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Chiropractic Journal of Australia : CJA June 2013
Chiropractic Journal of Australia Volume 43 Number 2 June 2013 59 Lisa Killinger grew up in Bettendorf and Davenport, Iowa. She frst heard of chiropractic from a fellow lifeguard at the Scott County Pool, Joel Pickard. He was a Palmer student and was trolling for clinic patients. Her frst chiropractic adjustment relieved her of dysmenorrhea, and was "such a striking change" that she changed her career path from marine biology to chiropractic. While in undergraduate school, Lisa studied world religions and as a result, converted to the Muslim faith in 1979. Davenport had 20 practicing Muslims when she returned, She started Palmer after testing out of as much undergraduate work as she could and taking the minimum of pre-requisites, thus graduating as one of the youngest in her class. She also had found a husband within the Muslim community and they had their frst child while she was still in the Palmer program. Her frst trip after graduation was to her husband's family home, in the northwestern tier of Pakistan in foothills of the Himalayas, a small village with no electricity or running water. Although it was meant to be a social visit, a woman doctor from America was such a welcome resource that daily, "women from many, many miles away lined up" 39 to get checked. They returned to Minneapolis, but her husband switched doctoral programs to Santa Cruz, California, so it was there that she set up her frst licensed practice. She joined Dr. Paige Thibodeau’s Activator-based practice in Scotts Valley, California. Out of the 253 chiropractors practicing in the area, theirs was the only Activator practice. They attracted children, those who were very seriously hurt, and a lot of patients that were older; the patient base that thought that maybe traditional chiropractic would be too painful or too dangerous for them and preferred the low-force technique. “We really got to see very interesting cases and a lot of older cases. That was so great for me." 39 Working with Dr. Thibodeau “was a great frst experience in chiropractic.” She herself had gotten her degree, and had four babies -- four girls. She had not practiced when the girls were young, but took an activator seminar around 1980 for license renewal. She then bought her husband’s practice and revived it, focusing on Activator as a technique. “It was a wonderful thing. It made me realize that our degree as chiropractors is something you get to pick up and hold. You get to use it whenever and wherever you can or want to. That's a great thing. As a woman, sometimes those plans to practice or do whatever you want do get halted or put on hold because of family, or children, or moves of spouses, or various things, or helping spouse get started in business." 39 Leya, one of the Thibodeau daughters, staffed the front desk at the Thibodeau clinic. She was a member of the American Public Health Association and infuenced Dr. Killinger to become involved. In a charge led by Rand Baird, and supported by Herbert Vear and many others, the chiropractic profession developed frst (1983) a Special Interest Group (SPIG) within the Radiological Health Section.40 “I think, more than any other organization I’m affliated with, being involved in the APHA gives you the bigger picture of health in America. It connects you and gets your fngers on the pulse of what is happening in health care. It puts chiropractors on a level playing feld with other health professionals because it’s not like an organization that is run by medicine and then these other people do their bidding, in fact they have in their bylaws . . . a penetrative measure to keep too many medical individuals from running the show. They have to be diverse, inclusive of other health professions. Being a voice within that bigger healthcare spectrum is important to me. I've gotten to meet the past three or four surgeons general and gotten to talk to them about chiropractic." 39 Dr. Killinger took classes towards completing her bachelor's degree, opened her own practice closer to her home in Santa Cruz, and had three more children. She divorced and remarried. In 1990, she and her second husband and the four children moved back to Davenport. Four years later, she was hired to work part-time in the Research Department at Palmer. Research at Palmer was in the developmental stage and there was a wonderful camaraderie and sense of adventure. Her frst project was to digitize the B.J. Palmer Research Clinic records. The U.S. Bureau of Health Professions, part of the Health Resources and Services Administration, had a fedgling chiropractic program and they wanted a chiropractor to consult with that program as it was launched. Dr. Killinger was hired into that role, commuting a week each month in Rockville, Maryland, and three weeks in Davenport. She also was given the opportunity to do some government funded projects on the topic of geriatrics. There she found her niche. In 1995, the American Public Health Association accepted the formation of a Chiropractic Health Care Section. Dr. Killinger accepted the challenge of being membership chairman for the frst two or three years of that section. She has continued to hold various offces in the section, including secretary, counselor, and chair, serving as an offcer for most of the past ffteen years. In 2006, Dr. Killinger became the director of the Diagnosis and Radiology Department at Palmer and teaches the geriatrics course in the chiropractic program. She is a research consultant on a grant, "Collaborative Care in Older Adults," funded by the US Health Resources and Services Administration.41 A CIRCLE OF FRIENDS CALLENDER
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