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West Homecoming 2018 helps prepare profession for “A Healthier Tomorrow”

Photo gallery of West Homecoming 2018 highlights

Palmer College of Chiropractic’s West campus in San Jose, Calif., hosted its 2018 Homecoming event, May 4-6.

From left: West alumni Ashley Uy, D.C., ’17; Derek Ko, D.C., ’15; and Jessica Greene, D.C., ’13; with West faculty clinician Randy Waters, D.C..

This year’s program focused on the theme of “A Healthier Tomorrow” with a multi-track program that featured a stellar lineup of speakers presenting perspectives on patient-care trends in sports, corporate-based clinics, military health centers and, general practice, among others.

West Campus Homecoming 2018 highlights included keynote presentations by Rachel Carlton Abrams, M.D., M.H.S., ABFP, ABIHM (“Using Body Intelligence to Treat Chronic Disease”), and Staff Sgt. (Ret.) Shilo Harris (“When Life Blows Up: A Story of Triumph Over Adversity”).

From left: West alumni Ellen Hoffman, D.C., ’86; Tracy Magie, D.C., ’87; Christina Torres, D.C., ’86; and Joreen Deabueno, D.C., ’86.

Board-certified in family medicine and integrative medicine, Dr. Carlton reflected on patient-care experiences from her multidisciplinary practice in Santa Cruz (where chiropractic care is provided by ’96 Palmer West alumna Marie Royer, D.C.), and also shared in her book, “BodyWise: Discovering Your Body’s Intelligence for Lifelong Health and Healing.”

While deployed to Baghdad in 2007, Mr. Harris suffered severe burns and nearly crippling injuries when his armored vehicle was struck by an improvised explosive device (IED). He inspired the audience by recounting his amazing recovery from more than 60 surgeries, and crediting chiropractic for helping to save his life (which he also acknowledges in his book, “Steel Will: My Journey Through Hell to Become the Man I Was Meant to Be.”)

Staff Sgt. (Ret.) Shilo Harris inspired the audience as he shared how chiropractic was instrumental in helping him recover from multiple surgeries after suffering severe burns and nearly crippling injuries when his armored vehicle was struck by an improvised explosive device (IED) while deployed to Baghdad in 2007.

“Whether in private practice, corporate settings, military, or sports, we’re witnessing a health- care revolution in the form of integrated health centers staffed by teams of multidisciplinary providers who are looking at health from a far more holistic perspective,” said West Campus President Bill Meeker, D.C., M.P.H., F.P.A.C..

“Not surprisingly, the majority of these offices include chiropractic among their scope of services. And the theme of this year’s program showcased the various ways Palmer College – through the accomplishments of its students, faculty, alumni and administrative leaders – is not only advancing the profession, but also changing the landscape of the health-care delivery system, in the process.”

“Palmer West Homecoming dives into the essence of why we became health-care providers — we care, we share, and we build on our history and research to advance the future of the profession,” said speaker Sherry McAllister, D.C., CCSP®, West ’96, who maintains a practice in San Jose, while also serving as executive vice president of the Foundation for Chiropractic Progress.

From left: West alumni Gary Nolan, D.C., ’06; Stuart Quigley, D.C., ’06; Aaron Wiegand, D.C., ’06; and Goldi Jacques Maynes, D.C., ’07.

“Palmer Homecoming never disappoints!” said Stacy Shulenberger, D.C., West ’01, who has attended every Palmer West Homecoming since her first year as a Palmer student in 1998.

“This is a highlight event of my year, as it is a chance to connect and catch up with so many Palmer people who share the understanding of and love for chiropractic. It is enlightening to become increasingly aware of the support and resources available to each of us as part of the ‘family’!”

From left: West Professor and Sports Council Faculty Advisor Edward Feinberg, D.C., West ’83, John Swetz, D.C., West ’84, current West student Josef Swetz, and West President Bill Meeker, D.C., M.P.H., F.P.A.C., ’82.

Other West campus Homecoming 2018 highlights included:

The return of the West Homecoming golf tournament on Thursday, May 3, at the Santa Clara Golf and Tennis Club. West student Alex Tuft won the big prize (a Palmer-themed golf bag) in the “Closest to the Pin” competition.

Prospective students from Arizona, California, Oregon, and the Canadian provinces of Alberta, British Columbia, and Ontario attended a special career-information program hosted by the West campus Admissions Department during the Saturday portion of Homecoming 2018.

West Homecoming 2018 marked the return of a golf tournament — where student Alex Tuft won a Palmer-branded golf-bag for winning the “Closest to the Pin” contest.

In addition to a special presentation by Dr. Meeker, guests also gained insights into the chiropractic profession from perspectives shared during the alumni-panel session, which included: Michael Lord, D.C., West ’10; Sherry McAllister, D.C., CCSP®, West ’96; and David Paris, D.C., West ’01. Drs. McAllister and Paris also presented as part of the C.E. portion of the West Homecoming event.

(Note: Palmer’s West campus will host its annual PalmerPalooza event, free to all prospective students interested in learning more about career opportunities in the chiropractic profession, the weekend of July 21-22.)

The Saturday Evening Gala drew another capacity crowd to the Santa Clara Marriott Hotel for a dinner-dance that featured the return of the Hella Good Party Band.

Mark your calendars for Palmer West Homecoming 2019, which will take place May 3-5!

Visit the Palmer College web-site for information on the Homecoming events planned at each Palmer campus.



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