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Joel Tetzlaff, DC, PA-C

Joel Tetzlaff

Joel Tetzlaff

Instructor, Principal Faculty

Phone: (562) 947-8755 ext 388

Email: MSPAfaculty@scuhs.edu


  • College of Science and Integrative Health
  • Master of Science: Physician Assistant Program


Dr. Tetzlaff was supposed to be in the Air Force flying A-10s. However, his Mother passed him the X chromosome with the Color Blind Gene on it; so that ended that. He decided, instead, to pursue another love and passion, which was the human body and how it worked. He became a Chiropractic Patient at an early age and witnessed the “Miracles” it could do both for himself and his family. He attended the Los Angeles College of Chiropractic and graduated in 1995. After three or so years of practice, quite serendipitously he found himself teaching part-time at LACC in the basic and clinical sciences teaching laboratories. Throughout his time in the health care arena, he noticed a strong disconnect between the Allopathic providers and the “Alternative” Health Care providers; with patients stuck in the middle. In the early 2000s, he was introduced to the Physician Assistant profession; he applied and graduated from Western University in 2005. After starting his PA Career in Urgent Care, he transitioned to Orthopedics where he spent 10+ years in a Sports Medicine Practice specializing in shoulders, knees, and knee replacements. In Spring of 2019 he joined Southern California University of Health Sciences as an instructor in the Chiropractic, Physician Assistant and AOM Programs to further advance the integration of health care and to educate the Health Care Practitioners of the Future.

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