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Dr. Edmund Shockey

Dr. Edmund Shockey

Dr. Edmund Shockey is a board certified physician specializing in the field of chiropractic care. At Empire Sports & Spine, the doctor and his staff specialize in treating many different conditions, including sciatica, lower back pain, herniated discs, shoulder pain, sports injuries, and neck pain.

The doctor uses chiropractic care and naturopathic medicine to help his patients regain their health and have a higher quality of life. His ultimate goal is to provide each patient with individualized care based on their own personal needs and physical demands.

Dr. Shockey attended Life Chiropractic College West in San Francisco, California where he graduated Suma Cum Laude and Valedictorian of his class in 2006. He went on to further his education by receiving training and Functional Nutrition, Performance Fitness, Posture Correction, and Wellness Coaching. He is also a certified personal trainer and nutritional consultant. The doctor is an active member of the American College of Sports Medicine. Dr. Shockey serves patients who live throughout the greater New York City area with an office conveniently located in midtown Manhattan.

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    BACKGROUND

    Dr. Edmund Shockey came to New York City in 2006 because his ideas and aspirations felt too big for any place else. He grew up in Louisville, KY; graduated with a BA in Chemistry and initially pursued a career in resin manufacturing and application. After over a decade in private industry, Dr. Shockey felt burned out and frustrated. This was in large part due to health challenges along with dissatisfaction with his job duties. After some soul searching he decided to make a bold move. He sold everything, bought a motorcycle and rode to San Francisco to enroll at Life Chiropractic College West.

    This was a daring move, but Dr. Shockey felt compelled to help others as he had been helped by chiropractic and a naturopathy. For 11 years, he suffered from recurring skin eruptions throughout his body, persistent swollen lymph nodes, crippling fatigue, and continual back pain. After years of pills and medical testing to no avail except a cryptic diagnosis of erythema multiformae (latin: “inflamed lesions of different shapes”), he consulted holistic practitioners rather than strictly medical personnel. The change was astounding. His symptoms were reduced by 80% after 4 weeks of detoxification, altered meal planning, spinal adjustments, and yoga with meditation. Today, Dr. Shockey considers himself 98% better.

    In his words, “My will to live…and hope in the future came back with the therapies. I am committed to caring for my patients in this comprehensive approach where we remove the stress on the joints, in the cells, and around the mind so people can reclaim their lives just as I did.”

    LICENSING & SCHOOLING

    • Life Chiropractic College West (San Francisco, CA)
    • Doctorate of Chiropractic
    • Summa Cum Laude
    • Valedictorian of Class 2006
    • Bellarmine University (Louisville, KY)
    • Bachelor of Arts: Chemistry Major, Biology Minor

    PROFESSIONAL CREDENTIALS

    • New York State Chiropractic License: 011246
    • New York State Certification: 6772040UPD
    • Certified Nutritional Consultant, Metagenics
    • Certified Wellness Consultant, Creating Wellness Alliance
    • Certified Personal Trainer, American College of Sports Medicine

    TECHNICAL AND SPECIALIZED SKILLS

    • Posture Correction through Clinical Biomechanics of Posture
    • Functional Nutrition
    • Performance Fitness
    • Wellness Coaching for Lifestyle Management

Dr. Bart Bargiel

Dr. Bart Bargiel

Dr. Bart Bargiel is a physician who is board certified in chiropractic care. The doctor and staff of Empire Sports & Spine serve residents living in New York City with an office conveniently located in Midtown Manhattan. The doctor’s main goal is to provide his patients with individualized care in the areas of sports injuries, neck pain, herniated discs, lower back pain, headaches, posture, sciatica, and shoulder pain.

With his many years of experience and specialized areas of expertise, the doctor can evaluate each patient and provide them with a treatment plan that effectively meets their needs.

Dr. Bargiel graduated from New York Chiropractic College. As a former athlete, the doctor understands the importance of making sure the body functions efficiently on all levels. He is proficient in SOT, Diversified Adjusting, and Cox-Flexion/Distraction and Myofascial Release. The doctor offers physiotherapy and therapeutic massage to his patients, as well as rehabilitation services for patients have are recovering from a devastating illness or disease.


Christine Bochenek

Christine Bochenek, N.P.

Christine is from the Dayton, Ohio area where she graduated with a Master of Science degree in Nursing from Wright State University in 2002. She worked in various clinical and administrative nursing positions in the state of Ohio prior to coming to New York City in 2017. For the past three years her focus has been on stem cell therapy and the benefits it can provide to her patients.

A large part of Christine’s dedication to making stem cell therapy available to patients is a result of her treating patients with chronic pain, coupled with the overuse of opioid medications by the healthcare industry. In particular, she grew frustrated when Ohio rose to the second highest rate of opioid overdoses in the United States. As a matter of conscience, she was driven to identify a better way forward to help patients be free of pain and allow them to experience and maintain a healthy lifestyle.

The change in Christine’s care-giving philosophy brought her to New York City in order to join a multidisciplinary sports, anti-aging and pain management practice. Ultimately, her passion to treat pain with different modalities has led her to the field of regenerative medicine.

As a result, Christine has served as an ACNP stem cell coordinator for three years here in New York. Her position has led her to work with patients ranging from professional athletes to weekend warriors – – in addition to patients with general symptoms, such as back pain, knee and shoulder pain.

Christine has expressed her hopes for helping patients of Empire Sports and Spine in this way:
“The science of stem cells is fascinating and intricate. As you can imagine, the field of regenerative medicine is advancing every day. My goal is to always stay on top of the innovations in the field and when possible make them available to our patients at Empire. Also, my goal is not just treat, but to hopefully replace ailing tissue with new tissue.”