About Dr. Berger

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I have lived or worked in Tustin for almost 50 years.  My father, an MD and surgeon, moved our family to Tustin when I was five-years-old because he wanted to practice medicine and raise a family here.  

He raised me with the platitudes, “Eat right, sit up straight, get enough sleep, and STAY ACTIVE.” My “common sense” philosophy towards health care developed because of him, and he was right. Sitting has been become the new smoking. Sedentary lifestyle is linked to neck and back pain, heart disease, diabetes, and dementia. 

That philosophy, combined with my first chiropractic visit, cemented my love for chiropractic. It started when I stumbled while running and twisted my back. I limped home and tried all the traditional methods of treatment (ice, heat, stretching, aspirin, etc.), but nothing helped for more than an hour or two.  After six weeks of pain and whining, a friend dragged me off to see a chiropractor. After an examination and adjustment (aligning of my spine) the pain went away – I could tie my shoes again! After that first treatment, I remember thinking, “I want to fix people like that!”

After getting my bachelor’s degree in Biology at SDSU, I went to Los Angeles College of Chiropractic, and a few years after graduating, I returned to Tustin to open my practice. 

In the early years of my practice, I supplemented my income by teaching anatomy and physiology at a massage therapy school, where I met my current business partner, Judith Goldstein. She was my best student, so I invited her into the practice to help our patients with her amazing deep tissue therapy.  We have practiced together for nearly fifteen years. 

Recently, our business moved to Old Town Tustin, on the corner of 2nd and C St., and we added an exciting, cutting-edge therapy to our practice: Class IV Laser Therapy.  Not only can I treat spinal injuries more effectively, but I can treat hips, knees, ankles, shoulders, elbows, wrists, and fingers. It is safe for children, the elderly, post-surgical pain and all forms of arthritis! 

Our practice philosophy has not changed much over the years. To be healthy you need to be active. To be active you need chiropractic care.