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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
is from Big Rapids, Michigan
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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
“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.
native of Granite Bay, Calif., Nancy graduated from the Univ. of California at
Irvine in 2011 with her B.S. in psychology.
worked as a physical-therapy aide while attending UC-Irvine, during which she
developed a passion for the field of rehabilitative care.
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).
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).
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
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.”
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.
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.
she’s looking forward to completing the Palmer program, and the excitement of
applying her collective experience in practice when she graduates in 2018.
have an immense amount of respect for the critical-thinking, genuineness, and
knowledge that chiropractors possess, and I hope to represent the profession
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.
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
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.”
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
“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.
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).
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
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.”
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
“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
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
“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!”
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
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.
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.
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!
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.
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
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
“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!”
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.
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!
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
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,”
The east-coast native also admits that the West
campus’ California location also factored into his decision to attend Palmer
“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.”
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!”
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.
Contact Anne Marie
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.
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
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.
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.