About Us

Synapse: Human Performance Centers’ state-of-the-art facility offers the latest in neuroscience and evidence-based therapies. A multi-disciplinary team of doctors and therapists, with an expert understanding of how to stimulate and regenerate brain and nervous system function, gives patients a unique experience using the most innovative equipment and technology.

Synapse has professionals from diverse fields such as chiropractic, neurology, physiology, occupational therapy, massage therapy, and nutrition working together to provide a patient-centered approach to care. At Synapse we come together to ensure patients experience the maximum expression of life by removing the barriers to good health.

Davis McAlister, DC, M.Ed., M.S., CSCS
Doctor of Chiropractic
Dept. of Sports and Human Performance

Dr. Davis McAlister served in the U.S. Army as a human intelligence specialist before attending Mississippi State University to earn his first Bachelor of Science degree. He earned both his Doctor of Chiropractic and Bachelor of Science in anatomy degrees from Parker University. He holds a master’s degree in educational leadership from Sul Ross State University and strength and human performance from Parker University. His experience as a veteran, college athlete, high school coach, strength and conditioning coach, and powerlifting coach, combined with his 18 years of clinical experience, brings a unique perspective to his care for athletes, veterans, and patients. Dr. McAlister trains other professionals in sports performance, sports injury, and rehabilitation, both nationally and internationally, and provides care for high school, college, and professional athletes with backgrounds in football, baseball, volleyball, powerlifting, basketball, pro rodeo, track and field, and golf. Dr. McAlister holds certifications in functional movement, adaptive training, acupuncture, rehab to performance, clinical concussion, taping, strength and conditioning, and coaching.

Paul Harris, MD
Neurologist
Medical Director

Dr. Paul Harris grew up in West Texas and now resides in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. He graduated from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. After four years on active duty in the U.S. Air Force, Dr. Harris returned to Dallas to complete his residency training in neurology at U.T. Southwestern Medical Center and Parkland Memorial Hospital. He has practiced general neurology for the past 28 years.

David Schmidt, DC, DAAPM, MSN-FNP, NP-C, APRN
Family Nurse Practitioner & Doctor of Chiropractic
Dept. of Integrative Medicine

Dr. David Schmidt has more than 25 years of professional clinical service as a licensed chiropractor and family nurse practitioner. In 2018, Dr. Schmidt broadened his experience by graduating from an international medical school with academic honors and earning a medical degree. The university recognized him with the Osler Award for Overall Clinical Medicine and the President’s Volunteer Service Award. Prioritizing a family-career-life balance, Dr. Schmidt decided to forego residency and immerse himself in family medicine, urgent care, and physical medicine, earning post-graduate certificates in lifestyle medicine and opioid use disorders from Harvard Medical School. Dr. Schmidt served his community as chair on the Board of Health for the City of Irving. From 2019-2021, he served his country as a front-line medical provider credentialed under the Department of Homeland Security, supporting the U.S. Border Patrol. As a board-certified family nurse practitioner, Dr. Schmidt coordinates and integrates clinical, medical, and wellness care with the facility’s chief medical director. Dr. Schmidt is actively licensed by the Texas Board of Nursing as an FNP/NP-C/APRN and by the Texas Board of Chiropractic Examiners as a D.C.

Audris Fuller
Patient Care Coordinator

Audris Fuller joins Synapse: Human Performance Centers with a diverse background in patient education, marketing, and medical office management. After growing up in South Texas, Ms. Fuller received a scholarship to play Division II women’s golf at the University of the Incarnate Word. She obtained her bachelor’s degree in psychology. Ms. Fuller continued her education at the University of Texas at San Antonio and received her Master of Arts degree in counseling.

Leonard Wright, DC, MS
Doctor of Chiropractic
Dept. of Clinical Neurology

Dr. Leonard Wright is originally from Flower Mound, Texas, and earned his first degree in kinesiology from the University of Arkansas. He gained experience working as an undergraduate athletic trainer with the football team. After obtaining his bachelor’s degree, he enrolled in the chiropractic program at Parker University. Before completing his studies at Parker University, Dr. Leonard completed his master’s degree in clinical neuroscience and furthered his studies with a one-year post-graduate fellowship in clinical neuroscience. Dr. Wright has years of experience in neurological rehabilitation and sports injury rehabilitation, with a special interest in concussion rehabilitation, musculoskeletal rehabilitation, stroke rehabilitation, and balance disorder rehabilitation.

Nicky Kirk, DC, MS
Doctor of Chiropractic
Dept. of Clinical Neurology & Sports and Human Performance

Dr. Nicky Kirk is originally from Dundee, Scotland. He earned his first degree at the University of Dundee in physiological sciences before enrolling in the chiropractic program at the University of Surrey in Guildford, England. Dr. Kirk further expanded his academic acumen by completing master’s level studies in sports medicine at the University of South Wales and complemented that with a master’s degree in clinical neuroscience. Dr. Kirk has a special interest in athletic performance and recovery and has years of experience working with elite performers as part of the Gatorade Sports Science Institute. He blends functional neurology, orthopedic rehabilitation, and performance science to achieve results.