Dr. Josh Renkens, DC, A.R.T.
I am the proud owner of The Renkens Center, LLC. After playing basketball for and graduating from Assumption College (Worcester, MA) in 1995, I journeyed south to Nashville and landed at Tennessee State University. It was there I obtained a Master’s Degree in Physical Education while serving as graduate assistant for the men’s basketball team.
Following this two-year stint, I worked as an exercise specialist for both Baptist Hospital and Vanderbilt University. From there, I worked my way into the personal training profession. From 1998-2002, I worked with many individuals ranging from stay-at-home mothers to weekend warriors to professional athletes, helping them all to reach their fitness and performance goals.
In 2002, I left Nashville making my way to Davenport, IA, to pursue my doctorate. In June, 2006, I graduated Magna Cum Laude from Palmer College of Chiropractic.
I am thrilled to be back in Nashville. With my background and training I feel I bring a unique set of skills to the Green Hills and surrounding areas. Whether it be in training and competition or overall health, I always strive for and expect the highest level for myself. My goal is to educate and help all of you attain the capacity to embrace and enjoy life the way it is meant to be.
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Dr. Derek Leist, DC, A.R.T.
Playing high school sports and being a professional Motocross rider was a major influence in Derek’s decision to pursue his chosen field of sports medicine. He spent his fair share in the doctor’s office and rehab and was inspired to help others heal from their sport injuries.
Dr. Derek Leist earned his Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Logan College of Chiropractic located just outside of St. Louis, Missouri in 2009. Derek is now the owner of the newly-formed Elite Health and Performance Center located within The Renkens Center.
After graduating from Logan, Derek traveled south to Houston, Texas where he began practicing in a sports medicine center and had the opportunity to serve the health and fitness needs of a wide range of patients -- from weekend warriors to professional athletes. While in Houston, Derek refined his sports medicine and rehabilitation skills by traveling to various seminars to study diagnostics, manual therapy and injury rehabilitation. Derek’s deep interest in sports medicine led him to becoming certified in Active Release Technique (ART) which is regarded as one of the most complete and effective treatment techniques for soft-tissue injuries.
After practicing in Texas for three years, Derek decided he wanted to be closer to family, so he moved to Nashville. Derek was fortunate to meet Dr. Josh Renkens early in 2013 and it was clear they shared similar practice techniques and philosophies. Shortly after meeting Dr. Renkens, Derek formed Elite Health and Performance Center and set up his practice alongside The Renkens Center.
When he is not treating patients, Derek enjoys exploring Nashville with his girlfriend Katie, spending time with his family, playing golf and riding dirt bikes.
David Ray is a certified performance (NASM) and Fascial Stretch Therapist (FST). He graduated from Lyon College in 2001 where he was a member of the Scots baseball team. He also served on the Lyon College Baseball coaching staff for the 2001-2002 season. David received his Master's of Science from Middle Tennessee State University in 2005 in Health and Physical Education where he was a graduate assistant in the Athletic Department. He is responsible for the program design and implementation of the off-season Professional Baseball Program at the Renkens Center. David works with a variety of clients and specializes in movement re-patterning and enhanced athletic performance.
After finishing his Masters Degree in Exercise Physiology, Mick started his career as the Head Strength and Conditioning Coach for Olympic Sports at Oklahoma State University. During his 5 years at OSU, Mick worked with numerous championship teams and athletes, including 5 Olympic Gold Medalists, numerous All-Americans, a national championship wresting team, and Heisman Trophy Winner, Barry Sanders. Mick was also selected to oversee the USA Wrestling Teams Strength and Conditioning Program for the World Games and Goodwill Games.
Following his stint at Oklahoma State, Mick was hired as the Head Strength Coach for Illinois State University working with 20 men and women’s sports programs, including top-ranked volleyball and basketball teams.
Mick moved to Nashville in 1991 to work with lifelong friend, Garth Brooks, as his road manager. With Garth’s retirement in 1998, Mick made a decision to pursue his passion as a Sports Performance Coach in the Nashville area.
Mick is certified by the Poliquin Institute and works with clients of all ages in the area of sports performance, injury reduction and nutrition. You can get more information regarding Mick’s specialized programs for volleyball athletes at www.VolleyballStrength.net.