December 1984 was a big year for Riadh Fakhoury. Two days after graduating Summa Cum Laude, Valedictorian of his class, he packed the car and he and his brother made a cross country journey to Ocala.
Why Ocala? Simply put, his family had moved here several years earlier and encouraged the young Dr. Riadh Fakhoury to start his life, business, and family in the beautiful city of Ocala.
Dr. Jamal Fakhoury was instrumental in guiding his younger brother, Riadh, into the field of chiropractic. Since 1982, Dr. Jamal had been building the practice and preparing it for the two brothers to work together. Six days a week, both brothers built the practice, moving from their original location by the hospitals to 17th Street, where the practice still thrives.
It was five years ago that Dr. Riadh Fakhoury converted the chiropractic practice into a multidisciplinary center that broadened and expanded services for the treatment of pain, and traumatic injuries. This conversion was difficult, but resulted in a unique office staffed by medical doctors, chiropractors, physical rehabilitation, massage therapists and interventional medicine.
The blend of medical, chiropractic, physical medicine, and interventional medicine results in a quicker improvement of the patient due to faster access to different modalities and specialties of care. This model of care results in a more cost effective and successful method of treating pain of the spine and joints.
Staffed by multiple massage therapists to help reduce muscle spasms, coupled with physical rehab to stretch and strengthen the spine; it is clear that this allows for an easier and more effective chiropractic adjustment that holds better. For those cases requiring medical attention, Dr. Shanawany M.D. has over 25 years in the treatment of emergency room, urgent care and occupational medicine. Dr. Shanawany has seen it all and is an excellent fit in evaluating those patients coming in from trauma due to accidents.
The Fakhoury Medical and Chiropractic Center is geared towards the treatment of all types of musculo-skeletal injuries, especially those from trauma and car accidents. Focusing on this care, the practice has made a niche in the treatment and recovery of patients. Fakhoury Medical and Chiropractic is not a family practice office, or an urgent care center; instead, the doctors and staff are there six days a week helping to improve the lives of those that are hurting.
Dr. Leo Teeter DC is head of the chiropractic department that is manned by Dr. Joe Hutchison and newest team member, Dr. Michael Athanason. Dr. Shanawany is medical director, heading the medical arm of the center and is accompanied by Dr. Andre Hobbs MD who performs facet blocks and epidurals for those more severe cases. The most recent medical addition to the practice is a surgical component, allowing more complete care for all types of problems that walk through the door.
In short, Fakhoury Medical and Chiropractic is a multidisciplinary center that allows the patient a one stop office for the treatment and care of all types of back, joint, and accident injuries; a team with a heart.
The Center accepts new patients daily. Appointments for care can by made by calling 351-3413 or 470-7653.