Palmer momentum continues at West campus Homecoming 2017 event
Palmer College of Chiropractic’s West campus in San Jose, Calif., celebrated an event-filled Homecoming 2017 program, May 5-7, which featured the theme, “Momentum.”
And, from start to finish, the more-than-300 guests who attended the collective West Homecoming activities experienced multiple examples of how Palmer “momentum” is advancing the chiropractic profession.
“Homecoming is always a special event, because of the unique dynamic and tangible-energy that’s created when prospective students, current students, alumni, and other doctors are on campus at the same time,” said West Campus President Bill Meeker, D.C., M.P.H., F.P.A.C., who delivered back-to-back presentations in the theater-style seating set up in the West campus Library on Friday morning. His presentations included, “Doctors of Chiropractic as Primary Spine Practitioners: Opportunities and Challenges” and the general-session, “Gaining Momentum: Gallup’s Second-Year Results on the Public’s Perception of Chiropractic.”
“Doctors have multiple ways to earn their relicensure credits, but the Palmer Homecomings foster professional comraderie that is stimulating, inspiring, and appealing,” said Dr. Meeker.
“Each year our program provides a unique opportunity to hear leaders in the profession discuss the growing number of ways that more and more patients are gaining access to, and benefitting from, chiropractic health care services — in the military, in corporate-settings, in sports, and traditional solo-practitioners — which is something for us to celebrate as a collective chiropractic community.”
West campus Homecoming 2017 guests ventured from various destinations to attend this year’s event, including: Alabama, Alb., Canada, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Missouri, Nevada, New York, Ohio, Texas, Washington, and Norway.
Homecoming 2017’s multi-track seminar format featured more than two-dozen speakers, including: James Bedle, D.,C., DACBR; Joseph Biernat, D.C.; Edward Cremata, D.C.; Casey Crisp, D.C., M.S., ACP; Ed Feinberg, D.C., DACBSP®; Mary Frost, D.C., M.B.A.; Mitch Hass, D.C., M.A.; Nate Hinkeldey, D.C.; Stephanie Johnson, D.C.; Daniel Lord, D.C.; Michelle Maiers, D.,C., M.P.H., Ph.D.; Mitch Mally, D.C.; Sherry McAllister, D.C., M.S.(Ed.), CCSP®; Robert Mootz, D.C.; Shawn Neff, D.C., M.A.S., FACO; Tabatha Parker, ND; Cynthia Price, Ph.D., M.A., LMP; Kyle Prusso, D.C., CCSP® ; Matthew Skalski, D.C.., DACBR; Lenny Stein, D.C.; Robert Walsh, D.C., CCSP®; and Morgan Young, D.C..
Members of the West campus Class of ’92 reunited to celebrate their 25-year graduation anniversary at the annual Palmer-sponsored dinner, held at David’s Restaurant in Santa Clara. Attendees included: Terek Brown, D.C.; Troy Giles, D.C.; Jodi Judge, D.C.; Jesper Lundbaek, D.C.; Knut Rikard Lunde, D.C.; Steve Matthewson, D.C.; Mehdi Moossavi, D.C.; Renee (Crites) Ownbey, D.C.; Linda Paris-Bell, D.C.; Diane Shemenski, D.C.; Stephanie Szabo, D.C.; and David York, D.C.
Prospective students from California, Ohio, Kentucky, Nevada, and Wyoming, as well as three guests from Alberta, Canada, attended the career-information program hosted by the West campus Admissions Department on Saturday.
In addition to a special presentation by Mickey Burt, D.C., (Davenport, ’73), Palmer College executive director for Alumni, the alumni-panel session was another program highlight. Featured guest speakers included Stephanie Johnson, D.C., the first female chiropractor at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Washington, D.C.; Daniel Lord, D.C., CCSP®, Physical Medicine Sr. Program Manager at Crossover Health; and Sherry McAllister, D.C., CCSP®, who maintains a private practice while also serving as Executive Vice-President of the Foundation For Chiropractic Progress.
West Homecoming 2017 featured many other highlights, including: the vendor expo with more than a dozen companies represented; the complimentary Friday Evening Social Event, where guests enjoyed complimentary tacos (freshly grilled) and other refreshments, while enjoying the sounds of the Face Paper Bandits band (featuring West campus students — and a guest-performance on guitar by West faculty-member Douglas Gillard, D.C.); the Saturday Evening Gala at the Santa Clara Marriot, featuring lively dance sounds of the Hella Good Party Band. The Sports Council raffle for an autographed Jerry Rice football (which raised nearly $1800) was won by West faculty-clinician Diana Martin, D.C. (West, ’86).
“Every time I come back for Homecoming, in addition to the enjoyment of reconnecting with former classmates, it reinforces my pride to be a Palmer graduate, and reminds me that I made the correct choice to attend a Palmer campus,” said Jesus Cazares D.C., CCSP® (West, ’13), who maintains a practice in Stockton, Calif., where he is chiropractor for the Stockton Heat, the American Hockey League team affiliated with the Calgary Flames of the National Hockey League. Dr. Cazares also is chiropractor for the University of Pacific basketball team.
Mark your calendars for West campus Homecoming 2018, which will take place May 4-6. Visit the Palmer website for information on the Homecoming events planned at each Palmer campus.