Meet the Campus Ambassadors

Parker DesJardins
Campus Ambassador

Hello! My name is Parker DesJardins. I am in Tri IV of X. I started off my post-high school educational career at Highland Community College where I received a scholarship to play baseball. After community college, I finished up my undergrad at UMKC with a bachelor’s degree in chemistry.

Growing up, I had no idea what I wanted to do. One of my grandpas was a lawyer, and the other one was a surgeon, so that had always been in the back of my mind. I finally decided to go the medical route. However, once I graduated from UMKC, I realized that my heart wasn’t in it for medical school. Having worked in the emergency room for about a year, I decided that it just wasn’t for me. I then worked for a year and bided my time in limbo. I was lucky enough to run into a current Cleveland student at a restaurant where she told me about her Cleveland experience. I was immediately hooked and applied two days later.

I have now been a student at Cleveland for one year, and it has by far been the best decision of my life. I have made so many friends with new students, old students, and faculty. I never knew that I would ever learn or know as much as I do now. It blows my mind about how much more I will learn by having two more years here. It has truly been a blessing to find a life purpose and a home at Cleveland University-Kansas City.

Taylor Frederick
Campus Ambassador

Hi there, my name is Taylor Frederick and I am currently a Tri VI of XII student here at Cleveland University-Kansas City. Although I was born in Houston, I grew up in Fremont, Neb. Before moving down to Overland Park to continue my bachelor's degree in Human Biology at Cleveland, I spent five semesters of undergrad as a Nutrition Science major at the University of Nebraska.

Growing up, I always wanted to be a doctor because I wanted to help people, and my science classes were always my favorite. My first exposure to chiropractic came my senior year of high school when I took a class that allowed me to go shadow jobs that I was interested in. After shadowing several fields of medicine, I finally arrived at a chiropractor. During my first day shadowing the chiropractor, I fell in love with the job and knew that was what I wanted to do; a profession that helps people tremendously and shares my interest in a healthy lifestyle.

When I found out about the concurrent B.S./D.C. degree program offered at Cleveland, I decided to make the move down to Overland Park. By taking advantage of the dual credit, I was able to shave off a full year of my school. Other factors that contributed to my decision to attend Cleveland were: the amazing area of Overland Park, my family living in Nebraska, and the quality of education. I've never felt so immediately at home at any school before. From my first step into Cleveland, I knew I had found my home for the next few years. Every day here is a new adventure. Spending time in a college where everyone shares the same interests in health, wellness, and chiropractic is a unique and encouraging experience. I truly believe that there is no other place that can produce the same quality of memories and education that Cleveland instills in each student that walks its halls. Cleveland truly is a special place.

Megan McRell
Campus Ambassador

Hi! I’m Megan McRell, and while I was raised the majority of my life in Emporia, KS., I was actually born in Norfolk, NE., and like to claim Nebraska as home. In fact, it was in Nebraska over Thanksgiving break that I witnessed my first chiropractic adjustment. We have a tradition in our family where all the females go Black Friday shopping, and in the course of eight hours, my mom went from her normal activity, to barely being able to walk. At the time, my family had a chiropractor as a neighbor, and he agreed to take a look. I witnessed my first chiropractic adjustment that night, as well as the power of a chiropractic adjustment. From that moment on, I knew what I wanted to do with the rest of my life.

Fortunately, Emporia State University (ESU) and Cleveland University-Kansas City had a concurrent program that allowed me to complete the first three years of my bachelor’s degree at ESU, and then transfer to Cleveland to obtain the rest of the courses required for my bachelor’s, while also working towards my Doctor of Chiropractic degree. By Spring 2016, I will have completed all of my courses to receive my bachelor’s degree from ESU.

I am currently a Tri IV of XII and absolutely love the profession I have chosen. I learn something new every day that will allow me to better the lives of my future patients. Of course, it’s not all work and no play. In my free time, I enjoy working out, watching Disney movies, hanging out with family and friends, and taking in all that the Kansas City area has to offer, like the local farmer’s market, all of our sporting teams, and so much more. 

Craig Stramel
Campus Ambassador

Hello there. My name is Craig Stramel. I am in Tri VI of X. I obtained my undergraduate degree from Fort Hays State University in my hometown of Hays, Kan. I enjoy playing music, attending concerts, traveling, lounging on the beach (when I get a chance to be near one anyway), and hanging out with friends. I've been interested in chiropractic for a while, but had other ideas about what I wanted to do in life before I committed to chiropractic college.

I originally obtained a degree in mathematics education. It wasn't necessarily my passion, but I knew I could always get a job in that field if I wanted one. What I really wanted was to join the Peace Corps after college to experience another culture and help people. I served in the Peace Corps in Ukraine from 2009 to 2011 and returned with a whole new worldview, but still not sure what I should pursue. I tried teaching, but realized I wanted something different. When I went back to the drawing board, chiropractic was still there and offered everything I looked for in a career — problem solving, human interaction, helping others, self-employment, can practice anywhere (even internationally), and the potential for a studio in my basement. After all, the real reason I'm studying chiropractic is because I know I can't be a rock star.

I've really enjoyed the program so far. I learn many new things every day. It challenges me and keeps me busy and sharp. My classmates are great. The instructors are very knowledgeable. The atmosphere at Cleveland is very supportive and positive. I know when I'm done here, I will look back assured I made the right choice to attend Cleveland University-Kansas City.

Lindsey Spreiter
Campus Ambassador

Hello! I am Lindsey Spreiter, and I am from Verdigris, OK. I am currently in Tri IV of XII. I got my undergraduate degree from Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, and I have known for a long time that I wanted to work somewhere in the medical field, but it took me a while to realize that chiropractic was where I wanted to be. It wasn’t until right about the time I was graduating from college that I first saw a chiropractor. I hurt my back, and my family doctor was having trouble figuring out exactly what was causing my pain. After lots of scans and tests, he finally sent me to a chiropractor, and ever since then, my entire outlook on medicine has changed. My brother was actually a chiropractic student at Cleveland at the time, so I decided to learn more about it from him. As I saw him learn more and love what he was learning, I became more and more intrigued.

After learning more, I went on a mission trip and started to think how beneficial it could be to have a chiropractor in some of these places around the world. I then scheduled a trip to Kansas and asked my brother to show me around Cleveland. I knew when I walked in that I was going to like it, and that if my brother loved it, then I would too.

Ever since I started a year ago, I have loved it. I love the classes, the teachers and my classmates. I love learning different ways to help people and I look forward to using these techniques for the rest of my life. I even love the area that I live in, even though I am a few hours away from family. Overland Park has a small-town feel and there are plenty of things to do and explore in the area. I have thoroughly enjoyed this past year and look forward to seeing what the next few years hold for me.

Casey Streff
Campus Ambassador

Hi! I’m Casey Streff, and I’m originally from Topeka, Kan. I graduated from Topeka West High School in 2007 and continued my education at the University of Kansas. During my time as a Jayhawk I was a member of Kappa Delta sorority and graduated with a degree in exercise science. Following graduation I knew I wanted to pursue a career in the medical field, but I was unsure on where my path would take me. Chiropractic was always in the back of my mind, but it seemed more of a dream than a possibility.

 I decided to schedule a visit to Cleveland Chiropractic College to gather more information. The city was ideal and the campus looked perfect. From the second I entered the front doors, I knew I was in the right place. Any questions I had were answered and doubts alleviated. I knew that I was going to pursue my dream.

I am now currently in Tri IX of XII and I love it. I learn something new every day in a variety of different subjects. In my free time, I love to work out in the fitness center on campus, take long walks with my dog, hang out with friends and family and take advantage of all that Kansas City has to offer. Looking back, I cannot believe it took me this long to arrive at Cleveland and now that I am here, I cannot imagine myself anywhere else.