Meet the Team

Dr. Carolyn Finnegan, Chiropractor

Chiropractor Oakland CA Carolyn FinneganExceeding Expectations One Patient at a Time

Dr. Carolyn Finnegan’s passion is to help her patients create health through treating the root cause of their symptoms and disease. She uses a “Whole Systems” approach of Functional Medicine where she educates patients on how to heal the whole person.

Dr. Carolyn Finnegan is a Chiropractor and a Functional Medicine Doctor. After 14 years of successful practice as a Chiropractor, Dr. Finnegan realized that there was an increasing need for a more comprehensive type of medicine. Many of her patients were coming to the office in pain, but the cause was not only biomechanics, it was inflammation. She decided to focus not only on chiropractic, but also on creating optimal health by finding and treating the root cause of her patient’s symptoms.

Dr. Finnegan then began an intensive course of study (initially sparked by a quest to heal her own health issues) to learn Functional and Nutritional Medicine. She has completed all of the seven Institute of Functional Medicine courses including the Foundational course in Applying Functional Medicine in Clinical Practice, as well as Advanced Training Modules in Immune/Allergy, GI, Cardiometabolic Disease, Detoxification, Hormones and Bioenergetics.

Dr. Carolyn Finnegan is a native of Oakland who attended Berkeley High School, UC Santa Cruz and San Francisco State University, graduating Magna Cum Laude in 1998. She obtained her Doctor of Chiropractic from Life Chiropractic College West in Hayward in 2005, graduating Cum Laude. While attending Life Chiropractic College, Dr. Finnegan received other various awards and honors such as the Honors Clinician Award for outstanding service to her patients. Dr. Finnegan has been a Distinguished Fellow of the Chiropractic Biophysics (CBP) technique since 2005.

Dr. Finnegan has worked for over 25 years in the health and fitness industry, first as a fitness instructor and personal trainer and as a chiropractor since 2005. Dr. Finnegan has won “Best Chiropractor” from Oakland Magazine, six times.

DR. KIMI MA, Chiropractor

Chiropractic Oakland CA Kimi Ma Chiropractic Assistant

Dr. Kimi Ma is a graduate of Life Chiropractic College West in Hayward, CA. She has a background in exercise science, earning her Bachelors of Science in Kinesiology from California Polytechnic State University Pomona. She also has 7 years of experience as an ACE Certified Personal trainer, holding additional certifications in TRX training and Rock Tape. Dr. Kimi's philosophy is centered around movement and helping people reach their optimal functional capacity through exercise and chiropractic care. For enjoyment, she likes to travel, try new food, run half marthons, and weight lift. Dr. Kimi is a Bay Area native and is excited to serve the community by joining the Core Wellness Chiropractic team.


Chiropractic Oakland CA Daphne Dominia Office ManagerDaphne Dominia is a native of San Francisco, CA. She brings a dynamic set of skills to the Core Wellness Team with a background in office administration that spans the course of several years. Prior to joining Core Wellness, she focused on her passion for customer service and client- relationship building through working in fashion, early education, real estate, and volunteering with non- profit organizations in her community.

Daphne is an aspiring marriage family therapist who is currently pursuing her degree in Psychology and Human Sexuality at San Francisco State University. She is truly passionate about helping her community and people from all walks of life through creating safe spaces. She one day hopes to have her own practice.

In Daphne's free time you can find her dabbling in performing arts, whether it be writing music, singing, or supporting local artists in the Bay Area. She is also a fashionista who likes to personally style her friends and family. In her down time she is listening to Dr. Esther Perel podcasts.

Daphne's career ethic is to always treat everyone with kindness and have an open perspective. Here at Core Wellness, she hopes to provide patients with the best customer service with the intention of creating a great experience.


Chiropractic Oakland CA Salmazteca Alvarez

In addition to being a chiropractic assistant, Salmazteca Alvarez is a college student. Her goal is to get her doctorate in Physical Therapy so that she can help patients become the healthiest and strongest versions of themselves. She is a Bay Area Native and is a dedicated and passionate worker when it comes to helping people and their wellness. Before joining the Core Wellness family, she was a certified nurse's assistant, a teacher, and a global health volunteer in Mexico, Dominican Republic, and Costa Rica.

With her background in health, wellness, and front office professionalism, Salmazteca brings positive energy and a spirited set of skills to the Core Wellness team. She is excited to provide patients with the finest customer service and a supportive, optimistic environment.


Chiropractic Oakland CA Fernando Moratinos Massage Therapist

Fernando Moratinos graduated as a certified massage therapist (“quiromasaje”) in 2002 from the Davila School of Manual Therapies in Granada, Spain. His tireless quest to discover how the human body functions then led him to pursue his studies and graduate as an Osteopath from the same school five years later as well as studying and graduating as a Feldenkrais therapist from the International Feldenkrais Training Center in Lewes, England (2009) under the tutelage of the director, Garet Newell. He also completed a training program in Cranial sacral therapy and has taken master courses in Shiatsu and traditional Thai Massage.

This trajectory has led him to develop a personalized therapeutic style over the last fourteen years. From 2005-2009, he was the General Manager and leading therapist at the Narcissus Wellness Center in the 4-star Los Angeles Hotel (Granada, Spain) until he decided to open his private practice in 2009. Since July 2016, Fernando has resided in the Bay Area. In July 2017 he was certified by California Massage Therapy Council (#73557). He specializes in working with dancers, musicians, athletes and other professionals who have developed a pathological condition due to the repetitive stress injuries. He is well known for his ability of personalizing his treatments from the most gentle touch required for lymphatic session to an intense and deep tissue massage session.


Massage Therapy Oakland CA Shannon Wallingford Massage Therapist

Shannon Wallingford loves the fact that every day since 2001 she has had the honor of being the person to improve the lives of her clients. A graduate of The Onondaga School of Therapeutic Massage in Syracuse, NY, Shannon is licensed to practice in New York, Pennsylvania, and CAMTC certified in California.

With almost twenty years of both private office, on-site work, and luxury spa experience including the Claremont and Fairmont Hotels, Shannon is equipped to hear you and work together to solve your issues.

Shannon's training and experience in Sports Massage, Active Isolated Stretching, Myofascial Release, and Pregnancy Massage allow her to customize therapy for each of her clients. Her ability to ask the right questions, and then diligently listen to her patients, makes an enormous difference in ensuring each and every client is able to alleviate their pain. Her glowing testimonials include professional athletes, performance artists in physical training, and even regulars who have been coming to her for therapy for almost a decade.


Chiropractic Oakland CA Shanequa McCrimmon Massage Therapist

Shanequa McCrimmon is a licensed massage therapist with over 10 years of experience. Her work is both practiced and intuitive, blending a strong yet smooth flow of myofascial release and various musculoskeletal techniques to soothe the muscles and relieve chronic pain and tension from the body. Shanequa is a native New Yorker, and recently relocated to the Bay area. She loves the outdoors and hiking.

Shanequa has a vast knowledge of working with a diverse population of clients within a medical setting and in-home service as well as comprehensive training and in-depth knowledge in various massage modalities. Shanequa specializes in therapeutic, medical, and deep tissue massage (ie: chronic neck and back conditions, rotator cuff injuries, sprains and strains, and sports related injuries for youth and adults). She believes that massage requires more than a "one size fits all" approach, and understands that every client has unique needs and requires a personalized approach.


Chiropractic Oakland CA Keino Segree Massage Therapist

Keino started his massage career with a foundation in Traditional Thai Massage while living in the forest monasteries of Thailand. He is also an Ashtanga Yoga Instructor, a graduate of National Holistic Institute's Advanced Neuromuscular Therapy Program in Emeryville, and is a Certified Massage Therapist in California.

Because Keino has lived on four different continents and traveled to over 30 countries, his approach to holistic health uses the experiences he accumulated throughout his life. With a diverse background and the desire to help those in need, he specializes in synthesizing unique blends that take an active approach to each client's treatment. He draws on techniques from different modalities such as Thai, deep tissue, acupressure, PNF stretching, and trigger point therapy, to name a few.

Keino is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Psychology, after which he aspires to become a Doctor of Chiropractic. He also enjoys rock climbing, yoga, and playing the didgeridoo.


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Core Wellness Chiropractic
600 Grand Avenue #301
Oakland, CA 94610
(510) 922-1579