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Fall/Winter 2015

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Dr. John Gaffney honored for 60 years of service

Dr. Gaffney and his wife, Debra, at the tribute dinner.
Dr. Gaffney sitting beside Debra at a table

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 chiropractic profession.

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.

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