Meet the WellnessPlus Team
With over 25 years in practice in West Ashley, WellnessPlus is the premier Charleston chiropractic care center, and we have treated thousands of patients. Our clients walk through the door with chronic pain and receive customized chiropractic treatment that gives them healthy, pain-free lives.
The mission of WellnessPlus is to help patients reach their ultimate potential by improving health through natural healthcare. We change lives by reducing and eliminating headaches, neck pain, and back pain in people who thought their discomfort was normal and untreatable.
We are forever grateful to our patients for allowing us to take care of them. None of this healing would be possible without the dedication and commitment of each member of our team. Please take a moment to get to know us.
The Charleston Chiropractor Who Heals
Dr. Valerie Fantino, DC, owner
Dr. Fantino’s passion for helping people led her to the field of chiropractic. She did her undergraduate studies at the State University of New York in Plattsburgh before earning her Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Cleveland Chiropractic College in Kansas City, Missouri in 1981.
Dr. Fantino practiced briefly in Missouri and Washington State before opening her practice in the West Ashley area of Charleston in 1986. Since that time she has helped young and old alike get rid of pain and lead healthier and more active lives.
Dr. Fantino is a member of the South Carolina Chiropractic Association and the American Chiropractic Association.
“The doctor of the future will give no medicine, but will interest his patients in the care of the human frame, diet and in the cause and prevention of disease.” -Thomas Edison
The Charleston Massage Therapists with Magic Fingers
Emily graduated from the South Carolina Massage and Esthetics Institute, where she studied a variety of therapeutic massage methods, including deep tissue, neuromuscular, sports and pregnancy massage. Emily is passionate about using massage to help people achieve their long term health goals. When she’s not busy at WellnessPlus she is active with Campus Ministries at CSU, mentoring young adults. She loves spending time with her family, basketball, running and music.
Kristen graduated from Miller-Motte Technical College in 2009 with her Associates in Applied Science for massage therapy and has been licensed since then. Her massages will relax and ease tension. She incorporates Swedish and deep tissue massage with myofascial release, trigger point therapy, neuromuscular, and stretching. She believes in the power of healing touch and cannot express enough how massage and chiropractic together are able to give everyone a healthier chance in life.
In her free time, she enjoys time with her loving husband, new son, and her dogs. She is an avid Crossfitter who loves to lift heavy weights and hopes to compete one day.
Ellen received massage training at THE Touch Therapy Institute in Encino CA. Since becoming liscensed and certified in 1999 has have given more than 20,000 hours or therapeutic massage and bodywork to her devoted clients. In 2014 she received the Master of Science degree in Applied Clinical Nutrition from New York Chiropractic College. Prior to massage therapy Ellen was employed as a designer in the Los Angeles fashion industry.
When she is not busy at WellnessPlus she loves spending time with her daughter and two guinea pigs.
Lucy has been a massage therapist since 2002. She is a graduate of Southeastern School of Massage and Neuromuscular Therapy, Charleston SC.
She has strong hands, a kind heart and a great sense of humor. Lucy excels in delivering very effective deep tissue massage. She incorporates multiple techniques throughout a massage session including but not limited to myofascial release, neuromuscular, foot reflexology and acupressure. In her free time Lucy enjoys listening to music, dancing, hanging out with her adult children, researching various wellness topics, sailing, going for walks on the West Ashley Greenway, meditating, hanging out at Starbucks, yoga, and bike riding. She also creates home made skin care fragrances with essential oils. When Lucy is not at WellnessPlus, you can bet she is busy scheming her next adventure.
In May 2010, Sylvia graduated from Trident Technical College with a Certificate in Massage/Bodywork Therapy, specializing in relaxation, Kinesiology, Trigger Point, Swedish and Sport Massage. Sylvia began her massage career at Massage Envy in 2010. She is very passionate about the medical field and wanted to know, as well as experience, more about the medical aspect of massage therapy. She joined the WellnessPlus team in order to fulfil that goal. She believes that massage therapy not only heals the body, but also the mind, soul and in some cases spiritually. Sylvia is continuing her education to become a Licensed Practical Nurse. Sylvia enjoys painting and spending time with her husband, family, and friends.
“Massage Therapy is not just getting a rub down…it is the healing of the mind, body, and spirit”, says Sylvia.
The Amazing Office Staff
Shana has been in the medical billing and collections fields for 15 years and expertly handles all our patients’ insurance needs; plus assists with patient therapies. Shana is passionate about her role at WellnessPlus as she sees daily how the therapies can completely change patients’ lives.
“I grew up with my parents faithfully going to a chiropractor and saw the difference it made in their lives. I myself suffer from migraines and have seen how chiropractic care helps.”
Terri does a bit of everything in the office, from making appointments to helping patients with therapy. She’s the first face you see when you arrive and the last face you see when you leave!
“I am a Charleston native and have just returned after 23 years living in Virginia Beach. I am married, have four children, including one son in the army, and love my pets. In my free time, I enjoy spending time at Edisto beach and the farmers markets.”
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Why Choose WellnessPlus of Charleston?
With scores of wellness professionals and chiropractors in Charleston, why choose us to be your chiropractic care provider?
Whether you have chronic back pain or a short-term health challenge, you’ll find respect, compassion, and empathy here.
We’ll work as a team to correctly diagnose your problem and relieve your pain with a full range of the most cutting-edge chiropractic treatments available. Dr. Fantino takes a gentle approach to chiropractic care, and you’ll have three certified, expert massage therapists available to relax and soothe your muscles.
You won’t be sent home with medications to merely cover up your pain—your treatment will focus on the cause, not the symptoms. From the moment you enter our office, you’ll know your concerns will be addressed and your questions will be answered.
We offer same-day appointments and don’t require you to sign up for an expensive long-term treatment plan.
At WellnessPlus, you’ll receive the gifts of good health and a calming, healing oasis you can come to any time you have a health concern.
To find out how we can help you, call us today at (843) 571-1020.