Campus Guide Question of the Month:

What change did you hope to make by joining Campus Guides?

I hoped to change the perspective of some of my peers who only ever see the negative in Palmer. Campus Guides has allowed me to understand our history and appreciate the school more, which allows me to share all the great things about Palmer.

–Brian Hall

I was hoping to help people get real answers about Palmer and chiropractic from student’s point of view. Taking a tour at Palmer is what helped me make up my mind about coming out here instead of going to Cleveland Chiropractic College in Kansas City.

–Ryan Etherton

Each individual personality has the ability to change and benefit a group. By joining Campus Guides, I hoped to add my experiences to the team’s dynamic, help prospective students enjoy their visit, and aid them in making the best decision for them in finding a chiropractic school.

–Jaclyn Andrews

I want to specifically reach out to those prospective students who are deciding if chiropractic is the right choice for their second career. I want to share with them that giving up the job, selling the house, and/or moving their family to Iowa, will be worth it the end when they think of all the lives they will change as a chiropractor.

–Brook Peters

During my Undergraduate Studies at Brigham Young University-Idaho, I was lured (by a tall blonde haired, blue eyed girl- of whom I never dated anyhow) in to a student-lead organization that was in charge of the new student orientation, Student Spirit Events. This luring was at first because of the networking of “future potential” dates, but eventually my drive to help with New Student Orientation came from within myself to help these new students become connected with a “new life” or a “new chapter” in their lives.

 

I brought this same drive with me in to the Campus Guide Organization. I want people to choose to come to Palmer College of Chiropractic. This needs to be their decision and I want to help them in their search to answer questions that they might have. There are always rough times in life and at Palmer this is no different! Every student has moments of “why am I really here?” or “Is this worth it?” At this point the student needs to reflect back at the time when they felt like they needed to be here and when they made the decision to come here. Referring back to these moments can give us the courage and the self-will power that we need to bear another hour, another day, another week until we find that answer once again- “THIS is why I am here!” “THAT is why I am learning these things!” “THIS is why I am becoming a Doctor of Chiropractic!”

 

As an organization, Campus Guides thrives on networking. I love that about this organization. If I do not have an answer, give me some time to write a few emails and to hear back. I will then have a good answer to your question or some good direction on what other students have done or accomplished.

 

Much like at Brigham Young University-Idaho, the vast majority of the student body knows that they are supposed to be here for the continuation of their education and many more need a support group. I want to be one who helps people feel “at home” and to be a support when they need/ want it. That is one great reasons I joined the Campus Guides Organization- to serve my fellowman (woman, too), to “help other people at all times,” and “To Do A Good Turn Daily” (Boy Scouts of America, Scout Oath & Slogan).

–Anton Keller

I wanted to feel the love from leading with service! I believe that energy frequency rises to the person in the room who is giving off the most positive energy. What effect does the collective group of positive guides have? What if a guide has a great feeling after serving and leading a tour and they bring that energy back to their classrooms? What if it lifts all of Palmer’s spirits? You never know how far reaching…

–Kalleigh Strath

I hope to make the student body appreciate more what awesome educational experience Palmer is offering us all. To help keep them focused on the positives and in working together, make better that which makes us feel gloomy sometimes.

–Afua.Adjei-Kwayisi

My goal in joining campus guides was to surround myself with positive productive individuals. By doing this I have grown in so many ways, the friendships we build within Campus Guides provides us with a group of peers in which we can rely on for support and continuous personal growth. I also hoped to get more involved in our Palmer community, which has happened in tenfold, being more involved has allowed me to appreciate Palmer on another level which I would not have seen otherwise.

–Jennifer Katzer

 

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed. It is the only thing that ever has.”

-Margaret Mead

 

Toggle Recoil … toggle-like?

Another holiday break came around. It is kind of crazy the time that is flying by. I am currently in Toggle Recoil Technique class, and within the next year I will have taken the rest of the technique classes that will be the foundation of my whole future!

Toggle Recoil Technique is viewed by some as an old and outdated technique that we are only taught because of the historical significance not only to our school, but to the whole world! I have had some students from other chiropractic schools ask me if we were taught Toggle Recoil, and I would reply that it is a required class for everyone who passes through our program and graduates from Palmer. Their replies have always been almost apologetic.

From my point of view, I feel apologetic towards them because they are not being taught a technique that is rooted in the history of Chiropractic–one that is backed-up with lengthy research projects that were performed within the same clinic space where we have our first clinic experience during 7th trimester.

It is true that we are not suppose to live in the past or to hold onto events from the past as if they are everything and “it.”  However, we are to revere events of the past and, as we embrace significant moments, we are to build upon them and to improve upon them to better society as a whole.

An interesting experience for me took place in the student clinic the other day (where the B.J. Palmer Clinic was). The Clinic doctor was trying to instruct the students in some hands-on training, and he stated that the thrust should be a “toggle-like” thrust. How often do we actually go through a class or an experience in life that at the moment we feel it is a waste of time, skill, money, etc.? On the flip-side, we need to look into these experiences with more long-term-vision spectacles to see how these can benefit our lives as well as those we will help heal themselves through not only our chiropractic care that we will offer, but also the healing as we take time to hear and communicate with our patients! (And please do not take this as something I have mastered … I am yet a peon in this aspect of enJOYing life.)

-Anton

Thoughts on ‘brain vacation,’ homecoming, studying and more

Well, we are about a month into this next trimester, and I am coming to realize that my brain is still on vacation. I sure hope that it decides very soon that it is time to kick it into gear instead of being in La-La Land. Exams are creeping up, and my thoughts are, “Have I really learned enough information to cover a whole exam?”

Well, whether my brain is ready or not, these exams are coming! I need to make the most of my time through studying, reflecting, and associating new things to learn with older topics. Have I done that? Very little.

 How am I supposed to wake up my little brain? Anyone know some brain exercises to bring the brain back to reality— besides flunking an exam? I have learned through experience that flunking an exam definitely will work— I just cannot afford to do that right now!

On a good note, I am excited for my very first Palmer Homecoming. I have seen the schedule, and I wish I could attend every session! Sure, some, if not most, might go over my head due to my lack of foundational knowledge, which will come within the next few years, but it would be quite the experience!

I am excited at the potential of meeting some great alumni from this campus. Hearing their stories, gaining knowledge from their wisdom, and making connections and networks is what I plan to do. This is what chiropractic is about! This is what Palmer is about!

I am glad that I have made the decision to come here and to partake of this grand legacy. It is now my opportunity, and obligation, to add to the legacy and to become a great chiropractor by first becoming a great chiropractic student.

Now onto my “study soap box” to encourage myself—and anyone else who needs it—to study. Off to the books, away from Facebook and other distractions that come my way and steal a little time here and there.

Great is the chiropractor who becomes the doctor who his patients need. And my patients will need a primary-care physician, the “gate-keeper” for better health and wellness. Let us all aim for this: to assist in the betterment of society, one family at a time through one individual at a time!

Anton Keller
3rd trimester student, Davenport Campus

Thoughts on lab practicals, T-shirts, personal challenge and more

Well, with finals and lab practicals literally on my own doorstep, I would be lying a little if I said I was not stressed out. I am a little. OK, more than a little. This just means that I am putting my studying mind to full-throttle and pray for the best!

Lab practicals this time around involve identifying “landmarks” on particular parts of the skeleton, identifying organs, vessels, nerves, and other tissues on cadavers—oh, and many muscles that are on cadavers. One would think that studying on cadavers would be weird—and it is for the first little while —but then you get used to it. I have had to separate myself from the specimens and think of the cadavers as just that: specimens.

A living billboard? Sure!

On a different topic, I lately have been having some random thoughts about people wearing shirts with spines on them—Palmer gear and other things like that.

Up until a few days ago I would feel weird wearing it. I am not sure why. But now, looking back at how much time I am spending on learning these fantastic bodies of ours, I feel like, “Give me a spine shirt, or a Palmer shirt to wear proudly during any day of the year.!” I know this stuff well enough to bore people with the little details that we need to know as chiropractors!

 So, yes, I am catching the fever. I’m wanting to spread the good news of chiropractic, spinal health, and knowledge!Maybe I will be able to do that during our upcoming summer break.

How many people will I be able to convince that their lives would be better if they saw a chiropractor? How many people will each student come into contact with that may be a future chiropractic patient? Everyone whom we contact who is not already one!

So, here is the challenge that I now have put upon myself: To be a living billboard for chiropractic care. “So let it be written. So let it be done!” ”

Anton Keller
2nd trimester student, Davenport Campus

Note to self: Take time for off-campus fun!

These past couple of weeks have been quite interesting. We had a break from our tests (talk about OVERLOAD a few weeks ago), and now we are bracing ourselves for another swing of exams. Studying can get very monotonous, and that is why we should have a life OUTSIDE of Palmer—or at least outside campus.

Recently my wife and I have been doing more activities together, and through this time together we have let the Quad Cities area take root in our hearts. We have been bowling at a local alley with another couple, and we had a blast! And our latest find is a hiking/mountain bike trail that is just minutes away from Davenport! Breanna, my wife, and I got so wound up in the biking that we almost felt like we were in the mountains from where we both grew up, North Idaho and Eastern Washington.

Students that say that there is nothing to do have not been looking in the right places! #1: Winter CAN be dull. It is cold, VERY cold at times, and it may seem long, but do NOT forget! Spring and summer will come! #2: Spring and summer, so far, have been great!

There are many activities in the Quad Cities that draw your attention and gets you excited to be involved. For instance, the Mississippi Valley Fair will be going on during school time in July! There are weekly races at the fairgrounds on Fridays that I *just* found out about because I heard the engines from our house! There are festivals all over the place! And, you can go ice skating all year at the Davenport recreational facility–my wife’s favorite! (For some reason, she likes to see me biff it all the time). The parks around here, for the most part, are beautiful and great places to have a great BBQ. (Oh, the tastes and smells of SUMMERTIME!)

Oh, and I guess I am getting a little excited to have a vacation from school that is coming up. As a matter of fact, I think everyone here at campus is getting a little antsy for the BIG break. It’s only three weeks, but we will utilize those three weeks to the best of our capabilities! Soak it in while you can!

OK, now back to studying. More exams—and more to look forward to!

Anton Keller
2nd trimester student, Davenport Campus

Finding balance in a busy time

These past couple of weeks have contained exams almost every other day. Within about two weeks, we had an exam in each class except Philosophy, and practicals in Spinal Anatomy II and Palpation.  It has been quite busy. Being a Palmer student can be compared to a juggling act. 

When it comes to this kind of schedule, I need to decide which classes get more attention than others.  I need to work on priorities and then make a schedule.  As I look back to my past, I have done all of those, but I have not kept the schedule. I will be working on my own accountability to make sure that I do what I say according to my studies.

The exams that I have taken haven’t panned out the way I have wanted, but what do I expect if I do not study diligently?  It is true that for some professors, if not all, that you have to study for how they test you on the material.  Some teachers have different language it seems like when it comes to taking their exams, but we have to deal with it.

For the vast majority, the information that we are receiving even now in the second tri, is to not just prepare us for their exams, but to also prepare us for National Boards, which are used to dictate if we are ready to be called Doctors of Chiropractic.

So how do I deal with all of this pressure of exams, family life, and person reflection?  I take it a day at a time. I go to bed at a decent hour. I have found that I DO NOT perform well if I cram for exams. I go to bed because a good night’s rest is more therapeutic and resourceful for my exams than cramming unknown or unfamiliar information into my tired brain.

I make time for my family.  I have made a deal with my family that I will take two hours each day during the week to be with them—no homework.  That includes time for dinner and then one hour of play with my almost two-month-old girl before she goes to bed.  If I put God first, then my wife, then my baby, and then school, what can go wrong in the grand scheme of things? Well, I guess I will find out eventually, eh? I am sure that everything will work out the way it is supposed to work out. Lives will be touched, be they the lives of my family members, classmates, or even just my own as I watch my daughter grow and watch my knowledge unfold.

What have you seen in your “study life” that has helped you avoid distractions and “bear down” to “own” the material that you need to learn?  What are some of the distractions that you have overcome?

Anton Keller
2nd trimester student, Davenport Campus

A season for everything

This dawn of a new trimester has come with some great changes including my perspective on life. Over the short break in between my first and second trimesters my wife delivered our first baby–Olivia Dumond. The whole experience was one that cannot be put into words. Reflecting upon the duration of the pregnancy and then looking at this little one, of whom we have been very blessed to receive, helps me realize that these short years at Palmer will soon pass by.

It is true that I am only commencing my second trimester, but I try to look at it like this: I have less than three years left to soak in as much as I possibly can through training, opportunities, and learning about the legends who walked the same halls that I do each day.

As I ponder this time in front of me, it gives me the courage and motivation to give back while I am here, hence my early involvement with Palmer Campus Guides.

Within this short involvement, I have had the wonderful opportunity to meet some of the great leaders of this school, both of faculty as well as students. I have also been able to learn more about campus and the B.J. and Mable Palmer Residence (The Palmer Mansion). The history is rich which helps us keep things in perspective that we are truly not alone in this great struggle of gaining our education to benefit mankind as a whole.

I have also had the opportunity to have lunch with a prospective student and her family. This was a choice experience that I hope I remember for all time. During the great discussion we had we got on the topic of what the philosophy of chiropractic is. While smiling and having Dr. Victor Strang’s voice in my head from Philosophy, I replied that chiropractic is about allowing the body to heal itself.  I gave my personal philosophy to help illustrate this.

We are products of Deity.  God never has created nor will ever create anything imperfect.  Thus, our bodies have the needed knowledge of how to get and stay well.  In chiropractic lingo this is called “Innate Intelligence.”  I went on to explain that at times we do need intervention from the pharmaceuticals for when need to keep in mind that “there is a time and season for everything.”  Why else would God grant unto us the opportunity to obtain the knowledge and discover the products we have?

This became all too real for me over this last break as I witnessed my wife going through labor and delivery.  She and I both were exhausted from being up throughout the whole previous night and our strength was gone.  She was not coming along very well in dilation and needed to have some help with the contractions and so Pitocin was administered.  As Pitocin started to have full effect the immense pain started to set in, which commonly comes with the “synthetic Oxytocin.”  My wife started to look at me sternly and let me know that she wanted something to help her.

I recalled how we wanted to proceed through labor and delivery as natural as possible, however I had to take into consideration some of the events that had recently taken place.  She had been administered a synthetic hormone that causes intense contractions. She was also extremely exhausted and I knew that if she was not given anything she would not have the needed strength to deliver the baby, therefore causing more problems and complicating the end goal of the last nine months: a healthy baby. 

Pain medications were administered in degrees which would allow her to rest (fall asleep actually) in between contractions as well as not feel the full effect of the Pitocin.  As I watched her fade into the sleep she desperately needed I felt we had made the correct decision.  Even though my wife did feel some of the contractions, which were getting more frequent and more intense, she was not feeling the full effect.  The interesting event was when it was time to push my wife was immediately “back in the game” and ready to get the baby out.

After only 20 minutes of pushing (which is DARN good for a first baby!) Olivia Dumond was delivered by her dad (yep, that is me!) with a little help, of course, from our midwife. =)

 This whole experience was one that awakened my outlook on medicine.  I will never forget the thought and feelings that I received sitting on my little cot-bed next to my wife while we were deciding on medication or not for the labor.  I had thoughts come to me that explained that we, in this day and age, have been blessed to have this knowledge and ability to help people when the time and season are correct.  This was the right season and the correct time for my wife to receive help.  I am forever grateful for the thought that, yes, we are blessed to have the knowledge and technology!

We cannot dismiss the effectiveness of allopathic medicine when it is used properly.  My recent personal experience has reminded me of its blessing in my life through assisting my wife during that pinnacle time in her life and Olivia’s.

When to properly use holistic or allopathic medicine is a matter of wisdom—knowledge applied at the right time and during the correct season.  It is up to us, as lifetime learners, to receive the needed knowledge through many avenues, gain the experience of applying it correctly, and be open for true intelligence to whisper to each of us when we need that extra help.

Anton L. Keller, 2nd trimester student
Davenport Campus