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New York Chiropractic College to graduate 82

On Saturday, August 1, 9:30 a.m. in the campus’ athletic center, New York Chiropractic College will hold commencement exercises conferring degrees upon candidates in three graduate level programs: Doctor of Chiropractic, Master of Science in Applied Clinical Nutrition, and Master of Science in Clinical Anatomy.There are 27 candidates who will receive their Doctor of Chiropractic degrees, 34 will receive their Master of Science in Applied Clinical Nutrition, and for the first time the college will confer 1 Master of Science in Clinical Anatomyto Kathy Dooley, DC. The commencement address will be delivered by Lewis Bazakos, DC. Dr. Bazakos earned his bachelor’s degree from St. Johns University, his M.S. from the University of Bridgeport, and his doctoral degree from New York Chiropractic College. Dr. Bazakos, who practiced in Valley Stream since 1978, is the former President of the New York State Chiropractic Association, former Chairman of the Board of the American Chiropractic Association, and former Chairman of the Board of trustees at NYCC. He has been politically active in the profession in both Albany and Washington, D.C., and currently chairs the Chiropractic Summit for the entire profession.Subsequently, at 3:00 pm Saturday, the campus’ Delevan Theater will serve as graduation site for 20 master’s candidates from the Finger Lakes School of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine of New York Chiropractic College. Speaking at that ceremony will be the College’s former Dean of Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine, Marilee Murphy, B.S., L.Ac, RN. Ms. Murphy has a B.S. degree in nutritional science from Cornell University, a B.S. degree in nursing from Binghamton University, and is a 1988 graduate of the Florida Institute of Traditional Chinese Medicine. She completed Tri-State College of Acupuncture’s postgraduate course in Chinese Herbology. Early in her career, Ms. Murphy worked with the Miami Metro-Dade Drug Detoxification Program and served as head acupuncturist on the first major-funded acupuncture research project by the National Institute for Drug Abuse. She served for five years on the Board of Directors of the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM), including service as chairperson of the board. In addition to maintaining a private acupuncture practice in Ithaca, NY, since 1988, her background includes work as a nutritional educator and as a hospital nurse. Points of Interest:Three dual graduates will be receiving their Doctor of Chiropractic degree and their Master of Science in Applied Clinical Nutrition: Cory Bigham, Jessica Spindel and Jamie Hawkins. Cory will also be addressing his classmates.For further information about New York Chiropractic College’s degree programs please visit our Web site at www.nycc.edu.

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