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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2016 Recipients

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Mark Charrette, DC
Lifetime Achievement Award

Dr. Mark Charrette’s true love is teaching Chiropractic students. He is a frequent guest speaker at 12 chiropractic colleges and has taught 1700 seminars worldwide on extremity adjusting, biomechanics, and spinal adjusting techniques. After graduating from as the Salutatorian from Palmer College of Chiropractic in 1980, he initially worked to developed large practices in California, Nevada, and Iowa, followed by 23 years of presenting chiropractic technique, philosophy, and personal growth seminars worldwide. He has multiple articles for professional publications and developing a chiropractic extremity technique including a book and video series. He presents to students at chiropractic colleges worldwide on a variety of topics including chiropractic technique, philosophy, examination, and motivation.  Currently Dr. Charrette is the director of education for Foot Levelers of Roanoke, Virginia where he produces manuals for Low-Tech Rehabilitation, NeckSys, BackSys, and Theraciser. He also produces articles and videos and presents at relicensure seminars. Dr. Charrette has been a member of the Parker chiropractic faculty and was the 2008 Parker Alumni Association Chiropractor of the Year Award winner.


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Tyce Hergert, DC ’98
Alumni of the Year

The founder of Chiropractic Care Center Southlake and its leader for more than 16 years, Tyce Hergert DC continues to provide expert conservative and non-surgical Chiropractic care to the surrounding communities. He has been married to his wife Kellie since 2000 and has two daughters, Kensley and Kayson, and one of the many ways he expresses his love for North Texas is through a devotion to the outdoors. A graduate of Parker University, class of 1998, He has constantly worked to expand his education through post graduate training and licensing and has a vision for his practice that includes plans for expansion, with additional locations in Texas within the not too distant future. Dr. Hergert has strong ties to the chiropractic profession in North Texas and throughout the state – winning numerous awards from Texas chiropractic organizations. In fact, Amy Wood, DC ’04, and President of the alumni association praised his work with TCA saying, “Tyce has worked tirelessly for many years with the TCA to make sure chiropractors rights do not get taken away. He has lobbied our state and fought many battles for chiropractors.”


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Lindsay McInnis, DC ’11
International Alumni of the Year

Dr. McInnis began her work after Parker University with Creating Wellness chiropractic and wellness centers in Ghana, but that was neither her first nor last international chiropractic credential. As a student at Parker University she was volunteer of the year for the Canadian American Chamber of Commerce and served as a pivotal organizer for the 2010 World Congress of Chiropractic Students held on campus at Parker University. While in Ghana, Dr. McInnis met her husband and fellow chiropractor Dr. Chris Carter and served as a founding member of the West African Chiropractic Association. They now practice in Oslo, Norway. The board recognized her work in light of Dr. Parker’s principle that “Nature will give you what you act like you already have.” As a board member put it, “She is an energetic presence with a zest for the richness of human interaction.” As a student she made a deep impression on her fellow students through her work as a tutor and she has continued to impress. In her years since Parker, she’s been a board member of the League of Chiropractic Women in Europe, a founding member of the Oslo Toastmasters Club, and earlier this year was a spotlight member for the League of Chiropractic Women.


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Jarrett Browning, DC ’13
Young Alumni of the Year

Dr. Browning makes it his mission to educate and support as many people as possible to help them reach their life potential. This mission includes his role as a as an adjunct professor at Parker University, practicing doctor at the Urban Hippie Chiropractic in Dallas, Director of the Parker University Alumni Association and Chairman of the Alumni Fundraising Committee where Dr. Browning has led a fundraising effort to rally alumni association members to purchase a second Force Sensing Table Technology unit.  Dr. Jarrett declared Health and Exercise Science as his major at the University of Oklahoma and during the course of his study was invited to tour Chiropractic Colleges that lead to Parker. Dr. Jarrett developed a compassion for service at Parker advancing from Class President, to Student Body Vice President, and finally Student Body President. Following his graduation from Parker, Dr. Browning established his own practice and was extended a rare opportunity to learn from Dr. Bobby Doscher at the Children’s Chiropractic Center in Oklahoma City. Witnessing monumental healing materialize within the children deepened Dr. Jarrett’s desire to seek, serve, and share the true nature of Chiropractic.


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

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

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