About

Allow myself to introduce…..myself.   – Austin Powers

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Philosophy…

Why do I do what I do? Because I believe in making people greater than they are. That’s it.

I’m passionate about preventing injuries, improving performance, and figuring out how those two topics intersect.  At my office, Ideal Athlete Chiropractic, I hope to pass along some of my knowledge and passion to help make you a lean, strong, fast, injury-free, athletic ball of awesomeness.

Furthermore…

I realize that a lot of what I discuss is geared toward athletes.  However, any type of patient is welcome in my office!  I can help you get back on the job, let you play with your grandkids, or work with you on improving your quality of life.  No matter your goal, I’m here to help you fix your problems quickly and effectively!

On the subject of me…

I am an experienced Sports Chiropractor, Exercise Scientist, Strength & Conditioning Coach and Performance Enhancement Specialist.

For the past several years, I have been the Team Chiropractor and Performance Enhancement Consultant for the New Zealand Olympic Cycling Teams and for the USA Bobsled & Skeleton Teams.  I’ve had the pleasure of traveling around the world helping world-class athletes fix their injuries and improve their performance.  In fact, I was able to work with a number of my New Zealand athletes at the 2012 Olympic Games in London, England!

Prior to that, I was the Chief-of-Staff and Assistant Professor at one of the largest natural health care clinics in the state of Minnesota.

I have more than 15 years experience working with athletes of all ages and dealing with a variety of sports injuries and issues. I have played an integral role in the training and rehab of more than 100 Olympic medal winners and professional athletes.

Things I’ve done…

  • Sports Medicine & Performance Enhancement Consultant for the New Zealand Olympic Cycling Team
  • Team Chiropractor for the U.S. Bobsled & Skeleton Teams
  • Former Chiropractic Consultant for the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Lake Placid, NY
  • Member of the U.S. Medical Staff at the 2010 Paralympic Winter Games
  • Team Doctor for the Northwestern Health Sciences University Men’s Hockey Team
  • Featured expert for international publications such as Muscle & Fitness Magazine and for the American Chiropractic Association
  • Advisory Board Member for the International Sports & Fitness Trainers Association

Athletics…

I don’t only treat athletes……  I also play one on TV.  I’ve been lucky enough to be involved, and sometimes successful, in a wide variety of sports since I was young.  I believe that being involved with so many sports gives me a unique and better understanding of my patient’s needs and issues.  Being fit makes me a better doctor.

Over the years I have been lucky enough to…

  • Be a 3-time Ironman Lake Placid finisher (personal best of 10:57 in 2009)
  • Summit Mount Rainier
  • Inducted into the Plattsburgh High School Athletic Hall of Fame
  • Finish a number of 12 & 24-hour solo mountain bike races
  • Finish the 20-mile City of Lakes cross-country ski race
  • Complete multiple “ultra-running” relays of 200 miles
  • Bicycle 162 miles non-stop in just over 9 hours
  • Competitively finish two 50-mile trail ultramarathons (personal best of 8:24)
  • Finish 2nd out of 6000+ racers in a Spartan Obstacle Race in Fenway Park

Will I ever do another Ironman race again?  Probably.  But at this point in my life, I’m happy focusing on some shorter races, lifting weights a few days a week, working out with friends, and spending time with my kids.

Flapping my gums…

I love to speak.  Trust me.  Just ask anyone who knows me.  Over the past few years, I’ve had the pleasure of speaking to a number of impressive organizations on a wide variety of topics.  A few of the biggies were….

  • Keynote speaker for the 2015 Chiropractors’ Assoc. of Australia’s Annual Conference in Melbourne, Australia
  • Keynote speaker for the 2015 British Chiropractic Association’s Annual Conference in Bournemouth, UK
  • Keynote Speaker at the 2014 European Chiropractic Union (ECU) Conference in Dublin, Ireland
  • Keynote speaker at the 2014 World Chiropractic Congress (WCC) Annual Conference in San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Keynote speaker for the 2013 Mexican Chiropractic Congress’ annual conference in Mexico City, Mexico
  • Keynote speaker for the 2011 Pan-American Games Sports Medicine Congress in Guadalajara, Mexico
  • Keynote speaker for the 2010 New Zealand Academy of Sport’s annual sports medicine conference in Christchurch, New Zealand
  • Guest Lecturer for the University of Southern Maine’s Athletic Training Program
  • Guest Lecturer for Northeastern University’s Doctor of Physical Therapy Program

Topics have included:

-Lower Extremity Injuries in Runners

-Musculoskeletal Screening

-Enhancing Performance

-Para Athletes: Medical Concerns & Treatment Challenges

-Kinesiotaping for Enhancing Performance

-Sacroiliac Joint Pain in Cyclists

-Myofascial Release Techniques to Improve Performance

Where I learned stuff…

Northwestern Health Sciences University

Doctor of Chiropractic (D.C.)

1997-2000

Ithaca College

B.S. in Exercise Science

Magna Cum Laude

1992-1996

Things in frames…

  • Doctor of Chiropractic (D.C.)
  • Internationally Certified Chiropractic Sports Practitioner (ICCSP)
  • Certified Chiropractic Sports Practitioner (C.C.S.P.)
  • Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist (C.S.C.S.)
  • Active Release Technique Provider
  • Certified RockTape Provider
  • Graston Technique Provider
  • KinesioTaping Provider (Level 3)
  • Certified in Hospital Protocols
  • Certified in Wilderness & Expedition Medicine Concepts

Groups I hang with…

  • American Chiropractic Board of Sports Physicians
  • National Strength & Conditioning Association
  • International Federation of Sports Chiropractic
  • American Academy of Hospital Chiropractors
  • Society of Weight-Training Injury Specialists

The juicy, personal details…

I currently live in Plattsburgh, NY with my wife, my 12 year old son and my 11 year old daughter.  The weather sucks most of the year, but I like to think that running at -10F makes me tough.  Or stupid.

I also make sure to break a sweat every day.  Personally, I am always looking for the next adventure, never back down from a challenge, and believe that movement is life.  So get off your butt, and move your body!