Faculty180 – Vita and Individual Profile Data Sheet

Joseph Houde, BS, DC, DACBSP

Fall 1980 - Fall 2120

Los Angeles College of Chiropractic - Clinical Education


Current Position

  • Position: SCU Health Faculty


Dr. Joseph Houde was born as raised in Massachusetts in the subregion of Boston. He received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology from Boston College in Chestnut Hill, MA.  He then moved to California where he received an Associate Degree in Exercise Science at Golden West in Huntington Beach, CA and went on to graduate school at Southern California University of Health Sciences in Whittier, CA where he earned his Doctor of Chiropractic.  Following graduating he began to pursued his passion for sports medicine where he became certified as a Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS), and also began post-graduate training through the American Chiropractic Boards of Sports Physicians (ACBSP), where he achieved his Certified Chiropractic Sports Practitioner (CCSP) designation followed by the highest designation in chiropractic sports medicine, the Diplomate of the American Chiropractic Board of Sports Physicians (DACBSP).

Dr. Houde completed a two-week sports medicine rotation at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado in 2014 as well has participated in multiple Olympic Training Center rotations in Chula Vista as well as Colorado Springs. He has been a medical team staff member for Team USA Beach Volleyball since 2014. He has also been a medical team staff member of Team USA Men’s Field Hockey events since 2014. In 2017, he became the team doctor for the U.S. Men's Field Hockey National Team for 3 years. He has also worked as a medical provider for many high school, recreational, and elite sporting events. 

Dr. Houde has had a successful practice in Orange County, CA since 2015, as well as being on staff as a sports medicine clinician at SCUHS working with both students and the sports medicine residents since 2017. 

In December of 2021 Dr. Houde had the opportunity to pursue a new Job opportunity back in his home state as the Senior Sports Medicine Provider at Canyon Ranch in Lenox, MA. 

Dr. Houde knows that each person is unique, and approaches each patient’s needs from that perspective. Dr. Houde applies the Sports Medicine realm and mindset to all patients and injuries. His goal in practice is to always return the patients to a pain-free and active lifestyle, and he does his best to understand their individual goals. 



D.C., Chiropractic Sports Physician, SCUHS, Whittier, California, United States


A.A. Exercise Science, Exercise Science, Golden West College, Huntington Beach, California, United States


B.Sc., Biology, Boston College, Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts, United States

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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.


Brianna Hadley

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.

Jamie Kuljis

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."

Portia Harris

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.

Jordan Vega

Student, Doctor of Chiropractic

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