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Local Practice Nears
100 Years of Tradition
Special thanks to Karl Klooster of the News Register in helping develop this article
Dr. Siegfried Discusses X-rays
With A Patient Showing Spinal Misalignments From A
Recent Car Accident
Dr. Siegfried didn’t realize the extent of the tradition he would be continuing, much less augmenting, when he took over the longtime chiropractic practice of Dr. Dunn in 1987.
Dunn, who began practicing in McMinnville in 1959, was the protégé of Dr. Byron A. White. And White was McMinnville’s first chiropractor, establishing his practice in 1922.
White was an important figure in the community for 42 years. Along the way, he built the colonial mansion now serving as home base for the Bayou Golf Course. But his contributions to and influence on the healing arts extended well beyond local boundaries.
Over the 93 years since, Siegfried has come to appreciate the fact that both predecessors were pioneers in the field, along with other’s he has studied with. Chiropractic, now part of mainstream healthcare, it has become the country’s most widely practiced non-invasive spinal and rehabilitative treatment.
Following an internship with Dr. Dunn from 1985-1987, Siegfried is celebrating his 30th anniversary at the clinic on NE Dunn Place.
Conditions Treated At The Clinic
Neuromuscular skeletal complaints such as joint pain, low, back, neck, sciatica, herniated discs, carpal tunnel, headaches, sinusitis, concussions, hearing loss and nutritional deficiencies include many of the conditions helped with the methods Siegfried practices at the clinic.
Nasal Specifics for Sinusitis, Migraines, Concussions
Though he focuses primarily on diagnosing and treating neuromuscular pain through adjustment of the 26 bones making up the spinal column, and the 27 bones of the feet, he also is an expert in adjusting the 22 bones of the skull. Although the bones of the head appear to be one, they actually move and are connected in function to the spinal column.
The skull bones, or cranium, encases the brain. Repairing damage inflicted through impact, whiplash or other means is essential to restoration of normal movement, function and even survival itself. Siegfried knows this all too well, having suffered a concussion and a broken nose from playing rugby as an undergraduate in Heidelberg, Germany in the 1970’s.
Chiropractic was developed by Dr. Daniel Palmer in 1895 in Davenport, Iowa, after adjusting the neck and restoring the hearing of one of his patients. He founded the Palmer College of Chiropractic in 1897. Chiropractic Colleges now exist throughout the United States, Canada and Europe. In the United States alone, there are over 60,000 chiropractic physicians.
Manipulation, or adjusting techniques of the spine and extremities, has a long history. It has been traced back to the bonesetters in China in 2700 B.C. and the ancient Greeks in 1500 B.C.
The Greek physician Hippocrates, considered the father of modern medicine, was familiar with these practices. He advised, several hundred years B.C.: “Get knowledge of the spine, for this is the requisite for many diseases.” This has been proven by autopsy studies done by Dr. Winsor, M.D., at the University of Pennsylvania.
Dr. Byron White, D.C.
Dr. White, who introduced Chiropractic to McMinnville , graduated from the Western States Chiropractic College—now University of Western States—in Portland. He took post-graduate studies at Palmer College, Spears Clinic in Denver, and National College of Chiropractic in Chicago.
He studied further in Williamsburg, Ontario , Canada, with foot manipulation specialist Dr. Mahlon Locke, M.D., as well as London, England for further Chiropractic studies.
The History of Happy Acres Hospital
An avid reader and student, he became familiar with the work of Dr. Adolph Lorenz, M.D., from Vienna, Austria and traveled there to work under his direction.
Though trained in traditional medicine, Dr. Lorenz, shocked fellow physicians by extolling the benefits of manipulation and declaring surgery should be considered only as a last resort. Lorenz was known for conducting “bloodless surgeries” using his own non-drug anesthetic techniques, to address gallstones, bursitis, colon spasms and other conditions. White assisted on a number of them.
Chiropractic Orthopedic Manipulation
Returning to Oregon in 1921, White initially established practice in Yamhill. Later he founded the “Happy Acres Hospital” and Clinic on land that is now adjacent to what is known as the Bayou Golf Course, named after his residence.
Dr. White’s initial plans included a 700 Resident Community, using the golf course as a nucleus. But he died of a heart attack at age 63. His plans for the retirement community never developed. But his practice legacy lived on.
Dr. Dunn graduated from Western States Chiropractic College as well. He became a chiropractor after meeting and being treated by Dr. White for a severe back problem. He practiced with White from 1959 until White’s death in 1963. At that point, he moved the practice to the current location at 301 NE Dunn Place. Dunn retired in 1987. Dr. Siegfried’s internship with Dr. Dunn was invaluable.
Born in Philadelphia in 1951 into a famous family of surgeons—one of whom founded Nazareth Hospital in Philadelphia-- Dr. Siegfried followed the path of many aspiring medical students. He was an assistant to the head Pathologist at Holy redeemer Hospital in Philadelphia. Observed the office visits of his second cousin the Orthopedist, took his Pre-Med classes at Penn State and Temple University, observed at the lab in Los Angeles County Hospital Lab, and visited with many clinicians study groups in Philadelphia.
But all these plans changed once he realized that he wanted to pursue a drugless approach to health. Siegfried’s father had always taken the children to chiropractors for their sports injuries and other complaints. He never really remembers getting sick, due not only to the regular chiropractic care he received, but also the organic diet and nutritional products his father provided the children. His father, an avid reader and student of health himself, had been a nurse during WW II.
After graduating from Western States Chiropractic College in Portland in 1981, he’d already had quite a bit of experience treating the dancers in the Broadway Shows “A Chorus Line”, Ain’t Misbehavin, Dancin, the Portland Ballet, and others. However he wanted to return to Europe. Having been to Italy in High School and graduating undergraduate at Schiller University Heidelberg, he was not ready to “settle down”.
Having been to Italy in High School and graduating undergraduate at Schiller University Heidelberg, he was not ready to “settle down”.
A short time practicing in San Francisco was the prelude to an opportunity to practice at the Pisa Clinic for Sports Medicine in the spring of 1983. After treating some of the Italian Olympic Team Athletes at the center, he was invited by both coaches and athletes to training camps and then hired by the Italian Olympic Team’s Track and Field Division, treating and traveling with them until after the 1984 Summer Olympic Games in Los Angeles. His travels with the Olympic Team took him all over Italy, Dubai and Mexico City. But that’s not all.
Treating athletes from all over Europe, especially the Soviet Eastern Bloc athletes, he learned many of their treatment methods, including their now famous “mind-body” techniques practiced by the most successful professional athletes.
Returning to Portland, he and Dr. Dunn became acquainted and he moved to McMinnville to practice.
He continued his clinical studies with not only Dr. Dunn, but Dr. Stober—the developer of the NasalSpecific Technique in the Northwest—his other nutrition mentors and then completed his Naturopathic Medical Degree from the National College of Naturopathic Medicine in Portland in 1996.
Professional and Community Associations
Dr. Siegfried was a founder of the Oregon Doctors of Chiropractic, their lobbyist in Salem and liaison to other professional chiropractic organizations. He received their coveted Oregon Chiropractor of the Year Award several times, served as President and in other
offices, and was the Vice President of the Oregon Board of Chiropractic Examiners from 2003-2006.
In the community, he donates regularly to the Henderson House and his services to the Veterans.
He is currently editing and updating a book by Dr. Failor, another student of Dr. White’s, on the practices and procedures used at the clinic.
Father of 4 children—all married-- grandfather of 4, married for 32 years, avid baseball pitcher in the Portland Baseball City Leagues since 1976 when he first came to Portland, Dr. Siegfried has no plans to retire.
When asked by his patient’s if he plans to retire, his response is always “Why? I love what I do.” Grateful to his family, profession and patients, he considers it an honor and privilege to serve the community doing what he loves most: helping his patients feel better, being well, and living life on their terms as best they can. •