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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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At the table for college sports

Dr. Welsh with the Tampa Bay Storm.
Dr. Welsh on sidelines with athletes

Susan Welsh, D.C., DACBSP, Tampa, Fla., earned her seat at the health-care table through the playing field. The 1980 graduate of Palmer’s Davenport campus has been treating athletes at all levels since 1982. Over the years, Dr. Welsh has worked with Tampa Bay teams such as the NHL’s Lightning, the NFL’s Buccaneers, the AFL’s Storm and the MLS’ Mutiny. She proudly wears her world-championship ring from the Storm.

Since 2008, Dr. Welsh has seen patients part-time at the University of South Florida’s (USF) Morsani College of Medicine. Already on the adjunct faculty, she recently joined USF’s Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine Department full-time as its first and only chiropractor.

logo: University of South Florida, Morsani College of Medicine, 1956 State of Florida

“I’m so excited to be here! So far, it's been a dream,” says Dr. Welsh, one of the original members of the “First Teamers” who were responsible for bringing football to USF. Dr. Welsh is currently the team chiropractor for the USF football team and has been since 1982. She also is a former president of the Green Jacket Athletic Association.

“Living and working in the Tampa Bay area has provided me the opportunity to prove myself within the professional and college sports community,” she says. “It has allowed me to help raise the profile and credibility of chiropractic. Being appointed to USF Health’s Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine team has been a culmination of years of treating back, neck and other sports-related injuries for athletes at all levels.”

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