Why I Support World Spine Care
by Vickie Anne Palmer
As the fourth generation Palmer and past Chairman of Palmer College of Chiropractic Board of Trustees, I would like to share my thoughts as to why I support the World Spine Care mission. Let me start from the beginning.
My great grandfather, Dr. Daniel David Palmer discovered chiropractic in 1895. The educational opportunity to become a Doctor of Chiropractic began in 1897 when Palmer College of Chiropractic originated under my great grandfather, Dr. Daniel David, also known as D.D.
My grandfather, Dr. Bartlett James, also known as B.J. and my grandmother, Dr. Mabel Palmer, were also chiropractors. Following Dr. D.D. Palmer leadership, Dr. B.J. Palmer led Palmer College with Dr. Mabel Palmer as his valued advisor, lecturer, and teacher of Anatomy.
It was in the 1920s when my father, Dr. David Palmer, with his father, B.J., and mother, Mabel, began their journey around the world to lecture about this new health science, chiropractic.
When my father, Dr. David Palmer, became President of the College in 1961, he had a vision of following up on those earlier lectures by encouraging enrollment of international students. He also started a Palmer rugby team, which would emphasize sports chiropractic. Dr. Scott Haldeman was Captain of the first Palmer rugby team.
I have respected and admired Dr. Scott Haldeman for his many years of leadership and support of chiropractic, as well as his outstanding career in the healthcare profession. When I heard of Dr. Haldeman’s vision and mission to improve the lives of others in underserved communities throughout the world, providing these individuals access to the highest quality spine care through his newly created organization of World Spine Care, it aligned with my personal goal of increasing the utilization of chiropractic care to those who can benefit from conservative care. This is why I initially supported and continue to support World Spine Care.
I especially want to thank Dr. Trevor Ireland, Chairman of Palmer College Board of Trustees, and the late Mr. R. Richard Bittner, Trustee of the Bechtel Trust, for their additional support and seed funds to aid in the successful launch of World Spine Care, with its first clinic in Botswana in 2011.
Submitted by Ms. Vickie A. Palmer
Great Granddaughter of the Founder of Chiropractic
Secretary General , Palmer College of Chiropractic Board of Trustees
April 8, 2021