My Journey from Logan to Major League Baseball

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.

Comments (2) -

  • Todd Narson, DC, DACBSP, ICCSP

    2/29/2016 7:06:17 AM |

    Dave,

    Great article and I couldn't agree more about the mentoring and teaching of Dr. Filson, Dr. Barrale, Dr. Hillgartner and Dr. Wittmer.  Being treated for old baseball injuries himself, when the GM told me they didn't have a sports chiro for the team & after I found out about their moving spring training from Florida to Arizona, I immediately thought of you for their "spring training" sports chiro. I informed the GM of what skills and credentials he should seek out for a DC to work with them through the regular season; and to work with the team trainer to find someone with the right stuff.  

    I remember being very excited to refer you the KC Royals and I also remember you thinking I was playing a joke on you when I called. I put a lot of thought into it and you were the perfect person to represent our profession in this manor.  I'm very proud of you my friend as you've represented us well and I know you will continue to do so..  

    All the best and continued success my friend!!!

    Todd
    (Logan Class of December 1990).

  • shah

    3/29/2016 12:40:43 PM |

    I will like it

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