Muscle & Joint Clinic – The Leading Soft Tissue Treatment Center

Who We Are

Muscle & Joint Clinic is run by Dr. Derik Anderson, Clinic Director and Chiropractor, who has more than 20 years of experience in integrative chiropractic care. He and his team members regularly attend conferences to stay up-to-date on the latest research and treatments.


Clinic Director

Dr. Derik Anderson, DC, CSN, CPT

Dr. Anderson helps his patients be healthier by utilizing his education and personal and professional backgrounds. Dr. Anderson grew up wanting to help people and initially planned to go to business school to work in energy conservation. But, after a good friend’s life was positively changed by chiropractic care, he had a change of heart. His friend spent two years with horrific intestinal problems and saw over a dozen providers, but no one could help her – until she saw a chiropractor. The chiropractor knew that the vertebra and muscles around them affected the nerves that controlled the intestines. After treatment, she was no longer bed-ridden and went back to teaching, traveling and leading an active life. Dr. Anderson realized that health care was his calling and his passion for helping people was channeled into chiropractic.
Dr. Anderson lives what he practices. He is an avid runner, nationally competitive sailor, surfs, and is a youth coach. Dr. Anderson also eats a diet high in vegetables, low in starch, and drinks several quarts of water each day. Why? Food is our bodies’ fuel and muscles consume 70% of that fuel (the brain consumes another 20%), so to reach our maximum potential, our food chain needs to be clean, appropriate, and healthy for our needs.

Education & Academic Affiliations

  • Life Chiropractic College West, Doctor of Chiropractic
  • University of California, Santa Barbara, Bachelor of Arts, Economics
  • Completed more than 1,000 hours of post-doctoral education
  • Sports Nutritionist, Certified
  • Personal Fitness Trainer, Certified
  • Active Release Technique, Certified 2011
  • FAKTR, Certified
  • Myofascial Decompression, Certified
  • Ironman® Healthcare Provider

Affiliations & Appointments

  • PGA Tour, Medical Team – Member
  • Ehlers-Danlos Society, International Scientific Consortium – Member
  • Fascia Research Society – Founding Member
  • Continuing Education Provider, California Board of Chiropractic Examiners
  • Dominican University of California, faculty emeritus

Projects & Presentations

  • Stem cell research on epithelial and cartilage cells, in conjunction with Warren Hoeffler, PhD
  • Medical advisor on Sweet Suicide, a documentary film on the effects of sugar, produced by Nancy Appleton, PhD
  • Presenter at conferences and seminars throughout the United States, on television, and radio

Renee Lee

Office Manager

Renee contributes the unique gifts and skills she has gained through her personal experience as a professional ballet dancer and multidisciplinary background in the arts, technology and business to the team at Muscle & Joint Clinic.
Renee started pursuing her passions at a young age. After being recruited for the Olympic training team for swimming at 6 years old, she decided to focus on ballet. While consistently balancing full-time academia and pre-professional ballet, her talent and discipline led her to train at top ballet schools across the US, and then attend UCLA for both dance and statistics.
Renee enjoyed a successful career in classical and contemporary dance where she worked with recognized dance companies in both the US and internationally. She has also been featured in Dance Spirit, Nikon France and Red Bull Magazine as well as numerous dance photography books.
Prior to retiring from dance, Renee supported the executive team of a Bay Area dance theater, managed the administrative office of a photography business in NYC and directed a social media marketing program for artists. Through experiencing a vast range of people, professions and ideas, Renee developed a passion for humanity and bettering the world.
Renee is a Reiki practitioner, passionate about mental and physical health/wellness and a coach for dancers and artists. She enjoys spending time with family and friends, learning to cook authentic recipes and exploring hidden nature spots with her Australian Cattle dog, Rafiki.

Megan Cotter


Megan has a profound knowledge of sports, injury prevention and recovery. Her experience as a collegiate coach at the University of Pennsylvania and as a Division I athlete at the University of Wisconsin, Madison afforded her the opportunity to train with the most elite athletes, coaches, and trainers in the country. It was in this environment that Megan developed her knowledge of how to target areas of the body to achieve specific training goals. Drawing on that knowledge, Megan helped design the training plans for her teams at the collegiate, Junior National Team and high school levels. Megan incorporates this knowledge and experience as she works with patients to tailor their physiotherapy and recovery plans at Muscle & Joint Clinic.
Megan earned her master’s degree from the University of Texas, Austin and spent her undergraduate days studying and rowing at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. She is an avid breath and mindfulness enthusiast and meditates daily; often for 3 hours or more in a single sitting. Megan is passionate about the intersection between mind and body and brings this enthusiasm to her work at Muscle & Joint Clinic daily.

Channing Gronner

Massage Therapist

Channing brings a diverse background, having worked in chiropractic clinics, therapeutic centers and luxury spas. Her clinical massage treatments are focused and results driven. Channing is passionate about rehabilitation, and with her deep understanding of the body’s complexities, she helps our patients return to pain-free lifestyles through the use of neuromuscular soft-tissue manipulation.
Channing was born and raised in the East Bay. In her spare time, Channing enjoys reading and cooking healthy meals. She also presides as our resident movie buff.

Education & Certifications

  • Neuromuscular Therapist, 1350 hours, National Holistic Institute, 2017 
  • Massage Therapist Certification, State of California, 2017 
  • Scar Tissue, McKinnon Body Therapy Center, 2022 
  • Craniosacral Therapy, The Upledger Institute, 2021 

Dawn Anderson

Practice Administrator

Dawn has extensive experience managing business operations for a variety of organizations. As an undergrad in Boston, she worked in both London and Madrid and completed her post-graduate work at UC Berkeley. Drawing on creativity, a strong sense of what is possible and focus on what is needed, Dawn has developed strong infrastructures and achieved unprecedented organizational growth.
Dawn has competed in triathlons and national championships in sailing. Dawn’s volunteer work includes the Marin Mammal Center, Environmental Travelling Companions, and significant time working in the school community. She enjoys yoga, hiking and creating delicious healthy meals for family and friends.

For more information about Muscle & Joint Clinic, call our office at 415-488-5372.