Bio

Dr. Spurgin has been successfully treating patients with acute to chronic pain for over 40 years. Every patient is unique and so is his or her need for treatment. The personal touch is what he learned, taught and continues to practice.

His practice is on the campus of the Desert Health Care District which also houses the Desert Regional Medical Center. He is a second generation Doctor of Chiropractic; He started practice with his father in Terre Haute, Indiana and practiced with him for almost nine years. His son is also a Doctor of Chiropractic in Indio, California. He son also has his PHD in Health Science.

He first became interested in Chiropractic with a very traumatic accident at age ten when He fell from a horse on my head. He later as a teenager was impressed with the love, respect and appreciation that His father’s patients showed toward his father. When he went in practice with his father he was the given the benefit of the same love, respect and appreciation from his patients. He clearly loves treating people and seeing them getting better. Every day He seems look forward to coming to the office and having patients tell him how much better they are and how grateful they are to be doing better. With new patients he is look forward to their next visit and how they are doing.

In December 1979 after nine years of practice with his father he was recruited by the Los Angeles College of Chiropractic (now known as the Southern California University of Health Sciences) and spent almost ten years as faculty and then as their Dean of Chiropractic and Clinical Studies. He chaired committees that developed competency, standards of care, programs for clinical training and programs for faculty development. While at the Chiropractic College, He was honored to provide services as an expert to the California Board of Chiropractic Examiners, the State Attorney General’s office, various Prosecuting Attorneys in municipalities throughout Southern California on Chiropractic Standards of Care. While at the Chiropractic College he was taking classes at the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific a division of Western University of Health in their Sciences Master of Science Program for Health Care Education.

Upon leaving the College in 1989, He chose to come toward the desert. First he set up a practice in Beaumont and then came to Palm Springs in 1992 to set up a practice. Since entering practice in Pal Spring he have been involved with various organizations. He has belonged to three rotary clubs (Beaumont, Palm Springs and Palm Springs Sunup) and has held most offices including President of Beaumont and Palm Springs Sunup Rotary. H has been a member of the Palm Springs Chamber of Commerce since 1992 and was on the Board of Director for eight years and held most off the offices including President. He was on the Palm Springs Mounted Police Search and Rescue team for twelve years. His specialty was Mountain rescue and he was involved in many rescues that received national recognition.

He continues to volunteer with many local charity fundraising projects.

In the last 6 years he has written four Global Grants through The Rotary International Foundation for SAM Disease (Severe Acute Malnutrition) funding a fully sustainable program called Project Peanut Butter. These are for The Philippines, Malawi, Sierra Leone and now a start up program in Ghana.