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.
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 spinal biomechanics. In 2009, he went back to 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 is an active member of the International Chiropractic Association, The International Chiropractic Pediatric Association, 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.
Lisa, the newest member of our team, is the first person you will likely see upon entering Ptak Family Chiropractic. She cheerfully runs the front desk, handling patient appointments and phones, all while keeping the flow of patients moving. Additionally, she and fellow CA Yesenia work directly with Dr. Ptak assisting with patient care.
A native of Los Angeles, Lisa has been a patient of chiropractic for more than half her life, and firmly believes in the proactive and non-medicinal approach to health care for herself, her son, and her family. She has been educated in how the body works, what subluxations are, and how she and others can heal from the inside out and looks forward to expanding her knowledge base under the tutelage of Dr. Ptak.
Lisa initially sought care with Dr. Ptak 17 years ago when it was recommended to her by her High School Parenting teacher, Marilyn McGrath. As a young mom, Lisa experienced the many stresses common to young mothers. Marilyn recommended Chiropractic care for Lisa to assist her in making it through those trying times of high school and young motherhood. Lisa has experienced the many benefits of chiropractic care, assisting her on the mental, emotional and physical levels. Her son Jason, now 18, and she have both enjoyed 17 years as chiropractic patients in Dr. Ptak’s office.