Meet the Team at Desert Medical Care & Wellness
Dr. Naota Hashimoto DC
Dr. Hashimoto’s mission is help as many people reach their full health potential as possible in the Coachella Valley. He specializes in natural health and life extension using various evidence based and holistic methods.
He graduated top of his class and was originally pursuing a career in Dentistry until he was in a head on collision. After chiropractic had helped him, he knew his mission was clear. He vowed to learn everything he could about the human body so he too could help others that were in pain. After he finished his Bachelor’s degree at the University of British Columbia he headed south to study at the prestigious Southern California University of Health Sciences. He was heavily involved in the various technique clubs and held positions in some as president.
After his residency, he completed hundreds of hours of post-graduate education in pain management. This focuses on the evaluation and treatment for various nerve, muscle and joint injuries to different body parts from automotive accidents to sports injuries. While treating his patients, he noticed significant differences in healing times for some of his patients. The healthier ones recovered a lot quicker and the unhealthy ones healed very slowly, if at all. At that point, Dr. Hashimoto realized that in order to truly treat and correct his patient’s problems, he would have to treat the entire patient, and not just the pain. This is when he started studying functional medicine.
Functional medicine is a branch of medicine that deals with correcting the true cause of health problems instead of providing a pill to just cover up the symptom. This is used to slow the aging process and correct acid reflux, chronic fatigue, insomnia, hormonal imbalances, fibromyalgia, neuropathy and many other chronic diseases. These diseases are very complex and often intermingled with various symptoms.
Teaching his patients how to manage their own health is of the upmost importance, but Dr. Hashimoto soon realized that too many people are sick in this country and the only way to reach the masses is by giving lectures and writing a book.
So he did, he started out by teaching at the community level and has also taught at the college level (Seattle Community College) as well. He teaches various classes in the valley, from basic health to golf swing mechanics, from foot pain/numbness to weight loss. He enjoys them all.
He has also just finished writing his first two books as well. “The Chiropractic Way, To Health” and “Harmony House: Wholistic Health Part I”.
Dr. Hashimoto is married to his wife, Dr. Nora Coleman, since 2007. They started out as lab partners and have stayed as partners ever since. He enjoys hiking, running, playing most sports and reading a good book. Although he enjoyed the North West, his wife convinced him to relocate to La Quinta for its sunny, warm climate and they have enjoyed the weather ever since. They have two boys Leo and Eli who keep them busy..
Chiropractic: Arthro-Stim (machine assisted), Sigma Ultralign G2 (Instrument), Diversified, Flexion/Distraction, Gonstead, Pettibon, Thompson Drop, Upper Cervical, Specific Gonstead Extremity, Scoliosis Correction Technique
Soft Tissue: Active Release ART, Graston, Vibrocussor
Rehab: Kinesio Tape, Physio Therapy License, Scoliosis Specific Rehab, Spinal Curve Restoration Rehab, Selective Function Movement Assessment Technique (SFMA), Titleist Golf Rehabiliation,
Nutrition/Hormones: Anti-Aging, Bio-Identical Hormones, Functional Medicine, Functional Nutritional Testing.
Dr. Nora Coleman DC, LAc
Dr. Nora Coleman DC, LAc licensed in California as a chiropractor and an acupuncturist. Growing up she always had an interest in the human body but chose a career in finance instead due to her interest in the business field along with a recommendation from one of her mathematic professors. Her grandfather was actually one of the many trailblazer chiropractors and naturopathic doctors that graduated in the 1940’s during which time some chiropractors were actually jailed for treating patients. Her grandfather built up a large practice in Escondido, CA and began treating her as a young child. So she always loved getting chiropractic treatment throughout her life and has always loved getting ‘adjusted.’
She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration Finance from California Lutheran University and worked for three years for BAE systems and Fresenius Medical Care as a financial analyst but did not feel fulfilled at the end of the day. That’s when she thought of her grandpa again, on how his patients loved him and how much he enjoyed helping people every day; that’s when she applied for Chiropractic College at Southern California University Of Health Sciences (her grandpa’s alma mater). Prior to attending school, one of her friends was permanently paralyzed in a car accident and utilized acupuncture to help with some of his health issues. Once she researched the methodology and philosophy of Oriental Medicine she fell in love with it and knew that completing both programs is what she was destined to do.
To complete both programs at the same time it meant that she would have to attend school from 8am to 5pm for chiropractic and attend acupuncture school from 6pm to 9pm 5 days a week and another 6 hours on Saturday. She kept that up for 4 years without a break and graduated with honors in both programs.
She was awarded the Hua Tou Clinical Award for overall knowledge, technique and community service while in Acupuncture school and graduated with a Doctor of Chiropractic Degree and a Masters Degree in Acupuncture and also holds a Diplomate Degree from the NCCAOM and is trained in Mei Zen Cosmetic Acupuncture, Dr. Tan’s & Master Tung’s Acupuncture methods.
Prior to practicing in the Desert, she practiced in Bellvue, WA under Dr. Chen who is a retired OB/GYN from China and a practicing Acupuncturist with one of the largest Acupuncture practices in the state of Washington. Dr. Coleman refined her skills training under one of the best in the state while seeing more patients in one year than an average acupuncturist sees in three years.
Along with her clinical work, Dr. Coleman has volunteered with Help for Brain Injured Children, Healing Hands for Humanity and the Los Angeles Free Clinic. While continually expanding her knowledge of natural health techniques, Dr. Coleman takes time to enjoy yoga, hiking, reading and spending time with her husband and baby boy Leo.
Dr. Bohdan Olesnnicky, MD “Dr. O”
Dr. Olesnicky is the medical director for Desert Medical Care & Wellness g. Prior to becoming a Physician, he started as an EMT while in undergraduate school to gain experience in the field and because he liked helping people.
Both his parents were Physicians and he speaks multiple languages (English, Russian, Ukraine and German). He grew up on the East coast but migrated west for the Southern California lifestyle. When Dr. O isn’t working in an emergency room, urgent care or seeing his concierge patients, he is working on other projects such as Swat Fuel. This is a supplement line that he designed and it is used by Swat, Navy Seals and the general public.
When he is not in the office he enjoys spending time with his wife Ann and their four children.
Andy Lovato, PA-C
Andy Lovato has experience as a Physician Assistant that literally spans the nation. He has served in the U.S. Navy and the Naval Reserve. His wife was active-duty Navy, so it gave them a chance to experience life in different areas of the country.
While in the reserves, Andy also worked as a civilian Physician Assistant at the U.S. Marine Corps Recruit Despot in San Diego, before going across the country to work in different areas and different states. He has been working in the desert for many years and has stuck with Sports Medicine and Orthopedics and has a wealth of experience when it comes to treating musculoskeletal injuries.
A Denver native, Andy received an Associate’s Degree from Columbia College in Treasure Island, California in 1992. He also became a Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN) that same year. To become a Physician Assistant, he attended the Stanford Primary Care Associate Program in Palo Alto which he completed in 1995. Andy is a Fellow member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants and of the California Academy of Physician Assistants.
Andy lives in the area with his wife and daughter and has a son who just graduated college. In his free time he enjoys geocaching, hiking.
Lily Chin-Yee Wu L.Ac.
Lily knew that acupuncture was for her after she had her own health problem corrected with acupuncture when other treatments had failed. After reviewing some colleges, she decided to attend school at the New York College of Traditional Chinese Medicine and worked on the east coast prior to moving to California, which is where she attained her Masters degree in acupuncture and oriental medicine. She is a licensed Acupuncturist in California, certified in Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine
as well as nationally certified acupuncturist, holding a Diplomat of Oriental Medicine from the National Commission for the Certification of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM).
Her favorite method is Master Tung and Dr. Tangs method of acupuncture, along with various scalp acupuncture techniques. These have been very helpful in the physical medicine setting and she gets most of her referrals from other physicians and chiropractors who send to her because of her knowledge of joint, tendon and ligament injuries.
When she is not studying acupuncture or about the body you can find her collecting rocks and crystals. She enjoys going on field trips with her rock club, the Pasadena Lapidary Society, looking and learning about rocks and minerals.