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New York Chiropractic College Graduates 44 Doctors of Chiropractic

Seneca Falls: Saturday, April 4, New York Chiropractic College held commencement exercises in the campus Athletic Center and conferred degrees upon 44 candidates in its Doctor of Chiropractic program. The commencement address was delivered by Carl S. Cleveland III, DC, who has served as president of Cleveland Chiropractic College since 1981 and is a noted author, educator and international lecturer. A fourth generation chiropractor, Dr. Cleveland is the grandson of the college’s founders, Dr. Carl S. Cleveland, Sr. and Dr. Ruth R. Cleveland and he has served as president for the Association of Chiropractic Colleges and for the Council on Chiropractic Education. Valedictorian, Robert James Sedlor addressed his classmates and Catherine Elizabeth McArdle was salutatorian. During the ceremony, the eighth annual convocation of the American College of Chiropractors recommended the following to be enlisted as Fellows: Carl S. Cleveland, III, DC; NYCC Board of Trustees member George M. McCllenad, DC; NYCC faculty member Vincent F. Loia, DC (NYCC 1981); and Ms. Laurie Reynolds, Executive Assistant to the President of NYCC and Executive Secretary to the NYCC Board of Trustees. For further information about New York Chiropractic College’s degree programs please visit

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Doctor from Northwestern Health Sciences University Writes a Book on Return to Play for Injured Athletes

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. – Jonathan Williams, DC, MEd, EMT-B, DABCI, CCSP, an associate professor at Northwestern Health Sciences University, recently wrote a book with guidelines for athlete injuries and return to play (RTP) recommendations. “My hope is that coaches, athletic trainers, and chiropractic physicians will be able to use the book to make rational decisions about when athletes should be put back in the game,” Dr. Williams says. “Hopefully by using this book, progression of athlete injuries can be prevented.” The 31-page-book, titled “Emergency Care of the Injured Athlete and Return to Play” contains signs and symptoms, treatments, and RTP recommendations for a range of conditions including bee stings, concussions, and heat-related syndromes. Dr. Williams says the idea for the book came out of a necessity. “I was looking around at different organizations for RTP ideas, and nobody had them,” he explained. Dr. Williams is currently teaching the Sports Medicine courses at Northwestern, and directs the Sports Medicine Clinic at St. Agnes Schools in St. Paul, Minn. He also coordinates the chiropractic doctors who cover St. Agnes high school varsity athletic games. The book will be sold at the University’s bookstore for approximately $11, and orders for the book were taken during Northwestern’s chiropractic homecoming which took place Feb. 5-7, 2009. Dr. Williams says the book will also be sold on the University’s website. Northwestern Health Sciences University offers a wide array of choices in natural health care education including chiropractic, Oriental medicine, acupuncture, therapeutic massage and human biology. The University has nearly 900 students on a 25-acre campus in Bloomington, Minnesota.


8th Annual NYCC Women’s Health Symposium Set for March 28.

SENECA FALLS – New York Chiropractic College today announced that it, in cooperation with Community Health magazine and The Finger Lakes Times, will host its Eighth Annual Women’s Health Symposium, Saturday, March 28, 2009, on the NYCC campus on Route 89 in Seneca Falls. The 2009 keynote speakers include Mary Balliett, DC, assistant professor at NYCC; Donna Finando, MS, LAc, LMT; and Natali Cher, MD, DO. Sponsored in part by M&T Bank, the symposium also will feature a trade show and professional vendors. This year’s topic, “Wellness At Home,” focuses on important health issues regularly faced by families and will provide the public with insights to help build better communication with their healthcare providers. A second track is also provided for healthcare professionals that will speak to the topic, “Helping Your Patients Help Themselves” and teaches practitioners effective methods of patient education. Continuing education credits are awarded - 6 chiropractic postgraduate or 6 AOM PDA points – all other professionals should check with their accrediting agencies. Members of the public are charged $10 per person. Attendance includes a continental breakfast, admission to the lecture, fact-filled note pack, gift tote, and a luncheon featuring a panel discussion with guest speakers that include NYCC faculty Jason Wright, MS, LAc, NCCAOM, and Robert Ruddy, BS, DC. Registration/check-in on the day of the event begins at 8:00 AM. Registration for the professional track is $110, and includes all of the above plus 6 postgraduate credits. Due to the popularity of this event, pre-registration is strongly recommended. For more information, directions to New York Chiropractic College, or to register, please visit the college’s web site at Because seating is limited, it is advised to pre-register as soon as possible.


Palmer Center for Chiropractic Research Begins Patient Recruiting for Low Back Pain Study Focusing on Muscle Function

Researchers at the Palmer Center for Chiropractic Research (PCCR) clinic facility, 741 Brady St., Davenport, on the campus of Palmer College of Chiropractic, are looking for more than 200 people with low back pain in the Quad-City community to participate in a unique study. It focuses on the relationship between back pain and possible abnormal function of the supportive muscles in the back. The study begins Jan. 12. Participants must have low back pain and be between 21 and 65 years of age. This collaborative study between the Palmer Center for Chiropractic Research and the University of Iowa is one of three projects that are part of a four-year, $3.7 million grant from the National Institutes of Health National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine. This four-year grant was awarded to Principal Investigator Joel Pickar, D.C., Ph.D., at the Palmer Center for Chiropractic Research in 2007 to continue Palmer’s Developmental Center to Study Mechanisms and Effects of Chiropractic Manipulation. The clinical study beginning on Jan. 12 will help researchers determine whether one effect of chiropractic adjustments is a positive impact on muscle function in the low back. "We know that the back muscles are very important for movement and stability of the spine," said Palmer Vice Chancellor for Research and Health Policy Christine Goertz Choate, D.C., Ph.D., who is a co-leader for this study. "When people have back pain, it may be caused by problems in the muscles that attach to the vertebra and support the spine. We’re investigating how well people with back pain can control their muscles and whether chiropractic care can have an effect on muscle function. This work will eventually help us understand more about how chiropractic treatments work and ultimately lead to improved care for low back pain" According to the project’s other co-leader, David Wilder, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Iowa, "Anyone who has been surprised by back pain resulting from unexpectedly stepping off a curb or from trying to pick up a squirming child in the back seat of a car understands the importance of proper muscle function." Dr. Wilder has collaborated with the PCCR for fourteen years, is a faculty member at Palmer and brings to the project thirty years of experience studying the response of the spine and trunk muscles to sitting, vibration and sudden loads. Potential participants will be examined at the PCCR clinic to determine whether they qualify for the study. If so, they will be randomly assigned to one of three different treatment groups. Members of each group will receive chiropractic care using three different adjusting techniques over a six-week period. At the beginning, middle and end of care, specialized measurements of body stability and muscle control will be taken. All examinations and treatment are provided at no charge to the patient. Anyone interested in participating in the study should contact the PCCR clinic facility at (563) 884-5188.


Business and Professional Foundations Program at Northwestern Health Sciences University Guides Students into “Real World”

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. – Northwestern Health Sciences University’s practice management program for chiropractic students was jump-started in 1985 by the late William Harris, DC, a long-time benefactor of Northwestern, and Jim McDonald, MBA, Northwestern’s current vice president for administrative affairs and chief administrative officer. Now, 23 years later, the program is called Business and Professional Foundations and is part of the curriculum for chiropractic students for nine trimesters. At the end of the fall 2008 trimester, McDonald turned over his remaining class (T9) to Terry Erickson, DC, associate professor and department chair of the Business and Professional Foundations Program. “I like what McDonald did with his classes – I won’t be changing much,” says Dr. Erickson. “I will be looking to him for guidance and getting his help to make a smooth transition.” “The Business and Professional Foundations Program is intended to help new graduates get off on the right foot, and convert theory into reality,” says Jerry Peterson, business owner and guest lecturer in Northwestern Health Sciences University’s Business and Professional Foundations Program. “Successful chiropractors are not only skilled in their craft, but are also lively business persons. They need to have the ability to promote and manage a business all while also providing quality service to patients.” Dave Neubauer, DC, a Northwestern graduate who lectures in the program, says, “There is nothing else like this program in the United States. Other schools are following in Northwestern’s footsteps, but Northwestern jump-started the program. They are getting students prepared for the real world. Because of McDonald, the practice management program has been a success.” The main thing McDonald will miss about teaching is the contact with the students. He says, “I really liked having the luxury of interacting with students and being around young people. I enjoyed my years of teaching.” Northwestern Health Sciences University offers a wide array of choices in natural health care education including chiropractic, Oriental medicine, acupuncture, therapeutic massage and human biology. The University has nearly 900 students on a 25-acre campus in Bloomington, Minnesota.

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Increasing Natural Care Accessibility for Elderly Focus of Pilot Project Conducted by Northwestern Health Sciences University

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. – Northwestern Health Sciences University is working with the Volunteers of America of Minneapolis, Minn., to provide more accessible natural health care to the elderly in the community. Volunteers of America has provided $150,000 to Northwestern’s Wolfe-Harris Center for Clinical Studies to produce a one-of-a-kind project, focusing on the organization’s services for the elderly. According to Roni Evans, MS, DC, dean of research at Northwestern, this is more of a demonstration project versus a research study. She says, “The primary goal is to determine the feasibility of developing a sustainable and replicable model for providing integrated chiropractic, acupuncture and massage services for Volunteers of America’s elderly residents.” According to Dr. Evans, the integrated services will be offered to elderly residents with varying degrees of impaired physical and mental function. Some of the residents are in transitional care and are expected to return to their own homes; others are in assisted living, long-term care, or memory care. “Everybody is working very hard so that we can begin offering services to Volunteers of America residents by the end of January 2009,” says Dr. Evans. There are several things to be accomplished before services are offered. According to Dr. Evans, “Among the most important is learning more about the Volunteers of America’s facilities and how we may best help them meet their needs in caring for their elderly residents. We are also spending time educating Volunteers of America personnel about the types of services our care providers can provide, and learning what we need to do to fit into the Volunteers of America system,” she says. Kristine Westrom, MD, associate professor at Northwestern, says “The Volunteers of America funded this pilot project because they believed treatment with acupuncture, Oriental medicine, chiropractic and massage could positively affect the lives of geriatric patients; especially regarding pain, sleep, medication use, balance, strength and function.” Mark Zeigler, DC, president at Northwestern, believes that having a set of standards will help to “show how effective natural health care can be in providing treatment to the aging population.” The educational programs at Northwestern will benefit from this knowledge and will strengthen the programs at the University. The expected completion date of the project is December, 2010. For some people, it might be hard to focus for such a long period of time on one project, but Dr. Evans is continually inspired by this one. She says, “I’m inspired by finding ways to meet the needs of patients. If we can establish viable integrated models of care, and then evaluate their effectiveness, I think we will come closer to having our professions meet their full potential in serving society’s needs.” Northwestern Health Sciences University offers a wide array of choices in natural health care education including chiropractic, Oriental medicine, acupuncture, therapeutic massage and human biology. The University has nearly 900 students on a 25-acre campus in Bloomington, Minnesota.

Chancellor Larry Patten Announces Resignation/Retirement from Palmer College

In a joint statement issued today by the Palmer College of Chiropractic Board of Trustees and Chancellor Larry Patten, Mr. Patten has announced his resignation and retirement from his role with the College, effective December 31, 2008. This announcement comes following Mr. Patten’s five-year tenure with Palmer College, which included his role as Board Business Coordinator beginning in late 2003 until his appointment as Chief Executive Officer in February 2006 and, finally, Chancellor in February 2007. “While I will greatly miss Palmer College and everyone associated with it, the future of Palmer College is in great hands with the current administrative team and the Board of Trustees,” said Mr. Patten. “With the institution being in such a strong, stable position and well positioned to move ahead for even more success, I am comfortable and confident that now is the right time for this transition.” His departure will allow him to focus on World Leadership Institute (WLI), a company he founded in 1997. World Leadership Institute helps organizations and individuals set strategic direction as well as helps individuals develop their personal leadership skills. “I’ve spent a great deal of time and effort over the years developing the programs available through WLI and now I will be able to devote all of my time to seeing them produce positive results for organizations and individuals,” said Mr. Patten. “It was always my hope to complete my career in this effort. I am especially excited about our programs that are designed to help young people become champions.” As part of the statement, the Board noted that, under Mr. Patten’s leadership and direction, nearly all of the major issues that existed at Palmer when he became Chancellor have been favorably resolved. “It has been an absolute privilege to serve as Chancellor of Palmer College,” said Mr. Patten. “I’ve been honored to work with so many excellent people ranging from the outstanding Board of Trustees to the superb administrative team to the talented, committed faculty and staff.” “On behalf of the Board of Trustees, I want to express deep appreciation for Mr. Patten’s dedication and devotion to Palmer, to chiropractic and to the leadership that he has provided to Palmer over the past five years,” said Dr. Trevor Ireland, chairman of the Palmer Board. “We truly understand his motivation to pursue his lifelong dream and focus on WLI. We wish him great success.” With today’s announcement, the Board of Trustees is implementing a short-term plan for maintaining the current growth and stability within the organization. A long-term plan, which will include a search process for identifying a new chancellor, is being developed. More information will be shared on this as efforts progress.

NYCC Appoints New Executive Director of Institutional Quality and Assessment

Seneca Falls: David Odiorne, M.S., D.C. has been appointed to the position of Executive Director of Institutional Quality and Assessment (IQA) at New York Chiropractic College after an extensive national search. Dr. Odiorne has been serving as Chief of Staff to the President of Bastyr University in Seattle, Washington. Prior to that, he spent four years as Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs at National College of Natural Medicine in Portland, Oregon. He also previously held appointments as Vice President for Academic Affairs and as Dean of Clinics at National University of Health Sciences in Lombard, Illinois. Odiorne received his Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Palmer College of Chiropractic in 1981, and his Master of Science in Educational Administration from the University of Southern Maine. Prior to embarking on his career in higher education, Odiorne spent fourteen years in private practice as a chiropractor in Lewiston, Maine. He served as president of the Maine Chiropractic Association and was honored as “Chiropractor of the Year in 1992.” In his position as Executive Director of IQA, Odiorne will be responsible for the supervision of institutional strategic planning, accreditation activities and all assessment and quality initiatives for the College.

Palmer Receives HRSA Grant Award to Establish Practice-based Research Network

The U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) has awarded a grant for $310,479 to the Palmer Center for Chiropractic Research (PCCR) to establish a practice-based research network to assess complementary and alternative medicine models of pain management. This is a collaborative research project, with Palmer sub-contracting half of the grant amount ($155,239) to the Jefferson-Myrna Brind Center for Integrative Medicine at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia, Pa. The purpose of this collaborative, multi-disciplinary effort is to develop the infrastructure for a comprehensive descriptive database for a variety of pain management approaches, to test data collection protocols, and to establish a network of participating practices, clinicians and patient populations.


Northwestern Health Sciences University Achieves Successful NCCAM Site Visit

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. – Northwestern Health Sciences University hosted a site visit by the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) on July 30. The purpose of the visit was to assess progress of the CAM Research Education Project, which is funded by the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (National Institutes of Health) for $750,000. The aim of the project is to help integrate research into student education at the University. Northwestern has teamed up with the University of Minnesota to manage the project. Prior to the site visit, Northwestern’s CAM Research Education Project team was required to submit a progress report to the funding agency. A successful site visit, along with a progress report demonstrating satisfactory achievement of proposed activities, is necessary to receive continued funding for another three years. The program officer recommended that the project be approved for continued funding. Northwestern Health Sciences University offers a wide array of choices in natural health care education including chiropractic, Oriental medicine, acupuncture, therapeutic massage and human biology. The University has nearly 900 students on a 25-acre campus in Bloomington, Minnesota.


Northwestern Health Sciences University Enhances Learning Options with Mediasite Technology

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. –Northwestern Health Sciences University has invested in new technology to expand educational resources for students and professors. Mediasite is a presentation capture system that provides an easy, reliable way to record presentations or class lectures. The presentations then get archived and can be viewed by students on demand via computer or iPod. Northwestern is using this technology to improve educational resources for students. Students will be able to attend class and listen to the lecture, simply letting the information soak in – the lecture will be available for online viewing; rewinding, fast-forwarding and pausing. Powerpoint slides and videos from lecture will also be available. Northwestern is committed to keeping up to date on student learning styles. According to Charles Sawyer, DC, senior vice president and provost, “Students today need to be taught differently than students 20 years ago. We need to keep up with them. One way to go about that is by providing them with an online resource for learning.” “I find Mediasite very useful,” explains Jamie Cortese, a T6 chiropractic student. “I use it to access the lectures and make sure that I got all the information; let’s be honest, there are times when your mind wanders and you miss a part of a lecture. With Mediasite I am able to hold myself more accountable. I also like to use it to review lectures before tests. It’s nice to know that our teachers really want us to succeed and are willing to do everything they can to help us.” Northwestern intends to use Mediasite for multiple purposes including continuing education, admissions, development, clinic tutorials and fundraising. What is the technology behind Mediasite? A mini-DV camera is hooked up to the Mediasite capture card device which is connected to a computer or laptop in the classroom. Another capture card is set up to capture the PowerPoint slides. The information is coded, and within minutes of the lecture being completed, the lecture is ready to deploy to Windows Media Player. Macintosh computers need some additional set up installations for the lectures to run, but PCs do not. “Mediasite has several benefits, and I think the benefits outweigh the disadvantages,” says Anita Manne, BS, DC, DACBR, a professor in Northwestern College of Chiropractic. “It gives students an alternative way to learn; gives them added flexibility; it is a great review tool; and helps students to make up classes that they were unable to attend.” Mediasite is an exciting technology that gives students the opportunity to learn anytime, anywhere. With student lives as busy as they are today, Northwestern has found a way to keep up with their students, and to create a learning environment that is technologically on par with their students. According to Dr. Sawyer, “Mediasite will enrich the educational experience our students receive.” Northwestern Health Sciences University offers a wide array of choices in natural health care education including chiropractic, Oriental medicine, acupuncture, therapeutic massage and human biology. The University has nearly 900 students on a 25-acre campus in Bloomington, Minnesota.

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The Standard Process Healing Garden Will Leave a Mark in History at Northwestern Health Sciences University

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. – Construction for the new Standard Process Healing Garden at Northwestern Health Sciences University began at the beginning of July, 2008. Standard Process made a generous donation of $250,000 to underwrite this creation, which will be approximately 11,000 square feet. The garden is scheduled to be completed in the Fall of 2008. The Healing Garden, planned by MOM’s Landscaping and Design of Shakopee, Minn., will be a central place for students, staff, faculty and alumni to enjoy. The garden will feature a variety of unique design elements including: “rooms” intended as gathering places; themed sensory gardens planted with perennials; and four basalt columns representing the four foundational elements of the University mission and the four academic programs. Naming opportunities in the garden, as memorials or in recognition of donors, will be available as well. Northwestern Health Sciences University offers a wide array of choices in natural health care education including chiropractic, Oriental medicine, acupuncture, therapeutic massage and human biology. The University has nearly 1,000 students on a 25-acre campus in Bloomington, Minnesota.

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Northwestern Health Sciences University Graduates 27 Students From College of Chiropractic

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. – The College of Chiropractic at Northwestern Health Sciences University graduated 27 students on Aug. 1, 2008. The University presented 29 doctor of chiropractic degrees as well as nine bachelor of science degrees. Jason Scott Flaskey was named valedictorian. The commencement address was delivered by James. R. Brandt, DC, president of the American Academy of Chiropractic Orthopedists. Jeremy J. Nelson and Lynn M. Sandom, members of the graduating class, gave the student greeting. The presidential greeting was delivered by Mark Zeigler, DC, president of Northwestern. Graduating students hailed from seven states and one Canadian province. Northwestern Health Sciences University offers a wide array of choices in natural health care education including chiropractic, Oriental medicine, acupuncture, therapeutic massage and human biology. The University has nearly 1,000 students on a 25-acre campus in Bloomington, Minnesota.


NUHS Announces Partnership with St. Petersburg College to Offer DC Degree in Florida

LOMBARD - Drs. Carl Kuttler, President of St. Petersburg College (SPC) of Pinellas County, Florida, and James Winterstein, President of National University of Health Sciences (NUHS) in Lombard, Illinois, signed a partnership agreement. Quality is the standard that unites SPC and NUHS in the recently signed partnership. True to its heritage, NUHS will not place emphasis upon numbers at its SPC program but on educational quality -- smaller classes and stronger educational outcomes. NUHS offers a number of complementary and integrative health sciences, and it is possible that several programs could be offered at the SPC site in the future. Initially, through the partnership agreement, National University of Health Sciences plans to offer a first professional doctoral degree in chiropractic medicine at one of the SPC campuses. NUHS is currently in the process of obtaining the necessary approvals from the Florida Department of Education Commission for Independent Education, and the accrediting agencies that accredit NUHS and its chiropractic degree program. St. Petersburg College, is known nationwide as a progressive and innovative institution which has developed partnerships with 16 other colleges and universities that offer various degree programs on one or more of SPC's 11 campuses to more than 61,000 students. National University of Health Sciences, which was founded in 1906 has a long and well recognized tradition of high quality educational programs with strong admission criteria. Students entering the DC program at the NUHS/SPC campus will be required to have a baccalaureate for matriculation just as students have been required to have at the NUHS Lombard campus since 1999. Appropriate administrative personnel will be stationed at SPC to assure that all necessary processes required for educational standards will be met in a timely manner. SPC/NUHS anticipates potentially admitting the first class in September of 2009. The program at SPC will be the same curriculum offered at the main campus in Lombard, Illinois and will be a part of the NUHS system but offered in partnership with SPC.


New York Chiropractic College Graduates Ninety-seven in Four Programs!

Seneca Falls: On August 2 and 3, New York Chiropractic College held commencement exercises at the campus’ Athletic Center conferring degrees upon candidates in its four graduate level programs: Doctor of Chiropractic, Master of Science in Applied Clinical Nutrition, Master of Science in Diagnostic Imaging, Master of Science in Acupuncture and Master of Science in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. On Saturday 36 graduates received their Doctor of Chiropractic degrees. Valedictorian, Lindsay R. Rae had the honor of addressing her class. Salutatorian was Christopher J. Farrell. The NYCC School of Applied Clinical Nutrition graduated its first class, conferring masters’ degrees upon 24 graduates and NYCC’s Master of Science in Diagnostic Imaging program issued a masters degree to its first graduate. The commencement address was delivered by William Morgan, DC, from the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, MD. Dr. Morgan opened the Navy’s first chiropractic clinic at Bethesda’s tertiary care center and also established an internship for NYCC students. He serves as the chiropractic consultant to the United States Capitol and the White House and has received numerous awards including “Chiropractor of the Year” from the American Chiropractic Association. On Sunday, the NYCC School of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (AOM) graduated 36 master’s candidates. B. Basia Kielczynska of Beth Israel Medical Center addressed the graduates. Kielczynska graduated from Tri-State College of Acupuncture in New York, N.Y., with a Master of Science degree in Acupuncture. She is currently a Clinical Faculty member at both Beth Israel Medical Center and Tri-State College of Acupuncture and has published numerous articles and case studies. For further information about New York Chiropractic College’s degree programs please visit our Web site at:


Palmer Announces Dismissal of Defamation of Character Lawsuit Against Seven Members of its Former Alumni Association

Palmer College of Chiropractic officials have announced the positive outcome of the lawsuit filed against the former Palmer alumni association and the members of its executive committee. This defamation of character lawsuit was based on untrue statements and character attacks made in 2004 against members of the Palmer Board of Trustees, the College and the administration. On Thursday, June 26, an agreement was reached with the seven members of the former alumni association. The settlement agreement allowed the College to dismiss its defamation of character lawsuit against those individuals. “All we’ve ever asked is that these individuals issue an apology to members of the Palmer Board of Trustees as well as the College administration, and we would dismiss the lawsuit,” said Palmer Board of Trustees Chairman Trevor Ireland, D.C. “The Board’s intention in filing the lawsuit was to have the record set straight. As a Board, we held fast on our position that we would dismiss the lawsuit as soon as these individuals issued a public apology and admitted that their comments pertaining to the Palmer Board of Trustees, its members and the College administration were not true. We are very pleased with this outcome.” On June 26, the alumni—John Willis, D.C., David Reopelle, D.C., Ted Conger, D.C., Kirk Lee, D.C., Marc Leuenberg, D.C., Frank Bemis, D.C., and Scott Harris, D.C.—issued a collective public apology to the Board, the College and the administration. The Board accepted the apology and retraction, and the lawsuit was then dismissed. The apology and retraction from the named alumni is as follows: “We acknowledge that this situation has developed into something entirely different from anything we desire. We certainly do not now, nor have ever, wanted to harm Vickie Palmer or Palmer College or impugn their reputation in any manner. We apologize for any comments or actions which Vickie Palmer or Palmer College may have deemed offensive to them. We acknowledge that Vickie Anne Palmer has received nothing from Palmer College except for expense reimbursements in connection with her services as a trustee and chairperson of the board of trustees. In addition, we fully understand the governing structure of Palmer College of Chiropractic. The board of trustees makes and has always made the substantive policy decisions. Such decisions are not made by administrative personnel. We believed we exercised our First Amendment Rights. If we exceeded our Constitutional rights, we apologize. We apologize for the inconvenience and injured feelings Ms. Palmer and the trustees may have undergone.” “I am very pleased that Palmer was able to dismiss the lawsuit against these individuals,” said Palmer Chancellor Larry Patten. “I am extremely proud of the Palmer Board of Trustees for its firm position relating to those who may choose to wrongfully denounce our people and our purpose. We appreciate the public apology. We are happy to have this matter behind us so that we can devote all of our energies and attention to moving the College forward.”


Cleveland to Officially Open Overland Park Health Center

Cleveland Chiropractic College will host an open house on June 11 from 4 to 6 p.m. to celebrate the official opening of its Overland Park Health Center. A ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Health Center, part of the college’s new 34-acre campus at 10850 Lowell Ave., will take place at 5 p.m. Dr. Carl S. Cleveland III, president, will be joined at the celebration by dignitaries from around the metro area, including Overland Park Mayor Carl Gerlach. In the college’s state-of-the-art health care facility, interns, under the supervision of licensed doctors of chiropractic, provide chiropractic care and other services to the public. Cleveland also maintains a health center in the Brookside area of Kansas City, Mo., which received more than 40,000 patient visits last year. The ribbon-cutting ceremony for the entire campus will take place in October in conjunction with the college’s annual homecoming festivities. For more information on these events, call 913-234-0600.



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New York Chiropractic College Graduates 48 Doctors of Chiropractic

Seneca Falls, NY: New York Chiropractic College conferred the Doctor of Chiropractic degree upon 48 graduates on Saturday, April 5, 2008, during a commencement ceremony held in the NYCC campus Athletic Center. The commencement address was delivered by Congressman Michael Arcuri, JD, BA, a native of Utica, NY and strong advocate for higher education. Arcuri stressed the importance of providing service to one’s community and he urged the assembled professional graduates to contribute their talents, time and good fortune to worthy causes. Matthew A. Murphy, valedictorian, addressed his classmates. Salutatorian was Brian M. LaBaron. Among those honored at the commencement exercises through induction as fellows into the American College of Chiropractic included Jack Stuart Beige, DC, JD (NYCC 1966), past president of the New York State Chiropractic Association, Matthew C. Coté, DC, DABCO (NYCC 1980) Senior Faculty Clinician at NYCC’s Depew Health Center, Joseph J. Lombino, DC (NYCC1981) and Diane Carol Dixon, Executive Director of Enrollment Management at NYCC was presented with a Doctor of Humane Letters Honoris Causa. Thomas R. Ventimiglia, DC, FACC (NYCC 1980), Director of NYCC’s Post Graduate and Continuing Education, was inducted as a Fellow into the International College of Chiropractic. For information on New York Chiropractic College’s degree programs please visit the college’s Web site at:

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Palmer College Opens Center for Business Development


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