Meet the Chiropractors
Cynthia Boyd, DC
Oversight Director & Chiropractor
Initiating positive, permanent change in the body without drugs or invasive surgery puts Dr. Cynthia Boyd, D.C. of Symmetry Health Center at the forefront of an advanced type of chiropractic knowledge and care known as Chiropractic BioPhysics® (CBP®). As one of the only CBP® practitioners in the East Bay, Dr. Boyd, D.C. uses highly specialized techniques that put patients on a path to healing and recovery, proven far more effective than traditional chiropractic methods. Dr. Boyd, D.C. says, “CBP® is to spinal care what orthodontics is to teeth – permanent change.”
Early in her education, Dr. Boyd, D.C. was fortunate enough to witness the profound effects of CBP® in a small chiropractic office, where classic symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis, migraine headaches, ear infections, asthma, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, and TMJ problems were commonly alleviated.
Bringing this knowledge into her own practice, Dr. Boyd, D.C. is well on the way to helping develop Symmetry Health Center into The Community Resource Center for Optimal Health and Healing. As spinal health becomes more widely acknowledged for directly affecting one’s overall health and vitality, the benefits of modern chiropractic are also becoming more widely recognized.
In a natural extension of spinal healthcare, Dr. Boyd, D.C. now addresses the five principles of wholistic health through her practice: Structural Chiropractic care, Physical Fitness, Nutrition, Stress Relief/Management and Sleep. She explains, “The amount of chemicals people are given as part of their health care regimen is appalling. I’m committed to helping people refocus on the body’s natural ability to heal, something that’s under-acknowledged in the current medical system.”
Dr. Boyd, D.C. continues to broaden her knowledge with the most up-to-date research while pursuing the latest techniques related to a diversity of spinal issues. She attends advanced seminars on an ongoing basis and is an instructor in CBP® at Life Chiropractic College West in Hayward, CA. With less than 5% of U.S. chiropractors certified in CBP®, she wanted to ensure it was taught correctly while giving back to the same institution where she received her doctorate in 2005. Being immersed in a stimulating, learning environment with the latest equipment and resources readily available to her also benefits her patients.
With a successful history of applying CBP® for everyone from children through all life stages, Dr. Boyd, D.C. is always looking for newer, better ways to help her patients. She was honored for her work and contributions in CBP® with the prestigious Chiropractic BioPhysics® Chiropractor of the Year Award, 2009, at The 31st Annual CBP® Convention. In addition, Symmetry has been consistently recognized in Alameda Magazine’s “Best of Alameda” issue. Her commitment to ongoing education in her field keeps her on the leading edge of chiropractic care in the Bay Area.
Originally from Boonton, NJ, Dr. Boyd, D.C. has called the city of Alameda home for several years. Prior to her post-graduate studies at Life Chiropractic College West, Dr. Boyd, D.C. was a 2001 graduate of Bloomfield College, from which she holds a Bachelor’s degree in Biology with a focus on Pre-Chiropractic studies.
Dr. Boyd, D.C. has always been passionate about finding ways to enrich the everyday living experience and motivate her surrounding community towards living healthier lives, people she sees not just as patients, but at her neighbors.
Negar Navid, DC
Oversight Case Manager
Dr. Navid, D.C. attended Life Chiropractic College West and completed the doctorate program in only three short years. During her tenure at LCCW Dr. Navid, D.C. was an active member and principle of the Chiropractic Biophysics® Student Association and was the co-founder of NECA, the Near Eastern Chiropractic Association.
After graduating Magna Cum Laude, Dr. Navid, D.C. worked as an associate in a thriving New Jersey Chiropractic BioPhysics® office where she touched the lives of hundreds of grateful patients each day before her return to the San Francisco Bay Area.
Upon joining the Symmetry team in Alameda, CA, Dr. Navid, D.C. took on an integral role in the implementation of new and advanced systems designed to streamline the office, enhance diagnostic capabilities and heighten the overall patient experience.
She looks forward to the development and expansion of Symmetry’s second location in Oakland, CA and working alongside Dr. Boyd, D.C. fulfilling her mission to help create the ultimate community resource centers for optimal health and healing for the Bay Area.
As Symmetry’s oversight case manager for both the Alameda and Rockridge (Oakland) locations, Dr. Negar Navid, D.C. is honored to have the opportunity and ability to improve the lives of patients in the community. Her advanced understanding of Chiropractic BioPhysics®, aside her knowledge of applied nutrition make her uniquely qualified to help patients make massive improvements in both the structural and the nutritional aspects of their health.
Her belief is that being a doctor means one should perpetually be both a student and a teacher; Dr. Navid, D.C. is committed to the continued study of optimal health and healing.
Dena Amato, DC
Primary Treating Chiropractor
Dr. Dena Amato, D.C. received her doctorate from Life West Chiropractic College in December 2013. As a second-generation chiropractor, she has witnessed the healing effects of chiropractic throughout her life.
Following her father’s footsteps, she embraces the chiropractic lifestyle and passion for holistic living. In October 2013, Dr. Amato, D.C. joined Symmetry Health Center as a Spinal Rehabilitative Assistant. She is currently working on her post doctorate certification in Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP®).
Originally from Easton, Pennsylvania, Dr. Amato, D.C. graduated from York College of Pennsylvania in 2010. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Biology with a focus on Pre-Medical studies and Environmental Conservation. Her thesis was selected into Pennsylvania Academy of Science for publication after studying the global effects of indigenous species in Costa Rica. She learned the need for research and science-based practices, which influenced her post-graduate studies.
As a student of Dr. Cynthia Boyd, D.C.’s at Life West Chiropractic College, Dr. Amato, D.C. was first introduced to CBP®. She was inspired by the scientific-based chiropractic knowledge and became president of the Chiropractic Biophysics® Student Association. Dr. Navid, D.C., also an alumni of Life West Chiropractic College, made contributions to the association by volunteering her expertise in PostureRay®, advanced X-Ray analysis technology. Dr. Amato, D.C. is grateful for the opportunity to be trained under the guidance of her mentors, now colleagues, Dr. Boyd, D.C. and Dr. Navid, D.C..
Dr. Amato, D.C. is passionate about the need for Chiropractic healthcare internationally. She has taken mission trips providing chiropractic care to those in need in El Salvador and Jamaica. Expressing her creative side in furniture restoration, Dr. Amato, D.C. turned her hobby into a trade. She started her own business, Hidden Potential Design, and sells beautifully crafted pieces to the East Bay. She lives in Oakland with her cat Juju and enjoys trips home to spoil her 14 nieces and nephews.
Gloria Andrade, DC
Dr. Andrade received her Doctorate of Chiropractic from Southern California University of Health Sciences in December 2011 . While studying at SCUHS, Dr. Andrade obtained several certifications, including active release technique, kinesio taping, Webster technique, Cox-flexion distraction, and whole food nutrition. As a student intern, she had the opportunity to work with great patients in multiple settings such as Sepulveda Veterans Hospital and the California State University Northridge student health center.
Since graduating from SCUHS, Dr. Andrade has had the opportunity to treat athletes, working professionals, seniors, and children in multiple integrative office settings. She has also become proficient in evaluating sports and work related injuries, and completed her Certified Chiropractic Sports Physician training in 2013.
Dr. Andrade now works as a Chiropractor for Symmetry Health Center. Since joining Symmetry, Dr. Andrade has obtained additional certifications in Class IV Therapeutic Laser and Chiropractic Biophysics (CBP). Dr. Andrade is enthusiastic about working with the Symmetry team and patients. In her free time, Dr. Andrade enjoys spending time with her family and friends, hiking, yoga, and cooking healthy meals.
Rachael Stohrer, DC
Dr. Rachael Stohrer, D.C. received her doctorate from Life Chiropractic College West in March 2012. As a long time patient of chiropractic, Dr. Stohrer, D.C. has experienced the amazing ability the body has to heal itself when the nervous system can function without structural interference. This realization was the catalyst that motivated her to become a chiropractor.
Being involved in two life altering car accidents, she was first introduced to chiropractic at the tender age of 4. Some of her fondest memories are of her being treated by her family chiropractor in Marlton, New Jersey.
After a drunk driver hit her car head on, at age 17, she was unable to continue with gymnastics. Her chiropractor was able to gradually bring her back to a state of functioning and health. It was at that time, she became even more interested in researching natural ways to heal the body and mind.
Studying Exercise Physiology at James Madison University in Virginia, Dr. Stohrer, D.C. explored all the wonders that the human body has to offer. After graduating from JMU, she worked as personal trainer, not only furthering her understanding, but also piquing her curiosity of how the systems in the body function together.
At Life Chiropractic College West, she was open to many different chiropractic techniques and attended numerous seminars to further explore her options and expand her knowledge base. She also became well acquainted with the philosophy of chiropractic, in that, each person has the tools needed to heal from the inside, as long as there is proper communication between the nervous system/brain and the rest of the body. And as a chiropractor, her job is to care for the structure of the spine so that it can continue to protect the spinal cord and nerves that connect the brain to our vital organs and muscle systems.
In practice, Dr. Stohrer, D.C. gained her knowledge and clinical experience in utilizing the principles of Chiropractic BioPhysics in a flourishing office near Sacramento. She embraces the fact that learning is never truly finished and to stay up to date on the treatment of spinal issues and emerging techniques, she will attend many upcoming seminars and workshops.
Knowing the level of care provided at Symmetry Health Center, Dr. Stohrer, D.C. is more than excited to be part of the team! She is looking forward to immersing herself in these new surroundings and motivating those in her community to live better, more enriched lives by taking hold of their own well being and the decisions they make regarding their health.