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Animal Chiropractic Pioneer Dr. Gene Giggleman Receives James W. Parker Founders Award from Parker University


Dr Giggleman James Parker Founder Award 
Dr. Fabrizio Mancini, Dr. Gene Giggleman, and Dr. Rose Lepien in
front of the Dr. James W. Parker statue on Parker’s campus


DALLAS, February16, 2012 – Parker University honored Dr. Gene Giggleman, professor of Parker University, with one of the most highly regarded awards given by Parker University—the James W. Parker Founders Award.

“I don’t get moved to tears very often, but I had to take a deep breathe to come up here and accept this,” said Dr. Giggleman.

Dr. Giggleman graduated Magna Cum Laude from Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine. A practicing veterinarian with more than 30 years of experience, Dr. Giggleman, has run several successful small animal veterinary practices in the DFW area since 1981. He is also certified in animal chiropractic by the American Veterinary Chiropractic Association (AVCA) and is co-founder of the Parker University Animal Chiropractic program where he serves as an instructor in the course, teaching doctors of chiropractic and veterinarians how to treat common ailments in animals with chiropractic adjustments.

Dr. Giggleman previously served as president of the AVCA. He has adjusted animals for more than 20 years and often adjusted the late Dr. James W. Parker’s dogs. His passion for animals has inspired a lifelong dedication to animal chiropractic care.

Dr. Giggleman also instructs anatomy and science courses, numerous labs, and more at Parker University. He has been awarded the Outstanding Teacher Award over 30 times, a testament to his dedication in teaching and his belief in the students.

Dr. Rose Lepien, a ’91 Parker graduate and former Parker Board of Trustees member, assisted in presenting the award to Dr. Giggleman. Dr. Lepien also received the James W. Parker Founders Award in 2007. To date, Dr. Lepien and Dr. Giggleman are the only two who’ve received the distinguished award.

“Dr. Giggleman was very special to Dr. Parker,” said Dr. Fabrizio Mancini, president of Parker University. “He’s also loved by our entire student body and faculty and staff. His devotion to students, chiropractic, animals, and Parker is outstanding.”


About Parker University 

Dallas-based Parker University, formerly known as Parker College of Chiropractic, is one of the world’s leading educators of health care professionals. Founded in 1982, this private, nonprofit, educational institution prepares men and women to become doctors of chiropractic. In addition, Parker University awards additional wellness-focused degrees including a Bachelor of Science with a major in Anatomy and a Bachelor of Science with a major in Health and Wellness, massage therapy certificates, and continuing education specializations and certifications. Parker University also includes Parker Research Institute, which provides sound, scientific evidence supporting health and wellness; two chiropractic wellness clinics in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex; Parker Seminars, the largest chiropractic seminar organization in the world, and Parker SHARE Products that provide innovative, high quality products, and current information on chiropractic wellness. For additional information about Parker University, visit the website at www.parker.edu.

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