Meet the Doctors and Staff

Our office is a true family practice. 
We are a family and we care for families.

Dr. Jeff Aita and Carol Aita

Dr. Jeff and Carol Aita grew up in New Jersey. They began dating in high school and have been married now for 40 years! Dr. Jeff graduated with honors from Rutgers University with a B.S. in physiology. He graduated with his doctorate of chiropractic in 1979 from National Chiropractic College. After graduating they moved to North Carolina and in 1981 opened an office in North Wilkesboro, N.C., which was one of the busiest practices in the state. Carol became a certified chiropractic assistant and was certified to take x-rays. Dr. Jeff and Carol raised three wonderful children there, and owned and operated that office for 22 years. In 1996, they started visiting Hilton Head and fell in love with the area. In May of 2003 they moved to Bluffton and opened Bluffton Family Chiropractic.  They are both members of Life Force, a group of doctors and chiropractic supporters who want to make sure that everyone on the planet has access to chiropractic care and a chiropractic education.  In October of 2015 Dr. Jeff was elected to the Board of Trustees of Life University.

 

Dr. Kate Aita Houpt

Dr. Kate Aita Houpt is Dr. Jeff and Carol`s daughter.  Around age 3 she announced that she too would be a chiropractor and has been headed toward that goal ever since.  She attended undergraduate school at USC Spartanburg (Upstate) and then went onto chiropractic school at Sherman College of Chiropractic.  During her time there she was president of Women in Chiropractic and her class representative in the chiropractic student council.  Upon graduation she received the B.J. Palmer Philosophy Distinction award for her dedication and hardwork for chiropractic and the community.  Shortly after graduation she married John Houpt III.  "Coach Hop" teaches physical education/health at Bluffton Middle School and coaches football at Bluffton High School (Go Bobcats!).  They have 4 children, AJ is 10, Joey is 8 , Paxton is 5 and Eliana is 2.    She and her husband hope to help educate the children in our community about the importance of taking caring for their health. Dr. Kate received her certification from International Chiropractic Pediatric Association in May 2011.   She is certified in the Webster Technique.  Dr. Kate will focus much of her practice on pediatrics, however the she`s discovered the senior crowd has worked their way into her heart as well.  She is a member of Life Force and the ICPA.

 

Dr. John Aita

Dr. John Aita is Dr Jeff and Carol's youngest son and Kate's brother. Dr. John  married his high school sweetheart Anne in the mountains of North Carolina. Anne got her masters in Library Science and is a technology specialist for Beaufort County School system. Dr. John attended the University of North Carolina at Asheville for his undergraduate degree which focused on biology and sports sciences. He then attended Life University for chiropractic school in Marietta, Georgia. Dr. John played soccer from six years old all the way through high school and is an avid Pittsburgh Steelers fan. His love for sports have made him place a special focus on treating athletes in the office, but he also is receiving certfication through a pediatric chiropractic organization.  Dr. John and Anne have one child, Cooper, who is 3.

 

Dr. Courtney VanAcker

Dr. Courtney started at Bluffton Family Chiropractic when Dr. Kate took maternity leave in 2014.  Since she fits into the BFC family so well, she will stay on with our team!  Dr. Courtney is originally from upstate NY, but moved here after spending 5 years in Charlotte, NC. She attended New York Chiropractic College in historic Seneca Falls, NY. Dr. Courtney is trained in Active Release Technique- a special muscular technique that is great for sports injuries. She is also an IVCA certified animal chiropractor. She lives in Okatie with her husband, 3 dogs and cat and is thrilled to be a part of Bluffton Family Chiropractic!
 

Our Chiropractic Assistants

We have 6 wonderful chiropractic assistants that also work in the office,  Annemarie, Antonio, Leslie, Lori, Maura and Siobhan.

Annemarie Pfenniger has lived in the Bluffton area for over 30 years.  She is married with two children.  In her spare time she enjoys movies, reading and football.

Antonio Zelaya was born in Honduras and is currently a pre-chiropractic student.  He plans to attend Life University.  He is passionate about chiropractic, healthy life-style and outdoor activities.

Leslie Herrera was born in Guerrero, Mexico and moved to Bluffton 10 years ago.  She enjoys learning more about have to live a healthier life style and exercise.

Lori Clark and her husband are orginally from New Jersey.  They moved here to be closer to family.  Lori has been the profession of chiropractic for 33 years.  She enjoys her 2 dogs, outside activities and reading.

Maura Wyatt moved to Bluffton in 1994.  She is married and enjoys riding her horse and being outside.

Siobhan McCann graduated from Longwood University in 2006.  She is a former Beaufort County public school teacher.  She is originally from Northern Virginia and moved to Bluffton to get away from the cold and traffic.

 

Our Massage Therapist

Cathy Lortie is a graduate of the TCL massage therapy program and is licensed in the state of South Carolina.  She received training in Swedish, Deep Tissue, Prenatal and Sports massage.  She is also a yoga instructor.  She earned her 200 hour certification in 2010 from Yoga Vermont and her 100 hour Advanced Teacher Training and a second 200 hour basic teacher training from Dancing Dogs Yoga in Beaufort, SC.

 

Missing Lina and Caroline?  They both decided to go to chiropractic school! They are both currently students at Life University.

 

Our doctors are available for a free consultation to let you know if chiropractic is the right choice for you and your family. They are also available to to talk to your class or organization about natural health care.  Give us a call today!

Bluffton Family Chiropractic
80 Baylor Dr. Suite 114
Bluffton, SC 29910
(843) 706-3472
Fax: (843) 706-3473

Professional photos by Greyson Johnston of Greyside Photography