MCHC Health Centers is pleased to announce the arrival of Dr. Joseph Iaccino, a chiropractor who will serve patients primarily at Lakeview Health Center in Lakeport and Hillside Health Center in Ukiah.
Chief Medical Officer Dr. Matt Swain said, “Dr. Iaccino is a great addition to our team. Chiropractic care can bring enormous relief to patients experiencing certain types of pain.”
After five years in private practice in Boise, Idaho, Dr. Iaccino joined Ampla Health, a federally qualified health center (FQHC) similar to MCHC, where he spent the pandemic serving patients. Now, after a short stint at another health center, Dr. Iaccino is excited to be working for an FQHC once again, a setting where he feels he can do his best work and also one that allows him to support patients who might not otherwise have access to chiropractic care.
“Chiropractors are usually lone wolves, but the future of medicine is a team-based approach.” Dr. Iaccino said. “There are certain things I can’t address—that are outside my scope of practice. Being able to knock on the door down the hall and talk to a provider who can address a patient’s needs allows me to focus on what I am good at and for the patient to get access to even more of what they need.”
Open communication is key to his practice, Dr. Iaccino explained. The hands-on nature of chiropractic care can make it easier to build trust, and Dr. Iaccino’s patients often share a wide variety health issues with him—some that are not related to chiropractic care. Being able to communicate with other providers who work with his patients means potential problems can be caught and addressed much faster than they might be otherwise.
Not only does MCHC’s team-based model align with Dr. Iaccino’s approach, Its focus on whole-person care is a great fit. Dr. Iaccino explained that he pays attention to the whole body, not just the area in pain. He says he looks to see what is moving well and what needs to move better. Hey then employs a two-step approach that uses chiropractic adjustment tools followed by soft tissue work rather than the jarring manual adjustments popularized by Tik Tok and other social media sites.
Dr. Iaccino said the mellower approach to adjustment paired with changes to a patient’s posture and nutrition can create big changes in patients’ lives. For Dr. Iaccino, the most rewarding parts of his job are the everyday wins he sees in his practice.
“When a patient comes in with a headache and leaves without one, that’s a great feeling.” Dr. Iaccino said.
Dr. Iaccino said he hopes to make a positive impact in the communities he will serve in his new position, especially Lake County where he has deep family ties.
His father is the retired superintendent for Upper Lake School District and his sister is currently an elementary school teacher in the county. In fact, Dr. Iaccino substitute taught in the area while getting his master’s degree in human nutrition and functional medicine.
This familial connection paired with his love of the beauty of Lake County made it an easy decision for him to provide care to his community.
When Dr. Iaccino is away from the office, he spends much of his time with his beloved furry companion Ari, an Airedale terrier, exploring California from the coast to Tahoe to Yosemite and everywhere in between. Dr. Iaccino said he loves hiking, backpacking, and camping with his four-legged sidekick.
He also can be found making the commute down to Santa Rosa to play ice hockey, a lifelong passion, or hanging out with his niece and nephews.
“I don’t know that I can singlehandedly improve the health of Lake County,” he joked, “but hopefully, I can put more tallies in the win column.