Alumni Feature: Josh Mason

Josh Mason, FDSH 99’, says although he loved his Dodger experience, he never imagined he would return home.

Mason grew up attending Butler Elementary School, then Fair Oaks and Phillips Middle Schools before Fort Dodge Senior High. His Dad, Wayne Mason, FDSH 80′, was a long-time assistant football coach.

“As a young Dodger I got the opportunity to be on the sidelines of practice and games. I got to see my idols work hard and I learned what grit looks like.”

It took grit to be a part of Dodger football back then. Mason’s junior year the team won one game and his senior year they went 0-8, but the lessons he learned can be counted as victories. Mason credits the team experiences of football, baseball and wrestling as “building blocks for what I’m doing today.”

Today Josh, is Dr. Mason, Owner of Active Health and Chiropractic with his brother,  Dr. Zach Mason, FDSH 04′. Zach was an all-state football player and is one of the top Career Rushing leaders at FDSH.  Dr. Jordan Hagar, FDSH 05′, is also part of the team.

Active Health and Chiropractic opened a new 7,000 square foot facility in the Fall of 2017. It’s connected to the new Anytime Fitness and gym, which (Josh) Mason also owns. The gym is home to CrossFit Fort Dodge and Mason is one of the coaches.

“The base of what we do is chiropractic care because keeping the spine healthy is so important for all of the other functions of the body,” said (Josh) Mason. “But, it’s so much more. It’s about elimination of pain and providing a path to overall health and wellness.”

He describes his wife, Kim (Pederson) Mason, FDSH 99’, as “the glue that holds it all together.” She teaches classes at the gym and is also a BirthFit instructor, offering pre-natal and post-natal classes on fitness, nutrition and mental health.

Making sure their kids grew up close to “coach” Dad and mom, Shelly (Michalski), FDSH 80′, plus his brothers and in-laws (Kim’s family: Steve and  Carol Pederson plus Brian Pederson, FDSH 97′ and his family also live in Fort Dodge ) was the big reason they moved back.

Those children are Cael, 14; Katie, 11; Drew, 9 and Emma, 6.

Josh, Kim, Cael, Katie, Emma and Drew Mason. Photo credit: REDLIB Photo

“I want my children to have a great experience, I realize now the amazing impact a teacher can have on a student,” said Mason.

Josh’s youngest brother Nick, FDSH  01′, works at MidState Plumbing in Fort Dodge.

As you can see, being a Dodger is definitely a family affair for the Masons and so is giving back to the school that gave them so much.

Children and family motivated them to move back,  but a love for Fort Dodge is a big part of the reason they stayed.

“I think the community is growing and taking positive steps forward. We need a strong Foundation to help make the student experience better and to prepare them for the next steps in their lives,” said Mason.

Josh served on the Fort Dodge Community Schools Foundation Board from 2006 to 2015.

Josh is also involved in the Greater Fort Dodge Growth Alliance, the American Chiropractic Association and the Iowa Chiropractic Society and is an active member of First Presbyterian Church, and of course the entire family can be seen on the sidelines at many Dodgers events.

For more on Mason and Active Health Chiropractic click here.