Thank you Dr. Margaret!


I had developed allergies and asthma in my late 20's and they have gotten progressively worse over the past ten years. This last year has been particularly difficult. I was taking medication daily, which I was worried about, and I really regretted having to severely cut back on physical activities.

At the suggestion of a friend I started seeing Dr. Margaret regularly. I noticed a steady improvement in my health. I believed that her work was really improving my health, but there was a little skeptic in me that wondered if maybe I was just getting better on my own. Maybe my wanting so much to believe my health was getting better was influencing my evaluation of the results. However, the following situation really changed my mind.

Our 13-year old son, Max, also suffered allergies. He adored cats, but very predictably, after holding one for a few minutes, he would be sneezing and wheezing. At night, when he was asleep, you could hear him wheezing from another room. Every morning he would wake up with prolonged coughing as if he was a long-time smoker.

We were very concerned about his intense sugar craving. We knew all that sugar was bad for his health. And he was beginning to be concerned about being teased at school about his weight. The issue of Max's sugar consumption became a constant battle. We tried everything we knew to deal with the problem, from strict controls, to letting him have anything he wanted in the hopes he would finally be satisfied. (This is a kid who once ate so much candy one Halloween that he threw up and then immediately afterwards continued eating more sweets!)

Having had some success with Dr. Margaret, I set my skepticism aside and had Max give it a try. Is has only been a few months now and we have noticed that Max can play with the cats with little or no allergic reactions. There isn't any coughing in the mornings either. The really amazing change is his sugar cravings. Now he sometimes even FORGETS to ask for dessert! He still loves sweets, which is fine, but they are no longer such a focus for him. In addition to health benefits for him, it is such a relief not to fight about sugar so much anymore. 


— Lisa Plourde

When I walked into Joan’s office, and gave her a detailed story of the past seven years of my life, I half expected her not to accept me as a patient. I was convinced she would find me (as had doctors before her) too much a mystery and impossibility to take on. Luckily for me, that was not the case. In the past seven months I have gotten on the road to recovery that eluded me with five years of weekly acupuncture. The treatments and discoveries have been like peeling an onion—layer by layer, with some layers being revisited. We are addressing symptoms that I had long ago resigned myself to just having to “deal with” for the rest of my life. I have learned so much about my body, allergies, candida, parasites, and metal toxicity. … For this lesson, just as much for my healing body and new start on life, I can never repay Joan and her staff. Thanks for the wisdom, time and space you have provided for my healing.


Here's an appreciation of Joan for her kindness, her charm, her absolute brilliance as a healer and teacher, her respect for her patients and colleagues, and her continuing quest for knowledge and right action—her own and others'. I have an overall distrust of healers which I am able to abandon at the door of Joan's treatment room, and my trust in her is never misplaced. In that room I have found healing and the knowledge and support to create more healing that goes far beyond modality. Many, many thanks.

— Suzanne Ahmed Leonora


Dr. Joan Margaret, D.C. is a wholistic doctor of natural healing who earned her degree as a Doctor of Chiropractic in 1989 from the Los Angeles College of Chiropractic. She is a member of the International College of Applied Kinesiology.

Joan has also studied acupressure, allergy elimination (NAET), nutrition, Bio-Geometric Integration, homeopathy and Wicca. She is the founder of the Labrys Healthcare Circle and the Labrys School of Self-Healing & Empowerment for Women and Girls, and a board member of Associates for Community Education.

Before becoming a doctor, Joan was a journalist for 20 years with KPFA-FMMother Jones, and other magazines and newspapers. She served in the Peace Corps in Bolivia from 1963-1965 in community development and public-health projects.

I have been fighting a form of arthritis called Ankelosing Spondylitis for over 30 years. I have been a chiropractor for pretty much the same period, so I have had access to the best chiropractic and medical care. In thirty years, the most remarkable improvement I have seen has been from the care of Dr. Joan Margaret. A combination of nutritional and structural correction has allowed me to discontinue my NSAID drugs, and left me with less inflammation and pain than when I was taking them. I have much less pain on arising, I can hike for longer periods, and my blood tests show less inflammation. I travel from Redwood City to see Dr. Margaret, and there are a lot of chiropractors between here and there. I would recommend Dr. Margaret to anyone! Dr. Margaret has my permission to use this testimonial.

 Peter Andree, DC
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