John P. McNamara, D.C.

Associate Professor
(540) 224-4443

McNamara is an associate professor in the science and math department, teaching anatomy & physiology, gross anatomy, neuroanatomy and pathophysiology. He joined the College in 1996 as adjunct faculty, became full-time faculty in 1999 and was promoted from assistant to associate Professor in 2003. His varied background lends itself to teaching excellence at the College. He has been a consultant for numerous college texts and has spoken to various organizations on a variety of topics in health care. Along with academic responsibilities, McNamara owns a family/wellness practice in Salem, The Center for Chiropractic Health & Education, since 1994. He is a 1993 graduate (D.C.) of Life University, College of Chiropractic; 1985 and 1986 graduate (M.P.A., M.S.) of Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania; and a 1984 graduate (B.S.) of Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania. McNamara became involved in health care at an early age. He joined his local fire department at age 15, became certified as an E.M.T. and worked his way through college in various positions as a volunteer, paid and industrial firefighter/EMT. He worked for The Pennsylvania State University Hospital at the Milton S. Hershey Medical Center for both Life Lion Aeromedical Transport Services and the traumatic brain injury rehabilitation team. With exceptional work and educational credentials, McNamara was hired while in chiropractic college to teach in the clinical sciences department. He taught psychology, patient mental health, orthopedic diagnosis and special senses diagnosis. With formal training in student affairs, Dr. McNamara has also held positions as Resident Director and Graduate Assistant to the Dean of Students (Shippensburg University), Assistant Dean for Student Development (Thiel College, PA) and as Associate Dean of Students (Olivet College, MI). In 2003, he began a Ph.D. program in Higher Education and Student Affairs at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in Blacksburg. In 2000, McNamara?s wife of eight years died of breast cancer. He and his children have established the Debra Kimmel McNamara Memorial Nursing Scholarship at Jefferson College of Health Sciences in her memory. Junior and senior nursing students are eligible for this yearly scholarship. Debra was a diploma graduate R.N., with a B.S.N. from the University of Pittsburgh, and nursed for almost 25 years. McNamara remains active in the local fire and EMS systems. He currently owns a 1967 Mack ?C? model fire engine. He lives in Salem with his wife and three daughters.

Education: ·         B.S., Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania ·         M.P.A., Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania ·         M.S., Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania ·         D.C., Life University ·         Ph.D. (A.B.D.), Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University Scholarship and JCHS Service: 1993 to present, clinical practice, The Center for Chiropractic Health & Education, Salem, VA 2009 to present, joint appointment to the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine, Roanoke, VA 2010 to present, dissertation: Factors That Affect College Readiness:Academic Preparation And Social Preparation Of College Freshman Who Have Been Public Schooled, Private Schooled, or Home Schooled Teaching Responsibilities: Anatomy & Physiology Gross Anatomy Pathophysiology Neuroanatomy & Neurophysiology Undergraduate and graduate course work, and medical professional at Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine
B.S., Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania
M.S., M.P.A., Shippensburg University
D.C., Life University