Davenport Homecoming 2017: Five new Fellows honored at Alumni Luncheon

Davenport Homecoming 2017: Five new Fellows honored at Alumni Luncheon

“Palmer College of Chiropractic is fired up … I’m fired up! Are you fired up?” asked Executive Director of Alumni Mickey Burt, D.C., Davenport ’73, at this year’s Alumni Luncheon.

The newest Fellows in the Palmer Academy: (front row from left) Dr. Healther Dehn, Dr. Sira Borges, Mr. William Wilke, (back row from left) Dr. Dana Lawrence and Dr. Peter Fysh.

Dr. Burt served as the emcee for the luncheon and the keynote address was delivered by Palmer’s Vice Chancellor for Advancement Barbara Melbourne, J.D. Five new Fellows in the Palmer Academy of Chiropractic were inducted by Dr. Burt, Palmer Chancellor and CEO Dennis Marchiori, D.C., Ph.D., Davenport ’90, College Provost Dan Weinert, D.C., Ph.D., Davenport ’96, and Board of Trustees Chairperson Trevor Ireland, D.C., F.P.A.C., Davenport ’70. Being named a Fellow is a distinct privilege and honor, and Fellows are leaders in the profession and their communities as well as supporters of Palmer College. Their duty as Fellows is to promote the future of chiropractic, engage in discussions of chiropractic’s role in society and support Palmer College of Chiropractic in every way possible.

Sira Borges, D.C., M.D., Toronto, Canada. Dr. Sira Borges earned her doctor of chiropractic degree from Palmer’s Davenport campus in 1990. In 1971, she earned a medical degree in general medicine, as well as psychiatry certificates, from Salvador College of Medicine, Bahia, Brazil. She’s a member of Palmer’s Presidents Club. Dr. Borges is the founding president of the Brazilian Chiropractor’s Association and executive director of the Federacion Latino Americana de Quiropractica. She’s a presenter at chiropractic colleges and meetings, and regularly provides radio and television interviews in Brazil and throughout Latin America.

Heather Dehn, D.C., Sacramento, Calif. Dr. Heather Dehn graduated from Palmer’s Davenport campus in 1994 and has practiced in the Sacramento, California, area since then. She comes from a long line of chiropractors and practiced with her father, Dr. Fred Dehn, until his retirement in 1995. She’s been a member of the Palmer President’s Club for 10 years and is a strong supporter of her alma mater. Dr. Dehn served as the president of the Sacramento Valley Chiropractic District and on the board of directors for the California Chiropractic Association. In 2012 she was appointed by Governor Jerry Brown to the Board of Chiropractic Examiners. Dr. Dehn was re-appointed to a second term in 2016 and is vice chair of the Board. She helped organize a no-cost chiropractic clinic at Wellspring Women’s Center and volunteers there regularly. She’s also active in animal causes.

Peter Fysh, D.C. of Los Altos, Calif. Dr. Peter Fysh is an internationally recognized educator, speaker and author on chiropractic pediatrics. One of the developers of the ICA Pediatric Council’s Diplomate in Clinical Chiropractic Pediatrics (DICCP), he’s currently chairman of the International College of Chiropractic Pediatrics Board of Examiners, the testing body for the DICCP Board Examination.

Dr. Fysh has been a strong and powerful advocate of chiropractic care for children throughout his professional career as a chiropractor. A graduate of Phillips Institute in Melbourne, Australia, his slogan “Kids need Chiropractic Too” is well-known throughout the world. An emeritus professor of pediatrics for Palmer’s West campus, Dr. Fysch is a full-time practitioner in Los Altos, California.

Dana Lawrence, D.C., M.Med.Ed., M.A., Dallas, Texas. Dr. Dana Lawrence is senior director for the Center for Teaching and Learning and Continuing Education at Parker University. He previously served Palmer College of Chiropractic in a similar role. Prior to coming to Palmer College, Dr. Lawrence spent 23 years at National University of Health Sciences, leaving that institution as dean of one of its three colleges. He serves on more than 20 editorial boards and is associate editor for several. Dr. Lawrence was a co-investigator on Palmer College’s R25 grant designed to help expand the use and understanding of evidence-based practice among the faculty and student body at Palmer College.

William Wilke, M.A., The Villages, Fla. William Wilke is chairman of the Palmer Board of Trustee’s finance and operations committee. He served as chairman of the Board and CEO of Mercantile Bank, Davenport, Iowa, until his retirement. Prior to that he was vice president and CFO of Farm Credit Bank, Wichita, Kansas. He served as interim president of Palmer College of Chiropractic from 2009 to 2010. He earned a Master of Arts degree in economics from the University of Nebraska in 1966. He also earned a bachelor of science degree in business administration from Nebraska, where he graduated in the top two percent of his class. Before enrolling in college he served in the U.S. Navy, and was commissioned as an ensign and naval aviator at the age of 20.