Faces of Parker
At Parker University, we are very proud of our students, alumni, faculty, and staff and consider them all to be members of our extended family. Each month we’ll highlight a few special members of the Parker University family with profiles as the Faces of Parker.
Andrew Riffe, DC 05
Caleb Braddock, DC '05
Christopher Burton, DC '13
Bao Thai, DC '05
We try to educate our patients as much as possible. We do events in our office and do what we can as our community needs us.
Courtney Gowin, DC '13
Kristina Stitcher, DC '04
Jason Black, DC '99
Jennifer Taylor, DC '05
Growing up I had always wanted to be a doctor, I got my Bachelors in Biology (Pre-Med), but didn't go to medical school because medicine didn't help me with my health struggles. Chiropractic was finally the only thing that truly helped me and changed my life, so how could I not help others as I had been helped? So at age 31, I left my career and started graduate school at Parker. I am a Dallas native, became a patient at the Parker clinic on campus, and the three people that helped encourage me to consider chiropractic school were all Parker Alums, so I knew it was a great school. Parker was the only school I even considered when I decided to pursue a new career.
"You never know how far reaching something you think, say or do today, will affect the lives of millions tomorrow."
Matthew Mix, DC '02
Sheila Bonnett, DC 08
Andrew Bang, DC ‘11
Here at the Cleveland Clinic, I work in the same office with acupuncturists, massage therapists, holistic psychotherapists, Reiki practitioners, yoga instructors, and medical doctors (who use nutrition and supplementation to reverse disease processes). The physicians, other health care providers, and I work together with the whole patient in mind. The patient receives world class care.
Andrew Oteo, DC '10
Carla Harper, MT '08
Chae Tracy, DC '04
Chase Dyess, DC '11
Christy Porterfield, DC '05
As a mother who wanted the very best for my baby, I was frustrated and my gut told me there was a better way. We were not solving any problems, and meanwhile long-term dangers of antibiotic use were starting to come to light in the media, so I researched other options. We stopped mild products and started to use garlic-oil ear drops, we ate organic and even started switching to non-toxic cleaners and detergents. It did make some difference, but the ear infections persisted. That's when I found a research article about chiropractic and ear infections. A short week later, Taylor and I made our first trip to the chiropractor. She did find that Taylor had nerve distress and moments later, a miracle happened for our small family - following that first adjustment Taylor never had another ear infection, his "allergies" resolved and I rarely saw another snotty nose.
David Smith, DC '07
Denisa Weber, DC '09
My studies at Texas A&M University in exercise physiology gave me more insight and understanding into the inner workings of the human body. This further ignited my passion to awaken others to reconnect with their own innate ability to express pure health and potential.
While working as an exercise physiologist in a cardiac rehab facility, one of my favorite patients told me that I sounded like her chiropractor when I spoke of health and healing. At that moment I remembered my chiropractic experience and began the process of searching for one of the best chiropractic colleges to attend. I saw Parker was in Dallas, toured the campus and was hooked. My husband and I moved to Dallas and he started coaching and teaching at Highland Park ISD and has been there for the past 9 years.
Dennis Harris, DC '88
Edgar Peralta, DC ‘04
Edgar Rivera, DC ‘09
As for chiropractic… There is a secret that people don't know, and we are crazy not to tell!! It’s how chiropractic CAN change the future. When spreading the word about chiropractic, we tell them, "This is not magic, it is real." We start by letting them know chiropractic is not new, that it has been researched by not only chiropractors, but by Doctors of Medicine with the same results, and that chiropractic works. We let them know that chiropractors are health professionals with a strong educational background. We even have an educational comparison between DCs and MDs in our offices for patients to see…they are amazed.
We have three words at the clinic: Faith, Love and Hope. And one phrase, "Expect Miracles!"
Parker business classes gave us the building blocks to succeed in our career... We just listened and applied the knowledge and patience.
Frank Means, DC '93
Gavin Wolff, Tri 8
Hannah Winn, Tri-3
I believe that chiropractic care can aid these children in overcoming obstacles that they face and give them the highest quality of life possible. I would like to incorporate a safe-haven in my practice for families with special needs children in need of a committed Doctor of Chiropractic. It is my ambition to develop a protocol that eradicates signs of autism in children throughout the world. The following quote by Mahatma Gandhi has influenced my dedication to serving through chiropractic care, “Be the change you wish to see in the world.” The support and graciousness from the Alumni Association Endowment Scholarship will aid in making my dreams for chiropractic a reality.
The Alumni Association Scholarship is funded by the Parker Alumni Association Endowment fund, which is made possible by the generous support of our Lifetime Members. Learn more about Lifetime Membership
Irene Wabomnor, Student Tri-3
Janelle Perkins, DC '04
Jarrett Browning, DC '13
Jim Powell, DC '93
Joe Holman, student Tri-10
Julie Powell, DC '97
Kara Stephenson, DC ‘12
Kelly Kent-Hickman and Levi Kent-Hickman, DC & MT '10 & '07
Levi: I think that I have always been drawn toward healing and the Arts. I received my first massage at age 16 and became very interested in the ability of using my hands to heal others. I looked into being able to take massage classes during high school, but that wasn't available. Massage therapy was then overshadowed for a few years by my other love photography. I married Kelly, the best thing I have ever done, and moved to Dallas with her to pursue her Chiropractic career. Watching her study and seeing her passion rekindled my need to heal, and I made the second best choice of my life, I started massage school at Parker.
Levi: Parker was a no brainier for me. I knew from the start that giving only relaxation massage was not what I wanted to be capable to do. I looked for a program that would go beyond the basics, and Parker was the right fit. They offered the most complete curriculum available. After years of talking to graduates of other massage schools, I am still impressed. I was immediately drawn in by Dr. Lyle Wilson, then director of the massage school. He embodies what an excellent therapist can be. I feel honored that I was able to learn from him and Dr. Drew Riffe.
Levi: My success is knowing daily that I've relieved a person of their pain and that their lives will be better for it. You can see it in their eyes. To me that's success. My skills have pulled me toward treating chronic pain, sports injury, and migraines. Myofascial Release, Trigger Point Therapy and Somatic Reflex Therapy are what I combine most often to get the best results. Turns out I'm not exceptional at relaxation massage. I tend to find issues that I just can't pass up. I want to fix the problem. I have found the perfect place to grow and practice. The Dallas Country Club has been my massage home for 15 months and I am still excited to be there every day. I feel like I am doing the best work of my career.
Levi: Kelly and I are constantly consulting on our toughest patients. Our parallel educations help us work together, from different sides, toward a patient's better health. Kelly has become my greatest asset, allowing me to refer patients to her that need more than what I can provide alone. When we help someone together it brings us closer, and our shared accomplishments are what keep us strong. Our homeschooling, dancing, crafting and musical home life can be hectic, but I don't know anyone happier. Taking turns with our daughter, Mia, enriching her and watching her grow, grounds us to what is really important.
The greatest impact in spreading the wellness lifestyle is through practice. We’re both fortunate to work at a referral based practice, which is rare. When your patients tell everyone about you, you can focus on them instead of marketing or advertising. This leaves time to focus solely on patients and their care. If you do that you don’t have to worry about success. You already have it.
Kenyon Godwin, DC '10
Kristi Corder, DC '03
Kyle Nix, student Tri-10
Leon Tom, DC ‘99
Leslie Rapsawich, DC '07
Lindsay McInnis, DC '11
I wanted to go to a Parker Seminars Las Vegas while I was still in undergraduate studies in Canada and I was told that I could go for free if I was a ‘prospective student’, so I became one! I fell in love with the energy and passion and dedication of the people at Parker and decided it was the school for me. It was a fabulous decision.
Mary Warren, DC '00
Matthew Chalmers, DC ‘07
doctor. She even had me write the forward for her book and titled it "How the Chiropractor Saved My Life." But I
still get all fired up when someone comes to me “messed up” and they leave after a treatment protocol better.
Meredith Grady, DC '02
Michelle Krenek , DC ‘09
Aside from my patients one of the most rewarding has been the students that have decided to go to Parker and become chiropractors because of what they experienced through our office. I know they will impact the lives of many people!
Patrick Bodnar, DC '99
Becoming a chiropractor was an active decision I made when I learned how this type of doctor could objectively improve the functional faults that people experience with the goal to help them live their best life.
I saw Parker as the best opportunity to learn about business while I was engaged in the chiropractic curriculum. I know many doctors consider business the most challenging aspect of their career and the doctor personality is not always the best fit for business but I found my pursuit of business training empowering.
Additionally, I see Parker as an appropriate balance of chiropractic for the modern world. Students can learn concepts in adjusting, soft tissue release, and active therapeutics that can enable them to achieve great results.
Advancing my training in such things as assessment and patient planning, communication, coding, practice building, interdisciplinary provider team care, and documentation has not only fueled my passion to serve people but has created opportunity.
Additionally, over fifteen years, I acquired well-rounded experience in patient care and teaching in a chiropractic curriculum as well as seminar and continuing education formats that prepared me to serve in my current role.
However, as prepared as you may think you are, you cannot be successful without the support of a fantastic team. I have been blessed to work with a very driven, capable, and passionate team.
Ricky Hanks, DC '86
Ron Wells, DC '95
After graduation in 1989 from Arkansas State University, I contacted Parker for an application. When asked to list my priorities, I simply replied, "God, first; family, second; and chiropractic, third." A couple of days later I received a letter from Dr. James W. Parker stating "You've got your priorities in order. We want you." That was the beginning of my chiropractic journey.
Scott Phillips, DC '09
Shadi Rahmani, DC '08
Steve Brooks, DC '99
Tracy Wilson, DC '97
Vanessa Morales, DC '12
Dr Morales practices at VITA Chiropractic & Wellness Clinic in Dallas, TX