These highly trained chiropractors got your back if you are facing any pain and/or are in need of a health diagnosis. These few professionals are educated to treat and assist the functionality of their patients back and spinal structure to reduce pressure on the neurological tissue.
Word of Health would like to recognize a few of these individuals for treating patients and restoring the structural integrity of the spine. Here are the top 9 in the San Diego area:
1. Dr. Chad Wells
Dr. Chad Wells is the owner and founder of The League Sports Rehab. Dr. Wells has established himself as an industry leader in sports injury treatment and rehabilitation. What distinguishes the work of Dr. Wells is his unique approach and analysis into each aspect of an injury or condition; the structural/biomechanical component, neurological component, and the soft tissue component. In addition to his work at The League, Dr. Wells has taken his specialized work on the road as a USA Team Doctor for the 2008 Summer Games in Beijing, 2008 Olympic Trials, 2008 World Cups, 2007 World Championships and National Championships, as well as Team Doctor for the San Diego Siege of the NWBL and San Diego Thunder of the SWFL, among others. The son of a former NFL quarterback, Dr. Wells received his undergraduate degree in Biology from the University of California, Santa Cruz where he played four years of NCAA basketball. Dr. Wells received his chiropractic training at Life Chiropractic College West where he graduated cum laude.
2. Dr. April Walker
Dr. April is originally from San Francisco and has lived in New York and London. Dr. April is a doctor of chiropractic, massage therapist, holistic health practitioner, yoga instructor and owner of the Wellness Lounge. She has been in the holistic health field for the past 13 years specializing in massage therapy, nutrition, life counseling, and chiropractic care. Dr. April has over 20,000 hours of massage training and also currently works for the San Diego Chargers as a holistic health practitioner and massage therapist. Dr. April received her Doctorate of Chiropractic in 2009 from Life Chiropractic College. In 2000 she received her massage therapy training at the Institution of Psycho-Structural Balancing in 2000. In her Massage training, she took numerous courses in many different massage techniques such as Swedish, Deep tissue, structural integration, craniosacral, shiatsu, and reflexology. It was there that her passion for massage grew, and she discovered her love for the hands-on approach to healthcare. Dr. April also has a bachelor’s degree from San Francisco University in Psychology while double minoring in holistic health and kinesiology. It is with all this training and expertise that make Dr. April truly a unique chiropractor that really understands the body and can use many different methods to get results fast.
3. Dr. Keith Hourihan, D.C.
Dr. Hourihan graduated from Los Angeles College of Chiropractic in 2003. After practicing in the greater Boston area for a year, he returned to California and opened his office in San Diego. Dr. Hourihan has been practicing in San Diego since 2005, as well as, spending time as a concierge chiropractor. As a concierge chiropractic, Dr. Hourihan spent 8 years working with clients from Uruguay to Seychelles and back to San Diego. It was an adventure that has allowed Dr. Hourihan to navigate and explore the world from a chiropractic health perspective. Dr. Hourihan strongly believes in the benefit of regular chiropractic care to create optimal health. He enjoys providing the highest level of care for all ages and looks forward to the opportunity to work with others in our San Diego community.
4. Dr. Travis Johnson
Dr. Travis Johnson is a manual and mobility therapist, chiropractor, yoga teacher, and community health educator. His passion for spinal health and overall wellness comes from his experience serving as an EMT during his undergraduate studies and his fascination for human movement in graduate school. Over the past 15 years, this passion transformed into something extraordinary. Dr. Travis envisioned a wellness studio where the public could enjoy a diverse, practical, and pro-active approach to spine care and well-being which led him to create YHS Integrative Clinic. Dr. Travis studies contemporary movement, mobility, yoga, and manual therapists across the nation. He regularly teaches anatomy & mobility workshops to small businesses, weekend warriors, local-community teams, and yogis. Travis earned his Doctorate in Chiropractic from Northwestern Health Sciences University. He mentioned, “If I were to prioritize self-care, mental well-ness would lead. Truly knowing oneself and the stories we tend to tell often say a lot more about the health you are in physically and spiritually.”
5. Dr. Kathryn Fox
Dr. Katie Fox, co-founder of The Spinal Connection, brings you a contemporary blend of healing disciplines that embody the essence of achieving overall wellness for her clients. She believes one of the key ingredients to reaching our true health potential is that we must be willing to open our minds and focus our energy toward the direction we want our lives to be moving in. Dr. Katie received her doctorate degree from Northwestern Health Sciences University in Minneapolis, MN and also has her undergraduate and master’s degree in exercise science. She is a member of the American Chiropractic Association, San Diego Women’s Networking Group, and Greater San Diego Business Association. She also holds training certifications from the National Academy of Sports Medicine and National Strength and Conditioning Association. As a chiropractor, her clinical expertise includes: structural and functional re-training of the spine, posture therapy, performance enhancement, and stress management.
6. Dr. Devin Shea
Dr. Shea was born and raised in San Diego. He received his undergraduate degree at the University of Califonia, Irvine and received his doctor of Chiropractic, Cum Laude at the Los Angeles College of Chiropractic. Dr. Shea is certified as a Strength and Conditioning Specialist and is the Owner and Director of Shea Family Chiropractic in 2008. He is a member of the ICA Council on Wellness Science, the International Chiropractic Association, and the Gonstead Clinical Studies Society. Dr. Shea was the San Diego Player of the Year in Volleyball and awarded a scholarship to UC Irvine where he did his undergraduate work. He and his beautiful wife Shreya share two children; Kieren and Dylan. He is passionate about travel, spending time outdoors with his family and Crossfit. His life goal is to help people find the inspiration within themselves to improve their health and live out their purpose.
7. Dr. Joseph Ortega
Dr. Joseph Ortega has been a practicing chiropractor now for over 20 years. He takes pride in the fact his office has helped countless individuals with back pain and neck pain, headaches, relief from the pain of arthritis in the neck and back, muscle spasms, dizziness, stiffness, etc. He also specializes in car accidents, sports injuries, muscular injuries, and general overall health. Dr. Ortega has extensive experience in Gonstead and Diversified techniques. He utilizes state of the art physiotherapy procedures such as therapeutic ultrasound, interferential modalities, electrical muscle stimulation, traction, and hydrotherapy. In addition, he uses supporting therapies such as Active Release Technique (ART), Rapid Release Therapy, and Graston.
8. Dr. Angel Ochoa-Rea
Dr. Angel is a graduate from Life Chiropractic College West in Hayward, CA with a focus on Sports Chiropractic and Wellness. He is also the founder and president of the National Gay and Lesbian Chiropractic Association and proud member of the Life Chiropractic College West Board of Regents. Prior to receiving his Chiropractic education, Dr. Angel studied at the University of Illinois Chicago where he received a D1 tennis scholarship. Dr. Angel is certified in the Graston Technique a soft-tissue treatment that focuses on diagnosis and treatment of soft-tissue and joint injuries and adhesions. Dr. Angel is also an avid traveler and has visited more than 20 countries to date. His most recent trip includes a one-week chiropractic mission trip to India where he spent his time providing chiropractic care to impoverished communities.
9. Dr. David Huynh
David Huynh joined the Sea View Chiro Health Center in June of 2010. He graduated from Southern California University of Health Sciences with a Doctorate in Chiropractic and completed his undergraduate studies at the University of California, San Diego with a Bachelor’s Degree in Neuroscience and Physiology and minors in Music and Economics. He was born in North Hollywood, CA. Before embarking in a career within chiropractic, he worked in the biotech/pharmaceutical industry with Pfizer, Idun Pharmaceuticals, and TargeGen in La Jolla, CA. Within the pharmaceutical field, he was tasked with assisting in the regulatory and quality of drug approval with the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) and to make sure that they are a safe process. Dr. Huynh believes that the health of your spine and musculoskeletal system is an integral part in maintaining the body’s overall function and incorporates a number of modalities into his treatment including chiropractic manipulation, physiotherapies, and proper physical rehabilitation including exercises and stretches. He stresses the importance of proper ergonomics in the workplace, nutrition, and exercise. His focus lies in the rehabilitation of patients injured in motor vehicle accidents and or personal injury accidents. He truly believes that the level of care we give to personal injury patients are highest anywhere.
Top Yoga Apps of 2019
Many people practice yoga to merge the mind and the body and to seek out physical and mental health benefits. But did you know that there are apps available to facilitate your yoga sessions? Word of Health would like to recognize some of the top apps that will optimize your yoga experience.
Note: This is not a ranking article, and the descriptions for each app can be found on the applications store on your smartphone.
This highly-rated app offers around 500+ asanas, 200+ guided yoga classes for everyone from beginners to masters. Coaches also facilitate workshops that will tailor to your needs and will help you stay on top of your yoga routine. The app also offers a global community to share ideas and stay updated on the latest campaigns.
Keep Yoga helps connect the mind and the body by providing more than 400 asanas and 10 yoga session plans. Real person guidance will provide detailed descriptions and will give you a deeper understanding
With 450+ yoga poses in the app, Lotus Yoga tailors your yoga work out to your focus or level of experience. There are also 100+ of yoga and pilates classes in different categories to fit your desired needs. You also have the option of creating your own programs to track your progress.
Yoga Down Dog
Down Dog provides more than 30,000 configurations so that you are not repeating the same workout. The app also focuses on relieving back pain by stretching and strengthening certain areas of the back. To enhance the user experience, Yoga Down Dog offers dynamic changing music and a different set of voices for voice-guided instruction.
Yoga Studio: Mind & Body
This app presents 170+ ready-made yoga videos along with guided meditations. But what sets Yoga Studio apart from other apps is the option to customize or create your own HD video classes. Furthermore, the smart-link feature will help transition from one pose to the next. For reference, there is a yoga library with detailed information about each pose with corresponding images.
Top 5 Meditation Apps To Try in 2019
Many individuals get engrossed in their daily routines with little time to be mindful or calm. To address this problem, people are turning to meditation apps to restore balance into their lives. Check out the Top Meditation Apps that will help you feel peaceful and will allow you to exude peace amidst a busy schedule.
Note: This is not a ranking article, and the descriptions for each app can be found on the App Store.
Calm is an app for Sleep, Meditation and Relaxation. It has sleep stories, breathing programs, stretching exercises, and relaxing music. In addition, it is recommended by psychologists, therapists, and mental health experts. Calm is the perfect mindfulness app for beginners, but also includes hundreds of programs for intermediate and advanced users. Guided meditation sessions are available in lengths of 3, 5, 10, 15, 20, or 25 minutes so you can choose the perfect length to fit in with your schedule.
Headspace helps its users learn to relax with guided meditations and mindfulness techniques that bring calm, wellness and balance. This app teaches users how to meditate, breathe, and live mindfully. It has also been proven to improve focus. There are exercises on topics such as managing anxiety, stress relief, breathing, happiness and focus. For beginners, there is a free basics course that will teach you the essentials of mindfulness and meditation.
This app is the apps of the year winner by TIME magazine and Women’s Health, and it has guided meditation talks led by the world’s top meditation and mindfulness experts such as neuroscientists, psychologists, and teachers from Stanford, Harvard, the University of Oxford, and more. It also has music tracks from world-renowned artists. Additionally, there are thousands of discussion groups and community features to help you reflect and monitor your progress.
Stop, Breathe, and Think
Stop, Breathe, and Think is an app designed to help you build the emotional strength and confidence to handle life’s ups and downs. This meditation app will help you reduce stress through a meditation timer and guided breathing exercises and acupressure. Moreover, this app will also help track your mood and progress by top emotions, total time meditated, and weekly settledness.
10% Happier is a guided meditation app that aims to help people to stick to their meditation journey. There are videos and meditation combos that make it fun and straightforward to meditate as well as a library of 500+ guided meditations on topics ranging from anxiety yo parenting to focus, ensuring that you can find the right meditation for the moment. Furthermore, there are also quick meditations that fit your busy life during your commute, lunch break, etc.
Have you tried any of these apps? Let us know in the comments below.
Top Cardiologists in Inland Empire
According to the CDC, every one in four deaths can be attributed to heart disease. Needless to say, the heart is one of the most vital organs in our body. Ensuring that the heart functions properly can significantly enhance the quality of our lives in terms of longevity and sustainability. Cardiologists specialize in treating diseases in the heart and some areas of the circulatory system.
Word of Health would like to recognize the top cardiologists in the Inland Empire for their impactful work that they are doing for their communities to combat heart disease.
Dr. Don Ahn, M.D.
Dr Ahn is the founder of Inland Cardiology. He originally started as an individual cardiologist at San Antonio Community Hospital in 1985, and eventually formed the Inland Cardiology Medical Associate Group in the year 2000. He is board certified in Interventional Cardiology, Cardiovascular Diseases,and Internal Medicine. He performs cardiovascular procedures ranging from diagnostic to therapeutic interventions. He graduated from Kyunghee Medical school in Seoul, South Korea, studied at Vanderbilt Medical School in Nashville, and underwent his Internal Medicine Residency at Wright State Medical shool in Dayton Ohio. He then finished a Cardiology Fellowship at St. Vincent Medical Center in Los Angeles. He currently serves as the Medical Director of Invasive Cardiology at San Antonio Community Hospital. He also was previously honored to serve as the Chief of Staff there in the year 2006.
Dr. Hetal Bhakta, M.D.
Dr. Hetal Bhakta is one of the most sought-after cardiologists in the Coachella Valley. Specializing in the Field of Electrophysiology and also board certified in Cardiology, Echocardiography, Nuclear Cardiology and Internal Medicine, he offers state-of-the-art care for both diseases of the heart and its electrical malfunctions that disrupt the proper blood flow.
After graduating from Albany Medical College in New York, Dr. Bhakta completed his clinical training in internal medicine and cardiology from University of Southern California. He then completed advance fellowship in electrophysiology from Kaiser-UCLA program. After finishing his clinical training Dr. Bhakta moved to Palm Springs and founded Desert Heart Rhythm Consultants and started the Electrophysiology Program at Desert Regional Medical Center.
Dr. Bhakta has since built a comprehensive EP program which offers a full complement of services for patients suffering from heart rhythm disorders—from device-based therapies to advance ablation therapies which cure heart rhythm disorders in many cases. Dr. Bhakta also is a leader in introducing cutting-edge technologies and new procedures to the Coachella Valley and Inland Empire that provide new and safer options for improving the lives of people who live here.
Dr. Mimi Sen Biswas, M.D.
Dr. Biswas completed her B.S. at the California Institute of Technology (Cal Tech), received her MD from the UCLA School of Medicine, and completed her residency at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. At Duke University Medical Center, she completed her Cardiology Fellowship, a fellowship in Women’s Health, obtained a Master’s in Health Science, and is still involved in clinical research. While on the faculty at Duke, she founded and was the Clinical Director of the Duke Women’s Heart Care Clinic. In addition to being board certified in Internal Medicine, Cardiology and Nuclear Cardiology, she is trained in cardiac CT imaging. She specializes in cardiovascular imaging, prevention, and women’s cardiovascular care. Dr. Biswas is dedicated to developing a center for Women’s Heart Health in the Inland Empire, and to raising awareness about women and heart disease.
Dr. Syed W. Bokhari M.D., F.A.C.C.
Dr. Syed W. Bokhari, MD is the owner and lead care provider at Advanced Cardiovascular Care in Riverside, California, and the greater Inland Empire area, and also serves as a Chairman for the Department of Medicine at the Riverside Community Hospital. As an esteemed specialist in his field, Dr. Bokhari specializes in and treats varicose veins, structural heart disease, and cardiovascular disease. He performs carotid stenting, as well as minimally invasive and nonsurgical vascular procedures, including transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR). Dr. Bokhari received his medical degree from King Edward Medical University and completed an internship and residency at Los Angeles County, University of Southern California Medical Center. He also completed general and interventional cardiology fellowships at the University of California, Irvine and University of Chicago Medical Center. He’s board-certified in endovascular medicine, cardiovascular diseases, and interventional cardiology and enjoys helping his patients regain and maintain healthy and joyful lives.
Harit V. Desai, M.D.
Dr. Harit Desai attended medical school at the M.S. University Baroda Medical College, India where he was amongst the top 5 students in the graduating class. He completed his Internal Medicine residency at New York Medical College Westchester Medical Center where he was selected as a Chief Medical Resident. He then completed fellowship training in Cardiology and Interventional Cardiology at University of Miami, Florida, where he also served as a Chief Interventional Cardiology Fellow.
Dr. Desai performs all ranges of coronary interventional procedures such as angioplasty, stent placement, atherectomy, intravascular ultrasound and is proficient in performing these procedures via the radial artery (wrist) approach. He also implants permanent pacemakers and implantable cardioverter-defibrillators. He has expertise in a variety of cardiac imaging methods, including nuclear cardiac imaging, vascular ultrasound, transesophageal and transthoracic echocardiograms. He specializes in the management of peripheral arterial disease causing leg pain (claudication) and/or impaired wound healing. He is also trained in structural heart disease interventions including ASD/PFO closure, balloon aortic valvuloplasty and transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR). Dr. Desai has published numerous research papers in peer reviewed medical journals and presented his work at several national meetings.
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