Meet the Doctor

  • Dr.
    Daniel D. Spencer

    Dr. Dan has served on the Contact For Health physician staff since October, 1995.

    Dr. Dan was born on August 8, 1970 to Dr. James C. Spencer Sr. and Beverly (Halpin) Spencer in Adrian, Michigan.  He is named after Dr. Daniel David Palmer, the founder of chiropractic.  He attended Hudson Area High School and graduated as valedictorian in 1988. While in high school, Dan participated in a variety of activities, including:  football, baseball, debate, computer team, National Honor Society, #1 Club, and marching and concert band.  Dr. Dan was also active in Boy Scout Troop 602 in Hudson, Michigan.  In 1987, he attained the rank of 'Eagle Scout.'  He has since served one year as scoutmaster of the troop and as commissioner for the troop.

    He attended Adrian College (MI) on an M&S Manufacturing Co. Scholarship and an Adrian College Presidential Scholarship.  He participated in intramural sports, the Biology Club, and was inducted into Beta Beta Beta Biological Honorary Society.  Dr. Dan joined the Alpha Tau Omega undergraduate fraternity during his freshman year, and twice served as secretary for the organization.  In 1991, the chapter was re-installed at Adrian College, and Dr. Dan was initiated as one of the 're-founding fathers.'  He also served as Chairman of the chapter's Board of Trustees from 1999-2001.  Throughout his Adrian College Career, he worked for the Lenawee (County) Intermediate School District as county debate and forensics league coordinator.  Dr. Dan was named to the Adrian College Dean's List four times, and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology on April 26, 1992.

    Dr. Dan entered Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport, Iowa in July of 1992.  He pledged the Pi Kappa Chi professional fraternity in his first semester, joining his father, Dr. Jim Sr. as a member of the organization.  Serving as secretary of Pi Kappa Chi for two years and participating in intramural sports, among other activities, Dr. Dan was quite active with the group.  He also served as a Boy Scout troop commissioner with the Illowa Council, and Advisor of the Chiropractic Explorer Post at Palmer. This group helps high-school students learn about the requirements of becoming a doctor of chiropractic, and the details of having a career in this field.  Dr. Dan also helped re-form the 'Michigan Club' at Palmer, and served as president of the group for two semesters.   This particular club helps Palmer students learn about chiropractic issues within the state of Michigan. Guest speakers from the state are invited to speak to the club (which Dr. Dan has done several times), and the club often travels to conventions and seminars within the state of Michigan.  Dr. Dan served as a module assistant at the East Hall student clinic during his final semester at Palmer.  He was named to Palmer's Dean's List five times, and graduated on October 13, 1995 as part of the 'Chiropractic Centennial' class.  In addition, he successfully completed the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners, Parts I, II and III.

    While attending Palmer, Dr. Dan earned certification in the Cox Flexion-Distraction Technique.  Approximately 800 doctors worldwide have this certification. The technique itself is an effective treatment for several types of low back and cervical (neck) problems.  It has proven to be the treatment of choice in cases of intervertebral disc herniation.  Dr. Dan assisted the technique's founder and developer, Dr. James Cox of Fort Wayne, Indiana, in teaching a seminar on this technique (Chicago, November '95).

Dr. Daniel David Palmer
founder of chiropractic (1895)
Dr. Dan's namesake

Hudson Tigers
Hudson, MI
High School

Adrian College Bulldogs
Adrian College

Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity
Alpha Tau Omega

Palmer College of Chiropractic
Palmer College of Chiropractic

Following graduation, Dr. Dan joined the practice.  At this time, his father retired from office life.  Dr. Dan has served as Chairman of the Board of the Hudson chapter of the Michigan Jaycees, and has participated in numerous Jaycee activities which benefit the community.  He previously served as Individual Development Vice-President ('96-'97) and President ('97-'98) of the chapter.   He was also a member of the Jackson, Michigan chapter.  Joining his father, Dr. Dan served as team physician for the Jackson Jaguars semi-pro football team (located in Jackson, MI) and later, the Jackson Bombers.  The Bombers advanced to the national semifinal game twice .

Professionally, Dr. Dan is a President's Club member of the Michigan Association of Chiropractors, and was a student-member of the organization while at Palmer.  He has served as secretary, vice-president and president of District 4 (south-central Michigan), as well as director for the district.  At the state level, he has held the positions of Chairman of the Technology Committee and Membership Committee Chairman.  Additionally, Dr. Dan formerly served as Secretary, Treasurer and Second Vice-President for the Michigan Chiropractic Society board, prior to the merger that created the MAC.  Having continued his state involvement after the merger, Dr. Dan continued on in MAC leadership to serve as President (2011-2012), and Chairman of the Board (2013-2014).  In November of 2012, Dr. Dan was elected to the board of a national chiropractic organization, the Congress of Chiropractic State Associations (COCSA).  Having served as Director of District 2, (Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Illinois, Missouri, Indiana and Ohio), he is now Second Vice President in charge of ------------------------.  Dr. Dan was the original author and webmaster of the MCS web site, which won 1st place in the country in the 1998 American Chiropractic Association's (ACA) web site contest, and has continued to garner ACA web site awards for excellence each year since.   Seminars on 'Computer Training' have been given by Dr. Dan at MCS conventions.  In addition to earning the ACA Award for the MCS web site, Dr. Dan has earned a 1998 'ChiroMaster' Award from the publication, 'Dynamic Chiropractic.'

In February of 2001, Dr. Dan was named as a staff physician at Hillsdale Community Health Center in Hillsdale, MI.  This hospital is one of the very first in the state to have Doctors of Chiropractic serving as staff physicians.  This allows greater cooperation among health care providers of different disciplines, and better care options for HCHC's patients.  To date, Dr. Dan maintains active physician status & serves on the Family Practice and Outpatient Services Committees.

On September 6, 2002, Dr. Dan married Michelle Rentner in a ceremony at Hudson's First United Methodist Church, where he is a member.  The two met playing beach volleyball during the summer of 1998 and have been great friends ever since!  The reception was held at Savarino's Next Door in Hillsdale, MI and all present had a wonderful time!  Over twenty fellow chiropractors were in attendance at the event.  The honeymoon was spent on Waikiki Beach on Oahu, Hawaii and on the Big Island.  They live in Hillsdale, Michigan with children Nathan, Katelyn and Nicholas.

Dr. Dan's Favorite Pro & Semi-Pro Teams:
Detroit Red Wings
11 time Stanley Cup Champion
Detroit Red Wings
Detroit Lions
Detroit Lions
( they haven't really
been that great for the
past 60 years, but they're due!)

University of Michigan

The University of Michigan Wolverines
Dr. Dan's favorite team!