Meet the team of chiropractic doctors and professionals at our clinic.
Meet the Doctors
Joseph W Accurso III
Doctor or Chiropractic
About Dr Accurso, DC
Doctor of Chiropractic
All too often it’s the practitioner who gets all of the information about the patient and the patient gets little information about the practitioner and his/her practice. I would like to change that.
My full name is Joseph Walter Accurso III and I was born here in Miami. I went to Christopher Columbus High School, Eastern College in Pennsylvania and then Life University, School of Chiropractic in Marietta, Georgia and graduated in September 1997. After I interned in Orlando with Dr John Bellemo, I worked with my father, Dr Joe Accurso Sr. for a few months before moving to Rome, Italy for 4 years. I worked in Rome, Naples, Latina and covered a few offices in Spain. The things I missed most while living in Italy were fishing and diving in S. Florida, hiking and camping in the Carolina’s and spending time with my family here in Miami.
I come from a family of Chiropractors. My father was a chiropractor here in Miami since 1968, with my mother as his office manager. They have had quite an impact on my life and the life of those around them. I have 3 younger sisters; all are chiropractors, Amy is married to a Chiropractor (Dr. Jason Bailey) and practices in St Augustine, Allison was practicing in Spain, now Norway and Jennifer is working in Virginia with people. My Cousin Dr Matthew Accurso graduated from Chiropractic school 2011 and is now a Wellness Life Coach teaching around the world. Two of our next door neighbors, one babysitter, my x-girlfriend, 2 of my sister’s ex-boyfriends, and 2 friends from elementary and high school are now all Chiropractors.
I grew up living the chiropractic philosophy namely, all healing comes from Above Down Inside Out (A.D.I.O.). This is the major premise of our office.
I was not originally sure I would be a Chiropractor. It was a difficult decision between Chiropractic, Youth Ministry, and Outdoor Recreation. But in the end I realized I could be a chiropractor and still be involved in my other passions. I wanted to be a healing practitioner because I enjoy empowering people to know about the wisdom of their body, this innate intelligence that God has given them. I get excited as people wake up to the truth that their body is intelligent and just needs to be honored to heal.
When I came back to Miami, I worked in my fathers’ office on the days he did not and started a practice and, then, in 2005 I moved my office to Palmetto Bay. The office was called Abundant Life Wellness Center. My wife Cathy Parbst PT started seeing patients in the Palmetto Bay office in 2006 and a few years later in 2009, we were married and had Sarah whom was born at home surrounded by family in 2010.
In 2009 I became on Official Team Chiropractor for the USA Wrestling Team, USA Judo Team and USA Weightlifting. I have been the doctor on international and local events. This has been lots of work but an incredible pleasure..
In 2016 my father Joseph Accurso passed away after 46 years of practice. None of my sisters wanted to move back to Miami…yet. So after 11 years of practice at the office in Palmetto Bay, I sold it and moved back to Bird Road and took over my father’s practice. This was a dream come true to practice in the office I grew up playing and working in as a child.
One of the things that really gets me upset and motivates me to serve more people is when I hear so many stories about people who live their lives unnecessarily medicated and drugged into what society calls “health”. This is really called “non-symptomatic life”. Living in a coma is also a non symptomatic way of life. Would that be “healthy”?
I have chosen to devote my life to helping people connect with their innate intelligence, that inborn intelligence that runs our bodies, to live fuller, more aware lives. I feel that Chiropractic is the gift God has given me to share with the world to help people do this.
I am really grateful I chose to be a Chiropractor because I have been able to help so many people live happier, healthier, more aware lives all over the world. I have served people with chiropractic in Panama, Italy, Spain, and here at home in the USA.
I believe with all my heart in the principles of chiropractic, specifically, the body needs no help to heal, just no interference. With the method of Chiropractic that I practice I use the appropriate force necessary to get the greatest change in the system, your body. I also believe that the patient has to take responsibility for their health outcomes and participate in the process of getting well. I have been around Chiropractic all of my life and had the opportunity to experience many different methods of care. But nothing has compared to the work we are doing now and the speed with which we (you and I) can change your spine, health and life. My wife, child and I receive regular chiropractic adjustments just like I hope you and yours.
I believe with all my heart in how I practice, and always strive to improve it. 21 years later, I continue to study so that I can give you the most “cutting edge” chiropractic and healing available. I believe I give excellent service for a fair fee. And, as I continue to do this, I want you to refer and continue to refer patients to me because you want others to feel as great as you do.
Friends ask me why I chose to come back to Miami. Well, I have worked and traveled over a fair part of the world. But in all of my travels, I have never found a place that feels as much like home as Miami. Miami is such an international city. It is a city with openness to learn and grow. It has a strong movement of people wanting more in their life. It is a city where the people always want to improve their lives, physically, emotionally, and spiritually. Chiropractic is at the forefront of doing this by removing interference in the nervous system.
The whole purpose of Accurso Chiropractic Life Center is to remove interference in the nervous system so that your body functions in a state of 100% health and healing. As we remove the interference in the nervous system people are able to develop body-mind awareness. This awareness causes healing to occur that is like no other healing I have ever seen or read about. This body-mind awareness takes a person from a defensive state to a state of healing and freedom to grow.
What makes my practice unique is that this is a Max Living Office, bringing you the 5 Essentials of Health and Healing. I bring specific care and specific spinal correction programs that are tailored specifically to your situation. I am here to serve your entire family and lead them to their God-given potential. Not just those with unpleasant symptoms. I do not judge your symptoms as good or bad. I am not practicing medicine or an alternative method of medicine. I do not want you to be like you were just before you got your problems. I want to find and correct the cause of your problem. I want to help you create new strategies in your body and life that never existed before. I want you to be better than you were ever before. If I get you to the place that you were before you felt bad, you will make the same decisions again that led you into this uncomfortable situation. My goal is to help you create new options/ possibilities in your body and life. LET ME BE CLEAR. My personal promise to you is that I will always be learning and perfecting my skills to deliver my best in Health and Wellness Care to you, your family and mine. And nothing has as much evidence as Max Living in assisting people to TRANSFORM and HEAL!
Yours In Health,
Dr Joe Accurso III
Our staff members work with our doctors every day to provide our patients with a professional and friendly experience.
Catherine Accurso PT
Cathy Accurso graduated from the University of Connecticut with degrees in Sports Medicine and Physical Therapy. She is a former Duathlon National Champion and has competed as a professional Duathlete, placing 12th overall and first American at the World Championships.
Cathy is also one of the few advanced certified practitioners in Kinesio Taping® in Florida. She is also a graduate of the Grey institute‘s GIFT program; an acclaimed program for Applied Functional Science. Her sports background and extensive knowledge of the human body makes her an expert in the field at restoring functional movement patterns with all athletic skill levels. She is well known for her injury prevention / performance enhancement clinics she gives to local sports teams, high schools and running and triathlon clubs. As well as the MaxLiving Classes she teaches along with her husband Dr. Joe Accurso. These classes provide a transformational experience to the participants and empower them to lead a life of health and happiness.
Physical Therapist Assistant
Yosuee Barrios has been in practice since 1999. He was a licensed Physical therapist in Cuba and has his Physical Therapy Assistant license here in America. He has worked with Cuba Olympic track and field team for 10 years participating in many different international events as World Cups and Championships of this sport. He has also been part of Major League Baseball (MLB) player preparations in America. He has been involved directly in the success of several Olympic Champions.