The wheel dean

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On January 3, 2016 my girlfriend and I arrived here in Phoenix, AZ.  Her being a wheelchair user born with Spina Bifida and me being a C5-7 Quadriplegic, we had to get away from the cold snowy and occasionally hot and always humid climate of the Hudson Valley in NY.

2016 marked a new beginning for us together, and at age 41 I was still trying to figure out what to do with my life.  I had always been heavily involved in the auto industry, so after enjoying a year long vacation and buying a house, I became a Service Writer (then manager) at a local Auto Repair shop (2/6/2017 – 2/28/2020).

The Wheel Dean” is a name I came up with in the summer of 2019.  It represents the realization I had after being in a wheelchair for 24 years… that I AM IN A WHEELCHAIR!  Of course I already knew that, but I was starting to feel a dip in my physical well-being.

I immediately resurrected my daily 4am-5am cardio/exercise routine that I put aside when I started that job (watch video).  My strength and stamina improved quickly and I had all my energy back!  I then realized that spending 55+ hours per week in a windowless corner of the office next to a drafty door that puffed carbon monoxide at me was not a good thing.  I needed to move on to something bigger and better.  But first a little ME time!

So here I am, The Wheel Dean is focused on being as healthy and fit as a quadriplegic can be.  I hope other disabled individuals can benefit from looking through my pages and seeing that even after you become paralyzed, you can do so many things in life!  Follow me on social media to keep up with random stuff I post.  Find me everywhere as @thewheeldean

Where am I off to now?  Well, I’m going to let you continue reading about me while I venture out and land a high-end job.  I’m not playing around anymore.  My only interest is to plant my feet with a real company/brand… Benz, BMW, Jaguar, Maserati,… you get the point!  I need a large bright work environment with a quality product and a clientele that will value my professionalism and hospitality!