|NEVER THOUGHT IT WOULD END THIS WAY|
Officially and sadly after 38 years in practice in Artesia CA, I am announcing my retirement and closing my office.
With a sudden onset of health issues and the uncertainty of Covid-19, it is has been difficult to re open a small business during these chaotic times.
I have many people to thank in this long 38-year journey of life, including my dedicated staff through the years, allowing me to make my life in the office a place to work and play.
Most of all to my loyal patients, my deepest and sincere gratitude. Thank you for your ongoing support and loyalty as I consider my patients as family. I always pride myself as being a "rock" having missed work fewer then five days in 38 years due to illness. The last 2 years have been a rough ride but I am recovering.
NEVER THOUGHT IT WOULD END THIS WAY
You can always reach me via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Stay healthy and safe,
Ken, Cindy, Kyle and God bless you Kevin Iwaki
|Latest Announcement and Introduction|
With my retirement, I am pleased to introduce Doctors Manuel Urteaga and Keola Lorenzo.
It is my desire to leave my family/patients in capable hands.
Doctors Manuel Urteaga and Keola Lorenzo have the experience to carry on the Iwaki spirit and tradition.
Please join me in welcoming
DC, MS, RCEP-ACSM, CSCS
Dr. Urteaga is a Southern California native and grew up in nearby Montebello.
Dr. Urteaga attended California State University, Fullerton and earned his B.S. in exercise science in 2004.
Soon after he moved to Whittier and attended Southern California University of Health Sciences (SCUHS)
to pursue his Doctor of Chiropractic degree. He graduated in 2007 and immediately began practicing in Whittier
focusing on treating sports related injuries and rehabilitation.
After several years Dr. Urteaga decided to pursue his master's degree at California State University, Long Beach,
and in 2014 Earning his M.S. in Sports Medicine with an emphasis in sport injuries.
Shortly after he also earned the American College of Sports Medicine's (ACSM) highest distinction as a Registered Clinical Exercise Physiologist (RCEP). This accreditation ensures he has the knowledge and skill to accurately prescribe exercise and rehabilitation for patients with multiple diseases including diabetes, cardiovascular disease, cancer, HIV, and kidney disease just to name a few. Dr. Urteaga treats patients and athletes from all demographics.
Dr. Urteaga is also an assistant professor at his chiropractic alma mater where he has been teaching clinical and pedagogical education since 2011. This allows him to stay up to date on current medical research, chiropractic progress and related issues, as well as the most relevant treatment protocols and procedures.
Dr. Urteaga is heavily engaged in and committed to community service and organizations. He is currently Vice-President of the Whittier Community Foundation and served on the board for Activate Whittier for several years. In addition he served as an assistant coach and strength and conditioning coach for the Montebello High Boys' and Girls' volleyball teams for almost 20 years. He is currently the team physician for the Montebello High school football team.
Dr. Urteaga enjoys his profession, and being able to teach his patients and students how to improve their lives. His treatment is comprehensive, multidisciplinary, and includes lifestyle modifications that puts his patients in direct control of their health.
Dr. Urteaga still resides in Whittier with his wife Kristina and daughter Hazel. On his spare time he enjoys playing volleyball, basketball, fishing, camping, and spending time with his family.
Doctor of Chiropractic
Dr. Lorenzo began his higher education studying aerospace and then industrial engineering
at the Viterbi School of Engineering of the University of Southern California.
He soon realized his true passion was in the health sciences and healing arts, so he shifted his educational focus
to earn a Human Biology B.S. and Psychology B.A. from the University of Southern California in 2014.
Through a bit of inspiration from a chiropractor in his hometown of Whittier, California, Dr. Lorenzo knew that he desired a lifetime of helping others as a chiropractor. In 2015, he attended Los Angeles Chiropractic College of the Southern California University of Health Sciences, graduating as Doctor of Chiropractic, Suma Cum Laude with an emphasis in Sports Medicine in 2018.
Although he strives for quick positive outcomes, part of Dr. Lorenzo's treatment philosophy as a chiropractor prefers lasting results over immediate ones. Dr. Lorenzo believes that through understanding the nature of health problems and appreciating the unique experience each patient has of these problems, the long-lasting solution can be found. With education and encouragement, he hopes to help his patients prioritize their health and the health of those close to them. He is happy to help patients in English and in Spanish. Dr. Lorenzo finds great reward in helping others achieve their goals and considers it a blessing to be able to do this through chiropractic.
Outside of chiropractic, he enjoys weight training, running, bicycling and boxing, but his favorite sport to watch and play is always going to be soccer.
Dr. Ken Iwaki, born and raised in Los Angeles, has been practicing as a Chiropractor in Artesia since 1981.
He attended Whittier College and received his Bachelor of Arts degree in 1977.
He later earned his Doctor of Chiropractic (D.C.) from Cleveland College of Chiropractic in Los Angeles in 1981.
At the beginning of his education, he pursued a career to be a dentist. However, Dr. Iwaki chose his career as a chiropractor because of his experience with low back pain. After years of playing college football as wide receiver and a significant injury to his lower back, he was unable to find relief until he saw a Chiropractor.
After 20 years of being on the sideline, Dr. Iwaki recently retired last year as team chiropractor of Long Beach Poly High School Football Team. He attended Long Beach Poly home and away games only missing 3 games of 220 games in his Poly Football career. He, not only tended to players and coaches on the sidelines, but also welcomed them to his practice.
I am very grateful to be included as part of the Long Beach Poly High School football and track programs for the past 20 years.
It has been a great privilege to watch these athletes perform during high school and also become outstanding citizens in the community.
Go Jack Rabbits!
Dr. Ken Iwaki
Dr. Iwaki, a member of the California Chiropractic Association, attends seminars regularly to stay updated of the latest chiropractic technology and research. Outside the office, Dr. Iwaki spends all of his free time with his wife Cindy, and his adult autistic son, Kyle.
At the beginning of 2017, Dr. Iwaki’s oldest son, Kevin, passed away on January 13, 2017. He was suddenly diagnosed with Acute Promyelocytic Leukemia (APL) and despite aggressive medical care he passed away after several days of being put on life support. Kevin worked as a library archivist at Nickelodeon Studios. In January of 2018, Nickelodeon dedicated its opening of its archives and library to Kevin after his passing. Kevin was 30 years old. Click here to read more about Kevin.
On July 9, 2019, Dr. Iwaki was diagnosed with a soft tissue sarcoma on his lateral chest wall after a MRI revealed a cancerous tumor on his left shoulder, or in medical terms "high grade myxofibrosarcoma" (MFS). MFS is a rare type of cancer that arises in connective tissue like tissue that surrounds muscle or just under the skin.
Dr. Iwaki's first surgery was on Monday, July 22, 2019 where his surgeon removed the tumor and cancer cells without any complications. The surgeon removed some muscle, but no bone was taken out.
After getting a second opinion from a specialist, Dr. Iwaki went through a second surgery to remove more muscle on September 4, 2019. His doctor then advised him that he would need radiation treatments after recovering from his second surgery. Dr. Iwaki began his 5-days a week radiation treatments for 6 weeks on Wednesday, October 9, 2019.
Dr. Iwaki completed his radiation on Wednesday, November 20, 2019. He met with his oncologist where he received his prognosis. His prognosis is considered good.
"I want take this time to express my gratitude for every one of you. Our patients are our number one priority and I want to thank you for your patience & understanding during this uncertain time. Your health and safety as well as our staff's are very important to us and we want to take the proper precautions to ensure safety for everyone. I appreciate your expression of faith in abilities and allowing me to treat you for many, many years. I hope everyone is staying safe and healthy!"
~ Dr. Ken Iwaki ~