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Meet Our Admissions Counselors

We’re committed to preparing you for success. That begins with the admissions process. Palmer’s knowledgeable, friendly and helpful admissions counselors are here to help you learn about the exciting career opportunities that start at Palmer College of Chiropractic.

They have helped thousands of people decide the best path toward their career. If you’ve got questions, your admissions counselor has the answers!

Main campus
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Kristi Clark

Kristi, a Quad City native, graduated from Palmer College of Chiropractic with an associate’s degree in chiropractic technology and also earned a Bachelor of Applied Studies degree with a certificate in Nonprofit Management from the University of Iowa. She first joined Palmer College in 2001 and has worked in the Palmer Clinic, Advancement and Alumni department, and has found her passion in Admissions.
Kristi serves prospective students in: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Nebraska, North Carolina, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, Texas, Wisconsin.
“Growing up with chiropractic has helped shaped my life and positively impacted the health of my family. That gratitude propels my work as an admissions counselor. I am fortunate to work closely with prospective students, supporting and guiding them through their entire admissions process. There are many pathways to Palmer and a career in chiropractic, and I love helping students navigate their unique journey. The world needs more chiropractors, and my goal is to help students feel completely prepared as they take each step towards campus!”   

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Emily Danger

Emily graduated from Monmouth College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in public relations. After graduation, she moved to Florida and began working for the Walt Disney Company through their Disney College Program. Upon conclusion, she moved back to the Quad Cities to obtain her Master of Science degree in college student personnel: higher education leadership at Western Illinois University – Quad Cities. 

Emily serves prospective students in: Colorado, Connecticut, Illinois, Kansas, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia.

As an Admissions Counselor, my goal is to assist students in taking the next step in their educational journey by offering them support and guidance throughout every step of the process. My hope is that every student I encounter feels supported and prepared for their program. The culture Palmer has created welcomes innovation and teaches our students to think with their head, love with their heart and heal others with their hands. This philosophy not only prepares our students to be exceptional chiropractors, but also continue to grow them into exceptional people.” 

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Kelan Ritchie

Kelan is a Quad City native, born in Rock Island, IL. He received his education at Lincoln College, where he earned an A.A. Liberal Arts degree, and Augustana College, where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in sociology. He first joined Palmer College in 1996 having worked in Admissions/Recruitment for most of his tenure. He has helped over 1,300 students realize their dreams of becoming Palmer chiropractors. He enjoys advocating for the college and profession to prospective students, college/university instructors, advisers, administrators, as well as distinguished Palmer alumni.

Kelan serves prospective students in: Arkansas, Canada (ON), D.C., Delaware, Hawaii, International, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Ohio, Oklahoma, Tennessee.

“To say I have a passion for chiropractic and Palmer College would be an understatement. It was chiropractic that taught me the most about myself. It has played a direct role in my own health and wellness and it has given me the clearest understanding of what the true essence of health and wellness is. Above all, it made it that much easier for me to take Palmer’s mission on the road and do what I love most: representing this institution to prospective students and working closely with their support channels as they navigate their way to matriculation.”

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Kelley Van Keulen

Kelley has been serving the Palmer Admissions Department for over 15 years after she spent a number of years working as an accountant in the Financial Affairs Department. Kelley holds an Associate of Arts degree in accounting and business administration, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in organizational management.

Kelley serves prospective students in: Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota.

“My motivation comes from promoting Palmer College and the chiropractic profession and helping prospective students to achieve their goals.”

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Florida Campus
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Sue Buro

Sue is originally from Northeast Pennsylvania. She received her education from East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Science in secondary education and physical science. Sue came to Palmer in 2011, and loves assisting students as they fulfill their goals to become doctors of chiropractic.

Sue serves international prospective students, as well as prospective students in: Arkansas, the Bahamas, Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, New Jersey, New York, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Tennessee and the Virgin Islands. 

“Palmer strives to provide students with the very best in chiropractic education, and I am so happy to assist students in any way that I can.”

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Ben Hucker

Ben, a Chicago native, received his education at Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago, where he earned his Bachelor of Arts with a double major in secondary education and history. He also worked as an EMT on an ambulance in Chicago for several years while completing his degree. After graduating, Ben taught high school history/social studies in Chicago before moving into college admissions.

Ben serves prospective students in: Connecticut, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Illinois, Indiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Ohio, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia and Wisconsin. 

"I have a passion for both education and the health care field, and I understand the profound impact each can have on a person’s life. I love helping students join the Palmer family, so they can go out into the world and help others."

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Latif Muhammad

Latif is a New York City native, who relocated to Deland, Florida in 2012. He received his education at Florida Technical College where he obtained his bachelor's degree in business marketing and management. Latif has a passion for assisting students in obtaining their goals in higher education. 

Latif serves prospective students in: Florida (Orlando, Kissimmee, South FL, Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, W. Palm Beach), Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Puerto Rico, Texas, Utah, Washington and Wyoming. 

"Palmer has an awesome atmosphere where students continue to develop a passion for learning."

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Katelyn Nelson

Katelyn was born and raised in Port Orange, Florida. She received her education from the University of Central Florida, where she earned her bachelor’s of science degree in psychology. Katelyn loves assisting students in higher education and previously worked in admissions at Daytona State College.

Katelyn serves prospective students in the Orlando area, South Fla./Miami area, Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Texas, Utah, Washington and Wyoming.

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West Campus
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Jon Black

A proud Bay Area native, Jon was born and raised in Oakland, California and received his Bachelor of Arts degree in sociology and psychology in addition to his Master of Business Administration degree from Notre Dame de Namur University. After graduation, he went on to serve in the Admissions Office for various high schools and colleges throughout the western United States including California, Colorado and Arizona. Jon brings with him an extensive enrollment management background of nearly 20 years and currently serves Palmer West as director of campus enrollment, where he oversees the Admissions Counseling staff and Campus Guides.

“Here at Palmer West, you’ll have access to the best of everything! We have some of the best weather, food, recreational activities and well-rounded students in the world. For these reasons and many others, Palmer West attracts applicants from all across the United States and internationally, making us one of the most diverse chiropractic colleges in the country. Please reach out to one of our Admissions Counselors and we’d be happy to guide you through every step of the process and answer any questions you may have. Good luck & go Palmer!” 

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Patricia Buenaventura

Patricia received her education from Sacramento State University. While completing her undergraduate degree in psychology, she had the opportunity to work as a student mentor alongside faculty and college advisors. Her experience unlocked a newfound passion for helping others move towards their prospective career. As an admissions counselor at Palmer West, she hopes to become a resource for students to achieve their academic and professional goals.
"Palmer College has an amazing faculty and staff dedicated to foster the growth of students. We will assist you in every step of the way!"

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Nou Vang

Nou was raised in Stockton, California. She received her education at San Francisco State University and earned her master’s degree in education with a concentration in equity and social justice. Nou has a passion for helping students reach their goals in higher education. Previously, she was an adjunct professor at Sacramento State University and a Job Corps admissions counselor.
"I enjoy helping students obtain their goals and here at Palmer College, we provide our students with the best education to help them succeed."

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