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3039 Davis Road
Fairbanks, AK, 99709
United States of America

(907) 452-3600

Located in Fairbanks, the Alaska Center for Natural Medicine provides a balanced approach to healthcare, including naturopathic medicine, acupuncture, chiropractic care, counseling, massage and spa services, and more.

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The Alaska Center for Natural Medicine Blog features health-related articles by our staff practitioners, including naturopathic doctors, acupuncturists, chiropractic doctors, nurse practitioners, counselors, and massage therapists. 

Beyond Cracking Bones

Michael Zuniga

Written by Aimée Kaye, ND

     When Dr. Michael Sciortino, DC, began his career in the service industry he never thought his career would eventually take the form of healing people. Dr. Sciortino graduated from Southwest Missouri State University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Operations Management. Soon after he began working in the restaurant and bar industry as bar tender, manager, etc. - only to find himself 10 years later in career he was neither inspired nor passionate about.

     As fate would have it, an injury is what would eventually pique his interest in the healing arts. While playing golf he pinched a nerve between his shoulder blades, rendering him nearly helpless to the pain and discomfort. To his surprise however, a quick treatment from a chiropractor and within a few minutes all his pain was gone.

Dr. Michael Sciortino, DC

Dr. Michael Sciortino, DC

     Michael describes his amazement when he thought, “I can do that! That was awesome!” Shortly thereafter, he left the restaurant industry and enrolled at Logan University in Missouri. As a new graduate, his passion for bringing Chiropractic medicine to under-served communities led him to take a position as a Chiropractor in Indiana and then Kentucky for the next 11 years. He had moderate success with basic treatments he describes as “cracking bones”-helping about 50% of his patient’s. Nevertheless, he once again realized there was a need for change.

     Talking with practitioners who were getting improved results and learning about techniques such as Active Release Technique (ART) started him down a road that challenged the way he practiced medicine. He soon completed the Certified Chiropractic Sports Physician (CCSP) training, a 120 hour hands-on program that included ART training. According to Sciortino, “this is when I really started seeing patients get well and get well faster.”

Sciortino, DC, performing spinal manipulation.

Sciortino, DC, performing spinal manipulation.

     He describes ART as type of myofascial release technique that he often uses to treat a variety of common conditions like sciatica, tennis elbow, rotator cuff injuries, headaches, back and neck pain. Since changing the way he practiced, Dr. Sciortino has seen countless patients experience dramatic healing. One patient stands out when he thinks of a recent success story.

     Dr. Sciortino recalls a patient that came to see him for sciatic pain causing her to not be able to sit on the floor and play with her children. After one month she had improved significantly; and by the two-month mark, she was able to do all the activities that she had been wanting to do. “If all you do is crack bones you will have very little success”, he says, “I see myself as a specialist in helping people to get back their quality of life.”

Dr. Sciortino communicating with the front desk. 

Dr. Sciortino communicating with the front desk. 

     Michael Sciortino has been with the Alaska Center for Natural Medicine since moving from Kentucky in 2013. He explains that “I enjoy spending time doing outdoor activities: golf, tennis, hiking, camping, biking, fishing, stargazing, and exploring! I have wanted to live in Alaska as long as I can remember.”

     From bar tending in the Midwest, to practicing Chiropractic in the Arctic, Dr. Michael Sciortino, DC, has come a long way. In December of 2015, he was named Provider of the Month at ACNM for his excellent service that goes beyond just cracking bones. 

     If you would like know more information about Dr. Michael Sciortino, DC, check out his bio here! You can also make an appointment today by calling our front desk at 907.452.3600.