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The Palmer Women’s Institute

Female chiropractors have unique gifts, needs and opportunities. The PWI will leverage these unique qualities by bringing together chiropractic faculty, students and alumni, as well as female leaders and entrepreneurs, to support women in chiropractic through education, mentoring, and professional development. The Palmer Women's Institute is open to Palmer students, alumni and other female chiropractors. If you would like to support the PWI, contact the Palmer Advancement Office at 563-884-5453 or make a gift online via Paypal.

Professional Development

Palmer Women's Institute

"Just Say YES to Opportunities" with Donna Craft, D.C., DICCP, FPAC, FICC
Palmer College Trustee Dr. Donna Craft presents "Just Say YES to Opportunities." She describes her journey of becoming a chiropractor, including barriers overcome, struggles survived and successes achieved. A 1986 graduate of Palmer's Main campus, Dr. Craft is a member of the Palmer College of Chiropractic Board of Trustees. She was the first woman elected president of the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners (NBCE), serving from 2014 to 2016. This presentation was one of the first initiatives of the Palmer Women's Institute's Women of Wisdom (W.O.W.) Lecture Series. This distinctive series features addresses by prominent female chiropractors.

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The following scholarships are awarded to female students at Palmer College of Chiropractic:

Dr. Palmera Kabana Endowed Scholarship: This scholarship was created to assist female students pursuing a Doctor of Chiropractic degree at Palmer College of Chiropractic’s Main campus.

Dr. Esther A. Mork Memorial Endowed Scholarship Fund: This fund was created by Dr. Esther A. Mork to provide financial assistance to student members of the Sigma Phi Chi Sorority, and/or a student(s) at Palmer College of Chiropractic’s Main Campus.

Olivia Lynn Pyne Memorial Scholarship: This scholarship was created to empower and reward young philanthropic women, who have a dream of becoming a doctor of chiropractic, by providing financial support toward their education at Palmer College of Chiropractic’s Main campus.

Dr. Flavia J. Van Dyke Endowed Recruitment Scholarship: This scholarship was established by the estate of Dr. Flavia J. Van Dyke to assist female students pursuing a doctor of chiropractic degree at Palmer College of Chiropractic’s West campus.

For more information about these scholarships, please contact the Financial Planning Office.


As a Doctor of Chiropractic, you can influence the future of the profession by encouraging talented women to pursue a career in chiropractic and mentoring them along the way. Palmer offers several ways for you to help women succeed in chiropractic.

Alumni Student Recruitment Program (ASRP) - Order or Download free materials for your student recruitment efforts

Supervise an Intern or Recent Grad

Mentoring through the Palmer CareerNetwork - Sign up to mentor and/or hire individual students.

Mabel Palmer Portrait

The First Lady of Chiropractic, Mabel Palmer, was a trailblazer for female chiropractors worldwide. To honor her ambition, leadership and legacy, Palmer College of Chiropractic has established the Palmer Women’s Institute (PWI). The goal of the PWI is to advance, support, and inspire female chiropractors through education, mentoring, and professional development. Please direct any questions or comments to Barbara Melbourne, vice chancellor for institutional advancement, at or 563-884-5453.

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