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2010 Florida Campus Homecoming

Florida Campus ‘comes of age’

Some came to escape harsh winter weather or to take the latest continuing education courses. Still others came as potential students thinking about a chiropractic career. For more than 130 field doctors and 90-plus students, Palmer’s Florida Campus was the place to be during Homecoming 2010, Feb. 19-20.

“With a reunion of our first graduating class and a record number of D.C.s in attendance, I think Homecoming and the Florida Campus have finally come of age,” said Florida Campus President Peter Martin, D.C., Davenport ’68.

Spizz Night kicked off Homecoming weekend with students being treated to all the pizza they could eat prior to participating in a presentation titled “Marketing Chiropractic to Medical Practices.” It was organized by the Palmer Student Alumni Foundation and presented by Aligned Methods’ Christina Acampora, D.C., and Nicole Ingrando, D.C., a 2009 graduate of the Florida Campus.

Continuing Education

The first day of the Homecoming Continuing Education (CE) track for chiropractors featured sessions on ethical issues, state laws and regulations, risk management and the prevention of medical errors. The student track gave future chiropractors a chance to learn about how today’s economy may affect their future, results-driven communication, and building and achieving chiropractic success. Tom Minkalis of the Center for Business Development organized and led the student track, which included a presentation by Dale Carnegie’s Nicole Martin.

Florida Campus President Dr. Peter Martin meets with U.S. Olympic swimmer Brooke Bennett following her presentation on being healthy and staying healthy. Ms. Bennett won a gold medal in the 800 meter freestyle race at the 1996 Summer Olympics, and earned one gold medal each for the 400 and 800 meter freestyle races at the 2000 Summer Olympic games.
Brooke Bennett with Dr. Martin

The day’s CE program also included a general session titled “Health and Fitness is Everyone’s Business” which was presented by Olympic Gold Medal Winner Brooke Bennett. Now a personal fitness and nutrition trainer, and a journalist for the Brighthouse Sports Network, Ms. Bennett spoke to a standing-room only audience, inspiring the group with her story about becoming an Olympic swimmer.

The second day of CE sessions covered topics such as the Blair Technique, the Gonstead System and documenting Medicare compliance. Interest in sports chiropractic on the Florida Campus is at an all-time high as evidenced by the number of people attending sessions on sports chiropractic treatment methods, and how to establish and maintain a sports chiropractic practice. The courses were followed by the Standard Process-sponsored session, “Ten Super Foods That Can Change Your Life.”

Speakers during the two days of CE included West Campus Dean of Clinics Greg Snow, D.C., West ’90; Davenport Campus graduates Tom Forest, D.C., ’74; Richard Thornton, D.C., ’64; John Davila, D.C., ’94; Alan Sokoloff, D.C., ’85; and Susan Brown, D.C., ’87; as well as Jeremy Rodgers, D.C.; Dave Hogsed, D.O.M.; Steve Savoie, D.C., Davenport ’78; and Anna Allen, R.N.

Homecoming participants learn about risk management from Dr. Steve Savoie of NCMIC.
alumni in classroom listening to Dr. Steve Savoie
 
First five-year reunion

Following a full day of CE sessions, the pioneer class of the Florida Campus held their five-year reunion in Daytona Beach while the rest of those at Homecoming enjoyed a hoe-down in the west lawn tent, sponsored by the Student Council.

Prospective Student Event
A prospective student’s family got the chance to experience life on the Florida Campus and enjoy Homecoming at the same time.
prospective student, spouse, and children eating at table

This year’s Prospective Student Event (PSE) began with the session “Becoming a Successful Chiropractor.” It was presented by Florida Campus alumni Brett Compton, D.C., ’06; Brian Froehly, D.C., ’07; and Melissa Ferranti-Afghani, D.C., ’07.

Prospective students also took part in interactive sessions that showed them what the classroom experience is all about. Faculty members William Sherrier, D.C.; Teri Payton, D.C., Davenport ’86; Donald Dishman, D.C.; and John Lockenour, D.C., Davenport ’77; all participated in the sessions and a faculty Q&A panel at Friday’s lunch.. Instructor Jeryl Ellett, R.T., then gave a demonstration of digital radiography. It was followed by a tour of the new research lab by Florida Campus Director of Research Liang Zhang, M.D., Ph.D. The program ended with the first-ever Palmer Carnival.

“This is my favorite event of the year!” said Florida Campus Enrollment Director Kim Amendola about the PSE. “It gets our prospective students excited about becoming a part of the Palmer chiropractic family. We even had an application waiting for us when we arrived in the office on Monday morning.”

In the days following the event, a number of prospective students gave very positive feedback. One attendee wrote in an e-mail, “I wanted to express my gratitude for all that you and the Palmer staff did last weekend. I know you really put a lot into it. I had a great time and met some great people.”

President’s Reception

Highlights of the reception included a “State of the Campus” presentation by Dr. Martin and the recognition of student scholarship recipients. Afterward, the group joined the crowd gathered at the west lawn tent to enjoy a casual and relaxed Finale Celebration.

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