Meet Our Team
Chiropractor Matthew McAlees D.C.
Dr. Matthew McAlees completed his undergraduate education at the Palm Beach Atlantic University. As a third generation chiropractor, he continued his education and earned his Doctor of Chiropractic degree at Palmer College in Port Orange, FL finishing 9.5 years of schooling in just 7 years. While in Florida, Dr. McAlees began helping patients rebuilding their health in a Maximized Living Health Center, which was the largest wellness clinic in the world.
His experience has led him to spend countless hours studying and researching to create procedures that help people reach their full health potential. Holding degrees in fitness and nutrition, Dr. Matthew has traveled all over North America, Europe, and Africa teaching the principles of Maximized Living and educating all generations on gaining victory over disease and how to take control of their health.
Traveling to the 2012 London Olympics, he was one of the official doctors of the USA Judo, USA Weightlifting, and USA Wrestling teams. In addition to these amazing teams, he works with well-known musical artists. While in London, he was the official correspondent for Charlotte's NBC News station.
Not only does Dr. McAlees run the largest private and pediatric practice in Charlotte, NC, he is the health expert for the Charlotte Today Show, works intimately with local CrossFit gyms, and also was the lead performance doctor for the 2011 & 2012 CrossFit games.
He is on a mission to save millions of lives around the world by educating and leading people to the promised land of health and healing.
Dr. McAlees, an avid skydiver and fitness enthusiast, enjoys life to the fullest inside and outside of the clinic!
Chiropractor Alastair McAlees D.C.
The following is the story of Dr. Alastair McAlees and his quest for health. Since regaining his health in the early 70's, Dr. McAlees has gone on to get his Masters Degree in nutrition and his Doctorate in Chiropractic. Dr. McAlees along with his wife Elysa, (whose father was a famous Chiropractor), have practiced what they preach by raising their four children chiropractically, or as natural as possible. Throughout his professional career, Dr. McAlees has served on numerous boards and committees, and has dedicated his life to helping others find the truth about life and health, in his practice as well as his numerous public presentations.
This is a story that starts from a wheel chair, where day-to-day living represented little more than pain and degeneration, to a successful professional and personal crusade to help cure the ills of his fellow man. Succinctly, this is the striking and humane tale of Dr. Alastair McAlees.
While serving his country in the United States Marine Corps, the young McAlees - nineteen years old and the picture of perfect health - suffered an accidental blow to the side of the head and neck during close combat training in preparation for Vietnam. All appeared well and normal until a few months following the incident. A mysterious total body reaction began to develop manifesting itself in the form of swelling in his arms, wrists, elbows, hands, neck, low back, knees and ankles. Immediately hospitalized McAlees saw his condition worsen dramatically over the next 5 months. His body weight dropped from a healthy 165 lbs. Marine who ran 12 miles a day, to a mere 84 lbs. Crippling Rheumatoid Arthritis had set in, lessening his overall mobility with each passing day. The doctors ran test and more tests but found nothing specifically linked to the baffling deterioration. They prescribed aspirin for McAlees’ ever increasing pain. This course of treatment resulted in yet another complication - bleeding peptic ulcers. A full five months after being admitted to the hospital, and with no cure in sight, Alastair McAlees was released from the hospital, officially retired from the Marine Corps and sent home ; twenty years old, in a wheelchair, unable to dress himself, walk, or even so much as move his arms, wrists, fingers, legs, and feet due to ever -present, and increasing pain and swelling. There appeared little hope for a normal productive life for this young marine- only the frustration and desperation the prospect of never walking again offered to a young, once vibrant body and soul.
Ironically, the turning point in McAlees’ life came in the form of another yet potential tragedy. Less that five months after his release from the hospital, in April 1972, McAlees suffered severe whiplash resulting from a near fatal car wreck. Sent to a chiropractor for treatment, he was found to have a severely misaligned bone in his upper neck area. Treatment was focused on the neck and spine. Incredibly, within a month, many of McAlees’ original problems began to dissipate with continued extensive treatment. The swelling vanished, and for the first time, since his hospitalization, McAlees was out of his wheelchair. Within months, McAlees was - by his own description - “in perfect condition, just a little underweight”.
Coincidental chiropractic care had literally saved his life. As “repayment” for this seemingly “miraculous” turn of events, McAlees was encouraged by his chiropractor to “carry the torch”. McAlees applied for admission to college to study chiropractic himself, in the hope of ultimately helping others find true health, and to help further the profession. For Alastair McAlees, the proof was in the pudding. Chiropractic had achieved the results a battery of medical doctors in a hospital environment couldn’t.
Alastair McAlees’ story is absolute fact - not an ounce of fiction to it. It is the personification of the “never say die” philosophy and , even now in his everyday practice, it is the motivation at the forefront. McAlees is articulate of, and thoroughly dedicated to his craft. The “constant challenge” is his passionate quest to help his fellow man. After an accident in 1995 ruined his elbow and his ability to treat patients, Dr. McAlees has surrounded himself with the best in the chiropractic field. “My goal is to ensure that patients get the best”. The rewards are many and varied. “Children give you hugs after their adjustments (chiropractic treatments)”, Dr. McAlees relates in describing some of the perks of his profession. He readily remembers his most endearing patients from the earliest days of his practice. One grandmother brought dinners to his back door at days end and farm fresh eggs in lieu of payment. But, “...the greatest moment I ever shared with a patient”, he says, “was a tear”. That tear came from the mother of a young patient that Dr. McAlees helped with a neck problem and her hearing was restored. This was after five surgical procedures called myringotomies (tubes in the ears) had failed to restore the girls hearing.
It is the humanity that separates Dr. Alastair McAlees from others in the profession. As the goal in his office is “to turn on the doctor within” Dr. McAlees never loses sight of his own recovery. Although there is still a segment of the medical society that stands against natural health, McAlees understands. “My job to a great extent, is to build a bridge of understanding. The prejudices against chiropractic and other forms of natural health care started along time ago and still with all the new evidence some still choose to remain in the dark as to just what chiropractic can do for people. But as a primary care physician it’s up to me to ensure that the patient has access to the finest health care possible. No politics.” Simply stated, isn’t that what health care is supposed to be all about?
Chiropractor Cameron Piechocinski D.C.
Dr. Cameron S. Piechocinski is a graduate of North Carolina State University, where he earned his Bachelor of Science degree before attending Palmer College of Chiropractic, Florida Campus, from which he received his Doctor of Chiropractic degree.
Living in Charlotte since 1996, Dr. Cameron is proud to serve people of his community. Dr. Cameron attended Myers Park High School in Charlotte before attending NC State. Dr. Cameron believes that everyone can benefit from chiropractic and strives to share his vision of the five essentials with as many people as he can. Everyones life can be enhanced through chiropractic.
Born and raised in the Sunshine State, Cara helped Dr. McAlees in opening this clinic. Building it from the ground up, she has poured her heart and soul into what is now the Charlotte Health Center! This has been quite a rewarding adventure for her. She loves what she gets to do!
Outside of the clinic, she is the proud mom to two beautiful little girls.
Xaviera Carter is one of the few born and raised in Charlotte, NC. She attended Olympic High School then after proceeded an photography career. In her free time her hobbies include taking photos of wonderful mother nature and being with her family and friends.
Due to her personal health experiences she has developed a deeper passion into getting healthy and helping others achieve that same goal. She was referred to Charlotte Health Center where she was able to start an exciting journey to her health and loves to help others do the same with this team!
|Monday||3:00pm - 6:15pm|
|Tuesday||9:00am - 11:00am|
3:00pm - 6:15pm
|Wednesday||12:00pm - 1:00pm|
3:00pm - 6:00pm
|Thursday||9:00am - 11:00am|
3:00pm - 6:00pm
|Friday||8:00am - 11:00am|
|Saturday||9:00am - 10:00am*|