The Palmer Student Ambassadors are a select group of highly motivated future chiropractic business professionals. As student representatives of the Palmer Center for Business Development (PCBD), the ambassadors serve as liaisons to current and prospective Palmer students, the community, Palmer faculty, staff and alumni, as well as business professionals.

Each ambassador is expected to be a significant contributor to the future development of the PCBD as well as the well-being and development of Palmer students as they prepare to become members of the professional chiropractic community. Through their positive attitudes and relationship-building skills, the Palmer Student Ambassadors are the epitome of chiropractic leadership.

Expectations

  • Complete a minimum of 4 hours per month of PCBD work-related projects
  • Attend monthly meetings
  • Attend designated events
  • Complete a series of Business Modules through the PCBD

Membership Benefits

  • Gain experience in public relations (meeting people, public speaking, representing the College)
  • Be part of a dynamic, highly visible, customer service oriented organization
  • Work with and learn from business professionals in marketing and entrepreneurship
  • Broaden contacts among faculty, staff, students, administration and business professionals
  • Possible travel opportunities to events with PCBD staff
  • Letters of recommendation for potential job opportunities
  • This is a work-study position

Student Ambassadors


Erik Brace 

Erik Brace email:brace1eb@gmail.com 

Hello, my name is Erik Brace. I choose chiropractic because I want to change the world and make it a better place using my own two hands. What I found hopeful about the Center for Business Development is that it gives you a great opportunity to meet with other future chiropractors and learn about different business ideas. After I graduate from Palmer my plan is to move back to my hometown, Livonia, Mich., and open my own practice.


Brookley Pavnica 

Brookley Pavnica email: bpavnica@gmail.com 

My name is Brookley Pavnica. For me, chiropractic is a profession of service and dedication to the community and to the patients that we, as doctors, will work to heal. I obtained my undergraduate degree in Kinesiology from Indiana University. The Center for Business Development facilitates development of skills critical to integrating ourselves into the communities where we practice.It is a unique opportunity to learn how to transfer the healing skills that we learn into a successful business concept. After graduation, I plan on working with military service members and veterans, and ultimately ending up with a practice in Indianapolis, Indiana.


Rob Harward 

Rob Harward email: robharward@gmail.com 

My name is Rob Harward. Chiropractic has impacted my family and myself deeply and I am excited to be a Palmer student! I am fortunate to also be involved with the business center with all its resources that will help me and my fellow students achieve and our goals as chiropractors and become great at our business. After I graduate, I will open up my own practice and educate many people on healthy living and improving their quality of life.


Corey Harrington 

Corey Harrington email: corey.harrington@live.palmer.edu 

My name is Corey Harrington and I am from Raleigh, NC. I chose to enter the chiropractic profession because I believe in natural, conservative care as a first option. Like other health professionals, chiropractic physicians have to balance their role as both a clinician and a businessman. In other words, the physician must be skilled in their art to help patients, but to ensure the delivery of these treatments they must also possess a minimum competency in the science of business. The Palmer Center for Business Development provides students with an opportunity to enrich their educational experience by gaining these additional skills.


Judd Gines 

Judd Gines email: juddg9@gmail.com 

My name is Judd Gines. As a young man my father taught me to be where I was supposed to be, when I was supposed to be there, doing what I was supposed to be doing. I have total conviction that being a part of Palmer College at this time in my life, is fulfilling my father's admonition. As I strive to become the best doctor I can be, I feel it essential to become a knowledgeable business leader. The Center for Business Development is giving me the tools needed to build a successful practice focused on touching and improving the lives of those I will have the pleasure to serve.


Paul Kite 

Paul Kite email: paul.kite@palmer.edu 

My name is Paul Kite and I am from Atlantic Iowa.  I received my bachelors degree in biological psychology from Northwest Missouri State University.  I chose chiropractic because I believe in a natural and conservative approach to health.  The opportunities in this profession are endless.  I am thankful to be a part of the Palmer Center for Business Development team.  I feel that in order to be a successful chiropractor one must master both the science, art, and philosophy of chiropractic as well as the fundamentals of running a sound business.


Amanthi Mapalagama 

Amanthi Mapalagama email: uvini.mapalagama@1897.palmer.edu 

My name is Uvini Amanthi Mapalagama and I’m from Colombo Sri Lanka. I obtained my undergraduate degree in Biology from Iowa State University. I strongly believe that chiropractic is a great approach to a healthy, fulfilling life. The Center for Business Development is a great resource to all Palmer students to become successful doctors and obtain knowledge to become full rounded physicians with great business skills. I’m grateful to serve as a business ambassador and share my knowledge and skills with other students to fulfill their educational needs.


 Mariah Payne 

Mariah Payne email: mtpayne91@gmail.com 

My name is Mariah Payne. I am from Lynwood Illinois. Chiropractic to me is a profession that focuses on natural healing with a main focus on prevention of sickness and disease by maintaining the neuro-musculoskeletal system. My passion is helping people get healthy and remain healthy which is why I chose chiropractic. The center of business development helps me gain experience with public relations as well as how to be a successful business professional as a chiropractor. After graduation,I plan on working near or close to my hometown in the south suburbs of Chicago, and ultimately opening my own practice focusing on family care.


Mary Beth Jacobson Cretney 

Mary Beth Jacobson Cretney email: marybeth.jacobson@palmer.edu 

My name is Mary Beth Jacobson Cretney and I am from Waukesha, WI. What drew me into chiropractic was the bond and hands-on relationship I will build with patients as both a proactive and reactive health care provider. The Palmer Center for Business Development has opened my eyes to new approaches for personal and professional success. As an ambassador I am able to help get my fellow classmates involved, preparing them for the business ventures they pursue. I am eager to get out in the field and use my skills as a Doctor of Chiropractic as well as a businesswoman and plan to open up a practice in rural Wisconsin.


Cassie Asmondy 

Cassie Asmondy email: cassandra.asmondy@palmer.edu 

Hello, my name is Cassandra Asmondy and I am from Tomahawk, Wisconsin. I completed my bachelor degree in biology from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. I was drawn to chiropractic not only because of my frustration with traditional medicine but also because of chiropractic’s natural, non-invasive way of helping people. Through our holistic approach, we can help people achieve their highest health potential. Working with the Palmer Center for Business Development will take me from the level of a skilled chiropractor to a well-rounded business professional. Upon graduation, I plan to start a general practice in northeast Wisconsin.


Allie DiSalvo 

Allie DiSalvo email: alliedisalvo@gmail.com 

My name is Allison Di Salvo. I am from Lowell, Massachusetts and received my bachelor’s of science degree from Bates College in Lewiston, Maine. I was drawn to chiropractic because of its unique ability to help people of all ages, races, and sizes get healthy and, more importantly, stay healthy. Furthermore, it does so without adding anything foreign to the body. In order for me to be able to effectively utilize the clinical and technical skills I learn at Palmer to help patients, it is essential that I know how to run a successful business. For this reason I am thrilled to be a part of the Palmer Center for Business Development.


Andrew White 

Andrew White email: 70.awhite@gmail.com 

Hello, my name is Andrew White and I am from Jackson, Michigan. My decision to enter the chiropractic field was greatly influenced from witnessing my mother benefitting from chiropractic care after a work related injury. My hope has always been to one day be able to help patients, like I witnessed through my mother years ago. Becoming a student business ambassador has truly been a highlight of my experience here at Palmer. It has helped me become more efficient at public speaking and has given me a greater understanding of what it will take to become a successful doctor, leader, and businessman.


Matt Hill 

Matt Hill email: matthew.hill@palmer.edu 

My name is Matt Hill and I am from Sierra Vista, Arizona. I received my bachelor’s degree in Business Accounting and Management from Trinity International University in Deerfield, Illinois. My decision to attend Palmer and become a Chiropractor began 7 years after I started my career in business. Chiropractic had been such an instrumental part of my two children’s upbringing and my family’s life that I felt a strong calling to help other families and kids experience the same benefits my family did.  I am very fortunate to be involved with the Palmer Center for Business Development. The resources, classes and experiences they offer will help me and my fellow students help an epic number of kids and families. After graduation I plan to open a family/pediatric practice in Arizona.

West Campus Business Ambassadors 2014 The Business Ambassadors invite all West Campus students to the business modules. A schedule can be found on www.palmer.edu/businessmodules .  RSVP using the Palmer CareerNetwork.


Jacqueline Prins web 

My name is Jackie Prins and I’m from Manistique, Michigan.  Becoming a Student Ambassador for the Center for Business Development is important for me because it allows a number of opportunities while in school to strengthen my competency and experience with the different components of entrepreneurship.  It is an opportunity to connect with practicing docs and hear some of their successes.  Being a student ambassador will help me to be a well-rounded, knowledgeable chiropractor so I can help many patients in my future career.

 

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