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From the Past to the Present–Palmer Women Continue to Inspire

From the Past to the Present–Palmer Women Continue to Inspire

Winter 2016

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Karen Slota, D.C., continues to blaze trails in second season as NFL's only woman chiropractor

Dr. Karen Slota with Detroit Lions player Devin Taylor.
Devin Taylor, in uniform, stands next to Dr. Slota in end-zone

Karen Slota, D.C., Davenport ’99, returned for her sophomore season as the chiropractor for the Detroit Lions in 2016. She’s excited to have this opportunity to build on her first-year experience in helping the players she treats achieve peak performance.

“No longer being a ‘rookie’ in the training room is huge,” says Dr. Slota, a Washta, Iowa, native who maintains a multi-office practice, Soft Tissue Solutions, in Michigan. “This season I’m being consulted regarding injured players, whereas last year I wasn’t. There’s greater trust with the veteran players.”

She averages an eight-hour day when the Lions are playing at home, and when traveling with the team, she typically arrives at the stadium three hours before kick-off. Her schedule includes traveling to the Lions’ training facility—about 20 miles from her office—twice a week, where she spends nearly three hours treating players.

Dr. Slota hopes her achievement will inspire other women to pursue their goals—no matter how insurmountable the challenge may appear.

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