NUHS-Florida student, Addison Ozakyol, was recently named Student of the Year by the American Chiropractic Association’s Sports Council (ACASC.)
The annual Feinberg Student of the Year award is given to a student who has shown promise, grit, and effort in the field of sports chiropractic and significant involvement with the ACA Sports Council.
“To be chosen as Student of the Year means so much to me,” said Ozakyol. “I couldn’t be more grateful for the opportunity to represent NUHS and students interested in sports chiropractic across the country.”
As Second Vice President of the ACA Sports Council, Ozakyol worked with a team of students to make changes to the ACA Sports Council’s annual symposium in response to COVID-19. Over the course of only a couple of months, he created several virtual events, interviews, videos and other content.
“I spent countless hours planning, orchestrating, and editing content and was incredibly grateful to see it all received so well,” he said.
Ozakyol became interested in sports medicine after receiving care from a chiropractor and several athletic trainers while swimming competitively and playing water polo. In addition to pursuing a doctor of chiropractic from NUHS, he also has his Bachelor of Science in athletic training from the University of New Mexico.
“It was a natural progression for me to apply my chiropractic training to sports medicine and I am very excited to be back on the sidelines working with athletes again after graduation,” he said.
When he graduates in December, he hopes to work as an associate for a few years before opening his own practice either back home in Albuquerque, New Mexico or possibly in Pinellas County, Florida.
“I really look forward to continuing my work with ACASC as a new doctor of chiropractic in the upcoming years,” he said.