Hours: Please call the office at 803-732-3996 for appointment hours. Thank you.


About Dutch Fork Chiropractic Center P.A.
Dr. Milano provides patient-centered care, listening carefully to your health issues and concerns. She will recommend the best care for your needs, making referrals for additional diagnostic tests if needed.
If you qualify for care and are accepted as a patient, you will have the peace of mind knowing that Dr. Milano and her staff will be providing you with the dedicated care you deserve.
Dr. Deborah Milano recommends chiropractic care for all ages to help maintain a more healthy lifestyle. While chiropractic is not a cure-all, many conditions, in addition to aches and pains, can respond to chiropractic treatments.
image04The human body is designed to maintain health. The nervous system controls and coordinates all of the body's functions. A vertebral misalignment causing interference to the nervous system (called a subluxation), can cause a malfunction in other body systems, leading to pain and illness. Chiropractors focus on removing the cause of the problem, the interference to the nervous system, which then allows the body to heal itself.
Chiropractic can be beneficial for musculoskeletal conditions including headaches, neck and back pain, muscle and joint pain, scoliosis, sciatica, "pinched nerves", and other health problems.


Will insurance cover chiropractic? We are in-network with most insurance carriers and will file insurance for you. Our staff will verify your coverage once you provide us with your information. You may also inquire about massage coverage under your particular plan.

Intersegmental Traction

This therapy improves circulation and mobility in the spinal joints and relaxes the muscles with the soothing effect of its massage-like roller.

Electrical Muscle Stimulation

This therapy helps to speed healing by sending comfortable impulses through the skin to stimulate the muscles, ease muscle spasms and pain, increase range of motion, and increase local blood flow.

Massage Therapy

Licensed massage therapists offer a wide range of massage techniques to provide a personalized massage experience. The massage room is designed to be soothing with ambient sounds in a relaxed atmosphere.

Directions to Our Office

From Lexington across the dam (if not taking highway): After crossing the dam, take Lake Murray Blvd. into Irmo. Cross over St. Andrews Rd. and the train tracks; take an immediate left onto Woodrow St., a right onto North Royal Tower Rd., and a left onto Broad River Rd. We're about 2/10 of a mile on the left.
From Lexington (if taking highway): Take I-20 towards Florence to I-26 west to exit 101A (Ballentine-White Rock exit). When off exit, go down 6/10 of a mile (you'll now be on Broad River Road - also called 176). We're on the left.
From Downtown Columbia, West Columbia, Cayce, or Forest Acres: Take I-26 west to exit 101A (Ballentine-White Rock exit). When off exit, go 6/10 of a mile (you'll now be on Broad River Road - also called 176). We're on the left.
From Chapin, Ballentine, White Rock, Newberry, or Prosperity: Take I-26 east to exit 101A (Broad River Road - West). You'll come to a stop sign at the end of the exit ramp. Bear right. Go about 4/10 of a mile. We're on the left.
NOTE: You can also take Dutch Fork Road going east. It is eventually called Broad River Road. When in Irmo, we will be on the right hand side about 1/2 mile past the Bi-Lo shopping center and Dutch Fork Elementary School.

Our Team

Activator ToolDr. Deborah Milano completed her undergraduate studies in New York. She transferred to Life College of Chiropractic (now called Life University) in Marietta, Georgia, where she graduated summa cum laude and valedictorian of her class in 1995. The four-year chiropractic coursework included anatomy and physiology, clinicals, pathology, x-ray, nutrition, and more. Dr. Milano completed additional studies at Brenau University in Georgia where she became certified in physiotherapeutics. She continues post-graduate education to stay current on the latest scientific research and adjusting techniques. She believes chiropractic to be a necessary part of a healthy lifestyle, which also includes exercise, proper nutrition, and stress management. Dr. Milano primarily utilizes a hand-held instrument called the Activator to deliver a gentle, low-force adjustment to the spine. She became Advanced Proficiency certified in Activator Methods Technique in 1995.

Massage Therapy Available in Our Office

Should you wish to know if your health insurance covers massage therapy performed by a licensed massage therapist in our office, please call us at (803) 732-3996. Massage gift certificates are available.
Lisa Kerlin pix380 Lisa Kerlin (SC LMT License #9303) utilizes a combination of Swedish Massage and Deep Tissue Massage with trigger point therapy. Swedish massage has been credited with increasing oxygen flow in the blood and releasing toxins from the muscles. Neuromuscular Therapy is the use of static pressure on specific myofascial points to relieve pain. This technique manipulates the muscles, tendons and connective tissues to balance the central nervous system. She believes each patient/client responds to a unique approach designed specifically for him/her, so will utilize the technique that best addresses the needs of the individual.
Patrick Herring Patrick Herring (Patrick Herring (SC LMT License #8789) uses a custom mix of Swedish, trigger point, myofascial release, stretching, and Reiki modalities to achieve the most relief for each client. Myofascial release is credited with treating skeletal muscle immobility and pain by relaxing contracted muscles and unblocking scar tissue and adhesions due to injury in the muscles and surrounding tissues. Myofascial release therapy is applied hands-on, in kneading-style strokes that are meant to stretch, loosen, soften and lengthen the fibrous bands of the muscles, bones, nerves, and joints.
Emily Banach (SC LMT License #10762) utilizes Swedish and Clinical Neuromuscular Therapy techniques, deep tissue with trigger point therapy, and Hot Stone massage. Hot stone massage is a technique where Emily uses smooth, heated stones as an extension of her own hands. The heat can be relaxing and help warm up tight muscles so she can work more deeply. This allows access to the deeper layers of tense and spasmed muscles. Hot Stone massage, in addition to other massage techniques, has been credited with improving circulation and decreasing pain. Emily’s approach varies from light to vigorous, customizing each client's session to alleviate pain and provide relaxation.

Support Staff

Cathy Stephenson, our chiropractic assistant/office manager, has been part of our team since May 2008. She is responsible for answering all your financial and insurance questions. Additionally, she assists the doctor with the administration of physiotherapies and x-raying patients as needed. Cathy has been x-ray certified (SCRQSA #01-0829) thru York technical College since 2010. Her many completed continuing education classes include X-ray Certification, Diagnostic Imaging, Boundaries and Professional Conduct, and Ethics for Professionals. “I look forward to making your office visit the least stressful part of your day,” says Cathy.

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