Academy of Chiropractic Fellows

Leadership, recruitment, philanthropy and service

In 1963, David D. Palmer, D.C. established the Palmer Academy of Chiropractic (PAC) to formally recognize outstanding supporters of Palmer College of Chiropractic.

Founded on the four principles of leadership, recruitment, philanthropy and service, selected individuals are awarded Fellowship in the PAC for showing extraordinary dedication to Palmer College.

Fellowship is given to those exemplary individuals who embody the principle set forth by Dr. David D. Palmer, chosen each year through nominations from current Fellows, the College’s presidents, or the Chancellor and CEO. The rigorous selection process is completed by a committee of Fellows representatives and College leadership, with official inductees confirmed by the Board of Trustees. Nominees are evaluated on their accomplishments and experience in the areas of the four principles, and honors bestowed on the select few who exemplify these principles. Nominees do not have to be a Doctor of Chiropractic or a graduate of Palmer College to be eligible. Fellowship is the most prestigious peer award given by the College.

Eligibility criteria for Fellowship consideration includes:

  • Leadership– Demonstration of the values of Palmer College which reflect the Science, Art, and Philosophy of chiropractic; achievement in educational, clinical, research and/or administrative/faculty/staff performance; and
  • Recruitment– Efforts promoting Palmer College and the chiropractic profession to prospective students; serving as liaison for high schools or colleges; identifying and recruiting prospective students; and
  • Philanthropy– Support of Palmer College through history of giving, endowment or scholarship support, estate gift intentions, or service as a fundraising volunteer; and
  • Service– Involvement with the College and contributions to the chiropractic profession as a volunteer, event speaker, or student mentor; legislative efforts at a local, state, or federal level.

2021 Fellows Inductees

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Mark Houk, D.C. (Main, ´80)

Dr. Houk believes we truly “receive by giving and not by getting.” He demonstrates philanthropic leadership in numerous ways, including making challenge gifts on the College’s Giving Day and supporting Palmer at the Founder’s Circle level every year. Most recently, Mark and his wife, Inez, made a generous gift of $100,000 to support campus facility enhancements, and they have made an estate commitment that will come to Palmer after their lifetimes.

— Marie Kelly, Director of Development

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Elizabeth Kressin, D.C. (Main, ´86)

Dr. Liz looks for the “better mousetrap.” She inspects what she expects and has a remarkably functional, effective and systematic practice. She’s always more than willing to help anyone with any problem. Dr. Liz’s passion and commitment to promote, perform and profess chiropractic is second to none. Be proud of her qualifications as a Fellow, which elevate us all.

— Lance Vanderloo, D.C. (Main, ’86)

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Sherry McAllister, D.C. (West, ´96)

Currently, Dr. McAllister serves as the president of the Foundation for Chiropractic Progress, a nonprofit organization whose sole purpose is positive press for chiropractic. As president of that organization, Dr. McAllister has opened more doors and introduced chiropractic to more organizations outside of chiropractic than anyone I know, and she’s just getting started — all while balancing a private practice and family life.

— Mickey Burt, D.C. (Main, ’73)

2022 Fellows Induction

In recognition of the 125th anniversary of Palmer College of Chiropractic in 2022, the Fellows selection committee has chosen to award fellowship into the Palmer Academy of Chiropractic to two pioneers of the chiropractic profession. They will receive a posthumous induction during the 125th anniversary celebration in September 2022. Information on the new inductees will be shared with current Fellows in spring 2022.