Clinic tour with Dr. Chad Hagen

A while back PSAF (Palmer Student Alumni Foundation) put together a clinic tour with Dr. Hagen’s clinic. Dr. Hagen’s clinic is a second-generation clinic in Bettendorf, where he integrates A.O., SOT and nutrition. He said that he doesn’t feel the need to only work with one technique and instead uses the technique that will suit the patient best.

Dr. Hagen's Chiropractic Clinic in Bettendorf, Iowa.

Dr. Hagen’s Chiropractic Clinic in Bettendorf, Iowa.

Besides SOT and A.O., Dr. Hagen also uses what he learned while at Palmer through the Palmer Package. The Palmer Package includes Toggle Recoil, Palmer Gonstead, Diversified, Thompson and Extremities. It is always great to hear practicing chiropractors say that they really use what they’ve learned through the curriculum in their offices.

Dr. Hagen said that he worked with a graphic designer to make sure the office had an earthy feel. His clinic has multiple fish tanks, which I really liked because it gave the office a more calming effect. Dr. Hagen also rents out two of his rooms in his office to a podiatrist to cut down on the overhead. I have shadowed a handful of different chiropractors and haven’t seen that before.

During the tour, Dr. Hagen adjusted his son and wife. I am always interested in learning more about pediatric chiropractic. But what I thought was probably one of the most interesting things was watching him adjust his wife with the A.O. technique. Before I started chiropractic school, I had seen it done but didn’t fully understand what was all going on at the time. Now that I understand more about the atlas, I think it’s a technique that I would like to learn more about. Dr. Hagen also completed some cranial SOT work with his wife as well to help with her sinus pressure.

I believe PSAF holds a clinic tour each trimester, but this was the first time that I was able to attend. I’m definitely looking forward to more clinic tours through PSAF!

-Jen

My brother’s white coat ceremony

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My brother’s class at their Clinic White Coat Ceremony. He’s now officially a student intern!

The day after my birthday, my brother had his white coat ceremony, which is his official welcoming into the clinic as a practicing student intern.

It was nice that our parents were able to come down for it and celebrate this big day for him, as well as my birthday! Sometimes when you are in the trenches of all the exams, it’s hard to keep your eye on the target. It was so exciting to see him move on to the next step. Since Mike can’t work on family in the clinic, I’ll need to find another intern, but I’m sure he’ll do great!

The time sure does fly by at Palmer, even though some days it doesn’t feel like it. I’m sure Mike feels like he has been in school forever since he came straight from his undergrad program instead of working for a few years like me.

Class 171 is an average size class, and the ceremony took about an hour. Just over a year left for them! I’m looking forward to the day I have my white coat ceremony!

The ceremony took place on a Friday afternoon, and then after we did a little shopping around Davenport. In the evening we went out to eat at a German restaurant in Moline called Bierstube. The food was delicious, and they had some amazing desserts, which included Nutella!

-Minda

I love the CHC!

One of my favorite things about being at Palmer is my weekly visit to the CHC (Campus Health Clinic) for adjustments. The students practicing in the CHC are normally in either 7th or 8th trimester, depending on the time of the trimester. I’ve had some amazing interns so far, and I’ve learned a lot from them as well. It’s nice to have a little time with upper trimester students to ask questions about professors and the techniques they like. I also like to see how the staff doctor interacts with the intern and how they provide guidance on the their techniques!

Before starting at Palmer, I worked at a desk job for a handful of years and had a lot of back pain (upper and lower). After working with my chiropractor back home, I decided to change my career path, which has been one of the best decisions of my life. Last trimester my intern introduced me to Graston technique and ART (active release technique) for my rhomboids. It didn’t take long for me to see results with both of these techniques! The Graston took place at the Chiropractic Rehabilitation and Sports Injury Department, and it was an amazing opportunity for me to see what the upper-trimester students work on besides working in the CHC.

I’m excited for the day when I get to start working in the CHC! Today I signed up for the lower extremity adjusting seminar with Dr. Mally, and I’m excited to get some more hands-on experience! I’m looking forward to learning more about the biomechanics, radiology and conditions/injuries of the lower extremity.

-Jen