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West Sports Council alumni provide care at Winter Dew Tour

Drs. Robinson and Solum at the Dew Tour last December.
Drs. Robinson and Solum standing in snow gear

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 events.

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 Dr. Robinson.

"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.

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