Dr. Ronald Festa of Festa Chiropractic is a natural primary care provider with 25 years of experience in helping people raise healthy, drug-free families.
Here he discusses his practice, shares patient success story and offers advice to aspiring chiropractors. Read on:
Tell us about your practice. What sets you apart from other practitioners in your area?
Our practice provides families optimal wellness care in a comfortable, friendly, and open office setting, with or without appointments.
We’d like to talk about a patient success story you’re especially proud of. Tell us about the patient. How did they learn about your practice?
Kim C. had a particularly memorable story with us. She used to sit in her car while her husband got cared for. She had had four previous back and neck surgeries and was afraid to bee seen by a chiropractor. We told her that we have seen many post-surgical patients and we would be very careful with her. She eventually came in for an evaluation. She told us she had been suffering from debilitating neck and lower back pain for years, in spite of her surgeries and other medical treatments.
Kim told us that because of her surgeries, she suffered from constant back pain. She spent the majority of her time in bed with an ice machine on her back, and constantly took pain medications which barely took the edge off her pain. She tried physical therapy to help, but it was unsuccessful. Also, as a result from her surgery, she began suffering from terrible migraines. She had to go to the emergency room on several occasions to receive shots to relieve the pain. Kim also suffered from clinical depression and was put on more medications, whose side-effects were sometimes even worse than the depression itself.
When she decided to come in, we gave her thorough chiropractic, orthopedic, neurological and radiologic examinations. We located the cause of her problems and set her on a schedule to begin resolving them.
What was the impact your treatment had on the patient? How did you help him or her?
A few months later, she wrote us this testimonial: “Thanks to Dr. Festa, I am a whole person again. I am doing things that I thought I would never be able to do again. My migraine headaches are completely gone, my ice machine is in the basement, and I’m taking a lot less medication for my depression … For every ache or pain that I have, or just to talk about something that is bothering me, I know that Dr. Festa is there for me.”
What advice would you give Chiro students today? For instance looking back at your own career is there anything you would do differently?
Start the type of practice in the niche that inspires you most, right from the start. Don’t try to be everything for everyone! It may sound counter intuitive, but you will grow faster the more you limit your focus. There are more than enough people in any niche to fill your practice and keep you busy.
Please talk about any ways you are trying to impact the community you’re a part of.
We offer Police, VFD’s, EMT’s, and Military Veterans all complimentary care once a month in an effort to give back to them and show our support. We give walk-throughs and have open houses for career training schools and allow students the chance to intern with us prior to graduation.
What is the funniest thing, if any, that has happened to you in practice?
I had the sweetest little senior citizen patient who was so afraid of falling off the table when I adjusted her on her side. I did my best to stop her from rolling toward me but it was impossible to stop her from rolling off away from me. Luckily, I stand on a padded mat, so if she fell, she would land on that.
Anything (that you care to admit) that you would never do again?
One thing that I could never do again is that I would not accept Medicare.