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Dr. John S. Boccella

As far back as I can remember, I always knew that I wanted to be a doctor.”

My Introduction To Chiropractic

Dr. John Boccella, Raleigh Chiropractor

Dr. John Boccella

My paternal grandparents immigrated from the Campania region of Italy to the United States in 1961. As a little boy, I remember hearing stories about my grandmother’s terrible allergies since coming to America – so I wanted to be an allergy doctor. As a pre-teen, I started playing competitive sports. Unfortunately, I found myself visiting the orthopedist’s office frequently with various broken bones over the next few years. I liked looking at x-rays and the idea of working with bones but wasn’t too crazy about the surgery, blood and drug part. I figured I’d get over that when I was a little older.

When I was about 12 years old, the school nurse thought she detected a slight curvature to my spine. She recommended that my mother take me to an orthopedist for an evaluation. Fortunately, my mom took me to a chiropractor instead! Dr. Henry Bruce in Haddon Heights, NJ introduced me to chiropractic. He showed me my x-rays and explained where the problem areas were and what he would need to do – all without surgery, blood or drugs – perfect! He was what I now call a “traditional” chiropractor because he used the traditional manual techniques that “crack” the spine. He was awesome though! I was amazed at how much better my young body could feel. My back didn’t hurt anymore and I regained my speed on the athletic fields. I knew right then that I wanted to be a chiropractor too!

Education and Chiropractic College

I mapped my way through high school to college knowing that I was going to go to chiropractic school one day. I attended several different colleges to achieve my goals beginning at the University of South Florida in Tampa, Florida. I transferred to a smaller school in Elkins, West Virginia.  Ultimately, I earned my undergraduate degrees (Biology major/Chemistry minor).

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Dr. John Boccella Won The 2017 Best Chiropractor In Raleigh Award By Midtown Magazine

In 1992, I began my chiropractic education at Life Chiropractic College (currently known as Life University) in Marietta, Georgia. I had no idea what I was getting myself into once classes started, but I loved it!I chose Life College because it was considered the best chiropractic school in the US. And because I knew I would be exposed to dozens of different chiropractic techniques and philosophies which would help me be the best chiropractor I could be.

Family and Hobbies

I moved to Raleigh immediately after I graduated from Life College in June 1995 to open my first chiropractic practice. I have three awesome teenagers – Drew, Christian and Matthew (twins).  We are all avid fans of the Carolina Hurricanes, Philadelphia Flyers, Eagles and Phillies. I enjoy working in my yard, listening to music and reading a good book when time permits.  Carol and I were married in April 2016.  She is an important part of Atlas Chiropractic and now works full-time here.  I am sure you will love her as much as I do when you meet her!

Living The Chiropractic Lifestyle

I try to practice what I preach, but I’m not perfect either. I do my best to take care of myself by using preventative measures. I usually have my spine checked 1-2 times per month. I like to get a deep tissue massage monthly to help reduce muscle tension. I believe in moderation for my diet. I don’t have a big sweet tooth, but who doesn’t like a bowl of ice cream every once in a while? I take some antioxidant supplements every day in addition to Vitamin C and liquid Vitamin B12. I try to do a simple workout routine at home 2-3 times per week (on a good week) to maintain strength and stamina. So simple, anyone could do what I do if they wanted to.

Thanks for visiting our site. I look forward to meeting you in person and learning how we may be of service to you. Give our North Raleigh chiropractic office a call or click here to email me and let’s arrange a time to explore your options.


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