Dr. Christopher Sienes
Although born and raised in the Bay Area, I’ve been a self-professed “health-nut” since I was a kid. My aunt taught me the importance of wellness long before it was a catch phrase. I always loved the outdoors—hiking, skiing and hunting—so healthy living came naturally. The joy I get from serving others, combined with this life-style, had me yearning for a career path that would be congruent with this.
For a few years after graduating high school, I was on a search to “find” myself—as many others of that generation—much to the frustration of my father. I graduated Humboldt State College with a degree in marine biology—and the search continued. It was a chance meeting with a chiropractor that inspired me right back into school.
I graduated Palmer College of Chiropractic-West in 1986, and have provided chiropractic care in Amador County since. Hard to believe it’s been over 30 years now! The majority of those years, I’ve used traditional chiropractic techniques to care for my patients. In 2012, I began studying upper cervical techniques and was truly inspired by the science behind it, and the results achieved, with this specified technique. I earned my certification in Upper Cervical Technique in 2013. Upper cervical work addresses the most important bone in the spine, the atlas, which supports the skull and protects the brain stem.
What I love most about being a chiropractor is the opportunity to partner with my patients in helping them achieve true health and to live life more fully. It is both a privilege and a blessing to be able to serve.
I continue to enjoy outdoor adventures—cross-country skiing, hiking and hunting, as well as quiet time at home outside the small town of Volcano with my wife, Jennifer, and our three dogs. Jennifer and I are very involved with our church. We’re so blessed to have God in our marriage.
Dr. Pete Zavacki
I expected my life’s career to be in the high-tech industry and was working toward an engineering degree when a car accident changed my path. Frustrated by the pain and athletic limitations that occurred as a result of the accident, I was encouraged by friends and co-workers to see a chiropractor. I didn’t understand at the time how chiropractic could benefit me, but I was willing to give it a try. Once I experienced for myself the healing impact of chiropractic, I was hooked.
In 1991, I graduated from Southern California University of Health Sciences (originally LA College of Chiropractic). Since obtaining my degree, I’ve had extensive experience with rehabilitation techniques to help top athletes, golfers, career computer-users and individuals of all ages—from small children to those in their 80’s and 90’s. I also have a great deal of experience in laboratory-based nutrition as a significant healing method of auto immune disease.
My wife, Sook, and I moved to Amador County from Chula Vista, California. We’re thrilled to be in the beautiful Sierra foothills, close to abundant local activities. We enjoy hiking, camping, road and mountain biking, snow shoeing and skiing. I’m thrilled to be part of the team at Amador Chiropractic Wellness Center.
I moved to Amador County in 1988 and joined the Amador Chiropractic Wellness Center in 1993. At the time, I suffered from chronic upper respiratory issues, intestinal problems and poor posture and back pain due to mild scoliosis. I learned how the nervous system runs everything in the body, began regular adjustments and became educated about how to better nourish my mind and body. I continue with weekly adjustments and have never been healthier. Every human being, as well as our beloved animals, can benefit from chiropractic.
My main role at the center is working with new clients as they come into our office. I perform exams, which include muscle, nerve and foot scans. I love making patients feel at home and try to make their experience here great. Continuing education is a big part of our wellness center, for the doctors as well as the CAs (Chiropractic Assistants.) I’ve completed my Chiropractic Assistant certification and also have a basic Massage Therapy certification.
When not working, I enjoy spending time outdoors with my husband, Robert, and our goofy Rottweiler, Roscoe. I also volunteer as a committee member for the Amador County Friends of the NRA.
In 2006, I married into the ACWC family. Not only did I get an amazing husband in Dr. Chris, but I’m blessed to now be part of his team.
Chiropractic has had a tremendous impact on my life, and not only because my husband is a chiropractor. I taught middle school for several years—and being in the presence of a hundred plus kids each day, contracted colds on a much too regular basis. Once I began regular adjustments, my immune system kicked into high gear. Rarely do I get sick, and if I catch a cold now, it’s very short lived. If chiropractic plays such an obvious role in those things that might be symptomatic, I can only imagine how it’s affecting my physiology on a deeper level.
I left teaching to write full-time, which has been put on the back burner for the time being. I love connecting with the patients and supporting my husband in the business. When not at the office, I enjoy spending more one-on-one time with Dr. Chris (believe it or not, we don’t see each other much at work), gardening, reading or attending church functions. I also love to refurbish old furniture, and when I can sit still long enough, knit.
I was born and raised in the Bay Area. Wanting a healthier, less stressed environment for our kids, my husband, Sammy, and I moved to Amador County in 2011. It has been one of the best decisions we have ever made as we absolutely love it here.
In 2014, I started working for a local personal injury attorney, who specialized in car accidents. In this environment, I was able to see first-hand the effectiveness of chiropractic care. Watching clients come into the office in so much pain, and seeing them back to health by the end of their treatment, was amazing to witness. It really sparked my interest and opened my eyes to natural healing methods. I am extremely excited to be part of the chiropractic world and to witness the effectiveness of chiropractic care on a more personal level.
Although my life is busy, between work and raising two very active children, family time is important. We love the outdoors. In our spare time, we enjoy going camping and fishing. We also love bonfires and star-gazing at night.