​Dr. Schaeffer's post doctoral education has focused on the areas of Upper Cervical techniques, TMJ/TMD treatment (jaw joint disorders), clinical research and whiplash disorders through the Spine Research Institute of San Diego. This has led to legal experience in depositions and trial testimony, and Independent Medical Examiner functions with insurance companies on chiropractic issues.


Dr. Schaeffer's research and innovative treatment protocols for TMJ/TMD disorders have been published nationally. In addition to pursuing his TMJ research he enjoys his clinical teaching responsibilities with Activator Methods. 


His hobbies include collecting wines, riding and showing his horse, Teddy, and playing with his rescued Schnauzer, Jax. Dr. Schaeffer also enjoys reading about health, spirituality, horses and anything with an inspiring story.


Dr. Schaeffer is actively involved in the Whole Health Institute, a non-profit organization whose purpose is the exploration of the true causes of healing and its applications.


As a graduate of Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport, IA, he served his alma mater as Dean of Students prior to entering private practice in 1988. He has traveled the United States and Europe representing Palmer College on alumni, legislative and professional issues.

He chose to specialize in Activator Methods Chiropractic Technique (instrument adjusting) and gained his Advanced Proficiency Rating in 1989. He has held this rating with annual re-certifications since then, the longest of any chiropractor in Iowa.

Dr. Schaeffer's Highlights

  • Appointed Clinical Instructor for Activator Methods, 1997, one of approximately 150 internationally and the only in Iowa at the time
  • First journal publication of TMJ/TMD research, 2003 as co-investigator and co-author; co-author of the TMJ treatment chapter of the Activator Method textbook for examination and treatment protocols he developed, 2008
  • Researcher of the Year, Activator Methods, 2003; presented treatment protocols to the international instructors conference which were adopted for the Activator curriculum internationally
  • Newspaper columnist for the Press-Citizen on alternative health care, 1996-97
  • Guest lecturer and presenter for the Complementary Health Care Dept. at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics (UIHC)
  • Co-investigator  and the chiropractic clinician in a National Institutes of Health grant for TMD research  with Palmer College and the University of Iowa Dental College funded at $400K, 2008
  • Appointed to the Post Graduate Education Faculty, Palmer College, 2003
  • Community and civic activities have included the Chair of the Coralville Committee, Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, RAGBRAI Medical Committee Chair, Random Acts of Kindness Area Coordinator and completion of the Community Leadership Program
  • Dr. Schaeffer has been actively committed to his community’s  development  since the beginning of his Coralville practice in 1990