Welcome to The Joint Chiropractic - St. Johns Town Center! As your Jacksonville chiropractor dedicated to family chiropractic and spine health, we invite you to join the millions of Americans who have not only found relief from lower back pain, sciatica pain, and migraines, but also a pathway to wellness with chiropractic's natural, drug-free approach to healthcare.
Whether you have seen a chiropractor in the past or are seeking a local chiropractor near you for the first time, expect your visit to The Joint Chiropractic - St. Johns Town Center to be different from any healthcare experience you've had before. Perhaps even life-changing.
Here are a few reasons why The Joint Chiropractic in Jacksonville is your perfect destination for pain relief and preventative care:
As you can see, chiropractic care provided by the licensed chiropractors at The Joint offers you and your family an affordable, convenient and accessible solution like no other.
Through manual manipulation of the spine delivered to the highest standards by licensed chiropractors, chiropractic care works to restore and maintain proper communication from your brain to your body by relieving what chiropractors refer to as a subluxation, or a misalignment, of the spine. Restoring proper alignment to the spine can assist with pain relief and prevention of:
So whatever “symptoms” you or your family may be experiencing, visit our Jacksonville chiropractic office today to learn more about how you could improve your overall health and well-being. And remember, you never need an appointment to visit, so stop in when it is convenient for you. We look forward to seeing you soon!
The Joint Chiropractic is pleased to have Dr. Phil Scheets join its Jacksonville Harbour Village and St. John’s Town Center clinics in 2018. Dr. Phil, as his patients call him, received his bachelor’s degree in biology from Evangel University in Springfield, Mo. He received his doctorate in chiropractic while at Life University in Marietta, Ga., in 1999.
He grew up in Collingswood, N.J., and his vast experience in chiropractic was gleaned primarily in New Jersey before he settled in Florida. While in New Jersey, he worked in Hispanic communities where he learned enough basic Spanish to be able to communicate with those patients who have English as a second language.
“The best thing about being in the chiropractic field is helping and serving people in the community,” Dr. Phil says. “It’s not only emotionally fulfilling, but it’s humbling.The other thing that’s so great about practicing chiropractic is building relationships with a diversity of people. I treat everyone who comes into the office as though they are a ‘star’ or famous athlete. Seeing folks get better, with each visit building on the previous one, excites me -- I get to see chiropractic miracles every day.”
Even though Dr. Phil is busy, he runs a distant second to wife Susan, whom he describes as a “homeschooling mom and devoted mother of six healthy children.” Over the years, their large household has included two Bernese mountain dogs and four Balinese cats.
Dr. Phil’s personal experience led him into his chosen field. “When chiropractic changed the course of my own life,” he says, “I knew I was being called into chiropractic. I was injured in a forklift accident and decided to try chiropractic to help with the back pain. After three weeks, my life was changed; I felt better than I had before the accident. I only wish that I had discovered chiropractic earlier when I was playing college football. My chiropractor suggested I go to chiropractic school -- and I did!”
In his spare time, Dr. Phil enjoys spending time with his wife and kids. “I also enjoy serving the community through the Knights of Columbus,” he says, “and I also like golfing, fishing, running and exercising, and spending time at the beach.”
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Dr. Phil says the one thing he always must have at the ready in his refrigerator is cream for his coffee. “I love good coffee,” he says, “but it must have cream.”
If he could meet any four people in history and share a dinner for the ages, he would include Jesus Christ, Muhammad, Buddha, and Mahatma Gandhi “so the truth would be revealed.”
The coolest thing Dr. Phil has experienced was the birth of his first son. “I caught my oldest son in a birthing tub during a homebirth,” he says. “It’s amazing to see new life enter this world in the comfort of your own home.”
Dr. Penelope Knox joined The Joint Chiropractic family of local chiropractors in 2018. A graduate of Spelman College, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology with concentration in medicine, she received her doctorate of chiropractic from Life University.
“The best thing about being in the chiropractic field is that I get to help others on their journey of health and wellness naturally,” Dr. Knox says. “No medication, no side effects.”
Dr. Knox was a traveling chiropractor before she settled in Jacksonville, and worked in Atlanta as well as Orlando, Tallahassee, Bradenton and Kissimmee. She grew up outside of Memphis, so maybe it’s not surprising that in her spare time she enjoys live music and concerts, as well as watching movies and cooking.
She and her husband Henry met when they were teenagers, and they have cats named Baxter and Ziggy, and a turtle named Emerald.
Dr. Knox says she knew she had pursued the right career path while at Life University after seeing a quote from Mahatma Gandhi: “Service which is rendered without joy helps neither the servant nor the served,” so she tries to be a joyful servant every day.
It’s made easier by working at The Joint Jacksonville clinics. “I love the camaraderie between the staff, patients, and the doctors,” she says.
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Dr. Knox says the one thing she always keeps in her refrigerator is water “because it’s more than 80 percent of what I am.”
If she could have the dinner party of her dreams, Dr. Knox says she would like to bring together Beyonce, Oprah, Dr. Sebi, and her late cousin Zaria “who loved Beyonce, who could maybe sing and grace us before dinner.” She would pick Oprah’s brain “so I could learn her secrets to success,” and she would love to meet self-taught and self-proclaimed healer Dr. Sebi “so I could increase my knowledge of truly living healthy.”
No doubt, her guests would enjoy Dr. Knox’s story of her own awesome adventure. “I went cave diving,” she says. “We had to hike down the side of mountains to ge to the cave. Once we got there, certain parts were completely dark with no light and no way out. It was the coolest thing I’ve ever done.”
Dr. Evan Welfare joined The Joint Chiropractic and its family of healthcare workers in 2019. A graduate for Florida State, he received a bachelor’s degree in English and studied major figures in Jewish American, American, British and Irish literature. He earned his doctorate of chiropractic from Life University.
“The best thing about being in the chiropractic field is helping people achieve their optimal level of functioning and quality of life by correcting spinal misalignments through the nervous and musculoskeletal systems,” Dr. Welfare says. “The other thing that’s great is having a sense of fulfillment at the end of the day, knowing I helped many people feel better.”
A product of Orange Park, Dr. Welfare previously worked there, Ocala, and Jacksonville.
In his spare time, Dr. Welfare enjoys playing and watching soccer, fishing, and going on nature walks with his wife, and any number of their five dogs. In addition, they also have a horse named Nevada, a donkey named Frances, and pigs named Jasmine and Mr. Pig.
“The moment I knew chiropractic was for me is when I sat down with my mentor one particular day to discuss changing careers,” Dr. Welfare says. “I taught English and mathematics as a tutor, and worked in retail for a few years. I wasn’t sure what I really wanted to do. My mentor just happens to be a chiropractor, so I thought he’d be a good option for seeking guidance. He gave me a sense of happiness knowing how many people he had helped in the past.
“I had been receiving chiropractic care since I was 14 years old, and felt it made me better before and after playing sports. So, as a result, 14 years later at the age of 28, I started researching chiropractic schools and learning more about it.”
Dr. Welfare has found a home at The Joint Chiropractic.
“I like working at The Joint because the atmosphere between the patients and staff is friendly, and the philosophy of chiropractic is understood to enhance the quality of one’s life, accommodating the specific needs of each individual.”
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Dr. Welfare says the one thing he always has in his kitchen are peppers “because they’re good for digestion.”
If he could travel through time to assemble a fantasy dinner party, Dr. Welfare says he would include D.D. Palmer, Pele, and Jackson Browne. “I would like to ask the creator of our chiropractic profession how it came to be and what inspired him,” he says. “I would include Pele, the world’s greatest soccer player, just because he’s the greatest -- though some may argue this. Jackson Browne is one of the greatest lyrical musicians of our time whose words have inspired me to admire lyrical poetry through song in a way I can relate my own life to. I would also include my best friend, Jahi, for never judging me or anyone else, even though I’ve had dinner with him countless times in my life.”
In dealing with Dr. Welfare, if you get the impression he is a man of compassion, you wouldn’t be wrong. The coolest thing he’s ever done, he says, was spend a summer taking care of a child with cerebral palsy and mental impairment.
“He could not walk and had trouble forming words when communicating, and could not enjoy activities the way other children could,” Dr. Welfare says. “I was able to carry him up the ladder to slide down the slide into the pool, to play basketball and soccer by pushing him in his wheelchair, and to join in on other fun activities with the other children. This happened one summer at the YMCA when I was a camp counselor in high school. This child’s name was Kyle, and everyone grew to love and accept him.”
Dr. Leigh Ann Jasinnas -- you can call her Dr. Leigh Ann -- joined The Joint Chiropractic family in 2019 with her arrival at the Jacksonville clinic locations. She is a graduate of Delaware with a bachelor’s degree in health behavior science and a minor in strength and conditioning. She received her masters degree in human nutrition and functional medicine from University of Western States, and her doctorate from Palmer College of Chiropractic in Florida.
“The thing I appreciate so much about being in this field is having the opportunity to engage with so many unique individuals on a daily basis,” Dr. Leigh Ann says. “The other thing is that I’m constantly learning. Every patient, every encounter, is an opportunity to expand my knowledge and help others.”
Prior to landing in Jacksonville, Dr. Leigh Ann worked in Wilmington, N.C., and the suburbs of Philadelphia, which is near where she was raised in the tri-state area.
In her spare time, she enjoys time with her husband and two children, as well as reading, learning to cook gluten-free recipes, spending time at the beach, “and traveling and exploring as much as I can.” They also have a chocolate Labrador named Bear.
With all her education, Dr. Leigh Ann has no doubts that she’s doing exactly what she should be doing. She remembers well the moment it became clear to her. “The first time I had a patient tell me that, because of chiropractic care, they could now play with their kids without pain,” she recalls. “That’s what it’s really all about, helping people live their lives fully with the people they love.”
Dr. Leigh Ann says one of the things she likes most about the Jacksonville locations of The Joint Chiropractic is the people. “Our team is incredible,” she says. “We all work together to serve the community, but equally important, we have fun doing it.”
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Dr. Leigh Ann says the one thing she always has in her refrigerator is her favorite tomato-based condiment: “You can never go wrong with ketchup.”
If she could bring any four people from history together for her dream dinner party, Dr. Leigh Ann would have a fairly eclectic group. “Martin Luther King Jr., because of his willingness to persevere through really tough situations for the benefit of all people,” she says. “Nostradamus because I’d love to pick his brain; Serena Williams because she’s an incredibly talented athlete and the epitome of work ethic; and Amelia Earhart because she is one of the toughest and bravest women I’ve ever heard of.”
They may well be impressed with some of Dr. Leigh Ann’s experiences as well. “I traveled and lived in Beijing, China, for six weeks to watch the 2008 Summer Olympics,” she said. “I also got to climb a section of the Great Wall of China. Definitely one of the coolest experiences I’ve had so far.”
Dr. Jonathan D’Cruz -- you can call him Dr. Jon -- joined The Joint Chiropractic family of healthcare providers in summer 2019. A graduate of Florida State with a bachelor’s of science degree in exercise science with a minor in child development, he earned his doctorate of chiropractic from Palmer College of Chiropractic in Port Orange.
“The thing I like best about being in the chiropractic field is giving people a holistic and natural alternative to address their pain and dysfunction,” Dr. Jon says. “I love empowering patients to be proactive and to take charge of their own health.”
A native of Indian Harbour Beach, Fla., Dr. Jon has also worked in Cocoa Beach and Port Orange.
In his spare time, he enjoys being active by lifting weights, running, playing basketball, or going to the beach. He also likes watching sports.
Dr. Jon pulls inspiration from a quote by BJ Palmer, the developer of chiropractic, who said: “The preservation of health is easier than the cure of disease.”
It’s that mentality that he brings to the Jacksonville office every day “The environment of The Joint provides incredibly simple and effective access to chiropractic care for the communities of the city of Jacksonville,” he says. “Chiropractic care is for everyone, and being a member of The Joint gives me the ability to serve the masses as a chiropractor.”
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Dr. Jon says the one thing he always has on hand at home is Synergy organic kombucha. “I did not understand the importance of gut health and nutrient absorption -- and how it affects the human body -- until halfway through my time in chiropractic school,” he says. “Kombucha is full of probiotics and plays a key role in promoting a healthy gut, so it’s important to me to always have some in my fridge.”
If he could invite any four people from history to his dream dinner party, Dr. Jon would include some of sports’ biggest hitters: basketball player Michael Jordan, golfer Tiger Woods, football player Tom Brady, and Brazilian soccer player Pele.
“These are arguably four of the greatest athletes in the history of sports,” he says. “I would be very intrigued to learn about their secrets to success and what drives/drove them in their pursuit to be at the top of each of their respective sports.”
When it comes to the coolest experiences in his life, Dr. Jon includes cops, kids, and hoops. “In the summer of 2017 and 2018, I volunteered as a youth basketball coach for the city of Port Orange’s Police Athletic League. This experience was very rewarding as I grew up playing basketball during my youth and at the high school level. I was able to help boys in the 11- to 13-year-old age group learn how to work as a team, develop their own personal skill sets, and find joy in playing the game of basketball in the same way that I did as a youth.
Dr. Kelvin Bolar joined the family of healthcare providers at The Joint Chiropractic in 2019. A graduate of Central Michigan, he earned a bachelor’s degree in health fitness and rehabilitative methods, and a minor in exercise science. He got his doctorate of chiropractic from Palmer College of Chiropractic.
Dr. Kelvin, as his patients call him, is excited to be part of the team of local chiropractors serving Jacksonville.
“The best thing about being in the field of chiropractic is the ability to help someone feel better and get them back to the activities that they enjoy with just the use of my hands,” he says. “The other thing that’s gratifying is getting to meet and treat so many people on a daily basis.”
A product of southeast Michigan who worked previously in Palm Coast, Fla., Dr. Kelvin is married to a fellow chiropractor; they have one son and two dogs, Zane and Jada. When he’s not working or enjoying time with his family, Dr. Kelvin likes working out, going to the movies, building remote control cars and trucks, and riding his motorcycle.
He has a passion for chiropractic because there’s such a direct connection with the patient. “When I learned of the chiropractic profession and how chiropractors literally take a hands-on approach to naturally help improve the lives of patients, I knew it was something that I had to be part of,” he says.
He really appreciates the value of The Joint Chiropractic’s services and the extraordinary availability it provides: “The Joint makes chiropractic care affordable and easily accessible to patients, helping to rid them of the hurdle of sticking to appointment times.”
So as far as Dr. Kelvin is concerned, drop in anytime.
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Dr. Kelvin says the one thing he always has stocked in his refrigerator is milk, and the reason is pretty obvious: “Because I don’t like dry Frosted Flakes.”
If he sat down with any four people from history to create the dinner party of his dreams, Dr. Kelvin would include media mogul Oprah Winfrey, Disney CEO Robert Iger, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, and Microsoft founder Bill Gates. “I would like to have a dinner party with these individuals due to their public reach and employee base,” he says. “I would discuss the benefits of chiropractic care in relation to employee productivity and decreased time off due to musculoskeletal issues. My aim would be to get each of these individuals to offer chiropractic care for all of their employees with The Joint Chiropractic as a national partner provider.”
Although he may not be very adventurous with his cereal, that’s not necessarily the case out in the world. “The coolest thing I have ever done is hike to the top of Mt. Quandary in Colorado,” he says. “With an elevation of 14,265 feet, this is the highest that I have ever hiked. If I were to ever do it again, the only thing that I would change would be the time of year: hiking to 14,000 feet in the middle of winter is terribly cold!”
Dr. Adam Bordes joined The Joint Chiropractic’s family of local healthcare providers in 2009 and began working at the Town Center location in 2020. A graduate of Florida State with a bachelor’s degree in dietetics and exercise science, he earned his doctorate of chiropractic at Logan College of Chiropractic in Chesterfield, Mo., as well as a BS in biology.
“The best thing about being in the chiropractic field is being around people who are proactive about their health, not simply medicating their way out of pain,” he says. “A nice perk is that I can get regular adjustments whenever I need them.”
Dr. Adam, as he prefers his patients call him, grew up in North Miami Beach. Before landing in Jacksonville, he worked in Portland, Maine, Austin, Tex., Nashville, Tenn., San Diego, Calif., and St. Augustine.
Married to an occupational therapist, Dr. Adam enjoys traveling with wife Katie and presenting health-related content at business conferences. He also enjoys playing guitar and cooking.
“I knew chiropractic was my calling when I walked into The Joint location and I immediately felt like I was home again,” says Dr. Adam, who is recognized as a health and fitness expert and in-demand guest lecturer for corporate events.
The thing he appreciates most about working at the Town Center location is “working with a high-caliber team looking to make a massive shift in the way chiropractic is delivered to the public.”
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Dr. Adam says the one thing he always keeps stocked in his refrigerator is almond milk coffee creamer. “I can’t function without coffee in the morning,” he says, “and we avoid ‘regular’ dairy as much as possible.”
If he could bring together any four people together for a dream dinner party, Dr. Adam would love to sit down with Navy SEAL turned author/podcaster Jocko Willink, self-help guru Tony Robbins, entrepreneur Gary Vaynerchuk, and media mogul Oprah Winfrey.
“I would ask every single one of them the exact same questions,” he says:
The coolest thing he has ever done was get married on a secluded island in St. Lucia. “What made it cool,” Dr. Adam says, “was that it was just my wife and I and we didn’t have to think about anything or anybody else but just each other, and within three minutes of getting married we were already on our honeymoon.”
Dr. Joe Whitehead has been with The Joint Chiropractic family since 2016 and is honored to be part of the team serving the Jacksonville clinic locations. He received a bachelor of science degree from Excelsior College in Albany, N.Y., after getting his doctorate from Life University in 1999.
With two decades of experience, Dr. Whitehead knows well the benefits of chiropractic. “The best thing about being in this field is the deep satisfaction that comes from helping patients regain their ability to enjoy life,” he says. “The other great thing is to be out from behind a desk and interacting with many people each day.”
Dr. Whitehead has worked in Atlanta and several other cities in Georgia, as well as Birmingham, Ala. He and his wife have three daughters and a son, as well as a rescue dog and cat named Winston and Hope, respectively.
In addition to enjoying family trips to St. Augustine, Fla., and learning to sail, Dr. Whitehead enjoys auto racing and drifting, which he participated in previously.
It was through his dad’s work as a designer that led Dr. Whitehead to chiropractic. “I was on the path to medical school when I met Dr. Mike Hatrak,” he says. “My father was designing his kitchen in Alpharetta and I sometimes accompanied him to the job sites. Dr. Hatrak took me to tour the campus of Life University and I fell in love with the chiropractic’s arts and science. The ability to help people without drugs or surgery resonated with me.”
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Dr. Whitehead is a man who believes in his condiment of choice and says he always has some Texas Pete hot sauce on hand: “I could put it on just about anything.”
If Dr. Whitehead could bring together any four characters from history for his ideal dinner party, he says he would include Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush, and Jesus. “I would love to hear the ‘old Hollywood’ stories from Reagan, and of course he was a great president,” he says. “Bush was the head of the CIA, so he has some stories to tell. I would invite Jesus because I have so many questions.”
As for his fourth, he doesn’t have a name. “It would be the first guy on the scene of the Roswell crash because,” he says, “I have to know.” Dr. Whitehead says a couple of the coolest things he has ever was skydiving and drifting his old Nissan 240.
Dr. Trevor Hardman joined The Joint Chiropractic’s family of local healthcare providers in 2020 and will work at clinics throughout the Jacksonville area. A graduate of West Virginia University who got a bachelor’s of science with an emphasis on medical laboratory science, he earned his doctorate from Palmer College of Chiropractic in Port Orange.
“The thing I like best about being in the chiropractic field is helping people,” he says. “It’s gratifying to see the impact I can have on a patient’s life.”
Dr. Trevor, as he likes to be called, grew up in central West Virginia and worked previously in Boca Raton and Pensacola. Married to a fellow chiropractor, they have a Weimaraner named Koda. In his spare time, Dr. Trevor enjoys hiking, kayaking, fishing, and golfing.
“Chiropractic became my calling when I personally witnessed the carelessness of opioid abuse by means of polypharmacy while working in the Emergency Department,” he says. “I like working at The Joint, where we practice what we teach our patients.”
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The one thing Dr. Trevor always keeps handy in his refrigerator is hummus: “It tastes so good and can be eaten with anything.”
If he could bring together any four people from history for the dinner party of his dreams, Dr. Trevor would send invitations to Jesus Christ, England’s Queen Victoria, actor Morgan Freeman, and business tycoon Warren Buffett. “The reason for having dinner is to enjoy the wisdom they have, and had, acquired so I can become more knowledgeable and a better person,” he says.
The coolest thing that he has done is vacation in New Zealand. “It is the most diverse ecosystem in the world and the land is undeveloped,” he says. “Pristine.”
Dr. Ryan Loren became part of The Joint Chiropractic’s team of local healthcare providers in 2020 when he began serving residents in the Jacksonville area to continue doing the work he finds so gratifying.
“The best thing about being in the chiropractic field is being able to change someone’s life while doing what I love,” he says.
Dr. Ryan, as he likes his patients to call him, is a product of Port Huron, Mich., and worked previously in Orlando, Orange City, and New Smyrna Beach.
He earned a bachelor’s degree in health science at Saginaw (Mich.) Valley State University before embarking on his doctorate of chiropractic from Palmer College of Chiropractic in Port Orange.
Dr. Ryan enjoys spending time with his family -- he has three young boys and a wife who is both a pastry chef and massage therapist. When he’s not with them or working with patients, he likes to unwind by watching sports and playing rec league softball.
He knew chiropractic was his calling after some first-hand experience. “After my first adjustment,” he says, “I went from having ‘just growing pains’ to being pain-free -- and it blew my mind.”
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Dr. Ryan says the one thing he always has stocked in his refrigerator is cold water. Not only is it healthy, “but it’s always so hot in Florida,” so it’s well justified.
If he could bring together any four persons from history for the dinner party of his dreams, Dr. Ryan would ensure there would be plenty of laughs around the table; he would include comedians Robin Williams, Chris Farley, Adam Sandler, and Jim Carrey.
He says the coolest thing he has ever done took place during his spring break trip to the Dominican Republic his senior year of college. “We took an off-road 8x8 monster truck safari tour,” Dr. Ryan says, “and then rented dune buggies to drive around town and through the sand.”
Dr. Molly Durham became part of The Joint Chiropractic’s team of local healthcare providers in 2020 when she began serving residents in the Jacksonville area. By doing so, she’s able to do the work she finds so enjoyable.
“I love helping my community live and function at a higher level through specific chiropractic adjustments,” she says. “It’s gratifying to have the ability to interact with people every day while doing what I love.”
You can call her Dr. Molly, and although born in Michigan, her childhood was spent growing up in Florida, North Carolina, Washington state, and the New York City area.
A magna cum laude graduate of East Carolina University with a bachelor’s degree in dance performance, she earned her doctorate of chiropractic from Palmer College in Port Orange, where she was class valedictorian.
Dr. Molly enjoys riding her beach cruiser with her husband along the ocean, but she also enjoys laying out beachside -- or by the pool -- and spending time with friends and family. Other spare time activities include working out, hiking, and exploring new towns.
Her first-hand experience with chiropractic led her to becoming a doctor. “I injured my low back during my previous career as a dancer, and continued to aggravate it over several years,” Dr. Molly says. “I sought out chiropractic care, which gave me incredible relief after only a couple of adjustments. I knew I wasn’t going to be able to dance forever, so I considered chiropractic as my next career. I knew I was in the right place and had found my purpose once I arrived at Palmer College.”
She is excited about working in Jacksonville: “The clinic has such great energy and an awesome gang to work alongside.”
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Dr. Molly says the one thing she always keeps stocked in her refrigerator is oat milk: “I absolutely cannot live without coffee, and I came to love oat milk in 2019.”
If she could bring together any four persons from history for a fantasy dinner, she would include BJ Palmer “because who wouldn’t want to pick the brain of the developer of chiropractic?”
“My others would be Anthony Bourdain because he’s awesome and he could tell me all about the food we were eating, and George Carlin for the endless jokes,” she says. “And finally, Justin Timberlake, in case I’m feeling like I need a song or dance at dinnertime.”
Dr. Molly’s previous career as a dancer afforded her the opportunity to realize the greatest moment in her life. “”I had the opportunity in May 2008 to dance alongside some incredible talent at the Lincoln Center in New York City in front of about 3,000 people for ‘Broadway’s Greatest Showstoppers’ performance,” she says. “The New York Philharmonic Orchestra played the music while Marvin Hamlisch conducted the entire show. I will never forget that experience and how cool of an opportunity it was to be a part of that performance.”
Dr. Bruce Sambursky became part of The Joint Chiropractic’s team of local healthcare providers in 2020 when he began serving residents at the Jacksonville Beach clinic, where he continues doing the work he finds so gratifying.
“The best thing about being in this field is managing people’s health naturally, without the use of medication,” he says. “I love seeing and hearing the shock and amazement patients have expressed about how they never would have thought that chiropractic care would cure their condition.”
Dr. Bruce, as he likes to be called, grew up in Brooklyn, N.Y., and worked previously in Jacksonville before selling his practice in 2017.
He has been married for three decades and raised two children, a son who is a neurologist and daughter who is an attorney. In his spare time, he enjoys sports. “I used to play a great deal of baseball, football, hockey, and basketball,” he says. “Now I have to watch on television. My favorite sport is baseball and my favorite team is the Yankees.”
Dr. Bruce attended the University of Houston before going to Texas Chiropractic College, where he received a bachelor’s degree in biology and his doctorate in chiropractic.
He found chiropractic as his calling on April 3, 1987. “That was the day my mother, who suffered from rheumatoid arthritis, passed away when she had a reaction to a medication given to her in the hospital,” Dr. Bruce says. “This was the day that I knew that treating patients without medication was my future.”
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Dr. Bruce admits he has a sweet tooth. “It is a little strange,” he says, “but I keep chocolate chip cookies in the freezer.”
If he could bring together any four persons from history for the dinner of his dreams, he would include Benjamin Franklin, boxer Muhammad Ali, and baseball players Jackie Robinson and Derek Jeter. “Franklin was the most interesting founding father as he was an inventor, statesman, was the first of many things -- including postmaster general -- and helped frame our Constitution,” he says. “I would like to talk to Ali -- imagine, a man in the prime of his boxing career, a champion of the world, to give up his title for his religious values and what he passionately believed in. Robinson loved baseball and had to endure racism and overcome the odds. I would like to talk to Jeter because he played the game of baseball with enthusiasm, ethics, respect, and showed true leadership, and finished his career in a major sport without ever being involved in any scandal.”
The coolest thing he has done took place in 2014 at Yankee Stadium. “My son and I, being third and fourth generation Yankees fans, traveled from Jacksonville to the Bronx to attend Derek Jeter’s last game,” he says. “It was a special moment in my life.”
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