Meet The Team
Douglas DeSalvo D.C., BCN, DAAMLP
Douglas DeSalvo, DC, Novato Chiropractor, is the clinic director of DeSalvo Chiropractic, Inc. Established in 1987. A center for family care, spine care, extremity injuries, neuropathy, disc treatment and knee pathology. Dr. DeSalvo D.C. is Board Certified in Neuropathy from the American College of Physical Medicine, an integrated board with medical and complimentary providers. Dr. DeSalvo D.C. is certified in Automobile Crash Injuries and Brain Injury Traumatology from the Spine Research Institute of San Diego.
This group recognizes their doctors as elite practitioners in the field of auto crash traumatology. He is also a Diplomate of the American Academy of Medical Legal Professionals.
Douglas DeSalvo, DC graduated from Palmer College of Chiropractic-West in 1986 in the top 5 percent of his class with academic honors. The chiropractic curriculum included all the basic medical sciences and advanced sciences with major emphasis on anatomy, biomechanics, human physiology, X-ray, diagnosis, chiropractic adjusting techniques, and physiotherapy.
Credentialed by the state of California with a X-ray operating permit to provide radiology services on-site. He has extensive post graduate education in radiology and MRI interpretation. In addition, Dr. DeSalvo has medical and chiropractic radiologists on his team to provide the best in diagnostic imaging interpretation.
Douglas DeSalvo, DC is credentialed through the University of Buffalo School of Medicine to give CE (Continuing Education) credit to medical doctors and nurses. Douglas DeSalvo, DC has been recognized by the Academy of Chiropractic as a clinician of excellence and has been awarded the Certificate of Merit by the New York Chiropractic College.
Douglas DeSalvo, DC was awarded “Sonoma’s Best Chiropractor” by Sonoma Magazine readers in 2018 and “Best Chiropractor in Marin County 2015” by readers of Bohemian Magazine and featured in other publications as a highly regarded chiropractic physician.
Certified as a Zone Technique practitioner, he has extensive experience in caring for spinal related issues by treating over 10,000 patients since 1987. This accompanied with his comprehensive post-doctoral education allows Douglas DeSalvo, DC to treat both the simple and complicated cases. Your treatment may also involve advise on healthy nutrition and weight management.
Douglas DeSalvo, DC is certified by the New York State of Department of Education, Board of Chiropractic, by having attained postdoctoral education in MRI spine interpretation and credentials in the personal injury trauma field. He is certified as a California Chiropractic Association Independent Disability Examiner. Additional certifications: Certified Acute Homeopath, Industrial Safety Consultant, and a GMP Fitness Certified Golf Conditioning Specialist.
Douglas DeSalvo, DC is Board Certified by the American Chiropractic Council of Infrared Imaging where he completed a post graduate 100 hour program in the specialty of diagnosis with High Resolution Infrared Imaging.
California Chiropractic Association, Academy of Chiropractic, American Academy of Medical Legal Professionals.
After a brief association with a doctor in Kentfield, he opened his first practice in El Cerrito in 1987 and worked there through January of 2007. This became a multi-doctor facility which also provided medical services for occupational injuries.
Douglas DeSalvo, DC was invited to be on staff at AmHealth Occupational Medical Clinic in Richmond where he provided chiropractic services from 1994 to 1996. He also operated a satellite clinic in San Rafael that specialized in non-surgical spinal decompression for disc problems from 1999 to 2001. Douglas DeSalvo, DC transitioned his practice closer to home in Novato, in 2006.
“Most of our patients are referred to our clinic by satisfied patients. However, we are very effective with patients who have other concerns, smiles Douglas DeSalvo, DC. “I never forget that patients might have concerns and apprehension since it was their first visit to a chiropractor. We make it a point to explain everything in advance, answer questions and to make sure the patient is comfortable with our office and procedures. Patients appreciate that.” “Patients often suffer unnecessarily from chronic or acute back pain and are seeking alternatives to traditional back surgery as they are convinced there is a better way that eliminates the substantial risk, cost, and recuperation it requires. They are often have concerns about a chiropractors ability to address their pain. They feel they won’t get results fast enough or at all or they’ll be just another number in a “one-size-fits-all” treatment program. In working with our office and advanced methods, most patients are finally relieved from their pain and faster than from other chiropractors or back surgery.”
Douglas DeSalvo, DC has been married to his wife Angela for 31 years and has 2 children, Alanna and Maria. Douglas DeSalvo, DC and his family have a strong spiritual foundation. He believes in daily exercise, eating right, practicing moderation, whole foods and vitamin supplementation. His hobbies are tennis, soapstone carving, travel and learning new things.
Douglas DeSalvo, DC believes in exhausting natural methods to health challenges using the benefits of chiropractic and exercise. Short term care and rehabilitation type care plans are recommended. The patient then decides what is best for them.
Alanna DeSalvo, NC, BCHN
My pursuit of nutrition stems from a love of food and cooking, as well as the science of human nutrition. Basically anything food related. As a Nutritionist I help people understand the science of human nutrition and establish healthy habits to overcome fatigue, stress, and weight gain so they can accomplish their goals and feel their best!
I love food. I always have. When I was in grade school I watched cooking shows, wrote about wanting to be a baker when I grew up, and as a teenager I started making dinner for my family. This was just the beginning or my ever evolving relationship with food.
When I was around 13 I was a chubby, sugar addicted kid and I began breaking out with itchy red eczema all over my arms, legs and chest. I struggled to pinpoint the issue for a year but, I eventually found gluten as a main culprit and eliminated it from my diet. Mind you, this was before everything was marketed as “gluten free” and my only vice were gluten free bagels I ordered online.
Almost two years later, I broke my neck and woke up in the hospital with a spinal cord injury. That’s a whole other story but all of a sudden, I went from being this active teenager, to learning how to live my life with the assistance of a wheelchair. For the first five years of this adjustment I turned to food more than ever. To deal with the trauma and stress, food was my only constant; a source of comfort and pleasure when I was so unsure of everything else.
My health story took many more twists and turns over the next 10 years. On and off I experienced excruciating heartburn and painful bloating after a majority of meals. Overtime I slowly became more anxious and more depressed than ever before. I felt like my memory and mental clarity took a quick downturn as I started to experience constant brain fog and fatigue that made it extremely difficult to focus at work and contributed to a major lack of motivation.
My primary doctors weren’t equipped to provide any proactive advice, that I was so desperately looking for. I felt so alone. Then, the red itchy eczema patches started to come back, but this time on my face. I felt like there had to be an answer to why my body felt like it was slowly crumbling in my early 20’s.
It wasn’t until this time that I started to discover the role of food as more than just a source of fuel and comfort. I wanted to go to a deeper level with my relationship with food. Simultaneously, my career stressors majorly began to disrupt my personal health and wellbeing.
Through the fatigue, brain fog and lack of clarity, I was in search of more. I wanted to find a different way that I could reignite my passion for food and desire to support others.
I was drawn to pursue food from a more functional perspective and found Bauman College’s Nutrition Consultant program. I’ve always known that food plays an influential role in our health, but I found myself being pulled to understand what that truly meant.
I knew food triggered a lot of pain in my body and I wanted to learn how it could impact me positively. Plus, I could share that information with those who may have struggled through their own pain and loneliness, as I had for so many years.
When I started studying Holistic Nutrition I kept finding numerous red flags that I related to. I was driven by sugar cravings, fatigued, burnt-out by stress, and I had been given a substantial amount of antibiotics in my childhood.
By stitching these pieces together I was able to shed light on my own health puzzle. With the help of my functional medicine doctor I confirmed that my microbiome was chronically inflamed with leaky gut and SIBO (small intestine bacteria overgrowth). Not to mention, my adrenals were severely stressed and my liver was off balance.
As a result of this discovery I completely transformed my lifestyle and learned how powerful food can be. I truly listened to what my body was telling me. What foods didn’t make me feel good or were hard to digest.
This caused major eliminations in my typical eating habits, so I truly had to widen my mindset and start incorporating more foods that were previously unfamiliar to me. This primarily included sustainable animal proteins, which were previously a very minimal piece of my diet.
Through this process I was able to deeply understand how food is our medicine, how strong our bodies are, and that it’s so important to listen to it. It’s not always easy but by committing to and trusting the process, we can find true relief and healing.
EDUCATION & CAREER:
- Board Certified Holistic Nutritionist (BCHN – candidate), NANP, expected 2020
- Certified Nutrition Consultant (NC), Bauman College, 2018
- Autoimmune Paleo Certified Coach, 2018
- BS Hospitality Industry Management and Entrepreneurship, University of San Francisco (USF), 2014
My education and career has also been driven by my love for food. I received my bachelors degree from USF in Hospitality and business. My passions led me towards a dream of executing celebratory events. I was inspired to bring joy into people’s lives and I love how events bring people together to experience community and entertainment, usually centered around good food.
After graduating, I found myself managing the events department of a large restaurant in San Francisco. Hosting and executing events that allowed people to enjoy themselves and socialize over really delicious food. After working in the hospitality industry for nearly seven years I felt the stress load add up and my health and lifestyle unfortunately could not sustain it for much longer.
That’s when I came across Bauman College’s Nutrition Consultant program in Berkeley. I was inspired by my constant desire to learn, especially to learn more about food in a different way. I found a new passion to help people enjoy every day, by the power of delicious real foods.
I am so happy that my journey has brought me to this place. As a nutritionist, my mission is to help people understand the science of human nutrition and establish healthy habits to overcome fatigue, stress, and lack of mental clarity so they can accomplish their goals and feel their best. My goal is to provide understanding of how food can impact us in so many ways.
Through my mission it is possible to make a healthy lifestyle more accessible so that people have the gumption to take on their life, implement a joyful lifestyle and create memories daily. I was able to find healing because I learned how and why my own body operates and reacts to certain foods. By teaching others how food affects the physiology of their body, they’re able to understand how to best fill their own plate.
MY FOOD & HEALTH PHILOSOPHY:
You know your body better than anyone else. You and only you are in control of your health.
Health-care is Self-care. There is no change without action. Your body knows what it needs, you just have to learn to listen.
Food is our medicine. If we make the conscious choice, it can be so powerful.
Everything we consume, or don’t consume, serves a purpose. We are what we eat, but we’re also what our food eats, the soil it grows from, and moreover we are what we digest and absorb.
I approach health through balance. I believe health is about abundance, not deprivation. Life is meant to be enjoyed and food is a central factor that keeps us alive. By supporting beneficial habits we find what best serves our goals and can make space for alternatives that will keep us on that track.
Everyone is different and bio-individuality is important to find out what best serves you.
By understanding the science behind nutrition and how the body operates, it helps clarify what your body can thrive on, how to tune into it, and understand how to implement change.
Healthy food can bring you energy, clarity, better sleep, and can be fun and flavorful.
The body is meant to be in balance. Through diet, lifestyle you can help find your way back to this state of homeostasis.
The body presents imbalance through inflammation which can manifest through weight gain, fatigue, impaired digestion, skin irritation, and hormone imbalances. When these symptoms persist without attention they can progress to states of clinical disease like diabetes, autoimmune conditions, or cancer. I believe that by addressing inflammation in its primary presentations we can support our health and prevent potential progression. By addressing blood sugar regulation, gut health and adrenal function, the symptoms of inflammation can subside and the body can work it’s way towards restoration of homeostasis.
Nutrition takes shape in the kitchen. Cooking for yourself (and your loved ones) can be the greatest gift and form of self care. By providing what your body needs is one of the greatest forms of self respect.
I believe that food is so personal. We each inherently follow different ways of eating that best feeds our own body and follows our own beliefs. Food can be the greatest source of medicine or the slowest form of poison. Food is emotional. Food is culture. Food is energy and necessary for survival. Food brings friends and strangers alike together to share a meal. Food goes far beyond diet and it connects us all in so many ways.
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