
bedside manner and is really the reason to go to the office. Keep
in mind that it is not a pediatric office and the energy is more
high tech than warm and fuzzy.
so far so good
Does anyone know a good chiropractor that is on the Health Net
list? I need to see one and don't have the money for a
private provider. Thanks for any references you can provide
I used Dyanna Anfang (through HealthNet) when I was having
back problems during my pregnancy, and she helped a lot.
She's in Berkeley, near UCB campus, but they have a free
parking garage. She starts early 2 days a week and stays
late 2 days, so it's really nice if you're working and it's
hard to go during normal hours. Receptionist is nice too
and it's easy to make/break/change appointments. She stays
on schedule--I never had to wait long.
I'm looking for a gentle, caring and knowledgeable
chiropractor in Oakland/Berkeley who is concerned with muscle
tissue as well as bone structure. I had an awesome
chiropractor in Austin who would work the muscle with heat and
massage -- sometimes acupuncture -- before doing any
adjustments. He only did gentle adjustments and only when the
muscles were ''ready''. He worked with patients to make sure
they were making preventative efforts to keep their muscles
(hence, bone structure) in good condition. If you know of a
chiropractor who may have a similar philosophy in the area,
please let me know.
Hi, I have a wonderful chiropractor who is uses a
integrative approach of gentle techniques, including
activator technique. She helped and helps me immensely with
my problem neck. When I found her I had already seen two
other other chiropractors for the problem with no results.
She got me out of the pain I'd been in for months during the
first session. Her name is Joni Owen and she practices in
Emeryville. She is very knowledgeable and spends time with
you. I've referred clients of mine to her and have always
received great feedback. I recommend her without
Joni Owen, D.C
I have a GREAT GENTLE CHIROPRACTOR for you: Dyanna Anfang is just south of campus
(2234 Channing Way, 510-549-9080), in a cozy office with off-street parking. Her
website is http://www.anfang.com/
Dr. Anfang is smart, knowledgeable, and understands how to do gentle movement that
totally eased a longstanding lower back problem.
I first saw Dr. Anfang for an excruciatingly painful arm condition that turned out to
be calcific tendonitis. She assessed the problem, sent me right to an orthopedist, who
took x-rays and gave me a cortisone shot that relieved the problem enough that Dr.
Anfang could help me further.
The whole office is friendly, easy, and accommodating. I join a long list of people on
this site who recommend Dr. Anfang to anyone who needs relief.
I don't really know a better way to try and choose a chiropractor that is
on my insurance. Has anyone had any experiences good or bad with any of
these Berkeley area Chiropractors. [long list of names omitted]
Hi. Dr. Bedient used to work out of the same office as my chiropractor,
Dr. Lori Ann Gertonson. I saw Dr. Bedient a number of times and was very
pleased with her and her work. I'd be happy to recommend her.
Robert Little is a wonderful chiropractor and a really sweet guy. I
I dont' know the rest on your list. Good
Meena Pal is a very talented practitioner, and as your question indicated,
she takes insurance. I can recommend her highly. Her phone is 849-0327.
I have never had a chiropractic adjustment before, however I am in
my 33rd week of pregnancy and I can feel my hips are completely
out of whack. I think its time for an adjustment. I'm looking for
a good (gentle) chiropractor that can help me with my hips, lower
back pain and some sciatic nerve stuff. Any recommendations?
I was very helped by rolfing for back pain and nerve pain issues both
before and during pregnancy. Chiropractic never worked for me. Rolfing
is like deep tissue plus joint manipulation. Douw Smith in Berkeley is
great: (415) 289-2136. good luck!
For both of my pregnancies, I saw Elon Bartlett for chiropractic
adjustments in my 3rd trimester.
He works on a lot of pregnant women and I was extremely pleased with the
Former Achy Preggo
Jaimila Neyon (547-1140) absolutely saved me during my last pregnancy.
She is very gentle and knows how to work with pregnant women. I only
wish that I'd seen her during my first pregnancy because it would have
relieved a lot of pain. She also has a masseuse who works with her so
you sometimes get a massage too.
You must try Dyanna Anfang at 510-549-9080. I'm 28 weeks pregnant and
went to Dyanna 3 weeks ago for the first time for bad lower back pain.
One session and I was cured (I know, it sounds like an infomercial but
it's true). I'm going once a week and couldn't be happier with her.
Dianna Anfang in Berkeley made the last few months of my pregnancy
bearable. She is friendly and knowledgeable. She really adjusts your hips
and back - it's not just gentle movements. I can't recommend her highly
My chiropractor is great! I went to him throughout my pregnancy- he has
a lot of experience in treating pregnant patients. Dr. Ethan Feldman- in
Berkeley (MLK @ Dwight). 843-2584
Kristine Hicks of More Mojo Chiropractic (415-821-6656) specializes in pre-
and post-natal chiropractic care and is well worth the drive into San
Francisco. She is extremely effective, gentle and intuitive. One treatment
from her flipped my son from posterior to anterior position, and my
sporadic contractions turned into real labor in less than 24 hours. She
also fixed his latch post-birth and he smiled and giggled the whole time. I
saw lots of pregnant women lumber in and glide out of her doors during my
treatment. I think she is exceptional and can't recommend her highly
I live in the Lake Merritt area. I'm looking for a chiropractor/body worker that
doesn't simply lay me on the table and crack me like a peanut after asking me a
few questions. Someone that will help me figure out what's wrong and how to fix
it. I've had chronic back problems for way too long and I'm tired of
My whole family has been going to Parissa Paymani of Emeryville Chiropractic for
many years. She does a general adjustment each time we go but she also addresses
specific issues. She has helped me with plantar fasciitis, a difficult neck
problem and carpal tunnel leanings and my daughter with scoliosis as a teen and
menstrual issues. I can start to see my son's shoulders get out of line and she
fixes that so he stands straight again. She helped with my husband's back issues.
She demonstrated exercises we could do to stretch problem areas. She listens to
your issues and will do a full work up, with x-rays, if your problem warrants it.
She knows her stuff in a solid medical sense but will refer to a doctor if she
feels she cannot help you. My family has been very healthy in the years we have
been seeing her - almost no colds; great immune systems.
I have a friend/chiropractor that I highly recommend. Her name is Deborah
Claire, and her office is in Berkeley. She has been practicing a long time, was
a nurse prior to becoming a chiropractor. She is very very smart and
knowledgeable about healing -- more than only spinal manipulation -- and spends a
lot of time getting to the heart of the matter. Not a ''wham, crack, that's all
Jack'' type of chiropractor, but a healer.
Her 'phone number is: (510)649-1101. Good luck, Llyana
Dr. Jane Arts from the Vitality Center (formerly Network Chiropractic) is Great!
You should give them a call and check them out.
Her approach is very hollistic.
I had and continue to have breakthroughs under her care.
You may want to give my chiropractor, Robert Townsend a call. He is with
Community Chiropractic on Oakland Ave, and can be reached at 510)708-9363.
What I like about him, besides his very reasonable rate, is that he takes
time to discuss your condition with you, including causes and possible
solutions. He also checks on you outside office visits.
Re: Child's minor digestive issues
For nutritional issues, tummy upsets etc. I HIGHLY recommend Dr. Charlie
Prins, (Chiropractor). Charlie does a lot of great work using applied
kinesiology to test for various food /substance allergies. My whole family
sees him and he's helped us tremendously around allergy issues. His office
number is 526-6243. He's on Solano Avenue in Albany. Good luck,
My husband is really suffering with sciatica for past several months. I am
thinking he needs an excellent chiropractor or possibly Physical therapist
or acupunturist (never used before). He is wary of chiropractors, but I
think a talented and gentle one could possibly save him from this
debilitating pain. We need someone in the East Bay.
Thank you so much for your help.
I have had great results with Dr. Jay Sordean in Berkeley for my sciatica
and my husband's back problems. He is very experienced in evaluating and
treating these conditions -- not only is his acupuncture and herbal /
nutritional treatment effective, he instructed me in various stretches to
do to help heal and prevent my sciatica-caused pain. He also treats other
types of musculoskeletal problems due to work injuries and other
I think your husband would feel very comfortable with my
chiropractor, Dyanna Anfang (510-549-9080). She is smart and
gentle, and helped me with a similar problem last year. She is
in Berkeley near campus.
I highly recommend Dr. Allen Currano, El Cerrito Spine Care, one
block so. of potrero on San Pablo Ave. 232-4333. He is very
experienced and skilled at treating sciatica and back/neck pain.
He is hands on, great at making clear diagnosis, into exercises,
rehab and has non surgical decompression if needed. Very smart
and personable..I was very happy with my neck pain/numbness
treatment that went away with his help. fresoc8
Dr Tom Hendrickson helped me with my sciatica. It went away completely. He has helped me
with a variety of issues and I think he is wonderful. He is in Kensington and listed in the
I went to see Laurie Klein in Oakland's Grand Lake area for help with my sciatica problems. I
too was weary of chiropractors, but Laurie put me at ease with her gentle approach. My
husband has also gone to see her and was very pleased with the results. Giver her a call at
No more sciatica problems
I know a fantastic chiropractor
named Joni Owen. Her main office is in Emeryville. I take my 1 1/2
year old son to her for adjustments. She is incredibly caring, gentle,
and knowledgeable. Check her out! Her number is (510) 652-4532 and
her website is www.owennaturalhealth.com . Best of luck to
Also recommended: Massage:
I am looking for a chiropractor in Berkeley-Oakland who takes Blue Shield Insurance. Any
leads would be appreciated!
You will LOVE my chiropractor!! Joni Owen is a Doctor of
Chiropractic with an office in Emeryville (near the Public
Market). She has over 20 years experience and uses very gentle
yet effective techniques. I even took my 1 1/2 year old son to
her when he had an earache--she was so patient with him he didn't
even realize he was getting an adjustment! Joni accepts Blue
Shield as well as other forms of insurance. She also has offices
in San Francisco and Marin. Joni can be reached at 510-652-4532
or owen[at]owennaturalhealth.com. Feel free to contact me if you
have any questions!
For one of the finest chiropractors, David Rittinger is the best there
is. His knowledge and expertise will make you feel like new again. He's
amazing. He takes Blue Shield and can be reached at (510) 663-0573. Larry L
Can anyone recommend a chiropractor knowledgeable in treating pubic symphysis pain during
pregnancy? In the Oakland/Berkeley area preferred, but I'll travel for someone highly
recommended. Much appreciated!
Dyanna Anfang, DC in Berkeley (510-549-9080) is great. She sees
many(!) pregnant patients and I highly recommend her.
Dr. Ethan Feldman @ Back in Action on Dwight and MLK (Berkeley)
did wonders for me while I was pregnant. Tell them I sent you!
I highly recommend Deborah Claire, RN, DC. She was a nurse for
many years, including several in OBGYN. She knows a lot about
babies, delivery, general medicine and is also an experienced
chiropractor. She is very gentle, smart, and easy to get along
with. Her # 510-649-1101.
I highly recommend Dr. Jaimila Neyon for the pain that you are
experiencing. She treated me postpartum with my first child and
I have been seeing her throughout this pregnancy. I didn't know
to go to a chiropractor to treat the pain with my first pregnancy
and she had A LOT of work to do after my delivery. She is very
experienced working with pubic symphysis and has been able to
alleviate my very serious pain. She's in Oakland at 6579
Shattuck Ave # A (close to Berkeley Bowl though) and her number
Dr. Karen Kartch uses gentle chiropractic techniques to treat pregnant women in pain
including pubic symphysis pain. Her office is at 3661 Grand Ave near the Piedmont
border. Phone is 510-444-4449. sweetow
Re: Berkeley chiropractor
If you can go as far as Oakland Grand Lake area, I can recommend David Rittinger, D.C.
(510) 663-0573. I have used his services, and I think his fees are very reasonable and
he provides excellent care. E.M.
Re: Alternative Treatment for Separated Shoulder
MY neighbor is a PT at Alta Bates and separated her shoulder a
year ago. After trying everything else, she saw my
chiropractor, Dr. Brian MacDoanld at the Berkeley Chiropractic
Clinic, (510) 547-1222 He has helped me a lot with a chronic
neck injury from a cycle crash. He saw my friend and has been
treating her for 4 months now and she says she is 70% better,
able to use her shoulder, gaining motion and strength. I would
recommend Dr. MacDonald highly as he uses very gentle
adjustments with specific exercise methods to help heal people
and I trust him a lot.
Looking for an outstanding chiropractor in Berkeley or Oakland who focuses on
structural adjustment rather than alternative medicine
Dr. Ammirati is the best as far as I am concerned. He is a big,
strong guy who adjusts me the ''old-fashioned'' way that I prefer.
I looked for him for a long time because I am not able to let go
very easily, and have to have a rare mix of confidence,
sensitivity, strength and timing before I can let someone
manipulate my skeleton. Dr. Ammirati has successfully brought me
through complicated injuries and has undone some very old damage.
He knows a ton about the human body (his undergrad was
microbiology) and he explains how and why things work or break
down in a way that I readily understand. His office seems to run
smoothly and he sees me within minutes of my arrival. He has
even come in on his day off when my daughter was injured in a car
accident. I can't say enough good stuff about what he has done
for both of us
My chiropractor is a great (!!) adjuster. Her name is Dyanna
Anfang and her office is just south of campus (2234 Channing Way,
510-549-9080). I have had back/neck problems since an accident
in college and have seen chiropractors in several cities and
states. Dr. Anfang has the best hands of anyone I've seen. And
she's a bright, caring person to boot. - well adjusted in Berkeley
Dr. Alan Davis/Life Chiropractic is wonderful. He does offer advice - if asked - on
alternative treatment, but, pretty-much sticks to the primary reason I'm there - back pain
casued by years of poor posture, sports injury, etc. Now, I see him periodically - 2-3x
month - when I get out of whack. But, that is more me needing a ''tune-up'' as I don't
experience the pain I used to and he has me edcuated about when its time for an adjustment.
I was always turned-off by Chiropractors for the very reason it sounds like you are asking
for someone who focuses just on the structural issues - he changed my mind on Chirporactors
after correctly identifying a couple of issues I had relative to a fall and a sports injury
that only someone who knows his stuff would identify not knowing what had happened. He is on
College Ave (end near Broadway) - phone is 510-594-9994
Dr Davis Fan
I would like to recommend Dr. Raleigh Duncan of Berkeley to anyone who is seeking
chiropractic care. I have been seeing Dr. Duncan for a number of years, and I find his
approach to care extremely effective as well as nurturing and deeply relaxing. He is
able to combine traditional chiropractic techniques, when needed, which cranial sacral
care, which is a gentle (no cracking bones!) and highly effective method for relaxing
the whole body and bringing the spine and other parts of the body back into
allignment. I very much look forward to my appointments (I used to DREAD going to the
chiropractor!) and always walk out of his office feeling great. Also, i find that the
effects of a cranial sacral treatment are really long lasting, much more so than with
traditional chiropractic care. Dr. Duncan is located at 912 The Alameda, at the top of
Solano Ave. There is a parking lot in back. The telephone number is 525-4825. Give him
I believe you could not do any better than our chiropractor, Dr. Parissa Paymani, Emeryville
Chiropractic. Our whole family has been seeing her for many years and she is intelligent,
professional, compassionate and competent. She does not push any kind of alternative
medicine but deals with the structural and will take X-rays as needed. She has a convenient
location directly across the street from the Emeryville Amtrak station. She can be reached
at (510) 655-5540
I highly recommend Cynthia Santelli in Oakland (very near the Grand Lake Theater, across the
580 onramp from Lakeview Elementary). I started seeing her 8 years ago when I was pregnant.
My husband started going shortly thereafter. Her adjustments are not painful or jarring, and
and she does some deep tissue stuff when needed. She never pushes me on supplements or
anything like that, and her demeanor is fantastic. My husband and I always look forward to
our visits with her. Here is her contact info:
466 Santa Clara Ave
I have recently discovered a wonderfully talented, compassionate and experienced
Chiropractor: Ethan Feldman of Back in Action. I met Dr. Feldman in August when I
was experiencing very unusual symptoms. I have always had a tricky back, but it was
clear that something major was going on. He immediately recommended an MRI, looked
at the pictures and sent me to a pysiatrist (Dr. Mechele Henry, also an amazing Dr.
who works with Dr. Steven Isono), and they worked as a team to help me.
It is rare to find a chiropractor who is willing to work with traditional medical
doctors, and I believe, even more rare to find someone who is so capable as well.
Dr. Feldman correctly diagnosed a severely herniated disc. When our conventional
treatments of Chiropractics and Cortizone epidurals (done by Dr. Henry) it was
clear I would need surgery.
I was very scared and Dr. Feldman reassured me that it was not a lack of not being
patient enough with conventional methods, but that my herniation was large enough
to warrent a microdiscectomy. I never expected a chiropractor to support back
surgery. But Feldman really means what he says: he treats the whole patient. Rather
than being opinionated about one doctrine versus another, his view is that whatever
is best for the patient, is what should happen. Bottom line: I had surgery and I am
still seeing Dr. Feldman for adjustments and his staff for PT and massage as well
as seeing Dr. Henry for follow up and other pain management. I am grateful to Back
In Action for their care, compassion and truly profesional work. His adjustments
are very gentle and they also specialize in Cranial Sacral work as well. They are
locdated on the corner of Dwight Way and MLK. Their phone number is 510-843-2584
A grateful patient
I have miss placed the name of a chiropractor in Orinda or Moraga
that specializes in feet. He was recommended to me and I am no
longer in touch with the person that first gave me the
recommendation. Anyone out there know who I am talking about or
have a recommendation of someone who specifically specializes in
I would recommend, from personal experience, Dr. Steve Subotnick, a podiatrist,
chiropractor and homeopath.He's in San Leandro and worth the commute. He used to
come to Berkeley one day a week - I'm not sure if he still does. He is at
510-614-5633. Good luck
I'm looking for a chiropractor who uses a drop table and
activator, is knowledgeable about anatomy and sports injuries --
this is not a given -- and who is all around a great doctor,
meaning you don't just feel like you walked in and randomly gave
someone some money. Also no nutritional supplements or bizarre
treatments, just plain old adjustments. Also (!), takes Blue
Cross insurance? They can be located anywhere at all in the Bay
Area. I've been to quite a few that are already posted, but would
appreciate a new recommendation. Thanks in advance!
I know a GREAT Chiropractor who has a lot of experience with Athletes and who has been
in practice for 11yrs. He currently has a private practice in pacific heights at 2001
Fillmore St. at Pine. His name is Dr. James O'Connell, Access Chiropratic, and he can
be reached at 415-921-2325. James is a really amazing practicioner and he doesn't
push other things like nutrition, etc. He sticks to his profession and spends quality
time with each of his patients to give them a really great and thorough treatement.
He has a drop table and doesn't do any strange tx or adjustments but rather a very
stright forward approach to pain free living. Please call James and he will take
great care of you!
I've been seeing Dr. Amor Adams for about two months and she's
completely healed my left shoulder/neck area, which had been one big
band of tightness. I lived with this pain for about two years trying
everything from massage to accupunture and while they helped some, it
wasn't until I started seeing Dr. Adams that it started to dissapate.
I put off going to a chiropractor for fear of that neck cracking
thing, but I finally had to give in. And Dr. Adams put me at ease
right from the start. She's worked with professional football players
(Raiders, 49ers) and I can see why. She's top notch. On top of it all,
she's a great listener. What she's done for me is truly amazing. She's
in Oakland by Alta Bates. Her number is 510-834-2225. (Note: this is
an updated number from previous postings.)
I love my chiropractor! Rob Ammiratti, at 510-524-2222, has helped me
get through numerous injuries. I really enjoy my visits because he
pays attention to the whole me. He's a great educator, and his
adjustments are great. I'm very picky about who twists and cracks my
frame, and I have great confidence in him.
Dyanna Anfang, a Berkeley chiropractor, uses an activator and drop table and seems
knowledgeable. She's not a pusher for nutritional supplements. It's like a Western
medicine sort of office. I didn't have any sports-related problems, but she helped me
with carpal tunnel syndrome that seemed to emanate from pinched nerves in my spine,
and neck problems from anxiety. Her office is on Ellsworth near the UC campus.
She took my insurance, which was Blue Shield, so probably takes Blue Cross too.
Don't have the number on me, but she's most likely on the internet or in the phone
A believer in chiropractic medicine
Wow, do I have a great fit for you. Dr. Dyanna Anfang
(510-549-9080, in Berkeley) is a fantastic chiropractor and a
wonderful, caring person. She uses a drop table and activator
and is the best adjuster I have ever been to (and I was injured
in college). She is very interested in your specific needs and
is completely focused on the fundamentals of her work- healing
your problems or injuries. I know she takes Blue Cross because
that is my insurance, and her staff is excellent. Itís like old
time care- you donít feel like youíre an anonymous patient, or
that the doctorís time is more valuable that yours (she is almost
always on time except for true emergencies). In my experience
itís very hard to find doctors like this anymore.
saved by Dyanna
call Dr. Joe Ball in El Cerrito (Ball Chiropractic). He has all what you are looking
dr. michael hickey is great, and uses the techniques you are
looking for. don't know if he takes your insurance. he now
practices out of his home in n. oakland. he can be reached at
I used to go to Dr. Claire-Marie Holman, near the top of Solano Ave. I really liked
that she never pushed supplements, pillows, or expensive ergonomic products. She
definitely uses the activator, though I'm not sure what a drop table is so I can't
answer that one. The adjustments were preceded by massage and warm sand bags which
were heavenly. I believe a half hour appointment used to be $55 which was fully
re-imbursed by insurance, I never found any chiropracters who took insurance directly
because the companies are always remiss to pay and take their time paying out (It just
took five months, 8 phone calls for me to get re-imbursed on a simple, legitimate
chiropractic claim with UHC.)
Dr. Abby Irwin is an excellent chiropractor and fits all of the requirements that you
listed. She is a sharp diagnostician with a caring and straightforward manner. She has
a deep understanding of musculoskeletal anatomy/physiology, and her specialty is
sports injuries and care of athletes. She has been my husband's and my chiropractor
for almost eight years (even though we are far from athletic!) and I have referred
many people to her, including a few folks who have had challenging experiences with
other chiropractors. She will refer to physical therapy, Xray, etc when necessary, but
her practice also includes an acupuncturist and massage therapist and a few other
holistic practitioners that I'm forgetting.
Dr. Irwin was the first practitioner to correctly pinpoint the cause of my husband's
sciatica last year (L-5 disc herniation) and to encourage us to seek more aggressive
medical treatment as it became appropriate-- MRI, steroid injections, and finally
surgery. Without her discerning advice and knowledge, we would have been much more
bewildered and and slower in finding our way through the Kaiser orthopedic system. On
the other (more conservative care) side, she has helped me deal with chronic neck and
shoulder pain through strengthening exercises, a better understanding of body
mechanics and adjustments as needed. I sing her praises because I think she is one of
the best health care practitioners that I've ever known and everyone that I've sent to
her has had a similarly positive experience. Her practice is called InLine
Chiropractic, it's near the Lake-- 893-
I like Janet Kniveton 452-3940, by Lake Merritt. She uses a drop table and an
activator, sells no weird nutritional supplements, just seems pretty sensible and
pleasant. I don't know about her experience with sports injuries, I had desk-related
problems, that have really resolved. One of the best things she did for me was have me
try out several cervical-support pillows; I found one I liked and am doing much better
now. You'll also have to ask about the insurance; she did not take mine (I can't now
remember which insurance I had)
Doug Ross, of Rockridge Family Chiropractic, made a big
difference to my life. Years ago I had a severe back problem,
resulting in the disappearance of one of my quadriceps thigh
muscles. I consulted a doctor and received physical therapy, to
no effect. I was working in my office lying down. After several
months I visited Dr. Ross and immediately improved. A year later
my leg was back to normal. I see him for maintenance every six
weeks or so at my discretion, and his fees are very reasonable.
My back has never given me serious problems again
I see Dr. Cynthia Santelli in the Grand Lake area of Oakland. She has a drop table (in
addition to a stationary table) and uses an activator. In the almost 8 years I've been
seeing her, she has never mentioned nor sold me supplements, although I see some in
her office. As for your other concerns, I don't whether she takes Blue Cross and I
don't know about her sports injury experience (but she is excellent and she's the
first one I'd see if I were exercising enough to even get injured).
Her contact info: Cynthia Santelli, DC, 466 Santa Clara Ave., Oakland, tel. (510) 444
Her office is on the side street that parallels the onramp to 580, right by the Grand
Lake Theater. It is a pretty convenient location.
I can highly recommend Dr. Zhao Su of New Paradigm Chiropratics. She is in San
Leandro. She doesn't yank you around, she uses a table that drops and has other
''tools'' to gently adjust you. She has worked on me (a REALLY bad back injury) and my
15-yo daughter (sports injuries). She uses kinesiology to check the adjustment. She
also does nutritional counseling (which is what I started taking my daughter to her
for initially). She can recommmend supplements for you also. She just finished her
training in accupuncture, but we have done that together, yet. Her number is (510)
346-2688. I don't know if she takes insurance, but she keeps the cost way down (though
the supplements can add up-if you choose to get them). She has really been a huge help
to both of us. Yay, Dr. Su! Good luck.
Try Sidharth Verma at Oakbay Chiropractic. They work with a structural and muscle
method (I can't remember the name of it) that a member from their office used with
olympic athletes. Good feel to the office. Good communicator. Clear. Focused.
My chiropractor in vallejo is fabulous - i just ''found'' him a year ago and will
never go back to a doctor that doesn't use the activator!! He takes insurance and is
great with kids too. Dr. John Harrington - 707.553.2225 or on the web at
You might try Kevin Wong in Orinda 925-254-4040. He is a wonderful and caring person
who does drop table and activator method. He really listens! His office is very
professional and he respects your beliefs and wishes (esp about vitamins etc). Happy
I'm looking for an experienced and reputable myotherapist in
the area to help treat chronic headaches. Many years ago, I
went to one in SF, and after 2 sessions, my frequent headaches
were gone for over a year. They've been gradually coming back
and now are quite frequent again. They are supposedly
migraines, but don't respond well to medications. I've tried
other options without benefit, and I'd like to try myotherapy
again (the person I went to before retired).
If you have been to a myotherapist that you can recommend, I'd
really appreciate it. I'd like myotherapy specifically, and am
also interested in recommendations for acupressure.
Also, if you've been to North Bay Myotherapy and Fitness and
can tell me what you thought of them, that would be great too.
Please NO recommendations for chiropractors, massage therapists
or other options right now. I'm sure there are good
practitioners, but that's not what I'm looking for right now.
I highly recommend Beth Baron in Berkeley, 510-551-9539. She is
a myofascial therapist--not sure if that's the same, but she is
I want to second the recommendation for Beth Baron (Berkeley) as
a fantastic myofascial therapist. She has helped my sciatica,
fibromyalgia, muscle spasms in my thighs, neck pain, and most
miraculously, my severe TMJ. Here is her website:
Can anybody recommend a chiropractor that has experience with
postpartum issues? My back is killing me due to breasfeeding,
changing, and carrying twins!
Any assistance is appreciated.
I have seen Dyana Anfang, a chiropractor in Central Berkeley recommended on this site
several times previously. She is wonderful. She uses the drop-table and activator,
and is a ''real person'', kind, caring and all-around wonderful. I don't know about
the Blue Cross, but she takes Blue Shield HMO. Nora
Connie, Iíd highly recommend Dyanna Anfang. She has two children
herself and works with lots of postpartum women (there are birth
announcements and thank you notes from patients- with pictures of
their newborns- all over the front of the office). She is in
Berkeley near the Cal campus and her phone number is 549-9080.
Dr. Jaimila Neyon of Balance Point Chiropractic saved me after I
gave birth last year. I had complications in the delivery and
had trouble walking or even holding my infant. She was very
sensitive and attribute her care to my making a full recovery. She also let me know
when she felt I was better rather than just
letting me keep coming in indefinitely, which I know is a concern
with some chiropractors. She's on Shattuck and her phone # is
I want to recommend Abby Irwin/ In line Chiropractic (office is near Lake Merritt) for
drop table adjustments. She is an excellent resource for sport injuries as well as
post-partum general backaches. I trust her very much. In her office you can also find
a list of 7 massage therapists that offer all sorts of different massage styles. You
can choose what you like...great place to get re-charged and re-adjusted. Price is
VERY reasonable too. Myriam
I highly recommend Em Squires. She is a physical therapist who specializes in post
partum issues, including posture. She also does adjustments, and insurance covers her
if it covers physical therapy. She works near Lake Merrit. 286-8100 (I think). she is
really knowledgable and very kind. Just fantastic. she knows more than the doctors I
saw for some pp issues.
I loved Em.
There is a physical therapist in the East Bay that specializes in postpartum healing
and rehab. She helped me with my prenatal and postpartum postural issues. Her name
is Suzanne Koval, MSPT and she can be reached at suzannekoval[AT]partummemom.com
I mentioned this chiropractor in another post, but I'll recommend her here again, this
time in terms of post-partum care. I see Dr. Cynthia Santelli. I started seeing her
when I was pregnant with my second child and experiencing horrible back pain. I had
always been afraid and wary of chiropractors but was willing to try anything to
address the intense pain. She was beyond fantastic and continues to be. I saw her
throughout the pregnancy, post-partum, and still see her for treatment (almost 8 years
after my first visit). She is gentle, easy to talk to about any concerns, and just
generally does a fabulous job. I know a handful of people who see her and all are very
happy with the treatment they receive.
Her info: Cynthia Santelli, DC, 466 Santa Clara Ave., Oakland, tel. (510) 444-0188.
Her office is on the side street that parallels the onramp to 580, right by the Grand
Get Crackin', Too
I can highly recommend Dr. Bruce Rizzo. He is an experienced chiropractor in sports
injuries as well as auto accident injuries etc. etc. Bruce is the kindest, sweetest
person you could want treating you. He will not take your money if he doesn't think he
can help you. The office does not take private insurance but you can get a receipt for
services and bill your own insurance. Lots of patients there do that. (I'm a massage
therapist with my business in Bruce's office).
The office is located at 2509 Milvia Street Bkly between Dwight way and Blake st.
Office number is 510 843-1234.
Hope this helps. Please tell him June sent you.
Re: Whole health/person doctor?
I've sent both of my daughters, ages 5 and 4, to see Susan
Feldman at Back in Action several times. They both have some
misalignment and assymetry in their jaws and teeth. She is
fantastic on a personal level with kids, and is great at
introducing or working with kids on their ability to receive a
session, since lying on a table and receiving an adult's very
focused and powerful attention was unusual for them. At first
she worked on them (one at a time of course) with me in the room
with them, reading stories to them while she worked, later they
went in for sessions without me. she has an incredible
sensitivity (I've received a session from her myself) and the
girls responded to the sessions immediately with a neck pain
complaint resolved and improved moods. Time will tell with the
oral issues. It's a great thing that the girls see that health
care and taking care of oneself, proactively, is enjoyable, that
it can happen through touch, and that it doesn't mean sterile
dr.s offices, shots, etc...
I'm looking for a good chiropractor for a neck and back injury
incurred in a car accident - I'm looking for someone gentle,
who won't just crack my back as soon as I walk in the door.
Also, I'm looking for a massage therapist who does deep tissue
massage, as well as a good physical therapist. Your help is
I gave the same recommendation above for the person looking for
body work for back pain. Check out SOL PT on College Ave. I
saw Laurie there who used Active Release Technique on me and it
was great. http://www.solpt.com/html/artheal.htm. Good luck.
Healthy and Pain-Free Back
there's a great bodyworker i go to. her name is maowunyo,
and she is incredible. she combines shiatsu/acupressure,
tradtional philippino massage/energy work and herbology
for each treatment/visit. she has a clinic in downtown
oakalnd that she sees people at on thursday and fridays.
she also sees people at her home also in oakland. i highly
recomend her. you will feel like new. her number is
there's a great bodyworker i go to. her name is maowunyo,
and she is incredible. she combines shiatsu/acupressure,
tradtional philippino massage/energy work and herbology
for each treatment/visit. she has a clinic in downtown
oakalnd that she sees people at on thursday and fridays.
she also sees people at her home also in oakland. i highly
recomend her. you will feel like new. her number is
I am in desperate need of a chiropractor in or very near
Berkeley/Albany. I have Kaiser and have listed below the ones
that would be covered. I've never been to a chiropractor before
and am afraid of the pain, but my back pain in the middle of the
night is bad enough that i can't out it off any longer! Thanks
for any comments, positive or negative.
Dr. Ammirati has been my chiropractor for many years. He has relieved my pain
from a wide variety of ailments and always explains his treatment very clearly. The
office is a pleasant place, easy to get to, and runs efficiently. I have been amazed at
how much better I feel upon a number of occasions, the most recent after a spine-
wrenching fender-bender. I think what gives me the greatest confidence in him is
his authentic interest in my well-being. He spends time asking questions and gives
suggestions for follow-up that are sensible (I actually do them). He treats my
daughter too, and has been a good influence on her lifestyle choices. She takes her
health seriously and sees it in the context of longterm wellness. I am really grateful
to the person who first referred me to Dr. Ammirati.
Hi. I'm extremely happy with my chiropractor, Dr. Dyanna Anfang.
She has been both extremely caring and very effective in treating
me. I would especially recommend her for someone who has never
seen a chiropractor before because she explains her conclusions
thoroughly and tells you exactly what she is going to do before
she does it (and why). Good luck.
Around June this year, I started to have pain starting from the
base of my spine down my right leg. The pain gradually
worsened and I could barely walk: the doctors diagnosed it as a
pinched sciatic nerve. Some one then recommended that I see a
I used the BPN to find a reference to Ross Graham (look under
BPN recommendations). It turned out that Dr. Graham has moved
on to San Francisco and he reommended that I see Dr. Mark Wong
( http://www.drmarkwong.com ) who was still in the
Piedmont/Grand Ave area.
Recovery was a long process that took close to 3.5 months with
my visiting Dr. Wong three times a week. I ran out of coverage
with my medical plan and Dr. Wong extended it with a petition.
From hopelessness that I felt at that time, I have now been
able to resume visits to the gym. Dr. Wong kept adjusting/re-
adjusting my lower bones until they eased the nerve and the
pain went away. In interesting ways (using light and vibration)
he'd re-stimulate the pain and then ease it out again.
I strongly recommend him.
I highly recommend my chiropractor, Dr. Melinda Perlee, in
Berkeley (510-287-9279). She has a very integrated/holistic
approach. She does the traditional chiropractic adjustments
but spends the majority of the appointment time doing tissue
work on the surrounding tissues (which ''take a hit'' when your
back/other joints are out of alignment.)
Melinda also does therapeutic massage, for those who don't like
chiropractic. She's also an experienced yoga practitioner and
instructor and will suggest stretching exercises that can help
you keep your body strong. (And she teaches yoga to
individuals...which is especially helpful for those of us with
back/shoulder/(etc.) injuries who need to be cautious in how we
I had a serious back injury that left me flat on my back for
two months. Melinda's been hugely instrumental in my recovery
so that I could finally get back to work as a hospital nurse.
I would like a reccomendation for a healing center or
chiropractor who has good massage therapists to heal from a
recent auto accident- someone who takes insurance claims -the
better = already looked on list-thanks so much. Berkeley or
Dr. Michael Hirsch is the best. both my husband and myself love
him (and my husband is very picky..). I came to see him after
diagnosed with carpal tunnel syndrome in both hands by a hand
surgeon, who recommanded cortisone shots, that actually made my
condition worse. than I saw a hand therapist, and that didn't
help either. finally, I saw Dr. Hirsch, who suggested that my
problem really originated from my neck.
There are two really good massage therapists in his office, that
I can't recommmend highly enough. They're on 29th St. in Oakland
and the phone # is 510-444-BONE(2663).
Finally can sleep
I go to Bruce Del Fante on Piedmont Avenue. 655-6336. Good
adjustments and reasonable rates!
I didn't see too many recent referals for chiropractors on the website. I
am looking for someone who is experienced, and can provide relief.
Someone who is familar with working with soft tissue would be even
better. I've had chiropractors who use methods that are more gentle, but
I don't really feel better afterwards. I have many kinks in my neck and
scapula area, causing me to be regularly uncomfortable and tired. Also,
lately, the lower back pain I had during pregnancy has returned. My bab
y is now 9 months old.
It would be ideally in Oakland Lakeshore/Grand area, or Montclair.
However, I am open to more locations given a very enthusiastic
thank you sooo much.
all wound up
I believe I feel similarly to you; when I'm in pain I want a
chiropractor who can adjust me in exactly the ''right way'' (gently
but firmly, and in precisely the right places, I guess I'd call
it). I'd recommend Dyanna Anfang, D.C. (510-549-9080). Her
office is in Berkeley just south of campus, on Channing Way
between Shattuck and Telegraph. It's not in the location you
were looking for, but (thankfully!) there's off street parking
and she's definitely worth the trip.
I go to Agi Ban, she's great!
near Ashby and 7th
her number is 845-4540
I recommend Dr. David Basco as your chiropractor. I went to him
regularly during my pregnancy. I had a pinched nerve in my neck
and left arm. I found relief from the various techniques he
used and the pain disappeared and never returned. He also has a
massage therapist in his office (by appointment). His office is
located at 2133 MacArthur Blvd at Fruitvale, phone 510-482-3883.
Ed van Buskirk has done wonders for me. And it's very easy to get
in to see him once you're an established patient (you just call
up and say you're coming in at whatever time). He's located right
across from the Clarement/College Safeway at 6245 College,
upstairs. Phone 594 1782. He has good hours, too.
Dr. Jan Corwin is terrific. I have also been treated by Mylo
Magtoto--he also is very good.
494 Hawthorne Ave. (near 32nd & telegraph)
Oakland, CA 94609
Hours: M - W - F 8:30 am - 6:30pm
Tues & Thurs 9:00 am-12:30 pm
I can highly recommend my chiroprator, Chinabear Joseph. She is
on Grand Avenue and her number is 272-9109. She is what I would
describe as a non-traditional chiroprator (not just a bone
cracker). She does lots of deep tissue work and cranial sacral
(gentle, but you can request whatever you want), in addition to
the usual adjustments. She has a specialty in working with
babies and kids, but my husband and I have seen her on a regular
basis for the past 6-7 years.
First let me tell you I'm sorry you are in pain. I know what
you're going through. I see Dr. Laurie Klein, 444-8494. She's
located above the Coffee Mill on Grand. She's great for general
chiropractic care, does extensive massage work, and has been
great for my pre-and-post natal issues. She came highly
recommended to me by several of my mom friends and I've
recommended her again and again.(In fact, I was just about to
post an unsolicited recommendation, so I'm glad you asked.)
Tell her Alison sent you!
I have seen Janet Kniveton for my neck and shoulder
tension/pain. I found that she individualized the treatment,
asking me how much adjustment I was comfortable with, using
alternative methods when I preferred that. The work was subtle,
and I didn't necessarily feel transformed when I left, but after
about 3-4 sessions I noticed great improvement. She is
personable, explains things well, takes time to understand where
you're coming from. She is on grand ave, across from fairyland.
her ph no is 452-3940
I would like to recommend Dr. Sue Mullen. I have been under her
care since late last year and she has helped me tremendously with
fatigue, headaches and neck and back pain. She is warm and gentle
with adjustments that are very effective. I always leave feeling
energized. She is located on Oakland Ave off of Grand in Oakland.
Her number is 510-653-6855.
Our wonderful chiropractor, Stacy Preston, sees both my son and
myself. She uses various techniques depending on what she thinks
would work best in your situation to treat you. She spends at
least a half an hour on each visit with each of us. She truely
takes the time to find the source of the pain and works slowly
with your body to make the adjustments. We feel very lucky to
have her, especially with my son who has experienced pain due to
a bone disease. She has not only helped eliminate the pain for
him, but made it something he looks forward to doing. Her office
is on Sante Fe near Solano in Albany and her phone number is
I am looking for a chiropractor and osteopath in or near
Berkeley who works mainly with adults. My main problems are my
knee and shoulder. It would also be helpful to know whether
these treatments have worked for those with knee problems.
I'd say see my chiropractor, Dyanna Anfang, Berkeley, 549-9080.
If chiropractic can help with your knee and/or shoulder problems
she's great, and if she feels that any other kind of treatment
would work better she'll tell you right away and help you find
the right person.
Michelle Reddel, D.C., is a great chiropractor who specializes in cranial-sacral work. She works on adults
and children with terrific results. Her office is located at 1398 Solano Ave (at Carmel) in Albany, and her
number is 510.558.8258.
Bruce Rizzo is a chiropractor in Berkeley. He works mostly with
adults (but also some kids) and does deep tissue, active-release
work as well as adjusting. He's great and the deep tissue work
is fantastic. His number is 510-843-1234. I highly recommend
I have Healthnet ASHP Chiropractic/Acupuncture coverage
Does anyone have a clue how to navigate this process? My
dependents and I are supposed to have 20 visits each per year
(combined chiro and acupuncture). I would prefer Oakland or
Berkeley but I would travel (if allowed) for someone really good.
I would also like a recommendation for an excellent Dr. of
Chiropractic that participates in this. My most recent
Chiropractor (Dr. Feldman) was really good but I did not have
medical pymts coverage on my auto insurance and my services
already exceed the amount he can cover w/out me paying (which I
can't afford right now. My back is aching! Can someone help me
find a covered Chiropractor so I can complete my course of
As far as finding an excellent chiropractor who is part of the
Healthnet network in Berkeley or Oakland, I think you're in luck.
I can highly recommend Dr. Dyanna Anfang, whose office is just
south of UC Berkeley, at 2234 Channing Way (near Ellsworth). Her
number is 549-9080. IMO, Dr. Anfang is an exceptional doctor
because she is both caring and empathetic, and highly skilled.
She treats patients with respect, explains options clearly and
straightforwardly, and empowers patients to become involved in
their own care.
- another ASHP member
I'd highly recommend Dr. Dyanna Anfang in Berkeley (549-9080).
She takes HealthNet/ASHP, and her assistant checks your coverage
specifics online- they are very good about dealing with these
things. One great thing about the practice is that the doctor
and the office donmt run like the kind of medical practice we all
try to avoid. Itms very friendly and the doctor is almost always
on time (except for true emergencies). But Dr. Anfang is the
real find. She is a great, gentle adjuster (I have seen many
before!) and is extremely knowledgeable and always willing to
share her information. IMO she is a truly concerned and
compassionate healer and person.
- Happy patient with insurance
I'm also on the HealthNet ASH plan, and I am seeing Dr. Lisa Polevoy in
Berkeley. Visit her website at www.drpolevoy.com for more details
about her practice. She accepts your insurance, and she thoroughly
understands the reimbursement process. Dr. Lisa and her staff can help
you navigate the process.
As far as treatment goes, she has given me simple exercises to do at
home so that I am better able to hold my adjustments. She is willing to
take a gentle chiropractic approach if you prefer. In my expererience, it
is a somewhat slow process to recovery depending on the extent of your
injuries, but the decrease in pain and my improved posture are both
noticeable. Good luck!
Fellow HealthNet Patient
Check with the chiropractic office of Michelle Reddel, D.C.
She's a chiropractor specializing in cranial-sacral work, and
she is just terrific. She does accept some HealthNet but her
secretary tells me it depends on the HealthNet policy you
have. Her office is located at 2560 Ninth St, Suite 313,
Berkeley (cross street is Dwight). Her phone number is
Regarding chiropractic and ASH (American Specialty Health): a
number of insurance policies contract with ASH and folks are
told they have ''20-30'' visits (sometimes bundled with
acupuncture etc). In reality, a DC is allowed 5 visits under ASH
and then must fill out considerable time-consuming paperwork to
ask for more. Patients should know this--they should also know
that ASH pays doctors really low fees--far lower then customary--
and many doctors are forced to accept these fees or opt out of
the system (and thus out of many insurance policies). ASH is
typical of managed care: most of the money goes to supporting a
large middle tier of case managers and high upper managment
salaries. The insurance carriers like it because they can say
they provide chiropractic...and then can provide it on the cheap
with unrealistic limits on visits.
Regarding your message for chiro and acupct care with
HealthNet. I use https://www.healthnet.com/ to find Drs that
participate in the plan.
I just used the HealthNet link to
find a acupuncturist in the El Cerrito area and had great
success. A while back I went to Dr. Jan Corwin in Oakland for
chiropractic care. (http://www.oakbaychiro.com) I liked him a
great deal and his staff is quite nice. However, I've no idea
if they are in the ASHP program or not. You'd have to check it
out. Best of luck,
Re: Chiropractor in Walnut Creek, Pleasant Hill, Danville or San Ramon
I must tell you about Dr. Jeffrey Johnson. He is a
chiropractic neurologist and works in a way not typical of your
garden variety chiro.
After a long and troubling summer seeing neurologists, physical
therapists, acupuncturists, physiatrists, having 3 MRIs, 2
ultrasounds etc., my internist finally referred me to Jeff.
After the 2nd appointment I left in tears...I was at least 80%
improved! He has a very unusual approach. I was never
once 'adjusted'. He does a complete examination to determine
the problem and then designs an action plan that he discusses
After seeing him for appx. 3 months I am pain free and grateful!
I have referred probably a dozen friends and all of them RAVE
about him. We each had different symptoms, and he has been
able to help each of us.
I urge you to contact him. I promise you, you won't be sorry!!
Please tell him Karen sent you!!
Dr. Jeffrey Johnson
115 Town and Country Drive, Suite E
I am looking for a female physical therapist (or, possibly,
certified massage therapist) who is experienced (with advanced
training) in myofascial release technique. I am hoping to
alleviate ongoing S-I joint pain that has not responded to
standard exercise-based P.T. Ideally, in or near Berkeley, and
ideally, accepts insurance (I can get my M.D. to refer).
Ann Honigman at Westside Family Chiropractic does myofacial
release. The other chiropractors in that practice may do it as
well. She knows a lot about anatomy and has good familiarity w/
pilates, yoga, and other forms of 'self help.' They take
insurance. They are on 9th near parker.
I recommend Rachael Peizer, MPT of Hands On Physical Therapy.
She is a PT specializing in myofascial release and craniosacral
therapy. I have been using Rachael's services for the past 2
years for my lower back pain. She does not accept insurance
however does provide you with the paperwork necessary to get
reimbursement from your insurance company. My insurance
provides coverage for her services as ''out of network'' so it is
not covered 100%. Her rates are reasonable. She is located at
2615 Ashby Ave, Berkeley 510-919-0903
The preacticioner I see is named Marie Jo Graziadei, cellphone
415-302-4595. Her office is on Grand Avenue in Oakland. She is a
certified Rolfer and has velvet hands of steel (esp her thumbs!)
As far as I know she does not take insurance, but I pay out of
pocket because it's so worth it. An hour and a quarter is $120.
Re: Chiropractors covered on my health plan
RE: Dr. Anfang--I really recommend her! My husband has gone to
her for years, and when I had a bad injury last winter, I sought
her help. She knew exactly what the problem was (SI joint) and
what to do to fix the injury. I've been seeing her every 3
weeks for ''maintenance'' since.
I started seeing Dr. Anfang after a bike accident and have been
very happy with her. My shoulder and back are much improved. She
is very nice and her office is convenient to campus (and as a
bonus has a parking garage for patients.)
I can highly recommend Dyanna Anfang. She is both a caring
person and an excellent chiropractor. I have had great results
with her and am very comfortable recommending her to others. As
much as is possible these days, she seems to try to run an "old
fashioned" office where you are treated with respect and
concern. I don't know the other two names on your list.
- a happy patient
I highly recommend Lisa Polevoy (prounounced Pol'-a-voy). Though
I have only been to see her once (need to go back but haven't
found time lately with 2 preschoolers at home and a 3rd baby on
the way), I was totally impressed with her gentle demeanor,
physical strength (I'm a big gal), and chiropractic skill. My
husband is an internist who refers dozens of patients to her, and
he also sees her as a patient. Her office is low-key and mellow;
her staff friendly and helpful. Go see Dr. Lisa--you'll like her!
I highly recommend a chiropractor I have been seeing regularly
for the past few months: Stacey Preston, 902 Santa Fe Av in
Albany, 525-2715. Stacey's technique is gentle yet thorough
and effective. She is also a mom and a pleasant person to be
around. Please feel free to contact me for more information.
Can anyone recommend a low-cost chiropractor or
chiropractic clinic? My nanny is having terrible back
problems but cannot afford a full-priced chiropractor.
Dr. David Basco, DC, treats patients with financial hardships.
Please call or visit his office: Dr. Basco, Bay Area Injury
Center, 2133 MacArthur Blvd, Oakland, CA 94602 510-482-3883.
He understands many people need chiropractic care, but do not
have health insurance. He will work out an affordable treatment
Dr. Michael Hickey is a chiropractor in Oakland who treats
children and adults. He enjoys a reputation for being
honest, ethical, thorough, exceedingly knowledgeable (he is
also a professor at the chiropractic college in San Leandro),
and competent. His office is casual and his style is
personable. I know many children who have been treated
by Dr. Hickey for sports injuries as well as general aches
and pains. I highly recommend him. His office phone
number is 465-5200 X2. He is located on Pill Hill in
I am looking for a chiropractor in the Piedmont Ave, Grand Ave
area, preferably one with Saturday or evening hours, but I'm
flexible. Any suggestions? I have consulted the website already
and most of the posts do not meet my need or the chiropractor is
no longer in practice.
Dr. Mary Bacon has been my chiropractor for over six years and I
can recommend her highly. I have mild scoliosis and see her for
periodic ''tune-ups'' plus I've greatly benefited from following
her advice/fitness tips. She suggested weight training/pilates to
help strengthen and tone my abs and lower back so I'm not quite
so dependent on the temporary pain relief that chiropractic
offers. Her office is very kid-friendly too which really helps
because sometimes I need to take my toddler along when I'm
getting an adjustment.
230 Grand Ave. #301C
She usually sees patients Monday, Wednesday, and Friday but may
have other appointments available.
I know a great chiropractor who is just off Grand Ave (right on
the corner). I used to go to him regularly until he no longer
accepted my insurance and I could no longer afford him. His
name is Ross Graham and the office is called Grand
Chiropractic. I highly recommend him, though!
Graham Ross W DC
460 Boulevard Way
Oakland, CA 94610
Try Daniel Karan on Piedmont Ave. I have had great success with
him, and my husband (who does strenous labor and often has he or
his workers see Daniel with back problems) swears by him.
I have a great Chiropractor on Piedmont (at the oppisite end
from Broadway). She doesn't do the 'crack you back' thing but
instead uses a tiny plunger device to get very precice
adjustments. I had alway been a disbeliever but she came to me
reccomeded by a friend who had been partially paralized on one
side and couldnt flex his foot. After treatment you could hardly
tell that there had ever been a problem. Since seeing her myself
I have run into countless others who are not connected to each
other but see her. I have been very happy with her bedside
manner as well as the physical results of her treatment. Her
name is Sallie MacNeill. She is at 4327 Piedmont Ave and her
phone #is (510) 655-1933.
She is in Practice with her husband Daniel Karen. I
just read all the ads and saw that he was recommended too and
that person didn't mention that they are in practice together
either. So you could get two recommended choices in one office.
They also work with a therapeutic masseuse. They are both great
but I preferred Sallie because her bedside manner is a bit
softer (feminine?) and his is more matter of fact (masculine?)
It's a matter of personality preference.
Rob Ammirati on Solano Avenue, 524-2222, is just the best.
He has seen my family through several car accidents, some
chronic complaints and a few terrible falls, with good humor
and compassion. He's VERY smart.
I'm wondering if anyone has had any experience with Chiropractor
Richard Richman of Glenview Holistic Chiropractic. I am looking
for a chiropractor who will deal with multiple issues that seem
to be accumulating over time. I have had problems with my back
for many years and have seen a few chiropractors off and on.
I've also noticed lately that I'm beginning to have problems
with my knees. I want to see someone who can do more than just
the standard adjustment and who might be able to offer a more
long-term and holistic solution. I've looked at his website and
it seems to be what I'm looking for. I just want to make sure
he is effective. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks!
I feel compelled to respond to the query regarding Richard
Richman. Years ago, he had an office in Alameda, and I went to
him on a recommendation from a patient of his. I was in terrible
pain and didn't have insurance or a lot of money to pay for
treatment, and the person who recommended him said that he was
looking for someone to trade secretarial work for chiropractic
care. He was enthusiastic and encouraging on the phone when I
explained my financial situation, and stated that he would like
to start treatment immediately, and then discuss how I could
repay him after I was no longer in debilitating pain. He gave me
the impression that he needed typing, some research, and other
secretarial jobs done. As soon as I met him at his office,
before any treatment or discussion of treatment, after hearing of
my pain from sciatica, he asked me to move a large stack of
chairs from one room to another! Aside from the chair moving,
which I could not even attempt to do, he sent me home with a bag
of new-agey crystal headbands to assemble, which he said he
intended to sell on the internet. He never did any chiropractic
adjustment on me, and I have been to a number of chiropractors,
so I do know the difference between being adjusted and the
''energy work'' that he said he was doing on my back. I did have a
good chiropractic experiencewith Paul Romero, at Romero
Chiropractic - (510) 655-2266). He is located at 364 41st St
in Oakland ( near Broadway) He is really experienced and
caring. good luck.
I just joined Health Net and am trying to locate a chiropractor
for my very tempermental neck. Does anyone have any experience
with any of the following Chiropractors? Many thanks, KJM
Amor Adams is fabulous. My husband and I have been seeing her
for just over two years. I was referred to her by my former
chiropractor when we had to make a change due to insurance. I
thoght my previous Dr. was good, but Amr Adams is better. She
has treated me for pregnancy related back problems as well as
other problems that come up. She has treated my husband for
sports injuries and each time we walk out feeling great. Please
give her a call - you won't regret it.
I believe Paul Walton is a Health Net provider. If so, I can
strongly recommend him. A practitioner, teacher and trainer, he
is extremely knowledgeable, and employs with care the right
remedy or remedies for an ailment. He is thoughtful,
wideranging, and responsive to the patient's needs and input.
And you are done when the problem has been addressed -- it does
not drag on without end.
I am looking for a chiropractor in the Bay Area who specializes
in the Activator Method (my mother calls this the staple gun
technique) and who does not do manual corrections. Expertise in
applied kinesiology and so-called ''muscle testing'' is an even
bigger plus, as the combination of these techniques I found to
be very powerful with a doctor in Boston. I have so far not
been able to find anyone here in the Bay Area combining these
techniques, but it's what I need to keep my hips and neck
adjusted and happy.
Dr. Jay Bunker on Solano Ave. just above the BART tracks (pink
bungalow) uses the activator method. I used him for a couple of
years. He is a very nice, soft spoken man.
For almost two years, I have been to Dr. Jay Bunker, on Solano in
Albany. I has sometimes minor adjustments, and somtetimes more
complex situations were happening to me. I found him to be
thourough, using the activator method, and other techniques if
called for. I have found him easy to work with, and he really
listens. He has convenient hours, and I recommend him. Phone:
hi. i have a wonderful chiropractor. i'm not sure if he does the
activator method but what he has done to me is a very gentle
adjustment. he's in fremont. his name is Dr. Michael Nichols.
you can probably get his number from information. but is 510-593-
I would like to reccommend my Chiropractor: Dr. Lisa Polevoy in
Berkeley. She has without a doubt changed my life. Her holistic
practice takes into account all of the factors that can create
pain in any body part.She will use the activator method, cranial
sacral work, or traditional manipulation, she can do it all.
Just tell her what you need. And if you just don't know, tell
her what's happening with your body. She can help.
Upon the suggestion of my general practitioner, who told me
that this woman ''Is just awesome and will change your life.'' I
called her. He was right. She is awesome. I am feeling better,
finally. I have a ''bum'' ankle and back and have been suffering
for years. In addition, I have been struggling with weight loss
ever since my pregnancy two years ago. Dr. Polevoy is not only a
chiropractor, but a nutritionist as well. I have already lost a
bunch of weight and through her adjustments and careful care, I
feel better than I have in years.
I know I must sound like a billboard advertisement, but I am
just so excited to find a chiropractic office that offers such a
high level of care. Dr. Polevoy employs a host of massage worker
and athletic rehabilitators, all of whom have been helping me
get back on my feet (literally). And a great benefit: she
accepts my insurance (or they accept her...?). Anyway, she works
with insurance companies without fear.
What's so effective about her approach is her ability to listen
and discern what each patient truly needs. She doesn't just
adjust you with standard adjustments, she truly tailors each
session and decision for treatment based upon your needs that
day. And she runs a great show over there. Her people are happy
and talented and the engery cannot be beat.
Contact Info: Dr. Lisa Polevoy, 510-647-3825, 741 Addison
A Very Happy Patient
My fabulous chiroprator (Dr. Sandra Waggener) highly recommneds
Dr. Khalsa Shakati-Singh at 2506 Shattuck Ave.Berkeley. He does
Activator Method chiropratory. His phone number is 548-2225
Can anyone recommend a pediatric chiropractor? I am a Kaiser
I don't know how it works with Kaiser, but I HIGHLY recommend my
chiropractor, Chinabear Joseph. She works with infants,
children and adults and is incredible. She does very little, if
any cracking, and does a lot of cranial sacral and gentle deep
tissue work. She is very intuitive and an incredible healer.
She helped my daughter with colic and my whole family has been
seeing her for the past 5 years. She does not bill insurance,
but is a Blue Shield provider, so my insurance covers quite a
bit. Her number is 510-272-9019. She is in Oakland on Grand
I can highly reccommend Amor Adams in Oakland (Broadway @17th) She
is wonderful, very gentle and not at all pushy. She has done
wonders for me, before during and after pregnancy for a variety
of back problems. My husband is a complete convert to the
wonders of a good chiropractor. She also specializes in sports
injuries and rehabilitation, though I have never seen her for
this. Her number is (510) 547-6623.
([editor] phone number updated 2/19/2004)
I searched the archives but could not find recommendations for
chiropractors for babies (only for children, with no mention of
less than 6 month olds). Has anyone a recomendation for a chiro
who has strong experience working with babies (new
borns/infants) who have had difficult births?
My child was delivered via forceps after a long labor (and
after several attempts at a vacum first). I know in England it
is quite common to use chiros on babies, but haven't been able
to find anyone here with such experience. Any advice would be
greatly appreciated. Many Thanks!
Dr. Ethan Feldman at Back In Action Chiropractic Center on
Dwight Way and MLK in Bkly works with infants and babies of all
ages, sizes, conditions. He doesn't ''specialize'' in infants but
he has a lot of patients who are teeny babes (usually his adult
patients bring their newborns). Ethan also has 2 children of his
own who he has treated through their young life. Ethan is
gentle, compassionate, kind and very skilled and experienced.
I work at Back in Action as a massage therapist...I see a lot of
people come in and out of there.
The number at Back in Action is 843-2584.
If I may give my personal opinion....I was a chiropractic
patient when I was 3 months old (I'll be 50 in January).I had a
digestive problem that our chiropractor ''magically'' fixed within
the first few visits. We always went to ''Dr. Eddie'' instead of
the MD's when we were sick as kids. There are so many wonderful
and effective alternatives to western medicine these days for
solving health issues for young and older alike.
I'm always so relieved and glad to hear that more and more
parents are choosing non western methods for their families;
Not that there is not an important place for western medicine!We
have been very grateful to be treated at the Kaiser emergency
room many times over the years. I think though that as people
become educated in preventive and alternative care, medications
and procedures that are perhaps overused and abused will become
a thing of the past.
I'd better stop here before I further put my foot in my mouth.
Best of luck in finding the right person for your infant.
Hands down - Dr. Joseph Ball in El Cerrito on San Pablo is the
best! It is obvious that he loves babies and kids. He is very
gentle and takes the time needed to make a child feel
comfortable. He also takes as much time as needed with the
parents to explain things and answer as many questions as you
have. I had to push for 4 hours to birth my son, and they used
vacuum suction to finally get him out. He also was posterior, so
the ride out wasn't so comfortable for him either! Needless to
say he needed some gentle work especially on the atlas area of
his neck. I took him to Dr. Joe when he was 10 days old and he
was fine after only a few visits. My son, now 3.5 years old,
took a minor fall about a 6 months ago and I took him to ''Dr.
Joe'' because he complained of a stiff neck. Dr. Joe saw him 3
times and after that he was fine. So Dr. Joe is not *that* kind
of DC that has you keep coming back long after you have healed.
Dr. Joe is great! I can not recommend him enough. He's btw
Darla's Baby Boutique and Star Education Center.
I highly recommend Nancy Burke, who is not a chiropractor,
but does cranial-sacral adjustments. She works a lot with
infants and small children. She has a very full practice, but
you should be able to get in soon, especially if you mention
this is for after a difficult birth. Her office is in Richmond,
One could also try osteopathy. Catherine Henderson has practiced and is
licensed in England. She is on Solano at Ensenada, 526-5256. These
doctors are licensed
in California to do births and Catherine specializes in children,
particularly around birth trauma.
Catherine Henderson, a British-born and trained cranial
osteopath, is fantastic at helping newborns and babies
realign normally after a difficult birth. She specializes in birth
trauma, and to my knowledge is the only practitioner in the
East Bay with 20 years of experience at treating this. (My
entire family goes to her for yearly tune-ups; this preventive
medicine is so effective we are almost never ill. In addition,
she was the doula for both of my births.) FYI, osteopathy is
not chiropractic, but a much subtler and deeper form of
bone and muscle manipulation. She can tell you more.
She's in Berkeley, on Solano Avenue, 526-5256. It
sometimes takes a while to get in to see her, but it's worth
My daughter and I have been under care of Dr. Aaron and Dr.
Eileen at Integrative Chiropractic since my daughter Julia
turned one, last October, so nearly a year. I've seen other
babies under care from birth there. We have been very very happy
with our care. How do I know Julia likes it? Well, yesterday, I
was talking to her about the different ways we can feel better
when we are sad/upset besides nursing. I suggested, laughing,
dancing and singing, and then she quipped ''adjustment'' which is
the term we use for getting on the chiropractic table. I was so
surprised, but then she repeated it three more times without any
prompting from me while enumerating the feel-better list, I have
to give her credit for knowing what feels good! They practice
network spinal analysis style (very gentle and effective)of
chiropratic. They are very warm, skilled, and good with babies.
In fact the whole office (staff and other patients) are
incredibly baby friendly. Their offices are located across from
the Grand Lake Theatre. 478 Santa Clara. 444-8729. Their website
is www.upayacenter.org. Feel free to contact me for more info.
I'm 20 weeks pregnant and having some lower back problems.
I would like to see a chiropracter but my health
insurance, Health Net/Hill Physicans only covers one
in the East Bay, Dr. Corwin on Hawthorne in Oakland.
Has any one ever gone to him? What did you think?
I would be open to hearing about any other chiropracters that
specialize in pregnancy, but hope Dr. Corwin
is decent so it would not be as costly.
I used to be a patient of Dr. Corwin. He is generally well regarded and at
one point was a chiropractor for the Olympics. He has also taken care of
some UCB athletes. I didn't really have a problem with him, but switched to
Dr. Abby Irwin (on Lakeshore, 893 1577), who used to be in his office and
also was an "Olympic" chiropractor. I just liked her overall approach
better. Corwin was more reserved and clinical in comparison. While both
have a wide variety of patients, both are also well versed in sport
Regarding Dr. Jan Corwin on Hawthorn in Oakland - He is more than decent. I
went to him for a long time with a serious injury about 12 years ago. He
was very good clinically and was also very helpful and supportive. I
believe he specializes in sports injuries. I'm happy to hear he is on the
Health Net panel because I am finally going to be covered on my Health Net
plan for chiropractic care and will probably go back to him.
I also had lower back problems during my pregnancy and was referred to
Dr. Corwin through Hill Physicians for chiropractic care. I thought
he was perfectly competent and my back problems did improve under his
care--I went from hardly being able to walk to just being
uncomfortable! He recommended keeping up with my yoga practice and
doing several specific exercises to help myself. I thought that those
recommendations were good. He also has a special table to accomodate
your growing tummy!
My only doubt about Corwin is that he had me come in for my 6 Hill
Physicians-approved appointments and then suddenly pronounced me cured
of back trouble when I had run out of appointments. I was certainly
better at that point, but I think the rest of my pregnancy could have
been MUCH more comfortable if I had had some continuing care...was
this Corwin's fault or the insurance industry's? I really don't know.
All I know is that he suddenly seemed to think I was fine when he
couldn't get reimbursed for my care anymore and although I knew I
needed more help.
I have heard similar stories about him from people going to him with
non-pregnancy related chiropractic needs.
Can anyone recommend a good Chiropractor for children? I am not even
sure if this is the route to go, but my seven-year-old daughter is constantly
stretching and arching her back. When I ask her about it she says it feels stiff.
She has had a couple of falls in the recent past from swings and slides and I'm
quite concerned. Has anyone experience with Dr. Rueben Ziegler in Oakland? Thanks,
My family has been going to a wonderful chiropractor for
the last ten years, Dr. Ethan Feldman. He and his staff are warm and
friendly and appointments are fairly flexible. His office is on Martin
Luther King and Dwight Way. His phone number is 843-2584. I had a back
injury many years ago and have to careful of my lower back. When I lift
something improperly or strain in, the first thing I do is call Dr.
Feldman and get my vertebrae put back in alignment before the muscles
start swelling. He is very good at focusing on the exact problem and I
always feel limber as a noodle when I leave! Please give him a try; you
won't be disappointed. And tell him Georgie sent you! Georg
As a massage therapist I tend to hear a lot of opinions about the various
chiropractors in the area.
I'd like to add Dr. Ethan Feldman to the list of excellent chiropractors.
Ethan's business is called Back In Action, on Dwight and MLK in Berkeley. He
is gentle, kind, sensitive to his patients needs and an excellent
Ethan is a very sweet and gentle guy, great wtih kids and a great and
eaxperienced chiropractor. He sees both of my boys. My 10 year old, just
occasionally for maintenance. My 6 year old more regularly for scoliosis and
"growing pains". He will take time to make children feel comfortable and make
the whole adjustment seem like a fun game if the child is anxious or afraid.
He listens to what you have to say and never seems rushed to get on to the
next patient. Whenever my kids get sick they say "I want to go see Dr.
He has massage therpists on staff, a Feldenkreis practitioner,
exercise therapist, Craneo-Sacral Therapist (his wife, Susan). Dr. Bruce
Rizzo is another chiropractor in Ethan's practice. Bruce also does something
called "Active Release Techniques" which is a deep technique releasing strain
in the muscle tissue as the muscle is in movement.
Kind of hard to explain, but it's really great. The number at Back in Action
843-2584. Good luck. It's hard to decide who is the best person for you.
It sounds like you are looking for someone in Oakland, but I'd like to
recommend highly a chiropractor in El Cerrito by the name of Joseph Ball. He
loves kids and it shows in how he takes the time to get to know them and make
them feel comfortable. He has a nice office right on San Pablo, state of the
art equipment, he's friendly and professional, and he doesn't "crack" you
like the traditional chiro. I myself have worked with and/or gone to well
over a dozen different chiropractors in my life. Dr. Joe is heads and
shoulders (and spines) above the rest.
Parissa Peymani of Emeryville Chiropractic
fantastic chiropractor and has been caring for me and my family for several
years. She has
adjusting both of my kids for several years and has eliminated many problems and kept
heavy backpacks from completely ruining their backs. They love seeing her.
In response to the inquiry, Dr. Peymani is no longer on Solano Ave. She has
opened her own office as Emeryville Chiropractic, right across from the
Emeryville railroad station, and she is a wonderful chiropractor. I can't
say enough good things about my family's experiences with her. I don't know
if your insurance will work OK in her new practice but give her a call at
655-5540 to check it out. Enjoy!
I highly recommend Ann Honigman at Westside Family Chiropractic on 9th St. in
Berkeley. Tel. no.: 843-5700. She is really excellent and will easily fill your request for a
Dr. Ann Honigman is an excellent chiropracter, and really great with kids.
Both my girls have seen her and she has a very gentle touch and is very
effective. (She's also great with adults, I've been seeing her for several
years.) Meghan (2001)
I highly recommend Dr. Sandra Waggener, 526-2567, on Sante Fe just off of
Solono Ave. Prior to becoming a chiropractor several years ago Dr. Waggener
was a massage therapist so she really works the muscles as well as the bones.
There have been many a day when I walked into her office thinking I'd never
walk without pain again and presto I'm back on the hiking trail. She's got my
Good Luck, CorViele (2001)
Chiropractors: I highly recommend Sandra Waggener. She listens and I found
her quite effective. I had pain in my neck and shoulders that had radiated
down both arms. I worked with her for about six months along with some
massage (her recommendation) and the pain in my arms disappeared and my neck
and shoulders got much better. Most importantly, she very forthright and
Looking for a good chiropractor? I recently saw Dr. Sandra Waggener for a
lower back problem brought on by carrying around my 2 year old and I must say
after just a couple of visits I feel good and I have much more energy. She
also adjusted my partner during her pregancey with our now 4 1/2 year old.
She was a massage therapist first so as you can imagine she can manipulate
the muscles before making any adjustments. I'm just feeling so good I wanted
to pass on her name and number just in case anyone's looking for a
Dr. Waggener, 902 Sante Fe Ave., Albany, 510-526-2567
I want to recommend Dr. Waggener too. I've been going to her for several months. I was
starting to have symptoms related to Repetitive Stress Syndrome/Disorder. Her work has
really helped me.
I wonder if anyone have experience from Eric C. Smith and the DRS system, a
non-surgeal method said to repair damaged discs? I would be grateful if anyone
would share information about this. Can he be recomended?
This is in response to the person asking about Eric Smith,
chiropractor. I was a patient of his over a several month period and
was very unhappy with his style. I felt he did not at all listen to me.
Every time I went in I told him that what he was doing was not helping
and would he try something else. He spent the whole time telling me how
I should raise my young daughter and continued to do the same 3 or 4
manipulations. He was very affordable at the time, $25 a visit, and I
kept thinking that he would hear my words and try a different
manipulation but he never did. My husband visited him as well and his
opinion was that Eric Smith thought every ailment had the same solution
Re: San Francisco Chiropractors
I know of an EXCELLENT chiropractic neurologist in San Francisco. He is the
best of the best and was Neurologist of the year in California when I was
working in his office. If you call and let the office know that you are a
new patient and you need to consult with the doctor before setting up an
appointment, he will talk to extensively about his field and whether he can
assist you or not. He's name is Sergio Azzolino. He is on Union sTreet in the Marina
District. The number to Azzolino Chiropractic Neurology is (415) 563-3800. Good Luck!
I went to Dyanna Anfang for about 6 months. She is very nice....but after
going for 6 months, and not seeing any real improvement, and the same
things done to me week after week, I got frustrated and went to a physical
therapist who seemed to help me more.
I have used Dyanna since my first pregnancy 3 years ago and have found her
to be wonderful! I highly recommend her. For me she was a great
diagnostician and was able to alleviate my back pain during two pregnancies
and post partum periods. Her officeperson, Cathy is wonderfully nice and
very professional as well. Dyanna was always on time (which is important to
me) and she spent alot of time with me working my sore muscles and adjusting
Ross Graham at Grand Chiropractic is excellent. He's the best chiropractor
I've ever used. I started seeing him when I was pregnant (he specializes in back
care for pregnant women and pediatric stuff). Now, my husband and baby
both go there. He has a very light touch, I always, always feel better when I
leave his office (not my previous experience with chiropractors.)
My eight year old daughter has been treated by Dr. Joreen Deabueno in Berkeley
since she was five. We were hit by a bike crossing a street which brought us to her
originally. She works really well with my daughter, communicating with her about
what she is going to do next and responding to her needs if she is reluctant to have
something done to her that she's unsure about. We continue to see her every three
or four months for "tune-up" adjustments or if my daughter takes a harder than normal
fall on the play yard or something. She has recommended stretches for my daughter
who also has a stiffer than normal back.
We love her. She is in Berkeley at (510)
I am looking for a chiropractor that is termed a "force adjuster" and uses a
table that you step onto and then it lowers you into the horizontal position and
that release during the adjustment. I have severe lower back pain and at times
(and sometimes can't) walk. I've tried a couple chiropractors in Berkeley but they
able to get the alignment I have had with a previous chiropractor. With an 11
you can image this is becoming unmanageable. I begin physical therapy
I really think I need a good adjustment in addition. I have a great chiropractor in
that used this method and table and he always gave me immediate relief I'm
avoid flying up there for treatment.
I recommend Dr. Ball of Ball Chiropractic in El
Cerrito. His office is right on San Pablo Ave., near
Stockton. He does use that technique, and has helped
me more than any other chiropractor I've seen (I'm
talking a dozen or so)even though he was so gentle
that I wasn't even sure he'd adjusted me at first!
He's very thorough, knowledgeable, and helpful.
I suggest you try Inline Chiropractors on Lake Shore in Oakland near
Lake Merritt. They have a table similar to what you describe and they
are very good at adjustments. I have used Liz Ringrose for the most
part, but the other two women are excellent as well Abby and Andrea.
I started going when I was pregnant with my son and continued as he got
heavier and it was taking a toll on my back. I think they work miracles
there. Good luck.
My Chiropractor, Michael Mortensen, uses this method (the "drop table")
primarily. He also uses the "chiro mallet" (the small thing we call the
"thunker"a little handheld device that delivers up to 20lbs of pressure
at a specific point for a split second), gentle manipulation (he'll push
here and there in a particular direction), and a little wholebody
manipulation (the "pretzel" maneuvers). I have found him to be extremely
effective in helping my various alignment problems. He is located in
Northern San Leandro (about 5 minutes from the Dutton offramp from 580, one
exit south of Oakland), and his phone number is 5106380742.
Good luck! Dawn
It sounds like the machine you're describing is the one my personal
chirocpractor uses on me (he even has a machine just for pregnant
women!). You put your feet on the metal boards at the bottom of it as
it's standing upright, and they he lowers it until you're in a horizontal
position and it can be adjusted up or down to fit each person's size.
I agree he's the only chiropractor my husband and I will go to because
he's very mathematical in his method (takes full Xrays; literally takes
hours studying your Xrays and measuring mathematically exactly where
each bone/disc should be; uses heat sensors, etc. to make DOUBLEsure
that he's got the exact spot that needs work; and only THEN does he make
an adjustment). And that's why we usually get pretty immediate relief
from his adjustments (a few times, when our back was so messed up, it
took a few adjustments for the muscle that has grown around the injured
area to finally stay put in the correct place, but his method has always
worked for us). As a matter of fact, I was infertile until he adjusted
my tailbone and right hip and not only did I immediately get pregnant (2
weeks later), but I got pregnant again when my first baby was only 12
weeks old!! (So, not only did he allow me to just get pregnant, he
clearly fixed the problem!)
The only thing is that his office is in Morgan Hill (10 min. South of San
Jose) and he usually wants to see new patients that need major work 2 3
times a week in the beginning. I do know, however, that his cousin
practices in Fremont and he told me a few months ago that a colleague of
his that he went to school with (to learn his particular technique) has a
practice in Vallejo (and I believe his name is Dr. Patterson). I haven't
actually tried his friend (Dr. Patterson) in Vallejo yet, because our
insurance doesn't cover him. But our chiropractor in Morgan Hill's name
is Dr. Charles A. Musich and his phone number is (408) 7787372. I would
suggest you at least call him and find out if his technique is the same
as what you're looking for and then either drive over there if possible,
or ask him about another chiropractor in the area where you live that he
could recommend. He is a GREAT guy (he even adjusts my infants and
toddlers and they love him!) and he will talk to you directly if you
leave him a message. You are more than welcome to tell him that I
Hope this helps,
After a number of rounds of a-biotics, my daughter was treated by my
chiropractor when she had an ear infection once (maybe twice). It REALLY
helped! She not only massaged behind the ears, but did a bit of *gentle* work
on her neck. This made the difference for us. The pain relief was almost
immediate. In general, she is great with babies/kids (has two young children
herself) and I can highly recommend her.
Her name is Dr. Dyanna Anfang, and she is on Channing Way at Ellsworth, phone
Good luck to your friend!
I know people who swear by taking their children to a chiropractor for ear
infections. My chiropractor explained it to me like this: When the
child's spine is out of alignment (so slightly even they probably wouldn't
notice), it can, in a child sensitive to it, cause the Eustachian tubes to
drain poorly. This of course leads to a build-up of fluid, and ultimately
can result in an ear infection, even when the child is not otherwise
"sick." This misalignment can be caused by many things: The (normal)
birth process, tossing or "flying" games, normal play--it isn't anything
you necessarily *did*. I'm not sure what I think about it--my child seems
(blessedly) not terribly sensitive to ear infections. She did have one
(which we treated with Antibiotics after a short course of over-the-counter
till pretty much after it was over. But for what it's worth she hasn't had
another one since (he checks her when I go into the office, about
1x/mo-it's really cute to see her climb up on the table and lay face down
for "her turn"!)
Anyhow, just something to add to the hopper of things to consider in
alternative treatments. Good Luck!
I highly recommend Dr. Steve Bretow at Westside Family Chiropractics. He
works with children on a variety of things such as ear infections and
asthma. He uses a gentle technique. He is very dedicated to helping people
get away from antibiotics and other medicines. I have been going to him for
about 2 years and my daughter gets adjusted every now and then to stay
healthy. They have a small play area in their loft office with books and
toys for children.
The number is 843-5700 and they are located at Ninth and Parker in the same
building as the Westside Bakery and Cafe.
In response to the person who needs a good Chiropractor:
Lenny Cocco has been our family Chiropractor for almost two years. His
office is on Marshall Street in Oakland. His number is 510.547.6699. He
was referred to me by a close personal friend of mine when my daughter fell
on her back at summer camp. My daughter had never been treated by a
Chiropractor before and would not get on the table for an adjustment.
Lenny was very patient and respectful of her feelings. He worked with her
until she would let him adjust her. She now goes for her adjustments by
herself (we live on the same street) and is great friends with his wife and
daughter and their many pets. I have also been treated by Lenny and think
that he is not only a competent Chiropractor but a genuinely great human
being. He is, moreover, a healer not just a Droctor. He is also flexible
about money: we were uninsured at the time my daughter was injured and he
treated her for free at first and then at a reduced rate. He has a sliding
scale fee structure and accepts many insurance plans. We see him as a
family and pay his family rate. I highly recommend Lenny to anyone who
needs Chiropractic work. Marie
Dr. Jill Cohn 925-274 1050 or 925 258 0555 is a wonderful, very gentle chiropractor.
She worked on me for several months after a car accident and got me in good enough
shape to return to karate (which I had to stop practicing after my car accident). She has
also worked on my daughter (age 5 1/2). She very experienced and good w/ kids. I
highly recommend her. Lauren
Abby Irwin at In-line Chiropractic
Lakeshore Dr. Oakland
Not the closest place but Abby and everyone in that office is great. She
helped me through pregnancy and the aftermath.
Tom Hendrickson is a great chirpractor. His office is in Kensington and his
number is 524-8256. He and his team of orthhopedic massage staff treated me
for a long time after a serious car wreck and I'm a healthy and fit person
today greatly due to the care they gave me. Donna
May I also add Dr. Husby-Gerry on Solano to the two chiropractors mentioned
for whom I would be interested in knowing if anyone has had experience with?
I would also be interested in hearing about the other two named in the last
newsletter as well. (We must be on the same health plan!) Thank you.
I have been treated by Dr. H-G for chronic mid-back pain for almost 10 years
and also for the occasional twinge when I throw other parts of my back out. My
treatment started with 3 or 4 adjustments a week, gradually reducing down to 2,
then 1, then every other week, and so forth. Now I see him just once a month,
except if I do something to injure myself. Then I usually have an extra
or two and get back on track. The initial course of treatment seemed rather
to me, and expensive, but overall I believe it was worth it and I think I
would be in a
lot more pain a decade later without having gone through his entire
Both my husband and I saw Dr. Husby-Gerry -- my husband for several years,
while I saw him only once. I was really put off by his hard-sell tactics --
he basically said that my mild scoliosis would be crippling if I didn't get
his chiropractic treatments, and then topped it off with one of those new
age prosperity lectures to the tune of, if I believe the money will come,
it will, and I will thus be able to afford to see him...yuck. I passed, am
not a cripple, and found better care elsewhere. My husband thought he was
an excellent chiropractor but also grew tired of his salesmanship and ended
up switching to another chiropractor (who was also less of a drive.)
My husband and I both are patients of Eric Husby-Gerry. I like his practice
because it is close to our home and he does a good job. I had been seeing a
different chiropractor in Berkeley who did some other form of chiropractics
where he had me hold my breath and wiggled his fingers. I was never certain
that I was getting what I needed. Conversely, Husby-Gerry does the more
"traditional" chiropractic adjustments, and I think I have benefited better
from it. I continued to see him regularly during my last pregnancy and he
helped me a lot. We have a health insurance plan that does managed care, and
Dr. Husby-Gerry gets at them to get coverage for our adjustments instead of
having us pay out of pocket whenever possible.
I highly recommend my chiropractor, Dr. Douglas Ross, who work with his
wife, Dr. Frederick, out of "Rockridge Family Chiropractic" in Oakland
(Telegraph & 60th streets). Dr. Ross helped my daughter with her back
problems and has been helping me for the past two years with repetitive
motion work injuries. I do not know whether or not he works with infants
or young children although he and his wife have 2 children of their own and
believe in chiropractic care for children, but he if he doesn't, he may
offer some useful recommendations. His phone # is (510) 428-9288.
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