Meet Our Team

Chiropractor Ventura CA Jose Garcia with Office Staff
Chiropractor Ventura CA Steven Alff
Chief Executive Officer

Dr. Steven Alff D.C.

Dr. Steven Alff was first introduced to natural healthcare by his Great Aunt, who was one of America’s first female Osteopathic doctors, and his Uncle who was a Doctor of Chiropractic. He was injured in high school while competing in a track and field event. The condition debilitated him to such a degree that he could no longer engage in any of the activities that he loved.

His parents took him to see his Chiropractor Uncle, because they were worried about the side-effects of medications and wanted to avoid a surgical intervention at such an early age.

The results not only transformed Dr. Alff’s health, but also set him on a new path for his future. He completed undergraduate studies at Long Beach State University with a bachelor’s degree in Physical Education. He then completed advanced studies in Adaptive Physical Education and procured a position as a Corrective Therapist at the Veteran’s Hospital in Long Beach and Sepulveda, CA.  He enjoyed working with the spinal-cord injured veterans and learned a lot about the nervous system. He also learned that masking health symptoms with addictive medication was not the solution to restoring health.

From there he went on to attend and graduate with a Doctor of Chiropractic degree at Los Angeles College of Chiropractic, but Dr. Alff’s education had just begun. He has completed many post-graduate courses and certifications in health, wellness, and technique related to natural healthcare and continues to do so regularly to stay current with the latest information and research. In 2020, he became Certified in Neuropathy from the American School of Physical Medicine.

Dr. Alff has helped thousands of Ventura, Los Angeles, and Santa Barbara County residents restore their health, naturally, since 1982. His outsides interests are standing up for health freedom of choice, the study of ancient civilizations, and helping to co-create a world that works better for everyone.

Chiropractor Ventura CA Jose Garcia
Patient Clinician

Dr. Jose R. Garcia, D.C.

Dr. Jose R. Garcia, D.C. has been active in Chiropractic since 2010. He first began as a Chiropractic Assistant and then became a licensed Doctor of Chiropractic.

Dr. Garcia has had the privilege to help serve thousands of patients, alongside other Chiropractors, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, acupuncturists, nutritionists and massage therapists.

Dr. Garcia has recognized his calling to serve others through Chiropractic. He will use his experience and attention to detail to better serve you.

When not assisting our practice members in their health journey , Dr. Garcia loves spending time with his family, attending bible studies, and playing pick up basketball.

Chiropractic Ventura CA Samantha Wharmby Case Success Manager
New Patient Coordinator / Case Manager

Samantha "Sam" Wharmby

When anyone talks to Sam, they always say “She’s so sweet” …because she is.! You will agree when you first speak with her on the telephone. She is passionate about making sure each of our practice members are watched over and getting the absolute best possible care and support from our team.  Sam essentially “onboards” our new practice members and assists them in mastering therapies and new lifestyle practices which may be completely new to them.

In keeping with our purpose to go above and beyond in serving our practice members, she provides hands-on guidance, coaching, and positive encouragement which are so essential in achieving success. She becomes our patients’ health partner and makes herself available to our patrons to assist and support them in any way they need. Beyond that, educating our practice members is an integral part of our success in transforming the health of so many of our patrons, and she is a great health coach and mentor to them.  She is also largely responsible for extending the reach of our amazing doctors in the community.   When not helping others transform their health, she enjoys nature adventures with her boyfriend, and loves her family time.  We know you’re going to love her, because everyone does!

Chiropractic Ventura CA Aaron Stein Clinical Assistant

Aaron Stein

How do we describe everything Aaron does in one paragraph?  He does so much for us!  Doctor always says he does not know how he survived before without him. Aaron is a Certified Massage Therapist, health educator and healer and has worked in the chiropractic field for almost 10 years before joining us. Aaron brings his knowledge, experience, and expertise in hopes to make a positive difference in the lives of our practice members.

He assists the Doctor in our new patient consultations and evaluations, performs the many various healing therapies we use in our office, assists patients in their healing process advising them on corrective exercises and breaking their bad habits.  Aaron grew up in Glendora and earned his Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Kinesiology at California State University, Long Beach. Aaron is a licensed U.S. Soccer Federation referee, photographer, and avid traveler who has visited almost 30 countries!  He loves to laugh and connect with people and believes that health is a life-long journey that is best experienced with a smile on the face.

Chiropractic Ventura CA Tara Welch Front Desk Reception


When you call us at the Center, probably the first voice you will hear is Tara welcoming you.  When you enter, she will be the first smile you see!  She will make sure you are welcomed, schedule your appointments, watches over your care to make sure you receive everything you need, and makes sure that when you are in our office you are treated royally.

She also assists the rest of the team with our patients’ therapy, or whatever else is needed when we get really busy. Tara is a Bakersfield native who moved to Ventura 8 years ago.!  She is currently taking classes majoring in business management and accounting.  When she is not working or in school, she is spending her free time with her husband and 3 children exploring all the beautiful scenery and nature trails Ventura County has to offer.    We feel so blessed that she joined our team!

Chiropractic Ventura CA Susan Alff Chief Operating Officer
Chief Operating Officer

Susan Alff

Susan is responsible with overseeing the day-to-day administrative and operational functions of our health center. She has been holding this position since 1984, while also raising their two children who are now grown adults and living in Utah and Texas. She handles all the business functions such as human resources, employee training, finances, systems and procedures, marketing, etc., so our Doctors can focus solely on assisting our patients’ healthcare needs.  

She makes sure the practice is running smoothly and efficiently and works hard to ensure that our Center is a place where our practice members can enjoy each of their visits. While not running the Center, she loves to read biographies, play with their dog Pippi, hang out at the beach, attend Broadway musicals, and spend time with friends and family.


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By Appointment

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Ventura Spine and Nerve Center

1590 East Main Street
Ventura, CA 93001

(805) 648-7987