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My name is Dr. Ryan N. Russell.  As you’ll read, the story of how I came to be a Doctor of Chiropractic was no mistake. My journey from discomfort, pain and fear to wellness, relief and happiness is a very personal story.

At a young age, I was very active in extreme sports such as motorcycle and bicycle racing. Around 14, I was riding and jumping motorcycles with a couple of my friends one day. I had been riding motorcycles since I was in the fourth grade, so there wasn’t much I was afraid of. That day changed the path of my life forever.  I had no idea what God had in store for me. After hitting the jump most of the day and having fun with my friends, I decided to jump a few more times before we left. On the last time, I lost control of the motorcycle in the air and had to jump off. I came down and landed face first digging my helmet into the ground. A very sharp pain shot down my neck and into my arm, but I was young so I got up, shook it off and ignored the pain.

At first the pain and discomfort I felt was tremendous. I had trouble sleeping no matter what position I was in at night. I had trouble turning my neck and performing everyday activities. My pain continued for weeks. After a month or two the pain was more manageable and I was able to enjoy life, but still had discomfort during certain activities. I went back to riding motorcycles and realized that the jumping and jarring caused immediate pain.

After 6 months I told my dad, who is an orthopedic surgeon. He sent me to his partner for an evaluation. I told my father's partner what I had done and he injected my neck with cortisone to try to reduce the pain and inflammation. After the initial irritation from the injection went away, I had immediate relief, but the relief only lasted for a few months. I went back to have a second round of injections about a year later. This time the pain seemed to dissipate and didn’t come back, so I assumed I was better. 

During my first year of college, I was working out at the gym with some of my friends after class and had very sharp pain in my neck. This time, it was so painful that I couldn’t sleep at all or workout again. I went home to see my dad, and he performed an MRI on my neck. He told me I had a bulging disk in the cervical region of my spine. He sent me to the outpatient surgery center, where I received a cervical block to try to reduce the bulging disk and take the pressure off of the surrounding nerves. The block helped for about a year and the pain was back again.

When I was home visiting one weekend from college my mother suggested that I see a family friend who was a chiropractor. My mother had never seen a chiropractor herself, but she hated seeing me in pain and was willing to send me to someone else for alternative care. The chiropractor did an exam and x-rays after I told him my story. He adjusted me that day and I experienced immediate relief after my first adjustment. I had better movement in my neck and also other areas he adjusted. After two weeks I had no discomfort and was completely relieved of pain. That first visit sparked my interest in the world of chiropractic.

I moved home from Auburn to finish my degree at Samford University, but I was struggling to decide what direction to go with my life. My family and teachers at Samford were pushing me to become a surgeon like my father, but after my experience with the Chiropractor, how much he helped me that was all I could think about. I struggled with the decision for a while. After graduating I took the MCAT and then made the decision to go to Life University to become a doctor of chiropractic. 

While I was in school I met Dr. Mark Berry, who further piqued my interest in chiropractic. I went home as much as I could on the weekends and breaks so I could be at his office and learn about scoliosis and postural correction. Once I realized that chiropractic wasn’t just black and white and there were hundreds of avenues to take, I decided to become a Clear Technique certified doctor. I was amazed at how many conditions Dr. Berry could treat and eliminate just by proper adjustments and therapies. After seeing his testimonials and watching his patients come in with pain and leave full of life and pain free I knew exactly what I wanted to do when I became a Doctor of Chiropractic.

 

Education               

Doctor Of Chiropractic
Life University, Marietta, Georgia             

Bachelors of Science, Biology
Samford University, Birmingham, Alabama

Bachelors of Science, Biology
Auburn University, Auburn Alabama

Bachelors of Science, Biology
Bevill State Community College, Jasper, Alabama

Certifications
CLEAR Institute Basic Scoliosis Treatment and Care Protocols
Graston Technique Certified

Trained Chiropractic Techniques

  • Graston Technique
  • Activator Technique
  • Extremities Technique
  • Sacro Occipital Technique
  • Divirsified Technique
  • Toggle Technique
  • Thompson Technique
  • Torque Release Technique

 

 

My name is Dr. Mark N. Berry. As you'll read, my chiropractic story is not accidental. It is a very personal story of my journey from pain, fear and indecision to ultimate relief, wellness and happiness.

In the tenth grade, I played football at St. James High School the fullback and linebacker positions. While playing in the area championship game I blocked someone, just as I had always done in every other game that season. But during that particular play, I had a sharp pain in my neck. I played through it, though, because I was tough. HA HA. Stupid is more like it!

At first the pain and discomfort was horrible. I could not sleep on a pillow. I had trouble moving my neck and, even worse, getting myself out of bed was painful. The intense pain went on for weeks. After a few months most of the pain was gone so I tried to participate in spring training drills. One hit and I was in the same amount of pain and discomfort that I experienced in the beginning. It was distressing: I had just begun receiving letters from colleges about their football programs and I couldn't even handle one hit.

My father decided to take me to an orthopedic doctor. An MRI found a bulging disk in the cervical region of my spine. I was referred to neurologist who told me that I should try physical therapy and see what happened before we thought about surgery. We asked why the disk was bulging and the doctor told us that it was possible that I was born that way. I knew there wasn't any way I was born with it. My father asked if it was okay to go to a chiropractor. The neurologist said, 'yes.'

Initially, I was scared. I thought that it might break my neck. My father told me not to worry, that it would be over before I knew it. The chiropractor (Dr. Jones Montgomery, AL) took X-rays and looked at the MRI and found where the problem was on the film. After the first adjustment I had better movement in my neck and it did not hurt as bad. I had been in so much pain and discomfort--for months. Now, after about ten treatments, I felt no pain and could move my neck normally! This sparked my first interest in chiropractic.

While studying at the University of Alabama, I was going back and forth trying to decide whether I should become an oncologist or a chiropractor. At the time, the desire to beat the illness that took my mother away from me was so strong that oncology was in the lead. One class required you to shadow a professional in the field of your choice for 120 hours and journal your daily experiences. I decided first to shadow a chiropractor, Dr. Tidwell (Tuscaloosa, AL). There, I saw things that I never thought chiropractic could help: hemorrhoids, ear infections (in the daughter of a pediatric nurse much less, dizziness, pain, etc. There was even a woman who could not open one eye without the use of her hands. Through the doctor's chiropractic care I saw each of these patients conditions improve or eliminated. I was amazed at the magnitude that an adjustment could have on someone's health regardless of their condition. After that class assignment I was certain, without a doubt that I wanted to be a CHIROPRACTOR!

High School:

  • St.James High School, Montgomery, Alabama

Undergraduate:

  • University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa (2000)
  • Bachelor of Arts and Sciences, Human Environment Sciences
  • Major: Food and Nutrition
  • Parker College of Chiropractic Dallas, Texas (2006)
  • Bachelor of Sciences, Human Anatomy

Graduate:

  • Parker College of Chiropractic, Dallas, Texas (2006)
  • Doctor of Chiropractic

Certification:

  • Chiropractic Biophysics (CBP) Technique (2005)
  • Croft Whiplash and Brain Injury Traumatology (Pending Sept. 2009)
  • CLEAR Institute Scoliosis Treatment and Care Protocol

Additional Studies:

  • CLEAR Institute Scoliosis Treatment and Care Protocol
  • Chiropractic Biophysics (CBP)
  • Gonstead Technique
  • Torque Release Technique
  • Charrette Extremities Technique (feet, hands, knee, ankles etc..)
  • Sacral-Occipital Technique (SOT)
     


 



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