Meet the Doctor

Dr. Charlie Prins while BikingCharlie Prins is an Albany, CA chiropractor who serves all the surrounding areas as well such as Berkeley, El Cerrito, Kensington, and Richmond.

Dr. Charlie Prins utilizes chiropractic care to improve the health and wellness in all areas of patient’s lives, whether they are having problems with back pain or neck pain, or just want to start feeling better each and every day. Dr. Prins takes 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 imbalances in the spinal column, and Dr. Prins will integrate the information he discovers through a thorough health history and physical examination to aid in determining the root of the pain.  This enables him to mold a personalized wellness plan. Under the care of our caring and skilled chiropractor, patients report higher functioning in all areas of their lives.

If you have any questions about our Albany chiropractor, or would like to learn more about chiropractic care at Prins Chiropractic, please call us at (510) 526-6243 today!

Being a medical doctor himself, my father only followed the advice of other MDs. When I announced that I was going back to school to become a chiropractor, he thought I was nuts (need I mention he was also a psychiatrist…)! He insisted I could never do the strenuous work required of a chiropractic physician and the idea was simply a waste of time.

No Drugs – No Surgery

I declined undergoing surgery, and instead I began college that fall. I accompanied a friend on an appointment to see his chiropractor. She examined me, studied my x-rays, and began treating my spinal problem.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. To date, I have enjoyed over 32 years providing the best in wellness care. I love being able to use my body and mind to help others improve their health.

Since that time, I have continued to lead an active life, uninterrupted. I have backpacked, snow and water-skied. I regularly cycle throughout the Bay area, as well as hike, play tennis and do yoga two to three times a week. I strive to continually improve my skills to better serve the needs of those who put their trust in what chiropractic can do. I can’t imagine doing anything else.

A Chiropractic Education

After graduating from Rutgers University, and working for a few years, I decided to become a chiropractor. I went back to college to obtain the pre-med courses I needed before I could 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, in San Lorenzo, California. It was the right decision! During chiropractic school I worked for two doctors, doing Applied Kinesiological work while completing my graduate exams. 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!).

My Philosophy

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 29 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), 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 am fortunate, in that I get to be my own boss and set my own schedule. I get chiropractic and acupuncture care regularly to help keep me healthy and balanced. Having great massage therapists in my practice also allows me an occasional, therapeutic deep tissue massage. Living in Albany, also enables me to see the people who grow most of my food. There are six organic farmer’s markets available weekly within 4 miles. I only need a small frig because I get almost everything fresh. What a great luxury that is! I rarely have the need to use over the counter medications. I have herbalists and homeopaths as patients and can obtain healing remedies from them as needed which have comparatively little risks (compared to over the counter medications) and help get me back to a healthy place quickly and safely.

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 using the link below and let’s arrange a time. Our office is easily accessible from Berkeley, El Cerrito, Richmond, Kensington and other neighboring cities.