Meet the Doctor
I am Dr. Charlie Prins, an Albany, CA chiropractor of over 34 years who serves all the surrounding areas such as Berkeley, El Cerrito, Kensington, and Richmond.
I utilize chiropractic care and Applied Kinesiology (AK) to improve the health and wellness in all areas of patients’ lives, whether they are having neck or back pain, or just want to start feeling better each and every day. I take a ‘whole person’ approach in chiropractic care, which entails searching for the underlying causes of disease, discomfort, and pain, as opposed to just treating the symptoms.
Many seemingly, unrelated symptoms often arise from imbalance in the spinal column, and I will integrate the information I discover through a thorough health history and physical examination to aid in determining the root of your pain. This enables me to mold a personalized wellness plan, allowing patients to function optimally in all areas of their lives.
No Drugs – No Surgery
At the age of 18, I lost feeling from my waist down; I couldn’t feel parts of my legs and I couldn’t tell when I was voiding. Doctors told me I had a fractured vertebra that could have been there for years (they just found it!) and I needed surgery or else I would end up in a wheelchair five years later. I declined undergoing surgery, and instead when I got to college I accompanied a friend on an appointment to see his chiropractor. The chiropractor examined me, studies my x-rays, and began adjusting me. That was the beginning of my journey that has brought me to a profession where I can help others without the use of drugs or surgery.
Since that time, I have continued to lead an active life, uninterrupted. I have back-packed, snow- and water-skied. I strive to continually improve my skills to better serve the needs of those who put their trust in what chiropractic can do.
A Chiropractic Education
I graduated from Rutgers University, with a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Journalism. As much as I enjoyed delving into politics (and still do), I knew there was a part of me that always wanted to help people on a deeper level.
After a few years of working post undergrad, I decided to become a chiropractor. I went back to college to obtain the pre-med courses I needed to enroll in chiropractic school. I then traveled to the South and the West of the country visiting schools to determine which would be the best fit for me. I chose Life Chiropractic College-West, located then in San Lorenzo, California. It was the right decision! While in chiropractic school and completing graduate exams, I worked for two doctors doing AK. I was so well prepared for the clinical world upon graduation; I was able to give one of the doctors his first vacation in 7 years (He ended up taking 6 weeks off!).
As I have gotten older, I have come to accept the fact that most things in life are not black and white. This has proven to be so true regarding health and wellness. Wellness is not simply the absence of disease, but being able to bend over and not have your back go into spasms. Wellness is living without having to worry about when to take the next pill to regulate something that the human body is designed to control without external intervention. Waking up and looking forward to your day should be a normal, regular occurrence! Eating real food that nourishes your body and mind are also an integral part of being healthy.
On a Personal Note…
I have been a resident of Albany, CA for the past 30 years. My daughter, now grown, and flown from the coop, attended Albany public schools from K thru 12 (I even got to be the PTA president, when she was in third grade!). I have served on the boards of several local non-profit organizations, including the Albany Chamber of Commerce (two times). I am a founding board member of the Albany Education Foundation (helping fund programs in the local school district) and a founder of Health in Common, an umbrella group of health care providers and consumers in the SF Bay area. I recently also served for a year on the Albany Charter Review Committee. In addition, I have brought chiropractic services to a clinic in Berkeley that serves the needs of the uninsured and local homeless population established and run by U.C. Berkeley students, for 19 years. In April of 2014, I traveled to Guatemala, to study Spanish, and volunteer in a health clinic; Primeros Pasos, providing chiropractic care to indigenous Mayan farmers and locals from the city of Xela.
I remain passionate about chiropractic and natural health care, I wish all could receive care regularly!
Give Us a Call!
Thanks for visiting our site. I look forward to meeting you in person and learning how we may be of service to you. Give our office a call, or email me and let’s arrange a time. Our office is easily accessible from Berkeley, El Cerrito, Richmond, Kensington and other neighboring cities.