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Dr. Travis Johnson is a manual and mobility therapist, chiropractor, yoga teacher, and community health educator. He earned his Doctorate in Chiropractic from Northwestern Health Sciences University. Travis’s interest in wellness-care came from his fascination in human movement in graduate school and transformed into something extraordinary over the past 10 years.
Dr. Travis envisioned a wellness studio where the public could enjoy a diverse, practical, and pro-active approach to spine care and well-being which led him to create YHS.
His passion for spinal health and overall wellness comes from witnessing the effects that improper posture, poor mobility, and harmful movement patterns has on the patients he serves. He believes and promotes a philosophy of prevention and challenges his patients to be accountable for their health.
Dr. Travis studies contemporary movement, mobility, yoga, and manual therapists across the nation. He regularly teaches anatomy & mobility workshops to small businesses, weekend warriors, local-community teams, and yogis. He is active in the local fitness community and enjoys spending time outdoors, on a yoga mat, or with friends and family. He looks forward to partnering with you in your healing journey.
"If I were to prioritize self-care, mental well-ness would lead. Truly knowing oneself and the stories we tend to tell often say a lot more about the health you are in physically and spiritually." ~ Travis
Growing up in central Minnesota, Ryan was always active and enjoyed competing in football, wrestling, and baseball. By age six Ryan was wrestling and continued throughout his undergraduate years. Through the strains and sprains of being an athlete, he frequented a chiropractor where his interest in preventative medicine began. During graduate school Dr. Ryan began to take special interest in human movement and mobility. He is a passionate advocate that the human body needs to move well & often.
When he is not in the clinic Ryan enjoys taking his dog to the beach, hiking trails, going to the gym, or hitting the golf course. His personal passion is health and wellness and is eager to help improve the lives of others.
Dr. Ryan attended the University of Minnesota Duluth where he studied anatomy and biology. He earned his doctorate from Northwestern Health Sciences University where he graduatied with honors. His clinical experience includes; Active Release Therapy, PNF stretching, Functional Movement Techniques, Rocktape, and a number of other specialties.
“Health is not merely the absence of disease, it is complete physical, mental, and social well-being. To have true wellness we must make continuous, deliberate efforts to be healthy.” ~ Dr. Ryan
Dr. Devon became a healthcare professional to work with people, be an educator and make a difference in her patient’s lives by providing an effective, preventative, and non-invasive healthcare solution. Being an acupuncturist allows her to achieve all of these goals. Early on, Dr. Devon earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Urban Planning and Environmental Policy and worked as an environmental consultant implementing environmentally sustainable programs throughout the world. During this time, Dr. Devon realized she wanted to focus her passion towards creating a healthy environment to individuals seeking a better quality of life.
In 2006, Dr. Devon was accepted to Pacific College of Oriental Medicine where she graduated Summa Cum Laude and earned a Master of Science in Traditional Oriental Medicine. She continued her education at the Chengdu University Hospital in the Sichuan Province of China where she worked within an integrated healthcare management system. Most recently, Dr. Devon completed her Doctorate of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (DAOM).
Dr. Devon is passionate about her practice and purpose in the healthcare field. Her mission is to be a compassionate listener, provide the highest quality patient-centered treatments and to educate each individual about how they can achieve optimal mental, emotional and physical wellness. Dr. Devon’s practice is diverse including pain management, sports injuries, fertility, pregnancy, pediatrics, and internal medicine.
Devon currently lives in North Park with her husband and three dogs. She interests include hiking, reading, stand up paddle boarding, interval training, cooking and spending time with friends and family.
Dr. Devon holds multiple awards including Best Acupuncturists in San Diego 2016 & is a leading member of several local, state and national associations.
As a licensed acupuncturist and physician of Traditional Chinese Medicine, my mission is to provide the highest caliber of real, hands-on care combining eastern therapies with modern science customized to fit each person’s specific needs. I believe the largest part of wellness can be achieved and maintained through lifestyle and self care, with interventions to correct imbalances and promote health. My goal is to educate and guide my patients along this path. I specialize in pain management, sports medicine, women’s health and fertility. In addition, I practice internal medicine and I am able to manage an array of complaints from sinus and digestive problems to stress, anxiety and depression.
After experiencing great relief from both neck and low back injuries through acupuncture, I decided to pursue a career in acupuncture, and earned a Masters of Science in Traditional Oriental Medicine (MSTOM) from Pacific College of Oriental Medicine. In addition, I completed a two-year clinical internship at Pacific College in general medicine, as well as Acusport, a leading health center in orthopedic rehabilitation. I held further internships at San Diego Cancer Center and San Diego Senior’s Clinic.
Prior to establishing my acupuncture practice, I built a thriving massage practice in San Juan Capistrano, CA, where I was lucky to work with Lisa Sherwood, CNM at Beach Cities Midwifery performing massage and acupressure during labor and childbirth. In addition, I have worked with multiple professional athletes, from the NFL to the US Olympic team.
I engage in a love of travel and culture with my husband Eric, which I combine as frequently as possible with backpacking, rock climbing, surfing, yoga and a general spirit for the outdoors. We have recently acquired a small home orchard and I am learning to be a farmer. I enjoy immensely and couldn’t possibly do without my wonderful community of family and friends, for which I give constant thanks.
Robert has been a certified massage therapist since 2007. He attended the Center for Natural Wellness and Massage Therapy in New York. His Interest in massage therapy came after a work injury left him in pain and with limited mobility. After seeing many doctors and being told surgery would be his only option he decided to see a chiropractor along with a massage therapist who were able to relieve his pain and help him to achieve a full recovery.
He takes a clinical approach to massage and specializes in trigger point and neuromuscular therapy while mixing in techniques from other modalities. He works to relieve pain, increase mobility and give his clients the opportunity to take control over their health. Robert believes that massage can play an integral role in your overall health and wellbeing, not only for acute pain and injury but also as a preventative measure.
Gianni is a graduate of the United States Naval Academy holding a Master of Science in Global Leadership from University of San Diego, a Master of Arts in Transpersonal Psychology (specialization in Creativity and Innovation) from Sofia University, and a Master of Arts in Marital Family Therapy from University of San Diego. She is currently completing her PhD at the College of Integrative Medicine and Health Sciences at Saybrook University.
As a clinician, she is a registered Marital Family Therapist Intern and Certified Dignity Therapist, providing care at UC San Diego Health.
Gianni’s clinical experience and training is rooted in individual, couple, and family therapy, with particular respect to the relational aspects of the human experience. Her specialties include behavioral health, wellness coaching, anxiety, depression, fertility, life adjustments, loss, grief, relational issues, spirituality, burnout, resilience, creativity and innovation, and dignity in care.
She completed her clinical training in Mental Healthcare and Behavioral Health Consulting at UC San Diego in the Departments of Palliative Care, Family Medicine (Primary Care), and Sports Medicine Concussion Care. She is a member of the UC San Diego Healer Education Assessment and Referral (HEAR) Program and Committee - dedicated to suicide prevention, mitigating burnout, building resilience, and caring for those in the healing professions.
Her professional experience includes previous active duty service with the U.S. Navy, work in business in both the private and government sectors, and private consulting. She provides clinical research and analysis on grant-funded projects.
She is also a Registered Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance and Certified Reiki Practitioner, Level I. She enjoys being active per her body’s wishes, being outdoors and sharing creative endeavors. She prefers learning as a means for caring for her own Mental, Spiritual, and Physical Health and Wellness. She appreciates laughter, a lot.
Originally from East Texas, Jessica has always enjoyed being active outdoors and participating in organized sports such as basketball, softball, track and cross-country.
At age 20, she had a life changing back surgery to treat Scoliosis and only recently experienced the effectiveness of chiropractic care to treat her pain given her unique situation. This experience piqued an already growing interest in healthy movement and mobility, and lead her to YHS where she is able to assist clients and practitioners as the Studio Manager/Personal Assistant.
When she is not in the clinic at the front desk, Jessica enjoys hiking, camping, backpacking, rock climbing, going to the gym and many other activities our beautiful region has to offer.
She hopes to encourage others who have had surgery, or who are experiencing pain, to seek one or more of the methods of healing YHS has to offer and realize that they do not have to simply live with pain and limitations.
Jessica is currently CPR/AED certified and is studying for the American Council of Exercise Personal Trainer certification to improve her own fitness and build her knowledge and ability to help others live healthy lives.
Jessica attended Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas, where she received her Bachelors of Business degree and has over 15 years working in the healthcare field.
Kristen graduated from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst with a bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Public Relations. Here in San Diego, she teaches Pilates and Yoga and has always been passionate about sports, fitness and living a healthy lifestyle.
At a young age Kristen began playing soccer, which blossomed into any sport she could get involved with including field hockey, track, horseback riding, and fencing.
Kristen is currently attending the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine for acupuncture and Chinese medicine, which she began after she was first introduced to acupuncture by getting treated for her scoliosis related pain, stress and anxiety.
Acupuncture was a huge help and she quickly fell in love with acupuncture and Chinese medicine and its ability to heal a variety of ailments that people face every day from chronic pain to depression. Kristen has worked at UCSD as an acupuncture mentorship assistant at Perlman hospital and continues to study under her professors at Pacific College’s clinic.
In addition, Kristen has experience as a marketing manager, coordinator and director of communications all of which helped her build business and administrative skills.
Kristen hopes to spread the knowledge of eastern healing philosophies to help people improve their quality of life.
I enjoy working with individuals and adults who seek to heal from traumatic events or work through challenging situations. I act as a support and a guide, to help you find your resolve and achieve your goals. I am dedicated to treating children and adults of all ages. I have had the privilege of treating clients age 4 to age 90!
I am passionate about treating all anxiety and stress-related disorders. Although my expertise is in treating severe physical and emotional trauma, we all endure some degree of trauma or grief in our lives- I value the opportunity to support you in healing.
I offer traditional talk therapy and mind-body solutions to support healing as well as offer nutritional and holistic resources to help you thrive. As an avid researcher and practitioner, I incorporate a range of therapeutic techniques pulling from a variety of disciplines- including yoga, meditation, biofeedback and expressive arts.