This year, Paraquad presented Logan University with the Shine the Light Award for its work in partnership with the organization over the past three years. The Shine the Light Awards highlight organizations and individuals whose actions promote a fully accessible community for people with disabilities and anyone who benefits from increased accessibility.
Dana Underkofler-Mercer, DC, MS, Associate Professor at Logan, initiated the partnership between Logan and Paraquad in 2012. By July 11, 2013, an on-site clinic was developed, and each trimester, a new rotation of Logan student interns has had the opportunity to provide hands-on chiropractic treatment to Paraquad members.
“I have a deep, genuine love for Paraquad, the staff and individuals we treat. I have shed tears there, jumped with joy and felt the true power of defeat as well as determination,” said Dr. Underkofler-Mercer. “This award is just a small symbol of Logan’s enormous commitment to help better the lives of people with disabilities by educating interns and faculty to care for such dynamic individuals in an integrated health care system.”
Kelley Humphries, DC, MS, LP, Fellow at Logan’s Human Performance Center, now leads the program.
Clay McDonald, DC, MBA, JD, and Dr. Underkofler-Mercer will accept the Shine the Light Award at an event on Nov. 4 at the Ritz-Carlton in St. Louis.
St. Louis Public Radio recently wrote a large story on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Paraquad. The feature is an extensive look at Paraquad's history and the tremendous service they provide to the community. Logan University recently celebrated its one-year anniversary at Paraquad and expanded the treatment Logan students offer to three days a week.
The article features a picture of Logan student Emma Minx working with a Paraquad participant.