- Position: Dean, Los Angeles College of Chiropractic
Ana Facchinato graduated as a chiropractor in the first graduating class of Latin America by Anhembi Morumbi University - Laureate International Universities (São Paulo - Brazil) among the first students of the class. She was selected for a post-graduate scholarship at the University of Western States where she studied for 6 months. She also holds a Master's Degree in Health Sciences from Cruzeiro do Sul University (São Paulo-Brazil), and a Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Southern California University of Health Sciences - Los Angeles College of Chiropractic. Her experience in chiropractic education started in 2005 when she became an instructor of chiropractic techniques at University Anhembi Morumbi, and later in 2009 she became the Dean of that program. She has published papers in Chiropractic Education and presented lectures on the development of chiropractic education in Brazil in countries such as Australia, United States and Mexico. She has served as the Clinical Education Department Chair, as well as the Community Based Clinical Education Director at SCUHS. She currently serves as the Dean of the Los Angeles College of Chiropractic, while serving as the Vice President for the Council of Chiropractic Education - Latin America (CCE-LA). Dr. Facchinato is also a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Chiropractic Education.
D.C., Los Angeles College of Chiropractic (LACC) - Southern California University of Health Sciences (SCUHS), Whittier, California, United States
MHS, University Cruzeiro do Sul, Sao Paulo, SP, Brazil
Post Graduation: International Chiropractic Postgraduate Residency Program, University of Western States, Portland, Oregon, United States
Post Graduation: Interdisciplinary Evaluation and Treatment of the Pain, University of Sao Paulo - Hospital das Clinicas da Faculdade de Medicina da Universidade de Sao Paulo – FMUSP, Sao Paulo, Brazil
Bachelor of Chiropractic, University Anhembi Morumbi, Sao Paulo, SP, Brazil
Postgraduate Course of Study in Chiropractic Sciences and Clinical Training, Western States Chiropractic College, Portland, Oregon, United States
Professional Licensures (Healthcare)
DC, California, United States, 34396, Active, 2018, 2023-06-30
Chiropractor, NA/Non-US, Brazil, 048, Active, 2004
Scholarly Contributions and Creative Productions
Honors and Awards
Spring 2012 - Spring 2012
Academic Excellence Award - 1st place winner, 2012, University Anhembi Morumbi, Sao Paulo, SP, Brazil, Best instructor of the year (among 660+ instructor, based on student satisfaction survey
Hear from the Students Who’ve Been in Your Shoes
I chose SCU when looking for a PA program because of their Integrative Medicine approach. I am from Michigan, and not many programs focus on this Integrative, Holistic approach when it comes to patient care in the Midwest, and I felt that was very important for me to learn as a future provider. My transition to semi-virtual learning has been very smooth and quite enjoyable. My favorite part about attending SCU is how tight-knit and diverse the community is. Coming from a large undergrad university and moving so far, it was very important for me to have a PA program that made me feel valued and invested in my success. At SCU, they do a great job of making you feel that.
Student, Master of Science: Physician Assistant
One of the great things about SCU is we do have a campus layout, so all your classes aren't in a single room. We have our cadaver lab. We have different specialty rooms for physical assessment classes vs. acupuncture classes. All our acupuncture-specific classes have all the herbs in the room. You can pull out the herbs and look at them, whether in class or in between classes to get that extra studying in.
My favorite part of SCU is the collaboration from our beginning terms. We were working alongside chiropractor students, PA students, and ayurvedic students. It's a unique community where we get to learn about these different fields and sit in classrooms with them and work with them in the clinic. It allows you to get an understanding of all the different fields and how they can work together, and what is unique about your field. I think that is a wonderful aspect that I didn't think was going to be as prominent as it is here; even now, in my upper term classes and I am not in class with chiropractic students, I can still reach out to them about a certain aspect I may not understand or if I am working on a case. I want another perspective I know I have them to reach out to, so that has been a great networking community to have resources for.
Student, Doctor of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine
"There are a lot of things that I love about the program at SCU. The first one is that the faculty come from a long line of Ayurvedic knowledge deeply rooted in ancient classical text. They studied Ayurveda, but they also lived it. When you learn from people who embody this wisdom, it's much easier to grasp this knowledge. The second thing I love is the camaraderie within the cohort. The combination of the training, supportive faculty, and the support of my peers and classmates has given me the confidence I need to start my own practice."
Student, Ayurveda Program
Some of my favorite courses at SCU have to be the chiropractic procedure classes; those are the classes you get to hone in on your chiro skills, your palpation skills and ultimately work on the adjustments that make you a chiropractor. Those are the classes I feel enhance my knowledge the most and are some of the reasons I chose to become a chiropractor here are SCU.
On top of chiropractic procedures classes, my favorite is the cadaver lab experience. The cadaver classes opened up my perception of what the human body is made up of. It allowed me to get an in-person perspective of how the body works and looks on the inside. I am genuinely thankful for those experiences because they opened and broadened my horizons to the human body and anatomy in general.
Student, Doctor of Chiropractic
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