Dr. Cliff Olson was born and raised on a small farm in Morris, Illinois. Upon graduating high school, he attended Joliet Junior College for 1 year before enlisting in the United States Marine Corps, two months before September 11th, 2001.
While in bootcamp, audiologists discovered a hearing loss in his right ear. Fortunately, due to an oversight, he was able to complete his entire enlistment. Dr. Cliff had the opportunity to serve two tours of duty in Iraq and served as a Marine Corps Scout Sniper.
After leaving the Marine Corps in 2006, he started a medical massage therapy clinic where he would work while earning his undergraduate degree in Exercise Science from Lindenwood University in St. Charles, Missouri.