Logan University recognizes October 1943 Logan graduate Gretchen Schreffler, DC, who on this day—May 1—is celebrating her 100th birthday. Congratulations and Happy Birthday, Dr. Schreffler!
She recalls some of her patients driving more than 120 miles to get an adjustment.
"I told them, ‘You know there are other chiropractors between us that would be closer,’ but they didn’t care."
That kind of loyalty speaks volumes of Dr. Gretchen Schreffler’s profiency and service as a practicing Doctor of Chiropractic, a position she held for more 34 years. Looking back, she said it’s difficult to pick just one memorable moment; she’s had thousands.
"I found such joy and satisfaction in helping people—children, parents, grandparents, all of them."
For Dr. Schreffler, those moments have lasted more than just her time in the clinic. They’ve had a residual effect. While she no longer keeps office hours, she routinely runs into former patients and their families who are always anxious to tell Dr. Schreffler how they are doing.
Much of Dr. Schreffler’s life has been devoted to chiropractic and Logan in some way ... whether it was working as Logan’s assistant registrar, caring for patients or serving on Logan’s Board of Trustees in the late 1970s, a time of transformation for the profession.
"Chiropractic was really developing, and we were helping lay the groundwork," she said. "It was inspiring to be in the foothills of the profession and watching Logan really take off."
For 19 years, she sat on Logan’s Board, and continued to make visits to Logan’s campus until the age of 95. Over the years, she’s been named Logan’s Alumnus of the Year, Distinguished Woman of the Year in Iowa City and American Businesswoman of the Year, among other awards and accolades. Just as patients were loyal to Dr. Schreffler, Dr. Schreffler has been loyal to Logan and grateful for the gift of education as well as the ability to practice chiropractic.
"I did it because it was something I enjoyed doing," she said. "When I look back, I think of all the patients. There were an awful lot of patients."
Logan faculty members Drs. Ralph Barrale, Ralph Filson and Roy Hilgartner are creating a scholarship in Dr. Gretchen Schreffler’s name. If you are interested in contributing, please contact Dr. Barrale at Ralph.Barrale@logan.edu.