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Dr. John Lee personally experienced the healing power of chiropractic care as a patient while he was a college student. After being rear-ended in an automobile collision by a drunken driver, Dr. Lee began having back pain for the first time in his life. Knowing something was not right, he sought the care of a chiropractor. This was not the first time Dr. Lee had seen a doctor for his spine however. While in junior high school, he was diagnosed with scoliosis (abnormal curvature of the spine) by the school's nurse and was referred to an orthopedic doctor for evaluation. The doctor x-rayed and examined Dr. Lee and confirmed the scoliosis. However, the doctor felt that no treatment was necessary and that they would just monitor the condition from time to time. Upon evaluation by this first chiropractor, it was revealed that the pain in Dr. Lee's back was definitely related to his pre-existing scoliosis. He received a course of chiropractic treatment and was able to get out of pain. However, Dr. Lee still occasionally experiences similar back pain due to his scoliosis and requires regular chiropractic care to maintain a healthy spine. Looking back to the time of his original diagnosis during junior high school, he wishes he would have been referred to a chiropractor or had known about the benefits of chiropractic care. Scoliosis is best corrected with chiropractic care during adolescence. Therefore, Dr. Lee feels confident that if he had known about chiropractic during his younger years, that he would not have to deal with his chronic episodes of back pain today.
Dr. Lee has been in practice since 2002. He received his chiropractic education at Palmer College of Chiropractic-West in San Jose, California, a sister school of the original Palmer College of Chiropractic located in Davenport, Iowa. Being a southern California native, he attended the University of California, San Diego, earning a bachelor's degree in the field of Physiology and Neuroscience. After receiving his chiropractic doctorate from Palmer West, Dr. Lee honed his clinical skills while working in various successful chiropractic clinics in the bay area. Dr. Lee now resides and practices in Irvine and is committed to being one of the premier healthcare providers in the community. Outside of his practice, Dr. Lee's interests lie in football, snowboarding, working out at the gym, cooking, and spending time with his family.
Dr. Michael Toka is grateful that he had the opportunity to experience the power of chiropractic after suffering with pain for 3 years. As a child, Dr. Toka grew up in a rural area in New Jersey where he spent most of his time outdoors. His favorite activities included bmx, motocross, and snowboarding in which he accumulated lots of trauma to his spine. While indoors, he spent his time perfecting his guitar playing which he started at 10 years old and became his passion. When Dr. Toka was 15 years old he started to experience arm pain and numbness in his fingers. After several physical therapy sessions, he had no relief. From then on, his symptoms progressed to also include neck, mid-back, low-back, and leg pain as well as dizziness. Dr. Toka had to discontinue all of his favorite activities and completely change the way he lived his life because of his pain. He went to several types doctors and received a variety of specialized imaging procedures over a period of 3 years and was left with no answers. He felt that he would be dealing with his pain for the rest of his life and was hopeless until his friend told him to visit their chiropractor which had helped him and his family. Dr. Toka went to his first chiropractic examination and after getting treated for the first time experienced a great relief in pain. After following his treatment plan, he was back to 100 percent and his attitude changed to one that was very driven and grateful to be alive. Dr. Toka’s experience made him want to become a chiropractor. He feels that he owes it to the world to serve as a healer in his art of chiropractic.
Dr. Toka received his chiropractic education from Los Angeles Chiropractic College in Whittier, California. He attended Rutgers University in New Jersey where he earned his bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences. Dr. Toka has worked in several chiropractic offices in the Southern California area and is happy to now be serving the community of Irvine at Lee Chiropractic. When Dr. Toka is not practicing, he enjoys running, biking, swimming, weightlifting, surfing, camping, and spending time with his friends and family.