Being a health practitioner myself, we rarely take care of ourselves. I went to see Dr. Licata for a neck problem and knew I had other issues. The NUCCA experience has been amazing.
— Lorraine S.


Our Mission

Instead of treating symptoms, Vital Head & Spinal Care treats the CAUSE of pain so that the brain and body properly communicate, and patients can finally live with the health and vitality they deserve.

We are fortunate that referrals are the primary source of our business and we deeply appreciate those who make such referrals.

Conditions that Vital Improves.

  • Head, Jaw, Back, Neck, Shoulder, Arm, Hand, Hip, Leg, Foot Pain
  • Injury Pain
  • Herniated Disc
  • Sciatica
  • Sacroiliac Compressed
    Spinal Nerves
  • Numbness/Circulation Issues
  • Functional Leg or Pelvic Difference
  • Carpal Tunnel Muscle Weakness
  • Arthritis
  • TMJ
  • Headaches/Migraines
  • Vertigo/Dizziness
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Neuralgia
  • Allergies
  • Fatigue
  • ADHD
  • Brain Fog
  • Tinnitus
  • Hypertension
  • Reflux
  • IBS
  • Chronic Diarrhea
  • Insomnia
  • And Many More

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 Integrative Network 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 a vital community that will continue to enrich lives long after the pain subsides.  

Healing is a process, not an event. When Vital patients follow the roadmap, they experience changes within weeks, significant improvements within months, and extraordinary vitality to propel them forward for years to come!


Contact Dr. Licata here

Dr. Giancarlo Licata

Dr. Licata founded the Licata Chiropractic Clinic in 2008 where he provided Pasadena and the greater Los Angeles area with the world's most precise and gentle spinal corrective procedures known as NUCCA.  Due to considerable growth, and demand for expanded services, the Vital brand launched in 2016.

Having cared for thousands of patients with a broad range of conditions, Dr. Licata is keenly aware of the importance of science, math, precision, sustainability, and reproducible results.  He is one of only 220 doctors in the United States trained in NUCCA spinal care and one of only a handful in the widely sought after SoCal healthcare hub.

Dr. Licata speaks English, Italian and Spanish.  And when he is not "geeking out" on the latest advancements in his profession, he is active in a variety of initiatives within and beyond his community of Sierra Madre where he lives with his wife and three children.

  • B.A. in Political Science, Minor in Spanish Literature from UCSD
  • B.S. in Human Biology, Doctorate in Chiropractic from CCC-LA
  • Mentored by the profession’s leading specialists
  • Hundreds of hours of post-doctorate training in advanced biomechanics, neurology, x-ray analysis, and clinical case management
  • Board Certified by the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners and the California Board of Chiropractic Examiners
  • Member, International Chiropractic Association
  • Member, National Upper Cervical Chiropractic Association

Contact Dr. Radwanski here

Dr. Julia Radwanski

Dr. Radwanski dedicated her career to focusing on the specialized, precise care that NUCCA provides after having a life-changing experience under NUCCA care herself.  She decided to shift gears from scientific research to clinical research in a NUCCA office, where her passion for NUCCA grew.

Since then, Dr. Radwanski has 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.

Dr. Radwanski was born and raised in New Jersey and recently relocated to Pasadena to practice full-time at Vital. In her free time, she loves spending time outdoors hiking, volunteering with local youth, and relaxing with her husband and dogs, Rowdy and Bruno.

  • Bachelor of Science in molecular cell biology from California State University San Marcos (CSUSM)
  • Doctor of Chiropractic, highest honors at New York Chiropractic College
  • Board Certified by the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners and the California Board of Chiropractic Examiners
  • Member, National Upper Cervical Chiropractic Association

Meet Our Operations Staff.


Michelle is a Pasadena girl born and raised. The beach is her favorite places to be and she is a sports fanatic! Michelle loves a good book, listening to music and horror films. She's married to her high school sweetheart and has two children. In her free time she loves spending quality time with her family. Michelle's favorite thing about working at Vital is that she gets to help others and meet new people.



Kelcie was born and raised in Kern County. Looking for a change, she relocated to the Pasadena area in early 2017. She was drawn to Vital for the team aspect and the chance to help people! Kelcie's weekends are spent cheering her nephew's sports teams on, cuddling with her adorable dog Rojo, and on the phone with her brother.

What You Should Know.

  • Vital cares for infants and seniors
  • To become a doctor of NUCCA specialized chiropractic, one must complete no fewer than 6 years of study
  • Vital Care is a 3-stage process: Vital Repair, Vital Renewal, Vital Living
  • 95 percent of our patients experience relief from their primary symptoms
  • Candidates for our care include anyone with an improperly aligned Atlas vertebra or other body imbalance
  • Because each health challenge requires a highly specific scientific solution, no two patients are cared for in the same manner
  • Procedures are non-surgical and non-medicinal
  • Before spinal surgery which may involve a high degree of risk, it is always best to research options, including NUCCA
  • We make Vital care more affordable and convenient than traditional medical care for all of our patients

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