Meet Our Practitioners and Support Staff

Dr. Michael Close, DC

Chiropractor

Dr. Michael Close accomplished his undergraduate studies at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. He then went on to the Southern California University of Health Sciences (formerly known as Los Angeles College of Chiropractic), in Whittier, CA.

Graduating in 1999, Dr. Close began working at the West Hollywood practice as well as Thousand Oaks and San Fernando. In 2005, Dr. Close purchased the West Hollywood practice where he is owner and practicing Chiropractor.

Dr. Close’s approach to whole-patient centered care has allowed him to follow his dreams of having a fully integrated center for healing.

Dr. Luis Albert JapNgie, DC, CES

Chiropractor

Dr. JapNgie first gained an interest in chiropractic while completing his undergraduate studies at the University of Southern California.  During this time he recognized the important role chiropractic played in the post-game recovery regimens of USC athletes and how the combination of specific exercise, nutrition and other healing modalities such as acupuncture and massage affect an individual’s level of performance.  With this in mind, he set out to construct an integrated wellness model that he now applies to his patient’s individual needs, regardless of the field they play on or work in.

Dr. JapNgie attended Life Chiropractic College West in the San Francisco bay area where he honed his skill set in chiropractic, attaining a variety of techniques including Diversified, Gonstead, Chiropractic Bio Physics, Extremity adjusting and TMJ adjusting.  In addition, Dr. JapNgie is certified by the National Academy of Sports Medicine as a Corrective Exercise Specialist

Dr. Nick Campos, DC

Chiropractor

Dr. Nicolas Campos, D.C. was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. An avid sports fan, he spent his youth playing sports and learning about physical fitness.

He was educated at U.C. Berkeley and received his degree in Molecular and Cell Biology in 1994. His emphasis of study was in the rapidly growing field of Immunology.

Upon graduating, he moved to Southern California to pursue a doctorate degree in chiropractic. He felt that entering this field would be the perfect way to combine his love of sports with his insatiable interest in human health.

Book appointments directly with Dr. Campos: (323) 359-1032 or visit his website drnickcampos.com.

Dr. Ryan Namdarkham, ND

Naturopathic Doctor

Dr. Namdarkham is licensed by the State of California Naturopathic Medicine Committee. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).

He went on to become Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine at Bastyr University and did clinical rotations at Bastyr Center for Natural Health (Seattle, WA) and Bastyr University Clinic (San Diego, CA). He has additional training in Injection Therapies (including IV, Intramuscular, Prolotherapy), and Laser Therapy. Dr. Namdarkham is a member of the California Naturopathic Doctors Association.

His interest in “anti-aging” medicine stems from his belief that managing the aging process as safely and effectively as possible has a profound impact on one’s health and quality of life.

Book appointments directly with Dr. Namdarkham: (323) 524-5859 or visit his website Vitalize Natural Medicine.

Kyoung Eun Cho, L.Ac, Ph.D, D.O.M.

Acupuncturist

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.

Dr. Cho 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.

Yaelle Shaphir, BS, L.Ac.

Acupuncturist

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 counseling in the Los Angeles and West Coast Area.

She is available for travel, private sessions and special events.

Dora Bendahan

Massage Therapist

Dora’s 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, Jin Shin Do® acupressure, Shiatsu, on-site relaxation massage, acu-merdian stretches (Pal Dam Gam).

Scott Gould

Massage Therapist

Scott has been a massage therapist since 1999, and with that experience he has gained great intuitive techniques in massage.

Scott is known in our office as the “deep tissue guy.”

Steve Jackson

Massage Therapist

Steve’s technique has been a development from a background in martial arts and spiritual awakening, which combines deep tissue and shiatsu through self awareness and listening to the person’s spirit.

Steve is known in our office as “The Muscle Whisperer.”

Tony Wasinrat

Massage Therapist

Tony has been a certified massage therapist since 2007. He completed his massage training in Thailand, with an emphasis on Thai technique, trigger point, acupressure, deep tissue work and Swedish massage.

Tony specializes in the combination of Thai yoga therapy along with intuitive techniques to help open joints and stretch muscles and ligaments. The integration of these techniques creates an exceptionally healing and nurturing session.

Come experience his unique style of bodywork.

Ernesto Reyes

Massage Therapist

Ernesto is a healer proficient in Swedish, Energy, Sports, Deep Tissue, Craniosacral Therapy, Myofascial Release, Thai and Range of Motion massage techniques.

He promises that you will Love his professional, healing, and experienced touch.

Support Staff

Letitia Estrada – Front Desk

Paola Delgado – Front Desk