Iwaki Chiropractic

Dedicated to your spinal health
since 1981!
In Memoriam
Beth Nielsen

Beth Nielsen
"The Heart and Soul"
of Iwaki Chiropractic

In Memoriam
Beth Nielsen

Sad news to share with our former patients, staff, family and friends. Beth Nielsen the "Heart and Soul" of Iwaki Chiropractic passed away on January 4, 2022. After a fall at home due to possibly a mild stroke, Beth was admitted to the hospital. She was doing fine and was later transferred to a rehabilitation facility on January 2, 2022. Suddenly and unexpectedly on January 4, 2022 she experienced breathing difficulties and passed away. The unfortunate circumstance due to current Covid protocols, Beth was not able to have her family with her.

Any well wishes / condolences can be mailed to:
Howard Nielsen
13172 E. Sutton St.
Cerritos, CA 90703

Celebration of Life Service:
March 26th 2022
Saturday at 2:00 PM
Rolling Hills United Methodist Church
26438 Crenshaw Blvd.
Rolling Hills Estates, CA 90274
Reception immediately after service at the church

Officially and sadly after 38 years in practice in Artesia CA, I am announcing my retirement and closing my office.

With a sudden onset of health issues and the uncertainty of Covid-19, it is has been difficult to re open a small business during these chaotic times.

I have many people to thank in this long 38-year journey of life, including my dedicated staff through the years, allowing me to make my life in the office a place to work and play.

Most of all to my loyal patients, my deepest and sincere gratitude. Thank you for your ongoing support and loyalty as I consider my patients as family. I always pride myself as being a "rock" having missed work fewer then five days in 38 years due to illness. The last 2 years have been a rough ride but I am recovering.


You can always reach me via email at iwakidc@aol.com

Stay healthy and safe,
Ken, Cindy, Kyle and God bless you Kevin Iwaki

Latest Announcement and Introduction
With my retirement, I am pleased to introduce Doctors Manuel Urteaga and Keola Lorenzo. It is my desire to leave my family/patients in capable hands. Doctors Manuel Urteaga and Keola Lorenzo have the experience to carry on the Iwaki spirit and tradition.

Please join me in welcoming
Urteaga Chiropractic
to Artesia/Cerritos

A reopening is planned for the week of October 19, 2020.
Please visit Dr. Urteaga's website below for more information


About Dr. Iwaki

Dr. Ken Iwaki, born and raised in Los Angeles, has been practicing as a Chiropractor in Artesia since 1981. He attended Whittier College and received his Bachelor of Arts degree in 1977. He later earned his Doctor of Chiropractic (D.C.) from Cleveland College of Chiropractic in Los Angeles in 1981.

At the beginning of his education, he pursued a career to be a dentist. However, Dr. Iwaki chose his career as a chiropractor because of his experience with low back pain. After years of playing college football as wide receiver and a significant injury to his lower back, he was unable to find relief until he saw a Chiropractor.

After 20 years of being on the sideline, Dr. Iwaki recently retired last year as team chiropractor of Long Beach Poly High School Football Team. He attended Long Beach Poly home and away games only missing 3 games of 220 games in his Poly Football career. He, not only tended to players and coaches on the sidelines, but also welcomed them to his practice.

I am very grateful to be included as part of the Long Beach Poly High School football and track programs for the past 20 years. It has been a great privilege to watch these athletes perform during high school and also become outstanding citizens in the community. Go Jack Rabbits!
Dr. Ken Iwaki

Dr. Iwaki, a member of the California Chiropractic Association, attends seminars regularly to stay updated of the latest chiropractic technology and research. Outside the office, Dr. Iwaki spends all of his free time with his wife Cindy, and his adult autistic son, Kyle.

At the beginning of 2017, Dr. Iwaki’s oldest son, Kevin, passed away on January 13, 2017. He was suddenly diagnosed with Acute Promyelocytic Leukemia (APL) and despite aggressive medical care he passed away after several days of being put on life support. Kevin worked as a library archivist at Nickelodeon Studios. In January of 2018, Nickelodeon dedicated its opening of its archives and library to Kevin after his passing. Kevin was 30 years old. Click here to read more about Kevin.

An Update on Dr. Iwaki's Surgery

October 2020

On July 9, 2019, Dr. Iwaki was diagnosed with a soft tissue sarcoma on his lateral chest wall after a MRI revealed a cancerous tumor on his left shoulder, or in medical terms "high grade myxofibrosarcoma" (MFS). MFS is a rare type of cancer that arises in connective tissue like tissue that surrounds muscle or just under the skin.

Dr. Iwaki's first surgery was on Monday, July 22, 2019 where his surgeon removed the tumor and cancer cells without any complications. The surgeon removed some muscle, but no bone was taken out.

After getting a second opinion from a specialist, Dr. Iwaki went through a second surgery to remove more muscle on September 4, 2019. His doctor then advised him that he would need radiation treatments after recovering from his second surgery. Dr. Iwaki began his 5-days a week radiation treatments for 6 weeks on Wednesday, October 9, 2019.

Dr. Iwaki completed his radiation on Wednesday, November 20, 2019. He met with his oncologist where he received his prognosis. His prognosis is considered good.

"I want take this time to express my gratitude for every one of you. Our patients are our number one priority and I want to thank you for your patience & understanding during this uncertain time. Your health and safety as well as our staff's are very important to us and we want to take the proper precautions to ensure safety for everyone. I appreciate your expression of faith in abilities and allowing me to treat you for many, many years. I hope everyone is staying safe and healthy!"
~ Dr. Ken Iwaki ~