Dr. Marcia Schaefer
Life continues to create adventures I could never possibly understand, and my journey to chiropractic is one of them. I grew up in Stoughton,WI and moved to DeForest upon completing Chiropractic college, because of my husband’s job. I attended UW-Platteville and received my bachelors degree in Biology with a Zoology emphasis, and a Business minor. After graduation, I moved to Davenport, IA to pursue my dream career – a Doctor of Chiropractic. In the years of undergrad, having only known the medical model, I assumed I would be going into nursing. I was a CNA (Nursing Assistant) for 6 years between undergraduate and grad school, because I loved helping people. It was actually in doing my job during a summer break that I injured my back, and when I could not be helped in physical therapy, my mom suggested trying a chiropractor. Three adjustments later, I knew what I would be doing the rest of my life!
I graduated from Palmer College of Chiropractic in February 2010, with an extra nutrition certification and my C.C.E.P (Certified Chiropractic Extremities Practitioner) degree. I am currently finishing my Pediatric Diplomate, another 300 hour program to specialize in the care of pediatric practice members. I was active in college soccer as well as 4-H while growing up, always to with our horses and animals I grew up with. I was so excited to have gotten married the week before graduation, and to find out our first child, Keegan, would be welcomed in August of 2010. What a blessing!
Life has awesome ways of showing you what is truly meant to be. I firmly believe in the body’s ability to heal itself, and to become stronger, more resilient and HEALTHY when interference is taken out of the body. This was proven to us in December of 2010. I was diagnosed with metastatic thyroid cancer when our son was 3 months old, and diagnosed with melanoma (skin cancer) in February of 2011. I went through 3 surgeries, and chose a route that differs from most, and chose to decline chemo and radiation. In the end of April, Shawn and I headed to Mexico to check in to the Gerson Institute. We learned a massive amount of information and have brought it home with us, to continue the 2 year long therapy. In just 6 months after starting the therapy, September of 2011, my scans showed clear, no sign of disease. Even at my 5 year post diagnosis appointment in December of 2015, all labs continue to be ideal, no sign of disease.
Fertility and the care of families was not something I had initially planned on – I had no idea the roads would lead where they have, but I certainly couldn’t be happier with the success we have with families that want to grow and build strong, healthy foundations. When I started helping families achieve their goals with the understanding I had from healing myself, our success rate with fertility took off. I am honored to serve the families and babies that grace our clinic, and I am certain we CAN change the future health of this world by focusing on the most important aspect, preconception!
Thank you for allowing me to share with you on many levels today. I look forward to building a caring, trusting, and healing relationship with you. I truly appreciate you and am honored to be a member of the Lodi community. I’m excited to play a supporting role in your most vital possession-your great health! I wish you all of life’s sweetest gifts and may God richly bless your life!