"Jackson Michigan's Husband and Wife Chiropractic Team"
Doctor Eric

Dr. Eric V. Schonhard


My passion for a career in chiropractic started in Jr. High School.  Jackson chiropractor Dr. Ralph Hartman adjusted me and the results were fantastic.

When I was in the 7th grade at the Jackson Catholic Middle School, I developed a very intense neck pain that greatly limited my normal range of motion.  The intense pain and restriction lasted for over a week.  My father was a patient of Dr. Ralph's and he took me to his chiropractic clinic.  He evaluated my condition and then he adjusted me.  The next day I was completely back to normal.  A chiropractor, with the use of only his hands, adjusted me and I had almost instant relief.  This experience planted the chiropractic seed.  Chiropractic first, drugs second, and surgery last.


Dr. Eric was born and raised in Jackson, MI.  He attended Queen's Elementary, Jackson Catholic Middle School, and graduated from Lumen Christi High School in 1986.  He attended Jackson Community College and transferred to Palmer College of Chiropractic where he graduated in 1992.  He has been recognized and certified by the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners as being proficient in all levels of chiropractic.  He is a member of the Michigan Association of Chiropractors


  • Diversified Technique - This technique is the most commonly used of all chiropractic techniques and is the one probably most familiar to patients.  The diversified chiropractic adjustment entails a high-velocity, low-amplitude thrust that can result in a cavitation of a joint (i.e. a quick, shallow thrust that causes the "popping" noise associated with a chiropractic adjustment).  As the name implies, the diversified technique can be used to treat many of the joints in the body. 
  • Thompson Technique - This technique was developed by chiropractor Dr. J. Clay Thompson and combines precise chiropractic adjustments with high levels of patient comfort.  The table is often referred to as a "drop table."  Different sections of the table gently give way reducing the force needed to adjust the spine.  Chiropractors around the world use this technique because of its precision and patient results. 
  • Cox Flexion/Distraction Technique - If you are suffering from low back and or leg pain and do not want to pursue surgery, the Cox Flexion/Distraction technique offers a great chiropractic option.  It is considered a safe, effective alternative to back surgery and helps restore range of motion to the joints in the low back, bringing the spine into alignment.  Treatment is performed on a special chiropractic table that flexes and bends various muscles and joints.  It is commonly used to restore herniated discs, facet joint range of motion, and improve posture.  

Curriculum Vitae

1992 Doctor of Chiropractic, Palmer College, Davenport, IA
Motion Palpation Club
Gonstead Club
Pi Kappa Chi
Palmer Baseball Team

1992-1993: Carrolltown, PA-Associateship at Gormish Chiropractic Center
1993-present: Jackson, MI- Private Practice


1991-Certified, Clinical Orthopedics of the Upper Extremity
Dr. M.R. Mally, Davenport, IA

Michigan Association of Chiropractors

1993- Palmer College
--Chiropractic Care for Children - 4 credits
--Congenital Anomalies and Variants - 4 credits
--Imaging of the Spine - 4 credits
--Low back Differential Diagnosis - 4 credits
--Tum Around Strategies for the 90's - 3 credits

1994- Romulus, MI - Dr. Barry Markson for Risk Management
--Exceeding the Standard of Care - 12 credits

1995- Romulus, MI - Dr. Paul Markey
--Low Back/Disc Conference - 12 credits

1996 Jackson, MI - District IIIMCS
--I- General Nutrition - Patricia Malcheff- 1/17/96 - Y2 credit
--II- Spinal Bio-mechanics - Brian Kostelnic, D.C. 2-14-96 - Y2 credit
--III-Record Keeping - Dr. Kirk Lee - Y2 credit
--IV-Curriculum Vitae- James Sommers, D.C. - 7/10/96 - Y2 credit
--V- Chiropractic Philosophy - Robert Gehly, D.C. - Y2 credit
--VI- Protect Your Back - Dr. Jerald Flinn - Y2 credit
--VII-Surface EMG - Warren Atkinson, D.C. Y2 credit

1996- Troy, MI - District lIIMCS-Oct. 4-6th
--The Chiropractic Connection, New Doctor Seminar, Professional Boundaries Seminar, Medicare Seminar - 12 credits

1997- Jackson, MI-District IIIMCS:
--I-l/8/97-Chiropractic in the 90's - Dr. Fedesna-l/2 credit
--II-3/12/97-Applied Kinesiology - Dr. George Koffeman-l/2 credit
--III-4/9/97-Chiropractic in Pediatrics - Dr. Donna Craft-l/2 credit

1997- Kalamazoo, MI-MCS Spring Convention-April 26-27th
--Pediatrics-Dr. Donna Craft- 4 credits
--Perpetual Practice-Greg Stanley - 8 credits

1998- Grand Rapids, MI
--Spring Convention-May 15-17th-12 credits

1998- Troy, MI
--MCS Fall Convention-Oct. 23-25th- 12 credits, Markey Spine Symposium, Successful Practice

1999- Grand Rapids, MI
--Children and Allergies-12 credits

1999- Grand Rapids, MI
--Orthopedic and Neurological Evaluation-8 credits

2000- Certified Chiropractic Sports Physician Program
--February-CCSP-12 credits
--March-CCSP-12 credits
--June-CCSP-12 credits
--July-CCSP-12 credits
--August-CCSP-12 credits
--Dec.-CCSP-12 credits

2000- Mt. Pleasant, MI
--MCS Spring Convention, April-12 credits

2001- Mt. Pleasant, MI
--MCS Spring Convention, April 12 credits

2002- Romulus, MI
--Gonstead Full Spine Adjusting Technique- 12 credits

2003- MCS Spring Convention-April
--Busting Your Rut-4 credits
--Stress to the Human Skeleton-4 credits
--Soft Tissue of the Spine-4 credits

2003- Detroit, MI
--Sept. 13-14th-Activator Method-12 credits

2004- Okemos, MI
--Jan. 22-Case Management & Documentation-3 credits

2004- Battle Creek, MI

--Feb.21-How Big is Your Subluxation-12 credits

2005-0kemos, MI
--Feb. 26-Basic Radiology to Advanced Imaging-12 credits

2006-0kemos, MI
--Feb. 4-5th-Thoracic Radiology-12 credits

2006- Okemos, MI
--Mar. 11-12th -Radiology Session 4- 110 Conditions commonly seen in the Chiropractic Office-12 credits

2006- Okemos, MI

--Mar. 25-26th- Radiology Session 5- 110 Conditions commonly seen in the Chiropractic Office-12 credits

2007- MAC Spring Convention

--April 27-29th-4 CE's Riekman: Chiro. Leadership, Personal Empowerment., 1 CE Sanna & Lewin: Chiro. Treatment Protocols., 4 CE's Fors: Pain Management (Adjusting Tech.), 3 CE's Sommers: Ethics/Professional Boundaries & Conduct., 4 CE's Seaman: Golf and Back Pain

2008- Traverse City, MI
--MAC Spring Convention-April 25-27th - 16 credits - Ethics, Sexual Boundaries, Pain and Symptom Management

2009- Dearborn, MI
--MAC Spring Convention-May 1-3rd-16 credits
--Risk Management
--Sexual Boundaries
--Pain Management

2010- Traverse City, MI
--MAC Spring Convention-April 23-25th-16 credits


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