At choosing joy, inc., your health and wellness are our top priority. By combining traditional Western and Eastern medicine's latest proven modalities, we will collaborate with you to provide a healing-oriented, personalized treatment plan to get you on your path to balanced wellness. Our goal is to treat the whole person by promoting synchrony of the mind, body and spirit to allow your body's innate capacity to heal itself.
We strive to cultivate a healing environment based upon mindfulness, respect and compassion to collaborate with our patients in making responsible healthcare decisions.
Please feel free to contact our friendly office staff at any time should you have any questions. We look forward to seeing you soon!
WHO WE TREAT
Our office considers the needs of all patients that desire to improve their health and wellness a priority. Our practitioners are caring and compassionate and strive to provide the best outcome from treatments rendered.
- Private Insurance (Blue Cross, Blue Shield, Aetna, Cigna, United HealthCare, and many more)
- Worker's Compensation
- Medicare (Please note: Acupuncture is not a covered service)
If you have questions regarding your insurance coverage for any of our services, please feel free to contact our friendly office staff for assistance.
Nicole Marie Wakim
Doctor of Medicine
choosing joy, inc. Medical Director
Nicole Marie Wakim, M.D., is the medical director for choosing joy, inc. She is an integrative pain management physician with board certification in Anesthesiology. She completed her undergraduate training at the University of San Diego, medical school at Loyola Stritch School of Medicine outside of Chicago, Illinois, and an Anesthesiology residency at Loyola University Medical Center. She is an avid yogi, a certified 200-hour yoga instructor (finishing her 500-hour teacher training through YogaWorks in 2015) and a current Fellow in the Integrative Medicine Fellowship through the University of Arizona with Dr. Andrew Weil, M.D. Her interest is to provide individualized patient treatment plans by combining traditional western medicine with more holistic Eastern medicine approaches to include the following for relief for a myriad of disease states, chronic pain, and stress related conditions:
Doctor of Chiropractic
Functional Movement Expert
Dr. Cody Dimak attended Nicholls State University in Thibodaux, Louisiana, on a football and academic scholarship. He attended Logan College of Chiropractic in St. Louis, Missouri, interning in the Sports and Rehabilitation department. He is the Team Chiropractic Physician for Orange Coast College, and Costa Mesa Pop Warner Football.
Dr. Dimak is a Functional Movement Expert utilizing the Functional Movement Screen (FMS), and is a member of the International Society of Clinical Rehabilitation Specialists. His style of treatment includes soft tissue and manual therapy, chiropractic adjustments that fit each patient's needs, and prescribed rehabilitative and functional exercises that are patient-specific. His goal is to help his patients improve their lives by improving their function.
Doctor of Chiropractic
M.S. in Nutrition and Human Performance
Dr. MaryAnne Harrington attended the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where she received a B.S. in Biological Sciences. After graduation, she moved to Saint Louis, Missouri to pursue her degree in Chiropractic, completing an internship in the Sports and Rehabilitation Department, and graduating with honors.
She is Full Body certified in Active Release Technique (A.R.T.), and also certified in the Webster Technique (prenatal care). She teaches yoga and spin classes at YAS Fitness Centers in Costa Mesa. Her goal for her patients is to empower them to take control of their health, and live at their highest level of function.
Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine
Chris Marker, D.O., is a physician who is board certified by the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. He completed his residency at NYU-Langone Medical Center in New York, N.Y. He also holds a subspecialization in Sports Medicine. He routinely performs electrodiagnostic testing for various nerve and muscle conditions. He performs interventional spine procedures in the lumbar spine and peripheral joint injections under ultrasound guidance. His interests include the use of biologics for the treatment of musculoskeletal conditions. This holistic approach to medicine allows the person's own body to help heal their musculoskeletal conditions. He has been the director of a sport concussion clinic since 2010. He utilizes the latest cognitive based testing and a comprehensive rehabilitation approach to ensuring the safe return of athletes to their respective field of play.
Natsuko Wantanabe, DPT
Doctor of Physical Therapy
Natsuko Watanabe, DPT was born and raised in Tokyo, Japan where she was an avid athlete, being team captain in both basketball and soccer. She is currently the only Japanese speaking physical therapist in Orange County. Her interest in sports led her to come to the United States where she earned her B.S. in Kinesiology from Syracuse University. Her passion to help people with physical injuries lead her to earn her Doctor of Physical Therapy Degree at Chapman University in Orange, California.
Her philosophy in physical therapy is the fusion of art and science enabling her to be creative with each treatment while understanding the human anatomy and biomechanics. Blending the knowledge of Eastern and Western medicine allows her to individualize and optimize her patient's outcomes through both an evidence-based and holistic approach. This allows her to treat each person as a whole, rather than just a list of symptoms or an injury. Her passion is finding the root cause of the patient's problem so that she will not only temporarily fix the issue, but help the patient obtain their personal goals and to maximize their health outcomes.
On her free time, she enjoys being outdoors, and on the outrigger canoe team, jogging, snowboarding, skateboarding, playing basketball, being active, and spending time with her friends and dog, Luca.
Mike Russo, DPT
Doctor of Physical Therapy
Dr. Mike Russo graduated in 2007 from Cal State Long Beach’s prestigious Physical Therapy program under the guidance of one of the best orthopedic and manual skills professors in the country. Mike has been a PT for 7 years and has successfully managed 2 facilities in Southern California. Mike is a skilled orthopedic physical therapist, specializing in sports injuries, musculo-skeletal injuries, postural correction and pre- and post- operative injuries. He encompasses functional biomechanical, soft tissue and joint treatment techniques. Some of these specialized techniques he utilizes during his treatments include: Mulligan concepts, kinesio-taping, Janda approach and muscle release technique. Mike is also a credentialed clinical instructor by the American Physical Therapy Association. Mike enjoys spending time outside with family and performing activities such as: hiking, boating, biking, running, camping, soccer, baseball, basketball and surfing. Mike also loves to travel and currently lives in Long Beach.