Community Events & News

How might pain practitioners best offer patients relief without relying only on pharmacology?

Published: November 9, 2017

Pain comes in all forms, and yet, it remains subjective with variable tolerances, perceptions, and methods of management. Given physician shortages, rushed patient scheduling, and a desire among patients to achieve instant results with little to no long-term lifestyle changes, pills are often the preferred choice for handling pain – fast-forward to the current drug epidemic.


Air Brooklyn Podcast – Making American Life Expectancy Great Again

Recorded: October 6, 2017


GROWING POLYPHARMACY AND ALTERNATIVES TO MEDICATION FOR CHILDREN

Published: September 18, 2017

By Dr. Stephanie Higashi, DC Our children are our future and our most important asset to invest in for our long-term survival. We can either nurture them and create health and happiness or we can mishandle their health in a way that will be detrimental to their future function, production, and health.


Seven things to know about Express Scripts’ plan to limit opioids

Published: August 21, 2017

Higashi hopes that these limitations will also open minds of doctors to provide patients other alternatives to pain management such as therapy, chiropractic, acupuncture, massage and nutrition as real solutions without the risk of addiction.


Increased Psychiatric Med Use Means Expanded Pharmacist Role

Published: August 14, 2017

Stephanie Higashi, DC, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Health Atlast, an integrated health-care franchise that provides patients with access to medical doctors, doctors of chiropractic, physiotherapists, acupuncturists, and massage therapists in one location, also voiced concern about the growing use of psychiatric medications.


What Is Polypharmacy And Can We Fix It? Better Medication Management In Progress

Published: July 7, 2017

Dr. Stephanie Higashi, as a pre-med student in 1997, was dismayed to find a national model of health care focused on prescribing medications and performing invasive surgeries without first exploring alternative solutions and therapies. She began a search to find different solutions for medical problems, incorporating alternative methods of health care into one unique, all-encompassing practice model.


Cover Feature Story – Health Atlast Citrus

Local doctors have merged their practices to offer our residents a variety of medical solutions in healthcare. From traditional to alternative methods, HEALTH ATLAST CITRUS will diagnose and treat illnesses utilizing the services of all staff specialists. They encourage and promote healthy lifestyles by offering annual wellness exams, which are typically covered 100% by insurance. HEALTH ATLAST CITRUS offers our friends, families, neighbors and all members of our community in Citrus County, a new approach to healthcare where medical doctors and chiropractors partner together as one to optimize our patient’s healthcare need, all under one roof! Call their office today and find good HEALTH AT LAST!

Five ways to combat growing polypharmacy among children

Published: June 21, 2017

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Prescription Drug Use Skyrockets in Children, Experts Recommend Treatment Alternatives

Published: May 23, 2017

The number of children who are taking prescription drugs has skyrocketed, and now parents are seeking treatment options for their kids that don’t involve medications. HEALTH ATLAST has created a new type of practice model focused on effectively treating every member of the family while avoiding unnecessary prescription medications.


Top medic highlights the risk of ‘polypharmacy’

Published: May 9, 2017

New York – Many patients are at risk from a practice known as ‘polypharmacy’. This occurs when a patient visits multiple doctors and receives prescriptions of drugs from more than one doctor, without the medics knowing the risks from drug combinations…


Top medic highlights the risk of ‘polypharmacy’

Published: May 9, 2017

A survey reviewed by Dr. Stephanie Higashi, is the chief executive of the integrated healthcare practice Health At Last found that, in the U.S., 22 percent of U.S. citizens used 3+ Rx drugs in a 30 day period and 10 percent used 5+ Rx drugs over a thirty day period, Rx drugs are ‘restricted drugs’ available only by a prescription. The term tends to be used in the U.S. only; here Rx is a contraction of the Latin word “recipe” (an imperative form of “recipere”) meaning “take”…


MEET DR. STEPHANIE HIGASHI OF HEALTH ATLAST IN LOS ANGELES

Published: April 24, 2017

When we took over a pre-existing chiropractic practice 17 years ago, we found that a high percentage of patients were suffering from complaints that were the result of side effects of multiple, often conflicting, medications from multiple doctors…


Health Atlast Opens Inverness, FL Clinic Amid Growing Interest in Alternative Treatment Options

Published: April 17, 2017

As more healthcare consumers look for therapies and treatments that avoid the use of drugs or surgery, Health Atlast, a new approach to integrated healthcare, is pleased to announce the April 4th opening of the franchise’s newest location in Inverness, Florida. The Inverness clinic offers comprehensive medical and chiropractic care and alternative treatments, including massage therapy, platelet-rich plasma injections, and advanced disc decompression…


To Combat Rising Polypharmacy Rates, Health Atlast Offers New Type of Healthcare Practice

Published: March 28, 2017

As polypharmacy (the use of multiple or unnecessary drugs to treat a single medical condition) rates continue to rise, patients bear the brunt of a healthcare industry that puts its own needs first. Physicians must work with other healthcare professionals to ensure patient care is as effective as possible…


Heal The Bay

Schedule: First Thursdays of the month, Planned: Jan, Feb, March 11am-1pm
Meeting Place: South side Santa Monica pier
Detail: Cleaning the beach for environment and habitat
Point of Contact: Brooke Davis
Naturalist El Dorado Nature Center Long Beach Department of Parks, Recreation, and Marine

7550 E. Spring St. Long Beach, CA 90815
(562) 570-4876
brooke.davis@longbeach.gov


Ignorance is not an excuse: Don’t violate Stark laws

Published: February 15, 2017

The funny thing is that some totally acceptable business practices for gaining new customers and generating revenue are prohibited in many healthcare settings. In some industries, for example, it is legal to reward those who refer business to you; however, in federal healthcare programs, paying for referrals is illegal…


Monday Night Mission

Schedule: December 31, 2016
Meeting Place: Burger King on Cesar Chavez (700 Cesar Chavez Ave Los Angeles, CA 90012)
Detail: Feeding the homeless people on Skid Row
Point of Contact: Mel

Downtown’s Women Center

Schedule: December 15 and 22 (Thursdays) from 9-12pm
Details: Help sort and distribute the various in-kind donations DWC receives daily. This is a great opportunity for anyone who enjoys hands-on projects, systematic organizing, and retail merchandising. It’s also a great team-building activity for groups!

Holiday Toy Drive

Schedule: December 22, 2016
Meeting Place: Children’s Lifesaving Foundation
Detail: Help give presents to children who are less fortunate
Point of Contact: Health Atlast West LA (Drop off toys that will be taken to the foundation)

West LA CEO and Chiropractor Launches Outreach to Boost Volunteerism

Stephanie Higashi, DC, is founder and chief executive officer of Health Atlast, a group of eight multi-disciplinary clinics in California and Florida. While running a thriving practice, she still makes time for a number of local community outreach initiatives and encourages her patients, staff and others to do the same. To inspire others, she leads by example.

Skid Row Run

Schedule: December 1, 2016 (Proceed to Skid Row at 10pm and 12am)
Meeting Place: 9815 S. Vermont Los Angeles, CA 90044
Detail: Provide necessities for the homeless community at Skid Row

Peace Rides

Schedule: 4th Sunday of the month excluding December
Meeting Place: 115th and Figueroa Park and Ride Parking Lot
Details: Drive through neighborhood passing out peace booklets and bags of gifts for kids. Helps decrease crime rate

Dr. Karen Tafreshi Of HEALTH ATLAST – FOUNTAIN VALLEY: Gives Wonderful Tips On How To Find A Health Professional in Fountain Valley CA

Uploaded: October 5, 2016


Health Atlast Fountain Valley 3 year anniversary Ribbon cutting with the Mayor and Senate office of Fountain Valley

Uploaded: August 23, 2016


How to build a successful integrated practice

Published: April 25, 2016

What’s new in healthcare today is a franchise model that incorporates medicine, chiropractic, acupuncture, nutrition, physical therapy, massage, and other disciplines in one location. This framework provides a win-win scenario for healthcare providers and their patients. Within this model, doctors and other healthcare professionals work together to pool their financial and professional resources to better adapt to a constantly changing healthcare environment…


AM 970’s The Answer – SM Biz & Franchise Show hosted by Gary Occhiogrosso

Recorded: March 13, 2016


Transform a Toxic Lifestyle

Published: October 2015

A typical day for many adults goes like this: drink coffee, sit in a car or take public transit to get to work, work at a desk bent over a computer all day, take quick breaks to eat processed food and toss back an energy drink, return to sitting in your mode of transport at the end of the workday, eat fast food for dinner, and sit on the couch all evening watching TV, texting, and interacting through social media…


Danger Zone

Published: May 7, 2015

Make no mistake: As a chiropractor, you are a full-fledged member of the professional healthcare community. This is a tremendous honor, and with it comes considerable responsibility. It means you are subject to the same rules of the road that apply to all other healthcare providers. For too long, chiropractors have presumed that they are under the radar with respect to bureaucratic guidelines and federal regulations…


Partners in health

Published: April 20, 2015

If you’re like the majority of chiropractors working as a solo practitioner, the thought of branching out into a multidisciplinary operation has likely crossed your mind. Perhaps you’ve toyed with the idea of integrating with a massage therapist, acupuncturist, or medical doctor in the hopes of expanding your services and appealing to a larger patient base…


Trend Toward Teamwork: Consider the Advantages of Integrated Practice

Published: March 14, 2015

Somewhere along the way, despite being the land of opportunity, education, freedom, and hope, the U.S. has witnessed a sharp rise in rates of childhood and adult obesity, with comorbidities of diabetes, increased risk of cancer, heart disease, and joint disorders. Accordingly, you are likely seeing an increase in the number of patients who are coming in because of stress, anxiety, depression, hyperactivity, ADD, fibromyalgia, general fatigue, and pain…