LERA SAUPPE, MSN, NP-C

Board Certified, Family Nurse Practitioner

Lera Sauppe is our Nurse Practitioner who works under our medical director Dr. Armenta. Lera brings a background of family medicine to our practice. She loves the holistic concept of Health Advantage and that she gets to spend quality time helping people and seeing the progress they make at follow-up exams.

ERIC CHUNG PA-C

Physician Assistant

Eric Chung is a Physician Assistant who works under our medical director Dr. Armenta. Eric brings a wealth of expertise in Physical Medicine to Health Advantage. He is an expert in injection techniques and our patients love his gentle touch. He is passionate about returning athletes of all ages and abilities back to participation. He is our go to resource for regenerative medicine such as Platelet Rich Plasma and Stem Cell Therapy.

DR. DENNIS BUCKLEY

Chiropractor / Clinic Director

Dr. Dennis Buckley graduated from Los Angeles College of Chiropractic in 1993 with honors. He started practicing in Pasadena and worked with Dr. Michael Budincich for 11 years. He moved to the new Los Angeles College of chiropractic Pasadena clinic as a private practitioner and clinician. In March of 2009 he started The Health Advantage Health and Wellness Center.

In January, 2015, the Health Advantage Health and Wellness Center evolved into Health Advantage Physical Medicine where he holds the position of Clinic Director

Dr. Buckley’s passion as a chiropractor extends beyond the clinic. He has served his profession at the local level up to the state level and in 2004-2005 he was president of The California Chiropractic Association. He has served locally as the Chairmen of the Board of the Pasadena Chamber of Commerce.

He serves as team doctor to local high schools and teaches injury prevention and risk management to football programs. He is on the executive board of the National Football Foundation San Gabriel Valley Chapter as Vice President and Sports Medicine Chair.

Dr. Buckley is married and has two “extra sons” and a daughter who serves in the United States Navy. He is from Downey, CA and is a third generation Southern California native. He has run 3 marathons, over 100 5K’s to ½ marathon, duathons and triathlons. He loves to play golf, walk, read and is a closet history buff. He loves spending time with his family and he and his wife Brenda serve on the Marriage Matters ministry at their church where they also chair the Marriage Mentor program.

Dr. Buckley mentors students from high school to graduate schools and has made a study of success. He has authored two books, “Student Chiropractors On Road to Excellence” and “The Hole In Your Diploma”. He is working on his third book, “The Hole In Your Practice” which should be out this summer.

Mostly Dr. Buckley is all about helping people achieve their God given potential in performance, health, or relationships. He feels blessed to work in a profession that helps so many people in so many ways.

Safe. Effective. Affordable—Physical medicine you can count on.

Our patient-centered approach to care combines with our passion for helping people heal and a dedication to providing dependable services in order to gain and retain our patients’ trust throughout the entire healing process. We offer individually structured programs which are both thorough and efficient while meeting your needs effectively.

By choosing to administer quality care over quantity, we are able to maintain our personal, individualized service for every patient with every session.

At Health Advantage Physical Medicine we understand that, in order to do this, we need to have the right people on our team—people who are experts in their fields, dedicated to and exemplifying our practice’s core values and passionate about their patients. With this in mind, we have acquired a team of knowledgeable, caring and detailed staff and doctors who provide our patients with an optimal experience.

Over 75 years of combined experience, our practitioners work together as a team in order to provide our patients with quality options that lead to real results. In this way, we are able to help you find alternative solutions for your conditions, including:

A New Model

In today’s world you have many choices when it comes to your health and health care. Wellness, preventative, restorative, urgent, acute and emergency care are terms tossed about and may be confusing at times. There is one type of care that has evolved that many people are gravitating towards and is helping them function and feel better. Physical Medicine is a term you will hear about and use more often. But what is it?

Physical Medicine is a term used to describe treatments that are safe, effective and affordable to help people regain, retain and optimize their health and function. It is a combination of treatments that are integrated meaning working together in a coordinated fashion to get the best results faster and safer. These treatments can include:

  • chiropractic care
  • acupuncture
  • massage
  • physical therapy
  • decompression
  • trigger point injections
  • joint injections
  • non-surgical joint and spine procedures such as:
  • Platelet Rich Plasma
  • Stem Cell injections
  • lab work
  • nutritional programs
  • weight loss
  • herbs and supplements
  • purification programs

Some clinics even include bio-identical hormone treatments for men and women and genetic testing.