Dr Melissa Crago D.C.
"My journey in chiropractic care started in college when, I wasn’t feeling well with a cold that had been lingering for a few weeks and I just couldn’t kick it and a co-worker who suffered from scoliosis said I should come with her to her chiropractor. He took a moment to sit down with me and tell me the basics of chiropractic and health – he said that when the nervous system is free of interference and there is clear communication between the brain and the body, the body will heal itself and have optimal function. Chiropractors make that happen by adjusting the spine into proper alignment. He told me I would likely feel worse after I got adjusted (and I did) and then within a few days I was completely well. It took about 5 years for the message to sink in, but after traveling around the world, working on a Master’s in Public Health in Washington DC, playing Rugby in Uganda and working many other odd jobs; a love of an afro-brazilian martial art, Capoeira lead her to settle down in Oakland. And as I approached my 30th birthday, I began to question what I was doing with my life and how I wanted to contribute to my community. The answer came in knowing I wanted to work with people and health, and in remembering that first conversation with my first chiropractor. I found a school close by and went on tour, I knew chiropractic was right for me. I immediately applied at the end of the tour and embarked on the challenging and rewarding journey of becoming a chiropractor.
I worked with the team at Alive Chiropractic while finishing school. Then a classmate and I opened The Source Chiropractic and worked together for a year. And Now I am the owner and operator of Life Chiropractic on College Ave since 2015.
It is an honor and pleasure to be a chiropractor - to give, to love, and to serve my patients and community - and to watch people's lives transform as their spines come into alignment and optimal function is restored. We believe it is our mission here at Life Chiropractic to raise the bar of what is accepted as normal for health, happiness and hope in people's lives!
I am a member of the International Chiropractic Association, the International Pediatric Chiropractic Association, and the International Professional Applied Kinesiology Association. I am also Webster certified, Professional Applied Kinesiology Certified, Revolution Upper Cervical Knee Chest Certified, and she is working on certification for Sacro-Occipital Technique. I also studied Bio-Geometric Integration, Reiki, functional neurology, and Nasal Specific. I also have a background as a dancer, gymnast, acrobat, martial artist, and as a mom. This gives me a unique perspective to work with and to help guide people to their greatest health potential and health goals! I look forward to seeing you in the office and taking care of you.”
Dr Evan Chin D.C.
"My path to becoming a chiropractor was a process of slow discovery. I was born and raised right here in Oakland and was driven to figure out my life’s purpose, I thought I was destined to be a professional basketball player. However, as an athlete, I experienced many injuries and setbacks. Presently, I enjoy snowboarding and warm cabins in the winter, and in the spring and summer I will find any excuse to seek out secluded and secret campsites and fishing spots. Looking back on my injuries and setbacks, I now view them as part of the fate that spurred my interest in the body and helping to heal and take care of people.
After high school, I had aspirations to become a teacher and I got a degree in liberal studies from California State University, East Bay in Hayward, CA. Shortly after graduating, I decided to pursue becoming a firefighter, first I would be certified as an EMT and served throughout Alameda County. It was during this time that he felt compelled to search for a career that would have a more proactive impact on keeping people healthy.
I received my first adjustment from a friend who had recently graduated from chiropractic school, although initially skeptical and fearful - I remember feeling great afterwards, and from that point on I always compared my mental and physical health to how amazing I felt after that first adjustment! Not long after, I committed to the chiropractic path and attended Life Chiropractic College West. During my time at school I trained and studied various techniques, covering traditional full-spine, upper cervical and low force adjusting. I also have volunteered to provide chiropractic care on multiple mission service trips; including trips to Haiti, India and in the San Francisco area.
I am particularly passionate about working with youth athletes and service worker particularly firefighters and EMTs, who may be recovering from an injury, and are looking to maintain a higher level of function or elevate their game by taking care of their bodies. I feel like I have come full circle as the latin root of Doctor also means teacher, not only to I get to take care of my community and roots but I also get to teach people about getting and staying healthy."
Leah Van Winkle:
I am here to support you in cultivating a sense of radiant health and well-being.
My work is based in the fusion of Eastern and Western anatomy, principles of Structural Integration bodywork, Non-Violent Communication, Trauma-Informed Yoga and my own internal wisdom.
I welcome clients from all walks of life, with a particular focus on those dealing with auto-immune issues and trauma-related challenges.
Discounts available for farmers, activists, community organizers, and other service-oriented roles.