Soft Tissue Center Staff

The Horrigan Sports Chiropractic and Soft Tissue Center staff consists of several doctors of chiropractic. All of the staff at Horrigan Sports Chiropractic and Soft Tissue Center are involved in sports medicine and sports science research.

Our staff consists of:

Joseph M. Horrigan, DC, DACBSP

Dr. Horrigan is the President of Horrigan Sports Chiropractic and Soft Tissue Center.  Dr. Horrigan served on the American Chiropractic Board of Sports Physicians for twelve years, of which one year was as President and five years were as Vice-President.  He served as the Chair of the Written Examination Committee for nine years.  Dr. Horrigan was awarded the 2001 Sports Chiropractor of the Year.  Dr. Horrigan teaches differential diagnosis to third-year students at the Southern California University of Health Sciences from 2005 to current.   Dr. Horrigan is on Postgraduate Faculty at the Southern California University of Health Science/Los Angeles College of Chiropractic, Northwestern College of Chiropractic, and Palmer College of Chiropractic in the Sports Medicine Department.  He has been published in several professional journals.  Dr. Horrigan also served as the Head Speed-Strength and Conditioning for the Los Angeles Kings from 1999-2002.  He served as the Team Chiropractor for the Long Beach Ice Dogs hockey team from 1995 – 1999 and as their Director of Speed-Strength and Conditioning from 1996 – 2003.  Dr. Horrigan served on the Sports Medicine Committee for USA Weightlifting from 1997 – 2005.  He served as the Chief Medical Officer for Team USA for the 1999 Junior World Championships and 2003 World Championships in Weightlifting.  He also lectures for USA Track and Field in the Elite Hurdle Development Program.    He also wrote the IRONMAN Magazine Sports Medicine Column for ten years and has resumed this column in the March 2004 issue.  He has intermittently written the Sports Medicine Column for INSIDE KUNG-FU and MS. FITNESS magazines.  Dr. Horrigan co-authored two books, THE  7-MINUTE ROTATOR CUFF SOLUTION published by Health For Life Publications, and STRENGTH CONDITIONING, AND INJURY PREVENTION FOR HOCKEY published by McGraw-Hill/Contemporary Books Publications.  The entertainment industry has utilized the sports medicine and sports performance skills of Dr. Horrigan.  He has served as Medical Consultant for the films: “The Matrix”, “Charlie’s Angels II Full Throttle”, “Spiderman II”, and “Django Unchained”; and served as Athletic Performance Consultant on “Seabiscuit”, “Skeleton Key”, “Things We Lost in the Fire”,  “Che – The Argentine” and “Che – Guerrila”, “The Lovely Bones”, “The Hunger Games”, “Savages”, and “Paradise Lost”.

Steven J. Tunnell, DC, DACBSP, CSCS

Dr. Tunnell has been on staff for over eighteen years.  He is a graduate of California State University, Northridge.  Dr. Tunnell’s postgraduate education was at Cleveland Chiropractic College.  His post-doctoral education included first achieving the Certified Chiropractic Sports Practitioner (CCSP), followed by the highest level in chiropractic sports medicine, the Diplomate of the American Chiropractic Board of Sports Physicians (DACBSP).  Dr. Tunnell has served as Staff Chiropractor and Co-Team Chiropractor for the Long Beach Ice Dogs.  He has assisted with sports performance testing with the Los Angeles Kings and Long Beach Ice Dogs.  Dr. Tunnell has also worked in the field at professional volleyball tournaments, aerobics championships, and fitness competitions.  Dr. Tunnell has lectured about hockey injuries in the Advanced Sports Injuries Program at Southern California University of Health Sciences/Los Angeles College of Chiropractic.  He also has presented papers at the Chiropractic Sports Sciences Symposium.  Dr. Tunnell worked for ten days in 2003 at the Olympic Training Center at Colorado Springs with USA Weightlifting Team.  Dr. Tunnell’s interests include football and golf.

David Velasquez, DC, CCSP, CSCS

Dr. Velasquez has served as a Staff Chiropractor, then Co-Team Chiropractor and then Team Chiropractor for the Long Beach Ice Dogs which became the Ontario Reign.  Dr. Velasquez has been on staff for sixteen years. Dr. Velasquez performed  his undergraduate work at California State University Los Angeles and followed this work at Los Angeles College of Chiropractic.  Dr. Velasquez has assisted with sports performance testing with the Los Angeles Kings and Long Beach Ice Dogs.  He earned his certification as a Certified Chiropractic Sports Practitioner (CCSP). He also has presented papers at the Chiropractic Sports Sciences Symposium and at the California Chiropractic Association Symposium.  Dr. Velasquez is certified as a strength and conditioning specialist (CSCS) with the National Strength and Conditioning Association and also as a Level 1 (Club) Coach with USA Weightlifting.  Dr. Velasquez also serves as the Team Chiropractor for Whittier College. Dr. Velasquez is the Co-Team Chiropractor for USA Volleyball.  Most recently, Dr. Velasquez is the Team Chiropractor for the 2013 High School Football National Championship team, St. John Bosco, in Belflower, CA.  Dr. Velasquez also finds time to be the Team Chiropractor for the Los Angeles Blues Soccer Club and the Chikara Weightlifting Club.  Dr. Velasquez completed his OTC Rotation in 2010.

Jennifer Watters, DC, CCSP, MAOM, LAc

Dr. Jennifer Watters joined the Soft Tissue Center at DISC in 2010. Dr. Watters has training in chiropractic sports medicine, as well as acupuncture and oriental medicine. Dr. Watters earned numerous awards during her studies including the Recipient of the E. Maylon Drake Humanitarian Award and a member of the Delta Tau Alpha Fraternity at the Southern California University of Health Sciences.  Dr. Watters earned her bachelor of science in biochemistry and a bachelor of arts in psychology from University of California San Diego.  She earned her Master’s degreee in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine.  Dr. Watters has worked numerous events including AIDS Lifecycle 6 & 7, Avon Breast Cancer Walk, Rancho Starbuk 5K, and with the Association of Volleyball Professionals (AVP), as well as outreach programs through Healing Hands for Humanity with health care trips to Bolivia and Tecate. Dr. Watters continued her involvement in her favorite sport, which is rowing, and she served as Assistant Women’s Rowing Coach at University of California San Diego from 2004-2005. Dr. Watters is an asset to the Soft Tissue Center at DISC Marina del Rey office with her good clinical outcomes with acupuncture and oriental medicine.  The significant results of her acupuncture include pain patients, post-operative pain patients, and with nausea in chemotherapy patients.   Patients undergoing chemotherapy have found a much improved sense of well being as well as nausea suppression from the acupuncture treatments.

William K. Bergman, PhD

William K. Bergman, PhD began providing services for the Soft Tissue Center at DISC in late 2008. Dr. Bergman earned his doctorate in kinesiology from Ryokan University. Dr. Bergman specializes in a form of neck and low back rehabilitation known as MedX.  He was one of the first people trained by Arthur Jones to use this equipment and was certified in MedX in 1998. Prior to providing services for the Soft Tissue Center at DISC, Dr. Bergman served as Clinic Director of the Spinal Health Care and Santa Monica Spine Care. Dr. Bergman also served as Director of Rehabilitation for Joint Rehab and Sports Medicine and as President of Structural Wellness Center. Dr. Bergman has served as a Big Brother to the Mentally Challenged since 1985.

G. Douglas Andersen, DC, DACBSP, CCN

Dr. Doug Andersen provides nutritional consultation services for the patients of the Soft Tissue Center and D.I.S.C. Dr. Andersen has an illustrious history of success in nutrition. Dr. Andersen is trained in chiropractic sports medicine and is also a Certified Clinical Nutritionist. Dr. Andersen brings a scientific, evidence-based approach to nutrition. He is the author of the monthly Nutrition Column in Dynamic Chiropractic and has written this column since 1991. Dr. Andersen served as the Team Nutritionist for the Los Angeles Kings from 1999-2002 and he served the same role for the Long Beach Ice Dogs from 1996-2003. He also consulted with the Green Bay Packers to address dehydration issues with the team. Dr. Andersen presents nutrition research updates at various conferences on nutrition and teaches in Post Graduate Sports Medicine Programs for the Southern California University of Health Sciences and Northwestern University of Health Sciences. Dr. Andersen has provided nutritional services for football players preparing for the NFL Combine, Olympic athletes in track and field and volleyball, and professional athletes in football, hockey and baseball. Dr. Andersen’s sports medicine background includes having served as the Medical Director of the Association of Volleyball Professionals for ten years, Co-Team Chiropractor for USA Volleyball, and currently as medical staff for the Association of Surfing Professionals. We are pleased to have Dr. Andersen bring such a high level of science to the nutritional consultation services for the Soft Tissue Center.

Designations

There are several designations that appear after the doctor’s names.  The first is D.C. and this stands for Doctor of Chiropractic.  Two of the designations are for various stages of sports medicine credentials.  The first is CCSP and this represents Certified Sports Medicine Practitioner.  The second is DACBSP and this stands for Diplomate of the American Chiropractic Board of Sports Physicians.  These certifications are achieved through sports medicine curricula, written examinations, practical examination, practical field hours, and a publishable paper.   The CCSP is the first tier and DACBSP is the second tier.  The certifying board is the American Chiropractic Board of Sports Physicians.  CSCS stands for Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist and this certification is attained through the National Strength and Conditioning Association. LAc is the designation for Licensed Acupuncturist, which permits the practice of acupuncture and oriental medicine. CCN designates Certified Clinical Nutritionist.  MAOM is the Masters in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine.  DA is a Doctorate of Arts.

The State of California Labor Board has also recognized the DACBSP certification as an advanced degree of training for the evaluation and treatment of workmen’s compensation injuries.