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).


Jon Franks, D.C.

Dr. Jon Franks has been an athlete all his life and understands pain, having broken his back in 1985. He has served as team chiropractor and strength coach for UCLA basketball under the legendary Walt Hazzard. He also worked with the pro volleyball tour for a number of years.

Combining specific exercises and stretches with traditional Chiropractic is the brainchild of Dr. Franks that allows his patients to achieve a balanced health target unachievable solely by manipulation alone. Lifeforce Sports Chiropractic offers same-day or next-day appointments and detailed med/legal evaluations completed within two weeks of patient discharge.

Dr. Franks also worked with the US Olympic boxing team in the 84 Olympics, as well as 6 other countries including Italy, and was offered the Boston Celtics training job in 1987 but opted to stay in southern California.

Dr. Franks leads the way in personal injury treatment through continuing advanced therapies, exercises and Chiropractic.

He has been featured in virtually every health and fitness magazine including the holy grail (Muscle and Fitness). He has also appeared on hundreds of television interviews and shows, including but not limited to, the Late Show and the Merv Griffin show.

He was also the first wheelchair athlete to challenge ironman Hawaii and through his efforts there is a permanent category for both men and women in that race.

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