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Palmer Davenport Homecoming 2005

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.
Spine-tingling performance

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.
Doctors speak share stories at 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

Dr. Nelson
Dr. Greg Nelson

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.

Dr. Ross
Dr. Jason Ross

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 team.”

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 skeleton.

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