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James Spencer, B.S., D.C.

Dr. Jim was born in Montpelier, Ohio, to Jim Sr. and Beverly Spencer. He graduated from Hudson Area High School in 1977. Upon graduating, Dr. Jim served in the United States Navy for eight years. He completed basic training at Great Lakes Recruit Training Command in Chicago, Illinois. From there, he attended aviation ordinance school in Millington, Tennessee. In March of 1978, Dr. Jim reported aboard the U.S.S. Forestall CV-59, an aircraft carrier based in Mayport, Florida. He was assigned to weapons department G-3 (ship's magazines). On board the Forestall, he made three deployments to the Mediterranean Sea. Before separating in July of 1981, Dr. Jim obtained the rank of E5/Second-Class Petty Officer. He remained a member of the active reserve in Pueblo, Colorado, until re-enlisting in the active Navy in November of 1982. Upon returning to active duty, Dr. Jim attended NavVet (Navy Veteran) training at San Diego Recruit Training Command in California. From there, he reported to the U.S.S. John F. Kennedy CV-67, based in Norfolk, Virginia, and was assigned to weapons department G-3 (ship's magazine).

He crossed the Equator in the Fall of '83, and earned the distinction of becoming a 'shellback.' After a short stay in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, the Kennedy was deployed to the Eastern Mediterranean Sea to serve with the multi-national peacekeeping forces in Lebanon. Dr. Jim earned the rank of E6/First-Class Petty Officer (AO1) during this time. He was awarded the good conduct medal, Navy Achievement medal, and an Expeditionary medal, as well as numerous other service ribbons. Dr. Jim received his second discharge in November of 1984. While serving in the Navy, Dr. Jim met Janet Shrope of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The two were married in August 1985, in Hudson, Michigan.  Dr. Jim is a lifetime member of the American Legion Post 180, and a lifetime member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post 3730, as well as a lifetime member of AMVETS.  Dr. Jim is also a lifetime member of the USS Forestall association.

In January of 1986, Dr. Jim began attending Jackson Community College (Jackson, Michigan), and earned a degree in Business Management in December of 1987. While attending JCC, he served as scoutmaster of Boy Scout Troop 602 in Hudson, and completed his Woodbadge training in 1989. He then completed his pre-chiropractic requirements at JCC. In February 1988, Dr. Jim and Jan became the proud parents of a daughter, Danielle Ashley Spencer. In July of 1989, Dr. Jim matriculated at Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport, Iowa. While there, Dr. Jim joined the Pi Kappa Chi professional fraternity, and served as secretary and president. Drawing from his involvement in Boy Scouts, he served as a unit commissioner for the Illowa Council, and started the Chiropractic Explorer Post, based at Palmer. Dr. Jim graduated from Palmer in October of 1992. In addition to earning his D.C. (Doctor of Chiropractic) degree, he earned a B.S. degree in science, and earned diplomate status with the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners. Dr. Jim is board eligible for a diplomate in Chiropractic Radiology, a three-hundred hour program. He has served two years as team physician for the Jackson Jaguars semi-pro football team. In December 1993, a son was born at home, and was named Derek Palmer Spencer. Dr. Jim delivered his second son, Dominic Michael, at home in September 1997. In February of 2001, Dr. Jim 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.  Dr. Jim serves on the Family Practice Committees.  Dr. Jim is a member of the Michigan Association of Chiropractors. Dr. Jim was one of the first members of the Hudson Jaycees, serving as the chapter's charter president.  He has been a member of the Hudson city planning commission for the past 17 years.

While in college Dr. Jim took up the art of woodcarving.  He is a founding member of Gallery 49 an artist co-op art gallery.  He has traveled to Japan several times to attend carving workshops.  Dr. Jim also competes at the world bird carving competition receiving 2 honorable mentions in the advanced category, the world fish carving competition receiving a 2nd place in class open division.  Dr. Jim is a charter member of the Lenawee County (MI) Woodcarvers, and has served as secretary/treasurer of the club and also belongs to the National Woodcarvers Association and National Fish carvers Guild. He also is a member of the Spencer Historical and Genealogical Society.  Dr. Jim has always loved history and has been very involved in the 'living history' of the Civil War, re-enacting a soldier from the 18th Michigan Volunteer Infantry.  Currently he and his family also re-enact the French and Indian War with the 42nd Royal Highlanders.

Dr. Jim's family is also very involved in re-creating their Scottish ancestral heritage. Dr. Jim plays the highland bagpipes in the Hillsdale College pipe & drum band, Tulloch Ard. He also sings in a Scottish folk group.


Kara Warren, B.A., D.C.

Dr. Kara was born in Adrian, Michigan, to Dr. James Sr. and Beverly Spencer of Hudson, Michigan. She attended Hudson area schools where she was involved in band, Students Against Drunk Drivers, Peer Listening, a mentor tutoring program to elementary students, Yearbook committee, Amnesty International, Debate, Forensics, the National Honor Society and the Gifted & Talented program.  She graduated from Hudson Area High School in 1992 as class Salutatorian, and received the John Phillips Sousa award and the National Honor Society scholarship that year.   Upon graduating from high school, Dr. Kara moved to Sarasota, Florida and attended the University of South Florida (USF) in Tampa where she received an honors tuition waiver.  While at USF she was inducted into the Themis Honor Society, the Golden Key National Honor Society, served as Secretary and treasurer of the Anthropology Club and was on the Dean’s List of Scholars eight times.  She represented USF at the American Anthropological Association meeting located in San Francisco, California in 1994.  She graduated from USF with honors in 1996 with a bachelor’s degree in Anthropology/Archaeology.  In 2000 Dr. Kara gave birth to her daughter, Arianna.

After many years of working and moving to various states, including a brief stint in England, Dr. Kara desired a career that would allow her to help people, but not require her to move around so much.  She did not want to keep moving her daughter from school to school.  Dr. Kara grew up in a chiropractic family, and received her first adjustment from her father, Dr. James Spencer, Sr. when she was less than 20 minutes old.  She has utilized chiropractic care as her main form of health care ever since. This, along with her knowledge of the human skeletal structure from her work as an archaeologist, made a career in chiropractic a natural choice.  In July 2008 she moved her family to Eldridge, Iowa so she would be able to attend Scott Community College in order to pick up a few specific classes she still needed in order to enter Chiropractic College.

In March of 2009 she matriculated at Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport, Iowa.  While at Palmer, Dr. Kara was a member of the Michigan Club, and also served as the Vice President of the Pediatric Club.  Following a personal tragedy (stillborn baby) in February 2010, she became involved with the local chapter of Share (support group for infant loss) and assisted in establishing the first and planning consecutive Walks for Remembrance and Hope.  While Dr. Kara was attending Palmer, her husband, Andrew, decided to enroll in the Chiropractic Technologist program.  He graduated in June of 2011.  In June of 2012, Dr. Kara traveled to the Islands of Fiji in the South Pacific to provide chiropractic care to the island natives who do not have regular access to health care.  She found this trip to be rewarding and an excellent opportunity to hone her adjusting skills.  While at Palmer she became certified in Nimmo Receptor-Tonus technique, which addresses muscle tone dysfunction and eventually took over the planning and organizing of the Receptor-Tonus seminars held three times a year, and assisted with instruction at the seminars.  She also became certified in Webster’s technique, which is a specific chiropractic analysis and series of adjustments to reduce the effects of sacral subluxations / SI joint dysfunction.  She was on the Dean’s List of Scholars five times while at Palmer.  Dr. Kara graduated from Palmer in February 2013 with a Doctor of Chiropractic degree.  She is Board Certified through the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners.

Dr. Kara has been a member of the Michigan Association of Chiropractors since 2009 when she joined as a student member. She has been a member of the American Chiropractic Association since 2010 and a member of the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association since 2012. In June of 2015 Dr. Kara again traveled to Fiji to care for the underprivileged; however, this time she went as an adjunct professor for Palmer and supervised students providing care.

Dr. Kara and Andrew adopted a daughter in 2018 who they had fostered since December 14, 2016 when she was 7 weeks old.  Her name is Araya, and she has brought a ton of joy to the family!  Dr. Kara enjoys woodcarving and pyrography (wood burning) in her spare time, and has won several awards for her work.  She is a member of the National Woodcarvers Association.  Dr. Kara formerly celebrated her Scottish ancestral heritage by singing in the Scottish folk group, Koanyach, in which she also played the Bodhrάn (a Celtic drum). Each Christmas since 2012 she has joined the Hudson Community Choir in performing a Christmas Cantata held at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Hudson.  She also enjoys reenacting the French & Indian war with the 42nd Royal Highlanders and has been a member of the Northwest Territory Living History Society since 2006.  Dr. Kara and her husband are members of Grace Community Church in Bryan, OH and enjoy being involved in various committees and activities there.

Janet Spencer, A.S.C.T., R.T. (A.C.R.R.T.)

Janet (Shrope) grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and was living there when she met Dr. Jim.  After dating, they eventually married and started their new life together in Hudson, Michigan.  Jan and Dr. Jim have three children; Danielle (Webster), Derek and Dominic.  Danielle and her husband Kyle have 2 children; Desmond (Des) who was born September of 2008, and Leonidas (Leo) who was born in August of 2012. Derek and Dominic attended Hudson High School.   While Dr. Jim was attending Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport, IA Jan enrolled in the Chiropractic Technologist program at Palmer.  It was here that she learned what it is like to work in a chiropractic office, learned how to take x-rays, perform orthopedic/ neurological exams and also learned billing insurance/ office procedures. She graduated in June of 1992.  She has been working with Dr. Jim ever since, and now supports Dr. Kara as well.


Arianna Spencer-Tilley, C.A.