The Doctor

Dr. Thomas Caputo, D.C.

Doctor of Chiropractic

I decided that I wanted to be a chiropractor after I injured my lower back; it was a nightmare! Medical treatments and physical therapy failed and my doctor told me that my only hope might be surgery. As a last resort, I went to a chiropractor and I could feel the difference after only one visit! With regular adjustments, he restored my lower back to normal.

I had also always suffered from asthma and for 15 years, I had taken medications. After my chiropractic visits, I had my asthma under control! Many people think that a chiropractor is only for people who have injured their backs, but if you visit the Conditions portion of our website, you will see that by restoring the nervous system's ability to heal the body naturally, chiropractic can help a variety of conditions.

Once I decided to become a chiropractor, I had to find a college. I finally decided on Life University in Marietta, GA - even though it was a long way from my hometown in New Jersey. I graduated from Life University in 1986 and I have now worked in chiropractic for over 30 years! In the early years of my practice, I was featured in the Book of Who's Who for Young Businessmen.

I now have in my life my beautiful wife, Donna. We enjoy power walks and jogs at the park and boating at the lake with our dogs. I also have three grown children Alyssa, Tommy and Christopher. I have enjoyed coaching sports teams for all three of my children in the past years. I am currently enjoying taking an active part in sharing Tommy's success in crossfit competions. Teaching mixed martial arts and grappling plus training for triathlons are also personal interests of mine.


Selected Occupational History

Chiropractic Physician

1988 Present

Education and Licensure

*Life Chiropractic College/University-Doctorate of Chiropractic: Marietta, Georgia 1986

*Bergen College-Pre Chiropractic: Bergen County, New Jersey 1981

*National Board Certified Part 1, Includes subject examinations in each basic science areas: general anatomy, spinal anatomy, physiology, chemistry, pathology, microbiology and public health. National Board of Examiners - Marietta, Georgia 1986

*National Board Certified Part 2, Includes subject examinations in each of six clinical science areas: general diagnosis, neuro-musculoskeletal diagnosis, diagnostic imaging, principal of chiropractic, chiropractic practice and associated clinical sciences. National Board of Examiners 1987

*Georgia Board Certified License # 2696, Includes questions that address: case history, physical examination, neuro-musculoskeletal examination, roentgenologic examination, clinical laboratory, special studies examination, diagnosis or clinical impression, chiropractic techniques, physiotherapy techniques, and case management. Georgia Board of Chiropractic Examiners 1988

*New Jersey Board Certified License # 3435, Includes questions that address: case history, physical examination, neuro-musculoskeletal examination, roentgenologic examination, clinical laboratory, special studies examination, diagnosis or clinical impression, chiropractic techniques, physiotherapy techniques, and case management. New Jersey Board of Medical Examiners 1987 *National College of Chiropractic Physiological Therapeutics 1991

Selected Post – Graduate Education

U.S. Department of Transportation Certified Medical Examiner Federal Guidelines and Regulations from the Department of Transportation Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration for Commercial Drivers National Registration Certification in 2014, National Registration of Certified Medical Examiners, New York Chiropractic College and Associate of New Jersey Chiropractors, New Jersey 2014

Neuro-diagnostics, Imaging Protocols and Pathology of the Trauma Patient, an in-depth understanding of the protocols in triaging and reporting the clinical findings of the trauma patient. Maintaining ethical relationships with the medical – legal community, CMCS Management Post-Doctoral Division, New York Chiropractic Council, New York State Department of Education Board of Chiropractic, New York 2015

Risk Factors, Clinical Presentation and Triaging the Trauma Patient, an extensive understanding of the injured with clinically coordinating the history, physical findings and when to integrate neuro-diagnostics. An understanding on how to utilize emergency room records in creating an accurate diagnosis and the significance of “risk factors” in spinal injury, CMCS Management Post-Doctoral Division, New York Chiropractic Council, New York State Education Department Board for Chiropractic Diagnostics, New York 2015

Crash Dynamics and its Relationship to Causality, an extensive understanding of the physics involved in the transference of energy from the bullet car to the target car. This includes G’s of force, Newton’s gravity, energy, skid marks, crumple zones, spring factors, event data recorder and the graphing of the movement of the vehicle before, during and after the crash. Determining the clinical correlation of forces and bodily injury. CMCS Management Post-Doctoral Division, New York 2015

MRI, Bone Scan and X-Ray Protocols, Physiology and Indications for the Trauma Patient, MRI interpretation, physiology, history and clinical indications, bone scan interpretation, physiology and clinical indications, x-ray clinical indications for the trauma patient CMCS Management Post-Doctoral Division, New York Chiropractic Council, New York State Education Department Board for Chiropractic, New York 2015

Electrotherapy , Nerve Conduction Velocity , Somato Sensory Evoked Potential , Visual Evoked Potential , Brain Stem Auditory Evoked Potential , and Visual-Electronystagmosgarpgy interpretation, protocols and clinical indications for the trauma patient, CMCS Management Post-Doctoral Division, New York Chiropractic Council, New York State Department Board for Chiropractic, New York, 2015

Documentation and Reporting for the Trauma Victim, understanding the necessity for accurate documentation and diagnosis utilizing the ICD-9/ICD-10 and the CPT to accurately describe the injury through diagnosis. Understanding and utilizing state regulations on regulations reimbursement issues pertaining to healthcare, CMCS Management and Post-Doctoral Division, New York Chiropractic Council , New York State Education Department Board for Chiropractic, New York, 2015

Documenting Clinically Correlated Bodily Injury to Causality, understanding the necessity for accurate documentation, diagnosis and clinical correlation to the injury when reporting injuries in the medical-legal community. Documenting the kinesiopathology, myopathology, neuropathology, pathophysiology in both a functional and structural paradigm, CMCS Management Post-Doctoral Division, New York Chiropractic Council, New State Education Department Board for Chiropractic, New York 2015

Impairment Rating, The understanding and utilization of the parameters of the AMA Guide to the Evaluation of Permanent Impairment 6th Edition. Spine, neurological sequelae, migraine, sexual dysfunction, sleep and arousal disorders, station and gait disorders and consciousness are detailed for impairment ratings. CMCS Management Post-Doctoral Division, New York Chiropractic Council, New York State Department of Education Board Of Chiropractic, New York 2015

Head Trauma, Brain Injury and Concussion, Brain and head physiology, brain mapping and pathology as a sequela to trauma. Traumatic brain injury, mild traumatic brain injury, axonal shearing, diffuse axonal injury and concussion are detailed in etiology and clinically. Clinical presentation, advanced diagnostic imaging and electro-diagnostics are detailed in analysis to create a differential diagnosis. Balance disorders that often occur as a result of trauma are also explored from clinical presentation to advanced imaging and differential diagnosis. CMCS Management Post-Doctoral Division, New York State Education Department for Chiropractic Diagnostics 2015

MRI History and Physics

MRI History and Physics, Magnetic fields, T1 and T2 relaxations, nuclear spins, phase encoding, spin echo, T1 and T2 contrast, magnetic properties of metals and the historical perspective of the creation of NMR and MRI. Texas Chiropractic College, ACCME Joint Sponsorship with the State University of New York at Buffalo, School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. Academy of Chiropractic Post-Doctural division, Buffalo, New York 2016

MRI Spinal Anatomy and Protocols

MRI Spinal Anatomy and Protocols, Normal anatomy of axial and sagittal views utilizing T1, T2, 3D gradient and STIR sequences of imaging. Standardized and desired protocols in views and sequencing of MRI examination to create an accurate diagnosis in MRI. Texas Chiropractic College, ACCME Joint Sponsorship with the State University of New York at Buffalo, School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. Academy of Chiropractic Post-Doctural Division, Buffalo, New York 2016

MRI Disc Pathology and Spinal Stenosis

MRI Disc Pathology and Spinal Stenosis, MRI interpretation of bulged, herniated, protruded, extruded, sequestered and fragmented disc pathologies in etiology and neurological sequelae in relationship to the spinal cord and spinal nerve roots. Texas Chiropractic College, ACCME Joint Sponsorship with the State University of New York at Buffalo, School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. Academy of Chiropractic Post-Doctural Division, Buffalo, New York 2016

MRI Spinal Pathology

MRI Spinal Pathology, MRI interpretation of bone, intradural, extradural, cord and neural sleeve lesions. Tuberculosis, drop lesions, metastasis, ependymoma, schwannoma and numerous other spinal related tumors and lesions. Texas Chiropractic College, ACCME Joint Sponsorship with the State University of New York at Buffalo, School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. Academy of Chiropractic Post-Doctural Division, Buffalo, New York 2016

MRI Methodology of Analysis

MRI Methodology of Analysis, MRI interpretation sequencing of the cervical, thoracic and lumbar spine inclusive of T1, T2, STIR and 3D gradient studies to ensure the accurate diagnosis of the region visualized. Texas Chiropractic College, ACCME Joint Sponsorship with the State University of New York at Buffalo, School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. Academy of Chiropractic Post-Doctural Division, Buffalo, New York 2016

MRI Clinical Application

MRI Clinical Application, The clinical application of the results of space occupying lesions. Disc and tumor pathologies and the clinical indications of manual and adjustive therapies in the patient with spinal nerve root and spinal cord insult as sequelae. Texas Chiropractic College, ACCME Joint Providership with the State University of New York at Buffalo, School of medicine and Biomedical Sciences. Academy of Chiropractic Post-Doctural Division, Buffalo, New York 2016

MRI Protocols Clinical Necessity

MRI Protocols Clinical Necessity, MRI slices, views, T1, T2, STIR axial, stacking, FFE, FSE and sagittal images. Clinical indication for the utilization of MRI and pathologies of disc in both trauma and non-trauma sequelae. Including bulge, herniation, protrusion, extrusion and sequestration. Texas Chiropractic College, ACCME Joint Providership with the State University of New York at Buffalo, School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, Academy of Chiropractic Post-Doctoral Division, Buffalo, NY, 201

MRI Interpretation of Lumbar Degeneration/Bulge

MRI Interpretation of Lumbar Degeneration/Bulge, MRI slices, views, T1, T2, STIR axial, stacking, FFE, FSE and sagittal images in the interpretation of Lumber degeneration. With the co-morbidities and complications of stenosis, pseudo-protrusions, cantilevered vertebrate, Schmorl’s nodes and herniations. Central canal and cauda equina compromise interpretation with management. Texas Chiropractic College, ACCME joint Providership with the State University of New York at Buffalo, School of Medical Sciences, Academy of Chiropractic Post-Doctoral Division, Buffalo, NY, 2016

MRI Interpretation of Lumbar Herniations

MRI Interpretation of Lumbar Herniations, MRI slices, views, T1, T2, STIR axial, stacking, FFE, FSE and sagittal images in the interpretation of lumbar herniations. With the co-morbidities and complications of stenosis, pseudo-protrusions, cantilevered vertebrate. Schmorl’s nodes and herniations. Morphology of lumber disc pathologies of central and lateral herniations, protrusions, extrusions, sequestration, focal and broad based herniations are defined and illustrated. Central canal and cauda equine compromise interpretation with management. Texas Chiropractic College, ACCME joint Providership with the State University of New York at Buffalo, School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, Academy of Chiropractic Post-Doctoral Division, Buffalo, NY, 2016

MRI Interpretation of Cervical Degeneration/Bulges

MRI Interpretation of Cervical Degeneration/Bulges, MRI slices, views, T1, T2, STIR axial, stacking, FFE, FSE and sagittal images in the interpretation of cervical degeneration. With the co-morbidities and complications of stenosis, pseudo-protrusions, cantilevered vertebrate. Schmorl’s nodes and herniations. Spinal cord and canal compromise interpretation and management. ACCME Joint Providership with the State University of New York at Buffalo, School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, Academy of Chiropractic Post-Doctoral Division, Buffalo, NY, 2016

MRI Interpretation of Cervical Herniations

MRI Interpretation of Cervical Herniations, MRI slices, views, T1, T2, STIR axial, FFE, FSE and sagittal images in the interpretation of Cervical Herniations. With the co-morbidities and complications of stenosis, pseudo-protrusions, cantilevered vertebrate. Schmorl’s nodes and herniations. Morphology of Cervical disc pathologies of the central and lateral herniations, protrusions, extrusions, sequestration, focal and broad based herniations are defined and illustrated. Spinal cord and canal compromise interpretation with management. ACCME Joint Providership with the State University of New York at Buffalo, School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, Academy of Chiropractic Post-Doctoral Division, Buffalo, NY, 2016

MRI Interpretation of Degenerative Spine and Disc Disease with Overlapping Traumatic Insult to Both Spine and Disc

MRI Interpretation of Degenerative Spine and Disc Disease with Overlapping Traumatic Insult to both Spine and Disc, MRI slices, views, T1, T2, STIR Axial, FFE, FSE and sagittal images in the interpretation of degenerative spondylolisthesis, spinal canal stenosis, Modic type 3 changes, central herniations, extrusions, compressions, nerve root compressions, advanced spurring and thecal sac involvement from an orthopedic, emergency room, chiropractic, neurological, neurosurgical, physical medicine perspective. ACCME Joint Providership with the State University of New York at Buffalo. School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, Academy of Chiropractic Post-Doctoral Division, Buffalo, NY, 2016

Selected Memberships

  • American Academy of Medical Legal Professionals, 2016-present
  • Academy of Chiropractic, 2015-present
  • US Chiropractic Directory, 2015-present
  • Academy of Chiropractic Orthopedics, 2015-present
  • American Academy of Pain Management, 2015-present
  • Georgia Chiropractic Association: Member 2008 – present
  • Georgia Board of Chiropractic Examiners, 1988-present
  • National Board of Chiropractic Examiners, 1988-present
  • New Jersey Board of Chiropractic Examiners, 1987-present