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Parker University College of Chiropractic Presents Doctor of Chiropractic Degrees to its 80th Graduating Class

DALLAS, April 19, 2012 – Parker University College of Chiropractic presented members of its 80th graduating class with doctor of chiropractic degrees on April 14, 2012 at the Irving Bible Church. Many of the graduates were also awarded a bachelor of science degree with a major in anatomy or a major in health and wellness, which they earned concurrently with the doctor of chiropractic degree.

Parker students have extensive classroom education and practical training in many areas of study. The study of chiropractic involves numerous hours of training in anatomy, physiology, diagnosis, and orthopedics (the musculoskeletal system).

Joshua Witter received special honors as valedictorian for his academic achievements. A native of Cherokee Village, Arkansas, Witter recalls knowing that he wanted to become a doctor of chiropractic when he was 9 years old.

“I have documentation from when I was 9 writing a letter on a summer camp application,” said Witter. “I’ve always been drawn to a health care field, but I never favored invasive means. I think there is so much healing we can do if we trust and enable our bodies to do so. Also, it’s a wonderful thing to care for people and to see in their faces when they realize you care. It’s a very human connection, and a great way to spend a career.”

Witter plans to lead a practice in Arkansas where he will emphasize the importance of nutrition with his patients. It’s also important for him to provide adjunctive soft tissue therapies.

Class salutatorian, Asa Hadsell, was also honored for his academic achievements. He decided he wanted to become a chiropractor because he felt it was a natural fit for him. He has always had a passion to help others attain health through proper nutrition and staying active. Hadsell grew up in Irving, Texas and has plans to stay in the Dallas-Fort Worth area where he will open a practice in Rockwall, Texas and Mesquite, Texas.

“It’s an honor to receive a degree from a university with a curriculum, faculty, and student body of the highest standards,” said Hadsell.

Dr. Jay Morgan, a member of the Parker University Board of Trustees, presented the commencement address. Dr. Morgan opened and developed one of the largest chiropractic clinics in the world in Austin, Texas. He has also mentored over 6,500 chiropractors in 11 countries over a 26-year period. Dr. Morgan is a past president of the Chiropractic Society of Texas. He is a featured speaker at seminars around the world and participates in teaching continuing education classes on a regular basis. He also actively mentors more than 500 chiropractors worldwide via the use of a unique online support program. Dr. Morgan served as vice president of Gibson Management Consultants International for 23 years under his mentor and chiropractic legend, Dr. Chuck Gibson. However, perhaps his proudest moment is having his oldest son Casey follow his footsteps as a chiropractor. Casey is currently a student at Parker University. Dr. Morgan wishes his legacy to helping students have outstanding and successful careers in the chiropractic profession.

More than 6,000 graduates of Parker have received the doctor of chiropractic degree and practice in all 50 states and in 25 countries. Parker graduates are educated to help patients live happier, healthier lives.


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