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EDH chiropractor expands holistic practice

From page A8 | December 27, 2013 |

After four years of practice in El Dorado Hills, and 3,000 patients, Douglas Murray, DC, and his wife and business partner Myrnalyn are more enthusiastic than ever about the success of their approach.

Last March they moved from their 1,200-square-foot office in the El Dorado Hills Business Park to their new 2,800-square-foot location at 1106 Windfield Way, Suite 2.

“We have expanded our services,” said Doug. Glenda Goodwin, MD, Medical Director; Angela deAngelo, RN; Terri Flanigan, esthetician; Rebecca Bunyatyan, patient coordinator; and Christa Bakarich, wellness counselor, round out the team.

“We have a holistic practice,” said Doug. He calls it Beyond Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.

Holistic medicine is characterized by the treatment of the whole person, taking into account mental and social factors rather than just the physical symptoms of a disease. Instead of requiring patients to make multiple appointments with different service providers, the newly expanded office offers the convenience of coordinating appointments and services in one location.

Beyond Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation is a friendly office. Sammy, a dignified Schnauzer, is the self-appointed greeter who quietly escorts patients to the reception area. “We didn’t know how he would be received, but patients love him,” said Myrnalyn.

Beyond Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation centers around pain management, weight loss and aesthetics. When Doug was 25, living in Canada where he grew up, he went to a chiropractor in Calgary seeking relief from low back pain that radiated down his legs. Childhood injuries had manifested into physical symptoms as he reached adulthood. He said that following a few weeks of care, not only did his pain disappear but his frequent heartburn became less so and he got fewer colds. What he learned from the chiropractor was that true health comes from a spine that does not interfere with the nervous system. That experience was his inspiration to become a chiropractor and pass along that form of healing.

Doug and Myrnalyn moved to San Jose so he could study at the Palmer College of Chiropractic. He graduated in 1990 and is now certified in National and State Chiropractic Boards. He is licensed as an X-ray supervisor, and has a professional CPR rating.

Mrynalyn brought her own medical issue to the practice. “I went on my first starvation diet in the seventh grade,” she said. Tall and overweight at a time when thin was in for women and girls, Myrnalyn tried and failed a series of popular diets and diet fads through her teen and young adult years. “I was always athletic, so I was fit,” she added. “Exercise wasn’t the issue.”

As Doug began his practice, he found many of his patients were overweight. Besides the extra burden on the skeletal frame, toxins are held in certain fat cells. Doug and Myrnalyn began looking together for a program that would restore her body to a healthy state and work for his chiropractic patients as well. They were intrigued by a seminar on “A New Approach to Obesity,” developed by A.T.W. Simeons, MD, in Rome. Myrnalyn offered to become the guinea pig and test the program. She lost the weight she wanted, and the surplus pounds have not returned. Her metabolism returned to normal. She is able to eat a normal, healthy diet.

Doug decided to incorporate the program into his practice, calling it “Skinny Up for Good.”

It is custom-tailored for each person, and works well for men and women. “I love working with couples,” said Myrnalyn, who has coached patients to a successful completion.

Goodwin examines new patients and reviews all Skinny Up patients. The evaluation includes hormonal balance, systemic acidity, nutritional deficiencies and nerve interference of internal organs that control metabolism.

In his chiropractic treatments, Doug uses a Spinal Joint Mobility Scan that shows how each spinal joint reacts to motion, and pinpoints areas of possible nerve interference and warns of future spinal joint decay. He uses different adjustment methods, traction protocols, as well as soft tissue techniques. He compares chiropractic adjustment to tuning a piano, adjusting each string so it produces the perfect tone. At the conclusion of the treatments, physical therapy is available at the clinic to retrain muscles and ligaments to retain the benefits of the chiropracty.

In addition to medically supervised weight loss and chiropractic treatments, Beyond Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation offers aesthetic services, including Laser 360 Skin Rejuvenation, laser vein ablation and laser hair removal.

All treatment plans include personal attention and education. Doug is on the adjunct faculty at Palmer College and teaches anatomy and physiology at MTI College in Sacramento.

Both Doug and Myrnalyn rejoice when they see patients who had lost hope take control of their health and their lives. “Our bodies are meant to work properly,” said Myrnalyn.

Beyond Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation is open Monday, Wednesday and Thursday from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Tuesday from 2 to 5:30 p.m., and Friday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. To make an appointment call 916-941-6500. For more information visit





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