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Meet Dr Charles Martone of Dedicated Wellness in Santa Monica

Today we’d like to introduce you to Dr. Charles Martone.

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
My journey towards my profession began at a young age of 14, I had received a debilitating injury of my lower back during high school football training while power-lifting. I discovered that I had a separated my L4 vertebrae, known as spondylolisthesis, caused by an extreme hyperextension injury.

My parents took me through a list of medical doctors, physical therapists, and chiropractors. In time my back felt as though it healed, but I remained in chronic pain which would be exacerbated occasionally by daily life. I always pushed through and kept a very active lifestyle with sports and would repeat a process of getting stronger and re-injuring.

Living with this struggle led me to become a doctor of chiropractic, graduating in 2000, as one of the youngest graduates of Sherman College at that time. After graduating, I moved from the east coast to California and eventually opened up Dedicated Wellness with my amazing wife, Kitty.

Over the last 19 years as a practicing chiropractor in Los Angeles, I have worked for addiction rehabs, movie sets, children rehab centers and in my private practice. My other passion is training Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. With a foundation in high school wrestling, Jiu-Jitsu was a natural progression for me and I have been training for the last 20 years.

It has been a huge part of my life and I continue to train, compete and teach to this day at Street Sports Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in Santa Monica. What I have learned as a health practitioner all these years allows me to continue to remain relevant in the sport.

It has taken me to countries such as Brazil and Thailand and I have had a long successful career of competition. I was able to take home gold in the 2008 Pan-American Jiu-Jitsu championships as one of my highest achievements in the sport.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
The gift of injury and the struggle to overcome it has always helped me become a better doctor, and for that I am grateful. It can be a rocky road as you try to understand how it happened and what can be done to correct the issues.

My lower spine has been the biggest teacher to me and my practice. Through my life, there were periods where the lower back became so bad that walking and standing became unbearable. A shower was too long to stand in one place as the sciatic pain amplified the longer I stood. The feeling of hopelessness grew as I started to feel like surgery might be the answer.

Here I was in thriving chiropractic practice, but I could not correct my own issues due to the years of repeated injuries that had mounted up. I began to dig deeper into research and became relentless in my search for answers. I started to realize how imbalanced I was with my pelvis and lower lumbar spine.

My rotation and compression became more apparent from excessive pelvic tilting, improper rehab exercises, and poor daily body mechanics. As I began to activate, stabilize and balance my spine, I began to feel a true sense of relief for what seemed to be the first time in my life. I was able to change my most vulnerable weak link into my body’s strongest.

This is what has led me to be the full chiropractor I am today, and why I choose to integrate the unique techniques, I do in my practice. With this realization and the marriage that needs to happen between the joints and soft tissue of the body spawned how I work at Dedicated Wellness. I will soon launch The Dedicated Method, an online rehabilitation program that was born from these experiences.

Please tell us about Dedicated Wellness.
I opened Dedicated Wellness in Santa Monica, CA with my wife Kitty, in 2006. I specialize in a technique called Structural Unwinding that consists of adjusting the joints and soft tissue of the body through a series of unwinding motions.

I add cranial work, decompression therapy and give corrective exercises to re-stabilize and balance properly. This has helped to restore normal function to muscular/skeletal imbalances and traumas in our practice members. In our practice, we see athletes, children, infants, and pregnant women and practice the Webster Technique to help with breech presentations.

We have worked extensively with children with disabilities and adult addiction. Kitty is our nutritionist and author specializing in gut health and the host of the podcast, ‘Stuff Your Doctor Should Know.’ I am very proud of the results we get with our clients and continue to be humbled by their trust in us.

Do you look back particularly fondly on any memories from childhood?
When I look back, I can always remember my mom and pop always being there for me. I am so grateful for them for teaching me how to be disciplined, show kindness and never give up.

Instilling that as my foundation I have been able to turn struggles into strengths and losses into victories. My childhood was full and happy growing up with my sister, we used laughter as the best medicine.

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