Meet The Doc

Dr. Shaker and FamilyHelping maintain your active lifestyle.

Dr. Richard R. Shaker started the Shaker Spine & Sport Institute in 1989. During his more than 25-year career he has accumulated over six (6) post-graduate certifications in Sports Medicine, Exercise Rehabilitation, Strength Training and Neuromuscular Assessment and Function. He is also a certified Trigenics® practitioner. This unique training has provided Dr. Shaker with modern knowledge to provide contemporary care to his patients. Review more about his credentials.

Dr. Shaker focuses in a wide variety of neuromusculoskeletal conditions and sports injuries. During his tenure, Dr. Shaker has trained with some of the world's finest luminaries in neuromuscular skeletal medicine. These specialized physicians and therapists are experts in the various fields of neurology, neurosurgery, orthopedic surgery, chiropractic, osteopathy, athletic training, physical therapy, strength and conditioning and exercise rehabilitation. As an athlete, Dr. Shaker brings a unique perspective to the treatment of sports injuries.

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Dr. Shaker has treated thousands of patients from all walks of life: doctors, lawyers, therapists, clergy, professional athletes, law enforcement, amateur athletes, entertainers, artists, children and seniors. He has treated all ages and all types of pain and injury problems getting people back to their busy life as quickly as possible, returning to their jobs or their regular activities.

Because of his personal background and love of sports, he has also treated many world class, professional and elite athletes. These professional and elite athletes consult with Dr. Shaker to treat and prevent injury using various strength and conditioning training techniques. He has worked with athletes such as Tampa Bay Buccaneer's Brian Kelly, Ryan Nece and Kenyatta Walker, Ellis Wyms, Cosey Coleman, Chicago Bears Running Back Thomas Jones, Atlanta Falcon's Pro Bowl Running Back Warrick Dunn and Super Bowl MVP Dexter Jackson. Check our Athletes Testimonials, our Pics Page and our Video Page to hear the reviews.

When Dr. Shaker is not working with his patients, he enjoys weight lifting, garden design, orchid growing, antiquing, traveling, reading, architecture, interior design & art collection.


Family

Shaker Family Portrait

Shaker Family Portrait
(Flint, Michigan)
"That's little me on the left!"
(from top left to right: mother Rosemary, father Paul, Dr. Shaker, little sisters Mona & Lisa)

Inspiration

leonardo's vitruvian man

"We know very little about Leonardo's apprenticeship in Verroccio's workshop, but the short account provided by Vasari confirms that it included architectural and technological design, according to a concept that was being revived on the model of Vitruvius, as re-proposed by Alberti" (Pedretti 14). Having had access to Alberti's and Vitruvius' treatises, it is no surprise that Leonardo produced his own version of the Vitruvian man in his notebooks.


Vitruvian Man

This rendering of the Vitruvian Man, completed in 1490, is fundamentally different than others in two ways: The circle and square image overlaid on top of each other to form one image. A key adjustment was made that others had not done and thus were forced to make disproportionate appendages:

"Leonardo's famous drawings of the Vitruvian proportions of a man's body first standing inscribed in a square and then with feet and arms outspread inscribed in a circle provides an excellent early example of the way in which his studies of proportion fuse artistic and scientific objectives. It is Leonardo, not Vitruvius, who points out that 'If you open the legs so as to reduce the stature by one-fourteenth and open and raise your arms so that your middle fingers touch the line through the top of the head, know that the centre of the extremities of the outspread limbs will be the umbilicus, and the space between the legs will make and equilateral triangle' (Accademia, Venice). Here he provides one of his simplest illustrations of a shifting 'centre of magnitude' without a corresponding change of 'centre of normal gravity'. This remains passing through the central line from the pit of the throat through the umbilicus and pubis between the legs. Leonardo repeatedly distinguishes these two different 'centres' of a body, i.e., the centers of 'magnitude' and 'gravity (Keele 252)."

This image provides the perfect example of Leonardo's keen interest in proportion. In addition, this picture represents a cornerstone of Leonardo's attempts to relate man to nature. Encyclopaedia Britannica online states, "Leonardo envisaged the great picture chart of the human body he had produced through his anatomical drawings and Vitruvian Man as a cosmografia del minor mondo (cosmography of the microcosm). He believed the workings of the human body to be an analogy for the workings of the universe."

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