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

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

Winter 2016

alumni news

Fellows are the vanguard of Palmer chiropractic

The newest Fellows in the Palmer Academy of Chiropractic, inducted during the 2016 Davenport Homecoming are: (front row) Lora Tanis, D.C.; Ms. Vickie Palmer (who accepted a posthumous Fellows award for Thomas Louw, D.C., Davenport ’65); Alana Callender, Ed.D.; (back row) Lewis Squires, D.C., Davenport ’74; and Arthur Lensgraf, D.C., Davenport ’76.
5 inductees hold awards while wearing medals

In the early 1960s, David Palmer, D.C., F.P.A.C., president of Palmer College of Chiropractic, wanted to pay tribute to people who stood behind Palmer College.

Dr. Dave Palmer knew that for most professions, there’s a group of people who hold fast to its principles and purpose and serve as examples of excellence in service to their alma mater and their profession. For chiropractic, and specifically Palmer chiropractic, that group is the Fellows in the Palmer Academy of Chiropractic, established by Dr. Dave Palmer in 1963.

Beginning with this issue of Insights magazine, you’ll notice the initials F.P.A.C. after some alumni names. These initials indicate the individual has been inducted as a Fellow in the Palmer Academy of Chiropractic.

What does being a Fellow mean? According to the time-honored induction ceremony, “Being named a Fellow is a distinct privilege and honor, and the individuals being inducted today are leaders in the profession and their communities as well as supporters of Palmer College. Their duty as Fellows is to promote the future of chiropractic, engage in discussions of chiropractic’s role in society and support Palmer College of Chiropractic in every way possible.”

For Palmer Board of Trustees Chairperson Trevor Ireland, D.C., F.P.A.C., Davenport ’70, becoming a Fellow was always a goal, but one he didn’t think was attainable as a young practitioner. “After leaving South Africa to become a chiropractor, my wife and I developed a very strong passion for Palmer and chiropractic. Three of our five daughters are Palmer graduates. It was a goal of mine to become a Fellow— to excel and be recognized—but I didn’t think it was attainable.”

Dr. Ireland was inducted as a Fellow in the Palmer Academy of Chiropractic in 1985. “I felt honored at the time and still feel honored today,” he says. “Being a Fellow has molded my professional life—I hope to be a good mentor and set an example for other doctors.”

Another long-time Fellow is Peter Martin, D.C., F.P.A.C., Davenport ’68, president of Palmer’s Florida campus. “To me the Fellowship is recognition of one’s devotion to the chiropractic profession and, in particular, to Palmer College,” Dr. Martin says. “It’s an award indicating one’s service and commitment has been ongoing and long-standing—that you’ve stayed the course.”

Newly inducted Fellows are just as honored as their predecessors. “I was truly honored and a little shocked to be named a Fellow,” says Lora Tanis, D.C., F.P.A.C., Davenport ’89, who was inducted at Palmer Homecoming 2016 in Davenport. “I never thought of myself being included among a list of chiropractors that I’ve always aspired to be. My love for this profession has allowed me to live a very cherished life. I’m grateful to Palmer for my education and those alumni who’ve molded me to be the chiropractor I am.”

Fellows in the Palmer Academy of Chiropractic are “an esteemed group of professionals—the best Palmer can produce,” adds Dr. Ireland. They can only be nominated by another Fellow and go through an extensive review process before being inducted.

Today’s Fellows are a diverse group of 160 men and women who meet each year during Palmer Homecoming in Davenport. Dr. Ireland acknowledges the group doesn’t have a high profile and it could do more. “I’d like to see the Fellows come together in a more dynamic way and possibly do more in terms of projects or initiatives.”

Having a group of respected, experienced and dedicated professionals at the vanguard of chiropractic enhances chiropractic credibility, Dr. Ireland says. It also inspires the next generation. “Fellows should inspire others to become Fellows.”

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