Logan University - Summer Tower 2017

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Mother and Daughter Share New Bond as Classmates Logan Integrates Chiropractic Into Third Community Health Center Chiropractic Restores Patient’s Quality of Life From Poland to Cuba, Increasing Logan’s Footprint





5 Mission Forward: Affinia Logan closes accessibility gap with newest health partnership

14 Logan Connects

8 Chiropractic Empowers Patient Patient Rowena Jones regains strength with the help of chiropractic care

24 Student Life

10 Family Members to Classmates Mother and daughter team up to earn their DHPE at Logan

28 Alumni Feature

12 Logan Makes Global Connections Faculty, students make their mark around the world with chiropractic






17 Research 20 Spring Symposium 26 The Insider 27 Donor Snapshot 32 Recognizing Success 36 Under the Tower 37 Industry Update 38 Postscript


The Tower is a publication of Logan University for alumni, students, employees and friends of the University

THE TOWER Vol. 2, SUMMER 2017 The Tower is published three times a year: Spring, Summer and Fall. On the Cover Vivian and Maurya Cockrell, mother and daughter, enrolled in Logan’s DHPE program. The Tower is produced by the Department of Marketing and Communications. Reader comments can be emailed to Tower@logan.edu. THE TOWER Logan University 1851 Schoettler Road Chesterfield, MO 63017 Tower@logan.edu | Logan.edu 1-800-782-3344

First Logan has launched its first integrated spine care residency, which will play an integral role in advancing the operation of Logan’s clinics within federally qualified health centers in St. Louis. David Mann, DC was selected as the first resident (read more about Dr. Mann on page 5).

FOREMOST Logan’s newly redesigned website was named “Best University Website in 2017” by the Web Marketing Association for excelling in creativity, innovation, copywriting, impact, design, use of the medium and memorability.

Lee Van Dusen, DC, Logan’s dean of academic continuous improvement, was selected to the 2017 Volunteer Board of Examiners for the Malcom Baldrige National Quality Award. Dr. Van Dusen joins an elite group of leaders who help drive organizational performance excellence across the country.

Dr. Clay McDonald attended the 70th World Health Assembly (WHA) in Geneva, Switzerland, in May as chairman of the Association of Chiropractic Colleges. The WHA is the supreme decision-making body for the World Health Organization and is regularly attended by delegates from all 194 member states, with the main objective of determining the policies of the organization.

Fifty-five students started their journey toward a Doctor of Chiropractic degree at Logan this May, marking the largest summer DC class since 2013. LOGAN UNIVERSITY • SUMMER 2017 3


There is truly no better time to be a member of the Logan University community. By being responsive to the needs of the community and broader health care system, we have developed a student experience that will best prepare the doctors and health advisors of tomorrow. We are collaborating with our health and education colleagues to ensure innovation and quality in patient care, and we are learning and leading through our commitment to continuous quality improvement as reflected in our values, our principles and our ability to empower others. Let’s take a look at the progress we’ve made: Our enrollment. This summer, we welcomed the largest DC class since 2013, and projections for the number of students this fall are looking strong for both the College of Chiropractic and the College of Health Sciences. More than 300 students enrolled for the 2015-16 school year, an increase of 138 percent from the previous year.


Our outreach. While Logan’s undergraduate program has historically been more popular for completing bachelor’s degree coursework rather than as a standalone degree, we are striving to change that. Efforts include teaching college-level science courses to high schoolers at the Collegiate School of Medicine and Bioscience in St. Louis. Classes like this not only help students eliminate a year of their undergraduate program, but they also introduce chiropractic as a career option to a new group of young students. Our curriculum. Logan’s continued success is thanks in large part to its innovative curriculum, which from the very beginning has students interacting with patients and learning how to ask the right questions to get at the cause of their maladies. Logan’s curriculum, updated a few years ago, is being presented as a model to the Institute for Advanced Medical Education, representing a huge step forward for the field of chiropractic overall. Our profession. We are addressing the effort to increase the percentage of the population who see a chiropractor. The “Growing Beyond 14%” initiative strives to utilize

interprofessional care to expose a greater number of patients to the powers of chiropractic by partnering with hospitals, clinics and other medical centers. Here at Logan, we are providing chiropractic care to sports teams, including those at the University of Missouri, HarrisStowe State University and Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. We are running a full-time clinic at Paraquad, a local nonprofit dedicated to helping people with disabilities live more independently, which places students alongside physical and occupational therapists. We are also operating clinics in federally qualified community health centers, including Myrtle Hilliard Davis Comprehensive Health Centers, Affinia and, beginning in August, Mercy Hospital’s JFK Clinic. These efforts, and more, deepen our academic and clinical footprint and expand our global reach, positioning Logan to be the best small health sciences institution in the nation. It’s a privilege to look at how far we’ve come and yet realize the potential we have to go even further. I look forward to sharing our future progress in all areas of the University as we advance toward new challenges and opportunities.


Pushing for Patient-Centered Care Two years ago, Logan’s leadership made a commitment to expand the University’s role in the community to educate both students and patients. Today, that commitment is realized in the form of a partnership with Affinia Healthcare, the third federally qualified health center in St. Louis to team up with Logan for chiropractic care. Affinia Healthcare joins Myrtle Hilliard Davis Comprehensive Health Centers (MHDCHC) and Family Care Health Centers (FCHC), which have also taken steps to

incorporate chiropractic care into their service offerings to patients, many of whom lack access to pain therapies outside of their primary care provider and medications. Together, Logan and these institutions are collaborating to help close the gap in accessibility and provide chiropractic care for all patients, regardless of their ability to pay.

‘Struggle for access’ Melissa Tepe, MD, MPH, chief medical officer for Affinia Healthcare, paints a picture of what a typical patient faces: pain intertwined with medical, mental health and substance abuse issues; little or no access to care; and living at or below the poverty line. A few years ago, medication was one of the only tools in the community health

Dr. Battaglia, DC, DACBR is helping to lead the chiropractic charge at Affinia Healthcare.



“This collaboration allows patients and providers alike to have more tools to appropriately and safely treat pain.” -Dr. Melissa Tepe Affinia Healthcare

center’s toolbox for acute and chronic pain, especially for the uninsured. Then, there was a shift, and leadership began to talk differently about pain care. “We revised our treatment agreement with patients, set up communication strategies within our electronic medical records and educated staff regarding strategies on how to safely care for patients in chronic pain and utilizing narcotics,” Dr. Tepe said. “These Dr. Melissa Tepe strategies helped, but providers at the time still felt uncomfortable caring for patients in chronic pain and using opioids as a main treatment modality.” It wasn’t until fall 2016 that Affinia Healthcare began an earnest discussion around the development of chronic pain teams. These teams, comprised of a physician, pharmacist, behavioral health specialist and a nurse, started a process that allowed each specialty to interact with the patient and develop a comprehensive pain treatment plan and approach. Dr. Tepe—having awareness of Logan’s previous collaborations with MHDCHC and FCHC—contacted Logan.

‘Higher functioning and quality of life’ Dr. Tepe said it was apparent that collaborating with Logan would be a critical key to reaching patients struggling with chronic pain. It didn’t take long to develop a partnership. “With that, we had rooms and a site available, and we simply kept moving through each logistical piece step by step,” she noted. Just three months in, the program is exceeding Affinia Healthcare’s expectations. Chiropractic care has already increased from three half days to five full days a week with appointments filled weeks in advance. 6 SUMMER 2017 • LOGAN UNIVERSITY


Dr. Tepe said both patients and staff view the partnership as a valueadded service. Funding is often the primary barrier to partnering with specialists Dr. David Mann in private practice, but with Logan, Dr. Tepe said, teaching and education are prioritized over a patient’s financial contribution. “Our two missions work in wonderful symmetry so that patients pay a small fee and gain access to a much needed service.” Helping lead the chiropractic charge at Affinia Healthcare is David Mann, DC, Logan’s first integrated spine care resident, and most recently, Patrick Battaglia, DC, DACBR. Dr. Mann, who has spent time overseeing chiropractic care at other Logan clinics, talks about the different learning opportunities the Affinia Healthcare patient experience has provided. “At MHDCHC, we’re seeing obesity and low back pain, and we’re providing a lot of nutritional counseling along with chiropractic care,” he said. “Here, it’s more neurological deficits coupled with chronic pain and learning how to associate those

with appropriate diagnostics. We also have a large percentage of patients who want to get off prescription drugs in all of our FQHC settings. Our job is to get them out of pain, get them functioning and back to living their life.” Because chiropractic can have such a positive impact on an individual’s well-being, Dr. Battaglia said the demand, especially at Affinia Healthcare, is high and the care is well received. “Patients are grateful—they’ve seen the adverse effects of medication and don’t want to go down that road,” he said. “As a profession that is grounded in drug-free and surgery-free care, there’s no competing interest. We are considered a low-risk, low-cost option effective for musculoskeletal care.”

‘A large educational component’ With any partnership Logan creates, opportunities exist to inform patients and educate students. Dr. Mann said overseeing care at the community health center is helping him become a better clinician, especially through improving patient communication and the ability to identify the cause, and learning algorithms about treating more complex cases. “Just being exposed to different comorbidities has been invaluable,” he said. “It’s really an extension of Logan’s DC program and an opportunity for any student to utilize all the skills learned in the classroom.”

For patients, learning the benefits of chiropractic care as well as the importance of preventive care is invaluable. “There’s always a large educational component, whether it’s explaining what we are doing, or what’s expected of them after they leave the office,” Dr. Mann said. Dr. Tepe said as a provider, she is seeing the knowledge that grows from being a part of an integrated, patient-centered care model, knowing when to treat and when to refer and truly wanting to help your patient as best as you can. “This collaboration allows patients and providers alike to have more tools to appropriately and safely treat pain,” she said. “This is about higher functioning and quality of life. I hope the service continues to grow … that patients utilize the service for acute pain and maintenance of healthier activities and postures and that the chiropractic service truly integrates into our chronic pain team program.” As Dr. Battaglia takes over management of the practice growth at Affinia Healthcare, he intends to maintain the high level of intern training and will continue to push for further integration within the community health center system. “True comanagement of patients is needed, and I’d like to create more opportunities for students to rotate through other health disciplines to broaden their skill set,” he said. “My focus will be forming relationships and creating these opportunities.”

Logan Offers Chiropractic Care at Mercy Hospital in St. Louis Beginning in mid-September, Logan will offer chiropractic services at Mercy Hospital’s JFK Clinic, a community health center providing care for local uninsured or underinsured patients who qualify. Under the supervision of Barry Wiese, DC, MHA, DIBCN, associate dean of clinic compliance and director of integrated health center development at Logan, and David Mann, DC, Logan’s integrated spine care resident, Logan interns will be on-site to provide comprehensive chiropractic care between 12 and 16 hours per week.




Chiropractic Grants Patient Her Independence Rowena Jones knew chiropractic care could work wonders for her acute lower back pain, but her insurance wouldn’t cover the visits. By the time she got divorced and lost insurance altogether, she had been unemployed for six years, and her pain was steadily worsening. “It got to the point where it was difficult for me to do simple tasks like wash the dishes, walk up and down the stairs and carry my groceries,” Jones said. “My quality of life had deteriorated.”

A run-in with a neighbor at a local grocery store earlier this spring set the 73-year-old Jones on the path to healing. Upon learning about Jones’ pain, the neighbor told her about Logan’s Chiropractic Health Center at Myrtle Hilliard Davis Comprehensive Health Center (MHDCHC) and left a card with information on Jones’ car. “I made an appointment right away, and since then my life has been going upward bound,” Jones noted. Jones experienced tremendous improvement after only a few weeks of treatment with Ross Mattox, DC (2007), 8 SUMMER 2017 • LOGAN UNIVERSITY

Dr. Ross Mattox with patient Rowena Jones who received chiropractic care at Myrtle Hilliard Davis Comprehensive Health Center.

the clinician in charge of Logan’s integrated health center at MHDCHC. Jones can now get up and down the stairs and stand up without assistance. Slowly, as the pain recedes, she’s regaining her independence. “Chiropractic has given me my life back, and I’m now able to care for myself,” she said. “Before, I wasn’t able to stand for long. Even doing dishes, I couldn’t stand at the sink. I wondered if I was going to be forced to use a walker, and people were sometimes stopping me in stores asking me if I needed home health care.”

The chiropractic adjustments were an important starting point in reestablishing Jones’ quality of life, but it was the ripple effect of positive lifestyle changes that led to true healing. Like so many chiropractic success stories, empowering Rowena to improve her diet and start moving more were critical to her progress. “When Rowena first came to us, things had been going downhill for a while,” Dr. Mattox said. “There’s not one magic adjustment we can do to change all of that, but because she’s been doing the things we advise her to do outside the treatment


room, she’s been getting better.” Hundreds of underinsured and uninsured patients experience pain relief at the hands of Dr. Mattox and his team at MHDCHC. But it’s not just the patients who benefit; the clinic is also an invaluable training ground for the next generation of chiropractors as they treat pain in an integrated setting alongside general practitioners, behavioral health care professionals and other providers. “We’re not just seeing your typical low back pain cases,” Dr. Mattox said. “It’s typically a lot more involved, and students get to realize that our job as chiropractors goes beyond the physical. The mind has so much to do with chronic pain, so a person’s mental attitude is critical on the path to wellness.”

“Chiropractic has given me my life back, and I’m now able to care for myself.” –Rowena Jones





Mother, Daughter Team Up to Earn Doctoral Degrees Thanks to Logan’s Doctorate of Health Professions Education (DHPE) program, Maurya Cockrell will soon be able to cross that off her list. “I didn’t want to settle on just any program; rather, I wanted to find something that combined my love of health care, education, and training and


development,” said Maurya. “Logan is one of the few universities in the U.S. that has a curriculum like this, and it’s really quite exceptional.” But Maurya wasn’t the only one in her family to find the program exceptional. Her mother Vivian had similar ideas. “As I listened to her speak about the uniqueness

When it comes to a bucket list, some people think of skydiving or traveling the world, but for some, it is earning a doctoral degree.

of the degree program and the great opportunities it would give her as a health care professional, I became excited and interested,” Vivian said. “She reminded me of my own aspiration to earn a doctorate degree, and one night at the dinner table, I said, ‘I think I’ll join you’—and then I did!” Both passionate about a future in technology, health care and education, the mother-daughter duo began the program together in January 2017. “Never in a million years did I think we’d be classmates,” said Maurya. “It truly is a beautiful and rewarding experience. A journey I feel blessed to travel on,” replied Vivian. While the mother and daughter share many of the same passions and interests, their backgrounds in academia and health care have given each of them different experiences. Having served as a school principal and district administrator, Vivian is now a speech and language pathologist for St. Louis Public Schools. In returning to the other side of the desk in an environment that allows her to learn through the eyes of today’s millennial health professional, Vivian feels the DHPE will improve her skills as an educator and give her insight into how the upcoming generation thinks.


“I didn’t want to settle on just any program; rather, I wanted to find something that combined my love of health care, education, and training and development. Logan is one of the few universities in the U.S. that has a curriculum like this, and it’s really quite exceptional.” –Maurya Cockrell

“Sometimes I feel like Maurya and I are switching roles,” Vivian said. “She is teaching me instead of me teaching her, always bringing a fresh perspective to the table.” The DHPE, which was launched in 2015, provides health professionals with a foundation in academic leadership, education technology, research, statistics, curriculum development, delivery and assessment to be educators in their chosen health field. Since completing their first trimester, Maurya has used the knowledge gained through her first few classes to improve the ethics education at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, where she works as a project ethics/clinical pastoral education administrator. She is also applying her new knowledge toward

revamping the training curriculum for YKNOT Consulting LLC, a human resources development company. From conversations about interdisciplinary teamwork and adult learning theories, to comparing exam scores for a bit of friendly competition, the two keep each other motivated and engaged in the learning process. They also play off of each other’s strengths and weaknesses. “She teaches me the educational theories,” Maurya said. “And Maurya teaches me about how her generation learns and the innerworkings of a hospital. We really complement each other quite well,” said Vivian. The Cockrells plan to add “doctor” to their names by 2020. At that time, Vivian

hopes to teach a health professions course at a university. She also plans to design a professional development program for health care professionals that addresses interdisciplinary health care teams, a passion she shares with her daughter, who is always looking for new ways to connect the hospital and chiropractic industries. In the meantime, the two hope to become more involved at Logan and are especially interested in starting an interdisciplinary study group. “We’re always talking about what mark we want to make on Logan and health care education,” said Maurya. “It’s such a groundbreaking program, and we’re really looking forward to what is coming in the future and how we can be a part of it.”



Our Worldly Footprint Locally based, globally present. Logan University continues to make connections that bring our faculty and students to all corners of the world. Beyond our own communities here in St. Louis, we seize opportunities to educate the next generation of health care leaders, to treat patients and advance awareness of chiropractic.

Cuba Partnership

Logan is advancing its partnership with the Institute of Sports Medicine in Havana, Cuba. Faculty and administration recently made a trip to meet with leadership from the National Institute of Sport, Physical Education, and Recreation (INDER), the governing branch of all sport and recreation in Cuba. Logan expects to start student rotations in Havana in spring 2018.

Clinic Abroad Trip World Federation of Chiropractic

David Parish, DC, MS, CSCS, DACBSP, ICCSP, associate dean of clinical care and director of sports and rehabilitation at Logan, has been selected to serve on the World Federation of Chiropractic (WFC) Disability and Rehabilitation Committee. The WFC is a global notfor-profit organization that exists to support, empower, promote and unite chiropractors and the chiropractic profession. Representing 88 countries in seven world regions, the WFC is the only non-governmental organization of the World Health Organization.


This spring, four Logan students accompanied clinician Aimee Jokerst, DC, FIAMA to the Dominican Republic for Clinic Abroad. During the group’s 10-day itinerary, the students treated about 350 patients out of two temporary clinics in Santo Domingo. They were exposed to a variety of conditions, including everything from disc issues and generalized pain to heart disease, diabetes, hypertension, asthma and more. The trip is planned in conjunction with International Service Learning, a social enterprise that offers aid in developing countries and helps coordinate medical, education and community enrichment volunteer trips.


CSIT World Games Riga Wroclaw

In June, Melissa Engelson, DC, MS, CSCS, DACBSP, ICCSP, assistant director of Logan’s Human Performance Center, spent a week in Latvia as an assistant director, or Chef de Mission, of the Confédération Sportive Internationale Travailliste et Amateur (CSIT) World Games. Dr. Engelson, who attended the World Games as a representative of the International Federation of Sports Chiropractic, spent her time abroad assisting Logan alum Timothy W. Ray, DC (1977). Her duties included delegating responsibilities to the practicing doctors as well as organizing the flow of patients.

The World Games

Kelley Humphries, DC, MS, LP, ICCSP, assistant director of Logan’s Human Performance Center, will travel to Poland in July as an International Federation of Sports Chiropractic delegate at the World Games in Poland. As a clinical staff member servicing the Games, Dr. Humphries will conduct research and treat hundreds of athletes from all around the globe. She will be accompanied by Courtney Wells, DC (2017), new resident in Logan’s Human Performance Center. Dr. Humphries’ trip, her first experience at the World Games, will last more than two weeks and include attendance at the opening and closing ceremonies.



Logan Hosts First Training Camp as Home of USA Para Powerlifting More than a dozen athletes, coaches and families gathered in mid-March for Logan’s first training camp as the new home for USA Para Powerlifting. The athletes are preparing for upcoming national and world competitions with the ultimate goal of earning a spot on the Paralympic Team. “As a kid, I always watched the Olympics and wanted to compete,” said Chelsi Figley, past National team member from Columbiana, Ohio. “I didn’t even know about the Paralympics until my mid-20s, and when I heard they had bench press, I thought, ‘I’m pretty good at that.’” Chelsi officially became involved in para powerlifting in 2009. She qualified for World Paralympic Championships in the past and is hoping to make her first Olympic appearance at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Toyko. During the competition, Chelsi said she felt better mentally than usual. “I felt prepared going in, and I think part of that


was knowing what to expect,” she said. “We’ve been communicated with a lot prior to our arrival and everything has been running smoothly. I’m looking forward to returning to Logan for more tournaments and training.” David Parish, DC, MS, CSCS, DACBSP, ICCSP, associate dean of clinical care, director of the Master of Science in Sports Science and Rehabilitation program and high performance coach for the USA Para Powerlifting Team, was instrumental in securing Logan as the home of USA Para Powerlifting. He, along with Logan’s Human Performance Center staff, helped arrange on-site chiropractic treatment from Logan residents and body composition analysis, something the athletes have never had access to during a training camp.

“It is my goal to make the athletes better and stronger and to be the premiere team at the Paralympics.” –Dr. David Parish “We’ve also set up Skype presentations from the United States Olympic Committee on nutrition and sports psychology,” said Dr. Parish. “It’s been a huge team effort and everyone has done a phenomenal job. It is my goal to make the athletes better and stronger and to be the premiere team at the Paralympics.” Eric Park, PhD, instructor in Logan’s Master of Science in Nutrition and Human Performance program, operated the DEXA machine to give athletes an idea of how they can improve their diet and optimize performance during competition. “We look at their muscle versus fat, and we’ll be following them, gathering data and making recommendations.” That kind of service, said Mary Hodge, CPT, MS, high performance manager for the USA Para Powerlifting Team, made the training camp a success. “It’s amazing to work with knowledgeable people who have the athletes’ best interests, physically and professionally, in mind.” Logan will host the athletes again in March 2018 for training and a national competition.


USA Para Powerlifting athlete Chelsi Figley competes at Logan.



Youth Sports Organizations Team Up with Logan The U.S. Centers for Disease Control states that each year more than 3.5 million kids under age 14 receive medical treatment for sports injuries. With youth concussions on the rise, it’s no surprise that two youth sports organizations in St. Louis have enlisted Logan to help keep young athletes safe, both on and off the playing field. Missouri Rush Soccer Club and Platinum Athletics—a cheerleading and dance facility—now offer chiropractic care to participants. As part of their partnerships, soccer and cheer athletes have access to Logan Doctors of Chiropractic who treat, manage and prevent injuries. Leading Logan’s efforts with both Rush and Platinum is Rebecca Skiljan, DC, MS, CCSP, resident in Logan’s Human Performance Center. Dr. Skiljan earned her DC and master’s degree in sports science and rehabilitation from Logan in December 2015. Dr. Skiljan said her primary focus is to provide injury-based rehabilitation and performance-based care to help address acute and chronic pain as well as muscle imbalances. She attends practices and games/competitions not only to monitor the athletes’ performance but also to provide on-site care when appropriate. All other times, the youth athletes have access to Logan Health Center clinicians who offer soft tissue, rehabilitation and chiropractic care. “The benefit of coming to Logan is that each athlete receives a customized treatment plan,” said Dr. Skiljan. “The number one thing we aim for with highperformance youth athletes is that parents know their child is being taken care of and that their concerns are being addressed.” Adam Rufkahr, co-owner and coach at Platinum, said his athletes are not only thrilled that someone can help treat, manage and prevent injuries, but also parents are ecstatic about being associated 16 SUMMER 2017 • LOGAN UNIVERSITY

“The number one thing we aim for with high-performance youth athletes is that parents know their child is being taken care of and that their concerns are being addressed.” –Dr. Rebecca Skiljan

Dr. Rebecca Skiljan

with a gym that is dedicated to the health and well-being of their children. “For us, it was more about how we can provide more value for the kids at our facility and assure parents that above competitions and performing, safety is of utmost importance,” he said. “At the end of the day, we’re about doing what’s best for our athletes in the long run and doing as much as we can. It’s been a huge blessing to be able to have access to Logan’s knowledge and resources.” Nick Teater, executive director of the Missouri Rush Soccer Club, agrees.

“Partnering with Logan was an absolute no-brainer for our organization,” he said. “Their passion for helping players is unique and a true benefit.” For Logan students, the partnership offers just another learning opportunity and point of connection to gain onsite, on-field experience with varying degrees of injuries. “Interns are getting the chance to work on injury prevention and see how certain conditions can develop into chronic problems through wear and age diagnoses and see them develop through their injuries,” said Dr. Skiljan, who hopes to introduce SCAT (sports concussion assessment tool) 5 in the future. It’s an eye-opening experience to see how the body develops and how those injuries and paradigms shift, and something not a lot of people get to do at this stage of their education.”


10th Annual Joseph W. Howe Oration in Diagnostic Imaging Salvaging athletic careers, creating pain treatment methods and working to understand the effects of both physical and psychological pain are just some ways Doctors of Chiropractic are contributing to health care. Three eminent DCs specifically shared their experiences with these topics during the 10th Annual Joseph W. Howe Oration in Diagnostic Imaging, an event held May 25 at Logan to honor the contributions and achievement of Dr. Howe. Speakers included Terry R. Yochum, DC, DACBR, James Cox, DC, DACBR and Norman W. Kettner, DC, DACBR.

Dr. Terry Yochum – Saving a Career Dr. Yochum discussed a case highlighting a 16-year-old female soccer player who was slated to join the U.S. Junior Olympic soccer team. The patient was experiencing low back pain on her right side as she kicked the soccer ball and extended her leg. Dr. Yochum concluded that she had developed spondylosis and his solution was to put her in the Boston Overlap Brace and reduce her activity. Dr. Yochum noted that athletes are the hardest patients to manage because as soon as the pain goes away, they want to play. However, he praised this aspiring soccer star for following orders. He said the key is to remind athletes, parents and coaches that the brace is not a career-ending activity, but it is ultimately a career-saving activity. As a result, the patient fulfilled her goal and was selected for the Junior Olympic soccer team. Dr. Yochum has performed this treatment with hundreds of patients, in addition to the soccer player, without one recurrence.

to meet the challenges of post-surgical, continued-pain patients. Dr. Cox shared a study he and other colleagues conducted to address the pain patients often continue to feel after undergoing spinal surgery, which may lead to severe depression or even suicide. They found that 10 to 40 percent of patients will experience pain post-surgery. Dr. Cox and the participating chiropractors performed chiropractic distraction spinal manipulation on patients and were pleased to record 81 percent of these patients experienced more than a 50 percent relief in pain. Chiropractic distraction spinal manipulation is a method aided by an instrument called a transducer, which helps teach doctors how much force to apply. Dr. Cox noted that the transducer is valuable because one of the hardest things with this method of spinal manipulation is teaching doctors how much force to apply to a joint.

Dr. Norman Kettner – Pain and the Brain The Oration concluded with Dr. Kettner addressing the human brain and the importance of understanding its adaptation to chronic pain. He described

the models of functional brain dynamics, reviewed the dynamics of nociceptive and anti-nociceptive peripheral and central networks. He also provided an overview of the techniques of functional neuroimaging and examples of how neuroplasticity of chronic pain may be modified by interventions, such as acupuncture and spinal manipulation. Dr. Kettner stressed the importance of understanding the biopsychosocial model which combines anatomic, physiologic and psychosocial interactions. Its implementation augments healing in the patient-doctor relationship. “We will fail unless we integrate this principle into clinical education and practice,” he said. In regards to understanding the manifestation of emergent properties in complex systems, such as the human being, Dr. Kettner said, “It’s the integrative relationships between networks of molecules, cells, systems and the psychosocial dimension that is more important than the individual components.” Over the years, Dr. Kettner has authored numerous publications in the field of chiropractic radiology and functional neuroimaging, including prestigious journals such as Brain, NeuroImage, Human Brain Mapping and Pain.

Dr. James Cox – Treating PostSurgical Patients “The suicide rate is high … the depression rate is high,” said Dr. Cox empathetically during the Howe Oration, as he discussed the chiropractor’s obligation

Howe Oration speakers Dr. James Cox (second from left); Dr. Norman Kettner (sixth from left); and Dr. Terry Yochum (second from right). LOGAN UNIVERSITY • SUMMER 2017 17


DC2017: A Global Chiropractic Affair Logan students, faculty and alumni took to Washington, D.C., to inspire, innovate and inform spinal health at DC2017. The premier chiropractic event of the year, DC2017 was the first world chiropractic congress held jointly between The World Federation of Chiropractic (WFC), the Association of Chiropractic Colleges (ACC) and the American Chiropractic Association (ACA). The event featured internationally acclaimed speakers, cutting-edge scientific research, best practices and topical workshops—with Logan at the center of it all. To kick off the week, several faculty members participated in platform and poster presentations of their research, including Lacey Miller, DC, and Rebecca Skiljan, DC, MS, CCSP, both residents in the Human Performance Center. Both

Dr. Miller and Dr. Skiljan earned top awards for their research in sports chiropractic. Dr. Miller earned the award for her research titled “Sport-specific rehabilitation for a Paralympic prospect: A case report.” Similarly, Dr. Skiljan received first place in the student poster presentation category for “Chiropractic intervention and rehabilitative exercises in an adolescent with a recent incomplete spinal cord injury: A case report.” Faculty from the radiology department also had a strong presence, with four platform presentations and six poster presentations. In addition, Dr. Clay McDonald served as a moderator for the Impact Through Leadership in Practice session. Thirteen students from Logan’s chapter of the Student American Chiropractic Association (SACA) were also in

By the Numbers

13 Student Attendees


Poster Presentations


Faculty, Staff and Administration Attendees


Platform Presentations

13,000 Total Conference Attendees 18 SUMMER 2017 • LOGAN UNIVERSITY

R E S E A R CH attendance and enjoyed the speakers and thought leaders who provided progressive ideas on the future of the profession, as well as countless networking opportunities. While in D.C., students took advantage of the opportunity to advocate for chiropractic on Capitol Hill and met with six different representatives and their aides from eastern Missouri. “With more than 1,300 students and DCs in attendance from the ACA, WFC and the ACC, there was no shortage of inspiration and leadership for students to enjoy over their spring break,” said Jonathan Free, Trimester 6 student. “With this experience under SACA’s belt, a plan to increase advocacy efforts is in the very near future for Logan’s campus.”

Clemente Sports Chiropractic Award During DC2017, Logan sponsored the Roberto Clemente Sports Chiropractic Award, a biannual recognition which honors the life and work of baseball player and philanthropist Roberto Clemente. Clemente is known for being an advocate for the chiropractic profession after a car accident threatened his baseball career. The chiropractic care he received at Logan enabled him to continue playing the game. This year’s award recipient was Phil Santiago, DC of Lake Hiawatha, N.J., who has demonstrated outstanding voluntary service in the field of sports chiropractic. The award is given by the International Federation of Sports Chiropractic (FICS) and the FICS Foundation.

NEWS & NOTES Chiropractic Grand Rounds Norman W. Kettner, DC, DACBR, FICC, chair of Logan’s Department of Radiology, introduced Chiropractic Grand Rounds, a series of research lectures designed to present data on topics related to chiropractic management. Faculty and students were invited to the March 1 inaugural event where Mike Schneider, DC, PhD, an associate professor at the University of Pittsburgh, addressed research on non-pharmacological management of spinal stenosis. Dr. Schneider is a committee member on the University of Pittsburgh Institutional Review Board (IRB) and is also an Advisory Panel Member to the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI). He has designed and implemented several federally funded clinical trials comparing conservative treatments for low back and neck pain and primarily focuses his research on rehabilitation approaches for spinerelated disorders as well as dissemination and implementation science. Chiropractic Grand Rounds will take place two to three times a year.

Osteoarthritis Clinical Forum Logan hosted its first Clinical Forum for students and faculty members on April 6. Moderated by Dr. Kettner, the topic was integrated pain management for osteoarthritis and how integrated pain management is a model of the future as chronic pain continues growing.

Panelists included Vincent DeBono, DC, CSCS; David Parish, DC, MS, CSCS, DACBSP, ICCSP; and Marcus DeGeer, DC, MD, MS, CSCS, DACBSP, ICCSP, who analyzed a case study involving a 28-yearold female with a four-month history of hip pain. Dr. Kettner presented the history of symptoms, diagnosis and treatment, which included exercise and manual therapy aimed at the SI joint to avoid surgery. The panelists discussed varying approaches and factors at each stage.

American Pain Society Annual Scientific Meeting The American Pain Society (APS) held its 36th Annual Scientific Meeting May 17-20, gathering together hundreds of pain researchers and clinicians across the country. The APS featured topics ranging from translational pain research to the dynamics of brain mechanisms as well as lectures from more than 20 special interest groups (SIGs). Dr. Kettner, who serves as the chair for the APS’s SIG on complementary and alternative medicine, organized a lecture on safe, effective and nonsurgical treatments for lumbar spinal stenosis. Dr. Kettner invited faculty from the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center to address findings from a randomized research trial comparing the effectiveness of three nonsurgical treatment approaches as well as data on the treatment of chronic low back pain in older adults. They also discussed a set of patientreported instruments that measure nonspecific, contextual factors that can influence treatment outcome in CAM and conventional medicine.





Logan wrapped up another successful Spring Symposium April 27-30, drawing the largest number of attendees since its inception in 2014. Highlights included Logan President Clay McDonald, DC, JD, MBA, who delivered a State of the University Address; Michele Maiers, DC, MPH, PhD, executive director of research and innovation at Northwestern Health Sciences University, who was named this year’s recipient of the Beatrice B. Hagen Award; and lectures by 30 speakers on topics ranging from chiropractic techniques and functional neuroimaging to becoming a chiropractic expert in the community.


WE R E YO U TH E R E ? A special thank you to those who supported Dr. Terry R. Yochum’s campaign to honor the service to the advancement of chiropractic radiology as well as the outstanding career of Dr. Norman W. Kettner. Donations from the campaign benefit the renaming of the imaging suite at Logan University in Dr. Kettner’s honor.

“Symposium is a great way to reconnect with the Logan community—to see friends, professors. It’s just a great time, every time I’m here. Because Logan enriched my clinical experience, now I want to stay plugged in to the community. That’s why I’ll always come back.” –Julian McMurray, DC Little Rock, Ark.



“I’m most proud to be a Logan alumna because of all the continuing education opportunities it offers. It’s an amazing resource, and in one weekend I can get a substantial amount of the continuing education that I need.” –Kristin Milonas, DC St. Louis, Mo.



“This was my first time at Symposium after being out of school for five years. I thought it would be nice to reconnect with some of my favorite professors and hear from experts on topics to help light that fire. I’ve always felt that Logan’s education and clinical experience has given us the tools to go out and heal and help patients every day.” –Claudia Sacco, DC Calgary, AB, Canada

“This was my first time attending, and I found that the event has a lot to offer. I was impressed by the reasonable price for continuing education and wellmaintained grounds and facilities.” –Mark Mitten, DC Zion, Ill.



Bringing Together Cultural Differences with a Common Interest: Chiropractic A person’s college experience is often defined by their academic interests, how well they excel in the program and how successful they are following graduation. But at Logan, the college experience is not only defined by academics, but also by the support and encouragement students receive from those who surround them, expanding their worldliness and preparing them for future success in all areas of life. At Logan, the student population represents more than 15 countries, including Canada, Brazil, Puerto Rico and Venezuela. Due to an increasing international student population and a yearning from U.S. students to participate in clinic abroad, Logan started the International Students Association (ISA), an organization that promotes cultural diversity and awareness throughout the Logan campus and community. “We provide a platform for interaction among international students and the Logan student body, encouraging and supporting cooperative relationships among cultural differences,” said Kemmy Klein Ritter, a trimester 5 student from Brazil and president of ISA. “Our purpose is to advance and unite the global chiropractic profession through inspiration, integrity and leadership.” Associated with the World Congress of Chiropractic Students (WCCS), an international collaboration of chiropractic students, the ISA presents students with opportunities for learning and collaboration with a diverse group of future health professionals from across the world.


Kemmy said the group occasionally brings in doctors to address real-world experiences with practicing chiropractic in other areas of the world. “It’s different outside of the U.S., and it’s important to know the different rules and regulations for practicing chiropractic in different countries,” she said. Though Kemmy is currently serving in her third trimester as association president, her vision for the organization is just getting started. She hopes to involve more students on a global level, aiming to unite the profession and support one another. “A lot of people dream about the future, and we are the future,” said Kemmy. “Getting involved now means that we have the chance to start the future in the present.” With the support of the Logan student body and many faculty members, Kemmy and her officers have linked together students from across the globe with three main common interests: their passion for health care, chiropractic and the world around them. “Learning life experiences from students and doctors in the field of chiropractic beyond the Logan clinic is a very humbling experience and a unique opportunity to grow as a future DC.”


Members of Logan’s International Students Association (from left) Kemmy Ritter, Jose Maysonet, Timeca Brown, Nicholas Essington and Veronica Tino. LOGAN UNIVERSITY • SUMMER 2017 25


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of Teaching

Not many people can say they’ve taught at the same institution for more than 40 years. But at Logan, there are three who can: John Gutweiler, PhD; Roy Hillgartner, DC and Richard Cranwell, DC, MS, DABCN. master’s degrees. There was a huge variety of students mixed together in classes. Some students graduated Logan before they were 21 and could not go into practice yet! Hillgartner: At the time, there was some concern about how to get students to the Chesterfield campus because it was in the middle of nowhere. There were no apartments nearby for students to live in and not much infrastructure around it. Now, looking at our beautiful campus in a thriving suburb, surrounded by businesses, it’s hard to believe. The chiropractic student profile has also changed drastically. The character and personality of students has changed, too. In Drs. John Gutweiler, Richard Cranwell and Roy Hillgartner the early days, students were just here to become a chiropractor. Now there is What was it like to come to Logan’s new Chesterfield campus in 1973? What much more awareness of the entrepreneurial has changed the most? side of the career. Cranwell: I was still a student at that Gutweiler: The evolution of the time and was surprised by how rural chiropractic profession has brought so many Chesterfield was—cattle crossings, horses changes, including the assimilation of more up and down the street, and the campus science into the curriculum, which really was surrounded by farms. In the 1970s, blossomed in the 1980s and 1990s. Faculty classrooms could include 17-year-old has changed significantly and there has been students who just graduated high school more emphasis on credentialed and degreed as well as PhDs returning on a GI bill and faculty in a respective subject matter. students who already earned bachelor’s and Over the years, the three faculty members have shared many things, such as having taught current president Dr. Clay McDonald and molding young minds to help shape the future of health care. The three recently came together to discuss their past, the future and their proudest moment at Logan.


What keeps you motivated to continue teaching? Hillgartner: Our passion for the profession. I live out my philosophies daily, and it doesn’t feel like work. I teach, I practice—I don’t work. This profession represents who I am, not what I do. I just can’t see myself doing anything else. Cranwell: Teaching students how to use their hands; taking them from an unsure student to using their hands confidently and competently is thrilling. Being an instructor makes me a better practitioner, and being a practitioner makes me a better instructor; the two go hand in hand. Gutweiler: Chemistry is a great story, and I like to tell it to students and help them understand how it all ties together. I was destined to be a commercial chemist. I never thought about teaching, but once I became an instructor, I was fascinated by it.

What is your proudest moment of the last 40 years?

Hillgartner: For me it’s the continuation of my work passed on to my son, who practices with me. We share a philosophy and a passion for this profession. Cranwell: Achieving a 40-year anniversary makes me incredibly proud, in addition to the student and patient appreciation. Enabling students to be successful years later is rewarding. In addition, some of my patients have even donated money to Logan in my name, which makes me proud of the work I have devoted my life to doing. Gutweiler: Learning how the knowledge I imparted to students has impacted their lives makes this a worthwhile experience.


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TOWER A Point of Pride for Alumni For some, the Honoring Tradition campaign is about supporting a critical need of the University. For others, it’s about preserving a lifelong memory.

“The Tower was the first thing that caught my eye as a student; and now, 20 years later, it is the first thing that comes to mind when I think of the campus,” said David Poe, DC (1996). “I’m proud of my Logan roots, and I want to see the University thrive for the next generation of chiropractors. I cannot imagine earning a better education anywhere else, so it just seems natural to me that I give back to the place that gave me so much.” The Honoring Tradition campaign sets out to raise $400,000—the amount needed to replace the Tower’s roof and three bell strikers, repair concrete cracks, restore the exterior and install a brick walk and masonry wall at the base. As a graduate of the Normandy campus, Ronald Nowman, DC (1958) never had the opportunity as a student to walk around on what we all know today as Logan’s campus. Despite not having that connection, Dr. Noman’s donation was inspired by the Logan Alumni Association’s mission to ensure the University continues to provide unparalleled chiropractic training to generations of ambitious students. “I feel lucky to be given this opportunity to be a part of an important campaign to restore and beautify a campus

icon,” he said. “Like many of my colleagues, we’ve been here since the beginning, and we have an obligation to maintain what we’ve established as the finest chiropractic university.” For generations to come, the dynamic and strong Tower will continue to inspire students to persevere with their studies, a constant visual reminder from day one of Logan’s commitment to mold them into the very best in their field. Kirtland Speaks, DC (1994) said that visual reminder still resonates with him as he fondly recalls his first visit to Logan, the memory one of immediate belonging. “I remember thinking, ‘this is where I want to be,’” he said. “Logan is where we each got our start. It set the stage for a career I’ve loved every day for the past 22 years.” Visit Logan.edu/RestoreTheTower to learn more about donating.

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If there’s one thing Logan alumni can agree on, it’s that the patient and the profession are of the utmost importance. These three Doctor of Chiropractic graduates have all endured the challenges that come with each trimester of the program, and the difficulties of finding the right job fit after graduation, and while they each have their own goals for the future, they have one thing in common: they want to change the way future generations approach health care.

DC Pathway to the Nonprofit World “I’m not sure I chose chiropractic; I think it chose me,” says Joe Snyder, DC (2011). Born in Peru and adopted by Logan faculty member Brian Snyder, DC (1983), he had his first chiropractic adjustment at two weeks old. Some might say it was destiny for Dr. Snyder to continue in the footsteps of his father. But after graduating from Logan, his Doctor of Chiropractic degree would take him in a direction different from the classroom and private practice. “I started working with families and kids, and was able to educate them on what I had learned growing up,” Dr. Snyder said. “I decided to change my practice to be geared more toward these patients and teaching parents to have their kid’s spine checked before reaching in the medicine cabinet.” As Dr. Snyder was less concerned about getting more patients and more concerned about healing the ones he currently had, he began reaching out into the community to donate his time and talent to those in need of chiropractic care. With the help of his colleague, Deborah Marin, DC, he started a chapter of the nonprofit organization Hands for Life. Together they serve in Tijuana, Mexico, and in underserved areas of San Diego, teaching the value of chiropractic care and healing to those who can’t afford it. “If I was the last chiropractor alive, would chiropractic survive?” he asks. “That’s what gets me out of the bed in the morning. We need to raise a healthy generation the right way with the safest intervention first—and that I believe is chiropractic.”



DC Pathway to Traditional Chiropractic Practice “I really like the fact that we can help people every day with our hands and make such a profound difference in people’s lives and health,” said Steve Baker, DC (2007), FASA. Dr. Baker was raised into a family of chiropractors as well as a family of Logan University graduates. For him, the decision to attend Logan was simple: aside from legacy and location, he desired to become a chiropractor. After graduation, Dr. Baker moved to Provo, Utah, to work with a classmate and eventually opened his own clinic. Since then, he has opened two additional clinics in Provo and formed a group of chiropractors and specialists who work to serve people who have been injured in auto accidents. “We want to transform the world of auto accident rehabilitation so people have a full scope of care and treatment that helps them get better quickly with optimal results,” Dr. Baker said. At each of his clinics, Dr. Baker says patient experience is his top priority. That means providing compassionate, quality care and making patients feel like family. He strives to make sure his patients know that both he and his staff have their best interests at heart, which in some circumstances, means referring patients elsewhere for more specialized care. While Dr. Baker is continuing to give back and make an impact outside of the clinic, strengthening his team to ensure the best possible patient experience is of the utmost importance. “Your team is everything in a successful practice,” he said. “I hope to continue to strengthen this team in 2017 and beyond.”

DC Pathway to Integrated Primary Care “For a long time, I was just finding my way through the chiropractic profession,” said Justin Goehl (2011 DC, 2012 MS). “I’m now in what I consider to be my dream job— working alongside primary care providers who have never had a chiropractor on their team until now.” Dr. Goehl recently became the first chiropractor at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, New Hampshire’s only academic medical center and affiliated with the fourth oldest medical school in the country. He also serves as a Clinical Assistant Professor at Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth College. After earning his DC, Dr. Goehl entered a VA residency program in Los Angeles, which he said changed the way he perceived health care, chiropractic and the ability to create an integrated approach to care. “Looking back, I am lucky to have been selected because the experience completely altered the trajectory of my career and where I could take my DC degree,” he said. Today, Dr. Goehl is responsible for helping create the Primary Spine Care program within The Center for Integrative Medicine embedded in the Department of Community and Family Medicine. The program offers an innovative approach to treating and triaging spine-related disorders, with a focus on cost-effective, evidencebased, patient-centered outcomes. “This is just the first stepping stone of a bigger movement in integrative medicine,” Dr. Goehl said. “There are a lot of providers who are interested in this model, and my goal is to help grow awareness.”


Class of April 2017

Blake A. Walters

Paige J. Nesbit

Ramica J. Ford

Camille S. McClendon

Amanda E. Alcamo

Emad G. Aujaimy

Michael S. Bettale

Ian S. Boone

Dustin C. J. Bosson

Tyler C. Dahlke

James J. Dwan

Austin J. Erker

Brian R. Fisk

Margaret A. Flynn

Charles A. Hughes

Andrew C. Jordan

Jennifer J. Kim

Jacob W. Kornetzke

Sarah L. Lawler

Marc E. Nelson

Cherith S. Paisley

Andrew F. Pesta

Derrick D. Pousson

Beth E. Pruett

Melissa D. Thomas

Kyle J. Trontvet

Corey M. Veltum



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Doctor of Chiropractic Graduates

Education Coordinator

Danielle L. Carlow

Education Coordinator

Devin P. Eernisse

Christopher R. Hill

Benjamin R. Brown

Lindsey N. Chapman

Trenton P. Civello

Trina G. Clark

Adam J. Copeskey

Nicholas J. Fosheim

Colin G. Fultz

Shannon J. Green

Joshua D. Greenwell

Robin C. Hoffmeister

Alex K. Low

Nicole R. Maddox

Tara N. Mashburn

Travis W. Morrison

Gary J. Mueller

Jessica L. Randazzo

Zane F. Riggs

Cody J. Schmitt

Simeon A. Siahmakoun

William S. Siegel

Athletic Director

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Kathryn A. Wagner

Courtney B. Wells

Joseph M. Little



Maye Abdella Taylor Anderson Wes-Lee Ryan Cooper Michael J. Fischer Shawn T. McKenzie Ryan Allan Oblander Kristy Kelly Shaughnessy Class of April 2017

Gina Maria Biondo Rachael Callaway Amy L. Drury Brian Ross Fisk Brittany Marie Held Samantha Elizabeth Anne Lauth Kevin Gordon Powell Kelly Jo Summers LIFE SCIENCE Class of December 2016

Alexander Tyler Andrews Larry Edward Burrell Benjamin Davey Nicholas John Edward Gingell Emmalene Glover Julie L. Graham

Zachary T. Hefner Timothy J. Hillis Alfred Joyce, Jr. Rachel Annallanes Krieger Henry Laux Zachary Lesniak Nicholas James Clinton Liford John Wesley Peters Sandy Pham Tyler James Specht Peter William Vercellino Emily Welch Amy C. Williams Class of April 2017

David J. Brickey Dayna Mae Bundy James Austin Calvert Aprim Gorges Trevor Hartmann Jason Hilla Jeffrey Houston Tiffany Lillian Huang Ryan Krack Colby Austin Lovelace Courtney J. Pesta Shane Pugsley Nicholas Andrew Pyle Sara M. Qualy Branden Race Sara Lynn Riegel


Melissa Jo Rieger Kemmy Klein Ritter Lucas Aaron VanPelt

MASTER OF SCIENCE DEGREES NUTRITION AND HUMAN PERFORMANCE Zoraime Ramos Cortes Ramica J. Ford Tyler DeAnn Fulton Taylor Jordan Funke, DC James Frederick Geiselman, Jr., DC Jason A. Holt, DC Kellie Kristine Hundemer James Kempton Laurie A. Lee Catherine L. Money, DC Chelsea Raines Monique Tahisha Ratti Leneshia Scharell Robertson Kristen Andrea Smith Andrew Robert Whigham, DC SPORTS SCIENCE AND REHABILITATION Michael Bettale Trina Gail Clark Devin P. Eernisse Charles A. Hughes

Taryn Lynn Lewis, DC Abigail Caryl Moore, DC Travis Wayne Morrison Cherith Shannon Paisley Hannah Nicole Reinholt Christian Alexander Simmons, DC Courtney Brooke Wells

HONORS AND AWARDS Doctor of Chiropractic Summa Cum Laude Simeon A. Siahmakoun Valedictorian Magna Cum Laude Danielle Lynn Manimtim Carlow Andrew C. Jordan Marc E. Nelson Kyle J. Trontvet Kathryn Ann Wagner Cum Laude James Jordan Dwan Ramica J. Ford Andrew F. Pesta Bachelor of Science Human Biology Summa Cum Laude Samantha Elizabeth Anne Lauth Valedictorian

RE C O GN I Z I N G S U CCE S S Bachelor of Science Life Science Magna Cum Laude Class of December 2016

Peter William Vercellino Valedictorian Class of April 2017

James Austin Calvert Valedictorian Master of Science in Nutrition and Human Performance Summa Cum Laude Monique Tahisha Ratti Valedictorian Leneshia Scharell Robertson Valedictorian Kristen Andrea Smith Valedictorian Zoraime Ramos Cortes James Frederick Geiselman, Jr., DC Kellie Kristine Hundemer Laurie A. Lee Magna Cum Laude Tyler DeAnn Fulton Jason A. Holt, DC James Kempton Cum Laude Ramica J. Ford Taylor Jordan Funke, DC Chelsea Raines Master of Science in Sports Science and Rehabilitation Summa Cum Laude Hannah Nicole Reinholt Valedictorian Magna Cum Laude Devin P. Eernisse Charles A. Hughes Travis Wayne Morrison Cherith Shannon Paisley Cum Laude Michael Bettale Trina Gail Clark

DC OUTSTANDING SERVICE AWARDS Academic Achievement Awards Melissa Ann Mueller Andrew C. Jordan Simeon A. Siahmakoun Basic Science Division Awards Andrew C. Jordan Kathryn Ann Wagner Chiropractic Science Basic Technique Award Camille Sharnay McClendon Chiropractic Science Diversified Technique Awards Kathryn Ann Wagner Courtney Brooke Wells Chiropractic Science Division Award Kyle J. Trontvet Clinical Science Division Awards Alex Kirsten Low Marc E. Nelson Health Center Certificates of Appreciation Adam John Copeskey Devin P. Eernisse Brian Ross Fisk

Colin Grant Fultz Shannon Green Jacob W. Kornetzke Sarah Liann Lawler Danielle Lynn Manimtim Tara R. O’Donnell Cherith Shannon Paisley Beth Estelle Pruett Jessica Lauren Randazzo Zane Forrest Riggs Simeon A. Siahmakoun Melissa Dawn Thomas Blake Adam Walters Radiology Department Awards Danielle Lynn Manimtim Colin Grant Fultz Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges Lindsey Nicole Chapman Andrew C. Jordan Marc E. Nelson Kyle J. Trontvet

LOGAN LEGACIES Jessica Lauren Randazzo Father: Dr. James Timothy Flynn (DC Class of 1988) LOGAN UNIVERSITY • SUMMER 2017 33


Summer 2017 Doctor of Chiropractic White Coat Ceremony

New Summer 2017 Students DOCTOR OF CHIROPRACTIC Zakir Ahmad Adam Aleto Lena Alsyouf Linsey Bechert Shane Brown Matthew Bryan Tanner Burt Ian Costello Katelynn Duncan Danton Dye Jason Eshegbeye Patrick Feldkamp Reggie Fiel Caitlin Ford Blake French Chad Gillis Ismael Gonzalez 34 SUMMER 2017 • LOGAN UNIVERSITY

Eve Greenwell

Mit Patel

Brittany Held

Demona Payne

Matthew Hollstein

Ryan Pedraza

Ashley Howe

Tela Perez

Madison Huot

Anais Popojas

Robert Kasperski

Ryan Power

Nate Kinnison

Kennedy Rensing

Kassidy Klingensmith

Andrea Roberts

Brooke Korhammer

Braxton Roberts

Bradley Krock

Damien Sampson

Nathan Lax

Jacob Schmitz

Landon Lockridge

Abigail Smith

David Lohmuller

Bijil Varghese

Lexie Luker

Emily Veazey

Eric Lux

Kennedy Volkart

Stacey May

Christopher Weilandich

Matthew McPeak

Emmitt Wheelan

Ashley Miller

Caitlin Worsham

Tim Nguyen

DOCTORATE OF HEALTH PROFESSIONS EDUCATION Jeffrey Montoya Monique Ratti Ken Rodriguez Lisa Shook

MASTER OF SCIENCE IN HEALTH INFORMATICS Elaine Bota Kierra Carter Corey Entinghe Dan Godiksen Thomas Kavounas Michelle Marsicek Tobias Odera Philip Sampson


New Summer 2017 Students continued MASTER OF SCIENCE IN NUTRITION AND HUMAN PERFORMANCE Ruth Alcide Erica Argentati Kimball Arritt Nicholas Backhaus Kelsie Brough Alex Brown Alexander Buie Kaitlin Bullington Ashley Burgess Maria Caicedo Sylvia Campbell Allison Carey Christian Carter Tiffany Cheatham Natalie Cowan Jodie Davidson Maxwell Eriksen Lisa Ford Mandy Gaddis Crystal Garner Stacy Gary Shirley Godoi Kristy Gordon Sean Hannon

Samar Mustafa

Taylor Dickey

Kelsey Nipper

Nicole Font

Kathleen Noland

Austin Gore

Judith Osman-Amir

Spencer Gunn

Courtney Pack

Santos Gutierrez

Christopher Parker

Jordan Hannah

Tawni Pendleton

Bryanna Hardin

Magan Romig

Jason Hilla

Kenneth Rosenfeld

Justin Hochstetler

Diane Roy

Jessica Holland

Miranda Rudin

Bethany Hulsizer

Samantha Sciavillo

Yuliana Irizarry-Lopez

Crystal Suter

Antonios Katakis

Audrey Taylor

Brandon Kiraly

Holly Testut

Tiffany Lefever

Katelyn Trombetta

Dawn Lopez

Divin Upchurch

Colby Lovelace

Arisahi Valentin

Travis Miller

Eric Varhalla

Sean Nealon

Jessica Wagner

Sara Qualy

Meagan Waller

Kerri Redden

Marcie West

Sara Riegel

Halie Winfrey

Melissa Rieger

Rachel Wyka

Ingrid Rodriguez

SiRay Zhan

Philip Ross

Louis Zito

Jawad Salman

Ashley Zuschlag

Brittany Simmons Skyler Stevers

BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN HUMAN BIOLOGY St. Michael Adeniyi Greg Brown Chynna Kuras

BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN LIFE SCIENCE Catherine Blaufuss Keith Bonner Stephen Galindo Dalton Grant Jacob Linkous Keynan Long Victor Morell Timothy Pekovic Kyle Sutherland Natalie Underberg Akbar Usmanov Timothy Villaverde Cathy Vo Ashley Wunderle Kyle Yates NON-DEGREE UNDERGRADUTE

Sterlin Tatum

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Nicole Waletzki

Dyllan Bailey

Bradley Illescas

Forrest Allen

Najee Washington

Nia Hazeur

Stephanie Jegat

Apollo Alva

Amanda Wiechens

Nermana Smajic

Jasdeep Kaur

John Belovich

Shannon Kleczka

David Brickey

Carolyn Kleinberger

Timeca Brown

Edward Kozar

Devin Byrd

Laura La Flair

Sharonda Christion

Sarah Lambert

Jonathan Clark

Michelle Harkins Kathleen Hartwig

Avery Upshur


Steven Twidwell Aaron Moore Kennisha Robinson Larry Washington




Faculty and Staff News Congratulations to … Dr. Norman Kettner, chair of the Department of Radiology, was recently published in Brain: A Journal of Neurology for his research on rewiring the primary somatosensory cortex in carpal tunnel syndrome with acupuncture. This research was also picked up by numerous media outlets, including the Harvard Gazette, The New York Times, TIME and Boston Magazine, among others. David Parish, DC, MS, CSCS, DACBSP, ICCSP, associate dean of clinical care and director of Sports Science and Rehabilitation, was featured on The American Chiropractor’s website regarding Logan’s partnership with Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. The partnership provides an educational opportunity in a clinical sports setting for Logan student interns. Dr. Parish was also featured in a June 6 article in The Huffington Post on the importance of hydration. Patrick Montgomery, DC, MS, FASA, associate professor, was reelected president of the Faculty American Chiropractic Association. As president, Dr. Montgomery represents all ACA faculty members of the Chiropractic Colleges and

Universities and attends the ACA House of Delegates meetings as a voting member. Kristina Petrocco-Napuli, DC, MS, FICC, adjunct professor, was also elected as vice president. Cheryl Burtle, DC, RT(R) (ARRT), adjunct faculty, has been appointed to the American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT) Scanner Editorial Advisory Panel. The ASRT Scanner is a bimonthly magazine that covers news about the society and vital information for medical imaging and radiation therapy professionals. Dr. Burtle has also been appointed to the ASRT’s Committee on RT Advocacy Region 4 Subcommittee, which represents Kansas, Oklahoma, Missouri, Arkansas and Louisiana. Emily Madden, MS, student accounts representative, on the birth of her daughter, Charlotte Paige, on March 17, 2017. Brian Snyder, DC, associate professor, on the birth of his first grandchild, Colton James, on May 5, 2017.


Congratulations to the following individuals who recently retired from Logan. Thank you for your service to the University. Fred Berghaus, mailroom coordinator Susan Dykstra, academic admissions coordinator John Jaffry, MDiv, registrar Linda Lawson, bursar Jan Valentine, student records associate

the years, she was named Logan’s Alumnus of the Year, Distinguished Woman of the Year in Iowa City, and American Businesswoman of the Year, among other awards and accolades. Class of September 1952 Billy Joe Coleman, DC, April 22, 2016 Class of August 1953 Charles F. Rawlings, Sr., DC, April 23, 2017 Class of March 1957

Alumni Notes

William Vornholt, DC, March 4, 2017

Congratulations to …

Class of December 1987

Class of September 1981 Sherry Walker, DC, who earned the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Wisconsin Chiropractic Association.

In Memoriam Class of October 1943 Gretchen Neumann Schreffler, DC, May 6, 2017 Dr. Schreffler devoted her life to chiropractic and to Logan. She served as the University’s assistant registrar and was on the Board of Trustees for 19 years. She continued to make visits to Logan’s campus until the age of 95. Over

Patricia McCafferty, DC, April 19, 2017 Class of April 2006 Eric M. Seeley, DC, March 4, 2017

Blaine Baker, 84, of Somerset, Penn., passed away on June 12. He was the father of Dr. Dennis Baker (1977) and Dr. Mark Baker (1985), father-in-law to Dr. Susan Crump Baker (1966), grandfather to Dr. Steve Baker (2007), Dr. Kristine Baker (2001) and current Trimester 6 student Jason Baker.


Chiropractic Leaders Emphasize Engagement Revealing a “New ACA” and Redefining a Movement

Exciting changes are in the works at ACA to transform the association into a nimbler, streamlined and relevant organization David Herd, DC for generations to come. In a historic vote during our 53rd annual meeting in March, the ACA House of Delegates adopted a contemporary, revitalized leadership structure. The goal of the changes is to make ACA a stronger and more successful organization by enabling it to more quickly act on new opportunities in the health care marketplace, leverage new expertise within and outside the profession, engage a new generation of leaders to guide the association into the future and redirect critical resources into the strategic priorities of the association. Read more about the governance changes and how they will benefit members at acatoday.org/ governance-review. Concurrent with these exciting changes, ACA embarked on a new journey—a branding initiative—to better understand how ACA can relate to and remain relevant to members now and in the future. ACA reached out to members, non-members, other health care providers and a variety of stakeholders to ask what ACA means to them. After more than 30 hours of interviews,

hundreds of survey responses and volumes of research, recommendations were presented to ACA’s House of Delegates in March on how best to redefine ACA’s brand. Over the next few months, our new brand will be shared with members who will help bring it to life. Stay tuned for more information in the coming weeks by visiting acatoday.org.

WFC: A Global Voice for Chiropractic WORLD FEDERATION OF

CHIROPRACTIC In nations where chiropractic has achieved greatest success, the provision of modern, evidence-based education, Richard Brown, DC, LLM, the utilization FEAC, FRCC of high-level scientific research, and a willingness to embrace collaborative models of care has seen chiropractic accepted as an uncontentious, modern health care profession. That said, under the leadership of President Dr. Espen Johannessen, the Council has committed the WFC to advancing awareness, utilization and integration of chiropractic internationally. Success will depend on clear messaging, consistent with its established identity, and also on innovation and a positioning of chiropractic as an accessible, credible and viable solution to a global epidemic of spinal disorders. Progress inevitably means adopting new ways of doing things while

being prepared to discard those that society sees as outdated. In an era of technological advance and patient empowerment, society has come to expect its health care providers to use the best means available to optimize their well-being. It expects its doctors to speak to each other, tailor treatment to individual needs and deliver the most effective care that scientific evidence dictates at that time. Chiropractic needs a global voice. The WFC is committed to advocating for and on behalf of the chiropractic profession. Through its work with the World Health Organization, the dissemination of current evidence through the WFC Suggested Reading List, its education and biennial congresses, public health initiatives such as World Spine Day and the sharing of best practices, the WFC is constantly working toward its vision of a world where people may enjoy universal access to chiropractic so that populations may thrive and reach their fullest potential.

FICS and the World of Sports

The student presence at the FICS Symposium in Washington Pete Garbutt, MChiro, ICCSP D.C., in March was great to see, and it’s fantastic timing as we launch our Student Commission within FICS. We hope that this will provide even more opportunities for students in international sports chiropractic. Continued on page 38 LOGAN UNIVERSITY • SUMMER 2017 37

Chiropractic Leaders Emphasize Engagement Continued from page 37 Those present will have been as impressed as I was with the Texas College Olympian and chiropractic student Seun Adigun, and Olympians Matt Centrowitz, Jr. and Sr., as they spoke with enthusiasm of the important role of chiropractic in their sports careers. Another highlight was the presentation of the first Roberto Clemente Award for outstanding voluntary service to sports chiropractic to Dr. Phil Santiago of New Jersey. This new FICS award, and the introductory video about the legendary Roberto Clemente, were generously sponsored by Logan University, which is where Clemente first received chiropractic care. April saw the world of sport meet in Aarhus, Denmark, for SportAccord. At this annual meeting all international sports federations, including the International Olympic Committee, come together to share experiences and plan future games. FICS is always there, and had a popular exhibit booth promoting sports chiropractic. In big multisport games, we saw an FICS team of European sports chiropractors providing care at the CSIT Games in Latvia in June, and coming in July, a 35-member delegation will descend on Wroclaw in Poland for the World Games. This team will have five students, including one from Logan and our two student commission co-chairs, who will be reporting on the best way for students to engage at major sporting events. Athletes at these games are always appreciative of the sports chiropractic care they receive. The experience is just as valuable, however, for the chiropractic team. Quite apart from the camaraderie and excitement of the games experience, working with other specialist sports chiropractors is absolutely the quickest way to develop new and expert skills. 38 SUMMER 2017 • LOGAN UNIVERSITY


More than 150 students, families and friends attended Logan ‘Lympics, organized by Logan’s Student Government, on June 3. Activities included a cornhole tournament, 3-point shootout, dodgeball tournament, leopard race/walk and disc golf tournament, not to mention several pickup games of volleyball, basketball and pickleball. BBQ and drinks were served while Dr. Jula’s band, Last in Line, provided music, and kids enjoyed face painting and arts and crafts.


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P OS TG R AD U AT E EDU CA T IO N | July to October 2017 July 15-16 Basic Acupuncture – Session #3 Instructor: Zev Myerowitz, DC, Dipl. Ac (NCCAOM), Lac.

Sept. 9-10 Basic Acupuncture – Session #5 Instructor: Zev Myerowitz, DC, Dipl. Ac (NCCAOM), Lac.

July 29-30 Ischemic Compression and Neural Fascial Chiropractic Adjustments Instructor: Michael Fiscella, DC, DABCA, FACO

Sept. 16-17 Performance Health Rehab Specialist – Session #1 Instructors: Jeff Tucker, DC, DACRB and Debbie Denno, DC, FAKTR

Aug. 12-13 Basic Acupuncture – Session #4 Instructor: Zev Myerowitz, DC, Dipl. Ac (NCCAOM), Lac.

September 23-24 Clinical Biomechanics & Functional Assessment of Musculoskeletal Disorders Instructor: Bryan Bond, DC, MS, PhD candidate

August 26-27 Insurance Consultant/Peer Review Certification Program Session #1 Instructor: Charles Copeland, DC, MCS-P

Location is Logan University Campus unless otherwise noted.

Sept. 23-24 Insurance Consultant/Peer Review Certification Program Session #2 Instructor: Charles Copeland, DC, MCS-P

Oct. 28-29 Insurance Consultant/Peer Review Certification Program Session #3 Instructor: Charles Copeland, DC, MCS-P

Oct. 7-8 Basic Acupuncture – Session #6 Instructor: Zev Myerowitz, DC, Dipl. Ac (NCCAOM), Lac.

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

Oct. 14-15 Certified Laser Practitioner Instructor: Nelson Marquina, MSc, PhD, DC Oct. 21-22 Performance Health Rehab Specialist – Session #2 Instructors: Jeff Tucker, DC, DACRB and Debbie Denno, DC, FAKTR

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