DORFMAN KINESIOLOGY CLINIC
Over 30 years experience
More than 40,000 hands-on hours, 1000’s of cases resolved.
Relieving pain quickly and permanently, without medication or surgery; that’s what we strive for. Specializing in injury rehabilitation, including hard-to-treat and unresolved cases of pain and discomfort, our results-oriented protocol allows us to succeed where conventional approaches have failed. Massage therapy, movement therapy, acupuncture, Traditional Chinese medicine, biomechanical evaluation, nutritional counseling, and more – our highly skilled practitioners utilize these modalities to optimize your well-being and help you feel better forever.
The clinic has been involved in the successful resolution of a wide variety of pain management cases including, but not limited to, the following conditions:
- Headache symptoms from cluster migraines to low grade daily discomfort
- Extreme TMJ and jaw related neurological problems
- High impact head and neck injuries
- Pain as a result of compressed cervical nerves and brachial plexus involvement
- Rotator cuff issues
- Bursitis, tendonitis, and arthritic pain in joints throughout the body
- Carpal tunnel
- Tennis elbow
- Bronchial ailments
- Lower back, hip and pelvic disorders
- Sciatic pain
- Patellar tendonitis
- Chronic chondromalacia
- Knee pain from inflammation, impact and over use
- Shin splints
- Chronic and acute ankle sprains
- Plantar fasciitis
- Morton’s neuroma
- Turf Toe
Get to know our
THERAPISTS & STAFF
We pride ourselves in top-notch therapists
Trevor received his formal massage education at Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, then went on to receive his Master’s of Science in Traditional Oriental Medicine at the same school. He is a Licensed Acupuncturist and Herbalist and is currently completing the final courses for his Doctorate. Drawn to Dorfman Kinesiology for its excellent work in healing and patient care, Trevor has been working under Brian’s tutelage since January 2013.
Active in sports since a very young age, Trevor traveled the world in middle and high school playing soccer. In college he played soccer for Sonoma State and excelled as a midfielder. Now he focuses on surfing, yoga, and running. Trevor’s interest in sports stems not only from the joy of the game, but also from a fascination with the way the human body works and of the outstanding things it can accomplish. Trevor’s family roots are in healthcare and he has always been a healer at heart.
Michael is four years into his massage therapy practice and began studying under Brian’s tutelage in January of 2016. He received his formal massage training from Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in San Diego and went on to receive a Master’s in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). He is a licensed acupuncturist and utilizes all of the TCM modalities, including herbology, cupping, gua sha, and meditation. His education in physiology and neuroscience from the University of California, San Diego provided a base of knowledge on which he has built the skills necessary to treat the human body with alternative medicine.
Michael has been very active his whole life, playing baseball early on, and now focusing on surfing and yoga. Captivated by the body’s ability to heal itself, Michael views his role as a facilitator to healing: providing each person with the healthcare they need to optimize their health.
Beginning in 2004, at the young age of 19, Alex had the opportunity to be directly mentored by Brian. This began an in depth relationship which covered many aspects of bodywork, biomechanics and yoga therapy. After working at the Solana Beach location for over 10 years, Alex is now located in Santa Cruz and works with Brian in the Silicon Valley and Bay Area.
Along with his training and experience working within Brian Dorfman’s protocol, Alex has also been certified in Kinesis Myofascial Integration, an advanced form of fascia manipulation and biomechanical evaluation developed by Rolfer Tom Meyers, author of Anatomy Trains.
Gavin was trained in massage therapy by the International Professional School of Bodywork (IPSB), as well as Pacific College of Oriental Medicine (PCOM). He is completing his doctoral degree in Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine, and works to incorporate traditional Chinese medical theory into his bodywork.
Growing up in San Diego, Gavin began surfing competitively at a young age. After an unfortunate ankle injury, He was inspired to learn about the healing process so that he could better help others. An accomplished musician, Gavin also practices yoga and taiji and is fascinated by their parallels to the principles of surfing, music, and bodywork.
Alex studied massage therapy at Pacific College of Oriental Medicine (PCOM) and is now pursuing his Doctorate of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine. A native to San Diego, Alex began studying martial arts at the age of 7. One day he asked his Sifu (Teacher) what it really means to be a master. Sifu responded “You must learn to fix everything you have learned to break”. This set Alex on to the path of medicine, learning how to heal himself and to help others do the same. In his free time Alex practices and teaches Qi Gong and Gong Fu.
Kiran views her work with bodywork as a lifelong journey that was born from her yoga practice in 2008. She completed her 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training, with an emphasis in Yoga Therapy, in India and soon after became licensed in massage through Santa Barbara Bodyworks in 2014. Now she is in her final year of earning her Master’s and Doctorate of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine at the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine. She utilizes Chinese modalities such as traditional fire cupping, gua sha, and moxibustion, and complements her therapeutic approach with concurrent trainings in Neural Manipulation, as well as Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization.
Kiran’s cultivation of body awareness has been the major influencer of her work, starting with painful TMJ dysfunction as a teen athlete and now deepened by her passion for yoga and rock climbing. She seeks to instill that same sense of body awareness in her clients to aid their healing.
Tyler is a second generation practitioner of Chinese Medicine and body work. He has been surrounded by the medicine since he was a child, but it wasn’t until he completed his bachelors in Medical Anthropology that he made his own person decision to practice. “I realized that today we are so fortunate to be able to pull knowledge from the east and the west. This truly allows us to assess and treat patients in an integrative and holistic way.” Tyler is now working under the mentorship of Brian and is set to finish his Doctorate of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine in 2020. Outside of the clinic, Tyler has a passion for Surfing and Aikido, both of which he has been practicing since the age of 12.
Trevor has immersed himself in thousands of hours of intense study and practice with an emphasis in the Viniyoga, Ashtanga, Vinyasa, Anusara and Yin yoga traditions. He continues to study Yoga as Therapy with Gray Kraftsow and Brian Dorfman and is on the path to receive his International certification as a Yoga Therapist in 2018 from the America Viniyoga Institute. Meanwhile, Trevor teaches locally and internationally, bringing great enthusiasm and passion to his teaching. He uses Breath Centric movement, breathing, Mantra, and Meditation as the means to influence change and healing on physical, mental, emotional and spiritual levels. Trevor believes that a healthy body and a peaceful mind are the central reasons to seek and maintain a yoga practice.
Massage Therapist/IAYT-Certified Yoga Instructor
Paola began studying movement with Brian Dorfman in 1991 and received her master’s degree in biomechanics from Montana State University in 1997. Her studies focused on observations of bodies in motion with an emphasis on movement as it relates to performance, injury prevention and rehabilitation. Upon graduation Paola founded Bozeman Center for the Healing Arts, where she combines her knowledge of biomechanics with her training in massage and yoga to focus on the resolution of injury and chronic pain. Paola’s program offers certification, via Yoga Alliance, for students in a 500 hour program. In addition, Paola returns to the coast with frequency in order to continue her work and studies with Brian.
Enrica “Kika” Shabot
Yoga Instructor/Nutritional Counselor
Kika has been doing yoga for over 20 years and teaching at her own studio in Mexico City for the past 15. She received her certification through North County Yoga Center, run by Brian Dorfman, and continues to study regularly with Brian in Mexico and in the US. In addition, Kika has studied Yoga Therapy extensively with TKV Desikachar. Her instruction is consistently guided by therapeutic principles. With a strong desire to learn as much as she can in the healing realm, Kika continued her studies with post graduate training in functional nutrition and is currently involved in a post graduate training program in medical family therapy as well as one in yoga therapy with AG Mohan and Ganesh Mohan. Kika organizes annual workshops and retreats with Brian in Mexico City and other places throughout the country. She also manages the Mexico City office of Dorfman Kinesiology where she works with patients doing yoga therapy and nutritional counseling.
Nicole Lonner Dorfman
Co-Owner/Office Manager Morro Bay/Writer
Nicole is a professional writer who works with Brian in producing his articles and blogs as well as the BDK facebook page and youtube videos. She is currently working on a book to document Brian’s work as an alternative health care practitioner within the modern medical system. In addition, Nicole is a long time yoga practitioner and teacher. She often assists Brian in his yoga trainings and retreats. Her chanting and musical skills provide a unique flavor to these events. Nicole manages the Morro Bay clinic and helps organize personal retreats here as well. She is the person to contact if you want more information, need help with reservations at a local inn, or require assistance in any way with setting up your retreat. She also provides fabulous home cooked meals to retreat participants, using the freshest ingredients from her backyard garden and other local sources.
Office Manager Solana Beach
Belinda has a diverse background, with 25-years of mindful movement, meditation, and holistic well-being as her foundation of study. She applies this holistic approach to her marketing, management, public relations, and web design. She believes in creating an environment that empowers people to rise into their fullest potential.
Belinda has delved into the fields of biomechanics, sports science and athletic coaching. She continues to immerse herself in various yogic teachings, which include indepth studies into holistic and alternative therapies. Throughout her career she has worked with people from all arenas of life, some of whom include Olympic medalists and world-record holders in track and field. Belinda infuses her myriad of experiences into creating a space for health and well-being. She looks forward to helping you find your path towards a peaceful, passionate and successful life.