For the first time, on Thursday, Aug. 11, students from each of the three Palmer campuses came together to form The Palmer Spine, which stretched throughout Lyceum Hall at the conclusion of Palmer Davenport’s Homecoming 2005 Spizzerinctum address.
Sharing the 'Miracles of Chiropractic'
“The Seven Miracles of Chiropractic” left few dry eyes in
Lyceum Hall Auditorium Saturday, Aug. 13. Seven doctors,
including graduates from Palmer’s Davenport and West
campuses and other chiropractic colleges, shared stories of
how chiropractic changed the lives of their patients and,
often, their own.
Dr. Kristen McDonough and Dr. Scott Carruthers share their story of how chiropractic helped transform a patient’s life during last year’s “Seven Miracles of Chiropractic” event.
Featured speakers included: Ashly Ochsner, D.C., Palmer
Davenport ’98, Jason Weise, D.C., Palmer Davenport ’04, Gary
Hall, D.C., Palmer Davenport ’74, Allen Unruh, D.C., Palmer
Davenport ’99, Kennon Rude, D.C., Scott Carruthers, D.C.,
Palmer Davenport ’97 and Kristen McDonough, D.C., Palmer
Davenport ’05. Emcee James Van Wagoner, D.C., shared the
stories of Lance Casazza, D.C., Palmer West ’01, and Robert
Dubin, D.C., who were unable to attend.
A particularly touching story was presented by Drs.
Carruthers and McDonough about a young woman named
Sulu they met during their summer 2004 Clinic Abroad
Program trip to Fiji. Before she met Dr. Carruthers and
then-student McDonough, Sulu had been in such a miserable
state for so long that she was planning to take her own
life. Once she received chiropractic care and experienced
dramatic results, her life was turned around—in
a matter of days.
Doctors of Olympic proportions
In September, Greg Nelson, D.C., a
1989 Palmer Davenport graduate,
became the new team chiropractor for
athletes at the United States Olympic
Education Center (USOEC). Located on
the campus of Northern Michigan
University (NMU) in Marquette, Mich.,
the USOEC provides a training program
where athletes can prepare for the
Olympic Games while taking classes at
NMU or Marquette Senior High School.
As a certified chiropractic sports physician, Dr. Nelson is now
the primary chiropractor for all of the center’s athletes. Along
with providing adjustments and soft tissue work, he assists
athletes with stretching and improving their range of motion.
Jason Ross, D.C., a 2004 Palmer Davenport graduate, has an
interest in the Olympics, too—but as a competitor. Dr. Ross is a
push athlete, a bobsledder who pushes a bobsled for 50 meters
past the starting block before jumping in to complete the rest of
the course. In December of 2004, Dr. Ross began competing to
represent the U.S. in bobsledding at the 2006 Winter Olympics
in Turin, Italy.
“He competed for the Team USA II up to the very last race,”
said David Juehring, D.C., director of the Chiropractic
Rehabilitation & Sports Injury Department on Palmer’s
Davenport campus. “While he did not
make the U.S. Olympic bobsled team,
he is an alternate push athlete for the
Dr. Ross got his start in bobsledding
while a student at Palmer Davenport
at the urging of Dr. Juehring, a former
national champion in bobsled and