Dr. Cindy Gibbon began her tenure at Sherman in 1984 teaching non-chiropractic classes. It was only after teaching at Sherman for three years that she realized how much she appreciated the college and its philosophy.
She also knew that she could be much more effective in the classroom if she added chiropractic studies to her body of knowledge.
“I loved Sherman and chiropractic philosophy so much that I became a chiropractor in addition to being a medical technologist,” Gibbon says of her decision to enroll at Sherman in 1987, completing her Doctor of Chiropractic degree in 1991.
But Gibbon’s leadership role at her alma mater has gone beyond her skill as a classroom professor.As part of the committee that makes up the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners (NBCE), she has developed questions for three out of four parts of the national tests. That involvement has given her an opportunity to work with people from other schools, seeing what they emphasize in their curricula and comparing that to the focus at Sherman.
The fact that she doesn’t teach technique often leads Gibbon to feel that she has to “sell” the content of her classes.
“I try to emphasize that we are all healthcare providers, that we need to understand the health needs of patients,” she says of taking students beyond the physical act of adjusting.“I have students who were reluctant learners when they were in my class who come back years later and tell me that now that they are in practice, they understand the importance of the content I taught them.”