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Adams Chiropractic Inc 25th Anniversary LogoKurt Adams, DC celebrates 25 years of chiropractic service in Silverdale, WA. The local publication, Central Kitsap Reporter, highlights his journey as a chiropractor and business owner in Silverdale


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ReversingDyslexia Phyllis Books, DC released a new book, Reversing Dyslexia (Square One), where she lays the groundwork for significant improvements made by those who have this learning disorder, stressing the importance of nutrition, exercise, play and music. For more information or to order a copy, visit www.drphyllisbooks.com As of 6/13.

  Ken Thomas, DC has been appointed to the Council on Chiropractic Education. He will serve a three year term as councilor for Parker University. Read the press release. As of 12/12 

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Clark Byroad, DC and wife Brenda Byroad, DC ’89 have practiced in Lewisville for 22 years and recently established the Byroad Chiropractic Student Scholarship to support Parker students and continue building successful chiropractors. This past December, they presented the most recent scholarship to Tri-2 student and Lewisville resident Gavin Wolff. This awarded scholarship was highlighted in the local Lewisville Leader newspaper. As of 12/11.

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Kevin Kanz, DC was recognized in March at the ACA House of Delegates meeting in Washington DC with the Alternate Delegate of the Year Award. ACA’s awards are given to outstanding volunteer members and other individuals for their contributions to advancing the chiropractic profession. Dr. Kanz was also the 2010 recipient of the Parker Alumni Association Alumni of the Year. He is the former President of the Texas Chiropractic Association (TCA).

Wayne Carter, DC is still practicing after 25 years in Pueblo, CO. He recently shared in his class note, “not as easy as it used to be but still going strong.”  He can be reached through his website www.carterspinuzzichiropractic.com. As of 2/13

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Dominique Laroche-Walker, DC MD has joined the Family Care Clinic team at Sterling Regional MedCenter in Sterling, CO. Read this article about her broad background, education, and how she plans to help the families of Sterling. As of 8/12

 Lovonne Beaird, DC was also recognized as the 2010/2011 Faculty of the Year for clinics at Parker University. This esteemed recognition is voted on by peers for a person’s dedication, professionalism, and commitment to chiropractic education. As of 10/11.

 Brenda Byroad, DC generously established two named scholarships—Byroad Chiropractic Student Scholarship and Dr. Bernard Kunc Student Scholarship—to support Parker students. As of 3/11.

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Michael Hall, DC and wife Cara Hall, DC, ‘04 welcomed their fifth child—a beautiful daughter, Danielle Taylor Hall on July 26, 2011.

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Francesco Caputo, DC celebrates the release of his new children’s book. Diana the Organic Banana was written to inspire both children and adults to seek out positive characters to represent health. This fun and educational book can be purchased at www.authorhouse.com. As of 4/12

Carl Cosgrove, DC is president of ChiroContinuingEd.com LLC, an online provider of continuing education courses for chiropractors. Dr. Cosgrove started ChiroContinuiningEd.com as an alternative to the often dull content found on other CE sites. “It takes about 60 hours for us to develop each hour-long course. We take presentations from qualified instructors, complete with narration, and create Flash movies that provide a user experience that is informative and enjoyable.” The courses are accepted by all states that allow online courses toward license renewal.

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Unbridled Grace

Dr. Michael J Norman authored Unbridled Grace: A True Story about the Power of Choice, released in 2011. His book is available for purchase online. Visit www.drmichaelnorman.com  to learn more about Dr. Norman and his clinic.

Shannon (Walsh) Cutting, DC has accepted a position at Colgate University in New York as the new diving coach. Over the years she has worked a variety of positions in the health industry. For 10 years she worked in large corporate fitness centers and has maintained a private practice around the country. Dr. Cutting has also served as adjunct professor at the University of Guam, yoga instructor for the military, and cross country coach for a high school in Hawaii. Since November 2008 she has been the head swim coach for the Hickam Hurricanes in Hawaii.

has accepted a position at Colgate University in New York as the new diving coach. Over the years she has worked a variety of positions in the health industry. For 10 years she worked in large corporate fitness centers and has maintained a private practice around the country. Dr. Cutting has also served as adjunct professor at the University of Guam, yoga instructor for the military, and cross country coach for a high school in Hawaii. Since November 2008 she has been the head swim coach for the Hickam Hurricanes in Hawaii.


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 Kyl Smith, DC was published in Dynamic Chiropractic. His article Giving Testosterone Levels a Boost: Health impact of "low normal" T and how to help patients can be read online.

Unlocking the Healing Code
Bruce Forciea, DC has written Unlocking the Healing Code, a book that presents the seven keys to unlimited healing power. In his book, Forciea uses these seven factors to bridge the gap between traditional and alternative healthcare. In his letter to Dr. Fabrizio Mancini '90, president of Parker, Forciea says he has "written a book that presents a new paradigm for healing by explaining healing in terms of information flow. The application of information theory to our understanding of the universe is gaining popularity and will be the next revolution in reality and healing." For more information about Unlocking the Healing Code, visit www.informationalhealing.com.


Dr. Kevin McAlpin was featured in the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal where he briefly discussed the new health care reform and his promise to continue to provide quality treatment for a low coast. Read the entire story online. You can learn more about Dr. McAlpin and his clinic at www.lubbockchiropracticcenter.com.

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David Jensen, DC and his wife Dee Jensen had a beautiful baby girl Alexis "Lexi" Jensen on April 6, 2011.

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Gregory Howard, DC shared his decision to practice in a small town and why his services are vital to the rural Oklahoma community with his local media. Watch the video online

Francis Murphy, DC was published in the December 2012 edition of the Journal of Chiropractic Medicine for his research on using the OTZ Method for the treatment of Hatcher-Murphy Disorder in children. For more information on his use of the OTZ Method, visit www.tomorrowsgeniuses.com or www.otzhealthed.com. As of 5/13

Len Lopez, DC has teamed up with Ehow.com to produce 10 video’s on fitness and exercise that were filmed at Parker University. You can find the video’s on ehow.com. He can be reached through his website www.workhorsefitness.com  As of 3/13

Doug DeShazo, DC and wife Diane generously established a named scholarship — DeShazo Chiropractic Student Scholarship — to support Parker students. As of 3/11.

Francis Murphy, DC generously established a named scholarship — OTZ Health Education Systems Student Scholarship — to support Parker students. As of 4/11 

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  Debbie Sinclair, DC  and husband Clyde are the proud parents of two Boy Scouts of America (BSA) Eagle Scouts. One son earned the rank in August 2011, and the other earned his in August 2012. Both sons were born while mom was a student at Parker. Learn more about the BSA Eagle Scouts. As of 10/12

Susan White, DC sold her suburban Atlanta practice in 2007. Since then she’s lived in Oregon and now Arizona doctoring part time, writing curricula, and teaching basic sciences to nursing students full time. She writes “I absolutely love it!” She completes her master’s degree in public health in March 2012.

Reese Riggin, DC and his wife Natalie had their eighth child, a beautiful baby girl on March 16, Chevelle Macy. Three weeks later, Dr. Riggin's oldest daughter and husband made Reese a grandpa with a bouncing baby boy. Dr. Riggin practices at Big Sky Chiropractic in Great Falls, MT. As of 4/11.

Jerrod Wright, DC was added to the 2010 World Series rosters, thanks to the referral by MVP Josh Hamilton.  Dr. Wright has consistently worked with the Texas Rangers during the regular season which ultimately led him to travel with the team to the World Series. Dr. Wright currently practices at Wright Chiropractic in Southlake, TX. As of 4/11.

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Troy Van Biezen, DC was featured in the January issue of Avid Golfer. He is described as "blazing a new path for A.R.T. doctors, making sure those at the top of the sports world realize there’s a new breed of chiropractor that’s making a big difference in the lives of athletes around the world.”

Philip Cordova, DC was a contributing writer for the December 2011 edition of the World Chiropractic Alliance magazine, The Chiropractic Journal. His article shared three reasons why all chiropractors should have a social media presence.

Thomas Redenbaugh, DC was recognized as the 2010/2011 Faculty of the Year for academics at Parker University. This esteemed recognition is voted on by peers for a person’s dedication, professionalism, and commitment to chiropractic education. As of 10/11.

Alicia Castello, DC was voted as Best Chiropractor by the citizens of Colleyville and Grapevine communities.  This is the second year in a row Dr. Castello has won this prestigious title. Dr. Castello currently practices at La Plaza Family Chiropractics in Colleyville, Texas. As of 4/11.

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Jennifer Walker, DC was recently appointed to the Oklahoma Board of Chiropractic Examiners. Dr. Walker practices in Owasso, Oklahoma. To learn more about her and her clinic, visit http://owassofamilychiro.com/. As of 2/14

Brandon Brock, DC provided his expertise for a discussion on how modern technologies affect brain function on Good Morning Texas in July 2013. As of 7/13

Eric Mizuba, DC successfully crossed Lake Erie in fourteen hours! View his interview taken immediately after crossing the finish line. As of 10/12

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Congratulations to Dr. Nicole Mathey on the opening of her and her husband’s new practice, Tri-State Clinic of Chiropractic in Fayetteville, TN. The Chamber of Commerce hosted a grand opening ceremony on Oct. 11 along with a ribbon cutting.

Kyle Hammes, DC has moved his clinic from Dallas to Frisco and is happy to bring neck and back pain relief to where he calls home. Read more online.

Jason Black, DC was awarded Irving’s Best Chiropractor 2013 by the Irving Chamber. He also celebrated 14 years in practice on May 6. Learn more about Dr. Black and his clinic

Patrick Bodnar, DC was featured in an article in the Dallas Morning News where he provided readers with his expert advice on preventing and treating back pain. Read the full article. As of 12/12

Veteran Aaron Kime, DC is re-directing his passion for a race to become a State Representative for Pennsylvania. Learn more about his candidacy. As of 10/12

 Steve Brooks, DC has been named San Angelo's "Favorite Chiropractor" for the ninth year! Congratulations to Dr. Brooks and Sunset Chiropractic. To learn more about Dr. Brooks and his West Texas clinic, visit his website www.drstevenbrooks.com. As of 4/12. 

Steve Brooks, DC and his wife welcome the birth of a healthy baby boy. Parker Brooks was welcomed to the world on February 19, weighing 9lb, 7oz. A happy and healthy baby...with a great name! As of 3/12.

Steven Brooks, DC was recently interviewed by the San Angelo Standard Times about being a successful chiropractor/business owner in a small town. As of 5/12

Katinka Van der Merwe, DC received the designation of quantum neurologist at the QN Convention in Los Angeles in 2011. To learn more about Dr. Van der Merwe’s work and accomplishments, visit www.seeingyouwell.com. As of 2/12 

John D’Amanda, DC is serving as the chiropractic representative on the regulatory board and on the international advisory committee representing the USA with the Pastoral Medical Association.  For more information visit www.pmai.us. As of 2/11

Patrick Bodnar, DC is now serving as the assistant dean of clinics at Parker. He assumed his new role on January 4, 2011.

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Michael Chong, DC recently published his book, The Millionaire's 4 Secrets. Learn more about Dr. Chong and how to order his book at http://www.drmichaelchong.com/. As of 2/14

Brian Hooten, DC joined the team of Maximized Living chiropractors as they travelled to London to care for the US wrestling team for the 2012 Olympics. Dr Hooten discusses the benefits of chiropractic for the wrestlers in the Dallas Morning News edition of “neighbors go”. View the online article. As of 10/12

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Congratulations to Dr. Camille Reagan on the grand opening of her second location of Reagan ChiroSport Center in McKinney where US Olympic triathlete Jarrod Shoemaker spoke to attendees. Learn more about Dr. Reagan’s practice at http://www.chirosportcenter.com/  

Dennis Doan, DC is involved with the documentary Healed which will air on PBS nationally in the next year. Healed shows the struggle of James Klages, the former cornet soloist for the Marine band, with M.S who has been declared "cured" of M.S. by his M.D. Learn more about Healed. Dr. Dennis is practicing in Oklahoma City, OK at Doan Family Chiropractic.  As of 10/13.

Todd Hinze, DC was featured in his local paper about his work as a chiropractor and his “goal to empower patients to take charge of their lives.” As of 7/13

Alan Smith, DC and wife welcome their happy baby boy. Mom, dad, and baby are healthy and well adjusted. As of 11/12

 Camille Reagan, DC heads to New Zealand to work with USA Triathlon’s elite professionals at the ITU World Triathlon Series Grand Final. Congrats Dr. Reagan! Read the online article >> As of 10/12

Chris Waddell, DC was appointed by Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin to the Oklahoma Board of Chiropractic Examiners. For more about Dr. Waddell and his Oklahoma practice, visit his website, www.waddellchiropractic.com. As of 4/12

Oudi Abouchacra, DC was recently interviewed by The National and shared important tips on health and wealth.  Director of the Chiropractic Specialty Clinic in Abu Dhabi, Dr. Abouchacra recommends everybody have a cushion of savings to protect them during hard times.  For more of his great tips, view Dr. Abouchacra's online interview. As of 4/11

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Kevin Maloney, DC recently opened a new 2200 sq. ft. family practice on the corner of Midway and Alpha Road in Dallas. This past July, he married Beverly Oberle in the mountains of Telluride, CO. He can be contacted through his website www.gonsteadtexas.com. As of 9/11

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January M Mierzejewski, DC wed Michael Sarich on November 24, 2012 in Hawaii. Dr. January and her husband were joined by friends and family from around the world at a beautiful seaside ceremony at the St. Regis Princeville Resort in Kauai. She continues to practice in Sarina, Queensland (Australia) at her clinic Core Concepts Chiropractic. As of 12/12

 Christian Kollar, DC has been named president of the Minnesota Chiropractic Association. He shared his tips with the Center for Disease Control for staying cool and hydrated this hot summer in this Market Watch article. As of 7/12.

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Best wishes to Natalie Beight, DC and fiancé Jordan White on their engagement and forthcoming marriage. The happy couple will be wed this November in Columbiana, OH. As of 11/12

Larry McCoy, Jr, DC and Sharita Woolfork, both of Antioch, TN, will be united as one on Saturday, August 27, 2011 at the Hilton Hotel in Memphis, TN. Dr. McCoy currently owns and operates Superior Health & Rehab and is a practicing chiropractor for Advanced Healthcare Associates. After the wedding trip to a surprise destination, the couple will reside in Antioch, TN with their 11-year-old son Jordan. 

Cara Hall, DC and husband Michael Hall, DC ‘90 welcomed their fifth child—a beautiful daughter, Danielle Taylor Hall, into the world on July 26, 2011.  

Tanner Hancock, DC is proud to announce that he and his wife have two wonderful little boys. The youngest just had his first birthday in April and the oldest is just over two. They both enjoy the benefits of chiropractic care and have been seen doing little adjustments on kids at daycare.  Dr. Hancock practices at Hancock Chiropractic in Wichita, KS. As of 5/11  

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Matt Spaulding, DC was interviewed by NBC News’ Brian Williams on his heroic actions following the devastating tornado in Moore, Oklahoma on May 20, 2013. Watch his interview. As of 5/25.

Thank you Chris Zaino, DC for hosting a successful prospective student open house at your North Houston clinic, Abundant Life Chiropractic on April 25, 2012. Learning about chiropractic first hand from a Parker graduate is the best experience a future student can have! As of 4/12. 

Richard “Ditto” Worley, DC welcomed the arrival of his second daughter. Lannam Gail Worley, born January 2, 2011, subluxation free! As of 2/11

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Michele Kimel, DC and her husband, Nick Kimel, DC ’04 welcomed son, Brogan Dean, 4lbs 8oz; 20 inches, born at home on February 20, 2013. Their son, Colton, is enjoying being a big brother!

Chuck Kobdish, DC was awarded the 2012 Greater East Dallas Chamber of Commerce Chairman's Award for his positive impact on his community. Read the full article >> As of 10/12

Dawn Hicks-Hacker, DC was named "Best of the Best of 2011-Best Chiropractor" for the third time for Logan County, OK. She also recently completed her diplomat in the American Chiropractic Board of Sports Physicians. Visit Dr. Dawn's website to learn more about her successful Oklahoma practice www.drdawnchiropractic.com. Dawn was also selected to treat Team USA athletes at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, C,O before, during, and after the Summer 2012 Olympic Games. Learn more >> As of 6/12

James Glenn Drewry, DC is now the proud owner of Galactic Chiropractic in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Dr. Drewry took over the clinic in December 2010. He was previously practicing in Queensland, Australia. As of 1/11.

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Lorin Wolf, DC discussed his passion for helping people and what led him to open his clinic with his local paper in Brownwood, TX. As of 7/13

Erin Van Veldhuizen’s, DC article “My Passion for Women’s Health and Wellness” was featured in the April 2013 issue of Parker Life. Dr. Veldhuizen discussed how her practice, Women’s Natural Health Center, approaches educating and treating women. Read her article online. As of 5/13. She was also a contributing writer for the www.StudentDC.com section of Chiropractic Economics (issue #17, 2011). Her article, "Welcome to the real world: The view from inside chiropractic school may not match reality as much as you think," shares some insight into life after graduating from chiropractic school.

Leslie Rapsawich, DC contributed an article “The Top 5 Questions to Ask when Interviewing for an Associate Position” to the April 2013 issue of Parker Life. Read her article online. As of 5/13.

Amber Brooks, DC was featured in the Dallas Business Journal in an article about the new programs at Parker University. Sharing her opinion, Dr. Brooks stated, “I don’t think you can ever have too much information.” View the entire article >>

Vincent Scheffler, DC and his wife Holley welcomed the birth of their happy and healthy baby boy! Spencer Anthony, weighing 9lb 7oz, was born January 29, 2012. Mom, dad, and baby are all doing well...and well adjusted!

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Davy Rigsby, DC has been promoting chiropractic care as treatment for ADHD in this great video and article. Keep up the great work! http://www.ketknbc.com/news/local-chiropractor-helping-adhd-kids. As of 2/14

 Leif Stephens, DC was featured in his local paper, The Ft Morgan Times. Dr Stephens discussed his practice and the variety of options his patients have at Proactive Chiropractic. Read more. As of 9/13.

Brenda Hooper, DC was recently voted Best Chiropractor in Edmond for 2011 by the readers of The Edmond Sun newspaper. Dr. Hooper practices in Edmond, OK with her husband, C. Brian Hooper who is a dentist. 

Abigail Blackburn, DC was recently appointed by Governor Rick Perry to the Statewide Health Coordinating Council for a term to expire August 1, 2015. The council evaluates long-term local, regional and statewide health needs to develop workforce goals for health professionals. This appointment is subject to Senate confirmation.  Dr. Blackburn is owner of Blackburn Chiropractic PLLC and practices in Austin, TX. As of 5/11

Homero Cavazos, DC was named among "Today’s Top Chiropractic Leaders of the Next Generation!" Read about this prestigious award. As of 9/12.  He also had an article published in the National Autism Association of North Texas newsletter titled “Comprehensive Treatment for ASD Children: A Logical Approach”. The article appeared in Volume 8, Issue 3.

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Andy Thomas , DC  was recently featured in an article about his practice’s treatment of fibromyalgia. Read more online. As of 10/13. 

Neil Gardner, DC was named among "Today’s Top Chiropractic Leaders of the Next Generation!" Read about this prestigious award. As of 9/12. He also celebrated the opening of his new clinic Gardner Chiropractic and Neurology in Kingston, Jamaica. Additionally, he discusses Jamaica’s chances at the 2012 Olympics and the role chiropractic will play. Watch the video >> As of 6/12

Neil Gardner, DC was honored with the prestigious Courtney Walsh award in October in Kingston, Jamaica. This coveted award recognizes the achievements of an athlete who exhibits extraordinary qualities, including humility, integrity, and discipline while excelling in sports. Dr. Gardner opened his chiropractic clinic Gardner Chiropractic & Wellness Center in December 2009 in Richardson. He recently moved back to Jamaica to open his clinic Gardner Chiropractic & Neurology Ltd. in Kingston, Jamaica. Read the article published in the Jamaica online newspaper The Gleaner. As of 12/11

Michelle Krenek, DC wrote an article for Chiropractic Economics (issue #19) which appeared in the www.StudentDC.com section, titled "Know Yourself: When you understand why you practice, you'll know how to practice, too." Her article focuses on two lessons all new doctors need to learn in order to be success. Read her inspirational article to learn these lessons. As of 12/11

Neil Gardner, DC former world championship 400-meters semi-finalist and Parker alumni is back in the news as he returns to the island of Jamaica to practice chiropractic neurology. Dr. Gardner worked for a year in the United States before deciding to return to Jamaica and open his practice there—becoming the first chiropractic neurologist on the island. As of 3/11

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Allison Lees, DC recently shared the importance of chiropractic care in treating sports injuries and improving performance. Read the article online at http://www.virtual-strategy.com/2014/01/13/oklahoma-city-chiropractor-announces-addition-sports-injury-care and learn more about Dr. Lees and her clinic, Performance Life Chiropractic & Wellness at http://www.performancelife.org. As of 2/14

Jeff Feenstra, DC and wife are excited to announce the birth of their second child, Quinn Olivia Feenstra, born October 26. Big brother is happy to have a baby sister, and mom and dad are happy to have a healthy family. As of 11/12.

Jennifer Davis, DC made history as the first Bahamian and first female chiropractor named to an Olympic team. Read about her amazing journey. As of 10/12

Clayton Hansen, DC will be heading to London to give chiropractic support for the 2012 Summer Olympics. Dr. Hansen and team will provide chiropractic care to the U.S. wrestling, martial arts, weightlifting, judo, and volleyball teams. Hansen’s distinguished honor of being chosen to join the team was featured in a local San Antonio publication.  As of 3/12.

Lauren Keith, DC and Joe Duarte, DC '07 welcomed their daughter Evangeline Grace into the world on October 8. Mom is taking some time off from practice to enjoy her newborn daughter.

Joey Lowery, DC and his wife, Taryn Lowery, DC had a beautiful baby girl, Mattie Elizabeth Lowery, weighing 8 pounds, 12 ounces on July 26, 2011.

Jeff Kirstein, MT recently opened Massage Crave and is welcoming students and graduates who need help that only a massage can provide. He loves working with forward head and forward shoulder clients, and has had great success helping them!

Joshua Woggon, DC  generously established a named scholarship—Clear Institute “Heart for Scoliosis” Student Scholarship —to support Parker students. As of 4/11

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Charles Laughlin opened the doors to his new practice, New Day Chiropractic, in February in Overland Park, Kansas. Visit his website to learn more at www.newdaychiro.com . Best of luck Dr. Laughlin!

William Shawn, DC recently opened his own clinic in the Salt Lake Valley in Utah. He and his wife, Misty, also welcomed their third child in June. Learn more about his new clinic at www.shawutah.com . As of 9/13.

Lindsay McInnis, DC married Sherman graduate, Chris Carter DC, in Montego Bay Jamaica on February 7, 2013. The couple met while practicing in Ghana and now practice together in Norway. As of 2/13  Lindsay McInnis, DC is one of 11 founding members and the secretary of the West African Chiropractic Association. Their mission is "to be the bold unified voice representing the interest and growth of the chiropractic profession and the people it serves." Visit her website. As of 12/12

Congratulations to Ty Hennes, DC for being selected as USA Hockey’s American Development Model Regional Manager! Read the full article. As of 2/13

Beau Hightower, DC discusses injury prevention and rehabilitation in unarmed combat sports with Knuxx Magazine. Read the full interview. As of 11/12

Dustin Bergeron, DC was interviewed by a North Texas news station for an article that explains chiropractic is not just for Olympians. As of 8/12

Abby Perone, DC finished eighth in the women’s division at the Rock n' Roll Half Marathon on March 25 with a time of 1:28:50! Congrats Dr. Perone!

Mandy Jairell, DC celebrates the opening of her new clinic in Laramie, WY. Opened September 2011, Aspen Family Chiropractic is proud to have one of the only three female chiropractors in the entire state of Wyoming. For more information, please visit Aspen Family Chiropractic. As of 1/12

Jose Negron, DC has been named the new clinic director for the CLEAR Scoliosis Clinic of Dallas. Dr. Negron, a native of Puerto Rico, is certified by the CLEAR Scoliosis Institute, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping people with scoliosis. Dr. Negron assumes the role formally held by Dr. Josh Woggon, who will continue to serve as an associate at the clinic. For more information on the clinic, visit www.clearscoliosisclinic.com.  He was also recently interviewed by a Puerto Rican television news program where he discussed scoliosis and the importance of chiropractic treatment. View the YouTube video >> As of 9/11

Amy Vavra, DC wrote a great article in Living Magazine about women in business, showcasing her successful practice. Visit her website and read the article >> As of 7/12.

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Myranda Golla, DC announces the grand opening of her new clinic, Dr. G’s Chiropractic in McAlester, Oklahoma. See pictures of the clinic and learn about Dr. Golla at www.drgschiropractic.com  As of 6/13

Rita Castriotta, DC was recently featured in a Q&A in her local paper, Westlake Picayune. To read her interview, visit http://www.statesman.com/news/news/local/westlake-chiropractor-passionately-believes-in-fin/nYPtT/  As of 6/13

Tabassum Ali, DC is training with Team in Training for the Nike Women’s Half Marathon in October to raise funds for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. To keep up with her training or to support her fundraising efforts, visit her page at  http://pages.teamintraining.org/ocie/nikesf13/chirogirl As of 6/13


 Christopher Cochran, DC offered free chiropractic services to victims of the West, TX plant explosion. His service was recognized on acatoday.org and on the Chiropractic Economics website. Read the article online  As of 5/13

 Adam Stephen, DC opened his first office in downtown Allen, TX. Life Style in Motion Chiropractic officially opened on March 21 with a ribbon cutting ceremony with the City of Allen Mayor, free food and drinks, and plenty of activities for the kids. Visit his clinic website

Brock Stratton, DC appeared on Kens5 in San Antonio in February 2013 for bringing cryotherapy to the general public in San Antonio. Watch Dr Stratton and Detroit Lions linebacker and Lee High School standout, Travis Lewis in their interview  His clinic can be reached at www.strattonspine.com  

Vanessa Morales, DC and George Garcia, DC celebrate the opening of their new clinic with a ribbon cutting ceremony with the local chamber of commerce on Friday, April 12, 2012. VITA Chiropractic & Wellness Center focuses on their “Four Steps for Health” program that educates and empowers patients of the importance of chiropractic, nutrition, fitness, and mental health. Drs. Morales and Garcia are passionate about providing hope and support to those who feel they have lost their way with their health. Visit their website www.vitachiro.com. As of 5/12

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Congratulations to recent grad, Courtney Gowin, DC on the grand opening of her clinic Free to Be Chiropractic in Addison! The Metrocrest Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting on March 27 and Dr. Gowin’s clinic celebrated their grand opening Sat. March 29 with a bootcamp workout and yoga class, followed by live music, food and prizes! Learn more about Dr. Gowin and her clinic at  www.freetobechiropractic.com. Best of luck on your future success!

 Congratulations to Denise Parker, DC on the opening of her new clinic Peaceful Health and Wellness in downtown Lewisville!  
Visit  http://www.peacefulhw.com/home.html to learn more about Dr. Parker and her practice.  

Parker alumnus Dustin Etemadi, DC shared the benefits of non-surgical decompression with ABC13 KTRK Eyewitness News Houston. <link to http://goo.gl/UP4Ytt>  Keep spreading the word of chiropractic and wellness!

Congratulations to recent grad, Jay Clark, DC. On Nov. 1, 2013 he took over an existing clinic in Jacksonville, TX that has been in existence since the 1970’s. He is pleased to share that the majority of the patients have stayed with the practice, and he is adding new patients every day. Visit Dr. Clark’s clinic at www.smithchirojacksonville.com. Best of luck Dr. Clark!

Congrats to recent alum Dr. Logan Sherman for winning the Texas Rangers Labor Day 5K race. He was recognized on Sept. 9 at a Rangers home game. Dr. Sherman has also joined the staff at Reagan ChiroSport Center, owned by graduate Camille Reagan, DC ’01. 

Samantha Traylor, DC joined Minimally Invasive SpineCare to work as part of the Therapy team. Dr. Traylor specializes in neuromuscular and skeletal rehabilitation. Read more online. As of 9/13.

Jennifer Cullen, DC opened of her new clinic, Glen Rose Family Chiropractic. The Glen Rose Chamber of Commerce celebrated with a ribbon cutting! As of 9/13

 In Memory 

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family and former classmates of 1994 Parker graduate Dr. Lavere Wilson who recently passed away. Funeral/memorial services are currently being planned. Please visit thttp://www.laverewilson.com/content/about-0 for updated information or to contact Dr. Lavere’s family.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family and former classmates of Dr. Mary Jo Ellig Vick, DC ’97 who passed away January 4, 2014. Read her obituary here.

The Parker University community mourns the loss of long-time friend, Dr. Richard D. Yennie. A chiropractic legend and pioneer of acupuncture in America, Dr. Yennie has been in chiropractic and acupuncture practice for over 50 years. While treating many celebrities in politics, sports and entertainment, he has studied and researched oriental medicine in 40 years of travel throughout Japan, Taiwan, Korea, United States and China. Dr. Yennie was the first to introduce Chinese healing to the chiropractic profession. He was the keynote speaker at the first Parker graduation, a frequent guest on our campus, a Parker Seminars speaker, Board of Trustee member and the 2007 recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award given by the Parker Alumni Association.

A Celebration of Dr. Yennie’s Life will be held at 3pm, November 22 at Cleveland Chiropractic College in Kansas. Contact ryenniedc@msn.com to RSVP or for questions. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions be made to the Cleveland College Foundation Fund in memory of Dr. Richard D. Yennie.

We extend our deepest condolences to the friends and family of Parker graduate Jim Shahan, DC ’92 who passed away August 10, 2013. Read more.

Dion Higgins, DC '96 passed away suddenly on July 14, 2013. Dion is survived by his wife, Stacie; daughters Chloe and Ellie, of Nebraska City; mother Myra Higgins of Giltner, Neb.; brother Chad Higgins and his wife Liz of Ames, Iowa; sister Darci Williamson and her husband Jeff of Omaha, other relatives; many friends; business associates; and community members.

 Daniel Zbichorski, DC '88 passed away Thursday, August 23, 2012. He was born and raised in Milwaukee, WI. He served three years in the United States Army. He graduated from Parker College of Chiropractic and was a chiropractor in the Fort Worth area for many years. Survivors: His loving family and many friends. Read more here. As of 10/12

Thomas A KlesmitThomas A. Klesmit, DC, age 57, died April 6, 2012, with his wife and children praying at his side. He was under hospice care at his home in Heath, TX, following a courageous battle with metastatic cancer. Tom was born November 17, 1954, in Stevens Point, Wisconsin, to Audrey (Lukasavitz) Klesmit and the late Clarence Klesmit. He attended Wis. Rapids Howe and St. Vincent de Paul Grade Schools, Assumption High School (1970-1972) and graduated from Lincoln High School in 1973. He attended Marquette University until the time of his father’s death in 1975. After returning home to assist his mother, he later returned to college at the University of Wisconsin Stevens Point. He later transferred from U.W. Stevens Point and graduated from Viterbo College in La Crosse, WI in 1980 with a double major in Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Science. More information >>  

Reginald R. Gold, December 16, 1925 – March 24, 2012. “If you’re not out to change the world, everything else is just Mickey Mouse.” Reggie, one of chiropractic’s most dedicated and outspoken advocates for more than fifty years, passed away on Saturday at the age of 86. Reggie died the way he lived – fully aware of what was happening, and with his wife Irene, family, and friends around him. Reggie graduated Palmer College of Chiropractic as class president and valedictorian in 1957. He later published his famed thesis – 'The Triune of Life' which earned him the high honor of Doctorate in Chiropractic Philosophy degree. Over the years he maintained an extraordinarily successful practice in Spring Valley, NY. For seven years he held chiropractic information meetings every month and invited anyone who wanted to attend to learn the philosophy of chiropractic. These meetings were never advertised and there wasn't a charge to attend for the 50 to 200 people in attendance at Gold’s home. He followed that up with no less than 40 layman lectures each year in various chiropractic offices to help chiropractors build their own practices. Reggie also worked to increase public understanding of and interest in chiropractic by starting a patient organization called PACE. Patients brought their friends to learn about the benefits of chiropractic causing literally hundreds of practice members to take the leap and become chiropractors as a result. He persisted despite threats to his life. Reggie Gold’s ability to clearly state the essence of chiropractic in words that everyone could understand, coupled with his true affinity for helping his fellow man live better lives made him a popular speaker and he traveled the world lecturing to laymen, college students, and chiropractors about objective straight chiropractic. His strength of purpose and even his (usually) playful volatility is missed and will be missed into the future by the thousands that he guided and influenced. Friend and chiropractor Michael Schmidt put it well: “It was a great race, and Reggie definitely earned the gold medal.”

Kirkland Orr, DC '93 passed away at age 61 on March 31, 2011, in Aurora, Colorado. A funeral service was held Wednesday, April 13, at St. Francis Episcopal Church in Scottsbluff. During his life he practiced chiropractic in both Texas and Nebraska. Kirk was a kind, gentle man who loved family and enjoyed spending time with his dogs. He touched many lives in his short journey in this life. He will be sadly missed, fondly remembered, and long loved.

Mike Lepien, DC '92 (1960-2011) went to be with the Lord on June 2. Dr. Lepien fulfilled his dream of service to humanity through chiropractic, following in his Dad's (the late Dr. Marvin Lepien), his stepmother's (Rose Lepien, DC '91), and sister's (Dr. Jeannette Lepien ) footsteps. A "Celebration of His Life" was held on June 9.

Shirley Ann ThomasShirley Ann Thomas, DC '92 of Tulsa, OK passed away Thursday, September 23, 2010. She was born on October 1, 1953 in Tulsa, OK. Shirley graduated from Oklahoma State University and was a medical technologist for a number of years before obtaining her doctor of chiropractic from Parker and establishing a practice based on innovative techniques which allowed her special gifts to help the patient she loved. Shirley was one to follow her own special path on her spiritual journey. Her husband Dr. Rex is a 1993 graduate of Parker.  

Matthew John Cacka, DC ‘07 of Central Point, OR, passed away Monday, July 19, 2010, at Three Rivers Community Hospital during surgery after his motorcycle struck an SUV that evening near Riverside Park in Grants Pass while heading home from a family dinner in Grants Pass. Matthew grew up in Wildwood, Alberta, Canada. As a teenager, he raced dog sleds in Canada. After graduating from Pensacola Christian College in Pensacola, FL, Matthew obtained his doctor of chiropractic degree from Parker in September 2007 and married his college sweetheart Sandra Wagnell of Grants Pass, OR.  Matthew and his wife moved from Dallas to Medford three years ago where he opened a chiropractic office and was establishing a successful practice while moving their residence to Central Point. He and his wife attended Bear Creek Church, which meets at St. Mary's School. Matthew enjoyed biking, hiking, backpacking, skiing (especially cross-country), and spending time with friends. Matthew is survived by his wife, Sandra; parents, John and Dawn Cacka, of Wildwood, Alberta; and three brothers, Mark, David, and Nathanael.

Wade Owen Woolverton, DC ’89 passed away on April 9, 2010 in Terrell, TX. He was the son of Dr. W.O. Woolverton of Dallas, husband to Dr. Diane Woolverton ’89, sibling to Dr. Tracy Wiest ’88 and Dr. Ward Woolverton ’89. Dr. Wade practiced in Richardson, TX, with his family. He was devoted to his family and those in need. His life was lived in service to others. Donations are being accepted in place of flowers. All donations to: Jody Woolverton, 521 Hunters Ridge, Melissa, TX 75454. As of 4/10

Sheri Sabre, DC '04 passed away on Sunday, March 14, 2010 in a motor cycle accident. Dr. Sabre practiced in Addison, TX. Dr. Sheri Ruth Bowles Sabre was born in Dallas, TX to Shirley and Dr. William Bowles. A 1984 graduate of J.J. Pearce High School in Richardson, she obtained an Associate of Arts from Richland College and a Bachelor of Science from Baylor University in Waco. Sheri was a registered massage therapist and became a chiropractor in 2004. She lost her life in a traffic accident, leaving behind her parents, Dr. and Mrs. William Bowles of Plano; her sister and brother-in-law, Debra and Scott O'Neal of Allen; nephews Preston and Riley; her brother and sister-in-law, Bill and Donna Bowles of Princeton; niece, Rebecca; as well as her beloved companion Elizabeth Sabre of Carrollton; and sons Jonathan and Michael Gibson. In place of flowers, please consider a donation to the Dr. Sheri Sabre Memorial Fund. You may send condolences and view photo and obituary at www.cpcleburne.com. As of 3/10

Paul Gavin McPherson, DC '94 died Friday, February 5, 2010. Gavin was born May 3, 1967, in Sapulpa, OK, to David L. and Lynn McPherson. After graduating from Broken Arrow High School in 1985, Gavin attended Central State University. He earned the degree of doctor of chiropractic from Parker. Gavin is preceded in death by his father, David L. McPherson and he is survived by his daughter, Andi Christine; his mother, Lynn McPherson of Broken Arrow; a sister, Cynthia Brown and her husband Jon Ed of Idabel; a brother, Ryan McPherson and his wife Holly of Schertz, TX; nieces, Jordanne Shuck, Sage and Blake Brown; nephews, Tanner Brown and Luke McPherson. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Mental Health Association in Tulsa. As of 2/10

It is with much grief and sadness that Parker mourns the loss of Dr. John Perryman Sr., who passed away Saturday August 8, 2009. Dr. Perryman taught Physics and Trigonometry since 2005 at Parker and was much loved by his students and the entire Parker family. Bruce Hoffman, DC '89 passed away on June 21, 2009, in Albuquerque, NM, after a long illness. Dr. Bruce had a love of life, a great smile, and a big heart that soared like a hawk. His favorite saying was "live your life with love," which is exactly what he did. He made a difference in so many people's lives and truly will be missed by all who knew and loved him. Funeral services were held on Friday, June 26, 2009 at Queen of Heaven Church.

Parker Mourns the Loss of Bette Casterline
Bette CasterlineIt is with much sadness that Parker mourns the loss of Bette Casterline, a much-loved member of the Parker family whose cheerful smile and joyful spirit will always be remembered. Betty served Parker for more than 20 years, working as a cashier in the business office, an assistant in human resources, and up until November 2008, as an assistant in the registrar’s office.

Betty was a truly beautiful soul and a blessing to anybody who met her. We feel honored to have been part of her life and to have her as a member of our Parker family. Betty passed away on Monday, March 9, 2009. She was 82 years old. Her funeral was held Thursday, March 12, at 10am at the Oak View Baptist Church.

MakashaOn December 7, 2008 the Colonvega family was tragically altered by the death of Makasha Colonvega, DC, ’04 and her husband Pablo. They are survived by their eight-year-old twins. Makasha was a bright student who after graduation served for over a year as a member of the Parker research faculty and contributed significantly to several research projects at Parker.

Anni Sitzman, DC, '96 passed away on July 30, 2008, at Rowan Community, Denver, CO, after her battle with cancer. After graduating from Parker she set up her practice in Centennial, CO. She spent her life healing others. She will be remembered by many for the angel she is. Cremation took place in Denver and was taken care of by Ponderosa Valley Funeral Services. Funeral services took place Saturday, August 16, at 10:30am at St. Paul's Lutheran Church.

Mark Christensen, DC, '96 died on August 17 in a plane crash near Grand Prairie, Alberta, Canada. Dr. Christensen was involved with the Seventh-Day Adventist Church in Calgary and previously worked as a missionary pilot in Venezuela and Guyana, providing air support for local medical efforts. Christensen wanted to work in Papua New Guinea next and had returned to Alberta to gain mountain flying experience. He will be missed. As of 9/08

Lawrence Godfrey, DC, `05 passed away on Friday, July, 4, 2008. The League City, TX, Police department reports Godfrey drowned in the South Shore Harbor Marina in League City. His memorial was held at the chapel on the UD campus on July 25 at 7:30pm. He will be greatly missed. As of 8/08

Dr. Thomas CrabbCharter Class Remembers Dr. Thomas M. Crabb, DC '85
Dr. Thomas Crabb was one of the first students to enter Parker and was the fifth student to walk across the commencement stage. He and seventeen other classmates hold a very special place in the history of Parker and have seen the school grow and expand into the finest universities in the world. Members of the charter class, lead by Dr. Paul Heikkinen '85, presented the Crabb family with Dr. Crabb's lifetime membership #127 at the January 30 assembly. Crabb Ffamily 

 Special thanks to those who generously donated in memory of Dr. Thomas Crabb, Dr. Kurt Adams '85, anonymous, Dr. Richard Bone '85, Mr. Tony Boudreau, Dr. Rick Enlow '85, Dr. Gene Giggleman, Drs. Paul '85 & Marsha '86 Heikkinen, Dr. Robert Longenecker, Dr. Bruce Magill '85, Dr. Fabrizio Mancini '90, Dr. Catherine McGuire '85, Dr. Walter Parish '85, and Dr. Stuart Smithson '85

Barbara Ann Furst, DC '88 age 61, of Kihei, died July 25, 2007, at Maui Memorial Medical Center. A celebration of life was held Saturday behind the Maui Sunset condominium in Kihei. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hale Kau at St. Theresa Church, 25 W. Lipoa St., Kihei, HI, 96753. Ms. Furst was born on March 13, 1946, in Dallas. She was a self-employed chiropractor. She is survived by her companion, James R. McCollum; a son, Kevin (Katie) Furstoss; a daughter, Jamie (Marco) Lam; a brother, William Neilon; a sister, Betty Dunn; and one grandchild. As of 08/07

Antonio Dos Santos, DC '97 passed away on Sunday, July 15, 2007. He is survived by his wife Ingrid and two sons Miguel and Eric. Dr. Santos arrived in Portugal in 1998 and has been serving the Portuguese people in three clinics in the cities of Cascais, Setubal, and San Domingos da Rana. Dr. Santos, better known as "Tony," was an active member of the APQ, Portuguese Chiropractic Association and generously contributed his time and talent to his family, community, and to the association. His sons are studying in Vancouver, Canada. As of 08/07

Eric Lorne Brevard, DC '01 passed away on Friday, June 15, 2007, as a result of an automobile accident. He was born April 1, 1964, in Texarkana, TX, to Hubert and Elaine Brown Brevard. He was a very active member of The Church of Jesus Christ Latter-Day Saints in Longview, where he served as first counselor in the Longview Second Ward Bishopric. He was a true believer and follower in Christ and in his teachings and served a two-year mission in Chile preaching the word of God. He was a partner in the Spinal Decompression Clinic of Texas in Longview and a practicing chiropractor. He graduated from Pine Tree High School in 1982, where he was active in the Bucs and band, where he played the tuba. A graduate of Kilgore College and Parker, he was a former member of the Longview Police Department, the Longview Fire Department and was a paramedic. He attained the rank of Eagle Scout in the Boy Scouts of America. He remained an active leader in the Boy Scouts. He was also a bridge to the Hispanic community.

Marvin Lee Gaussoin, DC '90 died on March 6, 2007, after a long and courageous battle with pancreatic cancer. He is survived by his wife Tamara and children Kevin, Jessica, Kyle, and Rick, grandson Kendrick, father Lowell, mother Pita, brothers, sisters and numerous nieces and nephews. He practiced for many years with his ex-wife Dr. Janet Gaussoin, also a Parker graduate. Memorial donations can be made on behalf of Dr. Marvin for the benefit of the children at Coast Hills Federal Credit Union: 532 Tefft St., Nipomo, CA, 93444. Please feel free to contact Dr. Janet at her office, California Chiropractic 805.931.0300. As of 6/07

Eugene K. Kelly Jr, DC '91 died from injuries sustained in an automobile accident in Michigan, January 19, 2007. He retired in January from the Houghton Chiropractic Center in Houghton, MI, where he practiced for more than a decade. Dr. Paul Jaehnig worked alongside Dr. Kelly for four years in the chiropractic center. "He was not only a gifted chiropractor, he did maintenance around the office; he worked on cars, he wired and plumbed; he was truly a renaissance man. He was a devoted son as well. We've lost a great individual."