State College, PA - Centre County - Central Pennsylvania - Home of Penn State University

State College chiropractic office introduces new associate

by on June 07, 2018 10:32 AM

STATE COLLEGE — State College Family Chiropractic Center, located at 905 W. Beaver Ave., has announced the addition of Dr. Melissa Kneidinger to its staff.

Kneidinger graduated from the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown with a bachelor's degree in biology and earned her doctor of chiropractic from Sherman College of Chiropractic in 2001. She is certified in adjunctive procedures.

Kneidinger previously practiced in Altoona, but said she was looking for a more family-oriented practice. Although she lives near Pinecroft, Kneidinger said she likes State College and is looking forward to practicing here.

“I became a chiropractor because it seemed like the best of all worlds,” said Kneidinger. “I volunteered with physical therapy and saw some emergency room happenings, but those weren’t for me. Given the right materials, the body has amazing restorative powers, and that’s what drew me to chiropractic.”

The most senior member of the chiropractors at State College Family Chiropractic is Dr. John L. Scipione Jr., who joined his father’s office in 2000. Dr. John Scipione Sr. had set the practice in motion in 1981 and turned it over to his son in 2015.

In January 2015, Dr. Kyle Deden joined the staff. He came to State College by way of the Palmer School of Chiropractic in Davenport, Iowa. Deden worked in Iowa City and is comfortable with a college population.

“In State College, I see a lot of repetitive sports injuries,” Deden said. “These come from the sports programs, but also from the general population — the so-called weekend warriors.”

The practice also employs two massage therapists, Peter Santos and Rebecca Atwell.
The staff at this office believes in using all the healing modalities together to ensure the best outcome.

"I have treated patients as young as a 3-day-old infant with colic, and as old as 96. If you promote the proper healing first, then you can begin to rehab a part of the body,” said Scipione.

“I wasn’t always a believer in chiropractic," said Ellen Konkle, the office's marketing director. "I had treatment on my shoulder and haven’t had bronchitis since. I have seen other conditions improve or disappear among the patients that we see.”

For more information, visit  


Connie Cousins covers Centre County for the Gazette.
Disclaimer: Copyright © 2019 All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.