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At Desert Clinic Pain Institute, we pride ourselves
in being a multi-disciplinary pain management
practice, meaning we will use every skill we know
to help relieve your Chronic Pain.

Physical Reconditioning Service Team

Specialized in Pain Management

About The Service Team

The Physical Reconditioning Service Team, consisting of Chiropractors, Physical Therapists, Movement Specialists, Tai Chi and Yoga Instructors as well as Fitness instructors, aims to increase movement and range of motion, increase flexibility, increase comfort, lose weight and improve posture through passive or low impact treatments.  During the first phase,  our treatments are based on the scientific fact that your body is a self-regulating, self-healing organism. The objective is to improve body function by locating and removing interferences to the patients natural state of health and wellness. Utilizing therapies like Reiki, Chiropractic, cold laser, manual therapy, activator technique and many more help restore the patient’s own inborn ability to be healthy.

Services

Our Multidisciplinary approach allows us to do a very comprehensive initial assessment across all modalities.  For the Physical Reconditioning Service Team, we will gather a thorough pain history including location, quality, intensity, temporal characteristics, aggravating and alleviating factors, impact of pain on activities of daily living, and past treatment and response. A functional and postural exam will allow us to observe gains, comfort and posture while sitting and standing, balance, range of motion, and ability to change positions.  Lastly, we will take time to establish patient expectations and goals.

Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment (OMT) is a collection of techniques utilized by our Physical Reconditioning Service Team to diagnose, treat, and prevent chronic pain. Using OMT, the provider will move a patient’s muscles and joints employing techniques such as stretching, gentle pressure and resistance.

Physical Therapy (PT) and exercise are fundamental to the Multidisciplinary approach for the treatment of chronic pain. Physical modalities used in combination with exercise provide pain relief and help to prevent future pathology and physiologic changes in patients. Our Physical Reconditioning Service Team will treat pain through movement, hands-on care, exercise, and patient education.

There is an intrinsic relationship between occupation and health/wellness. Our Occupational Therapists work to enable patients with chronic pain to participate in the activities that have value and meaning to them, despite their chronic pain. Our Physical Reconditioning Service team will employ strategies such as activity management, activity adaptation, the development of coping strategies, and vocational rehabilitation to facilitate overall health and wellness.

Massage Therapy is used to help manage a patient’s chronic pain and even enhance health and wellness. The goal of the Massage Therapist is to manipulate the soft tissues of the body to help relieve tension and pain. Our Physical Reconditioning Service Team employs several different Massage Therapy techniques including Swedish (Classical) massage, sports massage, clinical massage and even Shiatsu and Tuina. Massage Therapy has been studied to benefit several pain syndromes including (but not limited to) low-back pain, neck & shoulder pain, arthritic pain, and even headaches.

Our Physical Reconditioning Service Team employs stretching and core strengthening to elevate three main elements of our patient’s wellbeing: suppleness, strength and stamina.  By gently stretching the soft tissues around the joints, patients will decrease the risk of sprain/strain resulting from various movements.  Through exercise, our therapists will work muscles to increase efficiency, thereby placing less strain on the body.

Energy Work like Reiki or ancient Japanese Touch Therapy has shown to produce measured results for the management of Chronic Pain.  Energy Work is a treatment in which “healing energy” is channeled from the provider to the patient to enhance energy and reduce pain, fatigue and stress.  The goal of our Physical Reconditioning Service Team through Energy Work is to restore the body both physically and emotionally.

Tai Chi is an ancient Chinese tradition that involves a non-competitive, self-paced system of gentle physical movement and stretching.  It involves a sequence of movements that are slow focused and accompanied by deep breathing.  Where Yoga involves meditation through various physical postures, Tai Chi involves meditation through movement.  Tai Chi is useful for stress reduction overall wellness.

Yoga involves “annulling the ripples of the mind” (Pathanjali Yoga Suthra 1:2). Our Physical Reconditioning Service Team utilizes Yoga to help individuals deal with the emotional aspects of chronic pain, reduce anxiety and depression effectively and improve the quality of life perceived. Yoga offers various levels of approaches to relax, energize, remodel and strengthen the body and psyche.

Pilates is a technique developed by Joe Pilates.  In its first iteration, Pilates was a sequence of 34 mat exercises.  Today, our Physical Reconditioning Service Team utilizes Pilates to enhance four key elements of the patients functional wellness: posture, movement, repetition of exercises and breath. Like yoga, the moves in Pilates will help build balance and strength, but Pilates and yoga are not the same thing. They are, perhaps, in the same family, but yoga is more focused on flexibility and improving the joints, while Pilates focuses on muscle relaxation combined with strengthening the numerous muscles of the body.

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SERVICE TEAM

Helping you find and follow your path to better health

Hillari Hamilton

DC
Hillari Hamilton

DC

Dr. Hillari Hamilton has been practicing Chiropractic in San Diego for over twenty years. She is the owner and head doctor of a thriving wellness center where she is dedicated in giving each individual patient the best quality care in every respect. She has a bachelor degree in human biology, is a Doctor of Chiropractic, and holds a post-graduate certification in wellness. Dr. Hamilton’s ability to interpret, teach, and clinically apply research findings makes her uniquely qualified as a wellness doctor and lecturer. She is an expert on re-wiring the nervous system for success through motion, nutrition, and neuro-plastic relaxation. Dr. Hamilton has joined our team of excellence with the intention of providing our patients with a revolutionary approach to healthcare. This includes removing interference in the spinal column, which may be inhibiting ones optimal expression of health, through Chiropractic adjustments. The body’s ability to heal and regulate itself depends on the stress load from its environment, specifically how you eat, how you move, and how you think. Dr. Hamilton’s whole person approach has helped many restore vitality back into their lives. Simply put, remove the cause and restore function.

Dr. Hamilton has a monthly radio show dedicated to lifestyle choices and how they affect your health and well-being. Dr. Hamilton’s research has focused on the question: “How can we prevent pain and sickness and live longer, healthier, happy lives?”

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Jade Thompson

DC
Jade Thompson

DC

Dr. Jade received her Doctor of Chiropractic from Palmer College of Chiropractic in Florida. While pursuing her Doctorate, she also took care of patients at the Salvation Army Outreach Clinic and volunteered for the Florida Veterans Foundation, where she provided chiropractic care to homeless Veterans. The chiropractic techniques she utilizes include: Gonstead, Diversified, Thompson Drop Technique and Activator Methods. Dr. Jade also received training in Clinical Nutrition, Acupuncture, Kinesiotaping, and Animal Neuro-myofascial Release Technique.

Dr. Jade grew up on a small island in The Bahamas, where there was only one chiropractor who sailed from island to island to treat patients aboard his boat. Her father, who suffered from chronic back pain for years, finally found relief after just two of his chiropractic treatments! This sparked her interest in chiropractic care, and after observing a few chiropractors in Virginia, she knew that it was her passion to help people achieve a pain-free, healthy lifestyle through chiropractic medicine.

In her free time, Dr. Jade enjoys sports, music, hiking, going to the beach, spending time with her husband and dogs, and exploring any outdoor activity that the beautiful state of California has to offer!
Dr. Jade feels honored to be a part of the Center of Excellence team, and she is committed to helping all patients experience improved health and vitality. By restoring proper motion and alignment in the spine, chiropractic adjustments can help improve nervous system function, which restores and improves the body’s natural ability to heal itself. She looks forward to meeting each and every patient and supporting them on their journey to better health!

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Christopher Garden

DC
Christopher Garden

DC

Christopher Garden, Doctor of Chiropractic, has been treating patients with the Desert Clinic Pain Institute, Summit Institute, and the Center of Excellence since March 2017.   He thoroughly enjoys working with patients and is passionate about introducing them to how important chiropractic can be as part of their healing process. Every day, he has an opportunity to help relieve his patient’s pain, make a positive change in their day, or put a smile on their face without the use of drugs or surgery.

Dr. Garden was in private practice in Wasilla, Alaska for 17 years and currently runs Coronado Island Chiropractic in San Diego.

Growing up he was fortunate to have a great medical doctor and chiropractor influencing his health. While playing hockey in the tenth grade he suffered a serious spinal injury.  The medical doctors said he may never walk again, but his family chiropractor had other ideas.  After numerous adjustments, not only did Dr. Garden walk again, but he went on to play college hockey and club rugby.

As a freshman at S.U.N.Y Oswego, his Lakers team defeated legendary Miracle on Ice Coach Herb Brooks and the St. Cloud State Huskies to earn a spot in the NCAA Division III finals where they lost to Plattsburgh State.  Dr. Garden then played Division I hockey at Northeastern University in Boston.  He also played club rugby during and after his studies at “The Fountainhead,” Palmer College of Chiropractic, Davenport, Iowa.

From the moment of his injury, Dr. Garden was instilled with a passion to pursue and participate in the great profession of chiropractic.  He believes that proper spinal health is crucial since every cell, organ, muscle, and body function is controlled by the central nervous system.  Life is lived through the nervous system and if there are subluxations (misalignments) in the spine then there is a direct impact on nervous system and body, which can cause pain and dysfunction.

Dr. Garden believes that chiropractic care restores the natural function of the human body and can help everyone live the life they were meant to live.

Dr. Garden has been married to Julie for 15 years; they have a daughter Kendall, and sons Eston and Vinton. When not in the office, he enjoys cooking, playing golf, traveling and spending time with his family.

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Luis Gonzalez

DC, QME
Luis Gonzalez

DC, QME

Dr. Luis Gonzalez has been a practicing Doctor of Chiropractic for 27 years. He is a graduate from National College of Chiropractic in Lombard, Illinois receiving his Bachelors in Human Biology in 1988; elective studies in Acupuncture; Doctor of Chiropractic degree in 1990; and Post-Graduate training as a Certified Chiropractic Sports Practitioner in 1992.

Dr. Gonzalez has been in active practice in the Los Angeles area since 2005 focusing on wellness care, sports injuries, personal and occupational medicine.

Prior to practicing in Los Angeles, Dr. Gonzalez practiced in Miami for 11 years between 1994 and 2005, and for 4 years in Chicago from 1991 through 1994.

Dr. Gonzalez obtained his certification in 2005 as a Qualified Medical Evaluator through the State of California Division of Workers Compensation.

Prior to recently joining Desert Pain Clinic Institute, Dr. Gonzalez had the opportunity over the last seven years to practice in Los Angeles and Beverly Hills with multi-disciplinary specialists in the fields of internal medicine, pain management, orthopedic surgery and neurosurgery.

In addition to his 27 years of practice experience in chiropractic, Dr. Gonzalez has also worked in the medical legal arena with emphasis in peer review, utilization review, treatment guidelines, disability and permanent impairment.

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Maira Sabah

DC
Maira Sabah

DC

Dr. Maira Sabah graduated with Bachelors of Science in Human Biology from Cleveland Chiropractic University in Overland Park, KS. She received her Doctor of Chiropractic from Southern California University of Health Sciences in Whittier, CA. She worked at the physical medicine and rehab department at Los Angeles Veterans Affairs Medical Center, where she had the opportunity to work with many veterans and veteran families for her clinical experience. After the VA hospital, Dr. Sabah moved to the big apple where she spent two years working at a multi-disciplinary clinic. She moved back to her home state California after gaining experience in New York City to join Desert Pain Clinic. Dr. Sabah is associated with the American Chiropractic Association.

Dr. Sabah specializes in many soft tissue techniques, manual therapies and chiropractic adjustments. She has experience with wellness care, rehab, geriatrics, post-surgery, student athletes and women health. She specializes in relieving low back, upper back and neck pain. Dr. Sabah focuses on the patient and approaches with the treatment plan that best suits individual’s needs to achieve their optimal health.

Dr. Sabah loves travelling and exploring new places. She has travelled to forty states in the United States, and ten countries internationally. In her free time she enjoys cooking and looking at destinations for her next travel.

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Robert Villapania

DC
Robert Villapania

DC

Scott Cole

Tai Chi Instructor
Scott Cole

Tai Chi Instructor

Former National Aerobic Champion, star of Abs of Steel and creator of America’s top-selling Discover Tai Chi DVD series, wellness veteran, Scott Cole, joins our staff to work one-on-one and with groups to increase our wellness literacy and kick up our fitness level with safe, fun, creative programs. A pioneer of mind/body fitness, Scott is no stranger to creating programs for all levels of exercisers. From training Hollywood elite (Christian Bale, Barry Manilow, Gena Lee Nolin, Stefanie Powers) to everyday group workouts, Scott has created nationally recognized programs for beginners, seniors, and physically-challenged individuals that were featured in The Wall Street Journal and in over 500 publications worldwide. You may know Scott from his appearances on LIVE with Regis and Kelly, The Doctors, HGTV, The Food Network and locally as the former Wake Up to Wellness Expert on Channel 2.

“I am really excited to join the staff of Desert Pain Management Clinic and I know we can create healthy healing fun solutions together to make all of the lives we touch as pain-free as possible. Looking forward to meeting all of you!”—Scott Cole

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Will Norat

Massage Therapist
Will Norat

Massage Therapist

Daniela Schellenberg

Feldenkrais Instructor
Daniela Schellenberg

Feldenkrais Instructor

I grew up in Switzerland and have always been a sports enthusiast. I was introduced to the Feldenkrais Method many years ago, a system that enhances awareness of body mechanics and restrictive habits through the medium of guided physical movement. This was a life changing experience and motivated me to become certified in the method. I applied the principles of the Feldenkrais Method into training and athletic fields such as the highly technical game of golf. It helped me how to use less effort overall and ultimately learn to play golf with a fluid yet powerful swing. I am happy to share my experience with you and how to approach complex functional movements in an non-traditional way that goes beyond what’s often thought as impossible. Let me help you find Your movement potential, how to play better golf or any sports and improve your overall well-being.

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Heather Negrete

Massage Therapist
Heather Negrete

Massage Therapist

Jason Lushia

Certified Personal Trainer
Jason Lushia

Certified Personal Trainer

Debra Andersen

Yoga Instructor
Debra Andersen

Yoga Instructor

Julie Lively

Julie Lively

Movement Therapy
Julie Lively
Julie Lively

Movement Therapy

Marianna Canchola

Massage Therapist
Marianna Canchola

Massage Therapist

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Wendi Davis

Massage Therapist
Wendi Davis

Massage Therapist

Bio Coming Soon

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Nina Lucchetti

Massage Therapist
Nina Lucchetti

Massage Therapist

Dakota Good

Massage Therapist
Dakota Good

Massage Therapist

Heather Morgan

E-RYT
Heather Morgan

E-RYT

Heather is a registered E-RYT 200 and YACEP teacher with Yoga Alliance and has been sharing her love of yoga since 2008 when she completed her first Krama Vinyasa RYT 200 training.  She  graduated with honors from her Skanda Yoga RYT 200 in 2009 and incorporates the alignment principles of Skanda Yoga into all of her classes.  She is also a registered Yin Yoga teacher, having trained with Bernie Clark.  She encourages her patients to take a functional approach to their practice by using their intention to feel each pose from the inside out, to modify or change the pose if is doesn’t feel good, and to let go of the desire to look good in the pose.
We don’t use the body to get into the pose – we use the pose to get into the body.

Heather’s Yoga disciplines which she blends together to create classes that are accessible to everyone, regardless of their age, experience, or physical condition. Focusing on the ability of the breath to give life to each pose and bring stillness to the mind, her classes offer a safe haven to explore the ability of Yoga to transform mind, body and spirit. Her classes are alignment focused and she offers modifications for every level of student. Come with an open mind, have fun, and start your Yoga journey with us.

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