I am a physician certified by the boards of three specialties: the American Board of Internal Medicine, the American Board of Addiction Medicine, and the American Board of Pain Medicine.
I attended Columbia University and I received my medical degree from Albert Einstein College of Medicine. I completed my first two years of postgraduate training in internal medicine at Lincoln Hospital in the Bronx, wrapping up my final residency year at Kaiser Permanente in Santa Clara, California.
After residency I joined the UCLA Pain Control Unit as Clinic Medical Director. In 1982, I began practicing internal medicine in Glendale at HCMG, Inc., and later I opened a private practice with my wife, Dr. Mary Hardy. I simultaneously served as Medical Director of Glendale Adventist Drug and Alcohol Services. I left private practice in 1998 to become Physician in Charge of the Department of Addiction Medicine at Kaiser Permanente, followed by a position as Medical Director of the Care Center Rehabilitation Pain Management program in Encino. For several years I practiced pain medicine in the Department of Rehabilitation at Northridge Hospital Medical Center. From 2005 to 2006, I was Chairman of the Department of Medicine at Verdugo Hills Hospital. I also taught at the USC Keck School of Medicine from 2000-2008.
I’ve been an expert reviewer for the Medical Board of California and have been an expert witness on a few occasions. My fifteen minutes of fame was testifying as an expert witness at the Anna Nicole Smith trial in August 2010.
After earning a B.A. in psychology at California State University, Los Angeles, I attended New York Medical College. I completed my internship and residency at UCLA Olive View Medical Center. I first went into private practice where I had a nationwide referral base for patients suffering from difficult to treat diagnoses. Later as the chief medical officer for three large urban federally qualified health centers, I dedicated several years to providing medical services to the poor and uninsured. My responsibilities included supervising the alcohol and drug and behavioral health departments.
Over the years, I have treated thousands of people struggling with addiction. I now dedicate most of my clinical time to providing medical detoxification to clients and helping them to establish the foundation for long-term sobriety.
I am a Chiropractic Physician dedicated to clinical excellence. I have over a decade of in-field experience, treating injuries and conditions which stem from chronic pain, physical ailments and mental/emotional trauma, as well as a varied host of addiction-related symptoms. My clinical approach is based on a close examination of pain and dysfunction, with not only a physical focus, but mental and emotional concentration as well. These valuations are followed by a comprehensive assessment, and proactive treatment, addressing the aforementioned areas of concern.
My treatments often focus on the obstructing pressure of the spinal nerves. This impediment has commonly decreased the immune system and encumbered optimal health. By remedying said spinal pressure, the nerve impulses flow freely to all the muscles and organs of the body, thereby eliminating pain, including those which manifest themselves as anxiety, depression, and addiction, while increasing the immune system and restoring peak health.
Specialized chiropractic treatments are used to locate and diagnose the primary location of subluxation. Research has shown that the results of chiropractic treatment generate a nearly immediate increase in the production of wellness neurotransmitters—such as serotonin and dopamine—stemming from the brain’s limbic tissues. Standard levels of wellness neurotransmitters are attained with this therapy within 3-4 weeks (versus the alternative 6-12 months). Employing these practices, my aim is to address and correct the underlying causes of pain which have often commonly contributed to substance abuse disorder.
For addictive brain personalities, stabilizing the mental and emotional is crucial, and I make sure to implement this as part of my core treatment program.