Meet the St. Petersburg Team
Dr. Frank Farkas
CEO and Founder
Dr. Frank Farkas is the Chief Executive Officer and Founder 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 bachelors 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 40 years ago in a small office not far from the present St. Pete location with his wife, Toni. His success in treating patients with various ailments necessitated expansion to a larger facility. Dr. Farkas' vision has always been to improve the health of our community for generations to come. This vision has led Dr. Farkas to expand his practice into Tampa and Clearwater so that more people around the Tampa Bay area can receive the benefits of chiropractic care.
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 for 43 years. Their son, Dr. Brian Farkas, is one of our St. Petersburg Chiropractors and their daughter, Stephanie F. Pinto, is our Director of Marketing.
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 being outdoors, fly fishing, boating, grilling and spending time with his wife Jess and two year old daughter, Audrey.
Dr. Kiersten M. Ogden
A Chiropractic Childhood
Dr. Kiersten Ogden 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. Ogden 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. Ogden graduated Magna Cum Laude in February 2012 with her Doctorate in Chiropractic.
While at Palmer, Dr. Ogden 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. Ogden interned at a chiropractic wellness center in South Florida. Following graduation from Palmer, Dr. Ogden practiced in Michigan with her father for several months. She then moved to the Sunshine State to continue her career in Gainesville, FL.
Dr. Ogden 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.
Outside of the office, Dr. Ogden and her husband Jeff enjoy traveling, cooking and spending time with their goldendoodle Tucker.
Dr. Joseph Dhani
Dr. Joseph Dhani was born in Eagan, Minnesota. His family soon after relocated to the little town of Safety Harbor, FL to escape the cold weather up north. Dr. Dhani grew up like a true Floridian enjoying the local beaches, watching the Tampa Bay Devil Rays, and playing sports year around. He later attended the medical magnet program at Palm Harbor University High School where he got early exposure to the medical field and discovered his passion for helping others through health and wellness.
After graduating from high school, Dr. Dhani attended the University of Florida, where he pursued a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Nutrition and he was on track to apply to medical schools around the country. In his last semester of his undergraduate studies, his life changed when he accidently discovered chiropractic. While trying to get more exposure to the healthcare field, he went and shadowed two local doctors from his church not knowing they were chiropractors. For the first time, Dr. Dhani saw how chiropractic care helped numerous people achieve optimal health and wellness by addressing interference to the nervous system. After that defining moment, Dr. Dhani quickly changed his educational route to pursue chiropractic medicine. He later graduated from Palmer College of Chiropractic Magna Cum Laude and was a finalist for the prestigious Clinical Excellence Award.
Upon graduating, Dr. Dhani first practiced in his old college town of Gainesville, FL and recently relocated to St. Petersburg after his wife Rachel accepted a position as a Family Medicine doctor at Bayfront Health. When outside the office, Dr. Dhani and his wife enjoy playing beach volleyball and doubles tennis. They are both new to the St. Petersburg, but they are excited to experience all that this area has to offer.
Dr. Neha Patel
Dr. Patel was born and raised in Windsor, Ontario, Canada. Dr. Patel loves to travel. She feels traveling can increase exposure to new places and new people, which can be really reviving personally and can also be eye opening to see how others live. Whether it be human or natural life, can be really humbling. When Dr. Patel is not traveling or working, you can find her spending time with her family. Family means everything and she credits her success to her extremely supportive parents and husband. Dr. Patel is a loving mother to her two beautiful boys.
Dr. Patel attended Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan where she completed her undergraduate degree in Biology. After completing her undergraduate degree, Dr. Patel wanted to help people enrich their lives through natural and holistic ways. She decided to pursue a career in Chiropractic care and chose to continue her education at Palmer College of Chiropractic in Daytona Beach Fl. She is trained in many different techniques; Activator, Diversified, Gonstead and Thompson Drop. Dr. Patel has always had a passion for helping others and hopes to spread her vast knowledge with her patients.