5 questions for ... Anthony DePietro |  Around the city

When chiropractor Anthony DePietro opened the doors of his new Peckville practice on Main Street last fall, it felt a bit like coming home even amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The Scranton native believes in personalized treatment that draws on many different skills. Read on to learn why he chose the Midvalley and what plans he has for the future:

Q: How did you choose to become a chiropractor?

A: My path to becoming a chiropractor, which began almost 20 years ago, began while working as an exercise physiologist in a pain practice. During an apprenticeship I met a chiropractor who piqued my interest in the field. I learned firsthand what chiropractic is and how much it can help chronic pain sufferers and the injured. It was this experience that began my path to New York Chiropractic College, where I learned the ins and outs of anatomy and physiology, neurology and biochemistry. I particularly appreciated the way the curriculum was modeled on that of a medical college – with an emphasis on biophysiology, mechanics, and radiology.

What I like most about my career is the diversity. I am able to leverage multiple professions skills by combining occupational therapy, physical therapy, and massage therapy throughout the chiropractic treatment. I believe in developing a personalized treatment regimen that is uniquely tailored to the specific needs of each individual.

Q: When and why did you decide to open a practice in Midvalley?

A: After working in a large medical group for many years, the opportunity arose to open the doors to my own practice. Although the pandemic occurred a moment later, I was able to secure the Peckville location and use the time during the shutdown to renovate the room myself with the help of family and friends. My wife Melanie and I are no strangers to the area as we lived nearby for many years before our children were born. We’ve renovated every inch of the space and brought a calming spa living space to life. I owe all the design decisions to my wife. We are immensely proud of the space and couldn’t be happier bringing our hard work and vision to life.

Q: What are some of the challenges of starting your own medical practice?

A: Starting a new business in any climate is intimidating, but the COVID-19 pandemic presented its own unique barriers and uncertainties. To say it was scary is a huge understatement. Ultimately, we brought back our trust in our core belief in our “product”, chiropractic, and continued to develop. I knew that I personally had the skills and experience to maintain a successful practice on my part – I just had to believe that my patients and those around me would trust me to look after them at this unprecedented time. Although we intend to add additional therapies to our facilities one day, we are very satisfied with our practice and very much appreciate 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, injured people, athletes, workers or people who want to maintain a healthy lifestyle. People choose chiropractic for many different reasons, but mostly because it works! Every chiropractor is different, just as every doctor practices a little differently. I think what some people may not understand is that chiropractic isn’t just “cracking your back”. It is a combination of several therapeutic modalities that is uniquely developed for each patient. I try to spend more time with each patient than just a quick adjustment. In addition to spine / extremity manipulation and therapeutic modalities, we perform e-stim, ultrasound therapy, exercises, manual therapies and nutritional advice as required. We also have an excellent licensed massage therapist who performs a variety of massages that are an excellent complementary treatment to chiropractic.

It’s probably not surprising that gnawing neck and back pain is the main problem I routinely treat. Many patients also have more complicated neck and back pain due to disc injuries, radiculopathies, and nerve pain. People may not know that chiropractic care can help with other musculoskeletal problems like knee / hip / shoulder pain, bursitis, and carpal tunnel. It is also very effective for tension headaches, migraines, sinusitis, asthma, and fibromyalgia to name a few others.

Q: What do you do when you are not at work?

A: In my free time, I really enjoy being with my family: my wife Melanie and our 4 year old twins Anthony and Avalina. I love any time I can spend with them, whether it’s just wrestling at home, teaching them to bike, swim, or other outdoor activities. I’ve ridden and worked on bikes and quads my whole life, so I like to share this with them from a young age. They love to do quad rides in the woods by our house so we do that in the sun or in the snow. We also love to travel. We were lucky enough to finally be able to go on our first family trip to St Thomas after a long year with travel bans. We taught the kids to snorkel. They saw sea turtles and stingrays. It was fantastic.