Dr. Wagner was born and raised in the North Bay and has over 20 years of experience caring for patients (or as he affectionately refers to as “kids”) of all ages. He is certified in the Webster Technique for pregnancy and holds a Fellowship with the International Pediatric Chiropractic Association (I.C.P.A.), specializing in infant, child and maternity chiropractic care.
Dr. Wagner discovered his love of chiropractic healing in his early twenties when he sought treatment for an injury. At the beginning of his career as a Journeyman Sheetmetal Worker, he suffered an injury to his low back and pelvis and was referred to a local chiropractor. After receiving treatment that allowed him to recover from his injury, Dr. Wagner was amazed how chiropractic was able to use the body’s natural intelligence to heal itself. While working as a Sheet Metal Journeyman, he continued to see a chiropractor and developed an interest in holistic medicine. Soon after the birth of his son, Dr. Wagner re-evaluated his career opportunities, decided to pursue his longtime passion to become a Doctor of Chiropractic and returned to school. At the age of 28, he embarked on his 2nd career and began at Santa Rosa Junior College. After completing his undergraduate studies, he moved his family halfway across the U.S. to attend Logan College of Chiropractic, just outside of St. Louis, Missouri. At the age of 36, he became a Chiropractor.
The Midwest presented Dr. Wagner with his first opportunity to practice chiropractic in Southern Illinois, filling in for a pregnant doctor who was looking for someone to take over her practice while on maternity leave. Here, Dr. Wagner found his niche with pregnancy and pediatric care. His work with women to improve labor and delivery and infants/children with dysfunctions to prevent problems with growth was extremely rewarding. After moving back to his hometown of Petaluma, CA in 2001, Dr. Wagner furthered his education with the ICPA and earned his Fellowship as well as becoming certified in the Webster Technique in 2003.
Family and community are especially important to Dr. Wagner. He lives in Petaluma with his wife, Lori, a Marketing Director, and their daughter, Grace, a student. Their son, Gage also lives in California working for the United States Navy. Dr Wagner has been involved with Boy Scouts, the Boys and Girls Clubs of America, Mentor Me, Petaluma People Services Center, Chambers of Commerce and his children’s schools. “Service Above Self,” the Rotary Club motto, is also a tenet that he lives by. He has been a part of the Rotary Club of Petaluma Sunrise since 2002 as Past President, Board Member, member and is currently the District Membership Chair and hold three Paul Harris Awards. He is the founder of this club’s Easter Egg Hunt, free for North Bay families.
The Chiropractic community is prominent in Dr. Wagner’s life, as is lifelong learning. He has been a member of the California Chiropractic Association since 2000, where he has served as past Treasurer and President of the North Bay. He has studied American Sign Language (ASL), conversational Spanish, EMT (Emergency Medical Training), Astronomy, Yoga, and Nutrition among others. He is a sports enthusiast, and you can often find him free diving, scuba diving, fishing, golfing or cheering for the Giants, 49ers and Warriors. He also enjoys water skiing, camping or just being in the great outdoors.
Dr. Wagner is a firm believer in innate intelligence – that the body has the ultimate power to heal itself and energy to maintain itself. Chiropractic care helps to remove any interference to the innate intelligence of the body, thus relieving pain and working to keep the body in optimal condition. Happiness and health is a tenet Dr. Wagner lives by which is what he tirelessly provides to patients, family and community.