Rick went to be with our Father on April 22nd, 2017. He will ever be loved and missed. He was a hero in the truest sense and will always be in our hearts. Please keep Rick's wife, Marnie, in your prayers in the days and months ahead as she mourns the loss of her beloved hero.
I was born in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, near the city of Roanoke. My early years were spent on a farm. I was an athlete in high school lettering in football and track. I won a partial grant-in-aid for track and attended Ohio State University. I graduated with a BS in Zoology, following a comprehensive premedical curriculum. My further education included a Doctorate in Chiropractic from National College of Chiropractic and another BS degree in Human Biology.
I achieved Diplomats Board certification in Applied Kinesiology from the International College of Applied Kinesiology and Diplomats Board certification in Orthopedics from the American Board of Chiropractic Orthopedists. This was followed by attendance of postdoctoral seminars from Harvard College of Medicine. I was the Director of the Roanoke Chiropractic Clinic, Roanoke, Virginia for seventeen years. I treated numerous celebrities during my career including Mohammed Ali, the Grateful Dead, and the late Alexander Godunov with the New York Ballet. I had numerous research papers published during my career. In 1985, I won the International College of Applied Kinesiology’s research paper of the year award. I retired from practice in 1993 due to chronic delayed post-traumatic stress disorder.
I served four years in the United States Marine Corps. During this time, I was in Vietnam for twenty-one months as a weapons platoon sergeant with the 1st Battalion 9th Marines. I was discharged from the Marine Corps in 1971 at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.
Currently I live with my wife, Marnie, in Townsend, Montana. I am a certified Master gunstock engraver. I am currently working on a textbook which will redefine the term Post-traumatic stress disorder as it applies to combat veterans.
Richard A. Mowles
Doctor of Chiropractic
Diplomate , International College of Applied Kinesiology
Diplomate , American Board of Chiropractic Orthopedists
Born : Roanoke, Virginia, October 14, 1948
Graduated from Cave Spring Cave High School, 1966
Virginia 1-B High School State track Champion, 1966, 440 yard dash
Attended Ohio State University, Columbus , Ohio, Track Scholarship 1966-1967
US Marine Corps Veteran, 1967 - 1971 ; Republic of Vietnam, 1968 -1969 ; 1969 -1970. Weapons Platoon Sergeant; member of the 1st. Battalion , Ninth Marines, 3rd . Marine Division ( " The Walking Dead")
1971 - Honorable Discharge, United States Marine Corps, Rank of Sergeant.
Under Martial Arts, list it as: 28 years; Nidan Judo; 4th.Degree Black Belt Taekwondo; Training in Hapkido and Tang Soo Do. 1st. Kyu Aikido. Instructor in Close Hand-to-Hand, US Naval Base, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, 1971.
Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, 1971-1974, B.S.-Zoology, following Pre-Medicine curriculum.
National College of Chiropractic, Lombard, Illinois, 1974-1977; B.S.- Human Biology;
Doctorate of Chiropractic.
Vice-President of Senior Class at National College of Chiropractic.
Member of Tau Alpha Epsilon, Chiropractic Academic Honorary Fraternity.
Director of the Roanoke Chiropractic Clinic, Roanoke, Virginia, 1977-1993; retired from active practice , April, 1933, due to Combat Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
1977 - Treated Mohammed Ali and Black Activist/Comedian Dick Gregory while doing extern ship at The Chicago General Health Service, Chicago , Illinois.
1982 - Research Consultant in a Pilot study of Chiropractic vs. Massage Therapy, Physical
Therapy, Orthopedic Medicine in the treatment and management of world class athletes with chronic knee problems put on by the United States Olympic Sports Medicine Council , Colorado Colorado Springs, Colorado.
1984, May - Diplomate, International College of Applied Kinesiology.
1985, May - Recipient "Research Paper of the Year" by The International College of Applied
Kinesiology ; " The use of Plethysmography and Applied Kinesiology Procedures in
Determining Temporomandibular Joint Problems."
1986 - March - Invitation to attend the World Symposium of Low Back Pain , Boston,
Massachusetts, sponsored by Harvard College of Medicine and Massachusetts General Hospital.
1987 - Treated "The Grateful Dead," including Gerry Garcia, while in concert at the Roanoke
Civic Center, Roanoke, Virginia.
1988 , September - Diplomate , American Board of Chiropractic Orthopedists.
1988 - Made the Virginia Law Review; Primary Expert Witness in the largest personal injury suit in Virginia in which a Chiropractor was the primary expert witness.
1989, September - Treated Alexander Godunov with the New York Ballet while on tour at the Roanoke Civic Center, Roanoke, Virginia.
2006, June - Carved gunstock and presented to Senator John Douglas, Rep.-Ga. For the state of Georgia. This will permanently be displayed in the state capitol of Georgia.