By Michael Dorausch, D.C.
To the man that held my hand through the unknown world of chiropractic school, I am super excited to announce the 2019 Educator of the Year Award goes to Dr. Christopher Kent.
Chiropractic Educator of the Year 2019
Christopher Kent, D.C., J.D.
Dr. Christopher Kent is the Director of Evidence-Informed Curriculum and Practice at Sherman College in Spartanburg, South Carolina.
Christopher Kent is a chiropractor and an attorney. He is the co-founder of CLA, Inc., owner of On Purpose, LLC, and President of the Foundation for Vertebral Subluxation. His passion for facilitating human empowerment led him to the chiropractic profession, where he has served as a practitioner, educator, author, lecturer, and researcher. Dr. Kent graduated from Palmer College in Davenport, IA, in 1973.
Following graduation, Dr. Kent joined the Palmer faculty. While at Palmer, he was elected president of the faculty senate and worked as a principal investigator in the research department. After leaving Palmer, he entered full time practice, and qualified as a specialist in chiropractic diagnostic imaging. He was named a Fellow of the College of Chiropractic Imaging, and completed visiting fellowship programs in magnetic resonance imaging. Dr. Kent also served as an associate professor at Palmer-West in California. He is an active member of the State Bar of California and is admitted as an attorney of the U.S. District Court, Southern District of California.
Dr. Kent is known within the chiropractic profession for his dedication to defining the science, art, ethics and philosophy of chiropractic for students and doctors of chiropractic. He is the author of books, textbook chapters and articles in peer-reviewed and popular journals. He serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Pediatric, Maternal & Family Health and the Journal of Vertebral Subluxation Research.
No stranger to winning awards, Dr. Kent was awarded Presidential Award of Merit – 1989 – Palmer West, International Chiropractors Association (ICA) “Chiropractic Researcher of the Year” in 1991 and selected ICA “Chiropractor of the Year” in 1998. He received the Larry Webster Lifetime Achievement Award for his work in pediatric chiropractic in 2000 and Life University’s first Lifetime Achievement Award in 2007. He is former chair of the United Nations NGO Health Committee, the first chiropractor elected to that position.
Holding my hand (via cassette tapes) through chiropractic school, I listened to Dr. Kent and Dr. Patrick Gentempo on my way to and from chiropractic school nearly everyday.
Through Dr. Kent I learned that clinical excellence in chiropractic did not require selling out to a mechanistic approach. Life is better knowing Innate Intelligence has your back.
Thank you and congratulations from an On Purpose Alumni, class of 1998!