I’m Dr. Awender and I have been around chiropractic my entire life
Since I was a child I saw the daily miracles that my father achieved when treating his patients and I knew at that very young age that I wanted to help people the same way he did.
After starting several small business, I decided that although I loved running a small business, my calling was in health care.
I began my chiropractic education in 2001, with my pre-chiropractic requirements at New College of California. There I studied basic pre-professional courses with an emphasis on basic science courses such as inorganic chemistry, organic chemistry, biology, along with basic physiology and anatomy courses.
After completing my course of study there, I was accepted and attended Life Chiropractic West in Hayward, California. During my four years of studies at Life West, I had many courses such as biochemistry, anatomy and human physiology, pathology, x-ray, diagnosis, chiropractic adjusting techniques and patient care in the Life Chiropractic Clinic.
After graduating from chiropractic college, I worked in my dad’s clinic in South San Francisco and in 2007, I started Awender Chirorpactic located In Sunnyvale.
My family I fell in love with Lake Wylie when we visited in the Summer of 2020 and moved here in 2021. I enjoyed Lake Wylie so much, that I decided that not only did I want to live in Lake Wylie but also to work here as well. In 2021, I opened Lake Wylie Back Pain Relief Chiropractic.
In my spare time I enjoy both racing and building cars and instructing students how to safely drive a car on a race track. I have competed in many different venues from the Factory Five Challenge Series, the 25 hours of Thunder Hill, Lemons racing and even the Rolex Reunion at Laguna Seca.
2005- Current California Board Certified Chiropractor
2007- Current Awender Chirorpactic Sunnyvale, Ca.
2009- Current NASA Racing Competition License
2012 – Current NASA SoCal Driving Instructor
2014 – Current Tune-Ups Chiropractic Morgan Hill, Ca.
2015- 2021 1 of 2 Kaiser Chiropractors @ Google Moutain View
2021- Current NASA NorCal Legends/ Thunder Roadster Series Director
2021- Current South Carolina Board Certified Chiropractor
Amber Pederson Verna, DC, CFMP
Dr. Amber graduated from the prestigious Palmer College of Chiropractic with a Doctor of Chiropractic degree. During school, she developed a passion for nutrition and lifestyle medicine. “It was like I had blinders on. As I continued to learn more about nutrition, I looked back at what I had eaten as a young adult and was shocked! At the time, I thought I was eating relatively “healthy”. This awakening spurred a thirst for knowledge that has yet to seize.” This new awakening lead her to post-graduate studies at Functional Medicine University. Dr. Amber is a Certified Functional Medicine Practitioner (CFMP).
In addition to her extensive knowledge, Dr. Amber is also quite gifted in handling the emotional aspects of health. She is honored to create a safe space for people to open up and heal. Dr. Amber sees you as a Whole Person and will help you to the best of her ability through multiple modalities. She has always prioritized listening to the story of each patient that walks through her door and actively involves them in their plan of care.
Dr. Amber also offers energy healing in the form of Reiki. She is a Certified Reiki Master. “I chose to offer Reiki because I believe one must work on healing the energetic, emotional, and spiritual body before one can truly heal the physical body. This has been where much of my own healing journey has taken place so it holds a special place in my heart.”
Dr. Amber takes great pride in educating her patients so they do not continue to make the mistakes of their past and can instead feel empowered to make better decisions as they continue their health journey. “My goal as a practitioner is to educate my patients. I want to give them the knowledge and tools to go out into the world and live the healthiest, happiest, and most abundant lives possible.”
Her vast postgraduate training consists of several hundred hours of studies in energy medicine, functional medicine, lifestyle medicine, nutrition, functional neurology, functional endocrinology, and functional blood chemistry. Dr. Amber’s Wholistic Health & Wellness protocols include reiki, natural supplementation, nutrition and lifestyle medicine, and providing you with the right education, tools, and support.
Dr. Alan Heartly – Retired
Born and raised in northern England, Alan Hartley earned his Bachelors degree and Ph.D. before moving to America to work 4 years in cancer research at Duke Medical Center in Durham, NC.
Although his years in cancer research were productive and rewarding, he wanted more direct interaction with patients. While it would have been easy to stay on at Duke and go through their MD program, he wanted to pursue an approach to health care that honored the body’s own intelligence in how it regulated and healed itself.
After much research, he discovered this particular vein of chiropractic that analyzes the neurological effects of slight misalignments in the human structure. He found the approach was scientifically sound, left Duke and moved his growing family to commit the next 4 years to full-time pursuit of his Doctor of Chiropractic degree.
Now he has his own practice just outside Charlotte, NC in Lake Wylie, SC.
Doctor of Chiropractic – (DC) valedictorian, summa cum laude, Sherman College of Straight Chiropractic.
Ph.D. – Biochemistry, with honors, University of Kent, Canterbury, England.(with research terms in Vevey, Switzerland and Braunschweig, Germany)
B.Sc. – Microbiology, with honors, University of Surrey, England
Cancer Research Scientist – Duke Medical Center, 4 years in Dept. of Cell Growth Regulation and Oncogenesis. Well published in major scientific journals.
Professor and Department Head – Head of Basic Sciences Dept; Professor of Biochemistry & Nutrition 6 years at accredited chiropractic college.
National Board of Chiropractic Examiners – Twice appointed to serve on this board that governs the profession and licensing nationwide.
Approved as a “Recommended Doctor” – By the NACUCC, National Awareness Campaign for Upper Cervical Care