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Spring 2011

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Dr. Jim Rhodes, ’61, Salem, N.H., retired from practice in 2006. Dr. Rhodes’ son, Jim, a Sherman College graduate, has taken over the practice. E-mail:

Dr. Sheila K. Laws, ’62, Quincy, Ill., has recently retired from practice. She continues to teach Nimmo Receptor Tonus technique seminars around the world. Phone: (217) 223-2690, e-mail:

Dr. Max E. Grupp, ’65, Cape May, N.J., has retired after more than 45 years of practice.


Dr. James Stogdill, ’70, Bloomfield, Iowa, was recently awarded a plaque to honor his 25 years as the team chiropractor for the Davis County Community School District’s football team, and another plaque for his 18 years of service to Iowa High School Wrestling. Phone: (641) 664-1749, e-mail:

Dr. Henry Hulteen, ’73, Camden, S.C., received the Palmetto Patriot Award from South Carolina Lt. Governor Andre Bauer. The Palmetto Patriot Award is given for commitment to public service within the state and community.

Dr. Barry Cole, ’74, Dyersburg, Tenn., received a special recognition award at the Tennessee Chiropractic Association Annual Convention in August 2010. He was presented this award for his many years as a volunteer leader making strides towards the advancement of chiropractic in the state. He is currently the association’s District VII director. Phone: (731) 285-2696, e-mail:

Dr. James R. Burt, ’75, Rotorua, New Zealand, was re-elected president of the New Zealand Chiropractors’ Association for the fourth consecutive year at the Annual General meeting in May 2010. He also was named the 2010 Chiropractor of the Year. Phone: (64) 7 348-5894, e-mail:

Dr. Glenda Foy, ’75, Aledo, Ill., has been appointed to a second 10-year term as the Sigma Phi Chi Sorority’s Supreme Kiatrus. This year the sorority is marking its 100th anniversary. Phone: (309) 582-2222, e-mail:

Dr. James Milliron, ’75, Yakima, Wash., received his diplomate in chiropractic philosophy on Oct. 17, 2009. Additionally, in November 2010, Dr. Milliron won the Eber and Wein Publishers National Poetry Contest, which received more than 10,000 submissions. Phone: (509) 452-0738, e-mail:

Dr. Gary Tapper, ’75, Sioux City, Neb., is happy to announce that his son-in-law and daughter, Drs. Kurt and Tonya Boeckenhauer, ’08, opened a new office in Papillion, Neb. Dr. Tapper’s youngest son, Ben Tapper, is currently attending Palmer’s Davenport Campus. Phone: (402) 494-2141, e-mail:

Dr. James Gale, ’76, North Platte, Neb., retired in the summer of 2010 after 33 years of practice. E-mail:

Dr. Alf Garbutt, ’78, La Crescenta, Calif., was named the American Chiropractic Association Rehab Council’s 2010 Chiropractor of the Year. He is the editor of the Journal of the North American Rehab Specialists and is a member of and team doctor for the USA International Martial Arts Team. Phone: (818) 248-5570, e-mail:

Dr. Steven MacDonald, ’78, Pacific Grove, Calif., became certified in NUCCA and elected to the NUCCA board. He is also a member of the Pacific Grove Planning Commission. Phone: (831) 375-9528, e-mail:

Dr. Lee Yardley

Lee Yardley, D.C., has been named president of the National Upper Cervical Association (NUCCA). The 1978 graduate also is on the NUCCA faculty, teaches advanced adjusting, and has developed curriculum for NUCCA’s Intermediate Biomechanics program. Dr. Yardley serves on the organization’s standards committee as one of five doctors responsible for qualifying doctors for board certification. He also has received a lifetime appointment to the Upper Cervical Research Foundation.


Dr. Bradley Brown, ’79, Oelwein, Iowa, was appointed by then-Iowa Governor Chet Culver to the Iowa Board of Chiropractic. Dr. Brown is a past-president of the Iowa Chiropractic Society and has served as chairman on many of its committees. Phone: (319) 283-1621, e-mail:

Dr. Dan Madock, ’79, Tampa, Fla., received the Medical Hero Award given by Tampa’s Greater Temple Terrace Chamber of Commerce on Feb. 10, 2011. Among other factors, the award is bestowed on a healthcare practitioner who has been recognized for excellent service and has shown personal dedication or sacrifice beyond expectations. Phone: (813) 935-1664, e-mail: drdanmadock@


Dr. Lawrence Grusky, ’80, Miami Fla., has been the team chiropractor for the University of Miami Hurricanes for more than 14 years. Phone: (305) 598-2005, e-mail:

Dr. MaryAnne Del Negro, ’82, has moved her practice, The Center for Natural Healing and Wellness, to 332 North Avenue, Garwood, N.J. 07027. Phone: (908) 276-2100.

Dr. Joan Fallon, ’83, Rye, N.Y., in conjunction with her biotechnology research and development company, Curemark, was featured in the article, “Drugmakers Dance with Autism,” in the August 2010 issue of Nature Biotechnology. Curemark is working on an enzyme replacement therapy using a mixture of digestive enzymes. Website:

Dr. Joseph La Barbera, ’85, Utica, N.Y., was recently elected to the executive board of his homeowners association at The Summit at Gore Mountain. Phone: (315) 724-0368, e-mail:

Lessons from Everest - cover

In “Lessons from Everest: 7 Powerful Steps to the Top of Your World,” 1986 graduate and motivational speaker Tim Warren, D.C., tells how his first attempt at reaching the top of Mt. Everest failed, but through that experience he learned several valuable lessons. Ultimately, he decided to share those lessons with others to help them “overcome difficulties in life or simply to edge a little closer to their human potential.” Incidentally, he made it to the peak of Mt. Everest on his second effort.


Healthy Exercising Guide Book - cover

In the “Healthy Exercising Guide Book” Robert Pruni, D.C., ’89, who developed the FlexBuilding exercise program, explains how exercise can be used to decrease stress and nerve interference, while achieving strength, balance and flexibility. He describes FlexBuilding as a full range of motion stretching with a full range of motion isokinetic resistance workout/rehabilitation.


Dr. Eric Shearer, ’91, recently relocated his practice, Art of Life Chiropractic – Wellness, to 357 Hwy. 74 North, Ste. 1, Peachtree City, GA 30269. He earned the designation of LCP (Hon.) through the Philosophy Colloquium at Palmer College in 2004. Phone: (770) 632-1995, e-mail: easdc91@

Dr. Eric Anderson, ’91, Lostant, Ill., now makes “adjusting Santa” chiropractic ornaments that are available in Palmer’s Bookstores and on the website: Phone: (815) 368-3421, e-mail:

Dr. Sonya Tassell speaking with Indians

Sonya Tassell, D.C., ’92, runs a chiropractic mission clinic for the economically disadvantaged in Bangalore, India. “Patients are extremely responsive to chiropractic care,” she says, “even more so than Western patients, probably because Eastern culture promotes and values natural healthcare options.” Her clinic is supported by chiropractic advocate Bill Esteb’s Perfect Patients organization. If you’re interested in serving in Bangalore, e-mail Dr. Sonya at


Dr. Jeffrey Alexander, ’93, opened Active Chiropractic, at 1038 S. Washington St., Millersburg, OH 44654. Phone: (330) 674-4373.

Dr. David Krebs, ’93, is serving on the board for the village of Campbellsport, Wis. Phone: (920) 533-4821.

Dr. Doug Briggs, ’95, Wilmington, Del., was recently awarded Delaware Chiropractor of the Year. E-mail:

Dr. Don Ledoux, ’95, Suffield, Conn., sold his New Hampshire practice of 12 years in May 2009 and opened Turning Point Wellness Center, LLC, in Connecticut in January 2010. Dr. Ledoux married Lisa Pepe in June 2009. Phone: (860) 758-7272, e-mail:

Dr. Eric G. Russell, ’96, became president of New Zealand College of Chiropractic, Newmarket, Ashburton, in February 2011.

Dr. William A. Kriva, ’97, Woodbury, Minn., and his reflections, are included in “Life Pearls,” a collection of 21 short stories inspired by actual experiences of author Marty Hanson. Phone: (763) 498-2096.

Dr. Mahran Soudbakhsh, ’97, has a new office location: 3900 N. Rancho Dr. Ste. #107, Las Vegas, NV 89130. Phone: (702) 658-1681, e-mail:


Dr. Heather Wright, ’01, Weatherford, Texas, is excited to announce her engagement to Keith Award of Brownwood, Texas. E-mail: heathermmwright@

Dr. Jason Davis, ’02, Lady Lake, Fla., had a daughter, Harper Julia, in September 2010. Phone: (352) 430-2121, e-mail:

Dr. Jay Bersche, ’04, and his wife, Katy, Bloomington, Ill., had a son, Rex Michael, on June 3, 2010. E-mail:

Dr. Nicholas Helmich, ’04, and his wife, Anita, Estherville, Iowa, had a son, Nicholas Helmich, on Jan. 12, 2011. Phone: (712) 362-5236.

Dr. Kelly Lange, ’04, Ashland, Ore., was elected Secretary to the Sports Council at the 2010 ACA Sports Council Symposium in Portland, Ore. She also was given an appreciation award for her work with the education committee. Phone: (541) 482- 3492, e-mail:

Dr. Brian Hughes, ’05, was recently appointed to the South Carolina Board of Chiropractic Examiners. He also serves on the South Carolina Chiropractic Association’s board of directors. Phone: (803) 327- 3700, e-mail:

Dr. Tammy Ledden, ’05, celebrated her civil union with Jodi Hartem on May 28, 2010. She operates Ledden Family Chiropractic Center, LLC, at 2821 E. Landis Ave., Vineland, NJ 08361. Phone: (856) 692-2220, e-mail:

Dr. Jamie Werner, ’05, Troy, Mich., married Tim Cramer, on Oct. 16, 2010. Phone: (248) 680-7200,

Dr. Amber Grover, ’06, Chanhassen, Minn., married Michael Trapp, on Dec. 11, 2010. Dr. Grover works at ChiroZone in Bloomington, Minn. Phone: (952) 693-6806, e-mail:

Drs. Stephanie and Jeff Krueger, both ’06, Oshkosh, Wis., opened Krueger Family Chiropractic in 2007 and had a son, Trent, in 2008, and a daughter, Helayna, in 2009. Phone: (920) 236-6000, e-mail:

Dr. Michelle L. Wattier, ’06, Murray, Utah, recently moved to Utah and is working in a pregnancy and pediatric practice at 495 E 4500 Street, Murray, UT 84107. E-mail:

Dr. Tara Stateler, ’08, and her husband, Mark, Volo, Ill., welcomed a baby girl, Calla Jean Sue, on July 12. E-mail:


Dr. Kendra Kazemba, ’10, South Milwaukee, Wis., is an associate chiropractor at South Shore Family Chiropractic. Phone: (414) 762-8441, e-mail:

Dr. Josh Koenig, ’10, Plymouth, Mass., recently opened Koenig Family Chiropractic. Phone: (508) 746-8899.

Drs. Paul Nottoli, and Erin O’Connor, both ’10, Aurora, Ill., married on Sept. 11, 2010. In October 2010 they opened Vitality Chiropractic Center, which cares for people and animals. Phone: (630) 499-4078, e-mail:

Dr. Chad Updike, ’10, opened a new practice in Waunakee, Wis., in September 2010. Phone: (608) 849-4464, e-mail:

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