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, since 2015, I have been the owner and operator of Life Chiropractic on College Avenue.


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.

Yecenia Lopez, Chiropractic Intern

My first experience in Chiropractic Therapy extends back to when I was in my 3rd year at the University of California-Irvine (UCI), where I experienced debilitating low-back pain. When any pressure was applied to my low-back I would experience instant, sharp pains that made it difficult to perform daily tasks. This made working out, carrying a backpack, and even sleeping extremely uncomfortable. I hoped the pain would eventually go away but it didn’t. I tried to push my body to perform but the pain would come. My low-back pain led me to see a chiropractor. I was not familiar with chiropractic care and the benefits it could provide. I was referred by my roommate and during my first visit the chiropractor made an impact on my life. Not only did I receive expert care, I was also provided an educational workshop that explained what chiropractic is and how it is redefining our current health model. The chiropractor explained that each adjustment performed on patients would remove the nerve interference between the brain and the body. This allowed the body to adapt and properly heal itself. I trusted the chiropractor when she told me that she can help me with my low-back pain and I began regular chiropractic care. My first adjustment was unbelievable,  she realigned my spine and I instantly felt some relief. Each subsequent visit made a difference in reducing my pain and I regained the ability to perform daily tasks comfortably without intense pain. By the end of my care plan, I felt remarkably better than average and had regained a sense of normalcy in my life again. I was so impressed by my results that I enrolled in Chiropractic school where I started my journey to healing others in a conservative and beneficial way.


I enrolled in Life Chiropractic College West in 2017 where I trained and studied various techniques from traditional full-spine to low-force specific adjustments. I studied how to best modify care for different age groups from toddlers to the geriatric population. I have also enrolled in additional certifications such as Certified Chiropractic Extremity Practitioner (CCEP) to adjust shoulders, knees and feet related issues. Applied Kinesiology Certified to analyze any dysfunctional muscles in the body. 


I have had the honor to provide chiropractic care to my fellow students, local patients, and to patients in different countries. I have volunteered in chiropractic service trips to Fiji, China, and India. These experiences have been life changing. When visiting these other countries with my team, we helped hundreds of people standing in line for hours; for many of them seeking their first adjustments. I was proud to be of service to them. It was a tremendously humbling experience that I will remember for the rest of my life. I am very proud of my school and the non-profit organizations that we collaborated with.  Our mission to Give, Do, Love, and Serve.


I am excited to be part of  the Life Chiropractic Team and look forward to serving you. I would be honored to help restore, maintain, and enhance your overall health in a collaborative effort so you can achieve your goals with ease.

Leah Van Winkle, Thai Bodywork

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.

HOURS: Chiropractic Care
    with Dr. Melissa Crago


MON:  8:00 am - Noon; 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm

TUES:  3:30 pm - 6:30 pm

WED:  8:00 am - Noon; 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm

THU:  3:30 pm - 6:30 pm

FRI:  By Appointment; Text for Availability

SAT:  By Appointment; Text for Availability

HOURS: Thai Bodywork
    with Leah Van Winkle


MON:  5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

TUES:  10:15 am  - 1:00 pm

WED:  5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

THU:  Not Available

FRI:  All Day

SAT:  After 11:30 am (Select Days)


5330 College Avenue, Suite 210

Oakland, CA 94618

Email:  team@oaklandlifechiro.com

Office:  (510) 594-9994

Cell:  (510) 394-5035

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The best way to schedule an appointment is to use our online booking system, or send a text with your name and preferred appointment day(s) / time(s) to 510- 394-5035. We will find a time for you in the schedule ASAP!

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