a message from Dr. Burt

Dr. Burt

As a chiropractor, I’m often asked to provide a second opinion. However, I’ve never been asked to provide a second opinion while on a television program, at least not until now.

Recently I appeared on “Second Opinion,” a program carried nationwide by 150 PBS stations, in which a diverse group of healthcare practitioners discuss, diagnose and recommend solutions for a patient presenting various symptoms.

What’s heartening to me as a Palmer alumnus is that when it came time for the producers of the show to locate a chiropractor for an episode dealing with low back pain, they called Palmer College of Chiropractic. Why? Because they recognized Palmer as the best chiropractic college in the world. I must say that representing Palmer and my profession was both an honor and a privilege.

What was equally gratifying was the level of respect given to me by the other panelists, who included a primary care medical doctor, an orthopedic surgeon and a physical therapist. I think that says a lot about where chiropractic is and where it’s going.

Having a Palmer chiropractor chosen to participate in a program like “Second Opinion” indicates to me that we’re gaining greater credibility in the healthcare field.

I also had the chance to represent Palmer at Chiropractic ’06- Global Chiropractic Expo. This international symposium was held in February in Panama City, Panama, and included chiropractors representing a broad spectrum of techniques and patient management protocols.

The sponsor of the event, The American Chiropractor magazine, specifically requested that a representative of Palmer College give a brief history of chiropractic. Speaking for Palmer, I couldn’t help but be proud of how chiropractic had become more global than D.D. Palmer could ever have realized.

To see the affect Palmer College is having at the local level, turn to our “Around Town” section. You’ll find stories on how Palmer’s campuses are contributing to the well-being of their communities in many ways. While students on Palmer’s West and Davenport campuses have raised money for the Oklahaven Children’s Chiropractic Center, Palmer’s Florida campus has sponsored the Healthy Heart Run in Port Orange.

The College is also literally building a new foundation in the field of chiropractic clinical education. As this issue goes to press, the foundation is being poured for the new Chiropractic Learning Resource Center (CLRC) on the Davenport campus. You can read more about this in the “Development” section. Or check out the CLRC Web cams on the Palmer Web site at www.palmer.edu/webcam.

Just as each floor will be devoted to a different aspect of clinical care, the CLRC will take chiropractic to another level with state-ofthe- art technology, enhanced clinical education and a whole new way of running a chiropractic clinic.

Exciting things are also taking place within the Alumni Program. In May, we gave away more than 20 state scholarships that would not have been possible without the financial support of alumni like you. Thank you for your support and keep up the good work! We want to continue to give the best students the chance to study at the best chiropractic college in the world.

Finally, I’d like to share with you a few words in an e-mail I received from an employee. “I’ve been at the College for sevenand- a-half years and I’ve never enjoyed my job more than I do now,” it read. The writer went on to say that she loved working here and was excited about all of the changes taking place.

It’s sentiments like these from within the Palmer community, as well as the interest in Palmer from other individuals who are touched by chiropractic, that make me proud to be a Palmer alumnus and proud to serve this wonderful institution.

Thank you for letting me once again share my insights with you.

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