Meet the Team at Action Performance Care

Dr. Dawn Liu

Meet Dr. Dawn Liu, Ph.D., D.C., L.Ac., A.R.T. Instructor

Dr. Dawn Liu grew up in a family with a strong tradition of Oriental healing arts and intellectual pursuit. She obtained her Ph.D. degree in Biochemistry from University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. With extensive top quality scientific publication, she graduating with the “Best Dissertation Award” of the year.  She subsequently worked at Genentech and carried out top-notch research on potential biological treatment for Parkinson’s Disease.

Equipped with years of experience and biomedical knowledge on both health and nutrition, she then pursued and obtained her degrees in Chiropractic, and Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine from Southern California University of Health Sciences. She graduated with special honor as the very first “duo” Valedictorian for both programs in the school’s history.

Over years of rigorous training and practice in Chiropractic, Dr. Dawn Liu has developed a particular interest and expertise in successful treatment for physical pain and injuries. She is armed with an Advanced Diagnosis skills called Bio-mechanical Diagnosis, as well as one of the most effective treatment for all physical pain and injuries – Active Release Technique (A.R.T.).

The Bio-mechanical Diagnostic approach focuses on the entire body as a whole unit, regardless where the pain is. In short, “no dysfunction is local.” For example, shoulder pain during golf swing may be well related to lack of motion of the opposite hip, and carpal tunnel syndrome is more likely due to problems at elbow and shoulder rather than at wrist. Therefore, unless we properly take care of the root of the problem, as revealed by the Bio-mechanical Diagnosis, the same old problem will occur over and over in the future, triggered by any unforeseen activities. Proper biomechanical diagnosis is essential for accurate detection and treatment of the usually hidden key links of seemingly unrelated symptoms.

Active Release Technique (A.R.T.) is a very unique and highly effective soft tissue technique. It employs motions of the patient along with A.R.T. specific treatment protocols to break adhesions within and between muscles and nerve tissues, which are usually generated as a consequence of injury or overuse. Unlike usual massage therapy, each individual muscle can be specifically treated with A.R.T. This specific approach results in highly efficient recovery of function and reduction of pain. Dr. Dawn has years of rich experience with A.R.T., and is currently an Instructor of Active Release Technique, and teaches this highly effective treatment paradigm to doctors and other health care practitioners. A.R.T. allows Dr. Dawn to help patients to rid their pain and achieve their health goals in much shorter time period, in comparison to conventional chiropractic approaches alone.

Dr. Dawn also brings her training and expertise on Acupuncture and Oriental medicine with emphasis on nutrition to your service. Biochemical and hormonal imbalances account for many modern day syndromes, which are difficult to treat with drugs, such as fatigue, irritability, anxiety, poor digestion/bowel movement, poor sleep, compromised immunity, allergy, weight gain, high cholesterol, PMS, menopause, infertility, and many more.

Nutrition and diet are fundamental for achieving such balance and overall well-beings, yet at this age we are exposed to a flood of information on nutrition through media, which are frequently incomplete, inaccurate, contradictory and difficult to follow. As a seasoned biochemist and researcher, along with thorough education and a long family tradition of Oriental Medicine, Dr. Dawn is an experienced practitioner in nutritional and dietary counseling and nutritional supplements/herbal prescription. She will provide you with individual examination and assessment of your health and nutrition status, followed by specific prescription of supplements, herbs, or simply dietary guidelines tailored toward your unique bodily condition.

Dr. Dawn cherishes the opportunity to serve your needs with her hands and heart, through her knowledge and experience. She will continue her mission to bring the highest quality of care to you, and would like to thank you for giving her a chance to serve you.

Jim Chialtas

Meet Jim Chialtas, L.Ac., DACM

Jim Chialtas is a San Diego native, graduating from Serra High School in 1993. He went on to attend the University of California at Santa Cruz to achieve his Bachelor’s Degree in Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology in 1997. After a short time away from school Jim went on to attend Five Branches Institute of Traditional Chinese Medicine and in 2002 he received his Master’s Degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine (MTCM) and became a Licensed Acupuncturist. This is when his training in Functional Medicine began.

As an acupuncturist and herbalist, Jim’s growing interest and intensive training in Functional Medicine blossomed quickly and over the years he became an expert on co-managing complex medical conditions such as autoimmune disease, thyroid conditions, blood glucose management, cholesterol control, hormone disorders, anemia, irritable bowel and other digestive diseases, liver and gall bladder function/ detoxification and many more.

His in-depth knowledge and extensive experience quickly drew attention in the field of functional medicine, and he successfully taught and mentored many other practitioners in Southern California using natural means to facilitate effective recovery from complicated conditions.

Utilizing tools such as Functional Blood Chemistry, saliva testing, stool testing and other modalities Jim has shown great success in helping people overcome or manage their often debilitating chronic medical conditions.  Managing Autoimmune diseases through natural means is a primary specialty of Jim’s, but he enjoys using the platform of Functional Medicine for any wellness based goals his patients present, and he has had great success with it.

Evidence based practice is essential for Jim’s practice and he has stayed in the forefront of the field though constant learning, practicing and taking the most up-to-date training.  Jim also has very high standards for the Nutritional Supplements he chose.  Quality is a must and he chooses to work only with nutraceutical and herbal medicine companies who can demonstrate that their products are not only well researched but of high purity and efficacy.

David Synder

Meet David Snyder, L.Ac. MAOM, Dipl. O.M. MNLP, C.Ht

As a world recognized expert trainer in the field of Hypnotic Communication and Rapid Transformation skills, David has authored over 15 Different programs on using hypnotic techniques for Self-Improvement Healing, Persuasion and Influence.

His methods are widely utilized by hospitals, therapist, doctors, lawyers, law enforcement and other persuasion professionals worldwide.

At our clinic in Solana Beach, California, David specializes in helping people rapidly overcome severe physical, emotional and behavioral problems using a powerful synthesis of the proven healing modalities.

In fact, some of our unique rapid change and pain removal techniques are now being used daily by emergency room physicians here in San Diego with astonishing results.

David has personally trained and worked with many members of the law enforcement, entertainment, martial arts and hypnosis communities, teaching advanced mind/body technologies for peak performance and persuasion.

David is a certified Hypnosis Trainer and a member of the Society of Experiential Trance. He tirelessly works to develop training and educational opportunities designed to powerfully raise the skill level and professional status of hypnotists all over the world.

David is also the founder and creator of the CPI: Conversational Persuasion & Influence System™.

In addition to his many credentials in the field of hypnosis and NLP, David holds a Master of Arts Degree in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine from Southern California University of Health Sciences where he pioneered the use of hypnotic technique in combination with acupuncture therapy.

Medical Skills: Oriental Medicine

  • Master of Arts Oriental Medicine – Southern California University of Health Sciences
  • Licensed Acupuncturist State of California:
  • Diplomate of Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM)
  • Diplomate of Acupuncture (NCCAOM)
  • Diplomate of Chinese Herbology (NCCAOM)

Hypnosis, Mind Control and NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming)

  • Certified Master Practitioner and Trainer in Neuro-Linguistic Programming
  • Certified Specialist: Business Applications
  • Certified Specialist: Neuro Hypnotic Repatterning
  • Certified Specialist: NLP Performance Skills
  • Certified: Ericksonian Hypnosis
  • Certified: Hypnotic Techniques for Advanced Personality Change

Martial Arts

  • 8th Degree Black Belt Grand Master Ryukyu Kempo Karate
  • 4th Degree Black Belt in Shaolin Kun Tao
  • 2nd Degree Black Belt in Kosho Kempo Ryu
  • Certified Instructor: Combat Systema
  • Certified Instructor: Cinco Mano Escrima
  • Certified Instructor: CSSD-Modular Blade Concepts
  • Certified Instructor In Modern Arnis (basic)

Energy Healing/Psychology

  • Certified Reiki Master Teacher
  • Certified Pranic Healer
  • Certified Pranic Psychotherapist
  • Certified Adv. DNA Theta Healing

David Conducts Seminars, Trainings, and Special Classes throughout the United States on the topics of Energy, Persuasion, Healing and Martial Arts. For more information about upcoming seminars and classes are sure to check out our website at

Meet T.J. Ziebell, C.Ht

As someone who grew up in a very small town in central Minnesota, Todd “T.J.” Ziebell developed a lifelong interest in learning along with a love of travel and teaching.  All of that brought him to San Diego in 2007, where his path finally crossed with David Snyder at the San Diego Hypnosis Institute in 2015. Since then, T.J. has immersed himself in studying the art of Therapeutic Hypnosis and Neuro-Linguistic Programming at the Institute, along with the many other modalities and techniques that David and his peers offer. T.J. has been offering his services in the clinic and over Skype since early 2017. He has had success not only locally but in multiple countries with his talents.  His extremely varied professional background allows him to easily and quickly relate to and communicate with people from virtually all walks of life. And as an International Trainer and Coach, he continually strives to enhance his ongoing education opportunities.

T.J.’s clientele includes:

  • professional athletes working to overcome performance anxiety or increase their performance,
  • college students struggling with study habits or performance on tests,
  • individuals dealing with phobias, anxiety, depression or self-esteem issues,
  • clients working to overcome procrastination or other self-defeating habits,
  • people facing relationship challenges or blocks, and
  • those looking to enhance their personal or professional relationships.

Most recently, T.J. has expanded his practice to include corporate and business coaching. T.J. has completed hundreds of hours of training such as, but not limited to:

San Diego Hypnosis Institute: Certificates of completion in/as:

  • Certified Hypnotist
  • Conversational Hypnosis
  • Conversational Belief Change
  • Regression Specialist
  • Hypnotic Presentation Skills Levels 1&2
  • Face Reading, Chinese Medicine and Hypnotherapy
  • Identity by Design Process
  • Strategic Belief Change
  • Covert Hypnosis

Society of Neuro Linguistic Practitioners: Licensed Practitioner of NLP

Healing Dimensions Institute – Brent Baum: Practicum of Holographic Memory Resolution

Peak Potentials: Certificate of Completion of the “Train The Trainer” Program

Alexandria Technical College: Graduate of the Hotel/Motel/Property Management Program

T.J.’s other diverse interests include music, cooking, photography, classic cars, motorcycles, martial arts and world travel.

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