About The Sports and Rehab Zone


Hello and Welcome to the ZONE!

Derek Baron here, the founder & host of The Sports and Rehab Zone… a Podcast for providers who want to take athletes from where they are… to where they want to be and beyond. We will also even talk with athletes that have had an amazing journey in and out of the zone! You will hear some “game winning” moments as well as “the agony of defeat” stories.

We all know that in order to get to the top there are times filled with struggle in life, business and in the game.

My Journey

Well… it started way back when – Just kidding.

I graduated from National College of Chiropractic in 1997 (now called National University of Health Scieces) and my first J.O.B. out of school was going to be at an AIDS clinic in downtown Chicago but fate would take me in a different direction… well it actually wasn’t fate but a right cross. I was out in San Diego to watch the Packers vs the Broncos in SuperBowl 32 (yes, I bleed Green and Gold #GoPackGO as well as Cardinal and White for the WI Badgers #GoBucky). The night before the big game we were down in the Gas Lamp District and push came to shove and…. I swung and broke my hand. While at Scripps Mercy Hospital that evening I was the Guinea pig for some residents and they came in one after another setting and displacing the fracture which was actually a good experience as it turned out.

Well, 6-8 weeks later… fate led me to my first clinic position with an orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Elias with the Bone and Joint Center inside of the now defunct Ravesnwood Hospital in Chicago. My very first patient was a (TSA) Total Shoulder Replacement and yes, I was a bit overwhelmed but loved it. I learned a tremendous amount from Dr. Elias as far as a clinical perspective and a business perspective.  Working with an orthopedic surgeon had it’s highs and its lows too, but it was a truly amazing experience.

I then started to think about owning my own clinic with an emphasis on sports and rehab and during that same time I met my eventual wife, Theresa who is a PT, ATC, CSCS. During that time I moved up to WI where I worked in a chiropractic clinic with a heavy emphasis on rehab utilizing the combination of low tech rehab and medical rehab equipment (MedX).

Theresa and I then decided to give it a go with our own practice back in our hometown of Rhinelander, WI (#GoHodags) and we opened up Integrity Sports Medicine. We eventually became the sole providers of Sports Medicine for two local high schools and their middle school where we held training rooms hours at the schools every day from 2-4 and covered all the sporting events. It was a dream come true!

We ended up practicing for almost 8 years at Integrity Sports Medicine and during that time I got my Certified Chiropractic Sports Physician/Practitioner (CCSP) and my Diplomate American Chiropractic Board of Sports Physicians DACBSP which has been an invaluable education and experience taking me to amazing places.

Life happened along the way and we had our son Reese and decided we wanted to have other options for him and so we then decided to move to Gainesville, FL and then finally here to Naperville, IL.

That is when I started a digital marketing agency called The Doctors Marketing Source as well as Top Doc Interviews and as I’ve evolved I have made a few pivots to my passion which is The Sports and Rehab Zone.

The Baron Family [Derek, Theresa and Reese]