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
“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
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
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.