Meet Our Healthcare Team
Chiropractor Desiree Edlund, D.C.
Founder of OC Back & Body Doctors
Dr. Desiree Edlund received her Doctorate degree with Magna Cum Laude honors from Southern California University of Health Sciences.
During her first few years of practice, Dr. Edlund moved to Minnesota and helped develop one of the first medical/chiropractic clinics in Minnesota, a state known for its medical establishments. She has worked hand-in-hand with established and reputable medical doctors that specialize in pain management.
Dr. Edlund has been practicing for 15 years, and is the clinic director and founder of one of the fastest growing wellness clinics in Orange County, California. OC Back & Body Doctors is truly one of a kind. Dr. Edlund’s team of medical doctors, chiropractors, physical therapists, nutritionists & massage therapists work together to help guide and coach patients to make healthier lifestyle choices and achieve a higher level of wellness.
Through her proven, multidisciplinary approach, Dr. Edlund has successfully treated thousands of people who had been diagnosed with many illnesses including arthritis, sciatica, fibromyalgia, headaches, neck & back pain, carpal tunnel, allergies, acute injuries, chronic fatigue, obesity and TMJ (jaw problems). Her wellness facility offers an advanced physical medicine program as well as personal lifestyle guidance to allow your body to experience maximized living!
Dr. Edlund keeps up her education by attending numerous health and wellness conferences throughout the country. She prides herself on keeping up with the most recent technological advances in diagnostic and therapy equipment in addition to staying at the forefront of the latest health and wellness techniques.
She is happily fulfilling her purpose to help as many people as possible to obtain and maintain an optimum level of health and well being. She practices what she preaches by getting adjusted weekly. Adjustments and healthy lifestyle choices allow her to continue her busy schedule in addition to keeping her young and healthy!
An avid spokesperson for the healthcare community, Dr. Edlund has made many television appearances on news programs and talk shows. She is also a prominent lecturer, co-author of a best selling book, and writer for the international magazine “Chiropractic Wellness & Fitness”. Dr. Edlund is living her dream by educating, inspiring and guiding the world to participate in their own health and encouraging them to make better decisions for a healthier lifestyle. Her purpose is to enlighten humanity on natural approaches to health which is the foundation for America’s Wellness Revolution!
“The choices you make today will have a direct impact on the quality of your life tomorrow. Our multidiscipline approach is natural, safe and best of all…it works!!”
Dr. Robert Hidalgo Jr, M.D.
Medical Director for OC Back Doctors
Dr. Hidalgo obtained his undergraduate and medical degree from UCLA and then went on to complete his residency in Anesthesiology at Harbor/UCLA General in 1994.
Dr. Hidalgo worked in private practice for 12 years before joining the faculty as an Assistant Clinical Professor at the University of California, Irvine where he enjoyed teaching residents the art of anesthesia.
Since 2006 Dr. Hidalgo has traveled to 3rd world countries including South America and South East Asia repairing cleft lips and palates in babies and burn scars in children and adults. In 2008 Dr. Hidalgo became interested in holistic healthcare and continued his education in Alternative Medicine and Acupuncture for pain management. He became certified in acupuncture and opened his first clinic in Laguna Hills, CA. where he practiced, in addition to acupuncture, weight loss and hormone replacement. Dr. Hidalgo is now retired from the operating room and has recently joined the team at O.C. Back Doctors. He enjoys the practice of physical medicine and pain management with a more holistic approach.
Personally, Dr. Hidalgo resides in Orange County with his wife of 27 years and has two beautiful grown daughters. In his spare time he enjoys music and swimming.
We are happy and proud to welcome Dr. Hidalgo to our medical team and he looks forward to meeting and caring for all of our patients.
Dr. Ronald Kelly, D.C.
Director of Chiropractic for OC Back Doctors
Growing up in southern California, Dr. Kelly began his journey in corrective and wellness care while juggling, school, work, and playing baseball, as an undergraduate in college. It was during this time that a classmate shared with him their own pursuit to help others through chiropractic care. After further discussions he became intrigued, and knowing he wanted to be a part of others’ physical well being he began to explore this as a serious option.
Unsure whether to become a doctor or teacher in the health-related fields, he had the opportunity and privilege to shadow different chiropractors during his senior year in college. He soon began to see that these doctors were not only able to treat their patients’ pain and other symptoms, but also educate them and help them discover the source of their problems in order to correct them, and maintain their optimum wellness.
After graduating with a degree in Biology, he was accepted at Los Angeles College of Chiropractic (Southern California University of Health Sciences), from where he graduated in 1996. He then had the good fortune to being mentored by doctors with decades of experience in corrective and wellness care. Under these doctors he was able to hone his skills in the art and science of chiropractic.
Furthering his education he became a licensed qualified medical examiner. He broadened his area of practice to industrial injuries, personal injury, sports-related injuries, as well as specializing in non-surgical decompression. He also had the privilege to become a part of a large multi-discipline practice, emphasizing integration of medicine and chiropractic.
After 20 years of practice, Dr. Kelly continues to not only move forward in his passion to treat others, but also how to educate them in discovering the source of their pain and symptoms, and how to take a pro-active approach in correcting and maintaining their optimum health through corrective, holistic care and wellness.
Jonah B. Bulandros
Jonah B. Haig was raised in Los Angeles, California. She is a proud alumni of University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) where she earned her Master of Science in Nursing and certification as a Nurse Practitioner. She specializes in Family Practice and is board-certified. Jonah was a recipient of the coveted Bradley Lipot School of Nursing Scholarship at UCLA. She graduated with Honors and is a member of Sigma Theta Tau International, the Honor Society of Nursing. She is also a member of several professional organizations including the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP).
Jonah's dedication in serving the underserved communities and vulnerable populations has given her opportunities to volunteer in community work throughout Southern California and internationally where she was awarded for her humanitarian efforts. After training at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, she continued to work for the medically underserved at LAC+USC Medical Center, providing care to uninsured patients and underrepresented minorities. In addition, she has participated in research studies including a Dermal Ulcer Prevalence Study at LAC+USC Medical Center.
Jonah is passionate about integrative and holistic medicine. Her practice philosophy is to prevent disease by a holistic, proactive approach. As a holistic practitioner, she empowers patients to be active participants in their patient care to achieve optimal health. Her primary focus is health promotion, patient education, disease management, and illness prevention. Jonah is also trained in providing culturally sensitive care to her patients from diverse populations and socioeconomic backgrounds. She is a dedicated individual with a reputation of going above and beyond with what is required.
Outside of work, Jonah enjoys spending quality time with her husband, family and friends. She is an avid health and fitness enthusiast and enjoys cooking, baking, traveling, reading motivational books, and taking walks with her yorkie terrier.
After recently relocating from Los Angeles, Jonah is excited to be a part of the team at OC Back Doctors and is now committed to improving the long-term health of the Orange County community, one patient at a time.
"Small acts, when multiplied by millions of people, can transform the world" - Howard Zinn
Edward Albert Balbas, M.D.
- Diplomate, American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
- Diplomate, American Board of Pain Medicine
- Qualified Medical Evaluator State of California
For those of you unfamiliar with Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R), I am a specialist devoted to the care of patients with disabling injuries and disorders. My primary goals are to assist patients in achieving maximal independence with optimal medical and functional recovery. I personally like this specialty because it allows me to change patient’s lives by treating musculoskeletal problems and improving their quality of life. It has been a very rewarding experience for me.
I am double board certified in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation and Pain Medicine. I am also a Qualified Medical Evaluator (QME) of the State of California. I finished my Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Residency training at the East Carolina University-Brody School of Medicine in Greenville, North Carolina in 2005. I pursued further training in Interventional Spine and Pain Management at the LAGS Spine and Sportscare in Santa Barbara, California and completed my fellowship training on July 2006.
I specialize in treating a wide range of disorders and injuries of the musculoskeletal system: These include Spine pain, Upper and lower extremity pain, Carpal tunnel syndrome, RSD (Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy), Peripheral joint disorders (shoulders, elbows, hips, knees, ankles and feet).
I perform a vast majority of aggressive, non-surgical procedures such as epidural blocks (cervical,thoracic,lumbar), caudal epidurals, facet joint and medial branch block injections (cervical,thoracic,lumbar), and medial branch radiofrequency neurotomy (cervical,thoracic,lumbar), lumbar sympathetic injections for RSD, SI (sacroiliac joint injection), superior hypogastric plexus block for pelvic pain, endometriosis, celiac plexus blocks for visceral pain. I also specialize in performing diagnostic studies such as Electromyography-Nerve Conduction Studies (EMG) and Lumbar Discography.
My interests outside work include playing golf, tennis, and listening to smooth jazz while having a good meal with my wife, friends and relatives.
I am excited to be a part of the dynamic and progressive OC Back & Body Doctors’ Team of health care professionals! I know that my expertise can add to the amazing results this team is achieving with Orange County residents.
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