Meet the Team
Dr. Carolyn Finnegan, Chiropractor
Exceeding 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
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.
NICOLE DANTOC - OFFICE MANAGER
Nicole Dantoc is a native of Oakland, CA and has been in the healthcare industry for ten years. Prior to joining the Core Wellness team, her background was in optometry where she spent several years educating and advising patients on routine eye health, preventative care, and treatment of ocular diseases. Her vast knowledge of clinical operations stemmed from her experience working throughout all aspects of office procedures from receptionist to technician to management.
Nicole takes extreme pride in her hometown and is committed to the preservation of Oakland's grassroots culture by working only for locally owned businesses, volunteering for community organizations, and in general participating in all things Oakland. She is an aspiring environmental engineer and is currently pursuing a degree in biology while attending the Peralta Community College District.
Outside of work, Nicole is a dedicated foodie whose food itineraries often prompt last-minute weekend getaways to places like Seattle, Denver, and New York City. In addition to her travels, she is a true crime bookworm, avid hiker, and novice mechanic.
Nicole's career ethic has always been, "to be in the business of helping people," with an emphasis in health care. Her goal is to always be available for those who need someone to facilitate in the continuity of care. Here at Core Wellness, she hopes to carry on that objective and assist in truly making a difference in the health of our patients.
HANI'A "HUMMINGBIRD" ABRAM - CAMTC CERTIFIED MASSAGE THERAPIST
A graduate of National Holistic Institute school of massage therapy, Hummingbird uses his intuitive gift to employ massage techniques from Eastern and Western traditions to address issues of pain, limited range of motion, injury recovery, emotional trauma and stress reduction. Born in Oakland, Hummingbird is a lifelong Bay Area resident, enjoys gardening, and is a poet/storyteller and children's book author. He specializes Shiatsu, Deep Tissue, Swedish, Pre-Natal, Sports, IASTM, Thai, Myofacial, Reflexology, and is certified in Reiki..
FERNANDO MORATINOS - CERTIFIED 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.
SHANNON WALLINGFORD - CERTIFIED 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.
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