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10 Preceptorship Fuels Passions Student combines love for chiropractic and track and field through clinical rotations

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12 Learning to Teach Logan faculty and staff pursue Doctorate of Health Professions Education 24 Olympic Dreams Competing at the highest level shapes how students approach exercise science and sports medicine 32 DC to Be Logan welcomes new class during virtual Spring 2021 White Coat Ceremony






Leaders Made Mission Forward College of Chiropractic College of Health Sciences Alumni Feature Research The Insider Logan Connects Student Life Donor Snapshot Graduating Class Recognizing Success Admissions Under the Tower Industry Update Annual Report of Giving

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THE TOWER Vol. 1, SPRING 2021 The Tower is published three times a year: Spring, Summer and Fall. On the Cover: Dr. Dana Mercer and Dr. Patricia Estrada Inside photography: Sierra Carter, Mike Chappell and Ben Munson The Tower is produced by the Department of Marketing and Communications. Reader comments can be emailed to THE TOWER Logan University 1851 Schoettler Road Chesterfield, MO 63017 | 636-230-1704



Logan University has been awarded top ranking status for multiple degree programs, including: • Bachelor of Science in Human Biology – Ranked #13 as Best Online Bachelor’s in Biology by Bachelor’s Degree Center, named as one of the Top Fastest Undergraduate Degrees in Biological and Biomedical Studies by Best Value Schools, and featured as one of 15 Best Colleges for Online Bachelor’s in Biology by CollegeCliffs • Master of Science in Nutrition & Human Performance – Ranked #6 as Best Health Sciences University by • Master of Science in Health Informatics – Ranked #9 as Most Affordable by

Congratulations to three Logan graduates for being recognized by the American Chiropractic Association (ACA) at its annual meeting, ACA Engage, in February! Daniel Haun, DC (’04), DACBR, director of resident & fellow education, received the 2021 Academician of the Year Award, which was presented by 2020 recipient Kristina Petrocco-Napuli, DC, MS, FICC, FACC and recognizes an individual for efforts in advancing the profession through academic or educational excellence. Dr. Haun is the fourth Logan faculty member to receive this prestigious award. Previous recipients have included Norman Kettner, DC (’79), DACBR, FICC, dean of research and professor emeritus; Patrick Montgomery, DC (’76), MS (’15), FASA, FICC, professor; and Dr. Petrocco-Napuli, assistant dean of the College of Chiropractic.

• Master of Science in Sports Science & Rehabilitation – Ranked #24 as Best Multidisciplinary Experience by

Kathy Boulet, DC (’89) was elected ACA vice president, making history as part of the first all-female executive leadership team at ACA. According to the ACA, “Dr. Boulet has been a member of the board since 2018. She is a pioneer in hospital privileges for chiropractors, having completed a hospital externship while attending Logan College of Chiropractic and later obtaining staff privileges at Deaconess Medical Center in St. Louis. In addition to running a private practice, Dr. Boulet is employed at the VA Maine Health Care System’s Togus facility.”

Logan is preparing for its Comprehensive Evaluation with the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), which accredits colleges and universities in a 19-state region of the U.S. This review leads to an action regarding the reaffirmation of the institution’s accreditation. Logan has been accredited by the HLC since 1987. Watch for more information to come at

Margaret “Marty” Freihaut, DC (’79) was named ACA Delegate of the Year. This award recognizes members of the ACA House of Delegates who have demonstrated exceptional service, achievement and/or leadership.



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Last year was difficult for everyone, but we started 2021 with many reasons to be proud of the Logan University community. Our faculty, staff and students proved resilient in the face of a global pandemic— the crisis couldn’t stop us from living out our mission as health care leaders or from continuing to grow and evolve in new and exciting ways. I’m particularly proud of Logan’s continued dedication to increasing access to affordable quality chiropractic care. Our influence in this sphere keeps expanding: We have a long track record of success in providing care through community-based organizations, and we recently added a new partnership with the St. Louis County Department of Public Health and expanded our existing partnership with Paraquad. These new ventures allow us to reach even more patients in need of relief from chronic pain.


In addition to improving health care options for underserved segments of the community, these partnerships also present opportunities for Logan DC students to get real-world experience working under a licensed clinician in an integrated setting—just one of many ways we’re shaping the next generation of leaders in chiropractic. You can read all about our work with St. Louis County Public Health on page 22 and our new Logan University Health Center at the Stephen A. Orthwein Center at Paraquad on page 7. Another exciting development is Logan’s new Master’s in Athletic Training program, which begins in fall 2021 and is currently accepting applications. This program is tailormade for individuals interested in a health care career helping people who need to optimize their performance, from elite athletes and weekend warriors to those working physically demanding jobs. This is the fourth new degree Logan has added in the past six years, a testament to our growing reputation as the leader in health sciences education. Also within these pages, you’ll find our Annual Report of Giving. This provides a snapshot of the financial health of the university, along with a review of the many major highlights from the past year, including awards and

I’m particularly proud of Logan’s continued dedication to increasing access to affordable quality chiropractic care.

accolades earned, new programs and partnerships launched and so much more. The annual report also recognizes our many generous donors, who in so many ways make the university’s success possible. I am grateful to each and every one of you. As always, I’m invigorated by the passion of the Logan community. While it’s impossible to predict the future, I do know one thing for sure: Logan will continue making bold advancements in educating the health care leaders of tomorrow.


Logan University is a community of extraordinary leaders. Learn how these individuals are making an impact in their own communities, careers and beyond.

Dr. Michael Pridham

MICHAEL PRIDHAM, DC (’09), APC takes an integrated approach to health and wellness and how he runs his practice in New Mexico. His multidisciplinary wellness center in Albuquerque—Equilibrium Wellness Center—employs a nurse practitioner, massage therapists, acupuncturists and instructors in the martial arts, such as tai chi. Additionally, Dr. Pridham, who was inspired to pursue chiropractic and attend Logan at just 12 years old when given a brochure by Logan alumnus James Lehman, DC (’72), is a Certified Kinesio Taping Instructor who was taught by the founder of Kinesio Tape, Dr. Kenzo Kase. Outside of his practice, Dr. Pridham volunteers with the Adaptive Sports Program of New Mexico (ASPNM) and opens his office space to the organization’s volunteers LOGAN.EDU/GIVE

Medicaid does not cover many integrative and athletes. He first began working with medicine procedures, including acupuncture adaptive athletes during his time at Logan and chiropractic, he began to advocate for after Dr. Laney Nelson, at the time a adaptive athletes and others on Medicaid, physiotherapy professor, took him on a helping them get the care they need volunteer ski trip with the Missouri School and deserve. of the Blind. “I’ve been an expert witness to bills that “We helped a man with paraplegia into improve access in New Mexico, but there a sit ski and took him up on the lift, and he are still measures that need to be taken was able to experience the joy of skiing,” to expand the benefits of Medicaid. Every said Dr. Pridham, who was also able to teach year I go to Washington, D.C., advocating a young blind girl how to ski. “The amount for large-scale national legislation,” of trust the blind skier had for their guide Dr. Pridham said. was amazing, and I wanted to be a part of it.” When he isn’t practicing martial arts or EBONY HOLLAN , LMT has carried the treating patients, Dr. Pridham can be found lessons she’s learned on the field into skiing in the Sandia Mountains with ASPNM the classroom. adaptive athletes, some of whom have a “There is an advantage to being a former communicative disorder such as autism. athlete because you understand the physical “Knowing about the brain and the different neurological processes that occur in people with autism helps me to break down those barriers and understand what’s going on when they can’t verbally communicate,” Dr. Pridham said. “But there’s a special bond you can form with someone who is nonverbal, and it’s truly magical to see them smile and have their family see them smile. It warms your soul.” Dr. Pridham’s involvement in his community doesn’t Dr. Ryan Brinker with Ebony Hollan in 2013 stop there. When he realized that Continued on next page LOGAN UNIVERSITY • SPRING 2021 5

L E A DERS M AD E demands that are put on the human body, whether that be fatigue or soreness,” said Ebony, a student in the Master of Science in Sports Science & Rehabilitation (MS-SSR) program and a former Southeastern Conference (SEC) track and field athlete. “When you work with clients who are also athletes, you are able to build a foundation of trust with them and work with them more closely.” While completing her MS-SSR degree, Ebony has worked as a full-time massage therapist in Kentucky. This has allowed her to directly apply what she is learning in class to her work with clients. “I loved working as a massage therapist; combining that with my fascination for the body and how it moves differently for everyone is what inspired me to continue my education,” she said. When Ebony took the leap to apply to schools to pursue her master’s, she was having trouble finding the right fit. When she stumbled upon Logan, she realized she remembered meeting someone from the university during her track and field days, and they shared the same last name at the time: Brinker. Ebony met Ryan Brinker, DC (‘13) in 2013 at a track meet and still has the photo they took together. “I reached out to Dr. Brinker because I felt like these small things, like the photo that seemed insignificant at the time, were a sign,” she said. “I chose Logan because it offered many things I like: I love the health sciences degrees that are offered, and I love that it’s a chiropractic college.” Eventually, Ebony would like to earn her doctorate in kinesiology, and her long-term goal is to work with a collegiate sports team as a sports massage therapist side-by-side 6 SPRING 2021 • LOGAN UNIVERSITY

with her husband, who would be the team’s sports conditioning coach. “Since I’m hoping to use this degree with a sports team, being a former athlete gives me a different approach to solving the problems clients have because I know what they’re going through physically day-to-day,” Ebony said. When it came time to transition courses to a completely virtual format at the onset of the pandemic, ATANAS IGNATOV, PHD, MS was confident his faculty and students would adapt well.

Dr. Atanas Ignatov

“There’s a paradigm shift in teaching and learning from face-to-face to an online format, and both faculty and students need to learn how to succeed online,” Dr. Ignatov said. “The goal is not just dispensing knowledge but engaging students in their learning process.” Dr. Ignatov oversees the basic science programs under the College of Chiropractic and the College of Health Sciences. His task is to figure out how faculty and students

best excel and give them the tools to do so. “We work as a team to support our students,” Dr. Ignatov said. “Logan’s Academic Technology team has been a tremendous support to faculty, especially during this transition.” When the education world turned upside down in 2020 because of COVID-19, Dr. Ignatov saw online learning increase access to knowledge. “I feel that online programs are more democratizing,” he said. “Education becomes available to a broader audience.” Throughout the last year, Dr. Ignatov has seen his faculty transition from only lecturing to now thriving and utilizing the virtual environment to better engage with students. “We have common goals, and we agree that when you teach students how to learn, they become lifelong learners,” Dr. Ignatov said. Before coming to Logan in 2003, Dr. Ignatov was a research professor at Saint Louis University, where his research included insect physiology, plant biochemistry and human fungal pathogens. After realizing that becoming a full-time educator was his true calling, Dr. Ignatov came to Logan to teach physiology in the DC program, where his students have consistently performed above the national average on the NBCE board exams, including a 100 percent pass rate in physiology. “My goal is to see our students and faculty succeed beyond their own expectations. When that happens, I feel professionally fulfilled,” Dr. Ignatov said.


Logan University Opens Health Center Within Stephen A. Orthwein Center at Paraquad Logan University has expanded its partnership with Paraquad and its patient-care footprint to the City of St. Louis. The new Logan University Health Center within the Stephen A. Orthwein Center at Paraquad is a key part of Logan’s integrated model of high-quality accessible care in St. Louis. Dana Mercer, DC (’98), MS, professor and director of strategic partnerships, serves as the project manager of this endeavor through the department of Innovation and New Ventures. Dr. Mercer was instrumental in developing the yearslong partnership between Logan and Paraquad, a nonprofit offering programs and services to empower people with disabilities to increase their independence. Since 2012, Logan University’s chiropractic physicians have provided care to participants at Paraquad Health and Wellness Center—which was recently renamed to the Stephen A. Orthwein Center at Paraquad—with a focus on reducing pain, increasing mobility and improving quality of life. Establishing this Health Center allows Logan clinicians and student interns to expand patient-centered care for individuals of all ages and abilities in the St. Louis community. Now open to the public, care at the Health Center is led by Patricia Estrada, DC (’99) and follows a $10 flat-fee model. Services include chiropractic adjustments, acupuncture, pediatric chiropractic, nutritional counseling and more. “We are deeply committed to expanding the services we provide to new areas of our community and believe everyone has the right to access high-quality health care,” Dr. Mercer said. “At the Stephen A. Orthwein Center at Paraquad, we are able to provide care to our community while also enhancing our students’ learning experience.” As a teaching clinic for Logan University, Logan Health Centers offer opportunities LOGAN.EDU/GIVE

for students to provide care under the direct supervision of licensed and experienced clinicians. The expanded Health Center will do just that, and it will also allow students to learn from other health care experts providing services in the Stephen A. Orthwein Center, including specialists from the Washington University Occupational Health and Mobility Center. “As an institution, we have an obligation to decrease the health care disparities that exist in the City of St. Louis, and it’s really exciting to play a role in this larger project that will greatly benefit our City,” Dr. Estrada said. “Our main goal with this Health Center is to provide people with exceptional, holistic health care at an affordable price.” As an active member of the local Hispanic community, Dr. Estrada believes her bilingualism and connection to the community will bring down accessibility barriers and offer quality health care to an often underserved population. “Imagine how hard it would be to find

and receive good health care if you didn’t speak the same language as the doctors, nurses and administrators,” said Dr. Estrada. “Because I speak English and Spanish fluently, we will be able to better serve even more members of this community, which is something I am so excited about.” The Health Center is hosting new patient orientations and educational events to allow the community to become familiar with the doctors and services offered. It will also host events like breast screenings and blood drives, furthering its mission to serve the community beyond chiropractic care.

To take a virtual tour of the new Logan Health Center at the Stephen A. Orthwein Center at Paraquad, scan this QR code with your smart phone’s camera.



Logan Introduces Evidence-Based Master’s in Athletic Training Whether it’s on the sidelines, backstage, in a hospital or clinic, in industrial work environments, or in military and law enforcement settings, athletic trainers are in demand. In fact, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the demand for athletic trainers will grow by 23 percent by the year 2026, which is much faster than the average outlook for all professions. To meet this need, and in keeping with the university’s commitment to offer innovative, in-demand programs and evidence-based curricula, Logan University has introduced a new Master’s in Athletic Training (MAT), now enrolling for fall 2021. It’s the only program of its kind offered by a chiropractic and health sciences institution, affording students access to Logan’s stateof-the-art science facilities as they pursue an evidence-based career as a health care

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provider for people who need to perform at their personal best. “Athletic training is an expanding profession, and it’s an exciting time for the field overall, as people are beginning to see the value of an athletic trainer outside of traditional athletic settings,” said Stephen Nickell, EdD, LAT, ATC, sports and exercise science department chair and athletic training program director. “We want to be a part of that at Logan University.” Also unique to Logan’s program, the university will offer multiple cohorts per academic year—fall and summer—affording more students the opportunity to enter this competitive field. The MAT program consists of both online and inperson coursework, which will take place at Logan’s Mid Rivers Health Center and in the field with the school’s network of partners. Over six trimesters, students will spend 80 to 90 percent of their time

“Athletic training is an expanding profession, and it’s an exciting time for the field overall, as people are beginning to see the value of an athletic trainer outside of traditional athletic settings. We want to be a part of that at Logan University.” – Dr. Stephen Nickell working directly with athletic trainers. Didactic coursework will focus on athletic training-specific skills, including therapeutic modalities, rehabilitation, evaluation of orthopedic injuries, general medical conditions and emergency care, culminating in an immersive clinical experience that will allow students to dive into the dayto-day operations of an athletic training environment.


“The real jewel in our program is the diverse clinical experiences, which will be above and beyond what students will get at most other universities,” said Dr. Nickell. “Logan athletic training students will access clinical experiences at a number of local universities, clinics and high schools in the St. Louis area—all the way from the NAIA level to the NCAA Division 1 level.” Through these partnerships, Logan students will have the opportunity to apply classroom experience within unique integrated settings that provide maximum potential to grow skills and confidence in the field. “Following graduation, Logan-educated athletic trainers will be prepared to serve in many health care capacities, working to prevent injury, treat emergencies and return patients to their active status using the most

current evidence-based therapies,” said Dr. Nickell. This degree complements Logan’s existing offerings within the College of Chiropractic and College of Health Sciences. “Athletic trainers act as the center of the web of the sports medicine team, working, of course, with the athletes themselves as well as coaches, chiropractors, physical therapists and other health care providers,” said Dr. Nickell. “We understand that active individuals have unique health care needs, and our job is to provide them the best care possible that will allow them to get them back into their daily lives as quickly and as safely as possible.” Logan University is currently seeking accreditation for its new athletic training program and is not currently accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of

Athletic Training Education (CAATE). The institution will be submitting a self-study to begin the accreditation process on July 1, 2022. Submission of the self-study and completion of an onsite review does not guarantee that the program will become accredited. Students who graduate from the program prior to accreditation WILL NOT be eligible to sit for the credentialing examination for athletic trainers and will not be eligible for licensure in most states.

Applications are currently open for the first cohort of athletic training students, beginning fall 2021. Use referral code “MAT-T” to waive your application fee at

Athletic training students will take courses both online and in-person at the Mid Rivers Health Center and in the field with Logan’s network of partners.




Clinical Rotations Keep DC Student Connected to Favorite Sport Track and field has opened many doors for trimester 10 DC student Kevin Farley. When he was a freshman at Lanphier High School in Springfield, Illinois, a coach encouraged him to try throwing discus and shot put. By the end of his senior year, he had won two state championships and set a new Illinois state record in shot put. He also earned a full-ride scholarship to throw at Southeast Missouri State University (SEMO) in Cape Girardeau, Missouri. “Track and field has been a stepping stone to opportunities,” Kevin said. “My mom never finished high school, and my dad was an airplane mechanic, so if it weren’t for track and field, I don’t know if I would have made it to college. It’s been a guiding force in my life ever since I was 14.” At SEMO, Kevin excelled on the field and in the classroom. He was a top 10 NCAA Division 1 shot put and discus thrower and a top 25 hammer thrower, and was only centimeters away from qualifying for the U.S. Olympic Team Trials for track and field. With the goal of going to medical school, he graduated in 2016 with a bachelor’s degree in biomedical sciences. “After I left SEMO, I realized I only wanted to be a doctor because it is a lucrative job, and not because I was passionate about it,” Kevin said. “I actually considered dental school but decided against it, and then I started working as a quantitative analyst at a factory in Cape Girardeau. Of all places, that’s where I first learned about chiropractic.” During his shifts, Kevin met Kendrick Morris, DC (’05), who was working part-time at the factory and owned his own chiropractic practice. After several conversations about Kevin’s career goals, Dr. Morris asked Kevin if he had considered becoming a chiropractor. “I was so impressed with Dr. Morris’ knowledge in fields like nutrition, anatomy and neurology, and I realized there was more to chiropractic than I originally thought,” 10 SPRING 2021 • LOGAN UNIVERSITY

Kevin said. “After talking with Dr. Morris, it seemed like chiropractic fit my ideology of what I want health care to be. I’d much rather engage in a more natural, hands-on method of healing than prescribe pills.” Dr. Morris recommended Kevin check out his alma mater, Logan University. Within months, Kevin moved to St. Louis and started his first trimester. When it came time for him to select a site for his clinical rotations during his ninth trimester, Kevin turned to a connection he made as a student-athlete at SEMO: Kevin Robinson, head coach of the track and field team at the University of Memphis. “I met Coach Robinson several times while I was throwing in college, and we’ve always had a good relationship,” Kevin said. “I wanted to do my rotations at the University of Memphis, so I figured it couldn’t hurt to have the head coach of the track and field team as a reference.” Kevin started his rotations at the University of Memphis in September of 2020. He currently works with Jude Miller, DC (’11), MS (’11), CCSP, ICSC, CME, advanced practice clinician for Logan and onsite chiropractic physician for the University of Memphis sports teams. As an intern, Kevin has gained hands-on experience providing chiropractic care to student athletes, including runners and throwers on the university’s track and field team. “My clinical skills have increased tenfold since I started working with Dr. Miller,” Kevin said. “I went from being apprehensive when

it came to talking with and treating patients to now feeling confident in everything I am doing and saying. He’s become my mentor to the point where I’ve accidentally called him my coach a couple of times.” Shortly after arriving in Memphis, Kevin visited Robinson at a track and field practice to thank him for serving as a reference. He was surprised when Robinson asked him if he was interested in being a volunteer coach and competing with the team at meets, as Kevin had continued to practice shot put, discus and hammer since he graduated from SEMO. “It was amazing to have the chance to work with athletes via chiropractic care and at the same time get back to doing one of the things I’ve never stopped loving,” Kevin said. As a volunteer coach, Kevin supports Robinson at practices and competes with more than 20 throwers on the university’s team. He participated in his first meet since college in January. “I’ve really missed being part of a team,” Kevin said. “I’m about to be 28, but competing with these athletes makes me feel like I’m 22 again.” When he graduates this spring, Kevin hopes to continue treating athletes as a DC, and he is confident his experience at Logan has prepared him for his dream job. “Having the Logan name behind you is a powerful thing,” Kevin said. “People assume you are above average and expect you to be ahead of the game because they know you’ve received a quality education.”


“Having the Logan name behind you is a powerful thing. People assume you are above average and expect you to be ahead of the game because they know you’ve received a quality education.” – Kevin Farley

Logan student Kevin Farley (second from left) with University of Memphis track and field coaches and athletes Kevin Robinson (left), Emron Gibbs (second from right) and Luke Vaugh LOGAN.EDU/GIVE



Furthering their Education: Logan Faculty & Staff Pursue DHPE The Doctorate of Health Professions Education (DHPE) program at Logan University draws in students from near and far—and even some from its own backyard. Logan faculty and staff members share why they decided to pursue this unique degree at the same university where they are employed. JILL PRATTE Assistant Professor in the Master of Science in Sports Science & Rehabilitation Program

DR. YUAN GAO Assistant Professor, Anatomy & Pathology

Jill Pratte, MS, LAT, ATC began pursuing her DHPE in January 2018 while working as the clinical education coordinator and an associate professor in the undergraduate athletic training education program at Central Methodist University in Fayette, Missouri. “The profession of athletic training is always evolving. Previously, to become a certified athletic trainer required an undergraduate degree and national board certification. Now, a master’s degree is required, which meant I needed to earn my doctoral degree to continue my passion of teaching in this field,” Jill said. After researching Logan’s DHPE program, she knew it was going to be a perfect fit. Then, in early 2020, Jill’s husband took a new job, so they moved their family to St. Louis. Jill was now in search of a new job, and her first call was to Logan. “Since I’d had such a positive experience in the DHPE program, I knew Logan would be an amazing place to work,” said Jill. “I started my role as an assistant professor for Sports Science & Rehabilitation in May 2020.” Juggling the demands of a new job and a rigorous doctoral program hasn’t always been easy, but Jill said the effort pays off. The curriculum taught in the DHPE program has benefitted her teaching role at Logan. She’s been able to apply projects and new teaching methods completed in her doctoral coursework directly to the courses she teaches. “The DHPE program has greatly prepared me for two things in which I had very little experience: teaching master’s level adult learners, called andragogy, and teaching in the online environment,” Jill said. “I’m learning how to transition my 20 years of clinical and face-to-face classroom experiences into providing the optimal innovative and collaborative online learning community.” Being able to advance each student’s curiosity, knowledge, critical thinking and lifelong learning skills is pertinent in today’s world of online and hybrid learning, Jill said. “Logan is providing cutting-edge educational opportunities for all, which is something I wanted to be a part of as faculty,” said Jill. “Ironically enough, I’m able to give back to Logan by advancing my own education and professional career. I couldn’t be more appreciative to work with such amazing people at this university.”

Yuan Gao, MD has a strong devotion to educating the next generation of health care professionals. Dr. Gao earned her Doctor of Medicine in China and spent a few years practicing surgery, which is where she discovered a passion for teaching. “I always enjoyed teaching the interns during residency, so I decided to go back to school for my master’s in medical education at a university in the United States,” said Dr. Gao. “After graduation, I began my job search and was extremely impressed with Logan. I started in my role here as assistant professor four years ago.” When students were shifted to online courses due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Dr. Gao realized that teaching online required different skills. Wanting to better serve her students, she enrolled in Logan’s DHPE program. “I’m only in my second trimester of the program, but I have already learned so much that I am able to apply directly to my role as an assistant professor,” Dr. Gao said. “This program will enable me to be a more efficient and effective educator, whether it’s online or in person.” Dr. Gao is so passionate about the DHPE program, she believes every instructor should complete at least a few courses, if not the entire program. “My understanding of the education system has changed from taking these courses. The DHPE program teaches you how to look at things from a wider perspective,” said Dr. Gao. “I’ve discovered ways I can improve the education system as a whole and ensure my students learn what they need to better serve their patients in the future.”



NATACHA DOUGLAS Vice President of Admissions and Financial Aid Natacha Douglas, MBA is always looking for ways to help the university grow and engage new students. Having spent her career on the admissions side of the education industry, Natacha enrolled in Logan’s DHPE program to expand her knowledge of course design, assessment and other aspects of education. “Pursuing a degree at the same university where I work has given me a unique perspective through firsthand experiences that I hope to share with new and potential students,” said Natacha. “I can also offer insight to the university, having a 360-degree experience of the school.” Earning a doctoral degree is difficult enough, but Natacha faces a unique set of challenges, as English is not her first language. “I have used the Writing Center at Logan for every paper I have written. They have been lifesavers, helping with everything from brainstorming topics and proofreading papers to being a shoulder to lean on when things get tough,” Natacha said. Natacha credits her success to the support she’s received from fellow faculty and staff members like Sheri McCord, PhD, Writing Center coordinator, and Stacia Rosen, MA, academic success coach, who have encouraged Natacha since she began the program. “My professors are incredible. They are so communicative and quick to respond to any question I have,” said Natacha. “They want to see their students succeed and are always willing to help them achieve their goals.”


HELEN HALLEY Clinical Coordinator Helen Halley, MS, RD, LD, CSO, CNSC is used to juggling a lot. Before coming to Logan, Helen worked as a clinical supervisor at Stanford Health Care, caring for patients and overseeing employees. At Logan, Helen oversees students in the Master of Science in Applied Nutrition & Dietetics program, monitoring and ensuring their success. “I had no education degree before starting in my position at Logan, but I have always loved to teach,” Helen said. “I knew if I wanted to make a career of educating students, I would need to earn my doctorate, so I began looking at programs.” Immediately, Helen was drawn to Logan’s DHPE program. She especially liked that the program is created for people with a clinical background who want to get into education. Helen began pursuing her DHPE in January of this year, on top of working full time as a clinical coordinator and being a wife and mom. “Earning a terminal degree while maintaining a full-time job and a busy home life can be challenging, much like a complicated juggling act,” Helen said. “You have to make sacrifices to pursue a dream, which doesn’t mean you’ve dropped the ball at work or at home; you’ve just set a few down for a while.” Excited to become a better educator for the master’s students she teaches, Helen has already been able to use some of the material learned in the DHPE program in her course design. “I can tell how beneficial this program will be in helping me better serve my students,” said Helen. “Plus, I think my students like that I am also a student. It helps us relate to one another better because we know that we’re all juggling a lot, but we can be successful by leaning on one another.”

DR. MELISSA ENGELSON Educational Administrator Melissa Engelson, DHPE (’20), DC, MS, CSCS, DACBSP® has been serving Logan in a variety of settings for more than a decade. “I wasn’t satisfied in private practice, so I came to Logan in 2010 for the sports and rehab residency,” Dr. Engelson said. “I always loved sports science and knew I wanted to stay in the clinical setting, but I had a desire to enter into the world of academia.” Dr. Engelson taught for a few years while working as the assistant director of Logan’s Human Performance Center. “I absolutely loved what I was doing, but I knew there was more I could learn to better serve my students,” said Dr. Engelson. “I’d been looking for a doctorate program in leadership or education and decided Logan’s DHPE program would be a perfect fit, as I was already working with Dr. Cheryl Houston, the program’s founder and first director.” Dr. Engelson, who graduated from the program in 2020, greatly enjoyed the practical, technologyfocused courses. She was immediately able to apply what she was learning as a student, which allowed her to enhance her planning and teaching as an instructor and her duties as an administrator. “Choosing a doctorate program can be difficult, so it’s important to ask yourself what you want to get out of it,” Dr. Engelson said. “I wanted to be able to better educate my students, and I can proudly say that Logan’s DHPE program enabled me to do so.” LOGAN UNIVERSITY • SPRING 2021 13


MS-NHP Dietetics Track Becomes Standalone MS-AND Program Beginning in the spring 2021 trimester, Logan University’s graduate-level dietetics track within its Master of Science in Nutrition & Human Performance (MS-NHP) program became a Master of Science in Applied Nutrition & Dietetics (MS-AND). Now a standalone program, the MS-AND was developed to increase visibility among prospective students who want to become registered dietitians (RD). concentration, they couldn’t qualify for financial aid because it was considered to be a part of the same program,” Dr. DeLorenzo said. “This is one of many ways the MS-AND will benefit current and future students.” According to Dr. DeLorenzo and Helen, there are several differences between the two programs. Although they take the same core classes online, students pursuing an MS-NHP choose their electives, while the MS-AND curriculum is more prescribed. “Knowing their goal is to become RDs, there are certain competencies we must make sure they achieve by requiring specialized classes,” Dr. DeLorenzo said. While MS-NHP students must complete a culminating project at the end of the program, those obtaining their MS-AND do 30 weeks of supervised experiential learning (SEL) outside the classroom at various St. Louis-area sites. Because RDs work in an array of settings, including hospitals, schools, businesses and sports teams, students fulfill their SEL requirements at many different places. “Anywhere there is food, there is an RD,” MS-AND students working under the supervision of Clinical Coordinator Helen Halley Helen said.

“When it was buried within the MSNHP, some people were not even aware we had an RD concentration,” said Theresa DeLorenzo, DCN, RD, program director for Logan’s MS-NHP. “The MS-AND is not just a track, but its own program, which will hopefully generate increased interest.” The change will also help students who already have an MS-NHP degree. “Prior to this transition, students with MS-NHP degrees could complete the dietetics concentration, but they would not be granted another diploma,” said Helen Halley, MS, RD, LD, CSO, CNSC, clinical coordinator. “Creating an MS-AND gives those students the recognition they deserve.” In addition, turning the MS-NHP dietetics track into its own program ensures more students can obtain financial aid. “If a student already had an MS-NHP degree but wanted to do the dietetics


“Offering these diverse SEL opportunities sets our students up for success in a career that is continually expanding.” Currently, Logan is one of 39 schools in the United States to offer a graduate-level dietetics program accredited under the Future Education Model by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND), which requires RDs to obtain a master’s degree to become credentialed. The MS-AND is also unique because it is built on a competency-based curriculum where students demonstrate the skills they learn as they progress through their education. “Hands-on learning is woven throughout the MS-AND curriculum,” Helen said. “Instead of completing classes and then doing an internship at the end, Logan students engage in a cycle of learning and applying their knowledge.” According to Dr. DeLorenzo, Logan’s MS-AND is also more integrative than other dietetics programs. “We offer courses like Nutrition in Pain and Inflammation, Natural Therapies: Herbology & Detoxification, and Gut Microbiome, Nutrition & Behavior,” Dr. DeLorenzo said. “You don’t see those in a lot of other RD programs, so our students have an edge as the field grows.” There are currently 38 students in the MS-AND program. Helen and Dr. DeLorenzo are preparing to welcome more. “Demand for RDs is growing, and so is our program,” Helen said. “The standalone MS-AND is just one important way to recognize that.”


Meet New Clinical Coordinator, Dia Finder After more than two decades of serving in a variety of nutritionrelated positions in clinical, corporate and academic environments, Dia Finder, MEd, RD, LD has found her home at Logan University as a clinical coordinator. “I’ve had a robust career doing many different things, but I’ve found that my passion is educating and mentoring people and nurturing their growth and development,” Dia said. “My new position at Logan feels like a puzzle piece that I fit very well.” Before starting her position at Logan in February, Dia was an adjunct professor teaching nutrition and dietetics at St. Louis Community College. She also managed nutrition support for critical care pediatric patients at FamilyForward and was an account executive at Nestlé Health Science. From 2002 to 2007, she founded and managed a nutrition consulting firm where she provided counseling in physicians’ offices and developed weight loss programs for adults. Dia will work with co-clinical coordinator Helen Halley, MS, RD, LD, CSO, CNSC to facilitate supervised experiential learning (SEL) opportunities for students in Logan’s Master of Science in Applied Nutrition & Dietetics program (MS-AND). She believes the variety of experiences she has had in the field of nutrition will help her connect with students pursuing a wide range of careers. “My path has been unconventional, and I think that’s a wonderful thing to share with students who are not sure what they want to do,” Dia said. “To meet someone with a background like mine can encourage people to think outside the box and be encouraged that there is so much more you can do in this growing field than you imagined.” LOGAN.EDU/GIVE

First Class of Dietetics Students to Graduate in April In January 2020, the first cohort of students entered Logan’s graduate-level registered dietitian (RD) concentration within its Master of Science in Nutrition & Human Performance program (MS-NHP). After eight trimesters of core coursework, specialized RD classes and 30 weeks of supervised experiential learning (SEL), Caitlyn Sheppard and Amir Shaheer will become the first to graduate from the program in April 2021. “I had a great experience,” Caitlyn said. “All my professors were extremely helpful and knowledgeable, and I really enjoyed the curriculum as well as Logan’s focus on holistic health.” Caitlyn said the program has prepared her to work with many different patients in a variety of settings. So far, she has finished six SEL rotations; she has received training in food service management at Paraquad’s Bloom Café, worked with a preceptor in Pennsylvania specializing in nutrition informatics, and gained experience in a hospital and a private practice treating patients with eating disorders. After graduating, she hopes to work with children in a clinical environment. “Being an RD in a hospital is fastpaced and challenging, and I also like the idea of collaborating in an interdisciplinary setting with other members of patient care teams,” Caitlyn said. Amir enjoyed the flexibility of Logan’s graduate-level dietetics program. “When I enrolled, I was working fulltime at the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program in Georgia, which made me want to advance my education in nutrition and become an RD,” Amir said. “The core coursework at Logan is all online, so it was very convenient for me before I moved to St. Louis.”

This trimester, Amir is completing a food service rotation at the Rehabilitation Institute of St. Louis, which helps patients regain independence Caitlyn Sheppard after illnesses and injuries. “Before my SEL at Logan, I thought I wanted to go back to community health after graduation, but since then, I’ve been exposed to so many Amir Shaheer different career paths RDs can pursue,” Amir said. “It’s really broadened my horizons and given me the ability to do a lot within the field of nutrition.” Caitlyn and Amir believe Logan’s program has prepared them for successful careers as RDs. “Choosing Logan to further my education to become an RD was the best decision I could make,” Caitlyn said. LOGAN UNIVERSITY • SPRING 2021 15


Nate Merhaut Helps Paralyzed Patient Walk Again with Chiropractic Treatment Geno Royle dove headfirst into a sandbar while on a beach vacation in 2017, resulting in a C6 burst fracture, paralyzing him from the neck down. After his hospital release, his family began searching for rehab options to help Geno walk again. They found Nate Merhaut, DC (’16), MS (’16), CCSP—one of the only chiropractors specializing in spinal cord injury rehabilitation in their area. When Dr. Merhaut first met Geno, he learned that he was an avid golfer with a young daughter and a son on the way. In addition to being unable to walk, Geno’s accident left him with neurological deficits to overcome. “Geno was highly motivated to get as strong as he could to take care of his family and get back to the athletic activities he enjoyed,” Dr. Merhaut said. “I was confident he would walk again because of his intrinsic motivation and support from his family.” Dr. Merhaut used Russian stimulation to help Geno activate certain muscle groups on his own. Once the muscles were functioning again, Dr. Merhaut began general strength training exercises and chiropractic adjustments. Laser therapy also helped Geno address the neurological deficits from his injury and helped the nerves fire properly again.

Dr. Nate Merhaut with his parents at graduation in 2016 16 SPRING 2021 • LOGAN UNIVERSITY

“Educating Geno and his family on everything I was doing helped reduce their stress,” Dr. Merhaut said. “Geno had a lot of trust in me, but it is still intimidating to hear your spine and joints pop during adjustments after a spinal injury.” After intensive chiropractic rehab for three months, Geno was able to walk, exercise and golf again. Dr. Merhaut credits his education at Logan University for his ability to treat Geno quickly and effectively with chiropractic rehab. Dr. Merhaut’s journey to working with spinal cord injuries started during his time at Logan pursuing first a Master of Science in Sports Science & Rehabilitation followed by his Doctor of Chiropractic. As a student intern at Paraquad, an integrated health center in partnership with Logan, he worked with patients with spinal cord injuries and multiple sclerosis as well as stroke rehabilitation. “Every single person with a spinal cord injury that I’ve worked with has an amazing outlook on their life,” Dr. Merhaut said. “Working with patients who have a strong mindset about their recovery is rewarding and motivating for me.” After graduating from Logan, Dr. Merhaut completed an internship and preceptorship at Elite Sports and Spine and was offered a full-time position at its Pennsylvania location, where he later met Geno. Since then, Dr. Merhaut has moved back to Missouri to work at its new St. Peters location. Dr. Merhaut said he is excited to be back in Missouri to serve those with disabilities,

Dr. Nate Merhaut with patient Geno Royle

including spinal cord related injuries like Geno’s and other disabling injuries. He said his internship with Paraquad introduced him to the variety of spinal injuries and the skills needed to treat each unique case. “With spinal cord injury patients, I know that I am helping them in a way no one else can and that they really appreciate it,” Dr. Merhaut said. “My goal has always been to help people, and I’m fortunate to do that every day.”


Human Biology Degree Supports Maryam Nafea’s Passion for Dentistry Maryam Nafea graduated from Logan University in 2020 with a Bachelor of Science in Human Biology and is studying for the Dental Admissions Test, with hopes to enroll in dental school in fall 2022. Maryam’s interest in dentistry began when she moved from Iraq to the U.S. at age 13 and had her first experience in a dentist’s office. The visit changed her life. “My first time receiving dental care was a formative experience for me since I never had access to dental care in Iraq,” Maryam said. “Since then, I have wanted to have the same impact on others through dentistry.” After moving to the U.S., Maryam had to learn English before she could understand what was going on in school. She only knew the English alphabet and was immediately placed in an English as a Second Language (ESL) class. It took her a year to feel comfortable speaking aloud in class. “I loved math because it was all numbers, and I didn’t need to be fluent to understand the problems,” Maryam said. “I knew

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the answers but hesitated to speak up in case my classmates didn’t understand my explanation.” After two years of ESL classes, Maryam was confident in her English skills and was often the first to raise her hand in class. She officially began her path to dentistry when she participated in a dental assisting program in high school to get exposure to the field. From there, she attended the University of Utah to pursue a degree in human biology. After realizing she was not getting the educational experience she needed, Maryam began looking into other universities. She came across Logan University and immediately felt connected to the school’s values of mentorship, community and academic success. “I saw the ‘Why Logan’ tab on the website and read the answer ‘Where Leaders Are Made,’ and I knew I needed to be there,” Maryam said. Maryam said her academic success coach played an integral role in her positive experience in the human biology program at Logan. The mandatory advising meetings kept her on track and responsible for sticking to her graduation plan. Her success coach helped her strategically choose courses and offered the resources she needed to be successful on her path to dental school. When the COVID-19 pandemic began affecting classes in early 2020, Maryam was working full time while maintaining the course hours she needed to graduate in the fall. The pandemic only amplified her stress: She worried that her husband, working in the health care field, would bring the virus home.

Maryam Nafea

“I was glad to have my professors at Logan offering me resources,” Maryam said. “The overwhelming response of support from the team at Logan is what kept me going during that stressful time.” Maryam graduated last fall and will sit for her Dental Admission Test this May. While Maryam has not had the easiest journey to dental school, she had the determination to stay on track and reach her goals. “Even though I faced many obstacles learning a new language, culture and country, I never let anything stop me from pursuing my education and my dreams,” Maryam said. LOGAN UNIVERSITY • SPRING 2021 17


Chiropractic & Manual Therapies Paper Evaluates DC Education Around Biopsychosocial Model Doctor of chiropractic curricula may be lacking an adequate exploration of the biopsychosocial model of health. That finding comes from recent research by Jordan Gliedt, DC (’11), Patrick Battaglia, DC (’12), DACBR, clinician and director of health policy and interdisciplinary care at Logan University, and Benjamin Holmes, DC, PhD published in the August issue of Chiropractic & Manual Therapies. The paper is titled “The prevalence of psychosocial related terminology in chiropractic program courses, chiropractic accreditation standards, and chiropractic examining board testing content in the United States.” It explores whether U.S. DC education is providing adequate emphasis on “Psychosocial factors are the biopsychosocial model. It does this inherent components by examining the of the human lived use of psychosocial terminology in the experience. Recognizing curricula of U.S. DC these aspects of patient programs, the Council on Chiropractic presentation and Education standards intervention is an and the National Board of Chiropractic integral component test plans. of providing patientWhy is this important? Because centered care.” the care a patient – Dr. Jordan Gliedt receives from a clinician is responsible for only a small percentage of their overall wellness, Dr. Battaglia said. For the best clinical outcomes, chiropractors must be able to evaluate and address psychosocial factors—which is a natural fit for the holistic nature of chiropractic care. “Psychosocial determinants of health appear to be a major driver in spine pain and disability, though they tend to have less notoriety than biological determinants of health,” said Dr. Gliedt, the paper’s first author. “Psychosocial factors are inherent components of the human lived experience. Recognizing these aspects of patient presentation and intervention is an integral component of providing

patient-centered care. For example, past experiences, expectations, mental and emotional health status, socioeconomic status, neighborhood and housing conditions, education characteristics, community dynamics and health system factors have important influences on health expression and optimal patient-clinician partnership strategies.” Even though psychosocial determinants play a huge role in a patient’s health, this study suggests that there’s room for improvement in chiropractic education in the U.S.—mentions of psychosocial factors were limited in curricula and accreditation tests. “It is important, however, to recognize that our study had limitations that should be considered, primarily in that we limited our assessment of psychosocial elements in chiropractic curricula to language included in doctor of chiropractic degree program course catalogs,” Dr. Gliedt noted. “This restricts us from understanding the realtime content that is being presented in chiropractic education.” Limitations aside, Dr. Gliedt said the study—the first of its kind completed in the U.S.—provides valuable benchmark data and “may serve as a platform for intraprofessional dialogue on psychosocial determinants of health and its importance in chiropractic education, public and community health and clinical care settings.” Dr. Gliedt is a clinician and assistant professor at Froedtert & Medical College of Wisconsin. Dr. Holmes is a clinician and assistant professor at the Mayo Clinic.

Dr. Jordan Gliedt

Dr. Patrick Battaglia

Dr. Benjamin Holmes

Eight platform presentations, 12 poster presentations and two workshops from researchers affiliated with Logan University have been accepted to the 27th Annual Association of Chiropractic Colleges-Research Agenda Conference (ACC-RAC), which took place virtually in March. Visit the blog at to learn more about Logan’s submissions.



Two-Decade Partnership Results in New Integrative Neuroimaging Fellowship A 20-year collaboration between Logan University and the Athinoula A. Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School has culminated in the new Integrative Neuroimaging Fellowship. Developed in 2020, the fellowship is designed to train postdoctoral students in advanced imaging techniques for the exploration of mechanisms underlying integrative health approaches such as acupuncture, spinal manipulation and vagal neuromodulation. Logan’s research relationship with the Martinos Center began in the late 1990s when Dr. Norman Kettner, DC, DACBR, FICC, dean of research and professor emeritus of Logan’s Department of Radiology, was enrolled in a course on functional MRI at Harvard Medical School. In 2001, Logan began funding its first postdoctoral researcher working at the Martinos Center: Vitaly Napadow, PhD, LicAc. Now a professor at the Martinos Center, Dr. Napadow has collaborated with Dr. Kettner to produce more than 25 groundbreaking papers on acupuncture, chronic pain, spinal manipulation and vagus nerve stimulation that have been published in a variety of prestigious journals, including Human Brain Mapping, Brain and The Journal of Pain. “The Integrative Neuroimaging Fellowship is a formalization of the working relationship Dr. Kettner and I have had for more than two decades,” Dr. Napadow said. “It unites our two communities at Logan and the Martinos Center.” The fellowship is currently supporting Roberta Sclocco, PhD, recently promoted from postdoctoral fellow to an instructor at the Martinos Center. A bioengineer, Dr. Sclocco’s interest in the interactions between the central and autonomic nervous systems inspired her to investigate the brain-gut axis in health and disease LOGAN.EDU/GIVE

as a fellow. She hopes to develop a fully noninvasive framework probing the braingut axis based on magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). “The Martinos Center provides a rich, collaborative Dr. Roberta Sclocco and intellectually stimulating atmosphere instrumental to ensure the success of my research,” Dr. Sclocco said. “I’m grateful for the possibility of developing my research career here.” In addition to receiving mentorship and career counseling from Dr. Kettner and Dr. Napadow as well as access to resources and cutting-edge technology at one of the largest imaging centers in the world, she also obtains critical funding for her work. “The fellowship has provided me with the necessary support to pursue this high-risk, high-reward line of research by covering my salary and protecting my time so that all my efforts are devoted to advancing the neurogastroenterology field,” Dr. Sclocco said. Dr. Napadow would like to grow the Integrative Neuroimaging Fellowship by supporting additional postdoctoral researchers. “This is an invaluable program for people like Dr. Sclocco because it is often difficult to transition from being a postdoctoral fellow and trainee to a junior faculty member,” said Dr. Napadow. “It’s hard to find grant support at this vulnerable stage, so it’s important to make opportunities like this available

to the next generation of research scientists so they can advance their careers.” He is also looking forward to expanding mutually beneficial collaboration opportunities with Logan. “The Martinos Center is a technical imaging institution with experts in neuroscience, radiology and psychology, but its focus is not on integrative medicine,” Dr. Napadow said. “As a university specializing in fields such as chiropractic and acupuncture, Logan is the perfect partner to support our research on integrative approaches to health care.” The collaborative fellowship supported by Logan and the Martinos Center is unique. “To my knowledge, there are programs funded by pharmaceutical and biomedical industries, but not by an academic partner like this,” Dr. Napadow said. Dr. Napadow is eager to continue working with Dr. Kettner to advance the long and fruitful partnership between the Martinos Center and Logan. “None of this would be possible without Dr. Kettner’s vision and leadership and the support he has given me as a mentor,” said Dr. Napadow. “He continues to be a role model for me and the junior investigators in my lab, and it is just wonderful to see it all come together with this fellowship.”

Dr. Vitaly Napadow and Dr. Norman Kettner LOGAN UNIVERSITY • SPRING 2021 19


Managing Chronic Spinal Pain in Community Health Centers Chronic spinal pain is one of the most common diseases in the United States, affecting approximately 50 million adults. Patients in medically underserved communities are more likely to use opioid medications instead of chiropractic therapies and rehabilitation to treat chronic pain due to lack of access. Patrick Battaglia, DC (’12), DACBR, clinician and director of health policy and interdisciplinary care at Logan, along with Christopher Prater, MD, MPH, internal medicine and pediatrics practitioner at Affinia Healthcare, and Melissa Tepe, MD, MPH, chief medical officer at Affinia Healthcare, recently completed research on managing chronic spinal pain in a community health center. According to Dr. Battaglia, identifying alternatives to opioid usage in chronic pain treatment and looking for opportunities to improve community health were the primary research goals. Their results were published in September in the Journal of Primary Care & Community Health. Chiropractic and other nonpharmacologic therapies are often not covered by Medicare or Medicaid, disproportionately affecting the treatment options for those receiving care in community health clinics. To justify health care policy changes, this research team set out to discover just how effective these alternatives to medication are in treating chronic spinal pain. “We were interested in assessing the best patient outcomes for dealing with chronic spinal pain in our community health centers,” Dr. Battaglia said. “There were limitations in our study, but our data suggests that we are doing the right therapies for treating our patients with chronic spinal pain.” The research team designed a prospective observational pilot study at an Affinia Healthcare community health center focused on treating an underserved 20 SPRING 2021 • LOGAN UNIVERSITY

population in St. Louis. The study measured the effectiveness of two interventions for patients suffering from chronic spinal pain: a multidisciplinary pain team and chiropractic care. Dr. Patrick Battaglia Study outcomes were improvement in pain and functional disability measured by the Pain Disability Questionnaire (PDQ) and reduction of opioid dose at baseline and six to 12 months following treatment. Goals of the pain team included improving chronic pain, increasing psychosocial support and decreasing opioid use for pain. Chiropractic care consisted of patient education, rehabilitation exercises and other home care advice, as well as manual therapy consisting of low- or highvelocity, low-amplitude spinal manipulation and myofascial treatment. Thirty-five individuals completed baseline and follow-up PDQs from August 2018 to May 2020. Participants in the chiropractic team and those completing the study before COVID-19 were found to have significantly greater improvement at follow-up. The study showed that chiropractic care resulted in a positive change on the patient’s pain and functional status. Dr. Battaglia said that patients dealing with chronic high-impact pain, or pain that interferes with everyday life, do well with a multifaceted approach. Every patient with chronic pain is different, but having a clinician work alongside a chiropractor can help cover the bases of pain management. “It’s important that we do not give patients a menu of treatment options to choose from, but rather guide each patient

Dr. Christopher Prater

Dr. Melissa Tepe

through their care in deciding the best treatment options for their pain needs,” Dr. Battaglia said. For chiropractic students reading the report, Dr. Battaglia hopes to emphasize that their place in the health care system has never been more important. “There is no shortage of chronic pain to go around, and with an aging population, it’s only going to become more prevalent,” Dr. Battaglia said. “Clinicians with our holistic, nondrug, nonsurgical mindset are desperately needed for effective pain management.” Dr. Battaglia hopes to see this research set the stage for more in-depth qualitative investigation into integrating chiropractic and other nonpharmacologic therapy and patient care in the community health environment. On a policy level, Dr. Battaglia hopes this research will help Medicaid and Medicare policymakers consider the most effective pain treatment services for chronic spinal pain when deciding which services to reimburse within community health. “It is clear that the therapy we provide is effective in the patients who receive it, and they should have the opportunity to get that care without major financial barriers,” Dr. Battaglia said.


New Positions Support Student, Faculty Success In all that we do, the Logan community is committed to excellence in health sciences, education and service. Meet Leslie Ragus and Tim Williams, who are working to advance this mission every day through their new roles. LESLIE RAGUS Director of Curriculum and Content Development

TIM WILLIAMS Community Standards Coordinator, Student Affairs

With a dual passion for education and content development, Leslie Ragus sees herself as an information gatherer and sharer. “I enjoy collaborating with colleagues as we implement best practices for instructional design and find creative ways to facilitate student learning in online and in-person classes,” she said. “Gathering feedback from a variety of stakeholders is an important part of the process of connecting to these audiences.” Leslie brings decades of experience in instructional design. After graduate work in instructional design and technology at Old Dominion University, she enjoyed her time as a fourth grade teacher. She led the instructional design team for Lockheed Martin’s Global Center for Courseware Development as well as the professional development support for Houghton Mifflin Harcourt’s K-12 science programs. While at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Leslie worked with Frank Diaz, EdD, Logan’s associate provost of curriculum and dean of distance learning. “I look forward to working with Dr. Diaz again, as well as our colleagues at Logan, to apply creative solutions for enhancing our processes and courses and generating a long-term plan of communication and engagement,” she noted. Leslie currently lives with her family in Orlando, Florida. She works remotely but visits the campus often. “Sharing best practices, providing support to instructors when transitioning curriculum from in person to online, and structuring content to facilitate student engagement and learning are all things we are working on,” she said. “There’s so much knowledge and opportunity for innovation at Logan.”

Bringing expertise in physical education, sports and administration at both the collegiate and youth levels, Tim Williams joins Logan University as the new community standards coordinator. This position aims to “support the diversity and inclusion initiatives of Logan University’s Office of Student Affairs by implementing programs to meet students’ needs and positively impact their overall experience,” said Tim. Tim is an experienced administrator in the nonprofit, secondary and post-secondary education sectors. After obtaining a bachelor’s degree in physical education and a master’s in physical education and sports science at Eastern New Mexico University, Tim completed some doctoral work at Middle Tennessee State University and the University of Alabama. He has worked in various capacities for several universities, including Harris-Stowe State University, Lincoln University and Westminster College. Additionally, Tim coached basketball and served as the athletic director at Talladega College, where he successfully led the effort to reinstate the college’s athletics program. “I am excited to join Logan and work with the students here,” said Tim. “My past experiences in student affairs administration at various undergraduate universities will be invaluable in my work with students at Logan. I look forward to making a positive impact in their lives.”




Eliminating Barriers to Chiropractic Care Among Vulnerable Populations Through multiple partnerships with community-based organizations, Logan University has worked for years to increase access to integrated chiropractic care for underserved populations. This year, it expanded its reach even further, embarking on a new agreement with the St. Louis County Department of Public Health. Logan clinicians now treat patients alongside other health care providers at the John C. Murphy Health Center in north St. Louis County. Patrick Battaglia, DC (‘12), DACBR, Logan’s director of health policy and interdisciplinary care, is the attending clinician. He is joined by Bernadette Sheffield, an occupational therapist providing complementary pain reduction treatments for patients with spinal and musculoskeletal conditions. As demand at the center increases, they will be joined by additional Logan clinicians. Dr. Battaglia and Bernadette began providing care in January and quickly saw an increase in referrals from primary

care physicians. “While demand has been hampered a bit due to COVID-19, it started to grow already in the first few weeks,” Dr. Battaglia noted. “This mirrors our experience embarking on work with other community health centers, which tend to serve many chronic pain patients who need nondrug, nonsurgical treatment options.” The partnership between Logan and the St. Louis County Department of Public Health was made possible through Gateway to Better Health, the Regional Health Commission’s temporary program to provide health care to uninsured adults in St. Louis City and County. “I applaud the efforts of the St. Louis

Regional Health Commission leadership, especially Amanda Harris, regional initiatives director, and Dr. Heidi Miller, medical director,” Dr. Battaglia said. “Chronic pain is a real problem in the community, and they’ve been working for years on programs to eliminate access barriers for treatment.” Dr. Battaglia said Logan’s success at other community-based organizations, including Affinia Healthcare, CareSTL Health and the Mercy JFK clinic, laid the foundation for its work with the St. Louis County Department of Public Health. Logan’s goal with each organization is the same: to increase access to quality chiropractic care to vulnerable populations in the community. Logan’s work in the community also provides invaluable educational experiences for DC students interested in treating patients in an integrated care setting. By working alongside Dr. Battaglia and other attending clinicians, they apply and fine-tune their knowledge and clinical skills and also get to experience on-site collaboration with a variety of health care disciplines. “Our collaboration with the St. Louis County Department of Public Health proves that DCs have an important role to play in the current and future health care market,” Dr. Battaglia said. “Partnerships like this reinforce the need for expanded access to clinicians who provide nondrug, nonsurgical integrated therapies. Logan is committed to continue working to improve DC integration into the health care environment and eliminate barriers to the care we can offer.”

Dr. Patrick Battaglia and Bernadette Sheffield, occupational therapist, provide care to patients at the John C. Murphy Health Center. 22 SPRING 2021 • LOGAN UNIVERSITY


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For many athletes, competing in the Olympic Games is nothing but a lofty dream, but two Logan students worked hard to make that dream a reality.

Daniel McLaughlin in competition


discovered a natural talent that couldn’t be ignored. After shooting for just a few months, he won a state championship, and his coach suggested he participate in the Junior Olympic Archery Development (JOAD) Target Nationals. Daniel finished third in his age group. After that, the Olympic National Head Coach began scouting him for the United States Archery Team. Throughout high school, Daniel traveled to the Olympic Training Center in San Diego

a few times each year. He would stay for a week and train with the head coach. “It was during this time that I qualified to compete in the Olympic trials in London in 2012. I did all right, but the experience made me realize I would have a better shot if I committed more time to my training,” said Daniel. He graduated high school and made the decision to move to San Diego to pursue his dreams of competing in the Olympics. Over the next four years, Daniel traveled the

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SHOOTING FOR THE TOP Whether in sports, education or fitness, DC and MS-SSR student Daniel McLaughlin has a habit of pushing himself to perform at his very best. “Growing up, I played soccer year-round. Eventually, I got a little burnt out and looked for a new sport,” Daniel said. “My twin brother shot archery, which sounded intriguing, so I tried it.” As an Eagle Scout, Daniel was familiar with shooting sports, but he quickly


world to compete in seven world cups and five world championships, medaling at every event. “I developed some overuse injuries. Archery creates a lot of muscular imbalance,” Daniel said. “I started seeing a chiropractor and immediately experienced a tangible performance benefit. That’s how I became interested in chiropractic care.” Daniel completed his undergraduate education in kinesiology and health, then started looking for a chiropractic college. “Logan stood out to me because of the ability to simultaneously pursue my DC and a Master of Science in Sports Science & Rehabilitation,” said Daniel. “Handling the course load for two rigorous degrees at once has been challenging, but I apply the same mentality that I learned while training for the Olympics, which keeps me motivated to work hard and earn my degrees.” Now in trimester 7, Daniel hopes to work with the United States Olympic Committee after graduation. “I’d love to use my skills to give back to the next generation of Olympic athletes,” Daniel said. “Chiropractic care enabled me to perform at the best of my athletic ability, and my goal is for someone else to say the same because of me.” TOP FIGHTING SHAPE Olympic competitor. Judo Athlete of the Century. Dominican Republic Army Superior Officer. Sports Hall of Fame member. Brother, husband and father. Vic Geraldino wears many impressive hats. Vic, who is pursuing his Master of Science in Sports Science & Rehabilitation, began practicing judo as a rambunctious 4-year-old. Early on, it was clear that his skills and talents surpassed the other kids in his age group. “As a 10-year-old, I was the first LOGAN.EDU/GIVE

Dominican to win the Junior U.S. Open Judo Championship. Then, I won four times after that,” Vic said. From that point on, Vic never stopped practicing and competing, racking up dozens of victories and accolades. He was eventually ranked one of the top 10 judo competitors in the world, a title he held for six years. He competed in the Pan American Judo Championships in the Dominican Republic and two Olympic Games. “My first Olympic Games appearance in Sydney in 2000 didn’t go the way I hoped, but it prepared me to succeed the second time,” said Vic. “Then, in Athens in 2004, I became the first Dominican to ever win a judo match in the Olympics.” Vic retired from practicing judo in 2004 and decided to focus on his education. “As a lifelong athlete, I have always been interested in exercise science. I experienced incredible care, which really benefited my athletic performance,” Vic said. “I earned my undergraduate degree in this field in hopes of providing that same level of care to other athletes.” For the last seven years, Vic has been running his own strength, conditioning and rehabilitation center in the Dominican Republic, where he specializes in treating sports injuries. Although he has a background in exercise science, he felt the need to further his education to better serve his patients, and he began looking for an online master’s degree program in the area of sports and rehabilitation. “I could immediately tell Logan was different from other schools I’d considered. They truly work to make a connection with each student, and I felt like part of the family from day one,” said Vic. “I knew it would be a perfect fit for me because Logan’s passion for serving students mirrors my passion for serving my patients.”

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In Memory of Dr. Ray Howell Jr. Going above and beyond to advance Logan University and the chiropractic profession was typical of the late Ray Howell Jr., DC (‘52), who passed away November 23, 2020. He was among the alumni who each contributed $5,000 to purchase the school’s current Chesterfield campus in 1972. After graduating from Logan and returning home from serving in the Korean War, Dr. Howell began practicing in Jennings, Missouri, where his father—also a chiropractor— had found success. He later moved his practice to Florissant after learning the area did not have a chiropractor. Dr. Howell’s practice flourished, and he served the community for three decades. His son, Mark Howell, DC (’83), remembers his father working hard, often putting in hours on the weekends and making house calls. He also recalls his father being an active member of the community, joining “every civic group in the area.” In addition to providing leadership to the Florissant Rotary Club, Florissant Valley Chamber of Commerce, Florissant Fine Arts Council and Emerson Family YMCA, Dr. Howell served as president of the Ferguson-Florissant School Board, leading the district through desegregation in the 1970s. He also helped bring North County its first hospital, Christian Hospital. “My father always told me that it was important to give back to the community and to those who helped him

along the way,” Dr. Mark Howell said. “So when Logan alumni asked for his help in establishing the new campus, he was more than willing to get involved.” Dr. Howell often let Logan students shadow him at his office. One such student was Roy Hillgartner, DC (‘69), now a Logan instructor. “Because Ray was Dr. Ray Howell Jr. in 1952 right up the street in Florissant from the old campus, he would routinely open his office to students,” Dr. Hillgartner said. “He was always very professional, had a tremendous ability to articulate and communicate chiropractic to his patients and was a positive role model for so many of us students who were in and out of his office.” A passion for chiropractic runs in Dr. Howell’s family— his father and son aren’t the only Howells to go into the profession. His brother, William Howell, DC (’61) and grandson Adam Howell, DC (’12) also graduated from Logan University. Dr. Adam Howell now runs Howell Chiropractic, founded by Dr. Mark Howell in Hazelwood in 1987. “That means there has been a Howell providing chiropractic care to North County residents for over 80 years,” Dr. Mark Howell said.

Dr. Ray Howell Jr. with the Logan University Junior class in 1951


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Class of December 2020

Elizabeth M. Lersch

Kevin D. Worley

Addison E. Walstra

Kelsey R. McDonald Treasurer

Education Coordinator

Education Coordinator

Athletic Director

Lydia J. Krzyzak

Jacob M. Osmulski

Tyler B. Brashier

Abigail L. Buerkett

Marcus J. Campione

Justin C. Campos

Randi G. Christ

Joanna M. Consiglio

Kristen L. Cook

Jordan L. Daniels

Caleb P. Gorman

Mary N. Grant

Megan L. Hardgrove

Paige R. Harris

Jacob W. Huebner

Mitchel T. Israel

Logan C. Jones

Elena V. Kane

Ethan M. Knisley

Darren A. Kuhn

David P. Lohmuller

Danielle M. Lorenscheit

Daniel G. McGaugh

Ty J. Rebedew

Christine N. Reed

Nicholas T. Rice

Theresa M. Russo

Christen T. Saccucci

Jacob M. Schlosser

Michael A. Schneider

Matthew R. Schwieterman

Rebecca E. Street

Dalton T. Thurman

Christopher M. Tonymon

Jason R. Troy

Natalie J. Underberg

Alyxandra B. Walters

Miranda P. Warmann

Thomas D. Watt


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Cassidy S. Pascher

Lauren N. Wright

Griffin S.E. McQuality Michelle A. Mendez Torres

Athletic Director

Kevin W. Meyer

Doctor of Chiropractic Graduates


Mohamed Ahmed

Hailey A. Alexander

Jacob J. Anderson

Julia E. Augustyniak

Chad J. Basinger

Bryan P. Beiter

Sydney N. Berger

Mark T. Boynton

Monica M. Dennis

Amanda J. Drum

Rebekah A. Dunn

Danton M. Dye

Reggie R. Fiel

Tyler M. Frizzi

Tanner C. Garey

Heather B. Gilmore

Chelsea A. Karwath

Tyler R. Kaye

Tyler D. Kemp

Derek K. Ketchum

Jevinne A. Khan

Trevor R. Kimm

Seth T. Kintigh

Jonathan S. Kline

Alexander J. Midkiff

Erene A.T. Mihalas

Shauna B. Murphy

Kevin M. Nguyen

Joshua R. Nisler

Daniel E. O’Dell

Dana N. Pfau

Britt L. Placek

Caitlin R. Sembach

Jordan N. Sinn

Chloe E. Skidmore

Henry N. Smaltz

Jennifer D. Sparks

Holden J. Stanfill

Laura C. Stephenson

Luke A. Stolitza

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Auston L. Weldy


Shelby J. Wendel

Antoine J. Wright

Kyle A. Yates

Timothy J. Zackery

Kianoosh Ziayan

Christopher D. Jones


R E C OG N I Z I N G S U CCESS BACHELOR OF SCIENCE DEGREES Human Biology Jessica Bartlett Robin Boyd Magna Cum Laude Paige ShaLae Crittenden Magna Cum Laude Teela L. DeShields Magna Cum Laude Melissa Elmer Lucas Fryman Katrial Graves Summa Cum Laude Tiffany Adele Jones Maryam Nafea Dena Rochelle Roy Alexa Rukstela Summa Cum Laude Donald Stottlemyer Magna Cum Laude Gracie C. Townsend Jasmine Walker Cum Laude Jaime Willmann Magna Cum Laude

Life Science Amber Banda Simon Charles Bokma Jacob H. Bowman Abigail Dykema Cameron Elmore Jessica Susan Ferguson Cum Laude Rachel Iacofano Summa Cum Laude Megan Raderstorf Ryan Scott Rappe Julia Lyn Rhoades Cum Laude Alexander Joseph Ryan Lydia Rose Schutzenhofer

MASTER OF SCIENCE DEGREES Nutrition and Human Performance Gregory G. Alexander II Lara Al Samman* Matthew Lee Anderson* Jessica Arnzen Shala Augustine**

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Julia Ellen Augustyniak Jacob Timothy Barnett** Michelle Brungart* Michelle Ashley Caravella* Shannan L. Chevallier Emily Elizabeth Cox** Rachel M. Dinkeldein* Brittney Doehrer** Benjamin Dunn** Asia Alexandria Elliott Kevin A. Ellul Samira El-Zein* Tanairi Eusebio Cruz Erika K. Evans Roland Hailey Trumayn Fricke* Amanda Vargas Garcia** Katen Gregg Nia Hazeur Marcia Kim Hollins Meghan Marie Jones** Daniel Krausz* Gabrielle Nicole Lanier Kayla A. Magni-Abeid Shanea A. McGee* Patrick McLeroy Marvick Melendez** Sarah Irma Mennerick** Rodaly Moreno Cedeño* Adele Morrison Alisa Moyer* Lindsey Susan Naeyaert Joseph Pelkey Ephraim Pena Madison Powel** Michelle Putman* Catherine Randolph Adams** Samantha Scherer Heidi Stomsvik Meredith Terranova** Brent R. Trammell** Krystal Tuning Micah N.Viss** Devin Walker Sahar Zamirpour* Sports Science and Rehabilitation Ala Ali Said Abdallah Travis Ashley** Beth Larissa Bearden** Emily Blakemore** Shauna Leigh Bostian** Bianca Ariel Bunners**

Tiffany Beatrice Butler Marcus Campione Alice M. Cardona-Otero* Jason Lee Day Jakia Danielle Dixon Nathan Wayne Emery Ryanne Kiara Taylor George* Kelsey Kristine Hinson* Javarius Hodge* Joel M. Inman* Adam Douglas Jent** Marissa Jones Rubah Karim** Derek Ketchum Keyonna Lashay Kirton Brandi Marten* Vinson Victor McCrea Lauren Marie McCullough* Michael Anthony Meinhold* Rokaya Mikhailenko Oztek Kara Miller Bailey Erin Naylon Faraz Ozlati Chad Jeremy Rawdon** Kyle Schelling** Alok Kumar Sethi Michael Joseph Solla* Patrick Southworth* Derek Anthony Speck Alex Storud John Avery Stutznegger** Ashley Larie Terry** Aimee L. Thomas** Leslie Nicole Vanderburg Antoine Jerrell Wright* Joshua Thomas Young** Melinda Siu Yin Zen

DOCTOR OF HEALTH PROFESSIONS EDUCATION DEGREES Chaunda Capers* Vincent Frank DeBono** Kimberly Sue Oeth** Kenneth Louie Rodriguez* Eugene Charles Spilker II*

**With High Distinction *With Distinction

RE C O GN I Z I N G S U CCE S S University Mission Awards Diversity and Inclusion Award Michelle Azalia Méndez Torres Evidence Informed Award Vincent Frank DeBono Tyler Daniel Kemp Marvick Melendez Leaders Made Award Beth Larissa Bearden Kimberly Sue Oeth Lauren Nicole Wright Logan Respect Award Kevin William Meyer Service Award Jacob J. Anderson Tanner Cassidy Garey Hugh B. Logan Clinic Excellence Award Jacob W. Huebner Dr. Chelsea Karwath

HONORS AND AWARDS Doctor of Chiropractic Valedictorian Academic Achievement Award Mitchel T. Israel Jevinne A. Khan Summa Cum Laude Chad Jacob Basinger Joanna M. Consiglio Mitchel T. Israel Jevinne A. Khan Miranda Paton Warmann Kyle Andrew Yates Magna Cum Laude Jacob J. Anderson Sydney Nicole Berger Monica Margaret Dennis Tyler Mark Frizzi Mary Nicole Grant Paige Ruthann Harris Elena Victoria Kane Seth Thomas Kintigh Lydia Jane Krzyzak LOGAN.EDU/GIVE

University Basic Science Outstanding Faculty Award Meadow Campbell, PhD College of Health Sciences Outstanding Faculty Award Christopher Fahs, PhD College of Chiropractic Outstanding Pre-Clinic Faculty Award Jane Wibbenmeyer, DC College of Chiropractic Outstanding Clinic Faculty Award Patrick Battaglia, DC, DACBR Hugh B. Logan Outstanding Staff Award Law Pickett Stacia Rosen, MA Hugh B. Logan Outstanding Faculty Award Jane Wibbenmeyer, DC

Danielle Marie Lorenscheit Daniel McGaugh Christen Saccucci Jacob M. Schlosser Laura Stephenson Jason Robert Troy Addison Elizabeth Walstra Cum Laude Julia Ellen Augustyniak Justin Christopher Campos Tanner Cassidy Garey Caleb Paul Gorman Elizabeth Lersch Joshua R. Nisler Jacob Osmulski Nicholas Rice Rebecca Elizabeth Street Kevin Worley President’s Honor Roll Joanna M. Consiglio Mitchel T. Israel Jevinne A. Khan Miranda Paton Warmann Kyle Andrew Yates

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Trimester 1 Students Receive White Coats in Virtual Ceremony At the Spring 2021 White Coat Ceremony on January 13, Logan welcomed another class of DC students from around the country. The White Coat ceremony symbolizes the students’ pledge to diligently pursue their chiropractic education and training from that day forward. It solidifies their commitment to put the interest of their patients before their own, to respect and value their fellow students and teachers, and to always strive to be worthy of the privilege of being a doctor.

Tori Hopler | Hometown: St. Louis, Missouri Why did you decide to attend Logan and pursue your DC? I worked as a massage therapist and chiropractic assistant for a chiropractic office in St. Louis for six years, so I had a great opportunity to see the impact chiropractic care has on people’s lives. I chose Logan because some of the most amazing chiropractors I know are Logan grads, and I’m excited to join this community of health care leaders. What does receiving your white coat symbolize for you? Receiving my white coat was a dream come true, and it gives me the motivation to give 110 percent of myself to this goal. Chiropractic care has positively affected my life as a patient, and I can’t wait to make a difference in my future patients’ lives in a similar way, helping them reach their health and wellness goals. 32 SPRING 2021 • LOGAN UNIVERSITY

Elias Alqazaha | Hometown: Flushing, Michigan, but I was born and raised in Palestine Why did you decide to attend Logan and pursue your DC? I’m currently a massage therapist, and I wanted to continue to expand my skills and be able to address more issues with my clients. I was very interested in the chiropractic profession because of the philosophy of the body to heal itself. What do you hope to gain on your journey to becoming a DC? I hope to gain extensive knowledge on how to treat all kinds of patients, from pediatrics to geriatrics. I’m also excited to collaborate with professors, mentors and classmates to learn and grow into a well-rounded doctor to best serve my patients.

Ivy Kolb | Hometown: Mt. Carmel, Illinois Why did you decide to attend Logan and pursue your DC? I decided to pursue my DC because I want to help people heal and maintain optimal health in a natural way. While looking at chiropractic schools, Logan’s mission, vision and values stuck out to me. They are committed to their students’ success, and there is a great community here. What does receiving your white coat symbolize for you? From a young age, I knew that I wanted to be a doctor, so finally receiving my white coat was a childhood dream come true. This is just the beginning of working toward my goal to help people in a natural way.

A DMI S S I O N S Morgan Craig | Hometown: Hanoverton, Ohio, a small town about one hour from Pittsburgh

Ahmed Jaafari | Hometown: Columbia, Missouri, but my roots are Middle Eastern What does receiving your white coat symbolize for you? Receiving my white coat made me feel like all my hard work was beginning to pay off and I am on my way to becoming a doctor. I believe earning this degree will forever be one of the greatest things I accomplish in my life.

What does receiving your white coat symbolize for you? Receiving my white coat symbolizes the beginning of my chiropractic journey and the growth I’ll go through academically and personally. What does chiropractic mean to you? To me, chiropractic is a form of holistic healing that treats the cause of pain, not just the symptoms. It is a form of wellness that adds life to years, as they say.

What do you hope to gain on your journey to becoming a DC? I truly believe in the benefits of chiropractic care, so I hope to gain all the skills and knowledge I need to become the best DC I can be. I look forward to helping people pursue a healthier and more holistic lifestyle, which I think will ultimately increase their quality of life.

Grace Godsy | Hometown: St. Louis, Missouri Why did you decide to attend Logan and pursue your DC? I was interested in pursuing a career in holistic medicine and was lucky enough to already live and work close to one of the best chiropractic schools in the country. What do you hope to gain on your journey to becoming a DC? I hope to gain all the knowledge and experiences that will make me a well-rounded, lifelong learner, student and world citizen. I am excited to have the opportunity to positively influence the lives of the patients I treat and the people around me.

Cass Dodgson | Hometown: Scottsdale, Arizona

Sam Reed | Hometown: Star City, Arkansas

Why did you decide to attend Logan and pursue your DC? I chose to attend Logan because of the inclusive community that the school offers. I decided to pursue my DC because I knew I wanted to help people without prescribing medications and approach it in a holistic manner.

What does receiving your white coat symbolize for you? Receiving my white coat gave me a feeling of achievement, and it symbolized a transition into a lifelong journey of being committed to my patients’ health.

What does chiropractic mean to you? To me, chiropractic means that I will be able to help people and they won’t have to see multiple providers. I am excited to one day treat patients and help them live a life free of pain. LOGAN.EDU/GIVE

What does chiropractic mean to you? The benefits of a chiropractic adjustment can do wonders for an individual. To see someone come into an appointment with problems and leave pain-free is truly incredible. Being able to help others live without disease, stress or fear is my passion, and I am excited to do so through chiropractic care. LOGAN UNIVERSITY • SPRING 2021 33



Board of Trustees News

Faculty and Staff News

Congratulations to …

Congratulations to …

The Logan University Board of Trustees welcomes Xaivier Tipler, DC (’06) and Amy Gill as trustee and advisory member, respectively. We also thank Rodney Williams, DC (’00), FICC for his many years of service to the board as a trustee.

Bryan Stone, CFRE, director of development, who recently earned the Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) designation. The CFRE certification demonstrates a high level of commitment to the fundraising profession and the donors who are served.

Congratulations to Steven C. Roberts Sr., JD, LLM, who will continue as a public member of the ACA Board of Governors. First elected to the board in 2018, he serves as chair of three ACA committees: finance, investment and audit. He is also a Trustee Emeritus for Logan’s Board of Trustees. In addition to our congratulations, Logan University offers its deepest condolences to Steven, whose mother, Delores Talley Roberts, passed away on December 29, 2020, at the age of 92. A lifelong teacher, Delores was an active member of the St. Louis community and was known for volunteering her time to numerous community organizations and patronizing many of the city’s cultural attractions.

Casey Woodson and Marianne Peacock, who are now instructional designers for the College of Health Sciences. Patrick Montgomery, DC (’76), MS (’15), FASA, FICC, professor, who was reelected as secretary for the Faculty American Chiropractic Association (FACA) for another two-year term. Dr. Montgomery also remains as editor of Faculty News, the newsletter of FACA. Christopher Fahs, PhD, CSCS, associate professor; Kelley Humphries, DC, MS, EMT-P, CSCS, ICCSP, CCSP, executive director of Paralympic operations; and Meadow Campbell, PhD, assistant professor, whose research was published in the November issue of the Journal of Trainology. The paper, “Regional body composition


and its relationship to performance in powerlifters with physical disabilities: A pilot study,” examined the regional body composition characteristics of competitive powerlifters with physical disabilities to determine the relationships between relative performance and regional lean body mass in these powerlifters.

has demonstrated the wide range of knowledge essential to manage an association in today’s challenging environment.”

Brittany Ramirez, DC (’15), MS (’18), LAT, ATC, CCSP, who was named program director of the Master of Science in Sports Science & Rehabilitation.

President: David Kruse

Jordan Gliedt, DC (’11), adjunct faculty member, who co-authored a research study entitled “Chiropractic students’ cognitive dissonance to statements about professional identity, role, setting and future: international perspectives from a secondary analysis of pooled data” that was published in Chiropractic & Manual Therapies. Theresa Fleck, CFRE, CAE, vice president of institutional advancement, who earned the Certified Association Executive (CAE) credential, which the Center for Association Leadership describes as “the marker of a committed association professional who

Student News Congratulations to … The new Logan Student Government for the Spring & Summer 2021 terms: Vice President: Rachael Lindsey Treasurer: Ryan Loucks Secretary: Kaitlyn Flamand Parliamentarian: Emily Crowcroft Student Services: Devin Woods and Wesley (Blake) McClure Student Activities: Kolton Donovan and Adrianna Bigger Maddison McBurnie, who earned a $5,000 scholarship from Platinum, a Canadianbased chiropractic software provider. Maddison was one of 150 students vying for the scholarship. Grant Speer, who earned a $2,500 scholarship from the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners’ Annual Student Scholarship Competition for his essay titled, “Why Chiropractors Have High Potential to Help Our Country’s Financial Situation.”

Noah Banks, Alex Cesal and Lanisha Garrett, who each received a $500 Bucks for Boards scholarship from NCMIC to help defray the cost of board exams.

also co-authored the study, titled “Chronic Primary Pain of the Spine: an Integrative Perspective Part 1.”

In Memoriam

In Memoriam

It is with great sadness that we mourn the loss of Zachary Whittaker, who passed away February 6, 2021. Zachary was taking classes at Logan in preparation for entry into dental school.

Class of 1959 Arden Fenander, DC November 28, 2020

Alumni Notes Congratulations to … Class of 2009 Jason Hulme, DC, who was recognized by the Tennessee Chiropractic Association with the 2020 Chiropractor of the Year Award for his outstanding leadership and service to his community and profession. Class of 2019 TJ Williamson, DC, MS; Chandler Bolles, DC; and Nicholas Hedges, DC, MS, whose research study was published in SN Comprehensive Clinical Medicine. Dean of Research and Professor Emeritus Norman Kettner, DC, DACBR, FICC

Class of 1967 Paul Lumpkin, DC November 23, 2020 Class of 1971 James Furman, DC January 1, 2021

Chiropractic Organizations Optimistic for 2021 Chiropractors Gather Virtually at ACA Engage 2021

Class of 1977 Charles F. Loomis, DC November 14, 2020 Class of 1983 Phillip J. Shanks, DC, DACBR January 16, 2020 Class of 1992 Richard “Mark” Spaulding, DC December 12, 2020 Class of 1993 Shannon Rampton, DC February 9, 2021

In Loving Memory Ruth Ann Doyle, the wife of the late Bill E. Doyle, DC (’64) and mother of Dennis A. Doyle, DC (’80); Kelly I. Doyle, DC (’83); Mark O. Doyle; Edwin S. Doyle, DC (’93); Marie Doyle; and Anna L. Doyle, DC (’91), passed away November 1, 2020. According to her children, “she was a strong adherent of chiropractic principles and Logan College of Chiropractic” who encouraged four of her six children to attend Logan and whose body was donated to the university upon her death. Several years ago, the Doyle family also established the Dr. B.E. Doyle Scholarship to “help students get the education they need and continue the dream of better health … with chiropractic care.” As the daughter of the late Arthur L. McAuliffe Jr., DC (’53) and Theresa McAuliffe, Maureen Clark’s family is one of the longest-practicing chiropractic families in the country, spanning four generations and nearly 100 years and representing several Logan graduates. It is with great sadness that we mourn the loss of Maureen, who passed away November 14, 2020. She was the wife to John Clark; mother to Kevin Clark, DC (’13) and Meghan Clark; sister to Dr. Kathleen McAuliffe, Arthur L. McAuliffe III, DC (’94), Dr. Terence McAuliffe Sr., Timothy McAuliffe, Patrick McAuliffe, Kelly Smith and Dr. Kerry Muneses. The McAuliffe family established and contributes to the Dr. Arthur L. McAuliffe Scholarship to assist Logan DC students. LOGAN.EDU/GIVE


Chiropractors and students from across the nation gathered virtually this year for the American Chiropractic Association’s (ACA) annual conference, ACA Engage, which featured a variety of education sessions as well as professional development Dr. Michele Maiers and networking ACA President opportunities. During the meeting, ACA presented its annual awards. ACA’s highest honor, Chiropractor of the Year, was presented to Karen Konarski-Hart, DC of Little Rock, Arkansas. Dr. Konarski-Hart has helped integrate the profession in the area of disaster relief and readiness on both the state and national levels by training chiropractic physicians for emergency response. The Carr Family of Beadle County, South Dakota, collectively received the Humanitarian of the Year Award for stepping up as leaders on the Beadle County COVID-19 Task Force. Daniel Haun, DC (’04), DACBR, director of fellow and resident education at Logan University, of Chesterfield, Missouri, received the Academician of the Year Award for his efforts to advance the profession through academic and educational excellence. Continued on page 36 LOGAN UNIVERSITY • SPRING 2021 35

Chiropractic Organizations Optimistic for 2021, Continued from page 35 Kenneth A. Weber, II, DC, PhD, of Palo Alto, California, received the George B. McClelland Researcher of the Year Award for his work toward expanding the body of knowledge in chiropractic. Also at Engage, ACA’s Board of Governors elected Michele Maiers, DC, MPH, PhD, of Minneapolis, Minnesota, to serve as ACA president and Kathy Boulet, DC (’89), of Lewiston, Maine, to serve as ACA vice president. Dr. Maiers is the first female to serve as president in ACA’s 58year history. Read more about the highlights of ACA Engage 2021 in the Conference Daily newsletters posted at

FICS Presents Opportunities on World Stage of Sports

In 2020, FICS took the opportunity to update our organizational Dr. Keith Overland FICS Secretary General & and functional Logan Board of Trustees capacities and Advisory Member technologies. To that end, Doctors of Chiropractic interested in caring for athletes will now be able to utilize online platforms to become certified as an international sports chiropractor. Logan University has been one of FICS’ champion level educational partners for many years. We are currently working with Logan leadership to develop opportunities for students and alumni to take specific FICS courses through Logan’s continuing education program. Additionally, Logan, in partnership with FICS and the


Alabama Chiropractic Association, will provide courses beginning September 2021 for chiropractic doctors who are interested in obtaining their International Certificate in Sports Chiropractic (ICSC). This certification allows chiropractors to volunteer at international sporting events, such as the World Games, which will be held in the United States in 2022. I am excited to announce that FICS will be hosting the first-ever global virtual international sports chiropractic symposium, May 7-8, 2021. The theme is the Athletes Journey, and the symposium will draw together top speakers around the globe to provide education, research and best practices for the athlete, showing the role of chiropractic “every step of the way.” FICS is dedicated to helping athletes achieve their optimal performance naturally. To stay connected for all the latest opportunities for courses, research and the upcoming symposium, keep an eye on the FICS website at and follow FICS on Facebook, Instagram and YouTube.

WFC Launches Video and Podcast Series, Expands Research Committee WORLD FEDERATION OF

CHIROPRACTIC In January, the World Federation of Chiropractic (WFC) announced a new president. Dr. Carlos Ayres of Lima, Peru, has served on the Board of the

Dr. Carlos Ayres WFC President

WFC for the past 11 years. A 1981 New York Chiropractic College graduate, Dr. Ayres brings a wealth of experience to the office of president, having also previously served two terms as the president of the Latin American Chiropractic Federation (FLAQ). Dr. Ayres replaces Dr. Vivian Kil, who has stepped down after 20 months in the role. Before relocating back to his native country of Peru, Dr. Ayres worked for many years in Long Island, New York. The WFC has launched “World of Chiropractic,” a video and podcast series featuring leaders from its seven world regions. Available via YouTube and Apple podcasts, each episode focuses on the perspectives of chiropractic through the lens of prominent figures from the profession. In February, the WFC announced its newly expanded Research Committee. The committee advises the WFC Board on matters of research and science and acts as peer reviewers to the biennial WFC Congress, the largest chiropractic scientific meeting. In keeping with the WFC’s Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Policy, recruitment to the Research Committee has resulted in members from five of the seven WFC world regions who come with a wealth of experience and research interests across a wide range of specialty fields. The committee features nonchiropractors, early career researchers and clinician-scientists as well as distinguished research professors. A brand new WFC mobile app was launched in February, bringing information, resources, research evidence and latest news directly to your device! Searchable via the traditional Apple and Android app stores, the WFC mobile app is the latest innovation from the WFC to connect chiropractic’s global community.

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Dear Alumni, Friends & Supporters: It goes without saying that this past year has been difficult for us all. Yet, as I look back at where we started and how far we’ve come as a community, I have an overwhelming sense of gratitude.

“Generous donors like you provided our students with scholarship assistance in a time of need and enabled the university to weather an unpredictable year.”

Gratitude for you—our alumni, donors and friends—for your continued support. Gratitude for our professors and students for remaining fully committed to our mission to be leaders in health care despite drastic changes in how courses were delivered. Gratitude for our Health Center clinicians who have continued to not only provide necessary care to patients via telehealth and in person, but who have also forged new partnerships to increase access to affordable care throughout the St. Louis region.

I’m also grateful for and inspired by the spirit of renewed connection we’ve felt with alumni over the last year. Whether it’s through referring new students to Logan, offering your time and talents as a preceptor doctor or making a financial gift, you are crucial to the ongoing health and sustainability of Logan University. Generous donors like you provided our students with scholarship assistance in a time of need and enabled the university to weather an unpredictable year. Additionally, your outpouring of congratulatory comments through the Well Wishes campaign brought positivity and encouragement to our students and graduates, whose celebratory Commencement, White Coat and Health Center Induction ceremonies were shifted to a virtual format to keep our community safe. Through these challenges, we’ve adapted and kept moving forward—and in large part, we have you to thank. We celebrate your support within the pages of this annual report. You’ll also find a snapshot of life at Logan from September 2019 to August 2020 and all that we have to be proud of and grateful for—including the talented people who set our institution apart, our latest partnerships and programs, awards and accolades earned, and investments in new technologies to advance our curriculum. You’ll also find the fiscal year financial reports, which show that Logan continues its strong financial position. We truly value and thank you for being a vital part of the Logan community. I’m hopeful for the future of our institution and confident that together, we will continue to be a leader in health care education.

Theresa L. Fleck, MA, CFRE, CAE Vice President of Institutional Advancement 38 2019-2020 • ANNUAL REPORT OF GIVING


Meet the Teams Logan University’s Institutional Advancement & Alumni Relations teams help keep alumni connected to one another and to Logan University. Reach out to them at any time for information on continuing education opportunities, events such as the annual Symposium, scholarships and philanthropic giving, university news and more.

Institutional Advancement Bryan Stone Director of Development

Alumni Relations Dr. Ralph Barrale Vice President of Chiropractic and Alumni Relations and Associate Professor

Bryan Stone, MA, CFRE works to build a culture of philanthropy with Logan University’s alumni and friends. With more than five years of higher education fundraising experience, Bryan can creatively provide unique funding opportunities and resources to match donors’ wishes. Bryan also serves our alumni and friends in a wide range of capacities. If you ever have questions about opportunities to give back, there are an abundance of giving vehicles, such as cash gifts, stocks and bonds, planned gifts and gifts in kind.

A longtime member of the Logan University community, beginning as a DC student, Ralph Barrale, DC (’69) has worked in several capacities at Logan since June 1982. In his current role, Dr. Barrale works to connect and build relationships with alumni and friends who would like to strengthen their ties to Logan. By providing professional development opportunities and Logan resources, Dr. Barrale helps to foster with alumni a lifelong love and appreciation of Logan.

Contact Bryan: | 636-230-1849

Contact Dr. Barrale: | 636-230-1965

Melissa Hoener Advancement Coordinator Melissa Hoener assists alumni and friends in many ways; primarily, Melissa stewards and manages donations, the alumni database and scholarships. Alumni and friends can contact Melissa if they would like to make a donation, update their contact information or request a copy of The Tower magazine or brochures. Melissa also coordinates the scholarship luncheon and the benefactor’s dinner during the annual Symposium. Contact Melissa: | 636-230-1877

Barb Cronin Director, Alumni & Friends House As the Director of the Alumni & Friends House—Logan’s exclusive venue for former students and friends to gather, learn and network—Barb Cronin and her team help to plan alumni events, such as the annual Symposium, as well as continuing education seminars throughout the year. Barb welcomes alumni to reach out to her with any questions about Logan and how they can stay involved. Barb joined the Logan team in 1998 and previously served as an administrative assistant and executive secretary in the Postgraduate Department. Contact Barb: | 636-230-1962




At a Glance

People & Purpose • Educational Administrator Melissa Engelson, DC, DHPE (’20), MS (’12), CSCS, DACBSP®, ICCSP was appointed to the American Chiropractic Association’s (ACA) Sports Council Bylaws Task Force. • Rodney Williams, DC (’00), former Logan University Trustee, was inducted into the International College of Chiropractors as a Fellow. He is the first African American to be honored by the organization. • Assistant Dean of the College of Chiropractic Kristina Petrocco-Napuli, DC, MS, FICC, FACC was named 2020 Academician of the Year by the ACA. • DC student Renee Gentle was elected Central Regional Representative of the Student American Black Chiropractic Association. She is the fourth consecutive Logan student to be elected to the position.

Members of Logan leadership, including Drs. Clay McDonald, Dana Mercer and Vincent DeBono, meet with leaders of Shanghai University of Medicine & Health Sciences in 2019.

Partnerships & Programs • In December 2019, Logan established a partnership with the Shanghai University of Medicine & Health Sciences that includes a cultural exchange study program, a visiting professor program and a 3+3 agreement. • Logan celebrated two decades and more than two dozen published papers of groundbreaking collaborations with researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital, the largest teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School. • Logan University hosted its fourth annual A.C.E.S. (Anatomy Centered Education and Science) Workshop for area high school students—the largest to date. • The university partnered with the City of Chesterfield and Chesterfield Parks & Recreation to provide land for a future city park on Logan’s campus along Schoettler Road. • Logan entered a clinical rotation agreement with the Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System. This followed an Arkansas law change allowing chiropractic students to gain hands-on educational experience within the state.

Renee Gentle, Logan student and Central Regional Representative of the Student American Black Chiropractic Association 40 2019-2020 • ANNUAL REPORT OF GIVING

• Logan became the Premier Corporate Partner of the World Federation of Chiropractic, which represents the interests of the chiropractic profession in over 90 countries.


2019-2020 Milestones Tools & Technology • Over the course of only a few days, the Logan community transitioned coursework to a completely virtual format due to the pandemic. This required quick and creative thinking, an investment in additional resources and an adjustment for both students and faculty in how they learned and taught. • In the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, Logan University launched telehealth technology in order to continue delivering chiropractic care to patients while adhering to local, state and CDC guidelines. • An anonymous donor gifted funds to purchase a Zenith Thompson Adjusting Table in the name of faculty member Roy Hillgartner, DC. • Through the generous philanthropic support of the Center for Diagnostic Imaging, Logan University was able to upgrade its X-ray equipment to a UMG/Del Medical radiographic system. This system allows the university to be a pioneer in X-ray dose-related research. • When hallmark university events, such as Commencement, the White Coat Ceremony and the Health Center Induction Ceremony shifted from in person to online, Logan worked hard to keep the spirit of these events alive by creating engaging, interactive and personalized virtual experiences.

2020 Logan graduate Dr. Tershelle Burrows and Dr. Clay McDonald celebrate Logan’s virtual Commencement Ceremony.

Awards & Accolades • recognized Logan as a Best Health Sciences School in its 2020 lists of best online sports medicine degree and best online nutrition degree programs. • Logan was named a Great College to Work For by ModernThink, receiving recognition in the categories of compensation and benefits as well as facilities, workspace and security. • The St. Louis Business Journal featured Logan in its 2019 Largest Missouri and Southern Illinois Research Universities list.

Nick Woerther and Katie Bitney of the Center for Diagnostic Imaging visit the Norman W. Kettner, DC Imaging Center at Logan’s Montgomery Health Center. LOGAN.EDU/GIVE

• According to a survey of more than 600 DCs published in Chiropractic Economics in September 2019, Logan University led all other U.S. chiropractic schools in the areas of campus culture, technology and business preparation. Additionally, Logan was one of only two schools that received a 3 or higher in every category on a scale of 1.5 to 4.5. ANNUAL REPORT OF GIVING • 2019-2020 41


Student Scholarship Recipients While growing up in Westfield, Massachusetts, Omar Al-Ryati, trimester 10 DC student, had an active lifestyle and an interest in sports. So when he attended the University of MassachusettsAmherst for his undergraduate degree, it was not a surprise that he completed a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology. “I have always been interested in helping others be active and take care of themselves, so chiropractic really fit in with my personal beliefs,” he said. During his time at Logan, Omar has served as a mentor, tutor and student intern at the Montgomery Health Center and CareSTL Health, a federally qualified community health center in downtown St. Louis. “Logan offers so many great options and opportunities to further my knowledge and experience, and I was lucky to receive a scholarship to help offset some expenses and allow me to take advantage of these life experiences,” said Omar. Omar received the Howard S. Grossman, DC Scholarship in June 2020 and also credits his success thus far to the support he’s received at Logan. “I have had amazing mentors throughout my chiropractic education— Drs. Battaglia, Haun and Lewis have all been monumental in my growth and development as a student, and I wouldn’t be where I am today without them,” Omar said. “Also, the support and encouragement from my current overseeing clinician, Dr. Kearney, has been invaluable.” Currently, Omar is completing his preceptorship at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland. During this preceptorship, Omar realized his future lies in working in a hospital or integrated health care setting. “I believe that being in a team-based integrated environment with practitioners from all disciplines facilitates the greatest opportunity to excel as a chiropractor. It promotes a collaborative effort amongst practitioners to provide patients with the highest quality patient centered care,” Omar said. “I have been afforded an incredible opportunity to provide chiropractic services to brave men and women who serve this country, and I’m immensely grateful for it. I would encourage any chiropractic student to strive for an opportunity to learn in this setting, as this experience has been extremely rewarding and has definitely guided my career choices.”

Rachelle Chamberlain grew up on a ranch in Idaho, where she spent her time riding horses and playing sports. She dreamed she’d be a veterinarian, but her plans changed while playing volleyball at Eastern Oregon University, where she was earning her bachelor’s degree in biology. She realized she wanted to help people, especially athletes, be healthy and perform to the best of their ability. Chiropractic would allow her to do both. After touring four schools, Rachelle enrolled at Logan University. “The vibe at Logan was perfect for me, and the admissions department was extremely helpful in getting me through the application process,” she said. As the recipient of several scholarships throughout her time at Logan—including the Dr. John J. Hobday Scholarship; Forever Chiropractic, Forever Logan Scholarship; Scharnhorst Scholarship; and Toftness Clinical Excellence Grant—Rachelle has used her funds for board exams and extra seminars and classes to further her education, including a certification in animal chiropractic from the Health Pioneers Institute. She plans to put her passion for horses to work by treating performance horses and their riders, as both have many physical demands to excel in the sport. “The scholarships I have received allowed me to earn this certification and my DC degree concurrently,” Rachelle said. “I am thankful for the scholarships and the donors who funded them in helping me become a well-rounded professional.” A trimester 10 student, Rachelle is currently completing a preceptorship at Columbus Chiropractic Offices in Columbus, Indiana, and plans to open her own practice upon graduation in April.

Each year, we celebrate the generous and heartfelt support of alumni, faculty, donors and friends at our Symposium. During the Awards & Scholarship Luncheon, taking place September 17, 2021, scholarship recipients like Rachelle and Omar have the chance to meet and thank the donors who have made a direct impact on their education and future career. Learn more about the 2021 Symposium at



Donor Spotlight: Sam Wang, DC Empowering All to Discover Full Potential Through Chiropractic Sam Wang, DC was on the premed path at the University of Iowa when injuries from a car accident led him to discover the benefits of chiropractic care. After earning his bachelor’s degree, he attended Sherman College of Chiropractic, graduating with honors in 2001. “I was lucky that I found my calling while still in college,” he said. “Chiropractic showed me a different paradigm of health. It’s more than just a profession; it’s a lifestyle.” After graduation, he and two classmates opened a practice in Naperville, Illinois, followed quickly by a second practice in Burr Ridge, Illinois. Soon enough, they realized they had created a clinical model of delivery that was a scalable formula, and in 2003, Chiropractic One was born. By 2007, they had five locations and merged their group with another group of seven locations in Illinois called Lifeworks and changed the name to Chiro One Wellness Centers LLC. Now with more than 70 locations throughout the Midwest and plans to open two new clinics per month, Chiro One Wellness Centers employ more than 100 chiropractors, including more than 30 Logan alumni. Currently, there are six clinics in the St. Louis area, with nine more slated to open this year. “When we started opening clinics, I quickly realized Logan graduates are well trained and high caliber doctors,” Dr. Wang said. “I was always impressed with Logan’s vision and curriculum and was pleased to offer opportunities for graduates, but I wanted to take it further.” In 2018, Dr. Wang started offering preceptorships for Logan students, first in the organization’s Chicago clinics, followed by its St. Louis locations. In 2019, he established the Chiro One Wellness Centers Scholarship at Logan. “The vision at Chiro One Wellness Centers is for all human beings to

“I was lucky that I found my calling while still in college. Chiropractic showed me a different paradigm of health. It’s more than just a profession; it’s a lifestyle.”


discover their full potential, so we wanted to help future leaders in our profession,” Dr. Wang said. “Students with leadership skills and interest in continuing to innovate in their careers are the perfect fit for these scholarship opportunities. The health care landscape is changing, and I am very optimistic for the future of our profession.” Thank you, Dr. Wang, for your ongoing support of Logan University and chiropractic education.



Fiscal Year 2019–2020 Highlights Logan University continues its strong financial position due to disciplined management, thorough governance structure and steady leadership. Our net assets stand at $93.3 million, with strong cash and investment balances over $61 million. The university continues to invest in physical facilities to support key academic initiatives and infrastructure.

LOGAN UNIVERSITY, INC. STATEMENT OF FINANCIAL POSITION August 31, 2020 (With Comparative Totals for 2019) Year Ended August 31, 2020

ASSETS Cash and cash equivalents Unrestricted Restricted


4,050,616 1,104,223

$ 2,126,315 1,627,421

5,154,839 314,628 1,130,777 2,415,960 501,314 34,415,061 57,160,312 539,133 22,744 10,083

3,753,736 106,309 1,065,909 3,335,534 582,318 36,035,415 48,366,279 510,744 30,346 10,083

$ 101,664,851

$ 92,796,673



Accounts receivable, net Contributions receivable, net Student loans receivable Prepaid expenses Property and equipment, net Investments Cash surrender value of life insurance policies Other assets Beneficial interest in Logan University Education Foundation Total Assets



Accounts payable Accrued liabilities Deferred revenues U.S. Government grants refundable Paycheck Protection Program loan

Total Liabilities

764,756 833,154 582,872 2,928,974 3,180,000

304,863 1,025,724 564,383 4,131,589 —



$ 90,784,037 2,591,058

$ 84,196,547 2,573,567




$ 92,796,673

NET ASSETS Unrestricted Restricted Total Net Assets



The generous support of our donors and commitment of the Logan community have been essential to building our capabilities. We encourage you to read the audited financial statements and related notes at for more information regarding the financial position and results of Logan University.

LOGAN UNIVERSITY, INC. STATEMENT OF FINANCIAL POSITION August 31, 2020 (With Comparative Totals for 2019) Year Ended August 31, 2020



Tuition and fees Less institutional aid Net tuition and fees Other grants and contracts Private gifts, grants and contracts Sales and service of educational activities Investment income Gain (loss) on sale of property and equipment Other revenue sources

$ 36,324,190 $ (714,251) $ 35,609,939 57,953 435,983 589,445 1,046,766 5,263 203,877

$ 33,888,496 $ (578,331) $ 33,310,165 79,982 210,611 723,506 991,994 — 504,622



8,753,978 145,901 6,530,488 4,279,978 222,436 9,087,640 2,692,755

8,456,684 166,458 5,797,653 3,945,442 218,814 8,509,095 2,631,236



6,236,050 (2,824,944) 2,661,802 532,073

6,095,498 (2,826,545) (186,890) 616,200

6,604,981 86,770,114

3,698,263 83,071,851

EXPENSES Education and general Instruction Research Academic support Student services Public service Institutional support Operation and maintenance of plant Total operating expenses Change in net assets before depreciation and amortization and net realized and unrealized gains on investments Depreciation and amortization Net unrealized gain (loss) on investments Net realized gain (loss) on investments


$ 93,375,095

$ 86,770,114


Thank You


To Our Generous Family of Donors

Thank you to our many generous donors for your faithful and dedicated support of Logan University. This report of giving honors those who have made a gift in the 2020 fiscal year (September 1, 2019 – August 31, 2020). Every effort is made to ensure the accuracy of this list. However, if you feel your giving has not been accurately represented, please contact the Office of Institutional Advancement at We appreciate all Logan University donors and want to ensure each individual is recognized. Ms. Jordan Ackerman Dr. Sanjay Ahir (‘02) Dr. Max Ahlers (‘61) Dr. Ronald Althardt (‘66) Dr. Don Altman* Amazon Smile Arch Graphics Axa Foundation Mrs. Mary Bahr Dr. Larry Bain (‘68) Drs. Dennis (‘77) & Susan Crump Baker (‘67) Dr. Arthur Barkey (‘62) Dr. Ralph (‘69) & Mrs. Sharon Barrale Mr. Zack Beck Mr. Zach Becker Dr. James Beebe (‘77) Dr. Richard Behrend (‘78) Ms. Judy Benjamin Dr. Nicole* (‘01, ‘03) & Mr. John Bennett Dr. Robert Benoit (‘60) Dr. Wesley Benton (‘02, ‘04) Dr. Lori Bents (‘84) Dr. David Berry Sr. (‘65) Bevery Bowman through the A & B Bowman Trust Drs. Steven (‘82) & Ellen Blomerth (‘83) Dr. Paul Blomerth (‘83) Mr. Roger & Mrs. Amy Bohn Mrs. Patricia Boldt Dr. Vivian Booker Ebert (‘81) Dr. Wallace Bourneuf (‘49) Dr. Craig Bowars (‘99) Mr. George Bowen Mr. Jeremy Boyce Dr. Donna Boylan (‘87) Dr. Robin Bozark (’85) Mrs. Shirley Brandt Ms. Linda Brauch Kenny Dr. William Brink (‘77) Ms. Lulu Brinkley

Dr. Kelly Brinkman (‘90) Ms. Susan Brosmith Dr. Robert Brown (‘82) Dr. Rebecca Brown (‘90) Dr. Gilles Brunelle (‘73) Dr. Richard (‘80) & Mrs. Dee Bruns Bullseye Gulf Club Mr. Herb Caldwell Ms. Eleanor Capesius Dr. James Carmichael (‘70) Center for Diagnostic Imaging Ms. Tiffany Cheatham (‘19) Chiro One Wellness Center Ms. Susan Chojnacki Commerce Bancshares Foundation Common Ground Public Relations Dr. Todd Conley (‘89) Mrs. Kathy Crawford Mr. Richard Creager Dr. Heidi Crocker (‘91) Dr. Lynn Crow (‘57) Dr. Gerald Crumbley Sr. (‘58) Dr. Keith Dale (‘79) Dr. David Darr (‘87) Dr. Christophe Dean Dr. Vincent DeBono Mr. Bob & Mrs. Kathleen DeBord Dr. Marcus DeGeer (‘01) Ms. Natacha Douglas Dr. Dennis Doyle (‘80) Dr. Anna Doyle (‘91) Dr. Dylan Driver (‘11, ‘13) Ms. Michele Dungey Ms. Barbara Dunseth Mrs. Susan Durkin Dr. Paul* (‘79) & Mrs. Donna Eberline Dr. Theodore Economou (‘60) Ms. Erica Ehrhard Dr. Jay Elliott (‘90) Mr. Richard Erickson Mr. Joshua Erickson (‘18) Dr. Patricia Estrada (’99, ’16)


Dr. Paul Ettlinger (‘95) Dr. Erika Evans Dr. Peter Feldkamp (‘88) Dr. Marshall Feldman (‘88) Ms. Marilyn Fiorina Ms. Kathleen Flanagan Hobday Mr. Chris & Mrs. Theresa Fleck Follett Higher Education Group Dr. David Foti Dr. David Fox (‘81) Dr. Edward Frattini (‘82) Dr. Tana Frisina (‘99, ‘01) Dr. Arlan (‘61) & Mrs. Judi Fuhr Ms. Laurel Gamma Ms. Joan Gardner Dr. Cypress Garrett (‘08, ‘10) Dr. Ralph Gay (‘79) Ms. Gloria Gayner Dr. Stephen Geders (‘80) Mrs. Karen Gehl O’Byrne Glendale School Dr. Norman Gloekler (‘79) Ms. Jenna Good Dr. Jason (‘98) & Mrs. Jessica Goodman Ms. Leann Gotz Ms. Jean Elizabeth Grabowski Dr. Donald Graziano, Jr. (‘65) Dr. Tom Greenawalt (‘54) Ms. JoAnn Grode Dr. William Groskopp (‘80) Mrs. Sabrina Gruer Ms. Rachelle Habecker (‘19) Dr. Allen* & Mrs. Londa Hager Ms. Kerry Hallahan Dr. Marvin Handler (‘54) Mrs. Jane Hansen Dr. Stanley Harris (‘80) Mrs. Sheri Hartshorne Mr. Robert Hartweck Ms. Janice Hawkes

Dr. Troy (‘93) & Mrs. Mary Jo Henderson Ms. Kathleen Hendrickson Dr. Charles Heuser (‘76) Dr. Sara Heuser Horn (‘89) Dr. Gregory Highstrom (‘77) Mr. Kenneth & Mrs. Diane Hill Mr. Michael & Mrs. Barbara Hittner Ms. Barbara Hobday Mr. Paul Hobday Ms. Catherine Hobday Mr. James Hobday Mr. John Hobday Ms. Margaret Hobday Mr. Mark Hobday Ms. Kris Hoenk Dr. Debra Hoffman (‘80) Mr. Gregg* & Mrs. Laura Hollabaugh Dr. Stephen Holloway (‘74) Mr. Anthony & Mrs. Megan Holte Mr. Edward Holte Mr. Sam Holyan Dr. Mary Holyoke (‘66) Holze Wellness Center Mr. Robert Holzschuh Mrs. Rebecca Horton Dr. Cheryl Houston Mr. C. Michael Hunter Dr. John Hyland (‘80) Dr. Andrew Isaacs (‘68) Mrs. Roycelyn Isaacson Mr. Jack Iten Ittner Architects Dr. Haruo Iwo Dr. Quinn James (‘99) Dr. Jade James* Mr. Rick & Mrs. Rita Jaroch Dr. Orland Joens (‘52) Dr. Charles Johns (‘56) through the Joan R. Johns Revocable Trust Dr. Robert Johnson (‘62) Dr. Aimee Jokerst (‘95, ‘97)

ANNUAL R E P O R T O F GI V I N G Drs. Bryan (‘01, ‘03) & Olivia Joseph (‘01, 03) Ms. Shawne Judnic Dr. Lincoln Kamell (‘90) Dr. Jennifer Kane (‘99, ‘01) Ms. Farzana Karim Dr. Alex Karpowicz (‘65) Dr. Joseph Kayser (‘61) Ms. Tiana Kelchen (‘12) Kentuckiana Children’s Center Dr. Norman Kettner (‘80) Mr. Adil & Mrs. Sadia Khan Ms. Linda Kirbach Dr. R. Kirchner (‘79) Mr. Bruce Kleinschmidt Drs. Rodney Bampton (‘02) & Melissa Knight (‘00, ‘02) Dr. Amy Koch (‘02, ‘04) Drs. Kun-Bong Choi (‘04) & Yu-Ra Koh (‘04) Dr. Ansis Kozlovskis (‘67) Mr. Tom Krenik Mrs. Laura Kuennen Drs. D. Robert (‘86) & Mary Kathleen Kuhn (‘88) Dr. Brian Laiderman (‘09, ‘11, ‘12) Dr. Joseph (‘83) & Mrs. Cindy Lane Mr. Christopher LaRose Dr. Kirsten Leapley (‘07, ‘09) Dr. Norman Levesque (‘80) Dr. Cheryl Litchman (‘85) Logan Faculty Senate Dr. Matthew Lynam (‘84) Mr. Michael Lynch Ms. Sandy Maddox Dr. Marc* (‘81) & Mrs. Kathryn Malon Dr. Ashley Marchek (‘11, ‘13) Drs. Mark Craft (‘84) & Allise Marter (‘82) MaxTrac Data Dr. Kathy McAuliffe Dr. Terence, Sr. & Mrs. Rebecca McAuliffe Mr. Timothy & Mrs. Deanna McAuliffe Dr. Kevin McClain (‘92) Dr. J. Clay* (‘82) & Mrs. Terry McDonald Dr. Brian McDonnell (‘85) Dr. Sheri McGuire (‘04, ‘06) Dr. Brian McIntyre (‘88) Dr. Dean McKinley (‘49) Dr. Brendan McMahon (‘87) Dr. Bradley McMath (‘93) Dr. Andrew Metelko (‘07, ‘09) Mr. Michael Metzler Mr. Clinton Miller Mrs. Julie Miller Ms. Laurel Miller Ms. Pamela Miller Mr. Gary* & Mrs. Jane Mohr Moneta Group Inc. Dr. Patrick Montgomery (’76, ‘15) LOGAN.EDU/GIVE

Mr. Michael Morris Ms. Sue Morzinski Olson Ms. Carri Mosborg Mrs. Khadijah Muhammad Kebe (‘18) Drs. Jeff & Kerry Muneses Dr. Michele Munnich (‘82) Drs. Jason Napuli & Kristina Petrocco-Napuli Mr. Larry Nelson Ms. Jeana Neren Mr. Dale Nerison Ms. Nichole Nichols Ms. Ashley Nickell Mr. Carl & Mrs. Therese Normington Mr. Chris Northcutt Dr. Ronald (‘58) & Mrs. Mary Nowman Ms. Barbara Nutt Dr. Paul O’Brien Jr. (‘99) Mr. George & Mrs. Beverly Osenga Dr. Keith Overland* Dr. Bridget Owens (‘87) Dr. Kimberly Paddock-O’Reilly Dr. Renee Pecorelli (‘93) Performance Health Inc. Drs. Carl Saubert, IV & Muriel Perillat Dr. Neal Perry (‘70) Dr. Bruce Peterson (‘86) Dr. Joseph & Mrs. Barbara Pfeifer Dr. Larry Phipps (‘63) Pi Kappa Chi Dr. Charles Plante (‘91) Dr. Jack Pollard (‘80) Ms. Donna Prange Mrs. Jill Pratte Dr. William D. Purser (‘53) Mr. Raleigh Ragan Mrs. Brenda Rathai Mr. Craig & Mrs. Emily Ratliff Mr. Michael Reed Dr. Michael Reed (‘11, ‘13, ‘14) Dr. Paula Reynolds (‘86) Dr. Daryl Ridgeway (‘97) Ms. Joy Robbins Mr. Steven Roberts* & Dr. Eva Frazier Roma Karp Foundation Dr. Jeffrey Rosell (‘77) Ms. Stacia Rosen Ms. Lita Rouser Rubin Brown Mr. Chris Rud Mrs. Charlotte Rudnick Dr. Jason Russell Dr. Shelley Sawalich Mrs. Hannah Schlinsog Mr. Roger* & Mrs. Margaret Schlueter Ms. Mary Lee Schrader Mrs. Nancy Scott Dr. Richard Scott (‘49) Ms. Greta Sebald Dr. David Seidner (‘87) Dr. Gregory Severson (‘78) Mr. James Sheehan

Dr. Harry Shepard (‘90) Dr. Joel Shoemaker (‘87) Dr. Eric Shook (‘90) Mr. Scott Sicard Dr. Judy Silvestrone* Ms. Catherine Sippel Dr. Christopher Sitarski (‘07, ‘09) Dr. Ernest (‘58) & Mrs. Glenda Slover Mr. Douglas Smith Dr. J. Smith Ms. Laurinda Smith Mr. Craig & Mrs. Kelly Smith Dr. Thomas Smith (‘69) Dr. Brian (‘83) & Mrs. Robin Snyder Dr. Dennis Spurgin (‘71) Standard Process Inc. Staples Contract & Commercial Dr. Constance Steele (‘90) Mrs. Mary Steiner Mr. Tim & Mrs. Carrie Steinke Mr. Rick* & Mrs. Malette Stevens Mr. Bryan Stone Dr. Gayle Stowers (‘80) Dr. John Strazewski Drs. Kenneth (‘84) & Margaret Strickland (‘82) Mr. Mark Strobel Mrs. Noreen Taylor Dr. Myron Thatcher (‘83) Ms. Paula Thompson Dr. Anthony Thorpe (‘95) Titan Chiropractic Tables Mr. Dean Trower Drs. Jude Miller (‘09, ‘11) & Holly Tucker (‘09, ‘11) Dr. Dana Underkofler-Mercer (‘09) Dr. Lee & Mrs. Lisa Van Dusen Mrs. Janet Vasey Drs. David Vincent (‘91) & Mary Frances Bisselle Dr. Tanya Vitale (‘09, ‘12) Dr. Brian Walsh (‘99) Mrs. Sheryl Walters Ms. Melissa Warren Mr. Charles Webber Ms. Dana Wehrli Ms. Marjorie Weissmiller Dr. Aaron Welk (‘07, ‘09) Ms. Leesha West Dr. Stephen Wheatley (‘95) Mrs. Deborah White Dr. Jane Wibbenmeyer (‘88) Dr. Rodney* (‘00) & Mrs. Nina Williams Ms. Lane Williams Mrs. Theresa Williams Mr. John Woike Dr. Kurt* & Mrs. Jennifer Wood Dr. Sepehr Zandi (‘09, ‘11, ‘15) Mr. Gene Zimmerman Jr. Mr. Michael Zimmerman

Thank you to all of our donors who contributed to the following Logan University scholarships: Society for the Advancement of Chiropractic Education Practice Resource Scholarship (ACE) Beatrice B. Hagen, DC Scholarship Chiro One Wellness Centers’ Scholarship College of Health Science Scholarship Dr. Arthur L. McAuliffe Scholarship Dr. B. E. Doyle Scholarship Brian E. Stanek, DC Memorial Scholarship Fund Dr. Eugene Mikus Scholarship Dr. Faye Eagles Scholarship Dr. Gordon Heuser Memorial Scholarship Dr. John J. Hobday Scholarship Dr. Keith A. Berger Memorial Scholarship Dr. Muriel M. Perillat Pediatric Scholarship Dr. Paul Cornelius Endowment Scholarship Dr. Roy J. Hillgartner Scholarship Dr. Thomas L. & Dayna L. Smith Scholarship Dr. William M. Harris Scholarship Foot Levelers Inc. Scholarship Forever Chiropractic, Forever Logan Scholarship Dr. Howard S. Grossman Scholarship John R. Howell, DC Memorial Scholarship Linda Brauch Kenny Scholarship Dr. Lori Bents Scholarship Lorraine M. Golden, DC Kentuckiana Children’s Center Scholarship Michigan Chiropractic Foundation Fund Scharnhorst Scholarship Sharon A. Vallone DC, FICCP Pediatric Chiropractic Scholarship Standard Process Inc. Scholarship Toftness Clinical Excellence Grant Tracey Parmentar Memorial Scholarship


* Logan Board of Trustees ANNUAL REPORT OF GIVING • 2019-2020 47


Preceptor Doctors Logan University is grateful to the following Doctors of Chiropractic who hosted student interns through the Preceptorship Program. Through preceptorships, students gain invaluable experience from the doctors in a real-world setting. ALABAMA Dr. Beau Beard Dr. Sloan Beard Dr. Richard Bechert Dr. Mathew Jandrlich

Dr. Jonathan Weimer Dr. Michelle Wendling Dr. Ginger Wolfe

ARKANSAS Dr. Chad Dawson Dr. Steven Whitelaw Dr. James (Dustin) Taylor Dr. Rhonda Whybrew

FLORIDA Dr. Daniel Abeckjerr Dr. Spencer Baron Dr. Kevin Christie Dr. Cynthia Hornback Dr. Robert Lutz Dr. Mike Marcell Dr. Kelley Mulhern Dr. Christopher Ourganian Dr. Rafael Sierra Dr. Larissa Tenzycki Dr. Brittin Beaulieu Dr. Nathan Gindele Dr. Nadiuska Lopez

ARIZONA Dr. Scott Carpenter Dr. Matthew Colby Dr. Eric Garst Dr. Aaron Halle Dr. Grady Swick CALIFORNIA Dr. John Bergman Dr. Gregory Plaugher Dr. Saira Zimmermann COLORADO Dr. Joel Carmichael Dr. Kimberly Kesner Dr. Patrick Ray Dr. Sergio Rocafort

CONNECTICUT Dr. Andrew Zomick

GEORGIA Dr. Melissa Arnold Dr. Kate Duga-Witterlin IOWA Dr. Kevin Bloyer

ILLINOIS Dr. Bradley Bingham Dr. Katie Burmeister Dr. Alden Clendenin Dr. Brian Damhoff Dr. Jessica Enderby Dr. Jeffery Fishel Dr. Tanya Freseth Dr. Alex Guebert Dr. Andrew Hall Dr. Joel Hanson Dr. Richard Jones Dr. Brandon Kleeman Dr. Erik Korzen Dr. Amanda Krueger Dr. Nicholas Malooley Dr. Samantha Mayberry Dr. George Nicolopoulos Dr. Brian Penwell Dr. Nancy Penwell Dr. Charles Portwood Dr. Jason Rejano Dr. Robert Rice Dr. Clay Roby Dr. Gary Roeben Dr. Nick Rozell Dr. Brian Rutecki

Dr. Kelly Stanfield and staff of Nashville Chiropractic


Dr. Jeffrey Schatz Dr. Quintin Sleigh Dr. Margaret Smith Dr. Kelly Stanfield Dr. Scott Underwood Dr. Joseph Walters Dr. Sam Wang Dr. Josh Weight Dr. Mark Wiegand Dr. Joshua Young INDIANA Dr. Josh Bell Dr. John Bernzott Dr. Ian Boone Dr. Susan Bosler Dr. Caleb Boucher Dr. Adam Cline Dr. Stanton Couch Dr. Karin Drummond Dr. Matthew Ferris Dr. Joseph Fortunato Dr. Oakland Gaerke Dr. Brandon Galbraith Dr. Jared Gladish Dr. Adam Greenlee Dr. Charbal Harb Dr. Joel Harman Dr. Brooke Hawkins Dr. Phillip Henady Dr. Jessica Ignacio Dr. Jeffrey James Dr. George Joachim Dr. Michael Jobe Dr. Reed Kress Dr. Thomas Nottingham Dr. Adam Osenga Dr. Brandon Osmond Dr. James Rees Dr. Bryan Riecker Dr. Jacob Roberts Dr. Leanne Schlueter Dr. Grant Sikes Dr. Richard Snider Dr. Kevin Storm Dr. Noel Taylor Dr. Brian Watters Dr. Heather Wedding Dr. Tanner Wedding

Dr. Mark Winteregg Dr. Chris Gilkey KANSAS Dr. Dexton Gould Dr. Mathew Lane Dr. Bradley Woodle KENTUCKY Dr. James Barrett Dr. Deidra Brumfield Dr. Clayton Elswick Dr. Erica Montgomery-Turner Dr. Juan Nunez Dr. Eric Putty Dr. Grant Watkins LOUISIANA Dr. Matthew Shelly MAINE Dr. Stuart Cayer Dr. Allyson Coffin MANITOBA, CANADA Dr. Heather Mcleod Dr. Carolyn Weiss MARYLAND Dr. Carson Aune Dr. Blake Kalkstein Dr. Terence Kearney MASSACHUSETTS Dr. Paul O’Brien Dr. Adrian Granite MICHIGAN Dr. James Beno Dr. RJ Burr Dr. John Conflitti Dr. Brent Dawson Dr. Sean Groves Dr. Nicole Hatt Dr. Michael Hilton Dr. Joel Kirsch Dr. Ann McAlpine Dr. Sandra Moore Dr. Reggie Sehgal Dr. John Thomas Dr. Kenneth Tiller Dr. Michael Hilton


MINNESOTA Dr. Dustin Carlson MISSOURI Dr. Devon Akroyd Dr. Rodney Bampton Dr. Patrick Battaglia Dr. David Beavers Dr. Dustin Bosson Dr. Shawn Bradley Dr. Ryan Brinker Dr. Joshua Browning Dr. Candice Coffey Dr. Bart Coleman Dr. M. Chris Collier Dr. Jennifer Crosby-Wiemann Dr. Matthew Davidson Dr. Nicholas Divan Dr. Chad Doles Dr. Brennan Donahue Dr. Tracy Edelmann Dr. Ashley Emel Dr. Erica Evans Dr. Edgar Everett Dr. Jay Farr Dr. Patrick Feder Dr. Joshua Fink Dr. Matthew Fink Dr. Michael Fiscella Dr. Stephen Furjes Dr. Kristin Gaines-Porlier Dr. James George Dr. Michael Gerdine Dr. John Groerich Dr. Scott Grogan Dr. Elizabeth Hagan Dr. Allison Harvey Dr. Gary Hauser Dr. Emily Hecker Dr. Nathan Heimgartner Dr. Benjamin Hendrix Dr. Lauren Hendrix Dr. Edward Hengel Dr. Ryan Hewkin Dr. Amy Horn Dr. Carroll Huff Dr. Edward Johnnie Dr. Brandon Johns Dr. Wendi Jones Dr. Kelly Kadolph Dr. Abbe Keen Dr. Felicity Keough Dr. Curt Kippenberger Dr. Robyn Klepko Dr. Jeffrey Lawlor Dr. Robyn Lawrence Dr. Jerry Leech Dr. Christina Lynch


Dr. Michelle Mashinter Dr. Ray Matthews Dr. Ross Mattox Dr. Lynette Mayfield Dr. Mackinzie McNamara Dr. Gary Meek Dr. Douglas Meyer Dr. Anthony Miller Dr. Jason Napuli Dr. Gregory Neff Dr. Alex Nelson Dr. Matthew Nicholson Dr. Mero Nunez Dr. Jeffrey O’Guin Dr. Rand Olson Dr. Crystal Peairs Dr. Kendra Pearson Dr. Elizabeth Perez Dr. Arminta Phelps Dr. Krystal Phillips Dr. Jerod Posey Dr. Rabia Rafiq Dr. Brittany Ramirez Dr. Bryan Rasch Dr. Kellie Reed Dr. Jameas Rhodes Dr. Samuel Sanders Dr. Eric Seim Dr. Travis Sellers Dr. Kristine Strouf Dr. Timothy Sullivan Dr. Michael Thompson Dr. Kristy Thomson Dr. Thomas Thurman Dr. Xaivier Tipler Dr. Josh Tonnies Dr. Timothy Towers Dr. Joseph Unger Dr. Brett Winchester Dr. Matthew Worth Dr. Nancy Young MISSISSIPPI Dr. Vince Henderson Dr. Brittany Kasprack MONTANA Dr. Jeffrey Feenstra Dr. Allison Schweitzer NORTH CAROLINA Dr. David Creech Dr. Molly Hall Dr. Brian Lank Dr. McCall Sink Tanner NEBRASKA Dr. Travis Bangert Dr. Lott, Greg Dr. Kyle Shunkwiler Dr. Geoff Buchta

NEW JERSEY Dr. Richard Kirstein Dr. John OConnor NEW YORK Dr. Christine Antoldi OHIO Dr. Bruce Brown Dr. Frank Bucki Dr. Linzie Crute Dr. Nick Curry Dr. James Darrach Dr. Carl Eyman Dr. Peter Feldkamp Dr. John Gillis Dr. Leo Kormanik Dr. Eric Mersch Dr. Jennifer Ramsey Dr. William Ramsey Dr. Michael Rohlfs Dr. John St. John Dr. Michael Urban Dr. Rick Yost Dr. Steven King Dr. Ryan Biddick Dr. Casey Flickinger Dr. Jeff Hijazi Dr. Kurt Ochsner ONTARIO, CANADA Dr. Frank Astri Dr. Spencer Bell Dr. Mark Rocca Dr. Casey Smith OREGON Dr. Kathryn Cantwell Dr. Frank Heresco Dr. Halley Moore Dr. Joseph Shepro PENNSYLVANIA Dr. Amy Alves Dr. Mark Augello Dr. James M. Burnett Dr. Nicholas Carone Dr. Kimberly Cure-Krisiak Dr. Johannah Garlan Dr. Christopher Koziarski Dr. Alfred Madeira Dr. Matthew Sleppy RHODE ISLAND Dr. Paul O’Brien Jr. SOUTH CAROLINA Dr. Joshua Kollmann Dr. Scott Scafidi SCOTLAND, UK Dr. Donald Francis

Drs. Brittany Hattamer, Charles Hogan and Steven Chang of Memphis Spine & Sport Chiropractic Rehab

SOUTH DAKOTA Dr. Mark Gunderson TENNESSEE Dr. Devon Arman Dr. Philip Berardi Dr. Autumn Blackburn Dr. Shannon Bone Dr. Jeffrey Carr Dr. Steven Duensing Dr. Dena Granger Dr. Charbal Harb Dr. Richard Hathcock Dr. Charles Hogan Dr. Jason Hulme Dr. Alan James Dr. Darrin Jessop Dr. Jeremy Jessop Dr. Ben Johnson Dr. Jennifer Loveday Dr. William (Brock) Martin Dr. Kyle McBride Dr. Jude Miller Dr. Michael Montelione Dr. John Noblin Dr. Jason Powers Dr. Jay Schroder Dr. Cory Shapiro Dr. Bert Solomon Dr. Andrew Spehar Dr. Major Tallent TEXAS Dr. Christopher Babb Dr. Abigail Blackburn Dr. Michael Carr Dr. Sherry Durrett

Dr. Casey Ho Dr. Austin Hogan Dr. Christina O’Brien Dr. Matt Pennell Dr. Austin Reynolds Dr. Kelly Smith Dr. Jacob Stutz Dr. Landan Webster Dr. Blake Wu UTAH Dr. Morgan Carlson Dr. Marc Grow Dr. Stephen Jones Dr. Andrew Reheisse Dr. Andrew White VIRGINIA Dr. Jeff Bowers Dr. Stephane Provencher WASHINGTON Dr. James Kurtz Dr Nadeem Bajwa Dr. Pauline Haugen WISCONSIN Dr. John Corsi Dr. Nicholas Kampfer Dr. Paula Lee Dr. Daniel Lyons Dr. Emma Minx Dr. Thomas Terbilcox Dr. Travis Walters WYOMING Dr. Darnell Simpson



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Board of Trustees and President’s Cabinet CHAIRS OF THE BOARD

Xaivier Tipler, DC (’06)

Theresa Fleck, MA, CFRE, CAE Vice President of Institutional Advancement

Gary M. Mohr Chair of the Board

Kurt Wood, DC

Allen Hager, DC Vice Chair of the Board


Brad Hough, PhD Vice President of Information Technology; Chief Information Officer

Amy Gill

Keith Overland, DC, CCSP, FICC


Adil Khan, MBA, CPA, CSBO Chief Financial Officer; Vice President of Administrative Services

Fred Zuker, PhD, MEd

Donald S. Altman, DDS, DHSc, EdD, MPH, MBA, MA


Nicole Bennett, DC (’03) Paul D. Eberline, DC (’79) Gregg E. Hollabaugh

Steven Roberts, JD, LLM

Clay McDonald, DC (’82), JD, MBA President


Nichole Nichols, MA, PHR Vice President of Human Relations

Ralph Barrale, DC (’69) Vice President of Chiropractic & Alumni Relations; Associate Professor

Jade Dominique James, MD, MPH Marc G. Malon, DC (’81), FICC Clay McDonald, DC (’82), JD, MBA

Natacha Douglas, MBA Vice President of Admissions and Financial Aid

Roger L. Schlueter Judy Silvestrone, DC, MS

Kimberly Paddock O-Reilly, DHEd, MBA, MSW Provost Lee Van Dusen, DC Vice President of Strategic Performance & Continuous Improvement

Rick L. Stevens

Donald S. Altman

Ralph Barrale

Nicole Bennett

Natacha Douglas

Paul D. Eberline

Theresa Fleck

Amy Gill

Allen Hager

Gregg E. Hollabaugh

Brad Hough

Jade Dominique James

Adil Khan

Marc G. Malon

Clay McDonald

Gary M. Mohr

Nichole Nichols

Keith Overland

Kimberly Paddock O-Reilly

Steven Roberts


Roger L. Schlueter

Judy Silvestrone

Rick L. Stevens

Xaivier Tipler

Lee Van Dusen

Kurt Wood

Fred Zuker




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P OS TG R AD U AT E EDU CA T IO N | April – July 2021 The Postgraduate Department remains committed to our graduates’ ongoing development and is pleased to offer the following continuing education programs. Please note, various seminars have been postponed due to COVID-19, and some programs will be temporarily hosted online. The Postgraduate Department will keep constituents updated and informed at Please direct any questions or suggestions to or 1-800-842-3234. On-Demand Activator Technique Interactive Virtual Training Module 1: Basic Scan Protocol of the Activator Method Module 2: Upper Extremities Module 3: Lower Extremities For additional online postgraduate programs on relevant topics in chiropractic, visit Live Programs Location is Logan University campus unless otherwise indicated. April 10-11 Risk Management in Chiropractic, Spine and Extremity Care Instructor: Jeffrey Miller, DC, FIANM, MBA Sponsored by NCMIC

April 24-25 Basic Acupuncture Instructor: Mary Jennings, DC, Dipl.Ac, LAc May 1-2 Advanced Acupuncture Instructor: Gary Ditson, DC, LAc Evidence-Informed Assessment and Rehabilitation of Musculoskeletal Disorders Instructor: Bryan M. Bond, BSc, BS, DC, MS, PhD Sponsored by NCMIC May 15-16 Basic Acupuncture Instructor: Nicholas Gatto, DC, Dipl.Ac June 5-6 Advanced Acupuncture Instructor: Nicholas Gatto, DC, Dipl.Ac

June 12-13 Integration of Chiropractic for the Animal Health Care Practice Instructor: Susan Roecker, DC June 19-20 Revolutionary Wellness: An Integrated Approach to Health Instructor: Robert Silverman, DC, DACBN, DCBCN, MS, CNN, CNS, CSCS, CIISN, CKTP, CES, HKC, FAXTR June 26-27 Patient Management, Documentation, and Post-COVID Instructor: Mario Fucinari DC, CPCO, CPPM, CIC Sponsored by NCMIC July 10-11 Advanced Acupuncture Instructor: Nicholas Gatto, DC, Dipl.Ac

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