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.
At 21, I was getting into weight lifting and in the middle of a squat I injured myself and I experienced debilitating nerve pain starting from my low back that reached down to my foot. I went to my MD, where I was given a prescription for pain medicine and physical therapy, neither of which helped to resolve my issue.
I began searching for alternatives. I had been active all my life, playing sports, running, and lifting. This injury was both physically AND emotionally debilitating. In my search for healing I found chiropractic, yoga, and barefoot running. Inspired, I decided to go to chiropractic school, I wanted to be able to help others whose lives are affected by injury. On that journey I was inspired by the possibilities of wellness with chiropractic care far beyond injury recovery.
I have a thirst for knowledge. In school I studied every technique I could get my hands on. I had a special passion for upper cervical care and the sports council, and therapeutic exercises that complement the adjustment. My practice of competitive basketball that defined my youth has now given way to focus on health and gratitude and service through chiropractic.
I now have the honor of sharing the gift of Chiropractic with my family and my community. I also have a 4 year old daughter, River, who is the light of my life. And also has inspired me to learn more care for pregnancy and pediatrics. So all kids have the opportunity to get care throughout life, growing up well adjusted and reducing the risks of future injury."