As a chiropractor, I’m often asked to provide a second opinion. However, I’ve never been
asked to provide a second opinion while on a television program, at least not until now.
Recently I appeared on “Second Opinion,” a program carried nationwide by 150 PBS
stations, in which a diverse group of healthcare practitioners discuss, diagnose and
recommend solutions for a patient presenting various symptoms.
What’s heartening to me as a Palmer alumnus is that when it came time for the producers
of the show to locate a chiropractor for an episode dealing with low back pain, they called
Palmer College of Chiropractic. Why? Because they recognized
Palmer as the best chiropractic college in the world. I must say that
representing Palmer and my profession was both an honor
and a privilege.
What was equally gratifying was the level of respect given to me by
the other panelists, who included a primary care medical doctor,
an orthopedic surgeon and a physical therapist. I think that says a
lot about where chiropractic is and where it’s going.
Having a Palmer chiropractor chosen to participate in a program
like “Second Opinion” indicates to me that we’re gaining greater
credibility in the healthcare field.
I also had the chance to represent Palmer at Chiropractic ’06-
Global Chiropractic Expo. This international symposium was held
in February in Panama City, Panama, and included chiropractors
representing a broad spectrum of techniques and patient management
The sponsor of the event, The American Chiropractor magazine,
specifically requested that a representative of Palmer College give
a brief history of chiropractic. Speaking for Palmer, I couldn’t
help but be proud of how chiropractic had become more global
than D.D. Palmer could ever have realized.
To see the affect Palmer College is having at the local level, turn
to our “Around Town” section. You’ll find stories on how Palmer’s
campuses are contributing to the well-being of their communities
in many ways. While students on Palmer’s West and Davenport
campuses have raised money for the Oklahaven Children’s
Chiropractic Center, Palmer’s Florida campus has sponsored the
Healthy Heart Run in Port Orange.
The College is also literally building a new foundation in the
field of chiropractic clinical education. As this issue goes to
press, the foundation is being poured for the new Chiropractic
Learning Resource Center (CLRC) on the Davenport campus.
You can read more about this in the “Development” section.
Or check out the CLRC Web cams on the Palmer Web site at
Just as each floor will be devoted to a different aspect of clinical
care, the CLRC will take chiropractic to another level with state-ofthe-
art technology, enhanced clinical education and a whole new
way of running a chiropractic clinic.
Exciting things are also taking place within the Alumni Program.
In May, we gave away more than 20 state scholarships that would
not have been possible without the financial support of alumni like
you. Thank you for your support and keep up the good work! We
want to continue to give the best students the chance to study at
the best chiropractic college in the world.
Finally, I’d like to share with you a few words in an e-mail I
received from an employee. “I’ve been at the College for sevenand-
a-half years and I’ve never enjoyed my job more than I do
now,” it read. The writer went on to say that she loved working
here and was excited about all of the changes taking place.
It’s sentiments like these from within the Palmer community, as
well as the interest in Palmer from other individuals who are
touched by chiropractic, that make me proud to be a Palmer
alumnus and proud to serve this wonderful institution.
Thank you for letting me once again share my insights with you.