Dr. Jag Dhesi: A Healing Hand
By James Florence, Diamond Certified Resource Reporter
LIVERMORE — While many professionals attest to the importance of treating patients like family, for Dr. Jag Dhesi, this philosophy hits especially close to home. “The first inkling I had to become a health professional was seeing the tribulations my mom went through after she hurt her lower back at work,” he remembers. “As a young teenager who was helpless to do anything to ease my mother’s pain, I began to think about ways I might one day be able to help her and other people in similar situations.”
Years later, driven by his altruistic aspirations, Jag began taking pre-med courses in undergraduate school, with plans to become a physical therapist. However, his focus changed after he had a sobering realization. “As I became more acquainted with the medical care system, I began to realize it was a case of the blind leading the blind,” he explains. “I found that in most cases, there was little communication between a patient’s primary doctor and their physical therapist, and the quality of care suffered because the therapist had very little control of the treatment.” While rethinking his options, Jag discovered a much more favorable scenario in the field of chiropractic. “Chiropractic professionals aren’t at the behest of hospitals or physicians when it comes to caring for patients. Rather, they’re able to maintain complete control of the treatment process, which I found very appealing.”
Today, as owner of Springtown Wellness Center—which he operates from three locations alongside his brothers, Sarb and Paul, who are also chiropractors—Jag says providing help for the helpless continues to be at the forefront of his professional ethos. “My brothers and I will always remember what our mom when through, so we treat every person who walks through the door like family. That means each patient gets the same quality of care we’d give to our own mother, regardless of how much time or effort it requires.”
Originally from Rohnert Park, Jag moved all over the Bay Area before eventually settling in Dublin, where he lives with his wife, Rachel, and their three children, Jag Jr., Rayna, and Jaxon. When asked his favorite part about living and working in the Bay Area, Jag cites the region’s characteristic diversity. “I really love the variety of people and cultures we have here, not to mention the food,” he says. “On any given day, you can go to Chinatown or Little Manila and, for a brief moment, feel like you’re in that country. That’s an amazing thing.”
Outside of work, much of Jag’s time is devoted to family activities, from the kids’ school functions and sporting events to just hanging out together around town. However, he also enjoys the occasional quiet day at the lake. “I love to go fishing in my downtime,” he affirms. “I try to rotate through all the different fishing spots in the Bay Area, whether it’s Del Valle, Los Vaqueros or the San Pablo Reservoir.”
When asked the first thing he’d do if he could retire tomorrow, Jag says he’d take his family on a much needed vacation. “Life can get busy and complicated these days, so I think I’d take my wife and kids somewhere and just leave everything behind for a while. Besides, there’s still a lot of this country—and the world—that I’ve yet to see and experience!”
Q: How did you get your name?
A: It’s an Indian name that means “Universal Savior” in its entirety. Talk about putting on the pressure!
Q: If you could travel to any country, where would you go?
A: I’d love to go on a Mediterranean tour of Spain, Italy and Greece.
Q: What are your favorite movie genres?
A: Action and science fiction.
Q: What’s the strangest food you’ve ever eaten?
A: Balut. It’s a delicacy in the Philippines. Basically, it’s a duck egg in which the embryo hasn’t fully developed.
Q: Who’s your favorite James Bond?
A: Sean Connery…but I have to say, the new guy is doing pretty well.