Schroeder family members celebrate the 80th birthday of Dr. Terry’s mom, Pat, in August 2017.
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
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
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.,
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
Dr. Terry Schroeder coaching the U.S. men’s water polo team that
took silver in the 2008 Summer Olympics.
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.