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.
Dr. Josh Bruce
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
- Doctor of Chiropractic - Palmer College of Chiropractic West – San Jose, CA
- Residency – 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
Anela Le Cara
Certified massage therapist
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 2013.