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Learning the benefits of Clinic Abroad first-hand

After being a patient during Clinic Abroad trips to her native Fiji, Anjlene Prassad is currently enrolled at Palmer’s Davenport Campus.
Anjlene Prassad seated in clinic coat

For 6th Trimester Davenport Campus student Anjlene “Angie” Prasad, the Clinic Abroad Program (CAP) was a life-changing experience, but not because she went on a CAP trip—CAP came to her.

She was only 16 when the Clinic Abroad Program visited her hometown of Labasa in Fiji. Without knowing what Palmer or chiropractic was, she was one of the many people who went to the clinic without having “the faintest idea as to the amazing results that chiropractic provided.”

Growing up in a third-world country did not allow for much knowledge of medical care, let alone chiropractic. Now that she had the opportunity, she asked as many questions of the visiting doctors and students as possible.

“I wonder whether they thought I was crazy asking so many questions!” she said. “I had seen so many things, like a child suffering from cerebral palsy, and wondered as to why it happened and if he could be helped in any way. When I started asking questions (of family and other local people), the only thing I was told was, ‘Oh, God just made him like that.’ And that was all.”

“And then I watched the interns from Palmer render the chiropractic care to such kids and saw them giggle and smile with gratitude after the adjustment,” said Ms. Prasad. “It made me smile [to think] how amazing and wonderful chiropractic is and gave me the reason to pursue a passion such as this.”

“It seems like just yesterday when I had the first opportunity to meet the team from Palmer at the clinic site in my hometown in Fiji,” said Prasad. “As a 16-year-old girl, I was full of curiosity of what chiropractic really was.”

She had never “stepped out of the comforts of her home,” let alone traveled to the U.S. before coming to Palmer. But from the moment she started at Palmer, Ms. Prasad knew she had made the right choice.

“I have learned a lot of things and still am learning,” she said. “I am grateful that God gave me such an opportunity, and I would do it again because it’s worth the sacrifice to experience the full deal of life.”

Does she plan to go on a CAP trip herself? “Yes!” she said. “I am planning to go to Fiji! I am excited because this time I will have the experience to be part of the team rather than just being a 16-year-old girl waiting to get my many questions answered.”

Ms. Prasad also plans to preceptor in Australia and practice there for a couple of years after graduation. Then she intends to go home and set up her own practice.

“If I can actually bring a smile to a child’s face with chiropractic care, then I think I have accomplished the real meaning of what chiropractic is all about,” she said. “There are many things that I want to do, and for that I think Palmer has been a great experience and I would recommend it to anyone.”

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