BAR HARBOR — Nine years ago, Sean Parady was a Mount Desert High School student working on his senior exhibition project with local chiropractor Dr. Matt Gerrish. Today, he’s a board-certified doctor of chiropractic with his own new chiropractic and physiotherapy practice, Bar Harbor Chiropractic and Wellness, at the former Spa 24 space on First South Street.
Parady was a quarterback on the MDI football team. A blind-side hit one day gave him a lower back injury that eventually sent him to Gerrish.
“My knowledge on health was very small at the time,” Parady said. “I didn’t go to a physical therapist or anything. Someone suggested chiropractic treatment. [Gerrish] worked wonders for me; literally, I think it was two visits, and that condition was gone.”
He was so interested in the treatment that he asked Gerrish to advise his senior exhibition project. Spending more time in that office, Parady said, “really opened my eyes, and I loved it.” He decided he wanted to be a chiropractor.
His undergraduate work was in exercise science at Salisbury University in Maryland, then he enrolled at the University of Bridgeport College of Chiropractic in Connecticut.
Since returning home, he’s gone back to his old mentor for advice. Gerrish has advised and helped support Parady in setting up his practice and refers some patients to Parady from his own busy office. “He’s been available for questions and mentoring, and it’s been great,” he said. “He’s a super supportive guy.”
Along with his board certification in chiropractic, Parady also is certified in electric stimulation therapy and other modalities. He’s working with insurance companies in their credentialing process; to date, he accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield, Aetna and United Health. He expects to be adding Medicare, Harvard Pilgrim and Community Health Options to that list soon.
Parady also is excited about connecting with the high school athletic department
“A big part of my practice is the rehab component, getting people doing exercises for their conditions.”
He and Dr. Mark Kandutsch at Cadillac Family Practice have discussed how they can support the high school athletic department in helping prevent sports injuries.