Dr. David Wong, DC
Doctor of Chiropractic
“I was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, with a passion and vision to help others achieve their fullest potential of health and a greater quality of life. Growing up indoctrinated in the medical model, I suffered from severe asthma throughout my entire childhood and adolescence. I couldn’t play sports when I was younger or else I would be on the ground suffering from severe asthma attacks gasping for air. I had to depend on an inhaler minimum 12-16 puffs a day without any strenuous exercise. I had to go to the doctors office at least 2-4 times a year when the inhaler was not able to control the attacks, and the doctors would tell me at a young age that there was no cure and I was either going to grow out of it, or deal with it for the rest of my life. This news led me feeling hopeless, since everyone around me was thriving and leading a healthy life. This pretty much laid down a path of self-sabotage. But overall, I had led an amazing life filled with a great support system from my family, mentors, colleagues and friends. When I went to college, I pursued my Bachelor’s degree in Psychology because I knew I wanted to work with people and help people. Throughout my study, I thought I wanted to become a psychologist/ counselor/therapist. It wasn’t until I started taking human physiology classes and started learning about how the human body functions. This intrigued me so much! It was like a puzzle to figure out which drove me to pursue a career with a vision of getting people healthy in the field of healthcare.
After graduation, I worked as a pharmacy technician where I was trained in pharmacology. I was under the impression that I was going to help others with their health under this field. However, that wasn’t the case. 85% of the medications I filled were pain/opioid medications, and I had seen the effects of those prescriptions first-hand when threats were calling in from patients to the pharmacy on a weekly basis. I once filled a prescription for a patient of 120 count of Vicodin, told the pharmacist in charge ‘this must’ve been a mistake…why would anybody need this much Vicodin?’ But he urged me to fill it anyway. This was pretty much the stick that broke the camels back. This led to my own conclusion that the pharmaceutical companies were all for-profit, taking advantage of the geriatric population with Medicare, and not care about patient outcomes. My vision of helping others turned into me believing I was a drug dealer, which was very discouraging. Because of this, it led me to not want to pursue a career in healthcare. This also occurred in the beginnings of what we know now as The Opioid Epidemic.
As I was working at the pharmacy, I had a second job at the hospitality industry helping hotel guests. One day, I had to help someone with their luggage (which felt like 200 lbs), and this caused my low back to spasm and caused shooting right leg pain, and later found out I had a disc issue at L5-S1. I couldn’t walk for 2 weeks, I thought it was going to get better overtime, but it just kept getting worse. From my experience in the pharmacy, I knew if I would’ve went to my primary doctor I would’ve just gotten pain killers and muscle relaxers, or be a candidate for spinal surgery. That was unacceptable for me at a young age, so I went to a chiropractor close to my house and within two visits, I was able to walk again. And as I continued to go to him, I realized I’ve been using my inhaler a lot less (and now I currently do 1 puff every 3 months if needed). It was a very miraculous experience, to say the least, and it had empowered my vision to go further into helping others improve their own health. He recommended Life Chiropractic College West, an elite chiropractic college in Hayward, CA. I took the tour of the campus and I absolutely loved the community built, the congruent philosophy of inside-out healing, and a supportive network of faculty. I loved it so much I enrolled that day, and a week passed, I had my first day of chiropractic school and the rest is history.”
Dr. David Wong graduated Cum Laude from Life Chiropractic College West receiving his Doctor of Chiropractic degree, and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology and Biology at San Diego State University. Corrective chiropractic care allowed him to avoid any spinal surgery due to a debilitating low back injury, recover from a severe concussion, and has always been a great avenue for his overall general health. He has had the privilege of working with athletes from the San Francisco 49ers, the PGA tour, Wimbledon, and the Life West DII Rugby team. Chiropractic care honors the body’s natural ability to heal from the inside-out, without adding any use of unnecessary drugs and surgery.
Dr. Wong is a Certified Chiropractic Extremity Practitioner (CCEP) attained by the Council on Extremity Adjusting (CEA) being one of 1,400+ extremity specialists worldwide that is trained to pinpoint and alleviate the root cause of pain along the extremities allowing the body to heal naturally. He is also a Webster Technique practitioner, attained by the International Chiropractic Pediatrics Association (ICPA), where expectant mothers seek to ease any pelvic misalignments bringing forth a non-strenuous environment for the baby to develop, decrease chances of pain due to the centers of gravity changing by a weekly basis, faster delivery times, and reducing the risk of cesarean section.