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Dr. Kamau Kokayi, M.D.

Dr. Kamau Kokayi is a Yale trained physician with over thirty years of practice in the field of Alternative and Holistic medicine.

Dr. Kokayi distinguished himself as a scholar at Cornell University and passed on a full scholarship to law school and entrance to Harvard medical school. Instead he pursued a unique course of study at Yale medical school in 1978 where he focused on what was then called Holistic medicine.

With the completion of his family practice residency with Board Certification, along with parallel training in the fields of homeopathy and Chinese medicine, and later applied kinesiology, Dr. Kokayi entered the field of primary care medicine in 1985. He has cultivated his craft and augmented his diagnostic and therapeutic skill set with countless workshops, trainings, and trips to various parts of the world, seeking out medical wisdom from other cultures and civilizations.

Dr. Vishal Thakral, D.O.

Dr. Vishal Thakral is double board certified in Sports Medicine and Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Johns Hopkins Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation trained. Dr. Thakral is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Western University of Health Sciences.

His primary focus is non-operative orthopedics utilizing musculoskeletal ultrasound guided procedures to perform state-of-the-art treatments such as Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP), Prolotherapy, and Regenerative Medicine. Many musculoskeletal and orthopedic injuries are often treated by methods such as physical/chiropractic therapy, cortisone injections or even surgery, however regenerative injections can help repair many injuries to the joints and spine. Dr. Thakral is passionate about diagnosing underlying causes and pain generators to specific orthopedic conditions and tailoring a treatment program that consists of non surgical interventions.

Dr. Wayne Higashi D.C., A.T.C.

Dr. Wayne Higashi has been a licensed Doctor of Chiropractic since December 2000 and Certified Athletic Trainer since 1996.

He graduated from Southern California University of Health Sciences in 2000 and from the University of California Santa Barbara in 1996.

A member of the California Chiropractic Association, National Athletic Trainers Association, and the Southern California University of Health Sciences Alumni Association, he also has P.A.D.I. Rescue Diver Certification and American Red Cross CPR First Aid Certification.

Blake Daniels, DC

Dr. Blake Daniels is a Doctor of Chiropractic who’s focus is finding the root cause of the problem and treating the source of the problem instead of symptom management. Using the most conservative treatment possible, he will heal you reach your health goals.

Dr. Oscar A. Alvarado, DC

Oscar A. Alvarado, D.C., received his undergraduate degree from Point Loma Nazarene University with a joint major in Biology and Chemistry. He went on to graduate with a doctoral degree in chiropractic from the Southern California University of Health Sciences’ Los Angeles College of Chiropractic. Upon completion of his clinical clerkship, he received the Dr. Lester McCoy Clinical Excellence Award for demonstrating excellence in all aspects of diagnosis, treatment and patient management.

For Dr. Alvarado, D.C., he believes that the doctor-patient interaction is a crucial part of patient care. He strives to demonstrate to each and every patient that their wellbeing is his number one priority.

Dr. Mary Kaiser-Cole, DC

Dr. Mary Kaiser-Cole, DC a graduate of Kinesiology and Biology as well as a graduating cum laude from Southern California University of Health Sciences, will assess your spine and will help educate you on what living well with a healthy spine means for you. Not only will she address your spine, but she will assess your body as a whole, as she offers: an Eastern Allergy Assessment & Treatment using NAET technique; offers Motion & Stretch Therapy using “Active Release Technique;” as well as Functional and Nutritional Assessments & Treatment recommendations. Dr. Mary Kaiser-Cole, DC is dedicated to helping you obtain better health through these alternative and holistic methods.

Tara Das, L.Ac.

Tara Das, L.Ac. is a board certified Chinese medicine practitioner with a focus on holistic healing. Hailing from Detroit, Michigan, Tara grew up observing and learning from her parents-a western medicine physician and a clinical social worker. These strong influences shaped Tara’s values and approach to healing and wellness. Tara knows that no single approach is the right one for every individual, so she has been trained in a range of techniques and methods that allow her to meet each patient where they are at. Tara is known for her professional yet personable approach.

While attending Yo San University, Tara concentrated in Qi cultivation and mediation. Medical qi gong is a daily part of Tara’s practice and she integrates this discipline in each of her treatments. Tara is an expert in pain management and fertility support, with skill in treating neck, knee, and back pain with the use of acupuncture needles along with customized herbal formulas. With a combination of acupuncture, cupping, and herbal prescriptions, Tara tailors treatments to the specific needs of her patients and provides great relief.

Tara Zamani, MS, CNS

Tara Zamani is a Clinical Nutritionist and holds a Masters degree in Alternative Clinical Nutrition from The University of Bridgeport in CT and she is a Certified Nutrition Specialist and a member of the CBNS board for Nutrition. She is also a Holistic Health Coach and a graduate from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition in New York. Tara utilizes Quantum Reflex Analysis testing (QRA) also known as muscle testing to find out her patient’s food sensitivities in a non invasive and pain free way at the office in addition to blood test samples. Tara strongly believes in helping the body with detoxification and resetting the body’s metabolism.

As a Holistic Clinical Nutritionist, her approach to wellness is to look at the body as whole and all areas of her patient’s lives, including diet, blood analysis, digestion, exercise, stress, hormones, sleep and nutrient deficiencies. Tara believes in healing the body as a whole and getting to the root cause of health concerns; by analyzing blood-stool-hormone-nutrient samples for each patient and providing an individualized plan for each patient based on their unique biology, history and needs.

She guides her patients by making step-by-step changes in a relaxed and enjoyable way to help them reach their current and future health goals sustainably and permanently. Through working with her patients, she discovers the best diet, food & lifestyle choices for them and she supports her patients to integrate those changes into their current lifestyle in a manner that is fun, flexible and free of self-denial. Tara sees herself as her patient’s personal advocate and her passion is to inspire her patients to create happy & healthy lives while reducing their stress, increasing their energy through a better self care regimen and were eating organic real whole foods and utilizing natural remedies for health concerns is a regular and joyful part of life.

Dr. Richard Ochs, D.O.

Dr. Richard Ochs has been a licensed Doctor of Osteopathy since August 1973. He has extensive experience in drugless healing for orthopedic problems and pain management.

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