Dr. DeShan Gross is originally from the west side of Birmingham, Al where he went to Minor High School and graduated in 1991. He then attended Auburn University where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Zoology. It was during his last year of college that he began to develop severe headaches that no one could seem to help. He sought care from several MDs and acupuncturists before finding a Chiropractor (Dr. Jody Gray) that finally helped his headaches and he began Chiropractic school soon thereafter. He graduated from Life University in Marietta, GA in 2003 with honors, and promptly went to Bermuda to work in a multidisciplinary practice. He has been in practice in the Trussville area since his return.
Dr. Gross has spent the last few years learning about functional medicine and emphasizing the importance of proper nutrition to his patients. He and Dr. Gray have done several presentations on the importance of taking care of the 5 pillars of health which are detoxification, exercise, proper hormone levels, nutrition, and a properly functioning nervous system. These elements all work together to help make us as healthy and happy as we can be, and they are all equally important.
Dr. Gross believes one should “practice what you preach” and has made several changes in his lifestyle and knows that it can be hard and that sometimes you fall short of goals in your treatment. He has done the same, but Dr. Gross, Dr. Gray, and the entire staff will be there to help encourage, support, and, if need be, give you a shove in the right direction! They will be there for you!
Dr. Jody Gray graduated from Life University in Atlanta, Georgia in 1986. He has maintained a practice here in the eastern end of Birmingham for 28 years now. He is Board Certified in Pain Management through the American Academy of Pain Management, he was the first Chiropractic Consultant for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alabama, and he was elected Young Chiropractor of the Year in 1992 by the Alabama State Chiropractic Association.
Dr. Gray’s focus has primarily been on the “Medically Oriented” side of Chiropractic practice, although his training was in total body health, nutrition, and disease prevention. He is excited to “get back to his roots”, as it were, mentoring people on the things to eat, the things to avoid, how to exercise properly, how to cook delicious and nutritious meals, and yet still enjoy that “cheat day” on occasion!! Dr. Gray is also a Diplomat of the Pastoral Medical Association.
He and Dr. DeShan Gross have been in practice together since 2005 and are now in their fourth year of practice on-campus at St. Vincent’s East. They are both excited to be bringing a functional medicine, wellness practice to this campus.
Dr. Gray is married to his wife of 32 years, Sandra and they have three children, all married, grown and gone, as well as two fantastic grandchildren and one more on the way. Sandra shares his goal of helping people to become more healthy, more energetic, more fit, and to live life to its’ fullest as she is an integral part of Nurture Wellness. He is also very active in his church, Faith Community Fellowship in Trussville.