Our Featured Rotarian for March is our one of our founding members Dr. Steve Perman. Most of you already know Steve as our happy, enthusiastic, and entertaining Sargent at Arms who not only helps start our meetings with the flag pledge, and our oath affirming our Rotarian commitment to service, but you may not realize he is the author of that pledge.  Doc Steve is also a past President of our club and provides the best introductory fireside chat for new members.  
When not serving our Rotary club, Dr. Steve Perman is serving our community as a respected holistic chiropractor, nutritionist, acupuncturist, teacher and motivational speaker. His credentials include two full Board Certifications: Chiropractic Sports Medicine (DACBSP) and Clinical Nutrition (DACBN). His acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine certification was through the University of Miami School of Medicine. He attended Emory University in Atlanta and graduated from New York Chiropractic College in 1979 where he also served as a clinical instructor from 1981-83. In 2005, he was named the statewide “Chiropractor of the Year” by the Florida Chiropractic Association. He was appointed to the National Examining Board to evaluate and assess physicians seeking their board certification in clinical nutrition.  He also served in the Florida Stare House of Representatives 2010-2012.
During our meeting February 24, 2020 Steve spoke briefly about his family: wife for 36 years Irene; and two adult children; son, a professional musician, and daughter, a professional sign language interpreter.  Steve also highlighted many aspects of his chiropractic practice telling us about the special value his holistic approach to health care provvides for his patients.  To help us better understand this value, he provided a brief explanation of health as defined by World Health Organization: “Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.”  
When evaluating your state of health, Doc Steve points out that the most important system is the brain and nervous system, which is providing control for all parts of the body.  He points out that chiropractic medicine is not just about the bones, or skeletal system, it is about how the nervous system is interacting with all parts of the body. In particular, he described how a subluxation, that is a slight misalignment of the vertebrae, is regarded in chiropractic theory as the cause of many health problems.  Using a diagram, Steve showed how a subluxation interferes with the nervous system communication.  He continued with explanations of several different methods of treatments that he is able to provide for dealing with not merely issues such as subluxation, but many other issues relating to health of one's body, including: 
   •Chiropractic Adjustments
   •Acupuncture / Traditional Chinese Medicine
   •Nutritional Counseling 
   •Supplements, Herbal Medicine & CBD
   •Massage Therapy
   •Physical Therapy
   •Sports Medicine/Rehabilitation
   •Computer Assisted Disc Decompression
Dr Steve Perman provides a great value to our community through his practice: Mission Bay Chiropractic Center