Patients often ask me "what made you want to become a chiropractor?"
Growing up, I never had the desire to become a “doctor.” I was a healthy kid with no significant health concerns. Being blessed with good health (and very grateful for this), my experiences with doctors consisted of routine trips to the pediatrician for a well visit, or the infrequent sick visit for the common cold or strep throat.
Many young adults that pursue a career in healthcare choose this route because they too were once in the shoes of the patient; seeking the care of an experienced doctor for a condition requiring medical attention. Given my record of generally good health, this was not the case for me.
A series of a few very simple, yet extremely profound events led me to become a “doctor.” Not one of the events had to do with me being sick or unwell, but rather a state of vibrant health and wellness.
It all started with a gym membership. I can thank my sister for igniting a flame in me that still burns today - fueling my passion for health, nutrition, and fitness. Eleven years ago, my sister suggested I join the gym with her and I decided to give it a try, I was fifteen at the time. I can still remember a friend of mine chuckling when she found out I started working out at a gym. Most of my friends knew I was generally unathletic, never having played a sport in my life and truly never interested in doing so. I began to learn the basics of weightlifting and started doing some cardio. I began to feel healthier, and this sense of wellness triggered an interest in nutrition. More than a decade has passed since then. Several pounds (of muscle!), many miles, and quite a bit of experience have been gained. Little did I realize, a seed had been planted in me consisting of a new mindset, which began to consume my thoughts and lifestyle.
A few years after joining the gym I quit my part-time job, in search of a new one. In the meantime, I worked with my parents at the family business. This lasted only two weeks, after Cindy who worked for Dr. Joseph Iannelli's office asked my mom if she knew of anyone in need of a part-time job. When my mom first told me about the position, my response was “it will probably be boring!” Nonetheless, I took Cindy up on her offer and went over to the office one afternoon to meet the doctor and his staff.
It was an interesting building for a doctor’s office. There was a lot of pink and flowers, it looked more like a house to me than a business. When I went inside, I was welcomed by the front desk staff and then I was introduced to “Dr. Joe.” The office had a strong sense of family and friendliness; a casual and easygoing type of environment. In that moment, I would have never imagined that Dr. Joe and the chiropractic practice he has built would have such a profound effect on my own life’s trajectory.
I began working at Dr. Joe’s office in the summer of 2014. I didn’t know a thing about chiropractic. One night after the office had closed, my coworkers Ashley and Kelly asked if I wanted to “get adjusted.” I had no idea what to expect. That night I received my first chiropractic adjustment and began asking the first of many questions.
From then on, I would get adjusted once or twice a week after all of the patients were taken care of for the day. Dr. Joe was always willing to answer my questions in detail, and would go above and beyond to explain things to me. Some nights he would spend a half hour or more just talking to me about health and chiropractic. The topics of our conversations became more and more diverse – covering various health-related topics. Of course we talked about chiropractic, but we also discussed the traditional American healthcare paradigm – specifically that it is geared towards “sick care” and the treatment of symptoms, rather than the cause of a condition. When Dr. Joe opened my eyes to this truth, I could not unsee it. I began to realize that chiropractic uses common sense to treat and help the body heal, and that the body truly is self-healing when given the proper basic care.
In addition to the countless conversations Dr. Joe and I had, my personal experience while working at the office also had an impact on me. I saw many patients choose chiropractic as a last resort for more than just neck and back pain, just to realize that they should have tried chiropractic first. I’ve watched patients enter the office barely able to walk and leave with practically no issue. I had the opportunity to get to know patients on a personal level. I’ve observed patients from six weeks old to 90 years old get adjusted. Over a period of three years, I watched hundreds of different patients enter and exit through a door that I am so grateful to have opened seven years ago.
In 2017, I said farewell (for now) to the staff and patients at Dr. Iannelli’s office. I packed my bags and was bound for Port Orange, Florida where I attended chiropractic school for the next three years. In December of 2020, I was honored to represent my class as valedictorian and to receive my degree as a Doctor of Chiropractic.
Dr. Adrianna Natale received her degree as a Doctor of Chiropractic from Palmer College of Chiropractic located in Port Orange, Florida. Prior to attending chiropractic school, Dr. Adrianna worked at our front desk while attending Rowan University, in which she obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in biochemistry. During this time, she was fortunate to witness firsthand how chiropractic helped patients heal. This experience, combined with Dr. Iannelli’s incredible ability to care for patients without drugs, surgery, or other invasive treatment inspired her to become a chiropractor.
Dr. Adrianna is very passionate about nutrition and fitness, as these are important to her daily life. In her spare time, she enjoys weight lifting, walking or running outdoors, spending time with family, and playing the piano. She also enjoys catching some rays in Ventnor City, NJ during the weekends each summer.
Whether you are looking for relief of acute or chronic pain or simply searching to optimize your health, Dr. Adrianna Natale is eager to get to know you so that we can help you reach your goal.