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Meet the Staff

Benjamin Horning, D.C.


A Second Generation Chiropractor and Applied Kinesiologist, Doctor Benjamin Horning grew up in a holistic home. After seeing the power of Chiropractic and Applied Kinesiology, it became apparent what was the best course for him to take. Dr. Horning studied at the University of Maryland and received the unique degree of Agriculture and Resource Economics. The program showed him early on the politics of our food system.

He learned about the natural ways food can be grown and sold, as well as, the cheaper unhealthier ways. This experience shook him due to the openness in his education about the flaws in our food system. His time in Maryland helped him to properly look at nutrition without any known or unknown political biases. Afterwards, Dr. Horning went to get his Chiropractic Doctorate at Southern California University of Health Sciences.

While at school, he got his Applied Kinesiology certification and was the school’s club president in the technique. He twice went to Washington DC and helped fight for Chiropractic Rights in the new healthcare system. He graduated on the Dean’s List and was awarded Cum Laude. After school, Dr. Horning dove right into private practice treating thousands of different patient cases ranging from professional athletes, veterans, the homeless, special needs patients, pregnancy patients, children, the elderly, entire families, wellness patients, and even patients who saw holistic care as a last resort.

Dr. Horning has seen it all and confronts each case with a smile. His passion comes from helping people, with the confidence that something can be done about it. An eternal optimist, Dr. Horning truly cares about restoring health and allowing his patients to flourish in whatever goals they have.

 Vanessa Horning, D.A.C.M.

From early on, Vanessa knew that her purpose in life was to help people.  For many years, she was a care giver helping bring comfort to the elderly in their latter years.

Vanessa graduated from Southern California University of Health Sciences with a Doctorate in Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine with a concentration in fertility and reproductive health. She has studied in Taiwan and has volunteered with many charities that help underserved communities. Vanessa has also helped provide care for the patients of Oncology Center of Hope and Innovation. She has a drive to combine acupuncture with evidence-based medicine.  This passion has allowed her to conduct various studies including her research that was presented to the American Public Health Association on her work on acupuncture and it’s benefits for migraines. She has also conducted a case study on the positive effects of acupuncture for addiction and smoking cessation.

Vanessa brings a Traditional Chinese Medicine perspective to her patients and specializes in cupping, Eastern Massage, as well as, acupressure and the meridian systems. Many people see Vanessa to improve their lives and achieve balance to their bodies.

David Eschelbach, CMT


David has many years of experience as a massage therapist. Originally from Indiana, David brings mid-western charm and a reliable care. David is CAMTC certified and holds an AAS in Therapeutic Massage. David specializes in deep tissue massage as well as Swedish relaxation techniques. He is very knowledgeable in stretches and advice for at home care.

Many people come to see David for different reasons. Some for injury recover while others come to see him for relaxation. Whatever your reason is to see him you will be glad you did!

Pam Donovan – Reception

The first smiling face to greet you at Dr. Horning’s Chiropractic office is Pam’s. She keeps the office running smoothly with her reception, administrative, and billing duties. Pam truly enjoys interacting with each and every patient who walks through the door, and is especially good at making them feel comfortable when they arrive for their appointment.

After a very rewarding career managing projects and consultants in the corporate world, Pam decided that it was time to focus her sights on travel, family, personal interests and community. Given her noticeable ability to connect with people, her professional experience and her new lifestyle focus, Horning Chiropractic was an obvious fit.

Pam is a native Californian – born and raised in Los Angeles. She and her husband Foster have lived in Rancho Santa Margarita for over 18 years. They are parents of two, Kamron and Krystal and enjoy spoiling their six awesome grandchildren.