Dr. Michael Dardano

Meet the Doctor

Dr. Michael Dardano

Dr. Michael Dardano was born and raised in Northern New Jersey. He attended Holy Family Catholic School until the age of 13. He then moved to Tampa Fl in 1998. He attended Vivian Gaither High School and was a member of the Concert Chorus, Showcase Band, and Musical Theater. He graduated with high honors as a member of the National Honor Society and Beta Club.

He attended and graduated from the University of South Florida in 2000 with his degree in International Economics. Later he went on to study at the University of Bridgeport where he obtained his Doctorate in Chiropractic (cum laude) and a Masters Degree in Clinical Nutrition (magna cum laude). Michael was the President of his class as well as the Student Clinic representative. He also was a Student-Clinician in the junior clinic. He has completed the Applied Kinesiology 100- Hour certification course in Manhattan.

Michael participated as a volunteer on the medical team for the New York City Marathon for several years. He is an active member of the American Chiropractic Association and San Diego County Chiropractors United.

Michael opened the Dardano Wellness Center in 2007 in Tampa and directed that facility for 2 years. The center provided treatments and therapies including chiropractic, nutrition, acupuncture, massage therapy and aesthetics. Michael was also an adjunct professor at Hillsborough Community College in the Biological Sciences department In 2009 Dr. Dardano relocated to Fort Lauderdale Fl and joined the team at the Point Pleasant Wellness Center and Day Spa where he partnered with renowned naturopathic physician Dr. Jessie Keener. During this time, Dr. Dardano honed in his skills of energy medicine, homeopathy, chakra balancing, and emotional release techniques.

Dr. Dardano is a resident of San Diego , and is currently working with a diverse team of healthcare professionals in Banker’s Hill at the San Diego Herbal Medicine and Acunpucture Center. Dr. Dardano continues to work with his patients in Manhattan and practices with a group at Silver Spring Wellness Center in Herald Square. Michael is a part-time faculty member at the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in Manhattan, as a professor of Anatomy and Physiology. After several years of study and practice, Michael is a Reiki Master Level certified practitioner and a licensed minister.  Michael has also been studying under the expertise of Dr. Joseph Aldo, in New York City, where he has continued to learn more about the technique of Bach Flower Essence Therapy and integrate this into his holistic practice.



Chiropractors understand that one of the main causes of pain and disease is the misalignment and abnormal motion of the vertebrae in the spinal column called a subluxation. Chiropractic works by removing these subluxations in the spine, thereby relieving pressure and irritation on the nerves, restoring joint mobility, and returning the body back to a state of normal function.


Homeopathy is a system of medical therapy that uses very small doses of medicines, or remedies. These remedies are prepared from substances found in nature. Nevertheless, homeopathy should not be confused with herbal medicine. These two systems of medicine are very different. Herbal medicine uses tinctures of botanical substances, whereas homeopaths use ultradilute “micro”doses made from not only plants, but minerals or any other substance found in nature.


Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing. It is administered by “laying on hands” and is based on the idea that an unseen “life force energy” flows through us and is what causes us to be alive. If one’s “life force energy” is low, then we are more likely to get sick or feel stress, and if it is high, we are more capable of being happy and healthy. Reiki focuses energy on creating a balance and restoring energy flow through the seven chakra system.


When our bodies become “toxic,” it means that our natural means of ushering out metabolic waste from normal human metabolism, environmental pollution, and what has become known as the Standard American Diet (or SAD diet – funny, right!) have exceeded the threshold for what the body’s innate detoxification system can tolerate on its own. With this toxic load, every system in the human body can become affected. From our head to our toes and everything in between, toxicity makes us sick!


Clinical nutrition or nutrition therapy/services start out by an assessment of the patient; a case history, physical examination, review of current diet and lifestyle, heavy metal testing, food sensitivity testing, kinesiology testing, and neurotransmitter testing. After the evaluation and testing is completed, the doctor will be able to make recommendations on what foods to eat, what foods to eliminate, how to remove toxins, possible supplements for specific needs and exercise. An array of detoxification programs are readily available, if recommended.

Flower Essence Therapy

Flower essences are herbal infusions or decoctions, made from the flowering part of the plant, which uniquely address emotional and mental aspects of wellness. The first 38 flower remedies were formulated by a British physician, Dr. Edward Bach, a well-known bacteriologist, physician and pathologist, in the 1930's, and are entitled the Bach Remedies, although new remedies from other plant species are now available know as Flower Essence Therapy System.


Kinesiology, also known as biomechanics, is the study of body movement. Applied kinesiology (AK) which is also know as muscle strength testing, is a method of diagnosis and treatment based on the belief that various muscles are linked to particular organs and glands, and that specific muscle weakness can signal distant internal problems such as nerve damage, reduced blood supply, chemical imbalances or other organ or gland problems. Practitioners contend that by correcting this muscle weakness, you can help heal a problem in the associated internal organ.