Dr. Walter Priestley has been practicing in the Village of Farmingdale since 1988. He has treated thousands of your friends and neighbors since that time. His practice has grown because of his caring, effective professional service.
In 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2016 the office was voted by the readers of the Long Island Press as the “Best Chiropractic Office on Long Island.” Previously in 2003, he was presented the award of "Business Person of the Year" by the Nassau Council of Chamber of Commerce. Also, in 2009 he was chosen to receive Farmingdale Village “Man of the Year” Award for his dedicated service to his patients and the community at large. In 2011 and 2014, he was awarded the Long Island Business News "Healthcare Heroes" award for Complimentary and Alternative Medicine. Dr. Priestley also completed his first NYC Marathon in November 2015.
He is a graduate of SUNY Stony Brook 1984. He received his doctorate in Chiropractic from New York Chiropractic College and his license to practice in the states of New York and California in 1988.
He has post graduate certificates in radiology, scoliosis and cervical acceleration/ deceleration (whiplash) type injuries from the Spine Research Institute. He is currently board certified in chiropractic pediatrics. Dr. Priestley is Vice President of the Nassau District of the New York State Chiropractic Association.
He is certified by the American Red Cross as a "Protect your Back" instructor. He is a member of the American Chiropractic Association, the Farmingdale Rotary Club and the Farmingdale Chamber of Commerce.
Dr. Priestley lives with his wife and three children less than a mile from his office in Farmingdale.
Dr. Priestley is available for lectures to professional and lay groups on a variety of topics including starting a fitness program, reducing your risk of neck and back injuries, auto safety facts, alternative health care among others. Dr. Priestley is also involved in coaching youth sports such as basketball and swimming. He is a fitness enthusiast participating in local triathlons and other athletic events.
Dr. Chris Wider is a graduate of New York Chiropractic College 1999. He has been working with Dr. Walter Priestley since 2003. Dr. Wider has 12 years of experience in high volume, multidisciplinary, and family practices in Brooklyn and Long Island. He also has post-graduate education in health and wellness studies from the Wellness Practice Institute. He also has a post graduate certificate in the diagnosis and management of cervical acceleration/deceleration trauma (whiplash). The types of conditions Dr. Wider specializes in are: disc herniations, motor vehicle injuries, work injuries, neck and low back pain, headaches, and sports injuries. Dr. Wider has a great hands on technique in which he can mobilize your joints or use a non-force technique known as myofacial release, both resulting in effective pain relief, reduction of nerve interference and better health.
Dr. Wider is also an avid musician. He performs professionally in such places as BB Kings in Manhattan and performed at the Capitol One Theatre formally known as Westbury Music Fair in March 2010. He also volunteers his time performing at Farmingdale Adult Day Care, Art in the Park and other community groups.
Louis T. Essman, M.D. is a family practitioner with a main office in Levittown but practices with us on Saturday mornings. Some patients may need referrals from medical doctors for physical therapy or specific testing that only a physican can provide. Also, there are a few of our patients during an acute episode that may benefit from a short course of anti-inflammatory medication which he can prescribe when indicated.
Team Leader Kristal is our office manager by day and a wife and mommy of three young children, Dominic and twins Anthony & Luciana by night. She received her CMA and Phlebotomy certifications in 2009 but shifted gears to join our team in 2010. Before that, she spent 5 years as a preschool teacher in Suffolk County until she began a family of her own.
Team Member Brianna is a graduate from Stony Brook University with a
bachelors degree in Psychology, and is currently in the Accelerated Nursing Program at Adelphi University. Brianna has been working as a medical assistant for the past three years with experience at Stony Brook Hospital and Prompt Care Md. In 2014 Brianna traveled to Costa Rica to volunteer through FIMRC as an opportunity to help others. In addition to volunteering in Costa Rica, Brianna volunteered for two years at Stony Brook Hospital in the emergency room and admitting department.
Team Member Gina is a graduate of SUNY Old Westbury with a Bachelor's degree in Criminology. She is currently attending a graduate program at Northeastern Univeristy for a Master's degree in Criminal Justice.
Team Member Victoria is currently working at JFK High School and attending Hofstra University for a Master's degree in literacy studies.
Both Gina and Victoria have been with our office since 2010 and are happy to fill-in from time to time as needed even with their busy school and family schedules.