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Dr. Dennis Ciccone Jr
Dr Ciccone B.S., D.C. is a 2005 graduate of New York Chiropractic College. Upon graduation Dr. Ciccone opened his own practice in central Massachusetts, moving to his current location in Lancaster 7 years ago with a mission to help people, in particular families, understand and achieve health.
Dr. Ciccone first became interested in Chiropractic while pursuing a Medical degree. He received a fellowship from American Cancer Society and a full scholarship to pursue his MD. and PhD. Yet the more time he spent in hospitals, the more he felt something was missing. As he studied with other healthcare professionals, he began to understand the importance of caring for the patient as opposed to caring for the disease.
Another important motivating factor in Doc’s life has been his father, Dennis, Sr., who originally started coming to the office for pain in his shoulder and was told he needed surgery. Through corrective care his shoulder began to function more normally again, he was no longer in pain, and in the end, no longer needed surgery. Additionally, he had also lost weight, began to exercise and was able to come off many of the various medications he had been prescribed over the years.
One day, his Dad approached him with a proposal Dr. Dennis never thought he would hear. For over 30 years both Dr. Ciccone and his father had suffered through the pains and consequences, diagnosis and side effects of his father’s mental illness. For 30 years Dennis Sr. had been on Lithium and Thorazine. His doctor’s had told him that if he ever came off his medication, he would be hospitalized. For 30 years, they took away his hope.
The effects this had on young Dennis were such that he was determined to help his father find a better way. Finally, Dennis Sr. approached his son, “I want to come off my meds.” Dr. Dennis worked closely with other practitioners, consulting and studying in order to help his father do just that. Eventually he came off the drugs and got his Life back.
“Son,” he told Dr. Dennis, through tears one day at a family gathering, “you don’t understand what it feels like to be on these medications. All these years I could see my life, but not participate. I felt like I was a bird locked in a cage. Thanks to you I’m free!”
It is this freedom that drives Dr. Ciccone to help those who need healing to function better and live more fully autonomous lives. It is this freedom that drives Dr. Ciccone to seek a better way than what we think we already know.
Jennifer Brideau is a graduate of Emmanuel College, with a dual Bachelors Degree of Arts in History and English Communications. She continued her studies and earned a Masters Degree of Arts in History from Fitchburg State University and a Masters Degree in German Language and Literature with Teacher Licensure from Tufts University.
As for many people, the path which she envisioned for herself was not the one that actualized in front of her. She had imagined herself working at an advertisement agency, in a big city somewhere. Growing up an Army Brat, she felt that the big cities were where she was the happiest. But, as in many situations, life had a different plan for her. She returned to her adopted hometown in North Central Massachusetts and planned on pursuing a career in teaching History. Instead, she reconnected with her high school sweetheart, and they wed a month before he was deployed to Afghanistan with the United States Marine Corps. He thankfully returned safely and they began to build a life together. After having children, Jennifer realized that her heart was at home with the children. But there was a nagging ambition that told her she needed something more.
In 2015 life threw her another curveball. A friend had opened a local shop and needed help with her social media accounts. Three Clovers Social Media Marketing was born. Jennifer used her knowledge of marketing, social interactions and analysis to continually grow her business. Three years later, she has found a new adventure with Ciccone Family Chiropractic – A Wellness Way Affiliate. Having always been a person to make her own decisions, based on her own research, she felt comfortable talking with Dr. Ciccone about the medical field and her curiosity of natural ways to heal the body. Working with Dr. Ciccone has helped her to grow her business but also her knowledge of how the body functions, and the amazing abilities that the human body has, if we only stop and listen.
Frequently Asked Questions
Anywhere from 30 minutes to two (2) hours depending on the patient. This allows for a thorough review of your history; a physical examination; and any lab testing deemed necessary. We also allow ample time for you to ask questions.
Yes. Most new patient evaluations involve several doctors and/or nurses.
Some of the charges are billable to insurance. Exams, x-rays, and chiropractic manipulations (aka adjustments) are billable to insurance but coverage depends on your individual policy. It is the patient’s responsibility to contact their insurance company to verify what chiropractic coverage is in place (in-network or out-of-network depending upon which insurance company you have coverage with).
Functional medicine or nutrition services are not billable to insurance at this time.
Lab work results are very important and will typically assist the doctor in determining the plan of care. If prior lab work has not been completed, our doctors may recommend lab testing at your first appointment. This typically involves blood work or test kits.
Several lab companies offer insurance billing and others are cash only. If insurance billing IS available, the lab company will bill the lab to insurance, but it will be your responsibly to check your insurance coverage. If labs are necessary, additional testing and billing options will be discussed at the time the patient receives the lab.
Most patients with nutritional health concerns will have supplements recommended. Each supplement is chosen for the patient for a specific reason based upon the symptoms described to the doctor, as well as the results of any lab testing. The doctor will get into further details about the supplements ordered for you at your second appointment.
The intent is always for the patient to eventually lessen the number and/or dosage of supplements, but the timeline for this is different for each patient and is based upon the improvement of the patient’s condition over time. Often improvements are seen by 3-6 months and again at 9-12 months, however, results may take longer if patient fails to implement the dietary recommendations.
Due to Quality control, all Supplements are non refundable.
After we receive your test results, we will call you to set up your next appointment. At this appointment, the doctor will go over your test results, your plan of care, and give you an estimate for length of care.
The billing department will meet with you to discuss financial aspects and discounted plans. Plans range from $900 to $2,500. Follow up appointments will be scheduled. These may include, but are not limited to, follow ups with the doctor, chiropractic adjustments, and dietary consultations.
Based on your signs and symptoms, X-rays may need to be completed as well as orthopedic testing. After the first few appointments, you will receive a doctor’s report. The doctor’s report will include information about your x-rays and a recommended plan of care. Adjustments will begin within the first few appointments. At this point, if you would like, you can speak with a member of our billing department about chiropractic care plans.