meet our team
Chiropractor David LaRocco D.C.
Dr. LaRocco is a graduate of Life Universuity Chiroractic College in Marietta Geogia and received his Doctor of Chiropractic degree (D.C) in September 2002. He owned an poerated The Greater Wellbeing Chiropractic in NY for almost 10 years. A wellness center dedicated helping people heal from digestive issues, like himself.
Dr. LaRocco moved to Holly Springs two years ago with his wife Dr. Veronique LaRocco, 3 children and two dogs.
Dr. LaRocco is trained in a variety of techniques to adjust the spine. He also has over two years training with the I.C.P.A (international chiropractic pediatric association) and is certified in Webster technique. He has a lot of experience with pregnancy, pediatic and woman's care.
Over the last 6 years, Dr. LaRocco has focused and acquired extensive experience in treating athletes. Being an avid crossfitter himself, He understands mechansims of injuries athletes of all calibers encounter.
On a more personal note Dr. LaRocco had also battled Crohn's and Colitis 14 Years ago healing himself of this debilitating disease in which he did through diet. he loves to share and help people overcome their personal health issue through being a personal health coach outside the office.
His purpose is to ease pain, end suffering and restore health.
He is very excited to be starting a new chapter at Elite Spine and Wellness in Holly Springs and can't wait to meet you!
Chiropractor Veronique LaRocco D.C.
Dr.LaRocco received her Doctor of Chiropractic degree (D.C.) from the U.Q.T.R chiropractic School in Trois-Rivieres, Quebec in May 2002. Upon Graduation, she moved to the U.S. and acquired experience working in Connecticut and Massachusetts before moving to New York and establishing her own practice over 10 years ago as well as working in a no-fault office.
She has lived and practiced in Holly Springs for over two years. She is married to Dr. David LaRocco with 3 kids and 2 dogs.
Dr. LaRocco is trained in a variety of techniques to adjust the spine and remove interference to the nervous system. She also has over two years training with the I.C.P.A(international chiropractic pediatric association) and is certified in Webster technique. She has a lot of experience with pregnancy, pediatric and woman's care.
Over the last 6 years, Dr. LaRocco has focused and acquired extensive experience in treating athletes . Being an avid crossfitter herself, she understands mechanisms of injuries athletes of all calibers encounter.
Whether at home with her 3 children or n the office, she is committed to serving individuals through the owner of chiropractic. Dr. LaRocco's purpose is to educate and empower individuals and families to live happy healthy lives through chiropractic care and a wellness based lifestyle and creating lasting relationships which results in successful care and happy healthy families.
She is very excited to be starting a new chapter at elite Spine and Wellness in Holly Springs and can't wait to meet you!
Stacey Smith - Director of Operations
Delivering outstanding customer service has always been an essential part of a day’s work for Stacey. Here at Elite Spine & Wellness Stacey & her team want you to experience outstanding treatment from the time you enter until the time you check out. As the Director of Operations that is her goal, along with guiding all our clients on their journeys to “healthy living".
Stacey is responsible for all office procedures and uses her organizational skills to ensure a smooth enjoyable visit at our office. Stacey has over eighteen years in the medical industry from billing to administrative management and patient education. In 2016 Stacey decided to step into health and wellness in a more holistic and productive way of teaching and healing.
Stacey is also a Personal and Group Fitness trainer in the surrounding areas and her knowledge of weight loss and fitness speaks volumes. The number of repeat clients, Stacey says, speaks volumes about the loyalty and dedication she has for her clients.
Stacey has a passion for people and is truly dedicated to their health and wellness on all levels. Stacey will guide you from picking out the right essential oils that will soothe away your pain or help with your allergies or take away that nagging headache to stretching out your sore muscles. Stacey also has a skill of putting together nutrition plans that you can actually eat real food and get the results you are looking for.
Multitasker, yes she is.
Stacey loves to read, spend time with family and friends, go on hikes with her dogs and enjoys watching her boys love life.
Matthew Swartz-Vega - NeuroFeedback Analyst / CA
Matthew Swartz-Vega was born in New York and at the age of ten years Matthew moved to the Raleigh area in North Carolina with his parents. Matthew has received his B.S. degree in Neuroscience and Associates in Psychology from East Carolina University in 2018. He performed detailed research at the Brody School of Medicine and always knew he wanted to be a neurosurgeon.
Unfortunately, in his senior year Matthew was diagnosed with epilepsy. His dream to be a surgeon was over. As he jokes “ you don’t want a surgeon working on your brain who has tremors or a seizure “ (as he sighs)
Matthew still is passionate about the brain and wants to change lives, more now than ever. Dealing with it personally has been a challenge, but he always looks at the positive side and says that knowing more about the brain has helped tremendously. He wants to share his knowledge of the brain with everyone around him, knowing what part of the brain helps you see, the occipital part; to understanding how the eyes connect to the occipital part and create sight or how the neuron connect to one another creating a huge working machine of electrical signals, which makes every person who they are. Matthew found out right before college that his closest cousin was becoming blind and this is what drove him to the love of research. He loves the challenge, his words “ bring it on, give me the most complex Brain, I want to bring light back to the darkness”
His end goal is to go to an accredited University and get his Ph.D. in Clinical Neuroscience. Helping others is what he was meant to do, it’s his passion and sharing what his knowledge with those around him, especially those who need the help, is what keeps him driven.
Neuroscience is one of the newest science fields and there is so much still to learn.
Matthew enjoys various types of sports. Matthew also dedicates his weekends to a 13U travel baseball team. He loves the teaching aspect of sports, from helping them fundamentally to teaching them the knowledge of the game. He was also Vice President of his fraternity and still holds strong alumni relations.
Amanda Flowers - PT & Dry Needling Specialist
Dr. Amanda received her Doctor of Physical Therapy from the University of Michigan in 2008. She practiced in private practice for 10 year. Dr. Flowers decided she could deliver the best treatment strategies and outcomes by starting her own business in August of 2017.
She has a passion for dry needling and treating shoulder pathologies by developing lasting corrective exercises. She excels in complex cases including chronic injury with movement dysfunction and injuries related to Crossfit, collegiate and endurance athletes. Dr. Amanda has been using dry needling as a treatment for over 4 years and was trained by Kinetacore, the company that trains the US military.
Brittany Lorimer Laxton - Yoga & Reiki Practitioner
Brittany's path to yoga began in 2011, seeking to try something different for her physical health. Brittany tried her first Vinyasa style class and was instantly hooked. She loved the physical challenge that yoga gave her, but she also fell in love with the mental benefits of yoga. This is what kept her coming back to her mat.
She felt the stress just melt away and just felt "at home" mentally and physically after class. Trying many different ways to increase her physical health throughout her life, she always came back to Yoga, her "home".
It was her desire to deepen her practice and understanding of yoga which led her to enroll in a 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training program at Asura in October of 2017. She completed her training in March of 2018. She is currently enrolled in the 300-hour advanced training at Yoga Garden - Apex. Since becoming a certified yoga instructor, Brittany has been sharing her love of yoga to adults and children in the surrounding area. Brittany loves to integrate meditation and breathing into her classes to really ground her students and give them tools to use off their mat as well.
Brittany believes that yoga is for EVERYONE and likes to give options and modifications so that each person can find their own edge. Brittany is lighthearted and loves to have some fun in her classes. She enjoys getting to know her students and learning more about their wants and needs in their practice.
In her free time, you can find Brittany spending time with her friends and family. Brittany's husband and 2 boys love to watch movies together and play Uno. They also love the beach and enjoy spending their time there relaxing and being outside.
Carey Taylor - Wellness Coordinator
Originally from Maryland, Carey has had a Pilates practice in various locations around the country, and has worked with private and corporate clients. She was a Fitness Contractor with the U.S. Navy, designing and implementing training programs for active-duty service members and their dependents.
Carey had the honor of designing a workout regimen for active-duty Naval candidates accepted into the elite SEALs school in order to increase their run and swim times.
Carey is extremely helpful and is a perfect fit with our Team here at ES&W. Her care for patients and her willingness to go the extra mile has shine through in her performance.
Carey and her husband have a beautiful blended family with six children, ranging in age from 10-24. Carey enjoys spending time with her family hiking, going to concerts and attending sporting events. She and her husband are also soaking up the joys of their newest and most favorite role: being grandparents to their 6-month-old granddaughter.
Jolie Zhou - NC State LMBT #1985, Reflexologist
Dr. of the Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). A Successful Instructor teacher of Chinese Traditional Tuina Massage, Cupping Therapy, Guasha Therapy… been working and teaching in different countries and area. TCM an integral part of the healing system of Eastern medicine which was developed in China more than 2,000 years’ ago, incorporating that are in some cases millennia older.
One of its guiding principles is to “dispel evil and support the good.” In addition to treating illness, Jolie’s drugs free treatments focuses on strengthening the body’s defenses and enhancing its capacity for healing and to maintain health by performing Chinese Traditional Medical Massage : Tuina, Acupressure, Cupping Therapy, hot stone meridians massage, Guasha, Moxibustion with herbal massage oil prepared by Sickness, is the body losing balance. Jolie will assist you in building your functional body to keep your body in balance.
As a professional therapist, Jolie Zhou had been studied Traditional Chinese Medical Massage modalities since she was a teenager, She understands that the human body interacts with all aspects of life and the environment, including the seasons, weather, time of day, our diet and emotional states. Jolie sees the key to health as the harmonious and balanced functioning of body, mind, and spirit, and holds that the balance of health depends on the unobstructed flow of qi (pronounced chee) or “life energy” through the body, along pathways known as meridians. Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioners see disease’ as the result of disruptions in the circulation of qi.
Jolie will assess your health level via palpations, with her ability to modify the flow of qi is because qi itself – if it exists – cannot be directly measured, or even detected, through any known means. This has led some in the West to ascribe TCM’s successes to a biochemical mechanism, such as stimulating endorphin production via acupressure, Tuina, to reduce pain. Treatments results have shown that stimulating endorphin release in the tissues. work via influencing the receptors of adenosine, a molecule considered by biologists to be life’s “energy currency”.
TCM techniques include Acupressure, Tuina, Cupping Therapy, Hot Stone Meridians Massage and assist with detoxification, regulating body systems, drug-free pain relief, chronic and degenerative conditions such as arthritis and age-related diseases.
Jolie believes that her job is to activate the natural medicine in the body to boost natural immunity, increase energy and relieve pain.
Dec. 15th 2016, The milestone, North Carolina State Board held the special meeting and proved Jolie’s natural healing treatment modality: Chinese Traditional Medical modality: Guasha. Posted on the state board news.
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