Alumni Newsletter | August 2016
Parker University is proud to announce we are the official chiropractic partner of the BMW Dallas Marathon. The BMW Dallas Marathon is a non-profit organization with a focus on promoting health and physical fitness through running events and related activities. Now in its 46th year, the BMW Dallas Marathon attracts runners from across the globe and hundreds of thousands of spectators to Dallas’ largest single-day sporting event. Since naming a beneficiary in 1997, The BMW Dallas Marathon has donated more than $3.75 million to Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children. For more information on the Dallas Marathon, please visit The BMW Dallas Marathon is Sunday, December 11, 2016 with the Mayor’s Race 5K presiding on Saturday, December 10, 2016.


As a partner, we have the opportunity to support local runners within the Parker family. Any students, staff, or faculty who would like a complimentary entry into the BMW Dallas Marathon, please contact Alicia Allbaugh via email at First come, first served. Deadline to register is October 31st

To reserve your spot in the race please fill out the form.


If you are not an experienced runner but would still like to support the BMW Dallas Marathon, Parker will have volunteer opportunities available on race day, Sunday, December 11, 2016. Please watch for more details to come as the event draws near. Alicia Allbaugh via email at

To volunteer please fill out the volunteer form.
North Texas Giving Day

Giving Day

Parker University is pleased to announce that we will once again be part of North Texas Giving Day. Save the date to increase the value of your donation on September 22.

Non-profit organizations throughout North Texas participate in this event – as do donors. Each donation will be partially matched by funds collected through the Communities Foundation of Texas.

North Texas Giving Day is an excellent opportunity to make Parker a part of your philanthropy this fall season. To see more on North Texas Giving Day (NTGD) please visit

The Parker Alumni Association Board of Directors is happy to introduce three new members of the. These accomplished members of the alumni community will be working to lead the association through the three years of their term.

Matthew Jackson

Matt Jackson, DC '12

Dr. Matt Jackson graduated from Parker University after first completing a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Physiology from Utah Valley University. While attending Parker, Dr. Jackson was greatly inspired by the Parker Principle “If it is to be, it is up to me.” This lead to him being heavily involved in campus activities, serving as student body president, class president, and class vice-president. Dr. Jackson also founded the International Federation of Chiropractors and Organizations (IFCO) club on campus. In 2015 Parker Seminars recognized Dr. Jackson as the “Student of the Year”.

While in school, Dr. Jackson began training with Shawn Dill, Andy Roberts, and Lacey Book in The Art of The Specific (TATS), a knee-chest upper cervical system. Dr. Jackson has traveled the country attending intensives as well as traveling to El Salvador twice a year to participate as a member of the outreach programs. Prior to graduation, Dr. Jackson completed his certification with the Academy of Chiropractic Philosophers (ACP), which culminated with his writing and defending of a thesis paper that he titled “The ever-changing landscape of the Chiropractic Lexicon”. Dr. Jackson was one of two students to ever earn the recognition through Parker University. For his final trimester in clinic, Dr. Jackson was selected to serve in the GV Sonny Montgomery VA Hospital in Jackson, Mississippi and participated as a member of a multi-faceted team tending to needs of veteran patients.

Upon graduation, Dr. Jackson moved to Dublin, California to become a Clinic Director at the Headquarters for The Specific Chiropractic Center. Since moving to Dublin, Dr. Jackson has pledged and become a brother in Delta Sigma Chi-the oldest and original chiropractic Fraternity. Dr. Jackson is excited to continue his career practicing and upholding the Parker principles with the same dedication he did while in school and looks forward to supporting the Parker University Alumni Association.

Michelle Krenek

Michelle Krenek, DC '08

Dr. Krenek grew up in the small town of Fayetteville, Texas where she excelled in academics as well as multiple sports. She received a scholarship to play basketball in college while completing her Associate's Degree and then her Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology. She began her collegiate career at Temple Junior College in Temple, Texas where, seven years later, she would met the chiropractor who changed her life and inspired her to go to chiropractic school. After Temple she continued to play at Cameron University in Lawton, Oklahoma for one more year. She would end her career after three years in lieu of surgery for plantar fasciitis. She finished her degree at The University of Texas at San Antonio with K-12 certification in Physical Education.

After student teaching, Dr. Krenek began her teaching and coaching career at Klein Forest High School in Houston, Texas and then one more year at Copperas Cove High School. She taught Algebra I while coaching basketball and volleyball.

In 2004 Dr. Krenek lived in Belton, Texas when she began feeling symptoms from a previous car accident. She was plagued with headaches, fatigue, numbness, and tingling. She was referred to a chiropractor by a friend and, even though she was not confident in chiropractic because she knew so little, she trusted her. Dr. Schels changed her life. She quickly had relief and all of the symptoms went away. She also gained more energy, better sleep, and a higher functioning immune system. At this point she knew there was something more to this chiropractic thing which sparked her interest in chiropractic school.

Dr. Krenek visited Texas Chiropractic College first, followed by Parker University. She remembers the moment, standing by the fountain, when she realized that was the place she was meant to be. She finished her year of teaching and started chiropractic school in the fall of 2005.

Kristina Stitcher

Kristina Stitcher, DC '04

Kristina Stitcher was raised in Maine, attended Brigham Young University, then furthered her education at Parker University. Kristina earned a post doctoral fellowship from the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association. Kristina opened Family First Chiropractic & Wellness Center in 2004 which has become a very successful office specializing in family wellness care, particularly pregnancy and pediatrics. Dr. Stitcher has four children, three born at home, one adopted and all aspiring chiropractors. Kristina has served on the Utah Chiropractic Physicians Associations board for eight years, including three years as president. Dr. Stitcher has become a sought-after speaker and consultant for pediatrics, pregnancy, and business success throughout the United States. Kristina was a faculty member for Parker University in 2015. She taught business, communications, and technique. Her passion for this profession and our future is amazing, inspiring and continues to grow as she serves her patients and teaches current and future doctors.
Save the Date for
Parker Serves

Parker Serves 2016
Save the Date for
Sapphire Celebration

Sapphire Jubilee - Thursday-Sunday
Please join us at the Parker University campus on October 13-16, 2016 for a weekend of fun, festivities, food, memories and laughs as Parker University comes together for The Parker Experience Dallas 2016, CE classes, alumni awards, and reunion events.

Alumni Association Awards Reception
Join the Parker Alumni Association Board of Directors and 2016 award recipients for a special reception to announce the recipients of the association’s annual awards. Open to all alumni and friends of the university. Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres will be served.

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 14, 6:30-8pm
Courtyard Dedication
Join us for a special celebration honoring Dr. Jim Parker as we unveil the newly renovated courtyard. The evening will be filled with stories and tributes. Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres will be served.

25 and 30 year Class Reunion Gatherings
If you are from the classes of 1986 or 1991, please contact Tran Pham at or 214.208.5497 to be a part of the planning committee or for more information.

Block Party , OCTOBER 15, 5-9pm
One of our largest gatherings of alumni, university staff, seminar vendors, and seminar speakers. All forever alumni, future alumni and friends of the university are encouraged to attend. Food and drinks will be available for purchase from some of Dallas’s finest food vendors. Fun, fanfare and fellowship with lots of great music, stories, and tons of laughs are in store!

Class Notes

Classes of ’10 & ’74
Congratulations to Drs. Josh and Dennis Woggon of the CLEAR Scoliosis Institute on the publication of their article in the peer-reviewed journal Scoliosis. Their one-year study looked at the level of adverse effects for treatment of scoliosis patients by chiropractors over 3,198 unique visits, 189 patients, and 9 clinics. Over 95% of patients reported feeling the same or better post treatment and the most common recorded adverse effect was muscle soreness among 1 out of 5 patients. To see the article go to For a full text copy or additional information on the study, email

Recent Events

 2016 Summer
After Hours events.

We’d like to give a big thanks to Dr. Barnes, Drs. Browning, and Dr. Wiginton for hosting.

Upcoming Events

Alumni & Friends
Reception - Florida Chiropractic Association

Saturday, August 27, 2016, 6pm-8pm
Hyatt Regency Orlando

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