The ever-popular Sports Illustrated Magazine recently took its annual look back in time at the National Gatorade Player of the Year award winners. The special edition of the 65-year old publication is centered around informing readers on what past recipients are currently up to, and former John Curtis softball pitcher Ashley Brignac’s story landed on the list.
Brignac, who now goes by Dr. Ashley Brignac Domec as a chiropractor, was named Louisiana’s Gatorade Player of the Year for both the 2005-06 and 2006-07 seasons, and was the National Gatorade Player of the Year in 2006-07.
She was a member of four Patriot teams that captured state titles and was a starting pitcher in three of the four seasons. Domec finished her prep career with a record of 122-4, which included a 25-0 run during her senior season allowing just 14 hits in 150.2 innings with an ERA of 0.00.
Domec also threw 21 no-hitters and seven perfect games with Curtis, and parlayed her talents into a spot on the USA Junior Olympic team in 2006-07. But despite her success and the Patriots’ perceived dominance during her time, the former standout pitcher said she never took the team’s success for granted, and is enjoying the chance to reminisce on her past accomplishments.
“I look back now and I’m like, ‘Wow. I really got to do all of that?’” said Domec, who competed in Puerto Rico and Holland with the USA team. “It’s pretty cool and getting to re-live all of it is exciting because I never really get to talk about it much.”
Domec’s successful softball career was just getting started as she went on to star at the University of Louisiana-Lafayette. She was a three-time Sun Belt Conference Player of the Year, a two-time Capital One Academic Player of the Year, and pitched the Ragin’ Cajuns to a 3-2 win over top-seeded Florida in the opening round of the 2008 College World Series.
She sat 15 batters down on strikes in eight innings of work, but was actually a bit distracted at times throughout the game.
“I remember I lost an earring on the field,” recalled Domec, who also remembered the “cool,” “calm” demeanor of the team heading into the game. “For half the game I was kind of looking for it and our catcher found it right before they raked up the field after we won.”
Domec held on to the earrings but hung up her glove and cleats after graduating from ULL in 2012. Along the way, though, she picked up an interest in kinesiology and biomechanics, which led her into her current profession as a chiropractor in River Ridge.
She bounced around the country a bit with her husband, Blake, before returning to New Orleans in the fall of 2017. Domec, who’s following in the footsteps of her brother, Dr Joe Brignac III, as a chiropractor, soon received her certification in February of 2018, which allowed her to practice under Dr. Jeffery Burns in her hometown.
Burns, however, made a move to Dallas, Texas in May and Domec took over the daily operations of the office. Her top priority now is to retain as many of Burns’ clients as possible while also building a clientele of her own.
“When you take over something, people are used to things being done a certain way,” said Domec, who has treated a large portion of Burns’ clients as his associate over the past several months. “I’m trying to be respectful to that but also bring in my own flair and style.”
Domec’s office is just a few minutes away from Curtis, and she has a plethora of locals as clients including Kristy and Remi Hebert, the former of whom coached Domec during her time at Curtis while the latter is heading into her senior year with the Patriots.
Hebert described Domec as someone who was always goal-oriented and wasn’t surprised in the slightest in the success she went on to have both on and off the field.
“She was a hard worker and constantly working to get better,” said Kristy Hebert, who also noted Domec’s stellar work ethic in the classroom. “She just had a vision of what she wanted and each day she worked towards that…she was always pushing through to get to the goals she had.”
Now Domec’s primary goal is to help her patients reach their peak physical and mental capacity, particularly those who have gone through struggles similar to her own.
As a former athlete, Domec has first-hand experience with the obstacles and injuries athletes incur, and as a mother, she can sympathize with persevering through a trying pregnancy and delivery.
“The two fields I’m most passionate about are athletes and pre-natal and postpartum women because of the issues I had to go through throughout my pregnancy and even afterwards,” explained Domec, who now has a 2-year old son, Cooper, who she says loves to be around the office.
“Those two populations are people that I really want to target and market to and let them know the benefits because of the things I’ve gotten to experience.”
While Domec has a specific demographic she’d like to target, she welcomes all clients treating patients as young as newborns to others in their mid-90s. Her office is located at 9523 Jefferson Highway in River Ridge, and she can be contacted at 504-738-7246.
Any prospective clients, however, should be aware they may run into a rambunctious toddler who would like to be included in the proceedings whenever possible.
“My child loves the clinic,” said Domec as Cooper’s giggles bellowed in the background. “He’ll go in there and act like he’s trying to treat patients. He’s part of the clinic sometimes so it’s pretty cool being able to share all of that with him.”