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After suffering three torn ligaments in his right knee while wrestling in college, Ed’s medical team consisted of an orthopedic surgeon, chiropractor, strength coach, and athletic trainer. After having his medical team rehabilitate him without surgery, he decided to commit his life to helping others overcome their injuries as conservatively as possible.
Ed has served in a multidisciplinary work setting since 1991 with his experience in the Emergency Department at UC Davis Medical Center as an army combat medic. Since then, as a certified athletic trainer he has been on the medical staff with numerous Professional, University, High School, and Junior leagues participating in acute, subacute and post-surgical musculoskeletal and head injuries both on the field and in the athletic training room.
In 2000, Ed opened his first Chiropractic/Sports Medicine Clinic in Pleasanton, CA and was in the same location for 14 years. During that time, Ed opened a second location in San Ramon, CA with Michael Temkin, DO (Board Certified Internal Medicine). Having internal medicine in the room right next door to was a valuable experience to gain insight in the day to day operations of family medicine. During that time, Le Cara continued to serve as an athletic trainer both on the sidelines and in the athletic training room.
In 2009, Dr. Le Cara joined the Veteran’s Administration Hospital and practiced in the multidisciplinary setting of Integrated Brain Health and Wellness in Martinez, CA with neurology, internal medicine, orthopedics, physical therapy, and exercise specialists. As a chiropractor in the VA, Ed served his fellow veterans by helping them overcome pain and improve function and provided an alternative to opioids and more invasive procedures. Ed successfully developed the exercise specialist’s internship with volunteers from 24Hour Fitness to help veteran’s choose exercise as an alternative to medications and aid in weight loss along with diet modifications while under personal trainer supervision.
In 2011, Ed was appointed to the Medical Advisory Board at 24Hour Fitness Corporate Headquarters and served with Internal Medicine, Cardiology, and Orthopedics. 24Hour Corporate then built a medical clinic for him in San Ramon, CA where he and his staff (chiropractors and massage therapists) treated employees and their families. Shortly after Le Cara completed a PhD in Athletic Training, he was asked to join the Executive Team at 24Hour Fitness in 2012 as the VP, Sports Science and Human Performance. His dissertation research was published in 2014 and included MRI, Ultrasound and clinical prediction rules of lower back pain with lumbar multifidus function and structure.
In 2012, Le Cara worked in the Athletic Training room at St. Mary’s College of California where he helped athletes overcome spinal and ACL injuries and instituted protocols to reduce ACL injuries.
In 2013, the Board of Directors at 24 decided to sell the company and Ed was among the 26 executives who lost their jobs.
Le Cara moved to Dallas, TX shortly after he was let go from 24Hour Fitness and opened a sports medicine clinic and commercial athletic training room. He then repeated the process in Denver, CO in 2016 – 2018 and worked primarily with physical therapists, massage therapists and strength coaches. In 2018, Ed returned to Dallas, TX to open a multidisciplinary clinic where he currently practices.
Being a chiropractor, athletic trainer and strength coach is a highly unique blend of hands on therapy with strength and conditioning. Le Cara combines numerous modalities like active release technique, dry needling, cupping, manual manipulation, taping, and diagnostic ultrasound with corrective and resistance exercise to help individuals return to activities they love.
Ed enjoys traveling in his camper van with his partner and girlfriend, Copper Dallas, and her two kids; educating patients on healthy lifestyle techniques and helping future providers learn. He currently teaches in two MS programs (Athletic Training & Exercise & Health) and is a community based internship mentor for students in their last trimester at Parker University. Le Cara treats patients at his clinic, Body Lounge Park Cities in Dallas, TX and regularly presents both domestically and internationally on various evidence based therapies, writes programming and education and is completing his book on Blood Flow Restriction Training.