50th Anniversary of the Troxell Intern Program
As an alumnus of the Troxell Intern Program, I thought I would share a little bit of the history since this weekend is the 50th Anniversary of the program.
I started chiropractic school in the fall of 2000. In 2001, the offer of “FREE PIZZA” introduced me to the Troxell Program’s orientation evening. A personal story shared by one of the interns about his mom soon became a similar reality to my own life. The next day I got some bad news from home.
What could I do? I prayed, of course, but what could I physically do? I didn’t know, so I started taking classes at the Troxell Intern program as a distraction. Even with a full 33-credit hour course load at school, I choose to spend 3 evenings a week at Dr. Troxell’s clinic learning the Gonstead Method. The interns suggested I take the exam to become an intern, to which I passed, and in late 2002 I became a Troxell Intern. I spent time learning from Dr. Troxell, attending seminars on weekends and teaching classes to newer students. In 2004 I graduated from the Troxell Intern Program and to this day still head back to attend seminars in Mount Horeb, Wisconsin.
Below is a brief history of one of my mentors, Dr. J. Larry Troxell and the Intern Program.
Dr. Larry Troxell graduated from Palmer College of Chiropractic in the fall of 1967. Dr. Troxell spent a great deal of time learning from his mentor Dr. Gonstead. He attended approximately 100 seminars and spent time at the Gonstead clinic learning firsthand the methodologies that Dr. Gonstead taught. Dr. Troxell passed this knowledge and experience onto eager students as they worked in his office.
In 1968, Dr. Troxell founded the Troxell Intern Program because of the large numbers of students coming to his clinic to learn from him. In 1977, Dr. Gonstead started Gonstead Advanced Technique (GAT). Dr. Gonstead wanted his teachings to continue, so seminars were organized for people to attend in order to fulfill this wish. Three of these seminars were held before C.S. Gonstead passed away in 1978. Dr. Gonstead left endorsements of his teachings to four doctors in writing. These four Doctors were Dr. John Thatcher, Dr. Dale Applegate, Dr.Tim Obert, and Dr. J. Larry Troxell.
In the early 1980’s, the not-for-profit organization, Gonstead Methodology Institute (GMI) was spawned from GAT. GMI organized and began holding four seminars a year to teach the Gonstead System to chiropractors, Troxell interns and other interested students.
Dr Troxell passed away in 2007 and I am very appreciative for the program he started. I feel privileged to say that I was a part of it. The Troxell Intern program is still going strong. It is now lead by a young man that I taught as a student back in 2002-2003, Dr Josh Lawlor. There are 1,000+ interns that have graduated from Palmer and gone into practice all over the world.
The Troxell Intern Program is a not-for-profit group, who's sole mission is to continue our longstanding tradition of, “changing lives through education”. It has been said that “God works in mysterious ways”. It amazes me that he used free pizza to help direct my path.