Each year, University of Western States hosts the Homecoming and NW Symposium, an event with opportunities to learn and network at seminars and a vendor fair. The university uses this opportunity to present the Alumni Recognition Award, which honors alumni whose achievements have elevated the fields of integrated and chiropractic medicine, made a difference in the community and upheld the university’s mission in their post-graduate and professional lives.
During the event on October 14, 2016, Dr. Joseph Brimhall, UWS president and Dr. Patricia Conners-Allen, immediate past chair of the Board of Trustees, presented the Alumnus of the Year Award to Dr. Jason Young. Dr. Young earned his Doctor of Chiropractic (DC) degree in 2007 and Masters of Science in Human Nutrition and Functional Medicine in 2014 from UWS. When Dr. Conners-Allen presented the accolade she said, “You could not pick a better person for this award.”
While a student at the university, Dr. Young was the Associated Student Body (ASB) president for two terms, as well as a sitting member of the Board of Trustees. When asked about winning the Alumni of the Year Award, Dr. Young said he was in shock.
“This is such an amazing recognition,” said Dr. Young. “The ceremony was special, and it was great to have my family and kids there.”
Dr. Young lives in Corvallis, Oregon and works at the Body of Health Chiropractic & Wellness Center. “Oregon is a great place to practice chiropractic care, and most importantly, it is a great place to be a chiropractic patient,” said Dr. Young.
His personal philosophy on chiropractic medicine is that, “it’s all about quality of life and doesn’t just make people feel better, but helps them be better people too. I want to teach people to take care of themselves, and I want to be there to support them.”
Dr. Young is also the Chair of the Oregon Board of Chiropractic Examiners, a role that serves the public by regulating the practice of chiropractic, promoting quality care and ensuring ethical health care.
“My involvement with the Board is important for the profession,” said Dr. Young. “My perspective is that chiropractic medicine has an important role to play in health care. We have an interest in making chiropractic care accessible to people.”
Additionally, Dr. Young has created new opportunities for the profession by becoming the first chiropractic physician to work with the Oregon State University athletic department. UWS is proud of his work and honored to recognize Dr. Young for his service and accomplishments.