Michael Coon, D.C. (Doctor of Chiropractic)
Dr. Michael Coon is the owner of Alpha Medical and Spinal Care in the Charleston, SC area. When he initially opened Alpha Care, he wanted to provide conservative treatment for pain that he believed could serve as an alternative to surgery. Dr. Coon’s idea for this type of practice was derived from his medical experience as a Navy Corpsman in the Charleston, SC Navy Hospital. This experience prompted him to become a chiropractic physician and drove him to open a practice that would employ both medical physicians and chiropractors to provide more efficient treatment for common medical problems.
After serving as a Navy Corpsman from 1974-1978 in Charleston,SC, Dr. Coon graduated second in his class from the Medical University of South Carolina in 1980 as a respiratory therapist. He then attended Life Chiropractic College and graduated Magna Cum Laude in 1983. In 1984, he opened his first facility on James Island. Since then, Alpha Care has expanded to include locations in North Charleston, West Ashley, Mount Pleasant, and Summerville.
Katherine Graber, M.D. (Medical Doctor)
Katherine M. Graber, BScN., M.D., C.C.F.P., F.C.F.P. is one of the Board Certified Family Physicians. She has received a Fellowship in Family Medicine of Canada from the Canadian College of Family Medicine in recognition of her hours of continuing medical education(2004).
Dr. Graber is licensed to practice medicine in Canada, New York, and South Carolina. Until May 2009, Dr. Graber was an Assistant Clinical Professor of Pediatrics and Family Medicine at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine at Yeshiva University in New York City. Dr. Graber worked for 12 years as the Director of the Adolescent Medication Clinic at the Rose F. Kennedy Center/Children’s Evaluation and Rehabilitation Clinic, in Bronx NY. During this time she has gained experience treating Adolescents with Developmental Disabilities, Learning Disorders, Behavioral Problems and Psychiatric Illnesses.
Dr. Graber received her undergraduate degree of BScN. from the University of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, and her M.D. from McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. She completed her Residency at McMaster University. Dr. Graber practiced general family medicine for 4 ½ years in Canada before moving to the United States in 1992. Dr. Graber has a total of 33 years of medical experience.
David McDonnell, D.C. (Doctor of Chiropractic)
Dr. David McDonnell received his undergraduate degree from Fordham University in New York. He attended Sherman College of Chiropractic in Spartanburg, SC and earned his Doctorate of Chiropractic in 1985.
After years of private practice in Florida, Dr. McDonnell relocated to Charleston, SC and practiced in North Charleston before joining the Alpha Care team in 2004. He is currently practicing chiropractic care in our Summerville medical center and loving being a part of the Alpha Care team!
Dustin Knutson, D.C. (Doctor of Chiropractic)
Dr. Dustin Knutson earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise and Sport Science from the University of Georgia in Athens. During his education he worked in various rehabilitation settings which included inpatient/outpatient physical therapy departments, podiatry, and hospitals in the Atlanta area. He later pursued his Doctorate in Chiropractic at Life University in Marietta, Georgia. After passing his National and SC State Boards, Dr. Knutson has been practicing in the Charleston area since 1999. His experience has been treating various conditions related to the spine and extremities, work and auto accident injuries, sports injuries, post-surgical rehabilitation, and other musculoskeletal problems. He enjoys various outdoor recreational and sporting activities with his wife and two daughters.
Dr. Frank M. Schwartz
Dr. Frank M. Schwartz received his Doctorate degree in 1999 from Life University, College of Chiropractic, which is the largest Chiropractic College in the world. He also holds a Bachelors of Science with a Psychology minor degree from Regents University. He is a licensed Chiropractor in the state of South Carolina, board certified by the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners, and has achieved Part IV Board Certification. He has been certified in the area of Chiropractic Physiological Therapeutics by Life University and the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners. Dr. Schwartz has practiced in many different areas of the country, which has given him the opportunity to learn and use both practical and valuable chiropractic techniques which he incorporates as needed in his patients’ care. His patients have included a large range of ages that have had various health conditions. Dr. Schwartz has been comfortable handling all of these patients and is both eager and excited about taking on any new challenges that come his way. He holds a particular interest in treating children. He has been impressed with the success of chiropractic on children, including newborns, on maintaining health. He has seen that the sooner you get started, the easier it is to understand and maintain their health.
When not in the clinic caring for patients, Dr. Schwartz spends his time volunteering as the Den2 Cub Scout Leader for Pack79 and as a theatrical set builder for various Charleston community theaters. Brought to Charleston in 2001, the hometown of his wife, Allston Schwartz, Dr. Schwartz loves the strong sense of community and family that is offered here. He, his wife, and twin boys (Mitchell and Griffin) spend a lot of time enjoying the outdoors, traveling, and experiencing new adventures.