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Palmer Legacy Families

Palmer chiropractic keeps families together.
Winter 2018

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Schroeder family legacy spans nearly a century

Schroeder family members celebrate the 80th birthday of Dr. Terry’s mom, Pat, in August 2017.
23 family members standing on a sandy beach

After 30 years of maintaining a practice of his own, Terry Schroeder, D.C., West ’86, is one of 78 members of this four-generation family who’ve been practicing for close to 100 years.

The Schroeder family’s four-generation chiropractic legacy started in a homebased practice in Santa Barbara, Calif. Dr. Terry Schroeder and his younger brother, Lance, West ’86, watched in amazement as patients who arrived for their appointments barely able to walk would often depart shortly thereafter with newfound mobility.

“In most cases, the patients came out of the room with my dad (Robert Schroeder, D.C., Davenport ’53, F.P.A.C.), laughing, and looking like they were six inches taller. We thought he was a ‘miracle man!’,” says Dr. Terry. “I knew I wanted to be part of this profession.”

Three Schroeder family students are studying at Palmer’s West campus now: Brian DeCesare, Dakota Zitlaw and Hannah Zitlaw. “Palmer has been such a vital part of my life,” Dr. Terry adds. “It provided me with this incredible gift of chiropractic. It’s also where I met my beautiful wife,” Lori Bell Schroeder, D.C., West ’86.

Frederick Schroeder, D.C. (grandfather to Terry, Lance, and their sister, Dr. Tammy Schroeder Zitlaw, West ’89), graduated from New York-based Columbia College of Chiropractic in 1923, and met B.J. Palmer, D.C., F.P.A.C. Dr. Frederick’s journey into the chiropractic profession came by way of working on the docks in New York. “Some of his fellow dock-workers served time in prison, and when they were released, they’d talk about the ‘chiropractors’ who were jailed for practicing chiropractic, but treated these fellow dock workers in prison, and helped them tremendously. That got my grandfather interested in chiropractic, so he became one!” said Tammy Zitlaw, D.C., West ’88. She practices with her husband, Greg Zitlaw, D.C., West ’88. Daughters Hannah and Dakota attend Palmer’s West campus.

Dr. Terry Schroeder coaching the U.S. men’s water polo team that took silver in the 2008 Summer Olympics.
Dr. Schroeder is crouched next to pool, speaking to water polo team in water.

The Schroeder chiropractic family history was featured when Sports Illustrated magazine published an article about Dr. Terry (a four-time U.S. Olympian and captain of the men’s U.S. water polo team) prior to the ’92 Summer Games in Barcelona, Spain.

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