Winter 2012 Tower

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American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology Publishes Logan Graduates’ Research

Logan Earns Standard Process® Clinical Research Grant

METIman Provides Hands-On Experience ... Sooner Tour of the Body Overhaul Aims to Increase Awareness


Benefactors’ Dinner – Logan’s Derby Night ... see page 8

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Logan Receives $700,000 Grant for Nutrition Study Melissa Engelson, DC, Trains Olympic Athletes Dr. Jon Carlson: Practicing Chiropractic for the World’s Most Competitive Athletes 2012 Benefactors’ Derby Night

Logan’s Melissa Engelson, DC, just completed a threeweek sports-medicine rotation at U.S. Olympic training site ... see page 4

American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology Accepts Logan’s MOMS Manuscript Better Organization Leads to Maximized Performance Introducing METIman, the Human Simulator The Anatomy of Logan’s Tour of the Body Dean’s List – Summer 2012


Alumni Notes The Logan Directory Postgraduate Seminar Schedule

A Publication of Logan College of Chiropractic/University Programs for Alumni, Students, Employees and Friends of the College THE TOWER Vol. 4, Winter 2012 The Tower is published four times a year: Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter. Logan Board of Trustees Steven C. Roberts, JD, LLM Chair of the Board Debra L. Hoffman, DC Vice Chair of the Board Logan Board Members Rachel Storch Akrongold, JD Cynthia L. Baudendistel Richard M. Bruns, DC Christophe Dean, DC Paul Henry, DC Carmen Jacoby Hutchcraft, DC Charles G. Kim, MBA Rick A. McMichael, DC Mark O. Reeve, DC Robert J. Stearley Rodney Williams, DC Logan Administration George A. Goodman, DC, FICC President Laura McLaughlin, MA, JD General Counsel Boyd Bradshaw, EdD Vice President of Enrollment Management Carl W. Saubert, IV, PhD Vice President of Academic Affairs Sharon Kehrer, MBA Vice President, Administrative Affairs Patricia Marcella, MBA Chief Financial Officer Ralph Barrale, DC Vice President of Chiropractic Affairs Patricia C. Jones Vice President, Institutional Advancement Brad Hough, PhD Chief Information Officer Elizabeth A. Goodman, DC, PhD Dean of University Programs James Paine, MEd, PhD Dean of Student Services Angela Reeves McCall, PhD Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs Photography Cover photo by Vince McGee. Vince McGee, Cliff Pollack, Thomas Keller Dr. Melissa Engelson, Dr. Jon Carlson and Dr. Patrick Montgomery. The Tower is produced quarterly by the department of Institutional Advancement and the office of Public Relations. Reader comments can be sent to the editor via e-mail at Thomas F. Keller, MAEd Associate Vice President Office of Public Relations Tower Editor THE TOWER Logan College of Chiropractic/ University Programs 1851 Schoettler Road, PO Box 1065 Chesterfield, MO 63006-1065 | 1-800-782-3344

Logan Receives $700,000 Standard Process® Inc. Grant to Lead Novel Nutrition Study Pictured at left and on cover: Dr. Dennis Enix, Dr. Cheryl Hawk and Michelle Anderson.

Research will explore the effect of nutritional supplements and chiropractic on acute ankle sprains Standard Process® Inc. has awarded Logan College of Chiropractic/University Programs a $700,000 grant to study the relationship between nutritional supplements and chiropractic intervention on patients with acute ankle sprain. Logan was selected among 13 other chiropractic college applicants vying for the research grant—the first of its kind awarded by the Wisconsin-based manufacturer of nutritional whole food supplements. “It was highly competitive due to the fact that there are so few sources of funding for clinical research,” said Logan’s Director of Clinical Research Cheryl Hawk, DC, PhD, who submitted the application and proposal. “This grant is a real testament to our commitment to nutrition and the expertise of our team.” Continues on Page 2 WINTER 2012


LOGAN CLINICAL STUDY Continued from Page 1

Entitled “Chiropractic Care and a Specific Regimen of Nutritional Supplementation for Patients with Acute Ankle Sprain: a Multi-site Randomized Controlled Trial,” the study will focus on chiropractic intervention for individuals with acute ankle sprain offered in combination with Standard Process’ Ligaplex, a nutritional supplement that provides acute ligament and muscle support. Dr. Hawk’s extensive research experience— working as a principal investigator for 35 years in chiropractic, spending 26 years in clinical practice and leading more than 25 clinical studies—places her at a distinct advantage for leading this study. “In practice we saw plenty of patients with ligament problems, and Ligaplex sped up healing for those with chronic pain,” she said. “It’s widely used and we know it’s safe, but until now, we have only known it from our own experience.” To carry out the two-year study, Dr. Hawk has assembled a diverse research team offering extensive backgrounds in nutrition, sports and rehabilitation, and clinical practice. They include: • Dennis Enix, DC, MBA, Associate Professor of Research • Weiwen Chai, MS, PhD, Director of Logan’s Master of Science Degree Program in Nutrition and Human Performance • Laney Nelson, DC, DACBSP, Director of Logan’s BIOFREEZE® Sports & Rehabilitation Center • Clint Daniels, DC, MS, Co-owner of Performance Health Care LLC in St. Louis, Mo. • Harrison Ndetan, MSc, MPH, DrPH, Associate Professor of Research at Parker University • Jay Greenstein, DC, CCSP, Director of Sport and Spine Rehab Clinic in the Washington, D.C. area • Michelle Anderson, Program Coordinator for Research Networks at Logan 2

(From left) Dr. Jay Greenstein, director of Sport and Spine Rehab Clinic in Washington D.C.; Dr. Rick McMichael, Logan Board of Trustees member; Charlie DuBois, president of Standard Process, Inc.; Dr. Muriel Périllat, Logan’s director of Student Health; Dr. Carl Saubert IV, Logan’s vice president of academic affairs; and Dr. Rodney Williams, Logan Board of Trustees member.

“Our team has the motivation and expertise to successfully conduct this study, which has important implications for musculoskeletal practitioners,” said Dr. Hawk. “Because of the study’s design, which utilizes both teaching clinics and established private practices that all employ chiropractic care, its results will offer relevant and useful information for real-life practitioners.” Dr. Chai said she was thrilled to hear that Logan received the grant, especially since the research project will involve graduate students from the Master’s Program in Nutrition and Human Performance. “This provides the perfect opportunity for students who are interested in evidence-based, welldesigned clinical research related to nutrition and chiropractic treatment,” she said. “I look forward to working on the nutrition component of the project.” Initially, Drs. Hawk and Enix discussed proposing a loose design study, which would include any kind of sprain or strain; however, it was Dr. Enix who suggested further narrowing the research to focus solely on ankle sprains. “I thought, ‘what do chiropractors see in patients, more than anything?’” he said. “Ankle sprains are among the most common conditions treated by DCs. They are easy to diagnose but often result in recurring injuries.” According to Drs. Enix and Hawk, ankle sprains result in more lost work and school days than any other health condition. While manipulative therapy along with standard remedies—such as rest, ice and elevation—prove effective in treating the majority of sprains, some


people face persistent pain and instability. Additionally, virtually no research exists detailing the effect a nutritional regimen, combined with manipulative therapy and exercise, could have on patients suffering from ankle sprains. “Looking at the design of the study, sports injury and nutritional supplement blend perfectly,” Dr. Enix said. “We will not just be looking at this as a single treatment, rather we’ll be using it to advance the real-world application of chiropractic care.” In this study, the research team will use both Ligaplex and a placebo, manufactured by Standard Process to look exactly like Ligaplex, in a multi-site, triple-blinded, randomized controlled trial—meaning that the clinicians, patients and the data analyst will not know the patients’ treatment group status. Dr. Hawk said often times with a medication, patients can figure out if they are a part of the active group or control group; but with a nutritional supplement, it will be much harder for them to know if they’re receiving the placebo. “While I’ve done multi-site research studies in the past, I’ve never tested supplements, let alone used a placebo; I’ve always tested manual procedures,” Dr. Hawk said. “But here, we’re not testing chiropractic; we’re assuming that works. The goal of the study is to test the efficacy of a specific nutritional supplement regimen versus the placebo combined with usual and customary chiropractic care for improving both short- and long-term physical function in ankle sprain patients.”

If the results are positive, Dr. Hawk said it may provide an additional tool for all practitioners who care for patients with ligamentous injuries. “Decreasing recovery time could contribute to improved quality of life for patients as well as reduced health care costs due to the high prevalence of sprains,” she said. “Additionally, the study will provide chiropractic interns, graduate students and practitioners with clinical research experience and introduce them to the use of nutritional supplements in the treatment of musculoskeletal injuries.” The team will conduct the study at three sites: Logan’s teaching clinics, where the



researchers estimate four to 10 ankle sprains per month; Performance Health Care in St. Louis, with an estimated one to three ankle sprains per month; and Sport and Spine Rehab in the Washington, D.C. area, with an estimated seven to 21 ankle sprains per month. “I’m excited for the opportunity to conduct high-level clinical research that will benefit Standard Process, and am honored to be working with Dr. Hawk,” Dr. Enix said. “We are so fortunate to have her here at Logan. She provides a wealth of knowledge in chiropractic and patient-based research.”

Dr. Hawk hopes to enroll 90 patients in the study over the course of two years. “It’s exciting to be working on something highly relevant to the everyday chiropractic practice,” she said. “I look forward to seeing if the nutritional supplements can help speed up the healing process both initially and long term by preventing chronic occurrences and giving patients better stability over time.” During the next few months, Dr. Hawk and her team will seek approval from the Institutional Review Board, train personnel and set up an internal pilot test to ensure the procedures run smoothly. They plan to enroll patients in 2013.


Research Study: Chiropractic Care and a Specific Regimen of Nutritional Supplementation for Patients with Acute Ankle Sprain: a Multi-site Randomized Controlled Trial Specific Aim 1: To compare, in terms of speed and the extent of improvement in physical function and pain, the short-term (6 week) effect of chiropractic care combined with a specific nutritional supplement regimen or placebo nutritional supplement to chiropractic care for patients with ankle sprains. Our hypothesis: Chiropractic care plus nutritional supplements designed to supply necessary nutrients for ligament healing will have improved outcomes in pain and disability, compared to chiropractic care plus placebo. We will use the Foot and Ankle Ability Measure (FAAM) Activities of Daily Living Subscale (ADLS) to measure outcomes. Specific Aim 2: To compare, in terms of speed and the extent of improvement in physical function and pain, the long-term (6 month) effect of chiropractic care combined with a specific nutritional supplement regimen or placebo nutritional supplement to chiropractic care for patients with ankle sprains. Our hypothesis: Chiropractic care plus nutritional supplements designed to supply necessary nutrients for ligament healing will have improved outcomes in pain and disability, compared to chiropractic care plus placebo. We will use the Foot and Ankle Ability Measure (FAAM) Activities of Daily Living Subscale (ADLS) to measure outcomes. Specific Aim 3: To explore any changes in the attitude, knowledge and behavior of chiropractic interns and practitioners regarding the role of nutrition in treating musculoskeletal injuries, pre- and post-intervention. We will also compare their

responses to those of a population of students and practitioners who did not participate in the project as a comparison group. Study Population: The study population will be comprised of patients presenting for usual and customary treatment at the participating sites. Criteria includes: acute ankle sprain within seven days prior to presenting for treatment and patients age 18 to 50. Exclusion criteria includes: diagnosis of grade III ankle sprain, fracture or dislocation; contradictions to chiropractic care; pregnancy; unwilling or unable to regularly take supplements; or litigation for a health-related claim. Interventions (chiropractic care): Chiropractic care will utilize a combination of the manual procedures and physical modalities commonly used in chiropractic practice, individualized according to the clinician’s judgment based on individual patient needs. Treatment frequency will also be individualized, following a general schedule of 1-3 times per week for four weeks or until pain-free weight bearing occurs. Interventions (nutritional supplements): Active treatment: Standard Process Ligaplex I (acute phase, four weeks) and Glucosamine Synergy (chronic phase, three months) used to support healing of ligamentous and other connective tissue, following the dosage recommended on the packages. Placebo supplements resembling the active supplements, but with inactive ingredients, will be given to the control group. Follow-up, compliance and attrition: The team will follow up with patients by phone to complete the outcome assessments if they are no longer under chiropractic care. To decrease attrition, patients will be given an incentive for completing the six-week (primary endpoint) and long-term (six month) follow-up assessments.




SWIFTER. HIGHER. STRONGER. Logan’s Melissa Engelson, DC, spends three weeks training athletes for the 2014 Olympic Games Citius. Altius. Fortius. No longer does it seem coincidental that Melissa Engelson wrote these three Latin words on the front of her high-school backpack. Back then, she simply liked the way the words sounded and had little indication of how this inscription would translate in her future. Fast forward to October 2012, when the now Dr. Engelson arrived at the Olympic Training Center (OTC) in Lake Placid, N.Y. And, there they were. Dr. Engelson stood staring at the words “CITIUS, ALTIUS, FORTIUS.” This time though, they weren’t on her backpack. The words—meaning swifter, higher and stronger— were displayed in the training center as the motto for the Olympic Games.

At that moment, Dr. Engelson experienced her world coming full circle.

No. 1 Is the Athlete Six months after Dr. Engelson applied for the rotation, she received word of her acceptance. Although Dr. Engelson has dedicated her education and career to serving the athlete, nothing could have prepared her for the challenges that waited in New York. Unlike the patients she treated on and off the playing fields in Missouri, in Lake Placid she now faced the hazards of Olympic winter sports, such as the luge, skeleton and bobsled. All she knew of these sports and their perils is what she had seen on television.

An athlete herself, Dr. Engelson always revered the Olympics. Now, as assistant director of BIOFREEZE® Sports & Rehabilitation at Logan’s Southfield Clinic, she would train Olympic hopefuls. Her selection for a three-week sports medicine rotation would lead her to Lake Placid where athletes are performing at the top of their games. “I had done other sports medicine rotations, but never with the Olympics,” she said. “They were looking for volunteers and I thought, ‘this is what I want to do.’” 4

“Friends who had completed rotations at other Olympic facilities told me to be prepared to do anything and everything, and be willing to go the extra mile,” she recalled. “They said the athletes can tell if you are really there for them. My goal heading up to Lake Placid was to do all I could to get them to their highest levels of performance.” The first day of her rotation, Dr. Engelson spent time meeting the sports medicine staff, touring the center and training sites, and familiarizing herself with the equipment and available supplies. Then, she immediately began work at the training center, performing adjustments,


soft-tissue work and rehabilitation to help remedy athletic injury and provide maintenance care. Dr. Engelson said as she learned more about each sport, she was able to better direct her care.

“If I knew where an athlete was sitting in a four-man bobsled, I could better determine which areas of the body would need attention,” she said. “ For instance, it is common for the brakemen to have a tendency to strain a hamstring since they are sprinting full speed, not only forward, but downward. For skeleton athletes, we focused on neck and low back, and for luge athletes we concentrated on neck, mid-back and hamstrings. For example, if an athlete can’t reach far enough forward, due to a low-back injury or even just as simple as hamstring tightness, they can’t push as hard, which means they lose power.”

That may not seem like a big deal, but from a time trials standpoint—where speed and strength mean everything— losing five-hundredths of a second off your race time could cost your team a medal. “The athlete still has to perform and have a clean run, but from a biomechanical perspective, we can help make up a small fraction of a second by getting their bodies to their highest functioning level,” Dr. Engelson said. “If they can get better hip flexion or, perhaps, a few more degrees of extension through the hip and pelvis, they may have the potential to generate the power needed to make up that fraction of a second. It is our job to help get the athletes to the best level of performance they can achieve.” At the training center, Dr. Engelson learned that the National Governing Bodies for each sport determine the level of care for the athletes though, most of them, she said, have been welleducated by the current OTC staff and demonstrate a solid commitment to rehabilitation. “The athletes I got to know well were those in the training center every day, working on some part of their treatment plans,” she said. “Their discipline is unparalleled to what I have experienced thus far in my relatively short career. “There, athletes are also taught that everyone’s time is valuable. When it is their time, it is all about them. If they are late, it’s considered unfair to the athlete who is signed up and on time. From the patient care side of things, one of the great things about serious, elite athletes is their level of compliance.”

Achieving the Best Level of Performance

to approach their care when they visit the training center.” The curse of outdoor winter sports, Dr. Engelson said, is that you are at the mercy of the weather. The sliding track, used for bobsled, skeleton, and luge, can stand up to any one harsh element. But more than one weather event will shut down the track for fear of ruining the ice or harming the runners on the sleds.

During the second week of Dr. Engelson’s rotation, she moved from the training center and to the sliding track, which provided a new perspective on these athletes’ performance.

Still, the risk of injury always remains high. Ice burns, stiff necks, swollen ankles and head trauma are all common crashrelated injuries. As an observer, the crashes gave Dr. Engelson the opportunity to see firsthand how the injuries occurred.

“Clinically, it increased my knowledge about their sports by leaps and bounds,” she said. “Watching the athletes hunched over their sleds, sprinting full speed down a giant sheet of ice and then smoothly loading gave me better insights into how

“I witnessed how they were positioned and how long they were in that position,” she said, adding that emergency medical technicians are the first ones onsite after an accident. On one occasion, she watched a four-man bobsled crew crash

during a turn and slide down the track for nearly three-quarters of a mile. During another incident, she saw an athlete on the skeleton enter a series of turns incorrectly, tip the sled and hit her head on the ice wall. While she finished the run, she was still monitored for a concussion. As grisly as some of the accidents were, Dr. Engelson concentrated on helping the athletes return to their training, learning all she could from the experiences.

Sharing Best Practices While the three-week rotation went by quickly, the knowledge and experiences gained will never leave Dr. Engelson. “Going into this, I didn’t know what to expect, but I knew it was going to be good,” she said. “For my first experience at an Olympic training center, I can’t imagine it getting better than this. Continues on Page 7 WINTER 2012



From the Logan Classroom to the London Olympics Dr. Jon Carlson trained for this moment his entire career: practicing chiropractic for the world’s most competitive athletes. It’s the sight emblazoned in our minds from this past summer: Five intertwined rings—one red, blue, yellow, green and black—suspended underneath London’s iconic Tower Bridge high above the River Thames. To athletes, these rings signified their arrival, their final destination after an intense journey filled with grueling training sessions and personal sacrifices. Here, at the Olympic Games, every lesson they learned and every technique they worked to perfect would be tested under the watchful eye of the world. To Logan graduate Dr. Jon Carlson, those five rings hoisted in the sky perfectly pitted against the backdrop of London’s famed cityscape represented his journey, too—a journey of persistency, adversity and, most of all, accomplishment. But unlike the athletes who came poised to compete, Dr. Carlson came to the Olympics to work—as one of the world’s best team physicians. And it was on this global stage that he would apply all he’s learned and practiced to help his patients take home that precious Olympic medal. A wrestler throughout his undergraduate career at Lycoming College in Williamsport, Pa., Dr. Carlson understands firsthand what chiropractic care offers athletes. Never forgetting his experiences at the mat, he set his sights on becoming a chiropractor to help athletes. Early on, he was determined to meet three career objectives: open his own practice, become a Certified Chiropractic Sports Physician and, somewhere down that line, practice at the Olympics.

Dr. Carlson (pictured on the left) watches his athletes from the mat and comes to their aid on the sidelines.

Goal No. 1: check. ✔ “My education at Logan prepared me for opening my business,” he said. “At Logan, I gravitated toward the rehabilitation offerings, so I planned to pursue more of a sports-focused practice—incorporating the functional instruction and rehabilitation lessons I learned.” With his practice officially open, Dr. Carlson took the necessary steps to become a Certified Chiropractic Sports Physician. During his certification process he worked for the Nittany Lion Wrestling Club in State College, Pa. At first, he assisted athletes with injury prevention and performance. Eventually, he became the club’s chiropractor. He completed his certification in 2011.

✔Goal No. 2: check. As the Nittany Lion Wrestling Club’s chiropractor, Dr. Carlson began working with Team USA and Team Puerto Rico who trained at the club. After working alongside Puerto Rico’s wrestlers for a few months, the team designated him as their sports physician.

American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico, and also at tournaments in Sassari, Italy, and Dortmund, Germany, to name a few. Soon after, the career path he’d been traveling since his days at Logan led him to London—the home of dukes and duchesses, Big Ben, Abbey Road, and the Arsenal Football Club—for the 2012 Olympics with Team Puerto Rico.

Goal No. 3: check. ✔ Dr. Carlson spent the Summer Games mat-side as Team Puerto Rico fought to pin down a medal. “I equate my treatments to fine-tuning race cars,” he explained. “These athletes are competing at such a high level that anything you can do for them helps them to perform at 100 percent. Our program is proactive— working together weekly on injury prevention and performance. Once we’re at the match, we transition to injury management, working to keep them performing at their highest capacity.”

123 To accomplish these goals, Dr. Carlson began his chiropractic career at Logan. Shortly after completing his Doctor of Chiropractic degree in April 2009, he started his own practice, All-Star Chiropractic and Sports Rehabilitation, in Emporium, Pa.


Dr. Carlson traveled with his American and Puerto Rican athletes to the 2011 World Championships in Istanbul, Turkey. As a result of Puerto Rico’s powerful performance at the World Championships—60-kilogram wrestler Franklin Gomez became the first Puerto Rican to ever win a world medal, the silver,—Puerto Rico contracted with Dr. Carlson to attend all of the team’s future competitions. In this newfound role, Dr. Carlson joined Team Puerto Rico at the 2011 Pan-


Their efforts paid off. With Dr. Carlson behind him, Puerto Rican wrestler Jaime Espinal took home silver at 84 kilograms, becoming the first-ever Puerto Rican wrestler to medal at the Olympics.

Dr. Carlson (center) with silver medalist Jaime Espinal (left) and gold medalist Jake Varner (right).


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“Jaime grew up in Puerto Rico,” Dr. Carlson explained. “As of a couple of years ago, he was delivering pizzas and just scraping by, working odd jobs while training. He got the opportunity to come work with us in the United States, and a year and a half later, he is a hero in Puerto Rico. “Jaime’s accomplishment was a major event for Puerto Rico as a country, and a huge event for Puerto Rican wrestling as a whole.” While in London, Dr. Carlson also witnessed one of his close friends win the Games’ most coveted medal. “My friend Jake Varner wrestles for Team USA at 96 kilograms,” he explained. “His goal was to win the gold just like his idol Cael Sanderson did in 2004. Jake wrestled for Cael in college and was a two-time national champ at Iowa State University. “To be there with Cael when Jake accomplished his life-long goal of winning Olympic gold was emotional.” Now, a few months removed from his thrilling experience across the pond, Dr. Carlson is already looking ahead to Team Puerto Rico’s future and possibly another Olympics. “If my athletes from Puerto Rico qualify, I am already invited to Rio de Janeiro in 2016,” he said. Ever grateful for what he has accomplished during his short chiropractic career, Dr. Carlson has set new goals for himself to advance his path to become the best chiropractic physician Logan prepared him to be.


“I’m working on developing an integrated sports medicine program with orthopedic surgeons, athletic trainers and physical therapists,” he said.

Goal No. 4: a work in progress. ✔ In retrospect, Dr. Carlson offers a few words

of advice for Logan’s current and future chiropractors who are beginning their careers with Olympic dreams in mind.

“The harder you work, the more it pays off,” he said. “Things might not always look like they are going in the right direction, but you just have to keep trying and keep working, and you will be rewarded. Be persistent, and believe in yourself.”

Dr. Engelson works with a student intern and patient at Logan Southfield Health Center.

The team works so well together, and it’s such an amazing environment.” One of the things Dr. Engelson loves about interdisciplinary environments is that you get to see how different people practice. She said on days when the track was closed due to weather, it gave the staff time to teach each other how they train and treat athletes. “The chiropractor on the OTC staff, Celeste, and I shared different adjusting styles and techniques, while another staff member, Karen, and I were able to trade knowledge on different soft-tissue therapies and modalities,” she said. “And from Peter, manager of the Sports Medicine Clinic of Lake Placid Olympic Training Center, I was constantly learning how to fine-tune my skills to best serve the athlete.” Dr. Engelson said she not only enjoys sharing best practices used at Logan, such as her approach to temporomandibular joint (TMJ) dysfunction and the use of decompression, but also passing along the lessons she learned from the training center’s staff to her Southfield interns.

Given the opportunity, Dr. Engelson said she would certainly go back, though she would also enjoy the opportunity to work at the other U.S. Olympic Training Centers in Colorado Springs, Colo., and in Chula Vista, Calif. “I am honored to have worked with this staff, and I’ll always be grateful for this experience,” she said. “Without my family, friends and colleagues at Logan College of Chiropractic/University Programs, working at an Olympic training center would not have been possible at this stage of my life.”






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Logan hosted its annual Benefactors’ Dinner Gala at the William D. Purser, DC Center lobby on Nov. 10. This year’s theme, Logan’s Derby Night, featured Kentucky Derby-style horse races, dinner and bluegrass music. Benefactors represent Logan’s most loyal alumni and friends who contribute $1,000 or more annually to Logan. Logan’s dinner gala celebrates our benefactors’ generosity and provides a forum for Logan students to interact with our donors.



Logan University is a diverse and engaging community committed to excellence in health sciences, education and service, guided by integrity, commitment and passion.




LOGAN COLLEGE OF CHIROPRACTIC Logan College of Chiropractic prepares students to become doctors of chiropractic who are superbly educated and clinically competent, practicing portal-of-entry chiropractic physicians. This mission is accomplished through our dedicated faculty, recognized for student-centered excellence; comprehensive science-driven, knowledge-based and information-facilitated curriculum; enhanced by community and public service. The institution is committed to the conduct of research and other scholarly activities. WINTER 2012



The American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology Accepts MOMS Manuscript Logan Instructor and Graduate Served as First Author Drs. James George, Clayton Skaggs and their research team have delivered consequential news to more than 45,000 doctors and specialists of obstetrics and gynecology: A multimodal approach to treating low-back and pelvic pain in mid-pregnancy benefits patients more than standard obstetric care.

The highly respected American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology has published a manuscript in which a chiropractic physician, Dr. George, serves as the first author. Referred to as “The Gray Journal,” the publication presents its readers with “leading-edge research,” which will now include the work of Drs. George and Clayton Skaggs and their research partners [see sidebar on page 11]. The manuscript, “A randomized controlled trial comparing a multimodal intervention and standard obstetrical care for low-back and pelvic pain in pregnancy,” provides the critical physician audience with evidence of how a chiropractic-led intervention can help the nearly 50 to 80 percent of pregnant women who suffer from low-back and/or pelvic pain. “We conducted a randomized trial of 169 women who were between 24 and 28 weeks gestation and suffered low-back and/or pelvic pain,” explained Dr. George, Logan faculty member and April 2004 Logan graduate. “Our research objective was to determine if manual therapies, exercise and education could impact their health, reducing pain and disability.” The answer they found was, objectively, yes.

The Gray Path What’s currently available online and soon in the journal’s print publication represents years of work conducting research, compiling raw data, analyzing statistics and developing reports and presentations. Understanding the significance of the study and its publication in this prominent journal requires a re-examination of MOMS – the Musculoskeletal and Obstetric Management Study.

led by Drs. Skaggs and Nelson, to compare manual therapies to standard obstetric care alone in patients with lowback and pelvic pain. In total, the team earned $750,000 in grants to fund three years of patient study and data collection.

Evaluating MOMS During the clinical trial, the research team randomly assigned its qualified pregnant participants to two groups for care: Group 1 patients received standard obstetric care and educational sessions on prenatal care. Group 2 followed the MOMS protocol. The patients’ baseline musculoskeletal examination was divided into two parts: Dr. George teaches students techniques during his Physical Therapy III class at Logan.

MOMS unfolded in 2006 at the hands of Dr. Clayton Skaggs, an April 1987 Logan graduate and then faculty member, and Michael Nelson, an obstetrician and researcher affiliated with Washington University’s Division of Maternal Fetal Medicine. Driven to remedy the needless suffering of women during pregnancy and eliminate unnecessary costs and pharmaceutical interventions, they assembled research teams and established clinics at Washington University’s Center for Advanced Medicine, Barnes-Jewish and Missouri Baptist hospitals. For five years, their teams would evaluate pregnant patients, 599 in all. The results were startling: 80 percent of pregnant patients reported they were offered no treatment for their pain during pregnancy. With these foundational findings, Logan earned its first federal research grant of $234,000 to fund an official clinical trial,


Self-reported tests, including both the pain-intensity numerical rating scale and personal pain history questionnaire; and Functional tests, which researchers used as secondary measures for comparing the two patient groups to determine the prevalence of musculoskeletal impairments during pregnancy and after treatment. To evaluate functional disability, the team referred to the Quebec Task Force Disability Scale Questionnaire. Following the baseline examination and evaluation, patients in the MOMS group were seen by members of the health care team every one to two weeks depending on the severity of their symptoms. These patients’ multimodal treatment program included spinal manipulation; soft-tissue therapy; spinal stabilization exercises; and patient education, which emphasized the importance of proper exercise and chiropractic care for the health of the mother and baby.

Research in Practice

MOMS’ Future

In 2010, the team completed its data compilation but faced another two years of work before they could publicize their results. Led by Drs. George and Skaggs, the team began drafting its manuscript and research papers for submission to the journal.

With acceptance from “The Gray Journal,” subsequent print coverage anticipated by early 2013 and presentations to Washington University’s and Saint Louis University’s grand rounds, Dr. George and his research team vow to advance their work on behalf of MOMS.

In November, their efforts were rewarded with the journal’s online posting of its results:

According to Dr. George, dismissing or mistreating pain during pregnancy poses serious consequences for the expectant mother and her fetus. Persistent musculoskeletal pain can lead to prescribed and non-prescribed medications, which often only mask symptoms and can pose serious complications during pregnancy. Additionally, 30 to 50 percent of pregnant women who develop severe low-back pain face job loss, deterioration of social life and the development of mental and sexual problems.

“The MOMS group demonstrated significant mean reductions in Numerical Rating Scale scores (5.8 ± 2.2 vs 2.9 ± 2.5; P < .001) and Quebec Disability Questionnaire scores (4.9 ± 2.2 vs 3.9 ± 2.4; P < .001) from baseline to follow-up evaluation. The group that received standard obstetric care demonstrated no significant improvements. Conclusion: A multimodal approach to low back and pelvic pain in midpregnancy benefits patients more than standard obstetric care.” “What we’ve learned from this experience is that obstetricians want to help their patients enjoy healthy pregnancies, but they don’t have the time or training to offer the manual therapies we employed during this clinical trial,” explained Dr. George. “These doctors want and need proper referral sources for patients experiencing low-back and pelvic pain during pregnancy. Now, chiropractors can refer obstetricians to this research, which is published in their journal, to validate our role as a trusted resource for proven manual therapies and effective patient care.”

“By studying a heterogeneous patient population, we found that pain during pregnancy does not discriminate,” offered Dr. George. “Whether the patient comes from an affluent or poor socioeconomic background, women can suffer from painful pregnancies. As chiropractic physicians who specialize in non-invasive, non-pharmaceutical remedies for musculoskeletal pain, we need to elevate our role in caring for pregnant patients to prevent unnecessary health risks to mothers and their unborn babies.” Dr. George and his team are discussing a future study focusing on patients who are predisposed to low-back and pelvic pain — either symptomatic prior to pregnancy or patients who experienced symptoms with their previous pregnancies.

“Our objective is to prevent these patients from having a significant low-back or pelvic pain episode during pregnancy,” said Dr. George. “For this research, we would work with women at an earlier stage in their pregnancies so that, ultimately, we can prevent unnecessary pain and health risks to these women and their babies.” With approximately six million pregnancies every year across the United States, according to the American Pregnancy Association, MOMS’ acceptance by “The Gray Journal” and obstetric community at large presents a level of chiropractic validation and exposure never before conceived. Now, factor in the U.S. Department of Labor report that 80 percent of women make health care decisions for their families. If MOMS helps foster greater levels of chiropractic care for pregnant women, the potential to impact the health of these women and their families remain immeasurable … even for experienced researchers like Dr. George.

MOMS Manuscript Authors James W. George, DC Chiropractic Science Division, Logan College of Chiropractic/University Programs, Central Institute for Human Performance Clayton D. Skaggs, DC Central Institute for Human Performance, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis Paul A. Thompson, PhD Department of Pediatrics, Sanford Research, Sanford Health, University of South Dakota, Sioux Falls, SD D. Michael Nelson, MD, PhD Division of Maternal Fetal Medicine and Ultrasound, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis Jeffrey A. Gavard, PhD Division of Research, Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Women’s Health, Saint Louis University School of Medicine Gilad A. Gross, MD Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine, Saint Louis University School of Medicine W I N T E R 2 0 1 2 11


Better Organization Leads to

Maximized Performance After 12 years dedicated to helping Logan students and staff practice wellness, the center needed some care of its own. Today, the recently renovated space offers a more aesthetic setting for its visitors to concentrate on their fitness goals. With all of the improvements, the wellness center can’t afford its members the luxury of more time— so Logan’s administration enlisted the help of professional organizer Julie Hough to outfit the center for maximum efficiency.

Up for the Challenge When it’s time for a study break, you can still find many Logan students and faculty training. But inside the Logan Wellness Center, named for Dr. William M. Harris, they are encouraged to leave their books in a locker and concentrate on their own health.

Her name might be familiar to you. Julie is the wife to Logan’s Chief Information Officer Brad Hough. You may have seen her on local television news stations or in St. Louis newspapers and magazines, which feature her organizational strategies. Then again, Julie also played a key role on the A&E network’s popular show “Hoarders,” where she served as a member of the organizing team helping one woman reduce the clutter and chaos in her life. As a member of the National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO) and the vice president of its St. Louis chapter, Julie is respected by her peers for her expertise and results. But Logan’s wellness center presented Julie with new territory to tackle. “This project marked my first wellness center, but regardless of space, the same organizational principles applied,” she said. “When I met with Dr. Elizabeth A. Goodman (Logan’ Dean of University Programs) and the wellness center’s director, Robert Powell, their needs were clear: provide Logan students and staff with a well-organized space where they can spend their time improving their health rather than searching for equipment and supplies.”


Julie began by touring the space with Dr. Elizabeth Goodman prior to construction and reviewing the rehab project’s blueprints. “By working with Logan early in the process, I helped them achieve long-term cost savings by maximizing space and providing ample storage areas to meet current and projected future needs,” she said. During the construction process, Julie assumed an advisory role. When the space was renovated, she spent nine hours implementing and installing her organizational plans. Her behind-thescenes work is now front and center when passing by the director’s desk or entering the facility’s closet and storage spaces.

“Achieving personal fitness and health goals requires a plan and oftentimes a trainer or a coach to keep people from becoming overwhelmed and help them to stay on track. Julie played an instrumental role in providing a center that is inviting, organized and, above all, designed to support our students’ and staff’s health goals.” Robert Powell, Wellness Center director

For Julie, the greatest benefit of an organized space will come from what the members find. “When they have dedicated time to take care of themselves—so they can care for others—I don’t want time wasted searching for a Thera-Band or another piece of equipment,” she explained. “My job is to help them reach their health and fitness goals by maximizing their space and experience.”

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LOGAN PROGRAMS Student Christopher Thoma works with METIman, a full-body human simulator.

Logan Makes a Best Practice its Practice– Introducing the Human Simulator METIman Brings Diagnostic Assessments to Life for Younger Trimesters When Trevor Farnsworth, a Trimester 7 student from Indianapolis, began his search for a chiropractic college, he was looking for an educational program steeped in research with a modern health care approach. He found Logan College of Chiropractic/ University Programs. During his early trimesters of study, Trevor learned of Logan’s new plans to construct an Educational Wing. When the wing opened this past summer, Trevor and his fellow students were introduced to the state-of-the-art Assessment Center and two of its most important features: its director, Martha Kaeser, DC, and a best practice in clinical education, the METIman full-body human simulator. “Honestly, I consider the Assessment Center and METIman so vital in developing my diagnostic skills that I wish I had access to them both earlier in my studies,” Trevor said. He also credits the METIman and Dr. Kaeser’s instruction with helping him better understand health care from a more comprehensive and integrated standpoint, saying he enjoys the whole view of patient care. Originally designed to support training for medics and nurses, the programmable METIman can exhibit various pathologies. With the touch of a computer screen, Dr. Kaeser brings the human simulator to life, evidenced by METIman’s physiological and verbal responses to students’ actions. By working with the METIman, Trevor can now, for example, assess a patient experiencing trauma, something he says he may never encounter inside a Logan clinic. The exposure to trauma cases and other complex pathologies also fosters a better

understanding and appreciation of integrative health care, he said. “METIman and Dr. Kaeser ensure that we are exposed to complex cases before we graduate,” he added. “After working with METIman, I can take a more thorough patient history, make a better diagnosis and find something that others who aren’t exposed to this level of training might miss.” Trevor currently isn’t required to study or train inside the Assessment Center for academic credit, but he still visits the center almost daily to interact with the METIman. Dr. Kaeser’s “Question of the Day” serves as a magnet to attract Trevor and other Logan students who can’t pass up a challenge. “The ‘Question of the Day’ is intended to improve our diagnostic approach to cases,” explained Trevor. “The cases Dr. Kaeser offers can range from elementary to very complex pathologies. Regardless, the questions keep us up-to-date with our approaches and skill sets, and help to bridge our classroom study with clinical applications.”

Ahead of the Class Although he’s just begun his chiropractic education, Tri-1 student Justin Viney has already experienced the value of hands-on care thanks to the METIman. “I know the sooner I can begin taking reports and getting hands-on experience, the better I’ll be in practice,” he said.


Justin has yet to participate in any formal classroom instruction inside the Assessment Center, but every Monday he can be found working with Dr. Kaeser and the METIman. “On the first day of class, Dr. Kaeser visited our classroom and invited us to the center,” he said. “When I first entered the space, it was evident how technologically advanced the center is. Dr. Kaeser took the time to walk me through the Assessment Center and explain the equipment and offerings to me.” For Justin, who was accepted to medical school with intentions of becoming a neurosurgeon, it’s important to get to the root of a patient’s health problem. The time he invests in the Assessment Center might not count for academic credits now, but he’s gaining something invaluable—the ability to one day diagnose and treat the underlying cause of a patient’s pain or dysfunction. “Every week, I work with Dr. Kaeser and the METIman on my diagnostic skills, taking his blood pressure, temperatures, looking at X-rays,” he explained. “I chose chiropractic and Logan because I didn’t want to put a Band-Aid on a patient’s health problem— I want to get to the root of it. My early exposure to the Assessment Center and METIman is teaching me how to identify pathologies for better diagnoses and treatment.” Justin said his experiences with the METIman and Dr. Kaeser’s case studies have also taught him another important life lesson.

Student Justin Viney works with METIman.

“It’s easy to make mistakes,” he said. “But what’s important is figuring out why you made them and improving your skills.” According to Dr. Kaeser, the Assessment Center provides students with a safe environment where they can practice their skills while building their confidence and clinical aptitude.

“After Dr. Kaeser spoke to our class, I made it my goal to dedicate at least one hour each week to working in the Assessment Center,” he said.

working in a hospital as a lab assistant, Nathan appreciates a doctor’s ability to quickly recognize patients’ underlying symptoms and avert health crises.

For Chris, his early exposure to the Assessment Center provides him one-onone access to Dr. Kaeser and the METIman. He also counts the immediate validation of his classroom studies as one of the key benefits of practicing with the METIman during these early trimesters of study.

With no time to lose, this Tri-1 student spends one day a week inside the Assessment Center working with Dr. Kaeser and the METIman. Nathan says his work in the center focuses on health abnormalities, including listening to the METIman when he’s programmed with breathing or heart irregularities, so he can readily identify disorders.

“I’ve spent about five weeks now working with the METIman and getting my hands on the center’s testing instruments,” said Chris. “What I can learn from the METIman could prove life changing, as I’m exposed to conditions affecting the heart or a tumor—things I may otherwise never see in Logan clinic. I don’t want my first encounter with a life-threatening pathology to occur in my future practice.”

“With the touch of a computer screen, I can program the METIman to exhibit irregularities, including his heartbeat, blood pressure and respiratory rate, and complex pathologies, such as carotid and abdominal aortic arterial bruits,” added Dr. Kaeser. “This teaching tool affords students the opportunity to practice what they’ve learned in the classroom by providing them with a hands-on training experience offered inside a safe and simulated environment.”

“Ultimately, I can see myself working in an integrative health setting, like a hospital, working with medical doctors to treat and refer patients in a similar fashion to Logan’s Veterans Affairs clinic model,” offered Chris. When Chris began his classroom studies at Logan, he too was met by Dr. Kaeser who invited Chris and his classmates to explore the Assessment Center.

Before coming to Logan, Nathan practiced with a chiropractor as a licensed massage therapist. His exposure to a chiropractic clinic and hands-on patient care helps fuel his focus on efficient and accurate diagnoses. “When I graduate, I’d like to open a multidisciplinary clinic where I can work together with osteopaths and physical therapists to offer my patients effective treatment plans,” Nathan added. “My work with the METIman will help me graduate as a confident clinician, knowing I’ve been exposed to complex pathologies and can manage these cases.”

The Difference an Hour Makes It’s only Chris Thoma’s second trimester at Logan, but he’s no stranger to patient care. When he began his health career years ago as a medical technologist, later working with the American Red Cross, he knew he was destined to spend his days helping people. However, as his career evolved, he became more intrigued by the functional side of health care and decided to study chiropractic at Logan.

“At this stage of my Logan studies, the Assessment Center and METIman help reinforce what I’m learning in the classroom,” said Nathan. “I know the more experience I gain in school, the better I will be in practice.”

Student Nathan Martin takes METIman’s blood pressure while student Trevor Farnsworth observes.

In addition to treating patients with differential diagnoses via the METIman, Chris says the Assessment Center provides an ideal setting for practicing another critical technique: communications. “I’m learning skills that will help improve my diagnosis and dialogue with patients and medical doctors, so I can earn their referrals and co-manage cases,” he added. “Regardless of your trimester status, the Assessment Center should not be missed by students. The one hour I spend here each week is making a huge difference in how I will care for my future patients.”

Better, Faster Care When a patient is in critical need, Nathan Martin doesn’t want to lose time. After

For Dr. Kaeser, the METIman experience provides another dimension of reinforcement: It offers a daily reminder of what makes a Logan student successful in the classroom and clinic. “When students come to the Assessment Center, not because they have to be here but because they want to learn, it energizes me as an educator,” she said. According to Dr. Kaeser, educational excellence is achieved when students have access to quality instruction, state-of-the-art equipment and emotional support. She considers METIman a critical tool for helping students unlock their clinical potential while advancing the mission of Logan and the chiropractic profession. Perhaps this is why Dr. Kaeser has made it her mission to welcome Logan students, regardless of their trimester status, to the Assessment Center where the METIman and his complex pathologies are waiting to be found. W I N T E R 2 0 1 2 15


The Anatomy of Logan’s

Tour of the


Inside Logan’s anatomy lab, Tyrel Reichert exuded knowledge and poise as he worked his way around the human cadaver. He meticulously examined the various layers and stages of the body; identified organs, cell structures and their functions; and explained the role of the endocrine and nervous systems. To observe Tyrel in the lab, one might think he’s an anatomy instructor. But at Logan, Tyrel’s status remains a Tri-8 student and guide for the anatomy lab’s “Tour of the Body” program. Made possible through the body donation program, which has been in existence at Logan for more than 50 years, Logan’s anatomy lab represents one of the few such facilities in the St. Louis area. For chiropractic students, the lab acts as a portal of entry for these future physicians. For the community, the lab provides an educational platform where students of health and lay people alike can gather to gain a better understanding of the complexities and inner workings of the human body and appreciation for the study of human health. “I like to break things down into mechanics during the tours and talk about how the body functions, why it fails, what causes injuries, and how everything works together as a system,” Tyrel said. “I work well under pressure and enjoy when someone asks to see something specific. It puts me on the spot and keeps me sharp.” This year, under the direction of Dr. Angela Reeves McCall, Logan’s associate vice president of academic affairs, the Tour of the Body program has undergone several changes to improve its functionality and increase its awareness in the community. “Since Tour of the Body is designed to benefit the community, we wanted to make the program more service oriented and user friendly,” she said. “We also focused on finding ways to make more people aware of the program’s existence.”

(Top right) Logan Student Tour Guide Anthony Aamodt (far left) prepares to lead a tour of Logan’s anatomy lab.

Some of the changes Dr. McCall spearheaded include posting program information on Logan’s website; creating a database to track attendees; and distributing post-tour surveys to gather feedback.

(Above) Logan Student Tour Guide Trevor Farnsworth shows a human brain to tour participants.

“While our visitors were gaining exposure to Logan, we needed to better understand their

Dr. Angela McCall


takeaways and perceptions leaving Logan,” she said. “The surveys help us determine what our attendees enjoy and how we can make the program better.” So far, the program is receiving tremendous amounts of positive feedback, from the simplified process of scheduling a tour to the hospitable and accommodating nature of the staff. Even with Dr. McCall’s improvement efforts, she credits the caliber of Logan’s program to the student tour guides. “We are very selective in whom we choose to serve as a tour guide,” she said. “You not only have to have good grades, pass the tutoring test and go through training, you have to have a great personality and the ability to connect to a group.” For Anthony Aamodt, that is a not a problem.

instructors. The tours are also presented to pre-med and high school biology students. The variety keeps the student guides on their toes, requiring them to tailor the tour to the group’s unique interests. “For massage therapists, we’ll focus on the muscular and lymphatic systems. For yoga instructors, it’s more about the spine, ligamentous structure and biomechanical stability. And, for paramedics, we may very well be preparing them for what they will face in their profession,” Anthony said. “My favorite groups to work with are those filled with participants who are excited to learn and get the most out of their education. It is definitely not uncommon for us hear groups exclaim, ‘I can’t believe our body is that complex!’” Tyrel enjoys customizing tours to what he’s currently learning in class, whether its muscular diagnosis or neurology. “Everyone responds well to seeing the brain, heart and lungs, but thanks to my class instruction, I can address the functionality of each organ or show the difference between a healthy lung and emphysema.” While the student tour guides volunteer their time educating the community, they all agree they gain something in return for their time investments—an experience they credit with making them a better student and, one day, a better chiropractor.

The Tri-5 student and lead tour guide has worked to educate youth since he was a coach at the Gymnastics Academy of Rockford, Ill. Anthony might have left the coaching field once he discovered his passion for the chiropractic health care model, but he brought his instructional skills with him to Logan. “Throughout my first trimester at Logan, I had two extraordinary professors, Dr. Jan Clifford and Dr. Kathy Dooley. Every day they impressed upon us how important anatomical knowledge is to the practice of chiropractic,’” he said. “Motivated and thirsty for a thorough understanding, I dove into the science of anatomy and learned everything I could about it. As I studied the human body, I realized how incredible it is from kinesiology to the biochemical process. I was captivated by its study instantly.” Anthony said working as a tour guide has provided him the opportunity to expand his understanding of anatomy while sharing his knowledge and passion with others. “I was surprised to see how many people don’t realize everything we must study and master to become proficient Doctors of Chiropractic, especially our extensive knowledge of anatomy,” he said. “It’s more than exciting to share what we do with the community.” The dynamics and challenges of leading a Tour of the Body rest with the chemistry of the group. The program draws participants with diverse backgrounds, ranging from non-health specialists, such as barbers, to massage therapists, paramedics and yoga

“Anatomy, by far, was my hardest class, but it made me buckle down, learn to study and respect the subject matter,” Tyrel said. “When I can talk about anatomy, it reaffirms what I’ve learned in class. Getting up in front of people and having to answer spontaneous questions demonstrates the quality of our Logan education.” Anthony agrees. “Part of our role as chiropractic physicians is to educate our patients,” he said. “When I’m in this setting, I’m not only educating others, but I’m also influencing the community in a positive way, sharing my knowledge, my experiences and inspiring them.” This past fall, Logan booked more than 25 groups for the Tour of the Body program. As Logan enhances its focus on community outreach, Dr. McCall expects that number to rise. Additionally, she hopes to expand the number of tours and tour guides, and create specialized tours based on certain areas of interest. “I’m glad the program is getting the attention it deserves,” Dr. McCall said. “I’m excited that we have such a passionate group of students assisting with the program. I see it only getting better in the future.”

For more information about scheduling a tour of Logan’s Anatomy Lab, please contact Toby Hall at or call (636) 230-1924 or (800) 782-3344. W I N T E R 2 0 1 2 17



pink lighting throughout the campus, including the lake and bell tower.


• Dr. Arlan Fuhr, a September 1961 Logan graduate and co-inventor of the Activator Methods Chiropractic Technique®, spoke to students at Logan on Oct. 26. Dr. Fuhr, who has nearly 50 years of experience in private practice, holds more than 100 copyrighted works, 45 registered trademarks and 12 patents. He has published and contributed to more than 25 peer-reviewed publications and books, and is co-founder of the Activator Methods International organization.

BRIEFS • Concert for Kathmandu Kids, a world music benefit concert spearheaded by Logan’s Dr. Christine Schutz, was held at the William D. Purser, DC Center on the Logan campus on Sept. 22. Presented by the Mitrata-Nepal Foundation for Children, the concert benefited underprivileged children in Kathmandu, Nepal.

• The Logan Student Doctor Council held an all-school assembly on Oct. 31 for a special showing of the critically acclaimed film “Doctored,” about the benefits of chiropractic as a less invasive and less expensive method of health care. At the showing, Tri-9 student John Keefe won the raffle and its prize, the iPad4, presented by Logan President Dr. George Goodman and Chief Information Officer Dr. Brad Hough on Nov. 5.

• On Oct. 12, Dr. Claudia Anrig spoke to Logan students and signed copies of her book, “Pediatric Chiropractic.” An expert on pediatric chiropractic care, she is the past president of the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association and columnist for Dynamic Chiropractic. • As part of October Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Logan displayed

LOGAN in the

Community This past fall, Logan Health Centers’ interns and practitioners were active throughout the community. They provided free health screenings, participated in health fairs and presented informative lectures at more than 25 locations. Event highlights included the American Diabetes Association Step-Out Walk at Creve Coeur Park and the AARP Celebration of Life at the Missouri Botanical Gardens. Logan sponsored the 11th Annual Scottish Games and Cultural Festival held in Forest Park on Sept. 28- 29. Logan students and faculty also helped the athletes both on the field as well as in the athletic treatment tents.

Logan sponsored the 11th Annual Chesterfield Chamber of Commerce Gumbo Flats Pumpkin Run on Oct. 27. More than 1,700 runners and walkers participated, and Logan Tri-7 student Joshua Lederman placed third overall in the men’s division of the 10K run. Logan senior interns, under the direction of Logan clinician Dr. Patrick Montgomery, provided complimentary stretching and soft tissue work.



in the News Professor Muriel Périllat, MS, DC, director of student health, was selected by previous Logan Emerson Award winners to receive this year’s Logan Emerson Award for Excellence in Teaching. The award was presented on Nov. 11 at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Clayton, Mo. This honor is an indication of Emerson’s appreciation for teaching and provides the company an opportunity to recognize and salute outstanding faculty members. Dr. Dennis Enix, MBA, research faculty member, was recently appointed to the editorial board of the journal SpineLine by the Board of Directors of the North American Spine Society. Dr. Mario Fucinari, part-time instructor in Logan’s Chiropractic Science Division, was named the 2012 Chiropractor of the Year by the Illinois Chiropractic Society.

Logan Announces New Hires Dr. Joshua Adams, resident in the BIOFREEZE® Sports & Rehabilitation Center Ashley Cook, enrollment management administrator Ms. Cassie Hotchkiss, instructor (Basic Science) Dr. Gene Spilker, clinician student health Caitlin Mueller, admission recruiter in Logan’s Division of Enrollment Management

Student News: Logan’s Student Doctor Council Officers have been named for the Spring/Summer 2013. They are: President, Brad Moffit, Tri-8 Vice President, Delia Hobbins, Tri-5 Secretary, Raquel Grogan-Webb, Tri-3 Treasurer, Jillian Porter, Tri-4 Parliamentarian, Andrew Rackovan, Tri-8 Student Services, Lauren Stemle, Tri-5 Student Services, Jeff Pammer, Tri-4 Student Activities, Nic Kampfer, Tri-5 Student Activities, Jake Vanhooser, Tri-5


Dean’s List -Summer 2012 Megan Lynn Allison .................10TR

Gregory T. Guzman .....................5TR

Annie S. Norman ........................8TR

Douglass Edwin Andrews..........8TR

Robert J. Hammerling ................8TR

Leah S. Owens............................6TR

Chelsie Lee Arnold .....................3TR

Curtis Ryan Harper .....................8TR

Seth D. Painter ...........................7TR

Autumn Rebecca Barton ..........10TR

Heather C. Hartman ...................5TR

Matthew A. Palm .......................7TR

Patrick J. Battaglia ...................10TR

Grant C. Hartman........................5TR

Mehal Devanand Patel.............10TR

Gregory S. Beauchamp...............1TR

Heidi Marie Heath....................10TR

Jordan Cole Patterson................9TR

Christopher T. Belics...................3TR

Michael L. Henson .....................4TR

Lacey Ann Perrett .....................10TR

Blake K. Berner...........................8TR

Ryan D. Herold............................4TR

Trevor J. Peterson.......................9TR

Jeffrey K. Binder.........................8TR

Sarah Nicole Hickey.................10TR

Danielle M. Phillips ....................9TR

Elizabeth Kay Bloyer...................3TR

Sarah E. Horsley .........................6TR

Jesse D. Politowski ....................7TR

Joshua M. Bodine-Lederman.....6TR

Hunter D. Hout............................2TR

Melissa Kay Porter .....................3TR

Cara E. Bowling ..........................9TR

Bryan T. Howland .......................7TR

Jillian Rae Porter........................2TR

Lisa D. Bradley............................8TR

David Lloyd Huff .........................2TR

Tyrel James Reichert..................7TR

Kevin E. Bradshaw .....................4TR

Chelsea A. Jacobs......................3TR

Sara N. Riekenberg ....................9TR

Garrett J. Brugger.......................8TR

Chase Alan Johnson ..................8TR

Grant Steven Sanders ................5TR

Tyler B. Bryant ............................9TR

Colby S. Johnson........................9TR

Andrea Jo Scheuerman..............3TR

Laura Michelle Buck...................9TR

John H. Keefe.............................8TR

Mark Ryan Schmitz ..................10TR

Michael L. Buczynski..................9TR

Noel T. Kite .................................9TR

Kyle Edward Schneider ............10TR

Lynda S. Bunn...........................10TR

Clint D. Klipfel ............................1TR

Anna C. Schueneman.................5TR

Vincent J. Cavallaro ...................5TR

Jamie L. Knorr ............................7TR

Scott D. Smith ............................8TR

Jessie Kay Clarke .......................9TR

Andrea K. Kurelowech ...............4TR

Katie Ann Smith .........................5TR

John Graham Clements..............5TR

Eric Michael Leitman .................8TR

Amanda Marie Smith.................6TR

Jesse C. Cooper........................10TR

Jinpu Li .......................................8TR

Derek Dion Smith .....................10TR

Wesley Heath Corbin ...............10TR

Andrew M. Lowey......................6TR

Todd J. Sonquist.........................8TR

Megan Diane Curtin...................8TR

Heather Lynn Lucas ....................3TR

Jessica E. Speidel ......................4TR

Cory S. Davis ..............................6TR

Shanele R. Lundahl ....................3TR

Lauren E. Stemle ........................3TR

Cody A. Dimak ..........................10TR

Cameron R. Mac Kichan ............3TR

Abbi N. Sunner ...........................6TR

Nicholas James Divan ...............6TR

Michelle Ann Mashinter ............1TR

James Vincent Taylor .................6TR

Jake Hunter Doster ..................10TR

Michael L. Masucci....................5TR

Christopher Franklin Thoma .......1TR

Jacob Carl Eckman.....................1TR

Justin H. Mathis.......................10TR

Travis C. Tillman .........................8TR

Jonathan Emlet ........................8TR

Carolyn P. Maxfield...................10TR

James Edwin Tosh......................9TR

Krista A. Enger............................4TR

Mackenzie Rae McNamara .......8TR

Robert J. Trager..........................6TR

Deborah L. England ..................10TR

Lauren Y. McVay.........................3TR

Daniel E. Tweeton ......................1TR

Nikita Shea Froenicke ..............10TR

Erik E. Michener .........................4TR

Randi Rhae Tyler.......................10TR

Timmie Marie Fuehrer................2TR

Emma J. Minx.............................3TR

Brooke N. Van Kirk .....................3TR

Taylor J. Funke............................3TR

Alex D. Mitchell........................10TR

Ashley Waggott..........................2TR

Erica M. Gaitley..........................6TR

Bradley Steven Moffitt...............6TR

Paula S. Weiler...........................2TR

Mary Loran Makenzie George ...2TR

Samantha JoEtta Morrison........3TR

Eric M. Weisnicht.......................5TR

Sarah E. Geringer .......................6TR

Sean M. Nealon .........................1TR

Benjamin Paul Williamson.......10TR

Glenn M. Gibson.........................7TR

Caelyn Marie Newport.............10TR

Landon R. Wolters......................3TR

Lindsey Lea Grahn ......................2TR

Shaun David Nibbe ....................6TR

Justin T. Woodrow .....................8TR

Michael T. Gustafson .................8TR

Mitchell B. Nielsen.....................8TR

Yasi Yousefi ................................3TR

Logan Alumni Referral Program Sharing your experiences and encouraging students to consider Logan College of Chiropractic/ University Programs is an outstanding way to support your alma mater. That’s why the Logan Office of Admissions is offering you an opportunity to spread the word about Logan to prospective Doctor of Chiropractic students. Log onto and click “Logan Alumni Referral Program,” listed under the Alumni/Donor tab. Complete the Alumni Referral Form and share it with a future Doctor of Chiropractic student and Logan will waive the prospective student’s $50 application fee. Return the form to the Office of Admissions by emailing, faxing (636) 207-2425 or mailing it to: 1851 Schoettler Road, P.O. Box 1065, Chesterfield, MO 63006. For questions or more information, please call (800) 533-9210 or email

Logan Academic Catalog The Logan Academic Catalog has a new look and functionality—it is now completely online and available through the Logan website: The Catalog Search on the lefthand side of the page allows users to navigate through the catalog and view course descriptions through one click and a drop-down menu. The fully interactive catalog also enables users to create their own portfolio to save courses, programs, navigation links or divisions.

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Alumni NOTES Congratulations to …

Class of August of 2009

Class of February 1950

Class of September 1957

Dr. Matthew Krefetz, who has been named president of the Virgin Islands Chiropractic Society.

To the family of Lloyd M. (“Doc,” “Ole”) Olson, who passed away June 24 in Duluth, Minn. He was a WWII veteran and was married to Eileen Olson for 65 years.

Dr. Dale G. Kenny, who recently celebrated his 55th anniversary of practicing chiropractic. Class of September 1962 Dr. John I. Perestam, who is celebrating his 75th birthday and his 50th anniversary as a Doctor of Chiropractic. Class of August 1983 Dr. Cindy Conway, who has published a novel, entitled “Essential Lies,” that is available through the Logan Matthews bookstore. Class of April 1985 Dr. Scott Snyder, who published his book, “Black Belt Chiropractic”, and hosts a radio show called Black Belt Health. Dr. Snyder is a black belt in Shaolin/Kempo/Karate and practices in Royal Palm Beach, Fla. Class of April 1993 Dr. Todd Austin, who recently finished his second season as the official team Doctor of Chiropractic and team trainer for the Springfield Foxes semi-pro football team. Dr. Austin’s wife, Eugena, is also the team’s assistant trainer and massage therapist. Class of April 2007 To Dr. James D. Enyart, for his recent post as adjunct professor of biology at Lindenwood University Belleville, where he teaches nutrition, and anatomy and physiology. Class of August 2008 Dr. Danielle Spath, who organized a successful walk to benefit breast cancer research. Dr. Spath owns and operates the Spine and Joint Center in Affton, Mo.

Class of April 2010 Dr. Josh Zumstein, who published a book entitled “Secrets to Preventing Back and Neck Pain: 60 Ways to Protect Your Spine.” It is available online at, and in the Logan bookstore. Class of August 2011 and Class of December 2011 Drs. Kate Padfield and Steven Antoniotti, on their marriage, which took place on June 30 in Twinsburg, Ohio. Class of April 2012 Dr. Eric Werner, who took the helm at Morris Family Chiropractic in Affton, Mo. Class of April 2012 Dr. Kate Williams, who was featured in the Appleton Post Crescent for joining Integrity Chiropractic in Appleton, Wis.

Logan College of Chiropractic Expresses Sincere Sympathy to … Class of September 1947 To the family of Dr. Gordon Toftness. Dr. Toftness, chairman of the Logan Board of Trustees from 1980 to 1991, passed away at the age of 92. He served on the Logan Board of Trustees from 1979-1991. A World War II veteran, he graduated from Logan in 1947 and moved to Cumberland, Wis., where he practiced for 62 years, retiring in 2008. Dr. Toftness received numerous awards for his contributions to the chiropractic profession on both the state and national level.


Class of August 1953 To the family of Dr. Wayne B. Wigmore. Dr. Wigmore passed away on Oct. 10 at the age of 84. Class of February 1962 To the family of Dr. James Teachworth. Dr. Teachworth passed away on June 23. Class of August 1982 To the family of Dr. Vance Rawlings, who passed away Nov. 4. Dr. Rawlings lived in the St. Paul, Minn. area. Class of August 1989 To the family of Dr. Joseph G. Walsh. Dr. Walsh passed away on May 15. Class of April 1993 To Dr. Jan Clifford on the death of her mother, Peggy Gaston. Peggy passed away on Oct. 30; she was 74 years old. Class of December 1993 Dr. James P. Blumenthal, who passed away on Dec. 1 after a long battle with cancer. Class of August 1998 To the family of Dr. Neal C. Sayers. Dr. Sayers passed away on Nov. 13. Logan Faculty To Dr. Charles Vaughn, student health center clinician, on the loss of his mother. To Dr. Connie Hayes, on the death of her mother, Aretha Hayes, who passed away Dec. 9.


THE LOGAN DIRECTORY The directory is intended to help make it easier for alumni to stay in touch with Logan College. We look forward to hearing from you via email, Facebook and Twitter.


Logan College’s toll-free phone numbers are:

Bookstore: services for alumni wishing to purchase books, office supplies, Logan College apparel and novelty items

(800) 782-3344 (Main Switchboard) (800) 533-9210 (Admissions Office) (800) 842-3234 (Postgraduate Department) In the St. Louis area call (636) 227-2100. E-mail contact for Alumni Notes items for The Tower: Also, please visit the college website at, Facebook page at and Twitter at LoganChiroUniv. Make purchases from the Logan Bookstore by visiting the store’s Web page at Logan Alumni Association: membership and association services information; information about Logan’s annual Homecoming and Class Reunions. Room 110 (636) 227-2100, ext. 2401

To rent the William D. Purser, DC Center for wedding receptions, lectures, business meetings, private parties or community events, please contact Emily Ratliff, Purser Center event planner, by phone 636-227-2100 ext. 1881 or fax 636-207-2411. Purser Center rental is available to the Logan family and for public use.

Admissions Office: information about enrollment at Logan and contacts for prospective student referrals Archives: information about the history of Logan College and the history of chiropractic

Career Development Office: associateship listings and practices for sale

Office of Public Relations: information about Logan for the media, the general public and the Logan community Postgraduate Department: information and registration for license renewal seminars and postdoctoral specialty programs Radiology Department: information about services related to diagnostic imaging Registrar: academic credentialing information, records information and transcript services

Financial Aid Office: student loan repayment information

Research: current research underway by Logan faculty and the Logan Research Division

Health Center: appointments for professional courtesy adjustments for alumni

Student Services Office: posting of part-time job notices from alumni on student bulletin boards

Health Centers Marketing Department: sample marketing materials used by the Logan Health Centers are made available to Logan alumni upon request. Materials include: new patient marketing planner, introduction to marketing and media booklet and lecture templates.

D EPARTMENTAL FAX N UMBERS Admissions . . . . . . . . . (636) 207-2425 Career Development Center. . . . . . . . . . . (636) 207-2441

Human Resources: recently posted faculty and staff position openings

General Support Services . . . . . . . . . . (636) 207-2424

Institutional Advancement: information about the college’s fundraising campaigns and assistance with general donations and contributions to be targeted for specific purposes, such as scholarships

Health Center . . . . . . . (636) 207-2404

Learning Resources Center: literature searches; other research-related assistance

Institutional Advancement . . . . . . (636) 207-2402 Learning Resources Center. . . . . . . . . . . (636) 207-2448 Office of Public Relations . . . . . . . . . (636) 207-2402 Postgraduate and Continuing Education . . . . . . . . (636) 207-2400 Radiology . . . . . . . . . . (636) 207-2429 Registrar. . . . . . . . . . . (636) 207-2431 Research. . . . . . . . . . . (636) 207-2417

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Upcoming POSTGRADUATE SEMINARS All programs on campus unless otherwise stated

Jan 26-27

Basic Acupuncture #6

Internal Health Specialist #2

Jan 5-6

Instructor: Howard F. Loomis, Jr., DC, FIACA

Instructor: Zev Myerowitz, DC, Dipl.Ac. (NCCAOM), Lac.

Low Back Pain Diagnosis & Management

Mar 23-24

Feb 2-3

Whole Food Nutrition #7

Instructors: Jeff Kamper, DC, DCBCN; D. Robert Kuhn, DC, DACBR, ART®; Ralph Barrale, DC; Ralph Filson, DC; Steven Zilke, PT, DC; Jeffrey Ware, DC, DABCI

Introduction to Auriculotherapy

Instructor: Joseph Olejak, DC

Jan 12-13

Instructor: Mario Fucinari, DC, CCSP®, MCS-P

Insurance Consultant/ Peer Review #4 Instructor: Mario Fucinari, DC, CCSP®, MCS-P

Introduction to Craniopathy Instructor: Joseph Unger, DC, FICS Jan 19-20

Instructor: Gary Ditson, DC Feb 9-10

Internal Health Specialist #4

Insurance Consultant #5

Instructor: Howard F. Loomis, Jr., DC, FIACA Apr 13, 2012

Feb 16-17

Whole Food Nutrition #8

Whole Food Nutrition #6

Instructor: Joseph Olejak, DC

Instructor: Joseph Olejak, DC

Apr 20-21

Mar 2-3

Insurance Consultant #7

Internal Health Specialist #3

Instructor: Mario Fucinari, DC, CCSP®, MCS-P

Whole Food Nutrition #3

Instructor: Howard F. Loomis, Jr., DC, FIACA

Instructor: Joseph Olejak, DC

Mar 9-10

Basic Acupuncture #4

Insurance Consultant/ Peer Review #6

Instructor: Zev Myerowitz, DC, Dipl.Ac. (NCCAOM) Lac.

Apr 6-7

Instructor: D. Robert Kuhn, DC, DACBR, ART®

Contact the Logan Postgraduate Department at 1-800-842-3234 for additional information on all seminars.

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