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Meet the Doctors

West Haven Chiropractors Dr. Shaun Briggs and Dr. Matthew Paterna

Dr. Shaun Briggs and Dr. Matthew Paterna

The team at Shoreline Family Chiropractic welcomes athletes, pregnant women, children, families and people of all ages. We’ll care for you as if you were a part of our family, and make recommendations based on your needs and your best healing.  Our common sense approach to health care focuses on identifying the TRUE CAUSE of your health concerns so you attain the best results possible.

“You will feel at home with our friendly and well trained team.” Dr. Paterma

Dr. Matthew Paterna

From 2012-2016 Dr. Paterna served as the President of the CT Chiropractic Council, a position in which he was elected by his peers.  He is regarded as a leader in the profession by his colleagues.  Dr. Paterna began his journey into Chiropractic after a life-changing experience at age 24.

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 is so appealing, I had to share it with the world!”

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Dr. Shaun M. Briggs

Dr. Shaun Briggs joined  Shoreline Family Chiropractic in January 2012. Dr. Briggs grew up in Hampden, Maine, graduating magna cum laude from the University of Maine in May 2008. After graduation, he completed his chiropractic training at Logan College of Chiropractic in Chesterfield, Missouri, graduating cum laude in December 2011.

Dr. Briggs specializes in spinal and extremity adjusting, and also has advanced training in athletic injuries and rehabilitation. Issues can range from carpal tunnel syndrome, thoracic outlet syndrome, and shoulder impingement, to plantar fasciitis, chronic sprained ankles, and hip dysfunction. Dr. Briggs also has expertise in prenatal and pediatric care. Dr. Briggs and his wife Rebecca live in Milford with son, Landon.

Dr. Autumn Cussen

Dr. Autumn Cussen joined Shoreline Family Chiropractic in May 2016 and is the newest member of our team. Dr. Autumn grew up in a small town in Michigan with her mother and sister. Post high school she continued her education at Kalamazoo College and graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science in 2012. In 2016 she received her Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport, IA. Dr. Autumn has always had a passion for sports and has been an athlete since 5th grade. In college she was a member of both the volleyball and soccer teams and in graduate school she continued her athletic career on the women’s rugby team.

Dr. Autumn recently moved to CT and she is excited to have the opportunity to help others with a natural form of healthcare. Dr. Autumn specializes in sports injuries and pediatric care.

Dr. Paterna, Dr. Briggs and Dr. Cussen are passionate about helping everyone from athletes to families find better health through chiropractic careContact us today to schedule your appointment.


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