Dr. Larry Troxell graduated from Palmer College of Chiropractic in the fall of 1967. In January of 1968 he opened his practice in Davenport, IA. Dr. Troxell spent much time learning from his mentor Dr. Gonstead. He attended approximately 100 seminars and spent time at the Gonstead clinic learning firsthand the methodologies. Dr. Troxell passed this knowledge and experience onto eager students as they worked in his office. These groups of students would evolve into what is known as the Troxell Intern Program, where Palmer students devoted their time and energies to learn and teach the Gonstead Method of adjusting.
In 1977, Dr. Gonstead started Gonstead Advanced Technique (GAT). Dr. Gonstead wanted his teachings to continue so seminars were organized for people to attend in order to fulfill this wish. Three of these seminars were held before C.S. Gonstead passed away in 1978. Dr. Gonstead left endorsements of his teachings to four doctors in writing. These four Doctors were Dr. John Thatcher, Dr. Dale Applegate, Dr.Tim Obert, and Dr. Larry J. Troxell.
In the early 1980’s, the not-for-profit organization, Gonstead Methodology Institute (GMI) was spawned from GAT. GMI organized and began holding four seminars a year to teach the Gonstead System to doctors of chiropractic, Troxell interns and other interested students. There have been approximately 150 seminars to date and counting.
The Troxell Intern program began over 40 years ago, and the program is still going strong. There are 1,000+ interns that have graduated from Palmer and then went into practice.
In addition to Dr. Lawlor’s brother and sister who are also Gonstead chiropractors, he considers Dr. Larry Troxell to be one of his greatest mentors. Not only did Dr. Lawlor have Dr. Troxell as his family chiropractor growing up, he also went on to work with Dr. Troxell in a work-study program during high school. This is where Dr. Lawlor’s passion for chiropractic really ignited. Dr. Lawlor enrolled in Palmer College of Chiropractic and later became a Troxell Intern himself. In fact, Dr. Lawlor was even voted amongst his peers as head intern of the program. Being a Troxell Intern takes real dedication; in addition to his normal school curriculum, Dr. Lawlor spent 15+ hours per week (every Wednesday and Friday night, every Sunday afternoon and various seminars or workshops on certain Saturdays) utilizing and teaching Gonstead’s work. Dr. Lawlor feels this training was the single most important aspect of his chiropractic education.