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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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Bobby Doscher, D.C., N.D.: Devoted to healing children

Mackenzie
young girl holding flower up toward the camera

Mackenzie was born two weeks early via vacuum-assisted delivery. Throughout her first months, her mother noticed the swelling on her head from the vacuum delivery failed to go down, she was slow to meet milestones like crawling and she had a “distant look in her eyes, like something in her brain wasn’t clicking.”

As she neared her first birthday, her mother suspected brain injury from the vacuum-assisted delivery and discussed her fears with her chiropractor, who suggested she take Mackenzie to the Oklahaven Children’s Chiropractic Center. After a few adjustments, “the light seemed to come on in her eyes,” her mother said. Soon she was crawling and was walking by 17 months.

At 25 months old, Mackenzie was running, dancing and had incredible verbal skills. “I truly believe had we not come to see Dr. Bobby, Mackenzie would still not be walking and probably wouldn’t be communicating.”

Dr. Bobby Doscher with Oklahaven children; Mackenzie is on the right.
Dr. Doscher sitting beside family

This story from Oklahaven Children’s Chiropractic Center is just one of thousands experienced by Bobby Doscher, D.C., Davenport ’77, Oklahaven’s president and chief executive officer, and her team of mostly volunteers.

Dr. Doscher chose chiropractic as a career after it helped her avoid a second knee surgery while working as an international flight attendant. She received her doctor of chiropractic degree from Palmer College in 1977 and later became a doctor of naturopathy. Her journey at Oklahaven began with a simple request. “Oklahaven needed chiropractors, and Dr. Melvin W. Clark (Davenport ’56) asked me if I’d come and run it. So I did,” she says.

It hasn’t always been easy (“the United Way tried to close us down several times”), but she’s still excited to walk in Oklahaven’s front door after nearly 40 years. “The philosophy and premise of chiropractic is as true today as it was when it was discovered,” she says. “It just takes a little longer with these children.”

The children who come to Oklahaven have many different kinds of health issues, including Autism Spectrum Disorder and Cerebral Palsy. “They respond well to the chiropractic way of life—adjustments, whole foods and quietude,” Dr. Doscher says. “Oklahaven sees the most damaged children among us and provides hope for their anguished and heartbroken parents. I love showing the power of chiropractic through the children.”

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