Reviews by Patients

Linda W. Santa Cruz, CA Elizabeth Quinn has been my chiropractor for over five years. I was initially referred to her with a problem that neither my MD nor other health practitioners could help me figure out. Dr. Quinn listened to me. Eventually, with her chiropractic help and referrals that she freely offered, this serious problem had been resolved. I so much appreciate her collaborative approach and her many years of experience. I recommend her unconditionally.

Shawn D. Seaside, CAAs a certified cynic who often finds little relief when sought, Dr. Quinn has been a godsend to me. I had lower back pain for years, sometimes so debilitating I couldn't do my basic functions of life. In my working with Dr. Quinn I can't believe to say that I have not experienced lower back pain in years and am mtn biking pain free! She is a wonderful healer, has an excellent bedside manner, a great personality and in my experience will only treat when she feels she's being effective rather than visit after visit leading to nowhere, which is sometimes the case with Chiropractic treatments. If you're looking for an alternative to the normal Snap Crackle Pop, give her a shot.

 I have seen Dr. Quinn over the past few years as needed when my back or (currently) my neck develops pain and discomfort. I cannot recommend her highly enough. She listens as I describe my complaint, examines me carefully and then uses her gentle skills with the activator to relieve the pain. She offers advice on ways to help myself to prevent further problems, such as ways to improve my posture at the computer or sleeping positions that could cause my neck or back pain to return. I have recommended her many times to friends and family. I would describe Elizabeth as kind, gentle and above all, competent.

Rob F., Aptos, CA on Yelp 
I've been seeing Dr. Quinn for 20 years now and she is by far the most knowledgeable, kind, caring, and effective chiropractor in town. I've seen others on and off, just to test the waters, but no one compares. Her work is so subtle you think that it would have no effect at all - but it does. Dr. Quinn's method is gentle, subtle, yet with immediate results.

Barbara C., Watsonville, CA on Yelp
I don't often suffer the kind of injury that calls for chiropractic treatment but when I do, I go straight to Elizabeth Quinn. She's not the only chiropractor I've seen but, in my experience, she delivers the quickest, most gentle and most long lasting results. I've seen her for "tennis elbow" (tendonitis), for chronic shoulder pain and, most recently, for an injured neck and lower back. I can honestly say that Elizabeth made short work of each one of these injuries; I am both amazed and grateful!! The neck and lower back injuries were a double-whammy I suffered recently during a big move from Monterey to Watsonville. Thinking "I've REALLY done it this time..." I called Elizabeth, very distressed. After two treatments - TWO! - I'm as good as new. She explained how the Activator she uses, which is a very gentle method of chiropractic, allows her to target and treat only the specific, injured area. Because the treatment is gentle, it becomes something to look forward to, despite the injury. And then they're OVER! And you're good-to-go!!

I could write much more on what a fine person she is. I have not seen her often but I feel the kind of connection to her that we would all love to have with our health practitioners. She's smart and funny. She clearly loves what she does. She's kind and interesting. She connects!! And, in the very best way, she doesn't want you to have to come back, so she's fast and thorough. She truly doesn't want you to need her.

How good is THAT? Very!!

Bill F. of Santa Cruz: 
Dr. Quinn is fantastic! She uses the Activator method of adjustments, which is gentle and safe, but also can get to areas that need adjusting such as individual fingers and joints.
When I first walked into her office, I had extremely bad carpal tunnel and the use of my left hand was severely hampered. She soon diagnosed the source as coming from the thoracic outlet. Over the course of several adjustments, ergonomic recommendations, nutritional recommendations, and recommended stretching exercises, I no longer have a trace of an issue. The carpal tunnel is completely gone, and my hand is back to normal. I am extremely grateful. Now I go in for regular maintenance adjustments, and always feel great afterwards.

Keith M of Santa Cruz:
I have seen Dr. Quinn about a dozen times. She is a fantastic doctor. Competent, understanding and listens. I had a serious accident a couple of years ago where I was struck by a car while cycling and had injuries to my back and pelvis. Dr Quinn played a huge part in my complete recovery. Highly recommended.

Virginia H of Novato. on Yelp: 
I have received treatments from Dr. Quinn off and on since 2005. Her adjustments have always had the desired effect in that I leave her office pain-free. Visits begin with her paying close attention to my description of whatever ailment has brought me in (usually low back pain). She listens attentively before she begins her exam. Once on the table she is methodical in assessing my situation and then she gently uses the Activator tool to make the appropriate adjustments. Once the exam is complete she explains in detail what she has found and the adjustments she has made to correct the misalignment. I trust her judgment completely and over the years I have found that trust to be well placed. Dr. Quinn is a gifted chiropractor. I recommend her services unequivocally.

Rose M. of Felton on Yelp: 
I have been seeing this wonderful woman for almost a year now and my neck and hip problems that have bothered me most of my life are almost nonexistent! I had seen one other activator chiropractor biweekly for several years with little improvement. However after 1 session with Dr. Quinn I felt better than I had in years, after the second I was able to start back my usual workout routine with ease! Thank you Doctor Quinn you're a lifesaver!

Lisa C. on Yelp
Dr. Quinn is amazing! Her method is so gentle and effective, and she treats such a variety of problems. I see her for my back, tennis elbow, and rotator cuff pain. My husband sees her for cranial sacral balancing. My daughters see her for sports related and work related aches and pains. We all agree -- we feel better the minute we get off the table! She keeps us all on the move -- literally!

Keiki C. on Yelp

Dr. Quinn practices a different type of "chiropractic work." This non-forced technique doesn't involve "cracking" or "pulling". She is knowledgeable and listens to my needs. I came in for lower back pain and chest tightness and felt immediate relief. I highly recommend her. Thank you Dr. Quinn!!!

David C. on YelpDr. Quinn gave me the the best alignment ever!!!!!!!!! I recommend her to everyone!!!!!!!

Barbara P. on Yelp
I have seen Dr. Quinn over the past few years as needed when my back or (currently) my neck develops pain and discomfort. I cannot recommend her highly enough. She listens as I describe my complaint, examines me carefully and then uses her gentle skills with the activator to relieve the pain. She offers advice on ways to help myself to prevent further problems, such as ways to improve my posture at the computer or sleeping positions that could cause my neck or back pain to return. I have recommended her many times to friends and family. I would describe Elizabeth as kind, gentle and above all, competent.

Diane D. on Yelp: 
Of all the chiropractors I've tried in Santa Cruz I am very happy to have found Dr. Quinn. She uses the Activator technique which is gentle, effective and more thorough than other chiropractic care I've had. Dr. Quinn addresses every tweak I come in with and also includes cranial sacral, which is very relaxing. I always feel better coming away from a session with her.

Jennifer C on Yelp: 
I do not hesitate to recommend Dr. Quinn. Elizabeth is gentle, thorough and has saved me time and time again and I try new sports, insist on making my own home repairs and other assorted doofus things that end up wrenching muscles and more. She uses the Activator and expertly figures out what's ailing me and getting me back on track. From my sacrum to my neck to TMJ, she's managed to help me heal and bring me back to full flexibility so I can once again over do in aerobics (or, yes, the hated home repair).  I have been to "traditional" chiropractors and walked away unconvinced and not feeling better. Elizabeth's method is precise and incredible. I strongly encourage a visit! (She's just the sweetest person too - loves Yosemite, birds and hiking!)

Amanda M.
 "I first saw Elizabeth 15 years ago in preparation for a field quarter backpacking. I saw her for many years after that for maintenance back care, and though I no longer live in Santa Cruz, I always schedule an appointment when I come to town. I haven't yet found a comparable chiropractor in all of Humboldt County, where a now live. Elizabeth is worth every penny you will spend on her. I highly recommend her very specific and customized treatment!"

Meredith B. on Yelp: 
Dr. Quinn is really good. I'm very sensitive so I need someone who treats my body respectfully, but still gets results. I can't tolerate a lot of harsh movements or cracking--I need someone who is as sensitive as I am, and really knows her stuff. That's Dr. Quinn in a nutshell. She gets me in right away if I have a problem. And she's very kind. I love working with her. Gentle, capable, effective! You can feel sure you'll get results from Dr. Quinn! Don't wait!

Lezlie J. of Aromas gives Dr. Quinn 5 Stars: 
"I have had the great pleasure of being Dr. Quinns' patient for over 15 years. Through wrists, knees, rib and back injuries, she has kept my body balanced...(with) no thrusting... gentle, gentle, gentle full body balancing every visit! A treasure in my medical tool kit ~"  January 2011

Minda L. on Yelp: 
Dr Quinn has helped me so much. My pelvis is distorted because of my work and she gently realigns me with her activator. I would recommend her to anyone who has pelvic or back problems. She aligns my entire body each and every time I see her. I feel great when I leave her office. Keep up the good work!

Jennalee D. of Santa Cruz: 
"Dr. Quinn has such a fascinating approach for Chiropractic work with using the Activator method. It is not only painless and "crack-less", it is not intimidating and is EXTREMELY relaxing. She targets exactly what problems you have, but also does all over body alignment with the Activator. After the session she always does craniosacural work as well. I have had a few last minute issue pop up and she is always incredibly flexible and accommodating to get me in so that the problem does not get worse. My husband also had some recent neck/upper back problems, so I called her to see if he could come in. Within an hour I heard back from her and she fit him in later that day. She is genuine, professional, kind and incredibly talented. If you are looking for a chiropractor that does not do all the twisting and cracking, but rather a more effective approach she is your gal. In addition, due to her technique it does not make it so you keep having to go back over and over and over again, it is amazing!"  March, 2012

Stan G. of Scotts Valley: 
"Dr. Elizabeth Quinn is a master Activator Chiropractor--this means she uses a small thumper machine for high accuracy & no discomfort... tired of having your neck cracked? This isn't necessary in the 30-45 min body alignment process Dr. Quinn goes through... even after a great massage (see Body Techniques review), I still had deeper issues going back to breaking my leg when I was 19... Dr. Quinn did a complete internal body balancing & for $75 what a deal! I highly recommend her professional services. Check http://www.activator.com for certified & expert Activator Chiropractors."  September, 2010

Shelley E. of Santa Cruz: 
"Chiropractic is not something I usually seek out, but I had a crisis and Elizabeth Quinn was recommended by a friend, so I went to her. She dealt with the crisis but also balanced and evened-out my twisted hip and ribs. I've seen her three times as of now, and am delighted and amazed that some issues that have been bothering me for a decade are improving hugely. I will see her until these corrections are stabilized, then get regular occasional maintenance. She is a very nice person, but, even more important, she knows what she is doing and is very effective. This is a great relief and I am very pleased."  September, 2010

Elaine K. of Santa Cruz: 
"I was so amazed that Dr Quinn could have such success WITHOUT the use of traditional cracking. I had never heard of activator chiropractors but am now a firm believer. I would highly recommend her gentle, yet very effective, touch."  December, 2010

Nancy O. of Santa Cruz: 
"I've been seeing Dr. Quinn for over 4 years, since I moved to Santa Cruz. I'd never experienced activator chiropractic before, and I sooooo prefer it to regular because it's so gentle and effective -- usually one treatment does the trick! Dr. Quinn is patient, a great listener, and totally competent and thorough. I highly recommend her!"  September, 2011

Ruth M. of Castroville: 
"Dr. Quinn is just the person you need when you have back pain, discomfort in your back, or have the feeling something is wrong with your posture.She has been my healing person for many years and I trust her completely. She helped me so many times. Now, I visit her to "maintain" my health. She practices Activator, which is a soft, gentle movement to bring the person back in aligement. Highly recommended..."  June, 2011

Dana G. of Santa Cruz: 
"I have been to see Elizabeth Quinn twice now. I am extremely pleased with my sessions with her. She was thorough and very sensitive to the needs of my body. I appreciated how she explained her findings and what she was doing to help me as she checked the vertebrae along my spine. I also appreciated her finesse in intensifying and easing up on her adjustment technique for different areas of my spine that have different needs. I found Elizabeth to be very kind and caring and I felt relaxed with her." February, 2011

Kayla Garnet Rose, PhD 
"Dr. Elizabeth Quinn is an exceptional chiropractor. She really listens to her patients, has a gentle technique using an activator, and always combines cranio sacral work for a full body balancing. I feel comfortable and calm in her office, and always well cared for." December, 2010

(Updated) "Wow, it's been five years since my first review- and I feel great! Receiving tune ups from Dr. Quinn has helped me stay strong and flexible, especially now that the good gardening weather is here. I practically fall asleep on the table during the craniosacral balancing, it is deeply relaxing. And I appreciate the other advice Dr. Quinn has given me over the years, from nutrition (wheat belly!) to what pillow to buy. Thank you, Dr. Quinn!" March 2017


Joanne Gramo, Licenced Acupuncturist: 
"Elizabeth has been my chiropractor for about 15 years now, keeping my body in alignment. Without her I don't know if I'd be able to continue to do all the activities I love doing. She's helped me with my neck, shoulders, wrists and knees. Before Elizabeth, I was skeptical of chiropractors, often feeling fragile and dizzy after adjustments, but Elizabeth practices non-force activator method which my body responds to perfectly." May, 2011



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