Parker Seminars Recognizes and Awards Healthcare Leaders and Patients During its Las Vegas 2023 Event

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From February 23-25, 2023, Parker Seminars presented “Invictus.” The multi-day seminar was the largest chiropractic event in the world, and it was Parker Seminars’ largest event in more than two decades!  

Parker Seminars’ Awards Presentation 

Prestigious awards were presented during the three-day event, including those for two term-retiring Board of Trustee Members, Dr. Oliver R. “Bud” Smith, Jr. and Dr. Vincent I. Scheffler. Dr. Smith served as Chairman from 2016-2020. During his tenure, he guided Parker University through the aftermath of the 2019 tornado that hit campus. Dr. Smith owns and operates the El Paso-based Smith Chiropractic (established in 1975), a legacy family practice where he has served alongside his father and son. He is a certified Pro-Sport Chiropractic Physician who has worked with professional and Olympic athletes. Dr. Smith is certified in Impairment and Disability Rating through Texas Chiropractic College. In addition to his presidential tenures, Dr. Smith has served as vice president, treasurer, secretary, and representative of multiple chiropractic organizations on state and national levels. 

Dr. Scheffler, a 2007 Parker University graduate, has served for 13 years, four as the Alumni Representative to the Board and nine as a Trustee. During this time, he served as Secretary for eight years and chairman of the Advancement Committee. Dr. Scheffler specializes in sport-specific rehabilitation. He holds a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) license through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) and practiced at Reagan ChiroSport Center in Dallas. Dr. Scheffler was privileged to treat the Association of Volleyball Professionals (AVP) players at the Dallas Cup event in April 2008 and landed a place on the Rock Racing medical team.  

“Patient of the Year” was awarded to Marine Corporal Michael Jernigan. In 2004, while stationed in Iraq, he was blinded in a Humvee explosion. Severe joint pain from the injuries he sustained negatively impacted Corporal Jernigan. He started going to Parker University for adjustments and noticed that alleviating physical pain due to treatments in the clinic also helped his mental health. He has a calling to spread the word to other veterans who may also be supported by chiropractic.

The “Heroes and Legends” award went to Dr. Thomas C. Michaud, a recently retired chiropractor who worked with elite and recreational athletes in his office for more than 40 years. Dr. Michaud has published numerous book chapters and dozens of journal articles on subjects ranging from the treatment of tibial stress fractures in runners to the conservative management of shoulder injuries in baseball players. He has performed 160,000 treatments in his office over the years. He initially specialized in foot and ankle injuries, developed a specialty, and made orthotics. 

Dr. Raul Carrillo was named “DC of the Year.” As a DC, he did his post-graduate in neurological and sports rehab. He specializes in chiropractic care focused on sports medicine/chiropractic for athletes. Dr. Carrillo proudly worked with the Olympics for 10 years and became the Medical Director at the Ministry of Sports to get the best help for athletes in Mexico.  

Parker Seminars recognizes and thanks these individuals for their tremendous work and selfless service. It was our honor to share your stories with Parker Seminars attendees. 

Upcoming Parker Seminars Events 

Parker Seminars has outgrown the space at the Paris Hotel – Las Vegas and will host 2024’s Las Vegas seminar at the larger Caesar’s Forum. Ready to register for next year? Click here to save your place at our early-bird prices!

From June 9-11, 2023, Parker Seminars will host its next live “Invictus” event at the Gaylord Palms Resort and Convention Center in Orlando, Florida. You can use early-bird pricing and easily register for this event by clicking here.

About Parker University 

Parker University, the fourth-fastest growing college in Texas and the fastest-growing college in Dallas, was founded in 1982 by Dr. James William Parker (formerly Parker College of Chiropractic). Today, Parker University has more than 2,100 students and more than 35 academic programs, including its famed chiropractic program, as well as master’s degrees in neuroscience, clinical neuroscience, strength and human performance, and functional nutrition. Currently, Parker University’s chiropractic cohort is the second largest of any campus in the world. Parker University has been recognized as a Great College to Work For®, one of the 25 Fastest-Growing Colleges in the U.S., and as a recipient of the FutureEdge 50 Awards.