At Elevate Sport and Spine Center, located outside of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in Natrona Heights, we aim to provide our community with the highest level, most cutting edge forms of alternative medical health care. We utilize a combination of chiropractic manipulation to both the spine and extremities, soft tissue therapy, active and passive care, and overall wellness, fitness, and nutrition to maximize our patients’ potential and help them to ELEVATE to their highest level. Using a multitude of different treatment approaches allows us to determine the most appropriate form of treatment that both doctor and patient are comfortable with. We want to guide you to get you back into the game fast…whatever that may be! We encourage our patients to become active participants in their own health care, from diagnosis to treatment and overall management of their unique condition.
Meet the Doctors
John Kuruc, DC
Dr. John Kuruc is a native of Western Pennsylvania, born and raised in Vandergrift. While growing up, Dr. John was raised on a farm, so he knows the value of hard work. Aside from farming, he grew up playing sports year round including baseball, golf, and basketball. During his freshman year attending Saint Joseph High School in Natrona Heights, Dr. John was a pitcher and short stop for the baseball team. Halfway through the season he was unable to throw a baseball further than fifteen feet. Not knowing the cause of the problem, he visited his mother’s chiropractor. After just one visit, he noticed that it was the first time he walked out of a doctor’s office and felt better. Ever since that day, Dr. John wanted to become a chiropractor.
After graduating from Saint Joseph High School in 2005, Dr. Kuruc attended Saint Vincent College in Latrobe, PA. While there, he was member of the varsity golf team while majoring in chemistry. After graduating in 2009, Dr. Kuruc continued to further his education at New York Chiropractic College in Seneca Falls, New York. While there, he learned a variety of techniques and rehabilitation exercises to improve the quality of care for his patients. He also studied intensively how our bodies function as a whole, as well as the value of nutritional support. Dr. John had the opportunity to treat our brave men and women at VA hospitals during rotations in Rochester and Canandiaguia, New York. He was stationed at the Seneca Falls Health Center where he learned from the best clinicians in the world.
Since golf is a major hobby, Dr. Kuruc became certified as a Titleist Performance Institute Golf Fitness Instructor. Helping golfers maintain proper posture and keeping their bodies safe all season long is a top priority. Dr. John will put you through a screening, show you where the weak spots are, and help you strengthen your body. It may just add 20 yards to your drive!
Along with being an avid golfer, Dr. John is a long time outdoor enthusiast and really enjoys hunting, hiking, fishing, and kayaking. In the fall months, if you don’t see him in the office you can find him in the woods trying to find that trophy whitetail buck!
Jessi Ritegno, DC
As a child, Dr. Jessi Ritegno was an avid sports fanatic, participating in multiple sports such as soccer, basketball, running, and even playing pick up games of football with her friends! Such an active lifestyle unfortunately lead to multiple injuries. After spending half of her life in and out of doctor’s offices, and becoming increasingly more fascinated with the human body and how it worked, Dr. Jess knew she would one day have a career as a medical professional.
After winning a State Title in soccer her senior year, she graduated high school in the top 10 percent of her class and then moved to State College, PA to begin her education as a Kinesiology major at Penn State University. She continued to remain involved with sports, participating in multiple club and IM teams, as well as becoming an active morale committee member and eventual captain for THON. She also volunteered as an EMT while living in Happy Valley. During her time as a student, Dr. Jess began noticing neurological deficits resulting from having sustained numerous concussions as an athlete. When medications were only making her symptoms worse, she decided to seek out a more natural, whole body approach with chiropractic care. After having an amazing experience with a group of chiros, including not only being educated in her condition, but also having a voice in the direction of her care, Dr. Jess decided to switch her focus from going to medical school after graduation to completing a chiropractic program. Dr. Ritegno graduated with honors with her B.S. in Kinesiology in 2009 before beginning her chiropractic career at New York Chiropractic College.
While at NYCC, Dr. Jess excelled in both the classroom and the clinic. She participated in multiple seminars and learned a variety of different techniques outside of the classroom in order to better serve her patients. Dr. Jess was also an active member of the Sports Science and Human Performance club, which enabled her to travel around the East to multiple sporting events treating athletes, including NCAA Division I stars! She was chosen for a prestigious honors internship at a Veteran’s Hospital, where she coordinated patient care with her supervising clinician, managed other interns, and participated in rounds with orthopedic, neurology, dermatology, physical therapy, and occupational therapy specialties. She graduated summa cum laude from NYCC in the spring of 2013.
On top of maintaining her dedication to an active lifestyle as an athlete herself, Dr. Jess is also an avid sports fan. On any given weekend you can find her tirelessly cheering on her Nittany Lions! If there are no sporting events to join in or watch, Dr. Jess loves to spend time with her friends and family in or out of doors. With her family now living in Fort Collins, Colorado, Dr. Jess also enjoys frequenting the Front Range and hiking or biking her way around in the warmer weather, and snowboarding down the slopes in the winter time.