Success Profiles

Success means different things to different people, but to most it means doing what you truly love to do and gaining a sense of fulfillment in your life and career. Being a Sherman graduate means you have the opportunity to define your own level of success in your career. For some, that means helping others realize their health and performance potentials, being your own boss, setting your own hours, accepting leadership roles within your community and the profession or perhaps meeting or exceeding your practice volume and financial goals.

Here are the stories about just a few of our alumni who have found success in chiropractic. Perhaps one of them is your neighbor, your inspiration, your role model. Profiles will open on a separate page.

Michael Stratton, D.C.Transforming a Practice Philosophically
Michael Stratton, ’05, Highland City, FL
After associating with a chiropractor in his home state of Florida, Michael Stratton found that going out on his own gave him the opportunity to structure a practice in a way that fit his own philosophy.

Dr. Kelvin Ng Traveling around the world and back again
Kelvin Ng, D.C., ’09, Singapore
A native of Singapore, Kelvin Ng Say Koon was a CPA working as a tax consultant when he began to think about a career change. He had his first encounter with chiropractic while doing online research.

Chiropractor Josh Pulver in Petosky, Michigan Bigger is not always better
Josh Pulver, D.C., ’04, Petoskey, MI
Josh Pulver, D.C. went from a 2,200-sf existing office, to a 1,400-sf space and then downsized yet again to a 600-sf office. Making the office a cash-only operation was the key to other changes necessary ...

Dr. Nylsa CorreaAdapting to changes, expected and unexpected
Nylsa Correa, D.C., ’99, Stafford, VA
Nylsa Correa, D.C., began her road to chiropractic far from Spartanburg, SC. A native of San Juan, Puerto Rico, Correa always knew that she wanted a career in health care...It was not until she was 16 and first experienced chiropractic

Alan Brewster chriopractorSet His Sights on Sherman at Age 12
Alan Brewster, D.C., ’89, Passaic Park, NJ
At 12 years old, he told his chiropractor Gabe Ricciardi, “One day I’m going to be a chiropractor, and if you need me I’ll come home and run the office.” Today Dr. Ricciardi’s office is indeed Brewster’s workplace...

Shane WalkerLeading at a National Level
Shane Walker, D.C., ’00, Naples, FL
There are opportunities of all kinds out there for anyone interested in assuming a leadership role in advancing the profession of chiropractic, says Shane Walker, D.C., who runs a high volume practice in Naples, FL,

When the Student Becomes the Master
Arno Burnier, D.C., ’77, Durango, CO
Arno Burnier, D.C., arrived in Spartanburg from Paris in 1973 armed only with a telephone number to call Thom Gelardi, D.C., the founder of Sherman College. His decision to leave France and pursue the dream

Preparing Students for Success in Practice
Cindy Gibbon, D.C., ‘91, Spartanburg, SC
It was only after teaching at Sherman for three years that Cindy Gibbon realized she could be much more effective in the classroom if she added chiropractic studies to her body of knowledge,

Chiropractor David MruzWorking Close to Home, but Serving the Performers of the World
David Mruz, D.C. ’80, Taylors, South Carolina
Mruz cruised into the cycling world purely by chance...receiving a call from the Coors Light Cycling Team organization in Denver asking him to give chiropractic care to the team while they were in town. Little did he know, this would open a door to a new world...

Drs. Jimmie and John GlennCommitted to Each Other and Their Practice
John and Jimmie Wells Glenn, D.C.s, ’03, Newark, DE
John Glenn, D.C., and Jimmie Wells Glenn, D.C., know a bit about practicing with family. The husband and wife team work together at Delaware Chiropractic at Louvier in Newark, DE. John and Jimmie met when they were students...

Dr. Natalie KuryloA Practice Atmosphere Suited to Her Interests
Natalie Kurylo, D.C., ’05, Knoxville, TN
Natalie Kurylo, D.C., describes herself as having moved around “like a Gypsy” after graduating from Appalachian State University in 1990. Now she works as an independent contractor in a multidisciplinary practice. And the atmosphere couldn’t be better suited to...

Dr. Paul NewhartWaited For the Right Opportunity
Paul Newhart, D.C., ’93, Leola, PA

Dr. Paul Newhart took a somewhat circuitous route to his current position. His roundabout journey to the job he loves taught him several things, but most of all, he says, he learned one important lesson: “Don’t be afraid to...

Dr. Chris DeGeorgeFinding Success Within a Franchise
Chris DeGeorge, D.C., '00, Charlotte, NC

Chris DeGeorge, D.C., followed a conventional path when he graduated from Sherman by associating with a successful chiropractor. A few years later he joined the Upper Cervical Health Centers of America franchise team...

Linda Tarpley familyBlending Home and Office: The Best of Both Worlds
Linda Tarpley, D.C., '04, Holly Springs, SC

Linda Tarpley, D.C., a 2004 Sherman graduate, grew up just 20 miles outside New York City, but she credits her decision to establish a home practice far from busy city life with allowing her more time to spend with her family...

Dr. Gabriel O'SullivanJoining the Family Business
Gabriel O'Sullivan, D.C., '01, Spartanburg, SC

Some professional relationships are forged at an early age. Gabriel O'Sullivan, D.C., grew up with chiropractic. His stepfather, David Ivey, D.C., a 1976 graduate of Sherman, has been in practice in Upstate South Carolina for more than 30 years. The father and son now...

Dale Friar, D.C.Helping More Students Choose a Chiropractic Career
Dale Friar, D.C., '82, Mount Pleasant, SC
Dr. Dale Friar feels it's important for young people considering to understand that it can be challenging and require great focus to open a practice and be successful right away. But he also wants them to know how rewarding their work can...

Evan Cohen, D.C.Finding a Need and Adapting to Meet It
Evan Cohen, D.C. '87, Columbia, SC
A former Division III college football player at Brooklyn College, Dr. Evan Cohen naturally gravitated toward meshing his interest in sports with his passion for chiropractic. He is now in his fourth season as the official team chiropractor...

Valerie Pennacchio, D.C.Making Her Family Proud
Valerie Pennacchio , D.C. '90, Auckland, New Zealand
Her influence is far-reaching. Her work makes a difference in the lives of thousands. Valerie Pennacchio, D.C., is quite possibly one of the most influential women in chiropractic education today. Pennacchio credits Sherman with...

Dr Karla ChristyAnimal Adjusting: Karla Christy Finds Her Niche
Karla Christy, D.C. '98, Salisbury, North Carolina

It's not that Karla Christy doesn't like people. It's just that she really likes animals. The 1998 Sherman graduate became a chiropractor because she wanted to work with animals, and she has successfully paired her passion for horses...

Marlene Mahipat, D.C.Making a Difference Wherever She Goes
Marlene Mahipat, D.C., '01, Randallstown, Maryland
One morning she wakes up and decides this would be a good day to feed the homeless. Her dark blue Honda CRV loaded with care packages, she drives around downtown Baltimore looking for those in need...

Simon Senzon, D.C.Ready for Success
Simon Senzon, D.C., '99, Asheville, North Carolina
Success is something that Simon Senzon understands — and he has always had a plan for achieving it. Within five years of graduating from Sherman College in 1999, he developed a thriving chiropractic practice and published...

Kurt Oetjens, D.C.Do What You Love
Kurt Oetjens, D.C., '97, Monroe, Michigan
Kurt Oetjens believes that when you do the thing you love, all the pieces fall in place for you to be successful. He certainly is a role model for that way of thinking. Oetjens' passion for chiropractic...

Claude Lessard, D.C.Passion for Learning
Claude Lessard, D.C., ’77, Morrisville, PA
Passionate people are most often successful people. That's certainly true of Claude Lessard, D.C., a 1977 graduate of Sherman College. According to Lessard’s longtime friend and mentor, Reggie Gold, D.C., Ph.C., “The thing that...

Rick Hellman, D.C.Knocking on the Door to Success
Rick Hellman, D.C., '01, Louisville, Kentucky
Shortly after graduating from Sherman in 2001, Hellman began a simple but effective outreach initiative of going from door to door in neighborhoods near his office to introduce himself and encourage his...

Dr Nick SenutaOf Service During a National Tragedy
Nick Senuta, D.C., '81, Latrobe, Pennsylvania
Nick Senuta, D.C., of Latrobe, PA, is one of several Sherman alumni who took time away from his busy practice to provide chiropractic services to volunteer workers in the aftermath of the 9-11 terrorist... 

Nalyn Marcus, D.C.Her Creativity Abounds
Nalyn Marcus, D.C., '90, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
Nalyn Marcus, D.C., lives in Bethlehem, PA, where she not only practices in her family clinic, but also spends a large part of her time thinking of ways to support other moms in chiropractic. Marcus is known for her creative...

Dick Plummer, D.C.At Home Even Away From Home
Dick Plummer, D.C., '79, Boiling Springs, South Carolina
Dick Plummer, D.C., has appeared on more than 600 radio and television programs throughout the country discussing chiropractic and health... To say he is comfortable in front of an audience...

Randy Baze, D.C.His Practice Has Gone to the Dogs... Cats and Horses Too!
Randy Baze, D.C., '83, Renton, Washington
A 1983 graduate of Sherman College, Randy Baze,D.C., practices in Renton, WA, where in addition to his human patients, he has a large number of animal...

David Serio, D.C. It's in the Serving that He's Fulfilled
David Serio, D.C., '99, Buenos Aires, Argentina
David Serio, D.C., '99, of Fairfield, NJ, will tell you that packing up and moving to a country 5,000 miles from home isn't all glamour and smiles even though he had a colleague with him. When they set out for this strange land...

Adam Gentry, D.C.American D.C. Making a Difference in Holland
Adam Gentry, D.C., '00, Holland
Now that he knows better, Adam Gentry, D.C., '00, wishes his first encounter with chiropractic had been more meaningful. As an eight-year-old...

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