Dr. Lou DeBerardinis, D.C., spent most of his life growing into a body that now stands at 6’5”. He has been active for most of his life, and for the most part, he would always neglect “aches and pains,” because since the age of 18, he found himself spending hours in the gym each week working out and pushing himself. If you asked him how he felt, the answer was “great or fine”…when in reality his back was sore or his shoulder was bugging him, but in Dr. Lou’s eyes…the show must go on, right? He first met a Chiropractor in a gym, not in an office setting. He never thought much of it, until finally he considered going back to school and was looking at career options. He thought now would be a good time to try Chiropractic to see if he may have some interest in it…after all, it was a profession that supported a healthy and fit lifestyle.
Since his first Chiropractic adjustment, he was so interested in wanting to learn more, he says he felt like a younger man afterwards. Having minimal injuries at that point and feeling already pretty good in his mind, he hadn’t realized how tight and sore his back had become from all the use and abuse it was going through. He thought being healthy was working out, eating well and staying active, but little did he know, those were all just “pieces to the puzzle”. Dr. Lou always says, “You can be as physically fit as a pro athlete, or as mobile as a yoga instructor, but time, use, and stress will have its way with you before the end.” Chiropractic isn’t much of a secret anymore, but he does wish he would have paid more attention to the little “everyday” aches and pains growing up. In such a tall body, he grew up carrying his weight poorly throughout the day because he had very little concept of how muscles and joints work together. At the age of 26, Dr. Lou decided that not only would he go back to school, but he would go to Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport, IA, and while there, he would play Rugby for the school since sports is something he had an affinity for. New to Chiropractic and new to Rugby, he soon found himself in a world in which he felt overwhelmed. Playing Rugby with other men who were collegiate and former professional athletes in either rugby or their respective sports, was so exciting. To train hard is one thing, but to keep your body in one piece is something different. He started out separating his AC joint at practice and suffering several other various injuries as his career there progressed, but with a solid mindset and the services of Palmer’s Rehab and Chiropractic clinic, he worked his way back from each one and became one of the best players at his position in the nation. Dr. Lou still plays with both his Rugby Club here in Pittsburgh and for the team that represents the best in the Midwest known as the Thunderbirds. Without the education he received and the help of Chiropractic along the way, Dr. Lou feels it was very unlikely he would have made it through his injuries, let alone had time to get better at rugby.
Dr. Lou is blessed to be a father to a son named Leo, and has a wonderful girlfriend, Vianca, who is his son’s mother. Dr. Lou adjusts Leo from time to time, and has since his birth and cannot wait to pass along the knowledge he has acquired through both school and healthy living practices to himself.
Since 2016, Dr. Lou has spent many summers off from school mentoring under Dr. Tony Chappie, who, with his wife, Gina, owns and operates Greentree Chiropractic & Rehab. Between Palmer and this practice, Dr. Lou has enjoyed the learning and experience he has gained in treating all types of injuries and problems with people young and old. He looks forward to helping you out!