Why We’re Here

We’re here to transform lives through brain-based healing and scientific innovation…because we believe you deserve to live your life to the fullest.

Meet Our Doctors

Our doctors are equal parts NUCCA experts, “science geeks,” and champions of whole-body healing and transformation. We are relentless in our desire to use the best of science and integrative practices to restore the connection between body and brain, renew tissue and systems, and enable you to thrive... for life.

The Vital team also includes an Interprofessional Community of the best practitioners in Greater Pasadena. Medical doctors, naturopaths, physical therapists, acupuncturists, massage therapists, fitness experts, behavioral health experts and many other health professionals comprise an Interprofessional Community that will continue to enrich lives long after the pain subsides.  


Giancarlo Licata, D.C.

Dr. Licata is founder of Vital Head and Spinal Care, and co-founder of the Pasadena Interprofessional Community. His focus is on Applied Neuroscience, Chronic Pain, and Interprofessional Collaboration.

Having cared for thousands of patients with chronic pain, migraines, and concussions, Dr. Licata is keenly aware of the importance of restoring and improving brain function to achieve health and performance. He is one of only 256 doctors in the world trained in NUCCA spinal care and one of only a handful in Greater Los Angeles. He is a member of the National Upper Cervical Chiropractic Association, International Chiropractors Association Council on Upper Cervical Care, and the Academy of Integrative Health and Medicine.

Dr Licata speaks nationally on Brain Health, Concussion Management, and the role of the brain in Chronic Pain and Migraines, and has been featured on ABC, Huffington Post, and national podcast interviews.

Contact Dr. Licata for Speaking or Interview Inquiries


Julia Radwanski, D.C.

Dr Radwanski is the Clinic Operations Director at Vital Head and Spine Care. Her focus is on Research, Migraines, and Pediatrics. She is is a member of the National Upper Cervical Chiropractic Association, and International Chiropractors Association Council on Upper Cervical Care.

Dr. Radwanski was born and raised in New Jersey and relocated to Pasadena to practice full-time at Vital. Before Vital, Dr. Radwanski worked with a diverse group of health practitioners and patients in Long Island and Manhattan. She also provided chiropractic care for veterans at a number of local VA Hospitals in New York.

In her free time, she loves spending time outdoors hiking, volunteering with local youth, and relaxing with her husband and dogs, Rowdy and Bruno.

Contact Dr. Radwanski HERE


Meet Our Operations Team

Our team is composed of the best, brightest, and most caring professionals who are dedicated to helping you grow and thrive. We know healing comes from inside of you, and every team member is instrumental in supporting you on your journey. Each team member brings unique training and talents to help you reach your next breakthrough!



Analisa grew up in Pasadena and graduated from Azusa Pacific University with a degree in Applied Psychology. When she's not busy with day-to-day patient interactions, she is preparing and developing the Connect Phase of care. Analisa takes great joy in connecting and understanding the needs of our patients.

When not at the office you will find Analisa on a local trail or beach with her husband, daughter, and german shepherd.



Mariah is the Patient Care Assistant at Vital. She loves helping patients feel welcomed, comfortable, and hopefully make them laugh!

Mariah studied Sociology and played basketball at Shasta College. In her down time she loves baking, exploring Huntington Gardens with her husband, and volunteering at youth group.



Taleen is Vital’s Neurofeedback Technician who double majored in Psychology and Public Health at UCSD. Besides having a passion for brain health and wellness, Taleen loves to spend time outdoors and discover new places to eat and find a great cup of coffee!



Selma has a Bachelor's degree in Neuroscience from UCLA. She is also Vital’s Neurofeedback Technician. When not helping optimize your brain health, she can be found on a hiking trail or watching movies with her tuxedo cat- Feliz.