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Breakthroughs and Barriers

Breakthroughs and Barriers

Gaining a seat at the health-care table
Spring/Summer 2015

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Palmer alumna continues to blaze new trails

Amy Bowzaylo, D.C., San Jose ’96, continues to blaze new trails for the chiropractic profession in the Middle East.

Dr. Bowzaylo and a satisfied athlete at the Challenge Bahrain triathlon.
Dr. Bowzaylo holding up hand for a "five" to patient laying down.

After nearly a decade as director of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the Saad Specialist Hospital in Saudi Arabia, Dr. Bowzaylo recently:

  • Opened her own practice, InTouch Integrated Chiropractic Spine Center—the first chiropractic clinic in Bahrain—and works a half day each week as a spine consultant at the American Mission Wellness Clinic in Amwaj, Bahrain
  • Managed a multidisciplinary team of sports-care providers as deputy medical advisor and chief medical administrator at the recent Challenge Bahrain triathlon
  • For the past three years has served as communications officer of the Eastern Mediterranean and Middle Eastern Chiropractic Federation (which includes the Gulf Cooperation Council, Turkey, Cyprus, Jordan, Syria, Libya, Iran and Palestine)

More than 1,000 athletes competed in the Challenge Bahrain triathlon, the world’s richest half-Ironman distance, which featured a prize purse of more than $500,000.

“It was an honor to be selected to help with this event,” says Dr. Bowzaylo, an Alberta, Canada, native. She developed the medical guidelines for the Challenge Bahrain triathlon (which included a 21-km running course that traversed past ostriches, birds, camels and other animals through the heart of a wildlife park), and served as liaison between the medical team and the team that provided chiropractic, physical therapy and soft-tissue therapy in the postrace recovery area.

As challenging as it may have been for the athletes to complete the Challenge Bahrain course, it took Dr. Bowzaylo three years, and numerous meetings with the Ministry of Health and the National Health Regulatory Authority, to achieve the appropriate parameters for licensure of chiropractic in Bahrain. But her perseverance has achieved the desired goals.

“It was frustrating, challenging and rewarding all at the same time,” she says.

As she approaches nearly two decades in practice, Dr. Bowzaylo reflects fondly on her days as a Palmer student—and with great appreciation for the experience.

“My experience at Palmer, with its strong diagnostic and clinical curriculum, provided a well-rounded education, which has enabled me to communicate the same language to interdisciplinary groups and gain valuable experience,” she says.

“From my education, I gained the skills and knowledge to educate the health-care community in the Middle East and elsewhere, with the goal of integrating chiropractic care for the benefit of patients.”

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