Meet the Team
About Dr. Gary Yaeger, D.C., QME
Dr. Yaeger graduated from National College of Chiropractic in 1993. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Human Biology from Northern Illinois University. While at Northern Illinois, he was the head student trainer for both the men’s football team and the women’s volleyball team.
Post Graduate Accomplishments:
- Completed Chiropractic Orthopedic program leading to Diplomate Status
- Numerous rehabilitation and sports medicine seminars
- Completed Chiropractic Pediatrics certificate
- Certified Ergonomic Instructor (University of Berkeley)
- Qualified Medical Examiner appointed by the State of California
- Completed the ACT’s in Nutrition Response Testing 2008
Dr. Yaeger has served as the team physician for the East Bay Buccaneers, a minor league football team, Brean Christian High School’s football team and the Mauraders, an East Bay Pop Warner football team.
Dr. Yaeger was a trainer at the 1988 Olympic Diving trials.
Dr. Yaeger is a featured lecturer on multiple health-related topics ranging from PMS, Body Composition, Stress Management and Children’s Health Issues.
He acts as a consultant for File View Medical, is an expert witness for malpractice and personal injury cases, and is a preferred provider to State Fund Insurance.
Dr. Yaeger’s Story
In my junior year of high school, my father took me to his chiropractor after I began to experience lower back pain while playing football. It felt as if bolts of lightning were shooting down my legs when I tackled fellow players in certain positions. The doctor was stumped, and the orthopedist said it was just strain. If I relaxed the muscles, he said, it would go away, but I was not about to hang up my jersey.
My father’s chiropractor examined me, took some X-rays and discovered the problem. With his treatment plan, I was able to continue playing football, a sport I loved. Now, I had been to a lot of hospitals as a kid, so I didn’t really want anything to do with them, but the results I got from consulting my father’s chiropractor inspired me to pursue the same career path. I could help people and I didn’t have to be anywhere near a hospital.
In college, I traded football for weightlifting and enrolled in the sports medicine program. While helping my fellow athletes, I discovered proper eating and basic nutrition. After graduation from the National College of Chiropractic, I opened my own practice and began helping others with their health problems in the best way I knew how.
At first, I was able to see a good number of patients. Many of my patients referred their family and friends, and even a fair number of doctors added me to their recommendation list as well. I enjoyed each day, from consulting with patients on their back, neck, and/or joint pain, to diagnosing and treating their concerns. As I got further into my career however, I began to notice that a lot of my patients weren’t getting well as quickly as they had been. My treatments were getting better as my knowledge and the practice grew, but I was stumped. Why was it taking longer for my patients to heal?
After much thought, I realized that my patients had other health issues that were interfering with their treatment plans. We were becoming a sicker as a society due to the poor foods, environmental toxins, and increased stress we all faced on a daily basis. Now that I had diagnosed the problem, I needed to come up with a proper treatment plan.
Many hours of research later, I discovered Nutrition Response Testing (NRT), a way to analyze the body to determine if there is a problem and if so, what the cause(s) may be. Some of the problems I encountered included heavy metals, chemical toxicity, immune challenges, food sensitivities, and more. Rather than covering up these problems, I began to learn to treat them directly.
After implementing my new knowledge, my patients began to get better! They consistently told me how good they felt, that they were sleeping better, had more energy, and experienced better digestion. Spurred by this success, I became advanced clinically trained in the technique and have continued to expand my education and evolve my practice to continue to bring my patients relief and guaranteed results.
Jessica Mercurio, Operations, Office Coordinator &
I have always loved helping people feel good. At the end of 10 years in the hospitality industry, I knew I needed more. I decided to take my love of yoga and become certified as a yoga teacher and a certified Theta Healer in 2015.
As my interest in anatomy and healing grew, I became certified in Massage Therapy and Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation in 2017.
Seeing these amazing modalities help so many when I was introduced to Nutrition Response Testing, I knew I had to learn more. I’m attending Bauman College will soon be graduating as a Certified Nutrition Consultant.
My work now is all about helping you to optimal health through customized programs. Programs that will help you reach goals in different areas of your life.
My programs range from remedial healing, stress management, to meal prepping and nutrition education.
I can show you what to choose when purchasing foods, label reading, understanding nutrition facts, and eating a diet filled with TRUE organic, raw, and healthy foods. I will help you choose dietary supplements to aid with digestive issues, pathogens, stressors, and much more.
For the last 3 years, I have been fortunate to work with Dr. Yaeger. I am the office coordinator and handle the front end of the office. I interact and assist all our patients with their questions and their care plans.
I can say I am loving my daily work. I find comfort in helping others; thus, my life feels fulfilling. Just in the midst of a dream, I can go home to my garden and continue to nurture myself, my partner, and my pup; finding abundance in every aspect of my life, leading to a delightful terminus.
Registered Yoga teacher Justbeyoga – 2015
Theta Healer – ThetaHealing® – 2015
Massage Therapy and Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation
NHI-National Holistic Institute – 2017
Nutrition Consultant Certification Bauman College in Berkeley, CA
Jillian Dalrymple, Massage therapist
Since graduating from the National Holistic Institute’s yearlong certification program in April 2018, Jillian has gained rapid and wide-ranging experience across a variety of massage therapy techniques. In particular, she has focused on Deep Tissue, Swedish, Sports Massage and facilitated stretching.
While still in school, Jillian externed with the University of California at Berkeley’s men’s swim team and practiced regular corporate and event chair massage, before landing a regular spot at Yaeger Chiropractic & Nutrition under the guidance of Dr. Gary Yaeger.
There she continues to perform post-adjustment massage therapy for clients as part of a holistic approach to wellness. She also continues to work on weekends at Ginger Springs Day Spa, Point Richmond, where she employs aromatherapy, oils and hot towels with an emphasis on relaxation.
The eagerness and passion with which Jillian approaches each client is unique, in that she begins with traditional technique and works with the client to adapt the therapy to suit the needs. She has become particularly adept at “reading” the client’s body structure.
After working for 12 years in document administration, Jillian, a native Californian, left everything behind to pursue a career in one of her lifelong interests, massage therapy. She enrolled in the, receiving her state certification soon after.
The decision to leave a 12-year job in document administration and pursue an entirely new career was, Jillian says, one of the smartest decisions she’s ever made.
In working with individuals, she has rekindled a desire to align other aspects of her life, including her ongoing interests in whole-body wellness and nature activities—she loves to hike the East Bay Hills and Pacific Ocean beaches whenever she can get away for a day.
Jillian is fun-loving and has a laugh that is contagious, she brings joy to her clients, while she enjoys the ability to keep them happy!
Jillian is thrilled to be a part of the team.
Dr. Gary Yaeger
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