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Chiropractic Journal of Australia : CJA June 2013
58 Chiropractic Journal of Australia Volume 43 Number 2 June 2013 After ten years away, Dr. Gatterman wanted to get back into academia, considering herself an educator as much as a physician. An opening at Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College gave her the opportunity to return. In 1990, she became the Director of the Division of Chiropractic Sciences at CMCC. She bought a farm in upstate New York and made the commute to Toronto three and a half days each week. During the time at CMCC, Gatterman completed the work for her second master's degree, this time a degree in Higher Education for Health Professionals from the University of Toronto. Her work focused on establishing standards in education and practice. She served on committees for CCE Canada and the Consortium for Chiropractic Research. In 1995, Gatterman was able to shorten her commute by accepting a position on the research faculty of New York Chiropractic College in Seneca Falls. It was a productive period, during which she fnished her master’s research project on patient-centered care, a topic put forth by Ian Coulter, Ph.D. She published in a number of chiropractic research journals, but none of this success outweighed the discomfort of the New York climate. That, sweetened with the opportunity to be a dean, took her back to Western States in 1997. Wherever located, Gatterman continued her scholarship and involvement in chiropractic research, producing dozens of papers and ten books. Her interest in physical ftness led her to T’ai chi, which she mastered and teaches. Dr. Gatterman accepted a position at the short-lived Colorado Chiropractic College, where she pioneered problem-based learning in chiropractic education. Although the school folded, Colorado's appeal remained and she lives there today, working as an educational consultant. Her work in chiropractic research, especially in the feld of education is legendary. Meridel's husband died in October 2011. She is mother to two: a son in Indiana and a daughter in Colorado. When we were discussing her future projects, she spoke of future writing projects and the generosity of the library at Western States who would put “all their rezources at my disposal,” 36 her Canadian accent still coming through. And should someone open a chiropractic college nearby so that she would not have to move again, she stands ready to teach. Lisa Killinger, DC, FPAC Family and fellowship took Mary Ann Chance and Rolf Peters back to Davenport, Iowa, and Palmer College of Chiropractic’s annual homecoming celebration, year after year. Her parents had retired to Winfeld, Kansas. Although Winfeld is 600 miles from Davenport, when you’ve traveled halfway around the world, that is as nothing. Dr. Lisa Killinger recalls, “Mary Ann and Rolf were standouts in Homecomings. That’s where I frst laid eyes on this dynamic duo. They were that. You could spot them from across the room. They entered a space and brought life into it. Mary Ann, I thought instantaneously the frst time I ever saw her, that she was one of the most beautiful women I had ever seen. She was just ravishingly beautiful and had that beauty that had a certain light to it; she glowed. She was a wonderful soul. We were instantaneously friends when we met each other. We’d see each other periodically as she’d come back to Palmer- I’d get to see her just that once a year.”39 A CIRCLE OF FRIENDS CALLENDER
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