Dr. Sergio Azzolino came to study at Life West in the 90s after his health was transformed by chiropractic care. As a teenager, he had severe health issues and was told by the medical profession that he would have to take drugs for the rest of his life. With excellent chiropractic care and nutritional changes, his health significantly improved. This dramatic change motivated him to pursue his chiropractic studies. Dr. Azzolino obtained a Doctor of Chiropractic from Life Chiropractic College West in 1995 and graduated as the Salutatorian and Summa Cum Laude.
While at Life West, Dr. Azzolino was passionate about becoming a great adjuster. He found inspiration in learning chiropractic philosophy and functional neurology with Drs. Terry Rondberg and Frederick Carrick — both of which influenced the direction he took his practice. Dr. Azzolino also held BJ’s green books very close to his heart. After graduation, he served as faculty at Life West in the Clinical Science Department.
Dr. Azzolino’s career and accomplishments have been awe-inspiring. One could just about fill this entire issue of Life Styles Magazine with all of his awards, appointments, and postgraduate certifications. One noteworthy accomplishment is his 2012 appointment by Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr. to the California State Board of Chiropractic Examiners, where he has served as board chair.
Dr. Azzolino has always had a busy practice and has cared for royalty, NFL players from 14 different teams, and individuals closely associated with the administration of the state government including those close to the governor. It was these long-time patients associated with the governor who approached Dr. Azzolino and asked him to serve on the California State Board of Chiropractic Examiners. Dr. Azzolino accepted the position because of his commitment to the next generation of chiropractors and the patients they will be serving.
Some of the statutes and rules that govern the Board were written in 1922, and Dr. Azzolino has been instrumental in seeing that these antiquated guidelines are brought up to date with current chiropractic practice. He’s been able to facilitate this by finding common ground with not only fellow chiropractors but also with members of other professional boards. Dr. Azzolino feels that his time on the board has been worthwhile because it has helped ensure a balance of public protection and professional integrity of the chiropractic profession.
Dr. Azzolino has also helped bring some of the California State Board of Chiropractic Examiners formal meetings to the Life West campus. This was done in part to allow students to see that they too should be involved in serving on professional boards someday.
Dr. Azzolino is not only a doer, but he is also a giver. He is a sustaining member of Life West’s President’s Circle. When asked about his giving, he reflects upon his desire to ensure the future of chiropractic. He supports Life West out of his desire to see chiropractic students graduate with the understanding that they are not only Doctors of Chiropractic, but also leaders in the healthcare field.
When asked to sum up all that he has done to serve our beloved profession and the people of California, Dr. Azzolino states, “It’s all about the future.”