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Florida Campus looks back on 10 years of growth

With a desk and a phone in a small room in the Allen Green Civic Center (AGCC), Palmer’s Florida Campus was born. Current Student Activities Coordinator Dawn Acquaro Funk was the first employee hired for the Florida Campus. “It was definitely a leap of faith,” she says. “I had one window by my desk in a small room. We shared the Allen Green Civic Center with a number of other businesses and city offices. With the support of the City of Port Orange and area businesses, the local community rallied around us.”

Palmer’s Florida Campus grew gradually, adding more space in the AGCC before welcoming the first class of 42 students on October 7, 2002. “A team from Davenport with West Campus involvement would come down regularly and meet with city officials,” Ms. Funk adds. “As we moved forward, Palmer would eventually take over the entire building in the AGCC.”

As additional students enrolled in Florida’s only chiropractic college, work began on constructing the campus’ first building. “The city really wanted us here,” says Ms. Funk. “We sold our students on the city of Port Orange, the climate in the south and, most of all, the curriculum on Palmer’s Florida Campus, which was new, innovative and non-traditional. We celebrated every small accomplishment as a team. Against all odds we were bound and determined to see Palmer’s Florida Campus flourish.”

Michael Chance, D.C., who is part of a fourth-generation chiropractic family, says, “Until my son’s graduation from the Florida Campus in March of this year, the rest of the family had attended Palmer’s Davenport Campus. I was a little worried that the Florida Campus would be like ‘Palmer Light’ and lack the intangibles that made Palmer’s Davenport Campus the premier chiropractic institution in the world. As it turned out, I had nothing to worry about. I have been very impressed not only with my son’s education, but also with his clinical skills and his understanding of chiropractic philosophy.”

In just 10 years, the Florida Campus has certainly grown from its inception. Now comprised of three state-of-the-art buildings, a recently remodeled full-service clinic and an enrollment of more than 700 students, Palmer’s Florida Campus is poised for the future.

Shane Carter, D.C., M.B.A. (Florida ’05), currently Director of Clinics for the Florida Campus and a member of the campus’ first graduating class says, “Ten years ago, this was a dream of a few pioneering individuals. As one of the first graduates of Palmer’s Florida, Campus it has been personally rewarding to see that dream to not only become reality, but to have exceeded that original vision.”

The 10 year anniversary of Palmer’s Florida Campus will be celebrated during Homecoming, which will be held on campus March 1-3, 2013.

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