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Planet Chiropractic NewsPosted: Thursday, August 30, 2012

Parker University Honors Faculty of the Year pm PST Send email to Planet Chiropractic

By Parker University

Dallas, Texas - At a recent school-wide assembly, Parker University presented two faculty members with its most prestigious awards--the Academic Faculty of the Year Award and Clinic Faculty of the Year Award. Dr. Nicole Lederman was presented with the Academic Faculty of the Year Award and Dr. Paula Shaff was given the Clinic Faculty of the Year Award.

Chiorpractor Nicole Lederman"Drs. Lederman and Shaff are both very deserving of this award," said Dr. Fabrizio Mancini, president of Parker University. "Their dedication to the students, university, and profession is incredible."

The recipients of the award were nominated by the faculty and elected by a committee vote. Criteria in selecting the recipients include active service to the university, community service, and scholarly endeavors.

"We have a tremendous group of faculty that truly care about our students and go above and beyond to serve them," said Dr. Gery Hochanadel, provost of Parker University.

Dr. Nicole Lederman, associate professor of Parker University, started her career at the university in 2002. She worked full time in the clinics as a clinic faculty doctor and taught part time in academics. In 2011, she transferred to academics full time, teaching Pediatrics and Diversified II. She also maintains a private practice in Coppell, Texas, which is dedicated to the education and care of women and their children.

In 1995, she received an Honours Bachelor in Kinesiology from McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario. She earned her doctor of chiropractic degree from Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College in 2000, and practiced in Canada until moving to Texas.

Chiropractor Paula ShaffDr. Shaff, associate professor of Parker University, was licensed and practiced in Colorado before she started her 15-year tenure with the university in 1997. Since she joined Parker, she has been a clinic faculty doctor and a part of the compliance department, and she has worked in the external programs department.

She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Natural Science from Muhlenberg College in Allentown, Pennsylvania, in 1986 and subsequently attended and graduated from Life University in Marietta, Georgia, in 1990. Most recently, in 2011, she received a Master's degree in Human Nutrition from the University of Bridgeport.

"It is an honor to be selected amongst such a group of hard working and dedicated professionals who strive to educate and mentor students by bringing their best to Parker University each and every day," Dr. Shaff said.

In addition to the two faculty of the year awards, Dr. Thomas Redenbaugh, professor of Parker University, was recognized for his service as past president for the Faculty Senate Executive Council, and chair of the Council on Curriculum and Grades.

About Parker University - Dallas-based Parker University, formerly known as Parker College of Chiropractic, is one of the world's leading educators of health care professionals. Founded in 1982, this private, nonprofit, educational institution prepares men and women to become doctors of chiropractic. In addition, Parker University awards additional wellness-focused degrees including a bachelor of science with a major in anatomy and a major in health and wellness, massage therapy certificates, and continuing education specializations and certifications. Parker University also includes Parker Research Institute, which provides sound, scientific evidence supporting health and wellness; three chiropractic wellness clinics in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex; Parker Seminars, the largest chiropractic seminar organization in the world, and Parker SHARE Products that provide innovative, high quality products, and current information on chiropractic wellness. For additional information about Parker University, visit the website at

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