At the age of 22, a construction accident left Dave with a broken neck and crushed spinal cord. Given a life expectancy of 7-12 years at the age of 22, unable to use his arms and legs, facing life in a wheelchair with a future uncertain, he returned to college and sixteen years later earned a degree as a Doctor of Psychology with an Emphasis in Clinical Psychology.

Dave practiced Clinical Psychology for 35 years. As an avocation, he also developed a career in motivational speaking focused on helping others overcome seemingly insurmountable obstacles in life. His guiding principle is: “It’s not what happens to you; it is what you do about it that makes all the difference. “

Although David's injury reduced his physical capabilities, it did not reduce his artistic passion for life. In 1998, with the support and encouragement from family and friends, he discovered a way to express his creativity through painting and drawing. Having developed special tools that assist in his movements, David is able to put his brush to canvas and put pencils to paper to express his imagination for life.

Now retired, David spends his time painting, enjoying family and friends, and donating time to community organizations. He continues to share his life experiences about how to overcome adversities by motivating others through speaking engagements. He currently resides on 8 acres outside of Prescott, Arizona with his wife and two dogs.

"Daily expressing gratitude for what I have instead of what I don't have has given me unlimited success and happiness!"