An integrative patient care approach is an entirely new and cutting edge concept in musculoskeletal medicine. This holistic movement has left its imprint on many of the nation’s hospitals, universities, and medical schools. We embrace the philosophy of treating the person, not just the symptoms or disease. This uniquely collaborative and integrative approach is endorsed by our well-rounded group of orthopedic specialists which include an orthopedic surgeon, chiropractor, acupuncturist, physical therapist, massage therapist, and sports nutritionist. Our goal is the well-being and health of all our patients, young and old. Our collaborative efforts are particularly fruitful for elite and recreational athletes, with an interest in regaining function and returning to their active lifestyle.
Dr. Robert Afra is a widely respected leader in San Diego orthopedic surgery. The former Chief of Sports Medicine at the University of California, San Diego, Dr. Afra has published extensively in professional journals and books and presented at conferences around the world, where he is considered a pioneer in the study of shoulder, knee, elbow and ankle injuries in athletes and active adults. Dr. Afra is also a specialist in cartilage issues and pain in knee cap disorders, and was named Co-Director of the International Patellofemoral Study Group Conference in San Diego in July 2011. Dr. Afra completed his fellowship training in sports medicine at Boston University, where he treated a variety of elite college athletes in ice hockey, soccer, basketball, field hockey and lacrosse.
Dr. Afra was a researcher at University of Hawaii’s Queen Emme Medical Center in the field of muscle and nerve physiology, and was a surgical fellow at the world-renowned Barnard O’Brien Microsurgical Institute in Melbourne, Australia.
He has studied microsurgical techniques and the art of plastic surgery. Dr. Afra studied medicine at UCLA, where he also completed his surgery internship. Prior to attending medical school, Dr. Afra worked at the Salk Institute on an NIH research stipend. In 2010, Dr. Robert Afra was selected by the Arthroscopy Association of North America, a premiere sports medicine society, as one of three surgeons to lecture to university faculty in the United States and Canada.
Rob lives in Solana Beach with his wife Johanna and their three children, Aviya, Mycah and Jean-Raphael. In his free time, he enjoys traveling, jiujitsu, skiing, campouts with the Adventure Guides and Princess tribes, biking along the beach with family, early morning runs along the Coast, and trying to stay awake long enough to finish reading to his kids at bedtime!
Dr. Jason Kart has been a practicing Chiropractor in private practice now for over 19 years and currently serves as Dean of Education at California College, San Diego. He takes great pride in having helped countless individuals with back and neck pain, car accidents, headaches, sciatica, sports injuries, and relief from arthritis pain. He treats everyone from the professional athlete to the chronic pain patient. The key to his success has been finding the underlying cause of neuromuscular imbalances and improper biomechanics. After earning his Bachelor of Science from the University of the State of New York, he earned his Doctorate in Chiropractic in 1995 from Life University in Marietta, Georgia.
Dr. Kart is passionate about holistic studies relating to the human body. In addition to traditional chiropractic methods, he uses non-invasive techniques and instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization to achieve the best possible outcome. Dr. Kart creates an individualized care plan tailored to each patient’s needs in order to give them the best opportunity to heal. He is a certified Performance for Life Practitioner and Master in B.E.S.T. Technique. In addition, Dr. Kart has completed numerous post-graduate classes in orthopedics, nutrition, functional medicine, and preventative medicine.
He believes in giving back and has worked with Stand Down, an organization that gives treatment to homeless veterans. Dr. Kart was born and raised in Westbury, New York and moved to beautiful San Diego nine years ago. He is married to his wife, Karen, and together, they have three beautiful children, Sophia, Ryan, and Justin. He enjoys music, especially, playing his electric guitar, and sports.
Amanda Martin received a B.S. in Biology from San Diego State University in 2002. She began a career working in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology field as a molecular biologist and chemist. In 2007, she began work as a physical therapy aide and found the work so rewarding, she changed career paths. In 2008, she attended Chapman University and received her Doctor of Physical Therapy in August of 2011. While at Chapman, she was part of a collaborative research project at University of California Irvine studying the effects of H.W.A.R.D., a robot designed to assist in the recovery of hand and wrist function of stroke survivors. She served two rotations at Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla and Scripps Mercy Hospital focusing on acute care, cardiac rehabilitation, and wound care.
She has extensive experience and knowledge in neurologic pediatrics, medical equipment fittings, and orthotics evaluation and consultation, but her passion is centered on orthopedics. Since graduation Amanda has continued taking education courses in geriatric strengthening techniques, vestibular rehabilitation, and cervical spine management. Amanda lives in Carlsbad with her husband, Tim, and her son, Alexander, along with their dog Watson and cats Kona and Mozart. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her family as well as playing soccer, snowboarding, hiking, volunteering for the Orange County Stroke Rehabilitation Network Annual picnic, and SCUBA diving.
Dr. Mo Javaherian brings a wealth of international experience to his understanding and practice of Chinese medicine. A native of Iran, he has studied, taught, and practiced acupuncture and herbal medicine in the US, Canada, and China. He is currently a popular professor and clinical supervisor at Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in San Diego. After moving to the US at 17, he studied clinical chemistry at Seattle University in Washington, followed by a degree in acupuncture and Chinese medicine from the Northwest Institute of Acupuncture and Oriental medicine in Seattle. In 1984 he moved to China to further his knowledge of acupuncture, Chinese herbs, and western medicine, and remained there for seven productive years, culminating in a degree in Doctor of Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine from Nanjing University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, as well as marriage and the birth of a daughter. While in Nanjing, Dr. Javaherian was involved in various areas of research and treatment modalities, including pain management, weight loss, and the treatment of gastrointestinal diseases. He also became fluent in Mandarin. In 1991 he returned with his family to his homeland, and until 1997 ran a private practice in Tehran, specializing, among other things, in facial rejuvenation through acupuncture. Following that, he took positions as a professor at the Toronto School of Traditional Chinese Medicine and at the Michener Institute of Health and Science in Canada, while also running a private practice. In 2005, he and his family moved to the warmer climes of San Diego. When not teaching or practicing in his private office in Del Mar, he enjoys classical music, painting, reading, food, and traveling.
Jen was first introduced to yoga in college as a complement to being a student athlete. She was drawn to the increased strength and flexibility that a few yoga classes a week provided her. It wasn’t until after college when she began to notice the mental benefits her regular practice gave her.
She loves the deep mind-body connection she feels during practice and the amazing feeling of accomplishment and bliss she feels after. In 2011 she decided she was ready to take her practice to the next level and signed up for Yoga Sculpt Teacher Training at CorePower Yoga and followed it up by receiving the Yoga Alliance 200 hour Registered Yoga Teacher designation in 2012.
Jen’s approach to yoga is heavily alignment based, ensuring her students are utilizing the appropriate muscles in each posture to maximize the benefits of each pose.
Jen lives in Ocean Beach with her husband Greg, their daughter Vivian and her two dogs Bentley and Wrigley. When Jen isn’t teaching or practicing yoga, she loves to run with her dogs, go hiking and explore new restaurants.
Given his medical experience in the military and fitness background, Bill McDonald is an expert functional strength and conditioning coach.
Bill has a degree in Health Science with further certifications in Nutrition, Obstacle Race Training, Fitness Training, and PIYO (Pilates and Yoga). He is a Cross Core Suspension Training Master Instructor and is a graduate of the Army’s Master Fitness Program. Bill has served in the military for over 24 years, including active duty, National Guard, and reserve duty. He spent 13 years within the Special Operations community.
Bill’s approach to health and fitness is based on an eight year study and practice of both clinical and trauma medicine. In his 20+ years as a certified fitness trainer, Bill has amassed experience working with clients of all demographic segments such as the world’s elite Special Forces, high school athletes, and mature C-level business professionals at the age of 70.
Bill’s overall goal is to help his clients understand how the human body is designed to work. This empowers the patient to identify personal physical deficiencies, improve performance, and minimize reinjury. This approach provides the active patient with the insight and skill to leap frog to the ‘next level’ of athletics and exercise performance.
Jaime Ross earned her bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science from UC Davis in 2001 and her Doctorate of Physical Therapy in 2005. When Jaime was 16, she suffered injuries as a competitive swimmer. Through top notch PT guidance and Jaime’s dedicated work ethic, Jaime was able to achieve All American status at the NCAA Nationals as a swimmer. This achievement was the catalyst for Jaime’s interest in physical therapy.
Jaime draws from a wide array of skill sets when treating the orthopedic sports medicine patient, given her experience working as an athletic trainer and neuromuscular rehabilitation therapist, and a pediatric rehabilitation therapist. Her treatment philosophy focuses on evidence based rehabilitation medicine. She helps patients by performing a comprehensive full body assessment and functional kinetic motion analysis at the initial evaluation. She uses manual therapy skills and neuromuscular rehabilitation to help the patients reduce pain and increase rate of healing. Jaime has a proven success record in helping patients show a measureable rate of improvement in just a few visits.
In addition to her specialized care in sports medicine, Jaime has advanced training in vestibular rehabilitation from the Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta, Georgia. She helps mature patients overcome their fear of falling, and maximizing function of those patients who have had neurological injuries and cerebrovascular accidents. Her expertise has been recognized, as she has been asked to teach California Board of Physical Therapy Approved continued education seminars on balance and vestibular rehabilitation.
Professor and clinical supervisor at Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in San Diego.
Dr. Kart is passionate about holistic studies relating to the human body.
Dr Martin has expertise in body mechanics and soft tissue techniques
Dr. Robert Afra is a widely respected leader in San Diego orthopedic surgery.