Dr. Perrine with Dr. Filson
By: David Perrine, DC CCSP, FIAMA
Like many of my friends growing up as a young boy in New Jersey, I dreamt of becoming a
Major League Baseball (MLB) player. Living only ten miles from New York City, it would have made sense for me to grow up a Yankees or Mets fan. But as for me, I grew up as the loneliest St. Louis Cardinals fan in all of New Jersey!
I was a good baseball player, but it soon became evident that attaining my goal of becoming a Major Leaguer was unlikely. Time passed and a college degree in economics led me to a job in the food industry. During my undergraduate years, I became very interested in nutrition and fitness, unaware it would soon ignite my true passion.
During a summer league softball game, I dove for a ball and hyperextended my shoulder. At the urging of a neighbor, my injury led me to visit a chiropractor. This decision would change the direction of my life as I decided to return to school to study chiropractic. A family friend had graduated from Logan University years before and spoke highly of the experience. Although the convenient choice would have been New York Chiropractic College, I was impressed with my visit to Logan and left for St. Louis in 1987.
While at Logan, my class was privileged to be mentored by some incredible leaders and role models such as Ralph Filson, DC, Ralph Barrale, DC, Roy Hillgartner, DC and Michael Wittmer, DC to name but a few. These doctors not only taught us what was necessary to earn our degree and pass our boards but they invested themselves in us, teaching us what it truly meant to be a chiropractor. After graduating in 1990, my true passion in sports medicine led me to attain my Certified Chiropractic Sports Physician (CCSP) at Logan the following year with the dream of someday working with professional athletes.
After completing my CCSP, my wife and I moved to Arizona, opening a practice in Scottsdale in
1993. In 2004, one of my classmates, Todd Narson, DC, CCSP, contacted me from Miami. Dr. Narson was treating the Kansas City Royals General Manager and inquired about the team’s chiropractic care with the recent move of spring training operations to Arizona. Upon his recommendation, the door opened for me to begin a professional relationship with the
Royals in 2005 that continues to this day.
In January of 2015, the Professional Baseball Chiropractic Society had its annual meeting in
Scottsdale, Arizona at the Colorado Rockies spring training facility. Logan was well represented, including former graduates Chuck Clark, DC (class of December 1998-Arizona Diamondbacks), Chris Williams, DC (class of December 1998-Tampa Bay Rays) and Reddell Nolan (class of April 2012-Kansas City Royals).
Our presence there would not have been possible without the assistance of Dr. Filson. In
1998, Dr. Filson became the team chiropractor for the St. Louis Cardinals. His contribution and success in the professional realm of sports (two World Series Championships with the Cardinals and a Super Bowl Championship with the Rams) opened the doors for us as the word began to spread amongst professional athletes and medical staffs as to the benefits of chiropractic care.
I will be forever grateful for those who have paved the way for me to do what I love to do—help people reach their full potential both on and off the field of play.