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Meet Our Doctors
Dr. Rich Benjamin, DC

“People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.”

–Theodore Roosevelt

Qualifications & Accreditations

Dr. Rich Benjamin stands as a revered figure in the Fort Mill, SC area, cherished for his unparalleled expertise and unwavering dedication to chiropractic care. With a sterling reputation built over 18 years of service, Dr. Benjamin is a beacon of excellence in the field, trusted by countless patients to provide top-tier care.

Dr. Benjamin's journey to becoming a chiropractor began with his graduation from Sherman College of Chiropractic in 2005, where he distinguished himself as a practitioner of the highest caliber. Certified in the esteemed Gonstead technique, he honed his skills under the mentorship of industry luminaries, solidifying his position as a leader in his field. His exemplary leadership was further evidenced by his presidency of the Gonstead Study Club during his tenure at Sherman, showcasing his commitment to excellence and innovation.

Prior to his chiropractic studies, Dr. Benjamin laid the foundation for his career with a Bachelor of Science in Pre-Medical Studies from St. John’s University in New York. Armed with a strong academic background and a passion for healing, he embarked on a transformative journey that would shape the course of his professional life.

Dr. Rich Benjamin	treating patients
Dr. Rich Benjamin	treating patients

Upon graduation, Dr. Benjamin initially practiced in Indian Land before moving to Fort Mill in June of 2011. Since then, he has become an integral part of the community, touching the lives of countless individuals through his compassionate and personalized approach to care.

Driven by a relentless pursuit of excellence, Dr. Benjamin remains at the forefront of his field, continuously seeking opportunities for growth and development. Through ongoing education and training, he ensures that his practice remains at the cutting edge of chiropractic care, offering his patients access to the most advanced and effective treatments available.

In the heart of Fort Mill, Dr. Rich Benjamin stands as a paragon of chiropractic excellence, revered for his unwavering commitment to his patients' well-being and his steadfast dedication to the art and science of healing. With a legacy defined by compassion, expertise, and innovation, he is not only a trusted healthcare provider but also a cherished pillar of the community. Dr. Benjamin's journey into chiropractic care stemmed from a pivotal realization during his exploration of medical career paths. Despite initially envisioning himself as a medical doctor, his experiences in hospitals left him disillusioned with conventional healthcare practices, which focused more on stabilizing patients rather than facilitating genuine healing.

After a year-long hiatus following his graduation with a double major in biology and chemistry, Dr. Benjamin's father suggested chiropractic as a career path. Despite his initial skepticism, Dr. Benjamin's perception of chiropractic changed when he experienced its transformative effects firsthand following a recommendation from a friend to explore the Gonstead method.

His encounter with Dr. Mike Stewart, a practitioner of the Gonstead technique, opened his eyes to the precision and efficacy of chiropractic care. Inspired by the method's scientific approach and remarkable outcomes, Dr. Benjamin committed himself to mastering the Gonstead technique, recognizing its potential to address underlying health issues with specificity and reproducibility.

Driven by a passion for helping individuals achieve their optimal health and well-being, Dr. Benjamin embraced chiropractic as a means to facilitate genuine healing and empower patients to live fulfilling lives free from debilitating health conditions.

How It All Started

Dr. Benjamin's Story In His Words...

WHAM… My heart sank to the floor as I felt liquid fire pouring down my legs… “What did you do?” I yelled in confusion…  

This is a true story that happened 18 years ago but let me start at the beginning. From the moment I could walk, I had this burning desire to become a doctor. Not just any doctor though - I wanted to be the kind that really helps people, that digs deep and finds the root cause of their problems. 

I was convinced this was my calling in life. So much so that I charged ahead to St. John's University on a pre-med track, ready to begin my journey. But then something happened that rocked my world. I started shadowing my mom, who's a psychiatric nurse practitioner, as she made her rounds at the hospital.

At first, it seemed like the perfect way to get some hands-on experience in the medical field. Boy, was I wrong...As I followed her from patient to patient, I realized these cold, sterile hospitals were more like factories than places of healing. It was all about stabilizing symptoms as quickly as possible, getting bodies in and out, making that dollar bill. Nobody seemed to truly care about finding the underlying reasons for people's suffering.

It was a harsh wake-up call.

I watched in horror as my mom's patients got pumped full of drugs and harsh treatments that merely covered up their issues instead of resolving them. All because it was the most "cost-effective" solution for the hospital's bottom line.

In that moment, staring at the hollow looks in those patient's eyes, I had an epiphany. This...this couldn't be what God wanted for me. There had to be a better way to help people outside of this soulless, money-grubbing system. So I switched gears after graduating and took a job at a dead-end collections agency, my dream of practicing medicine slowly withering away.

I was miserable, totally adrift and feeling like I had wasted years of my life. Until one day, my dad gave me the wake-up call I needed. He was sick of seeing me moping around and told me straight-up to stop squandering my biology degree. Well, unbeknownst to me, this man had done his homework. After researching high-paying jobs for biology majors, he came at me with three words that made me scoff:

"Be a chiropractor."

A chiropractor? You've got to be kidding me...My only experience with chiropractic up until that point were a few neck and back adjustments that provided temporary relief at best. I failed to see how aggressively cracking joints could be an actual solution for diagnosing and treating serious health issues.

But my dad was insistent, and wouldn't take no for an answer. As if the universe was on his side, a flier arrived that very week from Life University, advertising a new program for pre-med students to transition into their chiropractic program. Well, I figured I didn't have many options left at that point. What the heck, I'll give it a shot - I told myself.

Six months, if this doesn't work out, I'm gone. Those first few months at Life were...rough, to say the least. My skepticism about chiropractic as a legitimate form of healthcare was confirmed and then some. The curriculum seemed scattered and completely haphazard. "A bag of tricks" is how one instructor phrased it - as if we were magicians rather than doctors. Everything felt hokey and unscientific. I could practically smell the snake oil in the air.

To make matters worse, I was suffering from crippling knee pain and insomnia. My joints were so swollen and inflamed that I had to lie down in class or keep my legs straight out. It also didn't help that my shoulder was jacked up too - lifting my arm was agony. I'd beg to get adjusted by other students or professors, and they'd crank me around on those tables like I was a small truck's chassis. And sure, maybe I'd get some short-term relief. But inevitably, within hours, that deep, throbbing pain would come raging back.

I was at my wits end. Until one day, one of my buddies mentioned a "unique chiropractic system" that was getting incredible results. At first, I just brushed it off as more of the same snake oil pitches. But he persisted, practically dragging me along to a workshop from this chiropractor named Dr. Mike Stewart. As soon as Dr. Stewart started presenting, I had to do a double-take.

There was a precision, a sharp professionalism to how he methodically broke down patient cases that I hadn't witnessed before in this field. "Huh...maybe there's something more to this chiropractic thing after all," I thought to myself. After the workshop, I nervously approached the good doctor and asked for an adjustment, figuring he'd just crank me around like all the others. But Dr. Stewart simply said "No”, catching me completely off guard. He explained that he couldn't adjust me without first going through a proper examination and taking x-rays to analyze what was going on.

For the first time, I was being treated like an actual patient case, not just another body to be cracked. So I booked an appointment, but went in with a sly plan: "I'm not going to say a word about my conditions. If this guy really knows his stuff, he should be able to diagnose me himself. "Sure enough, after taking my x-rays, Dr. Stewart walks back in, takes one look at the films and immediately rattles off - with precise clinical accuracy - the issues with my tailbone, compression fractures, torn rotator cuff and sleeping problems like he was reading the page right out of my body's medical file.  

In that moment, I realized I had stumbled across the real deal. Someone who approached chiropractic not as a woowoo quick-fix, but as a methodical technique for activating the body's powerful self-healing ability. Over the ensuing weeks, Dr. Stewart's unique adjustments - performed with mathematical precision - freed me from the cycle of crippling pain I had been trapped in for so long.

All my symptoms rapidly dissolved, and I felt reborn. Deep down, I knew that I had to learn this technique inside and out so I could bring this same life-changing healing to others. I begged Dr. Stewart to take me on as a student, but he insisted I focus on my schooling first.

Undeterred, I showed up at his practice every day, doing grunt work like vacuuming, cleaning bathrooms, whatever menial tasks I could just to be around his energy. Eventually, after pestering him relentlessly, he agreed to let me begin interning under his guidance.

From those humble beginnings, I would go on to master the transformative art of the Gonstead chiropractic technique and bring true healing to communities in need.

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Dr. Rich Benjamin	Wife Jenica Benjamin
Dr. Rich Benjamin	Wife Jenica Benjamin

Devoted Husband and Father

Dr. Benjamin is a devoted husband to his wife, Jenica, and a loving father to their three children. Their family enjoys exploring new destinations through travel, with a particular fondness for historical sites and natural wonders.

Despite their diverse interests and busy schedules, they prioritize spending quality time together, whether it's cheering on their children at sports events or indulging in simple pleasures like dining out and bonding with their German Shepherd, Ahsoka.

Looking ahead, Dr. Benjamin envisions future travels to Europe and Sri Lanka (where he was born). He hopes to instill in his children a deep appreciation for cultural diversity and gratitude for the opportunities afforded to them in the United States. Through their shared experiences, Dr. Benjamin aims to cultivate a sense of empathy and global awareness, inspiring his children to embrace the richness of life's experiences and make a positive impact in the world.

Dr. Rich Benjamin	Wife Jenica Benjamin  Family
Dr. Rich Benjamin	Wife Jenica Benjamin family

How It All Started

Jenica Benjamin's Story In Her Words...

Jenica Benjamin is the driving force behind the success of Gonstead Chiropractic Center, serving as its unseen yet indomitable cornerstone. As the office manager, Jenica's role extends far beyond mere administrative tasks; she is the heartbeat of the clinic, infusing every aspect of its operations with her unwavering dedication and passion for excellence.

With a relentless commitment to ensuring the highest standards of patient care, Jenica meticulously handles all the behind-the-scenes responsibilities, from paperwork to logistics, with unparalleled efficiency and attention to detail. Her tireless efforts are instrumental in creating a welcoming and conducive environment for patients, where their comfort and well-being are prioritized above all else.

In addition to her pivotal role at the clinic, Jenica is a devoted mother and wife, balancing the demands of her professional and personal life with grace and resilience. Despite any challenges she faces, Jenica's unwavering love and support for her family shine through, enriching their lives immeasurably.

Dr. Rich Benjamin	Wife Jenica Benjamin
Dr. Rich Benjamin	Wife Jenica Benjamin

Jenica Benjamin The Cornerstone

Of Gonstead Chiropractic Center

Dr. Rich Benjamin, Jenica's husband, acknowledges her invaluable contribution to both their family and the clinic, recognizing her as not only his partner but also his source of strength and inspiration.

He is deeply grateful for Jenica's unwavering support and commitment to their shared endeavors, knowing that her presence enriches every aspect of their lives.

In essence, Jenica embodies the spirit of dedication, compassion, and resilience, serving as a shining example of excellence in both personal and professional realms.

Her unwavering commitment to serving others and her profound impact on the lives of those around her make her an indispensable asset to Gonstead Chiropractic Center and a source of inspiration to all who have the privilege of knowing her.

1698 SC-160 Suite 140, Fort Mill, SC 29708, USA
1698 SC-160 Suite 140, Fort Mill, SC 29708, USA

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