Robert Romano, DC
Hi, my name is Robert Romano. I’m one of the chiropractors here at Park Bench Chiropractic. I was born in Germany because both of my parents were in the US Army. I grew up on Long Island, attended college in Albany, and then chiropractic school in Atlanta. My wife and I, and our two kids, live here in beautiful Frederick.
Prior to attending chiropractic school I attended the State University of New York at Albany where I receieved a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology. I also had the opportunity to work at numerous facilities including the Albany County Nursing Home, Port Jefferson Ferry Senior Living, and the NY State Capital District Psychiatric Center. Psychology wasn’t satisfying to me so I began working at a chiropractic office shortly after finishing my degree.
I worked for 2 and 1/2 years at North Shore Chiropractic in Port Jefferson Station, NY. While there I worked full time as a Chiropractic Assistant to Dr. Gary DiBenedetto and Dr. Michael Maiorino. Dr. Dibenedetto is a recognized leader in chiropractic who is well-known in the profession for his dedication to the philosophy, science, and art of chiropractic. It was during this time at North Shore Chiropractic that I decided to dedicate my work life to becoming a chiropractor and helping other people improve their health. My next stop was chiropractic school.
I attended Life University in Atlanta, where I graduated with honors. During my time at Life University I had a special interest in family wellness care, functional chiropractic neurology, and treating acute back pain, neck pain, and headaches. I regularly attended different extra-curricular clubs and seminars to expand my education. I use Diversified/Full Spine adjusting, Thompson Technique drop-table adjusting, and sometimes even instrument-assisted adjusting. Additionally, I utilize the Cox Flexion-Distraction technique for low back disc injuries and other spinal problems.
Also while in school at Life University in Atlanta I had the opportunity to spend 6 months as a PEAK Program Intern at Leading Edge Sport & Spine working under the guidance of Dr. James E. Schantz of Roswell, Georgia. Dr. Schantz is one of the top chiropractors in the United States according to Prevention Magazine, and is also a GCA Humanitarian of the Year, and is certified by Harvard in the treatment of low back pain. This 6 month experience laid a solid clinical foundation for me and gave me real-world experience with a variety of people and conditions.
While at chiropractic school I married my beautiful best friend, Nicole.
After finishing chiropractic school I headed back to New York to work as an Associate Doctor of Chiropractic for Dr. Gary DiBenedetto at North Shore Chiropractic. While there I further sharpened my clinical skills and prepared myself for the big move to Frederick to settle down with my family.
In 2010 we had our 1st child, Logan. In late 2014 our daughter, Summer, was born. In 2010 we also opened Park Bench Chiropractic.
Matthew Schooley, DC
My name is Dr. Matt and I grew up in the beautiful Appalachian Mountains of North Carolina in a sleepy mountain town outside of Asheville named Marion. Growing up there, surrounded by the natural beauty of the North Carolina Mountains, I forged a love for the outdoors that I hold to this day. Small town life taught me that hard work always pays off and that family, friend and community bonds are something that you treasure above all else. After graduating from McDowell High I travelled further into the mountains and headed up to Boone, NC to attend Appalachian State University. Though I hadn’t yet landed on a specific profession, I knew that I wanted to find something that would allow me to help others, so I started the track of Pre-Professional Biology. During my junior year at App State, I met a Doctor of Chiropractic (D.C.) and was blown away by the concept of being able to remove subluxations to assist the human body’s natural ability to miraculously heal itself. Over the course of four years I worked diligently and earned that B.S. in Pre-Professional Biology and a Minor in Chemistry. During my time at App State I worked at the only two-story Wendy’s on the East Coast, where I met my wife Rachel who was covered in grease, humming to herself and smiling the whole time. Together Rachel and I moved down to Atlanta from Boone, so that I could pursue my dream of becoming a D.C. at Life University. It was a big change for us to move from Boone, with a population of around 14,000 and only 3 roads going in and out to a city the size Atlanta, but we adjusted and made a home in the big city. I finished up my time at Life University and graduated ready to adjust the world and initiate some healing.
After graduation I worked at Foothills Chiropractic as an independent contractor in small town just outside of Atlanta called Hiram, Georgia. While I was there I adjusted a wide variety of people ranging from 1 year old children to 90 year old great grandparents and saw how chiropractic care can benefit everyone. I worked with several doctors that together have 100 years experience in the chiropractic profession. This helped me develop and mature my skill of adjusting far beyond what I learned in school. I witnessed amazing things by adjusting people’s spines. These adjustments allowed my patients nervous systems to function to the best of their ability, which in turn allowed their bodies to heal themselves.
Rachel and I have three furry friends that we refer to as our children.
We have a 6 year old spoiled rabbit named Kendall, a 5 year old talkative cat named Bella and my best friend and frisbee buddy 4 year old Obie the Sheltie-huahua (that’s a Sheltie/Chihuahua mix). In my spare time you can find me enjoying basketball, golf, tennis, frisbee (with Obie of course), spending time with my family, gardening, cooking and swimming. I love being outdoors, especially hiking, and hope to someday have the opportunity to hike the Appalachian Trail in its entirety. Enough about me though, you just let me know what I can do to help you, because that’s my greatest pursuit of all.
About our Free Care for Veterans Program
After 7 full years of offering this program we have decided to discontinue it. We have provided tens of thousands of dollars of free chiropractic care to US Military veterans who have served our country overseas. We consider it to be an honor to make acquaintances with so many great people and to have the opportunity to help them achieve health goals or recover from injuries. Dozens – probably over 100 – local residents have received between 6 and 12 months of totally free care at our office. We were even on the local news. It’s been a fun ride, but interest in the program slowed to barely a trickle and now we have officially ended it.