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Meet Dr. Thomas Ayres

North Raleigh Chiropractor Dr. Thomas AyresRugby Led the Way

Dr. Ayres suffered from an athletic injury at an early age. He received traditional medical treatment without satisfying results. Finally, he found himself in a chiropractor’s office and at the age of 14, already knew he wanted to make chiropractic his life’s work. Continuing to play high-level contact sports, Dr. Ayres endured many injuries. In order to stay in the game, he began to visit chiropractors on a regular basis.

Later, Dr. Ayres attended the University of Delaware and played rugby. He went on to earn his Doctor of Chiropractic at Life College in Marietta, Ga. He was one of the first American students to attend college on a rugby scholarship. Dr. Ayres graduated from Life College with high honors in 1986. His experience as a collegiate athlete indirectly led him into the sports aspect of his practice.

Helping Athletes Heal

Upon graduating from chiropractic college in 1986, Dr. Ayres moved to North Raleigh and opened Ayres Chiropractic & Sports Injury Center the following year. Now a Certified Chiropractic Sports Physician (C.C.S.P.), Dr. Ayres is passionate about helping athletes heal naturally and perform better on the field through sports chiropractic care.

Dr. Ayres finds it gratifying when young athletes are brought to Ayres Chiropractic & Sports Injury Center for treatment. From helping young high school athletes to adult tennis players to weekend warriors, he welcomes athletes of all ages to find natural relief.

I get a lot of satisfaction from helping young athletes heal and recover naturally.

An Active, Healthy Life

Dr. Ayres is married to Brook, his wife of nearly 30 years. Together they have two children: Thomas IV and Avery Layne. As a health-conscious family, they stick to a very healthy diet and exercise regiment. Dr. Ayres and his wife also enjoy playing tennis.

Professional Affiliations

With a passion for his career, Dr. Ayres is very involved with chiropractic politics, spending his time supporting and participating in a variety of organizations. Read more »

Dr. Ayres was twice appointed by the Governor of North Carolina to a seat on the Chiropractic Licensing Board. He currently serves as President of the North Carolina Board of Chiropractic Examiners.

Dr. Ayres served as President of the North Carolina Chiropractic Association from 2013-2015. He is also a member of the American Chiropractic Association and was previously North Carolina’s representative to the International Chiropractic Association. He has served as North Carolina Liaison to Life University and was President of the Wake County Chiropractic Society. He is past Chairman of the North Carolina Chiropractic Association’s Workers’ Compensation Committee.

Dr. Ayres’s affiliation with professional athletes has led to his appointment to the medical staff of the United States Track and Field Association, allowing him to travel worldwide with the US National teams as they compete against other countries. Dr. Ayres was also selected to numerous high-profile national sports teams to be on the medical staff. Specifically, he has been appointed to an Olympic team and two world championship teams.

He is the primary author of “Occurrence of Right vs. Left Side Injury Location in Elite Sprinters Who Train on an Oval 400-Meter Track,” which was published in New Studies in Athletics, the scientific journal of the IAAF (International Association of Athletic Federations).

Dr. Ayres has made presentations of this work both in the United States as well as in Cuba. Dr. Ayres maintains a position with Saint Augustine’s College Athletic Department and is the team chiropractor for several North Raleigh professional teams.

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