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Be Well,

Dr. Don Harte



“I used to have asthma, used an inhaler always. Now I don’t need it at all.” ­- Noel Cawaling, El Sobrante

“I do feel better. For sure, this year I will not get a cortisone shot.” - Bert Carrizale, Santa Rosa

Just from his first visits…“Helpful, hopeful and informative experience. Well done, Dr. Harte.” – Ross Bogert, Larkspur

I was rear ended on 2/25/19. I ended up with a severe concussion— and still dealing with severe post concussion syndrome. I went to a chiropractor I knew and thought could help… I was mistaken. He would adjust me…. but wouldn’t address my skull or neck issues and wouldn’t look past my torso…I was recommended to Dr. Harte, as it was now ~3 months that I’d had a massive headache and couldn’t walk much without being exhausted.My brain hurt. Literally. I was getting really depressed and feeling like maybe I wouldn’t get better… then I started with Dr. H. With one adjustment…. I felt half my brain fog leave. I could breathe better… didn’t even know that had been an issue. I am amazed how such concentrated soft touch really adjusts what is needed. Dr. Harte sincerely cares about each individual patient… passionately… it shows in his work. He listens to you when you talk. Other chiros have told me what I need rather than listen to what I’m dealing with….and responding… I am grateful for his work and insight to the whole body.. not just the anatomy of the spine. It is all interconnected. I highly recommend his work. This guy knows his stuff and can help you.”- Anne-Marie Soltero, Richmond
“I’ve been seeing Dr. Harte for a couple of weeks and I must admit I am astonished at the improvement in my ability to move, focus, sleep & breathe. I came to The Harte of Chiropractic barely able to do any of the above. Upon entering his office I was struck by the Victorian rendition of Alice in Wonderland ambience. With books of every kind, current articles addressing the challenges of 2020, and toys for the young members, (I later discovered Dr. Harte does not regard us a patients), I was impressed by the clean comfort zones. I was further impressed by the man who greeted me and promptly gave me material to read so that I would understand what he does, his philosophy, and the science that was the foundation of it all. While reading I could hear Dr. Harte as he adjusted other members and found him to be very caring, asking about family members as well as possessing a razor sharp wit and sense of humor. When it became my turn I was taken to a room where numerous test were done, including X-rays, electrical current, reflexes, balance, and my physical history going back to birth. Dr. Harte spent over 3 hours with me that day and charged a fraction of what it would normally cost. He then gave me my first adjustment. The next day I was very sore. The following day my husband and I returned to get the results of all the tests. Dr. Harte again spent a long time with us, showing me the results and making sure I understood what treatment would entail, including cost and invested time. I realized that Dr. Harte invests all his time, effort and expertise because he is 100% committed to helping his members unleash their body’s innate ability to heal and he demands the same commitment from me. I came to The Harte of Chiropractic after being diagnosed with advanced Rheumatoid Arthritis three years ago and living with constant level 7 and higher pain every day. I’ve had two hip replacements, several different medications and infusions that have led to extensive damage to my organs, so much so that I have been taken off all medications so my organs have a chance to heal while the medications leave my body. I am due to go back and begin new infusions at the end of February, a thought that terrifies me. Any form of movement is very painful and I thought maybe massage or chiropractic would at least bring me some relief. I spoke with 2 massage therapist and 3 chiropractors, one a neurotherapist. None of them would take me citing the RA is dormant in parts of my body and manipulation could release it causing further damage. I had all but given up when I called Dr. Harte. Hearing him say he could help me gave me a glimmer of hope. I mentioned that Dr. Harte gave me an adjustment my first day and I was very uncomfortable the next day. The following visit, after giving me my test results he adjusted me again. That night I slept better than I have, without medication, in years, and the next day I could move my head without neck pain, as well as move my shoulders and almost completely close my hands, something I hadn’t been able to do in many months. I know this won’t be an easy road. I know it won’t be a short journey. I know it will not be an inexpensive investment. What I do know is this; Dr. Harte has proven his intention and commitment to releasing the blockages (subluxation) so my body can begin to heal. I know that finding Dr. Harte was not an accident. I know that the hour drive to see him is worth it. You don’t have to agree with him on the social or political views of the day. You don’t have to like the the looks of his office or treatment room. Heck, you don’t even have to like the brand of candy he keeps in a jar. What you do have to want is to commit to feeling better and regaining your health, and Dr. Donald Harte can do that!” –  Karyn Nikas-Dhaliwal, Windsor

“I’ve been seeing Dr. Harte for a couple of weeks and I must admit I am astonished at the improvement in my ability to move, focus, sleep & breathe.I came to The Harte of Chiropractic barely able to do any of the above. . I came to The Harte of Chiropractic after being diagnosed with advanced Rheumatoid Arthritis three years ago and living with constant level 7 and higher pain every day. I’ve had two hip replacements, several different medications and infusions that have led to extensive damage to my organs.

I had all but given up when I called Dr. Harte. Hearing him say he could help me gave me a glimmer of hope. Dr. Harte gave me an adjustment my first day and I was very uncomfortable the next day. The following visit, after giving me my test results he adjusted me again. That night I slept better than I have, without medication, in years,and the next day I could move my head without neck pain, as well as move my shoulders and almost completely close my hands, something I hadn’t been able to do in many months. I know this won’t be an easy road. I know it won’t be a short journey. I know it will not be an inexpensive investment. What I do know is this; Dr. Harte has proven his intention and commitment to releasing the blockages (subluxation) so my body can begin to heal. I know that finding Dr. Harte was not an accident. I know that the hour drive to see him is worth it. What you do have to want is to commit to feeling better and regaining your health, and Dr. Donald Harte can do that!”Karyn Nikas-Dhaliwal, Windsor

“I am a Professor Emeritus from the University of California, Davis, where I performed research, doctoral dissertation supervision, and classroom instruction since 1972, almost 50 years ago. My training and my ongoing R&D and technical writing are all based in mathematics, science, and engineering. So, my remarks below about my impressions of Dr. Harte’s practice of Chiropractic should be taken at face value–as credible in the world of science. My knowledge of Dr. Harte’s clinical practice comes through the chiropractic care that I have received and continue to receive from him, and from reading his educational writings and the research references therein.

Chiropractic is the reduction and even elimination of interference (called subluxation) with the communication between the nervous system and the rest of the body by adjustment of the vertebra in the spine. Your nervous system runs everything in your body. The health and functioning of every organ in the body is crucially dependent on its interaction with the brain through the nervous system. It logically follows that any interference with nerve signals by which the brain and other organs interact can and will degrade health. When interference exists, whether or not pain is felt, disease (think dis-ease) occurs. Gentle, scientifically guided chiropractic adjustments to the spine can reduce such interference and thereby allow your body to heal itself.

“Dr. Harte, an unusually capable and effective Chiropractor, through many years of study and clinical practice, formulated his own unique blend of chiropractic techniques for adjusting the spine. And he uses scientifically-based (objective) quantitative metrics to monitor his practice members’ progress toward better health. He understands that health is not achieved from the Outside-In with 1) unnatural chemicals and compounds of ingredients called pharmaceuticals injected through the skin or taken orally, and 2) invasive surgeries; he understands that good health comes from only the Inside-Out, by maintaining the health of the neural communication channel (the spine) between the brain and all the body’s organs.

“This essence of Dr. Harte’s clinical practice is, sadly, not adequately recognized or used as a basis for healthcare by the great majority of conventional healthcare practitioners of what is called Western Medicine, the core of medical practice in the United States and elsewhere in the world. In fact, a great many practitioners with the title Chiropractor also do not understand or use the knowledge that forms the basis for Dr. Harte’s practice. This bright hardworking man, who has dedicated his life to helping people improve and maintain health, is to be congratulated and even honored for his dedication and success in healthcare.” – William Gardner, Ph.D., Napa

“Dr. Harte is what is called a ‘straight’ chiropractor, because he does not dabble in all kinds of devices and massage. He simply pays attention to your body and the condition it is in that day and adjusts you so that your innate intelligence can communicate to your entire body without interference. I have been going to him since 2014 and I am healthier as a 74-year-old woman, than I’ve been since my 30s. I highly recommend him!” ­– Susan Palm, San Rafael

“Dr. Harte is all about healthy as we can be and self-care. That’s real Chiropractic, which allows our bodies to heal themselves from inside to outside, and top, down, by freeing the nervous system, from pressures to misaligned vertebrae (i.e. subluxation). He is caring, kind, funny and, yes, outspoken. (That’s his prerogative, plus he’s a New Yorker.) I feel safe in his office and never hear complaints, in fact, the opposite. We respectfully keep our spaces, and no one has Covid-19. No one seems to have colds. I started going back to his practice in the fall of 2019, and have not had a cold since. I highly recommend Dr. Harte. His practices will help all kinds of issues in the body, way beyond back pain. Straight forward, no gimmicks, in a positive atmosphere filled with peace, humor and great eclectic music!” - Heather Andrew, Novato

“This is in response to the review accusing Dr. Harte of being an anti-masker. Not so. The policy within the office is tolerant of those wearing masks as well as those not wearing masks. I’ve never heard a word of complaint from any member since the pandemic began. Dr. Harte can correct me if I’m wrong but I know of no members who’ve contracted COVID since the pandemic began. I don’t know of any place in all of Marin where I feel safer from the pandemic.” – Michael Deutsh, Tiburon

“I’m finally the way I was INTENDED to be. No more Prozac!” ­- Nancy Spottiswoode, Larkspur

“Decrease in pain… knees, back, hips” - Jim Philbin, San Rafael

“I’ve been to five other chiropractors, and only you have worked on my neck and shoulders. I could only turn my head a little, and had to rely on mirrors and peripheral vision. NOW I can turn my head. My sciatic pain has been immensely improved. My fingers are slowly strengthening. I’ve gained an inch in height. Overall, I am much better!” – Ellie Myers, Novato

“Super knowledgeable! The most knowledgeable doctor I’ve met in my 3 year struggle with back pain. Finally I found a doctor that can give me answers and peace of mind!” – Trei Major, San Rafael

“An analogy: with DR HARTE conducting the symphony by bringing forth harmony thru orchestrating the natural flow of energy to the instruments (organs) thus providing optimal performance…” - Gregory Smith, Oakland

“I have been seeing a medical doctor for over a year, with back and neck pain. After giving me numerous drugs, the pain only got worse. I couldn’t sit, stand or walk without great pain. My choices were referral to a surgeon for back surgery, or, to my surprise, a referral to a chiropractor. Since I had never been to a chiropractor, I had left the medical office that day very depressed, thinking that my only choice was surgery. I had been through back surgery before, knew what I was facing, and didn’t know how I was going to be able to take six weeks off from work. That night, when I arrived home, in my mailbox was a letter from Dr. Harte. It was like a sign from God, answering my questions about what to do.

“I began seeing Dr. Harte. I immediately felt comfortable with Dr. Harte, enjoying his mannerisms and his humor. Before any adjustment, Dr. Harte did and exam and X-rays. He was able to show me his problems, explain the course of action and answer all the questions I had. The back/leg pain eased with each adjustment, and, after a few months, it was gone.

“I continued in Dr. Harte’s Wellness program, and have seen improvement to my health and quality of life. As a result of the adjustments, I was able to stop the high blood pressure medication I had been on for 13 years! I no longer suffer from sinus headaches, and I have not had a cold in three years.

“I have learned that Dr. Harte is not ‘curing’ me. (We can cure a ham, but not a person.) Through his adjustments, my “doctor within” has taken over, and allows my body to heal itself. I am very thankful for Dr. Harte’s letter in my mailbox, that fateful day.” – Janice Cobb, Corte Madera

“My migraines have reduced significantly. My energy and mood have also improved, as well as my state of well-being.” - Adriana Fontes, Greenbrae

“I am a nurse and have been seeing Dr. Harte for the past 4 years.  As a nurse, I believe that in order to take care of others you must take care of yourself first. Getting a chiropractic adjustment from Dr. Harte is the way that I maintain my wellbeing after working hard every day to help others and it’s worth every penny!” -Erin Leight, Oakley

“I am in the first round of adjustments, enjoying the humor along with the sessions and anticipating great results. I have never met a more dedicated individual than Dr. Harte.” –  Pablo Ballora, Larkspur

“The result of my first visit was quite successful. The pain in my lower back went away immediately.” – Charlie Mott, Sebastopol

“As indicated by the above check-off list (Dr.’s note: areas of improvement, he checked energy, quality of sleep, emotional stability, mental clarity, memory, enthusiasm, relationships, sports ability, better breathing, better circulation, better digestion, improved sense of well-being), Chiropractic has improved my physical and emotional well-being tremendously. I feel a lot better.” – Jim Kamahele, Sonoma


Man I miss having you around. This new guy I got is half decent but nowhere near as perfected in his technique. The adjustments feel ok but it’s not the same as seeing someone who understands the complexities and structural process of an adjustment schedule like you do. He’s just a back cracker really. This guy definitely cannot take me to the optimum level you were. Maybe you could send this dude some info on your techniques. “I have never felt so unleashed as I did after the short time I saw you. I really wish I could have finished out my scheduled plan. You really are a true master of your craft, sir.

“Anyway. I trust things are going good with your practice and hope more people are learning about TRUE chiropractic through your tutelage every day.”

- Travis  Fleenor, formerly Fairfax, now Michigan


Dr Harte is a master. His approach is old school gentle adjustments only where you’re out of alignment — and the relief is palatable. After every visit, I walk out feeling more ease, flexibility, balance and just plain surge of youth. I once had a sharp crippling back pain and he gently adjusted me over to the pain free side and it has not returned since. There is no bone he will not adjust, if it needs it.”

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Lynn Hazeltine, Mill Valley


Sleeping better, feel better physically.”

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Erika Schmidt-Peterson, Novato


At this time, I’m completely without pain, getting terrific sleep and an increase of a sense of well-being.”

- Jim Josephs, San Anselmo


I feel much more calm. My body feels lighter. Mentally more stable. Better balance and posture, Decreased headaches. No more popping jaw.”

- Jamie Jorski, Sausalito


Dr. Harte is highly educated and brilliant man. I’ve been seeing him for almost a year and through my daily activities I am amazed how privileged I am to have met him. People in general do not know what chiropractic care is and they don’t know how it works. My word is get Educated. I had bad Spine problem and I’m 150% better. I never met a person that is so personable. He is very good at what he does. Thank you again Dr. Harte.”

- Francine Kantz, Fairfax


My energy level has increased with more stable emotions and breathing.”

– Bob Scalcione, Novato

An overall sense of bodily peace and, therefore, mental and spiritual ease.”

Jim Murray, Larkspur

Dr. Harte has given me hope beyond the MD community to regain my health”

Bob Langenhan, San Rafael


Dr. Harte helped my mother and I immensely! I came in with a back injury, from a horse accident when I was a child. I had difficulty standing and sitting (without back support) for long periods of time. After my first few sessions I already saw improvement! Now, after about 3 months all my pain had vanished and I finally feel normal again.
My mom also had a series of back and neck issues that made it difficult for her to go about her everyday activities. She been through pain management, pain meds and had multiply surgeries. Dr. Harte’s work is the only thing that relieved the tension and numbness in her back, neck and limbs. He is professional and pricey but he’s worth it.”

-Hailey Gerrans, San Anselmo


He’s the most sensible and enlightened chiropractor I’ve ever known. His results are sometimes instant, but improvement overall is my experience – this after years of cortisone shots in my lower spine and that area only one of many being addressed by Dr. Harte. I’m sleeping better and have more energy and less pain. His take on Vertical Subluxation makes sense, as does his no opiods or drugs approach. DO read his materials and think for yourself – the mind is a powerful tool.”

- Louise Bilter, Lafayette


I have been seeing Dr. Harte for over 25 years since first moving to California in 1995. I was in a tremendous amount of pain after years of high school football, college lacrosse and working as a carpenter. I had been to several orthopedic doctors and surgeons, had several MRIs, xrays and other tests. Been drugged in the ER several times with anti-spasmodic injections that made me feel awful. One day I went to the Marin County Fair, and met Dr. Harte. He had a booth where he was giving free exams. So he checked out my spine and said “you should come in for xrays”. I decided what the heck, what did I have to lose? I even brought my MRIs and xrays I had accumulated over the years. Dr. Harte took his own xrays, reviewed all my material and said “your back is fine! You are just subluxated!”. Uh, what?
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So I started going to him a few times a week. After about a month, I felt like a new man. My back pain literally disappeared. He also adjusted my jaw which was dislocated from years of teeth grinding, adjusted my wrist which was painful from carpel tunnel syndrome, my knees, my feet, and my elbows. I couldn’t believe how drastic the change was. 25 years later, I still go to Dr. Harte regularly. I live in Berkeley and tried for a few years to find a chiropractor who was closer to home, but gave up after a while. His chiropractic approach (which I like to dub “The Harte Method”) is very unique, very effective and painless. He spends more time with you than most chiropractors, and, more importantly, never turns anyone away. Most chiropractors require appointments days in advance. He has an open door policy and truly loves his work. Since my first session 25 years ago, I’ve engaged in extreme sports (big wall climbing, snowboarding, mountain biking etc.) and have endured some pretty horrific injuries. Dr. Harte has always kept me “in the game” so to speak. I’m about to turn 50 and still doing the things that I love to do. I rarely if ever go to a medical doctor. I like to thing its just luck and my good genes. But something tells me Dr. Harte has had something to do with it.”

- George Schevon, Berkeley


A lifetime of dealing with acute back pain and not gaining any ground after going through all the “experts” services including an X-stop implant, I decided to see Dr. Harte as my last hope. It has been three years now and I can tell you that I have never felt better. I’ve lost 25 pounds, cut my blood pressure pills in half, and regained my normal posture. Dr. Harte is very caring about his patients. His methods address the spine as the health of the whole person. I used to be in my doctor’s office about 15 times a year for various issues, now I see him once a year for a physical.

He says I’m in the best shape that he can remember. All my blood tests are normal.. I will see Dr. Harte for the rest of my days.”

- Al Farbstein, San Rafael


As a 20 year practice member, I cannot speak more highly about Dr. Harte’s adjustment skills and techniques, his anatomical knowledge, and his superb psychological insight. All would benefit from becoming a practice member at his office!”

- Clay Jackson, Novato


Amazing person…amazing work. Dr. Harte is like no other! Thank you for giving me relief but most of all….hope for a healthy life.”

- April Fletcher, Vacaville


I’ve had multiple back surgeries, the last one two years ago which included fusion at L5/S1. Around last October the sciatica the ortho said would be fixed was worse than before the surgery. I’d seen Dr Harte’s ads in the IJ many times, I’ve lived in Marin county for almost 20 years, but always figured chiropractic could not help people who have had fusion. But this time the ad was different or at least different from what I remembered. This time it said to not give up on chiropractic just because we’ve had surgery. I called and have not regretted it. I’ve experienced more relief over the last 9 months than I thought possible. It’s not just the sciatica that is a lot more bearable. The neck pain and agonizing back pain are more manageable, sleep is better. Quality of life is much better overall. I began with the intensive adjustment/examination schedule the previous reviewer described and am now down to two adjustments per week and we hope later this year to get down to one per week. The experience is nothing like the one star review. ‘That stuff is mostly nonsense.”

- Michael Deutch


I was rear ended on 2/25/19. I ended up with a severe concussion— and still dealing with severe post concussion syndrome. I went to a chiropractor I knew and thought could help… I was mistaken. He would adjust me…. but wouldn’t address my skull or neck issues and wouldn’t look past my torso…I was recommended to Dr. Harte, as it was now ~3 months that I’d had a massive headache and couldn’t walk much without being exhausted. My brain hurt. Literally. I was getting really depressed and feeling like maybe I wouldn’t get better… then I started with Dr. H. With one adjustment…. I felt half my brain fog leave. I could breathe better… didn’t even know that had been an issue. I am amazed how such concentrated soft touch really adjusts what is needed.
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Dr. Harte sincerely cares about each individual patient… passionately… it shows in his work. He listens to you when you talk. Other chiros have told me what I need rather than listen to what I’m dealing with….and responding… I am grateful for his work and insight to the whole body.. not just the anatomy of the spine. It is all interconnected. I highly recommend his work. This guy knows his stuff and can help you.”

- Anne-Marie Soltero, Richmond


Dr. Harte is more knowledgeable about the CNS, soft tissue damage and pain of subluxations than any doctor I have ever met – & he’s more passionate, devoted and determined about your healing and health than any as well. Believe you me, I have met several since being the recipient of the rear ending by people who do not believe red lights or their backup mirrors. As far as the ridiculous claims of the person posing “hokey” scans, etc., she is certainly welcome to go back to whatever physician she came from, get her opioids and now get healed & “Manage” her health without resolution as the drug dealers of Wall Street like. I have never received any painful adjustment from Dr. Harte and certainly haven’t received the snap, crackle, POP!
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like I did from other chiropractors, or the painful injections from doctors of Osteopathy. I’m reminded of the joke: Dr., Dr., it hurts when I do this (wagging finger)! Dr. says, don’t do that! It’s still a Free Country,;why this individual would return repeatedly and then try to kick sand at Dr. Harte and claim pain is silly. I think they doth protest, too much!”

- C. List, San Rafael


I have been going to Dr Harte’s office for about 4 months, and am very satisfied with my decision. I came to him on the first time to seek “cure” for a very annoying shoulder pain. I received a comprehensive diagnostic of my spine and nervous system and committed to a 3-month healing program. I have a certain number of visits to make to his office each week and the schedule is flexible – he works on a walk in basis, which is extremely convenient. Each visit lasts between 10 and 15 minutes, and Dr Harte himself gives me between 3 and 5 adjustments to my spine each time. The adjustments are subtle and gentle on the most part, and every single time I went there I have left with a very pleasant sense of well being afterwards. Dr Harte’s office is a relaxed and fun environment, and he has always received me with a genuine welcoming smile and treated me with attention and respectfully.
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The bulk of my program has gone already and I am now entering the Welness stage. We made interim progress evaluations. I have gained substantial flexibility in my neck and spine. My posture has gotten more upright. I have been sleeping like a baby, and my mood in general is more positive and stable. My overall well being has improved. Needless to say, the annoyance of the shoulder pain has gone as well.

I enthusiastically recommend Dr Harte to anyone seeking an overall increase in well being.”

- Alex Fontes, Corte Madera

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  1. Rosemary Hamp says
    Jul 03, 2018 at 2:45 PM

    Hi Dr. Harte! I am writing from Perth in Western Australia and I find all your articles very interesting indeed. I wonder if you have had any experience of "Childhood Absence Epilepsy" as our grandson aged 8 has had this condition since his 7th birthday last year. He has had four months of brain calming at The Brain Centre here in Perth but this made no difference at all. Then he was put on one type of medication for four months which also did not help him. Now he is on a different medication (which none of our family want him to take) but this too is not helping him. Is there any way that Chiropractic treatment could help him? I look forward very much to hearing from you. With kind regards, Rosemary Hamp.

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