Prominent presence, strong participation among West students, alumni at NCLC 2018

Prominent presence, strong participation among West students, alumni at NCLC 2018

Palmer College of Chiropractic’s West campus in San Jose, Calif., had a strong presence – including students, alumni and administration – at the 2018 National Chiropractic Leadership Conference (NCLC), Feb. 28-March 3, in Washington, D.C..

West Campus SACA delegates at NCLC 2018.

NCLC delegates from the West campus student chapter of the American Chiropractic Association (SACA) included: Sarah D’Atri, Emma Eskilson, Jennifer Gordon, Jake Halverson, Kara Lizak, Vivian Ly, Monika Rizkalla, Stephanie Stensaas, Danielle Walsh, Brian Wang, and Shantai Watson.

In addition to West Campus President Bill Meeker, D.C., M.P.H., F.P.A.C. (West ’82), Erica Heppe, D.C. (’15), Stephanie Johnson, D.C. (’12), Austin McMillin, D.C. (’88), Jonathan Parham, D.C. (’16), and Wayne Whalen, D.C. (’86) were among other West-alumni who attended and/or presented at NCLC 2018.

NCLC is the annual meeting of the ACA, highlighted by an Advocacy Day on Capitol Hill, when students from the U.S. chiropractic colleges join doctors of chiropractic throughout the country to meet with senators and representatives to update them on the state of chiropractic and ask for their support on key legislative items to improve patient care and the future of the profession.

West alumni at NCLC 2018 included Stephanie Johnson, D.C. (’12) and Erica Heppe, D.C. (’15), with her nine-month-old son Robert. As students, Drs. Johnson and Heppe served as West SACA chapter officers. This year’s event marked the ninth NCLC that Dr. Johnson has attended.

“Palmer West has a long-standing tradition of leadership from our students and alumni at the NCLC. This impacts the chiropractic profession at the college-, state- and national-levels,” said Dr. Meeker.

“I am always proud to see our students take an active role in the political decision-making process that will impact them as future doctors. I find it equally inspirational to see many West alumni continuing to attend, and, in some instances, taking more-active leadership roles at events such as NCLC. Many of the recent advancements the profession has achieved are the direct result of their collective efforts.”

“While Palmer West may be a small campus, we have always produced great leaders in our profession,” said Kerri Domingo, president of the West campus SACA chapter, who attended her third NCLC.

West Campus President and ’82 alumnus Bill Meeker, D.C., M.P.H., F.P.A.C. (back row) with West SACA delegates in front of the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington, D.C., during NCLC 2018.

“Many former West SACA officers have gone on to hold positions within the ACA — and I am so thankful to be able to call them colleagues. The friendships and connections I’ve made with Palmer grads through my participation in SACA have been integral in my success as a student.”

“I remember the first time I attended the CCA legislative conference, and met with my elected representatives, and realized that one voice, my voice, actually had power, and that combining our voices had even more power,” said Dr. Whalen, a past president of the California Chiropractic Association (CCA), who spoke on a panel that addressed, “Clinical Practice Guidelines: What Good Are They?”

“It warms my heart to see a strong presence of Palmer West students, and I love seeing how SACA continues to thrive on campus,” said Dr. Johnson, a past National SACA chair, who attended her ninth NCLC.

“I truly believe that the few years we have as students are sacred to developing some of our strongest personal and professional networks. Being a part of SACA, and attending NCLC is where building these networks occur full-throttle.”