Logan University - Summer Tower 2016

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Maximizing Human Performance in Ourselves and Others

Elevating Chiropractic Care in the Arthritis Community Logan, SLU Agreement Expands DC Business Degree Offerings $136,000 in Scholarships Awarded at Spring Symposium





6 Chiropractic Embraced at Walk Walk to Cure Arthritis recognizes Logan alumna as event honoree

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8 Creating Business-Minded DCs New partnership brings students closer to business degree options

25 Where Are They Now?

10 Leading the Profession Organizations spread chiropractic message through education, support

38 Backstory

17 Going the Distance Logan faculty member heads to Rio for 2016 Paralympic Games

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23 Donor Snapshot 24 Marketing Motivation 26 Student Life 36 Under the Tower


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THE TOWER Vol. 2, SUMMER 2016 The Tower is published three times a year: Spring, Summer and Fall. On the Cover Trimester 8 student Alex Low of Hawthorn Woods, Ill. 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

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Logan University has partnered with the newly formed Spine Institute for Quality™ (Spine IQ™) to help improve the way spine care is delivered to patients. Spine IQ focuses on patientcentered value of spine care by leveraging multidisciplinary models, measures, education and research through the use of clinical data registries. Logan President Clay McDonald has been appointed a board member of the organization, and Logan will provide data needed to increase the quality and consistency of spine care delivery.


Patrick Montgomery, DC, FASA, MS, associate professor and Norman Kettner, DC, DACBR, FICC, chair of Logan’s department of radiology, received awards in March from the American Chiropractic Association (ACA). Dr. Montgomery received the Academician of the Year Award for his efforts in advancing the chiropractic profession through academic and educational excellence. Dr. Kettner was presented with the Presidential Award for his contributions to the chiropractic profession. In past years, Dr. Kettner has been recognized by the ACA as both Academician and Researcher of the Year.

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In conjunction with the North Carolina Chiropractic Association’s Spring Conference, Logan sponsored an event for alumni and prospective students on April 2 in Asheville, N.C. More than 40 attendees came to meet and hear Logan President Clay McDonald speak about the state of the University.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services awarded $260 million in funding to Myrtle Hilliard Davis Comprehensive Health Centers, Inc. (MHD) in St. Louis for facility renovation, expansion or construction. MHD is one of several organizations that Logan has partnered with to provide chiropractic care in an integrated health setting.

Professional baseball player Randal Grichuk enters his second year of partnership with Logan University. Randal is an outfielder for the St. Louis Cardinals and has lent his name to help promote Logan and chiropractic. Pictured at left, Randal visits with Pablo Orozco, Trimester 10 student, and Lacey Hatfield, DC, both pursuing their Master’s in Sports Science and Rehabilitation degrees at Logan. SUMMER 2016 3


If this past spring had a theme, it would have been about breaking records and raising the bar. Logan’s third annual Spring Symposium was the largest continuing education event Logan has ever hosted, with more than 500 participants. For the second year in a row, we outgrew our hotel venues, thanks to strong attendance and support. Not only did we have a tremendous program of topics and presenters, from Richard Brown, DC of the World Chiropractic Federation to Anthony Lisi, DC of the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs, but nearly every state and multiple countries were represented by industry leaders and innovators. The enthusiasm and passion these individuals have for sharing their knowledge and perspective is invigorating to hear as both a Doctor of Chiropractic and a leader of an academic institution. It is our duty to educate and empower the next generation of chiropractors to become advocates for the profession through communication, research and activism. 4 SUMMER 2016

As I listened to the Symposium speakers and glanced at the faces around me, I thought about the roads Logan has paved in the areas of academic growth, leadership and community involvement and how we’ve measured up to one of our core values of maximizing performance in ourselves and others. On our campus, we are seeing a steady increase in DC students and vibrant enrollment growth for the College of Health Sciences. This summer, more than 60 new students will be pursuing Logan’s Master’s Degree in Nutrition and Human Performance, which wouldn’t be possible without dedicated faculty, innovative research and a completely online format driving interest among those seeking careers in this field. We look forward to growing the College of Health Sciences while continuing to fine-tune the College of Chiropractic with new opportunities and programs that will continue to enhance the student experience. In our profession, we are maximizing opportunities to be a leader both in higher education and the chiropractic and health sciences industry. Starting right here in our own backyard, we have cultivated a partnership with

“We are, indeed, raising the bar in all that we do, but also challenging ourselves to take the necessary steps to ensure the success of each student who comes to Logan...” Saint Louis University (SLU) that will allow our students to take courses toward earning a SLU business certificate or Master of Business Administration degree while earning their Doctor of Chiropractic degree. In the chiropractic universe, this articulation and matriculation agreement is the first of its kind and gives Logan students the advantage of gaining essential practice management skills from one of the most highly ranked business programs in the country. We also recently partnered with Spine Institute for Quality™

(Spine IQ™) to help advance the future of the chiropractic profession by leveraging multidisciplinary models, measures, education and research. As a partner, Logan, among other institutions, will help provide clinical data needed to increase the quality and consistency of spine care delivery to patients. Beyond Logan, we continue to expand our national and international footprint in the areas of both chiropractic and sports science and rehabilitation through our partner organizations and of our own accord. Whether it’s raising money and raising awareness about how chiropractic can help those suffering from the chronic pain of arthritis, or bringing care to underserved areas around the world, it is in this community service that we are finding endless opportunities for both our students and faculty to learn, instruct and help educate future patients.

Paraquad Expansion Paraquad’s Board of Directors has announced plans for an expansion of the organization’s Accessible Health and Wellness Center. Scheduled to open in 2017, the $1.5 million renovation will feature more than 40 pieces of accessible exercise equipment and will serve up to 500 people each year, which is five times the current number of people served. The goal is to create a space where people with disabilities can exercise and participate in recreational activities with the assistance and equipment they need, including a staff of physical and occupational therapists and chiropractors. The project will include enhanced programs with Logan and other partners in health and wellness. Logan has offered chiropractic services

to the Paraquad community through a partnership that began in 2012. Logan opened a chiropractic clinic at Paraquad in 2013, and last year, Paraquad presented Logan with the Shine the Light Award for its contributions to the organization. Paraquad’s current fitness center opened in 2004, through a partnership with the Program in Occupational Therapy at Washington University School of Medicine.

We are raising the bar in all that we do, but also challenging ourselves to take the necessary steps to ensure the success of each student who comes to Logan whether it’s for their Doctor of Chiropractic, doctorate, master’s or undergraduate degrees. We continue to critique our curriculum, evaluate teaching methods and finetune the resources and programs that are preparing our students to enter the health care setting. We are all invested in helping to make Logan a better institution for our students and for those we serve. The work we do not only drives us forward, but fuels our passion to make a difference, to set standards for success and inspire others to lead a life of significance.

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2016 Walk to Cure Arthritis Chiropractic Honoree: New Title Emerges Through Partnership The St. Louis chapter of the Arthritis Foundation named its first Chiropractic Honoree for the 2016 Walk to Cure Arthritis—a sign the arthritis community is recognizing the benefits of chiropractic care for managing pain and improving function for those suffering from arthritis. Honoring Chiropractic in the Arthritis Community August 1982 Logan graduate Linda Wheatland Smith, DC, 2016 Chiropractic Honoree, said this new appointment by the Foundation means chiropractic is on the move.

Dr. Linda Wheatland Smith

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She is a published author of several peerreviewed papers and has helped Logan establish two integrative medical clinics for the underserved in St. Louis. “Patients over the age of 40 often have an arthritic component to their musculoskeletal pain syndromes,” said Dr. Smith. “It can be unclear whether the arthritis is generating the pain, or if the pain stems primarily from the myofascial pain syndrome surrounding the arthritic joint. In most cases, it is a combination of both problems, and they each need to be addressed.” “At Hands On Health, we integrate massage therapy, chiropractic and acupuncture in our approach,” she said. “This combination of therapies is exponentially more effective than applying each technique individually.” Dr. Smith’s credibility with patients is strong, due to her 32 years of service to the community and her success in healing her own difficult injuries. She suffered a badly broken ankle three years ago and has recovered completely with the help of a great surgeon, hands-on care, proper nutrition and her fitness program. “I take a hands-on approach with patients and coach them each step of the way,” she said. “Mobilizing arthritic joints promotes mobility, improves function and decreases pain. Spine, hip, knee or foot—wherever the pain—I’ve been thrilled to see how chiropractic can help patients with arthritis.”

Sherrie Giddens

Sherrie Giddens: The Journey to Pain Relief One patient who knows the relief chiropractic can bring to arthritic pain is Sherrie Giddens, who this year was appointed Logan University Team Honoree for the Walk to Cure Arthritis in St. Louis. Sherrie started with medical therapy after being diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis in 2001, but after a negative reaction to medications, she turned to natural, holistic therapies, including chiropractic. “I can’t even begin to explain the difference it makes,” she said. “There were days I didn’t think I could walk or use

L I V I N G TH E V I S I O N my arms and legs properly without the treatments. Chiropractic has had a major impact on how well my health has held up,” she said. She also credits chiropractors with helping her revamp her diet for better health. Sherrie said she is now combining chiropractic care with medical therapy in an integrated approach to best manage her pain.

Better Together: Logan University and the Arthritis Foundation Logan and the Arthritis Foundation have a common goal of working together to further chiropractic’s role in the arthritis community and to advance the relationship between the two entities. Naming Dr. Smith as the first Chiropractic Honoree for the Walk to Cure Arthritis may be just the step the partnership needed in furthering their goals. Kim Rosenthal, development manager in the Arthritis Foundation’s St. Louis office, said Dr. Smith has done a great job connecting with students, patients and peers in the area, raising awareness of the

Arthritis Foundation, the Walk and Logan’s involvement. “We’re really impressed with her enthusiasm—it’s contagious,” she said. “The fact that the Foundation sees our value and is working to educate the public about us is an honor, yet also a responsibility,” said Dr. Smith. “We have a responsibility to be good citizens in our community and to give back to the Foundation.” The Arthritis Foundation surpassed its fundraising goal of $120,000 through the Walk this year, bringing in a total of nearly $130,000.

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Building a Better Education: The Collaboration of Two Universities There’s never been a better time to be a Doctor of Chiropractic student at Logan. Aside from expanding clinical practice opportunities and a revised curriculum that provides hands-on experience from the first trimester, Logan is leading the way in chiropractic business education by offering courses from one of the highest ranked business programs in the country. In April, Logan entered into a partnership with Saint Louis University (SLU) that provides students with four business courses while they are earning their DC degree. The courses satisfy both Logan’s DC degree requirements as well as foundation requirements for earning a SLU graduate business certificate or a Master of Business Administration degree (MBA).

“We are fortunate to have cultivated a relationship with Saint Louis University, a well-respected institution in both higher education and the business community. The fact that we are able to offer quality continuing education options that further enhance the professional and management skills of our DC students is just another benefit we bring to the ultimate end user: the patients.” –Clay McDonald, DC, MBA, JD, Logan President

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Kimberly Paddock-O’Reilly, DHEd, MSW, vice president of academic affairs at Logan, said this articulation and matriculation agreement is unique in that no other DC program has partnered with a nationally ranked and accredited MBA program accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)

the same hands-on practical application as the rest of our relevant and dynamic curriculum,” she said. “We are proud to offer this to our students.” The four foundation courses (Healthcare Accounting, Statistics for Healthcare, Healthcare Economics and Healthcare Logistics) have been jointly developed by

Leadership from Logan University and Saint Louis University sign paperwork, making the articulation and matriculation agreement between the two institutions official.

to provide business education to their chiropractic students. “We are offering a great advantage over other programs both financially and educationally. These courses are integrated into our existing curriculum, can be transferred to one of the top MBA programs in the country and provide

SLU and Logan and will be taught by faculty with the same qualifications and credentials as those who teach SLU’s MBA courses. The courses, one of which launched this spring and the rest of which will be rolled out between now and spring 2017, are taken while a student is enrolled at Logan. The remainder of the certificate or MBA


in Creve Coeur, Mo., when they decided to coursework can be completed through SLU. obtain their MBAs two years ago. Additionally, SLU is part of a multilateral “With both of us being from Mexico, agreement with 24 other Jesuit and Catholic we wanted to get a better foundation Universities across the U.S., allowing of American business and improve our degree hours to be transferred between communication and networking skills,” partner schools, provided students meet Claudia said. “We looked at many the eligibility criteria. This allows students universities in St. Louis, and SLU kept to continue their studies in the event of coming out on top.” relocation. Claudia said the AACSB accreditation, Trimester 6 student Kevin Hung of flexible program, people and professionalism Chicago, Ill., said he is thrilled about the were everything partnership with they were looking SLU and plans to for in a degree take advantage of “Through our partnership with program. Plus, she the MBA degree. said, they both “I understand Logan University, we are able connected with that one of the to offer additional scheduling SLU’s mission. biggest problems flexibility to our MBA students The added our profession bonus for Claudia faces isn’t on who live and work in the growing and Erick was the the clinical side. west St. Louis and St. Charles option of taking Chiropractors County areas. Additionally, we MBA courses at are well versed are eager to offer our courses Logan’s campus in in how to treat a Chesterfield. Claudia patient. However, to Logan University students said the location many practices who are interested in pursuing made it convenient fail because additional business education.” to attend evening chiropractors courses right after don’t know –Mark Higgins, PhD, work, and she was how to run the Dean of the John Cook impressed by the practice, how School of Business campus and modern to bill and keep technology in the proper statistics classrooms. or even market “They truly work hard to make a schedule their practice,” he said. “I want to do what that works well for you, and they send their I can to operate a sustainable practice, and best professors out there, the same ones this opportunity will help fulfill that goal.” that are teaching in midtown St. Louis,” she The Logan-SLU articulation agreement said. was a natural progression after SLU’s John Mark Arnold, PhD, senior associate Cook School of Business began offering dean and professor of marketing at SLU’s evening MBA courses on Logan’s campus in John Cook School of Business, noted that fall 2014. the Logan location in the Chesterfield area Since then, more than 175 students is particularly appealing to current and have taken advantage of the west St. prospective students who live and work in Louis County location, citing convenience, both St. Louis and St. Charles Counties. accessibility and flexibility as the primary “Our partnership with Logan Univerreasons for pursuing SLU’s MBA degree. sity serves as one of the keys to growing Such is the case with Claudia Ortiz and our graduate business programs,” he said. her husband, Erick Prado, recent graduates “Having quality, accredited business proof SLU’s MBA program, who were working

grams that are convenient is essential to success in the graduate business marketplace. We are excited about increasing the number of DC students in our programs, as diversity of the student body only serves to increase the Recent graduates of SLU’s MBA program: Claudia Ortiz value of a SLU and Erick Prado MBA. We also look forward to growing and strengthening our partnership with Logan in the coming years.” Those seeking an MBA from SLU aren’t just getting a choice in where they take courses, but they are earning their MBA degree from a university that is accredited by AACSB, something that only five percent of business schools in the country, including Harvard and Northwestern, have earned. Additionally, the John Cook School of Business has gained national recognition as a premier institution for business education. In the most recent U.S News and World Report rankings, the John Cook School of Business received four specialty rankings in the Top 25 (accounting, entrepreneurship, international business, supply chain management), the most for any graduate business program in the St. Louis area.

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Professional Organizations Support Logan in Mission to Advance Chiropractic Logan University is proud of its many relationships with industry organizations that support and promote human health and performance without the use of drugs and surgery. These organizations not only advocate for chiropractors but serve as a resource for research, education and leadership opportunities in the delivery of patient-centered care. American Chiropractic Association

As the largest professional association in the United States representing DCs, the American Chiropractic Association Dr. David Herd (ACA) continuously strives to address the most significant problems facing its members. ACA President David Herd, DC, said the organization is not only the voice of chiropractic but advocates for prochiropractic legislation and policies on Capitol Hill and in federal agencies, fights to ensure DCs are reimbursed fully and fairly and defends the reputation of chiropractic to the public, rapidly responding to inaccurate information in the media. “We are the leading resource for clinical best practices, offering DCs a suite of unmatched benefits to help in their daily practice that are easily accessible for members,” he said. “These benefits range from personal assistance with coding, billing and claims to student loan refinancing, and other member-only discounts through ACA’s 10 SUMMER 2016

“We have the best environment in decades to move our profession forward. While other professions are busy changing core curriculums and redefining themselves with an eye on the future, now is the time for this profession to continue to evolve our education and competencies and change our laws to reflect the same.”

have access to chiropractic services. “We have the best environment in decades to move our profession forward,” he said. “While other professions are busy changing core curriculums and redefining themselves with an eye on the future, now is the time for this profession to continue to evolve our education and competencies and change our laws to reflect the same.” Member involvement and collaboration is key to the ACA’s mission. Dr. Herd said he routinely encourages members to improve their clinical skills, build relationships and engage in meaningful communication to convey the role of chiropractic with other health professionals in their communities and contribute to community public health efforts. “The success of our profession depends on a strong national association, but we cannot tell the full story alone,” said Dr. Herd. “The ACA is only as strong as our membership, and membership is vital to the success of our profession, now and in the future.”

World Federation of Chiropractic

–David Herd, DC Member Advantage Program.” Dr. Herd said the ACA relies on academic institutions to help strengthen the organization by teaching the modern practice of chiropractic and ensuring patients

Representing 88 countries in seven world regions, the World Federation of Chiropractic (WFC) strives to support, empower, promote and unite the chiropractic profession. Richard Brown, DC, LLM, secretary general of the WFC, says


education is the foundation of the chiropractic profession, and by working with educational institutions, the WFC advocates for excellence in tomorrow’s chiropractors. Dr. Richard Brown “We strive for unity and provide a respectful forum that brings the chiropractic profession together. The WFC emphasizes the provision of evidence-based, patient-centered care,” he said. The WFC is the only chiropractic organization to have been accepted as a non-governmental organization in official relations with the World Health Organization. That relationship, Dr. Brown said, provides the WFC with an opportunity to demonstrate the value of chiropractic care around the world by participating in collaborative projects and public health initiatives.

“We want to expand the influence of the chiropractic profession as well as we can,” he said. “We believe that individuals deserve to have chiropractic as a part of their health care plan.” –Richard Brown, DC “We want to expand the influence of the chiropractic profession as widely as we can,” he said. “We believe that wherever they are

in the world, individuals deserve to benefit from chiropractic as a part of their health provision. There are parts of the world where chiropractic is under-represented or not represented at all, such as parts of India, China and Russia. By expanding influence and advocating for what we do, we can help change that.” In March 2017, the WFC, along with the Association of Chiropractic Colleges and the American Chiropractic Association, will host DC2017: Impact Spinal Health, the largest chiropractic congress in the recent history of the profession. One of the highlights of the congress will be a session focusing on chiropractic education and teaching within the nearly 50 chiropractic programs around the world.

International Federation of Sports Chiropractic

Ensuring all athletes have access to the specialized skills of chiropractors as part of their sports health care team is one of the top priorities of the International Dr. Pete Garbutt Federation of Sports Chiropractic (FICS), an international organization that promotes sports chiropractic around the world. Now in its 29th year, the organization is experiencing a growth spurt, thanks to the support of individual members and academic institutions, which FICS President Pete Garbutt, MChiro, ICCSP, says are vital partners in the future of FICS. “Logan has been a forerunner with this with many thanks to the late Dr. George Goodman, who first made Logan a leading

“Logan has been a forerunner with this with many thanks to the late Dr. George Goodman, who first made Logan a leading sponsor of FICS, a tradition which has continued through the generosity of Dr. Clay McDonald.” –Pete Garbutt, MChiro, ICCSP sponsor of FICS, a tradition which has continued through the generosity of Dr. Clay McDonald,” he said. “While sponsorship is certainly one key role that academic institutions play, we’ve had the pleasure of having Logan faculty and students with FICS teams in recent years at the Pan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico in 2011 and the CSIT Games in Lignano, Italy in June 2015.” Dr. Garbutt said that among his goals for FICS, building a strong member base to help propel the chiropractic sports profession forward is key. He said that the larger the member base, the more representative FICS can be. “Sports chiropractic is really on the rise,” he said. “We are securing more games than ever for our members and teaching more classes. We encourage chiropractors to join their national chiropractic sports councils, as through this means, they will gain membership to FICS as well. With our annual meeting in Washington D.C. in March 2017, there has never been a better time to become a member of FICS.” SUMMER 2016 11


Teachers in Real World Settings: The Value of a Preceptorship Putting knowledge into practice is essential when preparing for a career in chiropractic or health sciences. Logan University offers preceptorship opportunities for Doctor of Chiropractic (DC) students in their final trimester to help them apply real-world experiences to a comprehensive education. Over the past two years, nearly 150 students have participated in a preceptorship at a field doctor’s office. Not only has the program garnered positive feedback from students, but the field DCs have seen the value in the preceptorship program as well. One of those DCs is Shannon Thieroff, DC, April 1999 Logan graduate and owner of Choice Chiropractic in Pittsburgh, Penn. Dr. Thieroff hosts a preceptor each year and recently hosted December 2015 Logan graduate Darcie Holmes, DC. “With Choice Chiropractic being one of the biggest clinics in the North Hills of Pittsburgh, I knew Dr. Thieroff was great at marketing her practice,” said Dr. Holmes. “I wanted to learn from her to supplement my Logan education before graduating.” “When you’re teaching someone else through your everyday practice, it challenges you and the practice staff to be your best

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“When you’re teaching someone else through your everyday practice, it challenges you and the practice staff to be your best and to operate at the highest level. You’re helping form this new DC, and we take that very seriously.” –Shannon Thieroff, DC and to operate at the highest level,” said Dr. Thieroff. “You’re helping form this new DC, and we take that very seriously.” At Choice Chiropractic, Dr. Thieroff provides a thorough experience for preceptors, exposing them to both the clinical and business side of running a practice, from how to take a thorough exam, complete a report and ensure patients are compliant with their treatment plans, to understanding the insurance piece and how to document appropriately. They also work on patient communications.

“When I interview associate DCs, they often tell me they’re nervous about the business aspect of practicing, so we’re transparent about that Dr. Shannon Theiroff treats process and a patient at her Pittsburgh include it as practice. part of our preceptorship education,” Dr. Thieroff said. Dr. Holmes said that through the preceptorship, she had the opportunity to participate in multiple spinal screenings and patient appointments each day, with both new and returning patients. She also enjoyed shadowing animal appointments, as animal treatments are a unique aspect of Choice Chiropractic’s offerings. “The experience transitioned me to be confident going into an associateship,” said Dr. Holmes. “As an associate, I understood patient flow, maintaining professionalism and marketing a practice the right way. The transition would have been more difficult without my preceptorship.” Having graduated from Logan, Dr. Thieroff has a solid understanding of Logan’s curriculum, allowing her to build on the education Logan is providing students. “I had a really strong clinical background when I graduated from Logan,” she said. “Having exposure to that was really helpful, and the demand they put on students to uphold a certain level of professionalism directly translates to practicing in the real world.” “With the in-depth content of my classes at Logan, along with the preceptorship


Senior Patient Relies on Chiropractic Care to Stay Healthy and Active Roland Hull is always willing to lend a helping hand, whether completing various handyman jobs for a loved one or simply offering a ride to someone who needs it. But at 90 years old, he says he wouldn’t be able to give to others as actively as he would like without routine chiropractic care from Logan.

Dr. Darcie Holmes, her fiancé Matt, and her dogs Chance and Cinder.

experience—everything just clicks,” said Dr. Holmes. “I’m thankful to Logan for teaching us to think outside the box and for offering opportunities that help prepare us for the real world.” Dr. Thieroff said she enjoys hosting preceptors and finds Logan students in particular to be great to work with. “My advice to other DCs planning to host a preceptor is to be real with them,” she said. “You have to be authentic and willing to be transparent about your processes to teach them.”

To participate in Logan’s Preceptor Program, contact Michael Wittmer, DC, director of Logan Health Centers and assistant professor, at Michael. Wittmer@logan.edu or 636-230-1759.

Early on in life, Roland suffered from pelvic issues. Later in life, he underwent hip replacement surgery and experienced 50 subsequent hip dislocations, resulting in his legs becoming two different lengths. “Eventually, after so many dislocations, I could fix them myself,” Roland said. Aside from his hip issues, he only has one vertebra in his lumbar area (the rest are fused together) and he describes his spinal discs as “basically gone,” due to a life of carpentry work coupled with degeneration. He has a one-inch shoe lift to compensate for the uneven lengths of his legs and uses walking sticks for balance, but he credits chiropractic care from Logan with keeping him healthy and active. With several family members who lived to be over 100 years old, he doesn’t plan on stopping anytime soon. “As I age, I’ve been losing my balance and falling quite a bit,” Roland said. “My legs don’t move the way my brain wants them to, so I have to move slower. But regular chiropractic appointments absolutely make a difference. I can walk better.” Roland was first introduced to Logan Basic Technique when he moved to St. Louis from Nebraska in 1946 after graduating high school. Although he has seen various chiropractors throughout the years, he always returns to Logan, not only because it’s affordable, but because the Basic Technique, which is a lightforce, full-spine adjusting procedure, is gentle yet effective for his body.

Logan intern Samantha Dobsch treating Roland Hull.

“Logan Basic is the only treatment for aging people with vertebrae fusion,” Roland said. Currently, Roland receives treatment for his pelvis and hips about once a week at Logan’s Montgomery Health Center. He appreciates the care he receives from the clinicians so much that he has referred other patients to Logan, even offering to drive them to their appointments and sometimes paying their fees. “It pays to help people, and that’s what I do,” Roland said.

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A (Zoo)Logical Decision Barbara Toddes is a zoological nutritionist at the Philadelphia Zoo. She is also a student at Logan, currently earning her Master’s in Nutrition and Human Performance degree online. For someone who lives hundreds of miles from the Logan campus, some might think her path to Logan is anything but logical. In fact, it’s a path that very few—if any—people have taken. But for Barbara, pursuing a degree at Logan is the most logical next step in her career. Barbara earned her bachelor’s degree in animal production from Pennsylvania State University with an emphasis in domestic livestock nutrition. Following her undergraduate studies, she joined the Philadelphia Zoo in 1984 as an intern and has worked there ever since. She later became the Zoo’s first zoological nutritionist and currently is one of approximately 25 in the country. In the years since, Barbara has taken human and animal nutrition graduate courses, which led to her interest in human nutrition and its relation to zoological nutrition. Once her children had completed their own college education, she began looking into accredited programs that could lead to certification and a curriculum that was readily applicable to her current position at the Zoo. “There are many great programs for training people to be field zoologists,” Barbara said. “But there is no clear-cut path for zoological nutritionists because we deal with so many animal species. The Philadelphia Zoo has a large nonhuman primate collection, which includes Colobus and Squirrel monkeys. In fact, those are the 14 SUMMER 2016

same animals typically used to study human nutrition.” All of these factors eventually led her to look into master’s degrees in nutrition which, after much research, led her to Logan, where she enrolled and began online coursework in January 2016. The Master’s in Nutrition and Human Performance curriculum includes many courses that interest Barbara and are beneficial to her career path, including nutrigenetics and nutrigenomics as well as herbology. Relative to the other programs she looked at, Logan’s offerings, Barbara said, were much more interesting and applicable to her situation in the zoological community. “Zoological nutrition is not very different than human nutrition, but the complexity of the organisms we work with makes captive diet development challenging,” Barbara said. “Nutrigenetics may help us understand the variations of nutrient response between species.” Barbara also enjoys the overall structure of online courses that allow her to fuse her professional life with her student life. “At first, I wasn’t sure about an online degree,” she said. “But I’ve found that Logan’s online lectures are the best way for me to learn because you can move along at your

own pace.” In addition to having the opportunity to choose her coursework and access a plethora of news articles and medical journals in Logan’s online library, Barbara enjoys Logan’s specific ties to the medical community. “I like that Logan is also a chiropractic college,” she said. “I enjoy knowing that, as I listen to the online lectures, the professor is speaking primarily to future doctors.” She also sees the value in sprucing up her client interaction skills, which is something she is experiencing through the program. “I’ve never done the client interaction part of nutrition,” she said. “My clients are animals who can’t talk to me, so all of their communications come through their keepers, who are parallel to a caregiver for a person who can’t communicate their needs. I’ve come to realize that communication is a huge part of nutrition, which is a big part of this program at Logan.”


Logan Master’s Program Provides Pathway to Success Logan’s Master’s in Sports Science and Rehabilitation (MSR) degree program was barely off the ground when Jessica Randolph decided to enroll in 2008. Having just earned her undergraduate degree in biology from Carthage College in Kenosha, Wisc., and unsure about whether to pursue a master’s degree in nutrition or sports performance, Jessica came across the MSR program offered at Logan. “I was intrigued and willing to take a risk coming into a newly developed program,” she said. “The program seemed to fill the educational gaps that I needed and would offer me the most versatility in my career.” Like many students, Jessica took the curriculum, the campus and tuition into account when searching for a quality master’s degree program. After arriving, however, she found that more specific aspects of the program made the biggest impression. “The hands-on experience in the gross anatomy lab was invaluable, and the ratio of students per cadaver was very low. You’re not going to find that at any other school,” she said. “I also thought the faculty was very knowledgeable. You could tell they weren’t just going through the motions of teaching, but instead were truly invested in what they were teaching. They not only expected the best from their students but the best out of themselves, and it showed in the classroom.” Jessica said she enjoyed learning through the DC lens and that it allowed her to view things from a different perspective. But perhaps the most life-changing experience for Jessica was the internship she obtained through Logan that turned into her first job. “I started working for the High Intensity Training (HIT) Center in St. Peters, Mo.,

and was drawn to their focus on metabolic testing and science-based training,” she said. “Following the internship, I was offered a full-time position.” Just five months later, the HIT Center was purchased by Lindenwood University in St. Charles, Mo., and Jessica was asked to instruct courses in the University’s exercise science program. From there, Jessica, along with Betsy Feutz, who served as director of the HIT Center, helped create the first strength and conditioning program. “With Lindenwood becoming an NCAA Division II School, the strength and conditioning program really stepped up its game as far as what we did for athletes,” she said. “We really developed the program into what it is today with more than 20 staff members and volunteers serving a total of 25 athletic teams. I can confidently say that I wouldn’t be here today without my internship and experience through Logan.” Now, as director for both the exercise science undergraduate program and human performance graduate program at Lindenwood, she often tells students about Logan’s Master’s in Sports Science and Rehabilitation program as well as opportunities to work in the field. “Exercise science and sports and rehab haven’t been around that long, and there’s still much to be explored in this area,” she said. “There is a demand for people with this background, so I enjoy doing what I can on the educational level and getting students prepared for the real world. My experience both at Logan and in my current job have given me the opportunity to have

a voice in curriculum changes where I can hopefully make a difference for students based on what’s in demand by the job market.” Jessica is currently working toward her Doctorate in Instructional Leadership with a focus on higher education administration.

“I can confidently say that I wouldn’t be here today without my internship and experience through Logan.” –Jessica Randolph

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Logan’s FAST Program Enables Student to Start Career Earlier As the son of a chiropractor, Justin James has seen firsthand the power of chiropractic throughout his life, and he wants to continue that legacy by earning both a bachelor’s degree and a Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Logan University. Justin is currently taking undergraduate classes through Logan’s Flexible Accelerated Science Track (FAST) program. FAST is designed to help students complete basic science coursework at a quicker pace and was a major factor for Justin when deciding where to receive his education. He will begin Logan’s DC program this September, and through the FAST program, he is on course to earn a Bachelor of Science degree in Life Science in September 2017. “With the FAST program, I am able to

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complete all of the necessary prerequisite courses in a matter of months instead of a year or more,” Justin said. “This allows me to get started with the DC program, graduate and begin my career much earlier.” Watching his father help people over the past 27 years certainly had an influence on Justin and his career trajectory. “Chiropractic has allowed him to provide a good life for my mom, brother and myself, and I hope to do the same for my wife and four kids once I begin practicing.”

“Helping people is why everyone should want to be a chiropractor, and I’m no different.” –Justin James After serving as a member of the U.S. Army Special Operations unit and completing three tours of duty in Afghanistan, Justin left his job as general manager for a prominent fitness company in Tennessee to begin a career in chiropractic. During their first campus visit at Slice of Logan, both Justin and his dad were impressed by not only the University’s facilities but also by the unique opportunities presented to Logan students. “One thing I really like is that from Day One, you are taught how to communicate with patients,” Justin said. “A big part of being a successful chiropractor is the ability to intelligently educate and explain the chiropractic process, and Logan emphasizes this from the very beginning.” Justin is also impressed by the option to earn a master’s degree concurrently, which he says provides students with a more well-rounded education not available at all chiropractic colleges. Similarly, Justin said, the concept of integration is the future of chiropractic and will allow for a more complete treatment for patients. He hopes one day to open his own integrated practice and help patients, just like his father has done for many years. “Helping people is why everyone should want to be a chiropractor, and I’m no different,” he said.


Logan on the World Stage at the 2016 Paralympic Games The road to the Paralympics is demanding. It involves a four-year period of regional, national and international events, including World Championships/Parapan American Games and Open Championships, in which athletes must rank in the top 20 in the world for a chance to qualify.

Dr. David Parish (right) will be heading to the Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, with powerlifter Ahmed Shafik.

Originally from Iraq, Ahmed Shafik began powerlifting in 1996 and began lifting for Team USA in 2006 after graduating from the University of Arizona. His Paralympic debut was at the London Games in 2012, and he has competed in two Parapan American Games as well as numerous additional international championship games. He holds records Some of Ahmed’s best results throughout his time lifting with Team USA include: • Gold medals in every National Games competition • A silver medal at the 2015 International Paralympic Committee (IPC) Powerlifting Open Americas Championship in Mexico • A bronze medal at the 2011 Parapan American Games in Mexico • A bronze medal at the 2016 IPC Cup Championship in Rio de Janeiro

among able-bodied lifters in the United States Powerlifting Federation, the 100% Raw Powerlifting Federation and USA Powerlifting. Ahmed is the only athlete from the U.S. Para Powerlifting Team to qualify for the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and will compete against eight lifters in his weight class from all over the world. “It’s overwhelming—an honor,” Ahmed said of qualifying this year. “It’s a beautiful feeling to step onto that podium and to be among so many other amazing athletes.” The competitive spirit is not only instilled in Ahmed, but in the Shafik family. Ahmed’s father was a champion Olympic weightlifter in the 1960s and ‘70s, which inspired Ahmed to begin lifting. Ahmed was diagnosed with polio at the age of three and lacks muscle mass and strength in his left thigh. He couldn’t do the exercises necessary to train for Olympic weightlifting. Instead, Para Powerlifting allowed him to train with modified use of his lower body. Every Olympian needs a coach, and Ahmed’s coach is David Parish, DC, MS, CSCS, DACBSP, ICCSP, program director of the Master’s in Sports Science and Rehabilitation and director of the Human Performance Centers at Logan University. Dr. Parish will serve as the head coach for the U.S. Para Powerlifting Team for the 2016 Paralympic Games. “This is beyond anything I ever thought I’d get a chance to do,” said Dr. Parish. “I’ve been a physician for the Games, and

I’ve coached everything from youth sports to high school athletes, but this is a whole different ballgame. It’s exciting and a little nerve-racking being on the world stage but at the same time really exciting.” “The athletes and coaches are confident in Dr. Parish’s professionalism and knowledge of the sport,” said Mary Hodge, CPT, MS, high performance manager for the U.S. Para Powerlifting team. “He has also introduced us to the wonderful campus of professionals at Logan University, and the experience has been terrific.” Ahmed’s goal is to receive a medal and make this his last competition, as he and his wife are expecting a baby. Ahmed will compete in Rio de Janeiro September 7-18.

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Combating the Epidemic of Childhood Obesity Though adult obesity has somewhat plateaued in the U.S., it remains a climbing epidemic for children. Robert Davidson, PhD, program director of Nutrition and Human Performance at Logan, is passionate about tackling the issue with body composition technology and education for children. He and August 2012 Logan graduate Wesley Corbin, DC, MS, have worked together to further those efforts. Current technology allows for identifying fat accumulation patterns on adult bodies, but the case is not the same for children. “In adults, as you gain or lose weight, fat tends to be proportional to where it already is on the body, so it’s easier to

predict what you will look like after a change in body fat,” says Dr. Davidson. “For children, it’s more difficult, as they are still growing.” Dr. Davidson has started Dr. Robert Davidson looking for more specific patterns to help predict personalized outcomes for children. He has been able to find concrete patterns in fat accumulation among prepubescent and

pubescent children, identifying differences among boys and girls. This, says Dr. Davidson, is a major step toward the ability to predict specific changes in body fat and where those changes will take place on children’s bodies. “The next step is to take the trends we’ve identified and create a mathematical model allowing us to predict body fat changes and body measurements,” he says. “Then we can predict what a child’s body will look like if lifestyle changes are made and actually show kids how to be healthier.” He says that through this technology, he hopes to develop educational tools for elementary classrooms.

Logan Hosts Record Number of Platform Presentations at ACC-RAC ACC-RAC is chiropractic’s premier research and educational conference and is a combination of the Association of Chiropractic Colleges (ACC) meeting and scientific/educational conference, which emphasizes educational structure, administration, teaching and peer-reviewed presentations, and the Research Agenda Conference (RAC), which focuses on the development of scientific knowledge, skills and attitudes through workshop sessions. This year’s theme was “Developing Quality Chiropractic Education, Research and Clinical Care to Promote Best Outcomes.” Logan had a record number of platform presentations accepted at the 2016 Association of Chiropractic Colleges Research Agenda Conference (ACC-RAC) held March 17-19 in Orlando, Fla. A total of seven platforms presented by Logan faculty, fellows and residents were included at the conference. 18 SUMMER 2016

Below are a list of the accepted platform presentations submitted by Logan: A double dissociation: S1/M1 cortical thickness distinguishes paresthesia from pain dominant carpal tunnel syndrome Norman Kettner, Tumi Maeda, Jieun Kim, Hyungium Kim, Stephen Cina, Cristina Mlatesta, Jessica Gerber, Claire McManus, Alexandra Libby, Pia Mezzacappa, Leslie Morse, Joseph Audette, Vitaly Napadow Non-weight-bearing and weightbearing ultrasonography of select foot muscles in young, asymptomatic participants: A descriptive and reliability study Patrick Battaglia, Ross Mattox, Brett Winchester, Norman Kettner Thoracolumbar fascia thickness measured with diagnostic ultrasound and its correlation with weight and body mass index Daniel Haun, Christina Claywell, Lindsey DiNicola, Bart Hand, Cory Kopas, Heather

Lucas, Crystal Stegman The effects of altered biomechanics on the presence of bone marrow edema and low back pain Alicia Yochum, Gary Guebert, Jeff Thompson, Terry Yochum, Kim Christiansen, Norman Kettner Sonographic diagnosis of distal intersection syndrome and subsequent rupture of the extensor pollicis longus tendon Ross Mattox, Patrick Battaglia, Norman Kettner, Frank Scali, Kathy Ottolini Polyostotic fibrous dysplasia: mimic of malignancy Federico Villafane, Alicia Yochum, Aimee Jokerst, Norman Kettner Shoulder internal derangement and osteoarthritis in a 25-year old female softball athlete Stacey Cornelson, William Hogarth, Daniel Ault, Norman Kettner


Logan Research Identifies Cause of Obesity in U.S. With the current obesity rate in the U.S. at one-third of the population and speculation around several contributing factors, it has been difficult for researchers to pinpoint a primary cause. However, Robert Davidson, PhD, program director of Nutrition and Human Performance at Logan University, may have found the underlying cause. Over the last year, Dr. Davidson, with the help of April 2014 Logan graduate Michelle Hippard, DC, has conducted research concluding that macronutrient level changes in the American diet since 1971 had a direct correlation with the rising obesity rate. “When the USDA lowered its fat intake recommendation in the ‘70s, people

began to compensate for the decrease in fat “When the USDA lowered its fat intake by increasing their intake recommendation in the ‘70s, people began of carbohydrates,” said to compensate for the decrease in fat by Dr. Davidson. This, he increasing their intake of carbohydrates.” said, is what gradually –Dr. Robert Davidson caused body composition changes resulting in the 33.3 percent of Americans that today are “If American diets returned to preconsidered obese. obesity epidemic macronutrient levels—in To verify this concept, Dr. Davidson other words, to what they looked like used a mathmatical model that simulates around 1970—the obesity epidemic would the influence of changes in macronutrient reverse in three years,” he said. composition of the American diet from Dr. Hippard said that with the help of 1971 to 2008 on body composition the body weight and composition calculator changes and their contribution to the she and Dr. Davidson used in their data obesity epidemic. calculations, they hope to help Americans understand the proper balance of carbohydrates, fat and protein to consume based on their recommended weight. Drs. Davidson and Hippard presented this research at the 2016 Experimental Biology meeting on April 4 in San Diego.

“If American diets returned to preobesity epidemic macronutrient levels—in other words, to what they looked like around 1970—the obesity epidemic would reverse in three years.” This graph depicts simulated changes in the average weight of Americans over several periods of time, calculated using food intake data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey.

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SP RING S Y M P OSIU M 20 1 6 The 2016 Spring Symposium marked a record number of attendees for a Logan-sponsored event. More than 500 national and international alumni, faculty, staff and leaders in the chiropractic and health sciences field gathered for the four-day event April 28 through May 1. The theme “Chiropractic Care for Special Populations” was woven into more than 15 speaker presentations, and the Symposium provided opportunities for continuing education, chiropractic exhibitions and social and networking events. The 2017 Spring Symposium will be held April 27 through 30.

“I just wanted to say thank you for a great Symposium. You guys did an amazing job, and I can’t wait until the next one.” –Eric Landry, Avadim Technologies Inc.

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“I felt enormously privileged to be invited to speak at Logan’s Spring Symposium. I was impressed with the organization, speakers and the amount of enthusiasm and energy. I congratulate Logan on putting together a fantastic event that is well-respected globally.” –Richard Brown, DC President, World Federation of Chiropractic


“We thoroughly enjoyed speaking at the Logan Spring Symposium. The venue was spectacular, and the event was one of the most well-organized functions that we have participated in thus far!” –Timothy Bertelsman, DC

“Thanks again for giving me the opportunity to speak at the Symposium. I truly enjoyed being there and getting to catch up with familiar faces.” –Michael Thompson, DC, MA, CCWP

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“I thought the weekend was run very well, and thank you so much for your hard work putting it together. My former classmates and I all said we will make this an annual event to attend.” –Adam Pye, DC

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Brent Myers, DC, CCSP If there is anyone who understands the concept of paying it forward, it is Dr. Brent Myers. He is one of many Logan alumni who have given back to the institution in the form of a student referral, and he also knows what it’s like to be referred by Logan alumni. “It has always been on my bucket list to return the favor that my chiropractor and Logan graduate Matt Pramik, DC, did for me, which was to introduce me to chiropractic,” he said. “I always wanted the opportunity to do it for someone else.” Dr. Myers earned that chance with Travis Whiteside, who was hired to assist at Dr. Myers’ office in Asheville, N.C., last fall. “Travis was waiting to get accepted into physical therapy school and had a totally different perspective of chiropractic before coming in,” Dr. Myers said. “I don’t think he realized that we worked with athletes on performance enhancing and rehabilitation, which is what he wanted to do.” Within a few months, Travis began inquiring about Dr. Myers’ education. “One day, he asked me if he thought he could do it. I said, ‘Absolutely.’” Just as Dr. Pramik did for an aspiring doctor, Dr. Myers joined Travis on his first trip to Logan in February 2016. For Travis, it was the opportunity to experience Logan through the eyes of a graduate, though he says he never felt like Dr. Myers was trying to influence his decision. “He told me that Logan was geared toward what I wanted to do, which is working with athletes, but he definitely sat back and let me make my own decisions,” Travis said. “During the visit, one of the things that really stood out in my mind was the cadaver lab. Most schools are now going to virtual cadavers, and the fact that Logan offers a hands-on experience was a huge factor in my decision.” Once Travis made contact with the Office of Admissions, he was completely on board. He said the communication with his admissions coordinator made the process seamless and personal.

Dr. Myers believes there’s no comparison to Logan when you combine the four things that every chiropractic school should have: an assessment center, gross anatomy lab, an emphasis on manual therapy as part of the core curriculum and hands-on experience Logan alumnus Dr. Brent Myers (left) referred starting as a Travis Whiteside to Logan University. Trimester 1 student. “I can’t say that any other school hits all four points,” he said. “Looking back on 10 years in practice, the things I would want for an associate is someone who is confident and comfortable in talking to patients, has a strong understanding of how the body works and knows how to adjust.” Dr. Myers said he is thrilled Travis has chosen to attend Logan and looks forward to serving as his mentor. “I’m honored to be a part of the legacy of student referrals at Logan—from Tracy Price, DC, who referred Dr. Pramik, and Dr. Pramik referring me and now me getting the chance to refer Travis,” Dr. Myers said. “When you think about it, it’s pretty amazing.” Visit logan.edu/Refer to learn more.

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Building a Family-Focused Practice For Patients and Staff For three chiropractors at Midwest Family Wellness, building a successful practice has meant being invested in the community in which they work— not just being a part of it. Today, their practice has grown to two locations in Cottleville, Mo., and Wentzville, Mo., where more than 400 patients each week are provided with chiropractic care. “When we started focusing on educating families about health, nutrition and chiropractic, the practice exploded,” said Joshua Fink, DC, who practices alongside his brother Matt Fink, DC and colleague Brad Mawer, DC. “Our goal is to continue to educate the community while growing the practice.” Referrals and marketing efforts have made a big difference and account for more than half of the Midwest Family Wellness patients. Dr. Joshua Fink spends much of his time hosting community Lunch and Learn events at a variety of companies, such as law and

real estate offices and schools. The most popular of the Lunch and Learn events is “Eat Better, Move Better, Sleep Better.” “The Lunch and Learns are a win-win,” he said, adding that he has invested more than 60 hours speaking to groups. “We can educate the community while also marketing the practice.” In addition to educational seminars, the practice also hosts pampering events and posture screenings for corporate offices and gyms, and routinely streams podcasts about health and wellness that are shared directly to subscribers’ mobile phones. Dr. Joshua Fink said it has also been important to host events that bring patients and the community together, like park playdates, where families can enjoy healthy recipes cooked by a chef. Additionally, the

About the Doctors Dr. Joshua Fink graduated from Logan in December 2000. He earned his bachelor’s degree in biochemistry and biology from the University of Missouri with the intention of becoming a doctor. After a knee injury no one could resolve was corrected by a chiropractor, he became fascinated by the mechanics of chiropractic. He started Midwest Family Wellness in 2003. Dr. Matt Fink graduated from Logan in December 2003. Dr. Matt Fink has always known he wanted to be a chiropractor and finished his undergraduate degree at Logan before joining the DC program. He joined his brother at Midwest Family Wellness in 2009, after practicing solo for a few years. Dr. Brad Mawer graduated from Logan in August 2004. Dr. Mawer was first introduced to chiropractic as a high school athlete seeking treatment. While earning his undergraduate degree, he decided to pursue chiropractic as a profession and chose Logan based on the school’s reputation and positive feedback from alumni. He joined Midwest Family Wellness shortly after graduation.

office hosts several fundraisers, such as Candy for Soldiers and a used blue jeans drive, to help those in need. “Generosity spurs people to take action,” Dr. Joshua Fink said. “Both our staff and our patients appreciate our community outreach efforts, and it makes them proud of how we run our practice. When we do this, our practice feels more like a community, and we all feel like we are in this together.” The Midwest Family Wellness Staff 24 SUMMER 2016


Gaylon Carter, DC

Logan Alumnus Works Tirelessly to Promote Chiropractic Profession in Arkansas

As an activist and advocate for the chiropractic profession, Dr. Carter has spent his entire career as a chiropractor focused on educating others and furthering the profession on a legislative level, and he has no intention of stopping. Inspired by his father, Herman Carter, DC, who graduated from Logan in September 1962, Dr. Carter earned his DC from Logan in January 1976. While he had hoped to practice alongside his father, Dr. Herman Carter passed away shortly after his son’s graduation. Having always been interested in politics and making a difference, Dr. Carter moved to Little Rock, Ark., in 1980 to open a

practice and to be closer to the state’s political scene. He also joined what was then called the Arkansas Chiropractic Association. For more than a decade, Dr. Carter held several positions within the organization, including president, and served on the board of examiners and legislative committee. “I’ve always believed that chiropractic care is effective, as well as cost-effective, and is the most proactive profession in keeping patients healthy, instead of seeing them only when they are sick,” he said. “There was educating to do at the legislative level to ensure chiropractic was

included in medical insurance plans and viewed as an important component of health care.” In the early 2000s, the Arkansas Chiropractic Association merged with another organization to become the Arkansas Chiropractic Physicians Association (ACPA). For the past two years, Dr. Carter has led the organization as its president, pushing heavily for insurance reimbursement as well as equal access for patients to receive chiropractic care. He is also passionate about raising more awareness of chiropractic as the first choice for care. When the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was passed, the ACPA worked hard to lobby for chiropractic coverage under the private option of the ACA. “We still have a long road to go in making sure chiropractic care is easily accessible for all, but our association is now also working on trying to get better chiropractic coverage on Medicaid,” Dr. Carter said. Another important mission of the ACPA is to eliminate physician referrals for chiropractors, making it a free marketplace so patients can visit a chiropractor without requiring prior authorization. Dr. Carter said many patients would like to have their chiropractors as their primary care physician, and it is up to the chiropractic profession to help make that easier. “There are studies that show a reduction in hospitalizations, surgery and pharmaceutical drug use when chiropractors are the first line of care,” he said. “That is our ultimate goal.” Dr. Carter believes he can help transform the life and health of each person he encounters, both in practice and in the industry. “My passion is health, wellness and personal performance,” he said. “My years of studies and my work with thousands of people enables me to truly empower and educate to dramatically improve their lives.” SUMMER 2016 25


Where Are They Going?

When we first met these three students two years ago, they were just embarking on their chiropractic education at Logan. We caught up with them last summer for an update on their lives, and as they prepare to take on the professional world, we’re checking in with them again now that they are in their eighth trimester.


THEN: A native of Ontario, Canada,

Danielle coupled her Logan studies with extracurricular activities, such as clubs and tutoring. She was planning to take more clinical and diagnoses classes in her upcoming trimesters and enjoying participating in hands-on experiences that allowed her to practice techniques. NOW: Danielle recently completed her second round of National Board Exams and is narrowing down the techniques in which she’d like to specialize, all while looking ahead to postgraduation, when she will open her own practice. “My plan is to really integrate myself into the community where I practice,” she said. “I want to get involved and to get to know the people and help my community become more active, eat better and live healthier.” Until graduation, Danielle said she wants to gain as much experience as possible by shadowing as many doctors prior to her preceptorship and experiencing different practice styles. She believes working as a tutor for younger students has allowed her to better learn the Logan curriculum outside the classroom.

HER ADVICE FOR YOUNGER STUDENTS: “Find a balance between studies. Pursue a hobby and take care of your own health and spiritual growth, whether it be meditation, walking in the woods or attending church. When I felt like 26 SUMMER 2016

Kate Wagner, Danielle Carlow and Kyle Trontvet

I was burnt out, I remembered that there have been so many students before me who have gone through this same process, so I could do it too.”


THEN: A former registered nurse, Kyle decided to become a chiropractor after his wife became pregnant with their first child. His wife was told she would not be able to have children because of a medical condition but became pregnant after receiving care from an upper cervical chiropractor. Three kids and two years later, Kyle has served as the president of Logan Ambassadors and Torque Release Technique Club, and club leader of the Launch Club. NOW: Kyle is transitioning his focus from his studies at Logan to getting himself

and his family ready for the next chapter of their lives. “As I prepare to graduate, I am diligently creating and completing action steps that will allow me to meet my career and family goals,” he said. “My list of pregraduation goals is long.” Kyle is focused on the future, and his post-Logan plans are shaping up. After graduating in April 2017, he will open Restore Chiropractic in the Minneapolis area. He and his wife plan to make it a family, referral-based practice focused on educating the community about chiropractic and empowering them to take control of their health. “Every person on this planet deserves to know about the healing power of the nervous system, and I fully intend to influence hope and healing in as many people as I possibly can.”


HIS ADVICE FOR YOUNGER STUDENTS: “Be hyper-organized and a master of your minutes. It’s very important to commit yourself to doing things that are congruent with your purpose in life. If the activities in your life take you off your mission and end goals, avoid them and say ‘no.’”


THEN: Kate was diving deep into the

Logan curriculum, enjoying Diversified courses and continuing her service as a member of the Student Doctors’ Council. She understood the value in not only perfecting her chiropractic skills at Logan, but also in honing her interpersonal skills that would help her with patient communications. NOW: “The most difficult part of the Logan curriculum thus far has been transitioning into student clinic,” Kate says. “I enjoyed Trimester 7, as my knowledge was finally applied in a clinical setting, but balancing clinic with a full-day class schedule was challenging.” Due to her hard work in the Student Health Center, Kate was one of the few chosen from her class to move from student clinic to outpatient clinic early. For the last month of Trimester 7, she worked in outpatient clinic while continuing to treat 11 patients in student clinic, many of whom had complex issues that extended far beyond those of a typical healthy college student. She is looking forward to seeing even more complicated cases in the outpatient clinic. After graduation, she plans to open a practice in the west St. Louis County area. “I have lived here all my life and can’t imagine going anywhere else,” she said.

HER ADVICE FOR YOUNGER STUDENTS: “Learn your basics well. The information you learn in later trimesters and in clinic always builds upon the basic sciences. It is easier to diagnose when you can visually imagine which structures live in a certain area of the body and how they function.”

Purser Chiropractic Excellence Scholarship Finds Grateful Recipients Since its announcement, the Dr. William Purser Chiropractic Excellence Scholarship has been awarded to two Logan students. The $50,000 scholarship is awarded over the course of 10 trimesters. “I still remember the day I got the call,” said Trimester 6 student Kate Cline, who earned the scholarship in 2015. “I could barely form words because I knew the impact that amount of money would have on my life now and in my career. Each trimester, I am so thankful for the investment.” Kate was the first student to receive Dr. Purser’s scholarship and makes a point to write him a letter each trimester to tell him how she’s doing. Though she has not met him, Kate has heard many stories about the August 1953 graduate through faculty and staff. “I think if I were to see him in person, I’d give him a hug and tell him that I am deeply honored and will never forget the extraordinary gift he has blessed me with,” she said. “I look forward to seeing the impact this will have on my life and career, and would love to be at the point someday when I, too, can give back through a scholarship.” Olivia Johnson is the 2016 recipient of the Dr. William Purser Chiropractic Excellence Scholarship. Her scholarship essay focused on viewing patients as partners in the health care process in order to treat and guide them on the path to wellness. “What I love about chiropractic is that it can open the door to optimizing overall

Kate Cline and Olivia Johnson

wellness, including lifestyle, nutrition and a way to decrease opiate dependence,” she said. Olivia says Dr. Purser’s scholarship demonstrates the genuine character of Logan graduates. “I’ve felt nothing but excitement since I’ve arrived here, and everyone is so passionate about chiropractic. This scholarship is a huge way of showing that we are all a community that wants to help each other, and whether it’s through a donation or referring a student, I think we can all strive to be more like Dr. Purser.” Olivia said Dr. Purser’s goal to inspire others to donate has been instilled in her, and she hopes she can give back to students who want to make a difference in the health and well-being of others. SUMMER 2016 27


Scholarships Awarded More than $136,000 in scholarships were awarded to Logan students at the State of the University Address and Scholarship Awards Luncheon held during the Spring Symposium. This year’s scholarship award recipients include: Dr. William Purser Chiropractic Excellence Scholarship ($50,000) Olivia Johnson Dr. Thomas E. Speer Scholarship ($5,000) D. Todd Hakanson Dr. Eugene Mikus Scholarship ($4,500) Marc Nelson Friends of Logan Scholarship ($3,000) Victoria Gregory Chloe Tillman Promise Award Scholarship ($2,500) Maye Abdella Forrest Allen Tyler Arsenault Jessica Billham Sara Dennison Grady Donohoe Alec Dragelin Nicholas Gonzales

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Jaclyn Goslin Lauren Griswold Zachary Hefner Morgan Hickman Kelly Summers Howard S. Grossman, DC Scholarship ($2,500) Kate Cline Rebecca Sutphin

Forever Chiropractic, Forever Logan Scholarship ($2,000) Jedidiah Farley Amari Kimble Camille McClendon Rebecca Sutphin Michigan Chiropractic Foundation Fund Scholarship ($1,500) Eric Conner

Dr. Keith A. Berger Memorial Scholarship ($2,500) Grady Donohoe

Dr. Arthur L. McAuliffe Scholarship ($1,500) Ryan Butts

Standard Process Inc. Scholarship ($2,000) Kate Cline Stephanie Siewert Chloe Tillman

Dr. Gordon Heuser Memorial Scholarship ($1,250) Kelsey Rahmoeller Dr. William M. Harris Scholarship ($1,250) Nathan Merhaut

S TU DE N T L I F E Toftness Clinical Excellence Grant ($1,200) Brandon Wallpe Tracey Parmentar Memorial Scholarship ($1,000) Austin Fletcher Missouri Association of Student Financial Aid Personnel Scholarship ($1,000) Madeleine Chai Linda Brauch Kenny Scholarship ($1,000) Danielle Pfyl Foot Levelers, Inc. Scholarship ($1,000) Camille McClendon Dr. Faye Eagles Scholarship ($1,000) Ruth Lough Scharnhorst Scholarship ($750) Kate Cline Victoria Gregory Jordan Meyer Rebecca Sutphin Chloe Tillman B. E. Doyle Scholarship ($750) Victoria Gregory Warren Varney Lorraine M. Golden, DC Kentuckiana Children’s Center Scholarship ($500) Jennifer Kim Beatrice B. Hagen, DC Scholarship ($500) Chloe Tillman Dr. Lori Bents Scholarship ($500) Steffen McCullough Society for the Advancement of Chiropractic Education Practice Resource Scholarship ($150) Jennifer Kim

What Scholarship Means to Me… Recipients of the Forever Chiropractic, Forever Logan scholarship discuss what earning a scholarship has meant to them and their futures.

“This scholarship is a blessing that reignites my passion. It is a window into the future reminding me why I am here at Logan and what I need to accomplish to advance the world of chiropractic.” –Amari Kimble, Memphis, Tenn.

“Upon receiving the Forever Chiropractic, Forever Logan scholarship, I intend to use it to pursue additional certifications through the Logan Postgraduate office. Thank you so much for awarding me this scholarship.” –Rebecca Sutphin, Raleigh, N.C.

“This scholarship provides future generations of chiropractors to be well-educated, innovative health care providers that will help ensure the quality and success of chiropractic in the field of health care.” –Jedidiah Farley, Orem, Utah

The Gift of Education Forever Chiropractic, Forever Logan is Logan University’s permanent scholarship endowment designed to build and sustain the University as well as the future of chiropractic. Those who donate to this campaign not only ensure the financial soundness of Logan but enable future leaders of chiropractic to earn a quality education. Because income generated from the endowed portion of each donor’s gift is used to support scholarships, the principal gift remains in perpetuity, allowing every gift to have a meaningful impact year after year. Learn more at logan.edu/Forever.

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Class of April 2016

Elizabeth A. Paskey

Jordan M. Burns

Kelsay R. Kemmann

Bret G. Toftness

Amanda E. Alan

Katherine E. Albers

Madison A. Bell

Andrew S. Bobrowiecki

Lindsey R. Carper

Alex M. Gohring

Adam M. Gonzalez

Kyle R. Gvillo

Amanda M. Hansen

Jessica L. Hilgedick

Robyn L. Kiser

Brandon V. Kleemann

Shannon E. Kuhn

Abigail M. Long

Chanda J. Longworth

Christopher D. Mosier

Tyler R. Munn

Nicholas C. Murtland

Kaile R. Myrick

Clayton T. Newberry

J. Casey Pride

Ashley E. Rice

Meleah R. Robertson

Matthew M. Royek

Michael J. Saint

Candace C. Tiller

Theodore F. Valley II

Lucas D. Watson

Kimberly S. Weber

Caitlin M. Wolf


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Vice President



Doctor of Chiropractic Graduates

Caitlyn J. Bowman

Jesse B. Gillham Athletic Director

Education Coordinator

Education Coordinator

Kristin N. Cartright

Ernst David

Kyle W. Ferguson

Cathryn E. Ferris

Travis M. Fleming

Kelsie E. Hogenmiller

Joshua R. Holda

Weston A. Holzinger

Kaitlyn R. Johnson

William T. Jumper

Jeffrey W. McWhorter

Brittany S. Meredith

Patrick J. Meuth

George D. Michael

Scott R. Minton

Stephanie A. Nicholson

Christopher M. Orris

Ian G. Pflug

Ronald C. Pierce

Rhonda M. Pittman

Clayton J. Sankey

Clint T. Sellers

Samantha B. Sellers

Matthew E. Sheppard

Brooke A. Skowronski

Athletic Director

Ryan J. Krokstrom

Kristan M. Wilson

In Memoriam David Blake Hanger August 1988-November 2013 Jared R. Worthington

Joseph A. Zeilinger

Nathaniel P. Ziegler

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Weston Allen Holzinger Valedictorian (MSN) Robyn Louise Kiser Magna Cum Laude Shelby Ann Carter Evan Richard Crowley, DC Meghan Lee Anne Knutson,DC Elizabeth Ainsley Paskey Amanda Leigh Peiffer, DC Michelle Elise Rovey, DC Grady R. Swick, DC Caitlin Marie Wolf Cum Laude Brittaney Lee Cook, DC Nathaniel Peter Ziegler

DC OUTSTANDING SERVICE AWARDS Assessment Center Award Joshua R. Holda

BACHELOR OF SCIENCE DEGREES HUMAN BIOLOGY Dalton Matthew Gean Spencer R. Gunn Katie J. Guthrie Ruth Lynette Lough Michael Ryan Warren LIFE SCIENCE Eric David Blank Lance Clay Bunting Kolton James Chapman Jessica Clark Benjamin L. Gokenbach Ryan P. Hewkin Antonio C. Rivera

MASTER OF SCIENCE DEGREES NUTRITION AND HUMAN PERFORMANCE Brittaney Lee Cook, DC Renee Louise Edelen, DC Jacob Morris Hasse, DC Weston Allen Holzinger Robyn Louise Kiser 32 SUMMER 2016

Meghan Lee Anne Knutson, DC Rhonda M. Pittman Jennifer Lynne Potratz Renata Rudi Rickels, DC Krista Nicole Schuck, DC Samantha Brooke Sellers Kimberly S. Weber Christopher Orrin Whetton, DC Kayhla Donielle Williams, DC SPORTS SCIENCE AND REHABILITATION Kimball S. Arritt, DC Thomas Charles Briscoe, DC Jordan Michael Burns Lindsey Rebekah Carper Shelby Ann Carter Evan Richard Crowley, DC Jessica Lynn Hilgedick Christopher Douglas Mosier Alf Simen Nordbø Elizabeth A. Paskey Amanda Leigh Peiffer, DC Michelle Elise Rovey, DC Richard J. Simpson, DC Brooke Ashley Skowronski Grady R. Swick, DC Caitlin Marie Wolf Nathaniel Peter Ziegler

CLASS OF APRIL 2016 HONORS AND AWARDS Doctor of Chiropractic Summa Cum Laude Jessica Lynn Hilgedick Valedictorian Scott R. Minton Magna Cum Laude Weston Allen Holzinger Kelsay Rose Kemmann Elizabeth Ainsley Paskey Ryan James Krokstrom George Daniel Michael Bret Gordon Toftness Clayton Thomas Newberry Matthew Michael Royek Shannon Elizabeth Kuhn Cum Laude Caitlin Marie Wolf Masters of Science Summa Cum Laude Jessica Lynn Hilgedick Valedictorian (MSR)

Admissions Department Awards Weston Allen Holzinger George Daniel Michael Basic Science Division Award Jessica Lynn Hilgedick Chiropractic Science Basic Technique Award Christopher Douglas Mosier Chiropractic Science Diversified Technique Award Kaitlyn Rae Johnson Chiropractic Science Division Award George Daniel Michael Clinical Science Division Award Weston Allen Holzinger Post Doctoral and Related Professional Education Award Theodore F. Valley, II Radiology Department Awards Shannon Elizabeth Kuhn Bret Gordon Toftness


LOGAN LEGACIES Travis M. Fleming Father–in–Law: Dr. Larry Bridges Shannon Elizabeth Kuhn Father: Dr. Robert Kuhn Mother: Dr. Kathleen Kuhn Bret Gordon Toftness Father: Dr. Tom Toftness Grandfather: Dr. Gordon Toftness Grandfather: Dr. Walt Tomasiak Great Uncle: Dr. Luther Toftness Great Uncle: Dr. Duke Hawkinson Great Uncle: Dr. Van Fenander Great Uncle: Dr. Forest Toftness Great Uncle: Dr. Glenn Gaynor Great Uncle: Dr. Clifford Titus

Great Uncle: Dr. Ron Stockman Great Aunt: Dr. Myrtle Toftness Cousin: Dr. Laura Fenander Cousin: Dr. Michael Fenander Cousin: Dr. Ben Bjork Second Cousin: Dr. David Toftness Second Cousin: Dr. Arden Fenander Second Cousin: Dr. Mike Hawkinson Second Cousin: Dr. Bill Stockman Caitlin Marie Wolf Father: Dr. Anthony Wolf Joseph Zeilinger Brother: Dr. Arthur Zeilinger

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Summer 2016 Doctor of Chiropractic White Coat Ceremony

New Summer 2016 Students DOCTOR OF CHIROPRACTIC Farzan Billimoria Adam Black Whitney Boyer Ayana Daniels Donald Davis Rachel Delaney Mika Felton Alicia Gerald Anthony Hayden Morgan Hickman Emily Hurley Brandon James Joshua Kazee Robert Knox Michael Kramer Michael Krueger Mitchell Martin Stephen Mills Taho Min Kyle Moore Austin Mueller Lenard Prewitt 34 SUMMER 2016

Christine Reed James Riner Kallie Rogers Derek Rose Alexander Sarpa Lydia Scherle Dalton Thurman Christopher Warzinski Pamela Waske Travis Whiteside Joshua Wright Anqi Zheng

DOCTORATE OF HEALTH PROFESSIONS EDUCATION Shawn Bean David Beavers Kathy Gieg Jessica Smith Eugene Spilker

MASTER OF SCIENCE IN HEALTH INFORMATICS Debra Drury Carlos Fillmann Jon Kenoyer Ben Kloepper Aaron Pile Michelle Rainey Geeta Regmi Sigdel

MASTER OF SCIENCE IN NUTRITION AND HUMAN PERFORMANCE Teresa Alvarez Keli Ann Beres Jon Bloomberg Tasha Burks Kaitlyn Busam Kaitlin Cofer Eric Conner Walaa Daffaalla

Ernst David Rachel Donaldson Hollis Edwards Melissa Elliott Sumi Epie Nikki Fleck Briona Foulke Dalton Gean Adam Gonzalez Spencer Graham Gregory Green Harmeet Grewal Ashton Griffen Caitlyn Hannold Lindsey Henslee Nazaneen Heshmati Darcie Holmes Tangela James Michele Jones Emilie Kerkman Taylor Lafond Chelsie Martinez Katie Metz Micheal Miller


New Summer 2016 Students continued MASTER OF SCIENCE IN NUTRITION AND HUMAN PERFORMANCE continued Tracy Mills Rodney Morse Najma Muhammad Teigan Mule Tyler Munn Elina Murphy Hunter Overley Brendan Palm Kristin Prendergast Candice Prince Ruby Rahn Denise Rhoad Kaitlyn Rutledge Lili Sadr Mirhosseini Alyssa Seal Shelley Sherman

Jacquelin Shiffler Heidi Smith Sandy Stevens Ashton Strickland Theodore Valley Johna Wade Lucas Watson Laura White Kayli Workman

MASTER OF SCIENCE IN SPORTS SCIENCE AND REHABILITATION Harpal Brar Benjamin Gokenbach Frank Harris Lacey Hatfield Warren Kalkstein Emily Kane Amanda Kellerman Damien Knowles

Jacob Little Jordan Locke Randall Neal Bradley Snider Bashiru Sule Nicholas Venturini Robert Watson

UNDERGRADUATE PROGRAMS Pascal Alescio Travis Bliss Kevin Bontomasi Emily Burns Trevor Butler Zakiya Chambers-Hunter Liam Connerly Lori Crow Joshua Curtis Patrick Feldkamp Kalyn Ferguson

Anthony Gott Brittany Held Kelli Homminga Haley Hopkins Christopher Jones Christopher LaRose Nathan Lax Amy Ma Altrameise Myers Olubusayo Odunayo Demona Payne Stephanie Pierce Kennedy Rensing Mollie Rood Aaron Schoenecke Kelly Smith Ryan Tinsley John Toenjes Megan Vail Caleb York Jorge Zambrano

Club Day 2016

Logan supports more than 20 student clubs and organizations on campus. Students were invited to learn more during Club Day on May 22.

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UN DER THE Faculty and Staff News

• Sarah Luderer, PhD, Assistant Professor, on the birth of her son, Henry David on May 23.

Congratulations to … • Patrick Battaglia, DC, (Class of August 2012) Radiology Fellow, passed Part 1 of the Radiology Boards. • Joseph Howe, DC, DACBR, Fellow ACCR, Associate Professor, on receiving the Lee-Homewood Chiropractic Heritage Award from the Association for the History of Chiropractic.

New Hires


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• Ross Mattox, DC, RMSK™, (Class of April 2007) Clinician and Assistant Professor, received the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography™ Registered

Congratulations to …

• Roberta Sclocco, PhD, Fellow, received an Abstract Travel Grant from the Organization for Human Brain Mapping funded by the National Science Foundation.

The following person has received a new title:

Class of December 2006 Tymothy Flory, DC recently completed board certification for the National Upper Cervical Chiropractic Association and is one of only 24 living Doctors of Chiropractic to achieve this prestigious certification.

• Kristen Keele, Admissions Operations Assistant

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

• Nancy Armstrong, Executive Assistant • Daniel Ault, DC, Radiology Resident • Jami Brown, DHEd, RN, CNN, Adjunct (not pictured) • Alejandra De Santiago, Library Assistant • Nate Elwood, Library Assistant


• Emily Madden, MS, Admissions Coordinator, on her marriage to Jeff on March 12.

Alumni Notes

in Musculoskeletal™ sonography (RMSK™) credential.

• Mark Gelsthorpe, PhD, Adjunct (not pictured) • Kay Guion, Alumni and Friends House Assistant • Jean Hegger, Patient Service Representative • Tamika Johnson, MEd, Financial Aid Advisor • Lalage Katunga, PhD, Instructor



De Santiago


• Donald Kellogg, PhD, RHIA, FAHIMA, Adjunct (not pictured) • Kimberly Ketcham, MLS, Library Assistant • Adeela Langrial, Patient Service Representative • John McGowan, PhD, Instructor • Dana McWay, JD, RHIA, FAHIMA, Adjunct





• Matthew Pennell, DC, MS, Clinician • Linda Reed, EdD, PA, Adjunct (not pictured) • Donald Shumate, Custodian (not pictured) • Lee Van Dusen, DC, Dean of Academic Continuous Improvement • Andrea Weise, Payroll and Accounting Specialist




Van Dusen



In Memoriam

Student Notes

Class of December 1950

Congratulations to …

Robert Elder, DC, August 23, 2015 Class of August 1952 Alexander Sivret, DC, March 12, 2016 Class of January 1956

Fetal Pigs for Future Physicians

Gary Guebert, DC, DACBR, Trenton Civello, Tryler Proctor and Jared Yates for placing first in the Donald Danforth Jr. 15th Annual Memorial Golf Tournament on May 9.

Charles Cady, DC, February 6, 2016 Class of September 1956 Ralph Current, DC, June 10, 2015 Class of September 1960 George Schwidde, DC, March 5, 2016 Class of April 1995 Peter Schoeb, DC, LMT, February 15, 2016 Class of April 2000 Christopher Graham, DC, March 4, 2016

In the Community Logan University Doctor of Chiropractic students from Trimesters 1 and 6, along with several Logan faculty members, attended the Welcome Home/Warrior Summit event on May 13 and 14. The event supports veterans and the National Guard with resources available to them in the St. Louis community. Logan students discussed chiropractic care, nutrition and chronic pain to over 150 families at the event.

Logan provided financial support to a highpoverty, low-income magnet school in St. Louis seeking funds to purchase fetal pigs for their anatomy and physiology course. According to the DonorsChoose.org website, Timothy Reedy, a science instructor at Soldan International Studies High School, said his overarching goal each day is to tap into the investigative spirit found within each student to drive the discovery process of science education. This, he said, is accomplished in a variety of ways, including hands-on inquiry based science, case studies, model building and scientific argumentation. With Logan’s donation, Timothy said his students “had an amazing time applying what they have learned in class to their fetal pig dissection. You have not only excited my students about learning, but have bolstered our program and have encouraged others to enroll next year.”

Logan students at the Welcome Home/Warrior Summit.

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Beauty From the Inside Out The 1950s marked a continued period of speculation around chiropractic within the medical and public communities. Research to test chiropractic theories had begun 15 years earlier, and the profession sought ways to change perceptions. 1959 World Posture Queen Finalists

At the time, “Basically, chiropractic had a PR problem,” said P. Reginald Hug, DC, a past president of the Association for the History of Chiropractic, in an article on NPR.org. “We were the new kids on the block and medicine didn’t like us.” In 1955, Clair W. O’Dell, DC, a Michiganbased chiropractor who was then the chair of the Logan University Board Jack Buck announcing World Posture of Trustees, was looking Queen finalists. for ways to garner media coverage of the Michigan Academy of Chiropractic’s annual convention, according to an article in Chiropractic Economics. An editor of the Detroit Times told Dr. O’Dell he needed a hook to get the attention of the media and the public. Dr. O’Dell developed an idea to host a “beauty and posture contest in which we would pick the young lady for perfect posture, straightest spine and poise and personality,” adding a health aspect to the typical beauty pageant. He brought the idea to a public relations agency in Michigan, and the agency helped him launch the first local contest. Two years later, the contest became an international event, crowning the World Posture Queen, which was hosted by Logan. “In order to enter the contest, women had to be nominated by a chiropractor and have their spines evaluated by a full X-ray, to show that beauty was not only on the outside, but on the inside,” said Patrick Montgomery, DC, FASA, MS, associate 38 SUMMER 2016

professor at Logan University. Criteria for judgment included that of a typical beauty contest—beauty, poise, personality and talent—with the added standards of impeccable posture and a spine in perfect condition. Local and state contests were judged by chiropractic associations and boards in each region, and contenders in the final round, competing to be World Posture Queen, were judged in St. Louis by Logan’s Board of Trustees. The contests were announced by the likes of St. Louis’ beloved Jack Buck, the announcer for the St. Louis Cardinals baseball team. They were even featured on national TV, including CBS’s panel game show “To Tell the Truth,” among celebrities like Johnny Carson and Betty White. According to Chiropractic Economics, the World Posture Queen contest garnered significant media coverage and helped boost the reputation of chiropractic, not only through national TV and radio appearances, but through one winner’s visit to the White House. The contest even sparked a declaration of the first week of May as Posture and Good Health Week. The final World Posture Queen Contest took place in Chattanooga, Tenn., in 1969. 1957 World Posture Queen Contestants


Employee Cinco de Mayo Disc Golf Tournament

Hare in the Air

Logan’s Hockey Team

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P OS TG R AD U AT E EDU CA T IO N | July to October 2016 July 9-10 Advanced Acupuncture - Session #1 Instructor: Zev Myerowitz, DC, Dipl. Ac (NCCAOM), Lac.

August 13-14 Chiropractic Nutrition Specialist #2 Instructor: David Seaman, DC, DACBN

July 16-17 Chiropractic Nutrition Specialist Session #1 Instructor: David Seaman, DC, DACBN

August 20-21 Advanced Acupuncture - Session #2 Instructors: Zev Myerowitz, DC, Dipl.Ac (NCCAOM), Lac. & Kristine Tohtz, DC, DABCA, MSAc., Cert. MDT, CACCP

July 23-24 Chiropractic Care for Women’s Health & Men’s Health Instructors: Michelle Smith, DC, Christine Sigman, MD & Michael Thompson, DC, MA, CCWP August 6-7 The Mobile Chiropractic Practice & The Integrated Chiropractic Practice Instructors: Paul Phipps, DC & Michael Thompson, DC, MA, CCWP

September 10-11 Basic Acupuncture - Session #1 Instructor: Zev Myerowitz, DC, Dipl. Ac (NCCAOM) Advanced Acupuncture - Session #3 Instructors: Zev Myerowitz, DC, Dipl.Ac (NCCAOM), Lac. & Kristine Tohtz, DC, DABCA, MSAc., Cert. MDT, CACCP

Location is Logan University Campus unless otherwise noted. September 24-25 New Technologies in Health Care Instructors: Thomas Watson, MD, Daniel Haun, DC, DACBR & Dana Underkofler-Mercer, DC, MS

Basic Acupuncture - Session #2 Instructors: Zev Myerowitz, DC, Dipl.Ac (NCCAOM), Lac. & Kristine Tohtz, DC, DABCA, MSAc., Cert. MDT, CACCP

October 1-2 Chiropractic Nutrition Specialist #3 Instructor: David Seaman, DC, DACBN

Visit logan.edu/Seminars for additional information and dates.

October 15-16 Advanced Acupuncture - Session #4 Instructors: Zev Myerowitz, DC, Dipl.Ac (NCCAOM), Lac. & Kristine Tohtz, DC, DABCA, MSAc., Cert. MDT, CACCP October 22-23 Chiropractic Care for the Truck Driver Instructor: Erik Moll, DC

To register for postgraduate seminars, please call 1-800-842-3234

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