5330 College Avenue, Suite 210 Oakland, CA 94618

Meet the Team

Dr. Melissa Crago, D.C.

My journey in chiropractic care started in college, I got a dual degree in biology and physiology from the University of Arizona in Tucson (my home town).  I was working as a lab tech during school and when I wasn’t feeling well with a cold that had been lingering for a few weeks and I just couldn’t kick it, a co-worker who suffered from scoliosis said I should come with her to her chiropractor. At my first appointment, 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, led me to settle down in Oakland. 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, Life West Chiropractic College in Hayward, CA. After going on tour at the school, 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.

At the end of school I interned with the team at Alive Chiropractic while finishing school. Then a classmate and I, took over Alive chirpractic and renamed it The Source Chiropractic and worked together for a year. Then I opened a solo practice in 2015, I have been the owner and operator of Life Chiropractic on College Avenue ever since. And in 2022 we opened our second location on Grand Ave with Dr Bryan Kappe, and are partnered with Vitality Slim Red Light Therapy  for Weight Loss and Tissue Healing.

It is an honor and pleasure to be a Chiropractor in Oakland CA - 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 have certifcations in Webster, Professional Applied Kinesiology , Revolution Cervical Knee Chest, Cranial Facial Release, Functional Range Conditioning, and Foundation Training. I have also studied and utilize Sacro-Occipital Technique, Bio-Geometric Integration, Reiki, functional neurology, and Nasal Specific. I have a background as a dancer, gymnast, acrobat, martial artist, and as a mom. I have an amazing 8 yr old son. These experiences give 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.

Front Desk Associates: Bryonna and Joel

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 in Oakland CA - 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 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.

Front Desk Associates: Bryonna and Tahjanee

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.

New Patient Class every other Sat @ 12:30 Call the office to sign up

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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!

Life Chiropractic - Rockridge
5330 College Avenue, Suite 210
Oakland, CA 94618
team@oaklandlifechiro.com
(510) 594-9994
(510) 394-5035

Life Chiropractic - Rockridge

MON: 7:45 am - 12:00pm; 2:30-5pm
TUES 5-6:30pm
WED: 9:00am - 12:00pm; 2:30pm - 5:00pm
THU: 2:00pm - 6:30 pm 
SAT: 9:00am - 12:00pm - every other see booking online for exact schedule of availability
Now offering Red Light Therapy, Whole Body Vibration, Massage and Acupuncture 
at our Satellite Location : 
Vitality Slim
3756 Grand Ave Ste 205
Oakland, CA 94610
510-346-5115
www.vitalityslim.com
Vitalityslim@gmail.com

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