Dr. Palmer grew up in Ottumwa, Iowa and wanted to be a veterinarian from a young age after reading a memoire by English country vet, James Herriott. He graduated from Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1994 and started at Burr Ridge Veterinary Clinic that same year. He enjoys meeting new pet families and partnering with them to develop a joint advocacy role in caring for their furry kids. Sound preventative care, compassionate training and lots of love are the keys he knows will create the healthiest pets and the best bonds between our hearts and theirs.
Dr. Palmer is married to fellow veterinarian Dr. Maxine Franck and they are proud parents to three kids. Their house is also home to furry critters in Roxy, a terrier mix, and Bubba, the cat who truly oversees the homestead as the de facto leader. Dr. Palmer is also an accomplished endurance athlete. He has completed many triathlons and marathons over the years including multiple Ironman races and the Boston Marathon. He has achieved several honorable mentions as an All-American Triathlete. When he is not competing or working, Dr. Palmer enjoys time with his family, traveling, trail riding, photography and forever taming the home landscaping and garden.