West campus alumna provides ‘awesome’ learning experiences for students
Patients of Sherry McAllister, D.C., CCSP®, West ’96, think she’s “awesome” for the quality of care she provides.
Colleagues of Dr. McAllister think she’s “awesome” for helping to advance the chiropractic profession in her role as executive vice president of the Foundation for Chiropractic Progress (F4CP), and for advancing Palmer as one of the College’s alumni ambassadors.
Her two sons think she’s “awesome” for competing in triathlons.
Students at Palmer’s West campus also think Dr. McAllister is “awesome” – for initiating a special program, “Operation Awesome!,” which brings groups of West students to her San Jose-based office for an informative program that provides the future Palmer doctors with a unique perspective of the multi-faceted day-to-day aspects of managing a practice.
“‘Operation Awesome!’ originated from listening to students express a desire to have ‘outside’ experiences while going through school that would provide them with a practical evening of fun, while also building awareness and exposing them to the nuts and bolts of what a real-life practice looks like,” said Dr. McAllister, a past president of the West campus Associated Student Government, who has maintained her own practice for more than 15 years.
“When a student told me ‘I am learning a lot, but it all seems segmented and I am not sure I can put all the pieces together,’ it was clear to me that students needed a program to sink what they are learning during the day into a night where they could see how it all comes together. My goal [with “Operation Awesome!”] is to provide snippets of information arranged in a way that enables students who are in the process of completing their requirements to see the light at the end of the tunnel.”
Dr. McAllister has hosted several “Operation Awesome!” programs at her office during the past two years. From the feedback she’s received from the dozens of students who’ve attended each event, along with the enjoyment of interacting with her office guests, she looks forward to continuing the program.
“The global outcome is that students walk away with an impassioned feeling about the awesomeness of the chiropractic profession, and recognizing they have a gift that few professionals will ever enjoy: healing through touch,” said Dr. McAllister, who has helped direct the West continuing-education and 13th quarter field-training programs.
“I think ‘awesome’ succinctly sums up Dr. McAllister’s steadfast dedication to helping advance Palmer, and the chiropractic profession, during the past two decades, starting with her service and leadership as a Palmer West student,” said West Campus President Bill Meeker, D.C., M.P.H., F.P.A.C.
“From distinguished service to the profession in a variety of noteworthy roles, to her equally commendable commitment to the patients that she serves each day in practice, Dr. McAllister’s collective efforts serve as an inspiration to the next generation of Palmer doctors to aspire to similar standards of excellence.”
“Dr. McAllister’s goal is to improve the future of the chiropractic profession by helping students in any way that she can, and through the ‘Operation Awesome’ program. She radiates passion for the chiropractic profession that is contagious to anyone who surrounds her,” said Emma Eskilson, co-president of Palmer’s West campus chapter of the Palmer Student Alumni Foundation (PSAF).
“Dr. McAllister has an enthusiasm for the chiropractic profession that is unparalleled by any chiropractor I’ve ever met,” said Marc Gusse, West campus PSAF co-president.
“She is dedicated to furthering the chiropractic profession through her role with F4CP, and by helping students in any way she can, such as her presentations at Palmer West and the ‘Operation Awesome!’ events at her office. Dr. McAllister is a beacon of chiropractic. Students can’t help but become better future-chiropractors after they meet Dr. McAllister!”