Meet the Team
Dr. Philip Straw D.C.
Dr. Phil Straw, D.C., has been practicing over 15 years, his mission is to save as many seniors as possible from the crippling effects of peripheral neuropathy and the conditions associated with it. His practices exclusively treat patients with neuropathy and diabetes. In 2014 Dr. Straw published a book that is the A to Z hand book for neuropathy sufferers. He speaks professionally on peripheral neuropathy and nutrition. When he is not working he loves coaching, paddle boarding, and spending time with his beautiful wife Guyanna and two kids, Luke and Savanna. Dr Straw, D.C. earned his under-graduate degree from the University of California Santa Barbara in 1988 and doctor of Chiropractic in 1995.
Dr. Teni Minaeian D.C.
Prior to joining the Optimal Health Straw Chiropractic team, and focusing on neuropathy and nutrition, Teni Minaeian specialized in treating geriatrics in an OC rehabilitation clinic. In addition to her work with Optimal Health Straw Chiropractic Inc., she is continuing her education at the Carrick Institute to obtain her diploma in Functional Neurology. She received her Doctorate Degree from Los Angeles College of Chiropractic, and her Bachelors Degree in political science and biology from UC Irvine.
Dr. Thomas Ontiveros D.C.
Dr. Ontiveros graduated from Los Angeles College of Chiropractic. His desire to help people have longer, healthier lives led him to Optimal Health. The smiles of Optimal Health patients when they regain their independence in life has fueled his desire to continually advance his own studies of peripheral neuropathy and diabetes in an effort to become more effective in his treatments. Outside of the office, Dr. Ontiveros enjoys exercising, gardening, and stargazing.
Dr. James Alfon D.C.
Dr. Alfon graduated from Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport, Iowa. His passion for helping others actively reach their health goals through proper nutrition, and providing adequate treatment plans led him to Optimal Health Straw Chiropractic. When he’s out of the office, his hobbies include playing the guitar, basketball, exercising, and breakdancing.
Dr. Daniel Yi D.C.
Dr. Yi has been in practice since 1998. He has genuine care for the patients which shows through his gentleness and attention to details. He treats every patients with respect and concern. He has seen and dealt with many kinds of ailments during his practice, now for over 17 years. He is open to learning new things and keeps updated with latest researches that could benefit his patients. Dr. Yi and his wife, Jean, recently adopted a baby boy and spends most of his free time with his family. He loves all kinds of sports and loves to play basketball and golf. He is very active and involved in his local church where he leads a men’s small group. He received his Bachelor of Science degree from UC Irvine.
Dr. Kimia Akhavan D.C.
After receiving her Bachelor of Science in Human Biology from University of California, San Diego, Dr. Kimia Akhavan earned her doctorate degree in Chiropractic Medicine from Southern California University of Health Science. Dr. Akhavan's vision through her practice of chiropractic is the rediscovery of health and wellness which had been previously known, but long lost. Her mission and passion has been to provide her patients with unparalleled care using treatment and nutrition programs and patient education aimed at resolving neuro-musculoskeletal issues. She approaches each patient with a scientific based focused attention and observation, on the path to reach optimal health while maintaining a positive state of mind. Outside the office, Dr. Akhavan volunteers for the LAPD youth soccer team, providing chiropractic care to teenage athletes in her community. On her spare time, she enjoys painting, watching foreign and artistic movies, skiing in the winter and traveling.
Dr. Brijish Patel D.C.
Dr. Patel was born and raised in Southern California, and now is spends time with his 2 children and wife here. He chose to pursue healthcare to help those suffering from pain to get relief. He received his Bachelors from California State Long Beach and continued to SCUHS for his DC. When he's not working in the office, he spends time with his family, reading, and playing sports.
Dr. Joe Aldana D.C.
Dr. Joe Aldana, D.C., is originally from Santa Barbara, California. He holds a degree in kinesiology with an emphasis in geriatrics. He achieved his doctorate of chiropractic degree from Southern California University of Health Sciences. Radiography certified, Dr Aldana holds specializations in Graston myofascial techniques, trigger-point therapy, soft tissue mobilization, postural assessment, and kinesio taping. Throughout his career, both as an associate and clinic owner, Dr Aldana has cultivated a direct diagnostic approach targeting soft-tissue, neurological, and structural dysfunctions. In his free time, Dr. Joe enjoys exercising, golfing, fishing, coaching his sons' sports teams, and supporting the local community through many volunteer endeavors.
Dr. Gagandeep Bal D.C.
Dr. Gagandeep Bal, D.C. is a Board Certified Chiropractor in California and Virginia. He graduated from George Mason University with a Bachelors of Science in Biology and a minor in Information Technology. After graduating, he went on to attend Palmer College of Chiropractic to obtain his Doctorate of Chiropractic. While attending Palmer, he traveled on a chiropractic outreach trip to Hyderabad and Delhi, India. He and a team of fellow students provided chiropractic care to school-aged children and adults, seeing over 1,000 of individuals. In his spare time, Dr. Bal enjoys enjoys the outdoors and likes to mountain biking, walking trails, trying new food, watching movies and spending time with his wife and family.