About Our Team
Jeffrey Ptak, D.C., M.A.
Owner & Licensed Chiropractor
Dr. Ptak brings decades of extensive knowledge, training and skills, combined with his deeply compassionate, caring nature, to provide personalized, results-oriented care for each and every patient. His vision is to help thousands of people live healthy, pain-free, fulfilling lives of purpose and prosperity.
Born and raised in New York City, Dr. Ptak (and his mother) had dreams of becoming a doctor. While studying neuropsychology in graduate school, he injured his neck and lower back, which redirected his life’s purpose. Determining that the western medical model did not have the solutions to restore him to optimum health and well-being, Dr. Ptak sought a different approach. His search led him to chiropractic care, where he regained his health and changed his career path from western medicine to studying across the country at the world-famous Los Angeles Chiropractic College. While there, he deepened his understanding of health and wellness for the whole person.
Dr. Ptak has a love for children and sports. Baseball, football and hockey were his favorites to watch and play growing up. An avid baseball player with major league aspirations, Dr. Ptak was a little league pitcher and pitched his way through high school years. A hurdle he fought to overcome was asthma. While under his chiropractic care for his spinal injuries, Dr. Ptak’s childhood asthma cleared. After 22 years of asthma medication, Dr. Ptak became drug free, and has remained such these last 40 years. His passion for athletes and children grew out of these miraculous events.
After earning his Doctor of Chiropractic in 1985, Dr. Ptak established Ptak Family Chiropractic in Santa Monica one year later. He has continued to educate himself about the connection of health, mind and body, with additional training in holistic health, acupuncture, nutrition, mind body medicine, functional neurology and neurospinal biomechanics. In 2009, Dr. Ptak went back to graduate school at the University of Santa Monica for a Master of Arts degree in Spiritual Psychology, which gives him a unique perspective of how one’s consciousness influences their physical well-being.
Dr. Ptak has continued his education in Functional Neurology from 2009 – the present by completing courses for diplomat status at The Carrick Institute of Graduate Studies in Cape Canaveral, Florida.
Dr. Ptak is an active member of the International Chiropractic Association, The International Chiropractic Pediatric Association, The International Association of Functional Neurology and Rehabilitation,The International Chiropractic Scoliosis Board, The Foundation For Chiropractic Education and Research, The Council on Sports Injuries and Physical Fitness, The California Chiropractic Association, The National Board of Chiropractic Examiners, Musician’s Health and the Chiropractic Performing Arts Network, and is a past California Qualified Medical Examiner in Chiropractic.
Yesenia skillfully assists Dr. Ptak with patient care while also running the front office efficiently. She has been a stabilizing presence at Ptak Family Chiropractic since 2011, while earning her Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology at Cal State Dominguez Hills. Prior to that, she worked for several other chiropractors.
A native Los Angeleno, Yesenia takes health care very seriously. Her enthusiasm for Chiropractic and natural health came from an upbringing where her family’s approach was one of proactive health vs. a more traditional symptom-based model of care. Since both her parents worked, Yesenia was responsible for helping take care of the younger children in her large family, and caring for kids remains a passion. This is why Yesenia especially loves supporting the families who come into the Ptak Chiropractic office, which she does in her uniquely gentle, comforting way.
Currently enrolled in a Master’s program in Kinesiology, Yesenia looks forward to assisting our patient base with her ever-expanding knowledge in the fields of Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy. She plans to combine these skills with the Ptak Chiropractic philosophy and principles of a healthy, brain-based, neurological model of healthcare.
Rakalaya is likely the first person you will see upon entering the office. She greets you, excited to assist you on your journey towards healing and a better quality of life. Determined to find a line of work that is both of service to others and a positive environment for growth, Ptak Family Chiropractic entered her life as an opportunity to do just that.
Raised in Los Angeles, CA, Rakalaya has been truly blessed to surround herself with those who believe in the importance of the power of our thoughts to create our reality. Dr. Ptak’s philosophy, “what we think about, we bring about”, is directly in alignment with hers, and seeing that this philosophy works to bring about healing is one of the main things that drew her to this work.
After being hit by a car on rollerblades, Rakalaya sustained injuries to her spine. After visiting other doctors with little improvements to her injuries, the intention of “really healing my body”, led her to Ptak Family Chiropractic.
As the middle child of 7, with prior years of experience as a nanny, family holds high importance to her. You can count on Raki to give full assistance to the kids on their visits, making it enjoyable and exciting for them to return.
Rakalaya truly enjoys the family atmosphere and the focus on child care here. With the understanding of the importance of fixing subluxations as soon as possible, she will inspire you to refer your friends, family and coworkers to ensure a positive quality of life.
Dr. Tim Moynihan is the newest chiropractic intern to join our team.
A spirited scholar and athlete, heralding from NYC, Dr. Tim moved to Southern California in 2015 to pursue his passion for healing through Chiropractic.
The youngest of six children, he learned quickly to aspire to his dreams. He kept busy playing Lacrosse and Ice Hockey throughout his early years and through college, learning firsthand to be a team player and to strive for success.
He has a true desire for healing, garnered from his oldest sister Maura who has been a successful chiropractor since graduating in 2004, and introduced him to healthy lifestyle approaches.
Tim graduates from Southern California University of Health Sciences with a Doctorate in Chiropractic in December 2018 and is currently enrolled in University of Santa Monica, getting his certificate in Soul Centered Living.