Eric Swartz B.S., D.C.
The founder of Back to Total Health, Dr. Eric grew up in Dallas , Tx a fat kid with little interest in sports or exercise. Eric was plagued with everyone else’s desire for him to be thin. He discovered aerobic classes at age 17 (now called group exercise) and he was able to lose 50 pounds and change the course of his life forever.
At the University of Texas while studying advertising, he started teaching his own group classes in his dorm and a star was born.
He moved to Los Angeles in 1989 with a dream to have a career in fitness
He was hired to teach classes at Jane Fonda’s Workout and many other popular studio around Los Angeles
Trained Hollywood’s Elite; VIP’s included Jennifer Aniston, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Tim Curry, Darren Star and many more...!
He traveled the world for 5 years doing workshops and master classes for other instructors at fitness conventions
His unique ability to create a fun workout class that anyone could follow had him expand into motivational speaking and a product line
He went back to school in 1998 to become a chiropractor, marrying the love of fitness, chiropractic and overall wellness
Now he has brought together a team of highly skilled doctors and therapists to create the best Wellness Center in West Hollywood
Gino Pucino, B.S., M.A., D.C.
Dr. Gino was born and raised in a small suburb of Providence, Rhode Island. The youngest of four brothers in an Italian-American family, Gino was called “a 90-pound weakling”, compared to his 3 athletic brothers.
He attended the University of Rhode Island to study exercise science
Became one of the first students to get an internship with the prestigious Fitcorp of Boston, MA
He joined Shake-A-Leg, where he created aquatics and strength programs for spinal cord injured individuals
After working as a personal trainer in San Francisco for 6 years, Gino moved to Los Angeles
Moved to Los Angeles, met Dr. Eric who quickly recognized his passion and ability to put together the pieces of chiropractic and rehabilitation
Dr. Gino specializes in athletic injuries
His philosophy: “I combine chiropractic and rehabilitation to get to the root of your injuries and alleviate them forever.”
Sam Shirazi, B.S., D.C.
Dr. Sam has always had a passion for the sciences. Growing up he knew he wanted to become a doctor, but life took him on a journey. He was born and raised in Tehran, Iran.
Attended UCLA and received his bachelor’s degree in Neuroscience
It was during the undergraduate studies that he fell in love with the body and the nervous system
After experiencing first hand how Chiropractic care can benefit the body, he attended the Los Angeles Chiropractic College and graduated with high honors in 2014
Dr. Sam has been a part of the Back to Total Health team since 2014 when he started his internship
He has a softer touch and is able to set the minds of those who dread or fear an adjustment at ease
Cristi Adams is new to Los Angeles from Atlanta, Ga. where she had a flourishing private practice for over 14 years.
Graduated from Academy of Somatic Healing Arts in 1999, she studied Neuromuscular Therapy and Clinical Sports Massage.
Postgraduate work has included Reiki, Tuina (Chinese medical massage) and structural integration/ fascial stretching.
Cristi’s approach to each client is tailored to their needs, focusing on the three P’s, pain relief, preventing injury and promoting balance.
Dr. Melinda Bryan, PT, DPT
Celebrating 26 years of innovative rehabilitation and fitness.
Including performing arts medicine, pilates physical therapy and sports/orthopedic injury and surgery recovery.
She treats all orthopedic conditions, and see patients aged 7-100.
She believes that "You don't have to be a dancer to reap the benefits of pilates physical therapy!"
Kyle Burton, L.Ac.
Kyle started his career in alternative healthcare early becoming a certified massage therapist.
He practiced for 6 years at the Beverly Hills Hotel and saw clients privately.
He helped many people through massage therapy and this finally lead him to acupuncture college and the skills he needed to help more people.
Kyle went to Asia and observed hospitals and clinics that use Tradition Oriental Medicine to treat pain as well as internal medicine.
He studied privately for 3 years with a Qi Gong Grand Master. On his third visit to Asia was in 2007 where he led the US team in the International Martial Art Championship, taking first place
Kristopher Goldsmith, L.Ac.
He completed his Degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine in 2005.
Kristopher has been a licensed acupuncturist/herbalist since 2006.
Prior to his advanced graduate degree, he also attended Rutgers University where he received his bachelor degree in psychology.
He has augmented his Traditional Chinese Medical studies with extensive training in Orthopedic acupuncture, Balance Method Acupuncture, Distal Needle Acupuncture, Qi Gong therapy and Tui Na.
Dr. Goldsmith is an avid sportsman, having specialized in the areas of rehabilitation, body coordination, and performance enhancement.
Dr. Bastian DACM, MAOM, LAc
Co-owner of Back to Total Health Palm Springs, Dr. Bastian is a Licensed, Board Certified Doctor of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine and Clinical Herbalist. He began his studies in Chinese Medicine in 1995 in New York City. He completed his western pre-med program at the University of San Francisco and holds a Masters of Science in Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture, graduating with honors from Emperor’s College in Santa Monica, CA. Dr. Bastian completed his Doctorate in Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine, graduating with high honors from Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in San Diego, CA. He is the first acupuncturist to ever be certified in Chiropractic BioPhysics!
Dr. Bastian's work and studies stem from a deep desire to assist people in overcoming physical and emotional challenges to improve their health and well-being. Using primarily acupuncture and traditional herbal formulas, he facilitates your path to healing, overall health and mind/body well-being.
When appropriate, next-level personalized care is achieved through the use of adjunct medical therapies that may combine the use of nutritional counseling, massage, breathwork, hypnosis or other western medical treatments. Combining these modalities can ultimately enhance your body's natural healing process.
In addition to clinical experience in acupuncture and medicinal herbs, he has been leading private and corporate retreats since 1992 involving team-building, fire-walking workshops and risk and results trainings. As well as practicing as a licensed massage therapist since 1997 and have been offering hypnotherapy since 1992. Dr. Bastian has taught meditation to patients undergoing cancer therapies in New York City as well as
teaching a weekly breath-work class in the desert for participants of a total body detox program.
When not in the clinic he can be found in the great outdoors of the wilderness, ocean or mountains. He has been fully dedicated, from an early age, to fitness and nutrition. He spent many years as an ultra-marathon runner. With a great love of adventure and travel in the spring/summer of 1997 he traveled by kayak from Vancouver Island in British Columbia to Juneau, Alaska in an epic experience of waves, wind, rain, joy and dynamic growth.
Dr. Ali Pourpezheshege, D.C
Dr Ali started with his bachelor degree in Human Biology and a masters in Sports Physiology. After attending Cleveland Chiropractic college in Los Angeles California and graduating in 2001, he became a specialist as a CCSP (Chiropractic Certified Sport Physician) practitioner and certified CBP (Chiropractic Biophysics) Practitioner. Although Dr. Ali has been a chiropractor for 20 years, decided to return to school in 2017 at Calsouthern university, and is currently enrolled in their PsyD/PhD program in clinical psychology, creating a new understanding of the connection so spinal and mental health, he is a leader in the field.
While married to an Argentine diplomat, Dr Ali embarked on many international postings, allowing him to create a unique and thriving international practice in Suriname, Argentina, and the Netherlands. He was the ONLY chiropractor in 3 countries (Suriname, Guyana, French Guiana), filling a need that created patients ranging from the president of all three countries, the international diplomatic families, to the members of tribes living in the depth of the Amazon Jungle. Dr. Ali had his own national and international practice since 2001 and joined Back to Total Health in December 2019.
Dr. Ali uses and is fluent in chiropractic adjustment techniques such as Diversified, Full Spine, Sacro-occipital technique (SOT), and COX flexion/extension and CBP. He uses modalities such as interferential current, Muscle stimulation, Russian Stimulation, Pulsed electro-magneteic field therapy (PEMF), Ultrasound, and spinal decompression.
He also hosts live Instagram stretching and meditation classes every Thursday assisting many people around the world to dive deeper into the connection and insight of the self.
JOHN J. KOWALCZYK, D.O., F.A.C.O.S.
Dr. John Kowalczyk, DO is a Urology Specialist in Van Nuys, CA and has over 31 years of experience in the medical field. Dr. Kowalczyk has more experience with Urologic Surgery, Urologic Care, and Calculi (stones) than other specialists in his area. He graduated from Chicago College Of Osteopathic Medicine Of Midwestern University, Midwestern University medical school in 1989. He is affiliated with medical facilities such as California Hospital Medical Center and Cedars - Sinai Medical Center. He is accepting new patients and has indicated that he accepts telehealth appointments. Be sure to call ahead with Dr. Kowalczyk to book an appointment.