Dr. Christine Cantwell, is the Founder of Thriving Life Wellness and has practiced in San Francisco for 10 years, specializing in Pregnancy Care and Gentle Techniques for the whole family. She also provides gentle cranio sacral  adjustments for infants and children.  In 2018 she became a mom herself, after so many years of caring for others during their pregnancies and it has brought new dynamics  and depth of understanding to her work. Also some new time challenges, So in order to maintain a high quality of care with Thriving Life Patients, she brought in a team approach with 3 other highly skilled and specialized chiropractors for Pre and Post natal Care and general wellness through better movement and balance to the nervous system.

You are in good hands if you schedule your 1st appointment or follow up appointments with any of our team.  Dr Christine has office hours Weds 10-2, Thurs 2-5 and alternating Saturdays 10-1.

Dr. Ameneh Raeisghasem brings with her a wealth of experience in her 20 years of practice as a chiropractor, with a special emphasis in holistic and integrative care for families., including pregnancy care, pediatrics & acupuncture and is certified in the Webster Technique, via the International Pediatric Chiropractic Association.

Prior to joining the Thriving Life Wellness Center, she taught Physiology, Pathology and Kinesiology in both Boston and the Bay Area. She’s been in practice for over 20 years since graduating with her Doctor of Chiropractic degree from the National University of Health Sciences and her B.S. in Microbiology from the University of Wisconsin – Madison. She has post-graduate training in a variety of specialized techniques include Webster (pediatrics), Graston (soft tissue mobilization) & Cox (spinal pain relief).

How did you become inspired to become a chiropractor?

I have always wanted to be a health care practitioner and  I was inspired by the holistic approach chiropractic doctors had towards health-care and well-care. Being in practice for 25 years, I am reminded everyday about how important it is to care for a whole person and it gives me immense joy to help my patients find optimal health.

What is a unique service or technique you offer?

I specialize in Webster Technique for pregnancy, Pediatric Sacral Occipital Technique, Acupressure for pain management, Cox Flexion-
Distraction for spinal misalignment, and Graston and Kinsio-taping for sports injuries.  I practice full spine and extremity adjusting, using
gentle non-force chiropractic techniques including:   Acupressure, Trigger Point Therapy, Proprioceptive Neuro-muscular Facilitation,
Cranial Sacral Therapy, and Facial Stretch Therapy.

What’s your “rule to live by”?

Be Kind. “Your Acts of Kindness are iridescent wings of divine love, which linger and continue to uplift others long after your sharing” -Rumi

Anything else you want to share with the Thriving Life Community so they get to know you better.

I am a full-time mom of three. I love to cook especially Persian food. In my spare time, I love to hike, paint, read poetry, and spend
time with my family

Dr. Ameneh has her office hours at Thriving Life Wellness on Tuesday and Thursdays 9-2 and alternating Saturdays 8:20-1 and can be booked via our regular online schedule.  You may used existing package credits with her for your follow up visits.

Dr. Ashley Freidel has a passion for holistic health and wellbeing; having an inner drive and commitment to helping people of all ages thrive in every aspect of their life. Originally from Chicago, her passion led her to San Francisco where she graduated with honors from Life Chiropractic College West earning her Doctorate in Chiropractic Medicine in 2017. During her time in school, she trained all over the country in a variety of chiropractic techniques including Webster technique, Applied Kinesiology (AK), Activator, Gonstead, Neuro Emotional Technique (NET), Sacral Occipital Technique (SOT), Bio-Geometric Integration (BGI), Cranial-Sacral Therapy as well as many more. She is an active member of the California Chiropractic Association and the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association.

Dr. Ashley practices full spine and extremity adjusting using gentle, safe techniques focusing on the individual as a whole and carefully releasing stored energy and tension within their system. In addition to using effective, gentle chiropractic adjustments, Dr. Ashley will incorporate functional exercises, use soft tissues techniques and provide nutritional counseling when necessary. She loves being able to help people in any way that she can and goes above and beyond to be there for her patients; helping them achieve their goals while creating authentic connection and community.

How did you become inspired to become a chiropractor?

I was inspired to become a Chiropractor in my own personal journey of overcoming illness. I grew tired of the current medical model of drugs and surgery and years of being under care with little to no resolution.  I wanted a better approach to my health care and most importantly, I wanted my life back. This desire in me lead to me finding Chiropractic and holistic medicine. I finally had the answers that I was searching for and, though it took time, was able to achieve optimal health. I got my life back and am forever grateful. Due to this incredible journey, I have developed a deep passion and love for Chiropractic and holistic medicine and would love nothing more than to help people, naturally and effectively.

What is a unique service or technique you offer?

My adjusting style is very similar to Dr. Christine’s. I use a gentle, effective approach to the body, that is specific to each individual, to release pressure on the soft tissues and align the structures throughout the body. This approach alleviates pain/inflammation and restores the person’s health. My service is unique because I look at the person holistically and I work, together with that individual, in coming up with the best way for them to stay healthy and active as well as meeting their goals. A unique service that I offer is NET. NET (Neuro Emotional Technique) is a scientifically proven stress reduction tool to improve mind and body stress-related symptoms. Using NET, I will find and remove neurological imbalances related to the physiology of unresolved stress patterns.

What’s your “rule to live by”?

Self care, everyday. No matter if it’s 10 minutes or an hour or two, I always try to do something for myself that will keep me healthy and happy every single day. There are many different ways on how you can establish a self care routine into your daily life and it’s easier than most think. Some examples of self care include meditating, going for a walk or run, a favorite work out class with a friend, writing, sipping on a fresh cup of coffee or tea, or anything that brings you joy. Doing something for you, even if it’s just for 10 minutes, can dramatically improve your overall health and wellbeing. When working with patients on how to establish self care into their lives, I consistently hear “I don’t have the time” or “I have so many other things to do that are more important,” which are valid concerns. In today’s culture, its the norm for everyone to go go go.  It can be challenging finding that time for you while getting everything on your to-do list done. Self care is a process on figuring out what works for you in your very busy schedule and I love helping people find that and maintain it.

What’s a favorite experience for you in San Francisco?

There are so many! I love hiking up North across the golden gate bridge, going to Rodeo or Baker beach or the parks (Dolores, Alamo Square, etc) and relaxing there with friends. I also love exploring the city and finding new restaurants and bars to try — I have found many hidden gems this way such as Ideale and the House (both in North Beach).

Dr. Ashley Freidel is seeing Thriving Life Wellness Patients, Mondays 9-1, and 3-7pm Tuesdays 7-10am, and Weds 7-10 am and 3-7pm and can be booked via our regular online schedule.  You may used existing package credits with her for your follow up visits.


Dr. Alejandra Robles, brings more than two decades of professional experience in the healing and movement arts, and a broad base of knowledge to her role as a health care practitioner. During her career she has provided chiropractic services to a wide variety of pediatric and adult patients, ranging from manual laborers in the Peruvian highlands and farmers in rural Central America to software engineers in Silicon Valley, pre and post pregnancy and weekend warriors alike.

Her main focus is on correcting spinal misalignments that can cause early breakdown of the spine and imbalances in the body and nervous system which can create a lowered tolerance for healing, recovery and overall wellness. Her extensive professional experience has taught her that treating spine problems requires a holistic approach. That is why, in addition to her specialty in various chiropractic techniques, she assists clients with preventative and wellness care, nutritional advice, posture and ergonomic correction, exercises for core strength and overall fitness and weight management. Much of her current practice is informed by her previous experience as a personal trainer and wellness coach, where she pioneered nutritional as well as exercise techniques to promote her clients’ whole health.

The holistic approach also influences her role as an educator to the next generation of healthcare practitioners, having served as an instructor of anatomy and spino-muscular biomechanics at Life Chiropractic College in West Hayward, California. She remains well versed in the current scientific literature regarding evidence-based chiropractic techniques so she can ground both her teaching and clinical practice in the latest clinically-proven procedures.

She also takes inspiration from her lived experience. Her time as a former division I collegiate athlete, current amateur triathlete and trained yoga instructor informs her approach to injury and recovery. Her journey of recovering from her own set of injuries has given her a personal perspective on the healing process, compassion for her patients and the desire to educate people about how to achieve better health through the gentle touch of chiropractic care and healthy habits.

How did you become inspired to become a chiropractor?

After working in a few different healthcare fields I was intrigued that the chiropractic field was built on the idea that the body is a self healing organism as long as there is no interference in the nervous system which is ultimately what is responsible for our body’s ability to heal & function properly. It is a different paradigm than getting sick or being in pain and just taking medicine to make it go away. Chiropractic is about helping the body heal more naturally without drugs or surgery and I found it was closest to my own holistic view. Plus, I’ve been able to incorporate stretching and strengthening the musculature around the spine to help support it through all the activities we put ourselves through each and everyday.

What is a unique service or technique you offer?

I am one of a few skilled doctors in SF to perform a technique called, “Nasal Specific Technique.” I inflate tiny balloons into the nasal concha of each nasal passage. It is ultimately a cranial or skull bone adjustment that helps cerebral spinal fluid circulate more abundantly through the system and has helped thousands of patients with migraines, headaches, sleep apnea, snoring and countless other ailments. I feel grateful to have been taught this technique to help even more people.

What’s your “rule to live by”?

Always make time for self care in the way of moving your body. Whether it’s yoga, pilates, stretching or just going on a walk in the fresh air, movement is life and helps the old stagnant blood to circulate out as new fresh and nourishing blood replenishes the body and cells. On the flip side, know when too much is too much and take a break by not moving & relax!

What’s a favorite experience for you in San Francisco?

The fact that it’s a city with so many cars, people and movement all around but then you can travel to Golden Gate Park or Lands End look out trail area and feel like you are in the woods and far from that urban cement jungle. This is where I go to regenerate and the best part is I get to take my dog with me!

Dr. Alex has Office Hours for Thriving Life Wellness patients are Tuesdays and Thursdays 4-7 and Fridays 10-1 and some Saturdays 2-4pm. and can be booked via our regular online schedule.  You may used existing package credits with her for your follow up visits.

"I have gone to many chiropractors over the years, and Christine is by far the best. Her ability to read what is going on in your body is uncanny. The wide breadth of techniques and genuine passion for healing she brings to the table results in amazing healing. In one session she fixed a knee that had been bothering me for years."

- Katherine C.