All of the employees of The Hill Center for Integrative Medicine share a few common traits:
Dr. Brent Hill is the founder of The Hill Center for Integrative Medicine. His entire adult life has been devoted to discovering new ways of healing and healthful living. After finishing high school in his native Modesto, he labored shoulder to shoulder in local tomato canneries with workers who were prone to repetitive stress injuries, and who claimed that chiropractic treatment was the only thing that enabled them to lead normal, healthful lives. Dr. Hill experienced the value of chiropractic therapy first hand when he recovered from a traumatic accident a short time later. A veteran chiropractor did a full examination and x-rays, and began treatment right away that led to a full recovery. Most importantly, Dr. Hill's chiropractor talked to him about a career in chiropractic medicine. In Dr. Hill's own words:
"My chiropractor explained a lot about what he did, and about his years of education and training. I was impressed. He talked to me about becoming a chiropractor, and after researching the profession and touring several chiropractic colleges, I decided to make this my career. After completing my general education at Modesto Junior College, I attended the University of California Berkeley, where my major was Zoology with a minor in Physics. My next stop was Los Angeles College of Chiropractic. My education was intensely focused on natural ways to get people healthy and keep them healthy; my education was broadened by attending the Asian American Acupuncture University with an internship rotation through three Chinese teaching hospitals in the Republic of China (Taiwan). What a wonderful international experience to have the fusion of holistic health care from an eastern influence as well as a western one."
His formal training completed, Dr. Hill returned to Modesto with his wife Sheryl. As an associate in a chiropractic practice, he developed his craft and his interests as he and his wife Sheryl added to their family. In January of 1989, Dr. Hill struck out on his own, believing that he wanted to grow a practice in which more comprehensive care was offered. Twenty years and 20,000 patients later, Hill Chiropractic has become The Hill Center for Integrative Medicine, and has been voted the Modesto region's #1 chiropractic office for seven straight years. The Hill Center has an affiliation with the major hospital in our area, Memorial Medical Center, along with funding through the Lance Armstrong Foundation for the Triumph Fitness program, which is offered solely to and for cancer survivors.
The Hill Center staff of 19 consists of chiropractors, massage therapists, physiotherapists, medical doctor, medical assistants, radiology technician, registered nurse, and supporting staff of administrative and clerical personnel. Together, the staff has built a stellar reputation in the community for superior care and service.
Carlos Lara is a native of the Central Valley. He was raised in Modesto CA. and right after graduating from Ceres High School he immediately started his career in the IT industry for a company in Pleasanton, CA where he spent 5 years working as Manager of Consulting Services. In 2002 Carlos joined a company based out of Columbia, MD. where he was hired as Manager of Professional Services. Carlos managed a team of 20-30 consultants in addition to working with fortune 500 clients. He managed all the matters related to organizational training, recruitment and selection of candidates and responsible for increasing sales and productivity while keeping customer satisfaction at its highest. During this time he attended Modesto Junior College and focused in Business Administration.
Amber has worked at The Hill Center since its inception in 2006, and at Hill Chiropractic since 1997. Amber's versatility and experience allows her to perform many functions within the office. Currently she manages and oversees the medical department at the Hill Center for Integrative Medicine. She assisted with the research and development of the Hill Diet. She has been trained through the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine for Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT). She works hand in hand with the medical staff assuring that every patient receives the highest quality of treatment and service. In 2007 she was awarded the Soroptimist International "Women's Opportunity Award". Amber grew up in Modesto and graduated from Fred C. Beyer High School with honors. She began college at the University of the Pacific in Stockton, California, where she received the Presidential Scholarship for academic achievement. She also attended California State University Stanislaus in Turlock, California, where she graduated with a BS in Biological Sciences with a concentration in Zoology and a double minor in Chemistry and Sociology. When she is not working or doing research she enjoys spending time with her daughter. Her hobbies include target shooting, dancing, crocheting, and promotional modeling. She volunteers her time for the Make-a-Wish Foundation, the United Samaritans Foundation, and also the Worldwide Christian Ministry.
Zac grew up in the small town of Ripon where he attended Ripon Christian for 13 years. After High School, Zac took his college career to Hawaii where he studied at Hawaii Pacific University for one year taking freshmen courses towards a business degree. Zac attended The American Institute of Massage Therapy in Kailua, Hawaii. The program was 600 hours and prepares you for the Hawaii state licensing exam. It taught him all types of modalities including Swedish, Lomi Lomi, pregnancy, deep tissue, and reflexology. Zac took the state exam and passed. Zac worked for 3 years doing massage therapy but decided he wanted to expand his education so he enrolled at Kaplan College in Modesto to train for a therapeutic health position. After 9 months of training there he graduated with a therapeutic health tech certificate and was given the privilege to doing his externship at Hill Center for Integrative Medicine. After 160 hours was complete he was hired as a Health Tech and a Massage Therapist in April of 2009. In January 2010, Zac began attending The Medical Career College of Northern California which is located in Citrus Heights to become a Certified X-Ray Technician. In 2011 Zac passed his state exam to become a licensed X-ray tecnhnician. He now splits his time betwen overseeing the Physiotherapy department and taking X-rays.
In his daily living Zac leads a very active lifestyle including many different sports and hobbies such as: Basketball, Boxing, Weight Lifting and Tennis. In his spare time he enjoys reading, cooking and playing with his dog Cosmo. Zac has a great passion for health and try to learn something new everyday.
Michelle was born in Maine and moved to California shortly after. She graduated from Ceres High School and began courses in Real Estate. After recieving her real estate license she began her career in the mortgage field. When her daughter was 6, her and her husband, expanded their family by adopting 5 children over the next several years. Michelle was fortunate enough to stay with the children when they were young but after they were in school, Michelle began to pursue her education in accounting and financing. This led to her work at the Hill Center in the finance department. Michelle's deep love for improving the life style of others quickly moved her into a position as a Patient Care Specialist.
When she is not working Michelle enjoys date nights with her husband. Most evenings are filled with watching her children in their sporting activities. In the summer Michelle enjoys camping and service activities with their Church.
Yessica was raised in Manteca CA. She chose to attend Kaplan College where she enrolled in the Medical Assisting program. At Kaplan she graduated with academic honors & she was placed at The Hill Center for Integrative Medicine to complete her externship. After her externship was complete she was offered a position as a Patient Care Specialist where she would ensure all patients would recieve the best quaility care. After a few months she switched positions from a Patient Care Specialist to a Medical Assistant and just recently she moved into the position of Lead Medical Assistant. Yessica is still continuing her education as a register nurse and is currently taking classes. In her free time Yessica loves to travel and collect movies. She also enjoys spending time with her family and friends.
Sara was born in Salinas, CA and raised here in Modesto. Her work background has mainly been accounting and clerical work. She is very excited to be working for the Hill Center for Integrative Medicine because it provides her with the best oppurtunity to help people feel better and improve their lives.
Sara loves to spend time with her husband and two boys. In her spare time Sara enjoys reading, traveling, and doing freelance makeup artist work on the side.
Aracely grew up in Compton, CA. She attended Andon College for medical billing and graduated in July 2004. Aracely has a great passion for billing and it shows in her work ethic. She would descibe herself as a workaholic. In her free time Aracely loves to play with her children. She enjoys going to the beach, museums, and eating!
Sandy graduated with honors from the Therapeutic Health Technician program at Kaplan College in 2010. She then decided to continue her education after realizing the great benefit that massage had to her and her family. Later in 2011, Sandy graduated from the Holistic Life Institute for massage therapy with the loving support for her husband of 30 years and their 3 young adult children. Sandy graduated with honors yet again! Since continuing her eduacation with massage, Sandy and family, has improved idividual health and reached a place of emotional and physical serenity.
Sandy's background includes 6 years in the United States Coast Guard with a humanitarian medal, 8 years as an X-ray Technician, 2 years as a Head Start Teacher's Assistant, and 5 years as a Dietary Aide. In her free time Sandy enjoys camping with family and enjoying the beauty of nature. Her motto is to live life to the fullest and never let a day go by without being grateful for what she has.
Gina is one of our massage therapists here at the Hill Center. Gina grew up in Sonora, CA and lived in Brooklyn, NY for nine years. She has been living in Modesto for the past year now as a newly wed. She has been a massage therapist for over 20 years and enjoys it very much. She is trained in Sports Massage, Acupressure, Swedish, and Reflexology. Gina loves to pamper her massage clients with aromatherapy and hot rocks. Come and see her today!
Elidia was born and raised in Modesto, CA. She attended Andon College (now Kaplan College) in 2003 and recieved a Therapeutic Health Technician certificate in 2004. She then worked as a Chiropractic Assistant and discovered her passion for massage therapy. In 2011, Elidia enrolled at Abram's College and got certified as a Massage Therapist. Elidia joined the HCIM team in 2012 as a Physiotherapist and Massage Therapist.
Elidia is very caring and enjoys helping people. In her spare time she enjoys getting together with family. She also likes to go bowling, boating, hiking, and traveling.