Hulsebus Chiropractic Clinics, one of the oldest healthcare facilities in Northern Illinois, are celebrating 70 years of service to the region.
Dr. Robert Hulsebus opened his first practice – the Byron Health Center – in 1949 in Byron, IL. He waited 6 weeks for his first patient to walk in the door and built the legacy from there.
Dr. Bob, as he was known, graduated from Palmer School of Chiropractic in Davenport, IA. At the time, it was illegal to practice chiropractic in Illinois if you were a graduate of Palmer. In addition to his practice and raising, along with his wife Ruth, their family of 3 boys, Dr. Bob successfully fought the state and won licensure for all chiropractors in Illinois in 1963.
In the meantime, Dr. Bob and his wife Ruth made themselves and their family an integral part of the community. They were involved in the church as well as having formed, with friends, one of the longest-running bridge clubs in the area. They were also active golfers.
The Byron Health Center became Hulsebus Chiropractic Clinic and went through 3 locations before arrive at its present location in 1982, at 105 Lafayette Street in Byron.
At the time, it was found Dr. Bob had over 50,000 families on file who traveled to Byron, IL from 67 cities and towns. That would make his little office one of the busiest.
In the 1970s, Dr. Bob’s three sons – Dr. Roger, Dr. Mike, and Dr. Jim Hulsebus all became Palmer graduates and went into practice with their father. This entailed an expansion of locations and Hulsebus Chiropractic opened clinics in Oregon, Freeport, Pecatonica, Rockford, and Machesney Park among others.
Dr. Bob spent this time helping chiropractic legally and was directly responsible for having chiropractic included in Medicare. He also helped pass legislation that allowed students at chiropractic schools to be allowed access to federal financial aid so more students could afford to attend and obtain a degree as doctors of chiropractic.
The family’s third generation of doctors began in practice when Dr. Roger’s daughter, Dr. Tara Theisen and her husband Dr. Paul Theisen, graduated and went into practice together. Dr. Mike’s son, Dr. Brant Hulsebus, began in practice in Rockford. Two of Dr. Jim’s sons – Dr. Ryan and Dr. Kyle Hulsebus began in practice in Machesney Park, along with Dr. Kyle’s wife, Dr. Shanti Hulsebus.
Today, the Hulsebus Chiropractic Family is one of the largest in the profession. With all the associates and partners included, the clinics have seen an estimated 250,000 patients at minimum.
Dr. Bob passed away in 1995, shortly after seeing Chiropractic turn 100 years old, and after dedicating most of his life to his profession and to serving his community.
We at Hulsebus Chiropractic look forward to many more years of service to the Northern Illinois Community.