Accessibility View Close toolbar

Meet the Chiropractor

  • Dr.
    Joel Bienenfeld

    Joel Bienenfeld is a Santa Monica chiropractor who serves Santa Monica and the surrounding communities in CA .

    Areas of Expertise:

    Active Release Techniques, Biomechanics, Chiropractic Orthopedics, Sports Medicine, Chiropractic manipulative therapy to the spine and extremities, soft tissue and massage techniques, physio-therapy modalities, motion palpation evaluation, athletic taping and kinesiotaping, laser therapy, pulsed electromagnetic field therapy, rehabilitation, Graston technique, nutritional counseling, treatment of athletic injuries, industrial medicine, onsite care at sporting and theatrical events.

    Education and Certification:

    • Diplomat of the American Board of Chiropractic Orthopedists, 1988
    • Certified Chiropractic Sports Physician, 1990
    • Internationally Certified Chiropractic Sports Physician, 2013
    • Credentialed in Active Release Techniques for advanced spine, upper extremity, lower extremity, as well as biomechanics, peripheral long tract nerve entrapments, active palpation, and complex protocols.
    • Certified in motion palpation, laser therapy, kinesiotaping, applied clinical nutrition, Functional Movement Screen (FMS), and disability evaluation. I attended continuing education courses in industrial medicine, rehabilitation, diagnostic imaging, chiropractic techniques, nutrition, sports injuries, soft tissue methods, and veterinary chiropractic.
    • Participant in Chinese Olympic Training Center educational program
    • Pasadena College of Chiropractic, graduated 1983 Magna Cum Laude. Student body vice-president, treasurer, and Run For Health Chairman.
    • California State University, Northridge. Graduated 1979 with a bachelor of arts in history, treasurer of Phi Delta Theta Fraternity, recipient of David Wozniki Scholarship.
    • University of California, Los Angeles, Undergraduate 1974-1975

    Professional Experience

    2018 Director of National Chiropractic Sports Network

    2018 Appreciation Award from the ACA Sports Council

    2018 Southern California sports coordinator for the ACA Sports Council

    2018 USA Track and Field medical staff for the Florida Relays

    2017 Medical staff for Super Crown Skate Board World Championships

    2017 Chiropractic services for 'Hamilton' at the Pantages Theater

    2017 Medical staff for National Collegiate Taekwondo Championships

    2017 to present Chiropractor for UCLA Track and Field

    2016 and 2004 US Gymnastics Tour of Champions medical staff. Member of USA Gymnastics referral network.

    2016 Medical staff for the US Olympic trials - marathon

    2015 Medical Staff for Team USA at the World University Games, South Korea

    2015 Onsite Chiropractic services for VH1 television series 'Hit the Floor' season 3

    2013 to 2016 Team Chiropractor for Occidental College athletic programs

    2013 Chiropractic services for UCLA Track and Field and elite runners with Coach Johnny Grey

    2013 Chiropractic services for HSI Track Team, coach John Smith

    2012 Medical Staff for the United States at the 2012 Olympic Games, London

    Medical Staff for USATF Occidental College High Performance Meet, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 (medical director)

    2008 to 2015 work with Dave Pechman, M.D. Agreed Medical Evaluations and Qualified Medical Evaluations.

    2008 to present: Private practice at 3020 Pico Blvd. suite A Santa Monica, CA 90405

    1984-2008 Private practice in Pacific Palisades

    2012 to 2013 Los Angeles Ballet Company, onsite Chiropractic services

    2011: Pan American Games Medical staff for United States of America

    July 2010 Medical Staff for USA Track and Field for under 23 world championships

    February 2010 Volunteer Chiropractor at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, California

    2009 Medical Staff US National Judo Championships

    2000,2004,2008, 2012, 2016 Medical staff for US Olympic Trials, track and field

    2001,2002,2003,2005 (medical supervisor), 2007,2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017 Medical staff US Outdoor National Track and Field Championships, 2001, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2016 Indoor National Championships

    2008 Team Chiropractor So Cal Track Club at Masters National Track Championships

    2006 Medical staff for X-Games, Los Angeles, California

    2006 Medical staff for Lake Placid Iron Man

    2003-2008 Medical staff for Adidas Classic Track Meet at Home Depot Olympic training center.

    2000-2008, 2015 to prestne Medical staff for Mount Sac Relays

    2000-2003 Medical staff for LA Invitational Track Meet

    1993-2007, 2016 Chiropractor for Los Angeles Marathon elite runners

    2005 Medical staff for US Figure Skating Championships

    2003 Medical staff PGA Golf Tour

    1997-2010 Team Chiropractor for Santa Monica Track Club

    2002-present Team Chiropractor for See Jane Run Track Club

    2002-2005 Chiropractic services for USC Track and Field

    2005-2006 Chiropractic services for Cal State University Northridge Track Team

    1997 Chiropractic services for Santa Monica College Track Team

    1985 to present Team Chiropractor for Palisades High School, Santa Monica High School, and Agoura High School for various sports teams ( including football, baseball, basketball, swimming, track and field, and cross country). Currently providing Chiropractic services for Santa Monica High school track and cross country teams.

    1991-2012 On site Chiropractic services to Ahmanson Theater, Shubert Theater, Pantages Theater, Orange County Playhouse, and San Diego Playhouse theatrical performances. Phantom of the Opera, The Producers, Cinderella, Swan Lake, “Movin Out”, Contact, Kiss Me Kate, Curtains, the Drowsy Chaperone, the Donny and Marie Christmas Show.

    1995 Volunteer Chiropractor for U.S. Olympic Training Center, Colorado Springs, CO

    1997 Team Chiropractor for LA Legends Women’s Professional Baseball

    2002-2006 Miscellaneous Chiropractic services for Rafer Johnson UCLA Track Meet, Malibu Triathlon, Will Rogers Polo Tournament

    1984-1986 On site Chiropractic care to the Solid Gold crew and dancers

    Professional Memberships and Publications

    Fellow of the Academy of Chiropractic Orthopedists

    Member of the American College of Chiropractic Orthopedics

    Member of the American Chiropractic Association, California Chiropractic Association, ACA Council of Orthopedics, ACA Council of Sports Injuries

    Member of Internationale de Chiropratique du Sport

    ACA Sports Council Southern California Sports Coordinator, member of networking committee

    Past president and treasurer of Santa Monica district of the CCA

    YMCA Youth Track Meet Chairman 1988-1992

    Supervising Doctor for the graduate program of Southern California University of Health Sciences, 2005

    Author, “My Experience as a Volunteer Chiropractor at the U.S. Olympic Training Center” Sports Talk Magazine, Summer 1996

    Author, “Working for USA Track and Field on medical staff at the 2012 summer Olympics in London” Sports Talk Magazine, Fall 2012

    Click Here to view Dr. Joel's Curriculum Vitae.

Office Hours

Our Regular Schedule

Joel Bienenfeld DC


8:00 AM-1:30 PM

2:00 PM - 5:00 PM (UCLA athletic department)


9:00 AM-1:00 PM

2:00 PM-7:30 PM


1:00 PM-7:30 PM


8:00 AM-1:30 PM


12:00 PM-6:00 PM


8:00 AM-1:30 PM




Find us on the map