West campus celebrates 145th graduating class at Spring ’18 commencement
Palmer College of Chiropractic’s West campus in San Jose, Calif., celebrated its 145th graduation at the Spring Quarter ’18 commencement ceremony on June 7 in the Santa Clara Convention Center theater.
Hannah Durbin-Defebvre (Weed, Calif.) and Kerri Domingo (Santee, Calif.) graduated as class valedictorian and salutatorian, respectively, with Magna Cum Laude (3.70 – 3.89) academic honors.
Durbin-Defebvre also received the Clinical Excellence Award, which is presented to the member of the graduating class who best exemplified the skills and qualities expected of a Palmer chiropractor during their yearlong experience as a student-doctor in the Palmer Clinics.
Selected by the six mentor-clinicians at the campus-based Palmer Chiropractic Clinics, the Clinical Excellence Award recognizes the member of the graduating class who demonstrated excellence in the following areas: patient evaluation and diagnosis; chiropractic techniques and rehabilitative procedures; diagnostic imaging; case management; and professionalism.
Mark O’Brien (Cleveland, Ohio) received the Virgil. V. Strang Philosophy Award, which honors the memory of Dr. Virgil V. Strang, a 1951 Palmer graduate and the seventh president of Palmer College of Chiropractic. The award is presented for “distinctive accomplishment and contributions to the philosophical principles of chiropractic as a student at Palmer College’s West campus.”
O’Brien also received the Student Fellowship Award, which is selected by the graduating class, and presented “in recognition of service and leadership while upholding the values of his or her class, college and profession.”
Domingo also received a special award recognizing her service as an executive officer of the West campus student-chapter of the American Chiropractic Association (SACA).
Matthew Skalski, D.C., DACBR, a 2011 graduate of Northwestern Health Sciences who serves as an assistant professor of radiology and consultant musculoskeletal radiologist at Palmer’s West campus, presented the commencement address.
In addition to his faculty position at Palmer West, Dr. Skalski also maintains a private radiology consultation service; has been published in several radiology and clinical imaging publications; and earned five awards last year at the 102nd Scientific Assembly and Annual Meeting of the Radiological Society of North America.