A question as to how the Clinic was started is often asked of the Doctors. Dr McDonagh started doing Chelation Therapy in the late 1960s and one of the 5 Doctors in the country that pioneered the use of this therapy. At that time it was done in the Hospital so Dr McDonagh would test the patient thoroughly and noticed changes in the patients that were just short of remarkable. At that same time Dr. Rudolph was finishing his PhD, summa cum laude, in Biochemistry and had taken a Job as assistant Professor of Biochemistry at the newly established Osteopathic Medical school in Fort Worth, Texas. Dr Rudolph soon realized that he would like more patient contact so after 2 years of teaching, he went back to Medical School in Fort Worth teaching at the same time for the next 3 years. As Dr Rudolphs PhD thesis was on Vitamin E, he found that the nutritional background allowed him to learn nutritional therapies and lecture at Medical meetings which helped him put himself through school. He met Dr McDonagh on an airplane on the way from Chicago to Grand Rapids, Michigan where Dr McDonagh was attending and Dr Rudolph was lecturing and they became friends. Then one day, after Dr Rudolph finished his medical training, Dr Rudolph walked into Dr McDonaghs office and they had lunch. Dr Rudolph asked if Dr McDonagh needed a partner and he responded let me think about it and we will meet for lunch tomorrow. At that meeting he said YES and that it how it all began.
Dr McDonagh was in a small facility (2,000 square feet) in North Kansas City and after six months it was obvious that the space was inadequate. Within six months they constructed a 10,000 sq ft facility in 1978 to which they added on 6.000 sq ft within a year. The facility was remodeled in 2008 and currently encompass over 10,000 square feet of space.
The combination of Dr. McDonaghs pioneering spirit and Dr. Rudolphs advanced degrees in Biochemistry led to the collection of data that eventually were the result of our published papers on EDTA Chelation Therapy. Sadly, Dr. Rudolph passed away in the summer of 2018. Dr. Wennerstrom continues to operate the practice in its current location.