Dr. Frank Farkas
Sports Injuries Led Him To Become The Chiropractor In St. Petersburg
Dr. Frank Farkas is the Clinic Director and St. Petersburg Chiropractor here at Farkas Chiropractic Clinic . His initial introduction to chiropractic care was due to sports injuries that he suffered in high school. He was so thoroughly impressed with his recovery that he decided to pursue chiropractic as a career.
Dr. Farkas is a native of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, but moved with his family to northeast St. Petersburg while in high school. He attended St. Petersburg Catholic High School, St. Petersburg College and Eckerd College, receiving a bachelor’s degree in health management. He is a graduate of Palmer College of Chiropractic.
Starting Farkas Chiropractic Clinic
He started his practice in St. Petersburg over 37 years ago in a small office not far from the present clinic location with his wife, Toni. His success in treating patients with various ailments necessitated expansion to a larger facility. The present clinic location in St. Petersburg is 5,000 square feet, and employs four other chiropractic physicians, one neuro-muscular massage therapists and a support staff of five.
Going Beyond Chiropractic Care
Dr. Farkas has had extensive postgraduate studies, including orthopedics, neurology, trauma, nutrition, work and sports injuries and wellness. He has testified as an expert witness on many occasions, and has lectured extensively. His passion for civic involvement has also kept him quite busy. He is a past graduate of Leadership St. Petersburg and Tampa Bay, a past president of the Pinellas County Chiropractic Society, and the Florida Chiropractic Association. He is also active on many local boards.
The passion Dr. Farkas has for public service led him into the political arena. He was elected to the Florida House of Representatives in 1998, and served four consecutive terms. He has served as the chairman of numerous committees, including the Committee on Health Care, the Select Committee on Affordable Health Care for Floridians, and as Chairman of the Commerce Council. He has received numerous awards and accolades for his work on healthcare, insurance, children and elder issues.
Dr. Farkas and his wife, Toni, have been married 39 years, and have two children.
Contact Farkas Chiropractic Clinic today to schedule an appointment with your Chiropractor in St. Petersburg.
Dr. Andrew Smith
Background and Personal History
Dr. Andrew Smith was born and raised in the small, mid-western town of Monmouth, IL. He grew up participating in many sports, including: track, baseball, football, swimming, and cross country. This interest in sports led him to pursue a degree in kinesiology (exercise science) at the University of Illinois. Dr. Smith was actively involved in music growing up as well. He was a member of the Marching Illini Drumline, and as a result of the long hours of rehearsal he suffered a lower back injury. Chiropractic care allowed him to continue to march without pain or the side effects of pain medication. This experience eventually led Dr. Smith to pursue a career in chiropractic. Prior to joining Farkas Chiropractic Clinic, he worked in both wellness care and injury rehabilitation. This wide treatment background has provided a wealth of knowledge and experience that he now brings to our clinic.
Education and Qualifications
Dr. Smith received his bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology (sports medicine) from the University of Illinois in 2005 and graduated with highest honors. After undergraduate, he attended Logan University and earned a second bachelor’s degree in Human Biology. He then completed his Doctorate of Chiropractic degree at Logan College of Chiropractic. Dr. Smith’s post-graduate studies have included work in corrective chiropractic techniques, nutrition, personal injury, and rehabilitation.
Interests and Hobbies
Dr. Smith continues to stay busy participating in sporting activities such as road races, golfing, triathlons, and fishing. Music remains a large hobby in Dr. Smith’s life as well, and he enjoys playing guitar, bass, piano, percussion, and anything else that makes joyful noise.
Dr. Smith’s Goal:
To help people attain and maintain optimal health and wellness through proven chiropractic techniques, sound nutritional advice, and functional rehabilitation.
Dr. Kiersten McLeod
A Chiropractic Childhood
Dr. Kiersten McLeod grew up in Three Rivers, Michigan, where her father is a chiropractor. Just hours after being born, she received her first chiropractic adjustment and grew up a “chiropractic kid”. She attributes her health and well-being to the holistic lifestyle in which she was raised.
The philosophy of chiropractic and nurturing the body’s own healing ability was engrained in her at a very young age.
Following high school, Dr. McLeod graduated with honors from Michigan State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education. GO GREEN!
She then attended Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport, IA. Dr. McLeod graduated Magna Cum Laude in February 2012 with her Doctorate in Chiropractic.
While at Palmer, Dr. McLeod had the incredible opportunity to travel to Vietnam with 30 student doctors and 4 faculty to provide chiropractic care to the underserved population. Over 4,000 patients were cared for and the trip was a life-changing experience for everyone involved. During her last 4 months at Palmer, Dr. McLeod interned at a chiropractic wellness center in South Florida. Following graduation from Palmer, Dr. McLeod practiced in Michigan with her father for several months. She then moved to the Sunshine State to continue her career in Gainesville, FL.
Dr. McLeod has cared for patients from 3 days old to 97 years old and loves providing chiropractic care to the whole family. She is Advanced Proficiency Rated in Activator Methods, a low force instrument adjusting technique. She is also a member of the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association and is certified in the Webster Technique.
Dr. McLeod loves living in the warm Florida climate and enjoys golfing, all water-related activities, especially slalom skiing, and staying active! She is also an avid sports fan and loves attending almost any sporting event… and of course, cheering on the Michigan State Spartans from afar.
Dr. Brian Farkas
Part of a Chiropractic Family
Dr. Brian Farkas was born and raised in St. Petersburg. He was fortunate to receive regular chiropractic care as a child, and later discovered the healing benefits of chiropractic while rehabilitating a sports injury. It was his passion for helping others, a trait that he learned from his father, that ultimately was the driving force to become a chiropractor himself.
After graduating from St. Petersburg Catholic and St. Petersburg College, Dr. Farkas attended Florida State University, where he pursued his interest in fitness and nutrition, receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in exercise science. He then attended National University of Health Sciences, graduating with a Doctorate of Chiropractic degree.
When he is not seeing patients, Dr. Farkas enjoys running, paddle boarding, fishing, and cooking. Dr. Farkas and his wife Jessica live in downtown St. Petersburg with their schnauzer, Duke.
Massage Therapist (MA81144)
Mariah was raised in Long Island, New York and moved around quite a bit before finding her home here in St Petersburg. She has always been dedicated to learning and throughout her schooling, had an intense love of science. She was working towards a Marine Biology degree when she sustained injuries from a car accident. It was during this time spent in recovery that Mariah learned the vital importance of rehabilitative care.
Education and Qualifications
Mariah received her massage therapy training from Cortiva Institute of Massage in Pinellas Park. She holds certifications in the modalities of Swedish massage, Myofascial Release, and Neuromuscular therapy. She began her career working in the spa environment, where she learned the power of intent and the importance of completing an action with purpose. While her time there allowed Mariah to hone her own unique craft, she has always had a passion for the healing, therapeutic modalities of massage. She is thrilled to embark on the next level of her career in a clinical setting and use her knowledge to continue growing further and further in the healthcare field.
When she’s not discovering new techniques to utilize in her massage practice, you can find Mariah on the water or in the woods. She enjoys kayaking, yoga, playing ukulele and reading.