Chiropractic Health & Wellness Center's values guide everything we do, including our commitment to diversity, community involvement and maintaining the highest level of ethical standards. Below is a list of our amazing team.
Dr. Christopher George was born in Canton, Ohio. and graduated high school in Minnesota. In Minneapolis he worked as a personal trainer and fitness instructor. He stayed in Minneapolis until 1999 when he decided to move to Los Angeles.
In 2002, he was managing a medical office and considered entering medical school when he had an accident that required surgery on his knee. After months of physical therapy, he was still unable to completely bend his knee. A friend then took him to a chiropractor, and after a few adjusts he was able to walk without his crutches which made him consider attending chiropractic school.
Dr. George entered school at Cleveland Chiropractic School, Los Angeles in 2005. Even though Dr. George chose to do an advanced program at Cleveland, finishing 4 years of coursework in 3 years, he still found time to study many different styles of chiropractic adjusting and physiotherapy including: Diversified, Thompson, Gonstead, SOT, Cox flexion/distraction, Graston, Full Spine Specific, Chiropractic Functional Assesment, and Extremity Adjusting. He graduated Summa Cum Laude as Valedictorian of his class with a 4.0 GPA in 2008.
During his internship, Dr. George volunteered to see patients at the USC medical clinic, Venice Family Free Clinic and on campus at CCCLA. In April, 2008, Dr. George as well as 10 of his classmates raised money and went to practice in Cochabamba, Boliva. This amazing experience gave them the opportunity to see hundreds of patients who had little or no medical or chiropractic care at all. This trip left an indelible mark on Dr. George and his classmates.
After school, Dr. George became a preceptor at the Chiropractic Health and Wellness Center, and we are happy to say he has offically joined our staff. Besides chiropractic adjustments, Dr. George also specializes in Chiropractic Postural Evaluation, Physiotherapy, and Wellness Programs.
Dora Bendahan, CMT
Doraís focus is a lifetime involvement in the arts and wellness - utilizing an integrative approach to aid in the rebalancing of body, mind and spirit.
Methods used: Swedish massage aromatherapy, hot stone restorative massage, Jin Shin Do acupressure, Shiatsu, on-site relaxation massage, acu-merdian stretches (Pal Dam Gam).
Tetyana Sandovska, CMT
Our therapeutic massage therapist, Tetyana is trained in Russian deep tissue, Swedish and pressure point therapy.
Dr. Mindy Wechsler
Dr. Matt DeLeva
Education Doctor of Chiropractic, Cleveland Chiropractic College - Los Angleles, CA, 2010
B.S. Biological Sciences, University at Albany, Albany, NY, 2007
Steve Jackson, CMT
Steve is known in our office as "The Man with the Magic Hands". His technique continues to grow everyday through self awareness and listening to the person's spirit.
Scott Gould, CMT
Scott has been a massage therapist since 1999 and is known in our office as the "deep tissue guy". Scott's techniques include swedish, deep tissue and Sports massage.
Tony Wasinrat, CMT
Tony has been a certified massage therapist since 2007. He completed massage school in Thailand, with an emphasis on Thai technique, trigger point, acupressure, deep tissue work, and Swedish massage. He specializes in the combination of Thai yoga therapy with other techniques to help open joints and stretch ligaments to meet every client's needs. The integration of these modalities creates an exceptionally healing and nurturing session. Come experience his unique style of bodywork.
Kyoung Eun Cho, L.Ac
Dr. Cho has received her B.S degree in Physiological Science from UCLA graduating Magna Cum Laude. She received her Masters of Science degree in Acupuncture and Herbology from Samra University in Los Angeles and later earned her Ph.D. from Yuin University of Oriental Medicine in Los Angeles. She also has a degree as a Doctor of Oriental Medicine (OMD) from South Baylo University of Oriental Medicine.
Dr. Cho is a California Board Certified Acupuncturist and NCCAOM licensed practitioner since 1994. She is an expert practitioner of both Traditional Chinese Acupuncture and Korean Acupuncture. She uses acupuncture and herbal remedies to restore the balance between body, mind, and spirit.
Yaelle Shaphir, L.Ac
Yaelle E. Shaphir, L.Ac offers Traditional Chinese Medicine services including acupuncture, cupping, tui na (chinese orthopedic massage), chinese herbal therapy, gong baths - sound healing sessions, reiki energy healing, hot stone massage, qi gong practice, lifestyle and nutrition counselling in the Los Angeles and West Coast Area. She is available for travel, private sessions and special events.
Tina Napier, Aesthetician
Tina Napier is a native Californian who is originally from San Diego County. Tina has had her hand in the beauty industry for over 25 years. It's only been in the past 10 years that she has focused her passion on the enter workings of the body and how that affects your facial and body skin. Tina believes that you must take in all the factors of your life to determine how to manage troubled skin. Stress, anxiety, even the weather and travel can change how you handle and what you use on your skin.
Josette Okuma received her Medical Administrative Assistant degree from Everest College in 2009 and joined our office in June of 2009. You might see Josette at the front desk were she is always happy to help with any questions you may have. She works hard to get you to your designated practitioner appointment as efficiently as possible.
You will often see Christie with a big smile at the front desk or in the back office as she is our communications person. Christie helps coordinate insurance verifications, billing and scheduling.
April joined our office in September 2014 and has been a welcome addition to the front desk.
Ian is the newest member to join our wellness center and you will always be greeted with a smile on his face.
Dr. Peter Salama
Dr. Peter Salama was born and raised in the Midwest before moving to
California in 2008. He graduated Cum Laude from Cleveland Chiropractic
College, making the deans list 8 out of 11 trimesters. Prior to earning his
Chiropractic degree, he earned his Bachelorís degree in Human Biology
from Creighton University. Dr. Salama practices a diversified technique
and has been trained in SOT, Gonstead, Kinesio Taping, Physiotherapy
modalities as well functional assessment and rehab. This combination of
techniques allows him to customize treatment based on the unique needs of
each patient. Extensive volunteer work rounds out his experience with time
spent at free clinics throughout underserved areas of Los Angeles, including
the Venice Free Family Clinic, The Dream Center and West Hollywood
Being Alive Clinic.
Dr. Salama believes strongly in patient education and maintaining a healthy
lifestyle, which is reflected in his own passion for cycling and running and
time spent lobbying for the Chiropractic profession in Washington D.C.
He started at Chiropractic Health and Wellness Center as an intern in 2011
and stayed on to join the team after graduation. He is Board certified and
licensed to practice in the state of California and is also a member of the
American Chiropractic Association as well as the California Chiropractic
Shane graduated from the National Holistic Institute, College of Massage Therapy in Studio City, CA
and is trained in multiple techniques from Swedish to Deep Tissue. He is very intuitive and caring to
his clients who continuously give him praise and thanks for helping them feel better. Shane joined our
team in 2011 and continues to enrich his education and knowledge of the body in order to enhance
himself as well as his clients throughout their massage experience.
Our new massage therapist, Viktor has been a certified massage therapist in Hungary since 2011, after a successful 15 year career in professional canoeing. During his career, he sought guidance and training from the 2008 Olympic team's therapist, Thomas Klenyan, who won three gold medals with canoe and water polo teams in Beijing.
Viktor gained a lot of experience in all areas of his profession. He has worked in salons, 5 star hotels, spas, gyms and a Hungarian soccer team.
Beth specializes in deep tissue and is intuitive to the needs of her clients/patients. She understands pain and injuries after having had many, herself, from a dance career.