Stephanie Mills, D.C.,
2014 Ms. America
In her reign as the 2014 Ms. America, Stephanie Mills, D.C., Davenport
’00, Concord, N.H., wants to increase awareness of concussions, an issue
she deals with as a chiropractor and a mother.
Dr. Mills was crowned the 2014 Ms. America in August at the annual
pageant in Brea, Calif. The competition is open to women aged 26 to
60 years old who are single, married, divorced or widowed. “There
are a lot of opportunities to use the title to help promote concussion
awareness,” Dr. Mills says.
A personal experience along with seeing the aftermath of concussions
in her practice inspired Dr. Mills to adopt concussion awareness as her
Ms. America contest platform. In March 2014, one of her daughters sustained
a concussion in physical education class and struggled in school
as a result. “It was quite an eye-opening experience, as a parent, to see a
concussion firsthand and see the healing time, but also how other adults
interact with a concussion situation,” she says. “Some teachers were
understanding, but some weren’t so understanding.”
She’s partnered with the Brain Injury
Association of America to
help raise concussion awareness.
In July 2014 she hosted a Bowling
for Brain Injury event in Concord
to raise funds for a pilot
program through the Brain Injury
Association of New Hampshire.
The program will put neuropsychologists
into 10 schools around
the state to educate faculty about making accommodations for
concussed students and how to work with healing concussed students.
As Ms. America, Dr. Mills will spend the next year traveling around
the country making public appearances and speaking about concussion