Dr. Doug Andersen started his practice in the city of Brea in 1986. He was a magna cum laude graduate from Pasadena College of Chiropractic, receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Biology and Doctor of Chiropractic. Dr. Andersen also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business from California State University, Fullerton. Dr. Andersen is a sports chiropractic specialist. He holds two postgraduate board certifications from the American Chiropractic Association. He is a Certified Chiropractic Sports Practitioner (one-year postgraduate course with boards) and a Diplomat of the American Chiropractic Board of Sports Physicians (three year postgraduate course with boards). He is also a member of the postgraduate faculty of Southern California University of Health Sciences. Dr. Andersen is also a Certified Clinical Nutritionist.
Since 1990, he has authored a monthly column on clinical and sports nutrition for chiropractors around the world in the most widely read publication in his profession, Dynamic Chiropractic. Dr. Andersen has also written articles for various magazines including Muscle & Fitness, Volleyball, Volleyball Monthly, Surfing, The American Chiropractor, and Today’s Chiropractic, on sports nutrition, clinical nutrition, and sports injuries. Dr. Andersen has published papers and abstracts on sports injuries and sports nutrition in professional journals, including Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, Journal of Sports Chiropractic and Rehabilitation and the Natural Medicine Journal. For two years in a row, (1996 & 1997) he won a national award for best peer review abstract at the Annual Sports Chiropractic Symposium. In 1998, he was appointed to the editorial board of the Natural Medicine Journal. He wrote a chapter in the 3rd edition of The Principles and Practice of Chiropractic edited by Scott Haldeman, DC, PhD, MD and the just published Strength Conditioning and Injury Rehabilitation for Hockey by Joseph Horrigan, DC.
Dr. Andersen’s expertise in sports chiropractic is sought after by many professional sports organizations. Dr. Andersen was employed by the Association of Volleyball Professionals (AVP) from 1990 to 1999. In 1992 he was promoted to Director of Sports Medicine, a position he held for the rest of pro beach volleyball’s finest decade, which saw the tour reach heights of popularity never duplicated before or since. The Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) also employed Dr. Andersen from 1995 to 1999. He treated the world’s best surfers on four continents. Dr. Andersen’s knowledge regarding sports nutrition has spread to major professional sports. In October of 1998, Dr. Andersen was invited to Green Bay, Wisconsin to consult with the Green Bay Packers strength and conditioning coach for a consultation. Dr. Andersen designed a hydration program in which solved the cramping issues that the team had experienced during their first six games. From 1999 to 2003, Dr. Andersen was the team Nutritionist for the Los Angeles Kings. For the first time in franchise history, they made the playoffs 3 seasons in a row.
The American Chiropractic Board of Sports Physicians named Dr. Andersen the 2003 Sports Chiropractor of the Year. In December 2003, Dr. Andersen was invited to join The USA Triathlon Medical Team for the World Championships in New Zealand. He also provided care for Team USA at the World Triathlon Championships in 2004 (Sweden) and 2005 (Denmark), 2006 (Australia). From January to April, 2008, Dr. Andersen taught clinical nutrition at Southern California University of Health Sciences. In May 2008, Dr. Andersen joined DISC Medical Group as their nutritionist.