Logan University - Spring Tower 2016

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Empowering the Community, One Person at a Time

Firefighter/Paramedics Get Hands-On Experience at Logan Logan Extends Facilities to Paralympic Athletes 2016 Spring Symposium





5 Awareness and Advocacy Logan hosts 2016 St. Louis Walk to Cure Arthritis

16 The Insider

8 Reducing Health Care Barriers New chiropractic outreach clinic provides options to underserved

26 Student Life

10 Chiropractic in the Workplace Alumni find passion in bringing chiropractic to the corporate world

38 Backstory

26 Home Grown, Student Owned Logan students create sustainable garden for community engagement

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24 Research 25 Donor Snapshot 29 Marketing Motivation 36 Under the Tower


The Tower is a publication of Logan University for Alumni, Students, Employees and Friends of the University

THE TOWER Vol. 1, SPRING 2016 The Tower is published three times a year: Spring, Summer and Fall. Photography Cover: James LeBine Inside: Michael Chappell, James LeBine, Vince McGee, Dave Preston and Chris Ryan The Tower is produced by the Department of Marketing and Communications. Reader comments can be sent to the editor via email at Tower@logan.edu. THE TOWER Logan University 1851 Schoettler Road Chesterfield, MO 63017 Tower@logan.edu | logan.edu 1-800-782-3344


The Logan Five Logan University hosted Palmer College of Chiropractic Chancellor Dennis Marchiori, DC, PhD, as keynote speaker for its all-University assembly in October. Dr. Marchiori spoke on the topic of “The Public’s Perception and Utilization of Chiropractic,” which was based on the findings of a recent Gallup-Palmer report and related study co-authored by Dr. Marchiori, the latter published in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics.

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Jane Wibbenmeyer, DC, a December 1988 Logan graduate and instructor, received a 2015 Emerson Excellence in Teaching award. The awards pay tribute to area educators for their achievements and dedication to the field of education.




Logan’s 2014-15 Annual Report is available for viewing and downloading online at logan.edu/StateOfLogan.

On December 2, Logan hosted an event celebrating inclusion, healing and peace for the holiday season and throughout the New Year.

Six teams from Logan competed in the 2015 Chiro Games in October in Cocoa Beach, Fla. The Logan soccer team finished second overall, and the men’s flag football team clinched fourth place. Trimester 8 student Michael Suplicki and Joel Ardner, DC, each placed third in individual play for golf.

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As an academic institution, our purpose is to educate. We provide the expertise, knowledge, resources and experiences for students to learn and make informed decisions that improve the quality of life of others. In the community, our purpose is no different. We seek opportunities to engage and collaborate with individuals who believe in creating a better living and working environment for the greater public. It is through this service that we enable them to take action to help both themselves and others. The theme of this issue of The Tower is “Logan empowers all community members and holds each accountable.” On the cover is Logan alumnus Arlan W. Fuhr, DC, who is personally committed to ensuring the future of Logan and the chiropractic profession. Inside, you’ll find stories that reflect this theme and core value, from collaborations with community health centers and partnerships with firefighter/paramedics, to supporting 4 SPRING 2016

a student-led initiative to grow a community garden that will serve local food banks. Behind each of these stories are individuals making an impact and giving meaning to “Logan in the community.” They are the faculty, staff and students who are everpresent in our communities through their work at our outpatient and community health centers, schools and events. They are the ones who volunteer their time to serve on the boards of organizations, such as the Missouri State Chiropractors Association, the American Chiropractic Association and the Federation of International Chiropractic Sports. And they leave their own communities to visit less fortunate communities, like those in the Dominican Republic, to provide chiropractic treatment to those who lack access to health care. The depth and breadth of our efforts to empower community members goes beyond the confines of our campus, St. Louis and Missouri. It happens on every level, from a student helping at a local soup kitchen to a program director speaking to an international audience on the need for more Paralympic care programs.

As we continue the quality work we are doing to empower the community, we find ourselves in greater demand to do more. We are expanding our role at Paraquad and within federally qualified health centers. These partnerships not only validate our work, but also provide a sense of direction as far as how we need to grow to better serve our community. At Logan, we believe we embody the word “community” in every sense. Our grounds and facilities provide a gathering spot for the surrounding and broader community, whether it’s a pick-up game of disc golf, a concert at the William D. Purser, DC Center or a training camp for athletes vying for spots at the Paralympic Games. We look forward to continuing to serve the community on all levels and holding ourselves accountable as we become more focused on empowering those around the globe with knowledge about service, higher education and health care through Logan University.


Strength in Numbers The Logan Community Embraces Walk to Cure Arthritis Arthritis is a disease that affects people of all ages and is the leading cause of disability in the United States. More than 100 different types of arthritis and related conditions have been identified. In 2007, Logan’s involvement started as a small investment. The University made a corporate donation and put together a team that raised $3,300 for the St. Louis Walk to Cure Arthritis. “Over the next few years, their support really increased,” said Jan Bignall, executive director of the Arthritis Foundation’s Heartland Region. “Students showed up in droves to help set up, clean up and volunteer, and in 2012, Logan professor and Chairman of the Clinical Sciences Division Robert Kuhn, DC, DACBR, ART, stepped in as chair for the Walk to Cure Arthritis. That’s when the relationship really took off.”

“Chiropractic is another form of therapy for people with arthritis. Just as important as raising money is people knowing that there are alternative therapies for treating pain.” –Jan Bignall, executive director of the Arthritis Foundation’s Heartland Region

That year, the Walk to Cure Arthritis moved from Forest Park to Logan’s campus, and in 2013, the Logan team helped raise more than $20,000 for the foundation. Jan said the Logan campus is not only a beautiful venue, but is self-contained and has ample parking. “Also, the campus is accessible to all individuals and allows us to set up vendors and have families picnic in the grassy areas,” she said. This year, Logan has put together a large committee made up of students, faculty and staff that meet monthly to discuss fundraising and event details. Additionally, the committee has set a $25,000 fundraising goal for the Logan team with the hope of registering 500 individuals for the walk. Director of Academic Assessment Martha Kaeser, DC, MEd, serves as this year’s chair for the Walk to Cure Arthritis. Because arthritis affects men, women, the young and the elderly, Dr. Kaeser said it makes sense that Logan recognizes the impact they have in educating those affected on ways to manage pain. “Everything from nutritional advice and manual therapy to exercise regimens can help individuals feel better,” she said. “I’m excited about the level of support and commitment Logan has shown this year and look forward to a great event.” Sherrie Giddens, past event chair and current team captain for this year’s Walk to Cure Arthritis, has been named the

2016 Logan Team Honoree. Sherrie, who is affected by rheumatoid arthritis, is an advocate of chiropractic treatment and recently shared her story with Logan students. “The fact that Logan students are talking about arthritis to their sphere of influence and we’re talking about Logan to our sphere of influence is connecting people all around our area,” Jan said. “Chiropractic is another form of therapy for people with arthritis. Just as important as raising money is people knowing that there are alternative therapies for treating pain.”

Walk to Cure Arthritis 7 PM • Friday, May 20 Logan University campus Visit WalkToCureArthritis. org/stlouis for more information and to register as a participant of the Logan team. Alumni and friends are welcome to join.

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Advancing Life-Saving Training Logan’s anatomy lab serves as an educational tool for more than chiropractic students.

For more than 50 years, the anatomy lab has been a critical component of Logan’s curriculum. It has given thousands of students the opportunity to gain firsthand observation and access to help advance human health. At the same time, that education and awareness has also been extended to those outside the Logan community. Angela Poletti, executive assistant for academic affairs and coordinator for Tour of the Body, said Logan hosted 155 tours of the anatomy lab in 2015. While most groups are from Illinois and Missouri, some have come from as far as Kentucky and Kansas. “The groups that we give tours to 6 SPRING 2016

typically come from high schools, various collegiate groups and programs and health care and fitness facilities of all types,” she said. “They include hospital employees, massage therapists, personal trainers, physical therapists and yoga instructors. Any group with an interest in anatomy and physiology is welcome to visit us for a tour.” When the lab is not being used by Logan students or for tours, there is another purpose it serves: medical personnel training. Ken Fredrickson, deputy chief and chief medical officer for the Maryland Heights Fire Protection District, was first introduced to Logan’s anatomy lab through Assistant

Dr. Jan Clifford addresses a group of firefighter/ paramedics before they enter Logan’s Anatomy Lab to practice life-saving skills on cadavers.

Professor Jan Clifford, DC, MS, CCSP. In the late 1990s, Dr. Clifford was enrolled in a paramedic class taught by Ken at St. Louis Community College-Florissant Valley. After Dr. Clifford graduated, Ken invited her back to teach the anatomy portion of the course, and soon their relationship turned into an opportunity to bring his students, as well as firefighter/ paramedics from Maryland Heights, to Logan for hands-on training. “It’s been a huge success for us, and I can’t say enough about Logan and Dr. Clifford,” Ken said. “If you want medics to practice advanced techniques, this is the place to go.”

L I V I N G TH E V I S I O N Ken said his staff have the opportunity to perform cricothyrotomies, chest decompressions and intraosseous infusions (IOs). “Things we can’t do well on a mannequin we can do on the cadavers,” he said. “That is extremely valuable.” This past fall, Dr. Clifford helped arrange a large-scale medical training session for more than 200 firefighter/paramedics from municipalities outside of St. Louis. “When I heard that the person in charge of medical training for a broader group of municipalities was anxious to get medical personnel in front of cadavers for hands-on training, I was very excited about introducing our facilities to them,” she said. On six days in November and December, groups of 40 to 50 firefighter/paramedics arrived on the Logan campus for a two-hour training session led by Dr. Clifford and other trained medical and teaching staff. Because many of the firefighter/paramedics had never been to an anatomy lab or had only trained on animal specimens and models, the training provided real-world experience for practicing life-saving skills. Human cadaver tissue is more realistic, Dr. Clifford said, whereas a simulator can’t offer the same resistance, sound and feel. Mike Castellano, firefighter/paramedic from West Overland Fire Protection District

Firefighter/paramedics learn how to perform an intraosseous infusion in the shoulder.

agreed. “Videos are good, but there’s just no replacement for getting the opportunity to practice on the cadavers,” he said. During this visit, Mike had the opportunity to perform IOs on the shoulder, whereas in his job he had only performed them on the lower tibia.

SSM Health Emergency Medical Services Education Manager and Liasion Shirley Gastler demonstrates how to pick the cricothyrotomy tube in the neck.

Dr. Clifford said she is proud to be involved in a program that has been received so well. “Not only is our lab educational for Logan students, but it’s educational for those in our community who have the ability to positively impact the health of others,” Dr. Clifford said. “It has been an amazing experience.” Dr. Jan Clifford explains various cardiopulmonary traumas. SPRING 2016 7


New Clinical Collaboration Provides Access to Conservative Pain Treatment Pain is cited as the most common reason Americans access the health care system and one of the top contributors to health care costs. “Pain affects a patient’s ability to function, work and enjoy life,” said Mattie M. White, MD, clinical director for Saint Louis University’s Family Medicine Residency Program. As a physician at Family Care Health Centers (FCHC) in St. Louis, a federallyqualified community health center, Dr. White is all too familiar with patients who suffer from chronic pain and lack accessibility to physical treatments. “Treatment options are far too often limited to patient dependent exercise programs and over-the-counter or prescription pain-relieving medications, which has contributed greatly to the current

opiate epidemic,” she said. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that in 2012, health care providers wrote 259 million prescriptions for opioid pain relievers. Additionally, the CDC says opioid sales in the U.S. have increased by 300 percent in the last 15 years, without any change in the amount of pain Americans report. Last fall, Dr. White decided to seek a more conservative and comprehensive approach to pain relief for FCHC patients. She turned to Logan University, which is experienced with incorporating chiropractic care into existing federally qualified health centers. In collaboration with Barry Wiese, DC, MHA, director of integrated health centers for Logan, the Chiropractic Community Outreach Clinic was born. In 2015, Dr. Wiese helped establish onsite chiropractic care for those served by Myrtle Hilliard Davis Comprehensive Health

Clinician Alex Gafford, DC, talks with a patient referred though Family Care Health Centers at the new Chiropractic Community Outreach Clinic within Logan’s Southfield Health Center. 8 SPRING 2016

Center, Inc. (MHD) in St. Louis, which provides affordable health care to the underserved, underinsured and uninsured population within the St. Louis area. Today, approximately 400 MHD patients are provided with chiropractic care each month. “Like Myrtle Hilliard Davis, FCHC was looking for ways to provide chiropractic services to meet the varying needs of its patients,” Dr. Wiese said. “The end result was a collaboration to offer FCHC patients a conservative treatment option as a portion of a comprehensive treatment plan for pain conditions.” The Logan Chiropractic Community Outreach Clinic is housed in Logan’s Southfield Chiropractic Health Center in St. Louis and only accepts patients who are referred through FCHC. During the first six weeks, the demand for chiropractic care at the clinic was high. Since opening, the clinic has received more than 104 patient referrals from 23 different providers at the FCHC’s Carondelet location. “I am hopeful that our outcomes will improve the health and wellness for the patients of Family Care Health Centers, as well as less reliance on narcotic medication for pain control,” Dr. White said. “While it’s too early to measure these results at this time, the referrals and appointments have already been at volumes high enough to begin discussions on increasing the availability of services as well as increasing the ease of provider-to-provider communication.”


The Value of Referring Students How and why it works As Logan grows its programs and remains among the highest regarded chiropractic institutions in the nation, ensuring that the best and brightest students continue to choose Logan for their education. Aside from faculty, staff and students, Logan’s alumni and friends play an important role in ensuring the University’s future of excellence—in large part through student referrals. According to Associate Professor Patrick Montgomery, DC, MS, FASA, alumni are a large source for new students. “I always like to remind our Logan alumni that ‘giving back’ doesn’t have to mean money—their support in bringing prospective students to Logan is needed, and appreciated,” he said. As the President of Logan’s Faculty Council, Dr. Montgomery has been inspirational in identifying, pursuing and promoting opportunities to grow enrollment at the University. To Dr. Montgomery, the drive to refer students to Logan should be a no-brainer as the University continues to graduate the “above-average chiropractor” and to strive for excellence, which is apparent among those in the field. “Overall, chiropractic leadership is largely in the hands of Logan graduates,” he said. “The quality of adjusting skills and even chiropractic philosophy taught at the University speaks for itself about the value of a Logan education. Our graduates perform at the top of the profession.”

Dr. Montgomery’s referral tips: 1. Listen to your patients. Dr. Montgomery says that often, patients will give their DC insight

to prospective Logan students— for example, mentioning that they wish someone in their family was a chiropractor. “Ask them if there are younger family members that want a rewarding career in health care,” he says, “and encourage them to point them in Logan’s direction.” DCs can also present a Logan degree to patients (and their contacts) who want to further their education. 2. Offer tangible materials. Logan has brochures and informational materials for you to leave with your patients, family and friends who are interested in Logan and a career in chiropractic or health sciences. 3. Talk to friends and family. Is a family member looking to change career directions or further his/her education? Do you have a friend who is unhappy in his/her career or who you think would be great in the health sciences field? A simple conversation about chiropractic and/or health sciences can plant a seed. 4. Get involved. The more groups you are involved with and the more people you come in contact with. If you aren’t already, consider getting involved with your local chiropractic association or another professional group associated with your career. 5. Be social. Use Facebook and LinkedIn to connect with chiropractic, health sciences, education and related groups. Invite them to learn more about Logan.

Dr. Patrick Montgomery

6. Come visit. Don’t be a stranger— remember that Logan is still a “home” to which you may return. The Alumni and Friends House is the perfect place to start. Grab a cup of coffee, talk with the staff members and see for yourself what’s going on around campus. More information regarding Logan’s Alumni Referral Program can be found at logan.edu/Refer including an application fee waiver for potential students referred though the program.

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From Clinic to Corporate: Integrating Chiropractic in the Workplace While working at their family practice in New Hampshire, Don and Lisa Conant, DCs, came to a realization. The Logan graduates (August of 2001 and 2003) increasingly began understanding the discrepancies in chiropractic care for the corporate working community. Knowing those discrepancies may not change anytime soon, the couple decided to shift their own careers to make a difference.

Dr. Lisa Conant

Dr. Don Conant

financial weight of caring for a family,” said Dr. Lisa Conant. That, combined with the “We found ourselves wondering why demanding hours of working full-time and more people weren’t getting regular family responsibilities, left few opportunities adjustments,” said Dr. Lisa Conant. She for chiropractic care. and Dr. Don Conant realized time and The couple decided their answer to this money were the leading reasons. “A lot of problem could be as simple as reducing the people just can’t swing the cost of routine time and money it takes for the community chiropractic adjustments on top of the to get adjusted. How? Bring the practice to the patients and create a community of convenience. They started from scratch with a new concept of meeting corporate employees where they worked to provide chiropractic care. Their new identity, called Corporate Chiropractic Works, would partner with corporations in the region to improve employees’ health and wellness and to “increase productivity by facilitating awareness, accessibility Drs. Don and Lisa Conant often adjust employees at Turbocam, a global turbomachinery development and manufacturing company, and affordability of care”—a in the company’s outdoor gazebo. statement central to their work. 10 SPRING 2016

After two years in this new practice concept, Drs. Don and Lisa Conant are successfully working with 14 corporations using their on-site model. They visit each of their partners weekly, adjusting employees and educating them on chiropractic, health and wellness. They ensure chiropractic care is consistently integrated into these employees’ lives through routine appointments. “People even come into work on their days off because they don’t want to miss an opportunity to be adjusted,” said Dr. Lisa Conant. “They love it.” The couple noted that chiropractic utilization within each of their partner companies is 400 percent greater than the national utilization average of private practices. The mutually beneficial relationships between Corporate Chiropractic Works and corporations’ human resources departments have proven to be important in the couple maintaining and building new clientele. “Human resources departments are quick to jump on this opportunity to offer health and wellness that they don’t have to provide themselves,” explained Dr. Lisa Conant. In order to make on-site visits feasible and lucrative, Drs. Don and Lisa Conant typically partner with companies consisting of 100-500 employees. The business is completely cash-run, eliminating the costs and restrictions of an insurance-based practice while providing extremely low overhead costs. However, they had to streamline their offerings to make the idea a reality and to really fit with their philosophy of chiropractic. “We really wanted to focus on the adjustments. We knew that even though we might not have everything available on site (X-rays, supplements, etc.), we would be able to make an incredible difference for people with this model,” she explained. They do, she noted, make recommendations for exercise and nutrition and educate patients on related topics each week. “We just had to do what felt right to meet our goals, and it has worked out


Logan Hosts Training Camp for U.S. Para Powerlifting Team Logan University had the privilege of hosting four para powerlifters and their coaches for an intense all-day training camp in early December.

Dr. Lisa Conant treats a patient at a corporate office.

great so far,” said Dr. Lisa Conant. “That’s my main lesson from this experience: do what you want to reach your goals, rather than what someone else tells you you should do.” Going their own way has reduced Drs. Don and Lisa Conant’s working hours, debt and stress—and has increased the time they can spend with family. “We think this model is a great option for new doctors,” said Dr. Lisa Conant. While it wasn’t easy going against the grain, the doctors credit Logan faculty, Ralph Barrale, DC, Ralph Filson, DC, Daryl Ridgeway, DC, and Norman Kettner, DC, DACBR, FICC, with instilling in them the confidence and knowledge to utilize their skills in their own way. “Logan prepared us to be great chiropractic doctors, and we can tell the difference between our skills and those of others with a chiropractic education from a different institution,” noted Dr. Lisa Conant. Looking forward, Drs. Don and Lisa Conant’s new goal is simple: grow their practice, hire more DCs and help more people.

David Parish, DC, MS, CSCS, DACBSP, program director of the Master of Science in Sports Science and Rehabilitation at Logan, was instrumental in helping bring the team to Logan for the first time. Dr. Parish has been involved with para powerlifting athletes for several years, serving as one of the Team USA physicians at the ParaPan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico, in 2011 as well as the 2012 Paralympic Games in London. This year’s members of the U.S. Para Powerlifting team are competing for spots at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The team consists of five male athletes, ranging in age from 19 to 43, and their disabilities come from a variety of sources, including birth, polio, cerebral palsy, military duty and an accident. What they do have in common, says Mary Hodge, CPT, MS, high performance manager for the U.S. Para Powerlifting Team, is incredible upper body strength. “When we’re recruiting, we’re looking for someone who is physically strong in body shape—with wide shoulders and big backs, offering more stability,” she said. “We’re also looking for how hard they are going to train.” Mary said the commitment to be on the Paralympic team is demanding. It’s not just attending practice, she said. Rather, it’s accepting a certain lifestyle in order to remain competitive. Once they qualify, every athlete demands a different training regime. “Everything has to be adapted not just to

Members of U.S. Para Powerlifting Team, including (from left) Coach Butch Schovanec, Coach Mary Hodge, Jacob Schrom, John Stearns, David Page, Bryce Segura and Dr. David Parish.

that person, but to the disability—whether they use a wheelchair or crutches,” she said. “On any given day, they may be in immense pain. This sport is not for everyone, and you have to be willing to endure wrist, shoulder and elbow pain without supplements or enhancements.” Several training camps are held throughout the year to prepare athletes for competitions. The camp recently held at Logan provided essential training for the athletes to fine-tune powerlifting techniques, review videos and discuss nutrition and mental preparation. “I saw the video of the campus and we were told about Logan’s facilities, but I had no idea what was in store for us,” Mary said. “It was nothing but positive from the moment we stepped on the grounds. Beautiful campus and facilities, and wonderful faculty. The whole experience went very smoothly.” Dr. Parish agreed and said hosting these incredible athletes was a proud moment for Logan. “They appreciated everything we did for them, and we received great feedback.” SPRING 2016 11


Josh Akin, DC: Leading a “Pro”-Active Career Chicago chiropractor treats professional athletes while operating a two-location practice. Dr. Akin is the founder and clinic director of Chicago Chiropractic & Sports Medicine and serves as the team chiropractor for two of the Windy City’s top sports teams: the Chicago Bears and Chicago Cubs. One might wonder how he got from Logan’s campus to Soldier Field and Wrigley Field. He credits a few fortunate opportunities that he has been able to build upon since his graduation. Dr. Akin grew up as a chiropractic patient. He suffered a hip injury when he was 10 years old and received chiropractic care from his neighbor, Logan alumnus Nick Gatto, DC. After graduating from Illinois Wesleyan University with a degree in chemistry more than a decade later, Dr. Akin was encouraged by Dr. Gatto to attend Logan’s chiropractic program. At a campus visit prior to enrolling at Logan, Dr. Gatto introduced Dr. Akin to Logan Professor Ralph Filson, DC, who served as a team chiropractor for the St. Louis Cardinals. As a student, Dr. Akin worked with Dr. Filson on a research project in which he was exposed to the application of manual treatment and its effect on athletic performance. This interest would eventually lead him to the world of competitive sports. After graduating from Logan in December 2006, Dr. Akin worked for three years as an associate doctor before establishing Chicago Chiropractic & Sports Medicine. Today, his practice includes a multidisciplinary clinic and personal training gym in Northfield, Ill., and a performance training center in the West Loop of Chicago.

His work with professional athletes started in 2007. “I was introduced to a long-standing player for the Bears whom I began working with in private clinic,” he explained. “The following year, the player was instrumental in getting me involved with the team.” For the past eight seasons, Dr. Akin has served as the team chiropractor for the Chicago Bears, treating the players at the team’s facility during the week while attending all games to provide pre-game and sideline care. He also serves as chiropractor for the Chicago Cubs and has provided treatment during spring training and home games for the past six seasons. Dr. Akin says there are just a few differences between working with football and baseball players and working with private-clinic patients. While the mechanics of the body are similar, the obvious difference is the size of the pro athlete patients. He says the differentiating experiences, as well as the variety of being on the sidelines at games and in a treatment room at his practice, are what he enjoys the most. “Private practice tends to be more painfocused, particularly in the initial phase of treatment, always with the goal of attaining stability and progressing to the performance phase for the athlete,” he said. “With the sports teams, I am able to provide a reactionary level of treatment to any injuries that may occur, and also a global proactive approach of eliminating injuries before they occur.”

“With the sports teams, I am able to provide a reactionary level of treatment to any injuries that may occur, and also a global proactive approach of eliminating injuries before they occur.” –Dr. Josh Akin

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Logan Alumnus Finds Niche in Infertility, Pre- and Postnatal Care In her downtown Kansas City, Mo., office, Kristine Baker, DC, FIAMA, can treat a newborn, a 100-year-old, young women dealing with infertility and anyone in between. “Having a rapport with my patients is really important,” said Dr. Baker. “I think some of the healing comes from the patient having someone who truly cares about them and takes the time to listen.” Dr. Baker, who graduated cum laude from Logan in August 2001, provides a variety of services at Baker Chiropractic and Acupuncture, LLC, including general chiropractic care, craniosacral therapy, total body modification, acupuncture and nutritional support. Her specialty and passion, however, is infertility, pediatrics and pregnancy. Dr. Baker is a third-generation chiropractor. Her grandfather, mother, father, uncle and younger brother are all DCs, and all attended Logan. Thus, her interest in a chiropractic career began at a young age. At just 11 years old, she spent much of her free time at her parents’ clinic in St. Louis answering phones and helping out however she could. “Watching my mom and dad work on patients and seeing people once again do things they love because of chiropractic care—it’s really a miracle,” Dr. Baker said.

Her interest in infertility, pediatrics and pregnancy care is also rooted in her family. Her grandparents experienced three miscarriages over 10 years, and it wasn’t until her grandmother received chiropractic treatment that she was able to carry a pregnancy to full-term and give birth to her first child, Dr. Baker’s mother. “My mom wouldn’t be here without chiropractic helping my grandma’s body adjust,” Dr. Baker said. “It’s really fulfilling to be able to see people have children or get pregnant and stay pregnant because of something that I do.” Not only does she help women with infertility issues, but she also helps mom and baby during and after a pregnancy. For example, inability to latch properly with breastfeeding, reflux and colic are some of the most common problems moms face with their newborns, and Dr. Baker’s treatment can help provide relief for these issues. She also uses chiropractic to help kids with developmental delays and treat kids on the autism spectrum—an interest that began with her wife, Sheryl’s, 22-yearold son, Brett, who has autism. “I’ve seen a lot of kids blossom who have had delays for whatever reason, and chiropractic adjustments totally changed their world,” Dr. Baker said. Always working on improving her practice, Dr. Baker is currently pursuing her Certificate in Pediatrics from the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association. She is also Webster Certified and has completed CranioSacral I and II from the Upledger Institute, as well as

Instructor Level Training with Total Body Modification. As evidenced by her graduation from Logan at just 21 years old, she has had a love for learning and a drive to succeed all her life. She is thankful to Logan for allowing her to do just that. In addition to the excellent instruction provided at Logan, Dr. Baker continuously worked hard to learn and to hone her adjusting skills. “Logan gave me a very well-rounded education,” Dr. Baker said. “I think it set me up to be a good chiropractor and to know when it’s time to make a referral to another care provider.” SPRING 2016 13


Bringing Chiropractic to Center Stage in the Music Industry It’s widely accepted that sports and chiropractic go hand in hand, but there’s a less obvious connection to the music industry that December 2012 Logan graduate Charles Kautz, DC, is working to establish. Dr. Kautz has taken his love for music and transformed it into a career in which he has provided chiropractic care to members of some of the biggest touring acts in the industry, including Taylor Swift, Billy Idol, The Flaming Lips and Umphrey’s McGee. Providing treatment to those in the music industry wasn’t always a focus for Dr. Kautz, but he had a career-defining moment midway through his DC education at Logan. “It was finals week, so naturally, I was procrastinating and thinking about anything else but studying,” said Dr. Kautz. “While I was in the library, I literally had a ‘lightbulb moment,’ just like you’d see in cartoons.” It was at that moment that he decided he’d make being the “musician’s physician” his niche. Since he was young, Dr. Kautz’s hobby was music. He frequented concerts while attending college at the University of Kentucky and throughout his time at Logan. “The Pageant on Delmar claimed all my leftover spending money as a chiropractic student,” joked Dr. Kautz, recounting his memories with a group of about 20 other Logan students who shared a passion for music. “I fell in love with the vibe in The Loop and the music scene in St. Louis.” Dr. Kautz took this love for music and began digging deeper into how musicians could benefit from chiropractic care. He found that, while they experienced chronic pain from repetitive stress injuries, no one was specializing in chiropractic for musicians full-time or to the extent he was considering. “Musicians work hard, and they’re all doing repetitive motions all the time,” he said. “I view chiropractic as a way 14 SPRING 2016

to give these touring musicians an edge, to enhance their performance and allow their bodies to create the music that their brains are intending.” At Logan, Dr. Kautz enrolled in a course on Active Release Technique (ART), a technique focused on relieving soft tissue problems related to overuse injuries. “Logan was a great choice, because they are so diverse in their offerings,” he said, adding that he and his supervising clinician, Assistant Professor Jeffrey Kamper, DC, DCBCN, often discussed music and Dr. Kautz’s plans for his future. “Since then, I have been working to bridge the gap between music and chiropractic—to really introduce one industry to the other.” After graduation, Dr. Kautz began building music-industry relationships in Milwaukee and nearby markets by treating musicians for repetitive stress injuries, postural issues and functional improvements, focusing on hands, elbows and shoulders. The individual he claims as his gateway to treating those involved with larger musical acts, is John Densmore, legendary drummer for The Doors. “He explained to me that chiropractic pretty much saved his career and that the band would bring a chiropractor to treat them at the venue every week on tour.” said Dr. Kautz.

Dr. Charles Kautz (left) treats Jim James of the band My Morning Jacket.

Working with John early in his career gave credit to the work Dr. Kautz was doing and helped pave the way for his future relationships. Decreasing his patients’ pain and improving their function is Dr. Kautz’s number one goal. “If they feel better, they’re going to play better,” said Dr. Kautz. “To have them walk off the stage and say, ‘thank you,’ to me is so rewarding.”

Dr. Charles Kautz provides adjustments to the band members of Cherub.


Viscero-Somatic Center: Reinvigorating “Total Health” in Chiropractic Before Logan University’s Viscero-Somatic Center (VSC) opened in August 2015, David Beavers, DC, MEd, MPH, chair of the VSC, had a vision for it. “Much of chiropractic in general is moving away from the concept of ‘total health,’” he said. “This Center is an effort to reintroduce that connection by using chiropractic and nutrition together to address total health.” Dr. Beavers explained that the viscerosomatic connection traces back to basic embryology in that the internal organs and their condition of health affects bodily reflexes and vice versa. So, often, if external treatments are not helping enough, it’s time to also look at internal health. For a common example, if the left arm is tingling and/or numb, it may be a sign to check the heart. This, said Dr. Beavers, is just one well-known example and barely scratches the surface of the many similar connections. “Often, recurring issues are a result of poor nutrition and lifestyle habits with reduced spinal health, but health screenings and recommendations do not dig deep enough or lend themselves to a complete

lifestyle shift,” said Dr. Beavers. “Often it takes a detailed diagnosis and motivational interviewing to help guide patients toward improved total health.” At its core, the VSC uses nutrition and enzymatic nutrition with chiropractic care to address biochemical and biomechanical imbalances of the body, such as concurrent low back pain and digestive issues, or mid back pain and asthma. The Center’s interns often use comprehensive blood studies and DEXA scans for patient analysis for both full body composition and osteoporosis. “Treatment may just be a matter of simply changing the foods people eat, adding certain supplements, starting an exercise program and using functional nutrition,” said Dr. Beavers. “But we look at everything and request that patients record foods consumed, water intake, stress, exercise and sleep for seven days—basically, how everything comes in and goes out. This isn’t just a simple three-day food diary.”

Patients of the VSC include those who may need more in-depth nutritional and lifestyle analyses as these relate to internal health issues, especially in the case of a recurring problem. “We’re not a weight loss clinic,” said Dr. Beavers, “but we are a health clinic. And in the process of getting healthy, most patients will end up losing weight.”

“Often, recurring issues are a result of poor nutrition and lifestyle habits with reduced spinal health, but health screenings and recommendations do not dig deep enough or lend themselves to a complete lifestyle shift.” –Dr. David Beavers

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Bridging the Gap: Connecting Research to Education, and Everything in Between Cheryl Houston, PhD, CHES, has covered a lot of ground in her health sciences career in higher education. She has spent time in research, as a faculty member, in administration and in development, but her most current position as program director of the Doctorate of Health Professions Education (DHPE) at Logan is one that bonds most of her interests and experiences. “Looking back, most of my decisions throughout my career led me to Logan,” she said. “My vision for this program is clear, and I am excited to find out just how much we can impact the current health care industry with this innovative doctorate program.” Born and raised in Boston, Dr. Houston earned her bachelor’s degree in nutrition from Cornell University. It was there she met her husband, a native St. Louisan, whose dream was to work for the Saint Louis Zoo. After graduation, the two moved back to the Midwest, where her husband began his work at the Zoo and Dr. Houston completed her dietetic internship, landing her first professional job in research at Washington University in St. Louis. “When you are working in research, you may not have the opportunity to teach,” she said, “but one of my mentors felt I had a knack for teaching and encouraged me to

expand my horizons.” While at Washington University, Dr. Houston helped to develop a master’s program in health sciences and also worked in program administration. “Connecting with students fed my soul, and I realized I wanted to spend more time teaching,” she said. After receiving a master’s degree in medical dietetics and a doctorate in health services research from Saint Louis University, Dr. Houston took a more active teaching position at Fontbonne University in St. Louis, eventually becoming a tenured professor, teaching undergraduate and graduate courses. “I honed in on the best practices for quality education, and I served on almost every committee in order to learn the ins and outs of university organization, program administration, curriculum planning and development,” she said. When the opportunity to direct the

DHPE program at Logan presented itself last fall, Dr. Houston knew it was a great fit and a perfect combination of research and education. “The DHPE is designed to give health care professionals an opportunity to develop skills as quality educators,” she said. “This program will work to address the educator shortages in many professional health programs. Program graduates will not only be content experts in their health field but also excellent educators for the next generation of health care professionals.”

“My vision for this program is clear, and I am excited to find out just how much we can impact the current health care industry with this innovative doctorate program.” –Dr. Cheryl Houston 16 SPRING 2016


From Discovery to Enrollment: Jordan LaMarca, MBA, on recruiting the best and brightest for Logan’s College of Health Sciences

With nearly 10 years of experience in online enrollment, Jordan LaMarca, MBA, is ready to propel Logan University’s College of Health Sciences (COHS) to the next level as its new assistant director of admissions. He hopes to grow the college, not just in enrollment and retention of its students, but in its identity and reputation independent from, yet connected to, the distinguished College of Chiropractic. “The College of Chiropractic continues to succeed in the area of enrollment and it is a great resource for us to pull from, but while we used to rely on DC students to enroll in the College of Health Sciences, we now can stand alone,” he said, noting that

the COHS is focused on recruiting students from outside Logan’s community, due to its increasing credibility. Jordan received his bachelor of science in psychology and a master of business administration from the University of

Phoenix. Prior to his position at Logan, he served as senior enrollment advisor for admissions at the University of Phoenix in Phoenix and the distance learning advisor at Tallahassee Community College in Tallahassee, Fla. Jordan hopes to apply his experience in planning enrollment initiatives and coordinating teams to achieve enrollment and growth in partnership with the office of academic affairs. “It’s important for us to engage prospective students in a deeper, more purposeful conversation,” said Jordan. “If we take the time to really discover what it is they’re looking for in a school and program with open-ended questions, we can ask them the right follow-up questions and build the right plan for them. Our ultimate goal is to help these students reach their career goals.” Jordan said he looks forward to making a connection with each student to determine if Logan is the right fit. “It’s a multidepartment effort, and I’m excited to be working with great people in admissions, marketing and development,” he said. SPRING 2016 17


Logan Alumni Uses Nutrition Background to Support Clean Eating In the past few years, there’s been a lot of buzz around “clean eating,” but what does the phrase really mean? According to Katie Sherer, DC, MS, to eat “clean” is to consume foods in their most natural state. Although it might sound simple, “even an apple can be considered processed,” said the December 2011 Logan DC graduate. In fact, 90 percent of foods on store shelves are processed or contain chemicals, contributing to autoimmune disease, heart disease and obesity. As hard as it may be to find “clean” foods, clean eating is extremely important, said Dr. Sherer. “Clean eating alone—excluding calorie counting or reducing fat or carbohydrate intake—can help you lose weight,” she said. Dr. Sherer’s dietary practice initially started with friends and family in May 2014. Today, she not only practices with her husband, Jacob Sherer, DC, MS (April 2012/ August 2015) in Alton, Ill., but offers a lean lifestyle program, fostering education and community surrounding dietary education, weight loss and clean eating. Each month she hosts six to 10 clean eating parties in which a group of patients come together for an hour to prepare seven crockpot-ready meals that can be frozen and ready to eat whenever the patients need them. Before each clean eating party, Dr. Sherer gives participants a grocery list of items to 18 SPRING 2016

bring, while she provides the necessary prep items including spices, storage containers, cutting boards, etc. The parties and recipes never involve cooking, with the exception of browning meat or preparing rice beforehand. “You need to do food prep; otherwise, you will be tempted to grab something on the go, which is not always a healthy option,” said Dr. Sherer. She posts tips like this on social media, using platforms to gather people who are interested in her clean eating parties. Dr. Sherer also works individually with patients who have diabetes, eating disorders or other conditions—as well as patients who simply need to lose or gain weight— and receives many referrals through local surgeons. “If a surgeon’s patient has a BMI that is too high, they refer them to me so they can lose weight before the surgery,” explained Dr. Sherer. Her patients’ results speak for themselves. One weight-loss patient lost 114 pounds in 14 months while one diabetes patient cut her insulin prescription in half within two weeks of Dr. Sherer’s program. Soon after, that patient had lost a total of 80 pounds and no longer needed medication. “Part of the reason I’ve had success with my patients is because I designed a program that’s affordable,” she said, as insurance policies often won’t cover dietary and/or weight loss programs, deterring candidates

Dr. Katie Sherer hosts a clean eating party with a group of patients.

from enrolling in them. “But the nutrition aspect is just as important as chiropractic— you’re not going to get the best chiropractic results if nutrition isn’t involved as well.” Dr. Sherer also credits Logan with her success. She received her DC (December 2011) as well as master’s degrees in both the Sports Science and Rehabilitation (August 2012) and Nutrition and Human Performance (August 2015) programs. She said it was through the Loomis Program that she realized how physiology really affects each individual person. “Dr. Robert Davidson, PhD, program director for the Master of Science in Nutrition and Human Performance was also a great mentor to me and my husband,” she said. “He helped shape my program.” Dr. Sherer’s husband, Dr. Jacob Sherer, now teaches two courses in Logan’s Master of Nutrition and Human Performance program and practices in both Edwardsville, Ill., and Jerseyville, Ill., while Dr. Katie Sherer spends time outside of the practice volunteering in the Alton community, hosting grocery store tours and speaking in seminars, where she teaches people how to read labels and choose healthier options. “Nutrition is my passion, and teaching the importance of proper nutrition is why I love my job,” she said. “Being able to make such a huge impact on a patient’s life through small dietary changes is why I love what I do.”

S PRING SY MPOSIU M Chiropractic Care for Special Populations On Campus and at the Marriott St. Louis Airport Hotel

April 28 - May 1, 2016

Join colleagues, faculty and staff for Logan University’s third annual Spring Symposium, featuring speakers and continuing education opportunities, chiropractic exhibitors, social and networking events and a State of the University Address/Scholarship Luncheon by Logan President Clay McDonald, DC, MBA, JD. SPRING 2016 19


Schedule of Continuing Education and Events Thursday, April 28 Logan University Campus 1 – 1:50 p.m. | 2 – 2:50 p.m.

Chiropractic Care for the 7 Hidden Musculoskeletal Problems that Delay Recovery – An Overview

Sponsored by ChiroUp.com *Timothy J. Bertelsman, DC, CCSP; *Brandon Steele, DC Drs. Bertelsman and Steele are chiropractic physicians at Premier Rehab in Swansea, Ill., where they focus on treating low back pain, neck pain, headaches and sports injuries. In this two-part presentation, Drs. Bertelsman and Steele cover the identification and successful management of upper crossed syndrome, scapula dyskinesis, lower crossed syndrome, hip abductor weakness, paradoxical breathing, spinal instability and foot hyperpronation. 3 – 3:50 p.m.

Functional Neurology and the Chiropractic Adjustment

Sponsored by Options for Animals *Dennis Eschbach, DC Dr. Eschbach is co-owner of Options for Animals and dedicates his time to teaching at Options for Animals in the U.S. and at the International Academy of Veterinary Chiropractic in Germany and the United Kingdom. In this session, Dr. Eschbach describes the functional neurology of the adjustment and how a chiropractic adjustment delivers more than joint mobilization. 4 – 4:50 p.m.

Chiropractic Care in Auto Immune Deficiency

Sponsored by Loomis Institute of Food Enzyme Nutrition *Howard F. Loomis, Jr., DC, FIACA A legend in the chiropractic profession, Dr. Loomis is founder and CEO of Enzyme Formulations, Inc. and the Loomis Institute. In this session, Dr. Loomis 20 SPRING 2016

addresses the viscero-somatic approach to a healthy immune system.

11 – 11:50 a.m.

5 – 7 p.m.

Sponsored by Activator Methods International, Ltd. *Arlan W. Fuhr, DC Dr. Fuhr is the CEO and co-founder of Activator Methods International, Ltd. and president of the National Institute of Chiropractic Research. A chiropractic legend, Dr. Fuhr has been widely acknowledged in the health care industry for his accomplishments. In this session, Dr. Fuhr discusses the Activator approach to safely treating the two most common geriatric issues, including acute low back pain and pain in the cervical region.

William D. Purser, DC Center Social Event Sponsored by Enzyme Formulations, Inc.

Friday, April 29

Marriott St. Louis Airport Hotel 7:30 – 8:20 a.m. | 8:30 – 9:20 a.m.

Chiropractic Care Around the World; Chiropractic Care for Special Cultural Populations

Sponsored by Logan University Richard Brown, DC, LLM, FEAC, FRCC Dr. Brown serves as the Secretary General of the World Federation of Chiropractic. He is a registered chiropractor with the UK General Chiropractic Council and is a Fellow of the Royal College of Chiropractors. In this two-part presentation, Dr. Brown provides a unique look at chiropractic around the world and how chiropractic care is administered in different cultural populations. 10 – 10:50 a.m.

Chiropractic Care for Special Needs Children

Sponsored by Kentuckiana Children’s Center Eric Epstein, DC, MsT, CCP Dr. Epstein is a staff doctor at Louisvillebased Kentuckiana Children’s Center, a private, nonprofit, charitable center offering direct services to physically and mentally challenged children. In this session, Dr. Epstein, an acknowledged expert in chiropractic pediatrics, shares his expertise in the chiropractic care of special needs children.

Chiropractic Care for Older Patients

State of the University/ Scholarship Luncheon

12 – 1:30 p.m. Sponsored by Standard Process *Clay McDonald, DC, MBA, JD Dr. McDonald became the seventh president of Logan University in March 2013. Dr. McDonald has more than 20 years of experience as a senior administrator at chiropractic institutions and 30 years as a successful chiropractic practitioner. In this presentation, Dr. McDonald shares news and milestones of the University and presents scholarship awards to this year’s recipients. 1:30 – 2:20 p.m. | 2:30 – 3:20 p.m.

Chiropractic Care for Women’s Health

Sponsored by Standard Process *Annette L. Kutz Schippel, DC Dr. Schippel is the owner of Schippel Chiropractic in Jacksonville and Springfield, Ill., and a leader in functional wellness, endocrine wellness and nutrition. In this two-part presentation, Dr. Schippel addresses chiropractic care for women’s health.

*The designated Spring Symposium speakers are Logan University alumni.

S P R I N G S YMP O S I U M 4 – 4:50 p.m. | 5 – 5:50 p.m.

Chiropractic Care for Scoliosis

Sponsored by Logan University *Ralph M. Filson, DC; *Janine M. Frogge, DC; *Arthur B. Gross, DC; *Patrick Montgomery, DC, FASA; *Brian J. Snyder, DC; *Mary C. Unger-Boyd, DC, DICS, CACCP This presentation is led by six Logan graduates with knowledge and clinical expertise in the diagnosis, treatment and management of scoliosis. In this session, they address adjusting—using Logan’s Diversified and Basic techniques—exercise, bracing and heel lifts. 6 – 8 p.m.

Mix & Mingle Happy Hour in the Exhibitor Area Sponsored by ChiroNutraceutical

Saturday, April 30

Marriott St. Louis Airport Hotel 7:30 – 8:20 a.m.

Chiropractic Care of Highly Complex Spine Patients Sponsored by Logan University Anthony Lisi, DC 8:30 – 9:20 a.m.

Chiropractic Care for Veterans and an Overview of Chiropractic in the Veterans Administration Facilities Sponsored by Logan University Anthony Lisi, DC; *Pamela J. Wakefield, DC, DABCA; *Glenn A. Bub, DC, DCBCN Dr. Lisi is the director of the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) Chiropractic Service and section chief of chiropractic service of the VA Connecticut Healthcare System. In this two-part presentation, Dr. Lisi discusses the diagnosis and management of highly complex spine patients and provides an overview of chiropractic care in VA facilities. In the second presentation, he is joined by Drs. Glenn Bub and Pam Wakefield, both chiropractic physicians at the Jefferson Barracks VA facility in St. Louis.

10 – 10:50 a.m.

Chiropractic Care for Special Needs Children and an Overview of Chiropractic Care at the Kentuckiana Children’s Center

Sponsored by Kentuckiana Children’s Center Sharon Vallone, DC, FICCP Dr. Vallone is chair of the board of Kentuckiana Children’s Center in Louisville and serves on the postgraduate faculty of a number of chiropractic colleges for the International Chiropractic Association’s Council on Pediatrics. She has also served as associate professor of maternal and pediatric health at the University of Bridgeport’s College of Chiropractic. Dr. Vallone is being honored with this year’s Dr. Beatrice Hagan Speaker Award. We congratulate her on being the second person ever to receive this award. 11 – 11:50 p.m.

Chiropractic Care for Autism A Case History

Sponsored by Logan University *Charles Quigless, DC Dr. Quigless practices chiropractic and is certified in acupuncture. He is also a certified addiction professional. Dr. Quigless is a past member of the Missouri State Board of Chiropractic Examiners and is currently a member of the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners. In this session, Dr. Quigless presents a personal case history and will include a presentation from a special guest. 1:30 – 2:20 p.m. | 2:30 – 3:20 p.m.

Why the Chiropractic Adjustment is Irreplaceable

Sponsored by Logan University *William F. Huber, DC, DACAN, MS(R) Dr. Huber is a Diplomate of Chiropractic Neurology by the American Chiropractic Association of Neurologists and the College Board of Chiropractic Neurologists. He earned his master’s degree in human anatomy research from Saint Louis University School of Medicine. In this session, Dr. Huber addresses the effects of chiropractic adjustments on the nervous system, using supporting scientific evidence.

4 – 4:50 p.m. | 5 – 5:50 p.m.

Chiropractic Care for Men’s Health

Sponsored by Logan University *Michael Thompson, DC, MA, CCWP Dr. Thompson is a certified chiropractic wellness physician and is also certified in chiropractic rehabilitation and impairment rating. He owns a multidisciplinary practice with an emphasis on health and wellness. In this two-part presentation, Dr. Thompson examines the top health issues facing men today and discusses the role that chiropractors can fill for patients facing these health challenges.

Sunday, May 1

Marriott St. Louis Airport Hotel 7:30 – 9:10 a.m.

Chiropractic Care for the Disabled Athlete

Sponsored by Logan University David B. Parish, DC, MS, CSCS, DACBSP® Dr. Parish serves as the program director of the Master of Science in Sports Science and Rehabilitation and the director of the Human Performance Center at Logan. Dr. Parish is a treating physician at Paraquad, Inc., the leading disability services provider in the St. Louis area and one of the oldest centers for independent living in the country. 9:20 – 11 a.m.

The Importance of Being Compliant & How to Achieve Compliance

Sponsored by Logan University *Lisa A. Hart, DC, MCS-P Dr. Hart is a practicing chiropractic physician for All Hart Chiropractic in Carollton, Ill. She is a Diplomate of the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine and a licensed acupuncturist in Illinois. In this session, Dr. Hart uses her Medical Compliance Certification expertise to present HIPAA versus OIG compliance, Medicare compliance, privacy and security officer assignment, Medicare guidelines and documentation. SPRING 2016 21


Sharon A. Vallone, DC, FICCP Founding Principal: Chiropractic for Special Needs Children

Dr. Vallone is doing what she was born to do: helping children with special needs through chiropractic care. As chair of Kentuckiana Children’s Center and owner of a private practice in Connecticut, Dr. Vallone has been named this year’s Beatrice Hagen Speaker for Logan’s Spring Symposium. Kentuckiana Children’s Center (KCC), a pediatric only facility, was established in 1955 by Lorraine M. Golden, DC, with the mission of improving the lives of children by providing a foundation for healing through integrative care. Dr. Golden brought in professionals from multiple health disciplines, from speech therapists to podiatrists, to work collaboratively under one roof to support children and their parents. KCC opened its door in a permanent location in 1957 and moved to its current location in 1999.

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“Dr. Golden epitomized what I wanted to do in chiropractic—take care of children and those with special needs,” said Dr. Vallone. That opportunity came in the mid-1990s when Dr. Vallone, who was practicing in Connecticut, was offered a position to work alongside Dr. Golden. Unable to locate to Kentucky due to her work and family, Dr. Vallone committed to traveling to Louisville a week a month to support staff providing chiropractic care. “I worked hand in hand with the clinic staff and the school for special needs children they had at the time (1964-1998). We’d work, meet and discuss each child—it was an incredible experience.” Before Dr. Golden passed away in 1999, Dr. Vallone was elected chair of the board. “In the past we’ve served thousands of families who couldn’t pay anything toward their child’s care; we relied solely on donors over the years who believed in our mission and vision,” Dr. Vallone said. Today, Kentuckiana continues to serve as one piece of the child’s network of health care support. “With the Affordable Care Act, children now have health insurance,” she said. “The reimbursement is minimal, yet along with grant writing, fundraising and donations we continue to lead the way with pediatric chiropractic for special needs children. We carry the torch Dr. Golden handed off and will cherish and expand for the next generations.” As she leads KCC to determine how pediatric chiropractic can help offer a better quality of life, Dr. Vallone said it’s important to underline that when working with special needs children, early

“I think we can all learn from these children and make a large difference in their lives.” –Dr. Sharon Vallone

intervention is imperative to successful outcomes and often requires collaboration with other health providers. Teamwork and communication, she said, is what has proved to be most successful. “I think some chiropractors feel trepidation when working in the area of children with special needs, yet they so desperately need chiropractic care,” she said. “I think we can all learn from these children and make a large difference in their lives.” Dr. Vallone currently divides her time between her work for Kentuckiana, teaching nationally and internationally, enjoying her grandchildren and practicing at KIDSPACE Adaptive Play and Wellness, which opened in South Windsor, Conn., in 2008, and is modeled after Kentuckiana. KIDSPACE provides multidisciplinary care to children with physical, cognitive and emotional challenges. Currently, her specialty is early childhood development, particularly addressing infant feeding issues, though she cares for all children ranging in ages and abilities. “Life is wonderful and my heart is full,” Dr. Vallone said.

S P R I N G S YMP O S I U M Registration for 2016 Spring Symposium is available online at logan.edu/Symposium, by calling 1-800-842-3234 or 636-227-2100, Ext. 1960, or by filling out the form and mailing to Logan University Alumni & Friends House, 1851 Schoettler Road, Chesterfield, MO 63017. Checks may be payable to Logan University.

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Research Roundup Logan, Missouri Baptist Validate Wearable Bioelectrical Impedence Analysis Technology Against Gold Standard This spring, Robert Davidson, PhD, program director for the Master of Science in Nutrition and Human Performance, along with colleagues at Missouri Baptist University, will test a new wearable device that claims to be the most mobile and convenient bioelectrical impedence analyzer (BIA) available. The researchers will compare the InBody BAND against Logan’s DEXA (Dual Energy X-ray Absorptiometry) device, currently the gold standard in determining body composition. Dr. Davidson says this will be the first study comparing the InBody BAND to other technologies. Dr. Davidson’s research goal is to figure out how to manage the data collected by wearable devices and use it in a meaningful way. “It’s exciting because now if we can track physical activity and get accurate body composition using wearable devices, we just need to add diet,” he says. “We’ll eventually be able to put together a whole solution for both fitness and weight loss software, rather than just smaller pieces.” He says the industry is about a year away from eliminating the need for manual data entry and that apps will automatically track inputs from fitness equipment and wearable devices. He hopes that the findings from this research project will help further that process.

Research Shows Evidence of Glial Cell Activation in the Brains of People with Chronic LBP More than 29,000 people from 80 countries attended NeuroScience 2015, the 45th annual conference of the Society for

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protein, the 18-kDA translocator protein (TSPO), which indicates glial cell activation in sites of central nervous system neuroinflammation. The analysis not only supported the use of TSPO as an imaging marker to identify the location of the glial activation in chronic pain patients, but this approach is also a means of monitoring the success of new treatments for chronic pain disorders. Dr. Robert Davidson

Dr. Norman Kettner

Neuroscience held in Chicago in October 2015. Among the attendees was Norman Kettner, DC, DACBR, FICC, chair of the department of radiology, who participated as a research team member in three poster sessions featured at the event. One of those studies analyzed glial activation in the brain and spinal cord of chronic pain patients and was featured in Brain, one of the leading journals on neurology. Dr. Kettner said this was the first study of its kind examining the occurrence of glial activation in humans. Previous tests showed that glial cells in animals could be localized and targeted as a way to treat chronic pain. “Glial activation is a major contributor in the development and maintenance of chronic pain,” Dr. Kettner said. “If you can localize the activated glia, there may be a more effective pathway to treatment.” Marco Loggia, PhD, assistant professor of radiology at Harvard Medical School and associate director at the Center for Integrative Pain NeuroImaging, led the research team for this study. He, Dr. Kettner and the rest of their team tested nine patients who experienced low back pain for at least two years using positron emission tomography/magnetic resonance (PET/MR) imaging to identify a specific

Logan Research Recognized in Pain® Dr. Kettner, among other researchers, was recently published in Pain®, the Journal of the International Association for the Study of Pain. Pain is the leading journal in the field of pain research. The study was titled, “Primary somatosensory/ motor cortical thickness distinguishes paresthesia from pain-dominant carpal tunnel syndrome” and appeared in the January 2016 issue. The purpose of the study was to investigate whether brain morphometry using MRI dissociates the paresthesia and pain-dominant subgroups, which have been noted in carpal tunnel syndrome. Based on the severity of symptoms, patients were grouped into paresthesia-dominant (CTSparesthesia), pain-dominant (CTS-pain) and pain/paresthesia non-dominant subgroups. An advanced MRI technique, voxelbased morphometry, was used to study pain related to structural neuroplasticity and to determine gray matter cortical thickness in the whole brain. CTSparesthesia patients demonstrated reduced median sensory nerve conduction velocity compared to CTS-pain patients, and cortical thickness was significantly reduced in CTS-paresthesia patients. Continued on page 35


Arlan W. Fuhr, DC Dr. Fuhr knows what it’s like to have a small part in something big. The early 1970s were a pivotal time in Logan’s history, and the decision of whether or not the institution could move operations to a 112-acre property in Chesterfield rested in the hands of Logan alumni. Dr. Fuhr, having been in practice for just 10 years, was one of 70 alumni who donated $5,000 to raise $350,000 needed for the down payment of the current campus. Nearly 40 years later, he still considers that donation as one of the more defining moments of his career. “You never lose anything by giving,” he said. Dr. Fuhr was only 12 years old when he identified his calling to become a chiropractor. After years of suffering from painful sore throats, Dr. Fuhr began receiving routine adjustments from his mother’s chiropractor. Within 11 visits, the sore throats were gone, and Dr. Fuhr had a clear vision of his career path. Today, Dr. Fuhr is the co-founder and inventor of Activator Methods International, a Phoenix-based company known for the instrument adjusting technique, the Activator Method, which provides chiropractic care, resources and training. He also continues to leave his mark on the institution that he says gave so much to him. The September 1961 graduate is chair of the new Forever Chiropractic, Forever Logan campaign—the first perpetual and permanent scholarship campaign that benefits current and future Logan chiropractic students. “What I like about the program is that half of the money is allocated for immediate scholarships, while the other half is earmarked for scholarship endowments,” he said. That means the principal gift remains in perpetuity, while income generated from the endowed portion supports future scholarships. To kick-start the campaign, Dr. Fuhr has committed to giving $50,000 ($5,000 a year for 10 years).

He encourages colleagues and supporters to learn more about the Forever Logan campaign and consider donating at least $1,000 or more each year for the next 10 years. “Chiropractic has a bright future, and I’m proud of Logan,” said Dr. Fuhr. “That’s why I’ve made this commitment. It allows me to leave something behind that will last forever.” Visit logan.edu/Forever to learn more.


Contact Stacey Till, MSEd, at 636-230-1905

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Just southwest of the Standard Process® Courtyard on Logan’s campus is a 50’ X 20’ plot of soil, waiting for spring crops to be planted. At a University where the majority of students have a desire to help others take control of their health, it’s not surprising that some have decided to start a community garden. “We all are interested in local food and nutrition,” said Kathy Klix, a Trimester 3 student, who also has a background in gardening. “But this is just a stepping stone to something bigger.” The community garden idea stemmed from the idea of bringing a farmer’s market to campus—an idea Trimester 4 students Zac Grant and Warren Kalkstein hoped to bring to life. That idea turned into plans for a garden on campus. “All of us in the chiropractic field have similar ideas about nutrition and exercise and take a holistic approach to health,” said Warren. “A community garden makes perfect sense.” Joining the students in their efforts are Logan faculty members Martha Kaeser, DC, MEd, director of academic assessment and Robert Davidson, PhD, program director for the Master of Science in Nutrition and Human Performance. Dr. Kaeser, a passionate advocate for the garden, has had a significant role in planning and continues to moderate the garden. Dr. Davidson began assisting with the garden in its early planning stages and continues to extend support. According to Kathy, all the shrubs, aesthetics and deer deterrent for the garden were donated by Forest ReLeaf of Missouri, a nonprofit community-assisted tree nursery. She said the Logan grounds crew have also helped extensively. “Now, the main thing we need to do is start planning the crops and planting.” 26 SPRING 2016

Community Garden Takes Shape at Logan Logan students Warren Kalkstein, Kathy Klix and Zac Grant, who lead Logan’s new community garden club, planted some of the garden’s first crops in Fall 2015.

The garden leadership team plans to divide the garden into plots so those involved can care for their own sections. “We mainly just want this to be fun—a relaxing, therapeutic activity for students, faculty and staff that can supplement their interests and benefit their health and education,” said Kathy. Once the garden starts producing, the students intend on selling some of the food to the Logan café and eventually donating a portion to community food banks. “Knowledge is power,” said Kathy. “We want to help educate people in the community on how the food they eat actually grows—because personal experience with the whole process really changes your perspective. You realize that even when it seems like there are so few healthy options, you can take your health into your own hands.” Warren said by exposing underprivileged children and students from urban St. Louis areas to the community garden, they can start educating them on how to grow

their own. Last November, the garden leadership team attended the Public Health Association Conference, and they have moved forward with establishing a Public Health Club at Logan. For the club’s first activity, Logan students joined up with Busch Middle School to clean up trash on and around the school’s campus. They hope to work with them again in the future and to start building relationships with other schools in urban St. Louis. This spring, the Public Health Club is working with Keen St. Louis, an organization that works to provide healthy lifestyle activities and education for youths with disabilities. Kathy explained that she hopes to one day start a program similar to the Saint Louis University (SLU) public garden—the organization brings its fresh produce into urban areas of St. Louis that lack access to grocery stores. She started discussions with the director of the SLU garden last year.


Online Master’s Program Allows Student to Follow Her Passion Kacey Struxness can’t imagine a life without rodeo. Growing up on a farm in Appleton, Minn., Kacey has been participating in competitive rodeo since sixth grade, and in her lifetime, she has competed in roughly 300 competitions. Fortunately, Kacey’s career path has allowed her the opportunity to continue her passion. While working toward her bachelor’s degree in exercise science at Missouri Valley College in Marshall, Mo., Kacey qualified three times for the college rodeo finals held in Casper, Wy. She won the region in the all-around (an award is given to the competitor most successful in two or more events) as a sophomore and won the breakaway as a junior (breakaway roping is a variation of calf roping, where a calf is roped, but not thrown and tied). “Rodeo makes going to school a little bit more fun,” Kacey said. “I love all the people I’ve gotten to meet through the sport.” Upon graduation in May 2015, she enrolled in Logan’s Master of Science in

Nutrition and Human Performance degree program. As an online student, Kacey was able to continue her education, remain in Marshall and pursue her passion for rodeo both as a collegiate competitor for Logan and as an assistant coach for Missouri Valley College. “I wanted to find an area of study that interested me and would also help me with chiropractic eventually,” Kacey said. “The teachers at Logan are extremely helpful. It’s a good program, and I’m glad it’s allowed me to stay involved in rodeo.” Kacey is currently in her second trimester at Logan and is the University’s only rodeo participant. She is still able to practice with the Missouri Valley team and receive guidance from the school’s coaches, who also coached her throughout undergrad. She competes in breakaway roping and goat tying events as well as team roping—all of which involve competing for the fastest time. Kacey participated in five rodeo competitions for Logan in fall 2015 and has five more scheduled for spring 2016. Although she admits it’s a lot of work

Logan Leopards Logan introduced the leopard as the official University mascot. Ainsley Hendon, Trimester 8 student and president of the Logan Student Government, said that the development of the mascot is just another step in continuing Logan’s growth and communicating its excellence. The mascot selection process began with input from the student body through a suggestion box, went through a vote in the Logan Student Government and culminated in a surveyed vote from students, faculty and staff. The leopard emerged as the new mascot of Logan. “Leopards are agile, strong and smart—qualities we hope each Logan University student will exhibit by the time he or she graduates,” Ainsley said. Dean of Students Shelley Sawalich, PhD, MS, and Marketing and Communications Director Jennifer Reed, MBA, were key players in this accomplishment. Ainsley said she enjoyed working with them throughout the process.

trying to balance her coursework with the demands of coaching and competing in rodeo, her love for the sport makes it all worth it. After earning her master’s degree, Kacey hopes to stay at Logan to pursue her Doctor of Chiropractic degree and eventually become an equine chiropractor. “To become an equine chiropractor, you have to get your DC degree first,” Kacey said. “I’ve always been interested in equine chiropractic, because then I can go to rodeos and other events and work while doing what I love as well.”

Student Lounge Opens Logan’s Science & Research Building has a new addition, specifically designed for students. The Logan University Student Lounge, appropriately named the Leopard Lounge in honor of the new mascot, is now open on the second floor near the east end of the Science Building. It replaces a vacated storage room. Serving as a space to study, hang out or recharge between classes, the lounge is equipped with a printer, desks, computers and couches for lounging. Stop by room S218 to see for yourself! SPRING 2016 27


Gerard Boehmer, DC, DACAN

Logan Alumnus Promotes Chiropractic Through Annual Bass Fishing Tournament On any given weekend, you can expect to find Dr. Boehmer and his wife on the water with a fishing rod and some bait. Together, the two travel the world in search of the best fishing holes. In fact, it was Dr. Boehmer’s long-standing love for fishing that first inspired him to organize a bass fishing tournament for chiropractors 31 years ago. After graduating from Logan University in April 1983, Dr. Boehmer, a thirdgeneration chiropractor, joined his father at their family practice in St. Louis, which his grandfather opened in 1922. Shortly thereafter, Dr. Boehmer opened his own practice, Maryland Heights Chiropractic Centre, now located in Bridgeton, Mo.; but soon after he felt a need to do more. “I wanted to keep promoting chiropractic,” said Dr. Boehmer, and he wanted to have fun while doing so. In 1984, the Missouri Chiropractors Bass Fishers Annual Spring Bass Tournament was born, with the help of David Dolinar, DC, who graduated from Logan in 1970. 28 SPRING 2016

The two-day “buddy tournament,” in which participants compete in pairs, is held each spring at the Lake of the Ozarks in central Missouri. “The Lake of the Ozarks is one of the best spring bass lakes in the country that I’ve fished,” said Dr. Boehmer, who placed second in the 2015 tournament with his partner. “I always fish this tournament, but I’m more concerned with making sure people had great fishing, a great time and a great meal.” Over the course of the weekend, participants compete for raffles, trophies, cash prizes and fishing gear. Afterwards the participants gather for a dinner after “weigh-in” on Saturday evening. Outside a weekend of fishing and camaraderie, the tournament has a meaningful impact not only within the chiropractic profession, but also in the lives it touches. Since the mid-1980s, the event has evolved to include a charitable component, and has supported organizations such

as the Missouri State Chiropractors Association and Oklahaven Children’s Chiropractic Center, an Oklahoma Citybased organization helping sick and disabled children through chiropractic care. “These kids need help, so I wanted to create awareness of Oklahaven,” Dr. Boehmer said. “Leaving your mark on this world and helping people with chiropractic care is what it’s all about.” Dr. Boehmer is passionate about providing care and joy to others, as well as contributing to health care as a whole— something he credits to Logan, his father and grandfather, Drs. William A. Boehmer Jr. and Sr., also Logan alumni. “One of the greatest things Logan helped me realize is that I can be in the boat—and not just the fishing boat, but the boat of life—with anyone in the medical field, and I can compete,” said Dr. Boehmer. “You can work around pretty much anything if you choose to be educated enough to do so.” That passion instilled in him is also the reason he continues to host the fishing tournament year after year.

This year’s bass fishing tournament will be held April 30 through May 1 at the Lake of the Ozarks in Central Missouri. It is open to DCs, their patients and friends, past participants and limited public. Contact Dr. Boehmer at 3394 McKelvey Rd., Suite 108, Bridgeton, Mo. 63044 or call 314-344-4438 for more information.

M ARKE TI N G MO TI V A TI O N What led you to pursue chiropractic?

What role did Logan play in your career path?

I’ve always believed in the idea that health must be approached holistically and with an openness to alternative treatments. I was attracted to the positive approach to overall wellness that the chiropractic field advocates and the way that it has improved so many lives for the better.

Logan offered an array of opportunities outside of the DC program. I took the initiative to jump into the Master of Science in Sports Science and Rehabilitation program, and I got involved in acupuncture and technique clubs. I also participated in the Preceptorship Program. I was able to expand my knowledge and skillset at Logan, which gave me an extra edge when starting my business and helping treat all types of patients. I am thankful for all the tools Logan gave me to advance my education and experience.

How would you describe the approach, or “philosophy,” with which you treat each patient?

Building a ValueBased Practice According to Travis Mohr, DC, MS, owner and practitioner at North Tampa Spine & Joint Center in Tampa, Fla., the potential to succeed lies within. Having built a successful practice offering a wide range of services from chiropractic to sports rehabilitation and medicine, and leveraging marketing strategies to propel his business, he shares his advice for current and aspiring health professionals.

Practitioners must treat each patient with honesty and integrity. Allow your motivation and the treatments you provide to flow from a genuine care for the wellbeing of your patients, and offer the best, most reasonably valued and efficient options possible. Be transparent and don’t propose things the patient doesn’t need. I think this sincerity, in the way my team practices, has really built a foundation of trust and has allowed our practice to grow and succeed.

What are the keys to a successful practice? Aside from the previously mentioned values, one must be motivated to work hard. In my opinion, hard work is even more important than intelligence. Sometimes it takes changing everyday habits, doing things you don’t want to do and spending extra time at home working toward your goals. For example, listening to a self-help or educational audiobook on your drive home from work instead of listening to music. Work on your website for an hour after dinner instead of watching TV. Every small change helps. You can’t become great without continuing to push yourself and to motivate your associates to go above and beyond.

Your business has garnered great marketing and public relations results, including your regular appearance on the segment “Daytime” through your local NBC affiliate. What marketing and/or business tips can you share? Perfecting your website and leveraging your online presence is very important. Being as visible and accessible as possible via online searches is probably one of the main keys to securing opportunities and acquiring new clients. Build strategic relationships in your community to become the area expert in your field and to advocate for chiropractic.

Dr. Travis Mohr makes a regular appearance on WFLA’s “Daytime” segment with co-host Jerry Penacoli. SPRING 2016 29


Class of December 2015

Marcel M. Garcia

Tanner E. Wedding

Mandi M. Wood

Marcus D. Alvarado Treasurer

Athletic Director

Education Coordinator

Education Coordinator

Ryan E. Balzer

Sara E. Bartlett

Megan N. Bean

Zachary L. Beatty

Kody L. Berrong

Daniel J. Bridge

Thomas C. Briscoe

Vance M. Cole

Emily J. Colvin

Evan R. Crowley

Alina K. Dalal

Jake W. Davidson

Gregory R. Davis

Andrew W. deBethune

Daniel A. De Biasio

Crystal A. Gray

Jacob D. Green

Alex C. Guebert

Elizabeth L. Hagan

Caitlyn R. Hannold

Daryle A. Hightower

Chez K. Hill

Abby R. Hitchins

Matthew C. Maurer

Samantha A. Mayberry

Blake E. McGrath

Lauren D. McIntyre

Anthony N. Memmo

Scott A. Meyer

Andrew C. Miller

Sara B. Minnick

Amanda L. Peiffer

Lucas J. Perlik

Randi M. Pickett

Kristen E. Ras

Michelle A. Rinas

Michael D. Robnak

Alex J. Rodewald

Michelle E. Rovey

Kory J. Stassi

Timothy W. Sullivan

Tayler J. Suydam

Tobe N. Thacker

Kelsey S. Tobler

Alexander K. Vanhooser

Blake A. Walker


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Vice President


Taylor J. Sirois

Hilary S. Maxam

Adrianna K. Norris


Doctor of Chiropractic Graduates

Justina M. Adair

Bradley D. Agan

Joshua C. Albrecht

Joel E. Ardner

Jonathon E. Arnold

Kimball S. Arritt

Daniel L. Ault

Katherine E. Bruce

Kyle S. Bruketa

Corey A. Brumbaugh

John C. Calhoun

Adam D. Cave

Jackson C. Chism

Matthew D. Clark

Daniel J. DeLucchi

Travis J. Dockery

Linzie S. Evans

Eric M. Facemyer

Travis A. Falkner

Andrea L. Fritz

Sadie Garcia-Allen

Andrew M. Goldbaugh

Charles M. Hogan

Darcie R. Holmes

Travis A. Isaak

Meghan L. Knutson

Rebecca S. Lee

Madilyn M. Lewis

Benjamin T. Lockie

Nathan D. Martin

Marshal R. Morrow

Thomas O. Niemela

Alex V. Ognibene

Huntington G. Overley

Brittany L. Overman

Luke A. Pakosta

Erica L. Patton

Maurice R. Pearl, Jr.

Kristina M. Ruddle

Ryan J Russell

Andrea C. Scherer

Kimberly N. Schroeder

Nathan M. Siebenaller

Rebecca J. Skiljan

Jake W. Smith

Andrew D. Spehar

In Memoriam Jonathan Michael Cromer September 1985-May 2013 Hannah N. Walker

Joseph M. Walters

Chelsea R. Warnecke

Monique G. White

Richard W. Woolley

Benjamin C. Wyant

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LIFE SCIENCE Isaac Christian Armstrong Patrick Boylan Kate N. Cline Mallorie Michelle Coffman Zachary Kaleb Fish Andrew Joseph Hankins Colten Lorenz Brett J. Lux Mathew N. Pilgrim Christopher Shannon

SPORTS SCIENCE AND REHABILITATION Sara Elizabeth Bartlett Matthew D. Clark Tyrel James Detweiler, DC Travis Augustus Falkner Marcel Masaki Garcia Rachel Michele Gill, DC Andrew M. Goldbaugh Lena Grace Haggerty, DC Scott Joseph Haggerty, DC Steven M. Hannegan, DC Charles Mazas Hogan Megan E. Lankford Benjamin T. Lockie Rebecca J. Skiljan Ann Catherine Thompson, DC Hannah Nicole Walker Monique Gabrielle White Richard W. Woolley Sepehr Zandi, DC



NUTRITION AND HUMAN PERFORMANCE Cooper Duane Anderson, DC Houston Craig Anderson, DC Thomas Earl Boyce Rachel Nicole Brooks, DC Candice Nicole Coffey, DC Olivia Marie Fisher, DC Kristina L. Grasso, DC Raquel L. Grogan-Webb, DC Christine Elizabeth Labadie, DC Ashley Marie Rich, DC Tayler J. Suydam Joshua Michael Weight, DC Rebecca Leann Zurbuchen, DC

Doctor of Chiropractic

HUMAN BIOLOGY Vincent Farrar Kathleen Dawn Gildehaus Alan A. Hanson Madeleine R. Pride Kristen R. Zumberger

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Summa Cum Laude Monique Gabrielle White Valedictorian Travis Augustus Falkner Daryle Ann Hightower Charles Mazas Hogan Kristen Elizabeth Ras

Magna Cum Laude Megan Noel Bean Matthew D. Clark Andrew Winfield deBethune Daniel A. De Biasio Linzie Suzanne Evans Travis Allen Isaak Thomas O. Niemela Nathan Michael Siebenaller

Basic Science Division Awards Travis Augustus Falkner Daryle Ann Hightower Charles Mazas Hogan Kristen Elizabeth Ras Monique Gabrielle White

Cum Laude Joshua Clayton Albrecht Daniel John Bridge John C. Calhoun Amanda Leigh Peiffer Alex Jordan Rodewald Andrew D. Spehar Tayler J. Suydam

Chiropractic Science Basic Technique Award Justina Marie Adair

Masters of Science Summa Cum Laude Matthew D. Clark, Valedictorian (MSR) Travis Augustus Falkner, Valedictorian (MSR) Tayler J. Suydam, Valedictorian (MSN) Monique Gabrielle White, Valedictorian (MSR) Lena Grace Haggerty, DC Magna Cum Laude Tyrel James Detweiler, DC Charles Mazas Hogan Ann Catherine Thompson, DC Richard W. Woolley Cum Laude Sara Elizabeth Bartlett Marcel Masaki Garcia Kristina L. Grasso, DC Rebecca J. Skiljan Hannah Nicole Walker

DC OUTSTANDING SERVICE AWARDS Admissions Department Awards John C. Calhoun Evan Richard Crowley Alex V. Ognibene Rebecca J. Skiljan

Career Development Award Monique Gabrielle White

Chiropractic Science Diversified Technique Award Marcel Masaki Garcia Chiropractic Science Division Awards Joel Edward Ardner John C. Calhoun Clinical Science Division Award Monique Gabrielle White Radiology Department Award Travis Augustus Falkner Research Division Award Eric Matthew Facemyer Student Affairs Department Awards Marcel Masaki Garcia Taylor John Sirois


Jacob Daniel Green Uncle: Dr. Bob Robinson Darcie Reneé Holmes Brother: Dr. Scott Holmes Madilyn Marie Lewis Mother: Susan Marie Smith Matthew Charles Maurer Father: Dr. Charles A. Maurer Grandfather: Dr. Emil L. Strotheide Uncle: Dr. Jason L. Strotheide

LOGAN LEGACIES Jonathon E. Arnold Wife: Dr. Chelsie Arnold Daniel John Bridge Father: Alan Wallace Bridge

Marshal Ryan Morrow Father: Dr. Harold D. Morrow Ryan J Russell Father: Dr. Larry J. Russell

Taylor John Sirois Father: Dr. Bernard Donal Sirois Mother: Dr. Michelle Gray-Sirois Grandfather: Dr. James Author Gray

Alexander K. Vanhooser Brother: Dr. Jake Vanhooser Monique Gabrielle White Father: Dr. David Matthew White Mother: Dr. Sylvie Anne Carpertier

Retracing a Family Legacy Some people follow in the footsteps of their family’s career. For Trimester 2 student Nicholas Pyle, his journey in chiropractic led him to his family. Chiropractic wasn’t Nicholas’ first career choice, but he seemed to gravitate toward jobs that allowed him to help people. After spending time as a first responder, lifeguard, swim coach and CPR instructor, Nicholas decided on a career as an X-ray and CT technologist in Phoenix. “I really liked the medical field, working with patients and enjoying those times where I felt I was making a difference in someone’s life, but I wanted to do more,” he said. “I thought about becoming a doctor, but as I looked into the history of my family, chiropractic seemed like a better fit.” Nicholas admits he knew little about Logan before enrolling, but attending other chiropractic schools wasn’t even a thought. His great-grandfather, William Norman

Coggins, DC, PhG, not only graduated from Logan in 1940, but served as Logan’s third president from 1961 to 1979. Nicholas’ grandparents Virginia Coggins Horine, DC, and Michael Horine, DC, also graduated from Logan. In October 2014, Nicholas visited the Logan campus for the first time. “The welcome was incredible,” he said. “Many teachers took the time to meet with me and tell me stories and personal things about my great-grandfather. It felt really good.” Nicholas said that even though his parents are not chiropractors, his mother always took him to see his grandfather when he was sick. “I was in my teens when my greatgrandfather passed away, but I’m learning more about him now than I ever did before,” he said. Dr. Coggins is remembered for earning Logan’s national accreditation in order to accept federal funding for loans, establishing financial stability for the University, greatly expanding the faculty and increasing faculty

Standing in front of a painting of his greatgrandfather Dr. William Coggins, Nicholas Pyle accepts his scholarship from Dr. Clay McDonald.

wages and orchestrating the move from the former Normandy campus to the current campus in Chesterfield. This past fall, Nicholas was the recipient of a $25,000 tuition scholarship from Logan, thanks to the contributions of his great-grandfather. “I had to fight back tears upon receiving the news,” he said. Nicholas admits that at first he was a bit unsure leaving Phoenix to come to Logan for a new career. “But to feel so accepted has been a wonderful feeling,” he said. SPRING 2016 33


Spring 2016 Doctor of Chiropractic White Coat Ceremony

New Spring 2016 Students DOCTOR OF CHIROPRACTIC Forrest Allen Ainsley Baune Lindsey Betz Jessica Billham Ashdin Billimoria David Brickey Timeca Brown James Calvert Tara Carlson Kevin Chick Cami Cleaveland Matthew Crawford Alec Dragelin Daniel Dreibelbis Amber Dunford Nicholas Essington Matthew Essington Brady Fergola Quentin Ford Ashley Ford Amelia Foreman Ashley Fuller Keya Gordon Austin Gore Aprim Gorges 34 SPRING 2016

Trevor Hartmann Emily Chantharasy Nicholas Hill Jessica Holland Maranda Humphreys Lianna Hunt Alexandra Johler Evan Johnson Tyler Johnson Kemmy Klein Ritter Ryan Krack Ria McCadney Alexander McGuire Matthew Melton Jeffery Moody II Mark Munchel Ashley Novak Courtney Pesta Jeremiah Polk Whitney Powell Sara Qualy Zachary Ratliff Blake Reed Melissa Rieger Jacob Roland Philip Ross Rebecca Shepherd Ryan Shook

Brittany Simmons Kevin Steinhaus Skyler Stevers Kelly Summers Mark Thenhaus Lucas Van Pelt Michael Wenstrup Amanda Wiechens Kyle Wilgus

MASTER OF SCIENCE IN NUTRITION AND HUMAN PERFORMANCE Justina Adair Raneem Alkhatib Adrian Bachman Jessica Boyer Kristina Campione Michael Chiapetto Adam Csengody Muhammad Dalal Roxanne David Kylie Elliott Carolyn Essington Nick Farrell Zachary Fish

James Geiselman Jason Holt Shena Jaramillo Tyler Kaiser Jacqueline Kidd Emily Laukus Kristen Lewis Dawn Lopez Tracy Mawhorter Monica May Shannon McMillan Melissa Miles Sara Mir Jenna Montana Stefani Mowry RaNon-Degreei Pickett Monte Quinn Nikole RaNon-Degreeolph Monique Ratti Jennifer See Kristen Smith Tracie Snavely-Harrah Eleanor Spencer Whitney Squires Kemesheia Stovall Chloe Tillman Barbara Toddes Annie Vavra


New Spring 2016 Students continued MASTER OF SCIENCE IN NUTRITION AND HUMAN PERFORMANCE continued

Adam Virgile Anon-Degreerew Whigham Lisa Winmill

MASTER OF SCIENCE IN SPORTS SCIENCE AND REHABILITATION Kevin Bein Kevin Burroughs Kimberly Cerf Kristofer Chambers Michaela Chambers Christopher Chaplin Kolton Chapman Kate Cline Meaghan Coleman

John Davenport Samuel Dicianno Daniel Durkin Vincent Farrar Taylor Ferguson Dwayne Golbeck Victoria Gregory Bradley Hahn Tim Herlihy Ryan Hewkin Callie Lance Nicole Lefton Robert Lewis Michael McCoy Michael Meersman Anthony Memmo Jordan Meyer Michael Nowell Robert Pike Mathew Pilgrim Marc Presley Antonio Rivera

Christopher Schriver Stephanie Siewert Karen Sloboda Daniel Spitler LeNette Ward Adam Wilkerson

UNDERGRADUATE PROGRAMS Amy Drury Ruth Gudgeon Shawn McKenzie Ashley Roth Shane Brown Ian Costello Kaylei Fischer Justin James Gabrielle Kudrnka Chelsie Martin Ashley McCool Braxton Roberts Samantha Siebe

Maran Tennis Misty Tramel Jill Wetter Matthew Allen Monica Hottle Bryant Hutchinson Janeth Lammerding Alex Linne ANon-Degreerea Mailliard Taho Min Michael Moll Jacquelin Shiffler Holly Sievers Pamela Waske Eric Dalton Madeline Larson Josh Rood Kaitlyn Sturmer Christopher Thaller Aileen Vizcayno Chris Walker

Research Roundup Continued from page 24 Additionally, it was established that pre-central cortical thickness in CTSparesthesia patients negatively correlated with paresthesia severity and positively correlated with median nerve sensory velocity but not with pain severity. In CTS-pain subjects, cortical thickness correlated with pain severity but not median nerve velocity or paresthesia severity. This resulted in a double dissociation, meaning two parts of the brain’s cortex are functionally interacting with each other but localize to different parts of the brain. Dr. Kettner said that being able to link peripheral and central neuroplasticity will have a significant impact on our understanding of the neurological mechanisms underlying carpal tunnel syndrome. “I believe this work offers a historic contribution to the field of pain and neurology,” he said. “When you can narrow down to subgroups, you can usually

improve the treatment outcomes.”

Dr. Kettner Represents Logan at Harvard Conference Dr. Kettner was a presenter at a joint conference hosted by the Society of Acupuncture Research, Society for Integrative Oncology and the Fascia Research Society in November 2015 at the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine at Harvard Medical School in Boston. Dr. Kettner was invited to speak on functional S1 neuroplasticity following acupuncture in carpal tunnel syndrome. The conference featured experts in the related fields to discuss latest findings, expand the scope of integrative medicine and address new ideas in basic and translational science inspired by alternative medicine practices. It also highlighted the importance of connective tissue in cancer biology and the role of acupuncture in an

integrated approach to health promotion and cancer prevention. The Outstanding Junior Research Award in Basic Science was presented to Hyungjun Kim for an oral abstract presentation titled, “Brain white matter microstructure changes following acupuncture is associated with improved clinical outcomes for carpal tunnel syndrome: a DTI study.” Dr. Kettner was part of the research team for that study, which evaluated neuroplasticity following acupuncture in brain white matter related to primary somatosensory and motor areas. SPRING 2016 35



Board of Trustees • A special thank you to Debra Hoffman, DC, and Rick McMichael, DC, who recently completed their terms as Logan Board Chair and Board of Trustees member, respectively. Logan is grateful for the time, passion and energy Drs. Hoffman and McMichael invested into providing expertise, supporting leadership goals and working toward Logan’s

New Hires

• Hon. Joshua Peters, MPA, has been named an Advisory Member for 2016.

Faculty and Staff News Henry


mission. Their service is appreciated, and we wish them luck in their future endeavors. • Paul Henry, DC, has been named the Chair of the Board of Trustees for 2016.



• Richard M. Bruns, DC, has been named the Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees for 2016. • Roger Schlueter has been named a Trustee Member for 2016.

During the holidays, Logan University’s faculty, staff and students collected more than 500 gifts and toys for the children of Myrtle Hilliard Davis Comprehensive Health Centers, Inc. in St. Louis.

Congratulations to the following individuals who were recently hired at Logan:

• Ruth Birch, PhD, Faculty • Kenneth Bobis, PhD, Adjunct • Justin Borgstede, Academic Consultant • Lynn Brand, Patient Service Representative • Kathy Como, Patient Service Representative • Greg Deane, Custodian • Andrew Doyle, Custodian

• Alex Gafford, DC, Clinician • Lorraine Harrison, Patient Service Representative • Lacey Hatfield, DC, Resident • Cheryl Houston, PhD, Program Director of the Doctorate of Health Professions Education • Shane Knighton, PhD, Instructor (not pictured)

• Melanie Lake, Patient Service Representative • Jordan LaMarca, MBA, Assistant Director of Admissions (College of Health Sciences) • Deshae Redden, MA, Continuous Improvement Coach • Roberta Sclocco, PhD, Fellow (not pictured)

• David Segal, PhD, Adjunct (not pictured) • Jacob Sherer, DC, Adjunct (not pictured) • Rebecca Skiljan, DC, Resident • Kevin Storm, DC, Adjunct (not pictured) • Eric Washburn, HVAC Assistant

















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Congratulations to …

In Memoriam

In Memoriam

• LaToya Cash, Associate Registrar, on the birth of her daughter, Eliana Cash on November 3, 2015.

• Donna Paul, Patient Service Representative (Student Health Center), passed away on December 9, 2015.

Class of September 1952

• John Jaffry, MDiv, Registrar, for receiving the 2015 Missouri Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (MACRAO) Professional Services Award. • Marty Kaeser, DC, MEd, Director of Academic Assessment, for receiving the 2015 Rising Star Award from the Chiropractic Health Care section of the American Public Health Association. • Anna Schowalter, MAT, Academic Success Coach (College of Chiropractic), on the birth of her son, Parker William on December 14, 2015. • Alicia Yochum, DC, RN, DACBR, Radiology Fellow, for being named Woman Doctor of the Year from the World Congress of Women Chiropractors. In addition, Dr. Yochum earned her DACBR in October 2015 and made history as the first second generation DACBR in the history of chiropractic.

The following people have received new titles: • Nikki Peterson, Payroll/Purchasing Specialist • Danielle Reinken, Senior Accountant • Melissa Warren, Data Analyst

Class of August 1953

Alumni Notes Congratulations to … Class of September 1978 Peter Kfoury, DC, on the release of his new album of Middle Eastern Jazz Fusion, “At the Heart of Two Worlds.” Class of April 1991 Casey Phillips, DC, was named Chiropractor of the Year for 2015 by the Pennsylvania Chiropractic Association. Dr. Phillips has served as the second vice president for the association’s board of directors for two years and has been an active participant on the board for approximately 16 years.


Robert Mawhiney, DC, December 31, 2015 Francis A. Dia, DC, April 4, 2014 Class of June 1966 Richard Harrison, DC, June 27, 2015 Class of January 1979 Ronald Richter, DC, November 8, 2015 Class of April 1996 Jeanne E. Jeannotte, DC, August 3, 2015 Class of August 2011 (DC) and December 2011 (MS) Eric Dixon, DC, MS, January 17, 2016

Class of April 2010 Curt Kippenberger, DC, for being named to the 2016 20 under 40 by the Columbia Business Times. Class of April 2011 and Class of August 2011 Lindsay Parry Wilson, DC, and Tim Wilson, DC, on the birth of their son Winter Joseph on February 5, 2015. Class of April 2011 Andrea Hoglen, DC, on the birth of her son, Collin Joseph Dunlap on October 16, 2015.


James W. Bryden, DC, November 21, 2015


Correction: Kristen Keele’s name was spelled incorrectly in the fall 2015 issue of The Tower. Logan regrets this error. Kristen serves as Logan’s copy room coordinator.

Senior Seminar Course Change Logan’s Senior Seminar Course is designed for Doctors of Chiropractic who have moved to a state that requires a bachelor’s degree for state licensure. The current option open to DCs will end with the fall 2016 trimester. After the fall trimester, Logan will continue to offer bachelor’s degree completion courses; however, more than one course will be required. Please contact Logan’s Registrar John Jaffry, MDiv, at John.Jaffry@ logan.edu for more information about the Senior Seminar Course, or contact the Office of Admissions at 800-782-3344 for information about Logan’s doctorate and master’s programs.

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The Turning Point At the time, it was unfathomable to think anything of substantial importance would be built west of Highway 270 in St. Louis. The area was home to grazing livestock and rolling green pastures, dotted with farms and homesteads. Yet, on one evening in 1972, 70 Doctors of Chiropractic agreed that a 112-acre parcel of land for sale in that area would provide a bright future for development, growth and progress. Today, their vision is realized on the very grounds that make up Logan University. According to Logan Associate Professor Patrick Montgomery, DC, MS, FASA, the property, at the time, was home to Maryknoll Junior Seminary. However, in the early 1970s, the Brothers of Maryknoll were forced to close the seminary due to declining interest in men joining the priesthood. Dr. Montgomery said the property, which was gifted to the Archdiocese of St. Louis by the original landowners, came with two stipulations: it could never be broken up into smaller parcels, and if sold, it had to be sold to an educational institution. The property was for sale two years before Fred Gehl, DC, who was associated with Logan, stumbled upon it. Though the Logan’s Normandy campus was paid for, the college was outgrowing the space as a result of rising enrollment. Negotiations over the $3.5 million asking price broke down several times though it was Logan Board member William Boehmer, DC, who kept the discussion going. In the end, the Brothers and Logan reached a $1.8 million deal, as long as $350,000 was provided to the Brothers within 10 days of the contract being signed. It was then that Logan Board members Rolla Pennell, DC, and Gordon Heuser, DC, took immediate action, calling on Logan alumni to join them for a gala dinner at Maryknoll. 38 SPRING 2016

Dr. William Coggins signs the purchase agreement with (from left) Drs. Fred Gehl, Bert Hanicke and D.P. Casey looking on.

That night, Drs. Pennell and Heuser made their case for a brighter future, urging the DCs to give back to the institution that gave so much to them. By the end of the night, they had secured financial donations from everyone in attendance, allowing them to turn over the amount needed to acquire the property for their future home.

In June 1973, under the direction of D.P. Casey, DC, the students and faculty completed the move to the new campus in just four days. The following year, the Normandy campus was sold to another division of the Catholic Church (the Cardinal Newman Colleges) which purchased the property for $1 million. The Chesterfield property was completely paid for thanks to the generosity of Logan supporters and the sale of the Normandy campus.


University Earns Community Accolades

Last year’s Shine the Light Award recipient Joshua Kelley, Senior Training specialist at MTM, with Dr. Dana Underkofler-Mercer and Dr. Clay McDonald.

Photo: Bill Greenblatt for Paraquad

Photo: Bill Greenblatt for Paraquad

Logan University was presented with the Shine the Light Award from Paraquad for its work with helping promote a fully accessible community for people with disabilities and anyone who benefits from increased accessibility. Logan Associate Professor Dana UnderkoflerMercer, DC, MS, who initiated the partnership between Logan and Paraquad in 2012, accepted the 2015 Paraquad Shine the Light Award on Nov. 4.

Dr. Dana Underkofler-Mercer listens to Dr. Clay McDonald during the Shine the Light Award ceremony.

Logan was also recognized as a 2015 Corporate Honoree by the Arthritis Foundation, an organization that Logan has supported since 2007. Dr. Robert Kuhn, DC, DACBR, ART, who has been an instrumental link between the University and Arthritis Foundation, accepted the award at the Foundation’s 35th Annual Silver Ball gala on Dec. 5.

Dr. Robert Kuhn (left) with Joe Jansen, vice president of Business Development at Des Peres Hospital and volunteer engagement chair for the Foundation’s Leadership Board.

Drs. Robert and Kathleen Kuhn, Dr. Brian and Robin Snyder and Mrs. Terry and Dr. Clay McDonald. SPRING 2016 39







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P OS TG R AD U AT E EDU CA T IO N | March to July 2016 March 12-13 Basic Acupuncture - Session #3 Instructor: Zev Myerowitz, DC, Dipl.Ac. (NCCAOM), LAc. April 2-3 Low Back Pain Diagnosis and Management Instructors: Jeffrey Kamper, DC, DCBCN; D. Robert Kuhn, DC, DACBR, ART速; Ralph Filson, DC; Janine Ludwinski, DC; David Parish, DC, CSCS, DACBSP; David Beavers, MEd, DC, MP; Kelly Brinkman, DC, MCS-P April 9-10 Endo-Nasal Technique and Ischemic Compression Technique Instructor: Michael Fiscella, DC, DABCO, FACO

April 16-17 Acupuncture for Specific Conditions Instructor: Gary Ditson, DC, LAc. April 23-24 Basic Acupuncture - Session #4 Instructor: Zev Myerowitz, DC, Dipl.Ac. (NCCAOM), LAc

Location is Logan University Campus unless otherwise noted. May 21 Kentucky Peer Review Instructor: Charles Copeland, DC, MCS-P Hilton Garden Inn Louisville, KY

April 28-May 1 Spring Symposium (see page 19)

May 21-22 Basic Acupuncture - Session #5 Instructor: Zev Myerowitz, DC, Dipl.Ac (NCCAOM), LAc.

May 14 Biomechanics of Golf Instructor: Michael Murphy, DC Far Oaks Golf Club Caseyville, IL

June 11-12 Nutrition as a Biochemical Adjustment Instructor: David Seaman, DC, DACBN

June 25-26 Basic Acupuncture - Session #6 Instructor: Zev Myerowitz, DC, Dipl.Ac (NCCAOM), LAc. July 9-10 Advanced Acupuncture Session #1 Instructor: Zev Myerowitz, DC, Dipl.Ac (NCCAOM), LAc. Visit logan.edu/Seminars for additional information and dates. To register for postgraduate seminars, please call 1-800-842-3234