Palmer News News and information from Palmer College of Chiropactic Thu, 16 Oct 2014 20:11:11 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Oct. 16 is World Spine Day Wed, 15 Oct 2014 15:04:38 +0000 Every year on October 16 people from around the world join together to raise awareness on World Spine Day as part of the Bone and Joint Decade’s Action Week.

Spinal disorders represent a global health care crisis, affecting more than a billion people worldwide and contributing more to the global burden of disease than HIV, malaria, diabetes, stroke and lung and breast cancer combined.

World Spine Care has teamed up with World Spine Day and the Bone and Joint Decade to raise funds to bring spine care to communities in need.

How you can help:

• Donate $3 for every treatment provided on World Spine Day. Click here for information about the program.

• Make a donation to World Spine Care’s World Spine Day Campaign. Click here to donate now from Canada. Click here to donate now from USA or internationally.

• Purchase a World Spine Care T-shirt here.  A portion of the sale of each T-shirt is donated to World Spine Care.

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Vacation and CE in Costa Rica Tue, 14 Oct 2014 17:18:44 +0000 Discounted rate available until Oct. 20!

Join your Palmer colleagues, family and friends for a six-night vacation in Costa Rica – Feb. 20-26, 2015. Stay at one of the adjoining all-inclusive luxury RIU resorts—either the RIU Guanacaste Hotel or the brand-new RIU Palace Costa Rica Hotel. Excursions from Guanacaste allow you to visit volcanos, tropical forests, hot-springs and many other unique landscapes.

Relax on the beach

Relax on the beach

There will be up to 12 CE hours available for just $249, featuring Ian McLean, D.C., DACBR. He will present “Advancing Your Chiropractic Radiology Skills: A Case-Based Approach.” Four hours of Continuing Education has been scheduled on three mornings during the event.

For resort pricing, bookings and flights, contact Marie at KDM Travel: (800) 779-6614 or

For CE registration, call the Continuing Education and Events Department at (800) 452-5032 or register online.

For general information, contact the Alumni Office at or (800) 722-2586, ext. 3.

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Palmer Chancellor responds to WCA white paper Tue, 14 Oct 2014 15:21:19 +0000 Palmer Chancellor Dennis Marchiori, D.C., Ph.D., has issued the following response to a recent white paper from the Wisconsin Chiropractic Association on chiropractic scope of care titled “The Primary Spine Care Physician Initiative.”

October 10, 2014

As chancellor of Palmer College of Chiropractic, I feel compelled to respond to a recent white paper from the Wisconsin Chiropractic Association (WCA) titled, “The Primary Spine Care Physician Initiative.”

The WCA is to be applauded for highlighting contemporary health care challenges, including the need to address the huge burden of non-surgical spine-related disorders on the health care system. I agree with their position that chiropractors, as primary care professionals for spinal health, are uniquely qualified to fill this role. However, I disagree that prescription rights are needed to effectively fulfill this role. Instead, let’s continue our advocacy that health care delivery evolve to embrace our conservative and wellness-based approach.

Palmer recently spent three years researching and carefully crafting an identity for chiropractors as: The primary care professionals for spinal health and well-being. We also created a practice paradigm that begins: Chiropractic focuses on neurological and musculoskeletal integrity, and aims to favorably impact health and well-being, relieve pain and infirmity, enhance performance, and improve quality of life without drugs or surgery. (For more information on our identity, see

To achieve our shared goal of enhancing public health by addressing the global burden of spinal-related disease, we need an identity, a focus and a scope of care that honors our tradition, is evidence-based — and is clearly understood and embraced by health care consumers. We contend that Palmer’s identity, which includes primary spine care along with wellness, does exactly that — without drugs or surgery.

Dennis Marchiori, D.C., Ph.D.
Chancellor, Palmer College of Chiropractic

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Find a D.C. helps patients find YOU Tue, 14 Oct 2014 15:04:44 +0000 Each year more than 4,000 people contact Palmer College looking for you—a Palmer chiropractor in their areas. We’ve now made it easy for these patients to find you with our newly enhanced website feature, Find a D.C.

“We have a unique situation at Palmer,” says Mickey Burt, D.C., senior director for Alumni. “We receive an average of 17.5 calls every day from people seeking Palmer graduates. You don’t find this at the other chiropractic colleges. So we needed an accessible, current, real-time public directory.”

Find a D.C. allows patients to search a city and state to locate a chiropractor in their area. The online directory currently has listings for U.S. chiropractors but will eventually offer a database of Palmer chiropractors around the world.

Are you listed in Find a D.C.?

Are you listed in Find a D.C.?

“We’re asking our graduates to go to to verify that we have their correct business information. If not, they can easily make updates through the site or add themselves if they aren’t listed,” says Dr. Burt.

If a city is not listed, that means either no chiropractors are located there or that they have not yet been included. This is why it’s important to make sure you are in the system and that your information is current.

The Find a D.C. link can be found at the top of each page of the Palmer website. You can also go directly to


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Palmer seeking public comment in advance of HLC visit Wed, 08 Oct 2014 16:45:14 +0000 Palmer College of Chiropractic is seeking comments from the public about the College in preparation for its periodic evaluation by its regional accrediting agency. The College will host a visit Feb. 2-4, 2015, by a team representing the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association.

Palmer College of Chiropractic has been accredited by the Commission since 1984. The team will review the institution’s ongoing ability to meet the Commission’s Criteria for Accreditation.

The public is invited to send written, signed comments regarding the College to:

Public Comment on Palmer College of Chiropractic
The Higher Learning Commission
230 South LaSalle St.
Suite 7-500
Chicago, IL 60604-1411

Comments also may be submitted online at (select HLC Institutions, Visit List, Third-Party Comment).

Comments must address substantive matters related to the quality of the institution or its academic programs.

All comments are due by Jan. 2, 2015.

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Palmer Sports Council partners with LPGA Symetra Tour Tue, 07 Oct 2014 18:26:05 +0000 Kevin Bowler, CEO, Daytona Beverages, and Dr. Heather Bowyer, Palmer Clinics, with members of the Volusia/Flagler Girls and Boys Club.

Kevin Bowler, CEO, Daytona Beverages, and Dr. Heather Bowyer, Palmer Clinics, with members of the Volusia/Flagler Girls and Boys Club.

Once again this year, clinicians and interns representing the Palmer College Sports Council from the Port Orange campus were the official chiropractic services provider for the tour’s season ending event held at LPGA (Ladies Professional Golf Association) International in Daytona Beach. The event raised $120,000 for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Volusia and Flagler Counties.

Norway native Marita Engzelius won in grand style Sunday, with an eagle on the first playoff hole, to make the Symetra Tour Championship her first professional win.

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PCCR receives 3-year grant to study veterans with musculoskeletal pain Tue, 07 Oct 2014 16:54:33 +0000 Scientists at the Palmer Center for Chiropractic Research (PCCR) along with partner organizations have been awarded a $718,241 grant by the National Institutes of Health, National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine. The grant will fund a three-year research planning project to address questions about how chiropractic care might be best integrated into existing Veterans Health Administration (VHA) clinical practice guidelines for veterans with a combination of musculoskeletal pain and mental health conditions.

“Chiropractic has been demonstrated to be both effective and safe in the treatment of musculoskeletal disorders,” said Principal Investigator Christine Goertz, D.C., Ph.D., Palmer College of Chiropractic’s vice chancellor for research and health policy. “This led the DoD/VA Pain Management Task Force to recommend chiropractic as a Tier 1 treatment within its comprehensive pain-management program. However, the appropriate role for chiropractic in veteran populations, especially those with musculoskeletal pain and mental health disorders, requires further investigation.”

U.S. military veterans report high levels of musculoskeletal pain, including back pain, neck pain, and headache, and have high rates of many mental-health conditions. The study team will:

  • Develop an integrative-care model that includes doctors of chiropractic in multidisciplinary teams treating patients with both musculoskeletal pain and mental-health conditions in the VHA
  • Tailor existing chiropractic guidelines and best practices to link with current VHA pain- management initiatives
  • Conduct a pilot clinical trial of this integrated-care model in caring for veterans with both musculoskeletal pain and mental-health conditions

Partner organizations with the PCCR in this project are the University of Iowa, the Iowa City VA Health Care Systems, the VA Connecticut Healthcare System and the Minneapolis VA Health Care System.

The Palmer Center for Chiropractic Research, headquartered on the Palmer College of Chiropractic campus in Davenport, Iowa, is the largest institutional chiropractic research effort in the world. The PCCR has the largest research budget in a chiropractic college, receiving grants from the National Institutes of Health, National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration and the Department of Defense. Since 2000, these grants have totaled approximately $36 million.

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Port Orange campus graduates 34th class Mon, 06 Oct 2014 20:10:45 +0000 Port Orange campus graduation - September 2014

Port Orange campus graduation – September 2014

Palmer College’s Port Orange campus graduated its 34th class on Friday, Sept. 19, 2014. Fifty students received their Doctor of Chiropractic (D.C.) degree in a ceremony held at the News-Journal Center in Daytona Beach.

The commencement address was given by Associate Professor John Lockenour, D.C., D.A.B.C.O. Conferring of degrees and presentation of awards was conducted by campus President Peter Martin, D.C., assisted by Shawn He, M.D., M.S., professor, and James Randazzo, D.C., associate professor.

The Valedictorian Award was presented by William Sherrier, D.C., acting dean of Academic Affairs, to Elizabeth Landrum Jurenko, Florida. Joshua Lee Thorpe, Michigan, was presented with the Salutatorian Award. The Virgil V. Strang Philosophy Award was presented by Dr. Martin to Hannah Joyce Hancock, North Carolina. Eric R. Stumpff, Florida, received the Clinical Excellence Award. The Dr. James Buerkle Memorial Award was presented to Hannah Joyce Hancock.

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San Jose campus alumna among inaugural VA residency appointments Fri, 12 Sep 2014 19:34:35 +0000 The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) recently announced the inaugural selections to the VA’s new  Chiropractic Care Residency Training Program, which include San Jose campus alumna Amanda Dluzniewski, D.C. (’13), among the initial five appointments..

The pilot program will be located at five VA health centers throughout the U.S., and includes initial funding for up to six full-time resident positions planned for the first three years.

While attending Palmer's San Jose campus, Dr. Dluzniewski served as SACA president, student government officer, Campus Guide, among other positions of student leadership.

Dr. Amanda Dluzniewski

Dr. Dluzniewski began her assignment  at Canandaigua VA Medical Center in New York in July, and she is equally excited and honored about her appointment.

“I was ecstatic when I learned that I was selected to be one of the chiropractic residents, and could not be more excited and grateful for this opportunity–not only for myself, but for the chiropractic profession, as a whole,” said Dr. Dluzniewski, who graduated with academic honors, and served as president of the San Jose campus student chapter of the American Chiropractic Association (SACA), as well as an executive officer of the Associated Student Government, while also serving as a member of the Campus Guides, and the Sports Council.

“The program at Palmer’s San Jose campus produces the elite, and my Palmer experience was nothing short of amazing. I would not have gained this opportunity were it not for the education I received, and all of the amazing extra-curricular opportunities and unique learning experiences available to Palmer San Jose students,” said Dr. Dluzniewski, who prior to graduating, completed a five-month rotation in the Palmer VA/DoD Internship program with Dr. David Paris, D.C. (San Jose Campus, ’01) at the VA outpatient clinic in Redding, Calif.

Dr. Dluzniewski says the collaborative approach to patient care she experienced during her Palmer internship at the VA clinic in Redding inspired her to pursue one of the initial VA residency positions. She sees the VA’s  Integrated Clinical Practice model, which utilizes Patient Aligned Care Teams (PACTs), as the ideal approach to achieving optimal results for the veterans who seek non-invasive and drug-free alternatives to achieve relief from chronic pain.

Dr. Dluzniewski and fellow Palmer VA/DoD intern Dr. David Paris (San Jose campus, ’01) at the VA outpatient clinic in Redding, Calif.

Prior to graduating, Dr. Dluzniewski completed a Palmer College VA/DoD Internship with Dr. David Paris (San Jose Campus, ’01) at the VA outpatient clinic in Redding, Calif.

“It’s exciting to work as a part of a multidisciplinary team and working in an integrative setting, and providing chiropractic care for U.S. veterans is a dream come true for me!” said Dr. Dluzniewski, whose primary duties in the residency position are to provide full diagnostic and management services of musculoskeletal and neuromuscular conditions under the mentorship of the three attending D.C.s at the Canandaigua VA Medical Center, which serves 30 to 40 chiropractic patients daily.

“I’m honored to have the opportunity to serve a patient population that truly loves chiropractic care, and I believe that chiropractic care will continue to expand within the DoD and VA health care systems. I hope that health care, in general, both in the VA and civilian settings, continue to move in a direction that utilizes this model of co-management to treat patients.”

“I can’t think of a better choice for this program than Amanda, and I’m sure that she will do exceedingly well, not only in the quality of care she provides to our nation’s veterans, but also in the manner she represents herself, Palmer, and the chiropractic profession,” said Greg Snow, D.C., San Jose campus dean of Clinics.


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San Jose Campus Summer Quarter graduation Tue, 09 Sep 2014 16:20:11 +0000 Palmer College of Chiropractic’s San Jose Campus honored the 130th graduating class at its Summer Quarter 2014 commencement on Sept. 5 in the theater of the Santa Clara Convention Center.

Hamdan Harhara (Detroit, Mich.) receives the "Student Fellow Award" from Matt Fuller, San Jose Campus Associated Student Government president. Dr. Harhara graduated as valedictorian of the Summer Qtr. '14 class.

Hamdan Harhara (Detroit, Mich.) receives the “Student Fellow Award” from Matt Fuller, San Jose Campus Associated Student Government president. Dr. Harhara graduated as valedictorian of the Summer Qtr. ’14 class.

Hamdan Harhara (Detroit, Mich.) and Toxil Ruck (Los Angeles, Calif.) graduated as class valedictorian and salutatorian, respectively.

Harhara achieved Magna Cum Laude (3.70-3.89) academic honors, and Ruck graduated with Cum Laude (3.5-3.69) honors. Each was also recognized for their selection as members to Palmer’s San Jose Campus chapter of the Pi Tau Delta International Chiropractic Honor Society, the oldest and most distinguished honor society in the chiropractic profession.

In addition to graduating as class valedictorian, Harhara also received the Student Fellow Award. Selected by members of the graduating class, the Student Fellow Award is presented “in recognition of service and leadership while upholding the values of her class, college and profession.”

Summer Quarter '14 graduate Carling McMichael (Waterloo, Ont., Canada) receives the "Clinical Excellence Award" from Dr. Greg Snow, D.C., San Jose Campus dean of Clinics. Dr. McMichael also received the "Virgil V. Strang Philosophy Award."

Summer Quarter ’14 graduate Carling McMichael (Waterloo, Ont., Canada) receives the “Clinical Excellence Award” from Dr. Greg Snow, D.C., San Jose Campus dean of Clinics. Dr. McMichael also received the “Virgil V. Strang Philosophy Award.”

Carling McMichael (Waterloo, Ont. Canada), received the Clinical Excellence Award, which is presented to the graduate who has uniquely distinguished him- or herself during the internship portion of their educational experience at Palmer’s San Jose Campus, and has performed the tasks of the student doctor with exceptional proficiency in the following categories: patient diagnosis; chiropractic technique; radiography; and case management.

McMichael also received the Virgil V. Strang Philosophy Award, which is selected by a faculty panel, and recognizes a deserving graduate for his or her “distinctive accomplishment and contributions to the philosophical principles of chiropractic as a student at Palmer College’s San Jose Campus.”

Dr. Frank Verdoliva, D.C., JD, CCSP, QME, presented the commencement address, “The Best Day of My Life.”

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The 130th graduating class at Palmer College's San Jose Campus.

The 130th graduating class at Palmer College’s San Jose Campus.

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