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Reviews for O’Hara Chiropractic

What Our Patients Say . . .

What others say about chiropractic care can help you make the right health care choice.

Review a selection of O’Hara Chiropractic patient testimonials below and please give our office a call or contact us if you have any questions.

Yours in Health,
Dr. Lori O’Hara

Entire Family is Healthier Than Ever

My family and I wanted to express our appreciation for a year of great care given to us by you. Each of us has improved significantly, enabling the entire family to feel better than we have in a long time. Your professionalism, knowledge and diagnostic ability is a cut about most chiropractors.

Barry, Charla and Scott Dufour

Exceptional Care

I was hesitant to visit a chiropractor because I thought the pain I was feeling would go away in a few days. I was in excruciating pain when I finally decided to search for a chiropractor. My co worker mentioned Dr O`Hara. I made a appointment right away not knowing what to expect. From the moment I called to schedule the appointment to the moment I stepped out the door I felt taken care of and the staff was amazing. We got to the core of my pain. I can say I am beyond pleased with the whole office staff. I would not hesitate to recommend this office to anyone that was and or is in search of a chiropractor. Dr O`Hara has your back.”

- M.R.

Exemplary Listening Skills

Dr. O’Hara is a well trained professional diagnostician with a courteous and helpful staff. At my first visit, she provided a detailed diagnosis and treatment plan. In my experience with doctors, she has exemplary listening skills and is firm but gentle when providing her expectations of both patient responsibilities and treatment outcomes. I highly recommend her services to anyone seeking musculoskeletal health issues.


Dr. O’Hara Is Simply Amazing!

Dr. O’Hara is simply amazing. She has a warm, impenetrable positivity that is extremely encouraging for her patients, especially considering they come to her in physical pain and distress. I’ve been seeing her for over a year now to treat neck and back injuries after being involved in two separate car accidents. Dr. O’Hara has helped me heal with great skill and seeming ease. My neck and back are so much better now, and if a new issue appears along the way (which does happen to this desk-enslaved grad student), she is there to address it. It is just so obvious that she loves what she does. Every time I come in she greets me with a smile. She loves a challenge and is constantly making suggestions as to how her patients can improve their overall health and well being. Her patients’ health is always her number one priority. Her goal is that everyone feels and lives better. She has certainly helped me accomplish this in my own life. I was not a big believer in chiropractic before going to see her, but after my lengthy time and experience at O’Hara’s, I can say with confidence that chiropractic has done wonders for my neck, back, and overall health!


Something Good Here Folks!

I am so happy that I was referred to Dr O’Hara. I love her Up beat personality, everyone in the office works together to run this fine oiled machine. I have only been seeing her for a couple of days and I am feeling relief. I also noticed how many people are seeing her for treatment, she is doing something good here folks!


Dr. O’Hara Is Great At What She Does

I liked my complimentary consultation and exam with Dr. O’Hara. She’s so great at what she does; I learned a lot about the misalignment of spine in relation to my posture and physical structure in the 15mins we were together. I hear a lot of great things about Dr. O’Hara, so I’m sure you won’t be disappointed at all.


Dr. Ohara Is Absolutely Amazing!

I was experiencing back pain after I had my baby and she has helped me so much. After a few visits my pain started to decrease and my overall sense of wellbeing had improved. She is a wonderful teacher and is very committed to her patients success. She treats the whole body and can help with nutrition, supplementation and other healing modalities. After my first visit she personally called me to check on how I was feeling! Who does that? I felt so supported by her and her staff from day one. Recently, my daughter developed an ear infection and I was really not big on treating it with an antibiotic and I brought this up with Dr. Ohara who asked me to please bring her in that day, which I did. She gave my 16mth old a small adjustment and she was back to her normal happy

Self and most importantly SLEEPING and in no further discomfort, almost overnight. I highly recommend Ohara chiropractic. A wonderful investment in your health!!


Undeniable Positive Experience

I arrived at a scheduled appointment this morning to be showered with hello and smiles from Dr. O’Hara and staff. My back is feeling better thanks to the care of Dr. O’Hara. Great center for collaborative health of your back, neck and posture. Thank you for the undeniably positive experience. Very little wait time to get in.


Awesome Experience

AWESOME!! I had a terrible case of TMJ (locked jaw) and could barely open my mouth for 6 months. I tried everything, mouth guard, massage, warm pack, and nothing worked. I finally gave in and went to the chiropractor and within two weeks my mouth was opening up. She also fixed my atlas and pelvis. I would definitely recommend this office! Staff is so friendly and welcoming. They offer free ten minute massage to all new patients. If you are interested you can attend a FREE WORKSHOP they offer once a month. They provide a delicious free dinner and inform you about the practice. They also provide a lecture about chiropractors, wellness, subluxations, and more! I love this office!


Exceeded Expectations

My visit exceeded expectations! I have been searching for a chiropractor who listens and does adjustments for my specific issue vs those that do a general adjustment and hope it fixes what ails me. Very happy with Dr. O’Hara she is worth the 120 mile round trip.


Follow Up Call

The call after my first adjustment was so nice! Dr. O’Hara really makes me feel supported and heard. No doctor’s call their patients like this and it’s very refreshing. Thanks!


My Shoulder Pain is Completely Gone

I saw a chiropractor growing up, and while he was a nice man, I had no understanding of the importance or purpose of what he was doing to my spine. It wasn’t until I started experiencing shoulder pain that I sought out chiropractic treatment again, and I am so thankful that a friend referred me to Dr. O’Hara!

Dr. O’Hara is passionate about what she does, but she is equally passionate about educating her clients on what she does. She doesn’t treat symptoms, she treats the source. When I came to see her for my shoulder, she adjusted the ball back into the socket. But the pain didn’t cease until she treated the real issue, my spine! After a few months of seeing her, my shoulder pain is completely gone. Not only that, but I have a greater understanding of how to improve my health and quality of life for years to come. I’m so thankful for Dr. O’Hara! And will be a client of hers for years to come.


Kind, Friendly, and Profoundly Passionate

I first came to see Dr. O’Hara in the summer of 2014 after I was involved in an auto accident. Turns out, I suffered a serious whiplash injury, a condition which I was told on average takes a minimum of six months to fix with treatment. I was letdown by the news that a whiplash injury inherently takes this long to heal, but I was committed to getting healthy again and so decided to push through with treatment.

And, wow, am I so glad I stuck around! After a mere five months of Dr. O’Hara’s Gonstead method, I was completely fixed, with a textbook-normal neck and spine. Dr. O’Hara is so efficient and knowledgable at what she does that the sessions with her quickly became a pleasure. She’s not only highly professional and skilled, she is also kind, friendly, and profoundly passionate about what she does. Chiropractic isn’t just a job for her: it’s a way of life. Her enthusiasm for what she does and her deep commitment to holistic health and wellness is truly inspiring. She makes me not just want to eat better, but to live better. And whenever I’m feeling snuffles or sickness coming on, Dr. O’Hara is there with a recommendation of which vitamins and natural supplements are most beneficial to take.
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The clinic itself is warm and cozy, with plenty of charm. The floors are hardwood, the walls are robin-egg blue, and there is a freelance masseuse named Mark who comes into the clinic every Wednesday. He charges $1 for every minute, and, believe me, it’s money well spent! After one 15-minute session with him, I felt a significant increase in energy and just an overall clearer, happier feeling in my body.

The women who work the front desk, Erika and Maudy (Vivianna, we miss you!), are friendly, upbeat people. They’ll call you by name as soon as you walk in, which gives you the sense that you’re stepping into their home (and indeed, the clinic is located inside a converted 100+-year-old Victorian). It’s just a nice touch to what can often be a sterile, uncomfortable environment (how many medical offices have we been in that are about as warm and cuddly as a hospital waiting room?).

If your body isn’t feeling the way it should- even if you haven’t been in an auto accident like me- you should see Dr. O’Hara. I can pretty much guarantee that you’ll walk away happier than you walked in.


A Genuine Care

Dr. O’Hara has improved my health by leaps and bounds. As a ballet dancer, I rely on my body functioning at its best and most efficient, and Dr. O’Hara is the most helpful health professional I’ve seen. I’ve never had an ache or a pain she couldn’t identify and remedy quickly. She takes such pride in her work and in her office, and she is constantly updating and improving things. Dr. O’Hara has such genuine care for people and their health, and it certainly comes through in her work. I can’t say enough how much of a positive effect O’Hara Chiropractic has had on my life.


A Lifesaver!

Dr O’Hara has changed my life.  I had a hard time concentrating, pains in my neck, wrists, and lower back. I had a hard time sleeping because my neck would ache. I finally decided to go to her through a recommendation by my colleagues. She took my X-rays, explained the importance of maintenance care, and explained that this will take time to fix because the injuries have been there for too long.  I felt much better after the first adjustment. Now, my neck rarely hurts, my wrists are no longer in pain, and I gained back some flexibility with my hips. She’s a lifesaver! I highly recommend Dr. O’Hara.


A Five-Star Experience

I almost had a two star experience here, nearly waiting for an hour after my set appointment time. After getting an explanation that two emergency patients were rushed in, I soon understood and my anger subsided. After the wait, I was seen very quickly. The examination took no time at all as Dr Ohara was very friendly and talkative. What set this review to five stars was when we were taking X-rays, I began feeling light headed/ill and asked to take a break. Within seconds, Dr O’Hara went out to get me some water and gave me an entire basketful of pumpkin bread to take home. I could tell she really cared, so I will be coming back soon!

One Of The Best

Dr. O’Hara is one of the best Gonstead chiropractors out there. She has help me tremendously with structural issues in my neck back and with chronic aches and pains. She’s also the best at adjusting extremities! Her goal is your overall health and the health and structure of your spine. Dr. O’Hara will go above and beyond for your health. She helped me find a reputable, experienced Gonstead chiropractor in the North County San Diego area as well and I even texted her during my European vacation for info regarding my back for a Gonstead chiropractor in Amsterdam. I try and squeeze in an appt. with Dr. O’Hara whenever I am in town, she is that good!


A Genuine Commitment to Optimal Health

This is an incredible office that is always working on improving their system and being more efficient to provide more and more love for their patients. It has been a privilege to be a part of the staff here, I was not just another employee, I am part of the family and it is a blessing. I have also been a patient and can say that Dr. Lori Sender-O’Hara follows the Gonstead protocols and gets results! She looks at the whole picture and is so genuinely committed to achieving optimal nervous system function so you can live at your full potential! I am grateful for her hard work and dedication to servicing. She takes care of patients from all ages, sizes, conditions and stages. If you are looking to improve your quality of life, I recommend stopping by or calling the office to get your nervous system checked here! You will not regret it!



My recovery is very good after my visits. I am Happy!


Great and Caring.

A great caring Dr. Lori surrounded by a great staff. They really want you to understand what is wrong with you. When was the last time you took a friendly test as to what is wrong with you? Thank you Team!


You Really Care

You truly present a spirit of caring for your patients in a practice that is based on knowledge and experience and a real passion for providing better health for the people that enter your facility. It has been a pleasure to be under your care.

V.L. Goleta, CA

Dr. O’Hara has been like a miracle worker for me.

After spending a  year in 24/7 pain, trying two different chiropractors, I went to Dr. O’Hara. At that time my left hand was useless and painfully throbbing. I could only sleep on one side as my upper left side was wracked with pain.My head could hardly turn.At that time I was taking massive amounts of pain relievers.Within two weeks of seeing Dr.O’Hara I was off pain pills and sleeping again. My left hand became fully functioning, where as I can draw again.There’s a lot more to tell but I’ll leave that for another time.

E. Gross Goleta, CA

Go in and see her, you won’t be disappointed.

I used to work for Dr. O’Hara, and as a former employee, I can honestly say that no one has more integrity and genuine concern for your health, and well being, than Dr. O’Hara. She is not just any old chiropractor, and I wish I still lived in the Santa Barbara area, because the work she did on me probably saved me many years of suffering.  Go in and see her, you won’t be disappointed.

Jennifer S. Sacramento, CA

Compassionate and Highly Skilled Chiropractor.

I’ve been coming to Dr. Sender – O’Hara for many many years.  She is a compassionate and highly skilled chiropractor, who genuinely cares for and gets to know all her patients. She takes a holistic approach to healing, and has been an invaluable resource for me when I’ve been ill or in pain.  My back went out one weekend, and she actually dropped what she was doing and met me at her office on a Sunday afternoon to treat me.

Janine E. Seattle, WA

As a Chiropractor myself, I recognize the value of quality care!

I have found Dr. O’Hara to be courteous and professional, more importantly the Gonstead technique practiced by Dr. O’Hara has been an extremely effective treatment modality. I can also add that my case is a bit unusual, my arthritis is advanced, I have 2 prosthetic shoulders and knees ( that’s plural) along with advanced degenerative OA throughout my spine. Dr. O’Hara has not only been an excellent clinician, but has offered wonderful encouragement to me as I have been devastated by this disease. Thanks in part to Dr. O’Hara, I have returned to work after more than a year of disability.

Dr. Bob Thomas Goleta, CA

Dr. O’Hara is amazing!

I discovered her through the internet after I was involved in a severe car accident. After being released from the hospital I still had stiffness in my neck, back, and shoulders. My first visit I fell in love with the ambiance of her office and the whole set up. It was so welcoming and inviting. My first day of getting adjusted I felt like I was 100%! It was amazing, I felt as if I was all better. Dr.O’Hara is so nice and caring. I love how she makes me feel that she cares so much about me and what is going on in my life. I always look forward and love coming to my appointments because I feel like a different person after getting adjusted! This is by far the best!

Michaella T. Santa Barbara, C

She is a fantastic medical professional that eased my fears and my pain.

I had never been to a chiropractor in my life and was frankly afraid to do so.  Then I had intense pain along the lateral aspect of my scapula with numbness and tingling to my fingers with no known injury.  As a medical professional I was skeptical  about seeking anything other than “traditional” medical treatment.   After speaking to several friends I decided to try a chiropractor…but who?  I check the Independent Best Of and after finding that Dr. O’Hara was number one, I decided to give her a try.  Thank goodness I did! She is a fantastic medical professional that eased my fears and my pain.  It has taken time and is still a work in progress, but I have complete faith in her.  Always upbeat and encouraging, it’s a real pleasure to go to her office.  And she is so willing to go that extra mile and will always be willing to meet you on her days off if you are in pain and give you an adjustment.

And her office staff is unbelievably friendly and engaging.  They greet everyone by name which is fantastic and personable.  When I spoke to Vivianna on the phone to schedule my first appointment she was very reassuring when I expressed my fear of seeing a chiropractor.  And Erica who started just about the time I did (as a patient) is equally friendly and learning her job quickly.

I love this place!!  It’s a joy to come to this office with all the fantastic people that work here.  It doesn’t seem to be just a job for them, but a life experience.

Catherine M. Goleta, CA

I would highly recommend her!

I have only been going to Dr. O’Hara for less than a month, but the difference is incredible. She is fully committed to making sure that the patient understands what is being done during all phases of care. She is also committed to correcting the problem and not just masking the pain or putting a band aid on the problem. Correction takes time. I would highly recommend her …. there is a reason that she was voted best Chiropractor in Santa Barbara!

Janet Z. Santa Barbara, CA

I am happy to say that I am now “pain-free”!

Dr. O’Hara is a kind, compassion, amazing, knowledgeable doctor  who genuinely cares about her patients. Her office staff is very helpful and always smiling.   I went to her with excruciating low back pain.  I am happy to say that I am now “pain-free” thanks to Dr. O’hara, and can now get back to my active life style that I so enjoy.  It is so difficult to find a dedicated doctor who listens and understands your needs.  I feel so grateful to of found Dr. Ohara!

Rudy G. Encino, CA

Only One is “The Best”!

So many chiropractors in Santa Barbara and Goleta, but only one is “The Best” and that is Dr. Lori.  I always walk out of her office feeling so much better.  I can’t believe it took me so many years of pain and ill health before I finally went to see her.  My husband drug me in after years of constant pain.  My stomach was in pain from all the aspirin I took. This was the best decision I have made for my health and my future.  You will be in good hands too.  I have to say, it really surprised me how much better I feel.

Jane L. Santa Barbara, CA

Dr. O’hara provides excellent care!

I suffer from chronic pain and she has worked with me so much from changing my diet to wonderful chiropractic care. O’hara has changed my life and has given my life back to me. When I first saw her in September I was extremely fatigued and would go to bed at 7pm now I am starting to get my life back with exercising and having more energy….all thanks to her!! O’hara won’t stop til she gets down to the bottom of your problem. When I was really sick she would call and check on me and was so thoughtful and gave helpful advice, when other doctors would not even call me back, she would always follow up and make sure I was ok. I would highly recommend Dr. O’hara!

Devon R. Santa Barbara, CA

Dr O’Hara is thorough, knowledgeable and very skilled.

I have taught in College for 13 yrs Anatomy and Human Physiology, I have a good working knowledge of how the human body works. I was in a severe auto collision resulting in headaches, neck pain, and low back pain. I had been to many Chiropractors seeking help, many of them touchy feely non force practitioners, with no changes in my spinal problems. I found Dr O’Hara to be thorough, knowledgeable and very skilled. Her explanation of how these biomechanical changes would occur over time as the body healed was not only scientifically logical but in fact was a solution to my injuries. I’m glad to report I enjoy freedom from my auto injuries. Just as I maintain regular visits to my Dentist, I also maintain my spinal health.

Harold M. Santa Barbara, CA

I have been very pleased with my results!

I have been seeing Dr. O’Hara for over two months.  She identified my problem areas during my initial consultation and clearly explained her approach for treatment.  I had a re-evaluation after 12 visits and was really excited with the improvements she documented. She has greatly helped reduce the tension in my upper shoulders and neck.  My range of motion (turning my head side to side) has increased significantly.  I have been very pleased with my results!

One of the primary reasons I wanted chiropractic treatment in the first place was due to infrequent but painful headaches.  On Monday I had my first headache since I started chiropractic treatment.  It was the result of a huge weekend house project to reorganize piles of paperwork in my office.  I spent the day looking down at my project and didn’t take good care of my neck.  I explained my symptoms when I saw her that day and she immediately knew what to do.  She identified an area in my upper neck that needed adjustment.  She also stretched my neck to relieve pressure on the nerve.  She also showed me how to use an acupressure point in my hand to help relieve headache pain.  I immediately felt a sense of relief and only felt traces of the headache for the next hour or two.  After that, the pain was completely gone and it has not returned.  Previously, my headaches would often subside in the evening and return the next day.  I was so happy that Dr. O’Hara’s treatment caused the pain to stop for good without any medication.

Dr. O’Hara is a great doctor!  She is always providing useful life tips and I learned so much by attending her workshop.  She takes the time to listen to her patients and really cares about their well-being.  I highly recommend her to anyone interested in improving the quality of their day to day life.

Amy N. Santa Barbara, CA

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