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Alumni Profile - Dr. Tara Linder

Dr. Tara Linder

Alumni Profile - Dr. Tara Linder

Dr. Tara Linder, valedictorian of Palmer College of Chiropractic in 1994, contributes her success at Palmer to hard work, self-discipline, and to her academic background (especially in science) to Sauk Valley Community College. Linder (A.S., 1991) says, “I was well-prepared for my next level of education. In fact, many times I felt as though I was reviewing scientific topics while others were learning it for the first time.”

Dr. Linder earned an Associate in Science with a focus on pre-professional medicine in 1991. She then transferred to Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport, Iowa, where she finished a Bachelor of Science and a Doctorate of Chiropractic. Currently, she owns her own business, Linder Chiropractic Clinic, in Wyanet.

"I attended Sauk because of its reputation in preparing students in the field of science and also because my aunt worked at the College and was always bragging about it,” explained Linder. “I took numerous science courses throughout my two years and had wonderful professors.  I spent “countless” hours in the chemistry and biology labs, which really taught me a lot about self-discipline. After all, it would have been a lot more fun to be out with friends doing almost anything rather than struggling over a test tube to identify some unknown substance for chemistry or dissecting a cat for biology!”

Following graduation at Palmer College, Linder began her chiropractic career working in an associate practice for seven years with two other doctors in Princeton – one of those doctors also being a graduate from Sauk and Palmer. It soon became apparent to Linder that she wanted to venture out and start her own practice. She remembers this being a leap of faith, but, with the support of family and friends, she started her own Clinic in May, 2001.

Linder says that it never occurred to her to “not” get a college degree even though she was the first person in her immediate family to go beyond high school.

"I cannot remember exactly when I first knew I wanted to be a chiropractor, but it felt as though I always knew that I would get a college degree. And just like their motto says, Sauk makes it possible, but I made it happen!”

On the night she received her associate’s degree she did indeed walk proudly across the stage to get her diploma because as she says, “I was excited about getting that much closer to accomplishing my dream of becoming a chiropractor and I knew that Sauk had prepared me well.”

When asked if she would do it the same way all over again, Linder explained that it would have been easier to just be a student rather than a wife, mother and student all at one time,

But “yes, I would definitely attend Sauk Valley Community College if I had it to do over,” she said. “Sauk gave me the courage and the education to be where I am today. So, I encourage others to not be afraid to start at a community college because it will prepare them well and bring them one-step closer to their goals –whatever they might be.”