Logan University - Spring Tower 2017

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Agile and Innovative, From Our Programs to Our People

Peer Mentoring Helps Fine-Tune DC Skills MSHI Students Find Flexibility, Opportunity 2017 Spring Symposium





6 A New Day for Student Learning Designated clinical day aims to provide education, mentoring

18 Research

8 Empowering Paralympic Athletes Logan hosts training camps, events for USA Para Powerlifting

22 Student Life

10 Breaking Down the Barriers Logan alumni work to improve, strengthen the DC profession

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22 Students as Leaders Trimester 6 class officers create positive experience for peers






20 Where Are They Now? 21 The Insider 24 Donor Snapshot 25 Spring Symposium 38 Backstory


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

THE TOWER Vol. 1, SPRING 2017 The Tower is published three times a year: Spring, Summer and Fall. On the Cover From left: Trimester 6 Class President Morgan Pearson; Executive Director of Admissions Natacha Douglas; and Rai’an Harris, Trimester 7 student and national student representative for the American Black Chiropractic Association’s Central Region. 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’s 2015-16 Annual Report is now available online. Visit logan.edu/ StateOfLogan to learn more about Logan’s strong financial position and donors that have contributed to the University’s sustainability.

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December 2016 Logan graduate Turner Cole officially became the 33rd Doctor of Chiropractic in his family. His grandfather, James R. Cole, DC was the first chiropractor in his family and started his practice in Memphis, Tenn., in 1958. Ever active in the promotion

of chiropractic, Dr. James Cole was responsible for influencing 62 individuals to enter the chiropractic profession, many of whom are family members.


High school students interested in anatomy and health sciences are invited to the Anatomy Centered Education and Science (ACES) workshop, hosted by Logan’s College of Health Sciences. Scheduled June 26-30, the workshop will focus on physical anatomy and body systems along with health and wellness through engaging hands-on and lecture presentations. Visit logan.edu/ACES for more information.

Logan’s website has a new look. The new website better reflects the University’s visual identity and provide a more navigationalfriendly platform for mobile users. Visit logan.edu to see the new design.


A study submitted by Norman Kettner, DC, DACBR, FICC, chair of Logan’s Department of Radiology, among other researchers, was recently accepted by Brain, a preeminent, peer-reviewed scientific journal of neurology. The study, which reports on neuroimaging and acupuncture treatment results for carpal tunnel syndrome, will be the first acupuncture paper to appear in the publication’s nearly 140-year history.



Looking back, 2016 will be known as a year of growth for Logan University. In the face of a national opioid abuse crisis, we formed essential partnerships with peers in education and health care to create clinical programs improving access to conservative pain treatment. Spreading our reach throughout the hemisphere, we were the first to create a formal agreement to work with Cuba to advance chiropractic and sports medicine in the Caribbean nation. Bolstering chiropractic’s role in integrated care, we partnered with local and national organizations that value a patient-centered approach and are working together to improve patient health. We invested time, resources and talent to growing awareness of important causes, such as the Walk to Cure Arthritis, and we welcomed the largest Spring Symposium attendance since its launch in 2014. Joining the Logan community were new faculty, staff and many ambitious students, who helped mark the largest class for the Master 4 SPRING 2017 • LOGAN UNIVERSITY

of Science in Nutrition and Human Performance program. We couldn’t be more proud of the efforts of those who helped see these achievements through. If last year was all about growth, then 2017 will be spent maturing the relationships and programs we’ve cultivated and taking a deeper look at how we can enrich and maximize each of our touch points…whether it’s in the classroom, on campus or beyond. You’ll see evidence of that in this issue of The Tower through stories, such as the fine-tuning of the Doctor of Chiropractic curriculum with the goal of better preparing successful graduates, the evolution of our role at Paraquad as the result of expansion and the designation of Logan as a world-class training facility for elite Paralympic athletes and coaches. These stories of collaboration and accomplishment not only address challenges we face in education, health care and human performance, but also demonstrate our ability to be agile and innovative in all that we do—a value important to our mission and vision as a sustainable institution.

We are just beginning to scratch the surface on how the power of education can truly bridge the gaps that are evident in our health systems, and we are seeing how the work of the Logan community can make a significant impact, both in our communities and around the globe. We know that improved health outcomes are a result of better doctor education and patient understanding, and that can only be achieved by providing greater accessibility in education and health care. So what does that mean for us? It means more focus on how we deliver education, who we are reaching and what knowledge our students take away. It also means ensuring safe, effective health care to those in need, not just in the way of treatment but preventive care and well-being. As we work to refine the programs and initiatives we created in 2016, we continue to keep our hand on the pulse of what needs to be done to create more pathways for lifelong learners and access points for affordable, quality care. We look for opportunities to better ourselves and our communities, to build on our strengths and be a catalyst for change to improve the lives of those we touch.


Industry Organizations Focus on Chiropractic Integration Around the Globe DC2017 Features Thought Leadership from Industry Experts

The ACA is proud to announce DC2017, the premier chiropractic event of 2017 which is set to take place March 15-18 in David Herd, DC Washington, D.C. DC2017 is the first program of its kind, united under the theme “Impact Spinal Health” and combines the 14th World Federation of Chiropractic (WFC) Biennial Congress, the 24th Association of Chiropractic Colleges Research Agenda Conference (ACC-RAC) and the American Chiropractic Association’s 2017 National Chiropractic Leadership Conference (NCLC) into one action-packed event. Sponsored by Foot Levelers, National Chiropractic Mutual Insurance Company and Standard Process, the event brings together a world-class selection of thought leaders, including speakers Congressman Patrick Tiberi (R-Ohio); Greg Kawchuk, DC, PhD, chiropractic researcher and professor at University of Alberta, Canada; Cynthia English, a senior research consultant at Gallup; Nick Buettner of The Blue Zones Project; and Michele Maiers, DC, MPH, PhD, executive director of the Center for Health Care Innovation and Policy at Northwestern Health Sciences University, to name a few.

DC2017 is not only an opportunity to network with colleagues but also to be informed and inspired by leading experts in the industry from education and research to clinical and practice management. Speakers will address the impact of spine care from around the world, the philosophies of care impacting health and wellness, the future of subluxation and the impact through leadership in practice. Attendees also have the opportunity to earn up to 19.5 hours of continuing education credits by choosing from 47 educational tracks on topics such as sports chiropractic, leadership, Medicare, pediatrics, neurology and more. The event will also feature more than 200 poster presentations and will host more than 40 workshops focused on clinical practice. Visit DC2017.org for more information.

WFC Announces Busy 2017 Program of Work at WHO WORLD FEDERATION OF

CHIROPRACTIC The World Federation of chiropractic will be upscaling its work at the World Health Organization (WHO) in 2017. This year marks the 20th anniversary Richard Brown, DC, LLM, of the WFC’s FEAC, FRCC status as a nongovernmental organization in official relations with WHO. It is the only chiropractic organization to have attained this status, in which an

official delegation is sent to the World Health Assembly in Geneva each year as well as participating in other health-related activities. The WFC can point to a number of achievements over the years, including the publication by the WHO in 2005 of its Guidelines on basic training and safety in chiropractic, which has been translated into a number of languages and used by chiropractic associations around the world in helping to secure official government recognition and legislation. Through a fellowship program, the WFC has also been able to place a number of chiropractors into programs of work at WHO headquarters in Geneva. Two of these, Molly Meri Robinson-Nicol, DC and Nicole Homb, DC have subsequently secured full time positions as technical officers with WHO. The WFC is working closely with a number of departments at WHO, where the chiropractic profession can contribute significantly to WHO’s goal of universal health coverage and access to primary care. These include the departments of Integrated and People Centred Health Services, Disability and Rehabilitation, Global Health Workforce and Classifications and Technologies. The role of the WFC as an advocate for public health issues related to the chiropractic profession has been strengthened in the past year by the appointment of Christopher Cassirer, ScD, MPH, president of Northwestern Health Sciences University. Cassirer is assembling an international public health committee that will advance the WFC’s work in priority areas of healthy aging, opioid overuse and women and children’s health. Continued on page 37 LOGAN UNIVERSITY • SPRING 2017 5


Practice Makes Perfect: DC Curriculum Changes Aim to Make Students Better Practitioners Changes to Logan’s Doctor of Chiropractic curriculum are providing students with an opportunity to have a deeper focus on clinical application and improve patient communications skills. Vincent DeBono, DC, CSCS, dean of the College of Chiropractic, said one of the most significant changes for students is the implementation of a full day of clinic each week. In January, Trimester 1 through 6 students shifted from a schedule of being in clinic for short periods of time throughout the week to either working with Standardized Patients in the Assessment Center or performing peer-to-peer treatment in the Foot Levelers, Inc. Clinic for one full day a week. Dr. DeBono said the clinical day is designed to integrate early trimester students with more experienced students to provide both mentoring and education. The full day also provides the students bigger blocks of time to become more immersed in their practice. “One of the things we always want to do is get in early clinical mentoring to help with making foundational science concepts applicable to chiropractic care. The clinical


day accomplishes that,” he said. “Also, anytime an older trimester student can mentor a younger trimester student is a great learning opportunity. We always say, if you can teach it, you really know it.” Dr. DeBono said the full day of clinic also provides students with vertical integration of the curriculum, allowing students to hear and see what they need to do to become successful DCs. Logan students will also see the expansion of off-campus field trips to put clinical skills into practice. “It’s good for students to practice on each other, but also more complicated patients, where geriatric issues might come into play,” DeBono said. “We’re hoping to do these field trips with students two to three times a trimester.” This past year students visited Paraquad to practice taking blood pressure and conduct orthopedic exams. A group of students also visited a nearby assisted living facility where they interviewed a

handful of seniors on their medication history and vital signs. This year, in addition to visiting those facilities, Logan students will set up a clinic at Jefferson High School in Festus, Mo., to perform sports physicals. Lower trimester students will work with upper trimester students to gather information and conduct the physicals. Dr. DeBono hopes to connect with other high schools as well. “What we’re really seeing are changes to the organization of our program, rather than the content of our program, to allow both horizontal and vertical integration,” he said. “It’s all part of our goal to continuously improve the quality of our program.”

Teaching Empathy In 2015, Consumer Reports found that, of 1,200 patients surveyed about physician compassion and communication, one in four said they were not treated fairly and


didn’t feel like they were being heard. Over the last few decades, physician bedside manner, and even personal interaction has taken a backseat to technology. Despite that, patient satisfaction still plays an ever-important role in the delivery of quality health care. Logan’s Director of Academic Assessment Martha Kaeser, DC, MEd, said developing communication skills is another component of the new clinical day at Logan. She said students are being taught the value of empathy in patient care—the impact of their words, how they communicate and connect with patients. “The biggest issue in medicine is training doctors who are caring for the patients,” Dr. Kaeser said. “Oftentimes, diagnoses are misunderstood or missed completely due to lack of communication. We are making sure those communication skills are in place early on.” One of the tools Dr. Kaeser is using to explore empathy in chiropractic students is the Jefferson Scale of Empathy. While the scale has been adopted by schools of medicine, dentistry, osteopathy and nursing, it is relatively unknown among chiropractic schools.

“Research shows that by year three, empathy among students in medical and other health care programs begins to decline as they get more immersed in patient diagnosis and treatment. While on one hand they have the clinical knowledge, they lack the ability to demonstrate compassion,” she said. “What we want to do is collect baseline data before students start their coursework at Logan and then see where that level of empathy is by the end of their first year. Our thinking is if we immerse students immediately in opportunities to practice communication with patients in a clinical environment, we can maintain their level of excitement and empathy.” Just as research suggests, Dr. Kaeser says lack of empathy results in lower satisfaction outcome, not only for the patients but also for the students. With the Jefferson Scale, students self-report their level of empathy, rating statements such as “Patients feel better when health care providers understand their feelings,” or “I believe emotions have no place in the treatment of medical illness.” “We feel like we’re ahead of the game because this kind of training is just not being done in our profession,” Dr. Kaeser said. In the next six to 12 months, Dr. Kaeser intends to delve into yet another area designed to improve the doctor-patient relationship: motivational interviewing and the concept of how to address diagnoses with patients. “The thought of addressing

“One of the things we always want to do is get in early clinical mentoring to help with making foundational science concepts applicable to chiropractic care. The clinical day accomplishes that.” –Dr. Vincent DeBono things like obesity, tobacco cessation and alcohol moderation scares some students,” she said. “They think, ‘I don’t want to offend my patient,’ so we talk about how to open that dialogue in a way that makes the doctor and patient feel comfortable. “Everything we do in the Assessment Center is designed to provide feedback to the students. We hope it has an impact on them, and more importantly, we hope it equates to greater patient satisfaction, successful outcomes and successful diagnoses.”



Answering the Call: Paraquad Expands to Meet Community Needs A 22,000-square-foot expansion at Paraquad is providing Logan with more opportunities to serve individuals in need of chiropractic care. Since 2012, Logan has provided onsite care to participants of Paraquad, a St. Louis-based nonprofit organization whose mission is to empower people with disabilities to increase their independence. The organization’s Accessible Health and Wellness Center provides services and programs for individuals with varying disabilities, from mobility, vision and hearing, to cognitive, developmental and neurological. Paraquad also offers occupational and physical therapy expertise, research opportunities and therapeutic services. Logan students have the benefit of treating unique, and sometimes

challenging, patient cases in an integrated health care environment, many times working alongside nutritionists, occupational and physical therapists. In turn, Paraquad participants benefit from hands-on care, without the use of drugs or surgery. With an initial capacity of 110, Lindsey Bean-Kampwerth, Paraquad’s director of assistive technology, said the Center was running out of room to serve participants, not to mention staff and a waiting list of nearly 100. She said the rising participant interest and the amount of equipment they could logistically fit in their space tipped the decision to expand.

“We give participants a place where they can feel comfortable and get the most services, and Logan helps enable that. It’s a great partnership.” –Lindsey Bean-Kampwerth

In January, Paraquad completed and opened the expanded Accessible Health and Wellness Center, providing more than 40 pieces of accessible exercise equipment and serving up to 500 people annually. “Now, we not only have enough room for our existing equipment but also for new equipment designed to increase mobility and agility, such as crank cycles, seated ellipticals, heavy bags and battle ropes,” Lindsey said. “A lot of input came from staff—knowing what our participants can do and what would help them be successful—and exercise industry experts, but also from our participants.” Kelley Humphries, DC, MS, LP, ICCSP, fellow at Logan’s Human Performance Center and supervising clinician at Paraquad, said she is thrilled the expansion has provided greater access to the patient population while allowing the Dr. Kimberly Paddock-O’Reilly (center) assists with the ribbon cutting to welcome guests and friends into Paraquad’s Accessible space to work with patients in Health and Wellness Center.



USA Para Powerlifting Finds New Home at Logan

A guest at the Paraquad Grand Opening checks out Logan’s new space at Paraquad.

a manner that helps them achieve their goals. “Being able to partner with Paraquad is invaluable because it gives the community access to services that otherwise would be hard to come by,” she said. “It also helps the community become educated about the resources that Paraquad and Logan may be able to provide.” Dr. Humphries said just as access to resources is increased for the community, students at Logan have more opportunities to provide the much needed services. “Paraquad is kind of a one-stop shop,” Lindsey said. “For low-income participants, many of whom are on Medicare or Medicaid and do not have access to comprehensive health care services, we have resources for housing, jobs and their well-being. We give participants a place where they can feel comfortable and get the most services, and Logan helps enable that. It’s a great partnership.”

As the new home for this sport, Logan will host all training events and camps for para powerlifters and their coaches. “It’s a pretty cool thing that Logan has not only supported, but adopted para powerlifting, which needed a new home,” said David Parish, DC, MS, CSCS, DACBSP, ICCSP, associate dean of clinical care and director of the Master of Science in Sports Science and Rehabilitation program. “The athletes are extremely excited about coming to a place where the people care so much and see the potential of para powerlifting.” Dr. Parish has been a long-time champion of para powerlifting and was responsible for introducing the sport to Logan last year when it hosted four USA National Team Para Powerlifters and their coaches for an intense all-day training camp. Logan was among several locations the athletes visited in 2016 to prepare for national and world competitions. Since then, Dr. Parish has been working on becoming the home of USA Para Powerlifting, which involved interviews with both the coaches and athletes as well as earning approval from the U.S. Paralympic Committee. In December 2016, Dr. Parish received the good news that Logan had passed all the qualifications. The first training camp, led by Dr. Parish along with Kelley Humphries, DC, MS, LP, ICCSP, fellow in the Human Performance Center, will take place this March, with several more camps and training events scheduled to occur throughout the year. Logan students will be invited to watch and clinicians will be on hand to provide chiropractic care to the athletes. “During our first camp, we’ll have at least 15 athletes, some who are qualifying to make the national team and others who are looking to make the world team,” said Dr. Parish. “To earn a spot on the USA Para Powerlifting Team that competes in Tokyo 2020, you must be in the top eight in the world at your weight class.” Last year, Dr. Parish served as the coach for the USA Para Powerlifting Team, accompanying athlete and Para Powerlifting qualifier Ahmed Shafik to the Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. “The U.S. Paralympic Committee has been most gracious and has completely embraced us and Logan is really rolling out the red carpet for these athletes,” said Dr. Parish. “It’s just awesome to have so much support behind us.” LOGAN UNIVERSITY • SPRING 2017 9


The Chiropractic Game-Changer Logan Alum Stands Up for DCs by Tackling Industry Inequalities A group of New Jersey chiropractors are making history. state laws prevented chiropractors from providing any kind of care or treatment beyond the articulations of the spinal column and related structures. Dr. Clarke, a determined new graduate, headed back home to The Garden State where he found work as an associate at a chiropractic practice in Nutley, N.J. “I was well educated at Logan but not familiar with the ins and outs of the profession, especially on the licensing, but I started hearing things,” he said. Little by little, Dr. Clarke was introduced to various doctors, several who were working to promote chiropractic in the state. Eventually, a number of the chiropractic leaders in the ANJC asked Dr. Clarke to get involved on the legislative committee. “I said, I don’t know anything about legislation.” And they said, “You’ll learn.” ‘Can’t complain unless you get It turns out Dr. Clarke was the right involved’ person for the job. He was energetic In January 1983, the future of Doctors and wanted to get involved. He was also of Chiropractic practicing in the State “tired of getting beat up by the insurance of New Jersey looked bleak. Outdated companies” and working under the most restrictive scope of practice in the country, meaning DCs couldn’t adjust extremities unless it was directly related to the hip, pelvis or spine. “Well, you can’t complain unless you get involved,” he said. “The ANJC shared their experiences, and after a while I started learning, understanding and developing strategies.” Dr. Steven Clarke at Logan’s Homecoming in 2011 Their seven-year legal battle against Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey finally came to an end in June 2016 after the insurance company was found in violation of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA). A federal judge approved a $33 million settlement, representing five years of restitution for New Jersey chiropractors who were denied reimbursement for non-chiropractic manipulative therapies, such as traction, ultrasound, EMS etc. That win is just one recent significant outcome of work conducted by members of the Association of New Jersey Chiropractors (ANJC) led by their president, December 1982 Logan graduate Steven Clarke, DC. However, the mission to serve as a voice and advocate for DCs, as well as fighting injustices against the profession, started more than 30 years ago.


Dr. Steven Clarke speaking to the Association of New Jersey Chiropractors

Dr. Clarke immersed himself in articles, attended meetings, met with lobbyists and state legislators and studied legislative policies. In 2001, he was appointed ANJC’s Legislative Chair. In addition to laws that hadn’t changed since the early 1950s, the state of professional organizations for chiropractors in New Jersey was complicated. Half a dozen associations of varying opinions existed, getting very little accomplished on their own to advance the DC profession. “Finally we realized there was never going to be any change if we didn’t unite and get organized,” he said. “Several of the groups decided to collaborate, pool our resources and get one lobbyist and one executive director. Eventually, all but one group came together. We hired an attorney, a public relations team and established a headquarters. Our executive director was not only a chiropractor but had a business mind.”


“Our unwritten motto at ANJC is we’re going to take on any issue we have to take on. This is our profession, our life. We’re changing people’s lives and defending our vocation. We’re not sitting back. We’re going to fight.” –Dr. Steven Clarke With structure and a well-defined purpose, Dr. Clarke and his colleagues set out to work on the current laws in place. He and other members examined scopes of practice for every other state, looking at what worked and what didn’t. “We were the only state whose chiropractic scope of practice didn’t include a provision about nutrition and we wanted it. We also wanted continuing education to be a requirement for DCs,” he said.

‘Strengthening the profession’ Five years later in January 2010, New Jersey Gov. Jon Corzine signed the proposed Chiropractic Scope of Practice into law. “No one ever expected we’d get it done,” Dr. Clarke said. “So many people were fighting us from the medical profession. Every time there was a question or issue, we would have to defend it. We had to testify at Assembly and Senate hearings, provide articles and research. We traveled up and down the entire state to meet with virtually every legislator to explain the issues so that they would understand the importance of the legislation.” While there were many wins along the way, there were also a few losses.

The ANJC wanted the scope of practice to include acupuncture, but that was denied. On the other hand, they secured mandatory continuing education. Today, licensed New Jersey chiropractors must obtain 30 credits of continuing education every two years—two of those credits must be in nutrition and two must be in the rules and regulations of record keeping. Dr. Clarke said 2010 really changed things in New Jersey, allowing the profession to finally start using what had been taught in chiropractic school in practice. “It also codified many of the loose ends we had in our regulations and strengthened our profession,” he said. “From top to bottom it was a strong team effort and something that has brought us continued victories against strong odds.” It was also a turning point for the ANJC. Membership grew and DCs felt the state association was truly fighting for them. Of the 2,300 licensed chiropractors in New Jersey today, 2,000 are members of ANJC, making it the seventh largest chiropractic association in the United States. “Whenever there is negative publicity involving chiropractic, we are on top of it,” he said. “We send talking points and research to our members and provide them with the resources and support they need. Members knows that we are very responsive to the needs of the chiropractic profession inside and outside of our state.”

‘We’re going to fight’ Looking back at the events of the past 30 years, Dr. Clarke credits a solid foundation at Logan with preparing him to take on challenges both in practice and in the profession. “When you’re in school—in the daily grind—it’s hard, but when you get out and start practicing, you realize what a good education it is,” said Dr. Clarke. “It’s definitely something you don’t truly appreciate until you’re speaking with patients, other doctors or others in health care.” In 2006, Dr. Clarke was named New

Dr. Steven Clarke with Congressman and former Philadelphia Eagle Jon Runyon

Jersey Chiropractor of the Year, and five years later, he was named Alumnus of the Year by the Logan Alumni Association. More recently, he met with members of Logan’s administration, who praised the ANJC for their efforts that champion DCs and the mission of chiropractic. Dr. Clarke says the success of ANJC lies with the talents and efforts of people who have made the organization so dynamic. “The ANJC has so many great volunteers,” he said. “We have good legal minds—good insurance and legislative minds—everyone has their own niche. We ask everyone to do a little bit and all together we can take a step back and say, ‘Look at what we’re getting done.’” While some of the biggest hurdles may have been cleared, Dr. Clarke and the ANJC continue to work on behalf of the profession to ensure equality and access to chiropractic care. New Jersey, as of recently, is the only state which requires chiropractic assistants to be licensed— another initiative of Dr. Clarke and the ANJC. “When you start getting wins, I suppose you think, what’s next, what else can I do?” said Dr. Clarke. “Our unwritten motto at ANJC is we’re going to take on any issue we have to take on. This is our profession, our life. We’re changing people’s lives and defending our vocation. We’re not sitting back. We’re going to fight.” LOGAN UNIVERSITY • SPRING 2017 11


Marathon Runner Learns to Walk Again Jim Indelicato, 66, straps in to the LiteGait machine at Logan’s Human Performance Center and with the guidance of clinician John Davenport, DC, CCSP, FIAMA, MCS-P, steps one foot in front of the other. Underkofler-Mercer, DC, Jim, a 32-time MS, and his eyes were marathon runner and a 40opened to the world year veteran of the military, of chiropractic. Most has taken huge strides in notably, Jim credits the last six years. Healthy Logan student interns living has always been his and Kelley Humphries, passion, but on September DC, MS, LP, ICCSP, 16, 2010, less than a year fellow in the Human after he retired from the Performance Center, Air National Guard as with teaching him to an aircraft maintenance breathe correctly, which superintendent and ultimately allowed fitness program manager, him to be freed of the he suffered a brainstem ventilator at night. stroke that almost took his Now as a patient in life. While driving his red the Human Performance Silverado truck—complete Center, where he works with “RUN” license with Dr. Davenport plates—he was overcome three times a week by intense dizziness and primarily on his balance nausea and was rushed and left-sided ataxia, to the hospital. After Jim also credits Logan several tests, doctors with teaching him to found and destroyed a tiny walk again. blood clot lodged in Jim’s Dr. John Davenport works with Jim Indelicato, who suffered from a brainstem stroke. “Jim continues brainstem, which controls to improve with Dr. basic body functions such he underwent occupational therapy, physical Davenport,” said Diane Indelicato, Jim’s wife, as breathing, swallowing, heart rate, blood therapy and speech therapy. After two years caregiver and “biggest cheerleader,” as Jim pressure and consciousness. of rehab at TRISL, Jim had both his feeding describes her. “Logan has given so much of After the stroke, Jim spent a total of tube and his tracheotomy removed—despite themselves to Jim, and we appreciate how eight weeks in two separate hospitals and the doctors previously predicting he’d have much they’re doing for him.” went into respiratory distress six times, both for the rest of his life. Although he may not be able to do requiring emergency life support. He From TRISL, Jim became a participant at everything he once did, Jim has come a long required a feeding tube and a tracheotomy Paraquad’s Accessible Health and Wellness way since that fateful day in 2010. Together and used a ventilator while sleeping, as he Center, where he continued to address his with the support of Diane, his three children was diagnosed with central sleep apnea. issues with vertigo and balance, progressing and seven grandchildren and all of his Jim returned home on Veteran’s Day from walking with total assistance to using doctors and therapists at Logan, Paraquad and one day after his 60th birthday a walker or cane and added more exercises and TRISL, along with his physical strength and, determined as ever, began his most to his regimen. It was at Paraquad that and mental perseverance, Jim continues to difficult race of all, beginning rehab at The Jim was first introduced to Logan and to step one foot in front of the other, working Rehabilitation Institute of St. Louis (TRISL). Associate Professor and Clinician Dana to make each day better than the last. For three days a week, seven hours a day, 12 SPRING 2017 • LOGAN UNIVERSITY


Diagnostic Imaging Available to DCs Logan’s Department of Radiology has a longstanding reputation for providing a range of high quality technical and diagnostic imaging services, including routine spinal radiography and diagnostic ultrasound. For years, patients, clinicians and students have benefitted from the availability of these services and expert personnel. Spinal and extremity radiographic examinations are performed utilizing state-of-the-art digital technology, and all images are interpreted by radiologists who are widely known and recognized experts in academic and clinical chiropractic radiology. Diagnostic ultrasound exams are also available for the workup of appendicular musculoskeletal pain and/or suspected peripheral neuropathy. These exams provide the advantage of effectively localizing pain generators through stress provocation, while directly observing the underlying tissue, all conducted with a very high degree of patient safety and at a low cost when compared to other imaging choices. In addition, Logan patients benefit from the available dual energy X-ray absorptiometry (DXA) system for displaying abnormal (osteoporotic) bone mineral density within the lumbar spine

Logan’s state-of-theart imaging equipment and field-leading expert interpretation services are available to all outside practitioners who want the best value for their patients.

and hips, which provides fracture prediction at a very low radiation dose. This system is also capable of precise quantification of body composition, including fat mass and lean muscle percentages. What may not be common knowledge for practicing DCs, especially those who encounter challenging cases in practice, is that these same high quality services are available after graduation. Logan’s state-ofthe-art imaging equipment and field-leading expert interpretation services, at very competitive rates, are available to all outside practitioners who want the best value for their patients.

For more information about Logan’s radiology services, contact 636-230-1830. Visit logan.edu/Radiology to access documents for ordering patient studies.



Career Paths in Health Informatics: Degree Attracts Diverse Student Class By the end of 2017, it is estimated there will be 50,000 new jobs in health informatics, according to the American Health Information Management Association—a positive outlook for students pursuing Logan’s Master of Science in Health Informatics (MSHI). The massive amount of data tied to health care has exploded in the last decade, creating career opportunities at the intersection of health care, information technology and administration. Recognizing the critical role that health informatics plays in health care delivery, Logan is training professionals who understand how health care is delivered as well as how technology can be used to ensure high quality patient care. Meet some of the students making up Logan’s MSHI inaugural class and how they hope to make a difference in the lives of others.

Ben Kloepper As a business analyst in the oil and gas industry, Ben was looking for the perfect degree to bolster his experience in information technology. Searching online, he found Logan’s MSHI Program and thought it would align well with his past experience and career goals. Today, Ben says the program’s flexibility affords him the ability to do his coursework anywhere he can find an Internet connection. “I wasn’t sure how I would adapt to an online program instead of the traditional classroom setting, but it has been great and my grades reflect it,” he said. “I also enjoy that my kids see me working hard 14 SPRING 2017 • LOGAN UNIVERSITY

on my studies, and it sets a good example for them.” The Texas native’s interest in health care was ignited when his son was born with a life-threatening tumor and was saved by the work of doctors and nurses at the Texas Children’s Hospital. “I felt a calling to give back and help out in the best way I know how,” he says. Ben aspires to work at Texas Children’s Hospital and apply the knowledge gained at Logan to help deliver quality patient care. “This program has shown me the extent to which technology is used in the health care setting, and I am quickly realizing the endless possibilities,” he said.

Carlos Fillmann Carlos seemed destined to have a role in health care. Raised by his mother, a physical therapist, and his stepfather, a chiropractor, Carlos developed an early passion for caring for others. Originally from Novo Hamburgo, Brazil, Carlos obtained his undergraduate degree in biology from the State University of New York-Oswego. After moving back to St. Louis, where his parents reside, he started working in Logan’s maintenance department and learned of the MSHI Program. “The degree combines two of my passions— health care and information technology—

and is a great step in entering the next phase of my career.” Carlos says the best part of the degree is the diversity of both the students and faculty, which allows much learning from everyone’s varied backgrounds and experiences. “The online process has been much better than I expected and we manage to communicate effectively for our group projects,” he said.

Debra Drury Already part of the health care system, Debra sees a way to try and make it better. Debra is a registered dietitian, working as a director of food and nutrition services at a hospital in Greenville, Ill., and enrolled as a student in Logan’s MSHI Program. “I want to combine my health care experience with analytics to improve patient outcomes in relation to medical nutrition therapy,” she said. “Logan is helping me accomplish that.” Debra earned her bachelor’s degree in nutrition from the University of Incarnate Word in San Antonio and completed a Dietetic Internship Program at the St. Louis Veterans Administration Medical Center. When she decided to continue her education in health care, Debra looked at universities that would provide the most opportunity and flexibility.


“I chose Logan’s program because of the affordability and that I would be in the inaugural class,” she said. “I also knew Logan would be strong in health sciences, and the online factor is pertinent with working full time.”

As she advances her career to help others, Debra is enjoying the aspects of an education that will provide her with the skills and knowledge to reach successful patientcentered outcomes. “The instructors have real life experience

in health care and are readily available in responding to questions and concerns. I would recommend the program to others as I feel it is off to a good start and will continue to grow,” she said.

Logan Student Finds Flexibility, Convenience in Online Bachelor’s Degree Program When Samantha Lauth graduates from Logan this spring, it will be the first time she steps foot on the Chesterfield campus. As an online student in the Bachelor of Science in Human Biology (BSHB) program, Samantha makes her home in Port Angeles, Wash. Today, she has her sights on a career in biology and research and is using Logan as a means to get there. “I dreamed of working as a biology teacher, but now that dream is researching patient samples to determine what organism is causing a disease and how to best treat it,” she said. Finding the right degree program to prepare her for that career was of the utmost importance. “It was a bit tricky. There weren’t many universities that had an online biology program,” she said. “When I found Logan, I knew it would be the right fit due to its size and reasonable price for an outof-state student.” Samantha enrolled in Logan’s BSHB program in the fall of 2015 and began working with Academic Success Coach, Casey Bryzeal, who helped her create an academic plan for degree completion and get her acclimated to distance learning. “I knew that with good communication, Samantha and I would work through any hiccups students experience in new programs,” Casey said. “Lucky for me,

Samantha is a great communicator, which makes it easy for me to assist her and to make it the best experience it can be.” Taking classes online provided Samantha with the flexibility she needed to also work part-time. While not being in a physical classroom has its challenges, Samantha communicates with her professors regularly over email. “Logan has been super accommodating, whether I’ve been sick or a Washington wind storm disconnected my power,” she said. “The professors are always readily available and have provided me with additional resources.”

After she participates in Logan’s commencement ceremony, Samantha plans to continue her education at the University of Nottingham in England, a world top one percent university focused on public research, for its graduate clinical microbiology program. “The University of Nottingham is attached to Queen’s Medical Centre, which until 2012 was the largest teaching hospital in Europe,” Samantha said. “I’m really looking forward to learning in this type of environment and taking the skills I’ve learned through the online labs at Logan and applying them to an actual patient.” Not only does Logan’s distance learning program teach skills and procedures related to medicine, but it has also provided Samantha with a variety of skill sets, such as the ability to self-motivate and problemsolve on the spot. This type of environment allowed her to determine what type of learning she responded to best. “I wasn’t in a classroom setting every day and had to learn how to motivate myself,” she said, “but it gave me the drive to get things done without relying on other people, which is a trait I can apply in every aspect of my life.” LOGAN UNIVERSITY • SPRING 2017 15


Transcending Limitations in Health, Profession Dan Jablonski, DC (August 2012), MS (December 2013), had an unconventional start to chiropractic that began with a passion for karate. A 7th Degree Black Belt in Shorin-ryu Karate, Hakutsuru Kai Karate and Seibukan Jiu-Jitsu, Dr. Jablonski began practicing martial arts during his undergraduate studies and has continued practicing long past college into his first career as a paralegal. During the last few years of his paralegal career, Dr. Jablonski was in a season of drought— unsatisfied with his work and longing to be in a career that helped others. “I helped defend big corporations that were being sued, but felt I was not really making a difference in people’s lives,” Dr. Jablonski said. It was during this period of time that his wife was experiencing issues with her back and decided to see a chiropractor—a man who had just begun taking karate lessons nearby. Dr. Jablonski was mesmerized with the work the chiropractor performed on his wife and asked to shadow him in exchange for karate lessons. “I fell in love with chiropractic, and after some soul searching and praying, I decided to take a leap of faith and applied to Logan,” Dr. Jablonski said. Due to Logan’s location and its reputation in the chiropractic community, it was his first and only choice. It also allowed him to remain close to his wife and family, as they had recently bought a house in the St. Louis area. While in his second trimester at Logan, Dr. Jablonski began to experience fatigue and blurred vision, and shortly after, was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. However, 16 SPRING 2017 • LOGAN UNIVERSITY

it wasn’t until he returned to Logan for his Master of Science in Nutrition and Human Performance, while simultaneously working at a multidisciplinary practice in St. Louis, that he decided to do his thesis on reversing type 2 diabetes with nutrition alone—in 90 days. “I did blood work at the beginning of the study and after 14 days I came off all diabetes medication. My blood sugars were balanced and at the end of the study, I was no longer diabetic,” Dr. Jablonski said. Feeling renewed, Dr. Jablonski graduated with his master’s degree and purchased his own clinic in O’Fallon, Mo., where he offers a whole person approach to chiropractic that not only considers the musculoskeletal approach, but the nutrition and neurological component as well. This allows him to target the cause of the problem, not just the symptom. Today his practice, Healthy Life Chiropractic and Wellness, is thriving. “Once I determine the problem, I either treat it or refer the patient to a doctor who can perform the services they need,” Dr. Jablonski said. Whether it’s adjustments, reversing type 2 diabetes with a new and improved method, hanging out with his 4-year-old son or his recent induction into the United States Martial Arts Hall of Fame, Dr. Jablonski keeps busy and never regrets his decision for a career change. “Logan not only prepared me with a great education and a strong science background to elevate my career,” he said, “but it provided me with the knowledge to elevate the quality of my own health and well-being.”

“Logan not only prepared me with a great education and a strong science background to elevate my career, but it provided me with the knowledge to elevate the quality of my own health and well-being.” –Dr. Dan Jablonski

Dr. Jablonski with a patient.


Logan’s DHPE Opens Doors for Second Career Student Whether it was as a registered dietician nutritionist helping patients make healthy lifestyle changes or now as a middle school teacher educating students on the world around them, Kathy Gieg enjoys the opportunity to share her knowledge of health and science with others. Her passion is fueled by her own desire to learn and today she is on a new career path that melds both her past experience and future ambitions, thanks to Logan’s Doctorate of Health Professions Education (DHPE) Program. “Many who are health professions educators are very knowledgeable in their fields yet are not always good teachers, and many doctorate programs with an education focus are geared toward K-12 or toward leadership,” Kathy said. “Logan’s DHPE program is helping me to become a more effective educator of adults.” After graduating from Fontbonne University with a bachelor’s degree in general dietetics, Kathy worked as a registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN) at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis.

“I look forward to combining my enthusiasm for health promotion with my experience in nutrition and health science and I believe the DHPE program will help me to be a more effective educator...” –Kathy Gieg

She later received her master’s degree in teaching and found fulfillment teaching middle school, high school and college courses. “Although I enjoy teaching middle school and love coming up with fun, hands-on science activities to engage my students, I was surprised to find how much I miss teaching others about how to make healthy lifestyle changes,” she said. “I decided that I would eventually like to return to teaching in a post-secondary environment to teach students in health professions programs.” Disappointed with the availability of health science doctorate programs with a focus on education, Kathy’s online search revealed Logan’s DHPE program. Kathy, a native of Kirkwood, Mo., said she was familiar with Logan but was pleasantly surprised to learn that it had become a University with additional degree programs. “Initially I was attracted by the flexibility of the online program and the possibility of receiving an inaugural scholarship,” she said. “I was on the fence until I spoke with Cheryl Houston, PhD, a fellow RDN with Fontbonne ties whose path I had crossed when I worked for Barnes-Jewish Hospital. Dr. Houston helped me work through some questions and confirmed that the DHPE program would help me achieve my career goals.” Now the Director of Health Professions, Education and General Education, Dr. Houston is among several people at Logan who Kathy says has enriched her education experience both in person and online. It is their educational backgrounds and relevant

experience, she says, that are invaluable as she seeks guidance throughout her coursework and publishes research findings. “I look forward to combining my enthusiasm for health promotion with my experience in nutrition and health science, and I believe the DHPE program will help me to be a more effective educator, whether I am working in a more traditional RDN role or teaching those in health professions programs how to educate their future patients,” she said. LOGAN UNIVERSITY • SPRING 2017 17


Logan Takes Highest Honors at International Congress A poster presentation on geriatric balance and low back pain presented by Dennis Enix, DC, MBA, associate professor at Logan, received a first place award Dr. Dennis Enix at the 9th Interdisciplinary World Congress of Low Back and Pelvic Girdle Pain in Singapore. Logan was among several chiropractic universities represented at this premier gathering of scientists and researchers, held Oct. 31 through Nov. 3, 2016.

Dr. Enix’s research, entitled “A randomized controlled trial of chiropractic and physical therapy for balance impairments and chronic low back pain in community dwelling geriatric patients,” was a collaborative effort between Dr. Enix and coinvestigators Joseph H. Flaherty, MD and Theodore K. Malmstrom, PhD, of Saint Louis University’s Division of Geriatrics and Department of Neurology & Psychiatry, respectfully. The two-year study, funded through a $1.2 million U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration grant, examines treatment protocols for balance problems and low back pain in older adults. According to Dr. Enix, balance and fallrelated injuries are the leading causes of institutionalization and injury-related deaths

in the geriatric population, with low back pain being the number one factor leading to those falls. In the study, 168 adults ranging in age from 60 to 85 were randomly assigned to six weeks of chiropractic care or physical therapy. Following those six weeks, the team found that chronic pain continued to decrease among those who received chiropractic care compared to those who received physical therapy, demonstrating that the use of chiropractic care among the geriatric population is a safe, effective option not only for treating chronic low back pain but also for postural control. Dr. Enix said he plans to use this data as a springboard for future research on how the fear of movement impacts fall outcomes.

Wearable Technology and Body Composition At a time with an increased interest in collecting biometric information, such as heart rate, physical activity and sleep via the use of wearable devices, Robert Davidson, PhD, director of Nutrition and Human Performance at Logan, along with students and faculty from Missouri Baptist University (MBU), is conducting a research study to determine whether wearable technology can be used to accurately determine body composition and diet composition. The purpose of the study is threefold: to evaluate the InBody Band (a wristwearable single-frequency bioelectrical impedance analysis, or BIA, device) for body composition (fat and lean tissue) measurement accuracy; to evaluate the ability and accuracy of the NUDGE app (a smartphone software application that interacts with wearable tracking devices and downloads, stores, analyzes and reports the biometric information) to 18 SPRING 2017 • LOGAN UNIVERSITY

collect data from wearable fitness trackers; and to evaluate the feasibility of using wearable tracker biometric data to estimate diet composition, using custom software Dr. Robert Davidson developed by Dr. Davidson. By tracking participants’ physical activity and daily diet via the InBody Band, the Logan and MBU team will be comparing the InBody Band to the goldstandard technology for body composition measurement—dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry (DXA)—using the GE Lunar DEXA machine at Logan. BIA technology has been around for some time, but the

InBody Band is the first wearable device to incorporate the technology. Currently, no scientific reports validating InBody Band’s accuracy exist. Dr. Davidson has recently conducted similar studies and will perform research design and data analysis roles for this study, as well as serve as the DXA supervisor. The research team began recruiting participants in January for the one year study. The team hypothesizes that wearable technology can be used to accurately determine body composition and diet composition. If data supports the InBody Band as a reliable wearable that can assess body fat percentage, consumers would have a new fitness tracker that could potentially help individuals obtain a healthier percentage of body fat. This in turn could change the public’s focus from weight to an individual’s body composition.


Human Performance Center Research Presented at ACC-RAC Logan Residents Present Posters on Sports Chiropractic Therapy Human Performance Center Residents Lacey Miller, DC and Rebecca Skiljan, DC, MS, CCSP have each been accepted for poster presentations at the 2017 Dr. Lacey Miller ACC-RAC Conference held in March in Washington, D.C. ACC-RAC is chiropractic’s premier research and educational conference and is a combination of the Association Dr. Rebecca Skiljan of Chiropractic Colleges (ACC) meeting and scientific/ educational conference and the Research Agenda Conference (RAC). For both Drs. Miller and Skiljan, this is their first time authoring research and presenting at ACCRAC.

Sport-specific rehabilitation for a Paralympic rugby prospect: A case report (Lacey Miller, DC, Kelley Humphries, DC, MS, LP, ICCSP) In Logan’s Human Performance Center, Dr. Miller worked with a 32-year-old male patient with an incomplete spinal cord injury who planned to try out for the U.S. Paralympic Wheelchair Rugby team. He presented with right shoulder pain and sport-specific goals, which Dr. Miller

addressed in a 12-week treatment plan that included chiropractic manipulation, soft tissue therapy, laser therapy and rehabilitation exercises with the goal of improving sport performance. Because the patient uses a manual wheelchair for transportation and has no motor control below the level of C6, much of his care had to be modified, a challenge for Dr. Miller due to the lack of modified equipment in the clinic for patients in wheelchairs. As a result of the treatment, the patient’s range of motion in his right shoulder improved, and the pain during certain active ranges of motion decreased. Dr. Miller concluded that paraplegic athletes can benefit from conservative care and individualized rehabilitation programs.

Chiropractic intervention and rehabilitative exercises in an adolescent with a recent incomplete spinal cord injury: A case report (Rebecca Skiljan, DC, MS, CCSP; Kelley Humphries, DC, MS, LP, ISCCSP; Melissa Engelson, DC, MS, CCSP, DACBSP) In a similar case, Dr. Skiljan treated a male patient in his teens who had an incomplete spinal cord injury as a result of a motocross accident in October 2014. The patient sought chiropractic care and rehabilitation for overall life improvement and increased functional independence, and his treatment plan included chiropractic adjustments with an individualized exercise routine. Following treatment, the patient was able to begin driving an adaptive car to his appointments independently and perform transfers more confidently. “He also experienced overall increases in strength and posture, all of which help improve activities of daily living,” Dr. Skiljan said. The patient also began expressing interest in participating in school programs as well as adaptive sports, and he now

rides an adaptive motocross bike. “Working with this patient makes me a better doctor,” Dr. Skiljan said. “It was challenging at times, but by far the most rewarding experience I’ve had at Logan.”

Brainstem Research from Logan Recognized Internationally Research from Logan’s Department of Radiology made appearances at two international conferences in fall 2016. In September, Dr. Norman Kettner Norman Kettner, DC, DACBR, FICC, chair of Logan’s Department of Radiology, co-authored a poster at the 6th World Congress on Pain in Yokohama, Japan, where top researchers and clinicians convened to discuss topics in pain, research and treatment. The study, titled “Evaluating Brain Stem Mechanisms of Respiratory-gated Auricular Vagus Afferent Nerve Stimulation (RAVANS) for Migraine with 3T and 7T fMRI,” was exhibited in a poster presentation before 4,400 Congress participants. The study explored non-invasive, nonpharmacological nerve stimulation of the vagus system as an approach to managing inflammation and pain, specifically Continued on page 38 LOGAN UNIVERSITY • SPRING 2017 19


Joel Dekanich, DC, RN, MS, DACBSP, CSCS

An Athlete Treating Athletes Whether competing as an Ironman himself or treating high-level and professional athletes on and off the field, Dr. Dekanich has a deep love for sports—a passion he found at a young age as a competitive athlete and then years later propelled into a successful career as a sports chiropractor. A 1994 graduate of Palmer College, Dr. Dekanich is the founder and director

Dr. Joel Dekanich was the only sports chiropractor on Team USA Track & Field’s medical staff at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.


of Vail Integrative Medical Group (VIMG) in Vail, Co., a nationally renowned clinic specializing in a comprehensive ‘team’ approach to sports and spinal injuries. The multidisciplinary clinic offers chiropractic, physical therapy, pain management, massage therapy and more, with the various medical providers working together for the greater good of the patient. “It takes an athlete to know an athlete,” Dr. Dekanich said. “Over my years of training and doing high-level activities like Ironmans and ultra-marathons, I know the dedication it takes to be a professional athlete, which can resonate with patients.” The ultimate goal at VIMG is to return patients to an active lifestyle as quickly as possible, while simultaneously empowering them with techniques to prevent future problems. In an effort to continue to provide that high-level care and understanding that VIMG was founded on, Dr. Dekanich returned to school and earned his Master of Science in Sports Science and Rehabilitation from Logan in 2013. “As a sports chiropractor working in high-level sports, you need to be wellrounded,” Dr. Dekanich said, “not just from a chiropractic perspective, but also in working with other allied disciplines such as medical, physical therapy, massage, you name it. And Logan’s program is well-rounded for a number of different perspectives.” Knowledge gained at Logan allowed Dr. Dekanich to differentiate himself as a provider, which he says has been invaluable in the success of his practice. He is not only grateful to Logan for helping further expand his skills but truly understands the

“As a sports chiropractor working in high-level sports, you need to be wellrounded...and Logan’s program is well-rounded for a number of different perspectives.” –Dr. Joel Dekanich value continued education has had on his career. His experiences and successes have led him to some of the highest stages in sports. Most recently, Dr. Dekanich was a sports chiropractor on Team USA Track & Field’s medical staff at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. He is currently part of the Professional Golf Association medical/chiropractic staff and has been on the medical staff with the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) Track & Field team for the 2011 ParaPan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico, in addition to volunteering with the USOC medical staff at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Co., in preparation for the 2008 Summer Games in Beijing. “The sports chiropractors and mentors before me have paved the way for my opportunities, and there is a high utilization of chiropractic at many of these events,” Dr. Dekanich said. “Chiropractors should be proud and encouraged by that fact and we should never stop learning and expanding.”


Natacha Douglas, MBA When meeting Natacha, Logan’s new Executive Director of Admissions, her passion for higher education is immediately evident in the way she energetically discusses her plans for Logan’s admissions and financial aid teams. The majority of her career has been spent in higher education, specifically in the area of admissions, where she has successfully led teams at several universities. While working at the University of Phoenix, Natacha completed her undergraduate degree in business management and a master’s in business administration. Natacha felt fulfilled by admissions work and progressed from advisor, to senior advisor, to executive advisor for both online and campus programs and then manager of the international admissions division. That experience provided opportunities to take on one of the University of Phoenix’s largest campus locations in Jersey City, N.J., where as the director, she handled online and on-campus admissions. Natacha then went on to serve as vice president of operations for online and campus programs at Salem International University in Carmel, Ind. “When I start a new job, I like to conduct an analysis of what is working and what can be improved so we can immediately focus on enhancements,” says Natacha. “I love a challenge, finding the best solutions and creating a cohesive plan to increase productivity, improve the student experience and exceed overall expectations.” In the fall of 2016, she was introduced to Logan and intrigued by the excellent reputation, quality programs and scenic campus. Her experience and background was ideal for Logan’s Office of Admissions and Financial Aid. “From my first encounter with Logan’s leadership, I knew the vision for

the University was something I could get behind,” she said. Today, she is set on creating a student-focused culture wherein the goal of every admissions coordinator is to make a prospective student’s path to Logan obstacle-free. “When you transition to a new University, there is a lot to think about,” she said. “Our objective is to make the admissions process seamless for students.” To this end, Natacha has created a new student transition coordinator position to address concerns of incoming students and make the process more effective and efficient. “We want to be a University where everything can be personalized to the prospective student, from the first conversation to their campus visit,” Natacha says. “Utilizing Student Ambassadors and our wonderful faculty to showcase the best Logan has to offer makes it easy to share why students should choose Logan. We know students have choices. By thinking outside the box, we can constantly be innovative in our solutions and increase our competitive advantage.”



Head of the Class: Student Officers Bring Life Experience, Skills to Volunteer Roles Trimester 6 student Morgan Pearson did not have a background in chiropractic before attending Logan. She was extensively involved in sports growing up in Wausau, Wis., and always knew she wanted to pursue a career involving musculoskeletal injuries and rehabilitation. While there were many career paths that interested her, chiropractic was never in the running until her brother fractured both of his wrists playing hockey and was referred to a local chiropractor.

From left to right: Abbie Parish, Chad Smith, Morgan Pearson, Marcos Villarreal and Caitlin Nappier. 22 SPRING 2017 • LOGAN UNIVERSITY

“The amount of empathy and motivation they had to get my brother back on the ice really intrigued me,” said Morgan. “In fact, December 1983 Logan graduate Scott Bautch, DC was able to get him back on the ice in a matter of six weeks compared to the four to six months his primary physician originally predicted.” From that moment forward Morgan knew she wanted to learn more about the field of chiropractic. She joined the chiropractic club at her undergraduate university and began job shadowing and touring chiropractic schools across the country. “I chose chiropractic because it was the only profession that saw a patient completely through their entire treatment,” said Morgan. “For many musculoskeletal injuries, chiropractors are able to diagnose, treat and potentially prevent future injuries…not to mention most of the time doing so with just the simple use of their hands.” In the end, Morgan chose Logan because it gave her the opportunity to earn her

Doctor of Chiropractic while simultaneously earning a Master of Science in Sports Science and Rehabilitation. Morgan knew from Trimester 1 that she wanted to be involved in campus life. She began serving as vice president of her class, and in Trimester 2 she became president. Currently, Morgan serves as president and co-educational coordinator with fellow student Abbie Parrish. Their job is to make sure their classmates have a good experience at Logan by connecting them to clubs and other events both on and off campus. “The curriculum is great at teaching the science and clinical aspects of the profession, but there is so much more Logan offers to make our short time at the University the most beneficial as possible,” said Morgan. “The events and clubs offered help shape us into the best possible Doctors of Chiropractic we can be, no matter the direction we take.” Morgan’s plan after graduation is to return home to Wisconsin and join

S TU DE N T L I F E a multidisciplinary practice that would be all encompassing for musculoskeletal injury prevention and rehabilitation. She also has a passion for chiropractic education and wants to educate the public about chiropractic and everything it has to offer. “I came to Logan with little chiropractic background and have struggled with relaying everything that chiropractic entails to family and friends that have no chiropractic background,” said Morgan. “Even though I would like to eventually specialize, I think it’s crucial to spread knowledge of everything our profession is capable of.”

Meet the Trimester 6 Class Officers Marcos Villarreal Hometown: Scottsdale, Ariz. Role: Vice President since his first Trimester In his words: “I think the best part about serving as vice president is being a part of the decision making process.”

Chad Smith Hometown: Albion, Ill. Role: Athletic Director since his second Trimester In his words: “I love helping everyone in our class get informed about activities going on with intramurals and other activities to help promote a healthy lifestyle.”

Caitlin Nappier Hometown: Valmeyer, Ill. Role: Treasurer since her first Trimester In her words: “The best part of my position is that I get to help organize class activities while keeping us on a budget. I am also kept in the loop about various activities that our class can participate in.”

Abbie Parrish Hometown: Jackson, Tenn. Role: Education Coordinator since her third Trimester In her words: “My favorite thing about this class position is being able to support campus organizations and facilitate connections between my class and faculty.”

A Natural-Born Leader There’s something to be said about those who have an innate ability to lead. And Rai’an Harris is surely one of those people. A Trimester 7 student from St. Louis, Rai’an (pronounced “Rye-anne”) is a self-professed “busybody.” She’s heavily involved in multiple clubs and organizations, both at Logan and on a national level. But her service to these organizations isn’t just for personal gain; rather, she is using her leadership roles to help her fellow students— especially her fellow African-American students—further their development and become successful chiropractors. As the national student representative for the American Black Chiropractic Association’s (ABCA) Central Region, Rai’an is bringing the philosophy of chiropractic to Logan to help students recognize the healing power they have in their hands. “I think the issues that a lot of chiropractic students have in school is that they don’t understand what chiropractic really is, and that makes it hard to understand why you need to practice your art or how the science becomes cohesive with what we are learning in class and in the clinic,” she says. “My goal for the ABCA is to open that door for African-American students so they can say, ‘I can change my community.’” Today, Rai’an is embracing her many leadership roles to spread that message. In addition to her position with ABCA, Rai’an is a member of Logan’s Chiropractic on Purpose program and the Launch Club, a group that helps students establish their careers after graduation. She is also the former president of Logan’s Student American Black Chiropractic Association. Keeping in mind her current

aspirations, Rai’an plans to participate in a preceptorship in the Dominican Republic and after graduation will practice for a few years in Italy, a country that is in need of more chiropractors. Throughout, she plans to remain involved in her organizations, especially the ABCA, and stay connected to Logan. “The best thing about Logan is the connections I have made,” she says. Now, more than halfway through her studies, she is thankful for the friends she’s met and the mentors who’ve helped her along the way, such as Associate Professor Patrick Montgomery, DC, MS, FASA; Director of the Student Health Center Gene Spilker, DC; and April 2004 Logan graduate Edgar Everett, DC. All have inspired her to continue her mission to lead and empower others. “Being involved at Logan has made me want to always remain involved with Logan,” Rai’an says. “I want to enhance the lives of students by encompassing everything I have learned and bringing it back here.”



Rachel Loeb, DC It’s no surprise that Dr. Loeb has eagerly been referring students to Logan University. As a child, she was inspired by her own chiropractors, Brian Morrison, DC (April 1987) and Haydee Morrison, DC (April 1988), both Logan graduates who referred her to Logan as a student. Today, Dr. Loeb takes pride in the fact that the referral component of her life has come full circle. “I think chiropractic is such an incredible profession,” she said, “and it’s important that we keep recruiting talented individuals. When I find someone who would be a good chiropractor, I encourage them to pursue it, because those are the kind of people we want to represent this field.” And Dr. Loeb has done just that. She referred Trimester 4 student Emily Wills to Logan after she worked for Dr. Loeb in her St. Louis office as an assistant. Emily originally aspired to be a physical therapist but ultimately chose chiropractic and Logan. Additionally, two of Dr. Loeb’s patients, who are currently college seniors, plan to enter Logan’s DC program following the completion of their undergraduate studies. “I’ve gotten to share with the three of them what I love,” Dr. Loeb said. “I love continually helping people and being part of their health goals and lives, and I love seeing what a positive impact I’m making in the community.” Dr. Loeb, August 2010 Logan graduate, who is also an acupuncturist, was introduced to chiropractic and acupuncture early in life. She grew up in Clarksville, Md., as a competitive dancer and relied on chiropractic and acupuncture for pain reduction, injury prevention, maximized athletic performance and better general health. Dr. Loeb appreciates that Logan helped catapult that interest and passion into a career. “The world of chiropractic is growing and changing and I think Logan does a great job of teaching the history of


chiropractic while introducing a modern and innovative curriculum,” Dr. Loeb said. “There was always someone there to answer my questions and there were so many professors at Logan who educated me and supported me to have the career that I love.” The career she loves includes serving as the company chiropractor for Big Muddy Dance Company and Ashleyliane Dance Company, in addition to owning Clayton Chiropractic Center, where she works as a chiropractor and acupuncturist. Dr. Loeb is proud to be a part of the legacy of student referrals at Logan and to continue to grow the future of the University and the future of chiropractic. “Logan is producing great doctors; there are so many different people I’ve met who went to Logan and are such great representatives of the chiropractic field,” Dr. Loeb said. “I am very grateful for what Logan provided me.” Visit logan.edu/Refer to learn more.

SP R ING S Y MPOS I UM The Chiropractor as Expert On Campus and at the Marriott St. Louis Airport Hotel

April 27-30, 2017

Join colleagues, faculty and staff for Logan University’s fourth annual Spring Symposium, featuring expert instructors and continuing education, chiropractic exhibitors, social and networking events and an invitation-only State of the University Address by Logan’s President, Clay McDonald, DC, MBA, JD. LOGAN UNIVERSITY • SPRING 2017 25


Schedule of Continuing Education and Events THURSDAY, April 27

12 – 1:30 p.m.

Logan University Campus

FRIDAY, April 28

Marriott St. Louis Airport Hotel

State of the University/ Scholarship Luncheon

10 a.m.

7 a.m.

Registration Begins

Registration Begins

Sponsored by Standard Process (invitation only) Clay McDonald, DC, MBA, JD

1 - 1:50 p.m. 2 - 2:50 p.m. 3 - 3:50 p.m.

The Chiropractor as Technique Expert

Overview of Diversified Technique Ralph Barrale, DC Ralph Filson, DC

Dr. McDonald is the President of Logan University and host of the Spring Symposium. He welcomes special guests and will present the State of the University Address.

7:30 am. – 8:20 a.m.

American Perspectives of Chiropractic Sponsored by Logan University Dennis Marchiori, DC, PhD, DACBR

1:30 – 2:20 p.m. | 2:30 – 3:20 p.m. Dr. Dennis Marchiori

Patrick Montgomery, DC, MS, FASA

Dr. Marchiori is the Chancellor of Palmer University. The Gallup Poll he commissioned is valuable information for the Doctor of Chiropractic and for the patients we serve.

Overview of Activator Technique

8:30 – 9:20 a.m.

Overview of Logan Basic Technique

Brian Snyder, DC

Overview of Myofascial Technique Sponsored by Logan University Vincent DeBono, DC, CSCS Logan College of Chiropractic teaches four core techniques. They are Logan Basic Technique, Reinert Diversified Technique, Activator Technique and Myofascial Technique. In this three-hour presentation, five highly respected technique experts provide overviews of each of these methods of delivering chiropractic treatment.

4 - 4:50 p.m.

The Chiropractor as Viscero-Somatic Expert in a Family Practice Sponsored by Food Enzyme Institute™ Dennis Frerking, DC, FIACA Dr. Frerking is a 1981 graduate of Life Chiropractic College. He is Director of Clinical Sciences of Food Enzyme Institute™ and an acknowledged expert in the Loomis System. Dr. Frerking discusses examination, wellness, and nutritional support for the family practitioner.

5 – 7 p.m.

Purser Center Social Event Sponsored by Enzyme Formulations, Inc.

Chiropractor as Expert…Body Mechanic or Facilitator of Hope? Sponsored by Foot Levelers, Inc. William Austin, DC, CCSP, ACRB-1 Dr. Austin is a 1986 graduate of Logan College of Chiropractic and a well-known and respected chiropractic lecturer and author. Dr. Austin speaks about “What we learn as chiropractors,” “What we do as chiropractors,” and “What we really do for patients from alleviating subluxations, restoring biomechanics, stabilizing structure, and reducing fear and offering help.”

9:20 – 10 a.m.

Break Sponsored by NCMIC 10 - 10:50 a.m. | 11 - 11:50 a.m.

The Chiropractor as Rehab Expert Sponsored by Performance Health, Biofreeze, Theraband, Therapearl Jeff Tucker, DC, DACRB Dr. Tucker is a 1982 graduate of Los Angeles College of Chiropractic. He is an internationally known expert on chiropractic rehab, exercise and lifestyle instruction. Dr. Tucker explains the role of rehab in chiropractic practice and offers some active participation exercises for the attendees.

The Chiropractor as Expert for Nutritional Bone Health and Support Sponsored by Standard Process Joe Biernat, DC Dr. Biernat is a graduate of Northwestern College of Chiropractic. He is an expert in whole food nutrition and presents the use of whole food nutrition in chiropractic practice related to bone health and support.

3:20 – 4 p.m.

Break 4 - 4:50 p.m.

The Chiropractor as Pediatric Expert Sponsored by Kentuckiana Children’s Center Sharon Vallone, DC, FICCP Dr. Vallone is an internationally known expert in chiropractic pediatrics. Dr. Vallone was last year’s Dr. Beatrice Hagen Speaker and we are honored to have her back discussing how the pediatric chiropractor maximizes human potential. She presents a number of clinical cases demonstrating pediatric chiropractic.

5 - 5:50 p.m.

The Chiropractor as Weight Loss Expert Sponsored by ChiroThin Jason Strotheide, DC Dr. Strotheide is a 1993 graduate of Logan College of Chiropractic. He is one of the premier weight-loss experts in the chiropractic profession and shares valuable information on weight loss for our patients.

6 – 8 p.m.

Mix & Mingle (Exhibitor Area) Sponsored by ChiroThin 26 SPRING 2017 • LOGAN UNIVERSITY


SATURDAY, April 29

11 – 11:50 a.m.

3:20 – 4 p.m.

Marriott St. Louis Airport Hotel

Applied Chiropractic & Soft Tissue Technique


7 a.m.

Sponsored by Activator Methods International, Ltd. Arlan Fuhr, DC Thomas E. Hyde, DC, DACBSP, CKPT, FRCCSS (Hon)

4 – 4:50 p.m. Joseph Howe, DC, DACBR, FICC, Fellow ACCR Dan Haun, DC, DACBR

Two internationally known chiropractic technique experts will provide information to use in your office on Monday morning. Dr. Fuhr discusses the application of the chiropractic adjustment and Dr. Hyde presents a look at the Soft Tissue Technique. They will also be honoring Dr. Norman Kettner.

5 – 5:50 p.m. Michael Barry, DC, DACBR Michael Montileone, DC, DACBR, MD, DABR

12 – 1:30 p.m.

St. Louis Airport Marriott

Registration Begins 7:30 – 8:20 a.m.

The Chiropractor as Community Healthcare Expert Sponsored by Logan University Fabrizio Mancini, DC, FICC, FACC

Dr. Fabrizio Mancini

In this inspiring presentation Dr. Mancini, worldrenowned chiropractor, best-selling author and speaker, will share insights on what the public is demanding from a health care provider. He also shares stories on how others have become the chiropractic experts in their communities.

8:30 – 9:20 a.m.

Functional Neuro-Imaging Sponsored by Logan University Bruce Rosen, MD, PhD Dr. Rosen earned degrees in astronomy and astrophysics from Harvard University and received his master’s degree in physics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He also earned an MD from Hahnemann Medical College and a PhD in medical physics from MIT. He is the Director of Radiology at the Athinoula A. Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging at Massachusetts General Hospital and shares his expertise on neuroimaging. He will be honoring 1980 Logan graduate and chair of Logan’s Department of Radiology Norman Kettner, DC, DACBR, FICC.

9:20 – 10 a.m.


Lunch on Your Own The Diagnostic Imaging Experts Sponsored by Logan University 1:30 – 2:20 p.m. Terry Yochum, DC, DACBR Alicia Yochum, DC, RN, DACBR Dr. Yochum presents and MC’s a group of the most respected and honored chiropractic radiologists in the profession. These distinguished Doctors of Chiropractic present all facets of diagnostic imaging for Doctors of Chiropractic including X-ray, MRI, case studies and more. They will be sharing their expertise and honoring Dr. Norman Kettner.

2:30 – 3:20 p.m. James M. Cox, DC, DACBR, FACO(H), FICC(H), Hon. D. Litt. D. Robert Kuhn, DC, DACBR, ART® Gary Guebert, DC, DACBR

SUNDAY, April 30 7 a.m.

Registration Begins 7:30 – 9:10 a.m.

Risk Management Sponsored by NCMIC Michael Whitmer, RPLU, MHP In this two-hour presentation, Mr. Whitmer of NCMIC discusses the importance of proper documentation from a malpractice perspective.

9:20 – 11 a.m.

Health Care Fraud, Waste and Abuse – Avoiding the Pitfalls Sponsored by Logan University Howard Levinson, DC, CFE, DABFP, AHFI Dr. Levinson is a highly qualified investigative and forensic consultant. In this two-hour presentation he discusses health care fraud, waste and abuse, insurance coding basics, documentation basics, insurance company audits, pitfalls of FWA, and due diligence.

Sponsored by Options for Animals 10 – 10:50 a.m.

The Chiropractor as Thought Leader Sponsored by Logan University Michele Maiers, DC, PhD, MPH Dr. Maiers is a 2000 graduate of Northwestern College of Chiropractic. She is Executive Director of Research and Innovation at Northwestern Health Sciences University and will address the use of scientific research to educate patients and the public as well as the scientific validity and efficacy of chiropractic. Dr. Maiers is this year’s recipient of the Dr. Beatrice B. Hagen Award.

Logan’s Department of Radiology will be Named in Honor of Dr. Norman Kettner Dr. Terry Yochum is pleased to announce that Logan’s Department of Radiology will be named in honor of Norman Kettner, DC, DACBR, FICC, chair of the Department of Radiology. Dr. Kettner has served Logan for over 40 years. On April 29 at the Symposium, multiple lectures will be presented from former students of Dr. Kettner’s and chiropractic radiologist colleagues in his honor. Please plan to attend this amazing day recognizing the chiropractic radiology profession and Dr. Kettner.

Dr. Terry Yochum



Michele Maiers, DC, MPH, PhD Executive Director of Research and Innovation Northwestern Health Sciences University Growing up in a small town outside of Dubuque, Ia., Dr. Maiers recalls the role of her local Doctor of Chiropractic. “He didn’t just treat back pain; he was the person you saw for a wide range of health care needs.” Looking back, it may have been that chiropractor who ultimately had an influence on Dr. Maiers’ own career trajectory. She was studying medicine at the University of Iowa when she had a sudden awakening. “I remember looking at my classmates and thinking, ‘There’s got to be another way to be involved in health care in terms of empowering people to help themselves to live better, healthier lives.’” She left premed to attend Northwestern Health Sciences University in Bloomington, Minn., where she quickly saw what she had known all along: the benefits of natural health care without the use of drugs or surgery. After graduating in 2000, Dr. Maiers started practicing clinical research full time. She went on to earn a National

“My vision for chiropractic is to be forward-facing and to be recognized as an integral part of every American’s team of health care providers.” –Dr. Michele Maiers


Institute of Health fellowship, training complementary and alternative medicine practitioners to conduct clinical trial research, and has since earned her master’s degree in public health administration and PhD in clinical research. She’s felt fulfilled by focusing her clinical research on non-drug therapies and applying her findings to advocate for integrated health care models. “The last few years, I’ve focused on using research to impact health care policy and making sure research is getting into the hands of clinicians as well as health care policymakers to make more informed decisions.” Her experience, actions and proactive role in research, education and chiropractic care have all contributed to Dr. Maiers being named this year’s recipient of the Beatrice B. Hagen Award. Dr. Maiers says she is pleased and honored to be receiving the award, named for the former Logan president who broke the gender barrier both in education and the chiropractic industry. Dr. Maiers will be accepting the award and speaking at the upcoming Spring Symposium. “I’ve always admired Logan as an institution for their innovation, programming and service to the community,” said Dr. Maiers. “I’ve enjoyed learning about Dr. Hagen’s legacy, and I look forward to visiting Logan’s campus for the first time this spring. It will be interesting to see how her legacy has played out over the years.” The topic of Dr. Maiers’ address

during the Spring Symposium is the chiropractor as a thought leader in health care, but also as an entrepreneur in the marketplace and as an innovator beyond complementary and integrative health care. She will also talk about how the chiropractic industry as a whole can best meet the contemporary health care needs of a dynamic health care community. “My vision for chiropractic is to be forward-facing and to be recognized as an integral part of every American’s team of health care providers,” she said. “I think that’s an attainable aspiration for chiropractic so long as we accept responsibility that we have to be thought leaders in collaborative, evidence-based and patient-centered care.”


Hotel Accommodations:

Registration for 2017 Spring Symposium is available online at logan.edu/Symposium, by calling 800-842-3234 or 636-230-1960, 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.

Marriott St. Louis Airport 10700 Pear Tree Lane St. Louis, MO 63134

Logan rate: $94 per night (book before March 27)

Cost: $99 per Symposium registration by April 13 (includes both social events)

Free parking available Book online through logan.edu/ Symposium or call 314-423-9700

$129 after April 13 Guest fees for social events are listed below

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Symposium Registrant $99 by April 13; $129 after April 13


Guest cost for social events: Purser Center Social Event Mix & Mingle Reception

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Pay by phone with your credit card by calling 800-842-3234 or 636-230-1960 Or mail check (payable to Logan University) to: Logan University Alumni & Friends House, 1851 Schoettler Road, Chesterfield, MO 63017 Or register online at: logan.edu/Symposium

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*If a refund is requested, a cancellation fee of $25 per registrant will be applied. Allow 2-3 weeks after Symposium for a refund.


R EC O G N I Z I N G SU CCESS BACHELOR OF SCIENCE DEGREES HUMAN BIOLOGY Maye Abdella Taylor Anderson Wes-Lee Cooper Emily L. Johnson* Michael Fischer Ryan Oblander Kristy Shaughnessy LIFE SCIENCE Alexander Andrews Larry Burrell Nicholas Gingell Emmalene Glover Julie L. Graham Zachary Hefner Timothy Hillis Alfred Joyce Rachel Krieger Henry Laux Zachary Lesniak Nicholas Liford Shawn Mckenzie John Peters Sandy Pham

Tyler Specht Peter Vercellino Emily Welch Amy Williams

MASTER OF SCIENCE DEGREES NUTRITION AND HUMAN PERFORMANCE Matthew Dale Bennett Brandi Garner Shannon J. Green Patrick G. Hailey Rachel Harris Matthew P. Hemmerle Kimberly Michelle Lancaster Brendan Daniel Mahoney Tara R. O’Donnell Cody Ryan Przybylski Karen Kay Rhone, DC Tiffany A. Roberts Alyssa J. Schneider Kristan Marchelle Wilson SPORTS SCIENCE AND REHABILITATION Shawn M. Bean, DC

Theodore Eugene Davidson III, DC Lev Furman, DC Jaclyn Suzette Hurley* Michelle Renee Kawelaske Ashley Jo Kirdahy Brittany Alexandra MacLennan, DC Kathryn N. McCalley* Nathan S. Merhaut Neil L. Micnheimer Brandy Janell Nickels-Johnson, DC Andrew William Strachan, DC Ethelwynne Kelsey Tubbs Jacob A. Vanhooser, DC Cameron Scott Weeks, DC

CLASS OF DECEMBER 2016 HONORS AND AWARDS Doctor of Chiropractic Summa Cum Laude Ashley Jo Kirdahy Valedictorian Alexander R. Bakaysa Jordan M. Bonham Julia Eve Morgan Magna Cum Laude Stephen Michael Bell Jr.

Matthew Dale Bennett Eric Austin Burke Ryan Dean Butts Anna Alexandra George Bradley Steven Gloyeske Bo C. Mathias Nathan S. Merhaut Melissa Ann Mueller Samantha L. Murphy Samantha Marie Szyska Bryson Colt Wilbanks Heather Danielle Wooldridge Cum Laude Isaac C. Armstrong William H. Bunge III Blake A. Butler Austin S.T. Hubbard Jessica Ann Kampmeier John Robert Moore Addison Lincoln O’Day Taylor J. Stoecklin Michael D. Suplicki Masters of Science Nutrition and Human Performance Summa Cum Laude Patrick G. Hailey Valedictorian Kristan Marchelle Wilson Valedictorian Matthew Dale Bennett Brandi Garner Rachel Harris Magna Cum Laude Kimberly Michelle Lancaster Alyssa J. Schneider Cum Laude Matthew P. Hemmerle Masters of Science Sports Science and Rehabilitation Summa Cum Laude Ashley Jo Kirdahy Valedictorian Kathryn N. McCalley* Valedictorian Nathan S. Merhaut Valedictorian


R E CO GN I Z I N G S U CCE S S Magna Cum Laude Brandy Janell Nickels-Johnson, DC Cum Laude Jaclyn Suzette Hurley** Brittany Alexandra MacLennan, DC Jacob A. Vanhooser, DC

DC OUTSTANDING SERVICE AWARDS Basic Science Division Awards Alexander R. Bakaysa Ashley Jo Kirdahy Julia Eve Morgan Chiropractic Science Basic Technique Award David John Mann Chiropractic Science Diversified Technique Award Jay H. Hauptman Chiropractic Science Division Awards Addison Lincoln O’Day Joshua Jerome Tyjeski Clinical Science Division Award Jessica Ann Kampmeier Myrtle Hilliard Davis Comprehensive Health Center Award David John Mann Radiology Department Awards Alexander R. Bakaysa Ashley Jo Kirdahy Julia Eve Morgan

LOGAN LEGACIES Alexander L. Heitman Brother: Dr. Aaron A. Heitman (DC Class of 1996) Joshua Jerome Tyjeski Father: Dr. Jerome E. Tyjeski (DC Class of 1991)

*Degree previously awarded in August 2016 **Received academic achievement in August 2016



Ainsley D. Hendon

Heather D. Wooldridge

Matthew D. Bennett

Grant A. Burdeau

Addison J. Grisaffi Athletic Director

Education Coordinator

Education Coordinator

Eric A. Burke

Sara R. Burton

Blake A. Butler

Ryan D. Butts

Sylvia R. Campbell

Seth M. Chamberlain

Brett J. Clark

Bradley S. Gloyeske

Emma-Roby S. Greek

Ricquel W. Greene

Nicholas L. Hagan

Patrick G. Hailey

Jay H. Hauptman

Alexander L. Heitman

Molly K. Klein

Travis L. Klug

Brandon C. Lehr

Taryn L. Lewis

Brendan D. Mahoney

David J. Mann

Bo C. Mathias

Julia E. Morgan

Timothy J. Morrow

Melissa A. Mueller

Samantha L Murphy

Addison L. O’Day

Leanne M. Parker

Emily L. Paszkiewicz

Hannah M. Strachan

Michael D. Suplicki

Sherry Sutherland

Samantha M. Szyska

Bryant J. Todd

Eric G. Toennies

Travis J. Tourjee


Taylor J. Stoecklin

Class of December 2016

Vice President




Stephanie L. Murphy

Bryson C. Wilbanks


Doctor of Chiropractic Graduates

Isaac C. Armstrong

Alexander R. Bakaysa

Stephen M. Bell Jr.

Jordan M. Bonham

Joshua L. Bronson

Garrett Buell

William H. Bunge III

Turner J. Cole

Tyler P. Crooks

Matthew Q. Cyran

Samantha L. Dobsch

Austin T. Fletcher

James M. Galvin III

Anna A. George

Matthew P. Hemmerle

John C. Homan

Austin S.T. Hubbard

Jaclyn S. Hurley

Jessica A. Kampmeier

Michelle R. Kawelaske

Ashley J. Kirdahy

Perryman K. Maynard Jr.

Kathryn N. McCalley

Nathan S. Merhaut

Neil L. Micnheimer

Megan L. Montgomery

John R. Moore

Ryan D. Moore

Clint Rogers

Douglas B. Sams

Taylor E. Scott

Russell W. Sellers

Christian A. Simmons

Codey C. Stephens

Nicole A. Stewart-Weiss

Ethelwynne K. Tubbs

Joshua J. Tyjeski

Stephanie K. Tyjeski

David Wang

Jared A. Yates

Keith E. Yoho

Peter J. Youroukos



Spring 2017 Doctor of Chiropractic White Coat Ceremony

New Spring 2017 Students DOCTOR OF CHIROPRACTIC Noah Aldridge Adam Bechert Nicholas Binder Dillan Bollwinkel Javyahn Bradford Michelle Brungart Trevor Butler Ashley Critchfield Chrystal Curry Matthew Day Joshua Dowdy Stephanie Farwig Jeffery Fishel Tabitha Frakes Anthony Gott Nathan Granger Joseph Haddad Jenelle Hemker Andrew Huffman 34 SPRING 2017 • LOGAN UNIVERSITY

Danielle Isenberg Brandice Johnson Christopher Jones Kayla Keck Conradette King Lupe King Ryan Klepko William Lindenfield Anna Lipocky Christopher Mckechnie Chase Mecham Jackson Meeks Michelle Mendez Danielle Nash Jose Osorio Anthony Pacheco Sarah Paunicka Brien Polivka Thomas Potts Ryan Reser Mei Robin Justin Roth

Caleb Sanders Na’Kea Shepherd Samantha Siebe Gerardo Sotomayor Alexandra Stephenson Brian Sylve Nicholas Takis Moynica Tapia Maran Tennis Ryan Tinsley John Toenjes Kyle Uttley

DOCTORATE OF HEALTH PROFESSIONS EDUCATION Angela Belnap Maurya Cockrell Vivian Cockrell Caroline Getecha Aimee Jokerst

MASTER OF SCIENCE IN HEALTH INFORMATICS Cheryl LoPiccolo Brandy Nickels-Johnson Heidi Sayers

MASTER OF SCIENCE IN NUTRITION AND HUMAN PERFORMANCE Brittany Bailey Nicholas Bangert Autumn Bates Chad Billiris Cynthia Bradley Karen Brooks Monique Brown Adee Cazayoux Sarah Conomacos Ginna Cortese


New Spring 2017 Students continued Carla Curry Emma Dalzell Erin Darling Eryn David Breonna Duma Lacy Eynon Randi Fedela Rebecka Fillion Crystal Fleming Amanda Fryar Ivette Goicouria Jennifer Gollub Jordan Haag Angela Hannum Jessica Hermanofski Elan Hilaire Jessica Hollembeak Elizabeth Homan Caitlin Hooper David Howington Brianna Hunter Heidi Ivers Samson Jagoras Krystal Jennings Doremus Johnikin Tiara Johnson Angela Jonas Tara Jones Lama Kazan Aileen Kenneson-Adams Lacey King Anna Klingenberg Aziza Knight David Lambert Sarah Laney Corinne Larson Sommer Layman Alexandra Linscomb Sarah Linza Lindsay Malejko Monet Marshall Katherine Meegan Marvick Melendez Jourdan Mercurio

Carl Miller Raquel Molina Munoz Rachel Moreno Joanne Myers Nicole Netkin Jessica Nguyen Michelle Niedermaier Alyssa Noel Ryan Oblander Brandon Ostrander Alan Page Nicole Paro Kelsey Pezzuti Abigail Pitou Kala Rochelle Jennifer Rodriguez Ashley Roman Ramos Angel Rosado Carla Sanchez Jonathan Scott Stephanie Scott Kelly Scully Jessica Shahan Kristy Shaughnessy Jaclyn Shokey Roxanne Smyser Kelley Snedeker Jennifer Snyder Junius Soliday Jr. Denise Speer Stephanie Spock Sherry Sutherland Jessica Swedberg Karnique Thorpe Heather Tobey Sharon Tsai Stephanie Tyjeski Roger Tyre Amanda Wardlaw Alyssa Wells Sheree Werner Karen West Marcie West Stephanie Willard

Kacie Wilson Jorge Zambrano

MASTER OF SCIENCE IN SPORTS SCIENCE AND REHABILITATION Samantha Brish Evan Bumgarner Blake Chatham Ethan Coghill Velizar Dell Alexander Elahi Joshua Erickson Charles Gandolfi Zachary Gassman Sierra Girton Aaron Hochmann Yuliana Irizarry-Lopez Rebecca Juarez Moira Kelly Caitlin Klima Zachary Knowlton Rachel Korczynski Lexie Luker Carly Malia Latrisha McCauley Shawn McKenzie Matthew Mokriakow Nkechinyere Nnadi Marisa Perez McKensie Peterson Robyn Reust Joshua Shipp Tyler Specht Gabrielle Thomas Alyssa Troutner Thomas Watt Lianne Weller Alesha Widdall Christopher Williams Mark Wiseman

BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN HUMAN BIOLOGY Keyvan Anaraki Toni Besch Ryan Masnica Adam Mathias Monica Miller

BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN LIFE SCIENCE Nicolas Galarza Brianna Harrison Matthew Hollstein Jose Perez Concepcion Dana Pfau Tearria Ruffin Sakar Sabir Jacob Schmitz Abigayle Wright NON-DEGREE UNDERGRADUTE COURSES Edina Ademovic Andrew Bohnenkamp Nicole Clark Eman Hessen Esmail Kaitlin Hire Aaron King Zachariah Penwell Michelle Robeson Kenneth Rosenfeld Robert Schneider Steven Stokes Michael Taylor Katelyn Trombetta EARLY COLLEGE CREDIT Allison Schardan




Faculty and Staff News Congratulations to … Karen Dishauzi, DC, PhD, MEd, (Class of April 1994), Assistant Dean of Student Success, who recently married Robert Bruce McCauley. Dr. Dishauzi also completed her Doctorate of Philosophy in Education with an emphasis in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from the University of Missouri St. Louis in December. Dennis Enix, DC, MBA, (Class of April 1996), Associate Professor, whose poster presentation on geriatric balance and low back pain

New Hires

tied for first place at the 9th Interdisciplinary World Congress on Low Back and Pelvic Girdle Pain in Singapore. Dr. Enix was also featured in the February issue of The American Chiropractor for research on geriatric balance and low back pain. Ralph Filson, DC, (Class of January 1969), Professor, who presented at the Professional Baseball Chiropractic Society’s 2016 Baseball and Sports Performance Conference at Life Sport Science Institute. Patrick Montgomery, DC, MS, FASA, (Class of January 1976), Associate Professor, who was

Instructor), who was awarded the Chesterfield Chamber of Commerce Chesterfield Young Professional Award.

The following individuals have received new titles: Jo Ellis, Patient Services and Accounts Administrator Adil Khan, MBA, CPA, CSBO, Chief Financial Officer and Vice President of Administrative Services James LeBine, Multimedia Specialist

Matthew Pennell, DC, MS, (DC Class of April 2015 MS Class of August 2015 Clinician and

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

Jami Bolhuis, MA, Admissions Coordinator (College of Health Sciences)

Daniel Faris, Admissions Coordinator (College of Chiropractic)

Christi Crider, Event Associate

Sylvia Hnatiw, Library Assistant

Natacha Douglas, MBA, Executive Director of Admissions

Kristi Husk, PhD, Adjunct (not pictured)

Jan Edwards-Webster, EdD, Adjunct (not pictured)


awarded the Educator of the Year by the Missouri State Chiropractors Association and has also been appointed President of the Association for the History of Chiropractic. Dr. Montgomery also completed the Master of Science in Conservation Management of Scoliosis from the Italian Scientific Spine Institute in December. Dr. Montgomery was featured in the January issue of Chiropractic Economics on the process of detoxification for the chiropractic patient.



Shannon Jordan, Student Transition Coordinator



Connye Kuratko, PhD, RD, Adjunct (not pictured)

Jill Snider, MS, Adjunct (not pictured)

Daniel Mann, DC, (Class of December 2016) Integrated Spine Care Resident

Melinda Wilkins, PhD, RHIA, FAHIMA, Adjunct (not pictured)

Greg Selle, MA, Admissions Coordinator (College of Chiropractic)






In Memoriam Robert Kuhn, DC, DACBR, ART, (Class of December 1986), Professor, on the death of his father, Donald Kuhn on December 22, 2016 and father-in-law of Kathleen Kuhn, DC, (Class of December 1988), Instructor.

In the Community

During the holidays, Logan’s faculty, staff and students donated over 600 gifts to the Myrtle Hilliard Davis Comprehensive Health Centers in St. Louis. This was an increase of an additional 100 gifts over the previous year.

Alumni Notes Congratulations to … Class of September 1961 Joseph Kayser, DC, FLACA, who was awarded a 7th Degree Black Belt in 2016. Class of December 1992 Charles Weiss, DC, who received the President’s Award from the Georgia Chiropractic Association. Class of December 2011 LaRissa Tilley, DC, on the birth of her son, Paxton Owen on August 4, 2016.

In Memoriam Class of May 1949 Lyle Bouck, Jr., DC, December 2, 2016 Class of January 1962 Erwin Englert, DC, June 2, 2015 George Walter Lukovsky, DC, January 10, 2017 Class of April 1989 Mark Newman, DC, September 14, 2016 Class of December 1991 Christopher Stromberg, DC, May 23, 2016

Industry Organizations Focus on Chiropractic Integration Around the Globe Continued from page 5 With spinal disorders being the leading global cause of disability, responsible for millions of lost work days and impacting the economies of high-, middle- and low-income nations, chiropractic has a significant role to play in both health promotion and prevention strategies, not to mention the provision of drug-free treatment interventions. By working collaboratively with WHO and promoting good spinal health, such as the coordination of World Spine Day, the WFC will continue to exert a positive influence on population health.

FICS Increases Presence Internationally The world of sports chiropractic has never looked brighter. Due to the successful Summer Olympics, there are a plethora of opportunities in 2017 with the World Games, International Workers and Amateurs in Sports Confederation Games and many others. This year, the International Pete Garbutt, MChiro, ICCSP Federation of Sports Chiropractic (FICS) will offer more opportunities than ever before for involvement at international games. Along with this, FICS expects to see an increase in event coverage around the world from National Chiropractic Sports Councils. In March in Washington, D.C., the biennial FICS General Assembly will receive reports from all around the world, followed by an education symposium which has one of the finest line-ups of international speakers, research and practical sessions. The General Assembly is open for all to attend, but the symposium requires registration. In addition, FICS and the FICS Foundation will be presenting the Roberto Clemente Award at the Symposium, sponsored by Logan University, which has a strong history with this great sporting hero, as Dr. Dale Montgomery of Logan was the first chiropractor in the United States to treat Roberto Clemente during his famed baseball career with the Pittsburgh Pirates. This award represents dedication and service to the chiropractic profession in the area of sports, particularly with volunteer work. FICS has received many outstanding nominations for this award and the winner will be announced at the event. The day after the Symposium and General Assembly begins the World Federation of Chiropractic Congress. FICS has a long association with the WFC and is proud to be supporting the congress in Washington, D.C. this year.


Research Roundup


Continued from page 19 migraines. Using 3T and ultrahigh field (7T), functional MRI (fMRI), Dr. Kettner and his team measured brainstem and higher cortical response to RAVANS. Sixteen episodic migraine patients received RAVANS while 16 age-matched healthy controls received sham stimulation during two six-minute fMRI scans. Stimulation was targeted in the ear, and brain response was assessed following an air puff stimulation to the forehead. During RAVANS, nucleus tractus solitarii (NTS) connectivity was found in a network of brain regions, including anterior insula, putamen, midbrain, and thalamus, and was greater during RAVANS opposed to sham. The team concluded that RAVANS effectively activates ipsilateral NTS and regulation of NTS connectivity to known pain-modulatory brain regions, and increased sensory processing of trigeminal signaling in serotonergic and noradrenergic nuclei may constitute an underlying analgesic mechanism. At Neuroscience 2016, held in November in San Diego, more than 30,000 participants from 80 countries gathered to discuss scientific discoveries related to the brain and nervous system. More than 15,000 scientific presentations showcased innovative advances in techniques and valuable new research about brain structure, health, disease, and treatments, including research from Dr. Kettner and his colleagues. Their study, “Mapping the brainstem circuitry of transcutaneous vagus nerve stimulation (tVNS) in humans using ultrahigh-field (7T) fMRI” explored the use of ultrahigh-field functional MRI and cardiorespiratory physiological monitoring for enhanced spatiotemporal resolution in order to evaluate brainstem response to auricular branch of the vagus nerve (ABVN) stimulation. Five healthy subjects experienced two seven-minute block design fMRI runs, with moderately strong but not painful tVNS delivered through electrodes placed within the ear. Each run followed a block-design protocol with variable duration stimulation and rest periods with order randomized across subjects. Successfully exploiting ultrahigh field, high spatial resolution fMRI, Dr. Kettner and his team were able to identify medullary nuclei activated by ABVN stimulation in humans. The functional mapping of this pathway in humans is critical in developing future, brainstem nucleus targeted “electroceutical” applications incorporating ABVN stimulation, and future studies will evaluate whole brain and brainstem response, using 7T fMRI to optimize stimulation parameters of tVNS for various applications.


If You Build It… It was the project that began as a new auditorium and turned into a campus transformation. Looking back 10 years ago on the building of that would become the William D. Purser, DC Center, as well as several other campus enhancements, Curtis Cassel, principal at TR,i Architects in St. Louis, recalls the moment Logan’s landscape was about to change. “When we were interviewed to design a space for 1,500 people three times annually, we started asking questions, like ‘What is the auditorium going to do for the rest of year?’ That started a dialogue. We soon saw the possibility of changing the whole campus,” he said. “What started as an auditorium for graduation turned into a performing arts center, presenting a whole new image for Logan.” In 2006, Curtis and his team presented design concepts that would position Logan as a sophisticated University. “We took the cars off the center of campus, making it more pedestrian friendly and created an enclosed quadrangle, which would become a central focus of campus,” he said. Plans also called for a fountain, amphitheatre, new lighting and walkways, a second entrance at the northern end of campus and the addition of two lakes. Curtis also found a way to complement the existing structures built in the 1950s while offering a fresh and modern look reflected today in The Purser Center. “We took the zigzag roofline on the Administration Building and turned it into a curve on The Purser,” he said. “Also, the stone we used on The Purser was added to existing buildings to create a cohesive campus.”


While TR,i brought creative talent to the table, Curtis credits the Logan Administration and Board of Trustees for having a great vision and an openness to ideas throughout the process, even during some of the project’s challenges. “One challenge was a sinkhole at the location of the proposed auditorium,” Curtis said. “We worked with engineers to determine how to fix the sinkhole and design a building that would not be impacted by it.” The Administration also wanted a designated area for students to retreat while on campus. While the quadrangle served as a central outdoor gathering place, TR,i proposed a student center, where students could relax, take a break, study or get a bite to eat. That building, now called the Standard Process® Student Center, was introduced in phase two of the project. Curtis believes the design and architecture of The Purser Center is still relevant and timeless, serving as a premiere venue in west St. Louis county to celebrate life’s events as well as the needs of Logan University. Home to hundreds of events, from dance recitals and

performances to galas, fundraisers and graduations, Logan welcomed more than 40,000 guests to The Purser Center in 2016. “I think The Purser Center has raised the awareness of Logan and the importance of chiropractic among the community,” Curtis said. “It helped put Logan on the map and has drawn people from all over the area that never knew this University existed.”








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P O S T G R AD U AT E EDU CA T IO N | March to July 2017 March 4-5 Acupuncture: Diplomate – Session #2 Instructor: Kristine Tohtz, DC, DABCA, MSAc, Cert. MDT, CACCP

May 6-7 Acupuncture: Diplomate – Session #4 Instructor: Kristine Tohtz, DC, DABCA, MSAc, Cert. MDT, CACCP

March 25-26 Overview of Personal Injury for the Practicing Doctor of Chiropractic Instructor: Mark Floyd, DC, JD

May 13 Biomechanics of Golf Instructor: Michael Murphy, DC Location: Far Oaks Golf Club, Caseyville, IL

April 1-2 Acupuncture: Diplomate – Session #3 Instructor: Zev Myerowitz, DC, Dipl. Ac (NCCAOM), Lac. April 8 Kentucky Peer Review Location: Louisville, KY Instructor: Kelly Brinkman, DC, MCS-P

May 20-21 Basic Acupuncture – Session #1 Instructor: Zev Myerowitz, DC, Dipl. Ac (NCCAOM), Lac. June 3-4 Acupuncture: Diplomate – Session #5 Instructor: Zev Myerowitz, DC, Dipl. Ac (NCCAOM), Lac.

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June 10-11 Basic Acupuncture – Session #2 Instructor: Zev Myerowitz, DC, Dipl. Ac (NCCAOM), Lac. June 24-25 Integrating Nutritional Counseling into a Chiropractic Office Instructor: Katie Drake Sherer, DC July 15-16 Basic Acupuncture – Session #3 Instructor: Zev Myerowitz, DC, Dipl. Ac (NCCAOM), Lac.

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