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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).

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 boys – 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.  My wife, Carol, and I were married in April 2016.  She has been an integral part of the success of Atlas Chiropractic of Raleigh and now at our hemp retail store, The Hemp Company located in North Raleigh and Wake Forest.  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 often 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 use CBD, Chews4Health,UltraPotent C1000 and methylated Vitamin B12 everyday. I try to do a simple workout routine at home 1-2 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.

Dr. John S. Boccella | (919) 518-1234