The Doctors

Dr. Joseph Birdwell

Doctor of Chiropractic

Education, Achievements, and Community Activities

Dr. Joseph Birdwell graduated from Alcoa High School, The University of Tennessee, and did his post graduate degree studies at Palmer College of Chiropractic receiving his Doctorate of Chiropractic degree in 1975. He served his internship at the Palmer College Clinic in Davenport Iowa. He and his wife started practicing Chiropractic Health Care in Stevens Point, WI and together developed one of the largest practices in the state. Dr. Birdwell and his family moved back to Tennessee in 1987. Since then, Dr. Birdwell has been voted and recognized as the Best Chiropractor in Blount County 7 of the past 8 years by The DailyTimes Readers Choice Awards.

In line with his continuing commitment to service, Dr. Birdwell feels that post graduate education is important and has received many hours of education above and beyond his degree in Orthopedics, Diagnostic Radiology, Rehabilitation, and Extremity treatment. He is also certified by the American Red Cross as an instructor in the "Protect your Back" program and in Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers. As a Certified Independent Medical Examiner he has served as a consultant for workers compensation insurance for Sentry Insurance Co. His professional activities have included serving on the Tennessee Chiropractic Board of Directors, Peer Review, Workers Compensation, Industrial Relations, and Legislative Committees. He is a current member of the American Chiropractic Association, Tennessee Chiropractic Association, Tennessee Valley Chiropractic Association, and The Blount County Chamber of Commerce. Dr. Birdwell was honored in 2001 by receiving the Heritage Award signifying lifetime achievement for outstanding service and commitment to the people of Tennessee by the Tennessee Chiropractic Association.

Personal Life

Dr. Birdwell is happily married to his wife Denice and they have two grown children. During his free time, he enjoys raising and training German Shorthaired Pointers and participates in upland game hunting. He is a life member of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and Bass Anglers Sportsman’s Society. Continuing in his passion for hunting, he is also an active member of the North American Versatile Hunting Dog Association and a member of the Board of Directors of Quail Unlimited #601. He is an active member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church and is a past assistant scoutmaster of BSA Troop 88. To continue the tradition of excellence, his daughter Dr. Kara has joined him in practice.


Dr. Kara Birdwell

Doctor of Chiropractic

Dr. Kara Birdwell graduated from Maryville High School and went on to complete her bachelors degree at Lenoir-Rhyne College in North Carolina. After graduation, she attended Palmer College of Chiropractic in Iowa where she received her Doctor of Chiropractic Degree. She completed internships at the Palmer College Clinics in Davenport, the Clinic Abroad program in Brazil and at Birdwell Chiropractic Clinic.

Dr. Kara is thrilled to be back in the area. She is a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Maryville and is looking forward to becoming more active in the community.