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Sherman College of Chiropractic, founded in 1973 by Thom Gelardi, D.C,, is named in honor of Lyle Sherman, D.C., a pioneer in the development of modern chiropractic.

Students in the Sherman College Plaza
Students in the Plaza


The mission of Sherman College of Chiropractic is to educate and prepare students to become doctors of chiropractic. This mission is based upon the college’s core values and is achieved through activities in the areas of education, research and service. We focus on educating, graduating, and supporting skilled, compassionate, ethical and successful doctors of chiropractic


Sherman College graduates practice throughout the U.S. and in 25 other countries. Our alumni have established successful private practices and advance the profession as college presidents, presidents of state and national organizations, members of state boards of chiropractic examiners and as researchers and faculty in chiropractic colleges.

Patient in sherman college chiropractic clinic health center
Patient in chiropractic clinic health center

Health Center

The college operates the Health Center chiropactic clinic where students intern under the supervision of licensed doctors of chiropractic and provide quality, affordable chiropractic care for members of the community.

Continuing Education

Sherman College regularly offers continuing education opportunities for doctors of chiropractic and hosts an annual Lyceum (homecoming) program which brings hundreds of visitors to campus.


The Research Department is housed in the college’s Chiropractic Health Center and works with faculty and students to investigate the vertebral subluxation, analysis for its correction and associated outcomes. The department offers state-of-the-art electrophysiological equipment. The results of projects carried out at Sherman College have been presented at professional conferences around the world and published in national, peer-reviewed scientific journals.

Dr. Edwin Cordero
Dr. Edwin Cordero


Edwin Cordero, D.C., was named Sherman’s fifth president in 2013. Dr. Cordero practiced chiropractic for 19 years after graduating from Life University in 1993; he practiced in Puerto Rico for one year and then built a successful family practice in Lantana, FL. He is bilingual in Spanish and English, and he has mentored students and chiropractors through motivational speaking engagements at chiropractic associations, conferences and other organizations around the world. Sherman College of Chiropractic’s Board of Trustees is a visionary group of chiropractors and other professionals who are dedicated to carrying out the college’s mission, goals and objectives to educate chiropractors, to conduct chiropractic research and to serve humanity with high quality chiropractic care.

Sherman College Sign
Sherman College Sign


The college’s 80-acre campus, accessible from Interstate Highways 26 and 85, is ideally located at the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Spartanburg, SC, which has been named one of Relocate America’s Top 25 Places to Live and Go to School, and rated the top city in South Carolina to live and No. 48 nationally. Sherman is the only chiropractic college in the Carolinas and one of just 18 in the United States.

College Town

Spartanburg is truly a “College Town,” boasting seven other institutions of higher learning that provide opportunities for students interested in a variety of paths. College Town aims to create opportunities for students and institutions to connect with the city; to enhance students’ academic, social and service opportunities through institutional collaborations; to seek programmatic enrichment opportunities among colleges; and to further the missions of member institutions. This exciting collaboration provides many opportunities for improving the quality and the culture of Spartanburg and its students. Sherman College holds membership with the Spartanburg Chamber of Commerce and the College Town Consortium.


See this page for Sherman College accreditation information

Sherman College Seal Logo
Sherman College ADIO Logo

A Symbol of the  Above-Down, Inside-Out (ADIO) Philosophy of Health

The arrows in the Sherman College of Chiropractic logo visually illustrate the idea that health comes from above-down, inside-out (ADIO), which is key to the vitalistic philosophy of chiropractic.

The ADIO philosophy as it relates to chiropractic was first described by B.J. Palmer, son of chiropractic’s founder and the developer of the profession. The ADIO approach to health is what distinguishes chiropractic from many other health professions.

chiropractic education adjusting
Hands-on training for changing lives

Chiropractic principles acknowledge that our bodies have an inborn wisdom that functions through our brain and spinal cord (above-down), and maintains health from within, expressing it in ways we can observe from the outside (inside-out). In other words, health is something that the body already possesses; health is the body’s natural state of being.

Chiropractors are trained to locate, analyze and correct vertebral subluxations which interfere with the communication between the brain and the body. Correcting these vertebral subluxations restores these communication pathways, allowing the body to function at its best.


Sherman College History

Dr. Lyle Sherman
Dr. Lyle Sherman

The college is named for a pioneer in the development of modern chiropractic and former assistant director of the B.J. Palmer Chiropractic Research Clinic in Davenport, Iowa, Dr. Lyle W. Sherman. Dr. Sherman moved to Spartanburg in 1954 to start a private practice in a location close to mountains and beaches.

Established January 11,1973, Sherman College was founded by Dr. Thom Gelardi. He embraced the philosophy of chiropractic and wanted to ensure that its principles prospered and were preserved for future generations. With the help of a chiropractic advisory board comprised of some of the most knowledgeable and respected chiropractors from around the world, Dr. Gelardi created Sherman College.

The college occupied two temporary facilities before building at its current location on Springfield Road in 1977.

Dr. Lyle Sherman sets up for an adjustment as Dr. Thom Gelardi looks on
Dr. Lyle Sherman demonstrates a knee-chest adjustment as Dr. Thom Gelardi looks on

The college campus encompasses 80 acres.

Sherman College has had five presidents, beginning with Dr. Gelardi, from 1973 until 1996, followed by Dr. David Koch, 1997-2000. Dr. Jerry Hardee served from 2001-2005, and Dr. Gelardi was interim president from 2006-2007. Dr. Jon Schwartzbauer, served from 2007-2012. Dr. Edwin Cordero took the reins as the college’s fifth president 2013.

The Scallon Building was constructed first. Sherman added two more academic buildings–the E.C. Taylor Building to house the Chiropractic Health Center and the Olsen Building to accommodate a growing student population.

The college holds full accreditation from the Council on Chiropractic Education, and its graduates practice all across the country and around the world.

It takes a team effort to adjust the world for the future. Sherman College’s leaders strive to be mentors and exemplars of leadership for students and for the profession.

Photo of Edwin Cordero D.C.

Edwin Cordero D.C.


Photo of Neil Cohen D.C.

Neil Cohen D.C.

Executive Vice President

Photo of Robert Irwin A.S., D.C.

Robert Irwin A.S., D.C.


Robert L. Irwin is Vice President for Academic Affairs, Provost,  and an assistant professor of clinical sciences. He has a D.C. from Life (1979) and an A.S. from SouthWestern Michigan College (1976). He has been with the college since 1998 and has taught several clinical science courses over the last 13 years.  He enjoys golf, reading, fishing and playing with his granddaughters.…

Photo of Karen Canup B.A., C.P.A.

Karen Canup B.A., C.P.A.

VP for Business and Finance

The Sherman PRIDE

Larry the Sherman PRIDE
Larry the Sherman PRIDE

A lion stands for truth, strength and leadership.
A PRIDE is a family of lions, and Sherman College is a family.

The Sherman PRIDE mascot is not just a slogan. It’s a symbol and statement of the sense of family that we share at Sherman–faculty, students, alumni, staff and the chiropractic community are all part of that PRIDE.

Sherman PRIDE liom
Sherman PRIDE

At Sherman, everyone knows your name. You get personal attention from faculty members, and you bond with your quarter-mates.

The PRIDE offers many student clubs with opportunities to get involved with upper or lower quarter students and with the local community and alumni.

These opportunities for networking and learning help you find your best path in chiropractic.

Our PRIDE reflects the college’s vision statement, which is “Adjusting the World for a Better Future.” The mission of the college is to educate and prepare students to become doctors of chiropractic and is achieved through activities in the areas of education, research and service.

We aim to be the leader in bringing chiropractic to the world by educating, graduating and supporting chiropractors who are compassionate, competent, ethical and successful.

ROAR: Reach Out And Recruit for Sherman College
Reach out and Recruit for Sherman


That is truly a goal we can take PRIDE in. Alumni, show your PRIDE by being a member of our ROAR program to recruit future chiropractors.

Our Mascot, Larry the Sherman PRIDE, loves to visit at student events, Lyceum and local career fairs when he can work it into his schedule.

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For more information, contact Karen Rhodes at 800-849-8771 or 864-578-8770, ext. 242.