Jeffrey Ptak, D.C., M.A.
Owner & Licensed Chiropractor

Dr. Ptak brings decades of extensive knowledge, training and skills, combined with his deeply compassionate, caring nature, to provide personalized, results-oriented care for each and every patient. His vision is to help thousands of people live healthy, pain-free, fulfilling lives of purpose and prosperity.

Born and raised in New York City, Dr. Ptak had dreams of becoming a doctor. While studying neuropsychology in graduate school, he injured his neck and lower back, which redirected his life’s purpose. Determining that the western medical model did not have the solutions to restore him to optimum health and well-being, Dr. Ptak sought a different approach. His search led him to chiropractic care, where he regained his health and changed his career path from western medicine to studying across the country at the world-famous Los Angeles Chiropractic College. While there, he deepened his understanding of health and wellness for the whole person.

Dr. Ptak has a love for children and sports. Baseball, football and hockey were his favorites to watch and play growing up. An avid baseball player with major league aspirations, Dr. Ptak was a little league pitcher and pitched his way through high school years. A hurdle he fought to overcome was asthma. While under his chiropractic care for his spinal injuries, Dr. Ptak’s childhood asthma cleared. After 22 years of asthma medication, Dr. Ptak became drug free, and has remained such for over 40 years. His passion for athletes and children grew out of these miraculous events.

After earning his Doctor of Chiropractic in 1985, Dr. Ptak established Ptak Family Chiropractic in Santa Monica one year later. He has continued to educate himself about the connection of health, mind and body, with additional training in holistic health, acupuncture, nutrition, mind body medicine, functional neurology and neurospinal biomechanics. In 2009, Dr. Ptak went back to graduate school at the University of Santa Monica for a Master of Arts degree in Spiritual Psychology, which gives him a unique perspective of how one’s consciousness influences their physical well-being.  Dr. Ptak received a second master’s degree from USM in 2016 with an emphasis on Consciousness, Health and Healing.

Dr. Ptak has continued his post graduate education in Functional Neurology for over 20 years, completing courses for diplomat status at The Carrick Institute of Graduate Studies in Cape Canaveral, Florida and through IAFNR focusing on neurodevelopmental issues in children.

Dr. Ptak is an active member of the International Chiropractic Association, The International Chiropractic Pediatric Association, The International Association of Functional Neurology and Rehabilitation, The International Chiropractic Scoliosis Board, The Foundation For Chiropractic Education and Research, The Council on Sports Injuries and Physical Fitness, The California Chiropractic Association, The National Board of Chiropractic Examiners, Musician’s Health and the Chiropractic Performing Arts Network, and is a past California Qualified Medical Examiner in Chiropractic.



Naz Amini, MS. CNS, CNC, LDN Licensed Clinical NutritionistNaz Amini, MS. CNS, CNC, LDN
Licensed Clinical Nutritionist

We would like to welcome Naz Amini to our team of trained professionals. Naz has been a licensed clinical nutritionist for 10 years. She holds a Master Degree in Human Nutrition from the University of Bridgeport, providing her with a strong foundation in biochemistry, science and practice of nutraceutical therapy. As an integrative nutritionist and a lifestyle educator, Naz has provided individual wellness counseling using advanced technologies and diagnostic tools.  Ms. Amini specializes in Autoimmune conditions, Gut-related issues and Brain health. Her philosophy is; “An Ounce of Prevention Is Worth a Pound of Cure”-Ben Franklin



Yesenia Ramirez, Clinic AdministratorYesenia Ramirez
Clinic Administrator

Yesenia Ramirez skillfully assists Dr. Ptak with patient care while also running the front office efficiently. She has been a stabilizing presence at Ptak Family Chiropractic since 2011, while earning her Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology at Cal State Dominguez Hills. Prior to that, she worked for several other chiropractors.

A native Los Angeleno, Yesenia takes health care very seriously. Her enthusiasm for Chiropractic and natural health came from an upbringing where her family’s approach was one of proactive health vs. a more traditional symptom-based model of care. Since both her parents worked, Yesenia was responsible for helping take care of the younger children in her large family, and caring for kids remains a passion. This is why Yesenia especially loves supporting the families who come into the Ptak Chiropractic office, which she does in her uniquely gentle, comforting way.

Currently enrolled in a Master’s program in Kinesiology, Yesenia looks forward to assisting our patient base with her ever-expanding knowledge in the fields of Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy. She plans to combine these skills with the Ptak Chiropractic philosophy and principles of a healthy, brain-based, neurological model of healthcare.



Nancy Mendoza, Chiropractic AssistantNancy Mendoza
Chiropractic Assistant

Nancy will be the first person that you will meet when you walk in through our doors.  Born and raised in Los Angeles CA, Nancy was born with a passion for running.  A track and field enthusiast since the age of 5, Nancy became a serious long distance runner and marathon runner at University High School.  It was at this time she understood body mechanics, nutrition and training for peak performance.
Nancy’s new athleticism revolves around her 2 young children now.  Her passion for natural health is now being passed down to her children.  It’s her hearts desire to embrace a peak performance lifestyle and Ptak Family Chiropractic offers her a place to share her knowledge with both young and older athletes.
Nancy’s intimate love for Chiropractic has grown out of her younger sister’s struggle with Lupus.  The medical course of care has placed great hardship on her sister and family.  As Jessica has steadily improved symptomatically in our office, the family has a deeper experience of the innate power of the human body and how healing is an inside-out phenomenon.
Nancy is also a certified Social Worker and adds that loving as part of the vast tool box her kindness and caring nature provides to all that meet her and speak to her.
Nancy will tell you that she has found a home here and an ever expanding health family!

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2901 Wilshire Blvd
Suite 230
Santa Monica, CA 90403
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