Senior staff writer
Greenwood chiropractor Dr. Leanne Schlueter missed the 2012 Summer Olympics in London but promised herself that she would be at the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Schlueter opened her new office, Greenwood Family Chiropractic at State Road 135 and Fairview Road, in January 2012. The graduate of Palmer College of Chiropractic in Iowa knew several professionals who wanted her to help America’s athletes that year.
“I had hopes, dreams, prayers and ownership,” Schlueter recalled. “I knew zero people here; I had zero employees; and I had zero patients. I had friends who wanted me to go, but I couldn’t leave the new office for two weeks then.”
She has dominant USA banner in her office and a bulletin board where she has been tearing off her countdown in days to Rio. Soon the days will be down to zero.
She explained that a core of doctors near the USA Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo., provides most of the care.
“I will be doing so much more than taking care of their aches and pains,” said Schlueter, who emphasized that most wrestlers would not have much time between matches for full recovery. “They want to be at their best in terms of optimum sports performance – reaction time, blood flow, neurological, nutritional components. Their needs are multiple, but they want the healing process to be faster.”
Being part of the maximized living program, a new approach to chiropractic care, has introduced her to some scenarios that she will experience in Rio. Maximized living, especially for athletes, emphasizes a balanced approach to wellness and health so they can compete at the highest level.
“When athletes reach this stage, they perform at the highest of their ability,” Schlueter said. “They have been trained, and they have such a refined skill set. Our prime function is to make sure they are taking the right steps to prepare for their next competition.”
The former high school and collegiate soccer player is hopeful that she and other doctors will be able to see other Olympic events next month and possibly tour Rio.
“I am more humbled to be a part of this,” Schlueter said. “I don’t have to go but this is such a great opportunity; to be asked to go there is an amazing experience. Not too many can say they get to go to the Olympics in this capacity.”
Schlueter and her husband, Brice, live in Greenwood. He serves in the Marines Special Operations Command, based at Camp Lejuene, N.C. He recently returned home from his fifth tour of duty.
Before coming to Greenwood she had searched for a suburb near a large city to open a new practice. She selected Greenwood after talking with a real estate agent through the Greater Greenwood Chamber of Commerce.
“I loaded up my cat and came here,” she said. “At first I was a little girl in a big town, but here it seems everybody knows each other. Since then I’ve built a great network of holistic friends on the Southside; the growth has been exponential.”
She also is host of a radio program, “Maximize Your Life With Dr. Leanne,” which airs Saturdays at 9 a.m. and Sundays at 8 p.m. on Freedom 95.
Having grown up in a south Chicago suburb (Frankfort), the chiropractor seems right at home in Greenwood.
She enjoys suburban living and is within 30 minutes of Indianapolis International Airport for travel. And she readily admits that she probably won’t have time to pack until the night before she leaves for Rio.