When chiropractor Anthony DePietro opened the doors of his new Peckville practice on Main Street last fall, it felt a little like coming home, even in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Scranton native believes in personalized treatment that draws on many different skillsets. Read on to see why he chose the Midvalley and his plans for the future:
Q: How did you decide to become a chiropractor?
A: My path to becoming a chiropractor, which began nearly 20 years ago, started while I was working as an exercise physiologist at a pain management practice. During a training course, I was introduced to a chiropractor who sparked my interested in the field. I observed first-hand what chiropractic care is, and how powerful it can be in helping chronic pain sufferers and those who have been injured. It was this exposure that started my path to New York Chiropractic College, where I learned the ins and outs of anatomy and physiology, neurology and biochemistry. I especially appreciated the way the curriculum emulated that of a medical college — focusing on bio-physiology and mechanics and radiology.
My favorite thing about my career is its diversity. I am able to utilize skillsets of multiple professions, combining occupational therapy, physical therapy and massage therapy throughout chiropractic treatment. I believe in designing a personalized treatment regiment, uniquely suited to each individual’s specific needs.
Q: When and why did you decide to open a practice in the Midvalley?
A: After working as part of a large medical group for many years, the opportunity to open the doors to my own practice presented itself. Despite the pandemic hitting what felt like moments later, I was able to secure the Peckville location and use the time during shutdown renovating the space myself, with the help of family and friends. My wife, Melanie, and I aren’t strangers to the area, having lived nearby for many years before our children were born, so Midvalley was a familiar, well-loved area for us — the perfect location to start a new chapter of my career. We renovated every inch of the space, bringing a calming, spa-life space to life. I credit my wife with all the design choices. We are enormously proud of the space, and could not be happier to see our hard work and vision come to life.
Q: What are some of the challenges of striking out on your own with a medical practice?
A: Starting a new business in any climate is intimidating, but the COVID-19 pandemic offered its own unique set of obstacles and uncertainties. To say it was scary is a vast understatement. Ultimately, we put our faith back into our core belief in our “product,” which is chiropractic care, and kept moving forward. I knew that I personally possessed the skills and experience to sustain a successful practice on my part- I just had to believe that my patients and community would trust me to care for them during this unprecedented time. Though we do aspire to expand our space to include additional therapies someday, we are extremely happy with our office and are so appreciative of the support and trust we have received from our patients.
Q: Why should people try a chiropractor?
A: Chiropractic is incredibly unique. It can benefit so many people; from the very young to the elderly, those who are injured, athletes, workers or those looking to maintain a healthy lifestyle. People choose chiropractic for many different reasons but mainly because it works! Each chiropractor is different, just like every medical doctor practices a little differently. I think what some people may not understand is that Chiropractic isn’t just “cracking your back.” It’s a combination of several therapeutic modalities which is created uniquely for each patient. I try to spend more time with each patient than just a quick adjustment. In addition to spinal/extremity manipulation and therapeutic modalities, we do E-stim, Ultrasound therapy, exercises, manual therapies, and nutritional counseling when needed. We also have an excellent licensed massage therapist who performs a variety of massages, which is an excellent adjunctive treatment to chiropractic care.
It’s probably not surprising that nagging neck and back pain is the number one problem I routinely treat. Many patients also more complicated neck and back pain due to disc injuries, radiculopathies and nerve pain. People may not realize chiropractic can help with other musculoskeletal issues like knee/hip/shoulder pain, bursitis and carpal tunnel. It’s also very effective for tension headaches, migraines, sinusitis, asthma and fibromyalgia to name a few others.
Q: When you’re not at work, what are you doing?
A: In my spare time, I really enjoy just being with my family: my wife Melanie, and our 4-year-old twins, Anthony and Avalina. I love any time I get to spend with them, whether we’re just wrestling at home, teaching them to ride their bikes, swimming or any outdoor activity. I’ve ridden and worked on bikes and quads my whole life, so I enjoy sharing that with them even at an early age. They love taking quad rides in the woods by our house, so we do that in the sun or snow. We also love to travel. We were fortunate enough to finally take our first family trip to St.Thomas after a long year of travel bans. We taught the kids how to snorkel. They saw sea turtles and sting rays. It was awesome.