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Q & A

with Ervin Malcheff, D.C.

Davenport '69
Insights asked Palmer Trustee Dr. Ervin Malcheff to talk about the past, present and future of the College and chiropractic

Dr. Ervin Malcheff

Ervin Malcheff, D.C., graduated from Palmer College of Chiropractic’s Davenport Campus in 1969. While there, Dr. Malcheff was a John Connolly Memorial Award recipient, a class president, a Campus Guide, and founder and president of the first Toastmasters club on campus. He and his wife, Carol Malcheff, D.C., Davenport ’70, operate practices in Hillsdale and Jonesville, Mich. Dr. Malcheff is a member of the Michigan Association of Chiropractors. He also has been a member of the International Chiropractors Association, the American Chiropractic Association and the Michigan Political Action Committee. Active in his church and community service organizations, Dr. Malcheff became the first chiropractor to join the staff of the Hillsdale Community Health Center. He is a charter member of Palmer College’s Presidents Club, a founding member of the Heritage Endowment Society and a Fellow of the Palmer Academy of Chiropractic. Dr. Malcheff was appointed to the Palmer Board of Trustees in 2008.

What strengths do you bring to the Board?

My past experience, both professional and entrepreneurial, has helped me to better understand the many challenges D.C.s encounter. My wife of 50 years, Dr. Carol, and I have been in practice at the same location in Hillsdale, Mich., for 40 years. Seven years ago, we opened a second practice three miles away in Jonesville, Mich. In addition to myself, each office has two full-time Palmer D.C.s who have privileges in the local hospital.

What issues in the chiropractic profession or in education concern you most? To continue our pre-eminence in chiropractic education, we must strive for improvement to keep pace with the changes and demands constantly placed on the delivery of health care. Palmer grads may rest assured that they have acquired the best education available in the science, philosophy and art of chiropractic. Palmer is also at the forefront of chiropractic research, and has the premier center for business and development in which students can participate.

What is your vision of the three Palmer campuses in 25 years?

Because of the lightning fast changes in technology, it is anyone’s guess how information will be delivered a quarter century from now. Vision, innovation and imagination have forever been present at Palmer College. From our humble birth over a century ago, we have grown from a one-room school to three modern campuses.

What have you enjoyed most about being a member of the Board?

I am honored to have been selected to sit on the Board of Trustees, and will do all I can for my alma mater, which has done so much for me. I have also enjoyed meeting and interacting with those board members who are not D.C.s. Their selfless contributions of wisdom and energy are exceeded only by their dedication to Palmer College.

What are your favorite memories of your time as a student at Palmer?

Our class thought of itself as being a part of the Palmer family. Dr. Dave was our beloved president, his lovely daughters, Bonnie, Jenny and Vickie, who were high school students at that time, were frequently on campus performing various duties. Dr. Agnes, along with her other talents, had a trained operatic voice and would, on occasion, entertain us with song. It is difficult for me to adequately describe the comfort it was to our student body that the family of the founder of our profession was with us.

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