Meet our Team

Richard Ziarkowski, D.C. - Owner

I grew up in Lackawanna, NY and graduated from the New York Chiropractic College where I obtained my Doctor of Chiropractic in 1998.  I am certified in the following: the Koren Technique in 2007, the Kennedy Decompression Technique in 2008, the Neuromechanical Technique in 2009 and the Whitten Technique in 2014. I not only come up with personalized treatment plans for my patients, but I was the first to provide affordable decompression to Western New York. I am the owner of both Universal Chiropractic and South Buffalo Chiropractic. My Chiropractic focus is on cooperative multidisciplinary care, patient-centered quality treatment, and in-depth post-surgical spine rehab. My passion is in living a healthy lifestyle and encouraging my patients to do the same. My mission is to help insure that our patients have the highest possible “quality of life.” To improve their health through personal dedication and cutting-edge medical technology. To help them heal, without surgery, in the most affordable manner possible.

Marshall Dornink, D.C. - Chiropractor

I received my Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise and Sport Science from UW-La Crosse in 2003.  My Master’s degree is in Kinesiology/Sport Psychology from the University of North Dakota in 2006 and my Doctor of Chiropractic degree from D’Youville College in 2014.  I am Certified Athletic Trainer, Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, and certified in the Graston® technique. Prior to graduating from D’Youville College, I worked as an Athletic Trainer at SUNY-Binghamton, where I cared for the Division I athletes on the Volleyball, Wrestling and Swimming/Diving teams. I have also worked as a personal trainer for several years, working with a variety of clients and athletes and believe that improving strength and stability in the muscles that act on the spine can be a key component for better spine health. When I am not working with my patients, I am spending time with my wife and three children. I believe in a healthy work and life balance. I enjoy strength training and have competed as a power lifter and in strongman competitions. It is with my background, experience, and training that I hope to help you reach your health and wellness goals.

Alana Flitt, D.C. - Chiropractor

I received my Bachelor of Science degree in biology in 2009 from SUNY Fredonia. I received my Doctor of Chiropractic degree in 2013 from D’Youville College and graduated with honors. I have a passion for treating expectant mothers and pediatric patients. With more than 5 years of diverse experiences, especially in chiropractic, I believe my patients are receiving the best quality of care. I live in Hamburg, NY, and spend my time out of the office with my son, husband, and family dog.  I am certified in Graston® Technique, an innovative form of instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization that is used to break down scar tissue or fascial and muscle restrictions. To better understand my patients, I became a member of the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association (ICPA) and am certified in the Webster Technique, which has exceptional benefits for pregnant women. I believe chiropractic care is important for my family as well. I adjust my own son.  I strongly believe that chiropractic treatment of children, in addition to helping to reduce pain, can help promote wellness, reduce illness, and encourage optimal health; putting a child on the right path for health and wellness into adulthood.

Tarah M. Dolce, D.C. - Chiropractor

Dr. Tarah received her Bachelor of Science degree from SUNY Brockport in 2009 and her Doctorate of Chiropractic from D’Youville College in 2013. After graduation, she relocated to Pittsburgh to begin her career, and in 2014 she returned to Buffalo to continue chiropractic care and be closer to friends and family. Dr. Tarah enjoys treating patients of all ages and is committed to making Buffalo healthier by educating patients of the importance of spinal health and chiropractic care.

Dr. Tarah is also certified in the Graston Technique®.

Robert Grobelny D.C. LAc - Acupuncturist

Dr. Robert Grobelny or “Dr. Rob” is a native of Buffalo, New York. While a child he moved to Indiana later returning as a teen to graduate from Bishop Timon High School. He received an Associate degree in Applied Science from Villa Maria College and a Bachelor of Science Degree from Excelsior University. In December of 2001 he received his Doctor of Chiropractic degree from the New York School of Chiropractic and has been in private practice since 2002.

Doctor Grobelny also holds a Master of Science degree in Acupuncture from the New York Chiropractic College School of Oriental Medicine. In 2007 he had the opportunity to travel to China. While there he took part in rounds at the teaching hospital in the city of Hang Zhou, China. He is one of only two doctors licensed in Erie county in both chiropractic and acupuncture.

Jordan Nelson, D.C. - Chiropractor

Dr. Nelson received his Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Cleveland State University before moving to Buffalo for his graduate education where he received his Doctor of Chiropractic degree from D’Youville College. During his time at D’Youville, Dr. Nelson was an active member of the Student American Chiropractic Association (SACA) and served as the chapter’s President. He traveled with SACA each year to Washington, DC to advocate on Capitol Hill for the chiropractic profession, and for evidence-based, patient-centered care. Dr. Nelson received the Excellence in Leadership Award from the American Chiropractic Association at their annual National Convention in Chicago, IL in 2019.

Dr. Nelson has extensive hands-on experience in the examination, diagnosis, and treatment of many neuro-musculoskeletal conditions. He completed clinical rotations through Erie County Medical Center (ECMC), and Hagemann Chiropractic Health Center, which afforded him the opportunity to treat a variety of conditions such as herniated/bulging discs, spinal stenosis, sciatica, etc. In addition, Dr. Nelson completed a preceptorship at UB Neurosurgery, where he was able to effectively treat and manage a variety of complex, pre- and post- spinal surgery cases.

Dr. Nelson approaches his patient’s varying health conditions from a whole-body perspective, allowing him to identify the root cause of their symptoms. He offers a variety of different treatment options to his patients, including: Diversified Adjusting Technique, Thompson Drop Technique, Spinal Decompression, Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (IASTM), Myofascial Release Technique, and lifestyle/nutritional counseling.

Dr. Nelson remains an active member of the American Chiropractic Association (ACA), and the New York State Chiropractic Association (NYSCA). In his spare time, he enjoys staying active by playing golf, running, skiing, and spending time with his family and friends.