Tahoe City chiropractor reveals pathway toward optimal health
Special to the Sun
Who: Dr. Tim Schroeder
What: Tahoe City Chiropractic
Address: 645 West Lake Blvd. Suite 3, Tahoe City
TAHOE CITY, Calif. — In his children’s book “The Legend of Eagle Rock,” Tahoe City chiropractor, Dr. Tim Schroeder, writes about a young boy who climbs a giant rock to take in the beautiful view.
When he reaches the top, the boy is overcome with the vastness of the world, and subsequently realizes he must be a part of it, which makes him beautiful, too.
As the narrative unfolds, the boy impresses on the reader the underlying principle of the book — the idea that we must take care of ourselves, each other and the earth, and in turn, that will take care of the beautiful view.
Presumably, this philosophy — which Dr. Schroeder has incorporated into his life, his family and his chiropractic practice – is one that stems from the hurdles he’s had to overcome in his own life to achieve the success he has today.
“I had to experience ongoing, burning pain in my lower back before I learned how to heal myself in a way that not only relieved my pain, but also changed the course of my life,” Schroeder said between patients at his busy chiropractic clinic on Tahoe’s west shore.
That was more than 26 years ago, when Schroeder moved from Los Angeles to Lake Tahoe by way of Mammoth, in search of better educational opportunities that existed within close proximity to a ski-bum, bartender lifestyle.
“I couldn’t even bend over to buckle my ski boots, so I had to have a friend do it for me because obviously I was still going to ski,” he said, revealing deep smile lines on an otherwise wrinkle-free face. “My doctor told me to take some aspirin, a hot bath and get a massage, so I did all of that, but it wouldn’t go away and he didn’t know how to help me, so I went along with my life in burning pain.”
‘GAVE ME MY ENERGY BACK’
Gregarious, athletic-looking, and a natural raconteur, Schroeder maintains a relentlessly upbeat demeanor when recalling the pain that got him where he is today.
He continues, explaining how he was enrolled at UNR, but didn’t know what he wanted to do with his life, though he knew he wanted to heal people in a natural way.
He explains how his college counselor asked if he had considered becoming a chiropractor and how he admitted to her that he had never heard of such a thing.
His eyes wide and bright, he remembers a guy — now a close friend and colleague — who frequented the bar in Tahoe City where Schroeder worked, who also suggested Schroeder look into studying chiropractic medicine.
“After hearing that twice in the same week, I decided I would look into it, so I went to a local chiropractor who examined me and told me I had a bone out of place, and then he gave me an adjustment,” Schroeder said. “It was a game-changer because not only did the back pain go away, but something else special happened as well — I felt like my overall energy returned.”
After a few weeks’ worth of adjustments, Schroeder was not only buckling his own ski boots again, but he was also experiencing a rebirth of his former fitness routine like running, lifting weights, mountain biking, and studying martial arts.
“Getting adjusted gave me my energy back and that return of my vital energy is ultimately what made me want to pass it on to others,” he said.
OVERCOMING PAIN TO ACHIEVE THE GAIN
In 1989, Schroeder graduated from Palmer College of Chiropractic in San Jose, then returned to Tahoe City, opening his practice with the help of his wife and office manager, Sha Schroeder.
The chiropractic-based office also incorporates alternative healing methods like massage and exercise therapies to provide patients with a well-rounded treatment plan.
“People don’t always make sense of their health, or they don’t seem to understand that it’s your natural given right to be healthy and that a lack of health means something went wrong,” the father of three 20-somethings said. “There are ways to regain your health without the use of pharmaceuticals or surgery, and that’s what I want to help people understand.”
Schroeder — an avid blogger on all things related to health, naturopathic healing and chiropractic care — is working on his second book, a nonfiction piece for adults that provides strategies for reclaiming one’s health and healing from the inside out.
“Writing is a great outlet for me because it allows me to interpret real life problems by helping direct people towards a more positive path,” Schroeder said.
With more than 25 years in the business, Schroeder has made a name for himself at Lake Tahoe, as well as the chiropractic community at large, where he continues to travel both the United States and abroad as a post-graduate faculty lecturer with his alma mater, Palmer College.
As a level 5 black belt, Schroeder also holds rank as the Chief Administrative Officer of the World Ki Gong Club – a nonprofit health and healing organization that incorporates the martial arts teachings and methods of Tang Soo Do.
“There’s something we call the chiropractic lifestyle, which is not just the adjustment, not just relieving the pain, but it’s living your life in a holistic fashion where you build your mind and body up, and in turn, for most people, you achieve a spiritual awareness as well because when you do good things for your mind and body, you’re doing good for your spirit, too,” Schroeder said. “That’s where I believe martial arts and the science of chiropractic come together — it’s all about achieving balance to reach your full potential in health, and in life.”
Jenny Goldsmith is a North Tahoe-based freelance writer and a former reporter for the Sierra Sun newspaper. Have an idea for a merchant to feature? Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.