Dr. Yong Kim, DC, CCST, CCSP, ART

Dr Yong Kim is owner and head chiropractor at Performance Chiropractic and Sports Care. The Premiere Chiropractic and Athletic Injury Clinic in the area. He has been serving the Sacramento and surrounding communities for over 25 years.


Dr. Kim entered the field of chiropractic due to a personal experience which changed his life. During his teenage years, he suffered from chronic low back pain complicated with Sciatica caused by several auto accidents, bad posture and a few sports injuries. For years, he endured low back pain with radiating pain into his left buttock and leg. He tried traditional allopathic care and physical therapy for months with no success. 

At age 16, he signed up for a membership at 24 Hour Fitness. Years later, with regular exercise, he was able to manage and reduce his pain; however he still occasionally suffered from severe low back pain with Sciatica. One day after a partial recovery from a flare up, he decided to exercise at the gym and a Chiropractor noticed something wrong. The chiropractor took him to his clinic and treated him. After several weeks of treatments, he felt 100% better. It only took another week before Dr. Kim decided to pursue the profession of Chiropractic himself.


Dr. Kim performed his undergraduate studies for Chiropractic at San Jose State University. He then completed his doctoral studies in Chiropractic at Life Chiropractic College West. During his internship, he was one of the few elected clinicians as an Honors Intern and an Intern Supervisor to help other interns manage and care for approximately 1,000 patients per week. Dr. Kim has over 25 years of experience in the chiropractic field.

Specialty Education

Dr. Kim continued his studies in neurology by the Carrick Institute for post doctoral education founded by Frederick Carrick, DC, PhD, DACAN, DABCN, DACNB, DAAPM, FACCN. Dr. Carrick is globally renowned for advanced research and clinical applications for neurological disorders and awakening many people out of comatose states. In 1999, PBS produced a documentary on Dr. Carrick’s work called, “Awakening the Brain.”

Dr. Kim has utilized his clinical experience in neurology to successfully treat non-ablative neurological conditions such as cervical dystonia, benign positional vertigo, peripheral neuropathies and chronic pain from nociceptive sensitization.

In 2000, Dr. Kim received his certification in Chiropractic Spinal Trauma(CCST) by the Council of Applied Chiropractic Science from the International Chiropractic Association. This certification allowed him to excel and treat injuries associated with motor vehicle accidents as well as testify in court as an expert consultant. Dr. Kim has successfully treated many auto injuries where prior medical and chiropractic care did not.

In 2003, Dr. Kim earned his full certification in Active Release Techniques (ART). With this, he has successfully treated professional NBA, NFL, MLB, Ironman and many other athletes.

Dr Kim currently holds ART certifications in Spine, Upper Extremity, Lower Extremity, Biomechanics and Long Tract Nerve Entrapments. He is also certified in the Masters program.

In 2006, Dr. Kim obtained his certification as a Chiropractic Sports Practitioner® (CCSP) by the American Chiropractic Board of Sports Physicians. This specialized certification allows him further in-depth knowledge in the treatment of athletic injuries and the management of physical fitness.

In 2009, Dr. Kim completed Level 3 certification through the American Chiropractic Rehabilitation Board (ACRB®).

Dr. Kim is also currently certified in Graston, a patented technique utilizing metal tools used to break down scar tissue. He is also experienced in sports taping and is an expert on physical rehabilitation.

In 2010, Dr. Kim was selected as in instructor for ART where he is within a select group of approximately 150 instructors worldwide.

Volunteer Work

Dr. Kim has volunteered his knowledge and treatment for local high school athletes. He was also was the club chiropractor for 24 Hour Fitness in Sacramento and periodically volunteers his time to assist personal trainers at various facilities with complex and chronic conditions.

In September 2004, Dr. Kim was selected to administer Active Release Treatments® to the SILVER MEDAL United States Men's and Women's Olympic Gymnastics Team at the 2004 TJ MAXX Olympic Gymnastics Tour in Sacramento.

He had the honor of being a part of the ART Performance Care Team and treating the athletes at the 2004, 2007, 2009 and yearly every October since 2011 with Ironman Triathlon World Championship in Kona, Hawaii.

He was also the yearly group lead ART treatment team for Ironman Lake Tahoe since its inaugural race in September, 2013, 2014 and 2015.

Dr. Kim also volunteers and sponsors Total Body Fitness, Sacramento area’s premier Sport Racing and Training.

In 2017, Dr.Kim was asked to be the Chiropractor/Active Release Techniques provider for Team Alpha Male, a mixed martial art group at Uriah Faber’s Ultimate Fitness where many UFC fighter’s train.

Sports and Interests

Dr. Kim has always kept an active lifestyle by participating in sports. He played competitive league baseball from elementary school through high school. Currently, his passions include functional training, CrossFit, and paddle boarding. He enjoys traveling and trying ethnic cuisines with family and friends!

He has always practiced what he preaches to his patients by regularly exercising at 24 Hour Fitness facilities for over 30 years.

Additional Information

During 2006 and 2007, Dr. Kim was a monthly contributing writer for Health & Fitness Magazine, a local publication dedicated to informing and enlightening readers on health and fitness issues affecting them and their community. His articles focused on the prevention and treatment of a variety of sports and musculoskeletal injuries.

He also has a broad spectrum of patients from state and local governmental agencies including various branches of law enforcement and several area school districts such as police officers, firemen, and teachers.