Devon Ackroyd, DC, CSCS

November 5, 2018 -- Devon Ackroyd, DC, CSCS is an advanced practice clinician at Paraquad, a nonprofit that empowers people with disabilities in the St. Louis area. As an athlete, particularly as a Division I collegiate swimmer, Dr. Ackroyd witnessed firsthand how sports medicine and chiropractic could make a difference in an athlete’s overall performance and health. That realization inspired him to seek a career in chiropractic.

Originally from Toronto, Dr. Ackroyd came to the United States on a swimming scholarship to Syracuse University, where he earned his undergraduate degree in biology and met his future wife, who was also a swimmer at the university. After graduating, he moved back to Canada to attend the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College, from which he graduated in 2010.

“As an athlete, I understood the value of chiropractic, and I decided it would be a great career fit for me,” he said. He spent the next eight years in private practice in Toronto, working at a sports medicine clinic.

“I enjoyed working in an interdisciplinary environment with physical therapists, chiropractors, surgeons and physiotherapists,” said Dr. Ackroyd. “I learned a lot from the various practices and from the collaborative environment.”

In 2017, Dr. Ackroyd and his wife, a St. Louis native, decided to relocate to St. Louis so their two children could be closer to family. Dr. Ackroyd planned to go into private practice but received an unexpected job offer he could not turn down.

“When I heard about this position at Paraquad, I was intrigued. It was so different and challenging, and I could not pass up the opportunity to bring my experience to this facility,” he said. As the advanced practice clinician at Paraquad, Dr. Ackroyd works with patients to meet their individual goals. “Each patient has a unique set of goals – whether it be to walk with a cane or restore hand movements,” said Dr. Ackroyd. “Creating a strategy tailored to their needs to help them achieve more independence keeps me focused every day.”

His personal philosophy of utilizing evidence-based treatment approaches aligns with Paraquad’s mission of empowering people with disabilities to increase their independence through choice and opportunity. Dr. Ackroyd’s previous experience of working with Paralympic athletes in swimming and wheelchair basketball gave him a glimpse into what this work at Paraquad would entail.

In addition to his clinical duties, Dr. Ackroyd is also enrolled in Logan’s online Sports Science and Rehabilitation master’s program and is teaching a physical rehabilitation class at Logan. Through each of these roles, he looks forward to helping improve the lives of others.

“Working with patients with disabilities and mentoring interns and residents is incredibly rewarding,” Dr. Ackroyd said.

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