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Palmer Graduates Answer Call to Serve
Spring 2019

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Lora Tanis, D.C., proud and excited to have earned the Doctor of Chiropractic degree that launched her career.
Lora Tanis D.C. at her graduation

As a child, Lora Tanis, D.C., DCCP, F.P.A.C. (Main, ’89) struggled with allergies, eczema and tonsillitis. In her teenage years, she baby-sat for a chiropractor who noticed her skin and offered care. Within just two weeks of regular adjustments, her health improved and her life was changed. She ended up working for that chiropractor, and so began her lifelong passion for chiropractic.

“Palmer was the only chiropractic school I considered because the chiropractors who had impacted my life were both Palmer grads,” said Dr. Tanis.

“I decided if I was going to chiropractic school, I was going to the first and I was going to the best, so I was going to Palmer.”

Dr. Tanis established her private practice in New Jersey in 1990, where she continues to practice today. She obtained her diplomate in Chiropractic Pediatrics in 1996 and served as chairwoman for the International Chiropractors Association Council on Chiropractic Pediatrics from 2005 -2018. Now she teaches pediatric technique to chiropractors around the world.

Yet there was a moment when she almost walked away from chiropractic.

“In spring of 1987, my dad drove me to Davenport and helped me settle in for my first year at Palmer. That following December, he was diagnosed with lymphoma and was gone within six months. That summer I failed two classes. I’d never failed a class in my entire life, so I went to my academic adviser. I was going to quit,” says Dr. Tanis. “Yet instead of accepting my decision he asked me, ‘What is it that makes you think you don’t belong here?’ He convinced me to stay one more term and then sent me home to grieve.”

“I came back and passed all my classes the next term. My grades improved with each term and I graduated with confidence. That experience was part of the fabric that made me who I am. I’ll never forget the love, support and attention the faculty gave me at a time in my life when I really needed it.

They invested in me so that I could go forward and invest in the lives of others.”

As a member of the Founder’s Circle and Fellow in the Palmer Academy of Chiropractic (F.P.A.C.), Dr. Tanis gives back in many ways. She frequently presents for Homecoming events and other continuing education programs, advocates for Palmer and chiropractic on an international level, and gives generously to support Palmer students.

“Palmer invested in me before I had the ability to invest in Palmer,” says Dr. Tanis. “I’m going to give back until I’m no longer able.”

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