Dr. David Cerniglia is a native of the Schenectady region who returned to the area in 1993 to open his chiropractic practice. He earned a Doctorate of Chiropractic degree from the prestigious National College of Chiropractic and holds a Bachelor of Science in Human Biology. The mindset of combining academic and scientific excellence with real-world clinical experience provided a strong platform from which Dr. Cerniglia has built his practice the last 25 years. His patients come in all ages, and with every type of spinal condition.
Over the years he has helped treat countless patients who have sustained auto and work related injuries, working alongside some of the area’s top orthopedic specialist. As a Diplomat of the National Board of Examiners he holds advanced certification in cervical acceleration/deceleration injuries. Dr. Cerniglia studied under the renowned expert in neuromuscular medicine, Dr. Reynaldo Lazaro, MD, at the Albany Medical College to receive his advanced training in Electrodiagnostic Testing. This training has afforded him priceless knowledge that he is able to apply in his practice on a daily basis.
Dr. Cerniglia’s skill set extends far beyond treating accident related injuries, with extensive knowledge and experience treating a range of different athletes. He has treated athletes from numerous sports teams including the NY Giants, Albany River Rats, and Olympic wrestlers from Journeymen Wrestling. He works year round with local college athletes from UAlbany, Union College, and The College of Saint Rose.
Working with elite youth athletes has developed into Dr. Dave’s real passion. To this end he has partnered with an innovative local gym. Top Form Training of Clifton Park is a like-minded organization that also looks toward the future health of their young athletes. Dr. Cerniglia and Top Form Training collaborate on treatment plans for their athletes with injuries, as well as those who are biomechanically sound, and want to strive to optimize their potential. Many of these young athletes go on to participate in competitive collegiate athletics and beyond.
Among Dr. Cerniglia’s many honors, one of his most prestigious is being selected as the only chiropractor to have ever been appointed to the Governor’s Medical Advisory Committee, on which he has served for 8 years. For the last 10 years he has served as the primary chiropractic consultant and advisor for multiple police agencies throughout our region. In addition to helping our first responders he is highly involved in the community, donating year round to local charities and sponsoring surrounding youth athletics teams.
Cerniglia Chiropractic is now a staple on Mohawk Ave. in Scotia, known throughout the capital region for its high quality of care and sincere compassion of the doctors and staff. Dr. Cerniglia is proud of the relationships and the respect he has earned in our community. He works almost exclusively from referrals from current patients, orthopedic surgeons, medical doctors, and athletic trainers and coaches.
Dr. Amanda Hodder was born and raised in Niskayuna, NY. Growing up she attended Niskayuna High School where her interests in science and math were cultivated. As a teenager she saw the struggles that her mother and other family members had with back pain and was amazed at the results they would have with chiropractic care. This piqued her interest at a young age and became a key factor in her career decision.
While in college she decided that she wanted to pursue a profession that would not only help people feel better but help them achieve a healthy and active life. She went on to graduate from Ithaca College where she majored in Psychology and Pre-Med. After obtaining her Doctorate of Chiropractic Degree from New York Chiropractic College in Seneca Falls NY, she returned home in early 2011 and has been practicing in Scotia, NY since then.
Dr. Hodder enjoys helping people feel and function better and her goal in practice is to educate her patients and encourage them to take an active role in their health care. Through the use of manual manipulation and therapeutic modalities she is able to help her patients reach their goals. Her patients range in age, and she has experience adjusting everyone from newborns to seniors.
Constantly continuing her education and expanding her knowledge of patient care is a top priority for Dr. Amanda. She most recently became a Graston Technique provider. This soft tissue technique helps to detect and treat areas of 'scar tissue' or adhesions in muscles, tendons and ligaments that can be the cause of pain symptoms and inhibit full range of motion.
She has also become a certified ART (Active Release Technique) practitioner. This is another soft tissue modality that focuses on stretching the muscle tissue, enabling the adjustments to be more effective and longer lasting. Currently she is certified in the ART upper extremity technique and hopes to continue further certification in the future.
When she’s not in the office, Dr. Hodder spends her free time with her 4-year-old daughter and husband. They all enjoy staying active and being outdoors.
Dr. Michael Missenis was raised in Clifton Park, NY where he graduated from Shenendehowa High School. He received his doctorate of chiropractic from New York Chiropractic College in Seneca Falls, NY in 2015.
Dr. Missenis has experience playing several sports including baseball, basketball, football, and track. He utilizes his interest in sports and physical performance to fuel his continuous education and professional development. He has obtained an advanced certificate in sports science and human performance and is Active Release Technique (ART) certified. ART is a soft tissue therapy that treats problems with muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia and nerves by breaking down scar tissue and adhesions.
Dr. Missenis realizes that you cannot simply treat a patient's symptoms, but must treat that person as a whole being. This includes a thorough examination and frequent re-evaluation, proper and meticulous patient education, appropriate chiropractic treatments, and functional exercises. A patient's specific functional goals are always factored into the individualized plan of care.
Dr. Missenis has experience treating a variety of patient concerns in all areas of the body. He treats more complex concerns such as chronic pain and fibromyalgia and has a particular interest in working with athletes of all ages and skill levels.
In his free time, Dr. Missenis enjoys spending time with his wife, Jenny, and their pets, Joey and Daisy. They kayak, hike, and take long walks with their dog. Dr. Missenis also stays active by working out and playing sports.