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Winter/Spring 2006

Q & A

with Michael J. Hahn, D.C., Palmer Davenport, '90

In each issue, Insights asks a member of the Palmer community about the past, present and future of the College and chiropractic. Recently, we caught up with Dr. Michael Hahn, member of the Palmer Board of Trustees.

Dr. Michael Hahn

Michael Hahn, D.C., graduated from Palmer College of Chiropractic’s Davenport campus in 1990. He has been practicing in Bettendorf, Iowa, since then. Dr. Hahn is a member of the American Chiropractic Association. He has also served as president and secretary of the East Central District of the Iowa Chiropractic Society. In 1998 and 2003, he successfully completed year-long post-graduate programs conducted by the Spine Research Institute of San Diego. He is a member of the American Academy of Pain Management, the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association and the Foundation for Chiropractic Education and Research. He has been on the Palmer Board of Trustees since 2004.

Tell us what strengths you bring to the Board?

I feel my major strength on the Board is that I represent the epitome of a Palmer graduate—a “moderate” in both philosophy and technique. I also offer a local field perspective. Since graduating from Palmer’s Davenport campus in 1990, I have been in private practice in Bettendorf, Iowa. Being close to my alma mater has made it easier to stay active with Palmer— whether through continuing education, keeping in touch with several of my instructors or regular visits to the Palmer Main Clinic for chiropractic care. This closeness to Palmer gives me a slightly different perspective than that of someone who rarely visits the campus.

What issues in the chiropractic profession or in education concern you most?

I feel a major issue facing our profession is maintaining our autonomy in the health care arena. We need to balance the increasing public acceptance of spinal adjusting (and those from outside of our profession who want to share this piece of the pie) with what it means to be a chiropractor (our philosophy). Outside of our profession, continued perseverance in local and national politics is imperative to watchdog legislation that can rob us of our exclusive domain over adjusting. My major concern in chiropractic education is the strength of the Center for Credentialing & Education, Inc. (CCE). As a profession, we are as strong as our credentialing body. Perceived improprieties within the CCE reflect poorly on those who have degrees confirmed by it.

What are your favorite memories of your experience with Palmer?

Basking in the sun on the porch of the “old” Union with a beer and friends after finals.

What is your vision of the three campuses of Palmer College in 25 years?

My vision for our three campuses is twofold: First, to make Palmer the undisputed leader in chiropractic education; second, to make Palmer a model for all higher education institutions to aspire to. We are setting up the systems and procedures and have in place key administrators and educators to make this happen. Our three campuses allow students to choose which learning path best suits their individual learning style, while assuring they receive their education with a strong Palmer philosophy. By adopting the recently decreed vision of “one college, three campuses,” Palmer will be greater than the sum of her individual parts.

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