Patricia Lotufo, DC
Meet the founder and primary chiropractor of our La Jolla Chiropractic and Wellness clinic.
A passionate, caring and skilled La Jolla chiropractor
Since 2006, Dr. Patricia Lotufo has been serving clients in the La Jolla area with expert chiropractic care.
After graduating with a bachelor’s degree in biological science from the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil, Dr. Lotufo studied chiropractic at The Southern California University of Health Sciences, where she graduated with cum laude honors in 2004. Two years later, she opened Linea Chiropractic.
Dr. Lotufo’s biological science background with an emphasis on human metabolism in addition to her chiropractic education and experience creates a holistic and effective approach to addressing the root cause of a wide range of symptoms.
“My perspective on health and wellness is very simple,” says Dr. Lotufo. “I believe the basic cause of disease includes three primary variables: structural health, biochemical health and emotional health.”
She explains, “Whenever there is an imbalance in any of the three variables there will be a vulnerability in the body, which can lead to disease. When your body has a disease it is no longer at ease (dis-ease). Wellness is achieved when there is balance or equilibrium in those three variables.”
Dr. Lotufo addresses these imbalances through a holistic approach: spinal health, nutrition and stress-reducing strategies. Clients appreciate her sensitive and compassionate approach to resolving pain, preventing injury and improving health and wellness.
“Most conditions can be diagnosed by asking the right questions and listening attentively to the answers,” Dr. Lotufo says. “A thorough examination will either confirm a diagnosis or create new questions to be explored.”
She adds, “There is a lot of testing and retesting at every visit. I’m always observing the patient’s response to any intervention and modifying and tailoring it as necessary. The treatment ends when the balance point–wellness–is achieved.”
Dr. Lotufo continues to advance her education and skills in integrative health by traveling across the U.S. for workshops and seminars, and obtaining certifications in a variety of cutting-edge techniques, including:
- Webster Certification for prenatal chiropractic
- Active Release Technique Certification, spine
- Applied kinesiology
- Craniosacral therapy (CST)
- Functional medicine
- Functional neurology
- Neuro Emotional Technique (NET)
- Pediatric chiropractic
When she’s not working directly on clients, Dr. Lotufo is organizing workshops and lectures on topics such as injury prevention and wellness; hormone balance and menopause; stress and adrenal health; cardiovascular health; thyroid conditions; immunity and allergies; metabolic detoxification; and more.
Outside of her practice, she has many interests: beach volleyball, tennis, flamenco dancing, playing the guitar and piano, and traveling and spending time with her two dogs, Alegria and Laila.
Dr. Lotufo considers Linea Chiropractic to be one of her greatest accomplishments. “I love what I have created. I came to this country from Brazil at the age of 21 and didn’t know anyone. When I opened my practice, I had found my purpose and I felt at home.”