5330 College Avenue, Suite 210 Oakland, CA 94618

Meet the Team

Dr. Melissa Crago, D.C.

My journey in chiropractic care started in college when, I wasn’t feeling well with a cold that had been lingering for a few weeks and I just couldn’t kick it and a co-worker who suffered from scoliosis said I should come with her to her chiropractor. He took a moment to sit down with me and tell me the basics of chiropractic and health — he said that when the nervous system is free of interference and there is clear communication between the brain and the body, the body will heal itself and have optimal function. Chiropractors make that happen by adjusting the spine into proper alignment. He told me I would likely feel worse after I got adjusted (and I did) and then within a few days I was completely well. 

It took about 5 years for the message to sink in, but after traveling around the world, working on a Master’s in Public Health in Washington DC, playing Rugby in Uganda and working many other odd jobs; a love of an afro-brazilian martial art, Capoeira lead her to settle down in Oakland
And as I approached my 30th birthday, I began to question what I was doing with my life and how I wanted to contribute to my community. The answer came in knowing I wanted to work with people and health, and in remembering that first conversation with my first chiropractor. I found a school close by and went on tour, I knew chiropractic was right for me. I immediately applied at the end of the tour and embarked on the challenging and rewarding journey of becoming a chiropractor.

I worked with the team at Alive Chiropractic while finishing school. Then a classmate and I opened The Source Chiropractic and worked together for a year. And, since 2015, I have been the owner and operator of Life Chiropractic on College Avenue.

It is an honor and pleasure to be a Chiropractor in Oakland CA - to give, to love, and to serve my patients and community — and to watch people's lives transform as their spines come into alignment and optimal function is restored. We believe it is our mission here at Life Chiropractic to raise the bar of what is accepted as normal for health, happiness and hope in people's lives!

I am a member of the International Chiropractic Association, the International Pediatric Chiropractic Association, and the International Professional Applied Kinesiology Association. I am also Webster certified, Professional Applied Kinesiology Certified, Revolution Cervical Knee Chest Certified, and she is working on certification for Sacro-Occipital Technique. I also studied Bio-Geometric Integration, Reiki, functional neurology, and Nasal Specific. I also have a background as a dancer, gymnast, acrobat, martial artist, and as a mom. This gives me a unique perspective to work with and to help guide people to their greatest health potential and health goals! I look forward to seeing you in the office and taking care of you.

Leah Van Winkle, Thai Bodywork

I am here to support you in cultivating a sense of radiant health and well-being.

My work is based in the fusion of Eastern and Western anatomy, principles of Structural Integration bodywork, Non-Violent Communication, Trauma-Informed Yoga and my own internal wisdom.

I welcome clients from all walks of life, with a particular focus on those dealing with auto-immune issues and trauma-related challenges.

Discounts available for farmers, activists, community organizers, and other service-oriented roles.

Weekly FB Live Health Talks; Thurs 7pm

Book an Appointment Now!

The best way to schedule an appointment is to use our online booking system, or send a text with your name and preferred appointment day(s) / time(s) to 510- 394-5035. We will find a time for you in the schedule ASAP!

5330 College Avenue, Suite 210
Oakland, CA 94618
(510) 594-9994
(510) 394-5035

Chiropractic Care

with Dr. Melissa Crago
MON: 8:00 am - Noon; 2:30 pm - 5:00 pm
TUES: 1:45pm - 6:30pm
WED: 9:00am - Noon; 2:30 pm - 5:00 pm
THU: 2:00pm - 7:00 pm
FRI: By Appointment
SAT: 9am - noon  
Saturday's available:
July 31st, Aug 28th, Sept 11th, and Sept 25th

Thai Bodywork

with Leah Van Winkle
MON/WED: 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
TUES: 10:15 am - 1:00 pm
THU: 9-11am
FRI: 9-5pm

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