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 December 2017 Newsletter


New Acupuncture Providerships!

December Open House


New ART Practitioner – Laurie Weber

Holiday Season Neck Pain Solutions!

Introducing New PEMF Treatments!

Dr. Anna’s Gluten Free Recipes



From The Desk of Dr. Dawn Liu

    I cannot believe we are now already in the middle of the Holiday season and getting ready for Christmas! I wanted to take a moment to share my gratitude to all of you for your support and trust throughout this year.  It has been an honor to get to know you, your family, and to have the opportunity to serve you all.

    I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving!  We had a very relaxed one, but still full of the same thankfulness, appreciation, and gratitude we all experience during this time of the year. My young girls enjoy having this family time just as much as I do. We also extend this same gratitude and appreciation to all of you, our patients, who continue to help our clinic thrive, even in these busy months.

     To continue this theme of appreciation and holiday fun, we invite you all to come to our Annual Holiday Open House Party on December 2nd (Saturday). We will have delicious appetizers, salads, and hors d’oeurves, raffles and prizes from our clinic (including discounts for our services), and presentations and demos by our practitioners, including the newest addition to our clinic, ART massage therapist Laurie Weber!     

    You don’t want to miss this! All of us at Action want to take this opportunity to meet and thank you in person, so please plan to stop by.  Please RSVP here in order to enter the raffle drawing at the event for great prizes!  

Click Here To RSVP for our Holiday Open House Party!

    This has been a fast-paced year that brought a lot of changes. First, we are grateful for our great new members of the Action family, including Jim Chialtas, L.Ac, – our Functional Medicine and Nutrition expert, T.J. Ziebell, C.Ht – our new hypnotist and change work expert, and Laurie Weber, LMT – our newest ART practitioner / massage therapist.

    Our practitioners have been continuously exceeding expectations with their patients and clients who have loved and benefitted from their services, and we are very grateful for their quality contributions to our clinic!

Talking about new addition – we’re also introducing a new method of treatment, called PEMF (Pulsed ElectroMagnetic Field), which brings many benefits! You can read more about it in this newsletter. Call our office to set up an appointment to try it out.

We have also included an announcement about our new Acupuncture providership with a number of new insurance companies, which began just last month! Don’t hesitate to call our office to find out about your acupuncture insurance coverage, and come and enjoy the great many benefits of acupuncture!

     As our doctors and practitioners all have holiday travel plans, you want to make sure you can get your appointments in while availability lasts in the last month of 2017. Please call our office to plan ahead for your appointments before 2017 ends.

    Thank you for continuing to spread the word to your family and friends on how ART, Acupuncture, Functional Medicine / Nutrition and Hypnosis can be your solution to even long term, unresolved pain. Bring them to the Holiday party, have fun, meet with the doctors and get their questions answered!

Holidays are here. You may have family and friends visiting you. Remember that it frequently takes only a visit or two to treat pain, so that if you have family  joining you in San Diego for the holiday who may benefit from fast pain relief, don’t hesitate to schedule an appointment for them.  We will take care of them for you!  

Click here to RSVP

Best regards,

Dr. Dawn Liu, Ph.D., D.C., L.Ac.
Dr. Anna Phillips, D.C., M.S.
Laurie Weber, LMT, ART
Jim Chialtas, L.Ac
David Snyder, L.Ac. C. Ht., MNLP
T.J. Ziebell, C. Ht

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    Acupuncture Providership Began November 18th 2017!

    With the growing interest in both our Acupuncture group events and personal one-on-one acupuncture appointments, Action Performance Care is pleased to announce our new Acupuncture providership came through on November 18th 2017!

    If you’ve been interested in Acupuncture, but you’ve been unable to get it due to the cost, please call in to our office to get your insurance verified to see if your plan has these great benefits!  

Take advantage of the new providership and get in contact with our friendly, helpful staff today and find out if you qualify for these new benefits! 

Feel free to call our office for more information at (858) 481-1438! 

  December Holiday Party! Open House Invitation!

   Our Summer Open House was a BIG SUCCESS, but now its time for our ANNUAL HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE PARTY!

Because we owe all of you so much for continuing to support our clinic, we’re continuing the tradition with several new talk topics to keep you up to date on the best and most efficient practices for your health!

Don’t let those holiday treats, and the hustle and bustle of shopping for the perfect gifts get you down! Stay on Track and Come Join us!

Running Meetup will be held at 9AM, by Meghan Ryan!

When: Saturday, December 2nd from


Don’t forget to INVITE YOUR FRIENDS because EVERYONE can benefit from this IMPORTANT health information!

Click Here To RSVP Now and reserve your spot!

Come and join us on December 2nd, and enjoy the best-tasting and nutritious homemade cuisine, as well as desserts that actually aid your Detox and repair!

When: Saturday, December 2nd from


Special presentations:

9:00 am: SPECIAL RUNNING MEETUP: Is your Training and Nutrition database Out of Date?Meghan Ryan, Running Coach, Eating Psychology / Nutrition Coach, Movement /physical training Coach

10:00 am: Low energy, Brain fog, Poor sleep – stop the cycle of Adrenal Fatigue! – Jim Chialtas, L. Ac., Functional Medicine/Nutrition Expert

11:30 am: Hands on Essential oils Workshop – Make your own Hand Sanitizer, Facial Mask & Flavored Cooking Salt – Anni Dayan, Leah Sorensen, Essential Oil Experts (There is a small material fee for this workshop ONLY.)

12:30 pm: Emotional Detox and Empowerment – David Snyder, L.Ac., C. Ht., NLP Master Practitioner

VERY IMPORTANT: Please Be sure to RSVP for your Share of Food!!

Click Here To RSVP Now and reserve your spot!

The event is December 2nd, 9am to 1:30pm.

If you have any questions regarding the open house, please feel free to bring up the questions to our doctors, for a more personalized recommendation! Feel free to call (858) 481-1438! 

Click Here To RSVP NOW!

If you have any questions regarding the open house, please feel free to bring up the questions to our doctors, for a more personalized recommendation! Feel free to call (858) 481-1438

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 New ART Practitioner – Introducing Laurie Weber!


    We at Action Peformance Care are pleased to announce the newest addition to our team, Laurie Weber!

  Laurie was born and raised outside of St. Louis, Missouri. She earned her bachelor’s degree in graphic design from Missouri State University and worked in the creative field until 9/11. Shortly after, she changed careers to pursue her passion for fitness training, coaching athletes to reach their athletic goals and racing Ironman triathlons. Laurie said, “At this time, there really was nothing better than encouraging someone, guiding them, and then watching them begin to believe their goal was actually possible, and then achieving it! It was life-changing for them, and kept my fire burning.” It was during this time she experienced the positive impact ART and bodywork had on her personally, as well as the impact on her client’s recovery and staying injury free. 

    After 15 years in the fitness industry, Laurie realized her passion for massage therapy while undergoing her own personal physical recovery after a back injury. She credits ART, acupuncture, and a variety of bodywork techniques to help her return to an active lifestyle pain free again. This life event challenged and motivated her to discover the world of soft tissue therapeutics to help people recover, keep injuries at bay and relieve the stress of everyday life. This new passion was the driving force behind her switch to the healing and restoration aspect of wellness through massage techniques. “It is a constant learning process sharpening my techniques and assessment skills. It makes my day when someone can move pain free from a precision therapy session, (like with ART, deep tissue and NMT) or has the ‘massage glow’ from total relaxation with circulatory and deep tissue massage” she commented. 

    Laurie’s previous career experiences in graphic design and fitness training have fused to make her approach to bodywork unique. With multiple modalities, including ART, deep tissue, sports massage, cupping, gua sha, stretching and traction, and neuromuscular therapy (NMT), she uses her creative nature to blend and weave her techniques for the client’s best well-being. Laurie is a full-body certified Active Release Techniques provider. She is also pursuing certification in Corrective Exercise through National Academy of Sports Medicine, and Functional Movement Screening under the guidance of Dr. Dawn Liu to provide the most beneficial care possible. 

    Laurie moved to San Diego via Honolulu, Hawaii, thanks to the US Navy. She and her family love getting into nature, hiking, camping and exploring all that new cities have to offer.

    Laurie will be aiding in patient care at our clinic! She’ll also be the first of our practitioners to perform massges, both regular and ART! 

Call our office today for more information @ (858) 481-1438

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 The Holiday Season is All About Stress and Neck Problems!

    Did you know neck pain is one of the most common pains we experience as a population? It’s mostly as a result of our modern day lifestyles. Please read on further for causes and solutions.

CAUSES of Neck Pain

  • Mechanical as overhead activities, prolonged sitting/slouching, longs hours at a workstation, improper sleeping postures
  • Non-mechanical as stress

Neck pain goes hand-in-hand with headaches. People who suffer from headaches frequently also suffer from neck pain. This is because neck muscle problems often refer pain somewhere else, which means that a problem in one muscle gives you pain elsewhere. This type of referred pain can appear as a headache, mid-back pain, shoulder pain and even down the arms.


Neck muscles are the true source of headaches more often than any other cause. Headaches, especially migraine and tension, are frequently due to nerve entrapment occurring at the neck, especially at the junction between your skull and neck.

Your neck houses one of the most important parts of your spine – the cervical spine. There are more nerves traveling though, under and across different neck muscles than any other body part.

To complicate it further, the cervical spine at the neck has the largest range of motion through the entire spine to ensure high mobility of our head. We are usually very sensitive to any restriction of our range of motion, and therefore any disturbance to function is presented as pain. This is your warning signal.

When low grade pain is ignored, chronic tension can build and lead to muscle tightness, which in turn causes muscle shortening and formation of fibrotic scar tissue. Did you know scar tissue can form in the absence of trauma?

Long-term progression eventually brings on arthritis or intervertebral disc problems in the neck.


Did you know there is a proper way to breathe, and that shallow chest breathing is usually associated with poor posture, poor abdominal tone and stress reaction?

Abdominal breathing is the breathing pattern that is physiologically correct. During your appointment, we can help you change your breathing to help you improve quickly.


Migraines are the most frequently used diagnosis, but also the most commonly abused mis-diagnosis for headaches.

The usual theory for headache is muscle tension, yet this is a very inadequate explanation for the true cause and effective treatment. Nerve entrapment is complex and difficult to isolate. Our detailed analysis focusing on the exact nerve causing the pain and removing the entrapment with absolute precision. Please read on…


As you can see, there are many reasons and diverse patterns causing neck pain and headaches. And, there is no generic or cookie-cutter approach to treatment that will be effective on the many reasons and diverse patterns of neck pain.

A careful and complete biomechanical examination will reveal the root sources of the problem, and allow us to systemically and effectively correct the problem. The patented technique we use in the clinic is Active Release Technique.

Don’t live with neck pain, headaches and migraines any more. Call us for your detailed analysis of the roots of these debilitating problems, and move forward to long lasting solutions to enable you to do the activities you want to without pain and decreased mobility.

For full viewing of these articles and other pain articles, please use this link to our website.

Call us today for fast pain relief solutions @ (858) 481-1438.

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 New Addition to Our Medical Arsenal! PEMF: Pulsed Electro-magnetic Field

  Announcing our most recent, state-of-the-art PEMF machine, which enhances our Soft Tissue A.R.T. treatment system, as well as a number of other health benefits.

Did you know that every organ in the body produces an electromagnetic field?

Every reaction in the body produces an electro magnetic exchange!

PEMF’s deal with the impaired chemistry and function of cells to boost overall health by sending beneficial electromagnetic fields to the cells in your body.

Benefits associated with PEMF treatment!

  • Treatment for Arthritis
  • Promotion of Cell Regeneration
  • Improvement of Circulation
  • Relief from Symptoms of Depression
  • Decrease of Diabetic Factors
  • And so much more

For more information regarding the benefits of this amazing device, please check out this link!

The machine we use has an added benefit as well! It is the only PEMF Machine that is guided by the doctor, or practitioner, with their hands and fingers to specific areas of the body to enhance the effect beyond normal PEMF means 

For a limited time, there will be NO additional charge to experience the benefits of this machine. All you need to do is call to make a regular appointment, but SPECIFY to our dedicated staff that you would like to try our new PEMF treatment, and we’ll take care of the rest! 

 Recipe By Dr. Anna Phillips

If you’ve never tried one of Dr. Anna’s delicious home baked goods for yourself, take a look at these fabulous examples. 

Take a Look below for some tasty photos! Every month Dr. Anna provides us with one of her fabulous recipes! 


Now you can use Dr. Anna’s gluten free and grain free recipes to make your own delicious treats!

Delicious Avocado Cookies

  • 1/2 cup avocado (about 1/2 an avocado)
  • 1/2 cup agave nectar or honey
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 1/2 cups blanched almond flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon celtic sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup walnuts, toasted and chopped
  • 1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1/2 cup raisins

1. In a food processor, process avocado, honey, vanilla, flour, salt, baking soda and almond flour.

2. Stir in walnuts, coconut and raisins

3. Put dough into a greased 8×8 baking pan

4. Bake at 350° for 20-25 minutes

**Adapted from this recipe

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