Which tri is the hardest?

They say if you can get through second trimester here at Palmer in Davenport that you will be just fine the rest of the way. Well, as much as I hope this is true, I find that a month into third trimester, I am presented with yet another challenging tri.

It is overwhelming to look ahead, but I try to remind myself to take it day by day and remember why I am here. Although I believe this tri will be just as challenging as the first two, I think the one thing I have really learned to do is manage my time and apply myself much more efficiently. I now have much better study skills and much better time management, which allows me to have time to get involved in the fun things that Palmer has to offer.

I am starting to get more involved in the clubs offered on campus as well as attending seminars on weekends. This has allowed me to get more experience in palpation, set ups and X-ray analysis. Surrounding myself around practicing doctors and D.C. students continues to motivate and excite me as I go through this journey here at Palmer.

So each day I try to remind myself that, yes, each tri is going to be challenging in its own sort of way. But if I go into it with the right attitude and always remember why I am here, I can accept the challenge and succeed to the best of my ability.

– Bethany VanKirk, third tri, Davenport Campus

Share your ‘why’ with the world!

As I mentioned in a previous blog, recently I went to the “Catch the Wave” seminar in San Francisco, hosted by Life West Chiropractic College. (This is their version of a homecoming event.) There are speakers that come in to discuss all sorts of different topics, lots of networking opportunities, and vendors and chiropractic organizations with booths.

One of the speakers I enjoyed—really, every speaker was amazing—was Bill Esteb. He is not a chiropractor, but he is a chiropractic advocate because he loves the profession. His message to us was to relay to the general public our “why,” not our “what.” Basically he said don’t explain what we do. Don’t pull out research to back up what we do, give an anatomy lesson that explains how the chiropractic adjustment works, or try to convince people that they need chiropractic care. Instead, Bill Esteb said, we need to tell our “why.” We need to tell people why we do what we do. And the amazing part is that everyone will have a unique why.

This is a good idea because people respond to emotional stories better than they do to being educated and lectured. Thinking back, do you remember most of your high school or college lectures? Most of us would probably say no. But if you had a teacher that told stories and made you connect emotionally to the information, then you probably will remember those moments. Just like you can remember your first date, wedding, your child’s birth, or the day you were so excited to get your acceptance letter into Palmer! But chances are you don’t remember what you had for dinner last night or even last week. Why? Because you don’t have an emotional connection to it.

I’d like to share my “why” with you! I was called to be a chiropractor in fall of 2009 when I went to a chiropractor as a wellness patient—at least that’s what I thought because I wasn’t having neck or back pain. But after a few adjustments, I was able to get off the stomach medication I had taken most of my life for the acid reflux I was diagnosed with at birth.

This may not seem like much to you, but it was to me. It gave me my life back! I was used to feeling nauseous every day, with severe stomach pains that really interfered with my life.

I now could go out on dates without having to leave early because I didn’t feel good. I could be active without feeling nauseous. I could spend time laughing and having fun rather than lying on the couch, feeling awful. Because of chiropractic, I got to experience life!

Since chiropractic gave me my life back, it’s now my mission to help people experience their full potential in life—especially children! There are so many sick people in the world who don’t realize there is another option other than drugs.

Have fun sharing your “why” with the world! 

Stacia Kampschnieder
7th trimester student, Davenport Campus

Prescription drugs: Not the answer

As I enter clinic in 7th trimester here at Palmer, I get excited because I know I will be able to save lives through the power of chiropractic. This really is the best profession ever! The amazing thing is that we do not treat symptoms or disease; we work with the function of the nervous system. Yes, symptoms or disease may disappear as a side effect of chiropractic care, but that is because you as a chiropractor removed the nerve interference and allowed the body to heal on its own.

I’m thinking of this today because I just returned from the Catch the Wave seminar in San Francisco. (I went to listen to some of my mentors speak and to support a classmate who competed in the “Talk the TIC” worldwide competition—and won!) At the seminar, one of the speakers had a unique reason that he got into chiropractic. This gentleman was an ex-pharmacist. When the medical model failed to help his health issues, he turned to chiropractic care and got his life back. So he started warning the patients coming to the pharmacy that the prescription drugs they were getting were dangerous and toxic, and that there was a healthier alternative: chiropractic care. He said that one day he just got so sick of poisoning people and being “part of the problem”— so he quit his job and enrolled in chiropractic school. How awesome is that?!

So many people still think chiropractic is about neck and back pain. That’s what Advil and Tylenol are for! We as chiropractors help the nervous system to function at 100% so the body can heal and function at its greatest potential.

Consider this: The average American takes 13 toxic prescription drugs each day. Clearly their bodies are not functioning at 100%. Just imagine how you could change someone’s life by helping their body to function the way it was designed to function without drugs.

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again. This really is the best profession in the world!

Stacia Kampschnieder
7th trimester student, Davenport Campus

Need inspiration? Check out these great quotes!

A great way to enhance our learning experience while going through school is to attend seminars. There are many different types of seminars to choose from, and I highly recommend checking some out while going through the Palmer program.

Some of these chiropractic seminars focus on technique and set-ups, where others focus on things like how to run a practice and how to encourage patients.

A seminar I attended a few weeks ago was Dr. James Chestnut’s “Think Well” module in Montreal, Canada. (Dr. Chestnut also has “Eat Well,” “Move Well” and “Chiropractic Paradigm” modules that are a part of his wellness certification program.) Below are some of my favorite quotes from the seminar I attended. I thought that you, our reader, might enjoy them, too:

“Our levels of self-control and integrity are the greatest determinants of our quality of life.”

 “The more often you make a good choice, the easier it becomes to make that good choice. The same goes for bad choices.”

“The small decisions in life are the training ground for the big decisions in life.”

“We’re responsible for what we believe and we can change what we believe at any time.”

“The number of patient visits doesn’t matter. The number of positive patient outcomes does.”

“You must be driven by patient outcomes, not doctor income.”

“I have a reverence for knowledge. We must have a reverence for things; regard them as emotionally important to really soak them in.”

“People need to feel loved, important and appreciated.”

“My wife and I joke around and pretend we are in the movie ‘50 First Dates.’ Each day is a clean slate, and I get to convince my wife to fall in love with me. Every morning is a new chance.”

“I have found that patients who derive pleasure from healthy and congruent lifestyle choices are the healthiest.”

“Nobody else can dictate our emotions.”

“If we’re not sure if something is good for us, we must ask ourselves, ‘is this making my life better?’”

“You can’t stay a victim beyond the attack unless you keep yourself there.”

“Retail therapy has never worked for anyone besides the retailer.”

“We are the ‘address the cause’ paradigm.”

These are just a few of the many great quotes I heard during this two-day seminar. It is definitely worth it to check out Dr. James Chestnut’s seminars. Attending seminars can remind us why we are in school and working hard in order to become great chiropractors!

Kelly Serra
6th trimester student, Davenport Campus

Chiropractic for Quadrupeds

Finally…finally….finally! Almost exactly 3 years after having a revelation to completely change my life and go to chiropractic college, I am learning what I came here to learn: how to adjust animals. But wait, you say. Palmer doesn’t have an animal chiropractic program, does it?

Unfortunately, no. This past weekend I flew to Dallas, TX for a four day module on animal chiropractic through Parker University. The program takes six months to complete, with one module a month covering a different area of the body. This module was the sacropelvic unit, and we learned anatomy, physiology, neurology, pathology, and adjusting techniques for the sacropelvic region in addition to covering chiropractic history and philosophy, veterinary basics, and animal safety and handling. To become certified in animal chiropractic, you must be either a Doctor of Chiropractic, a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, or a “senior student” of either (within a year of graduating).

My class this year consists of about 30 people, with about a dozen chiropractors, a dozen veterinarians, and half a dozen chiropractic students from varying colleges. Parker is one of only three schools for animal chiropractic in the country (the others are Options for Animals in Kansas City and Healing Oasis in Wisconsin) and is the only one that is taught at an accredited chiropractic college, and that’s why I chose it. The teachers are all AVCA certified (American Veterinary Chiropractic Association) and are very good at what they do.

It was an amazing weekend, getting to work with other chiros, vets, and students to learn about something we all have a passion for. On Thursday and Friday we had lecture, which was tedious but very interesting. It was so much fun when they brought in the dogs on Saturday for us to practice palpation, set-ups, handling, and other skills. On Sunday we went to a hunter-jumper equestrian farm and practiced on horses. The weekend left me exhausted but fired up to learn more about how to adjust “quadrupeds!”

 I arrived at Parker a few hours before the seminar started, so I decided to give myself a little self-guided tour around campus. School was in session so I got to see a little what life was like for the students as they went about their day.

Parker has a very nice campus, the grounds are well-taken care of and the buildings are new and nice. I had the chance to talk to some of the Parker students, and also some students from other chiropractic colleges as well, and throughout the weekend I kept telling myself, “Wow, I am really grateful for my Palmer education.” Not to put down any of the other schools, but I did feel that I had a better handle on a lot of the material and in comparing our stories that Palmer definitely has a good program compared to the rest. Now, if only they would offer an animal chiropractic program here!

Alissa Grover, 8th trimester student
Davenport Campus

A seminar weekend

This weekend I had an exciting opportunity to attend a free seminar with doctors in the field from Omaha, Nebraska! I went with a fellow Campus Guide friend who is from Fremont, Nebraska, Stacia Kampschnieder. The seminar was very unique because it was held in a small office with many chairs, mimicking how BJ Palmer used to set up talks in his own office. If you have ever toured the mansion, you may remember the room he used to have lots of people come and discuss chiropractic with him in. The place we visited was bought and fixed up by a successful doctor in Omaha and it’s nicknamed “The Source”. He wanted it to be a place of philosophy just like the founders of our profession! It had BJ and DD painted on the walls inside, along with many of BJ’s epigrams that you see around the school!

We got to join the doctors who had been in practice anywhere from 3 to 30 years and listen to their discussions on topics ranging from Caljam, green books, Chestnut wellness, insurance practices, goals in practice, how to explain chiropractic, universal and innate intelligence, success stories and what they do for fun! The list goes on! They even included us in the conversations and asked us questions. It was a really neat experience and I’m grateful to have had the opportunity to join Stacia!

That being said, I am happy there are so many learning opportunities, seminars, clubs, and speakers once you arrive here on campus. These are all great ways to supplement our classroom education! We can never be done learning, right?? Chicago, St. Louis, Kansas City and Des Moines are all popular seminar locations as well, and are an easy weekend’s drive away. There are often many events right on campus or in Davenport as well because of the amount of eager Palmer beavers that want to learn! It truly is what you make of it and it is about how much time and effort you can devote to becoming a great chiropractor while you are here. Sleep lots, but spend your waking hours wisely, my friends! I’m trying! Ha, ha!

Kaileigh Strath, 4th Trimester Student
Davenport Campus