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And Growing… Fall CE 2015

A Towering Reminder

Young Leaders


Greetings, LIFE Alumni and Friends! It’s always a treat to see Life University represented on a national platform like it was again this spring for the fourth consecutive year at the 2015 Collegiate Rugby Championship in Philadelphia. Life U’s men’s team was joined this year by our brand new women’s team, and — like the men — they made a lasting impression with their outstanding play, bold uniforms and boisterous fan base. With our semifinal game broadcasted live on NBC Sports and NBC, a national audience not only saw our worldclass rugby teams compete, but also saw our incredible, 30-second commercial that highlights our green campus and innovative degree opportunities. If you haven’t been to the CRC, I’d love to see you there next year; it’s a can’tmiss weekend for Life U! Though rugby has become a flagship sport in the LIFE athletic department, it’s certainly not on its own. Under the guidance of Athletic Director Dan Payne and his dedicated staff and coaches, the department is continually getting bigger and better, with young teams like our men’s wrestling, women’s swimming, women’s track and more having excellent seasons both from an individual and team standpoint — not to mention we’ll be adding four new teams to the mix this fall. Even more important is our commitment to academic excellence. I’m tremendously proud of our student-athletes who hit the books before practice, balancing their pursuit of knowledge with their athletic achievement. You’ll read more about them in this YEL summer issue’s feature story.



‘I’m tremendously proud of our student-athletes who hit the books before practice, balancing their pursuit of knowledge with their athletic achievement.’

Of course, it’s about that time again that all of us look forward to here on campus, the annual Fall CE event, which is t taking place Sept. 30-Oct. 4 this year. As I’m writing this, our 1,200 free registration spots for the Fall CE event have already been claimed with more than three months remaining until the event is here. However, there are still spots available at a terrific deal of just $150. Check out the Fall CE preview article in this issue for more information about what is new this year and all the special events you won’t want to miss. Also featured in this issue is LIFE’s strong relationship with Puerto Rico. The Caribbean island and U.S. territory has become a hotbed for chiropractic recruitment, and now close to 8 percent of our student population is composed of Puerto Rican students. You’ll read about students such as Andrés Juliá, who’s become committed to bringing Vitalism and Chiropractic to his home of Puerto Rico. From our burgeoning athletics programs and our unique Puerto Rican culture, to the call of autumn and Fall CE on campus, I know you’ll enjoy this edition of Your Extraordinary LIFE. Best wishes to all of you in this summer season. Yours in Chiropractic,

Guy F. Riekeman, D.C. President



Your Extraordinary LIFE The Alumni Magazine of Life University

Contents FEATURE

6 Life University Athletics Soaring CAMPUS LIFE

10 Health Coaching and Coaching Psychology

Life University’s women’s swimming team took to the water for their first season of competition in 2014-15.

12 Countdown to Fall CE 2015 14 Turning Your Practice Assets into a Lifetime Income Stream



Jamie Ryan Publisher

Guy F. Riekeman, D.C. President

Larry Lebovitz President

Greg Harris Vice President for University Advancement

John Hanna Vice President

Mary Ellen Leffard Alumni Relations Manager

Lindsay Field Penticuff Editor

Kelsey Donaldson Alumni Relations Coordinator

Amy Fine Production Coordinator/ Circulation Manager

Will Brooks Communications Coordinator

Garon Hart Graphic Designer

15 Life University and Puerto Rico 16 LIFE Talks Recap 17 A Towering Reminder

Hally Joseph Integrated Content Creator


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LIFE on the Road

Life University’s Executive, Enrollment and Advancement Teams

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Upcoming Events Calendar

Opportunities to Connect with LIFE

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18 Alumni and Friends Update

Young Leaders, Scholarship Winners Named, Do You Remember?, Call for Nominations, Keep in Touch with LIFE Graduates, Friends We’ve Lost


Keep in Touch with ON THE ROAD


The Alumni Department at Life University is on the road year-round, hosting alumni events and personally visiting alumni and friends to connect and engage all over the country. You may have seen these familiar faces at a recent convention or in your private practice. In the past six months, the LIFE Advancement Team has collectively visited more than 200 alumni and friends. To see where we are headed next, check out our events calendar at Alumni., and if you see us out and about, be sure to introduce yourself. Here’s where we visited from January to mid-May:

Federspiel (’12), who just joined a practice in Hartford.

TEXAS Erin Dancer, Director of Development, kicked off 2015 travel with an actionpacked trip to central Texas. During her stay, Dancer had a wonderful lunch with rugby alumni Drs. Paul “The Rock” McCartney (’95) and Todd Knight. The Rock, who dedicated an adjusting room to LIFE, agreed to serve as the fourth State Rep for Texas. Dancer also had successful visits with Dr. Lorraine Jones (’07), who recently opened a new office in Round Rock, and Dr. Duanne “Tiny” Watts, rugby alumnus, whose son is also interested in playing rugby at LIFE. PUERTO RICO With a busy travel season ahead, we headed across the Atlantic Ocean to sunny San Juan. For the second year in a row, LIFE offered continuing education to alumni and friends in the area and to those who wanted to escape the cold stateside. Attendees enjoyed dynamic presentations on “The Office of the Future” presented by LIFE President Dr. Guy Riekeman, “The Foundations of Nutrition” presented by Dr. Joe Teff and



“The Changing Landscape of Neurology in Chiropractic Office” presented by Dr. Michael Hall. An educational and inspiring weekend for all who joined. FLORIDA Wrapping up the month of February, Alumni Relations Manager Mary Ellen Leffard attended the Florida Chiropractic Conferences in Tampa. A new continuing education provider in Florida, FCC held Leffard with LIFE Recruiter a successful and Executive Director of FCC convention Lili Montoya with more than 100 in attendance. Leffard addressed the crowd on the importance of becoming engaged with LIFE and greeted alumni at the LIFE booth. Following the end of the convention, Leffard made her way around the Tampa area to meet with local alumni. Drs. Regina Bennett (’86), Louis “Woody” Brown (’00), Joe Hornberger (’86), Lisa Michel-Green (’06) and Cindy Chait (’86) all agreed to help with their upcoming reunions. CONNECTICUT To officially kick off the spring season, Leffard made her way to Connecticut for the New York State Chiropractic Association. It had been many years since LIFE had a presence at a NYSCA conference, and Leffard enjoyed meeting and networking with alumni during her time at the LIFE booth. Afterward, Leffard ventured through the New England state to meet with various alumni. She recruited our very first Connecticut State Rep, Dr. Wade

NEW YORK Following her Connecticut visits, Leffard ventured to New York to attend a LIFE After Hours hosted by New York State Rep Dr. Rob Shire (‘99) in his thriving Manhattan practice. Familiar faces included Drs. Avrum Musnik and Chris Sayers (’97). A great time was had by all who attended. CALIFORNIA Each spring, the LIFE team eagerly heads to the west coast for the annual Cal Jam event. Vice President for University Advancement Greg Harris and Recruiter Philip Librone Dancer with Dr. Danny represented LIFE at Gambino (’90) this unparalleled conference of rock ‘n’ roll and inspiration. There was a great turnout at the LIFE-sponsored lunch, where Harris spoke to the group about various ways they can impact the profession and benefit the University. While Harris and Librone jammed out at Cal Jam in Costa Mesa, Dancer ventured north to visit alumni and friends in San Diego and Los Angeles. Visits included Drs. Mary and Ron Oberstein (’81), who are practicing with daughter Dr. Lauren Oberstein (’14) and her fiancé Dr. Matthew Pennetti (’14); Dr. David Tannenbaum (’83), who owns and operates a very successful practice in Beverly Hills; Dr. Danny Gambino (’90), who serves as a California State Rep; and Drs. Tania and Cordie Williams (’14), who are hard at work building their practice. In addition, Drs. Bruce


Stevens (’93) and Adam Cantor (’01) agreed to join our tribe of State Reps for the great state of California. NORTH CAROLINA April kicked off with a great spring convention held by the North Carolina Chiropractic Association. In addition to our state partnership, LIFE sponsored Dr. Gilles LaMarche’s program, “Evolution of Chiropractic.” Leffard addressed convention attendees and signed up Dr. Grant Sikes (’11) to help with his reunion in 2016. Later, current and interested Tar Heels for LIFE Doctors had a successful meeting and reception. In total, the program has flourished to 30 alumni and friends.

Dr. Dustin McIver (’14), Jerome Stockwell and Dr. Larry Kaplan (’85) at MAC

MICHIGAN Just a few weeks later, Leffard and Harris traveled to Kalamazoo for the Michigan Association of Chiropractors spring convention. LIFE hosted its annual luncheon with a huge turnout of more than 80 alumni and friends. During Harris’ presentation, Dr. Joe Lupo (’78) passionately addressed the group about LIFEforce 1000 and student recruitment. In addition, Dr. Glenn Caudell (’85) signed up to help with his 30th reunion this fall.


doctors to be a part of the Unified with LIFE program. Looking forward to the fall convention at Kings Mill. Dr. Leanne Kart (’87), Elam and Dr. Dawn Barton-Cadwallader (’96) at GCA

GEORGIA LIFE had a blast at the Georgia Chiropractic Association’s spring conference in Hilton Head Island. Manager of Constituent Relationships Mark Elam and Recruiter Dr. Dawn Barton-Cadwallader (’96) represented LIFE at this weekend-long event. In addition to hosting a booth, LIFE sponsored the President’s Reception. Barton-Cadwallader addressed attendees and encouraged all to recruit students back to LIFE. The pair also signed up Drs. Robert Hayden (’95), Aaron Smith (’96) and Claudia Liliana Martinez (’00) as reunion chairs for 2015 and 2016. VIRGINIA “Face to Face” marked the theme of the Unified Virginia Chiropractic Association’s spring convention. LIFE was well-represented at this event with attendance from Vice President of Enrollment and Marketing Dr. Cynthia Boyd, Leffard and Student Chris Colby, Boyd, Dr. Tom Recruiter Wetzen (’89) and Leffard Jasmin Collins. Boyd and Leffard made a splash as they played alongside UVCA President Dr. Tom Wetzen (’89) at the golf outing and were the winning foursome. Boyd addressed attendees regarding LIFE’s state partnership and the team recruited nine

ILLINOIS To finish out spring travel, Dancer headed to Carmi, a few hours outside of St. Louis, to visit Dr. Travis Gholson Dr. Travis Gholson (’98) (’98). A 100 Year Lifestyle affiliate, Gholson was busy establishing a second practice location and hosted a grand opening in May. A current LIFEforce 1000 doctor, Gholson also agreed to sign up as an Illinois State Rep. Congrats on all your accomplishments! l


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Florida Chiropractic Conferences Life University Booth Jacksonville, Florida

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LIFE Leadership Weekend Life University Register at

Life University Booth Atlanta

29-30 Georgia Chiropractic Council Convention Sponsor Atlanta





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Michigan Association of Chiropractors Alumni & Friends Breakfast 9 a.m. Register at Alumni.

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ntercollegiate athletics is a natural adjunct to the educational opportunities offered by Life University. Can you think of a better or more visible example of health and optimum performance than a finely tuned athlete? Life U competes in a variety of sports, and we compete well. When you combine the aspects



of Exercise Science, Nutrition, Positive Psychology, Functional Neurology and, of course, Chiropractic, it’s no wonder our student-athletes perform well. Athletics is also an amazing marketing tool — not just for enrollment purposes, but also for exposure to the Life U brand and the larger mission of the University.


Life U competes at the NAIA level, which is much different than the NCAA. The business model of the NAIA is committed to three principles: • Character-driven dedication to enhancing the academic and athletic experience of students • Offering high-caliber athletics at a reasonable cost • Helping universities advance enrollment initiatives through athletics Under this business model, Life U is able to grow enrollment and create revenue-positive programs in as little as one season. And many of our student-athletes, once exposed to the mission and culture of Life U, will remain on campus after their eligibility has expired to matriculate into our graduate programs and the Doctor of Chiropractic program.

Successes in 2014-15 As we complete another fiscal year, we take time to reflect on the successes of the past 12 months. The list is long, but here are some of the highlights: • Our student-athletes’ combined cumulative GPA is higher than that of the average Life U student • Nine student-athletes earned Academic All-Conference honors • Seven student-athletes were nominated as NAIA Champions of Character • Student-athletes logged twice as many community service hours (2,500) compared to the previous year And those are just some of the successes outside the arena. Inside the arena, Life U competed in the prestigious Mid-South Conference.

We had multiple student-athletes earn All-Conference and All-American honors. Four of our current rugby players competed for the U.S. National team, with many more invited to elite training camps. One of our studentathletes was named Freshman of the Year in the Mid-South Conference. And we competed on national network television for the fourth year in a row (read more about the Collegiate Rugby Championship on the next page).

What’s Next? In addition to the two sports we added this past year, Women’s Swimming and Women’s Rugby, LIFE will be adding four more this coming year — Men’s and Women’s Bowling, Men’s Swimming and Women’s Volleyball — and plan to add three more in 2016-17. By the fall of 2016, the stable of sports offerings will include:

Men’s Sports


Life U had multiple student-athletes earn All-Conference and several more earn All-American.

Women’s Sports

Basketball Basketball Bowling Bowling Rugby Cross Country Soccer Rugby Swimming Soccer Wrestling Swimming Track Volleyball Wrestling “It’s an exciting time to be part of Life U Athletics,” says LIFE Athletic Director Dan Payne. “Every studentathlete who comes to Life U gets exposed to the vitalistic mission of the University and spreads that message. We are experiencing phenomenal growth, and we would love to have our alumni help fuel that growth.”





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Why We Go to the Collegiate Rugby Championship The Life U men and women may capture CRC titles in the future, but the weekend in Philadelphia is much more than wins and losses. It’s about competition, the experience of playing in the big event and exposure on national television, and it’s a nice way to end the athletic calendar year for the 2014-15 season. From a competition standpoint, the men competed in their fourth CRC and made it to the semifinals. There is no third-place match anymore for men, so one could say we finished joint third out of 20 teams that competed. The Life U men have made it to the semifinals every time they have been at the event and made it to the finals in 2013. The women competed in their first CRC and finished as winners of the Challenge Cup, which is a consolation bracket for the teams that don’t make the championship semifinals. So, the women finished in fifth place out of 12 teams that competed, but the way they were peaking that Sunday of competition, they could have made a great run at the title — not bad for a group who only started playing rugby 7s three weeks prior. Rugby 7s is a completely different style of rugby than the one you see played on campus. The games are



shorter, the pace is frantic and the momentum can change in seconds and completely alter the outcome of the game. There is a saying, “Anything can happen in 7s,” and with teams playing five or six games over two days, fitness and injuries play a major role in who emerges as the champion. It’s an exciting brand of rugby, which is why it will be an Olympic sport in 2016. From an experience standpoint, the men fielded a team of seven freshmen, three sophomores and only two seniors, many of whom had very limited experience, if any, in playing rugby 7s. For the women, being a first-year program, they are all freshmen, in a sense, despite their year of eligibility. And many of them had limited or no experience

Our student-athletes’ combined cumulative GPA is higher than that of the average Life U student. in 7s competition as well. As the CRC is the pinnacle of college 7s, it was an incredible opportunity for these young men and women to compete at this level and gain valuable experience that will serve them well



in the coming years at this event. With regards to exposure, if you look at the list of schools competing at the CRC, it is a virtual who’s who of prominent universities. Can you think of another collegiate sport where Life University would play against the University of Alabama on national television and win 36-0? The Life U men were seen live on NBC and NBC Sports Network on both Saturday and Sunday of the competition. Millions of people saw our awesome uniforms and logo, our sea of matching fan shirts and even saw our 30-second commercial about the University that aired multiple times. Each year at this time, the website sees a major spike in visits from people all over the country who want to know more about the University. And finally, the CRC comes at the time of year when hundreds of Life U fans, parents and students can find time in their busy schedules to make the trip to Philadelphia and be part of the event. We are known at the event as having the largest and loudest fan base. Kids from all different parts of the country have heard about Life U rugby and want to purchase our jerseys, sit with our fans during matches and maybe even attend Life U — as a rugby player or not. Yes, Life U may win a CRC championship next year or the year after that; but what we gain from participating in this great event is LIFE being a big winner every year. We hope you’ll join us in 2016! l

Four of our current rugby players competed for the U.S. National team, with many more invited to elite training camps.





Health Coaching HALLY JOSEPH We have more healthcare information, high-tech medical advances and wellness strategies than ever before, yet we’re eating worse, exercising less and chronic disease is on the rise. Health coaching may be one of the most effective, innovative models today in preventive healthcare and wellness. Life University’s integrated program draws on expertise in nutrition, exercise science and psychology. Advanced facilities, such as the LIFE Sport Science Institute, state-of-the-art teaching kitchens and culinary demonstration amphitheater, and the functional rehabilitation facilities of our Center for Health and Optimum Performance, immerse our health coaching students in living laboratories where they can obtain hands-on experience. Unlike health educators, health coaches use interactive consultation to help people set and meet health goals,

overcome health-related obstacles and create support systems. A health coach walks the road with patients, helping them actually apply information to their unique situation. They help patients gain a deeper understanding of their conditions and master the skills needed to persist and succeed with a prescribed healthcare regimen. Health coaches are also particularly helpful in guiding people through information overload. While the Internet is a great resource for researching health-related questions, it can also present patients with highly conflicted data that is difficult to turn into useful insights. Health coaches guide people toward trusted resources and help them evaluate a broad range of care options.

Coaching Psychology What exactly is the psychology of coaching? The International Coaching Federation defines coaching as collaborative conversations that accelerate personal and professional growth. “I tell people that coaching is not a magic bullet,” says Mickey Parsons, assistant professor of Coaching Psychology. “I like to use the word ‘catalyst.’ I think coaches really catalyze situations for people. We help take their dreams, their aspirations, their goals off the backburner and we push them to the forefront.” Life University offers certificate, undergraduate and graduate degrees in coaching psychology, teaching empirically validated strategies and techniques to facilitate self-development of the

client or coachee. The ultimate goal of the program is to produce highly skilled professionals capable of applying their coaching skills in a diverse number of settings such as independent practice, personal realms, health related fields (e.g., nutrition, exercise physiology, Chiropractic), business management, human resources, sports or other helping professions. Graduates continue their education and become trainers, organizational development specialists, case managers, human resources professionals, therapists and educators in their own right. For more information on LIFE’s Coaching Psychology degrees and how to apply, call (770) 426-2884 or email l

For more information on LIFE’s Bachelor of Science in Health Coaching or Coaching Psychology degrees and how to apply, call (770) 426-2884 or email





Countdown to

Fall CE 2015 Sept. 30-Oct. 4 As 1,600 alumni, friends, professors, presenters and their guests can attest, the Fall CE event at Life University each year is one of the biggest and best continuing education events in the profession. Each fall, alumni and friends gather on campus for five days of learning, connection and inspiration. While some return to campus to attend classes, others return just to hang out and absorb the energy. We have a full slate of classes to offer you again this year — everything from technique and philosophy to biomechanics and Georgia or Florida Law. In addition to CE for chiropractors, professional classes will be offered for athletic trainers, psychologists and nutritionists. The weekend is also packed with events that will bring some relief from long hours in the classroom — parties, luncheons and reunions. Be sure to RSVP for the events you want to attend online as you register. Registration is now open to attend this event and LIFE is proud to offer the opportunity to earn up to 32 hours of CE (a value beyond $600) for just $150 per doctor and $50 per spouse or staff member. Secure your spot at We look forward to hosting you this fall!




Campus Tours Daily, 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Explore LIFE’s campus and see what has changed since you’ve last visited. The tour will take approximately 45 minutes and space is limited. Please reserve your spot online at State Rep Lunch Thursday, Oct. 1, Noon Current State Reps are invited to network and mingle with their fellow representatives. Please RSVP at Alumni.LIFE. edu/StateRepLunch. Thirsty Thursday – Complimentary Beer & Wine with Exhibitors Thursday, Oct. 1, 5:30 p.m. Spend the evening networking with our sponsors and vendors. Complimentary beer, wine and non-alcoholic beverages will be served. Lasting Purpose Awards and Recognition Lunch Friday, Oct. 2, Noon Celebrate the accomplishments of your fellow peers. Nominations are currently being accepted for the following awards: Alumnus of the Year, Young Alumnus of the Year and Honorary Alumnus of the Year. Fill out nominations online at Fall CE Party Celebrating Reunions Friday, Oct. 2, 6 p.m. All are invited to this pirate-themed bash to mingle and help celebrate class reunions. Tickets are $20 per person and include dinner, drinks and entertainment. President’s Circle Lunch Saturday, Oct. 3, 1 p.m. Learn how LIFE’s President’s Circle advances LIFE’s vitalistic philosophy to educate new generations to have a profound effect on the health of society. Contact Mark Elam at (770) 426-2660 to request an invite. 30th & 35th Reunion Dinner Saturday, Oct. 3, 6:30 p.m. The Classes of 1980 and 1985 will spend the evening celebrating LIFE. Tickets are $25 per person and include dinner, drinks and fellowship. Please register at


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Join in a tour of campus. Revisi t your past, lear changes on cam n about pus and explore LIFE’s progress. offered daily th Tours are roughout Fall CE . Celebrate at th e Fall CE Party. Come adorned pirate gear for in your best a jolly good even ing Friday, Oct. Class pictures wi 2 at 6 p.m. ll be taken and a special slides played. Tickets ho w will be are $20 per pers on. Gather at the 30 th and 35th Reun ion Dinner. The of 1980 and 1985 Classes will have a reun ion dinner to re and spend time minisce with old friends. The dinner will Saturday, Oct. take place 3 at 6:30 p.m. an d costs $25 per person. Support your cl ass gift. LIFE wa s indeed an am and still is, but azing place, it needs your su pport. Part of th celebration is co e reunion ming together in support of a clas reunion gift. Yo s ur support — in any amount — en tomorrow’s stud sures ents pursue thei r ambitions and their dreams re make alities. You can support your cl Alumni.LIFE.ed ass gift at u/ReunionGift. Special thanks to our team of more than 70 al who have signed umni up as your clas s reunion chairs committed them an d selves to ensurin g that this is th reunion possible e be . st Interested in he lping with this ye future reunions ar’s reunion or ? Please contac t Alumni Relati Manager Mary El ons len Leffard at (7 70) 426-2917 or MaryEllen.Leffar l





LIFE Launches Charitable Gift Annuity Program Turning Your Practice’s Assets or a One-Time Gift of Cash into a Lifetime Income Stream BY GREG HARRIS, VICE PRESIDENT FOR UNIVERSITY ADVANCEMENT

In July 2015, LIFE launched a Charitable Gift Annuity program. What is a CGA? First, let’s define annuity — a contract an individual has with a financial institution to provide a revenue stream in exchange for an investment. Most annuities are established with a cash investment of $10,000 or more. The funds are invested, and a pre-determined payment is made to the donor on a recurring basis of quarterly, semi-annually or annually. So, what is a CGA? A charitable gift annuity is similar to a regular annuity and is generally issued by nonprofits. Most universities offer CGAs and either manage the investments within the institutions’ portfolios or contract with financial institutions to manage or purchase the CGAs. For the donor, the main difference between a CGA and a regular annuity is a) the CGA is funded with a philanthropic gift that provides the donor with a tax deduction on top of the lifetime revenue stream; and b) the donor’s gift can be cash or an appreciated asset, such as stock, real estate or other tangible product. When appreciated assets are used, the donor sometimes receives an additional benefit via a reduction in capital gains tax.

Using Your Practice Assets to Fund a CGA LIFE’s CGA program offers its alumni and friends a unique opportunity to use assets of their chiropractic clinic (or other business) as the contribution. For the growing number of older chiropractors planning to retire over the next decade, this could be a good option. Graduation surveys show that only a small percentage of new chiropractors are expressing interest in buying an existing practice, and



most graduates want to start their own practice or be an associate in an existing practice. This places the market for existing practices in favor of the buyer and not the seller and gives retiring doctors only pennies on the dollar. From that viewpoint, using practice assets for a CGA could turn out to be the best option.

Which Practice Assets Can I Use to Fund a CGA? In the calculation of the assets of your practice, LIFE will hire professional third parties to value your clinic equipment and clinic real estate. The valuation yields a higher amount if there is real estate involved — either the building that contains your clinic or an unrelated real estate investment. Why? Because real estate tends to be assessed higher than used equipment. We don’t include the value of your patient base in the valuation of the practice’s assets. However, while we are conducting the formal evaluation of the real estate and equipment components, we will help you by ensuring that your practice information is listed on LIFE’s job board for graduating students to view. l

What is the first step to create a CGA with LIFE? The first step is to contact LIFE’s Vice President for University Advancement Greg Harris at or (404) 358-5283. Harris works with individuals on various estate plan options in a highly confidential manner.



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The U.S. Commonwealth of Puerto Rico is only 100x35 miles in size, but it has a population around 4 million. “It’s a small place with a lot of people in it,” says Life University alumnus and Board of Trustees member Eddy Diaz, D.C., who calls Puerto Rico home. The tropical island is known for its rainforests and fortresses but has not been known for Chiropractic — something Dr. Diaz and his colleagues are working to change. Since there are less than approximately 200 chiropractors in Puerto Rico, Dr. Diaz works to spread awareness throughout the commonwealth, working as a LIFEforce 1000 doctor to recruit students into the profession. He speaks to students about what mattered to him most at LIFE: Vitalism and Lasting Purpose. Dr. Diaz says, “Because of the intrinsic values of the University, I feel really comfortable talking with passion and conviction.” The little island has had a big impact on the student population at Life University. Currently, close to 8 percent of the student population is comprised of Puerto Rican students. In fact, between the 2009-10 and 2014-15 academic years, the campus experienced a 44 percent increase in Puerto Rican student enrollment. This boost is mutually beneficial: A thriving Puerto Rican community means more word of mouth and more student enrollment, plus more passionate chiropractic advocates in Puerto Rico.

Andrés Juliá, a Puerto Rican student in the Doctor of Chiropractic program who plans on graduating in December 2016, says the Puerto Rican community is one of his favorite things about the University. Like Dr. Diaz, one of his missions is to bring Chiropractic to Puerto Rico, and he hopes to start small — by uniting chiropractic students at LIFE who will go on to work in Puerto Rico. “I asked myself, ‘How can I create an army of vitalistic visionaries down there?’” he says. “And I realized I have to start with the students.” Since this realization, he’s created a Hispanic Club on campus and hosted Philosophy Night in Puerto Rico. By forming a coalition of chiropractors at LIFE who will return to Puerto Rico to work, Juliá hopes to unite the local chiropractors to become more effective in spreading the chiropractic message. While many

Puerto Rican students choose to stay and work in the United States, Juliá hopes to change their minds. “A lot of them worry because of [Puerto Rico’s] criminality; they worry about raising a family,” he says. He hopes that a united front pledging to bring Lasting Purpose, those ideals of To Give, To Do, To Love, To Serve — Out of a Sense of Abundance, help resolve that problem.” For Dr. Diaz, he hopes his recruits — often his own patients who discover a passion for Chiropractic — don’t define their success by trying to make him proud or living up to the standard he has set. “What I would really hope for them is to have greatness better than I ever dreamt of; to be better than me in every sense,” he says. “I’m doing my job, throwing seeds around, and I think those seeds are going to be bigger and better than we ever expected.” l





LIFE Talks Recap The inaugural LIFE Talks World Congress was held April 23-24, bringing amazing national and international speakers to the Life University campus to deliver empowered messages related to their respective fields. The goal of LIFE Talks was for each attendee to realize their soul purpose, make a transformational impact on the world, create social change for good and remove the interference to maximize their perfection within. Nine speakers participated in the two-day conference, including thought leaders in the fields of Chiropractic, nutrition, compassion, forgiveness, intention and more. And although these professionals are renowned in their fields, their true gift was delivering their messages in a practical, hands-on manner, allowing the attendees to see clear ways to apply LIFE Talks Lifestyle Changes in their everyday lives. An attendee at LIFE Talks, Dr. Vern Morgan, shared that sentiment by saying, “I always judge the value of an event like this by the number of insights that I gain that can be applied practically on Monday morning at 9 a.m. in the real world. I started the Monday morning after the event and continued to gain and apply many new and powerful insights. I can’t wait for 2016.” Many attendees felt Dr. Morgan’s enthusiasm, promising to invite their friends and colleagues to come and experience the energy, inspiration and discovery that they experienced at next year’s LIFE Talks — May 12-13, 2016. For a brief highlight of the 2015 LIFE Talks, here is a full list of speakers and their primary message points:

Lynne McTaggart McTaggart spoke on the power of intention, saying that we are constantly broadcasting our thoughts and energy out into the world. By recognizing and learning to harness what we broadcast, we can produce a positive energy and transfer it out into our environment.

Dr. Eric Plasker LIFE alumnus Dr. Plasker spoke on the principles and practice of the 100 Year Lifestyle, saying that we are the first generation in history to have advance notice about our longer life expectancy potential. He emphasized how our decisions now will impact what our life will look like as we age toward the century mark, so we’d be wise to make thoughtful, future-conscious choices.

Dr. Theo Compernolle Dr. Compernolle, author of the book “Brain Chains,” spoke on how we can use our brains to their maximum capacity, creativity and productivity. A brilliant mind with extensive research and credentials, he made the science of the human



brain simple and useful in everyday life.

Zonya Foco America’s Nutrition Leader, Zonya Foco, is a vivacious and energetic speaker, getting audiences on their feet as she discussed healthy eating and exercise. Her relatable tips were relevant to the fit and unfit alike, and those who took them to heart are most certainly seeing a change in the way they look and feel.

Richard Moore His Holiness The Dalai Lama has called Richard Moore his hero. Shot and blinded by the rubber bullet of an English soldier as a young child in his native Ireland, Moore persevered by later forgiving that soldier and starting a charitable organization, Children in Crossfire, that helps ensure the well-being of young children in war-torn countries today.

Dr. Brendan Ozawa-de Silva Dr. Ozawa-de Silva spoke on how we as human beings are learning that compassion is a trait that can be cultivated and developed through intention and mindfulness. When practiced, compassion has a measurable increase in brain function, immune function, stress response, empathy, behavior, relationships and mood.

Dr. Frédéric Luskin Through personal stories and larger-scaled explanations, Dr. Luskin showed that, among many skills, learning forgiveness leads to greater hope and vitality. Not letting go of things that happened in the past could affect our future, and forgiveness helps us let go of those interferences in our day-to-day performance.

Dr. Guy F. Riekeman Life University’s President Dr. Riekeman spoke on LIFE’s philosophy of Vitalism and how our entire universe is a conscious, self-developing, self-maintaining and self-healing entity. He illustrated that the universe doesn’t need people to fix it; it needs people to allow it to do its innate work.

Bob Sima Sima was the “weaver” of the LIFE Talks sessions, as he put both the messages of the presenters and his own message into song through inspiring lyrics and musicianship. Attendees sang along during musical interludes, thriving in the connected nature of music. l




The Bell Tower is arguably the most recognizable landmark on Life University’s picturesque campus, and its prominence on campus is only matched by its significance. Located at the center of Barclay Circle between the two main campus entrances, this campus marker is a monument to the early pioneers of Chiropractic. In the early days, chiropractors were demeaned and suffered greatly for practicing Chiropractic, sometimes even jailed for practicing “medicine” without a license. Names etched on the walls inside the Bell Tower give tribute to every chiropractor who ever suffered the indignity of imprisonment for helping their fellow man by practicing his or her craft. The sheltered chamber, a deliberately claustrophobic memorial, is the size of a typical jail cell. This monument is a reminder of the legacy of chiropractors that came before us. A bronze plaque inside the chamber offers special admiration for Dr. Herbert Ross Reaver, “the most jailed chiropractor in

the world,” who was arrested 13 times for practicing in Ohio. “Let us never forget,” notes the plaque, “that the men and women acknowledged here chose self-denial over avarice, honor over expediency and courage over cowardice.” LIFE’s Director of Service Initiatives Rebecca Koch and her husband, Dr. David Koch, a professor in LIFE’s College of Chiropractic, both have a personal connection to the tower and its most prominent honoree, as Dr. Reaver was Dr. Koch’s family chiropractor. “Dr. Reaver and his wife Millie attended our wedding,” Rebecca Koch says. “It almost makes me cry thinking about the Bell Tower. Dr. Reaver was David’s parents’ chiropractor until the day he died at age 93. He never retired.” The Bell Tower, in essence, is a reminder for chiropractors that the relative ease in which they now practice came with a cost, and it was through the bravery and courage of chiropractors like Dr. Reaver that the profession is where it is today. In looking forward, one must remember where he or she has come, and the Bell Tower is a monument of remembrance for those who were and are currently in pursuit of being a healthcare revolutionary through the chiropractic profession. l





Young Leaders:

LIFE Grad in Grand Rapids Gives Back Money and Time Life University alumnus Dr. Erik Kowalke (’11) gives back to LIFE both financially and by mentoring younger chiropractors at his practice in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Kowalke graduated from LIFE’s D.C. program after earning his undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering at Michigan Technological University in 2005. “I’ve been an extension faculty member working with the PEAK program and a President’s Circle contributor for over a year now,” Kowalke says. PEAK stands for Practice, Excellence, Art and Knowledge. The program is designed to allow senior interns to complete their clinical requirements under the direction of an off-campus doctor. Kowalke has supervised six interns from LIFE. “It’s rewarding to know that you’re helping future doctors gain real clinic experience and helping them prepare to open their own successful office in the near future,” he says. All six of his interns have gone on to open their own practices all over the U.S. One practices in New Jersey, three in Michigan, one in Las Vegas and one in Georgia. The interns do everything a doctor would do. Kowalke trained them on how to educate patients on



what Chiropractic is and how to communicate that effectively. Kowalke is also a leader in AMPED — Advanced Membership Program for Entrepreneurial Development. The program helps future chiropractors become successful quickly after graduating. Participants grow hundreds of visits per week in just a couple months. “It’s not a coaching program,” Kowalke says. “It’s a mastermind of young, successful, committed chiropractors striving to keep Chiropractic founded on Chiropractic.” The President’s Circle honors those whose financial contributions have supported the education of a

new generation of chiropractors and advancing the profession. Kowalke says he looks forward to continuing to partner with LIFE to give back to the practice of Chiropractic. “Why I give to LIFE is because I’ve been blessed to be where I am at, and we need more successful chiropractors doing Chiropractic,” he says. “I know that LIFE stands for the principles the profession was founded on.” In just under four years, his office has grown to receive 1,100 visitors per week, 40 percent of them pediatrics. His practice was recently voted the No. 1 pediatric chiropractor in Grand Rapids. l

Dr. Erik Kowalke, right, is pictured with his wife Shannon and children (from left) Elias, Stella, Brooklyn and Logan.


Scholarship Winners Named for Fiscal Year 2014-15 In the fall, students are given the opportunity to apply for several scholarships and are individually selected by a scholarship committee that includes representation from all programs of the University. We are delighted to report that we received 193 applications and awarded 30 scholarships to 64 students this fiscal year. Thanks to our generous alumni and friends for your investment in our future graduates.

Dr. James L. Chestnut-Innate Choice Wellness Nutrition Inc. Endowed Scholarship – Lydia Bell

We would like to congratulate the following students upon receiving these scholarships, which were dispensed in varying quarters throughout the school year depending on the criteria of each scholarship. Below is a list of the scholarship funds and the scholarship recipients (16 students wished to remain anonymous):

Dr. Tom Retherford Memorial Scholarship – Brooke Forringer, Joel Koeppen, Garth Schrock, Jennifer Yakimishyn

Albert Grabovschiner, Ph.D., Multi Radiance Medical Functional Rehabilitation Scholarship – Anonymous Clark E. Rich Memorial Scholarship – Justin Passerini

Dr. Kathryn L. D’Amelio Scholarship – Anonymous Dr. Max L. Harris Scholarship – Ryan Mitchell, Anonymous Dr. Ralph Ungerank Scholarship – Tracer Moore Dr. Richard S. Lord Scholarship – Stephanie Davidson, Anonymous Dr. Robert H. Hatch Memorial Scholarship – Jessica Allen

Drs. Jim Warden & Pamela Vinci Memorial Scholarship - Anonymous Get the Big Idea: Discover Principled Chiropractic – Daniel Seiter Harvey Lillard Scholarship – Jessica Allen, Gendia Bonvillian, Jessica Harris, Arawkee Henley, Octovia Miller, Ryan Mitchell, Ar’neka Montford, Derek Stewart, Anonymous

Dr. Cameron Cassan Memorial Scholarship – Carolina Bulla

International Alumni Association of Life University Scholarship – Pete Brettingen, Laura Marchese, Hiryana Willis

Dr. I.N. and M. Louise Toftness Scholarship – Dora Fogel, Breanna Merriweather – Anonymous

Julian Ho Research Scholarship – Emily Styer

Kalb Memorial Scholarship – Pascal Breton Langford Family Scholarship Fund – Anonymous Life Chiropractic Scholarship – Anonymous Life Memorial Scholarship – Talib Clemente, Summer Crouch, Christopher Johnson, Stephen Knight, Laura Marchese, Shonna May, Travis Thans, Hiryana Willis, Anonymous Life University International Scholarship – Haakon Andresen, Marc Badiou, Deshel Ferguson, Caitlin Reimer, Sam Rempel, Lucia Castelli Sunyer, Anonymous (3) Michigan Chiropractic Foundation Scholarship – Dominic Fetterly Psychology Scholarship – Anonymous Red Hat Scholarship – Daniel Seiter Reunion Scholarship – Jennifer Chaffin, Luke Howell Rugby Scholarship – Anonymous Sid Williams Ribley Scholarship – Anonymous Tex Rabourn Scholarship – Adam Coates The Honorable Kenneth O. Nix, J.D., Scholarship – Joseph Sennebogen UG/GR Merit Scholarship – Summer Crouch

If you are interested in establishing or contributing to a scholarship at Life University, please contact Director of Development Erin Dancer at (770) 426-2974 or





Do You Remember?


The Life University Bingo Hall was once housed in what is now part of the state-of-the-art Socrates Café in the Center for Graduate and Undergraduate Studies (Annex B). A gathering place for both the LIFE and local Cobb community, the Bingo Hall was a great spot for letting loose and having some good-natured, leisurely fun. Campus Safety Lt. Linda Marlowe, who has worked at LIFE for 21 years, has great memories of the former attraction on campus, having worked at the Bingo Hall for more than nine years. “I like to consider myself a PBC (Professional Bingo Caller),” Lt. Marlowe jokes. “That always got a good laugh.” Lt. Marlowe fondly remembers big groups of staff, faculty and students of LIFE playing in the Bingo Hall, sometimes having more than 50 participants at a time. The Bingo Hall was popular enough to warrant a small concession stand and popcorn machine for the four days per week it was open, Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. The largest jackpot nights were $1,000. “Like most Bingo games, there were numerous

variations of how to Bingo — the first two games were the easiest, getting gradually more difficult with the next two,” explains Dr. Deloss Brubaker, an associate professor in LIFE’s Department of Sport Health Science who also helped run games in the Bingo Hall. “The final game was a coverall, which meant you had to cover all 25 squares on the game card.” Lt. Marlowe even mentioned that recently while out in the Marietta community, she was stopped by a lady that she didn’t originally recognize, but that recognized her from her Bingo Hall days at LIFE. “We were a close-knit family and had so much fun,” Marlowe recalls. “They really liked you when you called their numbers.” The Bingo Hall came to an end not long after LIFE’s accreditation issues arose; however, it left a lasting impression on many of the University community during that time. So, do you remember the Bingo Hall at LIFE? If so, send in any fun memories or pictures to Alumni@LIFE. edu to potentially be featured in a future issue of Your Extraordinary LIFE. l

Call for Nominations

FOR ANNUAL RECOGNITION AWARDS Nominations are currently being accepted for Life University’s Annual Recognition Awards. We urge you to nominate individuals you believe deserve special recognition in the category of: »» Distinguished Alumnus/ Alumna Award »» Young Alumnus/Alumna Award »» Honorary Alumnus/Alumna Award



There are no restrictions on the number of nominations that can be submitted by one individual. To nominate yourself or your peers, please fill out our nomination form online at AwardNomination. Nominations are due by Aug. 1. Awards will be presented to recipients during a formal ceremony at the Lasting Purpose Recognition Lunch Oct. 2 during LIFE’s annual Fall CE program.


Keep in Touch with 1980s

Dr. Ren Halverson (’81) was inducted into the USA International Martial Arts Hall of Fame in November 2014 at a ceremony in Pittsburgh. Throughout his career, Dr. Halverson has treated professional football players, Olympic athletes, members of the U.S. Karate Team, marathon runners and swimmers. He also started a martial arts program, Fearless, built on teaching self-defense techniques to the average person. Since its inception, Fearless has equipped more than 35,000 women and children with proper techniques to protect them against predator attacks. In addition to his sports chiropractic career, he has owned and operated successful practices in Jesup, Savannah and St. Mary’s, Georgia, and currently maintains a private practice in Brunswick, Georgia. Dr. Jeffry M. Smith (’83) has released his third novel, “Island Vignettes: The Bloody Marsh Chronicles,” a series of modern folk tales about the Golden Isles of Georgia. His novels take historic facts and fictionalize events around them weaving interesting, humorous and often educational tales. His novels are published under his pen name, J E Free, and are available on Amazon. Dr. Brett Wartenberg (’87) has been nominated as a member of the New Jersey State Board of Chiropractic Examiners and will serve on the Board until March 2017. Wartenberg is very active in New Jersey, having served on the Board of the Association of New Jersey Chiropractors where he received the 2010 ANJC Chiropractor of the Year Award. He currently serves as a LIFE New Jersey State Rep, connecting alumni and friends in the Medford area back to LIFE.

Graduates 1990s

Dr. Danny Gambino (’90) was announced as the 2015 California Doctor of the Year by the California Chiropractic Association at its Annual Convention May 30. This is the second consecutive year Gambino has received this honor by the CCA — a distinction unparalleled by any previous recipient. Gambino attributes his success to his wife and fellow alumna Dr. Kim Gambino (’91), as well as the love and support of his peers. Congratulations! Drs. Stu Warner (’90) and Teri Gasko Warner (’92), who met at Life University, fell in love and were married soon after graduation, celebrated their 22nd wedding anniversary in May. The Warners maintain a private practice in Point Pleasant, New Jersey, and have three children that were all adjusted at birth. The pair loves hearing from LIFE friends and invites all to keep in touch at Dr. Christina Gray (’94) is spreading her new school vision across the country. It aims at having a chiropractor in all public schools, so that K-12 students can get adjusted. In addition to maintaining a private practice in Wilmington, North Carolina, Gray blogs daily at





Dr. Heidi Keller Skye (’95) has published free guides to create a culture of wellness within families. Her latest guide, “How to Avoid the 3 Biggest Mistakes When Your Child Is Sick,” gives families the necessary tools to make confident choices for their loved ones. Keller is a passionate public speaker, advocate for natural health care for families and a public resource. After graduating from LIFE, Keller moved to the west coast and now lives in Marin, California. Dr. Tony Santangelo (’96), alongside his two brothers Richard and Ronald, is the newest addition to LIFE’s Generations Wall here on campus. Santangelo is grateful for the opportunity to honor his family’s chiropractic lineage and eager to add his son Thomas and nephew Richard to the family plaque upon their graduation from LIFE. He currently maintains a private practice in Raeford, North Carolina, and is a Tar Heels for LIFE Doctor. Dr. Stephen Welsh (’96) was recognized by the International Chiropractic Association with the 2015 Distinguished Service Award at its May meeting. In addition, he was installed as the new Vice President of ICA. Welsh has served on the ICA Board since 2009 as secretary and treasurer. Congratulations on a well-deserved honor!



Dr. Keita Vanterpool (’97) ran for the Ward 8 City Council seat in Washington, D.C. Throughout her time in the District of Columbia, she has been a discrete, but effective, proponent for change and improving the lives of the most vulnerable populations, children and seniors. In the community, Vanterpool spearheaded the Healthy Lifestyle Modification Program to educate and improve life quality of seniors. She has also worked alongside Youngnificent Inc., a youth mentorship organization. She presently serves as acting chair of the District Board of Chiropractic and maintains her private practice Chiro Kei.

AMPED co-founders Drs. Jeremy (’99) and Amanda (’03) Hess and Michael Viscarelli (’10) gave a generous gift of $10,000 in April to support LIFE’s practice-based research initiative. This initiative enables doctors in the field to participate in research studies with minimal interference to the functioning of their practices. LIFE is very appreciative of AMPED’s support and proud of their success and leadership. Pictured (l-r): Drs. Jeremy Hess, Michael Viscarelli and Stephanie Sullivan (’08) and Vice President for University Advancement Greg Harris.


Dr. Keith Crowe (’98) was featured in the January/February 2015 issue of We Are Henry magazine. His practice, Crowe Chiropractic, celebrated its 62nd anniversary in December 2014 and the Stockbridge, Georgia, location celebrated its 15th anniversary in March 2015. Crowe is a founding member of the Academy of Upper Cervical Chiropractic Organizations and has been published in the peer-reviewed Chiropractic Research Journal.




Dr. Joseph Krzemien (’02) has been appointed to the Georgia Board of Chiropractic Examiners by Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal. Krzemien’s appointment is a five-year term. Excited to serve his fellow Georgia chiropractors, Krzemien welcomes the opportunity for continued personal and professional growth. Originally a native of northern Michigan, Krzemien currently maintains a private practice in Buford, Georgia, and is also the official team chiropractor for the Atlanta Falcons.

New graduates, Drs. Ryan and Sarah Malarney (’14), recently opened West Michigan Chiropractic in Portage. The state-of-the-art practice specializes in neurologically based Chiropractic care for men, women and children. Sarah met Ryan while in the gross anatomy lab at LIFE, and they have been inseparable ever since.

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Dr. Daniel Farkas (’04) has been voted Best Chiropractor on the 2015 Detroit A-List. A-List is a contest that allows the community to vote on who they believe is the best. A native of Detroit, Farkas recently returned home to open Back to Health Chiropractic Center. He serves as one of Michigan’s State Reps and avidly sends prospective students to LIFE through LIFEforce 1000.







Dr. Robert “Bob” Rabin (’80) passed away Feb. 2 at his home in East Patchogue, New York. He is survived by his wife and best friend Barbara and son Neil, along with a number of grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Dr. Bob was a familiar face to many in the LIFE community. He was a gregarious and affectionate individual and an outspoken advocate for Life University and Chiropractic. He decided to become a chiropractor at the age of 50. He resigned from his job as president of a women’s clothing company in New York City and began his studies at Life University in 1978. Dr. Bob was part of the third graduating class from LIFE and was the 15th person to be inducted to the Life University Academy of Fellows. He worked at the University for many years, where he started and ran the campaign for the Life University license plates. In his memory, and as a way to carry the torch in which Dr. Bob so dutifully carried, a memorial scholarship fund has been set up by his lifelong and closest friends Drs. Ken Harris and Robert DeBonis. The scholarship will be awarded to students who have made significant contributions to the school and community through their promotion of the college and Chiropractic, just as Dr. Bob would have done. We invite those who wish to contribute to this student scholarship and keep Dr. Bob’s enormous giving spirit alive to do so online at and choose “Dr. Robert Rabin Memorial Scholarship” in the dropdown menu. Dr. Lew A. Bixon (’81) passed away March 13 at his home in Orlando. He is survived by his wife Dr. Christine Tackett Bixon (’81) and their two children Katie and Michael. Dr. David James Canestrale (’86) passed away May 3. He was a passionate chiropractor for more than 30 years who believed in the power of human healing. He was a man of God who lived for his two children Michel and David. He will be greatly missed as an amazing father, brother, uncle, son and friend that he was and always will be.



Dr. Timothy D. “Tim” Sharpe (’88) passed away Sept. 16, 2014. He operated Fort Valley Chiropractic Clinic in Fort Valley, Georgia, for more than 25 years. In his free time, he loved playing basketball, listening to sports radio, doing word puzzles, watching “Wheel of Fortune” and attending University of Georgia football games. He is survived by his loving wife Krista, parents Julian and Barbara and sisters Julie and Toni. His memory will forever be treasured. Dr. Stephen C. Howard (’96) passed away Nov. 27, 2014, with his mother and sister by his side. He was the owner of Howard Chiropractic in St. Petersburg, Florida, for more than 10 years. He is survived by his children Emory, Ashtyn and Kagan; mother Lynn; sister April; and brother Don. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Howard family. Dr. Leonard George Kostow (’98) passed away May 1 after a valiant battle with a longtime illness. He dedicated his life to helping others in his chiropractic office in Wilmington, Delaware. He was a loving, caring and compassionate person and an avid Philadelphia sports fan who enjoyed many laughs on the golf course with his longtime friends. He touched many lives with his smile and maintained his trademark sense of humor to the end. He is survived by his sister Christina, brothers S. Andrew and Mark and countless family and friends who were blessed to know him. Dr. David Mjoen passed away June 23. He was a faculty clinician at Life University for more than eight years and formerly served on the Board of Trustees at Northwestern Health Sciences University for 14 years. A friend and colleague to many, he decided he could best serve his profession by serving its next generation of students, training them in the art of Chiropractic while also staying firmly rooted in its science and philosophy. He will be dearly missed. Cynthia Lund passed away June 25. She came to LIFE from Palmer College of Chiropractic shortly after Dr. Guy Riekeman became president at the University. She served administrative clinic roles in C-HOP and as director of auxiliary services, where she served until her passing. She was a committed member of the LIFE family and was always volunteering her help. She will be sincerely missed. l

May 12-13, 2016

LIFE Talks World Congress Exploring the limitless human experience What is holding you LIFE Talks is about empowering leaders to create social change, make a transformational impact on the world and remove the interference to maximize their perfection within.

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