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Meet Dr. Matthew Paterna

Chiropractic Saved and Changed My Life

West Haven Chiropractor Dr. Matthew Paterna

Dr. Matthew Paterna

“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 fix my problem. After 3 months I learned the dangers of taking medications for pain as I became addicted.  Not only did the drug not “fix” my problem, but the it caused several other health problems including anxiety.  Fortunately, my father who was seeing a chiropractor, convinced me to come with him. My experience with the chiropractor transformed my life!

I wasn’t born to be a chiropractor.  I was born to play third-base for the New York Yankees, but thankfully my inability to hit a curve ball and my love for chiropractic has allowed me to help thousands of people, 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!”

Business to Natural Healing

Dr. Paterna attended Loyola University in Baltimore, Md. to earn his undergraduate degree. He studied marketing and finance and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in business administration in 1995. After his experience with the chiropractor, he attended the University of Bridgeport College of Chiropractic. Dr. Paterna graduated with his Doctor of Chiropractic in 2004. ”The natural lifestyle, non-drug approach of chiropractic was appealing.” While in chiropractic college, Dr. Paterna first intended to specialize in sports chiropractic care. Once he started visiting chiropractic offices, however, he realized that chiropractic gave him the opportunity to help all different people. He knew that starting chiropractic care early with babies and children gave them the best chance at a healthy life. That’s why he focuses on family chiropractic care.

Qualifications and Professional Associations

Dr. Paterna is the immediate past president of the Connecticut State Chiropractic Council (CCC), serving two terms as president. Dr. Paterna has done postgraduate courses in pediatric chiropractic and neurology with the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association (ICPA).  Currently he is the Chairman of the Board for the CCC.  From 2006-2010, Dr. Paterna was the chiropractor for 2 professional baseball teams.  Dr. Paterna enjoys volunteering his time teaching young chiropractors and chiropractic students.

Dr. Paterna is a member of:

  • 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
  • Eagle Scout Troop 39 (1990)
West Haven Chiropractor Dr. Matthew Paterna and Family

Dr. Paterna and his family enjoy spending time together

Interests Outside the Office

Dr. Paterna has been happily married to his wife, Courtney, for over 10 years. They have two young children, Madelyn and Miles, two dogs and four cats. Their family enjoys, skiing, volunteering and traveling and Dr. Paterna plays golf, tennis and softball. They support Girl Scouts & Boy Scouts of America and area Little League teams.

With a free consultation, you can find out exactly how we may be able to help you restore your health. Contact us today to book your time! We accept insurance.


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