DILWORTH-Legacy is more than the name of a new chiropractic clinic here-it's a reflection of the practitioner's family lineage stretching back before the field was even founded.

Broderick Schmidt opened Legacy Chiropractic and Wellness in December after earning degrees from the University of Minnesota-Crookston and Northwestern Health Sciences University in Bloomington, Minn.

The 26-year-old took over the practice of David Kreps, leasing the retired chiropractor's clinic at 1675 Center Ave. W. in front of the AXIS Clinicals building.

Schmidt knew from a young age he wanted to work in health care, but it wasn't until his college years that he realized he was called to be a chiropractor and become the sixth generation in the profession.

"The ability to help people and heal people with your hands is just amazing to me," he said.

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The clinic will hold an open house this week during regular business hours to introduce Schmidt, a native of Marion, S.D., to the community.

Family tradition

Even before he knew what he wanted to do, Schmidt was familiar with the benefits of the manipulation of bones to treat sports injuries and aches.

His father, Bradley Schmidt, was a chiropractor, continuing the family legacy that had been carried out previously by his father, Robert Schmidt, as well as three generations before that beginning with Derk Tieszen Sr. in 1874-decades before D.D. Palmer founded this field of alternative medicine in 1895.

Things have changed in the years since Tieszen was known as a Knockenartz, or "bonesetter." In addition to board certifications and higher education requirements now, Schmidt said chiropractic care is seen as a complement to orthopedics, massage therapy, physical therapy and general medicine.

Still, much of the work is similar to what his ancestor did in 1874.

"As far as adjusting and the techniques, I think that has remained pretty well the same," he said. "Basically the only thing I would say that's changed is the technology."

It wasn't always a sure thing that Schmidt would become a chiropractor. His father died in 2008, and because he was too young to know what he'd want to do as an adult, the family's Edward D. Tieszen Clinic in Marion was sold.

As he got older, he said the family name and history became more important to him, and he was drawn to the profession.

He got to restart the family legacy in Dilworth with a connection he made through his wife, a native of Moorhead. His wife's family went to Kreps, the chiropractor who used to practice in what is now his clinic. When he heard Schmidt was in school, he suggested Schmidt take over his practice.

For now, Schmidt said he's starting out small. His clinic has a massage therapist now, and he has room to add another massage therapist and a physical therapist to complement his work.

He'd like to grow the business to become a complete wellness center that could include a nutritionist, multiple personal trainers and more.

No matter what happens, Schmidt said his focus on "aggressive" adjustment but "conservative" and limited treatments to help his patients will remain the same.

"To be able to heal with your hands and pull someone off the table and they feel 100 times better, it's just great," he said.

Business profile

What: Legacy Chiropractic and Wellness

Where: 1675 Center Ave. W., Dilworth

Hours: 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday; 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday; 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday

Phone: (218) 236-1187

Online: https://www.facebook.com/MoorheadDilworthChiropractor/