Dr. Michael Chance at the Chance Family Bookstore on the Florida campus.
It all started because of incurable
migraine headaches. Hugh ‘Chet’
Chance was an electrical engineer
in Winfield, Kan., where he lived
with his wife, Edna Mary Johnson
Chance, and their three children,
Hugh, Dean and Vern. Chet
developed severe migraines that
prevented him from working.
Edna Mary’s cousins, who were
chiropractors, encouraged him to
try chiropractic. When chiropractic
relieved his headache pain, Chet
was so impressed he moved his
family to Davenport, Iowa, where
he and Edna Mary both started
school, graduating in 1924.
At the time, researchers at Palmer
were developing the first thermography
instrument, called the Neurocalometer
(NCM). With his background
in electrical engineering,
Dr. Chet Chance was hired by
Palmer College (then the Palmer
School of Chiropractic) to be part
of the three-person team working
on the NCM. He also taught
neurology and eventually became
director of the student clinic. The
rest is four generations of Chance
Chiropractors were jailed for
practicing chiropractic then. Dean
Chance, D.C., son of Drs. Chet and
Edna Mary, graduated as valedictorian
in 1935 and moved to New
York to set up practice. Constantly
threatened with arrest and jail for
practicing medicine without a license
in N.Y., Dr. Dean Chance moved to
Florida, where the laws were more
He set out to change the laws that
restricted chiropractic practice. As a
founding member and Florida’s delegate
to the American Chiropractic Association
(ACA), Dr. Dean Chance became
chairman of the ACA’s Insurance and
Government Relations Committee. This
committee changed the law, ensuring
chiropractic was covered by insurance.
Three of Dr. Dean Chance’s sons, Steve,
Mike and Chris, and three grandsons,
Mark, Dean and Justin, followed in his
footsteps to become chiropractors.
“The generations of Chance chiropractors
before me had significant obstacles,
including threats of jail, for doing what
we do every day,” says Michael Chance,
D.C., F.P.A.C., Davenport ’78, who’s a
member of the Palmer College of Chiropractic
Board of Trustees. “We can’t let
decreased insurance reimbursements,
fear of Medicare audits or any other
negative that others throw in our way,
keep us from our true mission: Healing
the world, one patient at a time.”
Chance Family D.C.s
Hugh ‘Chet’ Chance, D.C., F.P.A.C.
Palmer College, 1924
Edna Mary Chance, D.C.
Palmer College, 1924
M. Dean Chance, D.C., F.P.A.C.
Palmer College, 1935
Vern Chance, D.C.
Palmer College, 1952
Mary Ann Chance, D.C., F.P.A.C.
Palmer College, 1959
Steven Chance, D.C.
Palmer College, 1971
Michael D. Chance, D.C., F.P.A.C.
Palmer College, 1978
Chris Chance, D.C.
Palmer College, 1981
Mark Chance, D.C.
Palmer College, 1992
Kristin Shiver Chance, D.C.
Palmer College, 2003
Dean F. Chance, D.C.
Palmer College, 2004
Justin F. Chance, D.C.
Florida Campus, 2012
- (current student)