Testimonials

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"Just wanted to thank you for your knowledge and willingness to share in serving others. For the first time, I feel like I can really learn to just be. I realize that it may take time for the supplements to work...though last night I went to sleep around 11:00pm without the TV on for noise (another first time event) and did the affirmations and concentrated on breathing and I did go to sleep quickly. The thing was that I did not wake up until 4:45am. I was so surprised that I tried it again and went back into a deep sleep and just woke up a few minutes ago (10:15am). Wow! This may be the longest I have ever slept. Thank you again. I am looking forward to working with you and feel safe that I am in good hands."
-Darlene Espinoza
Nutritional Patient
(Had trouble sleeping and staying asleep)

"Of all the medical and healing practitioners I've ever been to, Michael is by far and away the most gifted. On a scale of 1-5, he rates a 12. Not only is he an amazing healer, he's kind, attentive and completely understands my need for chocolate.
Highly recommended."

"Visting Dr. Mike for his chiropractic treatments and nutritional healing has been a life altering experience for me and my family. There is no one we trust more, and he has THE BEST demeanor of any doctor I've ever visited. For me personally, he helped with my sugar addiction and with my bad knee (not to mention my back health!). "


-Terrie Gillett
Chiropractic and Nutritional Patient

"Dr. DeFino is one of the most amazing talents and health services professionals in health care today!"

-Anonymous Patient

"It has been some time since I've been in, but I would like to say that Dr. Defino's use of technology in my case showed information that can help the patient who may not have such a mainstream case. In my situation, Dr. Defino's experience (practical and spiritual) allowed him to conclude what many in his field could not. "

-Anonymous Patient

"I have been a patient of Dr. DeFino for over 5 years. We have
worked through car crashes, sprained joints, and various
occasional sicknesses. Dr. DeFino is amazingly knowledgeable
about a wide of topics as well as an expert in adjusting the
human body. I recommend him without reservation.

I am thankful for our continuing relationship."
-Wyliam Holder
Current Patient

"After going to Michael I had more energy, quickly lost 15 pounds that never returned, and I have a deeper understanding of my body and what it needs and doesn't need."
-Jason Kibbey
Nutritional Patient

"The office atmosphere is inviting and relaxed. Dr. DeFino is amazing with the human body in all aspects. He truly knows about health and wellness as well as the spine and nervous system. Specializing in weight loss, health and wellness, detoxification and alternative treatments to the non-stop Western remedies, I have found there is nothing this man cannot help with."


-Anonymous
Chiropractic and Nutritional Patient

"I am a fairly healthy man who deals with minor health problems like bronchitis and the flu every year. I get colds when everyone in the office gets colds and when I return from an overseas trip, I usually bring some type of sinus infection with me. I'm in my early 50s and I'm watching my friends go on prescription medications and I've witnessed my parents suffer from physical ailments while taking a multitude of harsh medicines until their dying breath. My Dad died while taking a pill.
I did not want to take medications nor do I want to die from physical ailments that I can prevent. I noticed stress was getting to me and I decided to do something about it. I saw Michael a few years ago and learned what I should eat and not eat, what recurring themes should go through my thoughts instead of the ones I had and what natural clean supplements I should be taking in order to build up my immune system. The results are noticeable to me and the people around me. As long as I am reasonable with my social life, I have positive energy, I don't get bronchitis or the flu any more and I am usually healthy while everyone in my office is sick. If I get a cold, which is now rare, it's for a day or two vs the 2 weeks I used to be miserable.
I feel like I have an edge on life now. When I hear people describe the agony they're going through due to illness or stress I recommend they see Michael. Most won't but now and then one does and they are grateful for the edge they now have."


-John Romero
Nutritional Patient

"Dr.Michael DeFino will always have my thanks for finding the causes of intestinal problems that had plagued me for years. I had tried all sorts of diets, Chinese herbs, acupuncture, and exercises. Some helped temporarily, then the problems would return. Dr. DeFino was able to find the underlying causes and through natural methods resolve those problems. In addition he has more recently helped to relieve a very painful sciatic nerve condition which was seriously affecting my ability to walk and perform duties at work. I'm glad to know him and grateful for all his help."
-Michael Sundermeyer
Chiropractic and Nutritional Patient

"I have had the very good fortune to both know Dr.Michael DeFino as a friend and also as a patient. Most of my family, and extended family have been treated by him. In each case he has accurately diagnosed the problems and has been able to successfully treat them. We would all like "the quick fix" with the least participation on our part, but, under Michael DeFino's understanding and knowledgeable care, you learn that it takes the combined and engaged effort of both doctor and patient to obtain the lasting effects we seek. His true compassion, deep clinical knowledge, and healing hands are a rare gift. I am so grateful for his care and friendship."
-Renee des Tombe
Nutritional and Chiropractic Patient

"My experience of seeing Dr. Michael DeFino for about the past 5 years
has been a very positive one for me. Michael is very involved and
very knowledgeable in matters of nutrition and supplements. He is
extraordinarily compassionate and caring and always gives his
undivided attention. I have found that when talking to Michael I
always feel I am in good hands and optimistic about the outcome of
whatever the issue is.
Thank you for everything, Michael."
-Angela Kerwin
Nutrition Patient

"I have been a chiropractic patient of Michael DeFino since 2004, and a nutritional counseling patient since 2005. My life - my health, my marriage and my relationship to the world in general - have all improved significantly because of my work with Michael in these areas. Thanks to Michael's chiropractic and quantum neurology adjustments, I am more in my body and have significantly less pain; I was in a near-death collision with a speeding SUV a few years ago and usually am in significant pain. But I always leave Michael's office pain-free, and carrying my walking cane rather than clinging to it. Similarly, Michael's nutritional counseling therapies have helped me to view diet, food and habitual tendencies about food in a whole new light: as medicine and as pleasure. With Michael's help in this area I have changed my eating habits so that I enjoy the foods that heal me and no longer desire the foods that are not helpful to my body. All in all, I cannot recommend Michael DeFino highly enough; he is truly a Bodhisattva of the healing arts!"
-Marc Matheson
Chiropractic and Nutritional Patient

"Michael Defino's care and considerate regard for the health and the health goals of his patients are the best I have ever witnessed. My experience of his work has been that he is gentle with regard to any movement and always up to date with his considerable skill set. I am so appreciative of the work he shares with me. Thank you."

"Michael Defino: ABC's

Adept in his thinking
Bold in his intuitive side
Centered in his practice
Dedicated in his fields of study
Essential in his offerings
Finesse with his approach
Gentle in his touch
Happy in his life
Ideal in his manner
Jolly in his demeanor
Knowledgeable in his diverse field
Loving in his generosity
Motivated in his lifelong learning
Nora in his office
Omnipotent in his work
Passionate in his field
Quintessential in his speech
Rapt in his intent
Santa Claus (without the beard) in his aura
Thoughtful in his approach
Understanding in his work
Vast in his gifts
Wise in his ways
X in his mysteries
Yarrow in his garden
Zen in his thought "


-Diane Lafrenz
Chiropractic and Nutritional Patient

"Dr. DeFino WALKS ON WATER as far as I'm concerned. I started to see him in 2005 after battling candida for over 2 years. I had sought many other opinions on how best to eradicate it from my system and ran into a couple practitioners selling 'snake oil', and charging A LOT of money and then in desperation, ready to take horrible allopathic antibiotics to get rid of the candida, a friend suggested I see Dr. DeFino. I followed his diet plan (not even very strictly), and took his supplements and the candida was gone in under 2 months, painlessly & effectively. I have since seen him for a few other ailments, and just generally keep in touch with him every few months to make sure I'm at optimal health and to check in on diet and supplements. Any time I've seen him with any kind of ailment or upset, he gives me some supplements and some nutritional advice, and whatever it is is gone in a week or two.
He's smart, caring, compassionate, incredibly insightful, hilarious to talk to, and he REALLY, REALLY, REALLY knows what he's doing. Plus when you go see him you get to cuddle with his dog Lola!!
I tell everyone I know to go see him . . . I'm serious."
-Kathleen Monroe
Nutritional Patient

I was 20 years old and covered in Psoriasis. It was on my back, my legs, arms, chest, scalp and face. I went to dermatologist after dermatologist, and kept getting the same answers about my mysterious condition. "No cause, no cure". The most help I could squeeze out of these doctors was the possibility that a hydro-cortisone cream might help to relieve the painful, itchy, and unsightly red blotches of skin that were taking over my body and life; but these creams came with their own set of side effects. I was at wits end. I felt totally out of control of my own body, and pretty much tossed aside by my doctors and by western medicine in general. Oddly enough, I was referred to Dr. DeFino by a friend of my mom's who had seen him for back pain, and who had also brought her dog to him to help in the pet's ailments. She claimed that he worked miracle. At this point, I was open to anything that could help me feel and look better...

I arrived at Dr. DeFino's office for a nutritional screening, and spinal exam. I had previously had blood tests done with my MD to check for food allergies, and came up negative on all fronts, so I was a bit skeptic when approaching another set of "tests". Dr. DeFino's techniques were not what I expected at all. First of all, when you step into his office, you automatically feel a sense of well being. There is pretty music playing, water fountains, plants, it felt like a little sanctuary of some kind. Nora at the front desk is very relaxed, prompt, and understanding. I remember thinking to myself "this is not a doctors office, this is a healing clinic." I wanted to hang out for a while and read some of the books, no joke. You would have to go for yourself and have him work his magic on you to know what I mean, but he performed the most unusual of tests. Totally non-invasive, no needles, no hour long waits, no people around you coughing. You didn't feel like you were just another number being called upon and rushed out before the next number was up, not at all. He reserved a full hour and a half just for me! At times, I wanted to laugh because it felt so surreal.

To make a long story short, Dr. DeFino was able to clarify for me what Psoriasis was. It's not just a skin disorder with no cause and no cure. It's just that the cause is hard to see, and the cure doesn't come in a cream. He also was able to determine for me that although blood tests showed I had no allergies, I was hyper-sensitive to certain foods, and that I had a parasite and an out of control growth of candida (yeast) in my intestines. And that the psoriasis on my body was most likely a result of these factors. He told me that my body naturally craved protein, and didn't like other things, and that I should avoid some foods entirely. He suggested I take a regimen of supplements that he could provide for me that day, from vitamins to extracts from the rain forest, avoid a list of foods for at least a month, and to come back after 30 days to see how my body was responding. He even suggested that I recite a certain affirmation each night before I go to bed to help adjust my serotonin levels. It seems bizarre, but I swear it works. He helped me to understand my body as a series of systems, and that when parts of the systems become out of balance, the body reacts in strange ways, such as red blotches of skin. He recommended exercise, sleep, meditation, and a few simple things that didn't come in a bottle and that weren't made by a pharmaceutical company, and that my MD didn't even think of mentioning.

The psoriasis on my body didn't heal immediately, but I noticed a dramatic change in my energy level and over-all feeling throughout my days over that next month. Within two months, the psoriasis was in remission, and after just 4 months it was gone completely off of my body. "No cure", Haha, I laugh at those silly nay-sayers. It has been more than three years since I first visited Dr. DeFino. Psoriasis occasionally appears on my body, but I do not feel like it controls me. I view it as a sign to get back on track with eating properly and maintaining a level, stress-free head. I still return to his office for adjustments and nutritional guidance. He has a genuine warmth to him that makes you really feel like he is there to help you feel better. Not to just treat your symptoms, but to help heal at your deepest level. Dr. DeFino is not the over-night quick fix, but he can help you find the power in yourself to heal and be healed, and he has a few tricks up his sleeve that well, do the trick. If you have ailments of any sort, even if you just feel like you need more energy, I highly suggest you pay him a visit. It will be worth your time, your money, and you will feel better.
-Cameron Bartolini
Nutritional Patient

I began working with Dr. DeFino in April of 2009. I went to see him to get off sugar and to lose a few pounds. I never imagined that working with him would clean up so many of my habits. I have lost most of my addiction to sugar, am eating even more healthy (I lost 7 pounds) and I have a renewed commitment to make my health my number one priority. I also started meditating again, and working out more regularly. He also helped me with other issues not under the "nutrition" umbrella. Simply, I am deeply grateful because he changed my life.

-Kitty Cole
Nutritional Patient

Dr. DeFino is a gifted healer. I had been fatigued since adolescence, tried everything from western medicine and allergy testing to acupuncture and massage. I had been told by western doctors that my fatigue was psychological and even spent a large amount of money to see a Naturopath. Michael's approach was the one that worked. His gentle, patient, loving, positive approach helped me do what I needed to do one step at a time to heal my body. Michael meets people wherever they are in their process and works with them -- like a Martial Arts Master. AND you have fun in the process because he is simply a delight. I am forever grateful to Dear Dr. DeFino for helping me to reclaim my energy.
-Keri Kuerbis Lehmann
Leadership Coach and Consultant


Michael has helped me on my path towards optimum health more than any other practitioner. For ten years I spent thousands of dollars and tried everything to address highly complex and seemingly intractable digestive issues. After just 6 months of working with which Michael I experienced significant results. No matter what health issue I bring to Michael (from heart palpitations to gum recession to hormonal imbalances), he maintains a positive, professional attitude, always listening deeply and partnering with me to find solutions that work. Plus, Michael's office manager Nora is organized, responsive and compassionate, making my experience at Community Chiropractic consistently nurturing and stress-free.
-Anonymous Nutritional Patient

Dr. DeFino works through the innate intelligence of the body to treat the causal level of symptoms. His formidable knowledge and innovative techniques bring about remarkable results. He deserves great recognition for his amazing ability to work with the entire heath and illness spectrum and the return to integrity and wholeness.

-Rev. Violet Kashewa MscD-MchD, Patient
Resolved Heavy Metal Poisoning and Lyme Disease

I have worked with a number of different chiropractors. Michael DeFino is so much more and a real healer. I think he is the best I have known. I had developed a problem with a short leg that was causing me so much discomfort, especially at night, and I had started wearing a lift wondering if I would need it for the rest of my life. Hiking and walking any great distance became a real problem. Michael very quickly figured out what was happening and how to correct it so that my "short leg" problem has become a distant memory I have no pain and no longer need a lift.

He has helped me with so much more including dealing with the stress of opening a new business.

Michael is such special person and an outstanding healing professional with great insight and experience. I recommend him unreservedly and will be consulting Michael first no matter what comes up.
With love,
-Diana Davis
Nutritional, Quantum Neurology and Chiropractic Patient

I used to have a fairly severe addiction to sweets, I couldn't have ice cream in the freezer without compulsively eating it, I craved pastries and found it hard to pass bakeries without stopping for a Danish or a croissant. Doctor DeFino tested me, and I was put on a sweet and wheat fast as a part of my first month of treatment. It wasn't easy. When I went back to him and was tested after that month he told me that I could eat honey, maple syrup, agave... pretty much anything but refined sugar. I was highly skeptical of this, and assumed that I would have to let go of all sugars and sweeteners. Much to my surprise, and to my pleasure, I can have maple syrup on my oatmeal and honey on my toast and as long as I avoid refined sugar, I experience virtually no cravings for sweets or desserts. Perhaps the avoidance of wheat helps with this. (I'm quite sure the wheat avoidance is responsible for the openness I feel with my sinuses and breathing.)

I ran this testimonial past my wife who reminded me that my chronic postnasal drip has virtually disappeared. Then I recalled that I haven't had a cold or flu since I started with Michael almost 2 years ago. I used to have 1 to 2 colds a year.
-Philip Brooks, MFT- San Francisco
Nutritional Patient

Dr. Michael DeFino is not like any chiropractor I've ever been to before! (And that's a good thing.)
His warm, patient and caring manner, combined with his excellent listening skills gives him a unique combination of empathy and expertise.
I appreciate that he never denies my reality (like so many other Dr's do these days) never rushes me and always takes me seriously.
Knowing which foods and supplements support me and which to avoid has been exceedingly helpful.
(Though of course sometimes it pisses me off to know for a fact I really should not eat chocolate!)
Consistently, I'm in less pain and have more energy because of Michael's treatment plan for me and I'm exceedingly grateful for this.
Michael is much less costly than most other health practitioners I've seen over the years.
Plus, I can see him once a month vs weekly, a rarity for a chiropractor.
Thanks Michael, I really appreciate all you are doing for and with me.
-Cathleen Daley
Nutritional Patient

"I came to see Dr. Defino while recovering from bronchitis and after my father's death. Nora, at the front desk, was warm and welcoming. Michael's gentle manner and skillful listening was comforting. I appreciated the time he took to really hear and clarify my health issues and goals for myself. His depth of knowledge regarding the body has helped me heal on all levels. The change in my diet restored my energy and well-being, helped clear my allergies and I am sleeping well again. I feel the best I have felt in over twenty years!"

-Darla Romano
Nutritional Patient


Dr Defino is a magician... I have been seeing him over a few years for mainly lower back and neck problems... When I come, all is fine. He lines everything up, does his magic and presto ... I feel amazing. He is a calm, peaceful and wonderful person to heal any pain. I wish I could be on his table daily. Then life would be perfect! Thank you Michael!
-Judi Shils
Nutritional and Chiropractic Patient

Dr Defino has been my network chiropractor for about 10 years. In that time I have gone
through automobile accidents, financial stress, and a divorce. Through it all, Dr Defino's
gentle hands, and kindness have served to make my life easier and more complete.
For this he has my undying gratitude.
-Wyliam Holder
Chiropractic Patient

Three years ago, I was in so much pain and needing a cane to walk. My left leg was getting weaker, atrophy was setting in.I work in the medical field in Imaging so I am very familiar with CAT Scans and MRIs...both had been done but nothing ever showed up besides arthritis, degenerative dics disease and narrow disc space..That was not new and I know what that type of pain is like,but this NEW pain was excruiting...it would wake me up and feel like someone had a chisel to my hip.

I had already tried chiropractors, massages, acupuncture but a very good friend recommended Dr DeFino...he even paid for my first visit.
Wow, finally some relief...the first good night sleep in months...I kept traveling two hours each way to see him once or twice a week.
Without Dr DeFino's relief, I was headed into a deep depression and didn't want to live...He gave me hope and sound advise.... Dr DeFino could have continued to have me come in and continue with his treatments but instead did what was best for me...he felt there was something more going on...Dr Defino recommended I get a repeat MRI with contrast...again, the Radiologist mis-read the images....BUT this time, I hand carried my films to a NeuroSurgeon in San Francisco and he found a tumor wrapped around a nerve and into my spinal cord...

After my surgery to have the tumor (Schwannoma) removed, I was instantly cured...overnight!! Of course, I get the regular low back ache but nothing like the extreme pain I had suffered....
I will always be grateful to Dr DeFino for his advice and for the relief he gave me...
-Cynthia Blair
Chiropractic Patient

Dr. Defino literally saved my daughter's life. She is almost 15 and was diagnosed with Lyme Disease at the age of 10. While bedridden for almost 4 years, she was on every medication and combination of medications the Lyme doctors prescribed. While I do believe they helped kill off the Lyme and the 3-co-infections she had - she was still bedridden, depressed, very lonely and not able to go to school until we were led to Dr. DeFino.
My daughter and I knew the minute he came out to greet us that this was going to work. The combination of the office, Nora, and the Dr. have an energy that is different than anywhere else we had gone. My daughter felt cared about for the first time. Dr. DeFino proceeded to do his work and was so good with her that she was inspired to do exactly what he asked of her as far as diet was concerned and wanted to take every supplement he gave her. Within 2 weeks my daughter was out of bed on a regular basis. We could hardly believe how quickly it was working. We began in May and by July she could visit her father in NJ and was able to do everything they had planned-NY, the shore, the lake, etc. She returned to California and by the end of August was ale to go to high school and wake up at 6:50 a.m. and go to sleep at 10:30 and hasn't been tired at all. Dr. DeFino gave us both our lives back. We are eternally grateful and recommend him to anyone for any reason.
Thank you Dr. DeFino and Nora


-Gina D'Adamo
Mother of nutritional patient


I came to Michael for immune strengthening prior to having hip replacement surgery.
He did muscle testing, nutritional counseling and made several recommendations to reduce anxiety and give me the strength to face a stressful situation.
This counseling and support, along with supplements changed my life. I now have a framework to use in my daily life and when faced by adversity. I have been strengthened by Michael physically and emotionally.
He is an intuitive, gentle and fun loving person who makes the world a better place.
-Nutritional Patient

I came to see Dr. DeFino with a "short" leg about 7 years ago. I had been to different chiropractors but never learned what was happening or got a treatment that lasted. Over the years, the problem got worse and I had a lot of discomfort, especially at night. Dr. DeFino treated me using Quantum Neurology and this longstanding problem was gone within a couple of visits. He showed me exercises to do so I am not dependent on ongoing treatment. Also, for my work I end up sitting too much and may have developed a pinched nerve in my low back because of it. He has helped me so much with this one issue alone that I will be eternally grateful. I have also gotten valuable nutrition guidance and advice about diet. I have learned so much from Dr. DeFino that I am sure I would not have learned otherwise. I trust him and know I am much healthier than I would be without his treatment. In fact, I expect I will also be much more comfortable in my old age because of Dr. DeFino and what I am learning from him now. Dr. Defino is my first stop whenever I have a physical problem that does not resolve itself. And besides all that, he is very kind and has a great sense of humor.
-Diana Davis
Nutritional and Chiropractic Patient


I have been seeing Dr. DeFino for several years now mostly for lower back pain or tennis elbow or neck pain or.....
I have always felt Dr. DeFino's approach was thorough and beyond the focus of the one issue for which I came. He always seemed willingly to treat me holistically, suggesting I bring in my shoes or tennis racquet to see if my toes were spread correctly or how my serve affected my shoulder and back. I find it also
reassuring there is a wide range of nutritional supplements to compliment his services right in his office. It's obvious Dr. DeFino really understands the body and is passionate about his work. I highly recommend him.
-Kris Lienhart

I have seen Dr. Defino for over 20 years. I sought out his help because many friends and family recommended him stating he was a true healer. I was diagnosed with scoliosis at age 22 and was hospitalized for 2 weeks because I was unable to walk. When I left the hospital my doctor said that surgery was definitely a possibility for me to consider. My grandmother suggested chiropractic care stating it was a weekly practice that she did to keep herself vital and healthy. Dr. Defino's "gentle-touch" chiropractic care has kept my back healthy and has allowed me to live a pain-free life and I have not had to have spinal surgery. Dr. Defino also works closely with me in encouraging me to practice good self-care to promote and maintain my healthy spine and enjoy life as I age.
-Patty Koch
Nutritional and Chiropractic Patient

As I have aged I realized that my muscles in my pelvic area were losing strength and I would have embarrassing leaking of urine when I sneezed, coughed or for that matter laughed too hard. I did not want to take medication for this and was actually embarrassed when I shared this condition with Dr. Defino. He stated that he has worked with many patients with this situation and with the work that he did with me in Quantum Neurology I am thrilled to say that this plight no longer plagues me. Michael treated me with simple exercises and specific Quantum Neurology methods that have contributed to my well being and confidence.
-Anonymous


Thank you Dr. Defino for your amazing expertise in nutrition and the work that we have done together. I was having digestive problems combined with challenges in losing weight. The nutrition program that you set up for me helped me eliminate foods that were not strengthening my body and identified foods that contributed to a healthy digestive system combined which provided healthy elimination essential for vital living. Your work is commendable and I cannot thank you enough for all you have done for me.
-Anonymous