Meet Dr. Matthew Paterna
Chiropractic Saved and Changed My Life
“In 1995, when I was 24 years old, I was given a prescription for Oxycontin® by my family doctor for sciatica. She told me that this ‘miracle drug’ was non-addictive and would cure my problem.
After three months, I learned the dangers of taking medications for pain as I became addicted. Not only did the drug not fix my sciatica, but it caused several other health issues, including anxiety. Fortunately, my father, who was seeing a chiropractor, convinced me to come with him on one of his visits.
My experience with this chiropractor transformed my life!”
Dr. Paterna didn’t feel he was born to be a chiropractor. “I was born to play third base for the New York Yankees. Thankfully, my inability to hit a curveball and my love for chiropractic have allowed me to help thousands of people and family members of all ages get well.”
I wouldn’t change my decision to become a chiropractor for any other profession. I simply love and live what I do!”Dr. Matthew Paterna
A Focus on Family Care
Before becoming a chiropractor, Dr. Paterna attended Loyola University in Baltimore, Maryland to earn his undergraduate degree. He studied marketing and finance and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in business administration in 1995. After his transformative experience with chiropractic care, he attended the University of Bridgeport College of Chiropractic, earning his Doctor of Chiropractic in 2004. “The natural lifestyle and drug-free approach of chiropractic were so appealing.”
While in chiropractic college, Dr. Paterna originally intended to specialize in sports chiropractic. Once he began to visit chiropractic offices, however, he realized that his profession gave him the opportunity to help people from every walk of life, not just athletes.
He became convinced that the best chance of living a healthy life clearly begins with gentle pediatric chiropractic care. Getting kids off to a great start through optimal spinal dynamics benefits the entire family, from moms, dads and budding athletes to grandparents, teenagers and newborns.
Qualifications and Professional Associations
In 2012 Dr. Paterna was voted by his colleagues to represent chiropractic as the President of the CT Chiropractic Council. Dr. Paterna served two terms as President and is currently the immediate past president of the Connecticut State Chiropractic Council (CCC). Currently Dr. Paterna holds the position of chairman of the board and is actively involved in lobbying for chiropractic coverage for all Connecticut residents.
He’s additionally completed postgraduate courses in pediatric chiropractic and neurology through the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association (ICPA). Dr. Paterna has also been the team chiropractor for two professional baseball organizations and enjoys volunteering his time by mentoring young chiropractors and chiropractic students.
Nationally, Dr. Paterna has been a featured speaker for numerous conferences and conventions, as he feels it is his duty to give back to the profession that has given so much to him.
His memberships include
- The Milford, Orange and West Haven Chamber of Commerce
- Rotary Club of Milford
- The Milford and West Haven Wellness Committee (founding member)
- Foundation for Wellness Professionals
- Ultimate Achievers Club
- International Chiropractic Association (ICA)
- Eagle Scout Troop 39
Interests Outside the Office
Dr. Paterna is happily married to Courtney, and they’re the proud parents of Madelyn and Miles, two dogs and four cats. They love spending time together as a family, skiing, traveling and volunteering.
When he’s not helping patients, Dr. Paterna enjoys being in the outdoors playing golf, tennis and softball. He and his wife also support Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts of America, as well as area Little League teams.