Dr. Herfindahl put himself through his undergraduate B.A. degree in Psychology and Biology as a lifeguard and swimming coach. After graduating from Concordia University College in Canada in 1996, he went on to Palmer College Chiropractic West, and received his doctorate in 1999. Playing on the college hockey team, he was initially inspired to be a professional sport’s injury doctor. However his desire to make a larger impact in people’s lives motivated him to change his coursework to become a chiropractic family practitioner. He saw early on that when a patient becomes pain free and rehabilitated, it not only changes the lives of a patient, but their family as well. This driving force to make a difference encouraged him to go on a chiropractic mission to El Salvador in 1998. There, he treated hundreds of patients daily who had no medical care or medication, changing their wellness lives.
Dr. Herfindahl has been practicing in San Diego since 2000 and has been in the same location since 2003.
Giving back to the community has always been important to the doctor. Besides Earth Day and yearly food drives, educating the public in health topics is his passion. He has participated in community outreach, offering educational seminars and guest speaking for San Diego County, San Diego Unified Teachers, San Diego Airport Authority, Doubletree Inn and various other venues on topics ranging from nutrition, posture, ergonomics, stress reduction, neurological education, and sports injury prevention. Dr. Herfindahl believes that an important key to maintaining health is education, which is why he shares informative newsletters via online media.
The Dr. also belongs and participates with CCA, ‘California Chiropractic Association’ and CORE San Diego, ‘Chiropractors on the Road to Excellence’.
In 1998, he married his beautiful and intelligent wife, Anna. In 2008, the twins Christina and Jacob were born. The family also has a pet rabbit Spencer and Dog Rocco. He is a huge Edmonton Oiler’s hockey and San Diego Charger’s fan. An avid golf player, he also holds a golf injury treatment certification. Besides playing golf, he keeps himself in top shape working out at the YMCA.
Dr. Herfindahl’s motivation is to evolve with not only cutting edge healing technologies for his patients, but treating the whole person, from nutrition to rehabilitation. He believes that “treating patients is more than making them pain free, it is changing their lives and the lives of their loved ones”.