Lindsay Donaldson and Liz Zamudio met while attending Life Chiropractic College West in Hayward, California. During the last spring break before graduation, Zamudio, who is from South Bay, brought her friend down to San Diego and Donaldson fell in love with the area. After graduation, the two friends decided to go into business together and open a chiropractic practice.
The duo first set up their business in Otay Mesa in 2017 and in June 2020 they moved it to Imperial Beach. They named their practice Drs. Liz and Lindsay for a more personable touch. Although they specialize in prenatal and pediatric chiropractic care, they also treat the entire family.
Chiropractic is a discipline that uses the body to heal itself focusing on the relationship between the spine and the nervous system. Through adjustments, chiropractors restore balance to the body. In the case of chiropractic during pregnancy there are many benefits from adjustments that including less back labor, and detection, prevention and correction of fetal position by using the Webster technique.
Donaldson, who is originally from Michigan, was drawn to pediatric chiropractic because of her many health issues growing up. She believes the use of chiropractic could have made a difference in her life. For Zamudio it was her grandmother, who was a midwife in Mexico, that sparked an interest for her. Zamudio thought she was going to be a mom someday and wanted to do something to help moms like her grandmother did.
Having gone though pregnancy herself, Zamudio has an understanding of the process of preparing the body from conception to birth. She explained pelvis alignment is important for optimal position at birth. Even before birth, the baby has less room to grow if the pelvis is not balanced. Both doctors took extra classes through the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association and are certified in the Webster technique.
“We’re grateful to take care of people and help them stay heathy,” said Donaldson.
The word of the new practice has quickly spread with wives and mothers recommending it to their partners or husbands. The practice has a relaxing, family friendly atmosphere and toys and activities for little ones.
Drs. Liz and Lindsay offer an initial one hour visit where they go through patients’ health history, posture scan, test range of motion, and do adjustments. They explained that some patients get adjustments only while they are going through a health problem, while others prefer regular maintenance visits.
After Zamudio’s baby was born, Donaldson went to see her in the hospital and check the baby. The baby was just hours old. “The birthing process is hard on their little bodies, we want to give them the healthiest start of life…From the start, chiropractic can help with colic, reflux and more,” said Donaldson.
They explained that adjustments for infants are very different than those done on adults.“We apply the amount of pressure [as if testing] a ripening tomato,” said Zamudio. The duo also helps teenagers with issues like posture, sports injuries, including a quick recovery from repeated injuries, and even cramping during periods.
Both doctors are committed to “find the root of the problem and help improve people’s quality of life,” said Donaldson.
Many of the practice’s patients are Navy personnel that range from SEALs, to tech people that work on computers all day, to civilians such as construction workers. For patients who work from home, Donaldson and Zamudio discuss ergonomics, how to set up a computer, the use of an anti-fatigue mat and switch from an office chair to a yoga ball.
They are both very enthusiastic about what they do. “It doesn’t feel like a job. I’m empowering, educating people about their health, seeing people get better, seeing them in their healing journey - especially when people had never heard of chiropractic a little light comes on,” said Donaldson.
“We work with our hands, heal people through adjustments,” said Donaldson. Zamudio likes to joke that what they do is like giving your spine a hug. “It’s life changing whether you get one adjustment or have many throughout your life. Chiropractic helps with sleep, digestion and the three Ts: trauma, toxins and thoughts,” she said.
“The stigma is that you get adjusted only if you’re in pain. Pain will bring people to us. Some patients are with us for a couple of years and get to the point where chiropractic helps them stay healthy, keep stress levels down,” said Donaldson.
Donaldson has an undergraduate degree in kinesiology and she worked for a year before going to chiropractic school. Zamudio studied public health and after graduation was considering becoming a physician’s assistant or even a medical doctor but her grandmother’s talks about natural birth and taking care of women drove her to choosing chiropractic care. After shadowing two chiropractors, she knew what she had to do.
“I saw the love, the passion and care,” said Zamudio. Those three words are also what define the practice of these two young doctors.
Drs. Liz and Lindsay, Family Chiropractors, 217 Palm Avenue. Call 619-494-0589. To schedule an appointment log on the drslizandlindsay.janeapp.com. The practice accepts HSA. Initial visit is $120, packages are available.