Mabel Palmer portraitThe First Lady of Chiropractic, Mabel Palmer, was a trailblazer for female chiropractors worldwide. To honor her ambition, leadership and legacy Palmer College of Chiropractic has established the Palmer Women’s Institute (PWI). The goal of the PWI is to advance, support, and inspire female chiropractors. This goal will be achieved through education, mentoring, and professional development.

Female chiropractors have unique gifts, needs and opportunities. The PWI will leverage these unique qualities by bringing together chiropractic faculty, students and alumni—as well as female leaders and entrepreneurs—to support women in chiropractic. Advancing women in chiropractic will be an integral part of the PWI.

The Palmer Women's Institute is open to Palmer students, alumni and other female chiropractors. It is supported by various endowments, current funds and newly raised commitments.


The following scholarships are awarded to female students at Palmer College of Chiropractic:

Dr. Palmera Kabana Endowed Scholarship: This scholarship was created to assist female students pursuing a Doctor of Chiropractic degree at Palmer College of Chiropractic’s Davenport campus.

Dr. Esther A. Mork Memorial Endowed Scholarship Fund: This fund was created by Dr. Esther A. Mork to provide financial assistance to student members of the Sigma Phi Chi Sorority, and/or a student(s) at Palmer College of Chiropractic’s Davenport Campus.

Olivia Lynn Pyne Memorial Scholarship: This scholarship was created to empower and reward young philanthropic women, who have a dream of becoming a doctor of chiropractic, by providing financial support toward their education at Palmer College of Chiropractic’s Davenport campus.

Dr. Flavia J. Van Dyke Endowed Recruitment Scholarship: This scholarship was established by the estate of Dr. Flavia J. Van Dyke to assist female students pursuing a doctor of chiropractic degree at Palmer College of Chiropractic’s West campus.

For more information about these scholarships, please contact the Financial Planning Office.


As a Doctor of Chiropractic, you can influence the future of the profession by encouraging talented women to pursue a career in chiropractic and mentoring them along the way. Palmer offers several ways for you to help women succeed in chiropractic.

Professional Development

womens institute logoWomen Chiropractors (female D.C.s and D.C. students) Networking Event
Thursday, Aug. 10; 7-9 p.m.
Hotel BlackHawk, Gold room
200 East 3rd Street, Davenport Iowa 52801
This event is held in collaboration with Women Chiropractors as part of Palmer's Davenport Homecoming 2017. For more information, contact Palmer Continuing Education and Events at or (563) 884-5998.

The Amazing Balance Act of being a female Chiropractor!
Cynthia Shaft, D.C.
Sponsored by Women Chiropractors
Friday, Aug. 11, 4:30 p.m. Over the course of this presentation, attendees will be provided insights into the specific art and practice of being a female chiropractor. The session begins with a discussion of the biomechanics of adjusting and adaptations one can make to account for body and breast size. Strategies for melding work with family are presented, as well as tactics for avoiding burnout. How to confront pregnancy, childbirth, and surgeries is described. Finally, an approach to handling the ethics of care, as well as harassment from patients closes out the session.  Continuing education credits available for registered Homecoming participants.

More professional development opportunities for women in chiropractic will be announced in the future.

More information about the PWI will be announced as it becomes available. Please direct any questions or comments to Barbara Melbourne, vice chancellor for institutional advancement, at or (563) 884-5453.

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Advancement Office
(800) 722-2586, Ext. 3
(563) 884-5612

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