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.

Meet Dr. Anthony Cipperoni, D.C., ART

Dr. Anthony Cipperoni comes to the Action Performance team by way of Chicago, IL. Originally born and raised in the Chicagoland area, Dr. Cipperoni attended Loyola University Chicago and received a BS in Psychology and Natural Science.

While there, he also competed as an amateur boxer, fighting in a number of tournaments around the city, including the Chicago Golden Gloves. While training, Dr. Cipperoni suffered a number of injuries, none worse than a traumatic shoulder dislocation while sparring. This led to two surgeries, requiring repair and reattachment of the labrum and biceps tendon.

After two surgeries and months of rehab, Dr. Cipperoni had never fully recovered his range of motion in the shoulder joint and sought out treatment from a number of practitioners including physical therapists, chiropractors, orthopedists and massage therapists. At the time, he was working as an EMT on Chicago’s south side and the physical demands of the job really started to take a toll on his shoulder. It wasn’t until he met an Active Release Technique (ART) certified chiropractor that he started to see some real improvement. After just a few weeks of treatment, Dr. Cipperoni had regained over 95% of the original range of movement in his shoulder. It was this experience combined with Dr. Cipperoni’s love for the human body and working with people that he decided to embark on his chiropractic journey.

Dr. Cipperoni went to chiropractic school in Davenport, Iowa at Palmer College of Chiropractic. While there, he served as president of the sports injury and extremity club and head intern in the sports rehabilitation department. During his 9th trimester, he completed an externship at the Naval Air Station in Lemoore, California. He had the opportunity to work with active duty fighter pilots, mechanics and some of the best and brightest in the physical medicine field—an incredibly rewarding and challenging experience.

After graduating from chiropractic school, Dr. Cipperoni joined a sports injury practice in suburban Chicago. It was here that he started to hone his soft tissue skills and desire to become the best practitioner he can be. It was at this time that he attended his first ART Spine seminar. He decided to continue his education in ART, learning upper and lower extremity protocols as well. He is now a full-body certified Active Release Techniques practitioner. Through ART, Dr. Cipperoni is able to help his patients return to the activities they love with less pain and better function.

Dr. Cipperoni also served as a visiting professor of anatomy and physiology at Chamberlain College of Nursing in Chicago. Here, he was able to continue his studies in the human body and teach students form a variety of backgrounds.

Because Dr. Cipperoni has a strong desire to help his patients be strong, healthy and pain-free, he is continuing his education in Active Release Techniques with an emphasis on treating athletes from two of his favorite sports—golf and CrossFit. Dr. Cipperoni is specifically interested in how he can help athletes develop better techniques with less pain, leading to increased performance. He competed as an amateur golfer throughout high school and early in his college career and has great expertise in the biomechanics of the golf swing. Understanding the different aspects of the golf swing helps him to better diagnose which areas of the body need work. He believes that all athletes have the right to pain-free performance and strives to work with his patients and achieve this goal. He feels the more he can teach his patients about how their body works, the better able they are to take care of it and live a healthier life.

Currently, Dr. Cipperoni lives in San Diego with his wife, Keri, who works as a Critical Care Nurse in the surgical trauma intensive care unit at Scripps Mercy Hospital.

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 in 2015.

This union allowed him to fully and deeply study the art of Therapeutic Hypnosis and Neuro-Linguistic Programming, along with many of the other techniques that David and his peers offer.

T.J. now offers his services in the clinic and over Skype. He has had success not only locally but in multiple countries with his talents. His extremely varied professional backgrounds allow him to easily and quickly relate to and communicate with people from virtually all walks of life. T.J.’s clientele has included professional athletes suffering from performance anxiety, college students struggling with study habits or performance on tests, and people dealing with phobias, anxiety, depression and self-esteem issues.  T.J. also enjoys working with clients who are facing relationship challenges or blocks, whether it’s in the personal/dating arena or a professional/team building environment. T.J. has completed hundreds of hours of training and is certified in a number of hypnosis modalities and Neuro-Linguistic Programming as well as public speaking.

Some of T.J.’s varied interests include music, cooking, photography, classic cars, motorcycles and world travel.

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