Dr. Mark Burdette

Personal History

Grew up in Texas. Spent 20 years in the Marines, most of which were spent in San Diego, Camp Pendleton, and 29 Palms. Relocated chiropractic practice from Mission Valley (San Diego) to Poway in August 2001. Married with children! Member of the Poway Chamber of Commerce, Marine Mustang Association, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Disabled American Veterans, The Retired Officers Association, and various alumni associations; the International Chiropractic Association, and its Council on Pediatrics, the American Chiropractic Association, and the Rancho Bernardo Community Presbyterian Church (Elder). Began studying chiropractic in 1993 after being influenced by the school’s founder, Dr. Jim Parker. Started seeing patients in 1998.


Undergraduate Degree from The University of Texas, Masters Degree from Florida Tech, Doctor of Chiropractic from Parker College of Chiropractic. Specialist in a variety of chiropractic techniques and Myofascial Release. Graduated from Parker College of Chiropractic with special honors. Adjunct Faculty Member, Science and Engineer Department, teaching Human Anatomy, and Anatomy & Physiology at Southwestern Community College.


Variety (Thompson, Diversified, SOT, Travell’s Myofascial Release Technique, Cox Flexion and Distraction, Activator, and more), with certifications in Functional Movement (Rock Tape), Kennedy Decompression and advanced certification in Auto Accident trauma.

Experience includes working with adults, children, pregnancy, athletes, chronic and difficult conditions.


Retired U.S. Marine Officer. Various personal decorations. Led first plane of Marines into Saudi Arabia on the onset of the Gulf War.

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Dr. Nicholas LaHood

Philosophy on Health

Life is intelligent all the way to its core. Looking at the inner workings of a human cell or a molecule, there is a massive amount of organization at work which reflects intelligence. This intelligence, or life force, is within each and every one of us. This intelligent life force, or this energy, travels from the inner parts of our brain down the spinal cord through every nerve channel to the nerve endings and back again. Any interference with this normal, natural, innate flow of energy will result in a loss of normal, natural function of the organism and create dis-ease.


  • Undergraduate Degree, Bachelors of Arts, Quincy University, Quincy, IL
  • Doctorate of Chiropractic from Palmer College of Chiropractic, Davenport, IL


I began studying Chiropractic in 1999, and began treating patients with Chiropractic in 2002. My large, extended family has about 12 – 14 practicing Chiropractic Physicians in Illinois, Florida and California. I enjoy volunteering with many different service organizations including the Rotary Club. I am currently volunteering with my church and the American Red Cross.

Why Chiropractic?

Chiropractic is the truest form of healthcare. It is most effective in dealing with dysfunctions of the body and removing interference (pain) to allow the body to return to a more normal functional status.

Personal Information

I was born and raised in Peoria, Illinois. I attended Palmer College of Chiropractic in 1999 where I proudly earned a spot on the Dean’s List. I am a past member of the Lakewood Ranch Rotary Club 2010-2012. I recently met my beautiful wife Laura in 2010 and we got married in 2012 at the St. Therese Church in Carmel Valley. We decided to live in her home town of San Diego with her extended family: parents, grandparents and many relatives. I sold my private practice and relocated to San Diego in 2012. We are very excited to be starting our lives together in a wonderful community and I look forward to serving the people of the area with expertise and a high quality of care.

Dr. LaHood is our ‘Spinal Decompression’ Specialist. He is certified in the DRS Protocol and accepts Chronic and Difficult Spinal Pain case.

Experience and Techniques: Diversified, Kennedy and DRS techniques with experience providing services to adults and difficult spinal cases and chronic conditions.

Dr. Rich Doss


Dr. Rich Doss earned a Bachelor’s Degree from California State University, Stanislaus and his Doctor of Chiropractic with honors from Life Chiropractic College West in the San Francisco Bay area. In addition to his coursework, Dr. Doss served Life West as President of the Student Body and served in Mumbai, India on a chiropractic mission trip. In addition to his training in full-spine techniques, Dr. Doss participates in advanced studies relating to extremity adjusting. This advanced study has provided Dr. Doss with the unique opportunity of providing care to elite and professional athletes, many of whom have represented the United States in international play.


While practicing mainly Diversified technique protocols, Dr. Doss is well-versed in instrument-assisted low force adjusting techniques as well as functional movement assessment and screening.

Dr. Doss has worked with children, mothers, expectant mothers, full families, seniors and athletes with acute and chronic conditions.


Dr. Rich Doss grew up near Modesto, California, the heart of the central valley and home to many dairy farms and almond orchards. After college, Dr. Doss spent time in the capital city of Sacramento where he met his wife, Heather. With the support of his wife, Dr. Doss then moved to the San Francisco Bay, attending and completing chiropractic college at Life West.

Dr. Doss and his wife now reside nearby and look forward to being involved in the great community of Poway. Dr. Doss is very active and enjoys playing softball, golf, hiking and cycling. He and his wife also enjoy taking in sporting events and spending time at the beach. While in chiropractic college, Dr. Doss also picked up the hobby of homebrewing, a hobby he continues to practice.


  • Ms. Candy, Front Office / Chiropractic Assistant / Bi-lingual (Spanish)
  • Ms. Erika
  • Ms. Melissa
  • Ms. Samantha

Massage Therapists

Mrs. Jennifer- On staff since November 2013
Education: Point Loma Nazarene University, BA in Physical Education and Bellus Academy, San Diego,CA 700+hours of Massage.
Performs: Swedish Massage, Deep Tissue Massage, Sports and Injury Treatment, Prenatal Massage.
Specialty: Swedish, deep tissue and Sports Massage.

Ms. Paula- On staff since December 2013
Education: Natural Healing Institute, Encinitas, CA 800+hours of Massage, Certified Clinical Nutritionist.
Performs: Swedish Massage, Trigger Point Therapy, Deep Tissue Massage, Sports Injury Treatment, Prenatal Massage and Lymphatic Drainage Massage.
Specialty: Swedish, Deep Tissue, Trigger Point Therapy and Sports Injury Treatment.

Ms. Shanna- On staff since March 2015

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