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Palmer Legacy Families

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Winter 2018

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The Matz Chiropractic Legacy

Dr. Conrad Matz in his clinic.
Dr. Conrad Matz points to spine poster on wall

To the Matz family, chiropractic is more than the family business. It’s a lifestyle and legacy passed down four generations.

The legacy emerged when Conrad Matz II married Ruth “Maxine” Matz, daughter of Joe Kalcevich, D.C., who owned a quiet practice in western Pennsylvania. Conrad went to Palmer and studied under B.J. Palmer, D.C., F.P.A.C., the Developer of Chiropractic. Dr. Conrad Matz graduated in 1951 before serving as a medical technician in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. “He was a true healer,” says his son, S. Scott Matz, D.C., Davenport ’83. “Conrad helped a lot of sick people get well through chiropractic. When he walked into a room, people were drawn to him.”

Left to right: Dr. Brandon Blank, Dr. Holly Matz-Blank and Dr. Steven Scott J. Matz at Dr. Holly’s graduation.
3 people standing together. Holly is wearing graduation robe.

“He never asked his children if they wanted to be chiropractors. But he set an example of loving people, healing people, and being available many hours a day,” Dr. Scott adds. Dr. Conrad helped thousands of patients get well and inspired more than 100 people to become chiropractors, including all five of his children. Conrad Matz III, D.C., Davenport ’75, was the first of Dr. Conrad’s children to graduate from Palmer’s Davenport campus, followed by John Matz, D.C., ’80; Nancy Matz Thiel, D.C., ’81; S. Scott Matz, D.C., ’83; and Linda Matz-Scott, D.C., ‘94.

Today, Conrad II’s legacy lives on in his children and grandchildren. Dr. Conrad III, his eldest, practices in Murrysville, Penn. with his son, Conrad Matz IV, D.C. Dr. John Matz, Dr. Scott Sr., Dr. Scott Jr., and Dr. Linda Matz work and serve together at Matz Family Chiropractic in Missoula, Mont. Nancy Matz, D.C., maintains a busy practice in South Carolina.

Dr. S. Scott Matz continues his father’s legacy of inspiring future chiropractors. He’s referred 26 students to Palmer and mentored numerous student interns, including his children, Steven Scott J. Matz, D.C., Davenport ’09; Holly Matz-Blank, D.C., ’07; and his son-in-law Brandon Blank, D.C., ’14. Drs. Holly and Brandon are growing their practice, Balance Chiropractic, in Helena, Mont.

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