Who is Dr. Mark?


Mark A. Barraza, DC, SFMA was raised in the San Fernando Valley, having attended Bishop Alemany High School, where he was recognized as distinguished student-athlete participating in Cross Country and Track & Field.


He then moved to Northern California, earning his bachelor's degree from the University of California, Santa Cruz, to only later attend Palmer College of Chiropractic West in San Jose for another four years, where he was a member of the Palmer West Sports Council, attending events as the medical staff for the annual Sea Otter Classic in Monterey, the Stanford Senior Games, and the San Francisco Half Marathon, to name a few, earning his Doctorate of Chiropractic degree. 


After graduating, Dr. Mark returned back to Southern California's Santa Clarita Valley, opening his private practice, Vertical Wellness, in Valencia in early 2012. 


A strong believer in encouraging the youth to succeed in life, Dr. Mark teaches for the William S. Hart School District, teaching ROP Physical Therapy and constantly helping out the local high schools as a coach, presentor, mentor, and instructor.


Dr. Mark has also coached Track & Field at Santa Clarita's Track & Field Club - STORM, at Saugus High School's Track & Field, as well as Hart High School's Track & Field.


Dr. Mark has been the go-to Sports Doctor for Bishop Alemany High School, Hart High School, Valencia High School, Saugus High School, West Ranch High School, Golden Valley High School, Canyon High School, SCV Warriors Football, and many other local teams and clubs.


Today you can find Dr. Mark spending time with his wife, Elyssa, their sons Jay and Drew, and their dog, Dodger. He enjoys running and participates in numerous 5k's, 10ks, half marathons, and hopes to complete a marathon soon!


We hope you have the opportunity to get to meet Dr. Mark A. Barraza and we encourage you to stop by Vertical Wellness.