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The Palmer Campus Guides are leaders in the student community who represent the Philosophy, Science, and Art of Chiropractic. With a passion for the advancement of Palmer College of Chiropractic, we unite with one professional voice to perpetuate the ideals of Palmer College and Chiropractic. We seek to be welcoming mentors to prospective students by sharing our knowledge and understanding of Chiropractic, Palmer College, and their rich history in an honest and sincere manner, and by conducting a campus tour that is an informative, interesting, and entertaining view into the Palmer College experience.

Get to know the Palmer Campus Guides below!

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Preston Benjamin
Preston was born in Toledo, Ohio. He grew up in Toledo playing various sports until finally settling on cross country and track in high school. It was early on during his sophomore year that Preston had his first experience with chiropractic - trying to manage knee pain during cross country season. One chiropractic visit and his knee pain virtually disappeared. From that point on he pursued his dream of becoming a chiropractor; going to Ohio State and eventually graduating from the University of Toledo with a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science. Now at Palmer, his eyes have been opened even more to the vast world of chiropractic, and he is excited to share what he has learned with anyone willing to listen.

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Chelsea Brunner
Chelsea grew up in Parker, Colorado. In her first grade year Chelsea decided she wanted to become a chiropractor and she has never wavered in her choice since. This decision was based on seeing her father, an alumni of Palmer, help so many people with chiropractic care and her own personal experience with chiropractic having receiving care from birth. She attended Colorado State University where she received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Health and Exercise Science. Chelsea chose to follow her father's footsteps and come to Palmer because she wanted to come to where the profession began and to be a part of the rich history of the school. What better place to learn how to be a chiropractor than where it all began? In her spare time, Chelsea enjoys playing sports, rugby in particular, being outdoors, especially in the mountains of Colorado, and spending time with family and friends. She is excited to continue to share her passion about chiropractic and health with the rest of the world!

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Sara Brutsche
Sara is an Illinois native with a Bachelor of Arts in International Business and German Language from St. Ambrose University in Davenport, Iowa. After graduation, she moved to Alberta, Canada where she worked as a business manager for a busy chiropractic office. Growing up with a family that included many chiropractors, she personally experienced the benefit of care from a young age. However, it wasn't until she witnessed many miraculous patient recoveries while working at the chiropractic office that she was inspired to pursue her own career as a Doctor of Chiropractic. After graduation, she will be returning to Alberta but plans to one day travel abroad and open a clinic in an area under-served by chiropractic care. Outside of school, Sara enjoys reading, baking, skiing and traveling.

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Holly Callaway
Holly was born in Fort Dodge, Iowa. When it came to secondary education she bounced around from music and theater to nursing and finally found a love for the medical field as a Certified Medical Assistant. She found a job with a chiropractic office and discovered her true passion was the holistic, non-invasive care chiropractic could provide. She moved herself, her husband and her 2-year-old daughter to Davenport to pursue her education at Palmer.

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Chris Cucullu

Chris was born and raised by his incredible parents in Anchorage, Alaska. He's one of four boys (who had a superwoman of a mom!). He grew up playing hockey, which eventually opened the door for him to play college hockey for Iowa State University. It was there that he received a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology along with a minor in Business. Chris always thought he was going to be a traditional civil engineer until his junior year of high school when he realized he actually wanted to be an engineer of the spine! Stepping back and looking at the human body as a whole, he realized that we were not put on this earth just to break down – we were created to express health. Seeing the love and energy in his chiropractor’s office and how his patients’ lives were being transformed through the principle of chiropractic made the choice very easy to attend chiropractic school and at no place other than where it all began, in Davenport, Iowa. In his free time, Chris enjoys golfing, fishing, watching/playing hockey, hanging out with friends and family, and reading up on chiropractic philosophy.

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Kennedy Cullen
Kennedy grew up in Traverse City, Michigan. As a 3-sport varsity athlete in high school, she went through countless injuries and sought chiropractic care for them. She knew she always wanted to help people heal, and believed that chiropractic embodies the best aspects of healthcare. She went to Michigan State University and pursued a Kinesiology degree with the goal of attending Palmer College. She is thrilled to be learning about chiropractic in the city where it was founded and is honored to continue the time-honored tradition as a Palmer guide!

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Cody Dessellier
Cody is a native of Minnesota where he graduated from Monticello High school. After graduating, Cody continued his education at the University of North Dakota where he studied Interdisciplinary Studies: Health Science/ Pre-Chiropractic. After 4 years he chose to leave early and finish his degree at Palmer. He knew he wanted to be a Chiropractor from a young age, and chose Palmer for the depth of history, philosophy and the knowledge of the faculty. While not studying for classes you can find Cody on the many miles of bike trails, golf courses, cooking food or watching hockey. After the completion of his Doctor of Chiropractic degree at Palmer, Cody plans to practice back in Minnesota to be close to his family.

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Miguel Esquinca
Miguel was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois. When he was seven years old, his parents made the decision to send him to Mexico for seven years in order to learn more about his culture and study the Spanish language. After his stay in Mexico, he returned to the United States, and started his high school career at Thomas Kelly High School. After four years, he graduated from high school, and started his undergraduate career at Saint Xavier University in Chicago, IL. In there he majored in Biology Pre- Health and Music with a concentration in cello performance. Miguel was unclear about what profession he wanted for himself, but he knew that he wanted to be in the medical field. After doing some research, shadowing different medical professionals and participating in medical service trips, he discovered his passion for chiropractic medicine. After graduating from Saint Xavier University, he started a Doctor of Chiropractic program at Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport, Iowa.

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Jennifer Forstner
Jennifer grew up in St. Cloud, WI and had spent the past 10 years living in Milwaukee, WI after receiving her bachelor degree in Communication from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee. She worked for five years in the corporate world and had always known she wanted to work with children in a health care field. After having a personal success story with chiropractic she decided to look further into Palmer. Jennifer decided to visit her brother (who is in his 2nd year at Palmer) and a prospective student event and after the event she felt at home at Palmer and applied to the DC program the following day! In Jennifer’s spare time, she likes to spent time outside with her dog, play soccer, watch the Packers win and spend time with her family and friends.

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Joshan George
Joshan was born and raised in Sterling Heights, Michigan, about 20 miles north of Detroit. As a high school student Joshan found a passion for biology and healthcare. He majored in Biology with a pre-medicine focus at the University of Michigan. Upon graduation, Joshan planned on taking a year off to prepare for medical school admission. At the same time, he found a job at a physical therapy clinic that helped shape his views on healthcare. At the clinic he was drawn to the hands on and holistic approach which brought him to a crossroads with his pursuit of a healthcare career. A friend at work told him to consider chiropractic and connected him to a student at Palmer. While on a visit to Palmer as a prospective student, he was drawn to the non-invasive, hands-on, and neurologic aspect of chiropractic. He decided at that time that chiropractic and Palmer was his calling. When he's not studying, Joshan loves to bike the trails, spend time with friends, and keep up with his Detroit sports teams.

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McCartney
McCartney grew up in Baraboo, Wisconsin where she first learned about chiropractic her junior year of high school. A Palmer alum taught her the philosophy of chiropractic and helped her become pain free for the first time in her life. This impactful experience made her not only want to serve others as a chiropractor but also go to Palmer to receive the same philosophy based education that inspired her and so many others. She received her Spanish and Portuguese degree at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities with the aspiration to break language barriers in her future office. One of the most exciting aspects of Palmer to McCartney is learning and walking amidst the history where chiropractic first started. Between studying, you can find McCartney baking and cooking, enjoying nature on a walk, watching a movie or exploring new places around town.

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Katie Hamilton
Katie was born in California and raised in Chaska, Minn. by two loving parents and an older brother. She attended the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse and graduated in 2014 with a Bachelor's degree in Athletic Training. Katie was drawn to the passion that students and staff of Palmer expressed towards chiropractic. She decided to fulfill her dream of becoming a health care provider who helps people reach their fullest God given potential with chiropractic care.

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Kelly Kimball

Kelly grew up in Weatogue, Connecticut. She was first introduced to chiropractic during a job shadow day at her high school, and she fell in love with the profession on the spot for its rich philosophy and emphasis on helping the body heal itself naturally. She graduated summa cum laude from Georgetown University, majoring in Human Science and completing chiropractic research while there. Kelly decided to pursue her chiropractic education at Palmer for its strong emphasis on all three components of chiropractic: science, art, and philosophy. In her free time, Kelly enjoys tap dancing, tea parties, and reading chiropractic philosophy and research articles. 

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Matthew Knieper
Matthew Knieper grew up in a small farm town, New Lothrop Michigan. He was raised on his family farm. He was also very active in sports and showing livestock throughout high school. After high Matthew attended Michigan State University where he received his bachelor’s degree in kinesiology with an interest in growth and motor development. At a young age Matthew had an interest in the medical field but it wasn’t until high school it became clear that chiropractic was for him.  After graduation Matthew, would like to specialize in chiropractic care for animals and athletes. 

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Raymond Kociolek
Raymond grew up in Indianola, Iowa with a large, extended family. After high school, Raymond attended Upper Iowa University, graduating in 2013 with a Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training, with passing the national Board of Certification exam. After graduating from Upper Iowa, he attended Wayne State College in Wayne, Nebraska to work as a graduate assistant athletic trainer, working with the Wildcat football and track & field teams. While at Wayne State, Raymond received a Master of Science in Organizational Management degree, with an emphasis in sport and recreation management. While working in sports, He found a respect for the body to work from within itself and when he found out that is what chiropractic was, he was sold and enrolled in Palmer. Ray is an avid football fan (Go Eagles!) and also enjoys bowling, reading and watching movies with his 3 year old dachshund, Max.

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Jordan Kurbs
Jordan grew up in a small town just outside of Buffalo, New York with his parents and four younger sisters. He studied at Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva, New York where he obtained a Bachelor of Science in Biology with a minor in Cognition, Logic, and Language. With his father being a practicing chiropractor since 1983 and a former graduate of Palmer, he has been strongly influenced by the chiropractic lifestyle and the benefits that it brings. “I have always known that chiropractic was special, but it wasn't until I came to Palmer that I fully understood the gift that my father had been giving me for my entire life! When I came here I knew it was the place I needed to be.”

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Stephanee Lewis
Stephanee was born and raised in Sarasota, FL but moved to eastern North Carolina to pursue her first career as a paramedic and nurse. She later realized that her personal philosophy and passion lined up perfectly with chiropractic and decided to pursue her second career here at Palmer College of Chiropractic. She knew Palmer was the right choice for her because of the rich history steeped in every nook and cranny of the school; she wanted to walk the halls that the founding fathers walked and study in the buildings they built. Choosing to attend Palmer has proven to be a perfect fit for her! When she’s not studying, she enjoys traveling, spending quality time with family and friends, and walking in the park or along the river with her 3 dogs.

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Morgan Lintz
Morgan was born in Mission Viejo, California, but has lived here locally in Bettendorf, Iowa since she was five years old. She attended Winona State University on a softball scholarship and received her bachelor’s degree in Movement Science. Morgan grew up as a patient at the Palmer Clinic and knew back in high school that chiropractic was the career she wanted to pursue. She was driven by the passion of the doctors who treated her and the concept of finding the root cause of the problem in order to help patient get better. Outside of school, Morgan gives private softball pitching and hitting lessons and also enjoys doing yoga and spending time with her family and friends.

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Katie Lucht
Katie grew up in Reedsburg, Wisconsin. She attended the University of Wisconsin River Falls and majored in Animal Science with an emphasis on equine and veterinary technology. After obtaining her license as a veterinary technician she moved to Florida and worked at the University of Florida Large Animal Veterinary Hospital working primarily with horses and goats. As an employee of the university, she was granted six free credit hours every semester and immediately began planning to obtain her graduate degree. The problem was she could never find an area of study that spoke to her. Prior to moving to Florida she had been under the care of a chiropractor ever since injuring herself from a fall off a horse while jumping. Additionally, she attended a Prospective Student weekend with a good friend for moral support. Through many long distance phone calls with her good friend who was already attending Palmer everything come together and plans to attend Palmer quickly began. Since then, she has never regretted completely changing career paths and looks forward to changing the lives of people through "hands on healing". In her spare time she enjoys horseback riding, crafting, and all things Christmas.

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Brett Mathes

Brett grew up in the small-but-scenic town of Madrid, Iowa. He grew up with chiropractic care being part of his life even from a young age due to being accident-prone. It was in high school that he discovered his passion for chiropractic and decided to pursue it at his undergraduate institution. He attended the University of Northern Iowa, where he was part of the pre-chiropractic biology program. Upon graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Biology, he decided to attend Palmer College of Chiropractic. He attended for many reasons, including its prestige, history, thoroughness of the technique courses, and the homey atmosphere of the campus.

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Holly McCrady
Holly is from London, Ontario, Canada, where she has lived for her entire life. When she was eleven years old, she began seeing a chiropractor after a teammate on her diving team suggested him. She had begun tower diving the year before, and the force of the water was very rough on her neck and shoulders. She decided to stay at home with her parents throughout her undergraduate degree in kinesiology at the University of Western Ontario, and for the first two years of her degree and despite her history with chiropractic, she volunteered in a prestigious physiotherapy and sport medicine clinic, hoping to pursue a career in physical therapy. Her interests shifted when she realized she wanted to know more about how to prevent injuries from occurring before they get to the stage where physical therapy is needed. She decided on chiropractic after numerous discussions with my chiropractor, who inspired her with the words, "To get the sick well and keep the well from getting sick; to feel better, and to better feel". After attending a prospective student event, she was absolutely in love with the campus, the students, and the atmosphere. She began volunteering to have lunch with Canadian prospective students, and at that time she made it her goal to become a Campus Guide. She wanted to continue to influence prospective students, and particularly international students, and to show them why Palmer College is the place to reach their highest potential.

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Heather Meeks

Heather grew up in Atoka, Tenn. After high school, Heather attended the University of St. Thomas, in St. Paul, Minn., where she earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Science. While studying at St. Thomas, she was drawn to the field of chiropractic and was immediately impressed by the enthusiasm, passion and pride that chiropractors demonstrated about their profession. To Heather, a career in chiropractic provides a meaningful opportunity to positively impact the lives of countless people, she looks forward to having the ability to help provide strength, healing and well-being to her future patients! In her spare time, Heather enjoys being outside in the sunshine, playing sports and spending time with her family and friends. She is extremely excited to be at Palmer and is eager to share her Palmer experience with others!

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Tanner Mitchell
Tanner is from Big Rapids, Michigan

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Loni Olstad
Loni was raised on a dairy farm near Westby, Wisconsin. After graduating from the University of Wisconsin- Eau Claire with a degree in Organizational Communication, she decided to pack up her car and see where the road might take her. She found herself in Austin, Texas, where she lived for three years managing a retail store, eating the world's best tacos and staying up too late listening to live music around the city. After striking up impromptu conversation about holistic health care with a mutually passionate stranger at a 10K Fun Run event, the fellow runner invited Loni to come job shadow at his chiropractic office. Completely inspired by the doctor, a Palmer graduate, a few weeks later Loni quit her job and came to work at the front desk of that office and never looked back. The invigoration she experienced from inspiring patients to take back control of their own health led her to apply to Palmer College of Chiropractic. Loni is excited to have found her passion and calling, and she looks forward to taking part in spreading knowledge of the benefits of a proactive, healthy lifestyle!

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Gabe Padilla
Gabe Padilla was born and raised in beautiful San Juan, Puerto Rico. Growing up he was always interested in the health sciences. It was after high school that his interests in the field of health shifted towards chiropractic. While obtaining his undergraduate degree at the University of Puerto Rico (¡Agua pa'los Gallitos!), he learned of the philosophy, science, and art of chiropractic. After learning the history of this marvelous system, he decided to come to The Fountainhead to begin his education and become the best doctor he can be.

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Rachana Patel

Rachana is a native of Vadodara, Gujarat, India. Prior to pursuing her chiropractic studies at the Davenport, Iowa, campus, Rachana earned her Bachelor of Science at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio, and an Associate of Applied Science in Physical Therapist Assistant at Hocking College in Nelsonville, Ohio. Rachana’ s dedication and passion for the field enabled her to work as a Physical Therapist Assistant in Ohio and Texas at skilled nursing facilities. Rachana’s positive approach has enabled her to stay abreast with the latest techniques, courses and technologies offered in the physical therapy field and empowered her to provide the best care for her patients. She continues to be inspired and motivated by the variety of techniques used by chiropractors. She believes that hard work and perseverance will not only take her through graduation, but also allow her to continue working as a health-care professional and provide for optimal care towards her patients. In addition to school work, Rachana is also a member of the International Student Ambassadors and she enjoys cooking, running and staying active.

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Megan Polivka

Megan was born in the small farming town of Pittsville, Wisc. Growing up in the country, she had a huge passion for horses and anything outdoors. Her love for nature has continued throughout her life with her two favorite hobbies: hiking and snowboarding. After receiving her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, Megan worked as a certified nursing assistant to gain direct patient-care experience while deciding which career path was right for her. Her healthy and active lifestyle ultimately lead Megan to chiropractic, a career in which she can share her passions and educate patients on how to be the best version of themselves. Megan has worked very hard her entire life to get where she is today and to be the best version of herself that she can be. For this reason, Megan knew her chiropractic education had to be from the best chiropractic school. Palmer represents the first, the best and the key to her future.

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Jena Stewart

Jena grew up in Sobieski, Wis. (about 14 miles north of Green Bay-go, pack, go!). After growing up in a small town, Jena knew she wanted to be a part of a big city so she decided to do her undergraduate studies at The Ohio State University (O-H-I-O!). There she earned a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science. While in pursuit of going to medical school, she realized her true passion was in chiropractic care, which had recently made a huge impact in her own personal health. Jena enjoys running, all things Packers or Buckeyes, cooking and completing puzzles.

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Kaytlynn Toering
Kaytlynn was born in Hobbs, New Mexico. Wanting to be closer to family, her family moved back to her hometown of Saint Joseph Michigan shortly after her birth. Because of the deep chiropractic roots in her family, Kaytlynn decided at a very young age she wanted to pursue a career in chiropractic. She spent much of her childhood at her mother and grandfather’s private clinic, observing the art of chiropractic and seeing the positive results chiropractic care had on so many different people. After graduating from high school, Kaytlynn attended Valparaiso University to study Biology for two years. She then decided to attend Palmer College of Chiropractic and finish her Bachelor’s degree, while pursuing her passion for the Doctor of Chiropractic program. Kaytlynn chose Palmer because of the influence of the Palmer graduates in her family, as well as the desire to study at the first and most prestigious chiropractic school. She is blessed to have the opportunity to help people through natural healing of the body. Outside of school Kaytlynn enjoys reading, spending time with friends and family, and traveling.

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Yessenia Torres
Yessenia was born in Pasadena, California to two wonderful parents, Ana and Hector Gutierrez. She lived there for two short years after which they decided to leave the sunshine and move to a very small town called Sublette located in Illinois. Throughout high school, she enjoyed playing volleyball competitively and served as Class President all four years. Her parents are proud owners of a restaurant called La Fiesta where she worked as a busgirl and eventually as a server for many years. This job helped her blossom into the person she is today and helped her become comfortable with meeting new people. I was able to expand my communication skills immensely and become a more responsible person. After she graduated high school, she attended Augustana College in Rock Island, IL where she earned a degree in Biology and Spanish for the Professional Use. She always knew she wanted to become a chiropractor since she was in high school when she fell in love with the idea and purpose that chiropractic enveloped. Allowing the body to heal itself from within was and still is fascinating to her and it went right along with what she believed in.

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Shelby Wall
Shelby grew up in the small town of Monticello, Iowa where she participated in numerous clubs and sports all throughout her childhood and teenage years. Shelby knew at a young age she wanted to help people and after a regular adjustment at her local chiropractor she realized how she could do just that. After graduating as salutatorian of her high school class, Shelby attended Kirkwood Community College for two years before starting the DC program at Palmer. Shelby has always loved Palmer’s philosophy of allowing the body to heal itself as well as the idea of living a more natural and healthier lifestyle. 

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Thomas Wessel
Tom grew up with one younger sister in Birnamwood, a small town in northern Wisconsin, where at a young age he decided to pursue a career in chiropractic after seeing the relief his father got from chiropractic care. Tom attended the University of Wisconsin Stevens Point where he was drawn even more to the profession. After receiving his Bachelor’s of Science in Biology Tom immediately took the next step toward his dream, and applied to Palmer College of Chiropractic. Tom looks forward to opening a practice near his hometown in WI, where he is excited to help the community live a healthier, drug free life. Whether it be camping, hunting, or hiking, in his free time, Tom enjoys the outdoors with friends, family, and his dog, Bandit.

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Blair Amphy
A native of Hercules, Calif., Blair earned her B.A. (history) in 2010 from the University of California at Davis, and her M.A. (kinesiology) in 2016 from St. Mary’s College in Moraga, Calif.

Blair was inspired to pursue the chiropractic-career path by the profession’s use of manual therapy as the primary means of helping patients achieve optimal health without the use of drugs or surgery.

Given her Bay Area connection, Blair said the San Jose location of Palmer’s West campus was quite appealing, since it would keep her in close proximity to family and friends. 

“I felt more comfortable, and at ease, to know that I had the support of my family to help me during my educational journey of becoming a Doctor of Chiropractic,” says Blair, a musician who enjoys playing the flute, and singing.

“In addition to the location, the positive energy of the student body also influenced my decision to attend Palmer West.”

In addition to the Campus Guides, Blair is a member of the Sports Council, and is active in the Rehab to Performance (R2P) and Motion Palpation Clubs. She also enjoys participating in the Volleyball Club. 

”I would like to work with athletes, and physically-active individuals, upon completion of my Palmer education,” says Blair, who has run marathons to benefit Leukemia & Lymphoma. 

“I was excited to learn about the Sports Council, and have had the opportunity to be a part of several events (including the Surfer’s Path Marathon, and the “Heart & Soles” 5K/10K race).”

Strong in her faith, and active in her church, Blair says she hopes to practice in the Bay Area when she graduates from Palmer in 2020.

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Candice Baker
Candice Baker, from Martin, Tenn., earned her B.S. (cell and molecular biology) from the Univ. of Tennessee at Martin, before commencing her chiropractic studies at Palmer’s San Jose campus in 2015.

“Chiropractic has personally improved my quality of life – and I want to do the same for others,” said Candice, who acknowledges Palmer’s distinguished history, its evidence-based curriculum, and the beautiful Bay Area as the primary factors for her decision to attend the San Jose campus.

“My passion is to be able to treat people naturally, and to educate them about how they can actively maintain their health.”

In addition to the Campus Guides, Candace is active with several of the technique clubs, including Motion Palpation, Chiropractic Extremities, Diversified, and Soft Tissue. Candice enjoys traveling, hiking, and other outdoor activities, including rock-climbing. She grew up performing in ballet recitals – and continues to enjoy the art.

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Alix Boyer
Many chiropractic patients experience positive results from their first adjustment.

For Alix Boyer, the impact of her first chiropractic appointment was more profound.

“I’ve known that I wanted to become a chiropractor since I received my first adjustment at 12 years old, which almost instantly relieved the headache pain that I’d been suffering for more than year,” said Alix, a Bay Area native, who earned her B.S. degree (kinesiology) from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, and also completed a 200-hour yoga-teacher training-program prior to commencing her studies at Palmer’s West campus in 2016.

Alix grew up riding horses as a competitive equestrian. She suffered more than a few falls, which meant more than few visits to the family chiropractor. The care Alix received would quickly have her back in the saddle – which further fueled her desire to pursue a career in the chiropractic profession.

When Alix began the process of deciding which college to attend, she visited all four schools on the west coast, and met with several practicing doctors to hear their recommendations. 

“I chose Palmer West as the investment for my future because I knew that I wanted to be like the people I saw and met here – to put it simply, Palmer West felt like home,” said Alix, who, in addition to Campus Guides, also enjoys supplementing her classroom education by attending meetings and special events presented by the West campus clubs (including Motion Palpation, Diversified, Extremities, SPEAK, Sports Council, and Women of Chiropractic).

“One of my favorite things about being a student at Palmer West is the family vibe of the school. Much of the student body are like-minded, which fosters fast friendships. However, our diversity also is a virtue, which fosters intelligent discussions and respectful debates on a wide variety of topics and issues.”

Each step of progress through the Palmer program further reinforces Alix’ choice of chiropractic as her career – and of Palmer West as the institution best suited to help achieve her career goals.

“The supportive environment, the high degree of professionalism, and the evidenced-based curriculum make me feel quite confident that chiropractic is the right profession for me – and I know that the Palmer program and supportive environment of the West campus will help prepare me to become an outstanding doctor,” said Alix, who still finds time to practice yoga, and enjoy an occasional horseback-riding adventure.

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Nancy Chu
A native of Granite Bay, Calif., Nancy graduated from the Univ. of California at Irvine in 2011 with her B.S. in psychology.

Nancy worked as a physical-therapy aide while attending UC-Irvine, during which she developed a passion for the field of rehabilitative care.

She found physical therapy rather limiting in its scope of care, and found herself more aligned with chiropractic’s “whole-body” approach to health by focusing on the root cause of the problem (versus the allopathic approach of treating symptoms through medications or invasive procedures).

“I love chiropractic’s holistic approach to improving a person’s quality of life as a whole,” said Nancy, who, in addition to Campus Guides, also is an active member of the West campus Sports Council and student-chapter of the American Chiropractic Association (SACA).

Nancy chose to attend Palmer’s West campus, in part, due to its northern California location (which keeps her in driving distance for family-visits in Granite Bay).  

Additionally, she notes, “Palmer West’s academic reputation made me feel confident that I would be getting the best-available chiropractic education. I also wanted to choose a school that I would consider ‘home,’ and Palmer’s West campus features a community-environment that fosters a tight-knit ‘family’ dynamic among students, staff, and faculty.”

Nancy has participated in several inter-quarter sports events, such as the Flag-Football and Dodgeball tournaments. She also enjoys boating, hiking, and socializing with friends and family.

Prior to embarking upon her chiropractic-career path, Nancy conducted applied behavioral (ABA) programs for autistic children, and also worked at physical-therapy offices, where her duties included administering modalities, and assisting with therapeutic exercises.

Now she’s looking forward to completing the Palmer program, and the excitement of applying her collective experience in practice when she graduates in 2018.

“I have an immense amount of respect for the critical-thinking, genuineness, and knowledge that chiropractors possess, and I hope to represent the profession equally well.”

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Karmen Eghtesad

Kamran Eghtesad is a native of Vancouver, B.C., Canada. He completed his Palmer prerequisites at Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, with focused study in the field of kinesiology (with emphasis on active health and rehabilitation). Drawn to a career in the health care profession, Kamran pursued multiple internships during the course of undergraduate studies, with the hope of discovering a field of care that would ignite his passion, and place him on a specific career path – which turned out to be chiropractic. Kamran chose to attend Palmer’s West campus because of “the highly respected Sports Council, the level of education – and to “chase the California sun!” In addition to Campus Guides, Kamran, who entered the Palmer program in Fall Quarter 2015, is a member of the Motion Palpation, Extremities, and Diversified Clubs.

Kamran enjoys traveling, playing soccer, and hiking. Following graduation, Kamran plans to practice for several years in Dubai, UAE, before returning to his hometown of Vancouver.

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Ken Fuyuki

Ken Fuyuki
Born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii, Ken Fuyuki graduated from Azusa Pacific Univ. (B.S., athletic training) in 2015 with a passion for sports and rehabilitation.

Upon completion of his undergrad degree, Ken earned his athletic-training certification, and had the opportunity to work with athletes of multiple skill levels: high-school, college, and professional.

When Ken decided to consolidate his passion for sports, rehab and athletic-training, he chose to pursue a career in the chiropractic profession, because, “I believe that education, rehabilitation and chiropractic adjustments, as part of a ‘hand-in-hand’ approach, help patients avoid discomfort, and recover from musculoskeletal pain.”

Once Ken made the decision to pursue the chiropractic career-path, he chose to attend Palmer’s West campus because of the evidence-based curriculum and patient-focused approach to clinical care.

“Palmer is the college that prepares and the molds the future generation of health care professionals,” said Ken, who enjoys surfing, playing soccer, and spending time with his family. 

“We are taught my medical doctors, radiologists, rehab specialists, nutritionists – and, of course, the top chiropractors in the profession.”

When Ken graduates from Palmer in 2019, he hopes to return “home” to Hawaii.

“Being bilingual in Japanese, I believe there is a responsibility to serve both communities. My goal is to establish a practice in Hawaii, and serve the diverse communities, so everyone can enjoy the quality of life they deserve.”

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Ilan Green
Ilan Green is a Bay Area native who grew up with a passion for physical activity and exercise – and, like many active athletes, he suffered his fair share of aches and pains in the process. 

Fortunately, for Ilan, he grew up with a mother who is a chiropractor, and the care he received kept him in optimal physical shape, and enabled Ilan to stay active in the many activities he enjoyed.

As a result of the positive results he experienced as a patient, and inspired by his mother’s passion for her profession, Ilan decided to also follow the chiropractic career path.

Once he made the decision to enter the chiropractic profession, Ilan said he chose to attend Palmer’s West campus for one primary reason.

“From my first visit, I felt at home within the community -- the faculty, staff and students are all supportive and encouraging, while sharing a passion for chiropractic,” said Ilan, who earned his B.S. (kinesiology) from California State Univ.-Northridge in 2015, and initiated his chiropractic studies at Palmer’s West campus the following year.

“I also felt that Palmer’s approach toward chiropractic, through evidence-based and patient-focused treatments, would provide me the best education and opportunity to become a great chiropractor,” said Ilan, who, in addition to Campus Guides, also will serve as Associated Student Government (ASG) treasurer on the executive council for the 2017-2018 term.

As Ilan progresses through the Palmer program, he grows increasingly excited at the prospect of delivering the same quality of care for his patients as his mother provided for him.

“I look forward to providing beneficial treatment to my patients, while also encouraging healthy habits to improve their overall quality of life,” said Ilan, a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist who worked as an assistant strength coach at Pierce College in Los Angeles prior to entering the Palmer program.

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Jake Halverson

Jake Halverson is a native of Ogden, Utah, who entered the program at Palmer’s West campus in Fall Quarter ‘15. Prior to enrolling at Palmer, Jake earned his B.S. degree (zoology) with Summa Cum Laude honors from Weber State University (located in his hometown). Jake’s interest in a chiropractic career was ignited in high school, when he worked as a medical assistant in the office of Palmer Davenport alumnus [Name], and developed an appreciation for holistic health. “The human body is an amazing piece of machinery, and we are healthier beings when we trust our bodies to heal themselves,” said Jake, whose recreational interests include going to the beach, or going on a hike, and experiencing wildlife. “It’s my goal to help liberate my patients from the unnecessary use of drugs and surgeries through chiropractic care. I believe utilization of chiropractic care will expand as the profession continues to grow, and more people recognize its utility in achieving and maintaining optimal health.” Jake said choosing to attend a Palmer campus was an easy decision. “I knew that Palmer is a good college by the quality of care provided by Palmer alumni, and because of the number of chiropractors who are Palmer graduates. I want to learn all I can, so I can become a good doctor, just like them.”

In addition to Campus Guides, Jake also is active with other West campus activities, including the Diversified, Extremities, Applied Kinesiology (A.K.) and Animal Chiropractic Clubs. Additionally, he’s a member of the Student American Chiropractic Association (SACA), and the student chapter of the California Chiropractic Association (SCCA).

In addition to his Palmer chiropractic classes, Jake also is completing coursework with the Carrick Institute of Clinical Neuroscience and Rehabilitation, with the goal of ultimately earning his diplomate in chiropractic neurology (DACNB).

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Monique Hamon

Monique Hamon
A native of Pleasanton, Calif., Monique completed her Palmer prerequisites at Las Positas College in Livermore, Calif., from which she graduated in 2015 with an A.A. in liberal arts (with an emphasis in math and science). 

Monique’s family has benefited from chiropractic care for many years, and she decided to pursue a career in the chiropractic profession during her senior year in high school.

“I wanted to be part of a profession that helps the public in a positive way, and I realized that chiropractic was the career-path by which to achieve that goal,” said Monique.

“It’s important to understand the body, in order to take care of it – and chiropractic appreciates that concept, and offers a preventative approach to achieving optimal health and wellness.”

Monique said she decided to attend Palmer’s West campus not only for its close proximity to her family, but also because of the recommendation from many of the chiropractors who have provided care for she, and her family.

In addition to the Campus Guides, Monique also serves as a student ambassador the West campus chapter of the Palmer Center for Business Development, which has provided the opportunity to help organize events that feature guest-speaker-presentations that help students prepare for the business-aspects of building and managing a practice.

Monique also is a member of the West campus Sports Council, and takes advantage of the ancillary skill-building opportunities provided by participation with many campus clubs, including Diversified, Motion Palpation, and Soft Tissue.

“Palmer offer hands-on learning throughout the program, from the early quarters to the outpatient clinic, where we get to apply our knowledge and skills by helping the ‘real world’ patients who seek our care,” said Monique, who has earned Dean’s List honors in each of her first five quarters at Palmer.

When she’s not studying, or preparing for an exam, Monique, who hopes to practice in northern California when she graduates in 2019, enjoys spending time with her family, playing board-games, watching movies, and “hanging out with my Palmer family.”

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Cheyenne Hok
Cheyenne grew up in Wetaskiwin, Alb., Canada, where she attended the Univ. of Calgary and Mount Royal Univ., and graduated with a BKin. (Bachelors of Kinesiology) in athletic therapy from the Univ. of Calgary, an advanced certificate in athletic therapy from Mount Royal University.

After working as an athletic therapist for several years, Cheyenne decided she wanted to expand her knowledge and skills – and decided to embark upon the chiropractic career path by enrolling at Palmer’s San Jose campus. “I want to be able to help people achieve a higher level of health and wellness – to help them truly understand the depth of the human body, and to provide a higher caliber of treatment for my patients,” said Cheyenne, whose interest in chiropractic as a career was further fueled by working alongside chiropractors on sports-medicine teams, and in multidisciplinary health care settings.

“Demand for chiropractic is growing, as more people choose a holistic approach to their health. Chiropractic fits into a preventative health and wellness model, which is the foundation of my personal beliefs as a future health care provider – and helping patients live a healthier life by overcoming their injuries and dysfunctions is my ultimate goal.”

Once Cheyenne made the decision to embark upon the chiropractic career path, her decision of which college to attend was an easy choice.

“As a chiropractic patient, and having worked with several chiropractors. I’ve had a wide network of professionals who’ve influenced me – and the most respected, and sought after, are always Palmer College graduates,” said Cheyenne, who, in addition to the Campus Guides, also is an active member of the Motion Palpation, Diversified, Extremities, and Animal Chiropractic clubs.

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Joanna Holleran
Working as a paramedic in her home state of Pennsylvania from 2013 to 2015 provided Joanna with her first glimpse into the health care profession – and the opportunity to treat patients in the prehospital setting solidified her passion for health, and for helping others achieve it.

Although working in emergency medical services was a rewarding and invaluable experience for Joanna, she recognized the inherent challenges that limited her ability of achieving a more desirable goal: helping patients avoid preventable conditions through a more proactive approach to health and wellness.

“I wanted to be on the ‘proactive’ side of health care, rather than react to what has already become a medical emergency,” said Joanna, a native of Chester Springs, Penn., who earned her B.S. (emergency medicine) from the Univ. of Pittsburgh.

Joanna began to explore various healthcare career-options in search of the specific field that would enable her to achieve her goal of educating patients about their bodies and achieve optimal health from a natural and holistic approach. She found her answer in the chiropractic profession.

Prior to her move to the Bay Area, Joanna worked in a chiropractic office on the Main Line in Philadelphia. Once she decided to pursue a career in the chiropractic profession, Joanna said she chose to attend Palmer West for a variety of reasons.

“Initially, I was drawn to Palmer by its amazing reputation, and evidence-based curriculum,” said Joanna, who in addition to Campus Guides, is a Sports Council executive-officer, and also is active in the Motion Palpation Club.

“I loved the small class sizes at Palmer West, and the emphasis on the Sports Council. What really sealed the deal for me, however, was the sense of community I felt immediately upon visiting the campus – I knew this was the place for me!”

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 Michael Klein

Michael Klein
Michael suffered a severe injury while playing high-school football in his hometown of Stockbridge, Wisc. After seeing several medical professionals, Michael was told it would be at least a month before he could return to the field. Then Michael sought the care of a local chiropractor - and returned to action within the week. As Michael completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point (from which he graduated with a major in biology, and a minor in chemistry), he began to narrow the focus of his career path - and found himself heading toward the chiropractic profession.

"After more research, and continued treatment, I came to the conclusion that manual therapy is one amazing tool," said Michael, an avid fitness enthusiast, who is very involved with athletics, and weight-training. Once Michael decided to pursue the chiropractic career-path, he began to the process of deciding which chiropractic college to attend. In the course of the process, one campus stood out.

"Palmer's West campus, on the contrary, gave me a clear impression of their intentions: to provide me with the information and ability necessary to become a successful doctor - while letting me find my own 'niche' within the profession."

Michael says the Sports Council program is another major reason he chose to attend Palmer's West campus. In addition to the Campus Guides, he participates in a variety of other clubs, and has participated in inter-quarter basketball, football and volleyball tournaments

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John Lin
A native of Taiwan, John grew up in Vancouver, B.C., Canada, and earned his B.S. (kinesiology) from McGill Univ. in Montreal. He was inspired to pursue the chiropractic career path after positive results as a patient for treatment of a sports-injury he suffered in high school. John enjoys playing a variety of sports, including competitive badminton, and ultimate Frisbee. In addition to the Campus Guides, John also is active with the Motion Palpation and Applied Kinesiology clubs. Upon graduating, John’s goal is to return home, and establish his practice in Vancouver.

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Vivian Ly
Vivian considers the greater southern California region as her “home,” as she grew up in San Diego, and attended undergraduate college in Orange County (where she attended the University of California at Irvine, and earned her B.S. in biological sciences). When Vivian graduated from UC-Irvine, she knew health care was her calling – the challenge was deciding which of the many career-pathways to follow. She started her profession-decision process by working in the office of a medical doctor – an experience which ultimately redirected her career path toward the chiropractic profession. “In the medical office, I quickly recognized that I wouldn’t be able to help patients as much as I wanted,” said Vivian, a rock-climbing enthusiast whose recreational interests also include outdoor activities, such as hiking, backpacking, and camping.“I was inspired to pursue the chiropractic path came after I broke my ankle rock-climbing, and completed my rehab in an integrated physical therapy and chiropractic office. I liked the chiropractic approach: addressing the problem, instead of merely putting a ‘Band-Aid’ on the problem.” Once Vivian decided to embark upon a chiropractic career, she chose to attend Palmer’s West campus (beginning Winter Quarter 2015) because of “the professors at Palmer who write the textbooks used by the chiropractic colleges; Palmer’s connection to the growing field of ‘corporate chiropractic’; the Sports Council; and the curriculum’s balance between philosophy and science.”

In addition to Campus Guides, Vivian participates in a variety of other activities, including the Rock Climbing, Motion Palpation, and R2P Clubs, and she plans to explore practice opportunities in the field of integrative medicine.

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Jessika Parham
Jessika is a Jackson, Ala., native, who earned her B.S. (medical sciences) from the Univ. of South Alabama in 2014. Jessika's interest in chiropractic was sparked while conducting orthopedic research that examined the effect of platelet rich plasma on improving the healing time of knee injuries - during which she noticed a correlation between the patients who received chiropractic care and the expediency of their healing time. Once she made the decision to enter the chiropractic profession, she decided to attend Palmer's West campus because of the diversity of the curriculum, the sports emphasis, and the friendly campus.

"I look forward to providing care in an underserved area, where I can introduce people to the positive effects of chiropractic care," says Jessika, an avid exercise enthusiast, who also enjoys fishing, and watching college football - especially the Auburn Tigers!

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With a degree in computer engineering from Santa Clara University, Gun Poespowidjojo was part of the first "tech boom" in the Silicon Valley in the early 2000's. When the "boom" began to fizzle, so did Gun's interest in computer engineering. So, he redirected his career path from "hi-tech" to "high touch," and became a certified personal trainer, where he could help people lose weight, gain strength, and improve sports performance and overall wellness. Like what many in the business world often encounter, in his new role as a personal trainer, Gun felt there was a "glass ceiling" impeding his ability to help his clients reach their full potential.

"In particular, I felt limited in the areas of injury rehab and posture alignment," said Gun, a native of nearby San Francisco. "I decided to pursue a career in chiropractic, in order to gain a deeper understanding of the human body."

Once Gun decided to take his post-tech career journey to another level, he says the appeal of Palmer's West campus was more than just its close proximity to family in the Bay Area.

"I was drawn to the West campus because of its strong foundation in science, and 'evidence-based' curriculum; Palmer's renowned reputation for academic excellence; and the Sports Council program," said Gun, who enjoys lifting weights, playing sports, and practicing martial arts.

In addition to the Campus Guides, Gun also is a member of many other student organizations at Palmer's West campus, including the SPEAK Club (which provides students with opportunities to build public-speaking skills through participation in community-education/awareness events), as well as several of the technique clubs: Applied Kinesiology; Diversified; Extremities; Motion Palpation.

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Monika Rizkalla
As a young girl growing up in Germantown, Maryland, Monica suffered from sinus infections that impaired her ability to focus in school, due to intense headaches and severe congestion.

Monica’s family decided to see if a chiropractor could help ease her chronic condition – and after one appointment, and one week of follow-up treatments, Monica was elated at the immediate degree of relief she experienced. 

Although chiropractic care improved her overall quality of health, the residual effect of prior health issues limited her ability to participate in competitive sports past high school. 

However, rather than settle for sitting on the bench, Monica redirected her love for sports at exploring ways to help athletes perform at the top of their game – which put her on the path to a chiropractic career.

Monica earned her undergraduate degree from The Catholic University of America, where she majored in psychology, “because a big part of how any athlete, or non-athlete heals from injuries and improves in their athletic endeavors depends on how they deal with the situation in their mind.”

Once she made the decision to pursue a career in the chiropractic profession, Monica quickly realized she wanted to attend Palmer’s West campus.

“The evidence-based approach that Palmer teaches, as well as all the other skills required to become a successful chiropractor, made my decision an easy one,” said Monica, who in addition to Campus Guides, also is a member of the Sports Council and the Motion Palpation Club. 

“Palmer West offers a strong curriculum, and welcoming community, which is why I’m extremely confident that I made the right choice. I agree with the mission of Palmer College, and share the same values.”

In addition to maintaining her studies at Palmer West, Monica also works as a performance coach for Athletes on Purpose, a training program in the neighboring city of Sunnyvale. She enjoys playing volleyball and basketball, and says of her future, “I cannot wait to see where my experience at Palmer takes me!”

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Kirtpaul is a Prince Rupert, B.C., Canada native, and a 2013 graduate of the Univ. of the Fraser Valley (B.Sc., kinesiology) in Abbotsford, B.C. As a youth, Kirtpaul suffered a severe injury playing hockey, which resulted in reoccurring back pain. After a few visits to a chiropractor, he was out of pain and injury free. As Kirtpaul began to consider career-path options, his interest in health care, combined with his experience as a patient, guided him toward the chiropractic profession.

"My chiropractor was the only doctor who was able to make me feel better, and eventually achieve a pain-free level of health," says Kirtpaul, a member of the hockey team at Palmer's West campus, who has already surfed at many Bay Area beaches.

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Alex Silver
Alex Silver was heading toward a career in firefighting when he realized that he was sell-suited to provide a different type of life-impacting service. A chiropractic patient from a young age, Alex now looks forward to helping his future patients reap the same health benefits he has enjoyed from life-long care.

"While training to become a firefighter, I discovered that helping people was my true passion," said Alex, a Malibu, Calif., native, who graduated from Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo (B.S., environmental studies). "Having personally benefited from chiropractic care since I was young, I became very interested in the chiropractic profession, and decided to pursue a new and exciting career path."

Once Alex made the decision to pursue a career in chiropractic, he chose Palmer's West campus, because, "I wanted to stay in California; Palmer teaches the perfect balance of philosophy and evidenced-based chiropractic; and student experience at the West campus provides many learning opportunities beyond the core curriculum, from guest speakers, to extracurricular clubs, and other unique programs, such as the Sports Council."

In addition to the Campus Guides and the Sports Council, Alex is a member of the Motion Palpation, Diversified, and Applied Kinesiology Clubs, as well as the West campus student chapter of the American Chiropractic Association (SACA), and the Rock Climbing Club.

Alex enjoys surfing, skateboarding, snowboarding, and mountain-biking - and, between classes, he enjoys playing table-tennis in the West campus student lounge!

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Kyle Siskar

Kyle Siskar
In the period of time that followed his graduation from Buffalo State, Kyle realized his true career-calling remained rooted in his life-long passion: working with his hands, and working with others (born in part from the nearly 10 years that Kyle served as a volunteer fireman in his hometown).

When he explored which career paths to choose, Kyle, a skilled handyman in construction, carpentry and mechanics, felt he was well-suited for the chiropractic profession, with its focus on biomechanics of the body, and use of the hands as the “tools of the trade.”

Once he initiated the process of pursuing a career in the chiropractic profession, the east coast native found himself heading west – as in Palmer West.

“Palmer became my first choice, when I saw the multiple opportunities that the program provides – and the professors are not only great instructors from which to learn, but several have literally ‘written the books’ used not only at Palmer, but many of the other chiropractic colleges,” said Kyle.

The east-coast native also admits that the West campus’ California location also factored into his decision to attend Palmer West. 

“Nothing comes close to the beautiful coast of California, which has allowed me to embrace my ‘outdoor side,’ and treated me to some amazing hikes, surfing, snowboarding, and rock-climbing,” said Kyle, who hopes to practice somewhere on the west coast when he graduates in 2019.

In addition to Campus Guides, Kyle is active with the West campus student-chapter of the American Chiropractic Association (attending the National Chiropractic Leadership Conference in Washington, D.C.), as well as the Motion Palpation, Rehab to Performance, and Soft Tissue Clubs.

Kyle also is a member of the West campus Rock Climbing Club, and notes, “My class is rather competitive when it comes to inter-quarter sports, and I’ve participated in the volleyball and flag-football tournaments, which are always a good time.”

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Stephanie Stensaas
Stephanie is a native of Stoughton, Wisc., who entered the program at Palmer’s West campus in Winter Quarter ’16. Prior to enrolling at Palmer, Stephanie earned her B.S. in biology (cell biology and physiology emphasis, with a chemistry minor) from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. Drawn to a career in the health care profession from a young age, the challenge for Stephanie was deciding which path to follow. That uncertainty gained clear focus when she gained a first-hand perspective about the chiropractic profession, when she spent some time observing practice activities in the offices of two Palmer Davenport alumni. “Chiropractic offered exactly the type of health care career I was looking for,” said Stephanie, who has enjoyed exploring and experiencing the many attractions and activities the Bay Area has to offer. “The hands-on, preventative and non-invasive approach, the way it provides patients with life-long care, and the opportunity to form more personal relationships with patients is what makes chiropractic so appealing.”

In addition to Campus Guides, Stephanie also is a member of the West campus student chapter of the American Chiropractic Association (SACA), the Sports Council, and the SPEAK (Student Patient Education and Knowledge), Diversified, Motion Palpation, and Rock Climbing Clubs.

“I considered all three Palmer campuses, and felt San Jose was the best fit for me, due to the evidence-based curriculum, the strong sports emphasis, the opportunity to experience living outside of the Midwest – and the way I felt like a part of the community from the moment I was greeted for my campus tour!”

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Anne Marie Vicencio
Many chiropractic students are inspired to pursue chiropractic careers following a positive experience as a patient, and regard the doctor who cared for them as their "chiropractic mentor." Anne Marie Vicencio also has a chiropractic "mentor." However, her inspirational mentorship is not the result of personal care, but from her internship in the athletic training department at St. Mary's College in Moraga, Calif. - where Tony Kearns, D.C., a 2007 graduate of Palmer's West campus, is the director of sports medicine. "Observing Dr. Kearns, I was able to see how chiropractic treatment benefited the athletes who came in," said Anne Marie, who graduated from St. Mary's with a B.A. in "Kinesiology: Health and Human Performance." "To see the immediate results of the care was something I'd never seen before - which sparked my interest in the chiropractic profession," added the Hayward, Calif., native.

Anne Marie acknowledges the fact that her chiropractic mentor is an alumnus, along with the close proximity to her family in the East Bay, and the great weather, made Palmer's West campus quite appealing as the school to attend. However, other features factored in her decision-making process. "I like Palmer's evidence-based curriculum, and the strong Sports Council program," said Anne Marie, who enjoys rock-climbing, playing sports that keep her active - and anything and everything Disney-related!

In addition to the Campus Guides, Anne Marie participates in a variety of other student activities at Palmer's West campus, including the Diversified, Extremities, Motion Palpation, Soft Tissue technique clubs, as well as the Rock Climbing Club, and the West campus student chapter of the American Chiropractic Association (SACA).

And when Anne Marie becomes an intern in the Palmer Chiropractic Clinic, she hopes to return to St. Mary's, to associate with her chiropractic mentor, Dr. Kearns, in the special internship program that enables selected interns from Palmer's West campus to assist Dr. Kearns with the evaluation, assessment and treatment of student athletes, and to interact with members of the St. Mary's sports medicine team.

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Danielle Walsh
Danielle Walsh is a native of Vancouver, B.C., Canada, who entered the program at Palmer’s West campus in Fall Quarter ‘15. Prior to enrolling at Palmer, Danielle earned her Bachelor of Kinesiology & Extended Psychology Minor from the University of the Fraser Valley in Abbottsford, B.C. Like many Palmer students, Danielle’s desire to enter the chiropractic profession was inspired by a positive experience as a patient. “While competing in sports, I suffered a recurring injury, and was told I wouldn’t be able to play again,” said Danielle, whose recreational interests include yoga, hiking, kayaking, and other outdoor activities. “I sought chiropractic care, which enabled me to play – and motivated me to pursue a chiropractic career.” Danielle says she chose to attend Palmer’s West campus, “due to the evidence-based curriculum; how well-prepared Palmer graduates are for their career; and the positive environment created by the supportive staff and friendly student body.”

In addition to Campus Guides, Danielle also is a member of the Sports Council, and hopes to open a practice in her hometown of Vancouver.

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Trevor Wendell
Trevor is a native of Washington, D.C., and earned his B.S. (exercise physiology, with a minor in public health) from Humboldt State Univ. 

A certified sports-massage therapist, Trevor has worked closely with chiropractors for the past 10 years – a decade during which he gained an increasing respect for the benefits of chiropractic care.

In particular, working the past three years with three alumni of Palmer’s San Jose campus elevated Trevor’s interest in the profession even further, and inspired him to pursue the chiropractic career path.

Trevor says the primary reasons he chose to attend Palmer’s San Jose Campus include: the location (“I have family in the Bay Area, and in southern California”); the general atmosphere of the campus, and its commitment to academics; and the many professional connections and unique opportunities that come with attending Palmer College, such as Palmer’s “VA/DoD Internship Program.”

Trevor looks forward to graduating in 2017, and he plans to pursue one of the new VA residency positions now available for DCs.

“I want to devote myself to helping disabled veterans of our armed forces, and their families, as well,” says Trevor, who in addition to Campus Guides, also serves as president of the West campus Veterans Club.

A certified strength coach and exercise physiologist, Trevor enjoys reading, camping, playing acoustic guitar, and spending quality time with his wife, Kathryn, and their young daughter, Vivian.

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Jessica Yeung
Jessica is a native of Vancouver, B.C., Canada, where she completed her Palmer prerequisites while studying environmental science at the University of British Columbia. Jessica's journey into the chiropractic followed sojourns along other career paths, none of which filled her with any degree of passion and purpose. Then a family friend encouraged Jessica to visit a local chiropractor. She didn't receive a hands-on adjustment, but the inspirational impact of the visit prompted an "adjustment" of Jessica's career-path direction - toward the chiropractic health field.

"I was impressed by the fact that the doctor not only helped her patients achieve relief from pain, through hands-on care, but made an equally strong commitment to educating her patients in ways to stay pain-free," says Jessica, who loves baking, and is always open to a game of ultimate or badminton.

In addition to the Campus Guides, Jessica is involved with a variety of other clubs and student organizations at Palmer's West campus, including: Campus Ministries, SPEAK (Student Patient Education and Knowledge), the Motion Palpation Club, and the Soft Tissue Club.

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Scherina Alli
Scherina grew up just outside of the Twin Cities, in Burnsville, Minnesota. She graduated from the University of Central Florida with her first Bachelor's Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies, focusing on Microbiology and Molecular Biology, and her second Bachelor's in Pre-Clinical Health Sciences. Being the first generation born in the United States was not easy, and there was much exploring to do as far as career choice. After years of schooling, research and shadowing, Scherina came across a position as a chiropractic assistant. Having known nothing about chiropractic, the positive energy from the field and amazing results and experiences had her sold. It was an instant attraction to the profession and the desire to know everything there is to know about chiropractic that led her to Palmer College of Chiropractic. After so many years of research and shadowing, chiropractic was the only profession that made sense to her. This approach to holistic healing was a perfect fit for Scherina and the abundance of support from her family and friends has encouraged her to pursue her dream of helping others to live their full potential. Outside of school, Scherina enjoys spending time with family and friends and exploring anything fitness related as well as nutrition.

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Chloe Barnes
Cloe was born in Montreal, Canada and attended James Madison University for her B.S. in Kinesiology with a minor in Coaching Education. During her time there, she had many opportunities to shadow various fields in health care. However, what spoke to her most was chiropractic. She was first exposed to chiropractic in high school when her father took her to see his practitioner and since then, she was sold. She loved the individualized care and interaction between patient and doctor, especially considering how impersonal western medicine is becoming. She hopes to open her own practice and create an integrative treatment center that can cater to all needs. Cloe chose Palmer College of Chiropractic's Florida campus because she loved the idea of being hands on at the beginning of the curriculum and attending the College where chiropractic began.

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Kaitlyn Bassett
Kaitlyn was born in Jackson, Michigan and attended Hillsdale College for her B.S. in Biochemistry. She grew up in a very loving home and continues to be close to her parents and two sisters. She has received Chiropractic care since she was ten years old and began to consider it for a career in high school. She shadowed two chiropractors and fell in love with the Florida campus on her first visit. Kaitlyn loves sports of all kinds and played basketball and volleyball in high school. She continues her interest in fitness and hopes to incorporate it into her chiropractic practice. Kaitlyn loves to travel and has visited 48 out of the 50 States, 4 Canadian provinces and Mexico. She loves reading, swimming, jet skiing, snow skiing, boating and bicycling. You will often find her at the beach. Kaitlyn chose Palmer College of Chiropractic because she wanted to serve others and become “the best of the best”. She is a very passionate person and she wanted an environment that would encourage such passion.

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Martin Booth
Martin Booth
Martin Booth is a local to the Port Orange area and could not imagine living anywhere else. He is one of two biological children of Martin Sr. and Becky Booth and was fortunate to be raised in a very lively home, with his parents fostering over 150 children throughout their years of dedicated service to foster care. This upbringing taught Martin how to love, share; accept differences and the importance of community. Martin spent most of his teen years and young adult life working in Emergency Medical Services as a paramedic and firefighter, serving Volusia and Flagler Counties. Coupled with his time in service, he also led an exciting and rewarding career as a personal trainer and group fitness instructor. After treating individuals with chronic disease day after day, he decided to follow his passion for prevention and wellness, leading to initiate a chiropractic career.

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Bryan Call
Bryan Call
Being raised in an allopathic environment, Bryan never grew up knowing about chiropractic. After suffering through a terrible ski accident where he fractured two vertebrae was where chiropractic came into his life. Not knowing his condition for 3 years and then being informed by a chiropractor was inspiring. His wife convinced him to go see the chiropractor and he had an amazing experience. That was the beginning and passion was the result.

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Christina Ciotti
Christina Ciotti
Christina Ciotti, who also goes by Christy, spent most of her childhood in Virginia Beach, Virg. She started her undergraduate career at a small rural college in Radford, Virg. After two years, she transferred to Christopher Newport University, which was closer to home, and graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Communication Studies and a Minor in Business Administration. After graduation, Christina started her career in the Washington D.C. area on a grant to develop a nationwide educational curriculum to teach law enforcement about Alzheimer's disease and dementia. While working in Washington D.C., Christina was able to travel around the country as the lead project assistant for the trainers and staff and was able to speak at many different meetings and conferences. Though her career provided her with many opportunities, she still felt as if there was another purpose for her. After some personal reflection, Christina decided she wanted a career within the health care industry in which she could have the freedom to make her own decisions, serve the community, and be able to find self-fulfillment. Making a decision to pursue chiropractic began through Christina's own view on health, natural healing, and nutrition, as well as her desire to help people with a more non-invasive, hands-on approach. After some extensive research, job shadowing, and of course helpful talks with friends and family, Christina ended up choosing the chiropractic profession and Palmer College of Chiropractic Florida, in Port Orange, Fla. Christina feels that she has found her perfect fit with chiropractic and would like to help others pursue their dreams of becoming part of this life-changing profession as well.

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Sean Gimbert
Sean Gimbert
A native of Virginia, Sean come from a small rural community and grew up as an only child by the guidance of his two wonderful parents. During his early years, his mother and father instilled the importance of health and allowing the body to express its innate healing potential without unnecessary drugs and surgery. Sean graduated from Virginia Teach and received a Bachelor's of Science and minor in Medicine and Society. Besides Chiropractic, he's also passionate about music and has the blessing of performing professionally in the local area. Sean's passionate about the Campus Guide organization because of the importance it played in his decision to pursue chiropractic and apply to Palmer through the exemplary guidance he was given by a former campus guide. He hopes to provide similar experiences to prospective students by proudly conveying the power of the ChiropracTIC adjustment.

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Brittney Hughes
Brittney is an Alabama native with a bachelors degree in business management from Daytona State College in Daytona Beach, Florida. After graduating she decided to pursue a degree in chiropractic and chose to do this at the Palmer Florida campus so that she could help others reach their optimal health through chiropractic. After graduating, Brittney plans to move back to Alabama and work with close relatives who are also chiropractors and share the same vision that she does. In her spare time, Brittney enjoys kayaking, fishing, canoeing and other sports.

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Jeffrey Jackson
Jeffrey grew up in Quincy, Florida in a very supporting home with one other brother. He attended the University of Florida and graduated with a B.A. in Spanish Linguistics while taking additional pre-med courses to prepare for graduate school. Jeffrey was first introduced to the chiropractic profession after getting into a car accident and undergoing chiropractic treatment first hand. Being inspired by the benefits of chiropractic, he decided to assist his mother around her job at the local chiropractic office from time to time and became close to the chiropractor that his mother worked for. After traveling to the Dominican Republic to work as a volunteer for a few months, Jeffrey decided that his then career choice major as an engineer was not going to satisfy him for the rest of his life; and he soon realized that what made him happy was helping others personally and building quality relationships. From there, he researched more about the chiropractic profession and potential school options and was recommended Palmer College of Chiropractic's Florida campus. Jeffrey can definitely say that Palmer was one of the best choices he has made and the experiences and bonds that he has made since starting classes will benefit him and his career for the rest his life, as well as show as a reminder as to why he chose to pursue a career as a chiropractor.

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Samantha Jordan
I worked alongside a team of chiropractors that inspired me to pursue a career in chiropractic. The way they represented the profession, provided quality care for their patients, and overall promoted a great environment in their practice made me want to aspire to be like them. I gained confidence that Palmer was for me by the quality of professionalism, adjusting technique and knowledge that these Palmer chiropractors embodied.

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Mickey O'Donovan
Mickey was born in the small, rural town of Pittston, Penn. and was the older of two boys. Throughout high school and college he had always known that he wanted to pursue a career in the medical field, just not which part. After receiving a B.S. in Biology from Susquehanna University in Selinsgrove, Penn., he was convinced that he wanted to enter into Physical Therapy. He had never even considered Chiropractic until his wife; Danielle was involved in two separate motor vehicle accidents. Following Danielle through her chiropractic treatment and seeing, first-hand, how quickly she was able to recover from her injuries made him believe in the power of chiropractic medicine and he immediately wanted to get involved. Palmer's sterling reputation and welcoming faculty/staff made it an easy choice for pursuing his chiropractic education. Always active, he enjoys being outdoors, Palmer's various intramural sports and relaxing with his dog, Fozzie.

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Jessica Ostrander
Jessica Ostrander
Jessica was born in Lapeer, Mich., where she spent the first half of her childhood before moving with her family to Wyoming, which is where she now calls home. She graduated magna cum laude from the University of Wyoming with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology and Health Promotion. While pursuing her undergraduate degree, Jessica found her passion in helping others achieve their maximum wellness potential as a personal trainer and fitness manager. Towards the end of her college career, Jessica knew she wanted to expand on her knowledge of the human body; her love of a natural and healthy lifestyle led her to the field of chiropractic. Jessica had chosen Palmer College of Chiropractic right off the bat because of its reputation within the chiropractic community. Spending the latter half of her life in the mountains, there was no doubt in her mind that she wanted to go to school in sunny Florida. Jessica is excited to continue with her education as a Doctor of Chiropractic and looks forward to helping others discover the journey of a healthy lifestyle. Outside of school, Jessica enjoys almost anything fitness related, hiking, camping, traveling and spending time with friends and family.

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Jessica Rodriguez
Jessica grew up in Puerto Rico, where a big part of the Hispanic culture is music and dancing. Since she was little she shared her passion for dancing with her mother. Later her mother was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis and Jessica began to worry about how her bones might restrict her from dancing and enjoying her passion. With this in mind she started to guide her life to a career in which she could help others enjoy their passion. Her parents showed her the meaning of hard work by working untiringly to compensate for the bad economy in their country and to give her the education they weren’t able to receive. Jessica worked hard to receive a bachelor degree majoring in biomedical science. As a Hispanic, she believes helping one another is in her nature, and being able to improve someone’s life by doing something she cares about shaped her career decision to study at Palmer College of Chiropractic

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Amber Scott
Amber was raised in the small town of Curwensville, Pennsylvania. She graduated from Indiana University of Pennsylvania with a B.S. in Natural Science; Pre-Chiropractic concentration. She was the first one in her family to graduate college, and could not have done it without her mother, sister and grandmother. They are her number one supporters in everything she does. Amber chose her career path early in life thanks to a knee injury. Rather than pursue a second knee surgery she decided to take a less invasive, holistic approach. This is when she started her chiropractic journey and became a patient. It was an influential decision because it was her first exposure to chiropractic and helped her avoid an invasive surgery. From that day on it became her passion to one day be able to provide that option for someone else. In her opinion there are too many people out there that are uneducated about the benefits of chiropractic care. Her long term goal is to educate as many people as she can about chiropractic. Aside from all things chiropractic, she enjoys playing with her boxer pup Marley and exploring/traveling to new places. Her favorite sports teams (abandoning her Pennsylvania roots) are the Green Bay Packers (Roll Pack!) and the Ohio State Buckeyes (O-H-I-O). 

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Tony Vizzini
Tony Vizzini
Tony was born into a large family in Rockledge, Florida. He lived in six different states as a child until his family ended up in Melbourne, Florida. He received his Bachelor's in Exercise Science at the University of West Florida. While at UWF, Tony was the captain of the golf team. They won many conferences under his leadership. He was the President of his fraternity, Kappa Alpha Order, and served on Student Council as the Secretary of Treasure. He has two chiropractors in his family, which sparked his interest in the career. He worked as a Chiropractic Assistant in Pensacola, Florida while completing his B.S. He applied to Palmer because of the reputation the school has in the community. The doctor he worked for inspired him to apply to Palmer’s Florida campus for the location and the early hands on experience he would get. His plan is to bring his interest in nutrition, health and supplementation into his future practice.

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