As a child, chiropractic care successfully helped me manage sports injuries. I discovered I had a passion for using my hands, helping people, teaching and science, so I was immediately attracted to chiropractic. I was exposed to many different interprofessional health-care settings before coming to Palmer College of Chiropractic and I saw collaboration across disciplines, opportunities for learning, challenging cases, and chances to teach providers of all disciplines. I really valued the possibility of sharing chiropractic and educating others.
With preceptorship students, from left: Morgan Lintz (Main, ’19), Heather Meeks (Main, ’19), Dr. Hinkeldey, Jena Crumpacker (Main, ’19), AND Matthew Knieper (Main, ’19).
When I was accepted into the VA/DoD Clerkship Program in my last two trimesters at Palmer, I found my calling. I was blessed to train under William Morgan, D.C. (West, ’85) at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland. In 2013, I was blessed again to begin work at the VA Central Iowa Health Care System in Des Moines, Iowa, where I care for our nation’s heroes. I was able to start a training program like the one I had the great fortune to participate in. It’s incredibly rewarding to work with students and challenge them to connect concepts in this environment.
With our support, chiropractic will be alive and well long after we’re gone. Innovation and adaptation will continue to drive access to populations and opportunities we can’t yet predict. I encourage you all to use your abilities to start changing your communities for the better. As Howard Zinn said, “Small acts, when multiplied by millions of people, can transform the world.”
Everyone is capable of a small act, so what small act can YOU consistently do that will multiply to change lives for the future?