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KEVIN MCNAMEE, D.C., L.Ac.

Kevin McNameeKevin McNamee began his healthcare career at the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) where he majored biomedical engineering. This program allowed him to explore various health fields, and it provided a broad look at healthcare delivery in the United States. During his third year at UCLA, Kevin conducted DNA research at the Biological Chemistry Department in the Medical School. After two years of research, he and his fellow researchers published their findings in the Journal of Bacteriology. Eager to explore other health fields, Kevin volunteered one summer as an immunization screener for the Los Angeles County Immunization Program which provides services to the undeserved areas of the city and county. There, he met a segment of the population who relied on Federal assistance to meet their healthcare needs, and he developed an appreciation for public health, an appreciation that remains with him to this day.

While at UCLA, Kevin also worked as a non-invasive cardiology technician at Santa Monica Hospital and St. John's Hospital. He continued working there during school breaks while attending chiropractic and Oriental medicine programs. It provided an excellent clinical opportunity and a steady source of income through the learning and lean years.

Upon completion of his Bachelor's program, Kevin was accepted to the Los Angeles College of Chiropractic in Whittier, California. There he described the academic demand of the chiropractic program as many times more demanding than the engineering program at UCLA. Taking 32 units per semester, class and laboratory work taking 40 hours per week, not including study time on the outside forced him to minimize relaxation time and maximize study time. Dinner, lunches and laundry for the week were done in a four-hour block on the weekend.

In the second term of chiropractic school, Kevin attended a presentation by an acupuncturist who selected two of Kevin's classmates for a demonstration. One had sprained his ankle on the athletic field and was limping; the other had knee surgery one month prior and was still on crutches. The acupuncturist used only his fingers to stimulate the acupuncture points. This treatment, known as acupressure, greatly helped these students to walk, decreased swelling, and increased joint motion.

This demonstration intrigued Kevin who realized the combination of chiropractic, acupuncture and oriental medicine could benefit his future patients. Each, he surmised, had something to offer. Where one treatment option may fall short of the therapeutic goal, the other would fill the void and allow the treatment goal to be realized.

At that point, Kevin and 20 other chiropractic students entered Emperor's College of Oriental Medicine in Santa Monica. The college designed weekend classes for them so they could continue attending the chiropractic program Monday through Friday. For the next five academic years, Kevin and his chiropractic colleagues attended both Oriental medicine college and chiropractic college six and seven days per week. By the time internships began, the original twenty students were reduced to only five. Kevin completed two internships simultaneously with over 70 hours per week devoted to patient care.

While in his clinical program, Kevin took advantage of a family practice rotation at a Navajo reservation hospital in Ganado, Arizona. Under the government's Indian Health Services (IHS), the clinical staff at Sage Memorial Hospital provided care to the surrounding Navajo Indians. Kevin began to appreciate the history of this proud people and the changes that an expanding United States had on their culture and way of life. No longer was it a just story in the history books, but a reality in which Kevin experienced the people whose grandparents were there when history was made. He learned that the Navajo temperament and stoic ways needed to be addressed in the course of medical treatment and that the medicine men and women were, at times, part of the healing process in the hospital, despite the disappointment and reluctance of the medical doctors. These cases enriched Kevin's clinical exposure and furthered his appreciation of treating the whole person, rather than simply the disease.

Upon completing the combined chiropractic, acupuncture, and Oriental medicine college programs, Kevin traveled to the Peoples' Republic of China to study at the Dalian Medical College. This clinical postgraduate program was made possible by an instructor at Emperor's College who was the former president of this well-known Chinese medical school. Kevin and several of his classmates attended the 8-week postgraduate program which included the integration of Oriental medicine with allopathic medicine (M.D.). Rotations included orthopedics, neurology, radiology, internal medicine, tai Qi, Qi gong, dermatology, plus many others.

Kevin returned to the United States and began practice in a medical legal office in Beverly Hills, California. After a year in practice, the research director at the Los Angeles College of Chiropractic asked him to return to the college and help complete a research project on low back pain. During the next three years, Kevin coordinated the clinical trial, guest lectured, taught the interns in the clinic and wrote various research papers. Once the project was completed, Kevin returned to private practice in Woodland Hills, California where he is the founder and director of the California Health Institute.

In addition to a full time practice, Kevin consults as an expert witness in litigated cases, consults with many insurance companies, conducts research, teaches at several colleges, and is frequently sought after for interviews and lectures. Kevin reached his practice goal of combining chiropractic care with acupuncture and Oriental medicine to the benefit of his patients.

EDUCATION  
Bachelors of Science, Engineering
University of California at Los Angeles
Los Angeles, California
Bachelors of Science, Human Biology
Los Angeles College of Chiropractic
Whittier, California
   
Diploma of Oriental Medicine
Emperor's College of Traditional Oriental Medicine
Santa Monica, California
Doctor of Chiropractic
Los Angeles College of Chiropractic
Whittier, California
   
Certificate of Oriental Medicine
Dalian Medical College
Dalian, Peoples' Republic of China
 

CURRENT & PAST APPOINTMENTS  
Panel Member
National Institutes of Health
Office of Alternative Medicine
Bethesda, Maryland
Board Member
Center for Oriental Medical Research and Education
Los Angeles, California

CURRENT & PAST INSURANCE CONSULTING
Blue Cross of California
Woodland Hills, California
TransAmerica for Medicare of Southern California
Los Angeles, California
   
California Unicare
Irvine, California
California AcuNet
Encino, California
   
Institute for Healthcare Quality (IHQ)
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Landmark Health Care
Sacramento, California
   
ETI Technologies
Thousand Oaks, California
 

 

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