My great grandfather’s brother was Charlie Ebbets who owned and managed the Brooklyn Dodgers and built Ebbets Field. My father was a golf professional and my mother was a teacher. I was born in Hartford, Connecticut. We moved often during my childhood living in Saratoga, South Jersey, Long Island and South Carolina.
I went to Oyster Bay High School, attended Villanova University and graduated from Union College. I did graduate work at Norwich University where I coached basketball and track. I earned my chiropractic degree from New York Chiropractic College where I was active in the student government and served as class president for two years. In 2002 I earned a second Master’s degree from Ithaca College in Organizational Communication and Learning Design.
Prior to coaching at Union College I taught English at Bishop Gibbons High School in Schenectady. While at Union I coached the men and women’s track teams. We had two national champions and numerous state collegiate champions in addition to graduating three class valedictorians in seven years. In the fall of 1992 I coached Shenendehowa High School boys cross country team which won league and Section Two championships.
Coaching developed within me an appreciation for diet, posture, attitude and health. The success my athletes had with chiropractic care made the choice of this profession a “natural step” for me. My chiropractic studies developed a further understanding of the critical role the nervous system plays and that keeping the body free of blockages or subluxations allows one to live life at a higher level.
I have a wide range of interests both academic and athletic. I have published a novel, SUPERNOVA, on the running program at Villanova University. I write a monthly column for Pace Setter Magazine. In 1999 I became only the fifth editor of Track Coach Magazine, the technical journal of USA Track and Field. Track Coach is one of the most respected track and field coaching journals and enjoys a worldwide circulation. I also enjoy outdoor activities such as hiking, biking, golf and running.
I remain active in track and field speaking at numerous clinics each year and working with USA Track and Field’s Coaching Education Program lecturing on a national level. I have had the honor of serving as the USA National Team Chiropractor three times since 1999 to the Indoor, Outdoor and Junior Outdoor World Championships. In July 2008 I was recognized by the American Chiropractic Association’s Sports Council for promotion of chiropractic through sport. To date I have coordinated the chiropractic care at over 250 sporting events across New York State and the Northeast including Freihofer’s Run For Women, The Dartmouth Relays, The Head of the Fish Regatta, the IC4A XC Championships at Van Corltlandt Park and the Millrose Games.
In addition to my practice I have taught chiropractic technique for over 20 years. During that time I have served as advisor of the Sport Science Club. My students have provided complimentary care at over 250 sporting events, treated some 15,000 patients and worked over 25 national championships and events ranging from the local 5k to events held at Madison Square Garden. In February of 2002 I was invited to the University of Southern Denmark to visit and lecture on psychomotor skill development and the role of chiropractic in sport. In the fall of 2005 I was inducted into the Oyster Bay High School Athletic Hall of Fame, one of 62 athletes to be honored in the 80+ years of the school.
I am glad you have chosen chiropractic as a means for you to achieve your personal health goals. I am confident as you come to better understand chiropractic you will see what good sense it makes. To that end I welcome any and all questions.