Dr. Kearns (right) with the first St. Mary’s College intern from
Palmer, Steven Kaiser.
Palmer College's West Campus has teamed up with St. Mary's
College (SMC), Moraga, Calif., to create an internship program
within the Department of Athletics. It will provide students the
opportunity to enhance their sports chiropractic skills under
the direction of Tony Kearns, D.C., CCSP, West '07, St. Mary's
director of sports medicine.
West interns who earn one of the three- or six-month rotation
assignments within the SMC Manual Therapy Program, will
assist Dr. Kearns with the evaluation, assessment and treatment
of student athletes, and will maintain collaborative working
relationships with all members of the St. Mary's sports medicine
team, coaches and athletes.
"Chiropractic care may not be the answer for every condition;
but when it is the appropriate treatment method, it works—
and the SMC Sports Medicine staff recognize this," says Dr.
Kearns, who was appointed to the St. Mary's sports medicine
team in 2010.
Dr. Kearns oversees day-to-day operations of all SMC athletic
training services. Soon after his appointment, he recognized
the potential to create a program that would allow more SMC
athletes to benefit from chiropractic care and enable West Campus
interns to enhance their sports chiropractic skills. With the
introduction of the new Palmer-St. Mary's internship program,
Dr. Kearns is excited to see his vision come to fruition and
feels it's a win-win development for both schools.
"This is not 'the future' of health care. It's already here," he says.
"And since the mission of St. Mary's sports medicine is 'the best
interest of the student-athlete,' we're falling in line with what has
become the industry standard … adding routine access to chiropractic
Palmer's first participant in the program is 12Q intern Steven
Kaiser. "I'm honored to have this opportunity, and I'm excited to
be a part of a new program that will further enhance the students'
learning experience at Palmer's West Campus," he says.