DR. JENNIFER KATZER, D.C
is a licensed Chiropractor specializing in family, pediatric, and prenatal chiropractic, and is proud to provide care for patients in Cumming, Norwalk, West Des Moines, and the surrounding areas. She graduated from Palmer College of Chiropractic with a Doctorate of Chiropractic in 2015.
BACKGROUND & EDUCATION
Dr. Jennifer was raised on a family farm where her parents instilled in her the values of hard work and respect for all.
After graduating from Creston High School, she played volleyball at Ellsworth Community College, graduating with an A.S. in Biotechnology.
She continued her education at Iowa State University, graduating in 2008 with a B.S. in Psychology and Pre-Medicine.
During college, Dr. Jennifer worked as a microbiology technician at the USDA Veterinary Biologics Labs and job shadowed several M.D.’s in central Iowa hospitals and clinics.
LOVE FOR PATIENT CARE
Upon graduation, Dr. Jennifer worked on clinical trials for cancer research with Quintiles in Kansas City and New Link Genetics in Ames, gaining valuable experience in cancer treatments but discovering that direct interaction with patients was her calling.
She refocused on patient care and becoming a Certified Nurse Aid in a geriatric rehabilitation unit, assisting patients recovering from joint replacements or cancer treatments and supporting their goals for maintaining a lifestyle of independence.
PATHWAY TO CHIROPRACTIC
These experiences kindled a passion for preventative health care, and Dr. Jennifer met a chiropractor in southern Iowa with extensive knowledge of the body’s structure and neurology and a comprehensive approach to holistic healthcare.
She began shadowing him and saw how he listened to, adjusted and taught his patients, reinforcing they were responsible for their personal health, and leading patients to realize dramatic improvements.
Dr. Jennifer enrolled in the Palmer College of Chiropractic, the oldest school of chiropractic in the world. This rigorous classroom curriculum with applied experiences in Palmer’s clinics has provided Dr. Jennifer with a world-class foundation for patient care.
She is continuing her education by pursuing her Pediatric Diplomate through the International Pediatric Chiropractic Association, attending regular seminars and completing research projects.
Dr. Jennifer and her husband learned they were expecting as she began her education at Palmer, and welcomed their first son, Gavin, right after her final exams in October 2011. Their second son, Dawson, arrived two weeks before her graduation from Palmer in October 2015. In January 2018 Dr. Jennifer and her husband were blessed with the arrival of their twins Hope and Brandon.
The experience of becoming a mother as she followed her dream of becoming a Chiropractor led to unique perspective in how quality prenatal and pediatric patient care can establish a lifetime of health and alignment.
PHILOSOPHY OF WELLNESS
Her personal belief is that building and nourishing community relationships is fundamental to being human. Learning from others and enjoying their insights about life is our responsibility as members of every community we belong to.
In her free time, Jennifer enjoys experiencing life with family, volunteering in the community, yoga and meditation, sports and exercise, gardening, scrap-booking, and home remodeling projects.