Sherman College honored alumni, chiropractors, and supporters during its 40th anniversary Lyceum, a homecoming and continuing education event attended by hundreds of chiropractors throughout the U.S. and internationally. Lyceum is held on the college's campus in Spartanburg, S.C., and involves three days of seminars, special events and other programs. The college is proud to announce the following 2013 award recipients:
- Thom and Betty Gelardi Service Award: Helen and Gordon Brown, DC
- Chiropractor of the Year: Shane Walker, DC
- Regent of the Year: Liam Schubel, DC
- Rising Star Award: Ryan Williams, DC
- ROAR Career Advisor of the Year: Kelvin Ng, DC
- ROAR Career Advisor of the Year: Jeffrey Franco, DC
- Distinguished Service Award: David Serio, DC
- Service to the Profession Award: Dennis Yeung, DC
- Service to Sherman College Award: Scott Garber, DC
- Spirit of Sherman College Award: Sam Ralls, DC
- Spirit of Sherman College Award: Daniel Knowles, DC
- Layperson of the Year: Roberta Thomas
Thom and Betty Gelardi Service Award: Dr. Gordon and Helen Brown
The Thom and Betty Gelardi Service Award is a high honor presented at the discretion of the president and was last given nearly a decade ago. This award was created to honor the Gelardis (who founded the college) and recipients who are deemed to have the same qualities as the couple; it is given to recognize unselfish dedication, visionary leadership and pioneering spirit.
Dr. Gordon Brown is a 1942 graduate of Palmer College of Chiropractic who practiced in Louisville, Ky., for two years and in Logansport, Ind., for 19 years. He was instrumental in getting the laws changed in Indiana to allow chiropractors to practice. Helen McPike Brown, originally from Davenport, Iowa, is a talented artist who comes from a chiropractic family. Helen's father, Dr. Ray McPike, an enthusiastic, early supporter of Sherman College, was chiropractor. The Browns are the founders of the Future Chiropractors of America. The couple have supported and contributed generously to Sherman College in many ways over the years, via the college's Board of Regents and a generous estate commitment to the Sherman College Endowment Trust.
The couple donated their home in Sedona, Ariz., to Sherman College in 1999, and funds from the donation were used to construct the Brown House and Museum on campus. The structure serves as an on-campus residence for the Browns, and the lower level houses a museum with the college's historical chiropractic holdings. The Browns' donation is the largest gift in kind in the history of the college.
Chiropractor of the Year: Dr. Shane Walker
Naples, Fla., chiropractor Shane Walker has been named Chiropractor of the Year, an honor bestowed upon doctors who have, through their service, given extraordinary time and effort to advance Sherman College and the chiropractic profession. Dr. Walker is a 2000 graduate of Sherman College and operates a high-volume, family practice in Naples.
He serves as a member of the college's Board of Trustees and is a member of the college's elite recruiting team. Dr. Walker also serves as president of the International Federation of Chiropractors and Organizations and travels the globe garnering support and building its membership. He contributes much time and energy to advance principled chiropractic.
Regent of the Year: Dr. Liam Schubel
Sherman Board member and New Jersey native Liam Schubel, D.C., has been named Regent of the Year, an award presented in recognition of his outstanding and continuous advancement of Sherman College through participation on the college's Board of Regents. This board is comprised of individuals dedicated to supporting quality chiropractic education through financial donations and leadership. Regents give visibility and stature to Sherman College through speaking engagements, legislative roles, student referrals, and financial support.
Dr. Schübel has actively recruited new members to the Board of Regents for several years and is passionate in his support of Sherman College and its mission. He is co-founder of The Best Mission Trip Ever, which takes chiropractic care to geographically and economically isolated communities of the world. In addition to the multiple chiropractic clinics he has established in Lima, Peru, and elsewhere, Dr. Schübel is executive director of Schubel Vision Communication Seminars and founder of the Peruvian Chiropractic Alliance. He serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the International Federation of Chiropractors and Organizations, is vice chairman of the Sherman College Board of Trustees and is co-author of a book, Cast to be Chiropractors.
Source: Sherman College of Chiropractic