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Prominent Palmer Presence at 2011 CCA Legislative Conference in Sacramento

5/24/2011 (Archived)

ca - cca leg con 2011Represented by a delegation of nearly four dozen students, and an equally impressive number of alumni, Palmer College had quite a prominent presence at the 2011 California Chiropractic Association (CCA) Legislative Conference event at the state capitol in Sacramento on May 10.

The CCA Leg Con program provides an opportunity for doctors and students to meet with state officials and key assistants, to discuss healthcare-related issues and pending legislation with practice-impacting consequences for the chiropractic profession in California.

For the third year in a row, the Santa Clara County CCA District chapter sponsored bus transportation for local CCA-member doctors as well as West Campus Student CCA members. The bus departed from the West Campus at 7:15 a.m., and the College hosted a continental breakfast for the collective delegation prior to departure.

“Once again, Palmer College’s West Campus had the largest student contingent supporting the CCA Legislative Conference in Sacramento,” said West Campus President Dr. Bill Meeker.

“One thing that always makes me proud to be a Palmer alumnus is the enthusiasm that our students have for chiropractic. So many of our students end up in leadership positions as a result of activism while students; for example, the majority of next year’s CCA officers are Palmer grads.”

Current CCA executive officers include: Dr. Robert Walsh, D.C., West ’95, CCA vice president; Dr. David Paris, D.C., West, ‘’01, secretary; and Dr. Maia James, D.C., West, ’01, immediate past president. Nominated for 2011 CCA executive officer positions include: Dr. Walsh, chief financial officer; Dr. Paris, second vice president; and Dr. Tracy David Cole, West ’89, first vice president.

“On behalf of the West Campus CCA chapter, we want to thank the Santa Clara CCA district, and, in particular, Dr. Mike McMurray, for generously organizing the bus transportation, once again; Dr. McMurray leads by example, as he has not missed a Leg Con day since 1988,” said Dr. Gary de Wet, West Campus associate professor, and West Campus Student CCA faculty adviser for 12 years.

“It’s always nice to reconnect with former students at Leg Day, many of whom credit Palmer for fostering an awareness of the importance of getting politically involved as students, which is why so many of our alumni have remained active in the CCA as practicing doctors, and aspire to leadership positions at the society and statewide levels.”

This year’s Leg Con event was rather unique, due to the fact there was no pending legislation with adverse consequences for the chiropractic profession. Dr. de Wet says this can be attributed, in part, to the efforts of the students and doctors who have made the Leg Con trek to Sacramento since the event was introduced more than two decades ago.

“This shows what we can achieve when working as a unified association. And the fact that there was no pending legislation with potential adverse consequences for the profession made our meetings with the various representatives more congenial, as this year’s Leg Day was more about educating and informing, than lobbying against a pending bill or proposed legislation.”

Current Santa Clara County CCA District President Dr. David Hatami, ’90 West alumnus, was also pleased, and impressed, by the strong showing of West Campus students.

“Today's students are better informed, and much more engaged, which is clearly the baseline for their success,” said Dr. Hatami. “The strong presence of Palmer students, faculty and alumni was acknowledged by several politicians and their staff. This was a great opportunity to unite with our colleagues, and to discuss our concerns with the legislators.”

West Campus Student CCA President Karo Isajan said the CCA Leg Day provides an equally educational and inspiring experience for the participating students.

ca - cca leg con 2011 doctors“The CCA Legislative Conference is one of those events where doctors of chiropractic and chiropractic students come together as one force, to advocate for their patients and fellow citizens,” said Isajan.

“We learn so much about what happens politically, and how important it is that we stay in the political game as a profession. For those who choose to go, and to stretch themselves outside the mandatory class hours, there is a higher reward of knowledge and self-fulfillment, which translates to future success in practice.”

In addition to Dr. Hatami, other Palmer alumni who joined current West students for the bus ride to Sacramento included Dr. Robert Chatfield, West, ’83; Dr. David Hoewisch, Davenport, ’82; and Dr. Grace Lau, West, ’90.

West Campus students who attended the 2011 CCA Leg Day event included: Bernie Alfonso, Meghan Austin-Dowling, Jachin Black, Isaac Borowiec, Justin Brame, Anne Bui, Ciara Cappo, Aimee Carrol, Jesus Cazares, Jeff Chan, Olivia Chu, Taylor Cox, Nick Cruze, Cristina Diaz, Amanda Dluzniewski, Nichelle Francavilla, Danielle Fratellone, Baljinder Gill, Karo Isajan, Stephanie Johnson, Joshua Kinney, Andrew Lopez, Graham Mankey, Deborah Marin, Vanessa Nordin, Nicole O’Dell, Allison Schroeder, Supreet Shah, Megan Thoma, Marcus Waters, Beth Wisniewski, and Jessi Wright.