Dr. Goldi loves treating generations of families, including stressed-out moms, and their active husbands and kiddos. She also serves retired folks struggling with the aches of aging but still wanting to keep up with their hobbies and grand-kids.
She’s achieved a degree in Molecular Biology, worked as a massage therapist for a professional cycling team, and successfully practiced over 15 years as a chiropractor in private practice. These experiences inform her ability to understand the root causes of her patient’s pain.
While Dr. Goldi has achieved a great deal in the sciences and the healthcare industry, she feels her biggest accomplishment is that her patients are living healthier and happier lives. When multiple generations of one family pop into her Aptos clinic to say hello, or to give her a hug, she feels that community connection she has worked to create. When her patients and their families are thriving, that’s when she knows she’s done great work.
Dr. Goldi’s motto, “Get Out of Pain, and Back Into Life” drives her core belief that anyone, at any age, is capable of improving their quality of life through appropriate self-care.
Read more about Dr. Goldi’s Healthcare Philosophy and Journey here.
As for her own self-care, Dr. Goldi suffered an L5 disc bulge in 2012. She suffers with periodic bouts of sciatica and acute locked back syndrome. Regular self-care through chiropractic, massage, acupuncture, and exercise help her stay out of pain.
Dr. Goldi is the co-host of the ChiroMom Podcast. If you are a stressed-out, overwhelmed mom, listen as the ChiroMoms discuss life, health, business and friendship.
Dr. Goldi’s Education
Graduated with Honors, BS Molecular Biology, UC Santa Cruz, 2000
Twin Lakes College of the Healing Arts, Massage Practitioner, 2003
Doctor of Chiropractic, Palmer College of Chiropractic West, 2007
Graston Module 1, 2007
RockTape, Rock Doc Certified FMT1 2015, FMT Movability 2016, FMT RockPods 2018
Craniosacral Therapy - Myofascial Unwinding Dynamic Body Balancing, Level 1, 2, 3 certified, 2021
Webster Certification, ICPA 2021
Dr. Goldi’s Community Work With Families and Athletes
Lead Event Coordinator, Palmer West Sports Council 2004
Lead Event Coordinator, Palmer West Sports Council 2005
President, Palmer West Sports Council 2006
Internship at Driscoll Chiropractic in Watsonville, 2007
Opened Golden Chiropractic, 2008
Medical Director, Sea Otter Classic, 2007-2009
President, Watsonville Cooperative Preschool 2010/11
On-Site Coordinator for Bike to School Day at Bradley Elementary (bi-annually since 2011)
Secretary, Bradley Elementary Home and School Club (PTA) 2013/14
Co-host of the ChiroMom Podcast, since 2021
Walk With A Doc, Santa Cruz Chapter
Like all of our staff, Dr. Michaela believes that if you can move your body easily and without pain, you’re primed to focus on the things that make you happy. She loves helping her patients experience the biggest benefit of chiropractic: feeling well cared for and ready to get back into life.
Dr. Michaela loves getting to know the members of our community and learning their life stories. She believes that human connection is an important part of the healing process. She truly gets to know our patients in order to create individualized plans for healthier, happier lives. Dr. Michaela lives for that look our patients give her when they arise from the table and their pain is gone.
Dr. Michaela's Education
BS, Kinesiology with a minor in Health Promotion from Michigan State University, 2018
Doctor of Chiropractic, Palmer College of Chiropractic West, 2021
Dr. Michaela's Chiropractic Areas of Focus
Drop table & Pelvic Blocking
Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Technique
Trigger Point Manual Therapy
Percussive Massage w/ Hypervolt +
Dr. Michaela's Chiropractic Experience
Internship at Infinity Chiropractic Center in East Lansing, Michigan, 2017
Rotation in Palmer West's outpatient clinic, 2021
Internship under Dr. Goldi, fall of 2021
Associate Chiropractor, Golden Chiropractic, winter 2021
Webster Certification, ICPA 2021
Infant Lip & Tongue Tie Certified
Member, International Affiliation of Tongue-Tie Professionals (IATP), 2022
Dr. Michaela’s Leadership Roles at Michigan State University
President Pre-Chiropractic Association, 2017-2018
President of the university's chapter of the Society for Collegiate Leadership & Achievement, 2016-2018
Board member of the Pre-Health Council, working closely with the Muscular Dystrophy Association, 2016-2018
WHAT PEOPLE SAY ABOUT US…
Dr. Goldi had the magic touch!! After the first visit, my symptoms were decreased by over 50%. After the second visit, pain is GONE and my hamstring no longer feels like it's going to get ripped off my pelvis!