Dr. Frank Gilson

I drove a UPS truck in Washington, DC for years when I developed severe back pain. I could not play sports any more, work was miserable, and I was in constant pain. It was recommended to me to go see a chiropractor and he “got my life back”, that’s when I decided that I would become a chiropractor. I wanted to help others who were in pain like me to get their life back so I enrolled in Life Chiropractic College West in Hayward 
After graduating from Life West in 1998, I went into private practice in the Mission District in San Francisco and in 2005 I realized my dream of opening my own pain relief center. I not only look at your symptoms, but what is causing them. 
As an athlete my whole life (triathalons, basketball, football, rugby, baseball, swimming, and track to name a few), I am naturally experienced in athletic injuries such as those to the ankle and shoulder.

John Ellis, L.Ac., CMT 

My original plan to become a High School teacher changed after I was introduced to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) in 1997 while teaching English in South Korea. Convinced by TCM’s overriding principle of a ‘balanced life’, I returned to San Francisco and enrolled at the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine (ACTCM) in 1999. It was there that I found tui na or traditional Chinese orthopedic massage. Within in the first few minutes of my first tui na class under Rocky Wang’s instruction, I knew that I wanted a practice specializing in pain management. 
Since graduating from ACTCM in 2003, I’ve held many teaching assistant positions at ACTCM including Diagnosis I-III, Sports Medicine and Tui Na I-III, been a clinical supervisor and have been teaching tui na at ACTCM for the last 4 years. In late 2004 I was introduced to Dr. Frank Gilson through our mutual friend Amy P. Sort of like dating, within the first five minutes I knew that there was something good between us. The convenient combination of chiropractic, acupuncture and tui na under one roof has helped us achieve our ultimate goal to help you get your life back.

Brenda Hatley, L.Ac., Dipl.OM

After ACL reconstructive surgery, I realized my original plan to study kinesiology was no longer my path. I sustained the injury in a martial arts competition and after surgery I was determined to return to training as fast as possible. Traditional Chinese Medicine not only decreased my recovery time, but it also improved my emotional state and helped me think positive.

Post-recovery I studied abroad at Peking University for a year to learn Mandarin Chinese and in 2011 I graduated from the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine (ACTCM). I am also a national Diplomate of Oriental Medicine and a United States Wushu Team member.

In addition to acupuncture, Tuina massage, cupping, and herbal medicine, I like to apply my experience as an athlete by utilizing stretches, strengthening exercises, nutrition, and Acu-taping. Let's get your life back!

  Krisztina Lazar

Commitment to health and wellness has been a lifelong practice and sharing information and teaching is one of my gifts.  I have been training friends and colleagues for years and I am very happy to offer my experience to everyone wanting to attain an integral, mindful, healthy lifestyle.  I am certified through the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) and it is this structural expertise, as well as my own integrated form of mind-body training that I bring to my clients.
I began my sports career early in volleyball and as a distance runner.  I trained for and ran a marathon at 17.  I was also introduced to yoga, which has become one of my lifelong passions.  I taught Satyananda yoga for several years in Cleveland, OH in my own studio to all ages and levels. Yoga has and will always be very important to my fitness lifestyle and something I incorporate into my training strategy with my clients.
Weight training was something I have always incorporated into my fitness routine.  In 2012, I strategically shaped my body from the inside with diet and the outside with weights, into a 9% body fat figure competitor.  I participated in the San Jose Bikini, Figure and Bodybuilding Championships in 2012 and got 7th place. 
Through this process, I was deeply inspired to rethink my own health and fitness goals, to find a balance in my body and intentionally occupy space within myself.  My own struggles in my youth with body image as well as a debilitating illness in my teens and 20’s that turned out to be a severe gluten intolerance have led me to a distinct relationship with my body and what I put into it.  Food, health, well-being, happiness, fitness, mindfulness are all intimately connected and I seek to share this knowledge with you.
You’ve taken the first steps in achieving your health and wellness goals.  Now it’s time to see the benefits of training the WHOLE YOU.

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