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Vol. 20, Issue 2

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Editorial Board


Dr. Strickland’s animal instincts

CCCLA’s Dr. William Strickland ’94 motivates students with his passion for chiropractic and life, while exclusively treating patients of the four-legged variety.

Homecoming 2010 events set

Alumni from CCCKC and CCCLA will gather this fall for a variety of educational and social activities at the College’s 2010 Homecoming and Coming Home events.

MSHP program begins at CCCKC

The Master of Science in Health Promotion (MSHP) program, offered through the College of Graduate Studies at CCCKC, welcomes inaugural class in Fall 2010.

CCCKC grads focus on wellness

CCCKC’s Dr. Tom Teter ’05 and Dr. Ryan Stevens ’05 provide comprehensive wellness care in their practice comprised of health care and fitness professionals.

Postgraduate seminars offered

Several offerings remain in the Office of Professional Development’s 2010 postgraduate seminars schedule, including Meridian Therapy and X-ray Diagnosis. Director of Communications Alan Morgan Associate Publications Editor Scott Albright Advertising & Marketing Associate Scott Vater Associate Projects Manager Amelia Trollinger

In every issue 04 President’s Message 05 Memory Lane 06 Alumni Leadership 08 Alumni News 22 CCC Graduates

Clevelander magazine is published three times a year for all Cleveland alumni. Send inquiries to the Office of Communications, Cleveland Chiropractic College, 10850 Lowell Ave., Suite 2045, Overland Park, Kan. 66210. Printed in the USA. Postmaster: Please send address changes to the Office of Alumni Relations, Attn: Dr. John Nab, Cleveland Chiropractic College, 10850 Lowell Ave., Suite 3017, Overland Park, Kan. 66210. Non-profit U.S. postage paid, Kansas City, Mo., Permit 1345. Submissions: To have items considered for publication, contact Scott Albright via email at or write to the Clevelander at the address listed above. Please include your name, graduation year, address and daytime phone number. Submissions may be edited for style, clarity and length.

Summer 2010



Board of Trustees Dr. Charles A. Eddy ’70 Chairman Dr. Ernst Anrig ’69 Vice Chairman Dr. Timothy E. Meng ’66 Secretary/Treasurer Dr. James C. Anderson ’66 Allen Ashworth Dr. Daniel J. Fahnestock ’65 The Honorable Anna Ho Dr. Edward McKenzie ’69 Dr. Rosemarie Wilson ’92 Emeritus Members Dr. Ethelbert Stalling ’41* Dr. G. Richard Wheatley ’47* *deceased

Administration Dr. Carl S. Cleveland III ’75 President

CCCKC Alumni Board Dr. J. Kay Carver ’71 President Dr. Gerald Witt ’98 Vice President Dr. Linda Klinginsmith-Tilford ’76 Executive Secretary Dr. Patrick Hammond ’97 Recording Secretary Dr. L. Russell Matthias ’74 Treasurer Dr. Roger Ott ’84 Sergeant-at-Arms Dr. Charles A. Eddy ’70 Dr. Eugene Lockrow ’83 Dr. Doran Nicholson ’80 Dr. Chris Leonardi ’96 Dr. Richard Brown ’78

CCCLA Alumni Board Dr. Adana Moses ’09 President Dr. Christopher Vargas ’09 Vice President Dr. Brandey Dollens-Swartz ’09 Recording Secretary Dr. Gail Kelley ’08 Treasurer Dr. Natalie King ’07 Sergeant-at-Arms Dr. Jennifer Francisco ’07 Dr. Matthew Cobb ’08 Dr. Tammy Cassa ’08 Dr. Johnna West ’07



College pledges to expand possibilities S

ince its inception, Cleveland Chiropractic College has embraced a philosophy of health that emphasizes supporting the inherent healing powers of the body and mind. Primary to this philosophy is the importance of spinal health and the role of the chiropractic adjustment that has been the mainstay of chiropractic for over a century. Central to this worldview is a strong focus on encouraging healthy lifestyle behaviors. As we counsel patients and loved ones to eat healthy, get regular exercise and manage and minimize the effects of stress, we are living up to the highest purpose of the healing arts. Today, the nation’s legislators, policy-makers and health practitioners are beginning to understand what the chiropractic founders knew all along about the essential nature of health and prevention. Now, both government and private-sector organizations are supporting major initiatives promoting healthy behaviors. Study after study demonstrates that unhealthy behaviors are the leading cause of chronic disease in America. Smoking, excessive drinking, poor diet and lack of exercise can shorten your lifespan by an average of 12 years. A study published this year in Archives of Internal Medicine supports that lifestyle changes have a considerable impact; that modest but achievable modifications to these behaviors can stop illness before it starts, or stem damage where it already exists. There are encouraging signs that lifestyle-based prevention and health promotion are quickly becoming a top priority of public health policy. In practical terms, this involves not smoking, eating at least three servings of fruits and vegetables each day, exercising at least two hours a week and limiting alcohol consumption to only a few ounces per week. Those who embrace all four of these practices have substantially lower risks of heart disease, cancer and many of the other diseases that diminish and shorten lives. Beginning in September and taking a leading role in this growing movement, the College’s Kansas City campus* will welcome the inaugural class of the new, leading-edge, Master of Science in Health Promotion (MSHP) program that leads to examination as a Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES). This program is designed to meet societal needs for dedicated professionals who are well-trained in the art and science of prevention and health promotion. For the established doctor of chiropractic, the additional skills and knowledge achieved through this degree provide the most current information for advising patients on healthy lifestyle choices and represent an excellent complement to a wellness-oriented practice. For a new graduate doctor who is building a practice, the CHES designation may provide entrée to businesses, schools, health departments and other government agencies seeking qualified consultants to educate their employees or students on proven methods to live up to their potential and avoid illness. Visit to learn more about this innovative 36-hour program, offered through the Cleveland College of Graduate Studies. *MSHP program offering at the Cleveland Los Angeles campus will be announced at a later date.

Carl S. Cleveland III ’75, D.C. President


Take a look back I have fond memories of Dr. Cleveland Sr. and Dr. Dorthea Towne instructing classes. We had some invigorating discussions that were truly unforgettable. Also, I remember how two of my dear friends, Drs. Eddie Harrison and Bill Dawson, who are now Certified Concept Therapy teachers, always sat at the rear of the classroom and watched humanity unfolding in front of them. Occasionally, we tried to mentally affect the course of the class discussion. We actually had a pretty good success record in that regard. — Dr. Jim Brown ’73 Quite a few of my Cleveland College memories are ones to cherish. I remember Dr. Millie Cleveland’s children’s clinic being so inspiring and delivering miraculous results. Also, after working construction during the day, it was hard at times to stay awake for night classes. Thank goodness for my many helpful classmates who helped out. We all got a marvelous education, especially from Dr. Carl S. Cleveland Jr. — Dr. John Wertin ’75 Memories from my Cleveland days include Dr. Carl Cleveland III helping me get the feeling of adjusting with correct force and depth of thrust using his knee as a prop. Also, having classmates like Paul Schaal, who owned a pizza joint and sponsored our softball team, and Dan Roero, who taught us martial arts and the importance of speed versus strength. — Dr. Richard Brown ’78

I’ll never forget Kansas City Chiefs football with Drs. Gerred, Beckley and Nicholson at 32 degrees below. And other memories, like Dr. Gerred’s down-to-earth demeanor, listening to Dr. Cleveland III play the piano and classmates Rick Radtke, Doug Mathiesen and Paul Harris, some wild hunting trips and poker games. Also, drinks with Brimm, Haley and Kadolph, Swope Park, the Plaza, BBQ and jazz were all a great part of my time at CCCKC. — Dr. Michael Bohigian ’85 Some faculty members were real characters, like Dr. Gier who ate chalk and Dr. Carr who shopped for clothes at a thrift shop. Looking back, I think the instructors were just as burnt out as we were with the tremendous amount of material to be covered. Golfing with Mark Swickard, Jeff Schumann and Jeff Bissing was fun. — Dr. Wiley Alexander ’88 I’m forever grateful to so many of the College’s dedicated faculty for the knowledge they imparted, specifically Drs. Ruth Sandefur, Muriel Perillat, Clark Beckley, Hugo Gibson and Carl Cleveland III. I remember classmates Ken Krimpelbien, Becky Gannaway, Craig Robin and Bobby Nab all being remarkable people. — Dr. Chris Connolly ’95

Time to share This column gives you the opportunity to share your Cleveland memories or fun stories with fellow alumni and friends of the College. To have “Memory Lane” items considered for publication, please send them along with your name, graduation year, address and phone number to scott.albright@cleveland. edu. Or send your submission to Clevelander, Cleveland Chiropractic College, 10850 Lowell Ave., Suite 2045, Overland Park, Kan. 66210. Submissions should be about 100 words in length. Those chosen for publication may be edited for style and clarity.

Do you remember these events? 1970s In 1975, the National Institute of Health held a conference on spinal manipulation to develop strategies to study its effects. In 1978, the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics (JMPT) was launched.

1980s In December 1989, the first issue of Articulations was published. The CCCLA alumni magazine preceded today’s Clevelander, a multicampus publication. Dr. Carl S. Cleveland Jr. was on the cover with a Tri-X student.

1990s During CCCKC’s 1994 Homecoming celebration, College officials held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to officially open its new health center at 701 E. 63rd St. Kansas City Mayor Emanuel Cleaver was in attendance. Summer 2010



Striving to be all-inclusive


CCCKC’s Alumni Association is continually exploring opportunities to be of greater service to alumni and association members. If you have suggestions about how we can better serve you, please don’t hesitate to email or call us. Dr. J. Kay Carver, CCCKC Alumni Association president, can be reached via email at or by leaving a phone message at (816) 358-5100. To reach Dr. John Nab, vice president of alumni services, send an email to or call (913) 234-0620.

he CCCKC Alumni Board continues striving to be an all-inclusive service organization for the College. We’re doing this by providing amenities not just for alumni, but also for current students. One of our related endeavors is to provide students with the opportunity to visit selected chiropractic offices in the vicinity and have a chance to talk to alumni about clinic procedures, office business procedures and the many facets of starting a practice. On May 26, the Alumni Board organized an open house for students at the spacious Lenexa, Kan., office of Dr. Eugene Lockrow ’83. Dr. Lockrow and his colleagues generously donated their time and facilities for tours though the highly successful, multi-doctor office. Following the tour, appetizers were provided by the Alumni Board and students and doctors had an opportunity to discuss various aspects of practice. The tour was well received by the nearly 20 students who attended. Due to the event’s success, the board scheduled a second open house in July with Dr. Patrick Hammond ’97 as host for a tour of his Westwood, Kan., office. Like the first event, we provided appetizers and many of us were available to field questions. If you would like to host an open house at your office or have any suggestions that may benefit students or alumni, please contact me via email at or by calling (816) 358-5100. Your dues and contributions make both the College and the profession stronger. Your Alumni Association appreciates your participation, and we wish you health and success in the last half of the year. — Dr. J. Kay Carver ’71, president, CCCKC Alumni Association

Bolster future with referrals


leveland Chiropractic College is built on a strong tradition of academic and professional excellence. Alumni volunteers can give back to their alma mater and share their Cleveland pride and loyalty by encouraging academically talented students to apply to and attend the College. At the beginning of each trimester I am amazed at the number of new students who have been referred by a College alum. As a matter of fact, many of you have referred several new students. We can honestly say that the majority of our new students are the direct result of our alumni. Thank you! As Cleveland alumni, you provide the one-on-one interaction, personal attention and encouragement that can make the difference between a student in your community choosing Cleveland Chiropractic College over another school. Do you remember this life-changing question, “Have you ever considered a career in chiropractic?” Providing your perspective as a graduate plays the most important part in encouraging a career in chiropractic. Student recruitment not only brings back the nostalgia from your college days, but also helps to keep the future leaders and best chiropractors at CCC. I challenge you to get involved and help us increase the number of highly competitive and qualified students considering CCC. Call me at (913) 234-0620 to refer a student or request some recruitment materials. Cleveland Chiropractic College is always looking for the best and brightest students. Do you know someone who would make a great addition to the Cleveland community? — Dr. John Nab ’94, vice president, CCCKC Office of Alumni Services




Gathering unifies profession


he CCCLA Alumni Association board is very excited about this year’s “Coming Home” event, and we hope to see all of you there. It will be held Sept. 25 on campus in the brand new Standard Process Auditorium. There will be plenty of comfortable seating, and we are planning an amazing lineup of speakers, along with great food, exciting giveaways and much, much more. “Coming Home” is one of the great benefits of becoming a Lifetime Member of the Aumni Association. Not only does this provide you with the opportunity to attend our annual seminar for free for your entire chiropractic career, but it also entitles you to receive special discounts at other alumni events, plus you can have your name displayed on the wall plaque to inspire your peers. One of our newest Lifetime Members is Dr. Ashley Cleveland, who is now serving at CCCLA as the College’s multicampus provost. All Cleveland graduates are considered to be members of the association, and the board would really like to work with all of you on strengthening the chiropractic profession. This is a great time to come together in unification, whereupon we can truly teach those in our communities about the benefits of chiropractic treatment and the need for ongoing wellness care. We continually educate patients and others about their health and chiropractic’s amazing results. Every patient — newborn to senior — deserves to have a nervous system operating at an optimum level. This year’s “Coming Home” will be a great day to gather and discuss how we as a collective can continue building our profession. We can also catch up with classmates, network and meet our current students looking for mentors. See you in September! — Dr. Adana Moses ’09, president, CCCLA Alumni Association

Getting to know you better


hose of you who are reading this column will also have the opportunity to read about your peers in the “New Beginnings” feature that spotlights an alumnus in each issue of the Clevelander. The article highlights the achievements of a graduate from one of the two Cleveland campuses, consisting of the opening of a practice to traveling the world to promote chiropractic. We are fortunate to have so many graduates who are not only successful in their practices, but are also taking the profession to new heights. Even more impressive is that this is happening not only in this country, but internationally as well. You are out there, we know, and while we attempt to stay in communication with as many of our alumni as possible, sheer numbers alone prevent us from keeping that dialogue constant. This publication is one of the many ways we strive to stay connected with our graduates, and since it is produced exclusively for alumni, what better way to share information than to focus on your accomplishments, whether you are first starting out or a seasoned veteran. Do you have something interesting you would like to share with your peers? We would love to hear about it. Drop us a line and let us know what exciting things you are doing (or about to do) in your practice and/or travels. The best way for the future doctors of chiropractic to be successful is to learn from the accomplishments of their predecessors — and what better forum to communicate than your own alumni magazine? Many of us rely on Facebook. We would love to see your face in this book, too.

The CCCLA Alumni Association is always striving to better serve its alumni and association members. If you have any questions or suggestions about how we can serve you better, please don’t hesitate to email or call us. Dr. Adana Moses, CCCLA Alumni Association president, can be reached via email at or by leaving a message at (323) 906-2109. To reach Michael Brown, executive director of alumni relations, send an email to or call (323) 906-2196.

— Michael S. Brown, executive director, CCCLA Office of Alumni Relations

Summer 2010




Stay connected Keep in touch with College classmates and friends by informing us of life changes. Send news for the alumni section of the magazine to scott.albright@cleveland. edu via email. Or mail your information to Clevelander, Cleveland Chiropractic College, 10850 Lowell Ave., Suite 2045, Overland Park, Kan. 66210.

Dr. Gary ’80s Huddleston ’81 had a personal connection to the popular NBC reality show, “Celebrity Apprentice” with Donald Trump. For the show’s 9th season, he provided chiropractic care for contestants Bill Goldberg, the former professional wrestler, and Maria Kanellis, the former wrestling Diva. He was also asked to be the personal chiropractor for Bret Michaels and the rock band Poison when they performed in Branson, Mo. However, he had to decline due to

another commitment. In other news, Huddleston earned the approval of the Missouri State Board of Chiropractic Examiners for his online decompression course, “The Huddleston S.M.A.R.T. System of Spinal Decompression & Rehab.” It was approved for 12 hours of continuing education units (CEU), including four hours differential/ physical diagnosis, four hours disc injury and four hours chiropractic principles and technique. Visit for more information on the course. n

Dr. Sandra ’90s Tankersley ’93 celebrated the grand opening of her new practice in April. At Comfort Chiropractic, 750 S.E. Indian St., in Stuart, Fla., Tankersley specializes in gentle chiropractic adjustments, needle-free acupuncture, digital X-ray diagnosis and physical therapy. Prior to the new clinic, she practiced for 17 years in Colorado and Tennessee. Send email to comfortchiroinfo@aol. com or call (772) 219-4488. n Dr. Chip Gowan ’95 is the staff chiropractor at the Kansas City

Veterans Administration (VA) Hospital, where he treats patients and supervises interns from the College on their rotations. Gowan is currently the only chiropractor serving in the Veterans Integrated Service Network region of eastern Kansas, Missouri and southern Illinois. Earlier this year, he fostered a partnership between the College and, a service connecting veterans to resources that ensure a smooth transition from active military service to civilian life. Email clinton. to reach him. n

Alumni passings mourned


Dr. Ken Burleson

Dr. John Teale



he Cleveland community was saddened by the deaths of two alumni who were longtime supporters of and contributors to the College. Both died on May 11, 2010. Dr. Kenneth R. Burleson, 84, of Doniphan, Mo., was a 1950 graduate of CCCKC. Dr. John H. Teale, 78, of Excelsior Springs, Mo., was 1963 CCCKC graduate. Burleson served the profession by representing the state of Missouri in the International Chiropractors Association (ICA). He served on the Missouri State Board of Chiropractic Examiners for nine years, six of those as president. He is survived by his wife, Esther, along with a daughter, Jeanne Hager of Doyle, Tenn; a son, Kenny Burleson Jr. of Pittsburg, Kan.; a sister, Edna Elsey of California; four grandchildren and a

great-grandchild. He was preceded in death by his parents, three sisters and a son, John Burleson. Teale served the Missouri State Chiropractors Association (MSCA) in many capacities, as president, first vice president, second vice president and chairman of the political action and legal committees. He was also a member of the Federation of Chiropractic Licensing Boards, and as president and secretary of the Missouri State Board of Chiropractic Examiners. He is survived by his wife, Shirley, along with a son, John Teale of Excelsior Springs, Mo.; two daughters, Laura Jo Ullom of Colorado and Avril Teale of California; a sister, Josephine Cash of Independence, Mo.; and four grandchildren. q

alumninews Dr. Colleen Auchenbach ’98 owns Advanced Chiropractic Service at 1605 Wakarusa Dr. in Lawrence, Kan. She specializes in the Activator Technique. Auchenbach was the focus of a feature article in the June 7 issue of the Lawrence Journal-World, where she described being part of a large chiropractic family with her father, two uncles, an aunt and several cousins being chiropractors. She also recounted the story of her first adjustment, as an infant, which was given by Dr. Millie Cleveland. Send email to to reach her. n Dr.

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Dr. Wilson driven by desire for wellness


ight around the time she was learning to drive, and two years prior to graduating from high school, Dr. Sheila Wilson ’95 already knew exactly what she was going to do with her life. She saw it in her father, Dr. Ron Wilson ’89, who inspired her by changing careers and then changing people’s lives with his passion for chiropractic. Today, Wilson has the same passion for the discipline and is making a difference with her own patients at Georgetown Chiropractic Clinic in Indianapolis. The sports-oriented practice is a byproduct of her own lifelong love of sports. “I have always been very active, in my younger days in ballet, track, tennis and basketball, and even now with running, Pilates and playing golf,” Wilson said. “So it just seemed natural for me to specialize in sports chiropractic.” Wilson is quick to point out that, even though her practice is very sports-focused, it doesn’t completely define her professional mission.

“My patient base ranges from pediatric to geriatric and from sedentary to weekend warrior and elite athletes,” she said. “I strive to help every person feel and be their best.” Facilitating this state of wellness brings her a great deal of joy, something she doesn’t take for granted. “I am blessed to work every day in a career I love,” she said. Wilson is also the past president of the American Chiropractic Association’s (ACA) Council on Sports Injuries & Physical Fitness, and is currently on the executive committee for the Federation Internationale de Chiropratique du Sport (FICS). She serves as chiropractor for the Indiana Invaders track and Matthews cycling teams, and is a Graston Technique™ instructor. Outside work, she spends time with her husband, Brad, and their puppy, Beckett. She also enjoys being outdoors and reading. q

Dr. Sheila Wilson ’95 poses with German Olympic swimmer Sören Borch following his Bronze-medalwinning performance at the 2005 World Games. Wilson treated Borch’s shoulder prior to the competition, and after winning he thanked her with a flower bouquet.

■ = CCCKC graduate ❏ = CCCLA graduate

Reflections The inevitable passing of alumni, their family members and friends of the College saddens all of us within the Cleveland community. Although they are gone, they are not forgotten. Alumni Services has learned of the following passings: Dr. Robert Wilkinson ’64, died June 10, 2010. ■

Dr. John Ciambotti ’89, died March 24, 2010. ❏

Dr. Fred Borchers ’76, died April 24, 2010. ■

Dr. Nancy Carr-Carter ’81, died Feb. 13, 2010. ■

Dr. James South ’50, died March 27, 2010. ■

Dr. Stephen Gray ’78, died Jan. 21, 2010. ❏

To report the passing of someone from the College, please send a notice via e-mail to or through the postal mail to Clevelander, Cleveland Chiropractic College, 10850 Lowell Ave., Suite 2045, Overland Park, Kan. 66210.

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Dr. Andersen still awed by profession


Dr. Kenneth Andersen ’83, left, and his wife, Teri, have been married for more than 30 years. Andersen has spent 27 of those years healing patients in his Bakersfield, Calif., chiropractic practice.



fter almost three decades as a practitioner, a lot of things are different for CCCLA graduate Dr. Kenneth Andersen ’83. He has seen many changes in the profession, most notably the change in the mindset of a once skeptical medical community. Although not all M.D.’s have embraced chiropractic, time and evidence have allowed many to recognize its value. As a result, Andersen now has more patient referrals from medical doctors than from other chiropractors. He still enjoys going to the office, because he is able to help people every day and doesn’t have to answer to someone else. “I have spent 27 years making a real good living, sent five children to college, paid off my home, traveled around the world, vacation when and where I want to, and work when I want to, and have never had to ask anyone’s permission.” Andersen said. “And at the same time I have eased the pain and suffering of literally thousands of people. I guess I have nothing to complain about!” One of the brightest moments of his career came during a dark time for our nation. Following the terrorists attacks on Sept. 11, a call went out for chiropractors to volunteer in the Red Cross stations surrounding Ground Zero. Andersen said the stations were overwhelmed with rescue workers requesting chiropractic care. He traveled to the site to assist and was moved to see so many of his peers answer the call. “I was proud of my profession and the way we responded,” Andersen said. Andersen remains in awe of the profession and what it can do for patients. He can be reached via email at or by calling Dr. Daniel Redwood (661) by 665-1500. q

Chiropractic Association (SCCA) on June 7 at the SCCA board retreat in Napa Valley, Calif. Lonscak, 33, is the youngest president in the 77-year history of the SCCA. He practices at Advanced Health Center in Beaufort, S.C. Call (843) 986-9292 to reach him. n Dr. Matthew Hertert ’03 organized a “Peace Celebration” held May 22 at his practice, Centre Chiropractic, 128 E. Boal Ave., in Boalsburg, Pa. Hertert said the free event was inspired by a Mother Teresa quotation: “I was once asked why I don’t participate in anti-war demonstrations. I said that I will never do that, but as soon as you have a pro-peace rally, I’ll be there.” Speakers from community groups addressed different forms of peace in the world, in the family, in the environment and within people. Along with food and live music, a Peace Pole bearing the message “May Peace Prevail on Earth” was planted on the site. Visit www. peacepoleproject. com to learn more

about the Global Peace Pole Project. Send email to info@centrechiro. com or call (814) 466-2000. o Dr. Darcy Monti ’09 opened Renewed Life Chiropractic in April. The center, located at 156 Harvest Dr. in Louisburg, Kan., offers a variety of chiropractic techniques to meet the needs of patients, including Diversified, Thompson Drop, FlexionDistraction and Activator. Other services include muscle therapy, intersegmental traction and school and sports physicals. Monti can be reached via email at darcy.monti@ renewedlifechiro. com or by calling (913) 837-3310. n Drs. Adana Moses ’09 and Christopher Vargas ’09 opened Innate Family Chiropractic in April. Their Pasadena, Calif., practice specializes in family wellness with an emphasis on pregnancy and pediatrics. Moses and Vargas also conduct weekly wellness orientation workshops. Visit to learn more or call (626) 792-9600. o


Dr. Strickland adjusts to life’s every beat I

f you had asked Dr. William Strickland 25 years ago what his future held, he’d likely have said he was destined for a career in the spotlight, either playing music or making movies or some combination thereof. And he would have been mostly right in that assessment. That is, with the exception of his foray into chiropractic, something that wasn’t on his radar back then, but is certainly part of the fabric of his life today. Strickland, a 1994 CCCLA graduate, has been a member of the College’s Diagnostic and Chiropractic Sciences faculty for 15 1/2 years. An assistant professor, he teaches Serology and Neuromusculoskeltal Diagnosis, along with several labs, including Pediatric Adjusting, Physical Diagnosis, HEENT, Physiotherapy and X-ray Physics. He is also the Diagnostic Sciences representative on the Faculty Council and serves as chair of the council’s Handbook Committee. All of this complements Strickland’s creative pursuits in the entertainment industry. He has been a drummer for nearly 30 years, playing mostly rock, country rock and blues with his father, a professional musician who has his own band. In the motion picture industry, Strickland has worked on the production end of several movies, documentaries, commercials and more than 800 music videos for artists and bands such as Madonna, ZZ Top, Snoop Dogg, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Shania Twain and Prince. “I’ve worked with hundreds of movie stars and musicians, but to be honest, I have been impressed with very few,” Strickland said. As strange as it might sound, Strickland’s life has been more influenced by a stray cat than it has been by the likes of The Stray Cats. Case in point: one feral feline found “limping horribly and starving to death.” “This four-legged angel is solely responsible for inspiring me to pursue animal chiropractic,” Strickland said. “X-rays revealed that she had multiple healed frac-

tures and had been shot with small bullets or BBs and her right elbow was locked in flexion. Our veterinarian said she would never walk normally again, even with surgery. I decided to try adjusting the kitty and by the third day she was putting weight on that right paw and running up and down the stairs like a banshee!” The rest is history as today Strickland is strictly a practititioner of animal chiropractic. In fact, his practice is housed in a veterinary hospital, where he works alongside veterinarians, acupuncturists and animal physical therapists. “I specialize in treating small animals mostly, but I also work on horses,” Strickland said. “Of course, I still adjust family and friends, as well as fellow doctors. I love working on people, but I believe I must commit myself 100 percent to animal chiropractic rather than just dabbling in it.” To this end, he actively encourages students interested in treating animals to shadow him in his practice. He wants his students to keep an open mind and to realize the power of their calling. “My primary goal is to empower each and every student with the idea that to be of service is the highest calling, and that they have within themselves the potential to become not only great doctors, but great healers as well.” Strickland’s attitude of empowerment in the classroom melds nicely with his personal commitment to living a wellrounded existence. Herein lies the foundation of his philosophy on life, that “we all are capable of greater potential than we ourselves may realize.” q

by Scott Albright

Dr. William Strickland ’94 adjusts one of his regular patients, a cat named Velcro. His practice caters almost exclusively to small animals.

My primary goal is to empower each and every student with the idea that to be of service is the highest calling, and that they have within themselves the potential to become not only great doctors, but great healers as well.” Dr. William Strickland ’94 CCCLA assistant professor

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Event honors founders A

large crowd gathered on the CCCLA campus May 19 to celebrate Founder’s Day 2010. More than 120 students joined faculty, staff and special guests in honoring the founders of Cleveland Chiropractic College, while also celebrating the birthday of Dr. Carl S. Cleveland Jr. Dr. Ashley Cleveland, provost, started the day’s activities by addressing the gathering. Taking the podium after Dr. Cleveland was keynote speaker Dr. Jeff Spencer, a 1988 CCCLA graduate. Spencer, who was a member of the United States Olympic cycling team at the 1972 Munich games, launched his practice focusing primarily on the needs of athletes. He has treated professional competitors in a wide range of sports, including seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong and golfer Tiger Woods. Mo Estepa (IX), Student Council president, was particularly impressed by Spencer’s role in the treatment of the American cycling team in its quest for multiple Tour de France victories. He called Spencer’s presentation “inspirational and empowering.” “What linked all those victories was not necessarily the treatments, strategies or protocols for patient care, but rather the context in which he operated in,” Estepa said. “He and his team operated with a singular commitment, to get to Paris wearing the yellow jersey. And, he operated in camaraderie with his fellow health care professionals.” Following Spencer’s speech, breakout sessions were held. Technique workshops were conducted by Dr. Muffit Jensen ’90, Dr. Carol Claus ’88, Dr. Charles Bates ’98 and Dr. Mitch Carter ’99. A Kinesiotape and Graston workshop was conducted by Dr. Andrew Park, Dr. Felix Lee and Dr. Ted Papenhagen ’06. A presentation titled the “ABCs of Starting a Practice,” was conducted by Dessa Schroeder from OUM Chiropractor program. Internationally renowned sports and rehabilitation expert, lecturer and author Dr. Craig Morris ’81, conducted a workshop, as did Spencer. After an outdoor lunch and prize raffles, the gathering moved to the Auditorium, where Dr. Adana Moses ’09, CCCLA Alumni Association president, addressed the crowd. The final speaker was Dr. Carl S. Cleveland III, who shared thoughts about the significance of Founder’s Day. q 12


Dr. Jeff Spencer ’88 gave the keynote at Founder’s Day.

A technique workshop was led by Dr. Carol Claus ’88.

CCCLA professor Dr. Craig Morris ’81 was a lecturer.

Dr. Ashley Cleveland ’95 spoke on the event’s significance.

Words from Dr. Carl S. Cleveland III closed out the event.



Event Schedule Friday, October 8, 2010 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. (4 CEUs)

Saturday, October 9, 2010 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. (4 CEUs)

Sunday, October 10, 2010 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. (4 CEUs)

Richard Flint “A Day at the Zoo”

Susan McClelland “Medicare Update” (Part 1 of 2) “Relevant Issues in Chiropractic” (Various Speakers)

Dr. Richard Flint “Controlling Stress”

1 to 5 p.m. (4 CEUs)

Dr. Steve Agocs “Pelvic Adjusting/Thompson” Dr. Steve Gould “Spinal/Musculoskeletal Review” Dr. Bryan Bond “Improving Patient Outcomes” Dr. Kenyon Erickson “CPR/First Aid”

1 to 5 p.m. (4 CEUs) Dr. Steve Agocs “Pelvic Adjusting/Thompson” Dr. Daniel Redwood “Chiropractic Research Review” Dr. Bryan Bond “Improving Patient Outcomes” Drs. Joseph Biernat & Jeff Lavell “Purification/Detoxification” Speakers’ Bios | Pg. 14

Dr. Steve Gould “Spinal/Musculoskeletal Review” Richard Flint “When You Care, They Know!” Drs. Joseph Biernat & Jeff Lavell “Purification/Detoxification” Susan McClelland “Medicare Update” (Part 2 of 2)

1 to 5 p.m. (4 CEUs)

Registration Form | Pg. 15

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Dr. Steve Agocs specializes in the Thompson Technique and clinical nutrition. He is a member of the International Chiropractors Association and the Missouri State Chiropractors Association.

Dr. Joseph Biernat has extensive training in human nutrition. He also has an intimate knowledge of treating sports injuries derived from his time playing college and professional baseball.

Dr. Bryan Bond received his B.Sc. in Kinesiology from the University of Waterloo. He earned his B.S. in Human Biology and D.C. degrees from the National University of Health Sciences.

Dr. Kenyon Erickson is currently the president of the Kansas Chiropractic Association. He is also co-founder of the Flint Hills Community Clinic, which serves the underinsured and homeless.

Richard Flint has authored 11 books, recorded 50 CDs and filmed 27 videos. A nationally recognized speaker and author, he is a lifestyle coach and frequent guest on radio and TV talk shows.

Dr. Steven Gould leads a dynamic diagnostic imaging seminar. His motivating presentations cover a wide variety of popular topics that impart doctors with a blend of clinical and practical knowledge.

Dr. Jeffrey Lavell serves as team chiropractor for the Minnesota Menagerie women’s rugby team and the University of Minnesota’s men’s rugby team. He promotes a holistic approach to health care.

Susan McClelland has trained D.C.s and their staffs for more than 15 years on coding, insurance, clinical documentation and Medicare. She has also served on several ACA committees.

Dr. Dan Redwood is author of Contemporary Chiropractic and co-author of Fundamentals of Chiropractic. He is also founding editor of the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine.

Don’t miss the “Relevant Issues in Chiropractic” panel discussion Saturday, Oct. 9, from 8 a.m. to noon with Dr. Jerry DeGrado, Dr. Steven Kraus & Dr. John Nab.



Cleveland Chiropractic College 2010 Homecoming

Kansas Chiropractic Association 2010 Fall Convention ccckchomecoming

October 8-10, 2010

REGISTRATION FORM Check all that apply Check all that apply

CCC Alum Grad Year: ______________ I am not an Alumni Association Member/Dues not renewed for September 2010-August 2011 membership year Alumni Association Member (September 2010-August 2011) Alumni Association Lifetime Member Non CCC Alum College Attended: _________________________ Name__________________________________________________________________________________________________________ STREET ADDRESS_____________________________________________CITY__________________STATE_______ZIP____________ PHONE____________________________________________FAX________________________________________


E-MAIL_____________________________________ STATE(S) LICENSE #_________________________________________________ A hotel room block has been arranged at the Overland Park Marriott located at 10800 Metcalf Ave, Overland Park, KS 66210. Reservations can be made by calling (913) 451-8000 for the in-house Marriott reservation desk. All hotel reservations must be received by 5:00 p.m. CST on Thursday, September 23, 2010. Early Bird 9/17-10/6 After 10/6 (at the door) Full Package: Up to 24 hours of CEU’s, Friday lunch, Saturday Lunch, One Saturday Banquet Ticket CCC Alumni Association Members or KCA Members...............................................................$259.............$289……………....$319 Non CCC Alumni Association Member or Non KCA Members..................................................$309.............$339………………$369 Half Package: Up to 12 hours of CEU’s, Friday lunch, Saturday Lunch, One Saturday Banquet Ticket CCC Alumni Association Members or KCA Members................................................................$209.............$239………………$269 Non CCC Alumni Association Member or Non KCA Members...................................................$259.............$289………...…....$319 Please renew my CCCKC Alumni Association 2010-11 (September 2010-August 2011) Membership = Additional fee of $50 I plan to attend the Saturday Banquet Additional Saturday Banquet Tickets @$40 each...................................................................#______ @ $40 = ________________________ Please register my CA(s) (CAs may attend sessions presented by Richard Flint, Susan McClelland and special non-CEU Saturday sessions presented by Dr. Lynn Genet): Name(s)_____________________________________________________.........................#______ @ $79 = ________________________ Please register the following prospective student(s) for complimentary attendance: _____________________________________________ Sunday, October 10, 2010

Please indicate the sessions you plan to attend: Friday, October 8, 2010

Friday, 8:00 a.m.—12:00 p.m.

A Day at the Zoo (Ethical Practices)—

(4 CEUs)

Richard Flint

Friday, 1:00 p.m.—5:00 p.m.

Purification/Detoxification (Nutrition)—

(4 CEUs)

Sunday, 8:00 a.m.—12:00 p.m.

Controlling Stress (Ethical Practices)—

(4 CEUs)

Richard Flint

Sunday, 1:00 p.m.—5:00 p.m.

CPR/First Aid (Emergency Procedures)—

(4 CEUs)

Dr. Kenyon Erickson Spinal/Musculoskeletal Review

Drs. Joe Biernat & Jeff Lavell

(Diagnostic Imaging)—Dr. Steve Gould

Pelvic Adjusting/Thompson Technique

Pelvic Adjusting/Thompson Technique

(Technique)—Dr. Steve Agocs

(Technique)—Dr. Steve Agocs

Chiropractic Research Review

Improving Patient Outcomes

(Research)—Dr. Dan Redwood Improving Patient Outcomes (Diagnosis)—Dr. Bryan Bond Saturday, October 9, 2010 Saturday, 8:00 a.m.—12:00 p.m. (4 CEUs)

Relevant Issues in Chiropractic— (General) Various Speakers Medicare Update (Insurance/Doc.)

(Diagnosis)—Dr. Bryan Bond

Total Enclosed


My check payable to CCCKC or Credit Card:





Part 1/2—Susan McClelland

#_________________________________________Exp. Date________

Saturday, 1:00 p.m.—5:00 p.m.

When You Care, They Know!


(4 CEUs)

(General)—Richard Flint Spinal/Musculoskeletal Review (Diagnostic Imaging)—Dr. Steve Gould Purification/Detoxification (Nutrition)— Drs. Joe Biernat & Jeff Lavell Medicare Update (Insurance/Doc.) Part 2/2—Susan McClelland

Mail completed registration form to: Cleveland Chiropractic College Attn: Professional Development Department 10850 Lowell Ave., Overland Park, KS 66210 Call Sarah Hilliard at (800) 969-2701 with questions. Registrations can also be faxed to 913-234-0904

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COMING HOME 2010 SEPTEMBER 25 Event Schedule 8:00 a.m. - 7:30 p.m. Register ($99.00 per ticket) This one-day, 12-hour seminar will include: 5 hours of X-Ray 4 hours of technique Seminar approved in California. Breakfast and lunch provided. Register online at or call (800) 969-2701. 16



New auditorium opens A

Dr. Carl S. Cleveland III welcomes guests to the event.

Standard Process President Charles DuBois speaks.

The ribbon is officially cut on CCCLA’s new auditorium.

Dignitaries gather for a photo following the dedication.

Dr. Cleveland and Charles DuBois outside the auditorium.

lthough the seal was broken a couple of months prior on the newly renovated auditorium at the Los Angeles campus of Cleveland Chiropractic College, time was set aside by college administrators for an official dedication ceremony May 26. Work on the renovation project, funded by a $500,000 gift by Standard Process Inc., was completed in February. The facelift for the new Standard Process Auditorium included the installation of new carpet, flooring, windows, lighting and A/V equipment, as well as the construction of a more defined staging area and the purchase of new chairs. Dr. Carl S. Cleveland III opened the dedication ceremony with a welcome to all distinguished guests. He also provided an overview of the aforementioned project, thanking Standard Process for its generous contribution to the College. “Everyone at Cleveland is grateful to Charles DuBois, Dr. Mary Beth Larsen and the Standard Process organization for this generous gift,” Cleveland said. “This commitment greatly benefits Cleveland’s talented students and their education, returning health dividends to chiropractic patients far into the future.” Dr. James Powell, Standard Process special projects consultant, gave a presentation of the Standard Process nutritional program he has developed. Student Council President Mo Estepa (IX), Faculty Council President Dr. Michael Valentine, Board of Trustees Vice Chairman Dr. Ernst Anrig ’69 and Trustee Emeritus Dr. Gloria Lee Ford ’72 all spoke leading up to an address by Standard Process President Charles DuBois. “We are excited that our gift has helped renovate the auditorium at Cleveland-Los Angeles,” DuBois said. “It is our goal to help create cutting-edge learning environments for the students of chiropractic, because they are the future of health care.” Capping off the event was a ribbon-cutting ceremony with Cleveland III and DuBois doing the honors. The more than 150 in attendance applauded enthusiastically when the ribbon hit the floor. A luncheon followed the dedication event. This gave attendees ample time to converse with the dignitaries present, which also included Dr. Ashley Cleveland, provost, and Larsen, Standard Process chiropractic relations manager. q

Summer 2010



College launches MSHP Program by Alan Morgan


hiropractic has always been about the amazing power the body has to heal itself. At the core of this philosophy is the chiropractic adjustment and spinal health, which allows the body to naturally function at an optimal level. For nearly a century, Cleveland Chiropractic College has been a strong proponent of this philosophy of health. With health care costs soaring and reform under way, legislators, policy-makers and health practitioners of all kinds are joining the chiropractic chorus in promoting the advantages of good health and prevention. Government agencies and private businesses are now proposing programs that encourage healthy behaviors. The College is poised to take a leadership role in this endeavor. Starting in September, Cleveland ChiDr. Karen Doyle is the director of ship of this new program.” ropractic College will do what comes the MSHP program. Prior to joining Doyle has guided the new program naturally by introducing its new Master the staff at Cleveland, Doyle was the through the preparatory stages and will of Science in Health Promotion (MSHP) Health Promotions Coordinator at West- direct its progress through the inaugural program on the Kansas City campus. The ern Missouri Medical Center in War- class and beyond. Higher Learning Com“Cleveland College Cleveland College has an understanding mission of the North has an understanding Central Association of of how the business Colleges and Schools and of Health Promotion of how the business of Health Promotion the U.S. Department of impacts lifestyles for a Education have approved impacts lifestyles for a lifetime. I look forward to lifetime,” Doyle said. “I the degree program. look forward to educat“There are encourag- educating students and training leaders who will ing students and training ing signs that lifestyleleaders who will make based prevention and make healthy investments in the lives of others.” healthy investments in health promotion are the lives of others.” quickly becoming a top The basis of health Dr. Karen Doyle, MSHP Program Director priority of public health promotion educates policy,” Carl S. Cleveland III said. “Cleve- rensburg, Mo. In addition, she taught people to make lifestyle and behavioral land Chiropractic College has always sup- at the University of Central Missouri in changes conducive to good health. These ported this view, and the MSHP program Warrensburg for more than 10 years in changes begin with individuals, then is a good fit for the institution.” the Department of Health and Human expand throughout a community. There are many good reasons to explore Performance. Doyle has a Ph.D. in ExerHealth promotion shapes the core this innovative, 36-hour program, offered cise Physiology/Gerontology from the values and improves the quality of life of through Cleveland College of Graduate University of Kansas. people across every demographic— young Studies. Candidates may have a passion “Dr. Doyle’s extensive knowledge in and old, men and women—regardless for helping people lead healthier lives worksite wellness and health promotion of ethnic background or financial staor may be looking for a rewarding new programs, coupled with years of experi- tus. Today, health promotion principles career in an emerging field. Or they may ence in the field, qualifies her as an ideal are more important than ever, affecting already be a successful chiropractor or choice to chair this new post,” President teachers, employers, policy-makers and health management professional looking Carl S. Cleveland III said. “Everyone at communities as a whole. for enhanced knowledge and a compel- the College joins me in welcoming Dr. Cleveland College recognizes that ling way to expand their practice. Doyle and looks forward to her leader- health promotion encompasses a variety




FIRST ACADEMIC YEAR Fall Trimester Advances in HP Applied Health Behavioral Theory Health Promotion Techniques Spring Trimester Intro to Epidemiology Planning and Evaluation of HP Implementation of HP Programs

Dr. Karen Doyle, director of the College’s Master of Science in Health Promotion (MSHP) degree program, talks to prospective students during an open house on campus in July. The 36-hour program is offered through the Cleveland College of Graduate Studies.

of methods and forms that contribute to optimal health. It involves a belief that people function best when they are mentally, physically and spiritually healthy. MSHP students will explore a body of knowledge providing opportunities for personal growth and leadership. Within the health care industry, health promotion ideas are gaining momentum by teaching people to value health and invest in disease prevention. The evidence is clear that enlightened policies, organizations, economics, environmental interventions and other support functions influence quality of life. Students may choose a 6- or 9-trimester track to complete the MSHP degree program. Curriculum topics include history, principles and philosophy of health promotion; theories of health behaviors; design, implementation and evaluation of health promotion programs; basic principles of epidemiology; introduction to research and research methods; environmental and ecological issues; and nutritional epidemiology. There is a comprehensive examination upon completion of all coursework. Students are prepared to test for the Master Certified Health Education Specialist (MCHES) or professional certification prior to graduation. Cleveland’s MSHP students will learn to assess individual and community needs and interests for healthier lifestyles;

develop strategic plans that improve health behaviors; facilitate health promotion strategies; research and evaluate current health promotion efforts and trends; and become active participants and contributors in the health industry and community. Cleveland’s MSHP program graduates will be positioned to reach out to communities with skills and personal care that result in healthier lifestyles. Businesses, schools, health departments and other government agencies are seeking qualified consultants to educate their people on proven methods to achieve their potential and avoid illness. Health care costs are becoming unsustainable. If we, as a nation, continue to do nothing to change our unhealthy behaviors, costs will go even higher. Health promotion is the bridge over this great divide. Total well-being is influenced by physical, emotional, social, spiritual and intellectual components. Utilizing all of these factors, health promotion strategically creates awareness, provides leadership, changes behaviors and constructs environments to encourage a healthy world. By leading people to engage in behaviors that improve their lives, while limiting health care costs, Cleveland College’s MSHP program graduates will play a key role in today’s changing health care system and tomorrow’s new frontiers. q

Summer Trimester Electives may be taken once prerequisites are fulfilled. (Choose 1 Elective) Field Experience Independent Study Research Study SECOND ACADEMIC YEAR Fall Trimester Research Methods in HP (Choose 1 Elective) Nutritional Epidemiology Teaching/Learning Seminar Ecological/Environmental Health Field Experience Independent Study Spring Trimester (Choose 1 Elective) Field Experience Independent Study CHES Review Course Clinical HP Research Study CAM Summer Trimester Electives may be taken once prerequisites are fulfilled. (Choose 1 Elective) Field Experience Independent Study Research Study Note: Course sequence is for students enrolled in the 4-trimester track (9 hours per trimester). A 6-trimester track (less than 9 hours per trimester) is also available. Summer 2010


newbeginnings by Scott Vater

Synergy key goal of Drs. Teter, Stevens T

Dr. Tom Teter ’05 uses the Graston Technique™ on a patient at Synergy Health & Wellness, the practice he co-owns with fellow CCCKC alum Dr. Ryan Stevens ’05.

Our primary goal in practice is very simple. That is, to get results for our patients — period. We feel we have a unique practice, because we can affect many aspects of our paitents’ lives outside of just the traditional pain model.” Dr. Tom Teter ’05



he world is an ever-changing place and so too is health care. With the hectic pace of society today, few people can afford to have their daily routine disrupted by injury or chronic pain. This has given rise to more innovative treatment methods that deliver positive results quickly, broadening the scope of care. While chiropractic is the primary form of treatment for most practitioners, some are incorporating other methodologies that not only aid in recovery, but that also help increase patient performance. Two CCCKC classmates are successfully building this type of multidimensional practice in Westwood, Kan. Dr. Tom Teter and Dr. Ryan Stevens, both 2005 graduates, present their facility, Synergy Health & Wellness, as a place where patient care goes beyond a pain relief model. They believe that health, fitness and performance can and should be optimized in every individual. To achieve this, they provide chiropractic care and also offer soft-tissue manipulation, corrective exercises and performance training. In using a variety of strategies they hope to alleviate pain, correct the cause of the pain, and help prevent further injury by correcting muscular imbalances that may cause movement impairments. They see fewer patients, which allows them to offer more in-depth care and better understand the issues causing patient discomfort. “In our practice we have decided to take a different approach than many other chiropractors we know,” Teter said.

“We spend on average 30 to 60 minutes with each patient, and see no more than eight to 12 patients per day. This allows us to not only treat their pain symptoms, but to also properly diagnose the underlying cause, prescribe corrective exercises and even offer personal training services to build their strength and correct imbalances to prevent further injury and pain.” In addition to their Doctor of Chiropractic degree, both hold various certifications, including Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS), Corrective Exercise Specialist (CES) and Performance Enhancement Specialist (PES). The combination of their chiropractic education and other training allows them to assist patients in a myriad of ways. CSCSs are professionals who apply scientific knowledge to train athletes for the primary goal of improving performance. They conduct sport-specific testing sessions, design and implement safe and effective strength training and conditioning programs and provide guidance regarding nutrition and injury prevention. CESs are elite professionals experienced in human movement science, as well as injury prevention and recovery expertise to generate more revenue working with today’s deconditioned population. PESs are trained in fitness and enhanced athletic performance and work with sports professionals at all levels, from the secondary education and university tier, to professional and Olympic level athletes. “Our primary goal in practice is very simple. That is, to get results for our patients — period,” Teter said. “We feel we have a unique practice, because we can affect many aspects of our patients’ lives outside of just the traditional pain model. We use a diverse set of tools to decrease pain, decrease movement impairments by improving neuromuscular efficiency, and improving performance through strength training.”

newbeginnings Their methods have allowed them to expand their treatment and training to include a broad range of athletes from football players and mixed martial artists, to cyclists and soccer players. They have also been a part of the physician staff for the Kansas City Explorers tennis team for the last four years. The practice still relies heavily on chiropractic, and although the academic and clinical preparation they received at the College was the foundation for their career, it hasn’t ended there. The implementation of those skills each day in practice only adds to their knowledge base, but there are still moments of humility along the way. “The more I learn, the more I realize I don’t know,” Stevens said. “Although Cleveland laid out a solid foundation, it was just that, a foundation to build upon. They gave us the tools to allow us to continue to learn.” Teter mentioned other tools provided by the College, things that were of great value when the two men set out to build their business. The training he and Stevens received outside of the academic realm was important as well. The many resources made available while they were CCCKC students served them well in their transition to health care providers. “The business courses on practice development and practice start-up helped give us the confidence to open a practice of our own,” Teter said. “The guest speakers on insurance, financing, patient care and marketing gave us a large advantage in developing a flourishing practice.” And that development continues as the two prepare to move their practice to a new location. Although there is much to be done, they are prepared for a bright future in a new office that will see them expand their services to serve their patients better than ever before. “This is a big step,” Stevens said. “We are going from a very small office with very low overhead, to a much larger office with more overhead and significantly more employees and moving parts. The beauty of it is that we have had time to work out the ‘kinks’ in a facility very similar to ours. So, although there is some anxiety, there is also a lot of excitement.”

Looking back on the road they’ve traveled in the five years since graduation, the two can now speak from experience about what new graduates can expect. If he were to talk to a current student, Teter would offer words of caution, suggest that they keep their egos in check and expect to face a variety of challenges. “Being a physician is what you do professionally, not who you are as a person,” Teter said. “You will make many mistakes as you start your practice, so accept that and learn from the mistakes. There is so much to overwhelm and confuse new doctors, so find a mentor — someone who does what you want to do — and absorb everything you can.” Stevens echoed that sentiment, saying the discipline changes constantly and so the flow of new information never ceases. To be successful, the new practitioner must embrace that information and recognize that learning continues even after the diploma is earned. He added that those who think they’ve mastered the profession upon their graduation will be “in for a big surprise.” Their confidence has been building since graduation, but Stevens and Teter have not become complacent. They continue to be extremely driven in their pursuit for professional excellence. Teter stressed the importance of continuing to learn, saying they try to question everything they do to challenge themselves and grow as practitioners. The one thing that is without question is the success they have experienced so far. Visit on the World Wide Web to learn more about their practice. q

At top, Dr. Ryan Stevens ’05, assists a patient with balance exercises. Stevens and practice co-owner Dr. Tom Teter ’05, hold certifications in strength and performance fields to further aid in the treatment of patients. Above, Dr. Teter administers a chiropractic adjustment.

Summer 2010



CCCKC April ’10 Graduates

Fast Facts Commencement for CCCKC’s Class of Spring 2010 was held Friday, April 16. During the ceremony, Dr. Carl S. Cleveland III conferred 33 graduates.

Kendra Barkley

Amy Bates

Conway Springs, Kan.

Anselmo, Neb.

Cynthia Duffey

Amanda Engelhard

Caleb Guernsey

Kasey Hammontree

Lucas Cosens

Jason Coulter

Steven Fisher

Christina Gough

Fort Scott, Kan.

Helena, Okla.

Dr. Walter Kisthardt, chair and director of Park University’s Social Work Department, was the commencement speaker. Candice Yancy earned class Valedictorian honors.

Menlo, Kan.

Bethany, Mo.

Brian Henson

Academic Honors

Jay, Okla.



Summa Cum Laude Candice Yancy

Marceline, Mo.

Tulsa, Okla.

Nathan Jensen

Lee’s Summit, Mo.

Platte City, Mo.

Daniel Haug

Lenexa, Kan.

Eric Hedman

Seneca, Kan.

Hutchinson, Kan.

Spencer Jones

Zachary Kadolph

Billings, Mont.

Cum Laude Lucas Cosens Daniel Haug Melena Keeth Richard King

Bethany, Mo.


CCCKC April ’10 Graduates

Chiropractic Oath Melena Keeth Olathe, Kan.

Farmington, N.M.

Ashley Lowe

Ottawa, Kan.

Erin Masterson

Kansas City, Mo.

William McCauley

Dax McMillan

Steven Miller

Dustin Musgrove

Kathleen Pahmeyer

Luke Seifers

Kezia Shine

Christa Shue

Robert Thompson

Holton, Kan.

Alberta, Canada

Reno, Nev.

Adam Weilert

Chanute, Kan.

Haysville, Kan.

Stark, Kan.

Richard King

Katherine Kubovy

James Keen

Barnsdall, Okla.

Higginsville, Mo.

Omaha, Neb.

Newberg, Ore.

“I do solemnly pledge before God and man to devote my life to the prevention and relief of human disease and suffering; to perform my professional duties with dignity, pride and courage; to always live up to the high principles of my profession; to protect my science; and to enjoy the blessings and benefits of chiropractic.” — Written especially for Cleveland Chiropractic College by Dr. Leo Spears, founder of the former Spears Hospital, Denver, Colo.

Hays, Kan.

Tulsa, Okla.

Candice Yancy

Cincinnati, Ohio

Summer 2010



CCCLA April ’10 Graduates

Fast Facts Commencement for CCCLA’s Class of Spring 2010 was held Saturday, April 17. During the ceremony, Dr. Carl S. Cleveland III conferred 18 graduates.

Justin Bergstrom

Enumclaw, Wash.

Kevin Cressey

Pasadena, Calif.

Linda Falkinstein

Studio City, Calif.

Dr. Ted Papenhagen, an instructor and 2006 CCCLA graduate, served as the commencement speaker. Bryce Matthews earned class Valedictorian honors. Lê Dáng Khoa was named Salutatorian.

Garbis Khanjian

Pasadena, Calif.

Jacqueline Mendoza San Marino, Calif.

Lê Dáng Khoa

Vung Tau, Vietnam

Bryce Matthews

San Diego, Calif.

Grayr Movsesyan

North Hollywood, Calif.

Roma Nall

Academic Honors

Los Angeles, Calif.



Magna Cum Laude Lê Dáng Khoa Bryce Matthews

Cum Laude Bernardo Perez

Peter Hong

Chicago, Ill.


CCCLA April ’10 Graduates

Parting Words Bernardo Perez Arcadia, Calif.

Janis Prout

Valley Center, Calif.

Humphrey Sanabria Donnatila Sapiandante Diamond Bar, Calif.

Carson, Calif.

“Pioneers in chiropractic lit a torch, they have passed the torch to us, it is our responsibility to sustain the flame.” — Dr. Carl S. Cleveland III

Shingo Sasaki

Yokohama, Japan

Lesley Taylor

Fairbanks, Alaska

Anthony Subia

Bakersfield, Calif.

Jake Yang

Santa Barbara, Calif.

The College Congratulates All Its Graduates!

Summer 2010



CCCLA December ’09 Graduates

Fast Facts Commencement for CCCLA’s Class of Fall 2009 was held Saturday, Dec. 12. During the ceremony, Dr. Carl S. Cleveland III conferred 16 graduates. Dr. Scott Walker, renowned motivational speaker and developer of the Neuro Emotional Technique (NET) that utilizes a combination of chiropractic and other healing arts, served as the commencement speaker.

Jesstofed Cacho

Ryan Choi

Carson, Calif.

Glendale, Calif.

Annie Issagholyan

Ivy Khachatourian

Burbank, Calif.

Hollywood, Calif.

Pouriya Elyasi

Thousand Oaks, Calif.

Sally Kleinbart

Asdghik Kupelian

Los Angeles, Calif.

Frank Zermeno earned class Valedictorian honors. Lance Cohen was named Salutatorian.

Leyla Malakian

Joshua Michael

Sunland, Calif.

Los Angeles, Calif.

Elena Porter

Frank Zermeno

Not Pictured: Lance Cohen Jack Demirchian Yahar Mameghan

Academic Honors

Simi Valley, Calif.



Downey, Calif.

Cum Laude Frank Zermeno Lance Cohen Jessica Green Annie Issagholyan

Jessica Green

Tehran, Iran.

Won Park

Los Angeles, Calif.

Beirut, Lebanon

Dr. Ashley Cleveland ’95, Elizabeth Cleveland, Dr. Carl S. Cleveland III ’75, Alexandra Cleveland, Dr. Carl S. Cleveland IV ’10 and UMKC Chancellor Leo Morton.

Lasting Legacies University of Missouri-Kansas City Chancellor Honors Cleveland Family with 2010 Legacy Award


n the field of chiropractic care and education, five generations of the Cleveland Family have few peers. The Clevelands - involved in Kansas City’s chiropractic care and education for 88 years - are recipients of the 2010 UMKC Legacy Award. Carl S. Cleveland Jr., whose father established Cleveland Chiropractic College, attended the University of Kansas City (now UMKC) in the 1940s. Cleveland Jr. hosted radio shows and appeared on television in Kansas City and Los Angeles, explaining chiropractic treatment and care. His wife - known to family, students and friends as “Dr. Millie” - was a former student at UMKC and later was administrator, instructor and director of the Children’s Clinic at Cleveland Chiropractic College. In 1970, Dr. Carl S. Cleveland III earned a B.S. degree in Biology from UMKC and served as an instructor. He became president of the college’s Kansas City and Los Angeles campuses in 1992. Elizabeth Cleveland, wife of Cleveland III, received a master’s degree in Social Work from UMKC in 2004. Their children have continued the tradition. Carl S. Cleveland IV attended UMKC’s School of Biological Sciences. Their daughter, Dr. Ashley Cleveland, earned an M.A. degree in Sociology from UMKC in 1998, and has been a UMKC guest lecturer. Their daughter, Alexandra S. Cleveland, received a master’s degree in Social Work in 2004. Cleveland III is a prominent speaker and educator. Elizabeth Cleveland is executive director of the Cleveland College Foundation. Ashley Cleveland is provost and an associate professor. — Excerpt from an article written by UMKC

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CCCKC Homecoming 2010/KCA 2010 Fall Convention 24 Hours of CEU Available KC Campus Various Instructors Date: October 8-10 Kinesio Taping: KT1 & KT2 Training 16 Hours of CEU LA Campus Instructor: Dr. Jeffrey Lease Dates: October 16-17

Look for more information in the coming months.

Advanced Meridian Therapy Session 8: Special Problems of the Male Population 12.5 Hours of CEU KC Campus Instructor: Dr. Larry Beem Date: October 2

CCCLA plans events 100 years in the making in 2011!

CCCLA Coming Home 2010 12 Hours of CEU LA Campus Instructors: Dr. David Gendreau, Dr. Matt Hubbard, Dr. Troy Dukowitz & Others Date: September 25

Call (800) 969-2701 to learn more.

Advanced Meridian Therapy Session 7: Pediatrics 12.5 Hours of CEU KC Campus Instructor: Dr. Larry Beem Date: September 25

Whiplash worries? CCC’s Online University can help!

Postgraduate Education Seminars

Clevelander Alumni Magazine (Summer 2010 Issue, Vol. 20)  

Clevelander magazine is circulated free to all Cleveland Chiropractic College alumni, current students and friends of the institution.