Dr. Valerie Fantino went to undergraduate school at the State University of New York in Plattsburgh, NY. In 1981, she completed her training and earned her Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Cleveland Chiropractic College in Kansas City, Missouri. Dr. Fantino is a member of the South Carolina Chiropractic Association and the American Chiropractic Association.
Dr. Fantino’s Philosophy:
Chiropractic is a science, art, and philosophy of all things natural. One of the best attributes to wellness is a positive attitude. Showing patients how to be proactive and engaged in their healthcare allows them to see the value in taking care of themselves. Wellness begins with YOU.
What you don’t know about Dr. Fantino:
Originally from Somerset, Pennsylvania, Dr. Fantino spent most of her childhood traveling around the globe. Her father’s career in Air Force took her family to South Dakota, Hawaii, Japan, Florida, England and lastly Plattsburgh, New York, where she finished high school and attended college.
Her passion for helping people and living a healthy lifestyle naturally led her to the field of chiropractic. While spending a semester at McGill University in Montreal, Canada as an exchange student, a friend introduced her to a chiropractor. The very simple concept that the body is controlled by the nervous system and a “subluxation” in the spine will interfere with the transmission along the nerves and cause disease and pain, made perfect sense to her. Dr. Fantino was hooked.
In 1981, after graduation, Dr. Fantino moved to Seattle, Washington, where she worked at Kirkland Chiropractic. Year 1986 was an important milestone in her career as she moved with her family to Summerville, South Carolina, and opened her own practice on Wappoo Road in West Ashley.
Year 2011 is also significant for Dr. Fantino and WellnessPlus because it marks 25 years in practice in West Ashley and the opening of a new building to accommodate her growing practice. As one of the premier chiropractic centers in Charleston, WellnessPlus has seen thousands of patients over the years. All of them have walked in the door with chronic pain and received treatment that allowed them to enjoy healthy and pain free lives.
“I have had the good fortune of being able to get my message out to the people, who in turn allowed me to take care of them,” says Dr. Fantino. “I am forever grateful to all of my patients over the years and hope that I will be able to continue taking care of them in a way that improves their lives.”
Using her professional training and experience to help her patients, Dr. Fantino also bases her practice on real, personal relationships with her patients. Each patient is an individual and each treatment is customized.
“I really get to know them. I learn about their families, what they like to do in their free time, their careers. It is all part of the whole big picture that makes up a person’s state of health. A lot about a person’s personal life can be learned and incorporated into their care just by talking to them. It’s important to me to build relationships with my patients,” says Dr. Fantino
In her free time, Dr. Fantino enjoys spending time with family and friends. She takes full advantage of the wonderful restaurants our city is so well-known for, but she also enjoys cooking healthy and delicious dishes at home for her family and friends – especially her 3 year old granddaughter. She loves gardening, going to the movies, exploring Charleston and the vicinity (poking around the surrounding small towns) and reading.
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