Lessons learned early
Matthew M. Antonucci, DC, DACNB, FACFN, FICC, learned an important lesson as a youngster from his grandfather. After learning how to use a nail and hammer, his grandfather handed him a screwdriver and a cup full of screws to play with, which he no idea how to use.
"Where's my hammer and where are my nails? And he said, 'sometimes life isn't going to always give you a hammer and nails, so you have to learn to use different tools.' And from there, I just tried to learn as many different types of tools that I could use to help my patients. And what I realized is that the more tools you have in your toolbox, the more people you can help."
Now, Antonucci is the lead clinician and Director of Neurological Performance and Rehabilitation for Plasticity Brain Centers. He completed undergraduate studies on an academic scholarship at Central Connecticut State University and received his Doctorate in Chiropractic Medicine from Life University in Atlanta, Georgia. His post-graduate studies in neurology were completed at the Carrick Institute for Graduate Studies, where he also had the great fortune to complete a 2-year fellowship residency under the direction of Professor Frederick R. Carrick. He received both his diplomat in Chiropractic Neurology, as well as his fellowship in Functional Neurology, in 2009. He has completed additional fellowship training and is board certified in the specialties of: Childhood Developmental Disorders, Vestibular Rehabilitation, Neurochemistry and Nutrition, and Brain Injury Rehabilitation.
In 2015, Antonucci was awarded the highest honor in the chiropractic profession, a lifetime induction as a fellow to the International College of Chiropractic for his outstanding service to the chiropractic profession.
With almost a decade of clinical experience, he has attended over 1,500 patients with complex neurological conditions, and has held private practices in Charleston, South Carolina and Atlanta. He currently attends patients at Plasticity Brain Centers and is a tenured Associate Professor of Clinical Neuroscience at the Carrick Institute, regularly lecturing both nationally and internationally on neurological rehabilitation. He has contributed to and published numerous research abstracts, and studies on the quantification of neurological function, efficacy and accuracy of technology, as well as clinical outcomes of functional neurology interventions.
When not attending patients or lecturing, Antonucci enjoys continuing his education, researching, traveling, fine dining, photography, writing, electronic dance music, and spending time with family. He and his wife Tricia have 3 children, Tedy and identical twins Brady and Boston.