WHAT MAKES US DIFFERENT
At Bay Area Health and Wellness Center we believe in investigating into the cause of your discomfort and not just masking or addressing the symptoms. Functional medicine is defined as a personalized, systems-oriented model of health care that empowers patients and practitioners to achieve the highest expression of health by working in collaboration to address the underlying causes of disease. We believe strongly in the principles of functional medicine and take a holistic and alternative approach to working with each individual person’s needs.
Using the latest research in Nutrition, Immunology and Neurology we tailor personalized plans to meet your specific needs. We very much believe in giving you the most effective plan that yields the fastest results.
Dr. Ernesto Medina, DC is the founder of Bay Area Health and Wellness Center. He received his BA in Psychology from the University of California San Diego in 2009 and immediately went on to pursue a career in health care. In 2012 he graduated from Life Chiropractic College West and went into clinical practice.
Through the course of his studies, he has dedicated additional hours of course work in the field of functional medicine, clinical nutrition and functional neurology.
Dr. Medina is continuously dedicating time to take additional course work in order to stay up to date with all the latest clinical research and treatments to better serve and understand each patient’s unique needs in a completely holistic and drug free way. He is currently taking part in a 3 year post graduate program studying clinical neuroscience and functional neurology through the International Association of Functional Neurology and Rehabilitation.
CONDITIONS WE CAN HELP SUPPORT
I have been receiving therapy from Dr. Medina for about a year now, and wow! it has made a huge difference in my life. I love staying active, but with this comes getting injured. I had pain on my IT band that carried pain to the side of my knee, then I had low back pain, and recently I injured my shoulder and upper back. Dr. Medina at Vitality has been just exceptional at alleviating my pain. He's not the older doctor you might expect, but he sure has all of the knowledge and expertise you want from a chiropractor. And I will say, I have tried different chiropractors before. He's very comfortable to be around too. Friendly doctor who is happy to explain everything he's doing on you and how to also continue improving as well as to how to avoid getting hurt again by teaching you proper body mechanics. I cannot recommend Dr. Medina enough, it really is a blessing to find a doctor whom you can really trust. I tell all of my friends to come to his clinic in Fremont any time they get injured. Oh! but not only when injured, but also even if you feel some pain around your body. One of my pains came from carrying a purse with too much weight; it completely misaligned my body which began giving me pain..so one can get hurt in even the most insignificant ways. .anyway, I can talk about all the discomfort and pain Dr. Medina has alleviated for me for hours! All I'm going to say is Thank you Dr. Medina!
I am a well educated and experienced fitness trainer. Because of that I'm very mechanically aware and I usually am able to take care of any tweaks, pulls, strains and other injuries that come with the high wear-and-tear lifestyle of a fitness trainer. However, in addition to my job, I'm 6'8", 250 lbs., lift heavy at the gym and a practitioner of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Muay Thai and Wrestling. So the wear-and-tear on my body is EXTREMELY high. My lifestyle caught up with me eventually when I injured my right pectoralis (chest muscle) where it meets the front of my right shoulder. For the life of me I couldn't make it better. No matter how much I stayed off of it and iced it. I had massages done, K tape, Icy Hot/BioFreeze and SMR. Still it persisted. In addition to that, it was affecting my work. I went to see Dr. Medina and he had it figured out in about 2 sessions, and completely fixed in about 2 sessions after that. Since then, I've had small injuries here and there and the Doc has slashed my healing in time in half. I consider him an integral part of my maintenance process.
The Doctor himself is a consummate professional, always on time for our appointments, a true "student of the game" and as far as I'm concerned, a master of his craft. I'm very in tune with the rates charged by health and fitness professionals in relation to services received, and with Dr. Medina you get far more than what you pay for. I couldn't recommend him more.
I've struggled with hormone issues for years. Finally, I went to Dr. Medina and I'm so happy I did. I got a month long female hormone panel done and based on those results Dr. Medina was able to confidently tell me the root cause for why I was still having adult acne issues and unbearable mensural cramps. After only 3 month on the supplement protocol he recommended, my acne was gone, yes gone! I can't tell you how much of a confidence booster that is unless you've lived with acne since your teens. As for my cramps, I've been able to get off the prescription pain killer I was on in order to keep the pain in check and at a level where I wasn't having to throw up. Now I have only a few hours of mild cramps and the rest of my period is pretty easy going. Game changer for me.
I highly recommend Dr. Medina if you are having any hormone issues or feel others haven't been able to help.
Ernesto Medina is the real deal. Anyone looking to improve their overall health, get a deeper understanding of their physiology, or wants to optimize their training performance, needs to work with him. What I enjoyed most about working with Ernesto was his ability to break down information and provide simple answers that I would not have otherwise received from my regular health care professional. I found that when you are generally healthy, you are told that things are "normal," because you are not falling into the ranges of unhealthy or sick people. But what if you just want to be the best version of your healthy self? Through working with him, I learned that my quality of life was sub-optimal and that taking a deeper look into my physiology improved my quality of life dramatically. I started sleeping better, I had energy throughout the day, my skin looked better than ever, I lost body fat, continued to gain strength and muscle, and my performance in the gym skyrocketed. The amount of change that occurred is mind-boggling. He helped to reclassify normal and got me to feeling better than I ever have!
I've had a strain in my right rotator cuff for a year and a half before I started working with Dr. Medina. It came to a point where I stayed away from any shoulder workouts. My rehab started around the last week of March 2013, within a month I am back to full mobility in my shoulder and I feel great throughout my whole body. I recommend Dr. Ernesto Medina if you are seeking a Chiropractic doctor.
I have been seeing Dr Medina when he was still practicing up in Fremont. I am a very active guy, gets injury quite often, and he always fixes me up. Fremont is very far for me. Now that he has moved to Cupertino, it's much easier to go see him. I had another arm injury recently, but really needed it to recover in a week for a special workshop. I sent him a message at night, and he responded right away and was able to see me the next day. Again, he fixed me up, gave me all the tips I needed to get good enough for my next practice in a week.
His new office is very conveniently located, close to Santana Row. You can even go for a drink before or after your visit.
Medina is extremely knowledgeable, especially in sports injury, as he is himself a highly skilled martial artist and dancer. He is also very patient, easy going, and always respond very quickly to any inquiry, even when he's traveling. He's a life-saver!
I don't normally come to the South Bay for treatments but was in the neighborhood for a business meeting and decided to give Dr. Medina a try. He was very effective and very efficient and the issues in my upper and mid back were resolved with the first visit! I also had a nice talk about his functional medicine practice and am planning on trying to get my parents to visit from SF for Alzheimer's analysis and preventative treatments/consultations. Who knew that there are already treatments available for Alzheimer's!
I saw Dr. Medina for my vertigo, and he was able to resolve the issue on the first visit. Turns out I had crystals in my ear that dislodged and entered into an area of my ear which causes dizziness, nausea, and caused me to be out of commission for many days.
Dr. Medina used the Epley maneuver to relocate the ear crystal(s), and within a day I was back on my feet.
His integrative approach to health, nutrition, neurology, and chiropractic makes this doctor really stand out. He is all about results, and he definitely delivers them.
My insurance through my employer gives me 40 visits per year for Chiro (Blue Shield), and I will continue to see Dr. Medina for many health needs.
About one and a half years ago, I went to see Dr Medina about relieving back pain in my upper rear shoulder (scapula). He performed active release on the area and did some adjustments to fix a rib that was slightly out of place. Voila, within three appts the problem was gone. I haven't had a recurrence, since. This was after suffering from that problem for about seven years. It was to a point that I couldn't lean on that shoulder, sleep on it, or sit for short periods of time.
More recently, I underwent surgery for my ankle. After months of PT, I was still not able to function on my ankle. My knee started locking up, so I went to have Dr Medina do active release on it and an adjustment. Immediately, I was able to do deep knee bends on it. Within a few appts, it was no longer locking up. At the same time, he took a look at my ankle. Up to that point, I was completely unable to run or load that ankle. After a few (five) appts with adjustments, sensory stimulation, and strengthening exercises, I'm actually running and doing moderately heavy squats. I ran for ten minutes last night. Before, I couldn't run ten seconds. Feel like giving up? Don't. Just call Ernesto.