Drs. Robinson and Solum at the Dew Tour last December.
West Campus alumni Richard Robinson, D.C. ('96), and Karla
Solum, D.C. ('09), experienced an impromptu Sports Council
reunion of sorts at the Dew Tour action sports and lifestyle
festival in Breckenridge, Colo., last December. Dr. Robinson
and Dr. Solum provided chiropractic care for members of the
Canadian and U.S. teams, respectively, during the four-day
competition that featured some of the world's best skiers and
snowboarders competing in 10 different slopestyle and superpipe
This marked the first Dew Tour event for Dr. Robinson, a member
of the medical staff that provides care for Canada's freestyle
skiing team. He also has provided care at three Olympic games,
and will care for Canadian athletes at the 2014 Winter Games
in Sochi, Russia.
"It was amazing to see another Sports Council alumnus involved
with such a great event, and it demonstrates how more and more
Sports Council alumni are getting selected to provide care at such
high-performance events," says Dr. Robinson. He practices at
LifeMark Health in Calgary, and since graduating in 1996 has
traveled to California at least once a year to help teach the Sports
Chiropractic elective and assist at Sports Council events.
"I wasn't aware that Dr. Robinson would be providing care
for the Canadian team until my first day on the tour," says
Dr. Solum, who was practicing in Colorado at the time of the
Dew Tour event. She has since relocated to Seattle, where she
now practices at Elite Sports and Spine. "Dr. Robinson taught
my Sports II class at Palmer, and I'd worked with him at
numerous events as a student. I looked up to him as a mentor
and now as a colleague," adds Dr. Solum. She has provided
care at the 2012 Track and Field Olympic Trials and currently
travels as chiropractor for the USA Beach Volleyball teams.
The Dew Tour is known for the extreme physical nature of
the events. In addition to providing first responder care on
the superpipe and slopestyle events, Dr. Solum provided
chiropractic care in the event's poly clinic, which was frequented
by participating athletes.
Dr. Robinson and Dr. Solum credit the West Campus Sports
Council program for helping them achieve their goals in the
field of sports chiropractic. "The Sports Council is a great
adjunct to the core program, and, for students who wish to
specialize in sports chiropractic, it helps them realize that the
opportunities for chiropractors in this field are limitless," says
"I'm so happy that I chose to attend Palmer's West Campus,
because the Sports Council program has opened so many doors
for me in the world of sports chiropractic," adds Dr. Solum.
Her postgraduate achievements include earning her CCSP and
ICSSD (International Chiropractic Sport Science Diploma), as
well as completion of a two-week rotation at the U.S. Olympic
Training Center in Colorado Springs, which now makes her
eligible to travel and treat Team USA athletes.
"I don't know another chiropractic college that provides the
opportunities to gain valuable on-field skills like Palmer's West
Campus, which is the primary reason that I chose to go there,"
adds Dr. Solum. She also works as an advisor to the National
ACA Sports Council, providing input to other chiropractic
colleges in the process of developing student Sports Council
chapters modeled after the program at Palmer's West Campus.