Dr. Steph is a Doctor of Chiropractic and is Certified by the Academy Council of Chiropractic Pediatrics
Dr. Steph founded the Cafe of Life in order to bring community and connection to local families with a love for natural health care. She’s extremely passionate about chiropractic care for the whole family and has extensive training in pregnancy, fertility, postpartum, infants and breastfeeding, and is currently training to become an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant. With the various types of conditions and ages of our patients she has a deep desire to deliver masterful adjusting skills and has a broad range of adjusting abilities, from the most gentle techniques to the traditional heavier adjusting styles. She and her husband Dean have two kiddos, Aubree born in 2016 and Roland born in 2018. As a mother she’s able to connect with many mothers who have gone through tough times, from miscarriage, to birth plans gone awry, post partum depression, breastfeeding challenges and so much more. The Cafe of Life is much more than your average chiropractic office. It’s a place to connect, bond, and grow… together.
If chiropractic were a love language, it would be hers. She has served on several chiropractic mission trips around the world, she maintains membership with organizations such as the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association, International Federation of Chiropractors & Organizations and supports organizations like the Spinal Research Foundation, Life Chiropractic College West and the New Zealand College of Chiropractic Research Facility. If you’re not careful she will nerd-out on all things chiropractic, babies and birth! She also serves on the Board of Trustees of Nizhoni Institute of Midwifery.
On her off times you can catch her trekking around Pacific Beach with the kiddos, playing at the parks and beaches and drinking coconut milk lattes. Her parents are Australian and British and you’ll often see them around the office, especially during Christmas when her dad (who is a professional Santa) visits for photos!
Dr. Carliana Carpenter or Dr. CC as we call her here at Cafe of Life, is an Ocean Beach native who is ecstatic to have recently moved back to the beach from the Bay Area. The minute she started her doctorate program at Life West Chiropractic College, Dr. CC knew that she wanted to work with families and specialize in pregnancy and pediatrics. Dr. CC has had many pediatric patients in her clinic and worked with an abundance of kiddos while traveling to Malinalco, Mexico and Mumbai, India on Chiropractic Mission trips. She is Webster Certified and is a member of the ICPA and is continuously involved in postdoctoral pediatric and pregnancy training. Dr. CC has been with the Cafe of Life community since 2018 and loves working with all of the wonderful families.
Dr. CC has a wide range of techniques to help with various ailments, from gentle techniques to more force, she knows what is needed and when. She’s a great communicator and knows how to get to the root of your health challenges.
She loves music and going to live shows with her family or her partner Scott. They are super active and often fishing, hiking traveling or heading to the beach. Her parents also live in Ocean Beach and her father started the first drive through coffee cart in San Diego, it’s called Bean Me Up, check him out! He makes a mean latte!
She and Dr. Steph met years ago through a mutual friend and instantly knew they wanted to practice together! Dr. CC currently sees her own patients in addition to practicing along side Dr. Steph and they love it!