As she reaches the halfway point of her West Campus educational experience, Stephanie Johnson has figuratively (and literally) gone “the extra mile” to promote Palmer Chiropractic and help advance the chiropractic profession.
The Goleta, Calif., native has already ventured to Washington, D.C., (twice!) as a West Campus delegate for the American Chiropractic Association (ACA) National Chiropractic Legislative Conference (NCLC) in Washington, D.C.; to Texas, as the West Campus delegate for the 2010 World Congress of Chiropractic Students (WCCS), and, to Brazil, as one of three West delegates to attend the 2011 WCCS event; and to Newport, Rhode Island, to attend the 2010 “House of Delegates” meeting, where Stephanie was named SACA National Chair.
In addition to maintaining a busy schedule through her involvement in multiple chiropractic associations and organizations, Stephanie is equally active at home on the West Campus, as: president of the West WCCS chapter; a member of the West Campus Guides; president of the Yoga Club, and a contributing writer for the West student newspaper, The Bartlett.
Stephanie is quick to sing the praises of other students, who are also active and involved, and she gives much of the credit for the students’ “make a difference” spirit to the West Campus administration.
“Their support and encouragement empowers students to take on substantial and rewarding endeavors,” says Stephanie, who aspires to high academic standards, and has earned Dean’s List honors every quarter since initiating her chiropractic studies at the West Campus in October 2009.
“It also says that West Campus students ‘get’ that it is our responsibility to leave the chiropractic profession better than we entered it,” notes Stephanie, who is past chair of the SACA American Public Health Association chapter, and past student representative for The Foundation For Chiropractic Progress (F4CP).
A certified yoga instructor, Stephanie enjoys dancing, snowboarding, camping and traveling. Her athletic achievements include running in the Nike women’s half-marathon as well as full marathons in Las Vegas and Santa Barbara. She also participated in last summer’s ASG/Sports Council 5K Fun Run fundraiser.
Her athletic interests, coupled with her desire to share her passion for health and fitness with others, so they, too, can achieve their health and fitness goals, are part of what motivated her to pursue a chiropractic career.
“My decision to pursue chiropractic stems from exploring every health/medical profession career I have fancied, and being deeply attracted by the excitement and passion that only emanates from career talks involving chiropractic,” says Stephanie, who is now chairing a mentorship committee for the World Congress of Chiropractic Students to increase global membership for the organization.
“I’m 100-percent confident with, and I’m excited about, my bourgeoning career choice. Chiropractic agrees with who I am, who I want to become, and how I want to spend the rest of my life.”