About Us


Sometimes you need a team. Here at Whiteley Chiropractic we offer an integrated team of healers. We have all of your bases covered with chiropractic, nutrition, acupuncture and massage. What does this mean for you, the patient? We’re a one-stop shop for all of your wellness and health needs. We are located in Escondido near San Marcos. Our address is 1042 W El Norte Pkwy and our telephone number is (760)480-7555. We look forward to being part of your team!


PeteDr. Peter Whiteley

I consider myself fortunate to have grown up in a chiropractic family. Both of my parents attended chiropractic college, and though my mom dropped out to take care of the kids and my dad never practiced (he became an electrical engineer), I have been adjusted my whole life. In fact, it wasn’t until I was a teenager that I found out most people have never been treated by a chiropractor. I am still amazed.
Growing up I played a lot of sports. Now I am not saying I was clumsy, but I had my fair share of injuries. But, instead of going home and taking drugs for my pain, I simply asked my dad for an adjustment and most of the pain was gone immediately. It saddened me that my friends would go home with injuries and suffer far longer than they should have.
When people ask me why I became a chiropractor I tell them that it just felt natural to me. It’s like breathing. I couldn’t imagine being happy doing anything else.
I graduated from The Los Angeles College of Chiropractic in 1997 and shortly thereafter started working with my mentor Dr. Gary Vitullo in Glendale California. I decided to work with Gary because he practiced a form of chiropractic called Gonstead. The doctors who practice this art are, I believe, the most technically competent of anyone in our field. By this I mean that they are masters at adjusting the spine, which is…… what chiropractors do. In all the years I have practiced, the core of what I do and how I treat my patients is still Gonstead based.
For the last several years I have made Nutrition a big part of my practice. I have really enjoyed helping people regain their health by cleaning up their diet, removing foods they are allergic to, and getting them on a designed clinical vitamin program. I have to tell you that chiropractic is an amazing tool for getting people healthy, but when I started using designed clinical nutrition in my office I started seeing real miracles in people’s health.
In the year 2000 I had the opportunity to take over Dr. Terry Allen’s practice here in Escondido. He had been working here for 18 years and I feel fortunate to have followed in his footsteps. Now I have been here several years myself, and I can’t tell you how much I have enjoyed the people of North County San Diego. It seems like the longer I am in practice the more my practice is filled with friends. Thank You.
I don’t believe in coincidence. If you stumbled on this webpage and have read all the way to the bottom of this page, you probably need my services. If you choose to seek my services I promise to listen to you carefully and provide you with natural alternatives to your health concerns, because I believe that given the right coaching almost any health problem can be overcome.



joyJoy Heo

Joy Heo has lived in Escondido for over twenty years with her supportive husband of 28 years, who is also a licensed acupuncturist, and her three grown sons. Joy graduated from Pacific College of Oriental Medicine with a Master of Science degree in Traditional Oriental Medicine. She currently holds an active license from the California Acupuncture board. Also, she received additional certification and training in Beijing, China, and the International Acupuncture Hospital. Joy has a passion for oriental medicine and believes in healing the whole body in a holistic natural approach.

Joy specializes in providing acupuncture for various pain management such as chronic pain, shoulder pain, back pain, arthritis, and muscle aches. Joy also prides herself in providing facial acupuncture in improving skin tone and elasticity called cosmetic acupuncture.

Joy was a volunteer at the First Lutheran Church, a senior center in Downtown San Diego, where she loved to listen and treat her senior patients. While spending time with her senior patients, she learned to listen to people and truly connect with her Western medical treatments so she could truly provide Eastern acupuncture medicine.


VicVictoria Schaefer

Victoria has 24 years of training and experience as a certified/licensed massage therapist in California and Nevada. Her work integrates many modalities from extensive professional training and on the job experience with personal healing techniques. Victoria has worked with numerous doctors throughout her career and also traveled with Joan Rivers as her personal massage therapist. Victoria has been a therapist in Dr. Whitley’s office for 9 years. She prefers working in a doctor’s office helping to bring relief to injured patients. Victoria is also the massage therapist that is hired by Palomar/Pomerado Hospital to work on their employees in different departments including the nurses.




Gryphon is our office mascot. He is always ready with a cuddle and can brighten anyone’s day.