Dr. Joel's CV

Curriculum Vitae


3020 Pico Blvd, Suite A
Santa Monica, CA  90405
Telephone: (310) 993-6656
[email protected]

Areas of Expertise:  Sports Chiropractic, soft tissue specialist

 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, shockwave therapy, rehabilitation, Graston technique, nutritional counseling, treatment of athletic injuries, industrial medicine, onsite care at sporting and theatrical events.

Education and Certification:

Diplomate of the American Board of Chiropractic Orthopedists, 1988

Certified Chiropractic Sports Physician, 1990

Internationally Certified Chiropractic Sports Physician, 2013

Associated Faculty for Southern California University of Health Sciences 2019-2020

International Certificate in Sports Chiropractic, 2019

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

2023 USATF medical staff for U23 NACAC Games

2023 Chiropractor for USC athletics

2023 USATF medical staff for Outdoor National Track and Field Championships

2022 Chiropractic services for USC Track and Field

2023, 2024  Medical Staff for Los Angeles Grand Prix

2017-2022 Chiropractor for UCLA athletics

2020, 2023, 2024 USA Track and Field medical staff for US National Indoor Track and Field Championships in Albuquerque, NM

2000,2004,2008, 2012, 2016, 2021 Medical staff for US Olympic Trials, track and field 

2019 USA Track and Field medical staff for Diamond League Meet in Shanghai, China

2019 medical staff for beach volleyball college showcase

2018-2021:  Director of National Chiropractic Sports Network

2018 Appreciation Award from ACA Sports Council

2018 Southern California sports coordinator for the ACA Sports Council

2018 USA Track and Field medical staff for the Florida Relays

2018 Chiropractic services for Janes, Cal Coast, and Team Mosqueda at US National Cross Country Championships

2017 Chiropractic services for "Hamilton" at the Pantages Theater

2017 Medical staff for Super Crown Skate Board World Championships

2017  Medical staff at National Collegiate Taekwondo Championships

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

2016 medical staff for US Olympic trials - marathon

2015 Medical staff for team USA at the World University Games, South Korea

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

2013 to 2016 Team Chiropractor for Occidental College athletic programs

2016 Medical staff for US Olympic Trials for marathon, Los Angeles, CA

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. 

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

2001,2002,2003,2005 (medical supervisor), 2007,2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017, 2019, 2022 Medical staff US Outdoor National Track and Field Championships; 2001, 2012, 2013, 2014, and 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 present Medical staff for Mount Sac Relays

2000-2003 Medical staff for LA Invitational Track Meet

1993-2007 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

1985-2002 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

Personal Interests

Professional musician (saxophone, clarinet, flute, piccolo), history, sports. Travel


  1. Russ Romano, ATC, Director of Operations of Athletic Medicine.  [email protected]
  2. Mike Reed, D.C. (Former head of USOC Sports Medicine) [email protected]  
  3. Rose Monday  (USA Track Coach at 2012 Olympic Games) [email protected]
  4. Avery Anderson (Medical director for UCLA Track and Field) [email protected] 
  5. Quincy Watts, (Head coach for USC Track and Field). [email protected]
  6. Jack Hoyt (Head coach for Azusa Pacific Track and Field)  [email protected]
  7. Dustin Williams, ATC (Head athletic trainer for USA Track and Field) [email protected] 
  8. James Kurtz, D.C. ( Chiropractor for the Seattle Seahawks) [email protected]
  9. Anthony Iselborn D.C., ATC (Chiropractor for the Jacksonville Jaguars) [email protected]

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




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