Recently appointed CCA President and West Campus Clinical
Professor William Updyke, D.C., left, with John Bueler, Jr.,
D.C., past president of the CCA.
Several Palmer College alumni and faculty were appointed
executive officers and received special awards at the
California Chiropractic Association (CCA) Summer
Convention, held June 15-17 at the Paradise Point Resort
and Spa in San Diego.
West Campus Clinical Professor William Updyke, D.C., was
appointed as the new CCA president. He had previously served
as chair of the CCA Department of Governmental Affairs. In
accepting his appointment, Dr. Updyke spoke of the seriousness
of two proposed state laws that could make it difficult for
patients to gain access to chiropractic services and “could also
negatively impact the chiropractic scope of practice.”
“I believe that with the continued support from the practicing
doctors of chiropractic in California, the continued dedication
of the individuals we have working for CCA in Sacramento,
and the continued involvement by our student CCA members,
we will be able to appropriately deal with this threat,”
Dr. Updyke said.
West Campus alumni appointed to CCA Executive Committee
positions include Maia James, D.C., ’01, who will serve
as chief financial officer, and Robert Dubro, D.C., ’87, who
succeeds Dr. James as secretary.
Robert Chatfield, D.C., ’83, received the Thomas N. Truax
Award, for showing exceptional dedication to governmental
affairs and political action that supports the chiropractic
profession. Dr. Chatfield also was one of three doctors to
receive a special CCA Presidential Award for meritorious
achievement. The Doctor of the Year Award was bestowed on
R. Dean Harmon, D.C., ’83, and Robert Martines, D.C., ’89,
received the Dr. Robert B. Botterman Award, for doing the
most to uphold the image of chiropractic in the community.
The Santa Clara County District received the Outstanding
District Award for the district that has made outstanding
accomplishments for the chiropractic profession and/or fulfillment
of CCA programs for the year. West Campus alumnus
David Hatami, D.C., ’94, is president of the Santa Clara
Palmer’s awards were capped off by Heather Dehn, D.C,
Davenport ’94, who received the Distinguished Service
Award for performing outstanding service to the community.