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100 Year Lifestyle Chiropractor in New York NY • Phone: 212-580-3350
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About Our Team

Best of New York Chiropractors!

 Best of New York Chiropractors!
Dr. Jay Handt brings you over 30 years of hands-on experience. Along with his son Dr. Josh Handt they received the Best of New York Chiropractors for 2008-2015. At their New York Chiropractic Life Center for Health and Peak Performance, it's not about your back; it's about your life! "We are a unique and innovative office that provides you with the key factors necessary to obtaining true health and optimum performance. Focused on giving you the highest quality of hands-on care along with cutting edge diagnostic technology, our team of exceptional professionals' top priority is helping you and your family achieve levels of pain-free health and wellness never before imagined." Chiropractic, Pregnancy and Pediatric Chiropractic, massage, nutrition, and acupuncture, making your health and performance goals a reality.

Dr. Jay Handt

Dr. Jay Handt


"I firmly believe my mission in life is to constantly help others innately create excellence in their health and life. I know that, as a chiropractor, I am fulfilling my mission as I endeavor to positively touch the lives of everybody I come in contact with, helping to secure a healthy, drug free future for generations to come."

Dr. Jay Handt holds a special place in his heart for the importance of family chiropractic care. We know that the strength of our future is dependent on the health and quality of life of our children. Dr. Handt's wife, Kathi, and their three children, Josh, Ryan and Morgan, all receive regular wellness chiropractic care. His children have been adjusted since birth. Dr. Handt thinks family health is so important that he has established special family care plans to offset the rising costs of modern health care.


"I know that a chiropractor's education forms the cornerstone of his care. Combined with the inborn healing ability of the body, modern chiropractic is bringing back the personal touch to the health care profession. For this reason, I attended one of the top chiropractic colleges in the nation. I continue my quest to better serve my patients by attending numerous post-graduate seminars, workshops and trainings. I feel that on-going learning is essential to bringing together the mind, body and spirit in the healing process."


Doctor of Chiropractic, New York Chiropractic College, Old Westbury, NY


Member International Chiropractic Association, American Chiropractic Association, Dyamic Essentials Club, President's Circle, N.Y.S. Chiropractic Association


Bachelor of Science, York College, CUNY


Dr. Handt founded New York Chiropractic Life Center upon graduating in 1978, to fill the void left on the Upper West Side when the chiropractic college relocated its out-patient facility to Long Island. Dr. Handt, in his dedication to create and maintain a long lasting and fulfilling relationship both with his patients and the community, opened his office. To this day he still cares for patients once seen by the college facility.


"I feel that learning is a never-ending process. While in active practice, I continue to keep on the cutting edge of developments in chiropractic wellness care, both learning from and teaching colleagues in the health field."


Diplomate: National Board of Chiropractic Examiners, Applied Spinal Biomechanics, Pierce Stillwagon techniques, Cheatwood Research Institute, International Chiropractic Pediatric (Life University, School of Chiropractic), courses in Electromyography and Radiation Safety, Certified Experiential trainer,


"Throughout my career and in the pursuit of my mission to create excellence in others, I have always believed in the importance of giving back to my profession and to the community that has given me so much. I accomplish this by serving as a guest speaker, trainer and lecturer for many groups and organizations."


Board of Directors and speaker for New Beginnings For A New Future, guest speaker for New York Chiropractic Council, International Chiropractic Association and developer of Inner Winners Seminars. His office is always available to support the members of the community with their health care needs.

Dr. Josh Handt

Dr. Josh Handt
"My purpose is to serve the community with the safest, smartest, and most beneficial form of health care on the planet. To educate the community about the best doctor in the world, the one that resides within all of us. My Mission is to be the catalyst which allows the human body to connect to that inner wisdom (Innate Intelligence) so that it can function, perform and heal at optimal levels through chiropractic.

I take pride that I was born into a Chiropractic family. A drug free, vaccination free lifestyle allowed me to develop a naturally strong body. As a second generation Chiropractor I can share the many benefits of a Chiropractic lifestyle -vs- drugs and surgery."


Cumae Laude graduate of the Palmer College of Chiropractic Florida, in Port Orange, FL. Graduate School Activities- International Chiropractic Association, International Chiropractic Pediatric Association, president of the Chiropractic Philosophy Club, New Beginnings student representative, Clinic Abroad in Morocco, Africa.

Undergraduate training

Bachelor of Business Administration from PACE University, NY.

The New York Chiropractic Life Center

Being part of the team since 2006 allows me to bring new techniques and technologies to an already established practice since 1978.

Dr. Josh Handt on the History Channel

Dr. Nicholas Riccio

Dr. Nicholas Riccio
Dr. Nicholas Riccio
Dr. Nick's mission is to educate and empower people about the innate healing powers of the
human body. He knows that a properly functioning nervous system without interference not
only helps reduce pain and discomfort, but is the key to optimum health and peak
Dr. Nick's passion for helping people has allowed him to serve his community with a hands-on
approach. He was pursuing courses in pre-med studies during his undergraduate years at
Gannon University, as the universe would have it,during this time he realized that his more
natural, holistic approach to caring for patients and fueling his passion was not congruent with
applying to medical school.
Dr. Nick chose to change course and pursue a career in Chiropractic. He knew that chiropractic
would fulfill his purpose in life. He was accepted and attended Palmer College of Chiropractic
Florida, and continued towards his dream of helping people naturally. After graduating in
2007, he remained in Florida serving his community, before moving to New York City in 2014,
fulfilling another dream of living and practicing in the Big Apple.
A supported of the LGBTQ community and a member of various organizations throughout the
city, Dr. Nick is now practicing at the New York Chiropractic Life Center. He is excited to be part
of Drs. Handt's team and share in their vision of bringing health to life on Manhattan's Upper
West Side.

One of the Top 10 Chiropractors in New York

 One of the Top 10 Chiropractors in New York
Ranked as one of the Top 10 Chiropractors in New York for 2006-2011

Daria Bibennardo

 Daria Bibennardo
Daria has over 20 years experience in massage therapy and energy medicine. A graduate of Marymount College and the Swedish Institute, she specializes in working with doctors, therapists, spiritual teachers and indigenous healers to construct multi-faceted wellness plans for her clients. In addition to her hands-on healing work, Daria was a consultant for the University of Tennessee Cancer Institute as they created their Complementary Medicine program. Her individually tailored treatments utilize her extensive knowledge of the structural body as well as her knowledge of the energetic body in order to optimize the client's ability to heal and maintain optimal life force.