Dr. Charles Bissell

Dr. Charles Bissell personally experienced chiropractic’s extraordinary healing benefits when he was a young boy. When he was 13 years old, he susta...

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Dr. Charles Bissell

Dr. Charles Bissell personally experienced chiropractic’s extraordinary healing benefits when he was a young boy. When he was 13 years old, he sustained a back injury from a hockey accident. He saw a chiropractor and had amazing results. He was back to the sport he loved in no time!

Several years later while taking an Anatomy Class in College, I was fascinated with how the body worked and knew that I wanted to work in the healthcare field. I wanted to help other people with back pain.

Dr. Bissell began his academic career at Santa Barbara City College where he was awarded the Student of the Year Award for Anatomy. He then continued on to West Coast University to study the sciences in Los Angeles. Dr. Bissell was then accepted at Palmer Chiropractic College in San Jose where he received his doctorate. Palmer is the world’s oldest and most respected chiropractic college. In fact, D.D. Palmer discovered chiropractic in 1895.

The chiropractic curriculum at Palmer is much like medicine. Much of the early years are exactly the same type of classes that all physicians take including advanced anatomy, physiology, microbiology, public health, diagnosis, x-ray, and others. Chiropractors also learn about the safe and effective adjusting techniques and other natural methods of improving health like nutritional counseling.

Dr. Bissell also holds the following certifications; Certified Chiropractic Sports Physician, Radiography Supervisor and Operator, State of California, National Board Certified Chiropractor and Independent Disability Evaluator, State of California. Dr. Bissell has been in continuous practice in Santa Barbara, California since 1995 and remains active in the community. He is a member of the California Chiropractic Association and has served two terms as President of the local chapter.

Dr. Bissell served as a strength and conditioning specialist as well as a sports medicine adviser for a variety of local institutions, including Santa Barbara City College. He also served as a team doctor for the AVP, and USA Triathalon teams.


Karen Still

Physical Therapist

Karen Still graduated from UCSB in 1986 with a B.S. in Mathematical Sciences and earned her Masters in Physical Therapy from USC in 1988, graduating w...

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Karen Still

Physical Therapist

Karen Still graduated from UCSB in 1986 with a B.S. in Mathematical Sciences and earned her Masters in Physical Therapy from USC in 1988, graduating with academic excellence. Karen began her career as a Physical Therapist at Goleta Valley Community Hospital. To broaden her horizons, she switched to outpatient orthopedics with Precision Biomechanics, which specialized in lower extremity biomechanics and orthotics for the feet. In 2003, the company merged with Muller and Weber PT where she worked until 2017 when she joined us here at Bissell Clinic.

My goal is not just to address my patient’s pain but to get to the root cause and to help them fully understand their condition.

Karen has always had an interest in orthopedics and sports medicine. She earned her orthopedic certified specialty (OCS) in 1996 which she currently maintains and also holds a specialty in foot biomechanics. Additionally, she holds a certification in manual therapy techniques from the Institute of Physical Art and is an expert at building custom foot orthotics.

Hank Peterson

Physical Therapist

Introducing Hank Peterson, the newest addition to the Bissell Clinic Team! Hank Peterson has been a physical therapist for over 24 years, but his appr...

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Hank Peterson

Physical Therapist

Introducing Hank Peterson, the newest addition to the Bissell Clinic Team! Hank Peterson has been a physical therapist for over 24 years, but his appreciation for sports medicine started long before.

After graduating from UCLA with his Bachelor’s of Science in 1989, Hank went on to play professional water polo in Italy and trained as a member of the National Olympic Water Polo team. From there, Hank returned to the U.S. and earned his Master’s Degree in Physical Therapy from USC in 1996.

Initially, he worked at Kaiser Sunset which is where he began mastering his skills in manual therapy with specialization in neuromuscular reeducation. Twenty years ago, Hank moved to Santa Barbara where he has been delivering Physical Therapy services to patients at Sansum Clinic. Currently, Hank is a part of the Bissell Clinic team, where he is working with all patients to address post-surgical conditions to preventative care.

Hank lives in Santa Barbara with his beautiful wife, Dr. Susie Ramos, with whom he has 4 lovely children. Outside of work, Hank enjoys all sports but is especially fond of surfing, paddling, water polo, and basketball.

Kimberly Courtney

Physical Therapist

Kimberly Courtney’s journey to becoming a physical therapist is a closely personal one. While obtaining her B.S. in Combined Sciences from Santa Cla...

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Kimberly Courtney

Physical Therapist

Kimberly Courtney’s journey to becoming a physical therapist is a closely personal one. While obtaining her B.S. in Combined Sciences from Santa Clara University, Kimberly was a member of her school’s Division I collegiate volleyball team which developed her passion for sports, but ultimately lead to multiple orthopedic surgeries and extensive recovery.

After college, Kimberly’s interest grew further following the progressive neurological diagnosis of her father which motivated her to earn her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Mount St. Mary’s University. Kim completed her residency at the University of Chicago Medical Center where she specialized in treating orthopedic and neurologic disorders.

Alexa Zampese

Alexa is a born and raised Santa Barbara local. She graduated from Santa Barbara City College with a Degree in Liberal Arts and Behavioral Studies and...

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Alexa Zampese

Alexa is a born and raised Santa Barbara local. She graduated from Santa Barbara City College with a Degree in Liberal Arts and Behavioral Studies and two Degrees in Early Childhood Education. Alexa is also a certified nursing assistant.

Alexa is a huge athlete. She played softball while going to SBCC and she has played seven different sports in her lifetime. When Alexa isn’t assisting Dr. Bissell she is most likely out on the softball or hanging out with her family and friends.

Kaylan Huff

Patient Coordinator

Kaylan has been working at our clinic in the role of Patient Care Coordinator since January 2022. Kaylan was born in Southern California and moved to ...

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Kaylan Huff

Patient Coordinator

Kaylan has been working at our clinic in the role of Patient Care Coordinator since January 2022. Kaylan was born in Southern California and moved to Santa Barbara in 2018. She previously lived in St. George, Utah where she earned her associate’s degree in Science at Dixie State University. Kaylan has enjoyed meeting all our patients and takes pride in providing the best care for them. She aspires to be a nurse in the future and is expanding her knowledge of healthcare at our clinic. Kaylan is currently working on her nursing applications and applying to schools around the Santa Barbara area. She loves the beach and wants to stay nearby Santa Barbara for her future career.

When she is not at the clinic, she enjoys activities with her friends, yoga, and dance. She was on the dance team at Dixie State University and enjoys being active in the community. We are excited to have her join our team.

Deanna Alonzo

Office Manager

Deanna’s current team role is our Office Manager. She came to Bissell Chiropractic with many years of experience in management and one of her earlie...

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Deanna Alonzo

Office Manager

Deanna’s current team role is our Office Manager. She came to Bissell Chiropractic with many years of experience in management and one of her earliest positions was once with Dr. Bissell when the practice first opened. She looks forward to getting to know all of the patients and forming long-lasting patient relationships. It has been exciting for her to see some of the longtime patients that were coming to treat with Dr. Bissell when she worked here years ago. Deanna actually met her husband Matt at this office! They have three kids, Jacob 25, Hunter 23, and Ava 16.

She enjoys time with the family, traveling, hiking, reading, and days at the beach. With her two older sons out of the house, her daughter Ava keeps her busy playing volleyball & basketball for St. Bonaventure High School in Ventura where they live. She makes a mean chocolate chip cookie so if she makes a batch she will be sure to share it with all of you!