VOORHEESVILLE – A new chiropractor has opened his doors and wants to build a strong customer base within BrickHouse Fitness in Voorheesville. However, due to the novel pandemic of the coronavirus (COVID-19), it is only open by appointment.

Samson Chiropractic at 18 Drywall Lane opened in early February and is managed by Dr. Eric Samson operated. It offers services such as cupping, muscle stimulation, nutritional advice, and rock tape. Since the beginning of March, he has also been working as a chiropractor for Domenick J. Rizzuto, MD, at 1441 Western Ave. in Albany. Samson added that working there will help grow his clientele further and that he is expected to take over Rizzuto in the future.

“I want to promote fitness in general and help people, including athletes,” said Samson, juggling 11 clients between his offices in Voorheesville and Albany. “On the same page, I want to help everyone get out of the pain.”

While the COVID-19 pandemic continues, Samson wrote in a follow-up email: “If a patient feels sick at all, be it fever, cough or difficulty breathing, they will be asked to leave. Even as long as the doctor [like myself] If safe hygiene practices are followed before and after treatment, there is minimal risk of spreading germs. “

After growing up in Colonie, Samson graduated from Colonie High School in 2010, studied biochemistry for four years at Siena College, and graduated from New York Chiropractic College in Seneca Falls in December 2019, where he received a PhD in Chiropractic and a Masters in applied medicine from clinical nutrition . He also serves in the New York Army National Guard; In January 2020 he was promoted to captain of the 642nd Aviation Support Battalion of the 42nd Aviation Brigade in Rochester.

“It can be difficult, but it’s been a really rewarding experience so far,” said Samson when asked how he felt recently graduating from chiropractic and military duties. “It is not typical to open my own practice two months after graduation and I am working on becoming an individual practitioner and business owner. It takes time and I have a network that supports me. “

Samson said he was inspired to become a chiropractor after not enjoying learning about biochemistry, doing research, and working in laboratories at Siena College. “I also played rugby there every four years. I hurt myself a couple of times and Dr. Seen Rizzuto, ”he said. “We talked more and he said I would make a great chiropractor. One day I asked him, “What are you doing?” and he said he helped people get out of pain, get to know them, care for them, make recommendations, and be smart. He said it was so rewarding and I thought this could be it for me. “

This led him to enroll at New York Chiropractic College.

He eventually named his Voorheesville practice Samson Chiropractic after drawing inspiration from his late father, who worked for years in the New York State Office of General Services. “He died of a heart attack in old age two years ago,” he said. “He was only helping people and apparently he knew exactly what to say when he met people. This is what I want to remember when I work under the Samson Chiropractic name. ”

Samson also has a fitness background that led him to meet Johnny Lucarelli, the owner of BrickHouse Fitness, who came up with the idea of ​​a chiropractor working there to maximize use of the gym. Samson’s practice will temporarily take up space there.

“I know there are a lot of new properties out there and new people starting families in their thirties or forties and moving to Voorheesville, but there aren’t many chiropractors there,” he said. “There are promising and [Lucarelli] and I have a lot of things we could do to improve my chiropractic and BrickHouse fitness. “

Looking ahead, Samson saw how COVID-19 is affecting chiropractic. “It will be difficult for us as all chiropractors are technically small business owners,” he wrote in an email. However, he thanked him for still serving in the New York Army National Guard to keep himself financially alive.

He added that he would like to continue promoting his practice through social media and a website. “I’ve always wanted to work as a sports chiropractor, such as a college sports team, and I really think chiropractic and physical training can help athletes perform better,” he said. “If they can perform better, it may be related to their mental well-being and their performance in school.”

Samson would like to continue working in the Capital District and expand its customer base. “2020 can be anything scary, like on social media, but I think it’s good to have a source of relief,” said Samson. “As a chiropractor, you get to know your patients better, and that’s really amazing. There are people we can help, and the relief people can get with chiropractic care is unreal. “

For more information, contact Domenick J. Rizzuto, MD’s Albany Practice, at 518-482-7164.