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Years of Experience


Dr. Padilla attended San Diego State University and is a graduate of Southern California University of Health Sciences. He holds a Bachelor's Degree in biology and a Doctor of Chiropractic Degree. Dr. Padilla began his private practice in Carmel Mountain Ranch and was one of the first providers in San Diego to become affiliated with the Scripps Health Organization.
He is a qualified Medical Evaluator for the State of California and has performed numerous industrial disability evaluations for the state. He was named Chiropractor of the Year in 2001 by the prestigious organization, The Masters Circle. He has traveled extensively on their behalf lecturing on business acumen and patient communication.
Dr. Padilla introduced evidence based integrative therapies into his practice and has been featured and published in various publications on the topic. He has consulted worldwide on the subject and is co-founder of The Institute for Integrative Medicine. Dr. Padilla now sits as Chairman of The American College of Functional and Integrative Medicine whose mission is to teach science-based therapies to all licensed health disciplines, both in the United States and abroad.


  • San Diego State University
  • Southern California University of Health Sciences

Professional Memberships

  • Scripps Health Organization
  • Chairman of The American College of Functional and Integrative Medicine


  • Medical Evaluator for the State of California

Awards & Publications

  • Chiropractor of the Year, 2001 by The Masters Circle.

Insurances Accepted


Blue Cross


Health Net


Office Hours

Mon9:00am - 5:00pm
Wed9:00am - 5:00pm
Thu9:00am - 5:00pm
Fri9:00am - 5:00pm


Consultation & Adjustment$55.00

Patient Reviews

Overall Rating

I was referred to Dr. Padilla when I decided I wanted to fix my posture. Within 15 minutes of my first appointment he showed me xrays that showed I had an extra rib that was impeding my motion slightly- something I had never been told before! He helped correct my posture and overall has been the best chiropractor I've been to. Personable and professional, highly recommend!

Overall Rating

I walked into LiveRight with a stuff neck so severe I could not sleep. Thanks to Dr Padilla I have fully recuperated and sleep well! Dr Padilla was very careful and gentle in his manipulations- I was a bit nervous the first time!- but no problem at all. I have recommended him to my family without hesitation.

Overall Rating

I discovered Dr Padilla in 2005 when I had such severe lower back pain & sciatica that I feared the pain & immobility might never go away. I was impressed with Dr Padilla right away & signed up for a series of treatments. It took some time but I am grateful to say that he healed my back and I have been generally pain free for several years because of Dr Padilla's outstanding chiropractic treatments. Daily life can still cause the occasional neck, shoulder or back pain but now it only takes 1 or 2 treatments with Dr Padilla to feel good again. Dr Padilla is a highly skilled, knowledgable & compassionate Chiropractor and one of the finest people I know. I highly recommend Dr. James Padilla!!!!!

* Reviews have been sourced and collected through a mix of verified Doctible patients and other publicly available directories.

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