Chiropractor Garry Kraft D.C., QME
Dr. Garry Kraft D.C., the owner of Kraft Chiropractic Clinic has been serving Oxnard and the surrounding area since 1986. His interest in healthcare started after being involved in a significant industrial accident and subsequent prolonged hospitalization. Despite these injuries, he was inducted into the Army, served in Vietnam, and then unfortunately sustained service-connected injuries. The treatment for his injuries initiated his interest in healthcare.
Dr. Kraft went to college; his undergraduate studies were at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa, later University of Colorado, Colorado Springs.
He received his chiropractic instruction at Los Angeles College of Chiropractic (now Southern California University of Health Sciences), a private, not-for-profit institute of higher education founded in 1911 and graduated with awards.
He started his Oxnard practice and, due to his own medical history, developed an interest in treatment for patients injured in vehicular accidents, industrial mishaps as well as those with service-connected injuries. He also enjoys providing care for the "normal injuries seen in a chiropractic practice" (headaches, neck and back pain, shoulder, knee, and other extremity injuries, etc.).
Due to his practice and educational experience, Dr. Kraft now provides disability evaluations for the State of California (Qualified Medical Evaluations), Independent Medical Evaluations, as well as Expert Witness Testimony. He has taken care of thousands of patients involved in Personal Injuries (motor vehicle accident victims, motorcycle injuries, etc.) as well as Industrial Injuries and has testified multiple times including cases that settled for over a million dollars. The VA is now providing for chiropractic care and Dr. Kraft is a provider for them.
Because of his experience and expertise, Dr. Kraft has developed a following in the medical/legal community and receives referrals from physicians, attorneys, insurance companies as well as his own patients. He also performs Qualified Medical Evaluations during the year.
Dr. Kraft was in a horrific industrial accident age 17, hospitalized and bedridden 8 months in traction and later a body cast, disabled from work almost 3 years. The Army came along and drafted him despite the protestations from his orthopedic surgeons. Dr. Kraft went through Basic Training and Advanced Individual Training at Fort Ord, CA, trained to be a heavy equipment operator/truck driver. Somebody in the Army finally acknowledged his medical history and was given a "no combat MOS" (Military Occupational Specialty). Dr. Kraft was sent to Vietnam anyway.
He was assigned to the 403rd Transportation Company, later the 57th Transportation Battalion. This was typical Vietnam. He filled sandbags dawn to dusk. Due to a close encounter with a rocket or mortar, he was left with constant tinnitus (ringing in the ears) and hearing loss. Dr. Kraft went to Vietnam as a Private E1, left a Sergeant E5. Even though drafted, he did his job.
Dr. Kraft ended up at Wonder Beach, a U.S. Army logistics and supply base in the I Corps Tactical Zone, on the coast east of Quảng Trị Province, just south of the DMZ. They were used as target practice on a regular basis. If any of you reading this were in Dong Ha or Wonder Beach [also known as Wunder Beach, Utah Beach, and Sunder Beach], please contact Dr. Kraft.
One of the happiest days of his life was leaving Vietnam, April 1969. His injuries contributed to an interest in healthcare. Dr. Kraft was taking undergraduate classes preparing for dental school, but his dentist actually talked him out of it, suggesting chiropractic as a career. This turned out to be a particularly wise choice. Over 30 years of continual chiropractic care and physical therapy has attributed his ability to still be walking. In the interim, Dr. Kraft applied for a service connection for his injuries in 1974; which took almost 36 years (!) but now is with 80% service-connected disability.
When Dr. Kraft is not at the office, he is active outside of it. He enjoys Veterans Affairs and is involved with the Veterans of Foreign Wars. He is an avid sailor and boater, having sailed to Hawaii and Mexico and our local Channel Islands multiple times. His family, who suffers the effects of mal de mer, will affect land transportation to meet him at the terminus of his maritime adventures.
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