About SDSM

Our History

In 1980, our founding father, E. Lee Rice, DO, started the Sports Medicine Center with the vision to provide a place where individuals could receive quality medical care to help them manage every aspect of their health in order to achieve optimum health and fitness.

His philosophy stemmed from the belief that health is much more than merely the absence of disease. Since its inception, the care at San Diego Sports Medicine and Family Health Center has not only been about the treatment of injuries and illnesses, but also about individualized patient education and management on a broad spectrum of lifestyle improvements in order to enhance well-being and quality of life. In short, the goal is not to just make patients “feel” better, but also to help them attain optimal health and wellness.

The idea was to combine a good family practice program with physical therapy, a fitness club, dietary counseling, as well as anxiety and emotional care for optimum health. That philosophy still pervades our center today.

Our Goal

The purpose of our center is, and has always been, to consistently, expertly, and compassionately provide optimal care to families, athletes of all levels, and professionals to allow them to live healthy, happy, and purposeful lives.

Our physicians have tended to athletes in the San Diego Chargers, Clippers, Olympic Volleyball teams, Olympic training center, San Diego State University, Grossmont College, San Diego Christian College, San Diego Sockers, San Diego Gulls, the Hydroplane races, San Diego and Rock-N-Roll marathons, as well as several local high schools and numerous other events. Our goal has been to care for athletes’ injuries and help them achieve their individual goals and aspirations.

Our board-certified physicians are advocates in the academic and education sectors. We are clinical instructors at UCSD, Western Osteopathic University, and Stanford Physicians Assistant program, and we’re highly involved with teaching the professionals of the future.

We have become contracted providers for several businesses and entities, including public workers, firefighters, landscapers, executives, and office employees. Services we’ve provided include injury management and preventive programs on a one-time or continual basis.

For over 25 years, we have been providing exceptional healthcare and fitness services for individuals and corporations. After the 4-hour examination, specific recommendations are given verbally and in a packet form, which specifically maps out the steps needed for our patients to attain optimal health.