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Meet the Doctors

Dr. Ryan Kauffman (owner) earned his Doctor of Chiropractic Degree from Palmer College of Chiropractic West in 2003, right here, in San Jose, California. Prior to this, Dr. Kauffman earned his Bachelors Degree in Biology while doing undergraduate studies in the Pre-Med Program at Mercyhurst College in Pennsylvania. Dr. Kauffman has completed advanced training and holds the title of Certified Chiropractic Sports Physician (CCSP). Since 2001, he has been certified in A.R.T.© (Active Release Technique) for the spine, as well as for the upper and lower extremities, allowing him to treat all regions of the body. Dr. Kauffman is also certified in the A.R.T.© Nerve Entrapment protocols. As a sports and fitness enthusiast, Dr. Kauffman’s beliefs are an extension of his passion for health and physical well-being. This is reflected in his treatment protocols, which are based on a foundation of spinal and muscular balance, nutrition and exercise. This passion for wellness has led Dr. Kauffman to keep up to date with the most current knowledge of health care and encouraged his constant pursuit of learning the newest, state-of-the-art, techniques that enhance his patients’ well-being. Along with the most advanced equipment, Dr. Kauffman will combine gentle manipulation, A.R.T soft-tissue therapy and rehabilitation to provide you with a gentle, yet powerful solution to your condition.

Dr. James Yu graduated from Palmer College of Chiropractic West with his Chiropractic Doctorate degree. Before attending Palmer he majored in Kinesiology and Exercise Biology at UC Davis where he completed his bachelors of science undergraduate degree. Before being hired as a Doctor, he worked as a Back Office Physiotherapy assistant at Thrive Milpitas where he gained experience doing a variety of treatments and assisting the doctors with patient visits. ” He believes in the body’s natural ability to heal itself faster through Chiropractic adjustments, exercise, soft tissue mobilization, whole-food nutrition, physiotherapeutic modalities and education on how the body functions.

Dr. Yvonne Hua graduated from Palmer College of Chiropractic, West Campus with her Doctor of Chiropractic degree in March of 2022. Dr. Hua has always had an interest in healthcare, and after completing her Bachelors Degree in Child & Adolescent Development, decided to turn over into the chiropractic field. Prior to becoming a doctor at Thrive, Dr. Hua worked as a chiropractic assistant/front desk staff with the clinic. Dr. Hua completed a six month internship within the Veterans Affairs Palo Alto Healthcare System where she gained exposure to various musculoskeletal conditions of our beloved veterans and those within the spinal cord injury unit. Dr. Hua has her certifications through RockTape and FAKTR (Functional and Kinetic Treatment with Rehab), and is a very big proponent of myofascial release therapy. Dr. Hua’s strongly believes in “movement is life” and her technique and treatment style strongly reflects that. Her passion for exercise and weightlifting/powerlifting helps to drive her motivation to get any and all she crosses paths with moving and feeling better.

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Dr. Cecilia L.
Licensed Acupuncturist (L.Ac)

Cecilia earned her Doctorate Degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine from Five Branches University, right here in San Jose. She also holds a Master’s Degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Cecilia is a licensed Acupuncturist through the California Acupuncture Board, and has a Diplomat of Oriental Medicine from the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine. Cecilia also has Adult Education Teaching Credentials through the State of California, and is trained in CPR and First Aid, certified through the American Heart Association. The following is the list of common disorders treated by Cecilia:

  • Respiratory disorders: allergic rhinitis, asthma, common cold: cough, sore throat, bronchitis.
  • Musculo-skeletal: frozen shoulder, stiff neck, low back pain, osteoarthritis and joint pain, chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia syndrome
  • Gastro-intestinal: GERD, hiccoughs, uncomplicated duodenal ulcer, constipation, diarrhea, irritable bowel syndrome
  • Neurological: headache, migraine, dizziness, peripheral nephropathy, carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Women’s health: premenstrual syndrome (PMS), irregular menses, menopausal symptoms
  • Mental-emotional: anxiety, depression, stress, hypertension, insomnia.