Ayo Fadahunsi

When most people see a park bench, it reminds them of a family barbecue, or a memorable day relaxing in the outdoors.

When San Jose, Calif., Campus student Ayo Fadahunsi sees a park bench, it reminds him of the day that changed his life.

From a young age, Ayo directed his educational interests and career objectives in the direction of the health care field, earning a B.S. in biology (pre-medicine major) at Xavier University in 2007, followed by his Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) degree at Spartan Health Sciences University-Saint Lucia in 2011.

En route to earning his academic degrees, Ayo sustained some minor injuries in a car accident, which resulted in intermittent bouts of low-back discomfort, and when the pain would strike, it became bothersome for Ayo to stand or sit for long periods of time.

Then came the walk in the park that took the Duncanville, Texas, native in a new career direction as quickly as he achieved relief from his back pain. “One particularly bothersome day during my medical tenure, I just happened to be studying with a chiropractor,” said Ayo.

“Once he realized that I was having discomfort, he measured the height of my iliac crest, and performed a side posture maneuver on a park bench. The discomfort I had was gone instantaneously, and this became my first chiropractic experience. I had no idea what he did—but it worked!”

That experience inspired Ayo to reroute his health care career into the chiropractic field.

“Chiropractic was obviously not my first career choice; however, throughout my educational tenure, I knew there had to be alternatives to treating back pain, which is the most common—and vague—chief complaint of many patients,” added Ayo.

Ayo said the reason he decided to attend Palmer’s San Jose, Calif., Campus is because of the welcoming nature of the community, faculty and students. “I am accustomed to academic environments that are so competitive that it becomes almost hostile,” said Ayo.

“At Palmer’s San Jose, Calif., Campus, there is so much support offered by the student body, faculty and staff, while somehow still maintaining a competitive academic environment.” Ayo is president of the West Campus Ping-Pong Club and has been a Big Brothers/Big Sisters mentor since 2010. He also enjoys working out—but admits he enjoys chocolate-chip cookies even more.

He added that he will explore and consider all practice options as he progresses through the West Campus program, including Palmer’s internship programs at Veterans Affairs and Department of Defense health care centers throughout the country.

For now, he has one primary goal: “I just want to make my father proud.”