My name is Dr. Chris Montanaro DC, DIBAK, DCBCN. I am a Board Certified Chiropractor, Applied Kinesiologist, Nutritionist and Active Release Provider in the State of New York. I did my undergraduate studies at Catawba College and Received my Doctor's degree from the prestigious New York Chiropractic College. Getting to Know Your Doctor Better: Growing up as a kid, my life revolved around playing basketball. I'd play for hours every day. I'd spend Friday and Saturday nights dribbling in the garage for hours, and shooting thousands of shots. I ate, slept and breathed basketball. Since I kept my grades up, my family was very supportive of my athletic career which was very successful. Basketball was all I wanted to do…..until my senior year in high school when I realized I wanted to become a doctor….an orthopedic surgeon at the time. Although I still played basketball, my focus had changed. I wanted to help others. I wanted to be able to have the answers for people regarding their health. Basketball in undergrad was rewarding having competed in the sweet sixteen in Division 2 basketball, and winning several conference championships. I got up at 5:00 am for weight lifting, basketball training drills, traveled to games, practiced till I dropped, but basketball was now second. Medicine had become first. My undergrad summers were spent taking courses and working in hospitals. What struck me most was that if people took proper care of themselves, most could have avoided the hospital altogether. I discovered that most people using drugs did not regain their health. Eventually they needed more drugs and surgeries. I wondered why doctors didn't help people in other ways so that they would get really well and not have to be drug dependant, have their bodies cut, burned irradiated, and have to deal with all the side effects that come with these therapies. This realization brought new ideas to my attention. I decided that I wanted to help people to avoid emergency rooms and intensive care units. I wanted to give health and not just suppress symptoms. I wanted to have real relationships with my patients. Maybe even have them invite me over for dinner. In a twist of fate, I injured my back right before my college senior basketball season. Traditional therapies didn't help, but a chiropractic visit did help pretty quickly. I always say things happen for a reason and at the right time. My experience with the chiropractor turned my ideas in a direction other than traditional medicine. Fortunately, my admission to medical school had been held up, (fate?….luck?…destiny?) and I decided that becoming a chiropractor would help me attain my goals in regards to my patients' health. I attended NY School of Chiropractic in Seneca Falls for the 5 year chiropractic program. As strenuous as it was with 28 credit hour semesters, I loved it. I also attended several seminars outside of school. I followed some of the best minds and doctors in the country and around the world. I would do anything or spend anything to be able to help my patients. That is what matters most to me. This is when I took the certification course for Applied Kinesiology, which I now teach, and later became fully certified in Active Release Technique. I have taken classes in Nimmo (a soft tissue technique, not the fish), and I attended countless seminars on Whole Food Nutrition and Herbal Therapy from some of the best doctors in the world. Having accomplished many of my academic goals, I am back to training again. Not for basketball though. I'm training for the IRONMAN. This race consists of a 2.5 mile swim, 112 mile bike ride, and then a 26.2 mile run. I recently competed in the 2015 Ironman World Championships in Kona, HI. My goals for my office are simple. It all boils down to providing the best care I know how to give; to spending the time with my patients that they deserve; to providing true HEALTH care, not sickness care. I want to help people take control of their health.
At Montanaro Chiropractic you will find a blend of old fashioned doctoring with the most comprehensive system in integrative health care, Applied Kinesiology (AK). Dr. Chris is a chiropractor and a Diplomate in AK and a Diplomate in Nutrition. He teaches certification courses to doctors of various disciplines including doctors of chiropractic, medicine, naturopathy, and homeopathy. Dr. Chris is also a member of the adjunct faculty of New York Chiropractic College & Palmer Chiropractic College in Florida. Dr. Chris is also an Advanced Theta Healing practitioner.
His goal is to help his patients reach a higher level of health and to actualize their highest potential. Dr. Chris does this through his ability to: determine why the body is not functioning as a system, facilitate the body's systems to work together as it is intended, and help his patients clear the stressors that often impede health and happiness.
Dr. Montanaro does not have any board certifications listed.
Why It Matters: Dr. Montanaro's Board Certifications
Board certification should be one of your top considerations when choosing a doctor. Board certification is an official recognition given to doctors who have met specific requirements set by national medical specialty boards in the United States.
Board certification indicates that a doctor is highly qualified in the medical field in which he or she practices. A board-certified doctor is more likely than a non-board-certified doctor to have the most current skills and knowledge about how to treat your medical condition.
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Head and Neck Conditions
Lower Back Injuries
Neck Muscle Strain
Sciatica (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
Manipulation Adjustment of Back and Neck
Trigger Point Therapy
0 Malpractice Claims
No malpractice history found for New York.
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No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.
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If a doctor has a sanction, it does not necessarily mean that he or she is a poor-quality doctor. Some sanctions are not related to medical care, and involve a doctor’s finances or administrative activities. Before you make any choices about changing your doctor, we recommend that you evaluate the doctor’s sanction information and determine how severe or relevant you think the sanction cause and action were.
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Healthgrades collects sanction history from all 50 U.S. states. Physicians with a disciplinary action in one state may move to another state where they have a clean record. Since Healthgrades painstakingly compiles disciplinary action information from all 50 states, Healthgrades website will show if a physician has a disciplinary action in more than one state.
0 Board Actions
No board actions found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.
What are board actions?
Board actions are non-disciplinary actions imposed upon a doctor based on a complaint investigation. A patient or medical colleague may file a complaint with that state medical board or professional licensing organization, which then investigates the complaint. Board actions are intended to ensure that a doctor is able to perform safe medical and health care tasks.
Types of non-disciplinary actions include an advisory letter, a corrective action agreement, a limitation or restriction on the medical or healthcare tasks a doctor can perform, or a voluntary agreement by the doctor not to practice. A board action can also include a termination of a corrective action agreement or voluntary agreement, which allows the doctor to return to full practice.
If my doctor has a board action, does that mean he or she is a poor-quality doctor?
If a doctor has a board action, it means he or she has had a non-disciplinary action imposed upon him or her. It does not necessarily mean that he or she is a poor quality doctor. Before you make any choices about changing your doctor, evaluate the doctor's board action information and determine how severe or relevant you think the cause and action were.
How far back does Healthgrades non-disciplinary board action history go?
Healthgrades reports non-disciplinary board action history from for the previous five years, except when a doctor's license has been revoked or surrendered. Healthgrades displays all actions for doctors whose licenses have been revoked or surrendered.
For which states does Healthgrades collect non-disciplinary board actions?
Healthgrades collects non-disciplinary board actions from all 50 U.S. states.
Undergraduate School | Graduated 2001
New York Chiropractic College
Medical School | Graduated 2004
Awards & Recognition
Awards & Honors
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Awards & Recognition
What is a recognized doctor?
Healthgrades Recognized Doctor designation identifies leading doctors who:
Are board certified.
Have not had their license surrendered or revoked since Healthgrades started collecting data in 2000.
Have no malpractice judgments, adverse arbitration awards, or monetary settlements for the last five years in the states in which Healthgrades can collect malpractice data.
Are free of state or federal disciplinary actions (sanctions) for the last five years.
Healthgrades updates the Recognized Doctor list quarterly based on board certification data. Healthgrades also receives sanction and malpractice data throughout the year, depending on how frequently the state medical boards release updates.
We remove a newly sanctioned doctor from the Recognized Doctor list as soon as we receive the information. However, it is important to note that malpractice information is publically available in only 14 states.
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