TOWer THE MAGAZINE OF LOGAN UNIVERSITY | SUMMER 2020
Logan Community Shows Its Strength During Pandemic
Logan Welcomes Two Higher Education Veterans Two Decades of Collaboration with Massachusetts General Hospital Amidst Adversity, Students Shine
In This Issue
14 Pandemic Patient Care Logan grads around the world provide essential care during COVID-19 pandemic
5 Leaders Made
16 Communication in Health Care Dr. Laura Rauscher joins University as Doctorate of Health Professions Education program director
14 College of Chiropractic
8 Mission Forward 12 Donor Snapshot 16 College of Health Sciences 18 Research 20 Alumni Feature
22 Logan Loyalty 1981 graduate Dr. Elliot Eisenberg sells practice to 2014 graduate Dr. Bradley Richmond
22 Logan Connects 24 Student Life 28 Graduating Class 30 Recognizing Success
35 We Care Alumni, faculty, staff and friends share words of encouragement with Logan students
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32 Industry Update 34 Under the Tower 35 Postscript
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Margaret (Marty) Freihaut, DC (’79) was elected as an at-large director of the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners (NBCE)— the international testing agency for the chiropractic profession. Dr. Freihaut’s job is to govern NBCE and to continue to offer examinations that assure the public that chiropractors, regardless of where they received their education or licensure, have demonstrated a baseline of knowledge as well as ability in diagnosis, imaging, principles of chiropractic, associated sciences and chiropractic practice. Dr. Freihaut also serves as president of the Missouri State Board of Chiropractic Examiners, the chiropractic member of the Acupuncture Advisory Board in Missouri, and owner and director of Fenton Family Chiropractic in Fenton, Missouri.
Research by Maurya Cockrell, DHPE (’20), MHRM, SHRM-SCP, SPHR, EDAC was published in the Journal of Gerontology and Geriatric Medicine. The purpose of the study was to identify whether or not elderspeak was evident in simulated providerpatient encounters in a chiropractic education program—as understanding elderspeak is important to prevent future ageist behaviors from affecting older adult patients and to improve their health outcomes. Dr. Cockrell completed this research while working toward her degree at Logan, with the support and technical assistance of University staff and faculty.
Logan University, the high-performance management organization for Paralympic Powerlifting in the United States, has been awarded the opportunity to host a world para powerlifting-approved competition March 19-21, 2021. In addition to the competition, the event will feature a separate Military Cup as well as education and training courses for athletes and coaches. Opportunities to serve as a volunteer will be available to Logan students, faculty and staff as well as local organizations.
Logan University WORLD FEDERATION OF has signed a threeCHIROPRACTIC year agreement to become the Premier Corporate Partner of the World Federation of Chiropractic (WFC). “The World Federation of Chiropractic is a valued partner in our shared mission of improving access to chiropractic across the globe. For many years, the WFC has served Logan well as resource, supporter and champion of our students, faculty and graduates, and our recent commitment to this organization is just one example of our gratitude,” said Logan President Clay McDonald, DC, MBA, JD.
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Update from PRESIDENT CLAY MCDONALD
In times of crisis, the Logan University community pulls together. As we’ve all grappled with the unprecedented changes brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic these last few months, the truth in that statement has become more apparent than ever before. Every part of the Logan family—our students, faculty, staff, clinicians and alumni—have risen to the unique challenges posed by this global health crisis. Together, we’ve navigated the tough but necessary changes essential to ensure the health and safety of our Logan community. We’ve invested in new technology and quickly adapted to new ways of teaching and learning. We’ve taken on new roles and responsibilities. We’ve figured out ways to safely continue to treat patients in and outside our clinics—after all, pain and dysfunction don’t stop for a pandemic. Above all, we’ve supported one another, been patient with one another and demonstrated solidarity both on campus and around the world. 4 SUMMER 2020 • LOGAN UNIVERSITY
In addition to maintaining everyone’s health, another top priority has been supporting students during these difficult times and ensuring they still receive the high-quality education they’ve come to expect from Logan. Our academic technology and information technology teams have worked especially hard to help transition courses online and collaborate with our instructors to translate the hands-on lab experiences to the computer screen. Our initiatives to support students included extending the withdrawal deadline date for spring and summer courses and giving students the option of being graded on a pass/ fail basis. We also allowed students who don’t wish to take a full course load online over the summer to drop courses and take an extra trimester to complete their degree, tuition free. You can read more about how our campus and community responded to COVID-19 on our Mission Forward feature on page 8. As of this writing, Montgomery and Mid Rivers Health Centers are progressively ramping up patient volumes, Logan has resumed practical and lab courses for DC
students, and face-to-face lectures will resume September 10, the start of the fall trimester. New procedures, safety precautions and social distancing practices will be in place to safeguard the health and safety of students, patients, faculty and staff. We continue to closely monitor the situation and will keep the community informed of any changes. The truth about crises is that they are tough, but they also provide an opportunity to showcase what we’re made of and welcome new perspectives and processes. Although campus has been quiet as of late, the bell tower continues to ring on the hour, a reminder that we continue to move forward and do good work even against unprecedented global challenges. Through COVID-19, we’ve learned a lot about our capabilities as a University and our strength as a community. We welcome this silver lining and look forward to becoming stronger and more united as we continue to be leaders in health care.
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Logan University is a community of extraordinary leaders. Learn how these individuals are making an impact in their own communities, careers and beyond. Even a pandemic couldn’t keep WESLEY ROBBINS, DC (‘20) from coming in every day to treat patients at Montgomery Health Center on Logan University’s campus. When Director of Clinical Experience Jason Goodman, DC (‘98), PhD sent out sign-up sheets to work in the clinic, Dr. Robbins told him he’d come in every day until someone told him not to. “I wanted to continue helping patients and getting hands-on experience,” Dr. Robbins said. He was there more than anyone else— even the clinicians—and the experience taught him valuable leadership skills during his last few weeks as a trimester 10 student. “I was often the first point of contact for our patients,” Dr. Robbins said. “I joke when I say I was running the clinic, but I was the one there every single day. Clinicians would come to me for updates on our patients.” In stepping up, Dr. Robbins also earned a rare opportunity to learn from the health
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center’s many clinicians. “You’re usually assigned to one clinician who’s your go-to person for questions,” he said. “As the situation progressed, there was only one rotating clinician on campus every day, so I got to see a lot of different treatment plans and understand why clinicians choose one protocol over another. Every clinician does patient exams a little differently, and I got to learn how and why they chose those protocols.” The social distancing orders created a noticeable shift in the clinic’s patients, as only those with acute pain continued to make appointments. He remembers one patient in particular who was suffering from intense pain radiating down her leg and low back. As the treatments lessened her pain, Dr. Robbins said her personality changed markedly for the better. “She came in every day from the middle of March to when I graduated in late April,” he said. “I got to know her well. She even gave me a card for graduation. When I read it, I’ll admit I teared up.” Overall, Dr. Robbins says COVID-19 had one silver lining for him personally: It ended up being an opportunity for immense professional development. “The experience taught me leadership skills and a lot about running a clinic,” he said. Since he graduated, Dr. Robbins has taken
those lessons with him as he begins his career at Simply Southern Chiropractic Center in Greenville, South Carolina. He’s excited about what’s ahead, both for his own career and the chiropractic profession as a whole. “More and more people are turning to chiropractic to solve the root cause of their pain,” he said. “The amount of growth that’s to come in the field is exceptional, and I can’t wait to see what happens.” LAURIE BURKE, DC (‘82), CCSP, DABCA set up her practice in west county St. Louis the first weekday after she graduated from Logan University. While her location and her passion for chiropractic haven’t changed in the last 38 years, Dr. Burke has added some new tools to her arsenal, completing her acupuncture diplomate certificate after three years of study in 2016 through the American Chiropractic Association. “Acupuncture opened my eyes to a different way of healing,” she said. “It can treat a variety of disorders, including depression, menstrual irregularities, musculoskeletal problems, vertigo, Bell’s palsy, shingles and bedwetting.” She’s also found the combination of acupuncture and chiropractic particularly powerful. “Acupuncture is a way to direct care to the body where it’s needed,” she explained. “Chiropractic gives you valuable information, but that is augmented by the acupuncture evaluation, which looks at the pulse and tongue signs—it adds another dimension of diagnosis.” Dr. Burke’s first love, however, will always be chiropractic. She first became fascinated with the profession as a child growing up in a small New Jersey town, where the medical doctor and chiropractor practiced next door Continued on next page LOGAN UNIVERSITY • SUMMER 2020 5
L E A D ERS M AD E to one another, referring patients among them. She also saw firsthand how chiropractic could help patients—her mother’s migraines and her brother’s neck injury from a water ski accident were both helped by chiropractic. “It’s a way to treat patients without the harm that can sometimes come from surgical procedures,” Dr. Burke said. “It’s nice to be able to help patients explore chiropractic, acupuncture and other modalities before they rush into surgery.” Dr. Burke considers it her mission to spread awareness of chiropractic. Throughout her 25-year career as a tennis player, she often spoke to other players about her practice and what chiropractic can do. “I traveled all over the country to play tournaments and regularly came across people from different walks of life,” she said. “I found a lot of people didn’t really know what we do, but they’re amazed once I tell them.” When she came across players with a shoulder or wrist injury, she’d sometimes treat them. Her reputation grew to the point where she was even once pulled off the court to help an injured player. She said she’s seen chiropractic become more widely accepted over the years, with younger patients especially receptive to trying chiropractic, massage, yoga and other forms of noninvasive care. In addition to continuing her work at her practice, Dr. Burke is helping Logan find an instructor for its advanced acupuncture courses. Her career, she said, has been a satisfying one. “If I could go back and do anything I wanted, I wouldn’t change a thing,” she said. 6 SUMMER 2020 • LOGAN UNIVERSITY
Dr. Laurie Burke
After developing an interest in Sacro Occipital Technic™ (SOT®) at Logan University, JOSEPH UNGER, DC (’79), FICS decided to dedicate his career to advancing SOT methods through education and research. Discovered and formulated by Major Bertrand De Jarnette, DC in the 1920s, SOT is a method of chiropractic care designed to normalize the relationship between the foundation and the top of the spine. While it aims to reduce or eliminate pain, its primary goal is to promote optimal structure and function throughout the entire body. “I’ve always strived to understand the true mechanisms of healing and determine the most efficient and effective treatment methods,” Dr. Unger said. “That includes SOT. It integrates the art, science and philosophy of optimizing the human innate healing potential.” When Dr. Unger graduated from Logan, he became a certified instructor for his teacher and mentor, Dr. De Jarnette, and eventually for the Sacro Occipital Research Society International (SORSI), a professional association of members who utilize SOT in their practices and teach Dr. De Jarnette’s work. While serving as a certified instructor for SORSI, Dr. Unger was also practicing. In 1983, he founded Atrium Health Services
in St. Louis. In addition to low back pain, Dr. Unger and his team utilize SOT methods, including chiropractic craniopathy, to treat organ dysfunction, fibromyalgia, arthritis and various neurological conditions. “The benefits of chiropractic craniopathy are often overlooked by mainstream medicine, but for many people suffering from chronic illness and brain injuries, it is the only treatment that works,” Dr. Unger said. To increase recognition and understanding of cranial therapies, Dr. Unger published Brain Matters: The Missing Link in 2019 based on decades of clinical experience and research that he and Dr. De Jarnette performed. “It’s an exposé of all that is possible through chiropractic,” Dr. Unger said. Dr. Unger also advances SOT methods as a faculty member at Logan where he teaches an elective technique in SOT. As president emeritus of SORSI and a member of SOTO International, an alliance comprised of the approved and recognized SOT methods organizations around the world, he is also able to promote SOT in countries such as Australia, England, Canada, Japan and Russia.
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Higher Education Veterans Join Logan’s Leadership Team Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, Logan’s leadership team grew by two. Their dedication to the Colleges of Chiropractic and Health Sciences was evident as they acclimated to their new positions hundreds of miles from campus. JOSEPH PFEIFER, DC Associate Provost, Dean of the College of Chiropractic As an undergraduate student, Dr. Pfeifer was always intrigued by health care, physiology and human biology, but what eventually put him on his career path was his father’s back injury. “His physician suggested back surgery to treat his severe leg pain,” he said. “Not being super excited about that, he went to a chiropractor in our neighborhood. That made him aware of the chiropractic profession, and those Dr. Joseph Pfeifer visits reaped incredible results.” Thanks to chiropractic care, Dr. Pfeifer’s father never had back surgery, and his function was restored in a short time. “That really opened my eyes and provided direction to pursue my education.” Since earning his DC degree from New York Chiropractic College, Dr. Pfeifer has spent more than 35 years in the chiropractic profession, serving patients in private practice and molding the next generation of chiropractors as an educator and leader in higher education. He most recently served the University of Western States in Portland, Oregon, where he held the positions of vice president of clinic affairs and chief clinical excellence officer. “Chiropractic is a profession that has so much to offer,” he said. “It continues to evolve and has so much potential to improve quality of human life. My whole life, I’ve had an interest in not only practicing health care but also teaching young professionals to be able to understand the profession that has a tremendous impact on so many people.” Dr. Pfeifer, who began his role with Logan in February, said he is thrilled to be joining an institution that has a great reputation and a bright future. “I have great respect for the University and the leadership here,” he said. “They have great vision moving forward, and I love their philosophy of evidence-informed decision-making and patient-centered care.”
FRANK DIAZ, EdD Associate Provost of Curriculum, Dean of Distance Learning Out of the ashes come new opportunities. That’s how Dr. Diaz has viewed the past few months. His role as independent consultant during Logan’s transition to distance learning during the COVID-19 pandemic resulted in a full-time position dedicated to creating, implementing and maintaining high-quality distance learning modules and courses at Logan. Dr. Frank Diaz “COVID exposed a big weakness in higher education programs, but I think Logan weathered it well,” he said. “Our faculty rose to the occasion, and students embraced online learning. We are now able to reimagine the student experience both online and in person and look at every piece to see how we can make it better.” Dr. Diaz brings more than 25 years of experience in higher education and distance-learning to his new role at Logan as he develops new processes and programs for online education and implements distance-learning best practices into the classroom. “We’re finding that students really enjoy having instructors record their lectures so they can rewatch and review,” he said. “Making sure the chiropractic program continues to have a Canvas presence will be key.” Although Dr. Diaz only officially began serving Logan on May 1, his interactions with staff and faculty—as well as some longtime friendships—have made the transition smooth. “In the midst of the chaos, there’s a positive vibe at Logan and a real opportunity for innovation, which I’m very excited about,” he said. “There’s always a better way to do something, and so we’re asking ourselves: How can we improve what we’re already doing?”
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Resilience, Positivity and Teamwork Shine Through Coronavirus Pandemic In early March, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the COVID-19 outbreak a pandemic. Hour by hour, the world was swarmed with constant updates from news media, government leaders, the WHO and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Members of Logan University’s Cabinet constantly monitored these updates, trying to discern fact from fiction in order to make strategic decisions that were in the best interests of students, faculty and staff. “Things were changing so fast; before making decisions and communicating updates, we tried to make sure the information we provided wouldn’t change tomorrow,” said Kimberly Paddock-O’Reilly, DHEd, MSW, Logan University provost. “There was a lot of fear, and we had to help mitigate the fear with evidence.” As organizations of all sizes faced never-before-seen challenges, the Logan community stepped up in a remarkable way, demonstrating its ability to not only survive through uncertainty, but continue to live out the University’s mission in support of one another.
“From day one, our faculty and students really stepped up—they were positive and proactive, and they asked thoughtful questions and offered ideas,” said Dr. O’Reilly. “This is the most proud I’ve ever been of our community in my seven years with the institution. A lot of times in a tragedy or crisis, you see what you’re made of; we showed that we are truly made of our University values of respect, teamwork, empathy and character.” Ultimately, University leadership made the decision to close campus to nonessential employees and temporarily migrate all instruction online. This was
Dr. Brian Snyder records a lecture for students in an empty classroom. 8 SUMMER 2020 • LOGAN UNIVERSITY
certainly a large undertaking, but one the University was well-prepared for thanks to prior investments in technology, such as learning management system Canvas, Office 365 and existing structures within the online programs in the College of Health Sciences. Still, transitioning all College of Chiropractic courses—which are typically hands-on—required quick and creative thinking, an investment in additional resources and an adjustment for both students and faculty in how they learned and taught. Before campus closed, Academic Technology Services provided a Canvas boot camp for faculty and helped several professors film video content for students. “Our faculty were super. They were motivated and willing to learn a new way of teaching. Teaching online is not like teaching face-to-face—and I can’t emphasize enough how difficult that is,” said Brad Hough, PhD, vice president of information technology and chief information officer. “Our job is not to tell faculty how to teach, but rather to provide resources, guidance and advice so they can do their job of helping students grow their knowledge and understanding.” In addition to helping faculty adjust to online teaching, academic technology and IT also reconfigured their support structures and expanded help desk hours to accommodate questions and concerns.
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“From day one, our faculty and students really stepped up—they were positive and proactive, and they asked thoughtful questions and offered ideas. This is the most proud I’ve ever been of our community in my seven years with the institution.” – Dr. Kimberly Paddock-O’Reilly
“I’m super proud of my team for how amazingly well they’ve handled this transition; they’ve worked long hours yet maintained great attitudes and been very understanding,” said Dr. Hough. “We all understand it’s hard and challenging. It’s nice to work with people who are happy about what they’re doing.” But technology alone couldn’t solve the challenges brought about by the global crisis. Recognizing the difficulty of the situation for students, the leadership team asked the Board of Trustees for a zero tuition increase for the 202021 year. In addition, Logan offered a final trimester, complete tuition-paid scholarship for spring 2020 DC students needing to delay one or more courses due to the pandemic. The University also fulfilled its commitment to keep
all faculty and staff on the payroll with absolutely zero furloughs or employee reductions through the end of August. Through the many challenges and changes, students, faculty, staff and patients remained Logan’s highest priority, and leadership is confident that the actions taken to date have prepared Logan to emerge as an even stronger institution. “Throughout this experience, we have identified strengths and opportunities to improve our courses—in both faceto-face and online environments—and take them to the next level,” said Dr. O’Reilly. “We also have an increased understanding of each other’s perspectives. When you come together the way we did so positively, it helps build and strengthen relationships.”
Health Centers Launch Telehealth Tool for Patient Care To ensure Logan’s Health Centers were able to deliver chiropractic care to patients while adhering to state mandates and guidelines from the CDC during the coronavirus pandemic, Logan University launched Doxy, a HIPAA-compliant telehealth tool that allows chiropractic clinicians to meet with Missouri patients via video conferencing. Using a mobile device or computer, patients can ask a clinician questions from the safety and comfort of their home. Telehealth was already on the rise, but COVID-19 accelerated the industry and its ability to provide safe, virtual care to patients around the world. Vincent DeBono, DC, CSCS, vice provost of innovation and new ventures at Logan, said telehealth does two things: It allows Logan’s chiropractic clinicians to continue to provide essential care and check the LOGAN.EDU/GIVE
progress of a patient, and it gives patients greater access to chiropractic without risking their health and safety. “While chiropractic is generally more hands-on than other health care disciplines, in these times of social distancing, we had to weigh the risk versus benefit of a physical office visit,” said Dr. DeBono. “There are many ways our clinicians can provide quality care and guidance via telehealth to offer temporary relief.” Logan clinicians have found telehealth to be an efficient method for screening patients to determine if a physical office visit is necessary. During a video conference, clinicians ask patients a series of questions to get a better idea of the nature of their symptoms and the source of pain. The clinician can then use this information to determine if the patient should first attempt home therapy—such as
applying ice or heat, performing directional movements to reduce pain, or beginning a series of therapeutic exercises—or if the symptoms require further investigation or a hands-on treatment. In addition to prescreenings, telehealth works well for following up with patients after an office visit—particularly with acute patients—and Dr. DeBono said it will continue to be offered as the health centers return to normal clinic visits. Continuing telehealth services also benefits Logan students, as the technology is increasingly prevalent in private practices. “When you have severe back pain, it can be difficult to get to the clinic. Telehealth allows us to continue to check in with patients after a visit without requiring them to physically come back,” Dr. DeBono said. “The patients who have called in have been very satisfied.” LOGAN UNIVERSITY • SUMMER 2020 9
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Keeping Prospective and Current Students Engaged Virtually
Faculty and Staff Step Up During Pandemic “The Montgomery Health Center remained open, but we had to constantly adjust to state, local and CDC guidelines and rapidly implement a number of safety measures. To minimize the number of people coming through the clinic, we scaled back the number of students and clinicians on the floor and saw only emergency patients. We required all students, faculty, staff and patients to wear masks. We called every patient before they came in to determine if they needed to see us in person or could either wait or use our telehealth system. Once a patient arrived, we screened them for exposure and took their temperature. Our clinicians and students have really stepped up and worked hard during this trying time.”
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– Aimee Jokerst, DC, FIAMA, Assistant Director of Clinical Experience
“It was all hands on deck for Logan’s academic technology team (along with the College of Chiropractic) during COVID-19. We were responsible for helping the DC faculty transition their courses online. We hosted training sessions and educated them on how to use Canvas and convert their materials into the right format. We also worked with faculty on recording their lectures and hands-on labs to ensure students were still receiving a meaningful educational experience. The transition to online happened quickly—there was only a week and a half between the initial conversation to getting everything Mike Chappell fully up and running. I’m proud of the team for stepping up, accepting the challenge and working all hours of the day to ensure students received the same high quality of education they’ve come to expect from Logan.”
– Mike Chappell, MAT, Director of Academic Technology Services
“For the registrar team, working from home has been a challenge, especially keeping in touch with students and remotely transferring DC transcripts to state licensing offices. Logan has done several things to help students out during this time, including extending the course withdrawal date for the spring trimester, allowing students to change their grades to pass/fail, and offering a final trimester complete tuition-paid scholarship to students who don’t wish to take a full load of online classes during the summer but instead complete some of this Barbara Nutt trimester’s coursework at a later date. The registrar staff is responsible for all the paperwork associated with these initiatives, but everyone has stepped up to the plate, and I’m proud of them.”
– Barbara Nutt, Registrar
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Those who have been to Logan University’s campus know how special and beautiful it is, and for many prospective students, it’s an important part of their decision to attend Logan. To show prospective students around campus even while they couldn’t visit physically, the admissions team created two personalized campus tour videos—one in English led by Sam Holyan, executive admissions coordinator for the College of Chiropractic, and one in Spanish by Raúl Vázquez, DC student. In addition, although the external relations officers were unable to visit schools, they didn’t let the physical distance stop them. Together with student ambassadors, external relations officers presented virtually to more than 21 universities this spring, connecting with undergraduate students in a variety of health sciences fields. They also hosted a series of webinars alongside alumni, faculty and current students, as well as one-on-one virtual meetings, to keep applicants and inquiries engaged. “The Logan community as a whole has been supportive of our recruiting efforts and has been readily available to speak to prospective students and applicants alike,” said Lulu Brinkley, MBA, College of Chiropractic admissions manager. Beginning a new program is challenging in its own right, and both the admissions and student affairs teams knew the transition would be especially difficult for the incoming summer class. The DC admissions team created a welcome video to share with the new students, and student affairs hosted Welcome Week and Club Day in an online format, as well as an interactive combined asynchronous online and remote synchronous orientation to support student success. From virtual trivia and bingo nights to Netflix watch parties and various activities on social media, the student affairs team also worked hard to keep current students connected with one another from afar.
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How Did COVID-19 Impact the Student Experience? “Being a student in these times has been tough, especially for outof-state and international students. I appreciate that Logan Jacob Abu-Aita University made it a mission to help its students understand that they are not alone in this matter, and that we are all in this together—not just as one strong student and faculty body, but as a family!” – Jacob Abu-Aita, Trimester 2
“Switching to online instruction is difficult for anyone, especially those in a doctoral program. Thankfully, my professors have been pivotal during this time in Ariel Smith offering extra help and making sure we have all the resources we need. A few weeks into switching to online instruction, we received a personal phone call from the student affairs staff that showed how much they cared.” – Ariel Smith, Trimester 5
“I learned more about the chiropractic profession during this difficult time. Other than studying for classes and taking exams, I took time to learn from The Subluxation Specific-The Adjustment Charlai Williams Specific by Dr. B.J. Palmer— what is considered the chiropractic proof. This book taught me that the nervous system, anatomy and physiology do not change, no matter how old or young we are.” – Charlai Williams, Trimester 3
“As a Logan University student, the transition to online learning was made easier by all the support Logan gave us. Online courses can be extremely Rachel Owens difficult, especially when it comes to hands-on courses, but the regular emails, updates and resources made available to us students improved the experience. I’m excited to see what this next trimester holds!” – Rachel Owens, Trimester 4
“Being a Logan student during this time has been challenging, but it’s also made me even happier and proud to be a Logan Leopard. The faculty, staff and fellow students have been so helpful and supportive through the transition to online learning. I’m thankful for our Kalani Pihana incredible student government and student affairs teams, which have gone the extra mile to be active on social media to help keep students involved with study tips, encouraging quotes and even virtual tours of Disney.” – Kalani Pihana, Trimester 2
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Dr. John J. Hobday Scholarship Recognizes Passion for Chiropractic Profession The Dr. John J. Hobday Scholarship was recently established at Logan University by the family of the late John “Jack” Hobday, DC (’57). The focus of the scholarship is not on academics but rather passion for the chiropractic profession—which is what Dr. Hobday stood for in his 62-year career as a chiropractor. “Chiropractic wasn’t just a profession for Dad; it was his moving to Shakopee, Minnesota, in 1965, where he lived and calling, truly part of him on every level,” said son John Hobday. practiced chiropractic for the rest of his life. “He never retired. He worked until His practice remained the same over weeks before he passed away— the decades—just him—even as it grew this was just who he was,” said and flourished. He spent a lot of time daughter Amy Ericksen. with each patient—often up to an hour— Dr. Hobday grew up in a learning about what was bothering them small town of 2,500 people in so he could offer the best treatment. Minnesota. While in high school, He loved explaining to his patients what he had two experiences with he was doing and how the body heals, chiropractic that impacted him. discussing energy flow and impingements, His mother, Irene, suffered from offering information as he worked. debilitating headaches and found “My dad was kind and humble, and no cure for them until she began took his patients’ confidentiality very seeing a chiropractor for treatment. seriously. It was also important to him Then Dr. Hobday visited the same to share with them the philosophy of chiropractor. chiropractic and how it works well alone or “Dad was an avid athlete who with other disciplines,” said daughter Kate loved basketball. But during high Goodrich. school, he also tried Golden Gloves Dr. Hobday was also a lifelong learner, boxing. After a particularly rough always wanting to know more about boxing match, he visited the same his profession. In 2005, he earned his chiropractor, with much success,” Diplomate in Philosophical Chiropractic said son Paul Hobday. Those Standards. He was also a steadfast experiences stayed with him as he supporter of Logan. He was one of the Dr. John J. Hobday graduated high school and joined significant donors in the effort to buy the the U.S. Navy. current campus in the 1970s. In the years When Dr. Hobday returned from the Navy in 1954, he since, his dedication to the University has allowed countless enrolled at Logan. Upon graduation three years later, he students to call campus home. He also donated to the recent practiced briefly in Chicago, St. Paul and Minneapolis before renovation of the campus bell tower that predates the university.
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Dr. Hobday passed away on December 30, 2019, at the age of 87. For decades, he never took a vacation, and only in the last 15 years did his wife, Barbara, persuade him to take one day off per week—such was his dedication to his patients. “He lived a simple life, and wherever he went he was known to be the gentlest and nicest guy in the room,” said Barbara. “His life was beautifully lived and built around this profession he loved dearly. His patients were all family to him, and I know he would love to see his legacy live on in this scholarship.” Dr. Hobday is survived by his wife, Barbara; children, John, Amy (Peter) Ericksen, Paul (Betsey), Kate (Curt) Goodrich;
stepchildren, Jeff Ness and Pam Miller; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren. The inaugural Dr. John J. Hobday Scholarship recipient is trimester 8 student Rachelle Chamberlain. Consider making the Dr. John J. Hobday Scholarship or Logan University a part of your annual giving, or learn how a gift can honor your, or a loved one’s, legacy. For more information, contact Logan’s Office of Institutional Advancement at www.logan.edu/give, email@example.com, or 636-230-1849.
Dr. John Hobday as a Logan student in 1957.
Dr. John Hobday surrounded by his extended family.
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Logan Grads Rise to the Challenges of a Global Pandemic This spring, DCs everywhere had to quickly figure out how to continue caring for patients while the COVID-19 pandemic unfolded. A Chiropractor on the Frontlines of COVID-19 in New York Ahmad Abdella, DC (’18) has called New York home for the majority of his life. Now working at New York Injury Experts, a multidisciplinary practice, he’s been treating patients on the frontlines of COVID-19 for the past few months. When the COVID-19 outbreak hit New York, Dr. Abdella’s office quickly made the transition to telemedicine. They checked in with patients via video conferencing apps like Skype, Zoom and FaceTime and gave them exercises to perform at home. Before long, however, they realized that telemedicine, while helpful for many patients, wouldn’t cut it for those in need of hands-on treatment. First, they opened the office for emergency patients, eventually expanding it to appointment-only patients, with vigilant and thorough cleaning and sanitizing precautions. “The past few months have been such a roller coaster,” said Dr. Abdella. “It has been a learning experience for everyone across the globe. We learned what our patients need to be successful in their treatment, and we value their safety and health above all else.” Dr. Abdella’s road to chiropractic was anything but straightforward. He was born and raised in Brooklyn but moved to Egypt— where his parents are originally from—when he was in high school. Dr. Abdella’s father wanted him to attend dental school in Egypt, which he did. But more than a year into the program, he realized he wasn’t happy. Dentistry simply wasn’t his passion, so instead he returned to New York for medical school. 14 SUMMER 2020 • LOGAN UNIVERSITY
Dr. Ahmad Abdella
While working as a paramedic to put himself through medical school, his back was severely injured when a patient fell down some stairs and landed on top of him. He saw dozens of doctors who only prescribed him painkillers. Dr. Abdella eventually had to stop working and going to school because the pain was so intense, and the painkillers left him in a constant mental fog. “After about a year of living this way, I decided to take back control of my life,” said Dr. Abdella. “I quit taking the pain medication and returned to school.” Shortly thereafter, Dr. Abdella met a chiropractor who changed the way he viewed medicine. For the first time in his life, he felt like he had crossed paths with someone who was truly “fighting the good fight” against doctors solely prescribing painkillers to patients with chronic pain. This inspired him to change career paths once again. “Once I decided I wanted to attend chiropractic school, my choice of where to
get my education was one of the easiest decisions I’ve made,” Dr. Abdella said. “Logan University’s campus was by far the most beautiful, and I was extremely impressed with the VA preceptorship.” Dr. Abdella completed two preceptorships during his time at Logan, both of which were at integrated clinics that saw high complexity cases. “My first preceptorship was at the VA, and my second was with Affinia Healthcare,” said Dr. Abdella. “At the VA I learned from Dr. Pamela Wakefield (’90) and Dr. Glenn Bub (’79), and at Affinia I was mentored by Dr. Patrick Battaglia (’12). These were incredible learning experiences that really helped shape who I am as a person and a chiropractic physician today.”
Caring for America’s Heroes At Veterans Administration (VA) Finger Lakes Healthcare System in New York, Alyssa Troutner, DC, MS (’18) is part coach, part doctor and an all-around great listener. She considers her job as a chiropractic resident serving America’s war heroes the ultimate honor and position for postgraduate training. “The thing we do best at the VA is spend time with our patients,” Dr. Troutner said. “I never have to worry about rushing, and that means I get to spend a lot of time with each patient. That allows me to really get to know these veterans, provide comprehensive care and help them live their healthiest lives. You wouldn’t believe how many inspiring stories I hear each day. I recently treated a Congressional Medal of Honor recipient. We got chills hearing him tell us about his life.”
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Life at the VA has been a challenge lately because of COVID-19 lockdowns. Most of Dr. Troutner’s patients are older adults with multiple medical conditions, and she hasn’t been able to see them in person. Her strategy is to stay connected through phone calls and telehealth visits, where she teaches them how to relieve pain and stay healthy during their extended time at home. “There’s this big myth out there about chiropractors,” Dr. Troutner said. “Most people think we are one-trick ponies who just do spinal adjustments. The reality is chiropractors are skilled at diagnosing and educating our patients about their painful conditions and coaching them in things like stretching, healthy movement and other therapeutic interventions.” Dr. Troutner’s path to becoming a Doctor of Chiropractic was formed at a young age. Injuries were part of her life as a competitive volleyball player, but chiropractic care played an important role in her treatment plan. When Dr. Troutner went away to college, she realized chiropractors weren’t as valued in mainstream health care as they were in her family. That’s when she knew her next move. “I was determined to change all those minds. I set my sights on studying to become a DC to continue that rich tradition. I also aspire to be an ambassador for the profession by demonstrating the value that conservative care can have in integrated settings and giving patients more options for pain management,” she said. LOGAN.EDU/GIVE
Logan University was the one and only place she applied. In addition to a DC, she also earned a Master of Science in Sports Science and Rehabilitation. During her time at Logan, she simultaneously completed a clerkship at the VA St. Louis Healthcare System–Jefferson Barracks Division and Affinia Healthcare. These experiences solidified her early career goals and led her to apply for the competitive residency position she has now. “Logan gives you a broad range of career choices and solid foundational skills,” Dr. Troutner said. “They allowed me to go out and experience different types of clinical settings where chiropractors are given parity to other health care professionals and can practice at the top of their education.” Dr. Troutner begins her next chapter this July, when she completes her residency and joins the VA Finger Lakes as a staff chiropractor.
Working Through a Crisis During the rapid response to the COVID-19 crisis, medical professionals learned quickly the importance of integrated care. Many patients still needed their treatments, but in a safe, coordinated way. For Josh Majerus, DC (‘19), the integrated training instilled at Logan University became a key skill this spring when new safety precautions went into place at HealthLinc and Indiana Health Center, two Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC) in Indiana. “We are only an hour away from Chicago, and we knew as an FQHC we would be treating many patients who were at high risk, with complicated and sometimes overlapping health conditions,” Dr. Majerus said. “The integrated health team rallied and quickly got a plan in place to see lowrisk patients in the morning and high-risk patients in the afternoon.” In between, crews performed deep cleanings of the exam rooms. When patients with less urgent needs were transitioned to telehealth visits, something interesting happened: Patients started to shift to a proactive mindset. “Ideally, we don’t want patients to solely
rely on adjustments and manual care in our office. We want them to take an active role in their care. That is exactly what happened when they were at home and being coached on techniques to improve their range of motion and relieve pain,” Dr. Majerus said. It is stories like these that make Dr. Majerus so thankful for finding a career in chiropractic. His journey to get there wasn’t typical. A serious back injury left him in excruciating pain, and neither muscle relaxants nor physical therapy seemed to make much difference. After one too many days in pain, he started researching options. “Chiropractic care kept coming up as this incredible drug-free pain management tool. Once I experienced the relief it brought, it really changed my life,” Dr. Majerus said. By chance, he passed by Logan University every day on his way to work. Soon he was enrolled and thrilled to put his lifelong interest in anatomy to good use. Some of his best days came under the mentoring of Patrick Battaglia, DC, DACBR, assistant professor of radiology. “It was alongside Dr. Battaglia that I was exposed to the FQHC setting and saw the change multidisciplinary care could bring to patients’ lives,” Dr. Majerus said. “I’m glad I got to explore many career options at Logan. It helped me find the right place for me.” Back at the Indiana FQHCs, he knows the rest of 2020 will present many unanticipated challenges. He plans to keep learning and adapting, and of course, relying on his Logan training.
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Dr. Laura Rauscher is Improving Health Education Through Communication Logan University has a long-standing reputation for its rigorous education and training the clinicians of tomorrow. And while strong clinical skills are essential in practice, a caregiver who is also a talented communicator can make a profound impact on patients. Laura Rauscher, PhD, LPC, NCC, ACS brings this philosophy with her as new program director of the Doctorate of Health Professions Education (DHPE) program. Dr. Rauscher credits her background in counseling with giving her an understanding of the importance of communication in health care. “It is essential that once we Dr. Laura Rauscher have clinical experience, we also have skills to communicate,” she said. Dr. Rauscher believes that the DHPE program helps bridge the gap between technical clinical training and educating effectively. “I love how this degree offers a strong foundation in teaching fundamentals to augment the clinical background so many professionals have worked hard to earn,” she said. “I’m excited to join this rock star program. The faculty are passionate and already have a student-focused mindset. My goals include increasing awareness among clinicians who would benefit from this coursework.” Dr. Rauscher developed a passion for the health professions at a young age and then fell in love with teaching as she worked toward earning her doctorate. Her experience includes private practice counseling and serving as a supervisor to counselors-in-training for state licensure. She earned three degrees from 16 SUMMER 2020 • LOGAN UNIVERSITY
the University of Missouri–St. Louis, culminating in a Doctorate of Philosophy in Education, with an emphasis in Counseling. Among her greatest career honors, Dr. Rauscher includes earning the Emerson Excellence in Teaching Award in 2019 and serving on the Missouri Committee for Professional Counselors. She considers her family to be her “pride and joy,” sharing, “My biggest accomplishment personally is that I have been married to my college sweetheart for almost 17 years, and we have five kids ages 4 to 13.” Dr. Rauscher’s office will be located in Mid Rivers, and she will be on campus for meetings and events.
Dr. Rauscher surrounded by her family on the Logan campus.
“I love how this degree offers a strong foundation in teaching fundamentals to augment the clinical background so many professionals have worked hard to earn.” – Dr. Laura Rauscher
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Logan University Gives St. Louis High School Students a Leg Up on College For the past four years, high school students at Collegiate School of Medicine and Bioscience in St. Louis have been able to get a jump-start on college credits through an innovative dual-enrollment partnership with Logan University. Through the partnership, Collegiate School students can complete physics and chemistry courses taught by Logan professors. Dr. John Qin, PhD teaches chemistry courses and David Nafar, MS teaches physics. Lectures take place at Collegiate School, but students complete labs on Logan’s campus. At the end of the courses, students are prepared to take the Advanced Placement (AP) test in the subject. Beyond earning advanced credit for college, the classes benefit students in a number of important ways. For one, they are able to access a level of expertise that wouldn’t otherwise be possible, said Collegiate School Principal Frederick Steele. “It’s a top-of-the-line college prep experience that helps them enter their college careers ahead of the game,” Steele said. “Many of our students have medical school ambitions, and these classes are essential to getting them ready for the pre-med track.” The experience also prepares them to enter the college world. Students who enroll in the courses get a Logan email address and full access to Canvas, giving them practice in navigating some facets of a typical university experience. By spending time on Logan’s campus, students also get a feel for campus life and working in a university lab. They even get to eat lunch in the Logan cafeteria—a highlight of their days on campus, Steele said. For some students, the dual-credit courses play a role in helping them earn acceptance to top-tier universities—one 2020 graduate, for instance, was accepted LOGAN.EDU/GIVE
into an Ivy League, Steele said. “Both chemistry and physics are considered by many to be some of the most difficult AP credit hours to obtain,” he explained. “When students excel in the Logan courses, it demonstrates to universities that they have the ability to work hard and aren’t afraid of taking on a challenge.” Hashinidevi Kumaresan, a 2020 Collegiate School graduate, said she loved the experience of learning from Logan professors. “Dr. Qin and Dr. Nafar are some of the most brilliant people I have met. They would explain even the most difficult and heavy material in ways that were not only engaging but also applicable to our
“This opportunity to take classes with Logan University has provided me a foundation of knowledge I will utilize as I pursue a future in medicine.” – Hashinidevi Kumaresan interests in health care. This opportunity to take classes with Logan University has provided me a foundation of knowledge I will utilize as I pursue a future in medicine.”
Collegiate School students participating in HOSA, an international organization for students interested in health care careers. LOGAN UNIVERSITY • SUMMER 2020 17
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Two Decades of Groundbreaking Research For two decades, Logan University has collaborated with researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital, the largest teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School, to better understand the neuroscience underlying integrative medicine approaches to health care. To date, the collaboration has produced more than two dozen papers published in a variety of prestigious journals, including groundbreaking studies on acupuncture, chronic pain, spinal manipulation and vagus nerve stimulation. “Every clinician has a guess as to what’s going on when you conduct care,” said Norman W. Kettner, DC, DACBR, FICC, dean of research and professor emeritus of Logan’s Department of Radiology. “We’ve spent the last 20 years moving that on to a scientific foundation. Our work has impacted not only Logan and the chiropractic profession but biomedical science as a whole.” The relationship began serendipitously in the late 1990s. A paper in Human Brain Mapping by Massachusetts General researchers on brain responses to acupuncture using functional MRI (fMRI) piqued Dr. Kettner’s interest. Dr. Kettner suspected spinal manipulation would show similar results. Soon after, he enrolled in a continuing education course on fMRI at Harvard Medical School. While in Boston, Dr. Kettner met two of the lead authors on the acupuncture paper: Dr. Bruce Rosen, director of Massachusetts General’s research center, now called the Athinoula A. Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging, and Kathleen Hui, MD. Dr. Rosen was also central to the development of fMRI technology. “The connection was high velocity, and suddenly we started talking about collaborating,” Dr. Kettner recalled. As part of the research relationship, Logan agreed to fund a postdoctoral researcher who would work at the Martinos Center. The first postdoc was Vitaly Napadow, a licensed acupuncturist who was just finishing up his PhD in 18 SUMMER 2020 • LOGAN UNIVERSITY
biomedical engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. “That fellowship was a dream for me,” Dr. Napadow said. “It was an incredible opportunity to not only work at the Martinos Center but also have an experienced mentorship team that included the folks who literally invented fMRI, as well as experts in applying that technology to understand therapies like acupuncture, and experts in radiology and neuroscience such as Dr. Kettner.” Dr. Napadow began his postdoc in 2001. A few years later, the team’s first paper was published. The study, which compared brain responses to manual versus electrical acupuncture was published in Human Brain Mapping. A particularly noteworthy paper, published in Brain in 2017, was the largest carpal tunnel and acupuncture study with brain imaging ever done. “It was the first paper in the journal’s history to study acupuncture,” Dr. Kettner said. “It opened the door for an understanding of the critical brain responses associated with mechanoreceptor stimulation. That paper also received widespread media attention, garnering coverage in the New York Times, TIME and other major publications. Most recently, Drs. Kettner and Napadow have been studying transcutaneous vagus nerve stimulation and its use in multiple applications. “Our goal in researching transcutaneous vagus nerve stimulation is to develop and enhance the clinical and physiological effects of this therapy,” Dr. Napadow said. “Currently, we’re looking to study the effects of stimulating the vagus nerve through the ear to modulate gut activity for gastrointestinal disorders.” Dr. Napadow hopes his lab’s research efforts will help more patients get access
Dr. Vitaly Napadow and Dr. Norman Kettner
to integrative treatments. “It’s important to make links between our research and the mainstream medical system because at the end of the day, you have to get these interventions into clinics to treat patients. The way to do that is through research.” The fact that acupuncture is just recently covered under Medicare and Medicaid proves his point, he noted. “People have been researching acupuncture for 50 years or more, and only now is it starting to get broadly covered by insurance for low back pain. It’s a watershed moment and could open the door for insurance companies to start covering acupuncture for other clinical disorders. I like to think that some of our research played an important role in this acceptance and coverage.” Logan University and the Martinos Center recently unveiled a new collaborative research program to train postdoctoral students on studying integrative medicine with neuroimaging. “The trainees are going to be working at the Martinos Center while being mentored by myself and Dr. Kettner,” Dr. Napadow said. In the fall (date to be determined), Dr. Napadow will be the Howe Oration speaker at Logan University, presenting on the long and fruitful collaboration between Logan and Massachusetts General Hospital.
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Logan Graduate Lands Dream Job Blending Clinical Work and Research During his first internship at physiatrists. Eventually, Dr. Trager’s work were looking for someone like Dr. Trager Massachusetts General Hospital in caught the eye of David Vincent, DC with clinical and research experience to Boston, Rob Trager, DC (’13) developed a (’91), who also graduated from Logan. As not only conduct research, but also to passion for research and chiropractic care. the medical director of chiropractic and ensure chiropractic is a part of the scientific He enjoyed the process of identifying, innovation taking place to improve patient massage therapy at University Hospitals assessing and analyzing information to find Connor Integrative Health Network (CIHN) care at University Hospitals.” answers to important questions. He also in Cleveland, Ohio, Dr. Vincent was looking Dr. Trager was invited to interview for liked the hands-on nature of chiropractic. for someone who could fill a unique the position. When he was offered the role, Aspiring to pursue both interests, he he enthusiastically accepted. position that would combine both clinical decided to attend Logan University. “This is my dream job,” Dr. Trager said. work and research. “At Logan, I received an optimal “The ability to work in an integrated office “As a comprehensive, integrated, balance of clinical and research education academic health system, University where I can practice and conduct research to prepare me for the career path I Hospitals’ chiropractic department is unique in the chiropractic field, so I feel wanted to pursue,” Dr. Trager said. “My very grateful.” is involved in every aspect of the professors could walk between the research organization, including its prestigious Continued on page 33 and clinical worlds very well, so when I research centers,” Dr. Vincent said. “We graduated, I felt like I was ready for the opportunities ahead.” After graduating from Logan, Dr. Trager served as a chiropractor at Legacy Medical Centers in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, for over six years. He primarily performed clinical work; however, when he was not seeing patients, he conducted research on topics such as sciatica and thoracic outlet syndrome. Dr. Trager published his findings in several research papers, book chapters and books, including Sciatica: Foundations of diagnosis and conservative treatment, which summarizes research about sciatica for chiropractors, physical therapists, primary care providers, osteopaths and Dr. Erica Gaitley, Dr. Rob Trager and Dr. David Vincent at University Hospitals Connor Integrative Health Network in Cleveland, Ohio LOGAN.EDU/GIVE
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Grateful Patient Names Logan Alumnus Endowed Director of Chiropractic Medicine You never know what may come from a patient encounter. That was the case for David Vincent, DC (’91), who provided chiropractic care to Rick Buoncore. “It was one of those weekend calls,” said Dr. Vincent. “Mr. Buoncore was in a lot of pain and had been referred to me by a colleague at University Hospitals. Rick was familiar with the role we play in providing nonpharmacological treatments for pain and consented to my care plan, which included chiropractic, acupuncture and massage. Three weeks later he was back in the gym and feeling like himself.” As a thank you, Rick and his wife, Lori, provided a $1.25 million gift to name Dr. Vincent as the Buoncore Family Endowed Director of Chiropractic Medicine at University Hospitals (UH) Connor Integrative Health Network. “I knew that endowed positions are rare in the chiropractic profession, so to have a patient express his gratitude in a way that will have such a far-reaching positive impact for so many people is humbling,” Dr. Vincent said. “This endowment gives my colleagues and me an opportunity to make a real difference as leaders, researchers and caregivers.” Dr. Vincent was serving as a surgical technician in the U.S. Navy when he accepted a position as surgical coordinator at the University of Massachusetts Health Services. “I was just beginning my third year of premedical studies at the University and was exploring a number of careers in medicine,” he said. “One of the surgeons who I supported suggested that I consider chiropractic. Being curious, I basically dropped everything and traveled to Missouri to see firsthand what chiropractic was all about.” A year later he began his journey to become a chiropractic physician at a time Jake Schrom when Logan was growing as a leader in 20 SUMMER 2020 • LOGAN UNIVERSITY
Dr. David Vincent
clinical science and research. “Once I began my studies, I realized this was indeed my gift,” he said. “I have enjoyed every minute for the past 30 years. I feel very blessed.” Over the course of his professional career, Dr. Vincent has embraced a variety of roles, from private practice to the Cleveland Clinic. He has established chiropractic departments, created and managed provider and hospital networks for large medical institutions such as Kaiser Permanente and Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center, and has represented his profession on multiple state legislative committees. Dr. Vincent found that being a chiropractor
with a medical background allowed him to cross boundaries and helped break down barriers between the health professions. He is the current chair of the newly formed chiropractic special interest group within the Academic Consortium of Integrative Medicine and Health. Two years ago, Dr. Vincent joined UH, where he led the charge to establish chiropractic for the first time in the organization’s 150-year history. He has added three DCs to his team and has integrated chiropractic into a number of UH institutes such as primary care, spine and pain management. As faculty of Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, he provides grand rounds to the medical faculty, fellows, residents and interns. He also looks forward to creating UH preceptorships and rotations with Logan students as well as a chiropractic residency for new chiropractic graduates. “Chiropractic, as I learned at Logan, has set me up for success,” he said. “My goal is to see what more I can do to impact our profession, continue to provide patient care, and to start moving the conversation of chiropractic into the organizations that we, professionally, haven’t typically been involved with. We haven’t always been heard, but when we have a voice, we can make a difference.” In his role as managing partner of MAI Capital Management, Rick Buoncore was instrumental in working with Sara and Chris Connor, who in 2017 contributed $6.5 million to expand physician services and research at the UH Connor Integrative Health Network.
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Logan Alumna Dr. Kate Bruce Brings Quality Chiropractic Care Home When Kate Bruce, DC (’15) sustained a hamstring injury playing soccer during her junior year of high school, she had no idea it would lead to a successful chiropractic career. “After I was injured, I saw my primary care physician and went through physical therapy, but I wasn’t feeling any better,” Dr. Bruce said. Determined to heal her injury, she went to see a family friend who had recently opened a chiropractic business in Columbus, Ohio. She found relief almost immediately. “After one or two treatments, I felt great,” Dr. Bruce said. “Eventually, I started talking with the chiropractor about her job, and that’s when I decided what I wanted to do.” In August 2012, Dr. Bruce left her hometown of Lancaster, Ohio, to start her first trimester at Logan University. “I chose Logan because I liked the intimate campus environment and small class sizes,” Dr. Bruce said. “The University also has some of the best professors in the field who are committed to giving hands-on training and real-world experiences.” After she graduated from Logan, she and her husband, Justin, moved back to Lancaster with the dream of starting their own chiropractic business. “When Justin and I got married during my second trimester, we knew our ultimate goal was to open a business in our hometown,” Dr. Bruce said. “Justin helped by writing the business plans while I was in school so that we could hit the ground running.” In March 2016, the pair opened Bruce Chiropractic and began building their practice from the ground up. “Because we were starting from scratch, it was nice to have the support of the people in our community who we’ve known for years,” Dr. Bruce said. “Our families and friends as well as medical doctors we built LOGAN.EDU/GIVE
Dr. Kate Bruce and her family
relationships with helped us get referrals. It’s all snowballed from there.” Since opening four years ago, the couple has more than quadrupled their patient base. Currently, Justin handles the business side of the practice so Dr. Bruce can focus on providing chiropractic care to people of all ages, from newborn babies to older patients in their 90s. She has even treated entire families. “I treated a mother who had a lot of stressors at home that were affecting her body,” Dr. Bruce said. “After getting to know her better, I learned she had a 1-yearold baby who had a lot of trouble sleeping.
It was keeping her and her family up at night, so I suggested that she get her son adjusted. After only three visits, he was sleeping through the night. The treatment changed their lives by helping all of them get a good night’s sleep.” Although Dr. Bruce helps patients with a range of ailments, including low back pain, neck pain and headaches, she has had a passion for treating pregnant women ever since she experienced the benefits of chiropractic care during her own pregnancy. “I was pregnant while earning my DC at Logan, so I was lucky enough to go to the clinic and get adjusted on a weekly basis,” Dr. Bruce said. “This helped me realize how vital chiropractic care is for expecting mothers and their babies.” In order to serve pregnant women at her practice, Dr. Bruce earned her certification in the Webster Technique, which supports a more comfortable, safer and easier birth. Then, she met with OB-GYNs in Lancaster to explain how the technique can aid their patients. “Learning about the Webster Technique was eye-opening for the OB-GYNs I met with,” Dr. Bruce said. “Now that they understand the safety and effectiveness of this type of chiropractic care and have a Webster-certified chiropractor to refer their patients to, we’ve been able to work together to make a difference in the lives of many mothers and their babies.” Dr. Bruce said her next goal is to hire a physical therapy assistant so the practice can serve even more patients. “Justin and I have a true passion for this town,” Dr. Bruce said. “We want to help as many people as we can.” LOGAN UNIVERSITY • SUMMER 2020 21
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Keeping it in the Family: Alumnus Passes Practice Down to Fellow Logan Graduate Elliot Eisenberg, DC (’81) spent the past 35 years building a thriving practice by providing quality chiropractic care to generations of patients. When he was ready to retire last year, he handed over the reins to a fellow Logan graduate. In 1984, Dr. Eisenberg moved to Richmond, Virginia, to open Dominion Chiropractic Clinic. Five years after opening his business, Dr. Eisenberg was named Virginia Chiropractor of the Year by the Virginia Chiropractic Association. Throughout his career, he treated members of the Beach Boys, the Everly Brothers and the Moody Blues when they performed concerts in Richmond. In 2000, he more than doubled his office space, expanding to 2,500 square feet, and hired an associate. After adjusting a University of Richmond football player, he was invited to serve on the medical staff of the school’s athletic department, and celebrated with the Spiders when they won the 2008 NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision. In 2016, Dr. Eisenberg decided the time had come for him to retire. He knew he wanted to preserve his legacy by passing down his practice to someone he could trust. Just at the right time, he received a handwritten letter from Bradley Richmond, DC (’14), who had recently moved to Richmond. “I had gained experience as an associate, but I knew I wanted to own a practice one day, so I was searching for opportunities that could lead to that,” Dr. Richmond said. “I knew Dominion Chiropractic Clinic was a successful family practice that was trusted in the community, so I decided to reach out to Dr. Eisenberg.” After corresponding in writing, the pair met to discuss their goals and vision for the future of Dominion Chiropractic 22 SUMMER 2020 • LOGAN UNIVERSITY
Clinic. “As we talked, I realized we had the same belief in and understanding of chiropractic, largely because of our education at Logan,” Dr. Eisenberg said. “Not only did Dr. Richmond know how to
effectively adjust patients, but he also had a solid foundation in science, anatomy and nutrition. We even had some of the same professors, so I was confident in his ability to eventually manage the clinic.”
After a 39-year career, Dr. Elliot Eisenberg (left) sold Dominion Chiropractic Clinic to fellow Logan graduate Dr. Bradley Richmond (right).
L O GA N CO N N E CTS Soon after their meeting, Dr. Eisenberg began transitioning ownership of Dominion Chiropractic Clinic to Dr. Richmond. “I started by shadowing Dr. Eisenberg, and I quickly fell in love with the clinic,” Dr. Richmond said. “It was immediately clear to me that this was an office full of happy patients of all ages. When I met with them, I could see they had been taken care of and had a lot of loyalty to and compassion for the practice. It didn’t take me long to see that it was where I belonged and that I could make it my own.” Dr. Richmond worked as an associate at Dominion Chiropractic Clinic for a year and a half. During that time, he built
relationships with the practice’s patients and employees. He and Dr. Eisenberg also established a mutually beneficial agreement for the sale of the business. “We worked hard to create a win-win situation by supporting one another, compromising when needed, and putting everything we agreed to in writing so that there were no surprises when it came time to transition ownership,” Dr. Eisenberg said. “There were some tough conversations, but we always kept our eye on the prize, were honest and treated each other with respect.” When Dr. Richmond became the owner of Dominion Chiropractic Clinic in 2016, Dr. Eisenberg stayed on as an associate for
“We worked hard to create a winwin situation by supporting one another, compromising when needed, and putting everything we agreed to in writing so that there were no surprises when it came time to transition ownership.” – Dr. Elliot Eisenberg three years. Although he retired in 2019, most of the employees he hired continue to work at the clinic, and the patients he treated now visit Dr. Richmond. “The time we took to transition the practice was invaluable,” Dr. Richmond said. “Most employees and patients have stayed with us because they got to know me, and I was able to learn the ins and outs of the clinic.” After retiring from Dominion Chiropractic Clinic, Dr. Eisenberg became an adjunct instructor at John Tyler Community College teaching anatomy and physiology to nursing students. To this day he keeps in touch with Dr. Richmond. “He was supportive of how I ran the clinic, and now I am proud to support him,” Dr. Eisenberg said. Since assuming ownership, Dr. Richmond has grown the practice by more than 20 percent each year by preserving the legacy of quality chiropractic care that Dr. Eisenberg spent his career building. “The Richmond community has trusted Dominion Chiropractic Clinic for 36 years, and I want to make sure it stays that way,” Dr. Richmond said.
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Success Through Adversity With the support of the Logan University community, students persevere through a pandemic, health scares and more. Tutoring Turns Virtual Since his first day on campus, Max Sauer, trimester 7 student, has made it a point to become involved in various organizations. He served on the Conduct Committee, currently serves on the Curriculum Committee, is the president of Pi Kappa Chi fraternity, a member of Launch Club, a Leopard Leader, a tutor and an on-campus event volunteer.
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Max is a Logan “transplant.” He began chiropractic school at another university but quickly realized the learning experience wasn’t what he needed to succeed. After looking at a few other options, Max knew the hands-on teaching approach, incredible culture and scenic campus at Logan University were exactly what he wanted. “My experience at Logan so far has been amazing,” Max said. “I take every opportunity that crosses my path, which has allowed me to learn and grow so much during my time here.” Max’s passion for giving back to his University and his peers stems from the positive experience he had during his first few weeks at Logan. “The Leopard Leader I was paired with in my first trimester greatly impacted me. I want to be that helping hand for other trimester one students,” he said. Of course, COVID-19 required some transition in Max’s extracurricular activities but in no way diminished his commitment to the University. As a tutor, for example, Max has relied on Zoom and FaceTime to continue tutoring. His classmates have also been using video conferencing apps to work together to ensure success for every student. “My trimester has a GroupMe chat, which I
believe has seen more activity over the last few months than it has since the time it was created,” said Max. “There has been so much collaboration about classwork and the transition to online learning. It’s been great to have multiple sets of eyes looking at the online material, which has allowed everyone to stay on top of their work and still be successful during this trying time.”
Logan Community Supports DC Student During Health Scare Ryan Loucks’s journey at Logan University doesn’t look like many of his peers’. The trimester 2 DC student already lived a life full of experiences before he decided to pursue chiropractic. After beginning a career in ministry in 2000, Dr. Loucks spent nearly two decades traveling the country pastoring at a multitude of churches. He earned an undergraduate degree in biblical preaching in 2009, followed by a master’s in business in 2013 and a PhD in 2017. After beginning a new job teaching at a college in Dallas, Dr. Loucks realized he had quite a passion for being an educator. About two years ago, he started looking at his life and reevaluating his long-term plans. He was ready for a career change and decided to move his family to St. Louis, where he began teaching at Harris-Stowe State University. “I’ve been teaching basic, entry-level business courses at Harris-Stowe, which has been really rewarding,” Dr. Loucks said. “The students I’ve gotten to know over the last two years are some of the most kind and dedicated kids I’ve ever met. They are committed to learning and bettering their lives. It’s part of what inspired me to go back to school.”
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“Everyone at Logan supported me so much during this extremely scary and trying part of my life. The faculty went out of their way to ensure I had what I needed, and my classmates from those first few weeks still check up on me to see how I’m doing. That is such a testament to the incredible culture at Logan University.” – Dr. Ryan Loucks After settling into his role at HarrisStowe, Dr. Loucks took the next step in furthering his career and sent his transcripts to Logan with a desire to start chiropractic school. The admissions department determined that he needed 12 more credit hours in order to apply. So, Dr. Loucks found an online platform that allowed him to take the courses he needed and transfer them to Logan, and he was set to start classes in May 2019. Two days before classes began, Dr. Loucks was hospitalized with kidney stones. He missed orientation but was able to make it back for the first five weeks of classes. Then he landed in the hospital again with complications from the kidney stones procedure. He developed blood clots in his left leg, then a pulmonary embolism. Dr. Loucks nearly lost his life. “My doctors treated the blood clots and pulmonary embolism but were still concerned as to why I was developing kidney stones,” Dr. Loucks said. “They LOGAN.EDU/GIVE
ran dozens of tests, and they eventually determined I had a tumor on my thyroid. At this point, I worked with my academic success coach at Logan and decided to drop some classes to lighten my course load since I had so much going on in my personal life.” On February 11, 2020, Dr. Loucks had surgery to remove the tumor from his thyroid. “Now, I feel amazing. I honestly feel like a brand-new person. Everyone at Logan supported me so much during this extremely scary and trying part of my life,” said Dr. Loucks. “The faculty went out of their way to ensure I had what I needed, and my classmates from those first few weeks still check up on me to see how I’m doing. That is such a testament to the incredible culture at Logan University. I can’t wait to start working toward my chiropractic degree again this summer.”
Dr. Ryan Loucks earned his PhD in business from Indiana Wesleyan University in 2017.
Dr. Ryan Loucks and his wife, Kara, in February 2020 awaiting his surgery to remove the tumor from his thyroid. LOGAN UNIVERSITY • SUMMER 2020 25
STUDEN T L I F E Logan Student Government Provides Vital Support During Pandemic Logan Student Government (LSG) President Nikki Homes’s top priority is making sure that students have the resources and support they need throughout the COVID-19 crisis. “We don’t have the answers about what the future holds, but we do what we can to try and ease any concerns students have,” said Nikki, a trimester 6 student. Since classes moved online, LSG has held its weekly meetings virtually to ensure the
group can continue to serve as a guiding entity for the student body during this transition, as well as to make sure they are also adjusting well to the change as a team. “We organize group Zooms or FaceTime calls and host virtual game nights,” Nikki said. “We’re a team, and the only way to get through this is by working together and supporting one another.” LSG also helps support students virtually by working closely with faculty, advisors and Logan President Clay McDonald, DC, MBA, JD to ensure students receive answers to
their questions and can feel more at ease knowing that Logan’s leadership remains a solid support system during these difficult times. “Along with guiding students to the right resources, we work to collect all of their concerns and bring them to the correct people,” Nikki said. While the atmosphere of LSG’s team meetings has changed because of the crisis, and they’ve faced several challenges as they lead the student body, LSG continues to focus on putting the needs of students
Logan Student Government meets virtually through Zoom. Left to right, top row: Kevin Rudberg, Nikki Homes, Emily Crowcroft; 2nd row: Rachael Lindsey, Shelby Hummel, Gigi Dawson; 3rd row: Kate Mangels, Danielle Klobe (advisor), Kristen McClellan; bottom row: Dr. Shelley Sawalich (advisor), David Kruse 26 SUMMER 2020 • LOGAN UNIVERSITY
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“My biggest hope through all of this is that we utilize this time to grow closer with the student body, and that when we return to campus we can continue to have this relationship where we can always help them find the answer.” – Nikki Homes first, including prioritizing student health and well-being. “My biggest hope through all of this is that we utilize this time to grow closer with the student body and that when we return to campus we can continue to have this relationship where we can always help them find the answer,” Nikki said. Nikki said she has grown a thicker skin as student body president and is focused on the future and her goals for when students can return to campus, including cultivating a greater sense of community for students, faculty and friends of Logan University.
Sports Science & Rehab Student Gains Clinical Experience in Athletics and Holistic Medicine In his final year of the Master of Science in Sports Science & Rehabilitation program, Justin Halley planned to complete his clinical internship this summer before a policy change resulted in the internship offer being rescinded. Like students in every industry, the current crisis has put many summer job and internship plans on hold. Wanting to avoid moving his internship to the fall, Justin reached out to his advisors for help finding a new summer placement. Aside from being a student at Logan,
Justin also serves as a track and field coach at Fontbonne University in nearby Clayton, Missouri, and completing his required internship hours while coaching simultaneously this fall would have been difficult to manage. Within 48 hours of Justin’s call for help to Stephen Nickell, EdD, MA, ATC, program director of Sports Science & Rehabilitation, eight doctors of chiropractic had responded to his request, offering Justin multiple placements for the summer—a shining example of the dedication and commitment Logan’s network of preceptor doctors and partners have for helping provide the best clinical experiences for the University’s students in all programs. “Logan follows through and is on top of everything,” Justin said. “Having connections with clinicians in the St. Louis area and around the country provides a lot of options for Justin Halley coaching at an indoor track meet for Fontbonne University students, and the faculty at Logan really came through clinical internship; having been in St. Louis for me.” for 10 years, he is happy to be staying in This summer, Justin is interning at the area. By earning his Sports Science & Balanced Solutions Healthcare under the Rehabilitation Master’s degree, Justin hopes supervision of Bart Coleman, DC (’98), to provide athletes with the vital information rotating between facilities in Des Peres, and care he’s learned throughout his Missouri; St. Clair, Missouri; and Alton, program. After graduation, he plans to Illinois. Dr. Coleman has experience serving continue coaching at the collegiate level and as the athletic team physician at multiple would eventually like to earn his doctorate in area high schools and specializes in holistic kinesiology and become a college professor. medicine—a field Justin looks forward “I want to assist my athletes in their to exploring. rehabilitation, recognize mechanics issues “From working with high school student and correct them with exercise and drills,” athletes and seeing what holistic medicine is Justin said. “I’m extremely happy that I like, I’ll get a variety of experiences that will chose Logan, and I don’t think I’d be in this make me a more well-rounded professional position if I had chosen another school to overall,” Justin said. complete my master’s.” Originally from Huntsville, Alabama, Justin was open to moving anywhere for his LOGAN UNIVERSITY • SUMMER 2020 27
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Class of April 2020
Danielle E. Isenberg
Michael B. Lea
Ross B. Vollmer Treasurer
Dillan J. Bollwinkel
Paul A. Books
Ashley N. Critchfield
Quentin J. Ford
Anna R. Lipocky
Taylor R. Luster
Brett K. McEwan
Sarah C. Paunicka
Tyler A. Ploss
Jeremiah E. Polk
Joshua A. Rood
Justin N. Roth
Caleb J. Sanders
Marah E. Smith
Jackson M. Sneed
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Doctor of Chiropractic Graduates
Andrew J. Huffman
Thomas F. Potts
Matthew C. Allen
Nicholas T. Altherr
Adam J. Bechert
Ayana G. Daniels
Ashley L. Deeter
Joshua W. Dowdy
Jeffery C. Fishel
Nathan A. Granger
Jenelle M. Hemker
Caleb J. Janssen
Conradette N. King
Chase F. Mecham
Samantha E. Morones
Danielle E. Nash
Amber M. Pacheco
Anthony C. Pacheco
Whitney N. Powell
Wesley A. Robbins
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R E C OG N I Z I N G S U CCESS BACHELOR OF SCIENCE DEGREES Human Biology Syed Hamad Alam Christopher Espin Kayla Marrow Roman Mokan Maryam Nafea Katelynn Okeson, Cum Laude Brooke Webb Emmitt Wheelan Rebecca Winner, Cum Laude Life Science Samantha Anne Anderson Jessica A. Berelsman, Magna Cum Laude Deborah Curry Gabrielle Davis
Michaela Kile Benjamin Joshua Myerowitz Tyler Parsons Anna Propst Mickayla Stant Nicholas Takis
MASTER OF SCIENCE DEGREES Nutrition and Human Performance Lori Anne Adams** Ronald Arnold Katie Brown Lauren Marie Chaffin Ashley Desiree’ Choice Rebecca Lynn Alvarez Cortez Sydney Daley Susan Dethman** Ashton Eastman** Sandra Flick Mesa
Stephanie Fontano** Heather Rebecca Ford Adrian Gutierrez Emily Katherine Harvey Timothy W. Hobgood* Michelle Diane Hodson** Indrananda Ishaya Serena Neely Jaspera** Makayla Landrum James Lanzilotti** Valerie Lehnig** Brianna DuBois Mackay Linda Conway Macpherson** Christopher McKechnie* Raquel Molina Munoz** Jacob Michael Morden* Samar Mustafa Sasha-Kay Patrick Miranda Rudin** Jacqueline Sedano Katherine Seehusen** Melissa Ann Sena* Amir Shaheer** Colleen Michaelle Sisson Ben Thiel Barbara D. Toddes** Jessica L. Vance Amy Volturo** Lianne Weller Valedictorian Academic Achievement Award Lori Anne Adams Susan Dethman Ashton Eastman Stephanie Fontano Michelle Diane Hodson Serena Neely Jaspera James Lanzilotti Valerie Lehnig Linda Conway Macpherson Raquel Molina Munoz Katherine Seehusen Barbara D. Toddes Amy Volturo
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Sports Science and Rehabilitation Nathaniel D. Chapman* Fernando Gomez, DC Ismael Gonzalez Madi June Hoppe** Danielle Elizabeth Isenberg**
Ebonee Sheree Jackson** Kyleigh Alexandra Jackson Kayla Keck* Timothy Sean Kilpatrick** Fatima S. O. McIntosh** Chase Fred Mecham Anna O’Neil* Jacob Osmulski* Jennifer Peprah* Kennedy Rensing* Kevin Rosario* Jacob Aaron Schmitz** Deryn Rhea Sherk** Riley Elizabeth Smith Jaydon Stover* Matthew J. Uhrik** Kasey Wasylyk* Richard Matthew Winn** Valedictorian Academic Achievement Award Madi June Hoppe Ebonee Sheree Jackson Jacob Aaron Schmitz Deryn Rhea Sherk Matthew J. Uhrik Richard Matthew Winn
DOCTOR OF HEALTH PROFESSIONS EDUCATION Stephanie Elaine Brink** Chaunda Capers* Vivian Delores Cockrell** Maurya Dominica Cockrell** Melissa Engelson Rebbecca Fenton* Roger Dale Jones** April Diane McCollum Lisa Marie Shook** Christopher T. Smith** Teresa Taylor* Valedictorian Academic Achievement Award Stephanie Elaine Brink Vivian Delores Cockrell Maurya Dominica Cockrell Roger Dale Jones Christopher T. Smith
RE C O GN I Z I N G S U CCE S S University Basic Science Outstanding Faculty Award Sasha Hope, MSACN, DCNc
Hugh B. Logan Outstanding Staff Award Laurel Miller
College of Health Sciences Outstanding Faculty Award Jenna Corbin, MS, RD, CCSD, CISSN, PES/CES
Hugh B. Logan Outstanding Faculty Award Allison Harvey, DC
College of Chiropractic Outstanding Pre-Clinic Faculty Award Donna Mannello, DC
Jeffery Charles Fishel Father: Jeffery Fishel, DC (’91)
College of Chiropractic Outstanding Clinic Faculty Award Quintin Murray, DC, MS, CCSP
Chase Fred Mecham Brother: Jordan Karl Mecham, DC, MS (’15) **With High Distinction *With Distinction
Ebonee Jackson, MS
HONORS AND AWARDS Doctor of Chiropractic Valedictorian Academic Achievement Award Kyle Steven Uttley Magna Cum Laude Andrew Joseph Huffman Anthony Charles Pacheco Kyle Steven Uttley Cum Laude Dillan Bollwinkel Stephanie Ann Farwig Nathan Alexander Granger Kayla Keck Carter Lindenfield Danielle Elizabeth Nash Mollie Loomis Rood President’s Honor Roll Danielle Elizabeth Nash LOGAN.EDU/GIVE
University Mission Awards Diversity and Inclusion Award Maurya Dominica Cockrell Conradette King Leaders Made Award Andrew Joseph Huffman Raquel Molina Munoz Katelynn Okeson Garrett Panno Logan RESPECT Award Brian Sylve Service Award Brian Sylve Hugh B. Logan Clinic Excellence Award Tabitha Frakes Dr. Kayla Keck LOGAN UNIVERSITY • SUMMER 2020 31
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Global Chiropractic Organizations Respond to COVID-19 Pandemic ACA Provides Information Hub, Advocacy for Chiropractic During Coronavirus Outbreak
In response to the coronavirus outbreak, the American Chiropractic Association (ACA) has created a web page where it curates links to information from multiple sources Dr. Robert C. Jones ACA President and partners for use by doctors of chiropractic. Visit ACA’s COVID-19 resources page at acatoday.org/COVID19 for continually updated information, guidance and resources. Patients and members of the public can visit HandsDownBetter.org for consumerfocused resources. ACA has also taken actions to protect the interests of chiropractors and their patients during the pandemic. In April, ACA contacted the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Agency (CISA) of the Department of Homeland Security requesting the addition of DCs to the federal list of essential health care providers. Shortly following ACA’s letter, CISA released an advisory memorandum that includes DCs as part of the essential critical infrastructure workforce. ACA continues to build support for the Chiropractic Medicare Coverage Modernization Act, or H.R.3654.
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If passed, H.R.3654 would allow beneficiaries to access all Medicarecovered benefits allowable under a chiropractor’s state licensure. Visit HR3654.org for more information and to learn how you can contact your members of Congress in support of this important legislation. Looking to fit some extra education into your schedule? Learn ACA, an online education platform, offers ondemand online education from some of the chiropractic profession’s most knowledgeable subject matter experts and respected thought leaders. Learn ACA is now offering 13 free continuing education (CE) credits to ACA members. Earn and track CE credits with ease at learn.acatoday.org.
Dr. Keith Overland, FICS Secretary General and Logan Board of Trustees Advisory Member, Encourages DCs to Consider Sports Chiropractic
Federation Internationale de Chiropractique du Sport (FICS) Dr. Keith Overland strives to fulfill FICS Secretary General our vision, which states: Every athlete deserves access to sports chiropractic. We could not achieve this without the support of partners such as
Logan University, which has become a leader in the sports chiropractic field. To achieve this vision, we have become associated with 49 international sports chiropractic associations representing thousands of sports chiropractors and over 20 international sports federations. This year alone, FICS had been invited (before COVID-19) to provide sports chiropractors to treat athletes competing in 27 international sports events in 22 countries. In order to develop a pool of sports chiropractors to serve in these games, FICS developed an educational program to train doctors in caring for athletes in the international setting. Upon completion of this digital and didactic program, the candidate will receive their International Certificate in Sports Chiropractic (ICSC). Of course, with the current environment, many athletic events have been postponed. Two of the most important athletic events that FICS has been involved with are the Summer Olympics, which will now be held in July 2021 in Tokyo, and the World Games, which will now be held in 2022 in Birmingham, Alabama. Luckily, the pandemic has not stopped doctors from continuing to sharpen their sports chiropractic skills. I encourage each Logan student and alumnus to ask yourself if working as a DC at a major international sporting event would be up your alley. Or perhaps you would prefer to get a simple refresh by picking up some cuttingedge tips on chiropractic management of athletic patients. If so, I encourage you to visit the FICS website at fics.sport or reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org to see if we can help you begin the journey toward achieving your professional dreams!
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WFC Elects Dr. Vivian Kil of the Netherlands as President for 2020-2022 WORLD FEDERATION OF
CHIROPRACTIC At its recent meeting, the WFC Board of Directors elected Dr. Vivian Kil of Beek, the Netherlands, as its president for 20202022. Dr. Kil, 36, is the youngest-ever WFC president and the organization’s first female Dr. Vivian Kil, WFC leader. She joined the President 2020-2022 WFC board in 2016, representing the European region. For the past 12 months she has served in the capacity of interim president. WFC’s other elected executive officers are Dr. Michele Maiers of Minneapolis, USA, and Dr. Keisuke Takeyachi of Tokyo, Japan. The WFC Board of Directors has 13 members representing each of its seven world regions. The coronavirus pandemic has unfortunately led to the cancellation of a number of WFC events, including its Education Conference, held biennially in partnership with the Association of Chiropractic Colleges. The international travel restrictions caused by the pandemic have also affected a number of events where the WFC was invited to participate, including the Logan Spring Symposium. In these unprecedented times, the WFC has been supporting its member national associations around the world, whose memberships have faced significant challenges caused by government restrictions. Many, including organizations in the U.S., have responded magnificently and have produced a wide range of materials to help chiropractors navigate issues such as essential worker status, personal protective equipment, disinfecting and other office logistics. Throughout the pandemic, the WFC has been in close communication with the World Health Organization, with whom it is an official non-state actor, and has been producing evidence-based advice notes to support the global profession.
Logan Graduate Lands Dream Job Blending Clinical Work and Research... Continued from page 19 According to Dr. Vincent, University Hospitals’ chiropractic department, which consists of four chiropractors, is not siloed like it is in many other hospital systems. “University Hospitals CIHN, which comprises not only chiropractic but also acupuncture, massage therapy, music therapy and more, is part of the fabric of the organization, helping to make all critical decisions,” he said. “That gives chiropractors in our department opportunities they wouldn’t have in other hospital systems or private practices.” For Dr. Trager, some of those opportunities include the chance to become a certified principal investigator through a program at Case Western Reserve University, one of the country’s leading private research institutions and primary affiliate of University Hospitals. He is also looking forward to working with Jeffery Dusek, PhD, director of research at University Hospitals CIHN. Dr. Dusek has more than 20 years of experience leading innovative integrative health and medicine research at prominent institutions such as Harvard Medical School. He has also been a leader of the BraveNet practice-based research network—a cohesive group of 17 well-known integrative health and medicine clinics across the United States. As the newest member of BraveNet, members of University Hospitals CIHN, including Dr. Trager, will have an opportunity to participate in upcoming and future BraveNet projects. “I am eager to learn everything I can from Dr. Dusek,” Dr. Trager said. “I’m also excited about the possibility of participating in BraveNet’s PRIMIER study, which includes thousands of patients from across the country. It’s a large data set we can draw inferences from that may be applicable to our patients at University Hospitals.” Dr. Trager is thrilled to be joining an experienced chiropractic team consisting not only of Dr. Vincent but also Sarah Prosak, DC and fellow Logan graduate Erica Gaitley, DC (’13). Dr. Gaitley said her education at Logan prepared her to work in University Hospitals’ collaborative environment. “Logan instilled open-mindedness that has served us all very well in an integrative system like University Hospitals where we work as a team with many types of doctors,” Dr. Gaitley said. “The well-rounded curriculum also enabled us to develop different skills such as research, speaking and business that we can bring to the table.” While opportunities like those at University Hospitals can be difficult for chiropractors to find, Dr. Vincent hopes to change that. He is currently creating a residency program for chiropractic graduates by collaborating with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, which offers the only accredited residency program in the country for chiropractic graduates. “After graduation, many chiropractors like Dr. Trager wonder what they can do outside of starting their own practice or working as an associate at a practice,” Dr. Vincent said. “We want to give them more career paths and meaningful options.” LOGAN UNIVERSITY • SUMMER 2020 33
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Faculty and Staff News Congratulations to … Researchers from Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School; Logan University; and Purdue University, including Roberta Sclocco, PhD, fellow; Norman Kettner, DC, DACBR, FICC, dean of research and professor emeritus at Logan; and Vitaly Napadow, PhD, adjunct professor, whose abstract titled “SPARC: RespiratoryGated Transcutaneous Vagus Nerve Stimulation Modulates Gastric Function in Functional Dyspepsia” was published in The FASEB Journal, which is published by the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology. Professor Patrick Montgomery, DC, MS, FASA, FICC, who recently presented at the AutismOne 2020 Virtual Conference May 20-24. He spoke on how the chiropractor of 2025 will be prepared to care for the projected increase of autism and other neurological disorders affecting children. Melissa Engelson, DC, DHPE, MS, CSCS, DACBSP®, ICCSP, assistant professor and clinical assessor, who was recently appointed to the American Chiropractic Association’s Sports Council Bylaws Task
Force, working to review and update the council’s bylaws. Kimberly Paddock-O’Reilly, DHEd, MSW, provost, who was elected vice president of Independent Colleges and Universities of Missouri—a statewide association that works to support and advance the missions of independent institutions while increasing understanding and appreciation for the value and importance of the sector’s impact on higher education, the public and the state at large.
In Memoriam Elizabeth “Betty” Christy, wife of Donald Christy, DC, EdD, professor April 10, 2020 Carol Chapman, grandmother of Julie Emmerich, assessment center coordinator April 26, 2020 Rosemarie Ellen Dishauzi, mother of Karen Dishauzi, DC, PhD, MEd, associate dean of student success April 10, 2020
Alumni Notes Congratulations to … Class of 2007 Aaron McMichael, DC, who was named to About Stark County’s Twenty Under 40!
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2020 class. Dr. McMichael owns McMichael Chiropractic Clinic in Canton, Ohio.
Class of 1952 Forest “Bill” Toftness, DC January 19, 2020
Class of 1990 Richard Allen Felsing, DC March 14, 2020
Class of 1949 Max Zebelman, DC, PhD April 5, 2020
Class of 1997 Mark Dowell, DC May 10, 2020
Remembering Dr. Mark Reeve The Logan community lost long-time friend and colleague Mark Reeve, DC (’79) of Austin, Minnesota, on May 30, 2020. Dr. Reeve was a proud alum and advocate for chiropractic, serving his community and the profession. For more than 25 years, Dr. Reeve volunteered his time to serving Logan’s Board of Trustees and the Logan Alumni Association, fulfilling two years as president. He was also a Logan benefactor, supporting the University financially as well as through his time as an associate faculty member with Logan’s Preceptor Program. According to the Reeve Chiropractic Clinic website, Dr. Reeve began private practice in his hometown of Austin in 1980. For more than four decades, he provided superior chiropractic care to patients of all ages. In 2004, he received the Minnesota Chiropractic Association’s (MCA) Distinguished Service Award for 25 years of outstanding service and dedication to the chiropractic profession. He was also named the 2005 Chiropractor of the Year by the MCA. Dr. Reeve will be greatly missed and remembered for his generosity to Logan as well as his support for future generations of chiropractors.
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Logan Community Shares Words of Encouragement Recognizing that, more than ever, our students needed the collective support of the chiropractic and health sciences community, we asked our alumni, faculty, staff and friends to share words of encouragement, and we were overwhelmed by the response. Together, the Logan community submitted more than 115 handwritten and digital notes offering hope, perspective, inspiration and support to our hardworking students during such a difficult time. Below are a few examples; if you’d like to read them all, visit Logan.edu/WeCare. “Please know that you are being thought about during these difficult times. The chiropractic program is a challenging endeavor but worth every minute once you graduate. Remember to stay positive, work hard, and make it happen. If you don’t sacrifice for what you want, what you want will become the sacrifice. Don’t ever give up.” – Dr. Lincoln Loucks (’05)
“During this challenging time, meditate on what is positive and good about your situation. Take this time to unwind & reboot, get out and enjoy the sunshine and fresh air, and choose faith over fear! Stay healthy, keep your immune system strong, and your spirit high!” – Dr. Shay E. Reid (’16)
“When your #1 focus is on helping people, the other ‘worries’ become less important and not something you choose to focus on. Relentless forward progress—yes your path is different than those who came before you, but use that to set your mindset up for success! 10 years from now, you will use this scenario as what made you stronger. Onwards and upwards!” – Dr. Lauren Hendrix (’10)
“In times of uncertainty and a health crisis, it is reassuring that the public and governmental regulatory bodies view us as essential. The care that chiropractors provide to our patients is vital to their health, and is critical to the infrastructure of our health care system. So although these times of distant learning may be concerning and difficult, know that what you are working towards will be worth it 100 times over for you and your community.” – Dr. Kirk Barron (‘06)
“Logan class of May 2020: Do not view these times as a negative situation, but as a glaring opportunity to treat and educate the sick. The people in the world need your expertise now more than ever! Get out and do what you know and make an impact!” – Dr. Greg Glasco (‘93)
“Although classes and celebrations may be on hold for now, keep looking toward your future. You have many gifts to share with the world, and in its current state, the world needs these gifts to help heal and balance it again. Your time to shine is coming soon. Keep going!” – Dr. Elizabeth Perez (’08), Perez Family Chiropractic
“To the amazing students of Logan University: During these rough times where we’re surrounded by uncertainty which drives up our fear, know this: in every storm, the raindrops are numbered and the wind is finite. The storm will pass and when it does, we’ll all have the opportunity to come together, lend a helping hand to those who were knocked down, and pick up the pieces to rebuild a better future than our past was. And with storms of this magnitude, there’s always an incredible rainbow that would otherwise not have been possible. From the bottom of my heart, and from the entire team at ChiroPro, we wish you these words of encouragement. I sincerely hope that you know that you have chosen a profession that has a history of weathering storms and coming out much stronger than before. Your profession is filled with opportunities and lead by people who have a true passion for the chiropractic purpose. I am available should any of you need to chat.” – Dr. & Mrs. Bob Rice (’06)
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P OS TG RAD U AT E EDU CA T IO N | July – October 2020 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 www.Logan.edu. Please direct any questions or suggestions to email@example.com 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
August 8-9 Insurance Consultant Certification Program – Session #5 Examination, Diagnosis and Treatment of the Subluxation Instructor: Mario Fucinari, DC, CCSP, APMP, CPCO, MCS-P
For additional online postgraduate programs on relevant topics in chiropractic, visit ce4chiros.com.
August 20 Top 10 Most Common Documentation Errors Instructor: Mario Fucinari, DC, APMP, MCS-P, CPCO
Webinars July 25-26 Insurance Consultant Certification Program – Session #4 Documentation and EvidenceBased Guidelines Instructor: Mario Fucinari, DC, CCSP, APMP, CPCO, MCS-P July 28 Practice Recovery Strategies in the Post-Coronavirus World Instructor: Mario Fucinari, DC, APMP, MCS-P, CPCO
September 10 Integrating a Wellness Consultation into Practice: Primium Non Nocera Instructor: Thomas R. Ventimiglia, DC, FACC September 12-13 Insurance Consultant Certification Program – Session #6 Personal Injury and Worker’s Compensation Documentation, Coding and Case Management Instructor: Mario Fucinari, DC, CCSP, APMP, CPCO, MCS-P
September 26-27 Mechanics and Management of Acute Recurrent Low Back Pain Instructor: Linda W. Smith, DC
August 1-2 Integration of Chiropractic for the Animal Health Care Practice Instructor: Susan Roecker, DC
September 30 Radiology for the Non-Radiologist Instructor: Beverly Harger, DC, DACBR
August 15-16 Chiropractic Pediatrics – Session #2 Instructor: Suzanne Seekins, DC, DICS
October 10-11 Insurance Consultant Certification Program – Session #7 Documentation and Billing Audit Procedures Instructor: Mario Fucinari, DC, CCSP, APMP, CPCO, MCS-P
September 12-13 Management and Care of the Pregnant Patient Instructor: Suzanne Seekins, DC, DICS
Live Programs Location is Logan University campus unless otherwise indicated. July 18-19 Chiropractic Pediatrics – Session #1 Instructor: Suzanne Seekins, DC, DICS July 25 Biomechanics of Golf Instructor: Michael Murphy, DC Location: Far Oaks Golf Club, Caseyville, Illinois
September 19-20 Practical Assessment in Spine Care Instructor: K. Jeffrey Miller, DC, FACO, MBA October 3-4 Patient Communication and the Practice of Chiropractic Instructor: Thomas Ventimiglia, DC, FACC October 17-18 ACA Women’s Health Symposium Multiple Speakers