​​​​​​​​​Licensed Acupuncturist

Mark Franco, L.Ac.

Mark Franco, L.Ac. earned his M.S., degree in 1998 from Samra University of Oriental Medicine. He has been practicing the ancient art of Traditional Chinese Acupuncture for over 20 years in multiple countries, and has taught acupuncture in many of the major Universities in Los Angeles. In his free time, his main hobby takes him to Japan where he still actively participates in “samurai-type” martial arts.  At home, here in L.A, he spends his home life with his wife and daughter.

Mark helped to develop the first U.S. doctoral programs for Acupuncture in reproduction and infertility, and has a vast array of experience treating patients in both hospital and clinic settings. Some of the areas he specializes include: cardiac conditions, stroke and hip/knee replacements.

Office Manager

Bethany Black, MA

Bethany Black, is our Office Manager here at Life Wellness Medical Center with over 7 years experience in the healthcare field and hands on care of patients.  She maintains the overall functions of our medical clinic and has a personal relationship with each of our patients.  She spent a portion of her 10 years serving as an elder care provider and Medical Assistant, and takes personal pride in her ability to help every patient in our office.  She is a compassionate individual with the drive to help every patient become pain free.  In her free time she cares for her beautiful newborn 1 year old daughter and 2 Dalmatians at home.  She is an avid hiker, loves physical fitness and a healthy lifestyle.

Doctor of Chiropractic

Robert Chen

Dr. Chen graduated from the Southern California University of Health Sciences in 2005. Since then, he has worked to build a practice based on strong relationships, personal integrity and a commitment to individual needs. His patients have come to rely on him for a sympathetic ear, expert advice and a practiced hand – with treatments designed to restore quality of life as quickly as possible. Having suffered an excruciating sports injury in high school, Dr. Chen witnessed firsthand the positive effects of chiropractic care on acute lower back pain. Though skeptical at first, he watched as chiropractic adjustments and other treatments alleviated the pain, restored mobility and allowed him to return to his active lifestyle.  He wants to help you stay active and pain-free, too. Through personalized chiropractic treatment, Dr. Chen can treat your pain naturally. No drugs, no surgery. Just a proven approach to holistic healing and a sincere interest in your well-being.

Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine

Erik Paulson

Dr. Erik Paulson is originally from Denver, Colorado.  He attended the University of Colorado in Boulder for undergraduate and earned a B.A. in Integrative Physiology.  He then moved to northern California where he attended Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine and attained his Doctorate of Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.).  For internship and residency, he trained at Oklahoma State University Medical Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma.  He is board certified in Diagnostic Radiology but also has extensive experience in primary care.  Since 2009, he has worked for Lockheed Martin as the medical director of multiple clinics and has also personally evaluated thousands of disabled veterans of the United States Armed Forces.  In 2014, he moved to Pasadena, California in order to complete a fellowship in cross sectional interventional radiology and body MRI at the University of Southern California Medical Center. As an osteopathic physician, he was taught the holistic approach to medicine.  The body has an innate ability to heal itself and this process can be assisted and accelerated by osteopathic or chiropractic manipulation.  As an organic gardener, amateur chef and avid golfer, he practices the same healthy principles he teaches.  He also stays active trying to keep up with his 2 year old daughter Elyse.  He is supported by his wife Carissa who is the owner of an organic cosmetics company in Pasadena.

About Us

Life Wellness Center's mission is to provide personalized, high-quality care on an as-needed or preventative basis.  We have created a practice that we believe in and choose for our own family members.


We are a full-service multi-discipline practice of dedicated, experienced physicians who believe in working with our patients to maintain and improve their health. We work together to serve your entire family for all of your medical needs in all stages of life. Our physicians believe in providing comprehensive health care services to our patients in a friendly, relaxed atmosphere. We also believe in educating our patients as we work with them to achieve the best physical state possible. 


Each physician, physician assistant, physical therapist, and massage therapist is Board-Certified and comes to our practice with years of experience in their area of specialty.  Our board-certified physician's assistant always consults with the attending physician prior to working with each patient in order to provide informed, consistent care at all times. 

​​​​​​​​Doctor of Physical Therapy and Chiropractic

Michael Chou, DPT, DC, (Certified Chiropractic Physician)

Dr. Michael Chou, DPT, DC is a Board Certified physical therapist and chiropractor with over 10 years of experience.  He has been practicing in Southern California since graduating from Southern California University of Health Sciences and Chapman University with his diverse knowledge and background, he is able to quickly customize patient care with a medical and alternative point of view.

Physician Assistant

Alice Chen, Dermatology PA

​Alice Chen, PA is a Board Certified physician assistant with over 16 years of experience in dermatology, cosmetic injectables, tattoo removal, anti-aging, laser skin rejuvenation and skincare. She has been practicing in Southern California since graduating from UC Irvine with an undergraduate degree in Economics, followed by a Masters of Physician Assistant Studies from the University of St. Francis in 2004.  She is qualified to evaluate and treat all dermatological skin concerns including psoriasis, hair loss as well as perform biopsies, excisions and write prescriptions. Alice has a varied schedule both caring for her patients in office, and for her two young children, therefore she has a broad understanding of treating dermatological conditions of all ages.