Nicole Pleggenkuhle (Main, class of 2019) performs an adjustment under the guidance of her clinic instructor.
Originally from Sumner, Iowa, Nicole Pleggenkuhle (Main, class of 2019) joins classmates every Tuesday for their Palmer Student Alumni Foundation (PSAF) meeting. PSAF is a leadership club with groups on all three campuses focused on philanthropy and alumni networking. The group organizes community-service events, plans clinic tours for students at local alumni practices, and hosts SPIZZ nights with alumni guest speakers.
"It’s important to give back to the community. A community is ‘a partnership for living well’ and we have a responsibility to uphold our end of that," says Nicole.
Nicole studied athletic training at Loras College but found her passion in using her hands to heal.
"Pursuing my Doctor of Chiropractic degree has been the best decision of my life," says Nicole.
However, it hasn’t been without its challenges. Standing at just over five feet tall, Nicole has felt her share of skeptical stares.
"I was really worried about being a young, female doctor when I started… I heard comments like, ‘You don’t look old enough to be a chiropractor’ and ‘Will you even be able to adjust me?’ Learning what techniques work best for me and understanding the science, art and philosophy of chiropractic has built my confidence. Size and strength don’t define how well you adjust, and patients have been pleasantly surprised!"
Now in her eigth trimester, Nicole has words of wisdom for incoming students: "Say ‘yes’ and get out of your comfort zone! Be involved in something bigger than yourself."
Through scholarship support, Nicole says she’s been able to take electives and seminars to expand her knowledge and skills that otherwise wouldn’t have been possible.
Nicole looks forward to serving her community and the chiropractic profession after graduation in October. “I spent the last 20 years of my life as a student preparing for this moment.
In 10 years, I hope to have a thriving practice, serve on state and national associations, and be a donor to Palmer College, my community and students. The more students who can get a quality education at Palmer, the more lives will be impacted for the better through chiropractic.”