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Student Ambassador Program

Ambassador Responsibilities

The Palmer Student Ambassadors (SA's) are a hand-selected group of highly motivated future chiropractic business professionals. The SA's provide an indispensable service to Palmer College of Chiropractic by serving as liaisons to current and prospective Palmer students, the community, Palmer faculty and staff, Palmer Alumni, and business professionals. These students will serve as the face and voice of the Palmer Center for Business Development (PCBD), and provide the community a look at what it is to be a Palmer Professional.

As a Palmer SA, each member is expected to be a significant contributor to the future development of the PCBD as well as the well-being and development of each Palmer student in their pursuit to become a member of the professional chiropractic community. Through the positive attitude portrayed by each member and the cohesiveness of the group, the Palmer SA's are the epitome of chiropractic leadership.


  • Complete a minimum of 4-7 hours per month of PCBD work related projects
  • Attend mandatory monthly meetings (twice a month)
  • Required Attendance at designated events (Career Fair, Homecoming, etc)
  • Performs other duties as required
  • Must have a 2.5 GPA or higher and maintain the 2.5 or higher throughout the program

Membership Benefits

  • Gain experience in public relations (meeting people, public speaking, representing the college)
  • Be part of a dynamic, highly visible, customer service oriented organization
  • Work with and learn from business professionals in marketing and entrepreneurship
  • Broaden contacts among faculty, staff, students, administration, and business professionals
  • Possible travel opportunities to events with PCBD staff
  • Letters of Recommendation provided to the SA by the PCBD for potential job opportunities
  • This is a work-study position.

Main campus Student Ambassadors

The Davenport campus is seeking first trimester students to apply for the Student Ambassador work study position beginning March 2020. If interested in becoming a Student Ambassador for the Center for Business Development, please visit the Business Center, Fourth Floor Campus Center to pick up an application or use the link below to download and print. Must be second trimester status by March 2020 term.

NEW DEADLINE....Applications Due: Thursday, April 23, 2020

Download the Ambassador Application Packet

Courtney Slaby portraitCourtney Slaby

My name is Courtney Slaby, and I am from Arcadia, Wisconsin. I graduated from the University of Wisconsin—Eau Claire with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology—Human Performance. Chiropractic has positively impacted my life, and for several years, I have had the dream to help other people reach their goals, passions, and dreams through the chiropractic lifestyle. A business education is key to allowing my dreams with chiropractic to come true. I feel incredibly blessed to be a Business Ambassador for The Center of Business Development of Palmer College of Chiropractic. The skills and resources the Business Center provides allows students to be in a successful position after graduation. I am excited to help bridge the gap between being both doctors and business people.

Gates Maier portraitGates Maier

My name is Gates Maier and I am from Indianapolis, Indiana. I completed my Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Science from Indiana University in December of 2016. I first heard about chiropractic after my sister suggested I shadow a chiropractor for an internship I had to complete for high-school. At the time I knew nothing about the occupation, but trusted her input and after just a few days I knew that I wanted to become a Doctor of Chiropractic. I love the complexity of the human body and all the amazing feats it is capable of, especially within the sports/fitness world. I hope to open my own chiropractic rehabilitation practice so that I can help people live life to their fullest capacity without pain or fear of immobility. Being a Student Ambassador not only allows me to work on gaining more knowledge to run my practice successfully in a business setting, but also allows me to practice efficient communication with a team. The Palmer Center of Business Development allows students to gain confidence, make connections, and become fully prepared to enter the field of Chiropractic.

Stockton Butterfield portraitStockton Butterfield

My name is Stockton Butterfield and I am from Riverton, Utah. I received my associates from Snow College and I am currently enrolled in the combined BC/DC Program here at Palmer College. I have wanted to be a chiropractor for almost my entire life and I am excited to be a part of the Palmer Legacy. Chiropractic is one of the most noble professions. I believe we tend to be too caught up in chiropractic techniques and clubs that students don’t see that the business aspect of Chiropractic is what will make or break them as a practicing Chiropractor. The Business Center gives students and alumni the skills they need to be successful. I am excited to be a helping hand and a driving force in that effort and to learn from other students and alumni on how to be business minded.

Lauren Budas portraitLauren Budas

My name is Lauren Budas. I was born and raised in Kalamazoo, Michigan. I received my Bachelor’s of Science in Physiology from Michigan State University. I have had a passion for the health field and helping individuals since third grade. I look forward to graduating and helping people live a happy and healthy life. Working for a chiropractic office in Michigan allowed me to see first hand how amazing chiropractic is and how it can change the lives of patients. I am very thankful to be a Business Ambassador for the Palmer Center for Business Development. Not only is it important for a chiropractor to know a great deal about the human body, but to also know how to run an efficient business. The Center for Business Development allows students to gain and strengthen skills required for operating a chiropractic office.

Kaleb Olson portraitKaleb Olson

Hello, my name is Kaleb Olson. I am from Fenton, Iowa. Before beginning at Palmer, I attended the University of Northern Iowa where I studied Biology and also pursued a Certificate in Entrepreneurship. I have known I wanted to become a chiropractor since the age of 13. My passion for chiropractic is driven by the endless amounts of stories you hear about how chiropractic care has changed the lives of individuals and families for the better. I hope that one day I can continue to add to those stories, but to do that, I will need to know how to run a successful business. The Palmer Business Ambassador program provides the opportunity for me to continue to develop my business, communication, and professional skills, as well as, to communicate with my peers about all of the resources that the Business Center has to offer. The Center for Business Development provides great resources that the rest of the students and I may utilize so that upon graduation, we will be fully prepared for our future as chiropractic clinicians and businessmen/women.

Mitchell Wade portraitMitchell Wade

My name is Mitchell Wade. I am from Canal Winchester, Ohio. I attended Miami University, where I studied kinesiology and business management. It is a dream of mine to one day be able to work with my dad, who is a Palmer graduate, to help people regain control of their health. Chiropractic has been an integral part of my life, and it has allowed me to live an active and healthy lifestyle. I have seen and experienced its effects first hand, and know that it can help those who are suffering from conditions causing pain and discomfort. I am thankful to be an Ambassador for the Business Center at Palmer, and I am very excited to be able to learn with my peers about how to be not only a great chiropractor, but also a successful businessman.

Kendra Minick portraitKendra Minick

My name is Kendra Minick and I am from Columbus, WI. I received a Bachelors of Science degree from Winona State University in Minnesota. While growing up I always debated between pursuing a career in medicine or business. Having been adjusted my whole life, I never really considered Chiropractic as a career option. It was when I realized that with Chiropractic I would be able to do both medicine and business I knew immediately it was what I wanted to do. I continue to fall more in love with what Chiropractic has to offer both professionally and business wise as I progress through the program. I envision seeing high volumes of pregnant woman and pediatrics. I look forward to sustaining my Chiropractic and business knowledge here at Palmer over the next few years.

Victoria Brown portraitVictoria Brown

My name is Victoria Brown and I am from Elkhorn, Wisconsin. I graduated from University of WI - La Crosse with a bachelors degree in Public Health. I played ultimate frisbee for five years, I bleed blue and gold for the Milwaukee Brewers, and I co-founded Ping Pong Club at my undergraduate school. Chiropractic is another one of my passions and I am optimistic about my future career. The Business Ambassador program has increased my sense of purpose and narrowed down the steps I should take to accomplish my goals. My biggest piece of advice is to attend events in the business center and if you ever have questions - look for an ambassador in a blue polo, we want to help. 

Claire Sheridan portraitClaire Sheridan

Emylee Thompson portraitEmylee Thompson

My name is Emylee Thompson and I'm from South Elgin, Illinois. I had the privilege of attending Trinity International University where I received my Bachelor's in Pre-Medical/Biology and my Master's in Bioethics. While my Biology degree focused on the scientific aspects of life and the body, my Bioethics degree focused on people and the inherent dignity each human possesses. I worked as a Chiropractic Assistant in college and felt called to utilize my education and passion in the world of chiropractic. It is an honor to be learning at Palmer and a privilege to follow in the Palmer legacy. I am thankful to be a Student Ambassador as I believe I will become a more well-rounded doctor as part of the Palmer Center for Business Development by increasing my networking and business skills, which cannot be learned as thoroughly in the classroom. After graduation, my desire is to become a doctor that loves people well while using my abilities to help and heal in body, mind, and spirit.

Jacob Brandman portraitJacob Brandman

My name is Jacob Brandman and I am from Temperance, Michigan. I am a graduate of the University of Toledo in Ohio, where I majored in Biology and minored in chemistry and business. I was called to the chiropractic profession after uncovering the truth behind where my passions were taking me after graduating. I recognized the impact this career could make on others’ lives and the amount of potential there was to lead towards a life of fulfillment. The Palmer Center of Business Development has become a key element to my education. It provides a tremendous amount of opportunity to learn and grow professionally and helps prepare you for the steps that come after graduation. The knowledge I have obtained from the center has, more than likely, saved me from making 10 years of mistakes. I fully recommend utilizing this resource and am happy to help at any time.

Jonathan Johnson portraitJonathan Johnson

Cameron Daniels portraitCameron Daniels

Colton Mentzer portraitColton Mentzer

Jacolyn Mullins portraitJacolyn Mullins

Kaysie Adair portraitKaysie Adair

Kate Hatch portraitKate Hatch

Evan Klueger portraitEvan Klueger

Haley Kraus portraitHaley Kraus

Jennifer Schultz portraitJennifer Schultz

Florida campus Student Ambassadors

The Florida campus is seeking quarter one student to apply for the Student Ambassador work study position beginning Summer 2020. If interested in becoming a Student Ambassador for the Center for Business Development, please visit the Career Development Center, Room 2143 to pick up an application or use the link below to download and print. Must be second quarter status by Fall 2021 term. Applications Due: Friday May 15, 2020.

Download the Ambassador Application Packet


Kelsey Pilati-

Kelsey is an Ohio native who has migrated to Florida due to her passion for health, wellness and paddle boarding. She earned her B.S. in Athletic Training from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio and a MEd. in Sports Administration from Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio. She worked as an athletic trainer for 8 years doing rehabilitation, injury prevention, post-surgery and on field care for her athletes. She found chiropractic after a personal injury and chronic back pain for 15 years. Kelsey is thrilled to be a chiropractor and help every person be their healthiest person possible!!

Kelsey is proud to be a Student Ambassador. She came from a family owned business and is excited to expand her business knowledge and share with her classmates the advantages and resources the Center for Business Development has to offer.


Orne Bey:

Orne hails from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He obtained his Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology and Health from Miami (OH) University. His focus was in sports studies with a minor in Business Management. He developed most of his business skills and management practices from working in various cooperate positions within Enterprise Rent a Car Corp. prior to attending palmer. Orne is a former college athlete who regularly visited a chiropractor to keep up with optimal performance. This is where he developed a huge interest in Chiropractic care.

"My goal as a Palmer Student Ambassador is to inform and assist fellow classmates on the importance of business relations and showcase every resource we make available. It is important to use the Center for Business Development to our advantage now as students and for our future endeavors as professionals."


Paige Dougherty:

Paige Dougherty is from a small town in lower Delaware called Dagsboro. She earned her bachelors degree in health sciences with a concentration in biological sciences from the University of South Florida in Tampa in three years. She developed her professional and business skills from working as a secretary in a neurology office and owning a small bath bomb company. Her decision to become a chiropractor was made as soon as she saw first hand the impact of opioids and other harmful drugs that were so easily prescribed while working at the neurology office. The Palmer Student Ambassador Program is the perfect opportunity for her to expand her business skills and share her knowledge of the plentiful resources that Palmer Center for Business Development has to offer to her peers. She excited to continue her journey through Palmer as a student ambassador.

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Michael Hozan:

Mike Hozan is from a small rural town in Ohio called Homerville. He attended The Ohio State University where he earned a bachelors degree in Business Operations. Mike competed for The Ohio State varsity wrestling team from 2013-2017 where he first witnessed the impressive impact that chiropractic could have in treating athletes. As a business ambassador, Mike is excited to share his passion for Business with the other students and continue to learn as much as possible before starting his own practice.

2018 Loughren

Nick Loughren -

Nick was born and raised in Cape Coral, Florida. He studied at Hodges University where he completed a dual-major in Interdisciplinary Sciences and Biomedical Sciences. He is a family man and career changer that comes to Palmer after retiring from 10 years of law enforcement. He was a high school baseball coach and served in various roles in multiple business startups. Drafted by the Colorado Rockies out of high school, his baseball career was short lived following multiple injuries. His experiences in baseball intrigued his interest in sports medicine and motivated his desire to treat athletes. He plans to return to his home in Southwest Florida to open a Chiropractic Sports Medicine practice. He is honored to serve as a Palmer Center for Business Development Ambassador and seeks to capitalize on the networking opportunities offered by serving as his class liaison.


Katherine Lloyd: Director of Special Projects -

Katie Lloyd is from a rural agricultural community in north-central Florida named McAlpin, near the Suwannee River. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Animal Science with a specialty in Equine Science at the University of Florida. Throughout her undergraduate career, Katie developed her public speaking skills by serving as a teaching assistant for multiple courses and by competing on the UF Horse Judging Team. Her first exposure to the success and personal benefits of chiropractic care began when she received treatment for constant headaches and neck trauma associated with horse riding accidents as a high school student. As an equestrian, Katie has also used an equine chiropractor to help keep her horses in the best physical condition for sport performance. Katie plans to one day own a practice where she can treat both human and equine patients and help them return to a pain-free lifestyle. In addition, she wants to help educate her patients and community about chiropractic medicine. As a Student Ambassador, Katie is excited to share with her classmates all the tools and resources that the Business Center has to offer, while also helping each student prepare for the practicalities of the industry.


Chloe Casteel: Director of Social

Chloe Casteel grew up in a small town in Pennsylvania called DuBois. She went to Slippery Rock University in Pennsylvania where she completed a Biology Pre-Chiropractic degree in three years. Chloe was immersed in Chiropractic since the day she was born, being the fourteenth member of her family to go to Palmer College of Chiropractic. She did pave her own way by being the first to attend the Florida campus. She has seen the wonderful effects that chiropractic care has on the human body from working in her dad’s chiropractic office in her hometown. She believes that the Student Ambassador program will help her gain knowledge alongside her chiropractic family. She is excited to learn more about the steps it takes to own your own business so she can ultimately open up her own practice. She is excited to help her peers and classmates pursue their own dreams to be the best chiropractors that they can be.

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Hunter Phillips -

Hunter Phillips is a native of Colquitt, GA and attended the University system of Georgia in Albany, where he earned an Associates of science in Pre-Nursing and a Bachelor of Science in Biology with a minor in Chemistry. Living most of his life in an under served region his greatest desire after becoming a Doctor is to serve as an advocate for the health and well being of humanity. He was exposed to chiropractic care and became captivated by the occupation encompassing all of his deepest passions of learning, service and leadership. By learning more about Chiropractic medicine and patient care he plans to one day lead patients to a better life: teaching them about medical conditions, treatment plans, behavior modifications and serving those who are desperate for healing both in this country and throughout the world. Hunter is honored to be a part of The Palmer Student Ambassador Business team and is committed to be an advantageous liaison to all students at Palmer. He is passionate about business and excited to share the resources the Palmer Center for Business Development has to offer.

West campus Student Ambassadors

The Business Ambassadors invite all West Campus students to the business modules. A schedule can be found on RSVP using the Palmer CareerNetwork.

We are accepting applications for the work-study position of Business Ambassador. Students who are in 2nd Quarter or above are eligible. Click here to download the application.

w9-Mandy-Wong Mandy Wong

My name is Mandy Wong and I am from San Jose, CA. I graduated from Creighton University with a Bachelor of Science in Biology. I have held multiple positions in the healthcare field such as a scribe in an emergency department as well as a medical assistant. It was then I realized I wanted to be in a field involved with preventative, holistic, and non-invasive care. As a Business Ambassador, I plan to help other students gain the necessary skills to become competent, compassionate and prepared chiropractors in the real world. 

w9-Nicholas-Brown Nicholas Brown

My name is Nicholas Brown, and I am from Los Angeles, California. I graduated from Virginia State University where I received my Bachelor of Science in Public Health. At VSU, I was the captain of the men's tennis team and there, I injured my shoulder. Ever since I received therapy for my torn rotator cuff injury, I have been on a continuous journey to help and treat others, just as my doctors in the past helped me. My goal to non-invasively heal others led me to work alongside many Doctor's of Chiropractic and Doctors of Physical Therapy, which ignited my passion of therapy and put me on the path towards achieving my dream. When i chose to attend Palmer, my love for the power of rehab allowed me to meet other passionate students and professionals in this field. Through events held on campus, I was introduced to the Palmer Center for Business Development. I was lucky enough to be invited into this group, and this has allowed me to expand my networking ability, as well as share my passion with many student on campus. I am so fortunate to be around like-minded people, and I know that all the opportunities that are provided through PCBD will make me into a more business oriented and community savvy doctor.

w9-Laura-Barnum Laura Barnum

My name is Laura Barnum, and I am originally from Mission Viejo, California. I received my Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of San Francisco in 2013. I found chiropractic through my own personal injury and success story, and through some life pondering on my next career move. My goal as a Business Ambassador is to also help grow Palmer Center for Business Development and really market the value of learning business to students while we’re still in school. Every chiropractor I had talked to before I started school said that they wished they had more business knowledge before they graduated. As a Business Ambassador, I hope to help bridge the gap between student life and chiropractor life. I can’t wait to learn, alongside my peers, best practices for networking, starting into practice, and working together as a team to advance each of our chiropractic careers. 

w9-Madison-Thompson Madison Thompson

Hello! My name is Maddy Thompson. I was born in Palo Alto, California and grew up in Santa Rosa, California! I received my Bachelor of Science in Cellular and Molecular Biology from California State University, Chico. I have had a passion for the medical field and improving individuals’ lives since I started high school. Pursuing a career as a chiropractor, I not only get to help change someone’s life, but I am also able to improve their life in terms of athletic performance, health and nutritional insight, and everyday wellness and care. I am very thankful and excited to be a Business Ambassador for the Palmer Center for Business Development. This program allows the developmental aspects of owning one’s own chiropractic business for students at Palmer College of Chiropractic. It’s uplifting to know that we as students have access to these resources, and to understand and build our own business while we are still going through the academic curriculum. The Palmer Center for Business Development enhances students’ knowledge of understanding what goes into the making of a chiropractic business and how to individualize their own chiropractic business.

Hi, my name is Justin Danover, and I’m from Cedar Rapids, Iowa.  I have a Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing, a Bachelors in Sports Studies, and a Certificate in Entrepreneurship from the University of Iowa.  I have a Masters in Sports Administration from Northwestern University. During school, I worked as a personal trainer and interned as a volunteer strength coach at the University of Iowa Olympic Strength and Conditioning and Northwestern Sports Performance departments, respectively.  After school I interned for an elite track and field training company, named ALTIS, in Phoenix, AZ.   This internship lead to me landing a job with ALTIS in South Lake Tahoe, CA where I worked to start a performance facility in partnership with the local hospital system.  All of these experiences provide evidence of my passion towards sports and the performance of athletes.  Through my experiences I have seen the impact that chiropractic and therapeutic techniques have on the performance of athletes, and I want to be a part of that!  I am a Business Ambassador because I want to share my educational and real world entrepreneurship experience with my classmates and fellow Palmer students so they all will be best prepared to succeed in the business adventures of their future!

Hi there, my name is Nicholas Gomez. I’m from Visalia,California and received a Bachelor of Arts in Public Health from the University of California, Merced. I have always had a fascination in human physiology and psychology especially when applied to optimizing performance and health.  Along my path I realized how closely correlated physical, mental, and emotional health can be affected due to economic stress - which is an problem that I believe a majority of people in the United States can relate to. Working with the BDC I hope to be able to give our students the information and resources to make sure that they can take charge of the business aspect of their careers to find financial freedom; ultimately leading to a better state of mind and body so more energy can be focused on patient care. I’m also a big sports fan (GO PACKERS), love to cook and travel to try new things. 

My name is Gianna Carnesi and I grew up on Long Island, New York. I graduated from State University of New York College at Cortland with a bachelor’s degree in Biology. My passion for chiropractic was defined after a MVA and own success story in which chiropractic helped me in a way that no other healthcare profession had. The treatments and rehab provided by my chiropractor allowed me to continue playing soccer at a collegiate level. Through chiropractic, I am able to combine my active lifestyle and holistic values into a healthcare profession. I am so grateful to be a Student Ambassador for the Palmer Center of Business Development and help students like myself receive a well-rounded foundation upon graduation to ensure we’re fully prepared and successful in the chiropractic field.

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