Prior to coming to Vella Chiropractic Center, I was diagnosed with three bulging discs in my lower back.

My medical doctor prescribed medications to reduce the swelling and sent me to a physical therapist. After a month, I was referred to a second doctor who over the next month gave me two shots of steroids into my spine.

Another month past and my left leg and foot were still numb and I could not sit or lay down comfortably. I had been out of work for 10 weeks, and the next step was to see a surgeon.

I chose to see a chiropractor, and called Dr. Heather at Vella Chiropractic Center. After just one week of adjustments, I was able to return to work. I work in a hospital at the patient’s bedside, which requires a lot of bending, walking, and standing. I have not missed a day of work since I started my treatments with Dr. Heather. I have also returned to all of my regular activities, hiking and walking on the beach with my three dogs.

Mahalo Nui Loa

Denise W. RRT

"You used to walk sideways and now look at you!"

I have always been an active person, playing sports and being outside. I had felt 'off' every time I went to the gym, but the day I stopped mid-step while running and started crying from incredible pain, I knew something was wrong. A healthy person my age should not be in such pain with every step. I tried physical therapy and met with an orthopedic surgeon for 6 months without any real change because he couldn't figure out why I was feeling so badly since everything seemed fine. Luckily, I met Dr Heather at the Haleiwa Farmers Market and she convinced me she could help me. I figured "why not"; I had gone to a chiropractor on and off growing up so it didn't scare me like some people I know. Dr. Heather is a very different chiropractor though. She doesn't just feel your spine, move some bones and send you on your way. She examined me head to toe herself and had x-rays taken. She found genetic abnormalities in those x-rays that no one had ever seen (never mind told me about) and she showed me why I would feel so much pain, explaining it in a way I could actually understand. I now feel like I understand why I hurt and know how to react to it- laying on a rolled towel, doing a few exercises, stretching, going back to the chair, etc. I am not afraid to go for a run, a hike, or even a walk on the beach now. I am not 100% yet, but I know I can be someday soon. "You used to walk sideways and now look at you!"

Mahalo Dr Heather!!


"Dr. Heather has made it possible for me to get back to the activities I was missing!!"

When I first came to see Dr. Heather, I had constant back, neck and shoulder pain. I was unable to sit or stand for any long period of time. I enjoy being outdoors and being active, but with my pain, I was unable to do all the activities I wanted. After seeing Dr. Heather just a few weeks, I began to notice change. I was able to stand and sit longer and was starting to get back into my activities. I almost forgot what life was like without pain. I highly encourage anyone who is suffering from any back/neck or shoulder pain to definitely try chiropractic care. Dr. Heather has made it possible for me to get back to the activities I was missing!!

M. Barnes

My family and I have been patients of Dr. Heather's for over 2 years now and we have nothing but wonderful things to say about her care and genuine attentiveness to our specific needs. I recommend Oceanside Chiropractic to everyone I can!


I love Dr Heather! She treated me during my pregnancy and now after it! She is very patient, listens to your concerns and it very intelligent. Highly recommend!!!