Dr. Mike VanDeWalle is the “original” Dr. VanDeWalle (Dr. Audrey’s father). He is a native of Davenport Iowa and moved to Austin in 1980 for its great weather and active outdoor lifestyle. He has over 40 years of experience as a doctor. He first received his B.S. in Mathematics at William Penn College and then went on to Palmer College of Chiropractic for his doctorate of chiropractic.
While at Palmer he had the opportunity to study the “Gonstead Technique” under Dr. Clarence Gonstead. Dr. Mike also participated in the highly coveted internship position at the Troxel Gonstead Clinic and then practiced in that clinic for a short time afterwards. He has taught and mentored many Gonstead practitioners throughout the years and has an excellent record as a doctor and mentor throughout the country.
Dr. Mike’s favorite part about practice is 1) seeing the changes and improvements in his patients health and 2) taking care of the whole family. Through the years – Dr. Mike has treated generations of families.
Involvement in community activities plays an important role in Dr. VanDeWalle’s life. He has coached rugby, basketball, and little league baseball, and served as chairman on the War on Drugs Committee for the Balcones Lions Club. Also, the Texas Jaycees honored Dr. VanDeWalle for originating and developing the Adopt a Nursing Home project and was selected to Outstanding Young Men of America. He has also served as Education Chair for the Capitol Area Texas Association of Business.
Professionally Dr. VanDeWalle has held several association officer positions and is a former editor of the Texas Journal of Chiropractic. In addition he has conducted extremity adjusting and athletic injury seminars for the chiropractic profession and has participated as a team teacher for Workers Compensation Reduction Seminars sponsored by the Texas Safety Association and the Austin Chamber of Commerce. Dr. VanDeWalle, a BACKSAFE affiliate and instructor, trains employees on safe work habits for several local business and government entities. Peak Performance and Stress Reduction education and training classes are available and encouraged for all his patients. Dr. VanDeWalle has always maintained the philosophy that the greatest service a professional can provide is to prevent what he treats.
For the 2004 Olympics, Dr. VanDeWalle was selected as a treating doctor for the WGADC (World’s Greatest Athlete Decathlon Club) who placed two of its members in Greece. He was also selected as the team doctor for the first ever American Football Exhibition Tour of Europe, featuring the first meeting of U.S. and German football teams. Dr. VanDeWalle has also participated as a consultant and team doctor for the Austin Independent School District, local soccer clubs, and the Austin Cyclones professional basketball team.
As an athlete himself, Dr. VanDeWalle played in the National Collegiate Rugby Finals on the rugby first fifteen at Palmer College of Chiropractic. He was a starter on the basketball team at William Penn College. He was named to Outstanding College Athletes of America in 1970. After moving to Austin Dr. VanDeWalle continued to play AAU basketball and rugby for the Austin Blacks Rugby Football Club.
William Penn College – B.A. Mathematics 1971
Palmer College of Chiropractic – D.C. 1976
American Chiropractic Association (Member)
Business Industrial Chiropractic Services (Member)
International Academy of Chiropractic Occupational Health Consultants (Member)
National Board of Chiropractic Examiners (Diplomat)
Texas Chiropractic Association (Member)
Travis County Chiropractic Society (Member)