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 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.
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.
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 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!
Dr. Medina is the best!
He just moved and I had to track him down since knowing he opened his own practice. But I found him again! 🙂
I honestly won't let anyone else treat me just because of the amount of trust I have in Dr. Medina now that he has been my "go to" sports medicine doctor. He is a few in a pod with his strong work ethic and his bedside manner with his patients. He is never in a rush, always patient, very honest and straightforward which is a rare quality nowadays.
I got in car accident a couple of years ago and ever since then I had very bad knee pain on my left knee every time I made a movement (bent my knees). I procastinated getting treatment because I don't like doctors or going to therapy - this is obviously a bad choice. A friend of mine recommended me Dr Medina in the old clinic were he was working before (which to my surprise looked very young!) Immediately I felt skeptical of his experience but I was already there; no turning back now! I was very nervous during my 1st session too, so I might have been looking unconsciously for an excuse Lol. However, Dr. Medina was very professional and caring. He explained to me the whole process as he was treating me. He was very reassuring and made me feel very comfortable and relaxed. He listened to my concerns and doubts and didn't rush at all. I was sold by how nice he treated me, and so I kept coming to my sessions. It has been some time now since I started my treatment sessions and I honestly feel much better. My knee doesn't hurt anymore and the "crunchy" sound it made -when I bent it- is almost gone. If you are scared of doctors (like I embarrassingly am) and are looking for a highly skilled, professional chiropractor who cares about his patients you will not go wrong with Dr. Medina. He truly is a master with his hands. He has magic hands and is highly skilled in his field. I cannot recommended him enough.
Obviously I am better now since that accident but I like to play soccer and once on a while I need a quick fix at my age and Dr. Medina is the best I know for that! I obviously have been very pleased with him that I have tracked him down all the way to his way practice 😉
Thanks Dr. Medina for everything.
If something is hurting Dr Medina will fix you up!! He Definitely knows what he is doing. I came in to his office with neck pain cause my whole left arm to go numb. Not like other chiropractors, Dr Medina took time to explain everything in details before treatment. I was stunned after only one treatment I had more movement in my neck. I already have my next session booked.
I got rear ended and was told I needed surgery for my back by a Kaiser doctor immediately after seeing my x-rays. They didn't even try to find alternative route, just immediately said I needed a $12,000+ back surgery!
So instead I searched for ALTERNATIVE treatments.
Thankfully I found Doctor Medina. Dr Medina is known for his natural and alternative approach to traditional old fashioned "medicine" that just cuts you open when you don't need it...all for profits! He believes the body can heal and repair itself with the proper adjustments, vitamins and targeted back sessions to decompress and guess what? He was right! I feel better than I did before.
If someone says you need surgery don't trust them immediately, I urge you to get a second opinion or search for alternatives first before allowing surgeons to cut you open just to charge your insurance thousands of dollars and leave you feeling worse! It happened to a family member and that's why I was so weary of the news when I was told I needed surgery. I am not so blindly trusting of surgery doctors. Surgery is not the right approach for everyone! It can leave you with a domino effect of lifetime health issues further along.
In my case THIS was the right approach - Dr. Media's Holistic approach mixed with medical knowledge to create a perfect plan just for ME.
He created a whole personalized treatment plan after seeing my x-rays, going through ALL my medical history and reviewing my tests.
I also changed my diet along the way thanks to his influence because I felt so great while under his targeted vitamin plan for my healing. What a difference he has made in my overall health! My whole body health! Everything in my body seems so synchronized and in perfect harmony, something that I didn't feel even before I had the accident when I was supposedly "healthy". Dr. Medina digs deep into finding the right treatment mix for YOU. I feel great!
I enjoy every session I have with him for decompression. He has very soft hands and is not rough like other doctors. He works along with your pain level and makes me feel very relaxed. He is a very professional and knowledgeable chiropractor. I can tell he loves his job since he's always in a good mood and has such a positive aura to him-unlike the other doctors who just rush you and seem to want to finish as soon as possible.
I also love that he has a small practice, which makes him readily available to his patients, unlike the huge hospital with so many heads ad so much bureaucracy that it is very difficult to reach your doctor on the phone. Dr. Medina actually answers my phone calls and emails. I get to speak to him if I call him. He makes himself very available and that feels very reassuring and stress free! It's a level of one on one with my doctor I hadn't gotten before. I wish all practices and doctors were like this.
Yelp only let's me place 5 stars for him but here's a symbolic +1 extra point=6
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.
Dr. Medina has a completely different approach to chiropractics than I've ever experienced. Whereas at other offices I've often felt that the doc spent a minimal amount of time with me--Dr. Medina takes a wholistic approach to health. He always tells me about the latest literature and different ways to improve my health.
I am a dentist so my work takes a major toll on my body. Dr. Medina showed me different exercises and massages that I could incorporate into my day to make me feel better.
I would strongly recommend Ernesto Medina to anyone looking to make a plan to seriously improve their overall health.