Meet the Team at Optimized Wellness Center
Dr. Tim Heath, DC, MBA, CCEP
Emily Leap, MSTCM, L.Ac
Melinda L. Phoenix, L.Ac, CMP

Dr. Tim Heath

Meet Dr. Tim Heath, DC, MBA, CCEP

Dr. Tim Heath DC is a board-certified, licensed primary care doctor. Dr. Tim graduated from Life Chiropractic College West in Hayward, California which has a strong curriculum of more than 2400 hours of post-graduate in anatomy, physiology, functional biomechanics, radiology, orthopedics, clinical diagnosis and chiropractic technique.

Dr. Tim has completed hundreds of hours of postgraduate training in:

  • Activator Method
  • Applied Kinesiology
  • Brain Balancing
  • Extremities
  • Functional Medicine
  • Neurology
  • Neuromuscular Rehabilitation
  • Nutrition
  • Posture
  • Sacro-Occipital Technique
  • Sports Therapy
  • Whiplash

Dr. Tim is an extremities expert from the Council of Chiropractic Extremities Professionals in order to properly treat the spine and all extremities (including all affected areas of the arms, hands, legs and feet). His training, and hence diagnosis and treatments are grounded in scientific methodology.

Dr. Tim’s practice includes specific and scientifically proven corrective care for all ages, as well as expertise in treating neuropathies and sports injuries. Dr. Tim spends time listening to his practice member’s current concerns, and performs extensive orthopedic and diagnostic exams to determine the best treatment approach for each person. He creates a custom treatment plan for each of his practice members to best support resolution of their health concerns.

He is also a postural neurology expert with extensive training under the American Posture Institute and president of Chiropractic Neurology Board, Dr. John Donofio.

Meet Emily Leap, MSTCM, L.Ac

Emily Leap received her MSTCM from the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in 2017. During her time in school, she apprenticed under her shiatsu instructor, BJ Green, in which context she received extensive training in shiatsu, which is Japanese, meridian- based massage, positional release therapy, an osteopathic technique for facilitating neuromuscular release, and muscle energy techniques, all of which she has been practicing since 2014. She worked briefly for noted fertility specialist Dr. Angela Wu, where she was trained in Chi Nei Tsang, or Chinese organ massage. In 2016, she completed 500 hours of training at the Henan TCM University in Zhengzhou, China, where she learned Tui Na, or Chinese massage. Emily uses these various bodywork modalities to enhance her acupuncture practice, which emphasizes the management of pain and stress. She came to the study of Chinese medicine after over a decade working in circus and dance and is currently a doctoral candidate at the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine.

Melinda Phoenix

Meet Melinda L. Phoenix, L.Ac, CMP

Melinda Phoenix is specialized with sports medicine acupuncture–a focus that is geared towards the muscular, tendon and ligament systems of pain management, faster healing times and enhanced performance with training. She utilizes several modalities from an integrative medicine approach, looking at both eastern and western treatment modalities. Melinda enjoys diving deeper into the energy systems of the body, clearing meridian channels through the use of vibration sound healing tools.

Besides her hands-on work, she has a mission in advancing the implementation of a nutritional testing device within hospitals globally–which will lead to the prevention of most diseases known to our society. She is on the board of directors for California Acupuncture association and is focused on empowering and mobilizing her fellow peers in taking action towards evolving healthcare systems through implementation and political involvement.

Melinda founded East-West Collaborative Health in 2014, where she incorporates an array of Eastern and Western medical modalities. She completed Integrative Medicine residency programs at Highland Hospital in Oakland, California and also at the National Hospital of Integrative Medicine in Vietnam. She received her Masters in Traditional Chinese Medicine from Five Branches University and her AA in Communications from Cabrillo College.

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