Dr. Joel Gutierrez and his staff at Gutierrez Chiropractic don’t just adjust spines: they realign lifestyles to promote long-term health. Each time they meet a new client, they provide screenings and consultations to spot potential causes of future health issues, be they bad posture or a curved spine. After identifying these potential hazards, they also prescribe diets and exercises to help clients deal with their individual health challenges. True to the business’s name, the team supplements all recommendations with hands-on treatments, utilizing a blend of chiropractic techniques, massage, and physical therapy to keep bodies both healthy and hearty.
Melanie Archer-Dieveney took to Pilates instantly. As a new mother, she turned to the core-strengthening art to reshape her body, and in the process, she began to reshape her life. She was amazed not only by the transformation in how her body looked, but how it felt?she noticed an increase in her energy and focus levels, a very welcome change to the single mom of a 2-year-old. After getting her certification, she decided to create a studio where like-minded exercisers could bring their children to class. Archer Pilates & Wellness originally opened as a small labor of love in her garage. But today, alongside a team of licensed and certified instructors, she leads her classes in a serene studio with gleaming wood floors and numerous props, including Pilates reformer machines, medicine balls, and four brass poles for pole-dancing classes. She has developed a hands-on, customized roster of Pilates classes, ensuring that each guest performs workouts specifically tailored to their goals, whether they want to lose inches or build core muscles strong enough to deflect a sprinting child less than 60 pounds. As adults lengthen and strengthen their muscles, the instructors also lead kids through Pilates and yoga classes, taking a more active and engaging approach to traditional childcare.
At a family gathering soon after Ben Shamoiel started college, his uncle suddenly turned to him and said, "You are going to become a chiropractor!" Though he wasn't entirely sure what a chiropractor was and had, in fact, been planning to study photography, Ben was intrigued. Eschewing the cameras, lenses, and tiny top hats that all photographers must wear, he sought out as much information on chiropractic as he could. The idea that healing can be attained without drugs or surgery resonated strongly with him, and soon, Ben knew he had found his calling.
After moving to Georgia to attend grad school and complete his residency, Dr. Ben—as he is affectionately known as by his patients—returned to Los Angeles to provide the community with gentle, thorough care. When he is not treating patients at his practice, Dr. Ben travels extensively to share his knowledge at health-and-wellness events and also pursues higher education, recently attaining his doctorate in chiropractic.
Ten years on, and the pain still persisted. After a decade of ineffective treatments for a foot injury, Doctor of Chiropractic Robert Rainey finally turned to a chiropractor, a decision that paved a path to a quick recovery and inspired him to pursue a degree from the Cleveland Chiropractic College. The kinesiology major who had put in a seven-year stint as a respiratory therapist at UCLA quickly subscribed to the theories behind the natural treatments, which steer specialists past symptoms in search of a unifying cause or an ill-placed shoe pebble.
In 1993, Dr. Rainey opened Rainey Chiropractic, where he has spent the last 19 years targeting back pain with spinal adjustments, therapeutic massage, and Pilates exercises. Through a deep understanding of neuromuscular conditions, the spinal column, and the nerve network, he comforts his clients without relying on habit-forming drugs, risky surgery, or yoga postures that can only be bought on the black market.
As a longtime West Los Angeles health clinic, the Mar Vista Health Center has been providing basic and homeopathic care to Westside residents and anyone willing to make the trek to this speedy strip of Mar Vista. The clinic’s entrance, thankfully tucked away from the bustle of freeway-adjacent Sawtelle Boulevard, leads to a doctor’s office staffed by friendly experts in the fields of chiropractic therapy, acupuncture and even massage. There are three different Doctors of Chiropractic at the Health Center along with a licensed acupuncturist, each with degrees from top schools and years of experience. Stop by the well-appointed, clinical space for an adjustment, an exam or even just dietary advice to help with conditions ranging from disc problems to addiction, depression and sleep issues.
Tao of Venus Wellness Center owner Beth Meneley draws on her master's degree in oriental medicine and a passion for healing to protect and mend patients' physiques through a diverse range of holistic therapies. Trained acupuncturists and chiropractors work to realign the body through time-honored methods, and seasoned massage therapists ease pain with a tailored blend of six tension-melting modalities. Thermography specialists boast the ability to detect cancer without the use of radiation through thermal imaging, which aims to find harmful cells through the naturally occurring heat of their weekly bake-offs. Before and after appointments, patients sip steaming cups of tea in an intimate relaxation room dotted with leafy plants, Eastern totems, and modern furnishings.