Palmer graduate Dr. Alexandre Konovalov, in downtown
St. Petersburg, Russia, where he opened its first chiropractic
clinic in September 2006.
There was a time when there was no place to go for chiropractic care in
Russia’s second largest city, St. Petersburg. That was until September of
2006, when 2004 Davenport Campus graduate Alexandre Konovalov,
D.C., became the first person to provide chiropractic care as part of a
groundbreaking program to give chiropractic a foothold in Russia.
Dr. Konovalov, a native of nearby Moldova, a former Soviet republic,
first became involved in the program in 2005 when he visited
St. Petersburg to meet with a group of Russians and Americans,
including medical doctors from one of the city’s largest hospitals,
St. Elizabeth Hospital.
Among the Americans present was Sherry Durrett, D.C., L.C.P.
(Hon.), who has been working to establish chiropractic in Russia
since 2004 (see PCC Alumni News, April-June ’05). She ultimately
chose Dr. Konovalov, a 2005 Davenport Campus graduate, to
become St. Petersburg’s first chiropractor.
In May 2006, Dr. Konovalov visited St. Petersburg again, this time
meeting with Americans Dr. Durrett and Michael Tetrault, D.C., and
Russians Boris Taits, M.D., and Alexandre Taits, M.D., both from St.
Elizabeth Hospital. In one week, this group and representatives of
St. Petersburg’s Public Health Committee, ironed out the details of
Dr. Konovalov’s new position, including having his Palmer diploma
and transcripts translated into Russian. They also began
the setup of the first chiropractic practice there.
Months later, the waiting was over when Dr. Konovalov
officially became able to treat patients in his practice
for the first time in September 2006. You can contact
Dr. Konovalov at firstname.lastname@example.org. To help with
this project, contact Dr. Durrett at email@example.com.