At 12 years-old, Dr. Sannelli received her first chiropractic adjustment after her back locked-up in school. She still remembers the moment when her back was released and the pain disappeared. As a competitive ice skater, runner and dancer, Dr. Sannelli discovered she was prone to tendonitis and responded well to chiropractic care. While at Bowdoin, she planned on becoming an orthopedist with a focus on treating professional dancers. After being in a car accident during her junior year, Dr. Sannelli injured her left shoulder and neck, which caused recurrent headaches and pain when lifting her arm. The director of the dance department recommended she see their chiropractor and after being adjusted by her, Dr. Sannelli was able to keep her arm up without pain and sleep on her left side again. Her headaches subsided and she realized this form of healthcare worked the best for her. The chiropractor, Dr. Virginia Shapiro, became her mentor and the rest, as they say, is history!
As far as nutrition, Dr. Sannelli has been passionate about food since her teen years. Her mother instilled in her a love for a wide variety of wholesome foods from a young age, which inspired her to learn all she could about nutrition and food as medicine. Dr. Sannelli has had extensive training in the evaluation of clinical research and the analysis of laboratory test results. She has had the honor of being taught by Dr. Richard Lord, PhD, author of Laboratory Evaluations for Integrative and Functional Medicine, Paths to Health: Organic Acids and Paths to Health: Gut Microbes. Dr. Lord is one of the creators of early laboratory screening for health conditions. He and his colleagues developed specialized urinary organic acid tests which detect early nutritional deficiencies and metabolic imbalances which can be the root causes of many health conditions such as chronic inflammation, skin conditions, hormonal imbalance, weight gain, hindered energy production, toxicity, as well as autoimmune disease.
This advanced diagnostic training has taught Dr. Sannelli how to identify many underlying causes of people's health problems, giving her and her patients direction and solutions for their resolution. Her experience in both Functional Medicine and Chiropractic gives her patients the best of both, which has been especially helpful for people with conditions such as fibromyalgia, arthritis, migraines, MS, chronic fatigue, anxiety, recurrent infections, abdominal pain, constipation, allergies, eczema and asthma.
It is her passion and pleasure to help others be well so they can flourish! When she’s not working with patients, she spends time enjoying her husband and two teengaged children, relaxing with family and friends, coloring, cooking, hiking, playing with her Jack Russell terrier, Kobe, and worshipping God.