Dunmorean of the Month: Taylor Perry

Dunmorean of the Month - Taylor PerryBy Steve Svetovich

Dunmore High School graduate Taylor Perry and her fiancé Josh McWilliams started a chiropractic business in the borough this past November and business is starting to boom.

Daughter of John and Leann Perry, Dunmore, Taylor, 27, is a 2008 graduate of Dunmore High School.

She received a bachelor of science degree in Kinesiology from Temple University in 2012. She finished with a 3.4 grade point average and added a certificate in Spanish for health professions.

Taylor also studied abroad in Spain during her college years and was one of the founders of the Chiropractic Club at Temple University.

During her time at Dunmore High School, Taylor was a member of the softball team, the national honor society and the yearbook staff.

Taylor went on from Temple to graduate from Palmer Chiropractic College in Daytona Beach, Fla., in 2016. She spent three and one-half years there.

She and her fiancé, who is from Wisconsin, opened up Dunmore Family Chiropractic, 439 East Drinker St., Dunmore, this past November.

“It is just the two of us,” she said. “We do the billing, office work, treatments and everything.”

dunmore chiropracticTaylor said she expects to grow quickly. “We are looking to expand. We want to hire an associate and branch out into supplements, nutrition and health foods. We have also hired a massage therapist. We can do x-rays on site.

“We want to offer our clients everything possible to lead healthy lives.”

The young chiropractor said she and her fiancé accept most insurances. “The location here in Dunmore could not be better. There are so many people who drive by and see our sign. The practice is doing great. We are getting a lot of referrals.”

Taylor said she is a big believer in a holistic approach to healing. “I like to teach clients to try to be healthy first. People are opening their eyes to chiropractic care and taking a more holistic approach initially. We are finding that opioids and pain medicine do not often help. It can be a cover up to the problem at hand. We want to fix the problem and not hide it.”

Taylor said her parents were a big inspiration to her. “Both of my parents own businesses and were always very hard working. My dad owns Perry Contracting in Dunmore and my mom owns Leanne’s Academy of Learning, a day care and pre-school.

“Because of what I saw in them, I always knew I would own my own business.”

The road to chiropractic school came after a little soul searching.

temple“I always wanted to help people and work with my hands. I worked with my hands helping my dad in his contracting business.

“I didn’t want to go to medical school. And I wanted to help people naturally. I shadowed a chiropractor who spoke in one of my classes at Temple. And that was it. I made my decision then.”

Taylor, industrious and ambitious, is enjoying every minute of her profession. “I just want to be a part of people’s lives helping them live healthier in a more natural way.”


Former Dunmore Pitcher Marc Perry is a “Baseball Lifer”

Marc Perry photo

By Steve Svetovich

Some ball players never want to take the uniform off. Take Marc Perry, for instance.

Perry was in the Dunmore High School baseball program for four years as a pitcher and then went on to pitch three more seasons for Wilkes University, and he’s not done yet.

That’s because Perry considers himself a baseball lifer.

“I love the game of baseball and want to play as long as I can.”

And that he has been doing. The hard throwing right hander pitched for the past three years in the summer Dunmore Freedom League at Sherwood Park. He also pitches for the Electric City Bootleggers in the Pocono Valley League.

In a recent game with the Bootleggers, he had a no hitter going until it was broken up with two outs in the fifth inning. He ended up giving up only two hits in six innings. It was a strong effort despite a loss.

Son of Ron and Stephanie Perry, Dunmore, Marc, 24, graduated from Dunmore High School in 2011. He played two seasons of junior varsity and two years of varsity baseball at Dunmore. His varsity baseball coach was Mark Finan.

Perry, who has a quiet confidence, went on to Wilkes University where he graduated in 2015 with a B.S. in Marketing. He pitched for Wilkes in his freshman, sophomore and junior years. He was coached by Matthew Hollod in his final two seasons.

Perry said he was highly impressed by a pitching coach, Tyler Shepple, he had in his sophomore year at Wilkes. Shepple was once drafted by the Milwaukee Brewers. “He taught me a lot about pitching mechanics and motion. He helped to improve my velocity. I was able to throw harder and be much more competitive. He was also better at calling my pitches than any coach I ever had. I have to give him a lot of credit for teaching me a lot about pitching.”

Perry, hard working and humble, also gave credit to Mike Guy, his coach for the Scranton Miners travel team. Perry is also a graduate of the Dunmore American Legion baseball program.

Perry currently works for Maximum Federal Services in Pittston. He processes health insurance appeals for the Affordable Health Care Act.

The baseball lifer said he owes a lot to his parents. “My parents taught me to be humble and respectful. They taught me to respect the game of baseball. They taught me to be a good person. They really taught me everything I know.”

The Dunmore graduate talked about his future.

“Right now, I enjoy my work. I would eventually like to move to Philadelphia and be with a company where I can grow and advance my career.

“I enjoy playing baseball and love to compete. I will continue playing baseball in the summer for as long as I can. Right now, I play in the two summer leagues. I love it too much to ever quit. I can’t imagine not playing. I’ll go as long as I can. I just love the game.”

Annual Dream Game Set for July 19th

Dream Game

The Lions Club 83rd Annual Dream Game is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, July 19th at the Valley View John F. Henzes/Veterans Memorial Stadium.

Six Dunmore Bucks have been selected to play on this year’s City Team: Kyle Lasher, Nicholas Lawler, Joe Galenas, Colin Holmes, Michael Dougherty and George Cole.

Bailey Simrell of Holy Cross will also play on this year’s City Team.

Dunmore Students Take First Place in NEIU Reading Competition


Students in the Dunmore School District competed in the NEIU Reading Competition in May. The district had two middle school teams and three high school teams participating among approximately 600 students overall.

Ms. Dempsey and Mrs. Hurst took a team of seven sixth graders and six seventh graders. The reading competition at NEIU is intended to increase students’ reading for enjoyment. Teams of students were assigned a list of 45 books to read collectively.

Ms. Dempsey’s and Mrs. Hurst’s middle school team placed first overall.

The members of the first place team are:  Maria Aronica, Cadie Lewis, Ayman Mounota, Kristine Fagioli, Madison Waltz, Aiza Arshad, Zara Arshad, Micah Madrazo, Jacyln Marichak, Allison McNeff, Colby Murray, Andrew Padula, and Aden King.