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West Campus alum balances 'hands-on' role in politics and practice

11/13/2013 (Archived)

West alumnus Dr. Dean AllanResidents of the farming community of Carstairs, Alberta, Canada are quite familiar with the multi-skilled hands of West Campus alumnus Dean Allan, D.C. (’02).

Many know Dr. Allan as patients, through the care they receive at his practice, “Carstairs Family Chiropractic,” which he established in 2007, after relocating his family from Calgary.

When he decided to run for the Carstairs city council in 2009, many others became familiar with Dr. Allan as he shook hands with voters during a lengthy door-to-door campaign.

Now Carstairs residents are appreciative of Dr. Allan’s collective “hands-on” skills, whether providing back-pain relief for farmers who spend long hours seated on tractors tending to their crops, or serving the town from his seat as a member of the city council – to which Dr. Allan was recently elected for a second term.

“I think getting re-elected is more satisfying; the first term nobody knows how things will go, but running the second time, people know you, and will either support you or not,” said Dr. Allan, who ranks getting a full-time Royal Canadian Mounted Police officer assigned to Carstairs (a major accomplishment for a town of less than 4,000 residents), and helping the town achieve virtual debt-free status, as two of his proudest achievements.

The time and effort invested to earn his seat on the Carstairs city council has also yielded positive dividends for Dr. Allan’s practice.

West Campus hockey team with Dr. Allan“When running for office, I knocked on every door in the town, which is the best form of advertising,” said Dr. Allan, who graduated with “Clinical Excellence” honors, volunteered as a member of the West Campus Guides, and was a player and coach on the Palmer Pride ice hockey team.

“Now I have town officials coming in for care, and have done ergonomic assessments at their offices. I also have educated their staff members on the importance of back safety.”

Photo one: Dr. Dean Allan (right) with Carstairs Mayor Lance Colby at the swearing-in ceremony for Dr. Allan's second term of office. 

 Photo two: Dr. Allan (first row, third from left) in his coach attire with the Palmer Pride ice hockey team (2000-2001 season).