After several injuries, I finally went to see a chiropractor and was impressed by his approach to treatment of musculoskeletal pain. With this experience in mind, I enrolled in chiropractic college and I received my Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Palmer West Chiropractic College in 1997. Since then, I have devoted my career to the prevention and recovery of pain and disability.
I teach a series of exercise therapy workshops- Allaire Back Fitness. These programs build a good foundation and train healthier movement habits.
I recently created and co-produced the Allaire Back Fitness television series. The exercises in this series help you develop a robust and resilient foundation. The Spanish version of the series, Espaldas Sanas, is currently in production. www.allairebackfitness.com.
I also post daily health and fitness information on social media.
In 1999, I had the interesting experience of providing care for the cast of the Miss Saigon National Touring Company.
Prior to becoming a chiropractor, I trained numerous group exercise and personal training instructors through continuing education workshops. I maintained my own personal training business and worked with the West Coast Regional Educational Director of the National Academy of Sports Medicine through Balanced Approach. I also worked as fitness director, in charge of staff education and programming, for Warner Center Club in Los Angeles. I still teach seminars and small group classes.
I'm so fortunate to be continuously fascinated by movement and healing. Studying, listening, observing, staying curious and adaptable are major keys to providing patients with good care.
A bit more about my lifestyle:
Trained in jazz and ballet for over 30 years and still take classes and sometimes teach.
Had a wonderful experience training in Yoshinkai Aikido and attained 3rd Dan.
Walk/run outside so I can enjoy nature and love to read.
Like my patients, I want to keep doing what I love, so I do my own Allaire Back Fitness workouts at home without fail. I consider it my foundation workout because it supports my very active lifestyle and sets up a healthy template for any other activity...plus, I practice what I teach.
Diagnosis and Treatment
Accurate diagnosis combined with appropriate therapeutic intervention leads to rapid recovery and decrease in re-injury rates. I'm happy to say that my training, licensing, and experience have helped me provide patients with the highest level of diagnostic and therapeutic skill.
I provide a unique approach to musculoskeletal pain that includes combinations of manual therapies and rehabilitation to facilitate healing and a good long term trajectory of health. Depending on your specific situation, we may use any of the following alone or in combination:
soft tissue techniques to decrease scar tissue and trigger points (myofascial release, cross friction, trigger point therapy),
physiotherapeutic stretches to improve muscular suppleness, responsiveness, and to improve the balance of muscular forces (PNF, rhythmic stabilization, A-I stretching, etc.),
joint manipulation or mobilization to improve joint function and muscle/joint relationships,
exercise therapy to improve movement patterns, muscular recruitment, postural strength, core stability, and movement habits.
5. self-management strategies and techniques
You will learn how to get from injured state (physical and psychological) to a more robust and able state.
I teach exercise therapy in private and small group settings, as well as, seminars.
Allaire Back Fitness Classes:
The classes offer foundational to sports/activity-specific training and have been taught to a wide range of participants from teens to seniors. Participants also learn injury management, injury prevention, and self-care techniques. Based on needs, goals are established, weak links are found, bolstered, and re-integrated. Training is taught in gradients, so that everyone can find his/her edge of ability and train the bridge that gets them to better function.
The goal of treatment is to work with patients to facilitate their transition from pain to improved participation in activities of daily living and better quality of life.
What is the education of a chiropractor?
A chiropractor completes 2-4 years of pre-chiropractic undergraduate work and 4 years at an accredited professional program. They must pass 4 national board examinations and a state board examination in order to become licensed doctors of chiropractic.
What does a chiropractor do?
Chiropractors are first-contact health care providers specializing in the conservative treatment of musculoskeletal disorders such as: back pain, neck pain and headaches, to name a few. Chiropractors also provide instruction regarding injury prevention and self-care.