Holistic Chiropractor, SOT & Craniopathy Specialist, Applied Kinesiology, Neuro-Emotional technique and Craniobiotic technique Certified
Dr. Rachel Hamel is an integrative chiropractor who has completed advanced training in Applied Kinesiology, Sacro-Occipital technique, Craniopathy, Craniobiotic Technique, IASTM, Rocktape, Webster Technique, Neuro Emotional Technique; and is working towards her ACN in nutrition, as well as certification in Cranial-Dental diplomat.
Dr. Hamel is a caring and passionate chiropractor that strives to think outside of the box to achieve optimal care for patients. She herself has dealt with a chronic Lyme disease for over 9 years, and spent almost 2 years completely bed ridden. “ I was strung along the western medicine block for years, which left me sicker and sicker by the day.”
It was with the help of a chiropractor and a naturopath that she began to slowly get her life back. “I never thought that I would even be able to finish school, let alone practice because I was so sick all the time, but God had other plans for me, and continues to bless me in helping others.” She understands the value of looking at the whole picture of health, and believes that the patient’s condition will determine the course of treatment. “Individual needs can differ with each patient, and one treatment might work well for one but not for another. I went through dozens of different treatments searching for answers, so looking functionally at the entire body is key.”
Dr. Hamel’s personal experience with Lyme Disease and infections, scoliosis as well as chronic headaches and TMJ, sparked her passion for treating these conditions and many others with integrated chiropractic care. It is thanks to a chiropractor that treated her with Craniopathy and Craniobiotic Technique in combination with other alternative practitioners, that she started to rebuild. This gave her new confidence and inspired her to begin her studies in these fields.
There is nothing more rewarding than seeing your patient’s health renewed. I truly believe that God has allowed me to go through all of this suffering so that I might have a deep level of compassion for those who have difficult health issues. You don’t have to live with chronic pain.
**Dr. Hamel has also had a research paper selected in an International Chiropractic Conference in March 2017 where she will present a recent clinical case. Sacro occipital technique (SOT) cranial therapy with an occlusal splint for the treatment of fibromyalgia and obstructive sleep apnea with blocked sinus. More information about accessing this article coming soon.
Why Choose Dr. Hamel?
Most anyone who has been to see Dr. Hamel will say that it is not like a typical chiropractic exam. The examination and treatments are tailored to you and your needs. The use of craniopathy in combination with chiropractic determines the original source of dysfunction: your head where the brain and nervous system begin.
Dr. Hamel is not about handing down an off-the-shelf diagnosis or a pre-packaged solution or treatment plan, then sending you on your way. It’s a partnership, and often times require partnering with other dentists/orthodontists as well to receive the best treatment. She does her best to really explain what is causing what, because it can really be any factor: mechanical, stress/mental, nutritional, infection.
Why will this work when nothing else has?
Care with Dr. Hamel is very unique. She is not like a traditional chiropractor who focuses on just the spine. She gets to the source of the issues, which can originate in the cranial bones of the head/the way your teeth hit, and affect everything else in your body. Along with this, there can be other contributing factors such as stress or nutrition that are inhibiting the healing process. You really have to look at everything!
If you come in for one specific complaint say low back pain, she doesn’t just look at your low back. Anything in your system can be contributing to the low back pain. If you look at one area, or are constantly getting adjusted in one area, you are missing the picture. Integrating with dentistry is also unlike any chiropractic treatment, and is vital for some to regain optimal function of their system.
“A patient came to see me with migraines that were seriously impacting her life and she was really concerned about her job and health, being that she was taking heavy migraine medication multiple times a day. In her first appointment we established that she has some serious alignment issues, but set her on a treatment path that saw her experience massive improvement within days. I do this with clients all the time who don’t realize that their migraines are often caused by the misalignment of their jaw, or have a combination with hormone/infection issues and their improvements are dramatic.”
CBT technique uses your own body to recognize infections and health stressors and uses the power of your own immune system to kill these often times hidden infections. It also uses the power of your own body to desensitize against allergens, that can often times be debilitating for people.
It really is not like any other technique, and you don’t have to take multitudes of tests or supplements to kill pathogens. Dr. Hamel is behind you every step of the way, encouraging and empowering you to attain the state of health you want and deserve.
Dr. Hamel has had success in treating a variety of different complaints:
- Low back, cervical and thoracic strain/sprain- Leah S. “ Her treatment will relieve your low back pain and eliminate it long term as well.”
- Concussion – I experienced dizziness and feeling out of sorts with headaches after my head injury. Dr. Hamel made me feel normal again! -Jalene N.
- Cervical disc syndrome
- Spinal arthritis/degeneration
- TMJ (Jaw) Pain/dysfunction- Like Dr. Congdon’s hidden TMJ dysfunction “I travel 90 minutes each way to see her because her treatments have radically decreased my chronic headaches and neck/shoulder pain in just 4 treatments.”
- Migraines – Like Charlotte R who said, “Migraines were debilitating me, I would be out for days with them. After Dr. Hamel’s care I was able to function again! “
- Headaches – Renae J. “I have visited various chiropractors for years who have treated me for my chronic headaches and body aches but with just a few treatments with Dr. Hamel my aches have greatly decreased!”
- Ear infections
- Light sensitivity/blurry vision
- Sleep disturbances/apnea- Lisa B. “Dr. Hamel has a whole-body approach to treatment and was able to nearly eliminate my issues within a few visits.”
- Difficulty with nursing (Moms and babies)
- Birth Trauma – “My babies acid reflux was cured in four visits”- Salomeh
- Lumbar disc bulges – “I had low back surgery, and still had trouble sitting and walking. Dr. Hamel got me up and moving and my pain decrease in just five weeks”. -A. Lindsey
- Bladder dysfunction – Erin B. who suffered from pelvic instability and bladder dysfunction “Dr. Hamel changed my life. I had been living with a misdiagnoses and chronic pain.“
- Ankle, wrist, knee and shoulder sprains
- Tendonitis anywhere in the body – “With two treatments Dr. Hamel was able to fix my shoulder problem I’d had for months” –Ali B.
- Plantar fasciitis (arch of foot)
- Chronic fatigue – Like Anna’s daughter who suffered from chronic fatigue “In one hour my daughters health improved more than the last 3 years of doctors appointments combined.“
- Thyroid, hormone imbalances
- Digestion issues/colic – My two sons digestion issues have normalized with just a few months of Dr. Hamel’s nutritional work. –Charlotte R.
- Hidden Infections – “Dr. Hamel found hidden infections for causes of my fatigue in combination with sleep apnea that have dramatically changed. “ –G. Sanchez
- Allergies – Krystal S. “She treats both myself and my 12 year old son for allergies and headaches. He actually looks forward to his appointments! “
- Skin conditions
- And more…
Appointments can be made by calling the Rising Phoenix Integrative Medicine Center at 415.795.1202 and either talk directly to or leave a message for Rachel Hamel (follow the voice prompts). Appointments can also be scheduled by email. Contact Rachel at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mondays: 1:00 – 7:00 pm
New Patient Chiropractic Evaluation (60minutes) including thorough history, neurologic, orthopedic examination, and comprehensive write up of assessment and plan $ 210
30 minute follow-up appointments: $110
**Additional support such as orthopedic supports, physical therapy modalities, neuro-emotional technique and supplements not included in price and vary in cost.
New Patient Nutrition Exam only (60 minutes) including thorough history, review of systems, infection scan, blood work evaluation (or request), allergy scan, and write up of assessment and plan. $210
30 minute nutrition follow up appointments: $150
Payment is expected at the end of the appointment. We accept cash, check, VISA, or MasterCard. There is a $25 fee for each returned check.
Dr. Hamel does not accept any health insurance plans at Rising Phoenix. However, after each visit, patients can be given a superbill with appropriate CPT/ICD10 diagnostic codes for them to submit to their insurance plan to seek out-of-plan reimbursement (directly to the patients).
Clients must provide two calendar days notice to either cancel or reschedule an appointment. If less than two days notice is provided, clients will be charged 100% of the full fee for the appointment.
We require that all patients have a current credit card on file to use for billing “late cancellation” fees.
Please call (415) 795-1202 to leave your return phone number and a message with notice of cancellation or to reschedule.
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Dr. Hamel is a very caring and knowledgeable practitioner. I came in with chronic lower back pain and suffer from scoliosis for many years. After childbirth, I found my back problems increased and intensified. I was seeing an acupuncturist, taking Bikram yoga regularly and massage therapy. There were days I’ve been bedridden from pain. I’ve also seen several chiros in the past but they only helped on short-term issues.
A good friend recommended Dr. Hamel to me. I wanted a long term solution, nothing was working out. I am so grateful because after seeing her for the first time, she gave me very through analysis, then we started treatments for about 4-6 sessions. She found the root cause of my chronic pain and a long term solution for me. She is not about about just easing temporary problems. She really wants to help find the root cause of the pain and she really understands the body. She also uses techniques to help find emotional triggers as well that can disrupt the healing process in the body. I love that she uses DoTerra organic aromatherapy oils too. My pain has not returned and I see her every couple months for maintenance. I feel like a new person since her treatment, I feel she worked a miracle in me!
Dr. Hamel is a truly wonderful, intuitive, compassionate human being and I can’t recommend her enough! If you have any back pain or chronic illness, please go see her! Your body deserves it!
Dr Hamel has changed the lives of both me and my children for the better forever. I went to her with chronic migraines, chronic back pain and various nutritional issues. My migraines have improved dramatically after Dr Hamel’s treatments. She has also helped me improve my nutritional issues which included Anemia, GERD and other intestinal problems and I have come off all of my medications and now simply take whole food supplements. This means I’m also no longer living with horrible medication side effects! All in all my energy has improved, my pain levels have improved and I am generally feeling much more hopeful about my general health. With my children Dr Hamel has worked on re-balancing their systems as they also have anemia, intestinal and sensitivity issues – various allergies. Their overall health is improving, their iron levels and Vit D levels have improved quicker in six months with Dr Hamel than in three years with our MD, and their energy and overall well-being is greatly improved. They LOVE seeing Dr Hamel, always enjoying the time they spend with her and the care they get from her, she’s really great with kids and does a wonderful job of answering their questions, supporting their curiosity and letting them feel in control of their health. I have spent years seeking medical and alternative medical treatments for myself as a result of living with various chronic illnesses. Dr Hamel has been a Godsend and I can’t recommend her enough. She is a special practitioner with a desire to truly help and support her patients and she goes out of her way to insure we get the help we need, also referring us to other awesome practitioners, in our case dentists and orthodontists who are also amazing. I recommend Dr Hamel frequently and shall continue to do so, I truly believe that everyone, regardless of health, would benefit from spending time with her.
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As a person with a chronic pain syndrome (fibromyalgia) and as a physician I have been to see a number of chiropractors, and I must say Dr. Rachel Hamel is the best I have ever seen. She is in a league of her own. She knew how to make the right diagnosis (for me–Category II Subluxation) and she knew how to correctly treat it. I travel 90 minutes each way to see her because her treatments have radically decreased my chronic headaches and neck/shoulder pain. After 4 treatments I have improved so much! She is also a great listener and a kind and gentle practitioner. She gets my highest recommendation!
Melissa Congdon MD
Dr Hamel changed my life. I had been living with a misdiagnoses and chronic pain. Dr Hamel took the time to truly investigate the source of my condition, not just treat my symptoms. She was able to give me a proper diagnosis and lead me on my path to recovery. She is truly caring and devoted to her profession. I feel lucky to have found her.
Dr. Rachel Hamel is the best chiropractor I have ever seen! Not only is she incredibly gifted in her chiropractic care, but she has the best bedside manor I have ever encountered. Her treatment will relieve your pain and eliminate it long term as well. She is the sweetest doctor I have worked with and it is evident that she truly cares about her patients and their concerns. I HIGHLY recommend Dr. Hamel to anyone and everyone I meet!
Dr. Hamel is so thoughtful in her treatment. She really takes the time to get to know her patients and customize her treatment accordingly. She has a calming demeanor that immediately makes you feel at ease. She treats both myself and my 12 year old son. He actually looks forward to his appointments!
Dr. Hamel is wonderful! She is so caring and gentle. She takes the time to listen to her patients and thinks of the best treatment/solution on an individual bases. She understands illness, pain, and disease and thinks outside the box for the best solution for her patients. I have visited various chiropractors for years who have treated me for my chronic headaches and body aches but with just a few treatments with Dr. Hamel my aches have greatly decreased!
This afternoon my thirteen-year-old daughter had her first appointment with Dr. Hamel. After the appointment my daughter is walking taller, her facial structure is relaxed, and the sparkle in her eyes has returned. Life changing is a dramatic statement…but the only one I can think of that even comes close to describing the benefit of discovering Dr. Hamel. For the last six months my daughter had become sluggish (even though she plays club volleyball) not sleeping well and this winter seemed to catch virus after virus. I just knew that there had to be something fundamentally “off”. With no “problem solving” initiated by her pediatrician and urgent care team I was referred to Dr. Hamel. In one hour my daughter’s health improved more than the last 3 years doctors appointments combined. Never before has one of my children every said, “Mom when can I go back to see her”, until today! We are going back this week!