Dr. Apatiga

Dr. Anne Apatiga was exposed to the world of holistic health while working as a front office assistant at the Life University while attending Georgia Tech’s graduate program in City Planning.

She listened to the interns at Life University talking about how their patient’s conditions disappeared or dramatically improved; conditions like chronic low back pain, carpal tunnel, acid reflux, “frozen shoulders”, high blood pressure, and even fertility issues.

Her interest became personal when she overheard an intern describe how chiropractic care helped his patients’ migraines and headaches. Dr. Apatiga’s mother was a long-time migraine sufferer. She convinced her mother to try chiropractic care and her mother’s migraines and posture improved dramatically.

As a result, Dr. Apatiga wanted to learn as much as possible about the field of chiropractic care.

Dr. Apatiga left Georgia Tech’s graduate program in City Planning to enroll full time at Life University, the largest chiropractic school in the world. When she graduated with her Doctor of Chiropractic degree, she had completed over 100 hours of training in the Knee Chest Upper Cervical Specific (KCUCS) technique. During her chiropractic education she traveled to El Salvador three times on spinal mission trips to serve in areas with no access to chiropractic care.

Current chiropractic neck pain, Valrico, FL

She also assisted in one of the largest controlled studies in chiropractic history with over 300 patient participants. The study examined correlations between chiropractic care and blood pressure. She has published research on upper cervical care and how it can help patients with fibromyalgia.

Dr. Apatiga feels honored to have the opportunity to care for people from all walks of life. She says, “My passion has and always has been to help my community. Since moving to Tampa and opening Current Chiropractic with my husband, Dr. Theodore Dragoo, I have seen how pain and chronic illness can affect people’s moods. We have helped patients who were barely able to walk give up their canes. I have seen patients go from having headaches every day to having none, with just two adjustments. Chiropractic has helped my family and I know it can help others. My dream is still to make an impact in the community, and it starts one spine at a time.”

Dr. Apatiga and Dr. Dragoo and their two dogs, Pinky and Frida, are excited to be living in Florida and look forward to serving the East Hillsborough area.

Current chiropractic herniated disc, Valrico, FL

Dr. Dragoo

Dr. Theodore Dragoo graduated from Michigan State University in 2010, receiving a Bachelor’s in Kinesiology with an emphasis in exercise science. He then attended Life University and graduated cum laude. He also received the Philosophy Distinction Award, given to those who truly understand and apply Chiropractic’s unique philosophy on health and healing. He interned at the Outreach Chiropractic Clinic in Marietta, Georgia, providing care to patients in need.

Dr. Dragoo explains why he became a chiropractor: “The dream of becoming a doctor has been a passion of mine ever since I was a young boy. My father was a successful cataract surgeon and instilled in me the values of what it takes to not only be successful, but to always do what is right for the patient. This was not only obvious in his words and actions, but by how his patients regarded him. I have never seen anyone who was more loved and had more respect from his patients than my father.”

Dr. Dragoo continues to express how his family has not only influenced his career but also his approach to medicine. “My mother thrived on the other end of the health spectrum. As a young child, my mother would only feed me organic foods and was a firm believer in the health benefits of sprouts and herbs. It was fascinating as I got older to find out how far ahead of the times my mother was when it came to properly fueling your body and facilitating a healthy life.”

“I was extremely fortunate to grow up learning things from both western and eastern viewpoints of health care. When I entered college at Michigan State University my goals were to go to med school and become some sort of specialist. At the time, I was beginning to suffer from issues that I didn’t know were related to my spine. What I thought as normal pain was actually caused by early childhood falls. My first occurrence with back pain was at 13 years old. My parents took me for normal chiropractic care and massage therapy, but it never felt like the cause was resolved.”

“When I was 21 years old, my friend and colleague, Ryan Ball, told me about a different type of chiropractic care called Upper Cervical Chiropractic. The upper cervical chiropractic doctor found that my problems stemmed from an injury by the skull and top bone—or vertebrae—of the spine called the Atlas. After receiving my first upper cervical correction I knew this is what I was meant to do. The change my body experienced was like nothing I had felt before.”

“The decision to go to chiropractic school was the best choice I made in my life—besides marrying my wife and partner, Dr. Anne Apatiga, DC. There is no profession more rewarding than what we are able to provide for our patients. With our knowledge of Upper Cervical Chiropractic, we change lives and bring hope to those who feel other doctors have failed them. It is truly a blessing to see what the human body is capable of when we restore its proper function.”

Dr. Dragoo and his wife have both grown to love this beautiful area and are ready to give, to love, and to serve East Tampa Bay to make it even better than it already is.