2019 Alumni Award Recipients
Alumni of the Year : Don White, DC’ 13
Don White, DC, is a Chiropractor specializing in injuries and conditions of the spine and musculoskeletal system. He provides outstanding care to the community of Fort Worth, Texas, at River Oaks Chiropractic Clinic. Dr. White is committed to helping free his patients from pain and to lead a healthier life. Through Chiropractic adjustments, active rehabilitation, and lifestyle counseling, he relieves pain, restores function, and promotes wellness and an enhanced quality of life. As a second-generation chiropractor, Dr. White has been a Chiropractic patient for most of his life. From an early age, he experienced the power Chiropractic has to heal injuries and improve wellness across all of the body’s systems.
Young Alumni of the Year – Natalie Rosenzweig , DC ‘19
Dr. Natalie is a licensed chiropractic physician, and Florida native. She attained her B.S. from Florida State University in Tallahassee, FL, and her D.C. from Parker University in Dallas, TX. Dr. Natalie has always remained true to the chiropractic principle that there is an inborn intelligence within all living things that coordinates our ability able to self-heal, and self-regulate. While traditional western medicine seeks to control the symptoms of pain and dis-ease, Dr. Natalie is passionate about providing healthcare services that support the body’s ability to heal on its own.
International Alumni of the Year –Basil Abuid, DC ‘97
Dr. Basil Abuid is committed to bringing the world better health and a better way of life by teaching and practicing the true principles of Chiropractic care. He is delighted that you have found him and hopes that you will find this website both helpful and informative to explore non-surgical treatments for back pain, neck pain, headaches, migraines, sciatica, and many more such conditions using chiropractic care. A Graduate from Parker University with a undergraduates degree of Biochemistry from University of Calgary, Dr Basil Abuid practiced in Canada, the U.S.A., England, Jordan and Mexico. He has treated great golf players and athletes to governments of states and royalty. He is geared to provide the best for his patients utilizing the ArthroStim.
Ambassador of the Year – Kaleb Valdez, DC’ 18
Dr. Kaleb Valdez began his first business at age five- a valet garbage service for his apartment complex. At eight, he developed and branded a window-cleaning product called “Spit Shine” and used a direct sales approach to market and distribute his unique formula in several states.
He provided franchise consulting to companies for five years before starting his first international export company. Kaleb launched a private security and home automation business in Mexico City that was ranked #15 Most Integrative Businesses in Latin America in 2014.Kaleb has spoken at seminars and trainings on topics ranging from neurology to social entrepreneurship in seven countries. He has experience in marketing and brand management, international corporate communication and protocol, and chiropractic. Kaleb has helped to establish twelve different companies and non-profit organizations. As a regional program manager in entrepreneurial consulting he taught students on 93 university campuses to create sustainable businesses and report to 380 of the Fortune 500 companies. He’s lived and traveled abroad for 11 years in the Americas, the Middle East, and the Asia-Pacific Rim. Specialties: International business communication and protocol, neurology, organizational behavior, leadership and project management, foreign languages, forensic archaeology, Middle Eastern culture, home automation, classical vocal and piano performance, and apiculture.
Lifetime Achievement – Gene Giggleman, DC
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.
Staff of the Year – Steve Weller
Steve Weller, a Chicago native, became an official scorer for Major League Baseball. He served as the vice president of the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association from 1984 to ’87 and also served as a press officer with the U.S. Olympic baseball team from 1984 to ’88, including at the 1988 Seoul Olympics. In short, he surrounded himself with the sport of baseball. After a three-year stint as director of communications for Little League Baseball, he was named sports information director at UT-Arlington in 1992 and stayed with the university for 13 years. It was during that time that he helped out as the official scorer for Rangers games, eventually earning the gig full time. Weller retired as Director of Athletics and Recreation at Parker University in the summer of 2020.
2018 Alumni Award Recipients
Faculty Member of the Year : Dana Hollandsworth, DC ‘10
Dr. Dana Hollandsworth is an alumni of Parker College of Chiropractic. After practicing in Washington and Illinois she returned to Texas and joined Parker University as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Chiropractic Sciences. Prior to becoming a chiropractor, she graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Movement Science (Kinesiology) from University of Illinois at Chicago. She has post graduate certifications in Professional Applied Kinesiology (PAK) and Acupuncture (300 hours). She has begun contributing to the research community and collaborates both interdepartmentally and internationally in chiropractic educational research. Dr. Hollandsworth is currently pursuing a Master of Science in Higher Education from Texas A&M University Commerce.
She continues to help drive the innovation of the FSTT lab with the goal of providing safe and fun opportunities for future chiropractors to develop their psychomotor adjusting skills.
Staff of the Year : Esther Perez
Ester Perez has worked at Parker for twenty-two years. “It is a beautiful life working here. Never a dull moment.” Esther said that everyone at Parker is friendly, she always feels comfortable. Esther has stayed because she enjoys her work and she has never had any problems. The main reason why she stays is, “The people make it worth it.”
Recruiting Ambassador of the Year : Tanner Rodriguez, DC ‘15
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 neurological interference. Dr. Tanner has a passion for true health and found that chiropractic is the best way to optimize the recuperative healing power in his patients.
Over the past 3 years, Dr. Tanner has helped Parker University’s recruiting department by speaking to large classes full of students at several universities in the Dallas-Fort Worth and surrounding areas. For those interested in making Chiropractic their mission, he’s offered mentoring to those students to help them prepare for what their future holds.
Young Alumni of the Year: Alexandra Meleski, DC ‘14
Dr. Lexi is originally from Milwaukee, WI, graduated from the University of Wisconsin- Madison in 2010, and moved down to Dallas, TX in January 2011 with only faith and what fit in her car to start chiropractic school. She graduated in April 2014, created Our Birthing Home and has now been in practice as a Doctor of Chiropractic since August 2014. Dr. Lexi worked on certification to become a certified birth doula in 2013 and was awarded certification at the end of March 2014. Dr. Lexi is an authentic example and leader in her community, allowing people to express their true authentic selves without shame, guilt, or fear. She loves unconditionally and has never met a stranger, a reason why the space she holds is so inviting. Dr. Lexi has created change within her community through pregnancy, birth and postpartum care and support which transcends present cultural boundaries.
Alumni of the Year: Darrell Blackburn, DC’13
Dr. Derrell Blackburn’s mission is to help others recognize and utilize the greatness and endless gifts within themselves. Thanks to his chiropractic education and time at Parker University, he has recognized the greatness within himself and by doing so he has created a life where he is able to share his gifts and perspective. He is not only a chiropractor, but a hospital board member, professor, coach, and serial entrepreneur. Driven by his passion to create positive change in his community, Dr. Blackburn is making a massive impact in the lives of those he teaches, coaches, and serves.
Lifetime Achievement Award: John Donofrio B.S., D.C., DABCN, FACFN
Dr. John Donofrio was an established and well respected doctor, educator and consultant. He had identified, established and implemented the most appropriate, effective and least invasive protocols for restoring and sustaining health and balance within patients. He has ongoing clinical research supporting the development of his methods and his seminar series for health professionals around the world on natural health care protocols.
Dr. Donofrio was an active health professional for almost 30 years. He had distinguished himself in the areas of natural health care, Chiropractic neurology, international lecturing, teaching and music. He was the President of the American Chiropractic neurology Board.
Dr. Donofrio had a successful practice in Pennsylvania where he and his team utilized Chiropractic neurology, nutrition, Erchonia low level cold light laser therapy and detoxification programs to help people heal and grow. Over 90% of his patient base travel from around the world to utilize his treatment plans.
Dr. John Donofrio may be most known to the Parker University family for his 30 years of service working as a lead instructor for Irene Gold’s Chiropractic Board Reviews. His unique teaching style infused with neurologically sound techniques was revered across the profession. Dr. Donofrio had the ability to make complicated things simple and at the same time demonstrate the immediate practical purpose for the information clinically. He made a personal connection with all his students, remembering the names of thousands of students in the various courses he taught around the United States. His abundantly caring heart is what so profoundly impacted the world and he will be dearly missed.
- Past 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