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Alumni Awards Nominations and Winners


Each year the Parker University Alumni Association acknowledges a few of the heroes and noteworthy people who have made a difference in this profession. We strongly encourage all chiropractors, chiropractic assistants, staff, patients, or supporters of chiropractic care to submit names for consideration. Some awards are exclusive to the graduates of Parker University.

Nominate a Candidate for an Award

2017 Recipients

Shiva Shirvani, DC ‘95
Alumni of the Year

Dr. Shiva Shirvani is an exemplar of the sort of passionate and accomplished professional Parker University strives to achieve. While at Parker, she learned from Dr. Parker that a true education for success is about love, about finding the mission that makes you get up in the morning. As such, she’s never limited her dedication to her patients to one practice or one service. She’s made services available through as many as five locations at one time and recruited practitioners from many fields to meet her patients’ needs. As an alumna of Parker, she’s been a leader and a witness – participating in ceremonies to honor the history of the school and founding scholarships to ensure the future education of many determined students. An advocate for many community and professional interests, Parker is always happy to have Dr. Shirvani on campus and to benefit from her guidance.


Tanner Rodriguez, DC ‘15
Young Alumni of the Year

Dr. Tanner Rodriguez, born and raised in the Texas Panhandle, was taught early as a chiropractic patient that the power that made the body, was the same power that continues to heal the body throughout life, so long as there is no neurologic interference. Dr. Tanner has a passion for true health and found that chiropractic is the best way to optimize the health and recuperative power of his patients. His wife, Heather, and his brothers are all in their last year of chiropractic school, quickly making chiropractic a family mission.

Formerly, Dr. Tanner was an Associate Chiropractor at a large, successful chiropractic practice in Lubbock, Tx. Dr. Tanner and his wife are now looking forward to serving Fort Worth and surrounding communities. They are excited to serve alongside of many others as an integral part of Fort Worth’s “Healthiest City Initiative” and “Blue Zone Project.”


Scott Philips, DC ‘09C
Recruiting Ambassador of the Year

Dr. Philips has personally recruited more than 20 students to attend the Parker College of Chiropractic. Dr. Philips has attended numerous Parker Seminars in Las Vegas to which he brings scores of prospective students from Utah. He has also been a presenter many times at Parker Power Weekends, the signature Parker recruitment event, held on campus three times a year. Dr. Philips is an excellent ambassador for the profession and his alma mater.


Eric Russell, DC
Parker University Faculty of the Year

Dr. Russell has been at Parker University for a total of almost five years. Dr. Russell is consistently recognized by his students for his teaching and counsel. He works with the FSTT and has been a strong advocate for the securing of the second device. Dr. Russell and his colleagues on the faculty comprise the essence of loving service to our students.


Angela Klement
Parker University Employee of the Year

Angela has been at Parker for five years. In her relatively short tenure at the university Angela has served three presidents and one provost. She has done so with professionalism and aplomb. Angela is well known as a person who is able to work across the campus to assist the university leadership in virtually all facets of their work for our students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends.


Award Criteria

  • This individual is a graduate of Parker University.
  • This individual is extremely passionate about Parker, his/her patients, and the profession itself.
  • This individual exemplifies what was learned at Parker by promoting wellness and educating the community on the benefits of health and wellness.
  • This individual has made significant contributions to the wellness profession and has worked to establish advancements in health and wellness.
  • This individual is a graduate of Parker University.
  • This individual is extremely passionate about Parker, his/her patients, and the profession itself.
  • This individual exemplifies what was learned at Parker University by promoting wellness and educating the community on the benefits of the profession.
  • This individual has made significant contributions to the profession and has worked to establish advancements in health and wellness care in another country.
  • This individual is a graduate of Parker University.
  • This individual is extremely passionate about Parker, his/her patients, and the profession itself.
  • This individual graduated within the last five years and has established himself/herself in the profession.
  • This individual exemplifies what was learned in school by promoting wellness and educating the community on the benefits of the profession.
  • This individual is a doctor of chiropractic.
  • This individual is extremely passionate about Parker and the profession itself. It is not required that this individual is an alum of Parker University.
  • This individual, through his/her life, has demonstrated a significant and lasting contribution to the school, profession, and community.
  • This individual should be in their latter years and this may be awarded posthumously.
  • Exemplifies a “giving” personality.
  • This individual is a graduate of Parker University and is extremely passionate about Parker, his/her patients, and the profession itself.
  • This individual exemplifies what was learned at Parker by promoting wellness and educating the community on the benefits of health and wellness by hosting Chiro Career events to promote the University and profession.
  • This individual is extremely passionate about Parker and has been employed by Parker for greater than 3 years.
  • This individual exemplifies the Parker Principles and promotes a wellness mindset.
  • This individual may be a contractor to the university.
  • This individual has made significant contributions to the university and their fellow staff by exemplifying loving service is our first technique
  • This individual is extremely passionate about Parker, his/her students and the health and wellness professions.
  • This individual exemplifies what is taught at Parker by promoting a wellness lifestyle and demonstrating passion for their field of study.
  • This individual has made significant contributions to the wellness profession, to their fellow faculty and has worked to establish advancements in health and wellness.
Past Parker Alumni Association Award Recipients

Alumni of the Year Award
2016: Tyce Hergert, DC ‘98
2015: Steven Brooks, DC ‘99
2014: Bart Patzer, DC ’93
2013: Autumn Gore, DC ’03
2012: James DeShazo, DC ’95
2011:  Francis Murphy, DC ’95
2010:  Kevin Kanz, DC ’88
2009:  Patrick Bodnar, DC ’99
2008:  Paul Heikkinen, DC ’85
2007:  Stephen Thaxton, DC ’91
2005:  Tracy Wilson, DC ’97
2004:  Randy Scroggins, DC ’94
2003:  Gene Jenkins, DC ’88
2002:  Monte Layton, DC ’97
2000:  Marsha Heikkenen, DC ’86

Young Alumni of the Year Award
2016: Jarrett Browning, DC ‘13
2015: Andrew Oteo, DC ’10
2014: Courtney Gowin, DC’ 13
2013: Lezlie Maloy, DC ’08
2012: Jose Negron, DC ’11
2011:  Homero Cavazos, DC ’08
2010:  Sharla Robertson, DC ’05
2009:  Marco La Starza, DC ’04
2008:  Erin Van Veldhuizen, DC ’07
2007:  Alan Smith, DC ’01
2005:  Jason Clemmons, DC ’05

International Alumni of the Year Award
2016: Lindsay McInnis, DC ‘11
2015: Mayda Serrano, DC ’09
2014: Andrew Hatch, DC ’93
2013: Boyce Kinnison, DC ’01
2012: Neil Gardner, DC ’09
2011:  Aleisha Serrano, DC ’06
2010:  Tracy Kennedy-Shanks, DC ’95
2008:  Mary Ann Chance, DC
2007:  Juan Sanchez, DC ’90
2005:  Scott Garber, DC ’02
2004:  Kurt Snel, DC ’94
2003:  Ronen Mendi, DC ’98
2002:  Caroline Lambert, DC ’92
2001:  Ronen Mendi, DC ’98

Lifetime Achievement Award
2016: Mark Charrette, DC
2015: Kenneth Thomas, DC ’86
2014: James Sigafoose, DC – in memory of
2013: M.T. Morter, Jr., DC – in memory of
2012: Rose Lepien, DC ’91
2011:  John “Jack” Donovan, DC
2007:  Richard Yennie, DC
2005:  Alfred States, DC
2004:  Leander Eckard, DC
2003:  M.T. Morter, Jr, DC
2002:  Leander Eckard, DC
2002:  Mary Collins, DC ’02

Recruiting Ambassador of the Year
2015: Tracy Wilson, DC ’97