Dr. Stewart Chen was born and raised in Manila, Philippines. He came to the United States in 1979 and attended Bishop Heelan Catholic High School in Sioux City, Iowa. After graduation, he decided to pursue his dream of becoming a health care professional and attended Northwest Missouri State University, where he majored in Biology. He then became fascinated with the Chiropractic discipline and transferred to the Cleveland Chiropractic College in Kansas City. It was during this time that he met his wife-to-be, Lorie, who persuaded him to move to California.
Dr. Chen moved to California and finished his Chiropractic studies at the Palmer College of Chiropractic in San Jose. After graduating in 1987, he took his State and National Board Examinations and passed them the first time through. In 1988, he and Lorie decided to settle in Alameda as a place to start a family and raise their kids. They have lived on the east end of the island for more than 20 years and both their son and daughter are products of the public school system. They believe that Alameda offers excellent public services and Dr. Chen would like to preserve and improve these for all residents to enjoy.
Through the years, Dr. Chen has been an active member of the Alameda community. He is currently a member of the Alameda City Council, being elected to the position in 2012. In 2010, Dr. Chen ran and was successfully elected to the City of Alameda Healthcare District (Hospital Board) where he served in that capacity until he was elected to the City Council. He participated in the Alameda City-wide Needs Assessment survey and played an active role in Mayor's Fourth of July parades. He had chaired various committees and was the Second Vice Chair of the Alameda County Human Relations Commission. He also founded the Alameda Sister City Association (ASCA) and the Alameda Asian Pacific Festival. His other current responsibilities include being one of the directors of Alameda County Healthy Homes Department and the alternate Commissioner to Alameda County Transportation Commission.
Beyond the City of Alameda, Dr. Chen is also involved in various organizations in the City of Oakland, such as being the Board President of the Asian Cultural Center, member of the Asian Advisory Council on Crime, president of the Madison Square Condominium Association, Asian Pacific American Democratic Caucus, and Lions Club International.
As a Doctor of Chiropractic, Dr. Chen has been in active practice since 1987. He specializes in musculoskeletal conditions and is certified in Manipulation under Anesthesia.
Having a rich and diverse background, Dr. Chen is fluent in many different languages, such as: Mandarin Chinese, Cantonese, Taiwanese, and Tagalog.