Dr. Robert A. Null was born in Springfield, Ill., and graduated from East Detroit High School in 1939. While in high school, he suffered a hip injury which was misdiagnosed until he went to a chiropractor (Dr. L.F. Brown), which led him to an interest in the field of chiropractic.
He graduated from Palmer Chiropractic College (Davenport, Iowa) in 1942. In 1942 he entered the U.S. Navy, serving in World War II as Pharmacist Mate First Class. He saw duty in the Pacific Theater on the USS Crescent City and the USS Lauderdale where he took care of wounded soldiers, including at the Battle of Okinawa.
Following the war, he taught Human Dissection at National College of Chiropractic, receiving a Doctor of Chiropractic and Naturopathic Degree from National College in 1948. He opened his first Chiropractic practice in Oscoda, Michigan.
In Feb. 1949, Dr. Null visited Independence, Kansas, to view some X-ray equipment that was for sale. While riding the train from Kansas City he visited with Donald Stewart, V.P. of Union Gas Co. Stewart promoted the community of Independence as an amazing place to live and raise a family. Upon his arrival, Dr. Null found Stewart’s glowing recommendation of the community to be true, and he also enjoyed the beautiful February weather. When he relayed the news of his trip to his wife, Ronaele, who had remained in knee-deep snow in Michigan, she readily agreed to move.
Later that year, Dr. Null purchased the Chiropractic practice of Dr. Charles Burns and set up his office on the second floor of the Citizens National Bank building in Independence. A year later, he had a patient that was not responding to his treatment, so he sent her to the neighboring city of Coffeyville, where Dr. Herb George, who would become a lifelong friend, used the Grostic technique. The patient responded well to his treatment. This encouraged Dr. Null to learn more about the Grostic technique. Dr. Null then studies under Dr. John D. Grostic in Ann Arbor, Michigan, to also learn the Grostic technique.
In 1969 he moved the practice to the current location at 204 E. Chestnut.
In 1999, Dr. R. E. Null was honored for 50 years of dedication and service in the chiropractic profession by the Kansas Chiropractic Association. He retired later that year.
Dr. R.E. Null died in 2006, but his legacy remains.