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Appa Anderson, D.C., N.D., D.A.C.B.R.; the first female chiropractic radiologist

Young, K.J. (2001) Appa Anderson, D.C., N.D., D.A.C.B.R.; the first female chiropractic radiologist. Chiropractic History, 21 (1). pp. 33-39.


Born Appa Leone Stober in Hays, Kansas, 10 July 1924, Anderson's first professional experience with radiology was in the Women's Auxiliary of the Army Medical Corps; she served as a radiographer in Colorado from 1944 to 1946 with the rank of Technical Sergeant. Later, after spending some time at college, her brother convinced her to matriculate for the full course at Western States Chiropractic College (WSCC) in 1949. While still a student, Anderson was recruited to teach radiology at the institution. In 1960, she became the fifteenth person to receive Diplomate status from the then two-year-old American Board of Chiropractic Roentgenologists and remained the only female chiropractic radiologist until 1980. Anderson stayed with Western States through some very rough years when class enrollment was in the low double digits and attained full professor status in 1977, when she also instituted the radiology residency at the college. Various honors, including Alumnus of the Year and two-time Oregon Chiropractor of the Year, have reflected the level of her commitment to the profession. After forty years at Western States, Anderson retired in 1989 from full-time teaching, although she maintains a private radiology practice and a presence at the college to this day.

Publication Type: Journal Article
Publisher: Association for the History of Chiropractic
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