ABOUT THE DOCTOR:
Jeffrey Mercado, M.D.
Board Certified Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Specialist
Board Certified Interventional Pain Management Specialist
Dr. Mercado specializes in the evaluation and treatment of spinal disorders of the cervical, thoracic and lumbar spine. He utilizes a multi-modal approach which includes, but is not limited to, X-ray-guided minimally invasive interventional procedures. He completed medical school at the University of California, Los Angeles David Geffen School of Medicine. He did his physical medicine and rehabilitation residency training at Beaumont Health System in Michigan. After his residency, Dr. Mercado completed a North American Spine Society (NASS) recognized Interventional Spine and Musculoskeletal Medicine fellowship at The Spine and Sports Center, in Houston, Texas. He’s a member of the Spine Intervention Society (SIS), North American Spine Society (NASS), American, Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (APMR), and Association of Academic Physiatrists (AAP).
ABOUT THE DOCTOR:
Robert Afra, M.D.
Board Certified Orthopaedic Surgeon
Dr. Robert Afra is a San Diego-based orthopedic surgeon who is nationally renowned in sports medicine with expertise in treating shoulder, elbow, wrist, hip, knee and ankle conditions. As 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; he was named Co-Director of the International Patellofemoral Study Group Conference in San Diego in July 2011. As a sports medicine physician, he has managed and treated complex joint injuries and successfully guided patients back to peak performance levels.
Dr. Afra takes a customized approach to treat each of his patients. He provides comprehensive care to injured athletes, from sprain rehabilitation and muscle and ligament tear repairs to care for broken bones. He regularly cares for children and active adults with injuries to the upper extremities (shoulders, elbows, and wrists) and lower extremities (hips, knees, and ankles). His joint replacement practice consists of shoulder replacement, hip replacement, and knee replacement surgery, including minimally invasive surgery techniques and traditional joint replacement surgery when necessary.
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.
Chiropractic Family Health Center has been a family-owned and operated facility in El Cajon since 1965. Dr. Chris Jesperson is a second generation chiropractic doctor. As a full service, bilingual (Spanish) chiropractic family practice, health services are offered to patients in all seasons of life, from newborn infants and children, active teens and young adults to working adults and senior citizens. Your care begins with a comprehensive consultation and examination followed by the chiropractic technique that best suits your particular condition; ancillary nutritional supplementation and/or physiotherapy is available if needed to help speed your healing process. Whether you are suffering from neck, and back pain, headaches, TMJ, sciatica, or shoulder, knee, wrist and ankle pain, our gentle, all natural treatment methods are highly effective without the use of invasive or medication-based interventions. Maternal care, both pre and post-natal is an area of specialization in our clinic that makes child birth both a natural and joyous event for both mother and child. Beyond caring for the whole family, Drs. Jesperson offer highly specialized treatment for injuries arising from workers compensation, auto accidents and sports injuries. Most insurance plans accepted as well as attorney liens.
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ABOUT THE DOCTORS
R. CHRISTIAN JESPERSON, D.C.
Dr. Chris Jesperson has practiced as a board certified Doctor of Chiropractic and Diplomate of the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners for the past 35 years in the same location in East San Diego County. He graduated Summa Cum Laude and Valedictorian of his graduating class from Pasadena College of Chiropractic in 1982. Dr. Jesperson is a living example of the “Chiropractic Lifestyle” having been raised in a holistic environment by his father, one of the first chiropractors to practice in El Cajon. His postgraduate and continuing education pursuits through the years have covered a wide range of study and training in all facets of the diagnosis and treatment of the nervous, muscular and skeletal systems of the human body. Dr. Jesperson’s overarching philosophy of health recognizes that the body has been endowed with the innate ability to monitor, regulate and heal itself. His efforts, as a doctor of Chiropractic, are only to facilitate the restoration of proper function in order to eliminate pain and establish an overall state of “wellness.” As more and more healthcare consumers seek for conservative, drug-free, non-surgical solutions to their healthcare needs, Dr. Jesperson is confident that his “hands-on” chiropractic techniques combined with physiotherapy, nutrition and healthy lifestyle choices will increasingly be in greater demand. Having served as Team Physician for several local high school football, wrestling and soccer teams, Dr. Jesperson is well versed in treating sports injuries of all types. He is thoroughly knowledgeable in the treatment of industrial injuries, having qualified as a Certified Industrial Disability Examiner and Qualified Medical Examiner for the State of California. A major portion of his practice is dedicated to the treatment of those who have been injured in automobile accidents, where he enjoys a professional working relationship with specialty physicians and attorneys throughout San Diego County. Dr. Jesperson has maintained membership in the California Chiropractic Association and the San Diego County Chiropractic Society throughout the course of his career. He is fluent in Spanish which allows him to better serve the Hispanic community here in San Diego. Much of Dr. Jesperson’s free time has been spent as a volunteer, giving service to his church, Rady Children’s Hospital, St. Vincent de Paul Center and the American Red Cross. He is very pleased to say that he has been married to his wife, Margaret, for forty years and they have six children and twenty-one grandchildren (and counting).
DANIEL HENRIE, D.C.
Dr. Henrie has an undergraduate degree from Utah State University and a Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Palmer College of Chiropractic-West. Dr. Henrie utilizes various chiropractic techniques, therapy modalities, and soft tissue techniques to help speed the healing process. As a member of the Chiropractic Family Health Center TEAM, Dr. Henrie is committed to giving his time, talents, and expertise in helping you achieve your goals and getting you back to where you want to be. Having competed in Running, Cycling, and Ballroom, and having danced for Utah Valley State College, Utah Regional Ballet, and The Sweetwater County Performing Arts Guild, Dr. Henrie has the experience and expertise to help in your recovery process.
As a graduate of Palmer West and a member of the Sports Council, Dr. Henrie has worked with world class athletes at facilities like San Jose Ballet, Sea Otter Classic and is currently the treating chiropractor for City Ballet of San Diego. This background gives you the ability to work together as a TEAM in approaching your needs from a unique perspective and to help get you back to your peak performance.
Dr. Amir Bahreman, MD, is a quadruple board-certified neurologist, and is an American Diplomat in Neurology and Psychiatry, Brain Injury Medicine, Clinical Neurophysiology and Vascular Neurology by APBN.
Dr. Bahreman trained in neurology at the Albert Einstein University in New York in 2000. During his residency at Montefiore Hospital he developed additional expertise in headache disorders, stroke and neuromuscular diseases. Because of the unique location of Montefiore Hospital in the Bronx New York, he was exposed to a variety of neurological pathologies including traumatic brain injury. During his residency he treated patients with traumatic brain injury, spine injury and neuromuscular disorders. In his last year of residency, he had the privilege of working directly with Dr. Richard Lipton and Dr. Lawrence Newman, world renowned headache experts, which gave him the knowledge necessary to diagnose and manage post traumatic headache disorders and migraines associated with traumatic brain injury.
Following residency, Dr. Bahreman, entered a fellowship program at the University Of Chicago, where he became board certified in Clinical Neurophysiology in 2007 and Vascular Neurology (stroke) in 2008. During his fellowship training at University of Chicago he became skilled in electrodiagnostics including electroencephalography, electromyography, and nerve conduction studies.
Upon completing his fellowship, Dr. Bahreman joined a local private neurology group and in 2008, he moved to San Diego when he started his own solo practice. He became affiliate with Sharp Health System where he presently provide services as Stroke specialist at Sharp Grossmont Hospital. In his private practice, he treats patients with traumatic brain injury, post traumatic headache disorders, migraines, complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS), neuralgias, seizures, musculoskeletal diseases, Parkinson’s disease, stroke, spinal cord injuries, traumatic spinal disease and peripheral nerve injuries.
Since then, he has received extra training and become certified in a variety of areas including VNG (video nystagmography), posturography, Botox and spasticity, and antiaging medicine. He is a member of A4M (American Academy of Anti-Aging medicine). In December 2017, he passed the Stem Cell board exam sponsored by Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine.
Currently, Dr. Bahreman’s primary interest is in medical legal neurology with a special focus on traumatic brain injury (TBI). He provides services as a treating physician and expert witness in neurology for patients with brain or spinal injuries. His expertise has been used by plaintiff and defense attorneys in a variety of neurological cases including TBI, CRPS and peripheral nerve injuries. In 2017, he testified in a class action lawsuit against Bristol Myers and their drug Plavix. He currently performs and offers a variety of neurological studies that are commonly used in medical legal cases including:
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