Dr. Sandy Bell, D.C.
My problem began way back in high school. I’ll never forget the day I did a power clean while training for my upcoming season of college football and felt a sharp pain in my lower back. As any 18 year old would do, I completely ignored the problem and proceeded to work concrete construction as a laborer for the rest of that summer.
Fast forward a couple years, I was a young man who could not stand for any length of time without back pain and was now having trouble lifting weights the way I could before. I was at Sac State at the time in the Kinesiology program and learning about the mechanics of the human body, but could not seem to help myself. Finally, I decided to see the physician at the Sac State clinic because the back wasn’t getting better. This experience was my first introduction to how conventional medicine handles back pain. The doctor was an older gentleman with a grumpy disposition, complete lack of empathy who looked at me for about 5 minutes then prescribed me with a bottle of pills and no further instructions. WOW! To say I was disappointed was an understatement. I got my prescription, then put the pills in my bathroom drawer and never took a single one.
Then, another injury…I severely sprained my ankle while playing basketball, to the point where I couldn’t walk. A friend of mine drove to me the closest Urgent Care center which PROMPTLY DENIED ME ACCESS TO CARE BECAUSE OF MY INSURANCE, even though I couldn’t walk. Then I was driven to the ER where I waited 6 hours in severe pain only to be seen by the doctor for 5 minutes and given an aircast and no further instructions.
At this point, I was livid with conventional medicine, although I understood that they save many lives every year and I have the utmost respect for medical doctors, I thought there really must be a better way to deal with musculoskeletal injuries like back pain and sports injuries. Though I was frustrated, I understood that the means they have for treatment is drugs and surgery and though many doctors mean well, they don’t have the tools that I needed. I figured Compassion would have been nice, but doctors are swamped with patients.
Fast forward a couple of years, I was still dealing with injuries and pain with my exercise. At this point, I was a pre-physical therapy student, but not digging the internships I was doing because at the time the physical therapy I was observing was very vanilla and very BORING! Again, I thought there has to be more we can do for people than give them the same four exercises. (as a side, the field of PT has evolved, and I regularly refer to GOOD PTs who do great work).
So in my searching, I finally came across Chiropractic. I was working with someone who had a cousin who was a Chiropractor, and she thought I should go check him out. Now, I had heard about Chiropractors and was in school for conventional physical therapy, so I had a lot of skepticism around chiropractic. A LOT OF SKEPTICISM!
I will never forget the first time I saw an adjustment; it blew my mind! Immediately I knew this is what I had been searching for to help myself and to help other people. The first time I was adjusted I was able to move better than I had since high school and I distinctly remembered that I was able to turn my head to my shoulder, something I was not able to do for a long time. I immediately contacted Palmer West Chiropractic College and began the process of becoming a Chiropractor because I wanted to help people the way that my chiropractor was helping people…and me:)!
Since my introduction to Chiropractic, I have had the great pleasure of working with thousands of patients with back pain and other ailments. Given my own experience, I have a complete picture of what it takes to get people off the infuriating treadmill of back pain. My problems have inspired me to put thousands of hours of my own time and energy into developing complete programs for people who want the great benefit of living life with less pain. It is my mission to help as many people experience the changes that I have undergone in my body and mind and to help people move like they are young again.
- Bear River High School 1998
- Sacramento State University 2004
- Bear River High School 1998
- Palmer College Of Chiropractic West 2007
- Licensed by California
Dr. Sandy Bell, D.C. is from Grass Valley California where he grew up and went to high school and developed a love for athletics. He was a co-captain of his high school football team and an all-league offensive lineman. He then moved on to college at Santa Barbara City College where he was an honorable mention on the defensive line despite being one of the smallest linemen in his league. Dr. Bell graduated Magna Cum Laude from Sacramento State with a degree in Kinesiology. Due to his passion and love for sports Dr. Bell then went on to Palmer West Chiropractic College where he could study sports medicine and become an expert in injury and sports care. He is a family man, married to his beautiful wife and they share a passion for the outdoors and traveling with their little daughter and Golden Retriever Moose (who you may find lounging around the office).
- Valedictorian Palmer West Chiropractic College
- Sports Council excellence in on field participation
- CCA award for service to the Women’s Wellspring Shelter in Oak Park for dedicated service to the ladies there.
- Full body Active Release Technique certified
Dr. Chip Studley, D.C.
Dr. Studley, D.C. excelled in his electives and advanced courses in school, establishing an advanced knowledge base, which helps him to provide better care to his patients. Dr. Studley has studied On-Field Emergency Protocols, Active Release Technique (ART), Cervical Trauma (Whiplash) Protocols, Activator, Thompson, and Flexion/Distraction Technique.
While in school, Dr. Studley was the Vice President, and the President of the Student American Chiropractic Association (SACA). He was also an active member of the Student California Chiropractic Association, and has continued to be active as the current Secretary of the Sacramento Valley District –California Chiropractic Association (formerly Treasurer and President).
When he is not providing excellent care to his patients, he enjoys spending time with his family (wife Sara, son Emerson, daughter Kaylin, and dog Bodega) and friends, listening to live music, cooking, camping, weight training, triathlon training, cycling, and playing sports (basketball, tennis, softball, and golf).
Natalie Turza, LMT, BA
Natalie Turza received her Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, in 2011 with a focus on International Health Care. During her undergraduate studies she was an active member of the University of Illinois Triathlon Team, and volunteered for the local Public Health Department. Natalie also had the incredible opportunity to study abroad in Senegal, where she worked in a rural health clinic.
Her passion for helping others only grew with time. After college, Natalie worked as a doctor’s scribe in a busy Emergency Room in Southern California. After learning so much from the various doctors, nurses, techs, and paramedics, she still didn’t feel a true calling.
Natalie then began to focus on more holistic and natural approaches to overall well-being. Her stress was starting to manifest in her physical body, and a friend recommended that she should try getting a therapeutic massage. Natalie was amazed at how much better she felt physically and mentally after just one massage, and she realized she could help so many others in this holistic field. Massage Therapy seemed to perfectly blend Natalie’s interests in kinesiology, anatomy, and compassionate care.
Natalie graduated from the National Holistic Institute College of Massage Therapy in 2020. She is a Certified Massage Therapist and Health Educator in California (CMT#83638), and member of the American Massage Therapy Association. She is trained in both Eastern and Western modalities of massage therapy, including but not limited to:
- Myofascial Release
- Pain Relief Massage
- Sports Massage
- Deep Tissue
- Tense and Relax Stretches
- Energy Therapy
- Lymphatic Massage
- Pregnancy Massage
When Natalie is not practicing excellent individualized massage therapy, she enjoys backpacking, cooking, practicing meditation, cycling, hiking, surfing, paddle boarding, and learning more about sustainable living.
Through thousands of hours of training, Dr. Bell has become an expert in sports and spinal care. His passion to help get people feel great is what drives him every day in his practice. Dr. Bell is at the cutting edge of helping you with your problems, and does his best to get you managing your own problems at home as fast as humanly possible and will not scare you into long term care. He sees it as his job to empower his patients to learn how to take care of themselves on a daily basis so that they don’t have to keep coming back. While some chiropractors want you to keep coming back for the same thing, Dr. Bell wants to see you free to live pain free on your own without any intervention from any doctor. Therefore, he strives to educate you on how to develop a lifestyle around proper exercise that will keep you pain free!
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