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Former Dallas Cowboy Honored as Parker College of Chiropractic Top 2008 Graduate

DALLAS, April 25 /PRNewswire/ -- Former NFL player and Dallas Cowboy Jason Kaiser received top academic honor at Parker College of Chiropractic's 68th graduation ceremony. Kaiser earned the title of valedictorian with a GPA of 3.78. "There are a lot of intelligent people in this school and in my class especially," he said. "To be number one is really an honor."

Before enrolling in Parker College, Kaiser played professional football for more than eight years with teams including the Dallas Cowboys and the Kansas City Chiefs. He credits his good grades to a strong work ethic and competitive nature, as well as his football career. "I carried the same attitude into the academic world as I did on the athletic field," he said. "I was a little competitive in that regard and learned to always be prepared."

Kaiser studied pre-med at Culver-Stockton College in Canton, Missouri before heading to the pros. Kaiser intended on pursuing some kind of medical training after his football career ended, but he decided on chiropractic after experiencing the benefits first-hand.

A severe groin injury should have sidelined Kaiser for the entire season, but chiropractic care helped him get back on the field after only six weeks. "I figured there must be something going on there when joints get misaligned," he said. Kaiser's injury helped him discover the true healing potential of chiropractic, which led him to pursue becoming a doctor of chiropractic.

Making a difference in people's lives is of the upmost importance as Kaiser prepares to enter the health care field. "I want people coming to me with their problems and being able to help them, like letting them play with their kids again, or helping them make it through a day without popping a pain killer," he said.

Kaiser's first step after graduation will be an associateship with a local chiropractor in Aubrey, Texas. "I feel like I need a little more experience," he said. "I need to learn the mistakes not to make before I open my own doors." After gaining that additional experience, Kaiser plans to draw from his background in athletics to open a set of practices that incorporate strength and conditioning as part of the chiropractic wellness paradigm.

Athletics has also taught Kaiser many unlikely lessons in chiropractic. He relates football to the way he approaches patient care. Players go through training camp with the ultimate goal of making the team roster. But sometimes, despite how hard they practice or how well they play, they still might not reach their goal. In health care, each patient presents a similar challenge. "You have your best intentions to help them, but no matter how well you do, you might not help every single one," Kaiser said.

Kaiser has prepared himself to help as many patients as possible by taking the "doctor" side of his education seriously, paying special attention to the body from a biochemical and physiological standpoint. "Don't downgrade the role a chiropractor has in the health care system," said Kaiser. "The more you know about the body, the more prepared you're going to be for something more than low back pain."

Kaiser is thankful for his family and wife Leann who have shown tremendous support and understanding through this demanding education process. "The future is bright," said Kaiser. "I'm walking away with a great education, and I'm going to be a doctor. I feel pretty good about things."

About Parker College of Chiropractic

Parker College of Chiropractic, located in Dallas, is one of the country's leading educators of healthcare professionals with an international student enrollment. Founded in 1982, this private, non-profit educational institution prepares men and women to become doctors of chiropractic. Parker College of Chiropractic is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award the bachelor of science and doctor of chiropractic degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA, 30033-4097 or call 404.679.4500 for questions about the accreditation of Parker College of Chiropractic. The doctor of chiropractic degree program of Parker College of Chiropractic is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of the Council on Chiropractic Education, 8049 North 85th Way, Scottsdale, AZ, 85258-4321. Tel: 480.443.8877. For additional information about Parker College of Chiropractic, visit the college's website at .

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