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Anna Marie is a native of Edmonton, Alberta, Can., where she earned her B.Sc. (biological sciences) and graduated with “Distinction” honors from the Univ. of Alberta prior to initiating his chiropractic studies at Palmer’s West Campus. Working as a chiropractic assistant in her stepfather’s clinic allowed Anna Marie to see the results patients achieved through chiropractic care, and ignited a desire to become a chiropractor herself. “Performing initial ‘new patient’ intakes and re-evaluations allowed me to see the positive benefits of chiropractic on a variety of patients,” said Anne Marie, who ranks snowboarding among her favorite recreational pastimes. “Plus, I always felt like chiropractic combined my desire to help people on their path to health and wellness in a natural way,” Once Anna Marie decided to pursue a career in chiropractic, she chose to attend Palmer’s West Campus. “The West Campus is part of Palmer College, which provides an educational experience with a great balance of science, philosophy, and the art of chiropractic. Plus, after attending a large university in Canada, the ‘family’ feeling of a smaller campus also was a major factor. I also look forward to being close to exploring California!” Anna Marie says plans to explore various practice options as she progresses through the West Campus program, and plans to sit both the Canadian and U.S. National Board exams before settling down.
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Antonio grew up in Boulder, Colo., where he earned his B.S. (integrative physiology) from the University of Colorado prior to initiating his chiropractic studies at Palmer’s West Campus in 2012. Antonio says that once he made the decision to enter the healthcare field, whatever practitioner path he pursued would have had to be in synch with his personal health practices. He found chiropractic to be his calling, in large part due to the profession’s focus on correcting the root problem of a patient’s source of pain or discomfort, rather than simply treating the symptoms. Antonio chose to attend Palmer’s West Campus because of its Sports Council program, the evidence-based curriculum, and the close community of students. Antonio is an active member of the West community. In addition to the Campus Guides, Antonio is vice president of the West Campus student chapter of the American Chiropractic Association (SACA), and a member of the Palmer soccer team. Antonio enjoys hiking, mountain biking and rock climbing. Antonio says he hopes to return to Colorado and practice in the Boulder area.
Orlando was born in Chandler, Ariz. When he graduated from high school, he was drawn to the chiropractic profession “by the opportunity to care for people with the use of my hands.” Life took him in a different direction and Orlando earned his B.S. (exercise science) from Arizona State University in 1999. While working in the fitness realm, Orlando was inspired to pursue his life-long dream by 2001 West alumnus Dr. Radman "Radi" Rahiminejad. “Dr. Radi always pushed me to do more. One day I came into the clinic, and I left a letter of recommendation form to attend Palmer on his desk, and he was excited. Now I’m happy to pursue my dream.” Once he made the choice to become a D.C., Orlando decided to attend Palmer’s West Campus due to “the high standards of the academic program, philosophy, and clinical experience.” An outdoors enthusiast who enjoys hiking, biking and golfing, Orlando is active with other West Campus clubs and organizations, including the Sports Council. Orlando plans to practice in Chandler, and hopes to ultimately develop a family practice on the Navajo Reservation in Arizona.
Ajay is a Seattle, Wash., native who earned his B.S. (exercise science) from Central Washington University (CWU) prior to initiating his chiropractic studies at Palmer’s West Campus in 2012. Ajay played soccer at CWU, where chiropractic care enabled him to endure the physical wear-and-tear of collegiate sports while completing his studies. His personal experiences motivated Ajay to pursue a career that would enable him to help others achieve their health goals in life, from a similar drug- and surgery-free approach. Once Ajay made the decision to enter the chiropractic field, he knew exactly which college to attend. “The reputation of Palmer is undisputed, so it was my first and only choice,” he says. In addition to the Campus Guides, Ajay is active in the Sports Council, as well as the Soft Tissue, Motion Palpation, Neuroscience, and SPEAK clubs. Ajay also plays goalie on the Palmer soccer team, and is in the process of starting a new Palmer fitness club. Following graduation, Ajay says he hopes to move back to the Pacific Northwest and practice closer to home.
Steven is a Vancouver, B.C., Canada native who earned his B.H.K. (bachelor’s in human kinetics) from Trinity Western University in Vancouver. From his first visit to a chiropractor in the fifth grade, Steven says he knew that health care was his calling. He wanted to choose a career that was natural and impactful, which made chiropractic an easy decision. Another easy choice? Leaving Canada for California to begin his chiropractic studies in January 2011. “The primary reason I chose to attend Palmer’s West Campus is for its respected reputation,” says Steven, who plays on several West Campus sports teams, including the Palmer Pride ice hockey team, which has won three consecutive division championships in the San Jose Sharks Adult Hockey League. “Whether it’s alumni, professors, students, or even other chiropractic colleges, Palmer’s West Campus is highly regarded by all. Blending a good mixture of philosophy and academic focus was important to me. And when you factor in the countless number of extracurricular activities in which students are able to participate—and the fact that the Bay Area is a mecca of health and wellness—the West Campus was a great choice.” Steven is considering a return to Canada, but California also holds great appeal. His long-term goal is to establish an auxiliary chiropractic clinic in Peru.
Shawn is a Las Vegas, Nev., native who earned his B.S. degree (kinesiology) from the University of Nevada-Las Vegas, prior to initiating his chiropractic studies at Palmer’s West Campus in 2012. “I’ve always been interested in the healthcare field, and I like helping people. I wanted a career that allows me to have my own business. Chiropractic offers me such a career. The sky’s the limit!”As for selecting the West Campus, Shawn says, “The thing that I liked about this school more than any other was the Sports Council. Another is the focus on the research. I also like the student to teacher ratio, and, of course, the location.” Shawn is active in several other clubs, including the Sports Council. Shawn is the father of three-year-old twins (Crew and Lily), and there’s nothing he enjoys more than spending time with his wife (Allyson) and children. When he takes a break from the books, Shawn looks forward to riding his Harley, his dirt bike, or powerboat—“basically, anything that goes fast!” Shawn plans to return to Las Vegas, with the goal of opening a family-focused practice.
Jenn Nolan is an Arkville, New York native who earned dual degrees in Television-Radio Communications (Video Production) and Exercise Science from Ithaca College before beginning her chiropractic career. Jenn was drawn to the chiropractic profession because it combined her love of anatomy and physiology with her wellness-focused approach to health. Jenn credits the chiropractic care she's received for helping her achieve the optimal level of fitness required to stay active in multiple recreational pastimes. Palmer West was the natural choice. “I like the evidenced-based approach to learning; the Sports Council because, as an athlete, it’s exciting have sports be part of my everyday work; and the friendly, professional, and well-informed Campus Guides, whose mentorship I continue to seek as I start my own chiropractic journey at Palmer.” Jenn serves as treasurer of the West Campus chapter of the Student American Chiropractic Association (SACA), and she’s a member of the Sports Council, as well as the AK/SOT, Neurology, and Soft Tissue clubs.
Andrea grew up in Riverside, Calif., and earned her B.S. (biological studies) from California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, prior to making the move to the northern part of the Golden State to pursue her chiropractic studies at Palmer’s West Campus in San Jose. Given that health care was her passion, Andrew knew this would ultimately become her profession. And, the more she explored health career options, the more Andrea found herself following a career path into the chiropractic profession – and heading in the direction of Palmer’s West Campus, which she selected for “the small class sizes, supportive family feel, and the outstanding students and faculty.” In addition to the Campus Guides, Andrea also is active with a wide range of West Campus extracurricular endeavors, including the Gonstead and Soft Tissue clubs, the Palmer Student Alumni Foundation, the Sports Council, and for some recreational release, the Volleyball club. “Chiropractic is everything I have ever wanted in a career -- and more!” says Andrea, who also enjoys baking, traveling, running, yoga, and cycling. “A career in the chiropractic profession not only allows you to interact with people on a daily basis, and help them to achieve an optimal level of health, but you also have the opportunity to spread the word about this amazing healing technique that works naturally with the body.”
Tony is a Muscoda, Wisc., native, who earned his B.S. (biology pre-medicine emphasis in business) from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville prior to initiating his chiropractic studies at Palmer’s West Campus in Oct. 2012. “I’m impressed with how the body can heal itself, with correct direction and time, so my ultimate goal became finding a career that would enable me to help my patients achieve optimal health with little to no drug intervention—and what better way to do this then being the mechanic for the human body!,” says Tony. In addition to his role with the Campus Guides, Tony also is an executive officer on the Sports Council executive board, and is a member of several campus clubs, including Gonstead, Soft Tissue, Motion Palpation, and Neurology. Tony says he’ll explore all career options as he advances through the West Campus program. However, he foresees returning to the Midwest, where he envisions establishing a sports-focused practice.
Morgan is a Reno, Nev., native who completed her Palmer prerequisites at the University of Nevada at Reno, and at Brigham Young University. Morgan’s father is a Dr. David Rovetti, a 1985 West Campus alumnus, so she grew up in a chiropractic family. However, she gained a whole new appreciation for chiropractic while playing on the U20 women’s rugby team, featuring the top women rugby players in the country. “Chiropractic care has been so beneficial in my life; I’m excited about becoming a part of the profession, and being able to help others enjoy the same health benefits,” says Morgan. In addition to her father being a West alumn, Morgan says she chose to attend the West Campus due to its California location, along with Palmer’s respected reputation for setting the highest standards of clinical and academic excellence. In addition to the Campus Guides, Morgan is involved with other campus clubs, including SPEAK and the Sports Council. Morgan enjoys playing various sports and camping. Following graduation, Morgan will return to Nevada, where she plans to open an acute-care practice in Reno.
Courtenay was born in Detroit Lakes, Minn. Courtenay earned her B.S. in nursing from Saint Catherine University in St. Paul, and worked as a pediatric intensive care nurse for six years. Courtenay suffered a back injury a few years ago and her experience of receiving care from a local chiropractor is what ultimately got the wheels spinning in the chiropractic direction. Although there were chiropractic college options closer to home, Courtenay decided to attend Palmer’s West Campus based on a multitude of factors, some of which include its outstanding reputation, exceptional Sports Council, and the one-on-one attention with small class sizes. In addition to the Campus Guides, Courtenay also is active with other clubs and activities, including Sports Council, Functional Fitness, Applied Kinesiology, Ping-Pong, SOT, and Soft Tissue. Extracurricular interests include hiking, biking, running, yoga, movies, reading a great thriller, and traveling. Although she’s open to all opportunities that may come her way in the course of her West Campus experience, Courtenay has narrowed her ideal practice locations to Minneapolis, Denver or San Francisco. She envisions a multidisciplinary practice, with an emphasis on pediatric care, which includes a sizeable area designated for physical rehab.
When Rebecca graduates from Palmer’s West Campus in 2014, she will be the fourth chiropractor of her immediate family—and D.C. number 75 in the extended Schroeder family of chiropractors! Rebecca’s father, Dr. Tom Schroeder, is a 1980 Palmer Davenport Campus graduate, and her sister, Dr. Allison Schroeder Mankey, is a 2011 West Campus graduate. Rebecca’s chiropractic cousins include current West Campus student Torrey Schroder and Dr. Terry Schroeder, ’86 alumnus and coach of the U.S. men’s water polo team. “I grew up in a chiropractic family, and watching the healing take place around me was incredible! It didn’t take long for me to see the magnitude of chiropractic, and I was quickly inspired to become a chiropractor myself,” said Rebecca, who will join her father’s practice in Fresno. Selecting the college to attend was as easy of a decision for Rebecca as was her career choice. “I chose Palmer’s West Campus because of the admiration and respect I have for all the successful doctors I know who’ve graduated from Palmer,” said Rebecca, who is president of the Maximized Living Club, and a member of the Sports Council as well as the Sun and Snow, Pediatrics, and SOT/AK clubs. Rebecca’s recreational interests include soccer, snow sports and wakesurfing.
Torrey is a Clovis, Calif., native who attended the University of Texas at Austin for three years before completing her health sciences degree at New Mexico State University. Torrey was a Division I softball pitcher all four years. Torrey joins her cousin Becca (also a Campus Guide) at the West Campus. She will graduate as a fourth-generation chiropractor in her immediate family, and as the 75th D.C. in the collective group of Schroeder chiropractors, which includes several West alumni. “Palmer’s West Campus does a remarkable job at combining the science, art and philosophy of our profession into a curriculum that challenges students to become better doctors. Plus, we get the traditions of Palmer’s history, while enjoying the San Francisco Bay Area.” Torrey is active in the SPEAK and Soft Tissue clubs, and she also serves as her class’ student government representative. Torrey enjoys playing beach and court volleyball, and she remains active on the softball field, as a personal instructor teaching the art of pitching. Torrey plans to join the Fresno-based practice of her father, Dr. Andy Schroeder, Davenport ’77.
Daniel hails from Victoria, B.C., where he attended the University of Victoria, and majored in kinesiology while completing his prerequisites prior to initiating his studies at Palmer’s West Campus in January 2012. Daniel entered U of V with the thought of becoming a physical therapist. However, that career path was rerouted into chiropractic while working part-time at Backfit Spinal Health & Fitness in Victoria. “Working with two great Palmer doctors during my undergrad inspired me to rethink my original plan to become a physical therapist, and, instead motivated me to become a Doctor of Chiropractic.” Inspired by the skills of his two mentoring doctors, Daniel decided to follow the same Canada-to-California path to Palmer’s West Campus. Other decision-impacting factors included: experienced and well-published faculty; the friendly and supportive student body; and the West Campus’ renowned Sports Council program. Most of Daniel’s recreational interests involve the outdoors, so you’ll often find him cycling on his bike or getting in touch with nature while hiking in the Santa Cruz Mountains. Upon graduation, he will be venturing back home to Canada, where he plans to establish a practice in Victoria.
Damir was born in Sarajevo, Bosnia & Herzegovina, but his family fled the country amidst a civil war when he was eight and moved to the United States, where they settled in Chicago, Illinois. Damir attended the University of Illinois at Chicago, where he earned his B.S. in 2008. Damir was motivated to pursue a career in chiropractic following the care he received from a local chiropractor, which changed his personal philosophy on health care. Once he made the decision to pursue a career in chiropractic, he knew he wanted to become a Palmer graduate, and join the largest network of chiropractic doctors in the world. Of course, the West Campus location also factored into his decision: “The Bay Area is a very attractive place to live – and much warmer than back in Chicago!” Damir has served as co-education director for the Sports Council and vice president of the Soft Tissue Club; worked as a student assistant on a faculty research project; and has played on the men’s indoor soccer team and men’s basketball team. Trained in Brazilian jiu-jitsu, Damir says he’ll consider and explore all practice options as he progresses through the program; however, his ultimate goal is to return to Chicago and establish a family-based practice that specialize in sports and movement.
Joe grew up in Evergreen, Colo., where he earned his B.S. in Health and Exercise Science from Colorado State University. Joe started his CSU experience with the thought of pursuing a medical degree; however, after exploring the medical field a bit further, he quickly discovered how physician-based medicine has changed rather dramatically in recent years. Given his desire to be in a position to have a more “hands-on” role with helping his patients achieve optimal health and wellness, Joe decided to change career fields and redirected his career path toward chiropractic. “This profession offers the unique opportunity for the doctor to be a larger force in the patient’s healing and overall healthy lifestyle.” Joe says several factors impacted his decision to attend Palmer’s West campus, including: high standards of academic excellence; a friendly and supportive campus community; and the renowned Sports Council program. Joe is captain of the West Campus soccer team and his long-term goal is to manage a family-focused, Colorado-based practice that enables him to utilize his sports-specific skills with local athletics, from youth to college levels.
Justin is an Alberta, Canada native who studied biology sciences at the University of Calgary for two years before moving to Melbourne, Australia, where he enrolled in the Health Science Program offered at Latrobe University’s Bundoora Campus. The chiropractic profession appealed to his goals of becoming an established doctor, a community leader and a well-resourced and educated “lifestyle coach” for his patients. He chose at Palmer’s West Campus because of the warm and friendly student body; the opportunity to be an active member of the West Campus Sports Council; and the pride and honor of joining the most principled and well-educated doctors in the chiropractic profession as a Palmer College graduate. Justin has been active in a variety of student clubs and extracurricular activities, including the Sports Council, the Motion Palpation Club, the Applied Kinesiology Club, the Soft Tissue Club, the West Campus Kidnetics Program, the SPEAK (Student Patient Education and Knowledge) Club, and Yoga Club. He enjoys creating music with friends on his guitar and cajon (hand drum), yoga, working out, and swimming laps. He says, “My objectives as a Doctor of Chiropractic are to achieveand promote optimal spine health, as well as to educate my patients, friends and family on how to live a healthier, well-balancedand ultimately more enjoyable lives. Palmer's West Campus offers great opportunities that give me the tools to fulfill my goals as a healthcare provider."
Brandon is a Covington, Ky., native who attended the University of Kentucky, where he earned a dual bachelor’s degree in biology and psychology prior to commencing his chiropractic studies at Palmer’s West Campus in 2011. “My education, health-consciousness, and upbringing in a diverse medical family led me to explore this profession, and introduced me to a career that I could genuinely devote myself to: chiropractic,” says Brandon. “The more time I spent observing the benefits of chiropractic care, the more I fell in love with the idea of helping my own patients.” He decided to attend the West Campus based on the Bay Area location, the Sports Council program, and the evidence-based curriculum. Brandon is the president of the West chapter of the International Federation of Chiropractors & Organizations (FICO), as well as an assistant Sports Council event coordinator. Brandon also helped the Sports Council develop a new web site: http://palmerwestsports.com/. In addition to other campus clubs, Brandon enjoys wakeboarding, skydiving, scuba diving, and hiking. Following graduation, Brandon plans to combine his love of travel and chiropractic to explore international practice opportunities.
Tomilyn grew up in a health-conscious family in Wilmington, Ohio, where she received chiropractic care from a young age and throughout her career as a long-distance runner at Xavier University, where she earned her B.S. (biology). After earning her M.Ed from the University of Notre Dame, Tomilyn worked as a middle-school science and high school biology teacher for three years. She earned a Fulbright Group Scholarship, which provided the opportunity to visit schools in Brazil. "The collective experiences of college athletics, working with children, and spending time in a developing nation, solidified my interest in pursuing a chiropractic career," said Tomilyn. In addition to the comfortable year-round climate, other key factors which factored into Tomilyn’s decision to attend the West Campus include Palmer'sreputation as "the trusted leader," small class sizes, and excellent sports chiropractic programs. “As a former teacher, I know how valuable intimately-sized classroom settings are to the learning process, and that is a huge advantage the West Campus has over all other chiropractic colleges." Tomilyn coaches the track and cross-country teams at St. Lawrence Academy, and she’s active with the Kidnetics Project. Tomilyn hopes to develop a small-community practice in Ohio serving women, families and athletes.
Trent is a native of Vancouver, B.C., Canada, where he earned his B.S. in kinesiology at the University of the Fraser Valley, with an emphasis in exercise physiology and rehabilitation. During the three years prior to initiating his chiropractic career, Trent worked as a personal trainer, designing programs that were built to help improve postural instabilities. During his final year at UFV, Trent volunteered at a local multidisciplinary clinic, where he learned the degree to which chiropractic can have such an immediate impact and positive influence on the patient’s health and wellness. “That experience motivated me to pursue a chiropractic career, because I’ve always wanted to help people achieve optimal health with my hands, and to positively affect the quality of their life.” Once Trent recognized chiropractic was his calling, the next step was deciding where to go to school. Trent participates in many clubs including Gonstead, Motion Palpation, and Soft Tissue, as well as playing on the Palmer Pride ice hockey team. Following graduation, Trent plans to start a multidisciplinary practice, with an emphasis on acute-injury management.