A doctor delivering a strong and positive message
By Michael Henken
Dr. David Levine, a chiropractic physician practicing in the New York/New Jersey metropolitan area is no stranger to treating high-level athletes, but his mission and the message he aims to send runs much deeper than that.
Serving as a chiropractor for more than two decades, Dr. Levine has treated a plethora of high-level athletes including NFL and NBA Hall of Famers and world champion boxers.
Recently, Dr. Levine has spent time working with New York Jets linebacker Demario Davis. The two began working together prior to training camp this past July.
It’s evident that Davis’ production has been through the roof this season, and although Dr. Levine was unwilling to take any credit for it, it’s likely that his unique brand of pain treatment has aided Davis.
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Currently, he leads the Jets in tackles, as he’s totaled 84 total tackles in addition to 117 combined tackles. He leads the team in sacks with five and ranks fifth in the NFL for most run stops by a linebacker according to Pro Football Focus.
Recently, the 28-year-old Arkansas State alum was labeled as the Jet’s most indispensable player by the AP’s New York Jets writer, being described as “the quarterback of Todd Bowles’ defense”. Also, he was labeled as the Jets’ midseason non-QB MVP by ESPN.com, being described as “the emotional leader on defense”.
However, working with high-level athletes is only one piece of the puzzle that makes Dr. Levine such a special person.
In a recent story done by NFL reporter Jeane Coakley for SportsNet New York, which also aired on Jets Pregame Live, Dr. Levine explained his mission statement.
.@JeaneCoakley tells the story of doctor David Levine and the impact he has made for @demario__davis and many members of the military pic.twitter.com/zqRQGuaKgE
— SportsNet New York (@SNYtv) November 12, 2017
“My purpose in life is to help alleviate human pain and suffering,” Levine said.
That purpose, however, expands far behind professional athletes, as Dr. Levine also puts much of his focus on treating combat war veterans. In fact, he donates his treatment to active and retired veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan in pain and in need of help free of charge.
“I feel that the enormous sacrifice that these heroes make to protect and keep our country safe, the least I can do is to help alleviate their pain and suffering. To see them pain-free, or at least have a significant reduction in pain and improve function and enhance quality of life, I mean how could you put a price tag on that? I mean it’s just invaluable to be able to do that for someone,” Levine added.
And while Dr. Levine has treated over 50 veterans in recent years, Coakley was able to catch up with Sergeant First Class Alex Fernandez, who truly explained the impact of Levine’s work.
“After 11 years of carrying that pain, taking basic medicine, Dr. Levine was able to fix it,” Fernandez said.
Being around Dr. Levine so often, Davis has grown close to him, and he too realizes the importance of the doctor’s work.
“Me having a little pain, or having a little hesitation, will cost me a play. Being in battle, having a little hesitation, or having a little pain that makes you a little more cautious may cost you a life. I just think that the healing that Dr. Levine is helping players with and helping troops with is very beneficial to performing at a high level and it’s rare” the linebacker said.
And Davis certainly has a point, as it is rare.
While professional sports and professional athletes may come with the glitz and glamour, there are more important things in life.
And whether it be athletes or combat veterans, Dr. Levine is here make a difference. Through his compassion, drive, and inspiration, he has constantly delivered a strong message that should resonate with not only sports fans, but with the greater public as well.
To learn more about Dr. Levine or to inquire about treatment, visit DrDavidLevine.com.