Meet the Staff

Dr. Josh Bruce

Dr. Josh Bruce

Sports Chiropractor, Corrective Exercise Specialist

Dr. Josh Bruce is a chiropractor focused on restoring motion and improving movement quality. He does this through integrating soft tissue therapy, joint manipulation, functional rehabilitation and specific exercise. He utilizes current, evidence-based diagnostic procedures and treatment techniques, including the following: Function Movement Screen (FMS), McKenzie Method Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy, Active Release Technique (ART), Graston Technique, and Rock Tape Kinesiology Taping. When indicated he uses manipulation to restore proper joint mobility, and incorporates functional rehabilitation to ensure proper stability throughout your daily movement patterns. Dr. Josh has worked with workaholics and athletes and of all levels, from professional to youth and everywhere in between. When not in the clinic he is typically on the field working with one of our local youth sports teams such as the Pleasanton Junior Football League, or the Pleasanton Cavaliers Youth Rugby team

“Some of the world’s greatest feats were accomplished by people not smart enough to know they were impossible.” – Doug Larson

Education

  • Doctor of Chiropractic - Palmer College of Chiropractic West – San Jose, CA
  • Internship – Veterans Administration Hospital – Martinez, CA
    • B.S. Kinesiology: Exercise Science – California State University Long Beach

Sporting Event Experience

  • San Jose State & University of California Davis Rugby
  • High School & Youth Football/Rugby
    • Ironman National Championships Kona, HI
    • San Jose Ballet Company
  • Nationwide Golf Tour
  • National Senior Games
  • Professional Beach Volleyball
  • Professional Cycling & Mountain Biking
  • Northface Endurance Challenge
Dr. Richard Asturias

Dr. Richard Asturias

sports chiropractor, certified whiplash specialist, cycling coach

Dr. Richard Asturias graduated from Life Chiropractic College West with the distinct honor of being named Valedictorian in 1995. He now brings that same commitment to excellence and his 18 years of experience to SportsPlus. He formerly served as a faculty member at Life Chiropractic College West, has taught continuing education seminars, and has worked as a consultant with other doctors in the field of worker's compensation. Additionally, Dr. Asturias is a certified whiplash specialist through the Spine Research Institute of San Diego. He is very familiar with auto related injuries and care.

Dr. Asturias works with many local athletes. He has a history of competitive running, triathlon and is a current Category 3 Masters Road Racer and Wenzel Cycling Coach. His personal experiences carry over enhancing his ability to relate to, and better treat, athletes. He is locally known as the Cyclist Chiropractor. Dr. Asturias also provides bike fitting services and is available to speak to teams and organizations on many topics including Mobilization for the Athlete, Nutrition, The Use of Rock Tape, Cycling Etiquette and many other topics. Please call to book him as a speaker.

Dr. Asturias looks forward to helping you reach your personal health and performance goals.

 

 

Olivia Soares

Olivia Soares

Certified Massage Therapist, Personal Trainer

Olivia began her massage therapy career in Bend Oregon after completing her Associates of Applied Science from COCC and obtaining 1300 hours of massage therapy certification in 2010. Soon after, she decided to relocate to the Bay Area where she became part of the SportsPlus team.

Since then, Olivia continues to build her client base and her manual therapy knowledge. She often attends massage therapy seminars and workshops in order to advance her skills and to stay current with new methods. She specializes in Deep Tissue but also implements various other manual techniques such as

•Myofascial Release
•Graston Technique
•Rock Tape
•Chinese Cupping
•Trigger Point
•SFMA (Selective Functional Movement Assessment)

Olivia prides herself in creating a personal and effective treatment plan for each patient to assure the best possible outcome. A relationship with her patients is very important to her.

Olivia enjoys living in the East Bay and attending local activities. Being outdoors is her biggest love whether it's hiking the Pleasanton Ridge or going to the Santa Cruz beaches.

Shawn Brock

Shawn Brock

Active Release Technique, Licesened Massage Therapist

Shawn has had an affinity for the human body most of his life leading him to his career at the age of 32. Pursuing his education at the School of Healing touch in Castro Valley he obtained his certification in Sports Massage, Shiatsu, Deep Tissue, Swedish, Prenatal and Hot Stone Therapy.

In his early career, he worked in the massage program with the Fremont Chiropractic Group and assisted in the after care for MUA's (Manipulation Under Anesthesia patients). Shawn then became a certified strength trainer in early 2004 and aided in physical therapy with Gary Lindahl PT, utilized stretching and rehabilitation techniques, trigger point, myofascial release and active release with the Legacy Strength Training in the Washington Outpatient Rehabilitation facility in Fremont, CA.

Now, with over 10 years experience as a knowledgeable and  professional licensed massage therapist, Shawn is a valued member of the Sports Plus team, specializing in Active Release Technique and athlete recovery.

Shawn enjoys all aspects of physical fitness, actively participating in Tough Mudder's, Spartan Races, Crossfit and any form of outdoor activities including mountain biking, running and hiking.

Shawn also works at: Advanced Bodywork and Massage in Fremont (510)432-5530

Alana Phillips

Alana Phillips

Office Manager

Alana is the engine that makes the whole office run. If you have questions about scheduling, services, insurance, or how the Sharks are doing in the playoffs then Alana is your woman with all the answers.

 

Anela Le Cara

Head Athletic Trainer

Anela has been at SportsPlus since 2007 where she began as a massage therapist. In 2008 she decided to persue an Athletic Training Certification at The University of the Pacific in Stockton, CA. Upon her graduation in 2010, Anela became the office manager at SportsPlus while working part time as the Assistant Athletic Trainer at Diablo Valley College. Currently she is the Head Athletic Trainer at Las Positas College in Livermore. As a clinician, Anela provides individual treatment for her patients with an emphasis in musculoskeletal strengthening and manual therapy. She is also trained in Kinesio Taping, The Selective Functional Movement Assessment, TRX Suspension Training and Trigger Point Therapy. She will be starting a Master's Degree in Athletic Training in 2014.

Dr. Ed Le Cara

Dr. Ed Le Cara

SPORTS CHIROPRACTOR, Manual therapist, strength coach, and athletic trainer

With more than twenty years of experience in manual therapy, strength and conditioning, and sports medicine, Dr. Le Cara has developed a knack for helping patients heal injuries through active rehabilitation programs.   Inspired by his training as an Army combat medic, he learned how to modify rather than stop activity to accomplish the mission.  He took that experience and applied it as a personal trainer for 24 Hour Fitness while doing his undergraduate work in Exercise Science at UC Davis.  He then worked as a strength and conditioning specialist. He learned the importance of applying safe progressions and work around individual strengths, limitations, and needs while reducing injury risk and increasing performance.  After tearing three ligaments in his knee wrestling at the Division I level, he applied his experience as a medic and strength coach toward his own rehabilitation.  With a new sense of urgency, sports medicine and rehabilitation is where he decided to direct his career.

After completing his undergraduate degree, he began the four-year journey of chiropractic school at Palmer West in San Jose.  During chiropractic school he was the head wrestling coach at his Alma Mater, San Ramon Valley High School in Danville, CA, where he was inducted into their Athletic Hall of Fame in 2007.   He helped develop many national, state, and regional place winners and had four undefeated league championship years.   He completed the required 1,500 supervised hours of sports medicine coverage and attained his athletic training certification in 2004.  You can catch him providing medical coverage from youth to professional levels on any given field, mat, or court or working as a cut man for UFC and MMA fighters.

After graduation from Palmer West, he opened SportsPlus: Injury Prevention and Rehabilitation in Pleasanton, CA, where he currently practices.  With a desire to contribute to the scientific literature and be a leader in the sports medicine world, he started a PhD program in athletic training at Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions in Provo, UT, in 2007 and graduated in 2012.  His research of the morphology and function of the lumbar multifidus muscle is currently under review and is expected to be published in 2013.  Since 2010, he has been a science and medical consultant for 24 Hour Fitness corporate offices in San Ramon, CA. Le Cara is board certified in both sports medicine and rehabilitation and treats patients at the Veterans Administration Northern California Health Care System in Martinez, CA.

Now a sought-after lecturer, he instructs other sports medicine providers on human movement assessment and corrective exercise.  He is a master instructor of TRX sports medicine suspension training and an instructor for Rock Tape. He lives with his wife, Anela (a certified athletic trainer and massage therapist), and dog Brody in Pleasanton, CA.  His mission is to inspire people to take control of their health through active living and nutrition.

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