MEET OUR DOCTORS
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. 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.
Dr. Adam Silver, D.O.
Dr. Silver has experience and training in both conventional and alternative approaches to pain management and musculoskeletal dysfunction and disease.
As an Osteopathically trained Physician, Dr. Silver has a keen understanding of physical anatomy and the biomechanics of the body. He’s an expert at using various manual medicine techniques including cranial osteopathy which supports his holistic approach to physical rehabilitation.
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. Stephanie Higashi, D.C.
Dr. Stephanie Higashi, D.C. is the CEO and Founder of Health Atlast. She has been practicing for over a decade and works passionately to help patients achieve their health goals. She collaborates with other practitioners in the office to provide the best customized treatment plan for patients for long term stable results without the use of drugs and surgery whenever possible.
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.
Dr. Brian Huth, D.C.
Dr. Huth has been a Doctor of Chiropractic for 32 years, providing care in the Los Angeles area throughout his years of practice. He finds patient treatment and the education of future Chiropractors to be exciting and rewarding. He believes in educating and empowering a patient towards health care.
Dr. Kris Szen, D.C.
Dr Kris Szentivanyi or “Dr Szen” is a 1999 graduate of Parker College of Chiropractic. Since then he has persued extensive training in nutrition and Applied Kinesiology. He has a passion for uncovering the root cause of a patient’s problem.
Dr. Matthew Wong, D.C.
A graduate of Parker University, Dr. Wong believes his patients can obtain the level of health they desire by working together with his patients as a team. He looks at how the human body functions and moves as a whole as well as the integrity of the spine and nervous system and locally, joint by joint. By correcting misalignment of the spine, which causes nerves and joints to be damaged, we are able to restore motion, eliminate pain and correct negative affects on specific areas and organs as well as the body as a whole.
Dr. Wong also works with patients in “performance care.” He personally enjoys cross fit training and soccer, which explains his passion for helping people unlock their potential so they can reach new heights in their training as well as their health and fitness goals more quickly and/or efficiently.
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.
Christine Auditori, L.Ac.
Christine Auditori helps patients attain their wellness goals through acupuncture.
Mathew Freeman, L.Ac.
Mathew Freeman helps patients attain their wellness goals through acupuncture.
Andre Studer, CMT
A graduate of Southern California Health Institute, Andre is a trigger point and posture specialist who uses a blend of medical massage/sports therapy with traditional Chinese medicine. With every massage he delivers a unique blend of therapy to treat each of his clients’ soft tissue needs.
His Swedish and deep tissue combination of strokes organize tissues to their peak stability and performance. His range of techniques include; Deep tissue, Reflexology, Swedish, sports therapy, myofascial release, trigger point therapy, acupressure and Rolfing… Which are all concluded with a blend of energy work and even Reiki. This will leave you with a raw feeling of satisfaction, especially when you wake the following morning.
Suzette LaRue, MT
A massage therapist for nearly 17 years, Suzette has practiced in a clinical setting along side chiropractors and acupuncturists for most of her career. She will tailor a massage for clients whether they need a therapeutic trigger point or deep tissue massage, a pregnancy massage or a relaxing full body massage.
A gymnast for 10 years, Suzette’s career was sidelined by debilitating injuries she suffered pursuing the sport. Chiropractic treatment and massage led to a full recovery and accounts for her passion for helping her patients with therapeutic massage.
Greta Recinto, RYT, Therapeutic Yoga
Greta takes a holistic approach to heal and strengthen patients through yoga and other exercise modalities. Her focus is injury prevention and rehabilitation – to help patients strengthen the mind and body from many health conditions that include back, neck and knee pain; as well as sciatica, scoliosis, and to improve motor function conditions, postural alignment awareness and hip mobility.
Greta grew up in Texas as an athlete playing team sports which led to her passion in health and wellness. She is a Yoga Alliance certified E-RYT teacher and has been practicing yoga for over 10-years, specializing in mindful alignment-based therapeutic movement. She also teaches meditation and mindful yoga & exercises at corporations and at special events in the Los Angeles area. Her enthusiastic spirit infuses a fun, strong and nourishing experience. She is dedicated to help all abilities, to inspire and to live life to the fullest.
Samantha Blaustein, RYT, Therapeutic Yoga
A certified yoga instructor Samantha is passionate about healing through yoga. She combines her knowledge as a personal trainer with therapeutic yoga techniques to tailor a program for a patient’s individual needs in a clinical setting to help treat common ailments and conditions.
Samantha is an avid yogi who has been personally transformed by a dedicated practice of yoga and meditation. She strongly believes that consistent yoga practice and devotion to its’ ancient teachings, can heal any individual. She is continuing her study of Therapeutic Yoga through Loyota Marymount University’s Yoga Therapy Rx program.
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