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Interns help open door to life after addiction

Michael McPharlin, now a 2010 Florida Campus graduate, uses an activator on a patient at Savation Army facility in Daytona Beach, Fla.
Michael McPharlin holding activator on patient

Lena, who is in her third week of a six-month commitment to the Salvation Army substance abuse treatment program was at first leery of chiropractors.

“I worked for a neurosurgeon and didn’t have the best impression of chiropractors,” she says. “My addiction landed me in here. When I heard from other patients that they were being treated by chiropractors from Palmer College, I decided to give it a try.”

Since that day, Lena estimates that she has seen her intern, about seven times for an injured back she says was caused by the tension and stress in her life. Her impression of chiropractors is now very different.

“I really look forward to the visit,” she says. “Dr. Bobo and the interns are very pleasant and sincere. They’re more personable than other doctors. They’re concerned about me as a person and the circumstances in my life. It really contributes to recovery.”

Teams, led by Faculty Clinician L. Sally Bobo, D.C., have been treating patients at the Salvation Army program since January of 2010 as part of the Palmer Clinics’ Outreach Program. Dr. Bobo and interns from Palmer’s Clinics spend about 10 hours per week on three different days at the Daytona Beach facility.

“The relationship with Palmer is very helpful,” says Clinical Supervisor Gerard Pepin. “They provide a very beneficial service. The staff is friendly and flexible, people here really enjoy and appreciate it. The interns and our residents are a good mix. The Palmer students are good role models for our residents.”

Says Michael McPharlin, a 12th Quarter student, “We provide safe, structured, human contact, which is something that’s been missing in the lives of many of the people we see. We are inspired by each other. The mind and spirit are treated by Salvation Army and the body by Palmer.”

Sharing that same sentiment, 13th Quarter student Anna Foster says the Clinic provides a chance for patients fighting substance abuse to be taken seriously, to dispel the myth that they’re not worthy.

Twelfth Quarter student Amanda Baum says that the message of the Clinic is that it is “open, non-judgmental and that everybody deserves care.”

David Eads, Salvation Army’s Program Director had nothing but praises for the partnership. “When we ask our patients what the best part of their day was, they say when the doctor took the time with me and treated me like a person.’ That kind of compassion leads to real healing.”

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