Dr. Gaffney and his wife, Debra, at the tribute dinner.
The Flagler Volusia Chiropractic Society (FVCS),
held a special tribute dinner on Oct. 9, 2015, to
honor John Gaffney, D.C., Davenport ‘55, for his 60
years of chiropractic practice. At 82 years old, Dr.
Gaffney graduated from Palmer in March of 1955
and has been practicing ever since. The morning of
the event he saw 30 patients.
Dr. Gaffney practices in Deland, Fla., with his wife,
Debra, who’s an acupuncturist specializing in treating
and eliminating allergies and sensitivities.
He’s a past president of the Florida Chiropractic Association
(FCA) and has been very active in FVCS,
an FCA subchapter, since moving to Florida in
1958. He also has mentored younger doctors. He
holds diplomates in nutrition and neurology, and is
board-qualified in orthopedics and radiology.
During the dinner, Palmer’s Port Orange Campus
President Peter Martin, D.C., Davenport ’68, presented
Dr. Gaffney with a plaque to commemorate
his 60 years of practice. The FVCS created a new
award, the “Dr. John D. Gaffney Lifetime Achievement
Award,” which will be presented to recognize
the lifetime service of a local member who’s shown
extraordinary dedication and commitment to the
Dr. Gaffney is an avid boater and fisherman and
holds a Coast Guard pilots’ license. He’s also an aircraft
pilot, with a commercial pilot and flight instructor
license. He was one of the first parachutists
to make free-fall jumps in Florida and has logged
more than 1,000 parachute jumps.