Dr. Amir A. Rashidian
Holding Bachelor of Science degrees in Chemistry and Human Biology and a Doctorate in Chiropractic, Dr. Amir A. Rashidian is the founder of the Mid-Atlantic Chiropractic Center. Established in 2006 and serving over 18,000 patient visits annually, the Mid-Atlantic Chiropractic Center focuses on high-tech diagnostics to detect and correct disturbances in the nervous system. The doctors at the Mid-Atlantic Chiropractic Center, promoting drugless health solutions, work with patients to eliminate the causes of disease and not merely the suppression of symptoms. As a consultant, Dr. Amir has worked with 18 chiropractic practices, 16 of which were startup businesses that all reached profitability within the first 3 months of business launch. Dr. Rashidian attributes his success in opening practices to an intensive systematized marketing plan implemented 3 months prior to business launch. He has personally opened two very successful chiropractic practices.
A very active speaker at corporate events, conventions, and churches, he is also frequently interviewed by the local TV, radio, and newspaper. Additionally, Dr. Amir serves on the Board of Directors of Habitat for Humanity and is a major financial supporter of their local building projects. Furthermore, Dr. Amir also serves as the chairman of the Elder Leadership Team at Grace Community Church. He has won multiple honors and awards including Business Leader of the Year and Philanthropist of the Year.
He is happily married to his wife of 14 years and together they have three sons.
Dr. Amir A. Rashidian was born in Iran in 1974. He was 5-years old when rioting began, and the government was overthrown. Iran became the Islamic Republic of Iran and the world as he knew it changed. He still remembers the gruesome violence of that time and although several decades have passed, he can recall the scenes like they occurred yesterday.
He was 6-years old when Saddam Hussein’s Iraq invaded Iran and thus began the air-raids and bombings. Dr. Amir lived in a quiet and peaceful area of northern Iran near the Caspian Sea. Prior to the revolution this area was a trendy and luxurious vacation area with lots of recreational facilities and picturesque beaches. However, a couple years after the war began, the beautiful scenic park across from his house was converted into a POW camp to contain the many Iraqi prisoners. Every couple of months an Iraqi soldier would escape and attempt to hide in Dr. Amir’s neighborhood. Shooting would ensue in the streets and Amir’s family would hide in their home.
Dr. Amir’s father wanted to bring the family to America. Every summer Dr. Amir’s father would take their family to a different European country with the hopes of obtaining a visa to the United States. Each time they met with rejection and had to return home.
Finally, at age 11, Dr. Amir’s family was given permission to enter the United States of America. In August of 1985, Dr. Amir and his mother landed in Los Angeles with nothing but two suitcases. They were homeless for a few months until they moved into a small 2-bedroom apartment which they shared with another woman and her two young children. His experiences during this time led to his passion for helping the homeless and those in need of proper housing. This is also why he serves as a member of the board of directors of Habitat for Humanity in his hometown.
Dr. Amir’s father was a highly respected and successful businessman in Iran. He owned a large construction company and had built hospitals, government buildings, and apartment buildings in Iran. However, after the revolution, their money was practically worthless in America. Dr. Amir’s mother worked as a nanny during the week and Dr. Amir and his mother cleaned houses on weekends to earn extra money. One day, a wealthy man approached Dr. Amir’s father who was still in Iran and offered him the opportunity of a lifetime. The wealthy man offered to purchase a house on the east coast and sell it to him at no interest and low monthly payments. Thus, Dr. Amir with his mother and father moved to Maryland in 1987.
Before leaving Iran, Dr. Amir’s dad wanted to teach him about poverty and life in the underprivileged regions of Iran, the villages in the foothills of the Elburz mountain range. In one of those villages, Dr. Amir was witness to a young woman who had gone into labor. The midwife told her and her husband that the baby was not alive, and the young woman would likely not survive. That woman died in her husband’s arms because there were no doctors in that village. Amir decided in that moment to commit his life to becoming a doctor, to saving lives, and preventing unnecessary death.
In America, driven by his dream to become a doctor, Dr. Amir was a good student and a very hard worker. Unfortunately, Dr. Amir had a type of dyslexia that affected his ability to read. His eyes would jumble the words on the page and he had to rearrange them in his mind to try and make sense of the text. At the time, he didn’t know he had dyslexia and believed he was slow and dumb. It didn’t mean he couldn’t do well in school; it just meant that he would have to work harder and longer than anyone else. That’s how he managed to get the grades, finish near to top of his high school class and get accepted into the George Washington University’s premedical program.
During his sophomore year at GWU, Dr. Amir’s father began to suffer from nerve damage and spinal cord compression in his neck resulting from degenerative spinal arthritis. This severely painful condition had caused Dr. Amir’s dad to lose function and control of his arms and hands. They consulted with three neurosurgeons who all agreed that Dr. Amir’s dad needed an invasive high-risk neck surgery. Fortuitously, they came across a chiropractor who claimed he could help Dr. Amir’s dad without drugs or surgery. After 6 months of chiropractic holistic care, Dr. Amir’s father was free of all pain and full function had been restored to his arms and hands. This incident is where Dr. Amir got his passion for holistic healthcare and disease prevention.
Dr. Amir completed two internships at the National Institutes of Health during his Junior and Senior years at GW. Under the supervision of some of the most brilliant minds in medicine, he was a part of multiple research studies in the Clinical Chemistry department of the Pathology Lab. His findings were published in two separate articles in the Journal of Clinical Chemistry.
Based on his excellent scholastic achievements and extracurricular activities, Dr. Amir felt that he was a shoo-in to be accepted into medical school. However, because of his dyslexia, he was unable to score well in the Reading Comprehension section of the MCAT, a standardized test intended to assess a student’s suitability for medical school. He was half-way through the reading section of the test when his time ran out. Although he scored very well in the physical and biological sciences sections, it was not enough to counteract the low score he received in English. As a result, the medical schools he initially applied to did not show any interest in him.
During his senior year at GW, realizing that he had failed to get into medical school, Dr. Amir sank into a deep and dark depression. After a series of miraculous events that seemed to have been orchestrated by God Himself, Dr. Amir was able to pull himself out of his depression and get his life back on track. He felt that God was calling him to become a follower of Jesus Christ. So, at age 21, Dr. Amir dedicated himself to Christ and became a Christian. Today, he is the Chairman of the Elder Leadership Team at Grace Community Church in his hometown of Frederick, Maryland.
Dr. Amir finished undergraduate school and earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry. He spent a year working for the Emergency Preparedness sector of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. There he was awarded a Certificate of Appreciation for working to help disaster victims.
In May of 1997, he resumed his studies at the National University of Health Sciences in Lombard Illinois, just outside of Chicago. There he obtained a second Bachelor of Science degree in Human Biology and a Doctorate in Chiropractic. Once again, he graduated near the top of his class. Dr. Amir didn’t receive his diagnosis of dyslexia until he was 40 years old. He always believed he was slow and less intelligent than everyone else and as a result he had to work harder than everyone else. Today, Dr. Amir believes that his dyslexia was a gift from God and it taught him how to be resilient and persistent when pursuing his dreams.
In 2003, after having worked at a large medical practice, he opened his first office in Woodbine, Maryland. His practice quickly grew and became successful. During this time, he met his sweetheart Brandi who was living in Baltimore at the time. It was love at first sight. Over the next 10 months the two got engaged, and soon after they were married.
Since Dr. Amir’s practice was doing so well, a consulting firm took notice of his success and hired him to join their firm as one of their consultants. Dr. Amir was able to manage his practice and work as a consultant at the same time. Over the next year, he worked with dozens of doctors and helped to open 16 practices across the country. He had become an expert in market analysis and practice promotion. Inspired by the great success of his clients, and in spite of the fact that he enjoyed consulting, he resigned from the consulting firm in order to expand his practice. Along with his wife Brandi, they opened their second office in Frederick, Maryland in late 2006.
In 2008, following a dispute with his business partner, Dr. Amir decided to dissolve the partnership and sell the Woodbine practice in order to put all his attention on the Frederick office. Today, the Mid-Atlantic Chiropractic Center in Frederick has a staff of 8 full-time employees including three chiropractors and they serve over 18,000 office visits per year. Their aim is to provide drugless health solutions in order to help build a healthier next generation by improving the lives of families today. The practice focuses on high-tech diagnostics to detect and correct disturbances in the nervous system. The doctors at Mid-Atlantic Chiropractic work with patients to detect and remove the causes of disease and not merely suppress the symptoms. They believe that early detection is not synonymous with prevention and therefore they have created wellness programs that not only will detect problems early but also prevent them from occurring in the first place.
Dr. Amir and Brandi are no strangers to stress. They battled infertility for the first five years of their marriage. They went through a very difficult time as they tried several very costly treatment methods until their first son was born. Today they have three healthy handsome boys. Then in 2008, they found themselves in over a million dollars of debt as property values declined and the real estate market crashed. Through hard work, sacrifice, and a little help from family members, they were able to bounce back and within 10 years they were able to purchase their dream home.
Dr. Amir has a passion for helping children. Prior to the birth of his first son, Dr. Amir completed one year of post-doctorate pediatrics training through the ICA Council on Chiropractic Pediatrics. When his first son was born, the baby was not breathing. The doctors were unable to get the infant to breathe. As a last resort, Dr. Amir stepped in and gave his son a pediatric chiropractic adjustment. Miraculously and instantly, his son started breathing and they were able to avoid tragedy.
Dr. Amir’s mission is to help create a healthier next generation by improving the lives of children and families today. His vision is that if you work with him, you will never be one of those people who say you’re too old to do something you want; or that something you now want is too stressful, or too difficult. In fact, he wants his clients to find life fulfilling and enjoyable packed full of energy, strength, and vitality with the ability to do all that you want. What he wants for you is longevity and a life of over 100 years of full physical ability and the mental clarity to build memories with your children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. Health is your birthright. Claim it!
Dr. Roberto Desena
Dr. Roberto was born in the Dominican Republic and grew up in Chambersburg, PA. Growing up, Dr. Roberto always had a passion for helping and empowering individuals and he saw this passion being able to translate to a career as a healthcare provider. He decided to pursue his studies at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA. While in his first year as a biology/pre-medicine major, he experienced a series of low back injuries and was introduced to chiropractic care. After being successfully treated, he developed a passion and dedication for chiropractic and manual treatment. The targeted and patient-centered method of treatment was something that very much aligned with his views. Dr. Roberto went on to attend New York Chiropractic College in the Fall of 2013. During this time, Dr. Roberto was able to work alongside physicians and practitioners from other fields while treating veterans at the Rochester and Bath VA hospitals as well as spinal injury patients at a local long-term nursing facility. These experiences were instrumental in helping to shape his vision for practice.
Dr. Roberto graduated in November of 2016 and acquired several advanced certificates in sports, sports injuries, and management of these conditions. He currently holds a Sports Science and Human Performance certificate, which allows him to more efficiently work with this population to improve function and prevent further injuries. He also holds certificates in both Comprehensive Nutrition and Custom Stabilizing Orthotics. Dr. Roberto is certified by the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners, licensed in the state of Maryland, and is committed to furthering the profession of chiropractic.
Outside of practice he enjoys spending time with family and friends as well as staying involved in local professional networking groups that are committed to making a positive change for all. Dr. Roberto is a fan of competitive sports and specially enjoys a game of basketball.
Dr. Nicole Heatherly
Dr. Nicole was born and raised in Frederick, Maryland. It was there where she saw a chiropractor for the first time after a traumatic car accident. Dr. Nicole then went on to obtain her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration, with a concentration in marketing, at Towson University. While pursuing her undergraduate studies at Towson, Dr. Nicole worked a part time job at the front desk of a chiropractic office in Ellicott City, Maryland. After seeing thousands of people receive healing benefits from chiropractic care, she decided to go to chiropractic school and become a chiropractor. Dr. Nicole went on to attend the fountainhead of chiropractic, Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport, Iowa.
Dr. Nicole has extensive training and experience in pregnancy, pediatrics, and overall wellness promotion. She understands the benefits of keeping the body functioning at its highest level and believes everyone can benefit from having a fully functioning nervous system. Her passion is to educate and serve the families of Frederick through specific, neurologically-based chiropractic care so that babies, children, and adults may live their best life.
Dr. Nicole’s chiropractic approach has helped many people with problems such as pain, allergies, sleep problems, digestive issues, immune issues, reproductive health irregularities. Dr. Nicole has a passion for helping children and babies, as she believes health starts in the womb. She has helped children and babies with issues such as colic, constipation, asthma, and bed wetting.
Dr. Nicole serves on the Board of Directors for Federated Charities of Frederick where
she enjoys serving the community in order to make an even larger impact on Frederick. She is a member of the International Chiropractic Association and the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association. Dr. Nicole is also certified in the Webster Technique through the International Chiropractic Pediatric association.
When Dr. Nicole isn’t busy saving lives in the office she enjoys reading, bike riding, hiking and spending time with her family and friends – you may even catch her out and about in Downtown Frederick from time to time. Lastly, Dr. Nicole’s favorite quote is “You never know how far reaching something you think, say or do today, will affect the lives of millions tomorrow.” – she says “you have no idea how far reaching your choice to see a chiropractor will be, it will truly change your life."
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