Providers

“We are a wellness center with many like-minded providers and caregivers.  We work collaboratively to create individualized care plans for our clients through a variety of therapies, modalities, and services. The environment is very welcoming- kid and family friendly- and though we cater to the individual adult and child alike, the result is that we create a community.” -Dr. Chelf, DC


 

Dr. Bridgette Chelf | Ocean Wellness

Dr. Bridgette Chelf | Ocean Wellness

Dr. Chelf started her career in healthcare in physical therapy. Completing her Bachelor’s Degree at Mount St. Mary’s College, she then continued her quest for furthering her healthcare education by receiving a Doctorate of Chiropractic at Cleveland Chiropractic College in Los Angeles.Dr. Chelf strives to stay current with new research to present the most recent healthcare options and treatments for her clients. She studies nutrition, cranio sacral therapy, women’s health, pediatrics, as well as specialized techniques for autism, asthma, and allergies. Additionally, she is a certified in chiropractic techniques for animals. Her main goal is to enter into a partnership with each client, focusing on individualized health plans for each person. She has a strong belief that each person is a unique individual that deserves a tailored plan for their health care needs.Dr. Chelf works with people of all ages, and especially enjoys helping babies, young children, and animals. Currently she lives in North County with her husband and two children. In her down time she enjoys yoga, spending time with her family, and spending time at the beach. Dr. Chelf is in the process of attaining her diplomate in pregnancy and pediatrics through the International Chiropractic Pediatrics Association (www.icpa4kids.com). She has completed the first year of a three year program. Dr. Chelf has completed a certification course in animal chiropractic. The course, Veterinary Orthopedic Manipulation (VOM), was presented by Dr. William Inman. It was a wonderful experience and an incredible learning process. CURRICULUM VITAE   Founder, Clinic Director, 1996 to present: Ocean Wellness, Solana Beach, CA – Manage health clinic providing treatment for over 3,000 patients. – Specializing in treatment of pregnancy, pediatrics, female health, digestive disorders and structural problems. – Plan growth of clinic including marketing programs and website design. Associate Chiropractor, 1996-1997: Sycamore Chiropractic Center, Vista, CA – Performed examinations. – Took and interpreted x-rays. – Developed treatment plans. – Treated patients. Associate Chiropractor, 1995-1996: Dr. George LeBeau, Oceanside, CA – Performed examinations. – Took and interpreted x-rays. – Developed rehabilitation program for clinic and trained employees on use of equipment. – Developed individualized rehabilitation program for patients. Chiropractic Assistant, 1994-1995: Life Chiropractic, Victorville, CA – Performed examinations – Took and interpreted x-rays Physical Therapy Assistant, 1987-1990: Sherman Oaks Orthopedic Group, Sherman Oaks, CA – Rehabilitation using many different modalities, including ultrasound, EMS, exercises, and neuromuscular re-education Physical Therapy Assistant, 1982-1986: Scripps Clinic – Green Hospital, La Jolla, CA – Assisted in rehabilitation of patients after various surgeries and injuries. EDUCATION   D.C., graduated 1994, Cleveland Chiropractic College, Los Angeles, CA B.A. Psychology, graduated 1998, Mount St. Mary’s College, Brentwood, CA Studied at the University of Madrid, Spain, 1983 In process of completing a three year program to obtain diplomate through the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association. ADDITIONAL TRAINING/CERTIFICATION   – Cranial Sacral I, Upledger Institute – Cranial Sacral II, Upledger Institute – Pediatrics and Pregnancy, Upledger Institute – Somato Emotional Release, Upledger Institute – Advanced Functional Medicine, Biohealth Diagnostics – Advanced Clinical Training Program, Biohealth Diagnostics – Women’s Health & Balancing Female Hormones, Biohealth Diagnostics – Adrenals, Immunity & Digestive Health, Biohealth Diagnostics – Nutritional Series, Metagenics – Nutritional Series, Standard Process – Extremity Manipulation and Taping Techniques – Certified in Webster Technique – Certified Veterinary Chiropractitioner – Completion of the International Chiropractic Pediatric Associations program for advanced pregnancy and pediatrics TEACHING/PUBLIC SPEAKING/LECTURES...

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Tara Wassel | D.C.

Tara Wassel | D.C.

Dr. Tara Wassel recently moved to California from her home state of Virginia.  She is excited to join the Ocean Wellness team where her areas of expertise will greatly compliment the current collaboration of providers and services. Dr. Wassel decided to begin her journey into the field of chiropractic care during high school when she experienced the miracle of chiropractic firsthand.  After suffering a serious spinal injury, she was successfully treated by a local chiropractor and was amazed by the results. This inspired her and created within her a strong desire to become part of the profession. Realizing that her passion was in healthcare, Dr. Wassel began her education at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia where she graduated from the honors program magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in Biology.  She followed this with a move to Seneca Falls, New York to pursue her doctorate in chiropractic. While there, Dr. Wassel received her Doctorate of Chiropractic from New York Chiropractic College graduating with honors and finishing first in her class.  As a mother, she was naturally intrigued with chiropractic care for infants and children; however, she did not feel that traditional chiropractic training gave her enough expertise in this population. To enhance her education and understanding of pediatric chiropractic, Dr. Wassel completed the program for advanced pregnancy and pediatric chiropractic with the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association.   Through this program, Dr. Wassel became well versed in the assessment and treatment of infants, children and pregnant women and obtained a certification in the Webster technique.   During this time she also interned at the Veterans Administration Outpatient Center in Rochester, NY. There she provided chiropractic care for veterans with multiple health conditions, gaining valuable experience in the treatment of complex cases.   Since graduating in 2012 Dr. Wassel has been in private family practice. She is an expert in providing comprehensive care for patients with a wide range of conditions.  Through her additional training, she has also developed the skill set and expertise to work with children who have Neurodevelopmental Disorders such as ADD/ADHD, Sensory Processing Disorder, Autism Spectrum Disorder, dyslexia and learning disorders as well as a variety of associated chronic diseases.  Throughout treatment, Dr. Wassel thoroughly addresses not only the symptoms, but the root causes behind them.  Her individualized treatment plans combine gentle chiropractic adjustments and manual therapies with nutrition and supplementation, and specific neurosensory integrative exercise programs.  Through treatment of the neurosensory system, Dr. Wassel promotes the proper development of neuropathways essential for learning and function.  Reprograming areas with weak or aberrant connections using special “brain exercises” also helps to develop, or properly regulate, the sensory processing system.  This approach provides a drug free option for promoting proper learning, good behavior, emotional stability and a healthy immune system all without the risk of unwanted side effects of medication. Dr. Wassel’s desire to constantly expand her knowledge base has led her to continue to research and obtain additional training and education.  She feels that this is vital to ensure the highest quality of healthcare to her patients.  Some of her additional training and certifications include:  Master’s Elite Mentorship program – Intersect4Life (https://intersect4life.com/), Craniosacral Technique – Upledger Institute (https://www.upledger.com/), advanced pregnancy and pediatric chiropractic and Webster technique certification – International Chiropractic Pediatric Association (https://icpa4kids.com/), Active Release Technique certification...

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Laura Schultz | Laura Schultz Acupuncture

Laura Schultz | Laura Schultz Acupuncture

Laura Schultz, L.Ac. envisions a world full of healthy people who feel empowered and confident in their body’s ability to function optimally. By providing personalized treatment and education she helps bring renewed health and well-being to her patients and her community. Laura believes that when people feel their best they make the world a better place in which to live. Laura Schultz is a Licensed Acupuncturist in the state of California. She completed her Graduate Degree in Traditional Oriental Medicine at Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in San Diego. During her four years of study she became increasingly interested in helping women before, during, and after pregnancy. While interning at Rady Children’s Hospital she also saw the profound effect that the gentle use of acupuncture can have in the treatment of a wide range children’s ailments. After graduating she furthered her studies by completing an advanced course in Pediatrics and several trainings in Gynecological and Obstetrical Acupuncture. Throughout her own pregnancy, Laura used acupuncture and traditional Chinese herbs to alleviate the discomforts of morning sickness and to prepare her body for labor and birth. She has also used acupuncture and herbs to treat her own children through a variety of illnesses. Laura’s vision is to help women navigate the joys, as well as the discomforts, of pregnancy and birth with safe and effective treatment. She envisions a generation of children brought into the world in a healthy and loving way, whether that be at home or in the hospital. Her aim is to empower women and children by teaching them that health and well-being are their natural states and providing effective, gentle health-care when imbalances arise. Visit her website for more information...

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Ashley Lee | Ashley Lee Healing

Ashley Lee | Ashley Lee Healing

Ashley Lee, RN, BSN, CCRN is an expert leader and innovator in the field of Pediatric Energy Healing and her pioneering ways to create an atmosphere where children, their siblings and parents are able to find out and exhibit their true selves, true nature and freedom of expression is second to none. She is a medical intuitive with 29 years of Pediatric / Newborn Critical Care nursing who demonstrates expertise in a deep understanding of advanced human physiology and has extensive pediatric neuro-critical care expertise in understanding brain and nervous system integration. She is a gifted voice in the realm of pediatric consciousness. As a multidimensional physical and emotional empath, including accessing her deep telepathic skills as she gives a voice for how her clients are feeling and thinking. She is a passionate advocate where her client’s needs are honored with enthusiasm and compassion. She also has huge energetic expertise of supporting moms and fetal children through the whole perinatal period to enhance bonding and clear physical developing energetic imbalances. As an expert with children, the majority of her practice sees the highly conscious, gifted, psychic and sensitive children and adults and designing programs so that these children and their families can thrive in their everyday lives with happiness and joy! She is a pioneering educator for parents and the public to meet the needs of highly sensitive and gifted children. She has a unique approach in guiding you and your family to view pathogens, toxins, physiological imbalances and sensitivities in a whole new way of healing your body through self healing and self empowered modalities. Her unique presence and gifted ability to teach and show you how, will support you and your children in compassionate ways to advocate and heal yourselves. The advanced energy healing modalities she draws from is Healing Touch, Vibrational Quantum Biofield Energy Healing and Energy Kinesiology goes deep in to the anatomy and physiology of all energetic fields of the body. For more information on Ashley’s services and to schedule with her online please visit: ashleyleehealing.com...

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Jen Sanders | Massage Therapist

Jen Sanders | Massage Therapist

Jen Sanders is a Certified Massage Practitioner in the state of California. She is trained in Swedish, Thai and deep tissue massage and received her certification at the Natural Healing Institute in Encinitas. Jen is an avid surfer and specializes in massage for surfers and athletes. She enjoys blending her techniques to suit individual client needs. Jen also utilizes essential oils, dynamic cupping and hot stones to enrich her client’s body work experience.

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Melissa Simmons | Holistic Esthetician and Certified Nutrition Counselor

Melissa Simmons | Holistic Esthetician and Certified Nutrition Counselor

Melissa  lived on Maui for most of her life. She moved here to San Diego about four years ago and has worked in the health & wellness industry for 20 years. She is very passionate about the industry and her my dream is to own a health & wellness center that co-exists with a bed & breakfast on land with some horses. She strongly wants to help heal people and is a  holistic Esthetician of 10 years and also a Certified Holistic Nutrition Counselor. Her belief is healing the body from the inside out. Be it your skin, allergies or emotions- she feels the healing begins within. Melissa offers a basic 50 min Swedish facial massage with a brief consultation specific to your skincare needs. It will includes a deep cleanse, exfoliation, massage and mask. If you have skin problems & want further consultation for nutrition she offers that additionally.  It is an extra 30 minutes added on to the facial or it can be booked at a separate time. Melissa really looks forward to working with you to help you heal as you...

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Andrea Meyer | Ocean Midwives, Inc.

Andrea Meyer | Ocean Midwives, Inc.

Andrea Meyer is a licensed midwife (LM) and certified professional midwife (CPM) with over 20 years of experience and dedication to midwifery and serving women and babies. She provides care to women and their families in San Diego, Riverside, and Orange County. As a midwife her values on healthcare and lifestyle align with those of all the wonderful practitioners at Ocean Wellness. She believes that a baby’s needs are best met when mothers’ are educated, listened to, supported and trusted. She hopes this will bring that new person into a loving world and into many healthy relationships. Andrea has seen that helping a mom be who she is, coupled with the help and love from her midwives, family, and community can set that child on its best path! Midwifery is a joy in Andrea’s life, both as a mother giving birth and as a...

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Ginger Krula | IBCLC

Ginger Krula | IBCLC

Ginger is a International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC).  Her business is called Loving Lactation and she loves to help mommies feel peaceful and confident in feeding their babies.  She is also one of the office managers at Ocean Wellness and assists with tasks to help the office run smoothly. Her favorite part of managing the office  is holding babies and playing with the children.  Ginger has a BS in Child Development and taught preschool and parent education classes for many years while she raised her 3 sons.  Now they are adults and she is a grandmother!  She is grateful to be a part of loving and supporting families at Ocean...

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