IN PROFILE WITH VALERIE PENNACHIO – VICE PRINCIPAL AND COURSE DIRECTOR, MCTIMONEY COLLEGE OF CHIROPRACTIC
Valerie was a lecturer, professor and Philosophy Department Chair at Sherman College of Chiropractic, USA, an Associate Professor at Foundations Division, Palmer College of Chiropractic, USA and Philosophy Department Chair, Dean of Clinical Education and Vice President at New Zealand College of Chiropractic. She was a chiropractor for a private practice in Spartanburg, SC USA for ten years and continues to a work as a practising chiropractor in a private practice in England.
Valerie studied her Pre-Health Science (PHS) degree at Spartanburg Methodist College (USA), Doctor of Chiropractic Degree (DC) (Summa cum Laude) at Sherman College of Chiropractic (USA) and then completed her BSc degree at Excelsior College (NY, USA).
Area of specialism: Philosophy, X-ray, clinical reasoning and chiropractic techniques.
Hobbies and interests: Valerie enjoys reading book about quantum physics and metaphysics, and of course romance novels that have metaphysical messages – it’s a small genre! She also likes music and playing her guitar playing, singing – she’ll do some Karaoke now and again and line dancing and ballroom dancing. Valerie also enjoys travelling to and exploring new countries and experiencing their cultures.
VALERIE PENNACHIO’S QUICKFIRE QUESTIONS
1. Why did you choose a career in healthcare?
I feel “called” to chiropractic and all it has to offer a person on their healing journey. I came to chiropractic as a second career as I experienced wonderful healing / life changing times through my family members’ chiropractic care. It’s so exciting to partner with people as their lives are changed for the positive – it NEVER gets old. I am blessed to contribute to the education of chiropractors and oversee the increase in the number of chiropractors around the globe.
2. What makes BPP University stand out?
BPP’s focus on quality education and life-long learning. Also, the overall friendliness of BPP personnel is very important to me as I am dedicated to global education and of course an increase in global awareness of chiropractic and all its benefits.
3. If you could chose 3 fantasy dinner guests, past and present, who would they be and why?
Einstein (I’d love to know who cut his hair) – I not only admire his science, but love his world view and would love to just sit at a table and listen to him. Barbra Streisand – seriously to pick her brain about music and ask her to sing something special just for me; My mom – I’d like to thank her for her love and all she taught me when I didn’t even realise I was learning.
4. What is your favourite food?
Does “all” count? Thai cuisine if I have to pick one. Italian if it’s homemade.
5. Describe yourself in 3 words.
Geek (I am thirsty to know…); approachable; fun-loving.
6. Tell us an interesting fact about yourself.
I don’t like when things / or people get hurt so I am focused with fixing things / relationships if they are broken. My partner calls me MacGyver (is that an American reference???)