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FREE WORKSHOP: Girl Talk – Take Control!

By | Events, Health & Wellness, Therapy, Women's Health

Let’s Talk About College
More than academics, it’s a whole new world.

Join us for a fun and informative evening where we will talk about living your new college lifestyle.

Learn about how to stay safe on campus, have important conversations about sex, and develop tools to manage stress and approach test-taking,

Monday, July 8

1450 Treat Boulevard
Walnut Creek, CA 94597

This event is FREE and open to the public.

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Patty Geraghty, MSN, FNP-BC, WHNP, is a nurse practitioner with over 20 years of experience.  She is a fun and engaging speaker, nationally recognized for her contributions to women’s health.

Rebecca Berke, BCH, is a board-certified hypnotherapist and mindfulness teacher/coach who facilitates self-leadership in positive ways. Her talent lies in the ability to help clients create clear and confident visions for their lives.

CW NEWS: Rebeccah Shalev, ND, Joins Our Practice

By | In the News, Our Practice

Comprehensive Wellness is pleased to announce that Rebeccah Shalev, ND, has joined our practice this month. Rebeccah is a functional medicine specialist who tackles illnesses as a puzzle to solve—with respect for the whole health of the human being. She believes that symptom relief is important to get you functioning again, but for truly long-term healing to occur, the root cause must be found.

Learn more about Rebeccah Shalev, ND

Summer Quinoa Salad

By | Recipes


1 cup uncooked quinoa,
rinsed in a fine-mesh colander

2 cups water

1 can (15 ounces) chickpeas,
rinsed and drained

1 medium cucumber

1 medium red bell pepper ( chop)

¾ cup chopped red onion

1 cup finely chopped flat-leaf parsley

¼ cup olive oil

¼ cup lemon juice

2 cloves garlic, pressed or minced

½ teaspoon fine sea salt


In a large bowl, combine chickpeas, cucumber, bell pepper, onion and parsley.

Cook quinoa separately.

In a small bowl, combine the olive oil, lemon juice, garlic and salt. Whisk until blended, then set aside.

Once the quinoa is ready and cooled for 5-10 minutes; combine with the rest of the ingredients.

Chronic Low Back Pain – Disc vs. Muscle

By | Feature, Musculoskeletal Health

Chronic Low Back Pain – Disc vs. Muscle

Do you have chronic low back pain (CLBP) or episodic low back flare-ups? Are you afraid to get into certain positions for fear of low back pain? Do you have low back or hip tightness that lasts for more than a few days? You may be suffering from lumbar disc damage or have a strained muscle. How can you tell the difference? It’s important because treating a disc injury like a muscle injury can prevent your symptoms from improving or can even make you worse.

Here are some key differences between disc and muscle injuries.

Low back muscle injuries:

  • The muscle symptoms should be proportional to the muscle load or strain.
  • When contracting an injured muscle, symptoms increase.
  • Injured muscles are very painful initially, but completely resolve within 4-6 weeks.
  • Treatments like chiropractic, physical therapy, and massage work well.
  • Ice and medications, like Ibuprofen, often alleviate symptoms quickly.

Low back disc injuries:

  • It takes a long time to create a disc injury, unless the force is very large like a car accident or a slip and fall. However, once damaged, seeming innocuous movements can bring great pain. Like bending to put on socks or picking up an infant.
  • The pain can drop quickly after a flare-up dropping from an 8/10 to a 2/10 after just a few hours or days.
  • There may be symptoms down one or both lower extremities.
  • Abdominal bracing can reduce symptoms.
  • Slight hip flexion or extension can change symptoms significantly.
  • Treatments like chiropractic or physical therapy do not provide long-term relief.
  • Disc injuries often present as muscle tightness in the low back, groin, hips and hamstrings and can be mistaken for muscle problems.
  • Symptoms are present for months and years, not weeks.

CLBP is complicated. If you are experiencing CLBP for months or years and traditional treatment has not provided long-term relief, call and set up an appointment with Dr. Kai Tiltmann, a McGill Method Master Clinician.  Experience the 3-hour McGill Method yourself and receive the tools needed to help resolve your pain and regain your life once more.

Kai Tiltmann, DC - Chiropractor / McGill Method Specialist

Dr. Kai Tiltmann specializes in patients suffering from chronic low back pain that has been unresponsive to interventions including physical therapy, chiropractic, acupuncture, massage, exercises, yoga, pilates, injections, medication and sometimes surgery. He is a McGill Method Master Clinician with specialized training to assess chronic low back pain triggers and develop rehabilitation plans that help patients on to the path of recovery.

SPECIAL OFFER: Summer Energy Healing

By | Promotion, Therapy

Brighten Your Energy Field
and Bask in Your Inner Glow

Summer is the time when we tend to feel more active and energetic. Yet, we can also feel overwhelmed, stressed and fatigued when we are out of balance. We can easily become “overheated.”

During these summer healing sessions we will: 

  • rebalance and re-energize your life force energy 
  • support you in setting healthy boundaries 
  • align you with your inner strength and creative life goals
  • rejuvenate your mind and body for optimal health, harmony, and joy this season

Schedule your Summer energy healing session with Denise Arline, MA, and receive 25% discount through June 21st—Summer Solstice.

*Offer valid through June 21, 2019. Discount applied at the time of payment.

Book your Energy Healing Session!
Summer Energy Healing

Denise Arline, MA, is an Energy Medicine Practitioner, Reiki Healing Master, and Holistic Life Coach. She holds a Masters Degree in Transformative Healing Arts from JFK University and advanced training in various healing modalities. With years of experience, Denise supports her patients in clearing blocks and restoring their natural energy flow and vitality.  This allows her patients to feel more empowered, energized and able to create positive change in all areas of their lives.

Schedule FREE Consultation

Coffee Smoothie

By | Recipes


1 cup chilled brewed coffee

1 banana, cut into chunks

1 cup nonfat plain Greek yogurt

1 tbsp ground flax seed

1 tsp honey or agave nectar

1/2 tsp ground cinnamon

1/4 tsp grated nutmeg

6 ice cubes


Place all of the ingredients in a heavy-duty blender (one that can crush ice).  Blend until smooth.

SPECIAL OFFER: SculpSure Promotion

By | Aesthetic Medicine, Promotion

Getting rid of stubborn fat in problem areas can be a big challenge, even with diet and exercise. SculpSure®, a body contouring laser procedure, offers a safe way to permanently eliminate fat in these areas. In as little as 25 minutes, up to 24% of fat cells can be eliminated from the love handles, abdomen, bra roll, thighs and other areas.

We love Sculpsure® Permanent Fat Reduction and we want you to try it with a special offer: 

Treat one area, …get a second area for free!*


*Offer valid through June 30 2019, some restrictions apply, ask your clinician for details


Learn MoreSchedule FREE Consultation

CLINICIANS IN THE COMMUNITY: Allyson Mayo, DBH, Presenting at Annual Substance Use Disorder Symposium

By | Clinicians in the Community, Health & Wellness

Allyson Mayo, DBH, is faculty and a key presenter at the UCSF Smith Family Foundation’s 8th Annual Substance Use Disorder Symposium on Friday June 28th.  This is a full day event held at UCSF Mission Bay Conference Center. The event is open to the pubic and features speakers addressing the new resurgence in legitimate psychedelic therapies and research, updates on medication-assisted treatment, neuromusicology and recovery, technological advances in the treatment of addiction, expert perspectives on trauma and conscious recovery, updates on approaches to substance use disorder education in the medical system, and the emerging workforce of dedicated addiction professionals.

Learn more about the UCSF Smith Family Foundation’s Annual Substance Use Disorder Symposium

Allyson Mayo, DBH

CLINICIANS IN THE COMMUNITY: Emotional Wellness: Strategies and Tools for Your Family

By | Clinicians in the Community, Health & Wellness

Is your child exhibiting behaviors that have you concerned about their emotional well-being? Are they experiencing anxiety, depression, trauma, emotional difficulties, or stress that feels unmanageable?

Comprehensive Wellness, a John Muir Health Community Connect Practice, is hosting a one-of-a-kind workshop.  Dr. Mayo will discuss the new thinking around emotional and behavioral health. We are committed to providing families access to the skills and knowledge they need to promote health and wellness in their families and community.   

Dr. Mayo will answer your individual questions, ensuring that your concerns are heard and you leave with the tools you need to help your family today. 

May 16, 2019
6:00pm – 8:00pm 

John Muir Health Outpatient
1450 Treat Blvd – Thompson Conference Room
Walnut Creek CA  94597

Emotional Wellness Workshop
Allyson Mayo, DBH

Allyson Mayo, DBH
Behavioral Health Practitioner/Educator

Dr. Allyson Mayo is a Doctor of Behavioral Health and an industry expert educating on how to prescribe Lifestyle Medicine to the root causes of maladaptive behaviors. Through a revolutionary approach of Behavioral Fitness, Dr. Mayo brings us all a much needed new approach to mental health. A professor at USF and county mental health representative, she is helping our communities become behaviorally fit.  

For more information, contact Dr. Mayo at amayo@comprehensivewellness.org or call 925.464.3916.