Derek is a native to Tempe, Az. His passion for athletics helped him earn All American, Team MVP and Offense Player of the Year Honors in Football for MCC. His hard work was rewarded with a football scholarship to the University of Iowa(GO HAWKS). He earned a B.A while at Iowa and was then fortunate enough to play in the NFL for the Detroit Lions. A spinal cord injury and pursuant neck fusion surgery ended his career. Dr. Price left the game and went back to school at Life University where he earned his D.C. degree. Upon graduating Dr. Price served his internship in San Francisco, Ca at a Functional Neurology Facility. Post internship Dr. Price relocated back to the Valley and is now the Owner and President of Preferred Rehab Spine and Sport.
Dr. Price enjoys participating in a wide variety of sports and believes in taking on difficult challenges as a means of personal growth. Some of the more notable endeavors he has completed include:
- Cross Fit level 1 certified coach
- Cross Fit affiliate gym owner (Cross Fit Preferred, located in Gilbert, Az)
- SEALFIT World renown mental toughness camp and SEAL inspired Hellweek Kokoro graduate, led by former SEAL TEAM 3 Commander Mark Divine where he was awarded Honor Man of class 17, Kokoro and SEAL Fit coach and has been working tirelessly to become an OTS (Official Tranining Facility) to teach the SEAL fit and Kokoro Prep program at Crossfit Preferred
- 4 x Ironman Triathlon finisher
- 2 x Alcatraz escape swim finisher
- Multiple Triathlon podium finishes in each distance event including a 1st place finish in Super Frog Navy SEAL half Ironman
- 2nd Place Ironman Arizona 2009 Clydesdale division along with dozens of other endurance events and
- 3rd place Heavyweight finish in Phoenix Open 2011 Jiu Jitsu tournament.
Dr. Price is lucky enough to have married his best friend in the world and have three beautiful little girls together. He has also been voted “Best Athlete on Planet Earth” by his mother.
Lesser Known Fact: He hates cheese with a passion!