Alumni Davenport Campus Faculty Female

Lisa Killinger, D.C.

Lisa Killinger, D.C., Davenport ’83, is a professor of Diagnosis and Radiology at Palmer College of Chiropractic. She has directed or co-directed eight governmental grants (from the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration or HRSA) on the topic of geriatric education and interdisciplinary health care, and served as a site coordinator for the HRSA-funded Iowa Geriatric Education Centerfor more than 10 years. Dr. Killinger teaches Geriatrics, Male and Female Health, Case Study Writing, and Chiropractic Technique courses for students, educators and health professionals.  She has received dozens of awards for her teaching and research over the past two decades.

Dr. Killinger teaching Chiropractic Technique

Dr. Killinger teaching chiropractic technique

Defined by Compassion

Her professional achievements are impressive, but when asked to reflect on her achievements, Dr. Killinger says her “most important accomplishment has been raising four children, two of whom are chiropractors.

Her compassion is one of her most remarkable characteristics. Consider her advice to students.

“Help your patients be well. Give each patient the care you would want your family to receive.”

“Remember it takes years to earn the trust of your patients, their family, and the community, but only moments to destroy it.  Be an ethical doctor.”

“Volunteer. Give. Go forth and serve.”

“Now that you are a chiropractor, you are also a full-time teacher. You will teach patients every day the skills they need to achieve their full wellness potential.”

“A stagnant mind is a terrible waste of potential.  Be open to learning something new every day.”

“We are so fortunate to be chiropractors. We get to set our own hours, practice in a pleasant office environment, and provide chiropractic care, which we love to do, and our patients actually look forward to seeing us.  It’s a great gig.”

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