Parker Alumni Association Awards


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.

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2015 Recipients

Kenneth C. Thomas

Kenneth C. Thomas, DC ’86
Lifetime Achievement Award

Dr. Kenneth Thomas, serves as Vice President of External Relations with Parker University and is a 1986 graduate of Parker College of Chiropractic, the school’s original title.  Dr. Thomas also holds Bachelor’s degrees in Biology and Chemistry and a Master’s degree in Rehabilitation. Prior to his service in External Relations, Dr. Thomas was named Vice President of Academic Affairs in 2006 and was responsible for curriculum direction and support, accreditation, staff development, professional and community relations, student management, and interaction with the Board of Trustees to accomplish the vision and mission of Parker University.

Dr. Thomas’s leadership roles are a culmination of professional experiences.  Following graduation he became an adjunct instructor and was offered a position as an assistant professor in Chiropractic Sciences in 1987, teaching motion palpation, biomechanics, clinical orthopedics, and extremity adjusting. Dr. Thomas served as the first Director of the Chiropractic Sciences Department in 1988.

Some years later, in 1991, Dr. Thomas began a very successful sojourn in direct practice. He became a staff doctor for Chirotech, a subsidiary of Practicare Corporation.  He opened his own private practice, Thomas Chiropractic Clinic, in 1993.  In 1998, Dr Thomas opened a second clinic located in the Get Fit Fitness Center in Arlington, Texas – only to be asked to return to Parker College as the Dean for the Center of Chiropractic Sciences. Given his experiences, responsibility for the Wellness Clinics was added to his duties and he was soon managing two outpatient clinics as well as the Student Chiropractic Wellness Clinic.

Dr. Thomas represents the best in Parker University’s tradition of cultivating talent and curiosity in its students and faculty. Dr. Thomas serves the Texas Chiropractic Association on a more global front as a university liaison the TCA Board of Directors, providing wisdom and vision.  His service to the Parker community, patients and community stakeholders is second to none and we are privileged to provide this recognition of his extraordinary contributions.


Steven W. Brooks

Steven W. Brooks, DC ’99
Alumni of the Year

Dr. Steven Brooks has been the Owner/Operator of Sunset Chiropractic in San Angelo, Texas since 2000. Dr. Brooks has been voted favorite Chiropractor in San Angelo for the past 10 years and has served as the team chiropractor for the local professional hockey and indoor football teams. In 2013 he was named the Parker Seminars Chiropractor of the Year. He is married to Shonda and they have two boys Logan and Parker Brooks.  As a Chiropractic patient since the age of 4, Dr. Brooks strives to bring modern chiropractic care to the adults and children of every household in his community.

In addition, Dr. Brooks is a Lifetime Member of the Parker University Alumni Association, a founding member of the Parker Pioneer Society and has served on the Alumni Association’s Board of Directors for the past 6 years. Dr. Brooks continues his service to Parker University, the current and future students of Parker University, and the Parker community through his work with the Parker University Alumni Association and his service to the Parker University Board of Trustees.


Mayda N. Serrano

Mayda N. Serrano, DC ’09
International Alumni of the Year

Beginning with founding her own practice in 2010, Mayda has worked ceaselessly since her graduation to expand her opportunities for service as an ambassador of the profession. She is an advocate for the chiropractic profession on the Board of Directors of the Health Professionals Coalition for Mi Salud and a member and chiropractic representative in the Interdisciplinary Council of Colleagues and Associations of Puerto Rico.

Dr. Serrano’s history reflects this drive. Since 2012 she has been the secretary of the Puerto Rico Chiropractic Association. Since 2014, she’s been the Seminars and Events Manager for the Latin American Chiropractic Federation (FLAQ). In 2015, she also became the Interprofessional Relations Committee Director of the Puerto Rico Chiropractic Association, and she’s the Chiropractor for the Professional Volleyball team of the Caribes, from the town of San Sebastian in Puerto Rico.

Parker University is truly privileged to honor Dr. Serrano as an international ambassador and advocate for chiropractic health care.


Andrew A. Oteo

Andrew A. Oteo, DC ’10
Young Alumni of the Year

Dr. Oteo makes it his mission to educate and support as many people as possible in reaching their life potential. This mission includes his role as a practicing doctor and in sharing his experiences with Parker interns and prospective students. During his years as a student at Parker, he served as a tour guide, academic recruiter, and Parliamentarian for the World Congress of Chiropractic Students (WCCS). He was also named the Winter 2010 Parker Alumni Endowment Award Recipient. Post-graduation, Dr. Oteo’s service to Parker University reflected the best principles by which Dr. Jim founded the institution. As a Parker Ambassador he worked to strengthen relationships with UT Dallas and local community colleges, and he is committed to serving Parker University as a Parker Mentor, member of the Parker Alumni Association Board of Directors, and a credentialed Community Based Internship (CBI) doctor. He does not limit his service strictly to Parker University, but also supports wounded warriors through his involvement with the Warrior Open golf tournament in Las Colinas, where he has been a central part of integrating chiropractic care into the event’s medical team from 2011- 2015.

Whatever Dr. Oteo does, he is firm, and enthusiastic in his approach. He brings energy and optimism to his chiropractic practice and his community. While studying Health and Exercise Science at the University of Oklahoma, a shoulder and knee injury early sparked his interest in finding the most successful ways to treat and prevent injuries & pain without the use of drugs or surgery. These life experiences led him to graduate school at Parker University, where he began pursuing his passion in life: helping people reach their full God-given health & performance potential through chiropractic care.


Tracy Wilson

Tracy Wilson, DC ’97
Ambassador of the Year

After practicing under the guidance of his mentor Dr. D.E. Atchley in Lovington New Mexico, Dr. Wilson moved to Lubbock, Texas to establish his dream, a complete Chiropractic-centered wellness place – Global Health Chiropractic.   Dr. Wilson is a Certified AMIT Specialist, and since 2002 his practice has been a focus for the improved health and well-being of his patients.

Dr. Wilson is an Ambassador for the Chiropractic Leadership Alliance, through which he has been privileged to take part in utilizing the Creating Wellness System, among the most state of the art technologies available to promote patient wellness.  Serving as an ambassador in a more public sense, Dr. Wilson serves the Texas Tech University football team and has travelled with the team to the last 7 bowl games, serves as member of the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association, and Texas Chiropractic Association in addition.


Award Criteria

Alumni of the Year Award

  • This individual is a graduate of Parker.
  • 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 chiropractic.
  • This individual has made significant contributions to the chiropractic profession and has worked to establish advancements in chiropractic care.

International Alumni of the Year Award

  • This individual is a graduate of Parker.
  • This individual is extremely passionate about Parker, his/her patients, and the profession.
  • This individual exemplifies what was learned at Parker by promoting wellness and educating the community on the benefits of chiropractic.
  • This individual has made significant contributions to the chiropractic profession and has worked to establish advancements in chiropractic care in another country.

Young Alumni of the Year

  • This individual is a graduate of Parker.
  • 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 chiropractic.

Lifetime Achievement Award

  • This individual is a doctor of chiropractic.
  • This individual is extremely passionate about Parker and the profession itself.
  • This individual, through his/her life, has demonstrated a significant and lasting contribution to the school, profession, and community.
  • This individual’s work over the course of his/her lifetime has helped advance the chiropractic profession.
  • Exemplifies a “giving” personality.

Recruiting Ambassador Award

  • This individual is 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.
Past Parker Alumni Association Award Recipients

Alumni of the Year Award
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
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
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
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

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