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  • Dr.
    Thomas E. Smith

    Dr. Thomas E. Smith has been helping people resolve issues they are having with musculoskeletal problems since 1988 at his clinic in Santa Cruz, California. Musculoskeletal problems include back and neck issues as well as muscle, nerve and joint issues throughout the body.  As a chiropractor with extensive experience he is committed to promoting health, well being, and optimum performance.

    Dr. Smith uses a whole body approach when taking care of his patients. By combining the very best hands-on-technique, physiotherapy procedures, and providing guidance in exercise and stability training, Dr. Smith is able to help you to accelerate and/or maintain your journey to good health.


    • PalmerCollege of Chiropractic West- Graduated 1984
    • Los Angeles College of Chiropractic- post graduate certificate in sports injuries with a Certified Chiropractic Sports Practitioner degree earned 1990
    • Southern California University of Health Science- post graduate certificate in chiropractic rehabilitation with a Diplomate of the American Chiropractic Rehabilitation Board earned 2007
    • Palmer College of Chiropractic West -certificate of completion of post graduate course in chiropractic orthopedics


    • Chiropractic license in the state of California- 1985
    • Chiropractic license in the state of Arkansas- 1985, inactive
    • Qualified Medical Examiner for the State of California

    Memberships & Associations:

    • American Chiropractic Association
    • California Chiropractic Association
    • Council of Chiropractic Sports Injuries
    • Council of Chiropractic Rehabilitation

    Dr. Meghan Dowling

    Dr. Meghan Dowling is a fifth generation doctor of chiropractic who graduated as valedictorian with Summa Cum Laude honors from Palmer College of Chiropractic West in 2011. While in school, she was an active member of the Sports Council where she gained valuable experience in treating athletes of all kinds. In addition to practicing Diversified, Gonstead and Thompson Drop chiropractic techniques, Dr. Dowling is certified in Graston technique, a unique soft tissue modality which effectively treats myofascial adhesions and scar tissue. Dr. Dowling has also undergone extensive training in rehabilitation of the spine and extremities, as well as in Science Based nutritional analysis. Dr. Dowling is also currently working towards her Diplomate of the American Chiropractic Board of Nutrition, the highest degree in clinical nutrition in her field.

    Since her graduation, Dr. Dowling has been working at her family’s practice, Austin Family Chiropractic in San Jose, CA. Palmer College of Chiropractic has confirmed that Austin Family Chiropractic is the oldest and longest running chiropractic practice in the world, reaching the 100 year mark in 2011. She recently began practicing at Surf City Chiropractic to work in the community where she was raised and currently lives with her husband and young daughter.


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