Meet the Doctor
Dr. Dan Smith, San Rafael Chiropractor specializing in gentle, holistic healing.
Dr. Daniel S. Smith, D.C.

Dr. Daniel Smith is a former advisory member for the International Organic Inspectors Association, a member of the California Chiropractic Association, author of Recharge Your Body & Mind with Amazing Amino Acids, and founder of Genesa, Inc, which specializes in amino acid supplementation. Dr. Smith continues to practice chiropractic while serving as CEO of Genesa, Inc.

WHY my Marin practice includes neck pain treatment ... and arthritis relief and ...

I first discovered chiropractic when I was in pain myself, as a young athlete. I was in a car accident and had a whiplash injury that was setting me up for a lifetime headaches and neck pain treatment. Fortunately, my dad sent me to a neighborhood chiropractor who knew what he was doing. One adjustment and my pain lifted; my mood brightened; and the lights went on inside me. I knew chiropractic would be my life’s work. Since that day, I haven’t looked back.


Integrating the whole person

I’ve learned a lot about healing, and how to genuinely care for people. We are astonishingly complex beings. That's why, in my practice, I focus on holistic healing. My mission is to provide a warm, nurturing environment that heals your mind, body and spirit. For instance, I allow for a slower treatment pace, spending more quality time with each patient.


Pain points

Many patients are referred to my office with chronic conditions - like arthritis - that have not responded to other treatments. Some have tried medication and/or physical therapy with little or no relief. They were left feeling like they "just had to live with the problem." That’s not the case with my practice.

Encouraging your body to heal itself


I focus on combining specialized muscle work with gentle chiropractic adjustments. Just as a broken bone must be properly set before it can heal, muscles must be reset before a spinal adjustment. Traditional chiropractic adjustments often leave the newly aligned spine at odds with the muscles surrounding it. Comfortable with their old position, the muscles strain to return the spine to its previous curvature.  It’s like falling back into an old, bad habit. This is especially common with shoulder injuries.


With my integrated approach, the muscles are worked first, so they can help restore your body’s own natural balance. This creates an optimal environment in which the body will heal itself, without drugs or surgery. Nutritional counseling comes into play, too. Your ability to change some dietary habits will be part of your healing.

More than 25 years, doing what I love


I feel so fortunate to be doing this very special work. Chiropractic is the only natural health care system that moves bones in order to take the pressure off surrounding tissue. This is critical if you have a pinched nerve or a painful misalignment. Just ask yourself how a traditional MD would treat a pinched nerve? You might be prescribed drugs that only mask the pain or referred for surgery that shocks the system and leaves scar tissue.  

As they say, “If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail.”

Chiropractic is like magic in these cases. We treat structure, the underlying cause, so that you are restored to health with no negative side effects. This is a natural – and proven - approach that works very quickly. There’s no need to live with chronic pain.

Being good to yourself isn't just a phrase used only in Marin County. It’s a way of life.   Remember, your body is your temple. Be good to it! Surround yourself with things that feel wholesome and good, and treat each day like the gift that it is.


Career highlights

  • Established chiropractic office in San Rafael in 2014

  • Practiced in Truckee, CA for 4 years

  • Practiced in Alamo, CA for 25 years

  • Treated professional athletes in baseball, football and basketball

  • Graduate of Logan Chiropractic College, St. Louis, MO

  • Studied Traditional Finnish Sports Massage in Finland

  • Trained in Myofascial Trigger Point Release Therapy and Rapid Release Therapy

  • President, Genesa Living Foundation - Produced a film on healthy eating and organic food in the school systems, Through the Lunchroom Door

  • CEO, Genesa Inc. - Our product, Total Amino Solution,® is used for anxiety, depression and mood disorders, available worldwide and in 50 Whole Foods Markets

Who I Am and How I Work

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Stories of Healing


Dr. Smith,


Thank you from the bottom of my heart for your healing hands and relieving the ongoing back and foot pain with our last few sessions.  I have been in pain for 3 years now, ever since a fall I took while walking down our stairwell. I feel like I have my life back and you are a miracle worker.


Marty S.

Larkspur, CA





Dan is by far the best chiropractor I’ve ever been to, and the only doc who corrected a hip problem in just one visit!


I also had very painful chronic neck problems for years (divorce induced!) that Dan managed to eliminate in just a few weeks.


He practices a gentle form of chiropractic technique and massage, but also uses a device called Rapid Release, which can get into the muscles hidden away in deep nooks and crannies and breaks down scar tissue. I would definitely recommend his services.


Take care – Susan

Corte Madera, CA


I like Dr. Dan, my back and neck feel so much better.  When can I see him again?


- Lily F., 11 years old






Dr. Smith,


Thank you for taking such great care of me over the past several months. You have helped me manage the many difficult injuries, aches and pains that I have sustained, and have done it with professional care, knowledge, and compassion. You treat the whole person, not just the symptom. 


Dr. Smith, you go above and beyond to make me feel truly well adjusted! I know I will leave your office with a feeling of well-being. It is for these reasons that I have been a patient of yours and will remain one going forward. My appreciation to you goes out to you.


Joyce C.

Sausalito, CA