Decken, D.C., Receives Distinguished Service Award

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Dr. Bill Decken
Dr. Bill Decken

Chiropractor Bill Decken, D.C., has been honored with the Distinguished Service Award from Sherman College of Chiropractic in Spartanburg, SC. This award is given to Sherman graduates who have distinguished themselves with service to the community, the profession, and Sherman College.

“When you think about chiropractic philosophy and its present champions, chances are you’re going to think about Dr. Bill Decken, and for good reason,” said Sherman College President Edwin Cordero, D.C. “In addition to serving as Philosophy Department Chair and teaching countless chiropractic students in his philosophy classes, Dr. Decken developed and has been leading the college’s prestigious Academy of Chiropractic Philosophers program,” he shared. Dr. Decken has played a key role in the ACP program’s expansion across the U.S. and worldwide – including recently completed courses in Chicago, Omaha, Australia, and Sweden; next, the program will travel to Rhode Island and Europe.

Dr. Decken is a 1986 honor graduate of Sherman College. He holds a bachelor’s degree in environmental science from Marist College (1979) and a Legion of Chiropractic Philosophers distinction from Palmer College of Chiropractic. He joined the Sherman College faculty in 1987 and is a professor of clinical sciences, teaching courses in philosophy, subluxation theory, and communication.

Dr. Decken is active in the profession, particularly through the ACP program, which benefits those in the profession who seek a greater understanding of chiropractic principles and their application in practice. He served seven years as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the International Federation of Chiropractors and Organizations, an office he held until December 2014. He often speaks on philosophy at chiropractic seminars.

Dr. Decken practices at Family Straight Chiropractic, which he established and has owned for 28 years, seeing patients from newborn to age 90. He attends Bethel Assembly of God, where he is treasurer, and enjoys bicycling and the outdoors. He and his wife, Grace, have four girls and one granddaughter.

Sherman College named its 2015 award recipients April 30-May 2 as part of Lyceum, an annual continuing education and homecoming event attended by hundreds of chiropractors throughout the U.S. and internationally. Lyceum is held on the college’s campus in Spartanburg, SC, and involves three days of seminars, special events, and other programs.


For more information, please contact:
Karen Rhodes
Director of Public Relations
Sherman College of Chiropractic
Phone: 800-849-8771, ext. 242
krhodes@sherman.edu