5.0 Star Rating, 9/26/2016
"One morning in the shower, I sneezed. Seems like a simple thing, but the abrupt pitch forward was the final straw for a condition that had been brewing for a while, and I found myself in the most incredible pain I have ever felt in my life. I regularly saw a neighborhood chiropractor for tune-ups, but even he referred me to Doctor Greg [D.C.]. I was scared out of my mind, because I didn't have health insurance, and felt like something was vey seriously wrong with me. I couldn't even stand the jostling of a bus or car, so I was relieved when Doctor Greg [D.C.] said he could fit me in that day, and he would wait for me to make my way. When I arrived, he welcomed me kindly. I was a crying mess! In so much pain and on my own, thinking I had severely damaged something... He asked me a detailed list of questions about my habits: eating, drinking, activity, history, etc.; examined my back, and then we took some X-rays. We found misshapen vertebrae and a twisty spine. Doctor Greg [D.C.] seemed confident, and so I trusted him, and within the first week I went from not being able to turn my head, bend forward, or put on my own socks without weeping... to relatively pain free!!! I still can't believe it! We had also found that my blood sugar was alarmingly high, so he helped me work on that; as well as offered advice that has proven to be super effective about possible vitamin deficiencies, and their food and supplement solutions. I have continued to see him weekly since then, and he has kept my back moving, problem-solved new health issues that come up, and worked on other over-used and injured limbs. I sincerely believe that had I gone to an ER, I would have been told I needed drugs and invasive surgery, and I am forever grateful to Doctor Greg [D.C.] and his holistic approach and natural way of working with the body's systems--he is a miracle worker and he saved me. Not a small detail: sliding scale! YES, you can afford it!"
—Domini D., San Francisco, CA
Likelihood of recommending Dr. Plaugher [D.C.] to family and friends: 5/5
"Dr. Greg [D.C.] is a genius I would say. I went him for the first time two days ago, and he was able to figure out what was wrong in my spine, which was causing me pain from last two years."
5.0 Star Rating, 6/10/2014
"Excellent! Dr. P [D.C.] literally wrote the text book for Gonstead technique. Google it. He's got an great no BS "bed side" manner and looks to heal you holistically inside and out. And he's amazingly inexpensive! He's a genius if you ask me. Anyone who needs to see a chiropractor needs to see him....he wrote the text book that all other chiropractors study from!"
—Ahmed A., Marina del Rey, CA
5.0 Star Rating, 6/16/2016
"Dr. Greg [D.C.] saved my life. I have an auto-immune condition, which no one could see from last 4 years. I went to the best of the doctors in two countries. And then one day out of curiousity I went to Greg, even though he works an hour from my place, and it is not something I like to do. But that day changed my life forever. This guy changed my life. He looked at my X-rays, went to his study, brought back a book , and opened it. And there it was my X-Ray in his book. Cannot say what it was because of my health privacy. But I do not have words to express my gratitude to what he has done for me!"
—Artificial I., Campbell, CA
5.0 Star Rating, 3/27/2015
"I went to Dr. Greg Plaugher, D.C., because I couldn't turn my head to the right. I knew that he had written textbooks on the subject, so I figured he would be a good chiropractor.
He is not just a knowledgeable doctor and author. He is also a very compassionate listener who is able to piece together your medical history with your current lifestyle for maximum and immediate results.
During my initial visit the x-ray groundwork was laid. In subsequent visits he offered lifestyle modification and balance therapy advice. Only after thoroughly understanding my medical history and lifestyle did he approach the "adjustments."
I can now smoothly turn my head to the right and the left...pain free!.
Thanks Dr. Plaugher [D.C.].....you are the best!"
—Deidra D., San Francisco, CA
5.0 star rating 11/11/2014
"Greg Plaugher, DC is a holistic doctor who looks after a patient's overall care with a zeal I have not experienced in any other doctor. Dr. Plaugher [D.C.] diagnosed and relieved my middle-aged back and knee pain; he helped me develop an exercise routine and diet; and he convinced me that I should lose weight and lower my blood sugar. As a result, I lost 20 pounds, kept it off, and dropped my blood sugar to within normal limits."
—John L., San Ramon, CA
5.0 star rating 9/6/2016
"Dr. Greg [D.C.] is AWESOME. I may not follow his instructions to the T, but even when I CHEAT, I glean better results than if I wasn't doing anything at all or continuing as I was before we met! He KNOWS what he is talking about, and he may be real and talk to you in a bedside manner most Westerners aren't accustomed to may even seem a little insensitive, but it is because he is PASSIONATE. I LIKE that in my doctors. He was chased out of another country for being forthright and coming forward about malpractice in the hospital he was working in and had to seek political asylum lest he be murdered in a 3rd world country! I will never listen to anyone with something bad to say about the man! If only all Hippocratic oath takers had the ethical and moral fiber of THIS man. I lost 36 lbs in less than 2 months losing 1-3 lbs a day when I was good AND bad at taking his advice. I LOVE him and HIS wife! They are an awesome team. I only strive to live a life as passionate to work towards the goal of betterment of self, as a result betterment of the whole and humanity. I believe he believes in these things too. Holistic full body mind and spirit. Stay golden Dr. Greg [D.C.]... I will never forget the day I met you at Dr. Andy's and when he referred me to you as his OWN personal doctor. I'm still working on the weight as I fluctuate, and your advice still wks. I brought my blood sugar down you'd be proud to know, and I am active and plan on staying so thanks to you! Can't wait to pay you a social call some time. I miss you! Gotta work on the balance again with you start working on my bunions."
—Stella T., San Francisco, CA
5.0 star rating 7/7/2016
"His methods may not be for everyone, but he does know what he's talking about when it comes to weight loss, which makes getting your spine adjusted even easier. On May 6 I was 199 lbs, as of July 7, I am 157.2 lbs. I lost 41.8 lbs in just about 2 months. Through Dr. Plaugher [D.C.], I learned how to take responsibility for my own health.
—Daniel Y., Las Vegas, CA
There are reviews of Gregory Plaugher DC that exist on the internet. Some of them are reprinted above. Because I must maintain patients’ privacy consistent with federal law, I cannot acknowledge, respond, or otherwise indicate that a patient was cared for by me, whether their statements are true or not, or make a claim regarding the statements that are on the internet. For example, I don’t make the claim that I am a genius. I also do not claim to be better than any other chiropractor, or the “best” chiropractor. No chiropractor can lawfully claim such things in the state of California. Sometimes you will see advertisements online or in print media in California where chiropractors claim professional superiority over other chiropractors.
The following are portions of the California Codes:
"(or any licensee under this act who uses the word "doctor" or the prefix "Dr." without the word "chiropractor," or "D.C." immediately following his or her name),..... shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and upon conviction thereof shall be punished by a fine of not less than one hundred dollars ($100) and not more than seven hundred fifty dollars ($750), or by imprisonment in the county jail for not more than six months, or by both fine and imprisonment. (Initiative Measure, Stats. 1923, p. xcii, § 15. Amended by Stats. 1988, c. 1094, § 2.)"
"(6) Makes a claim either of professional superiority or of performing services in a superior manner, unless that claim is relevant to the service being performed and can be substantiated with objective scientific evidence."
BUSINESS AND PROFESSIONS CODE - BPC
DIVISION 2. HEALING ARTS [500 - 4999.129] ( Division 2 enacted by Stats. 1937, Ch. 399. )
CHAPTER 1. General Provisions [500 - 865.2] ( Chapter 1 enacted by Stats. 1937, Ch. 399. )
ARTICLE 6. Unearned Rebates, Refunds and Discounts [650 - 657] ( Article 6 added by Stats. 1949, Ch. 899. )
(a) It is unlawful for any person licensed under this division or under any initiative act referred to in this division to disseminate or cause to be disseminated any form of public communication containing a false, fraudulent, misleading, or deceptive statement, claim, or image for the purpose of or likely to induce, directly or indirectly, the rendering of professional services or furnishing of products in connection with the professional practice or business for which he or she is licensed. A “public communication” as used in this section includes, but is not limited to, communication by means of mail, television, radio, motion picture, newspaper, book, list or directory of healing arts practitioners, Internet, or other electronic communication.
(b) A false, fraudulent, misleading, or deceptive statement, claim, or image includes a statement or claim that does any of the following:
(1) Contains a misrepresentation of fact.
(2) Is likely to mislead or deceive because of a failure to disclose material facts.
(3) (A) Is intended or is likely to create false or unjustified expectations of favorable results, including the use of any photograph or other image that does not accurately depict the results of the procedure being advertised or that has been altered in any manner from the image of the actual subject depicted in the photograph or image.
(B) Use of any photograph or other image of a model without clearly stating in a prominent location in easily readable type the fact that the photograph or image is of a model is a violation of subdivision (a). For purposes of this paragraph, a model is anyone other than an actual patient, who has undergone the procedure being advertised, of the licensee who is advertising for his or her services.
(C) Use of any photograph or other image of an actual patient that depicts or purports to depict the results of any procedure, or presents “before” and “after” views of a patient, without specifying in a prominent location in easily readable type size what procedures were performed on that patient is a violation of subdivision (a). Any “before” and “after” views (i) shall be comparable in presentation so that the results are not distorted by favorable poses, lighting, or other features of presentation, and (ii) shall contain a statement that the same “before” and “after” results may not occur for all patients.
(4) Relates to fees, other than a standard consultation fee or a range of fees for specific types of services, without fully and specifically disclosing all variables and other material factors.
(5) Contains other representations or implications that in reasonable probability will cause an ordinarily prudent person to misunderstand or be deceived.
(6) Makes a claim either of professional superiority or of performing services in a superior manner, unless that claim is relevant to the service being performed and can be substantiated with objective scientific evidence.
(7) Makes a scientific claim that cannot be substantiated by reliable, peer reviewed, published scientific studies.
(8) Includes any statement, endorsement, or testimonial that is likely to mislead or deceive because of a failure to disclose material facts.
(c) Any price advertisement shall be exact, without the use of phrases, including, but not limited to, “as low as,” “and up,” “lowest prices,” or words or phrases of similar import. Any advertisement that refers to services, or costs for services, and that uses words of comparison shall be based on verifiable data substantiating the comparison. Any person so advertising shall be prepared to provide information sufficient to establish the accuracy of that comparison. Price advertising shall not be fraudulent, deceitful, or misleading, including statements or advertisements of bait, discount, premiums, gifts, or any statements of a similar nature. In connection with price advertising, the price for each product or service shall be clearly identifiable. The price advertised for products shall include charges for any related professional services, including dispensing and fitting services, unless the advertisement specifically and clearly indicates otherwise.
(d) Any person so licensed shall not compensate or give anything of value to a representative of the press, radio, television, or other communication medium in anticipation of, or in return for, professional publicity unless the fact of compensation is made known in that publicity.
(e) Any person so licensed may not use any professional card, professional announcement card, office sign, letterhead, telephone directory listing, medical list, medical directory listing, or a similar professional notice or device if it includes a statement or claim that is false, fraudulent, misleading, or deceptive within the meaning of subdivision (b).
(f) Any person so licensed who violates this section is guilty of a misdemeanor. A bona fide mistake of fact shall be a defense to this subdivision, but only to this subdivision.
(g) Any violation of this section by a person so licensed shall constitute good cause for revocation or suspension of his or her license or other disciplinary action.
(h) Advertising by any person so licensed may include the following:
(1) A statement of the name of the practitioner.
(2) A statement of addresses and telephone numbers of the offices maintained by the practitioner.
(3) A statement of office hours regularly maintained by the practitioner.
(4) A statement of languages, other than English, fluently spoken by the practitioner or a person in the practitioner’s office.
(5) (A) A statement that the practitioner is certified by a private or public board or agency or a statement that the practitioner limits his or her practice to specific fields.
(B) A statement of certification by a practitioner licensed under Chapter 7 (commencing with Section 3000) shall only include a statement that he or she is certified or eligible for certification by a private or public board or parent association recognized by that practitioner’s licensing board.