Mary Grace Pennella, DC
A native of Parsippany, New Jersey, and a proud Italian by heritage, Dr. Mary Grace Pennella earned an Associates Degree in Business Administration from the County College of Morris and an Associates Degree in Fashion Merchandising and Buying from the Fashion Institute of Technology. After graduation, she spent eleven years working in the fashion industry for a variety of retailers including Evan Piccone, L. S. Ayres, and Famous Barr.
Dr. Pennella returned to campus life at the age of 38 to pursue a degree in Chiropractic with a focus on upper-cervical specific adjusting, and graduated from Palmer College of Chiropractic in 2000. Her many achievements resulted in her being awarded Most Outstanding Student at graduation. In addition, she traveled to India as part of a mission trip with the Clinic Abroad Program, and performed a four-month chiropractic internship for friend and mentor, Dr. Bob Killingbeck.
Dr. Pennella has been an advocate of patient’s rights throughout her career – she is an actively involved member of the International Chiropractor’s Association of Indiana, formerly serving as their president, as well as the secretary of the Indiana state chapter of the Palmer Alumni Association. Since 2001, she has been refining her skills as a chiropractor and a business woman through The Masters Circle programs, and beginning in 2013 she has also been working closely with Indianapolis’ Holistic Hub – a group of local holistic practitioners and leaders working to bring natural healing to their local community. Dr. Pennella has also served on the board of the Italian Heritage Society of Indiana since 2005, and in 2016, she earned her certification in pediatric chiropractic.
Dr. Pennella’s passion for Chiropractic, which is obvious from having only a casual conversation with her is summed up with her own words, “there is nothing more humbling or more impressive than witnessing the power that made the body, heal the body”. Her esteemed mentors and heroes include BJ Palmer, Clarence Gonstead, Guy Reikeman, Vern Hagen, Patrick Gentempo, Christopher Kent, Bob Hoffman, Dennis Perman, Peter Kevorkian, Marty Rosen, Billy DeMoss, Leonardo da Vinci, and many more.