Each chiropractic treatment is tailored to your individual needs. Dr. Schafer's treatment specializes in the treatment of sports injuries (triathletes, surfers, cyclists, marathoners, golfers, etc) and women’s health, and addresses pain and/or tightness in the entire body. Treatment generally includes the use of hot packs, ultrasound, massage therapy, and gentle chiropractic adjustment, without the use of "popping or cracking" types of adjustments, as in traditional chiropractic treatment. A small, hand-held instrument (Activator Instrument) is used to gently align the bones. By addressing the soft tissue with physical therapy modalities and massage therapy, adjustments are easier on the body and tend to last longer, so that patients don't have to keep coming back over and over. The primary goal is to get the patient pain-free, and the secondary goal is to improve function so that the patient can do all of the things that they want to do for as long as possible, all of this as fast as possible, as in one or two treatments. In addition, there is a strong emphasis on taking care of the body at home so that wellness can be maintained.
Treatment is for the whole body, so not only is the painful area addressed, but the entire body is checked and treated, if necessary, since it all works as a whole. Muscles and bones work together, and when there is a problem with one, there is usually a problem with the other. Therefore, both muscles and bones need to be worked on together in order to really fix the problem as quickly and as effectively as possible.
Office hours are generally Monday through Friday, 9am - 12pm and 2 - 6pm, except Wednesday and Friday mornings when the office is closed.
These are times that Dr. Schafer is generally available - other times by special arrangement. Because of the office being staff-free and the fact that she may be with patients, please do leave a message on the answering machine and she will be happy to return your call as soon as possible. Same day appointments are often available.
Conveniently located off of Soquel Ave. on Frederick St. at Hanover St. with the entrance to the parking lot on Hanover St. The address is Frederick St. but the building itself is actually on Hanover St. There is plenty of free and convenient parking, and easy freeway access. Office address: 549 Frederick St. Santa Cruz, CA 95062
FEES AND LENGTH OF EACH TREATMENT:
$170 for initial chiropractic examination and treatment, 1 1/2 to 2 hours
$110 per subsequent chiropractic treatment, 45 minutes to 1 hour
$50 for ½ hour of massage therapy
$100 for 1 hour of massage therapy
$140 for 1 1/2 hours of massage therapy
$120 for one hour of massage therapy and chiropractic adjustment, after the initial chiropractic examination and treatment
Cash or check is accepted at time of service. Sorry, no credit cards. A "super bill"/Charge Slip can be provided so that you may submit it to your insurance carrier, if appropriate.
ABOUT DR. ERICA SCHAFER:
Voted Best Chiropractor in Santa Cruz in 2011 in the Good Times reader's poll.
Dr. Schafer is a member of the Monterey Bay Area Green Business Program.
With 26 years (5 in Kailua, HI and 21 in Santa Cruz) of experience in treating chiropractic patients, and 31 years of experience in massage therapy, Dr. Schafer brings a well-rounded approach to her treatment of pain and injuries and the pursuit of health. She has a full understanding of the relationship between joint alignment and muscular issues, and works to solve the problem from both ends as
quickly as possible.
Dr. Schafer holds a Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Palmer College of Chiropractic - West in Sunnyvale, CA in 1991, and BA degrees in Biology and Anthropology from UCSC in 1986. She received her Certified Massage Practitioner certificate from Cypress Health Institute in Santa Cruz in 1986.
Dr. Schafer was a competitive Hawaiian outrigger canoe paddler for 13 years (5 years in Kailua, HI and 8 years in Santa Cruz), and is well-aware of sports injuries and the challenges facing competitive athletes. Her current passion is dancing hula and Tahitian dance with Te Hau Nui Polynesian Dance of Santa Cruz.
WHAT PATIENTS ARE SAYING ABOUT DR. ERICA SCHAFER:
"You are officially my new favorite person on the whole entire planet. I've been pain-free the past week for the first time in a very long time. Kudos to you." - NR
"You are a true healer. I tell everyone about you." - HR
"Thank you for your care, knowledge, thoughtfulness, and magic hands. You have been a great source of improvement to my body and therefore my whole well-being." - MB
"Thank you for the incredible healing you gave me. You have no idea how much better I felt after you worked on me! I didn't realize how bad I felt until I felt good again.! You are amazing!" - GB
"You are an angel!" -TS
"Thank you so much for your skill, intuition, and caring. You are a special lady and I appreciate the time and effort you have given me. I definitely feel better and healthier because of what you have accomplished with me." - JG
NO-SCENT OFFICE POLICY:
Please refrain from using any scented body or clothing products when visiting our office. These include perfume, scented hair products, scented laundry detergents and fabric softeners, etc. This is for the comfort and safety of other patients and practitioners as well.
QUESTIONS? Please don't hesitate to call, as I am always happy to help!
549 Frederick St.
Santa Cruz, CA 95062