Logan University - Summer Tower 2021

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Logan Hosting 2022 World Para Powerlifting Americas Open Championships

Preview: Logan University Symposium 2021 DC Students Gain Valuable Experience at Veterans Affairs Facilities Master’s in Sports Science & Rehabilitation Undergoes Transformation




In This Issue

10 Learning from the Pros Students care for world-class athletes, weekend warriors through preceptorship in Denver

5 Leaders Made

16 A Chiropractic Touchdown Logan alumnus reflects on fulfilling chiropractic career, including a Super Bowl victory

15 Donor Snapshot

25 Prepared for Success Faculty member conducts research to help retain, graduate diverse DC students 26 Chiropractic Care for Children Logan welcomes director for new master’s program in clinical pediatrics


Mission Forward

10 College of Chiropractic 12 College of Health Sciences 16 Alumni Feature 18 Symposium 2021 24 Research 26 The Insider 28 Student Life 30 Graduating Class 32 Recognizing Success 34 Admissions 36 Under the Tower 37 Industry Update 39 Postscript





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Logan University’s Paralympic Operations Department will host the World Para Powerlifting Americas Open Championships, July 8-11, 2022. The competition, which will take place at The Purser Center and include 20 individual medal events and one mixed team event, is a mandatory qualifying event for the Americas athletes for the 2024 Summer Paralympic Games. This will be the first time an international competition for Para Powerlifting is hosted in the U.S. “This event is big, not only for our athletes here in the United States but for the sport and the Paralympic movement,” said Kelley Humphries, DC, MS, EMT-P, CSCS, ICCSP, CCSP, executive director of Paralympic operations. “To be the first to host an event like this in the U.S. is an honor for our department, Logan and the community. We are very excited and looking forward to hosting the Pan-American teams!”

Arlan Fuhr, DC (’61), chairman and co-founder of Activator Methods International, donated the firstever created Activator Table to Logan University. The table, which was created in the early 1970s, still functions like new and is now housed in the university’s historical exhibit in the Science and Research Center. “The Activator Table, among various other items, is an important historical item that nobody else in the profession has,” said Professor and Historian Patrick Montgomery, DC (’76), MS (’15), FASA, FICC.



Save the date for the third annual Women’s Health Symposium, October 30-31, 2021. Presented by Logan University in partnership with the American Chiropractic Association’s Council on Women’s Health, this year’s symposium will take place on the campus of Logan University with the theme of Transforming and Elevating Female Health. Stay tuned to www.Logan.edu/post-grad for symposium news, speakers, schedules and registration.

Congratulations to the American Black Chiropractic Association (ABCA) on celebrating its 40th anniversary this year. On behalf of Logan University, President Clay McDonald, DC (’82), MBA, JD attended the ABCA National Convention in June, where he gave an address and presented a plaque to the organization recognizing its milestone anniversary (pictured is ABCA President Micheala Edwards, DC (’09) with Dr. McDonald).

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Whether you’re a graduate, a student, or a faculty or staff member, we all know one truth about Logan … once candidates visit our beautiful, sprawling campus, it’s hard to choose anywhere else. While our campus has been a little quieter than usual for the last 17 months, I look forward to the return of a vibrant campus life. While certain activities and services, such as student clubs and organizations, have already reopened or expanded to allow face-to-face gatherings, the university intends to restore full on-campus operations for the fall 2021 trimester, during which we’re excited to welcome our first cohort of Master’s in Athletic Training students. This is the fourth new degree Logan has added in the past six years (plus more in the works!)—a testament to our growing reputation as the leader in health science education.


As we safely resume in-person activities, we are eager to welcome alumni, faculty, staff and health care leaders for the 7th Annual Logan University Symposium. Taking place September 16-19, 2021, at the Hilton St. Louis at the Ballpark and on Logan’s campus. Featuring dozens of nationally recognized speakers, 24 hours of continuing education and multiple social events, this is one event you don’t want to miss. As a first during our Symposium, I look forward to discussing with Dr. John Scaringe, president of Southern California University of Health Sciences and Dr. Ron Oberstein, president of Life West, the future of our profession and the obstacles we see in educating the next generation of Doctors of Chiropractic. From Symposium, I hope you’ll take away: • An invigorated commitment to keep the chiropractic profession moving toward advancement, growth and opportunity. • Opportunities to be challenged in your thinking and practices.

I look forward to the return of a vibrant campus life. • New (and renewed) connections with fellow leaders in chiropractic and health care. • A sense of pride walking our campus and interacting with our students, faculty and staff who work hard to live our mission daily. You can read all about Symposium, including the full schedule of events, on page 20. Also within these pages you’ll find stories of our alumni, faculty and students who are advancing their professions in the field and in the classroom; upgrades to our Master of Science in Sports Science & Rehabilitation program; and a sneak peek at some of our new master’s degree programs we are launching in the College of Health Sciences. Stay well.


Logan University is a community of extraordinary leaders. Learn how these individuals are making an impact in their own communities, careers and beyond. As an assistant professor at Graceland University (GU) in Lamoni, Iowa, the most rewarding moments for JAMES GEISELMAN, DC (’15), MS (’17), DACBN, Dr. James Geiselman CCSP, ICSC, CES, CNC, NREMT, EMT-P do not come from his own endeavors; rather, he feels most accomplished when his students succeed. “A highlight of my career is watching my students grow not only in athletics and academics, but also seeing them take the lead in their learning,” Dr. Geiselman said. “Their passion reminds me why I do what I do.” At GU, Dr. Geiselman also supports the NAIA Men’s Wrestling team as its chiropractor. “I love working with athletes because they are highly motivated to get better, so they’re receptive to feedback and are always willing to do what it takes,” he said. One such student-athlete is Drew Sams, who has excelled both on the mat and in the classroom. Drew’s work studying nutritional deficiencies for adolescent wrestlers resulted in a published paper in the American Chiropractic Association (ACA) Council on Nutrition quarterly journal, Nutritional Perspectives. “Writing a scientific paper can be a daunting task, and it’s truly a labor of love,” LOGAN.EDU/GIVE

Dr. Geiselman said. “When Drew picked his topic of deficiencies in wrestling, it was personal to him, and he wanted it to be thorough.” The topic of nutrition is especially important to Dr. Geiselman, as he is the interim director for GU’s Master of Nutrition and Human Performance program and also serves as the director of membership for the ACA’s Council on Nutrition. “Nutrition is a field I believe everyone benefits from,” he said. “With each patient who comes in, you are put in a position that directly impacts their lives. Educating patients on nutrition is important because it allows you to empower them to make better decisions.” Dr. Geiselman fondly reflects on his time as a student at Logan and looks forward to returning each year for Symposium. “It’s really important to make connections while you’re in school,” he said. “I’m still in touch with classmates from Logan, and we go to each other when we have challenges. It can be so impactful to have a fellow alumni sounding board.” Earlier this summer, JASMINE T. AGNEW, MTS, MHIIM, RHIA, CRCR, CSBI, SSBBP, MCCT™, CAHIMS, a student in Logan’s Doctor of Health Professions Jasmine T. Agnew Education (DHPE) program, gave a presentation

titled “Aligned with Industry: Developing Competency-Based Curriculum Approaches with Real-World Relevance” at the American Health Information Management Association’s (AHIMA) virtual Assembly on Education (AOE) as well as at the Mississippi Health Information Management Association’s virtual convention. “This was the first time I spoke at a national conference like this, and I am so grateful for the opportunity,” Jasmine said. “My DHPE coursework and my professors at Logan really had an impact on the topic I chose and the research I did to complete this proposal.” For more than 20 years, Jasmine has worked in health information technology in a variety of roles. She decided to pursue her DHPE from Logan when she transitioned from the workforce into academia. “Just because you’re educated doesn’t mean you’re an effective educator,” Jasmine said. “I needed to learn skills to help me successfully teach students the information I already knew, so I looked for a program that would do just that. I loved Logan’s course objectives, and the DHPE program felt like a perfect fit for me.” Jasmine is currently the program chair for the health information management program at Western Governors University (WGU). “In my current role at WGU, I hear from a lot of employers who tell me recent college graduates often do not have the ‘soft skills’ needed to thrive in the workplace,” Jasmine said. “They know all the information they learned from their textbooks, but they struggle with skills like project management and decision-making. My presentation at the AOE focused on the importance of ensuring students are proficient in those soft skills before entering the workforce.” LOGAN UNIVERSITY • SUMMER 2021 5

L E A D ERS M AD E compliance. “As I told them and fully believe, not all superheroes wear capes … some wear scrubs!” This was the first year that Staff Council pivoted its event to be virtual to adhere to the latest restrictions. “These gifts, with messages of hope, resilience and appreciation, meant a great deal to team members at the front line of our hospital’s COVID-19 response and provided time for self-care during very busy and challenging days,” said Sharon Mertzlufft, vice president and executive director of network development, marketing and community affairs at St. Luke’s. “We are humbled by Logan’s Staff Council’s generosity and compassion as our respective organizations work each day to improve the health of our community.” Logan’s Staff Council typically meets once a month to connect and discuss ideas about how to improve staff life at Logan. For many members, the annual volunteering event provides a chance to escape from their everyday schedules and give back to the community. “Volunteering is an opportunity for me to take some time from a busy routine and help someone else. My dad served one tour in Vietnam with the Marines, so I could relate to the project for Operation Gratitude,” Senior Application Programmer Analyst Kristi Hill said. “I hope that whoever receives the cards will smile and know that someone at home in the U.S. is thinking of them and is grateful for their service to our country.” Other Staff Council members took on their own service projects that they planned from start to finish. For example, Professional Development Professional Development Coordinator Wendy LaBenne prepares her donation Coordinator Wendy for the St. Louis Area Food Bank.

LOGAN UNIVERSITY’S STAFF COUNCIL has a passion for bringing the university’s commitment of serving to light. Despite the challenges the pandemic posed this past academic year, the staff council carried on with its annual volunteering event. “Staff members were excited to be giving back to the community regardless of what it looked like,” Academic Success Coach Stacia Rosen said. “It speaks volumes to the kind of staff we have at Logan.” During the spring trimester break, 25 staff members participated in the 2021 Virtual Volunteering event, donating time to one of four causes: writing letters to current and past service members for Operation Gratitude, writing thank-you notes to the health care workers on the COVID-19 floor at St. Luke’s Hospital, working with Junior Achievement to create three-minute career videos with local students, or completing a DIY service project of the staff member’s choosing. “It was rewarding to send thank-you cards to the COVID-19 floor at St. Luke’s because, while they may be exhausted from enduring this hectic life for 18 months, they need to know their efforts have not gone unnoticed,” said Ashley Nickell, MEd, associate director of federal enrollment reporting & Title IV


Record Coordinator Brittany Bailey and her daughter created an assortment of “squishys,” similar to stress relief balls, for a nursing home, school and homeless shelter.

LaBenne collected nonperishable food items for a donation to the St. Louis Food Bank. “I hope through contributing to the St. Louis Food Bank that a family who is experiencing challenging financial times can feed their family. I love the St. Louis community, and this is one small way in which I can give back,” Wendy said. Brittany Bailey, record coordinator at Logan, worked on a DIY project with her daughter who loves arts and crafts. Together they created “squishys,” which work like stress relief balls. They donated several, along with sack lunches and care packages, to a nursing home, an elementary school and a homeless shelter. “Giving back means blessing others who are not as fortunate and appreciating the world around you,” Brittany said. “Giving back reflects love and compassion and is morally the right thing to do.”


Managing Pain: Chiropractic’s Increasingly Important Role in Veterans Affairs Services According to a 2018 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study, as many as 65 percent of American veterans and active duty service members suffer from chronic pain. Chiropractic care has been cited as an effective alternative to opioid use in pain management; over the last 15 years, Doctors of Chiropractic have become increasingly vital members of integrated care teams within Veterans Affairs (VA) facilities around the country. Since 2005, Logan University has been an academic affiliate of the VA St. Louis Health Care System (VASTLHCS), a fullservice health care facility serving veterans and their families in east central Missouri and southwestern Illinois. Logan’s relationship with the VA gives Logan clinicians and trimester 8-10 students the opportunity to serve those who have served our country. “At the VA, patients are typically referred to chiropractors for a narrow scope of issues: lower back pain, upper back issues, or neck, shoulder and knee pain. However, almost every patient comes with a complex set of comorbidities,” said Pam Wakefield, DC (’90), who provided chiropractic care to patients and oversaw Logan students through the VASTLHCS clinical rotation program for 15 years. In addition, in 2013 Dr. Wakefield applied for funding for a first-of-its-kind chiropractic residency program through the VA Office of Academic Affiliations, and in 2014 Logan became one of only four chiropractic schools in the country to begin residency training at the VA. Dr. Wakefield directed the program until July 2020; it is now overseen by Jason Napuli, DC, VASTLHCS integrated chiropractic clinical practice residency program director. The chiropractic team at VASTLHCS includes four staff chiropractors and a resident as well as several Logan student interns working under supervision. The team, led by Dr. Napuli, sees 400 new patients and more than 3,000 visits per year, and is LOGAN.EDU/GIVE

committed to helping veterans improve their quality of life. Chiropractic care is aligned under the VA’s Whole Health and Primary Care services. According to the VA, Whole Health is a cutting-edge approach to care that supports veterans’ health and well-being, while Primary Care gives eligible veterans easy Dr. Jason Napuli outside the VA St. Louis Health Care System office access to health care professionals familiar Dr. Napuli emphasizes the importance of with their needs. empowering veterans to improve their health “We focus on the whole body as part of and well-being. He also describes working the multidisciplinary Whole Health initiative, at the VA as the best job in the world, as it which encourages patients to engage in encompasses clinical care, education, training activities that matter most to them and to and research. take charge of their own health via the tools “Working each day supporting our we provide,” said Dr. Napuli. “Chiropractic veterans is our way to thank them,” he care is an important piece of the pie.” said. “While a competitive career path, it is Dr. Napuli joined the Whole Health a great opportunity for DCs. For every VA chiropractic team and residency faculty in chiropractic position, there are hundreds of 2018. At that time, he assumed primary qualified applicants.” responsibility for the student training Nationwide, more than 200 chiropractors program and in 2020 assumed the residency are employed in the VA, with more sites program director role. Previously, he worked coming on board each month. To date, in VA facilities in New York (2006-2014) Logan has placed all seven of its residents in and Florida (2014-2018), where he started VA positions across the country. VA facilities, programs and created academic affiliations however, are just one of many paths to for chiropractic student training programs. Continued on page 9 A veteran of the U.S. Air Force himself, LOGAN UNIVERSITY • SUMMER 2021 7


Dr. Napuli oversees a student intern adjusting a patient at the VA St. Louis Health Care System office. 8 SUMMER 2021 • LOGAN UNIVERSITY

MI S S I O N F O R WA R D Continued from page 7 success for VASTLHCS residents, as the one-year program trains DCs to work in the VA, other integrated hospital positions or even academia. The residency is funded through the VA Office of Academic Affiliations. The VA is the largest educator of health professional trainees in the United States, with more than 1,000 trainees per year in medicine, dentistry and allied health programs. “In addition to seeing patients, our residents rotate in various disciplines throughout the facility, including neurosurgery, orthopedic surgery, urgent care clinic, physical medicine and rehab, psychology and more,” said Dr. Napuli. “They also complete a research project and participate at Logan’s campus in the classroom and Health Centers.” Kevin Meyer, DC (’20), who completed his preceptorship in fall 2020 at the St. Clair County VA Clinic, said the experience was invaluable. “Working with veterans helped broaden my understanding of pain and how to treat patients with complex presentations. It also gave me great perspective on how chiropractic enhances the growing integrative system of health care,” he said. Dr. Meyer, along with Omar Al-Ryati, DC (’21), were among 10 individuals selected for the 2021-22 VA Chiropractic Integrated Clinical Practice Residency Program. Dr. Meyer matched with the Puget Sound Veterans Administration Medical Center, and Dr. Al-Ryati, who completed a clerkship as a student doctor at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Maryland, was matched with the Miami Veterans Administration Medical Center. “I always tell students: You have to stand out among the applicants,” said Dr. Napuli. “Set yourself up to have an edge by, first and foremost, being a leader on campus and your profession, taking advantage of opportunities to participate in research projects, and learning as much as you can about evidence-based care. Ultimately, to succeed in this role, you have to have a passion for selfless service: serving your profession, peers and community.”

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Congratulations to Dr. Pam Wakefield on Retirement Dr. Wakefield retired in June of 2021 after 23 years at Logan. Dr. Wakefield came to Logan in 1987 as a DC student; following graduation, she moved to her home state of New York, where she practiced chiropractic until returning to Logan in 1998 as a clinical instructor. She worked as a clinician at various locations, primarily the Montgomery Health Center and Bogey Hills Health Center, until 2012, then part-time on Saturdays rotating to five different outpatient clinics. In 2006, she began seeing patients as a part-time clinician at the Jefferson Barracks Division of the VASTLHCS while continuing her work at Logan Health Centers a few days per week. “It was a busy time, working at the VA and at Logan Health Centers while also teaching courses,” Dr. Wakefield said. Even with her busy schedule, she still found time to continue the VA clinical rotation program for Logan students. “When we first started the clinical rotation at the VA, we would have up to 10 students rotating per trimester. But over the years, the curriculum has changed, and there are now more online course offerings and more options for students,” she said. “Now we have two to four students on VA rotation, where we are privileged to work with this fantastic group of chiropractors who are transformative to the profession.” Dr. Wakefield reflects fondly on her years at Logan and her long-time experience caring for patients. “Logan gave me an opportunity to teach, which I always wanted to do,” she said. “All of the opportunities I have had—teaching online and in person, working at Logan Health Centers, my time caring for veterans and helping to create a residency program—have kept my career interesting and rewarding.” Thank you for your commitment to Logan, chiropractic, education and to your many patients over the years, Dr. Wakefield. Congratulations on your retirement! LOGAN UNIVERSITY • SUMMER 2021 9


DC Student Learns from First-Class Chiropractors Through Preceptorship Program Logan’s Preceptorship Program allows qualified Doctor of Chiropractic students in their 10th and final trimester to gain invaluable real-world experience in a clinical environment of their choice. For 15 weeks, students work alongside experienced chiropractic professionals in a variety of settings, helping them stand out in an increasingly competitive job market. Ahead of her graduation this summer, Shelby Hummel recently completed a preceptorship at Denver Sports Recovery, a state-ofthe-art rehabilitation center that offers cutting-edge equipment, facilities and services to everyone from elite professional athletes to “weekend warriors.” “At the beginning of my 8th trimester, I reached out to Dr. Ralph Filson looking for a preceptorship opportunity in the sports chiropractic field because that’s what I’m really passionate about,” Shelby said. “He put me in contact with Shawn Caldwell, DC, a

founding partner of Denver Sports Recovery and team chiropractor for the Colorado Rockies. I wasn’t really considering Colorado, since I’ve spent almost my whole life in St. Louis, but I loved the idea of being close to the mountains.” Dr. Caldwell invited Shelby to visit Denver Sports Recovery, and she quickly fell in love with the unique format of the multidisciplinary practice, as well as the state of Colorado. Upon beginning her preceptorship in January 2021, she was immediately immersed in treating a variety of patients and providing many forms of care. “I started Denver Sports Recovery with Dr. Marsha Prada because I saw firsthand the incredible facilities that professional athletes had access to through my work with the Rockies, the Denver Nuggets and the Denver Broncos,” said Dr. Caldwell. “People in Colorado work out like worldclass athletes, and I believe they deserve access to topnotch training facilities just like the pros.” Denver Sports Recovery offers services like sports massage, acupuncture, cupping, cryotherapy, infrared saunas and much more. The business model is similar to that of a gym membership, allowing clients to purchase single-use day passes or an unlimited monthly membership. Doctors at Denver Sports Recovery treat clients from every background imaginable, from UFC and Shelby Hummel (center) gains valuable experience working with Dr. Jessica Hilgedick Battocletti (left) and Dr. Rachel Loeb during her preceptorship at Clayton Chiropractic Center in St. Louis. 10 SUMMER 2021 • LOGAN UNIVERSITY


“The students I’ve worked with from Logan are incredible. They are excited to learn and are truly some of the best students I’ve met. We’re always looking for interns and preceptors, especially if they come from Logan.” – Dr. Shawn Caldwell

and reached out to see if I could intern for them.” Dr. McMahon appreciated Dr. Caldwell’s mission and philosophy and welcomed the opportunity to help grow Denver Sports Recovery from its early stages, as the facility was only a few months old at the time. Shortly after he started working alongside Dr. Caldwell, Dr. McMahon received the opportunity of a lifetime. “Dr. Caldwell had to take a step back from his work with the Rockies and Broncos due to undergoing a few surgeries, so he asked me to step in for him,” said Dr. McMahon. “I was honored that he trusted me to take his place, and I felt confident in my abilities because of everything I had learned from him.” Always eager to educate the next generation of chiropractors, Drs. Caldwell,

Prada and McMahon love hosting preceptors and interns from Logan. “Denver Sports Recovery is a great place for interns and preceptors to learn because of the wide variety of hands-on experiences they’ll have,” Dr. Caldwell said. “The students I’ve worked with from Logan are incredible. They are excited to learn and are truly some of the best students I’ve met. We’re always looking for interns and preceptors, especially if they come from Logan.” Shelby recently moved back to St. Louis to complete her final trimester in another preceptorship at Clayton Chiropractic Center with Rachel Loeb, DC (’10) and Jessica Hilgedick Battocletti, DC (’16), MS (’16). Omar Hernandez, a fellow trimester 10 student from Logan, is currently working with Drs. McMahon and Caldwell at Denver Sports Recovery.

MMA fighters, professional golfers and figure skaters, MLB and NFL athletes, to those who are active in their free time, and everyone in between. “Athletes are like another breed of human beings,” Shelby said. “Adjusting someone who has a ton of muscle is such a different experience and requires different techniques. It has definitely helped me hone my skills as an adjuster.” In addition to working with different types of clients, Shelby has especially enjoyed the oneon-one experiences learning from many doctors, including fellow Logan graduate Joe McMahon, DC (’14). “Sunshine and the mountains drew me to Colorado. After countless snowboarding and skiing trips, I decided to make the move after my graduation from Logan,” Dr. McMahon said. “As a former athlete, I knew I wanted to work in an athletic setting, so I did some research on the local professional teams to find out who their chiropractors were Dr. Joe McMahon (right) mentors trimester 10 DC student Omar Hernandez through his preceptorship at Denver Sports Recovery in Colorado. (Photo credit: Marvin - Marvelous Images Photography) LOGAN.EDU/GIVE



Master’s in Sports Science & Rehabilitation Levels Up with New Program Director, Degree Enhancements The Master of Science in Sports Science & Rehabilitation (MS-SSR) is undergoing a massive transformation. Not only is the program under new guidance, but it will also soon offer eight areas of concentration, or tracks, to better address student interests and goals.

MS-SSR Program Director Dr. Brittany Ramirez

“The graduates of this program are our future health care workers, so my goal is to provide them with the best opportunities to learn and expand their skill sets,” said Program Director Brittany Ramirez, DC (’15), MS (’18), LAT, ATC, CCSP®. Dr. Ramirez, herself a 2018 graduate of the program, took over as program director in November of 2020 and immediately got to work on her vision for it. “The benefit of having gone through this program as a 12 SUMMER 2021 • LOGAN UNIVERSITY

student first is that I know what I found helpful and what could be improved,” she said. “While the core courses are the same for everyone, I believe that adding these specific areas of concentration—such as sports chiropractic, sports nutrition, or wellness and fitness—will take the guesswork out of the process for students wanting to hone in on various areas of expertise for their elective courses.” In addition to the new concentrations, Dr. Ramirez is working with subject matter experts to develop 35 new courses, with the goal of expanding the opportunities for certifications as well as knowledge. For example, the Sports Emergency Care course and lab, open to all program students, have been updated and help prepare students for working on the sidelines of athletic games. The course and the lab bring practical knowledge in wound care, splinting, taping, spine boarding, and helmet removal and concussion assessment, among others. “We brought Brianna Kraft, a top athletic trainer, to advise us on how to revamp this course to maximize the information provided. It is a unique and useful course for all MS-SSR students,” said Dr. Ramirez. The MS-SSR program is online, with the exception of a lab and hands-on internship, which the student can complete locally. Growing up an athlete in North Carolina, Dr. Ramirez obtained a bachelor’s degree in athletic training from High Point University. Her plan was to continue her education as

Master of Science in Sports Science & Rehabilitation Degree Concentrations: • Sports Chiropractic • Sports Nutrition • Mental Performance • Performance Enhancement and Injury Prevention • Wellness Coaching • Golf Performance • Wellness and Fitness • Sports Science

a physician’s assistant, but that changed when she fell in love with the chiropractic profession while working in a chiropractor’s office. Following graduation from Logan in 2015, Dr. Ramirez went into private practice in Columbia, Missouri. In 2016, she took a position with the University of MissouriColumbia (Mizzou) Athletics as assistant athletic trainer. Just a few months later, she accepted a position with Logan University as the assistant director of human performance at Mizzou and concurrently began working on her MS-SSR degree online at Logan.


“The graduates of this program are our future health care workers, so my goal is to provide them with the best opportunities to learn and expand their skill sets.” – Dr. Brittany Ramirez Currently, she works part-time at her chiropractic practice, and she and her husband serve as team chiropractors for Mizzou Athletics. In fact, Dr. Ramirez is


the only female team chiropractor for an SEC football team. Her husband, Jose Ramirez, DC (’09), MS (’18), does most of the travel with the football team and is also a Logan graduate. The couple met before Dr. Jose Ramirez took a job at Mizzou and now live in Columbia with their 1-year-old daughter, Isabela. As evidence of her passion for sports medicine education, Dr. Ramirez has been selected to serve as a peer reviewer for the Council on Accreditation of Strength and Conditioning Education (CASCE). In this position, which holds a 3-year term, Dr. Ramirez will harness her expertise and experience to review strength and conditioning education programs as a part of their applications for accreditation. Additionally, she recently participated in the exclusive NCAA Women Leaders in

College Sports Institute for Administrative Advancement program, a premier leadership development program for women in intercollegiate athletics administration. Each year, only 75-80 women are invited to participate, and while this year’s event was virtual, the personal and professional development was unparalleled. “The three and a half days we spent learning from women who have excelled in the field of athletics administration was invaluable,” said Dr. Ramirez. “The presentations consisted of resources and insights to help us excel and progress our careers within collegiate athletics, and I was able to connect with women from all over the country in multiple roles.” Continued on page 14


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New Master of Science in Strength & Conditioning Coming Summer 2022 High-performing athletes deserve the most qualified, well-rounded athletic performance coaches. As such, Logan’s one-year, online Master of Science in Strength & Conditioning program will feature a science-based, evidence-informed curriculum and prepare graduates to sit for the Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist exam—the gold standard for athletic performance. To develop the program and courses, Dr. Ramirez is working alongside industry-leading coaches in athletic performance, including: PAT IVEY, PHD, RCCC, CSCS, MSCC is creating the Program Organization, Administration and Oversight course, which will be tailored for those in the athletic performance field to learn principles of facility layout and design, policies, procedures, emergency planning and assessment of athletes and staff. With more than 20 years of experience in athletic Dr. Pat Ivey performance, Dr. Ivey is the associate athletic director for student athlete health and performance at the University of Louisville. Previously, he has worked at Arkansas State University and Mizzou, where he also played football and ran track. After graduation, he played in the NFL with the Detroit Lions, San Diego Chargers, Denver Broncos and Green Bay Packers. He is a member of the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) and an accomplished speaker on sports performance. SCOTT BIRD, CSCS, RSCC*E is creating the program’s internship and field experience courses, which offer hands-on opportunities to immerse students in an athletic performance setting such as in private gyms or high school, collegiate and professional athletics. Scott has more than 30 years of experience implementing strength and conditioning programs for multiple Scott Bird sports and has participated in 22 championship and bowl experiences. He has worked at Mizzou, Kansas State University, University of Houston, Texas Tech University and The Ohio State University, among others, and is an NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, Registered Strength and Conditioning Coach, and a Mental Performance Mastery Certified Coach. BRYAN MANN, PHD, CSCS*D, RSCC*D, TSAC-F, SCCC will serve as a subject matter expert for Logan University, sharing insight and expertise into various aspects of strength and conditioning including velocitybased training. Dr. Mann has experience working with many different sports teams and currently serves an assistant professor of kinesiology & sport sciences at the University of Miami. 14 SUMMER 2021 • LOGAN UNIVERSITY

Dr. Bryan Mann

With multiple degree concentrations available, Logan’s Master of Science in Sports Science & Rehabilitation program is essential for preparing the most qualified professionals committed to recovery and performance.


Former Logan Alumni Association Endows Funds for Faculty Success, Student Scholarship Logan University’s former alumni association has endowed the university with two generous funds: one to promote faculty success in the classroom and the other for students by establishing the Logan College of Chiropractic Alumni Association Endowment. Each endowment is a funding will be awarded gift of $115,560.77, totaling to areas of greatest $231,121.54 in endowment impact to the chiropractic funds from the Association. program. Faculty can Sean Casey, DC (‘93), propose new ideas Jason Sthrotheide, DC (‘93) and additional training and Alan Epstein, DC (‘93), for consideration. To past members of the Logan request funding, faculty College of Chiropractic can submit a one-page Alumni Board of Directors, narrative to the university helped coordinate the explaining how certain endowment on behalf of the equipment or experiences former association. Annual will impact them as donations made by the educators and improve Logan chiropractic alumni at the learning experience for From left: Dr. Clay McDonald, Dr. Sean Casey and Dr. Ralph Barrale large funded the endowment their students. to support both the facility In addition to the and students so they could have the best educational faculty fund, the Endowed Scholarship will provide experience possible. funds for eligible chiropractic students—demonstrating The Endowed Fund for Faculty Success will allow academic excellence and a commitment to the chiropractic faculty to submit requests to the University for educational profession—to further their education. materials and equipment or professional development “This generous gift solidifies the former alumni opportunities above and beyond what they receive in association’s dedication to the future success of the college their budget. and allows the association name to live in perpetuity,” said “In the past, it has included anything from microscopes Logan President Clay McDonald, DC (’82), JD, MBA. “I’d to spinal screening units or other equipment that isn’t like to extend a sincere thank you to the alumni association always in the college’s budget but would be a great asset board, Dr. Casey and Dr. Ralph Barrale for coordinating this for chiropractic students,” Dr. Casey said. “This endowment important gift to the university.” is a different mechanism to get funds to faculty and Faculty and students can begin applying for funds in students in need.” December 2021, and the first awards will be announced in Consistent with the past practices of the association, spring 2022.




Dr. Chris Williams, Team Chiropractor for Tampa Bay Buccaneers & Tampa Bay Rays Back in the mid-90s when Chris Williams, DC (’98) was still a student at Logan, he wrote down three goals: 1. Open two chiropractic offices. 2. Work with a professional sports team. 3. Retire by age 50. Dr. Williams proudly accomplished those goals at the end of 2020. But 2021 would bring one more life experience that Dr. Williams never could have imagined: being a part of the team that won the Super Bowl. Leading up to that, he recalls a single moment during halftime at the Buccaneers vs. Giants Monday night game on November 2, 2020. “It was super cold and we weren’t playing that well. Tom Brady gave a powerful speech. Then, he gave everyone the nod, like ‘let’s do this.’ I knew then something special was going to happen.” After that, the rest was history. Dr. Williams said there are no words for what it was like to experience the Super Bowl—the excitement, the energy and of

course the victory. “Being able to hear and see all that goes on from the sideline and in the locker room is amazing,” he said. Looking back though, Dr. Williams said chiropractic wasn’t a calling at a young age, nor was it on his horizon as a career path. After graduating from Illinois State University in 1993 with a double major in finance and business, Dr. Williams took a job at a bank. Feeling unfulfilled, he called on his friend Dan Wiegand, DC (’98), who also was reconsidering his career path in business. “I was intrigued by doing something medical with sports, and so was Dan,” he said. “We talked about chiropractic school and drove down to Logan on a Friday. By Saturday night, we had both signed student loan papers and an apartment lease.” Chiropractic school, Dr. Williams admits, was not easy. He recalls sweating at night studying for board exams and balancing coursework with a job at the gym to help pay his tuition. “It was hard,” he said, “but I kept my focus.” He credits that determination to Logan professors Drs. Ralph Filson, Dr. Chris Williams on the sidelines with Tampa Bay Buccaneers Quarterback Ralph Barrale and Tom Brady Mike Wittmer,


among several others. “Dr. Filson was my mentor ... the one who I really bonded with, who provided me with the confidence I have and made sure I understood what I was learning from a technique standpoint,” Dr. Williams said. As a student, he looked up to them, and now, as a seasoned chiropractor, he sees what an influence they had on his own career. “These guys were first class all the way. They were well spoken, successful, had private practices and they had a plan,” he said. At that point, with his own goals in place, Dr. Williams looked at everything as an opportunity to gain experience, whether it was meeting up with classmates in a friend’s apartment to practice techniques or writing more than 30 letters to Logan graduates, asking if he could shadow them during his trimester breaks. The hard work paid off. “I really got to see what goes on in practice and get a hands-on look at chiropractic in action,” he said. While at Logan, he joined Pi Kappa Chi fraternity, where he learned more about chiropractic technique and adjustments. During this time, he became close friends with two classmates—Charles “Chuck” Clark, DC (’98) and Dustin Kollar, DC (’98). Today, Dr. Clark is team chiropractor for the Arizona Coyotes hockey team and Arizona Diamondbacks baseball team, while Dr. Kollar is team chiropractor for the Hillsboro Hops, the minor league affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks. “It’s very cool to see my buddies’ success,” Dr. Williams said. After graduating from Logan, Dr. Williams worked at a practice for several years near Charlotte, North Carolina, with the ultimate

A L U MN I F E A TU R E goal of working with athletes. He met his wife, who was a nurse, and after getting married, they moved to Tampa to be closer to her family. “I remember opening my practice in January 2005,” he said. “The first day, not one patient. Then I got a few walk-ins. And in November of that same year, I opened my second practice.” Before too long, his practices took off, and he had two doctors of chiropractic and three massage therapists on staff. In 2013, Dr. Williams received a call from the Tampa Bay Rays of Major League Baseball—they were looking for a team chiropractor. He accepted the position and still today treats some of the most elite baseball players in the country. Dr. Williams said he feels lucky to be associated with the team, and as a member of the Professional Baseball Chiropractic Society, he frequently collaborates with chiropractors for other MLB teams, many of whom are also Logan graduates. In 2015, several football players for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers started coming by Dr. Williams’ practices, and it wasn’t long before he was asked to serve as team chiropractor. But with two practices, a wife,

two kids and his commitment to the Tampa Bay Rays, Dr. Williams passed at the opportunity. Three years later the timing was right, and in 2018 Dr. Williams joined the Buccaneers. During the season, his job is to provide chiropractic care to athletes for three hours before games, during the game on the sidelines and in the locker room, and at halftime. Dr. Williams admits he’s a “baseball guy” but loves the Dr. Chris Williams (center) with fellow Logan graduates and opportunity to serve as the professional sports team chiropractors Dr. Chuck Clark (left) and team chiropractor for football and Dr. Dustin Kollar especially likes the diversity in how he treats players. “They’re all using educate patients and athletes on recovery the same muscles, but in baseball, and rehabilitation, proper posture, wellness, players are running in a circle and throwing nutrition and sleep. with the same arm, so we see a lot of That philosophy will be maintained by Tan overuse syndromes,” he said. “In football, Tran, DC, who purchased Dr. Williams’ two we’re seeing guys jump, drive and endure practices in October 2020. While Dr. Williams violent impacts and collisions. It’s less about retired from seeing those patients on a overuse and more about abrupt soft tissue regular basis, he remains committed to the musculoskeletal injuries, severe at times.” Rays and Buccaneers, and at the same time For these athletes, like others, it takes a is enjoying the ability to slow down and team of health care providers to keep them spend time with his wife and family. in top shape. Dr. Williams works alongside “After nearly 22 years of practicing medical physicians chiropractic, you have to be careful with and athletic trainers your body,” he said. “I enjoy getting out who all provide a to golf, hanging out with my kids and my different range of parents, who just moved next door, and care and expertise. getting involved with my church as well as “As a chiropractor, volunteer work. Being able to spend more I stay in my lane. I time with my wife is awesome.” adjust, and when I As for the next chapter of his life and see issues outside reaching goals, Dr. Williams looks toward my scope, I go to staying active and perhaps passing his the head trainer knowledge on to the next generation and tell him what of chiropractors. I found. He is the “To Logan grads, stay humble,” he said. gatekeeper, and “You can’t do everything perfect. But do we collaborate to the best you can and be honest with people determine the best with respect to what they may expect. If course of action.” you are truly willing to put in the work, Dr. Williams sees you will have obstacles, but keep focused the value in whole Dr. Chris Williams (second from left) with his wife, Jen (second from right); son, and grounded.” body health and Brady (left); and daughter, Brooke supporting the Tampa Bay Rays at an away game Dr. Williams may be reached at how chiropractic in Texas drchristopherwilliams@msn.com. paves the road to LOGAN.EDU/GIVE


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Advancing Chiropractic in Today’s Health Care On campus and at the Hilton St. Louis at the Ballpark

September 16-19, 2021 Logan University is eager to welcome alumni, faculty, staff and hundreds of leaders in chiropractic and health care back to Symposium this fall. Join us for 24 hours of continuing education featuring experts and thought leaders in their professions, exhibitors, social and networking events, and an address from Logan President Clay McDonald, DC (’82), MBA, JD. 18 SUMMER 2021 • LOGAN UNIVERSITY

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Registration opens 1 – 1:50 p.m.

Leading the Way Into 2021 with EvidenceInformed Myofascial Therapy

Sponsored by Active Release Techniques® Michael Leahy, DC Jason Pajaczkowski, CSCS, CPT, DC, FRCCSS(C), FCCPOR(C), DACRB®, ART®, D. Ac, FMS, SFMA, PRI, IT Dr. Leahy is founder of ART® and the Elite Provider Network. Dr. Pajaczkowski is an Active Release Techniques® (ART®) instructor and Fellow of the College of Chiropractic Sports Sciences. In this session, Drs.Pajaczkowski and Leahy will lead a fast-paced review of the current literature related to the role of fascial tissue and how it interacts with muscles, nerves and other tissues. They will address the overall effect it has on a patient’s health and well-being and provide a demonstration. 2 – 2:50 p.m.

The Cervical Spine

Sponsored by Logan University Michael Wittmer, DC (‘80) Dr. Wittmer maintained a private practice for 30 years and has been serving on the faculty of Logan since 1984. In this session, Dr. Wittmer will present on the anatomy and biomechanics of the cervical spine, diagnosis and assessment of various conditions, and adjusting concepts, including manual and vertebral contacts. 3 – 3:50 p.m.

Utilizing an HVLA Technique in the Lumbar Spine for Multiple Pain Generators

Sponsored by Logan University Anthony Miller, DC (‘99) Dr. Miller is an associate professor at Logan University and chiropractic physician at Esquire Sports Medicine & Rehabilitation in St. Louis. Dr. Miller will discuss lumbar anatomy, pain generators in the lower back, and challenges using the HVLA technique to address pain. He will also demonstrate the HVLA technique. 4 – 4:50 p.m.

Review of Up-to-Date Science-Based Studies Related to Structural Problems, Loss of Range of Motion and Pain Sponsored by Food Enzyme Institute Dennis Frerking, DC, FIACA Dr. Frerking serves as director of clinical sciences for the Food Enzyme Institute™ and has been a Logan University postgraduate faculty member since June 2019. Dr. Frerking will present up-to-date, science-based studies 20 SUMMER 2021 • LOGAN UNIVERSITY

about musculoskeletal problems to provide a common-sense approach to decrease pain, increase motion and live a more vibrant life.

ness and focus on the most commonly seen conditions within this patient population along with treatment options and educational strategies.

5 – 7 p.m.

11 – 11:50 a.m.

Purser Center Social Event

Microbiome in Gut Health: Target Prebiotic and Probiotics

Sponsored by Loomis Enzymes Join us for a cocktail reception and networking event in the William D. Purser Center at Logan.

FRIDAY, SEPT. 17 Hilton St. Louis at the Ballpark 7:30 – 8:20 a.m.

Unification: A Call for Collaboration/EPIC – Our Greatest Global Opportunity

Sponsored by Logan University Clay McDonald, DC (’82), MBA, JD Richard Brown, DC, LLM, FRCC, FBCA, FEAC, FAECC Dr. McDonald serves as president of Logan University, a role he assumed in March 2013. In 2018, Dr. McDonald was named Educator of the Year by the Missouri Chiropractic Physician’s Association. Dr. Brown is the secretary-general of the World Federation of Chiropractic (WFC) and is responsible for strategic policy development. In this session, Drs. McDonald and Brown will discuss how every chiropractor can integrate the WFC’s global principles to advance chiropractic through evidence-based, people-centered, interprofessional and collaborative care. 8:30 – 9:20 a.m.

Technique: How We Adapted for the Future: To be a Success You Must Have the Following: Great Content, Repetition and Accountability

Sponsored by Standard Process Weston Bussler, PhD Dr. Bussler is part of the research and development team at Standard Process as a nutrition scientist. His work involves translating novel research insights and natural product innovations into successful products and educational material for health care practitioners to support health and wellness. In the first hour, Dr. Bussler will provide an overview of the lower gastrointestinal (GI) tract, including common GI issues and gut permeability and its connection to the microbiome and whole-body health. 12 – 1:30 p.m.

Logan University Awards & Scholarship Luncheon (Invitation only) 1:30 – 2:20 p.m.

Microbiome in Gut Health: Target Prebiotic and Probiotics

Sponsored by Standard Process Weston Bussler, PhD In the second hour, Dr. Bussler will explore lifestyle influences on the GI microbiome, roles biotics play in supporting health, different types of pro- and prebiotics, and strategies for combining various microbiome-modifying substances. 2:30 – 3:20 p.m.

The Future of Cybersecurity: Emergency Responses and How to Prevent Attacks

Sponsored by Activator Methods Arlan Fuhr, DC (’61) Dr. Fuhr is founder and chairman of Activator Methods International and co-inventor of the Activator Adjusting Instrument and Activator Method Chiropractic Technique. He will review the three keys to performing the Activator Method, introduce the Activator Methods International virtual training platform and share recent clinical research trials.

Sponsored by Dr. Ty the Compliance Guy Ty Talcott, DC (’78), CHPSE Dr. Talcott is a certified HIPAA privacy and security expert and has consulted thousands of health care practices relative to business development and protection. In this session, Dr. Talcott will present a case study and address how to handle a cyberattack and prevent ransomware attacks.

9:20 – 10 a.m.

40-minute break

40-minute break 10 – 10:50 a.m.

Adolescent Health: A Focus on Care

Sponsored by Logan University Kristina Petrocco-Napuli, DC, MS, FICC, FACC Dr. Petrocco-Napuli serves as assistant dean of Logan’s College of Chiropractic and president of the American Chiropractic Association’s Council on Women’s Health. In this session, Dr. Petrocco- Napuli will address the importance of educating families and young women on well-

3:20 – 4 p.m. 4 – 4:50 p.m.

Chiropractic Care and the Pregnant Mom

Sponsored by Logan University Tiffany Daniels, DC, MCS-P Dr. Daniels owns and operates Chiropractic Care of Lexington. She is a member of the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association and is certified in the Webster Technique. She will discuss the importance of chiropractic care during pregnancy, adjustments for pregnant women, and tools to educate obstetricians

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Healthy Solutions for Your Chiropractic Patients that Suffer from E.P.P. (Excessive Pandemic Pounds)

Sponsored by ChiroThin, LLC Chris Colgin, DC Dr. Colgin’s chiropractic practice, iChoose Wellness Center in San Mateo, California, focuses on offering patients all-natural, supervised weight loss programs, lifestyle modifications, leaky gut solutions and science-based nutrition. In this session, Dr. Colgin will examine why adult obesity is increasing as well as how chiropractors can integrate nutrition into their practices to better assist patients.

Christine Goertz, DC, PhD (Dr. Beatrice B. Hagen Award winner) Dr. Goertz is a professor in musculoskeletal research at the Duke Clinical Research Institute and director of system development and coordination for Spine Health in the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at Duke University. She is also the chief executive officer of the Spine Institute for Quality. Dr. Goertz will address the role of the Doctor of Chiropractic as primary spine practitioner and the current evidence base for chiropractic care. 11 – 11:50 a.m.

President’s Roundtable Discussion: The Future of Chiropractic

Hilton St. Louis at the Ballpark

Sponsored by Logan University Clay McDonald, DC (’82), MBA, JD Ron Oberstein, DC John Scaringe, DC, EdD Dr. McDonald, president of Logan University; Dr. Oberstein, president of Life West; and Dr. Scaringe, president of Southern California University of Health Sciences, join to discuss the future of the chiropractic profession and obstacles they see in educating the next generation of Doctors of Chiropractic.

7:30 – 8:20 a.m.

12 – 1:30 p.m.

6 – 8 p.m.

Mix & Mingle Reception

Sponsored by ChiroThin, LLC

SATURDAY, SEPT. 18 How to Become More ESSENTIAL in the Health Care Space

Sponsored by Dr. Fab’s Private Label Nutrition Fab Mancini, DC World-renowned chiropractor with more than 30 years of experience, Dr. Mancini is an internationally acclaimed educator, business leader, speaker, consultant and president emeritus of Parker University. In this session, Dr. Mancini will share how chiropractors have a unique opportunity to reposition themselves as essential health care providers in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. 8:30 – 9:20 a.m.

Relevant Rehab: Lumbar Spine Exercises Choosing Extension vs. Flexion vs. Neutral Spine

Sponsored by Performance Health Donald DeFabio, DC Dr. DeFabio is a 1984 graduate of New York Chiropractic College and currently serves as chief of chiropractic services at DeFabio Spine and Sports Rehab in Berkeley Heights, New Jersey. Dr. DeFabio will review the biomechanics of the lumbar spine and disc load, the use and indications of flexion, extension and neutral spine exercise, and exercise principles and progressions for rehab of the lumbar spine in flexion, extension and neutral spine. 9:20 – 10 a.m.

40-minute break 10 – 10:50 a.m.

American College of Physicians GUIDELINE ON LOW BACK PAIN – Why, What and Who Sponsored by Logan University LOGAN.EDU/GIVE

Lunch - Enjoy on your own! 1:30 – 2:20 p.m.

Feet and Ankles: What Your Patients Don’t Realize and How You Can Help

Sponsored by Foot Levelers, Inc. Kevin Wong, DC Through his practice, Orinda Chiropractic & Laser Center, Dr. Wong has provided chiropractic care to the Lamorinda, Berkeley, Walnut Creek and many other East San Francisco Bay Area communities for more than 24 years. In this session, Dr. Wong will demonstrate how to analyze a patient’s feet and ankles, treat them, and assist with home and lifestyle care. 2:30 – 3:20 p.m.

Hospital-Based Chiropractic Practice: Is it Right for You?

Sponsored by Logan University David Vincent, DC (’91) Dr. Vincent is the Buoncore family endowed director of chiropractic medicine at University Hospitals Connor Integrative Health Network in Cleveland, Ohio. In this session, Dr. Vincent will introduce the typical hospital-based practice models available to chiropractic physicians and discuss the pros and cons of practicing in a hospital-based environment. 3:20 – 4 p.m.

40-minute break

4 – 4:50 p.m.

Logan University & Mizzou Athletics – Advancement in Chiropractic Care

Sponsored by Logan University Brittany Ramirez, DC (’15), MS (’18), LAT, ATC, CCSP® Dr. Ramirez is the program director for Logan’s Master of Science in Sports Science & Rehabilitation, a team chiropractor for the University of Missouri-Columbia (Mizzou) Athletics and the owner of Columbia Chiropractic Group. She will provide an overview of the partnership between Logan and Mizzou Athletics as well as discuss advancements of chiropractic care within the interdisciplinary sports medicine team, statistics and treatment outcomes. 5 – 5:50 p.m.

Clinical Biomechanics of Spinal Disorders

Sponsored by NCMIC Bryan Bond, DC, MS, PhD Dr. Bond is a professor and co-director of research in the Department of Physical Therapy at the University of Saint Mary. He will examine anatomy and biomechanics and therapeutic exercises for low back pain. 7 p.m.

Benefactor Appreciation Dinner (Invitation only) Hosted by Dr. & Mrs. Clay McDonald and the Logan University Board of Trustees

SUNDAY, SEPT. 19 Hilton St. Louis at the Ballpark 7:30 – 9:20 a.m.

Sexual Harassment, Abuse and Cultural Diversity Awareness

Sponsored by NCMIC Mario Fucinari, DC, CCSP®, APMP, CPCO, MCS-P Dr. Fucinari is a member of the Carrier Advisory Committee for Medicare, a Certified Professional Compliance Officer (CPCO), Certified Medical Compliance Specialist (MCSP), and a Certified Chiropractic Sports Physician (CCSP®). Dr. Fucinari will discuss risk factors pertaining to sexual harassment and diversity and the reporting process of sexual harassment. He will also lead participants in the development of policies and procedures. 9:30 – 11:20 a.m.

Prevention of Medical Errors Amidst a Pandemic

Sponsored by NCMIC Mario Fucinari, DC, CCSP®, APMP, CPCO, MCS-P In this two-hour session, Dr. Fucinari will present an overview of potential medical errors, factors contributing to the occurrence of these errors, and steps to prevent errors in the chiropractic practice amidst a pandemic. LOGAN UNIVERSITY • SUMMER 2021 21

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Christine Goertz, DC, PhD 2021 Dr. Beatrice B. Hagen Award Winner A chance meeting with a fellow student at the University of Minnesota put Christine Goertz, DC, PhD on the chiropractic path. “The more my chemistry lab partner talked about chiropractic, the more I was intrigued,” she said. “I was really excited by the whole-person approach that chiropractic represents.” Today, Dr. Goertz is a professor in musculoskeletal research at the Duke Clinical Research Institute, director of system development and coordination for spine health in the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at Duke and CEO of the Spine Institute for Quality (Spine IQ). She is also the 2021 recipient of the Dr. Beatrice B. Hagen Award, which will be presented during this year’s Symposium where Dr. Goertz will speak about the role of Doctors of Chiropractic as primary spine practitioners and the current evidence base for chiropractic care. Six years ago, Dr. Goertz founded Spine IQ with the goal of defining quality, demonstrating value and building trust among those concerned with spine care. She said it all started when someone from Sen. Tom Harkin’s (Iowa) office stumped her when they called to ask how to find a “good chiropractor” in Alexandria, Virginia. “I started to think about what it would mean to both chiropractic physicians and patients if we could use data instead of personal opinion to answer that question,” Dr. Goertz said. Dr. Goertz believes that for patients to make an informed choice about which of the many options for spine care is best for them, they need to have access to tools and knowledge.


Spine IQ (www.SpineIQ.org), she said, is committed to providing both. For example, Spine IQ BACKfacks increases knowledge about best spine practices, and the organization’s searchable map provides access to thousands of chiropractic practices across the country that meet certain quality criteria. In addition, the weekly BackBlog helps DCs keep up with the latest research, while SpineIQ’s patient satisfaction data collection program can be used to improve care, prevent malpractice claims and ethically market chiropractic practice while also contributing to chiropractic research efforts. “There’s never been a better time to be a DC,” she said. “Changes in health care delivery represent tremendous opportunities for the profession as well as the patients we serve. The high

prevalence of spine-related disorders combined with the risk/benefit profile of many conventional treatments has many patients, payers, clinicians and employers searching for other options. However, there are several barriers that stand in the way of full integration of chiropractic care.” Dr. Goertz said those barriers include individuals who do not have chiropractic on their radar screen and inconsistencies with the quality of care among chiropractic physicians. As chiropractors, she said, we need to do a better job of making sure we are familiar with the evidence for chiropractic and share that knowledge with both patients and other health care providers. “We need to be straightforward about what we know and don’t know,” Dr. Goertz said. “In addition, we need to consider what it takes to be a part of an integrated health care team. Patients appreciate it when their clinicians—MDs and DCs—work together to help them achieve the best possible outcomes.”

“There’s never been a better time to be a DC. Changes in health care delivery represent tremendous opportunities for the profession as well as the patients we serve.” –Dr. Christine Goertz

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Research Advances Understanding of Brain’s Processing of Chronic Pain Norman Kettner, DC (‘80), DACBR, FICC, dean of research and professor emeritus in the Department of Radiology, contributed to the study that found Dr. Norman Kettner manual therapy (MT) both reduces chronic low back pain (cLBP) and modulates activity in cognitive, affective and sensorimotor areas of the brain that are important for the processing of pain. The study, “Increased Salience Network Connectivity Following Manual Therapy is Associated with Reduced Pain in Chronic Low Back Pain Patients,” was published in the Journal of Pain in December 2020. It was part of a collaboration between Logan University, Athinoula A. Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging, Oslo University Hospital, Melrose Family Chiropractic & Sports Injury Centre, Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School. “This paper is the most impactful and clinically relevant of my career, as it provides a new perspective for the underlying neurological mechanism of spinal manipulation in chronic low back pain,” Dr. Kettner said. While cLBP has been associated with changes in brain plasticity, and non-pharmacological therapies like MT have shown promise for relieving cLBP, Dr. Kettner and the research team recognized the need for additional neuroimaging studies to understand the central mechanisms supporting MT. To investigate the effect of MT on resting-state salience network (SLN) connectivity and its potential association with changes in clinical 24 SUMMER 2021 • LOGAN UNIVERSITY

pain, the team used functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to scan study participants before and immediately after two MT techniques: spinal manipulation and spinal mobilization. In addition to reducing cLBP through both manipulation and mobilization, the researchers observed MT significantly increased SLN connectivity to the thalamus and primary motor cortex. “This study provides incontrovertible proof of the relationship between the brain and chronic pain as well as MT’s ability to alter the function of the brain in cLBP patients,” Dr. Kettner said. This research builds upon findings from a 2018 study, “Brain Mechanisms of Anticipated Painful Movements and Their Modulation by Manual Therapy in Chronic Low Back Pain,” that Dr. Kettner contributed to that was also published in the Journal of Pain. The first fMRI study to examine mobilization versus manipulation in cLBP patients, it explored the link between fear and chronic pain. Its results suggest MT may reduce cognitive and affective-motivational aspects of fear-avoidance behavior along with corresponding brain processes. “Many clinicians tend to neglect the influence of the brain by only examining the joint where patients say they are experiencing pain,” Dr. Kettner said. “Together, these studies show psychosocial influences have as much or more impact on chronic pain as biological ones, indicating a biopsychosocial model must be integrated into patient care for chronic pain and any persistent disorder.” Dr. Kettner also noted both studies have important implications for the opioid epidemic in the United States. From 1999 to 2019, nearly 500,000 people died from overdoses involving opioids, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “There are so many reasons to develop nonpharmacological pathways such as manual therapy for patient pain

“Together, these studies show psychosocial influences have as much or more impact on chronic pain as biological ones, indicating a biopsychosocial model must be integrated into patient care for chronic pain and any persistent disorder.” – Dr. Norman Kettner management,” Dr. Kettner said. While there is a wealth of evidence that chronic pain alters brain structure and function, Dr. Kettner believes there is still a dearth of neuroimaging research to support the potential underlying central mechanisms of MT for cLBP. “We still don’t understand exactly how mobilization and manipulation specifically alter brain activity,” Dr. Kettner said. “We only know that they do and where the brain activity occurs. We have many new directions to explore.” Scan the QR codes below to read the 2020 study (left) and the 2018 study (right).


Retaining and Graduating Minority Students in Chiropractic Colleges By 2050, it is predicted that racial minorities will account for more than half of the U.S. population, according to the United States Census Bureau. However, the chiropractic profession is not representative of the national population regarding sex and race—92 percent of chiropractors are white males, and only approximately 25 percent of chiropractors are females, although 60 percent of the patients chiropractors serve are females. Since the topic of retaining and graduating diverse students is a current concern that will affect the future of education in chiropractic colleges, Natacha Douglas, MBA, vice president of admissions and financial aid and a student in Logan’s Doctorate of Health Professions Education (DHPE) program, said the need for more diverse chiropractors is clear. She is conducting research to help increase retention of diverse chiropractic students because she believes the only way to have more diverse chiropractors is to not only

recruit them to chiropractic colleges but also to graduate them. Currently, among chiropractic students there is an overwhelming discrepancy between white students (about 90 percent) and the diverse student population (about 10 percent) despite recruitment efforts by educational institutions to increase diversity in student admissions. Natacha believed that research was needed to validate the lack of diversity within the chiropractic profession as well as the major role educational institutions play in developing a more diverse health care workforce through recruitment, retention, curriculum development and campus environment. “By using best practices, chiropractic college administrators will be able to better implement strategies designed to support a diverse student body to successfully complete a Doctor of Chiropractic degree,” Natacha said. To do so, she examined support systems at 14 chiropractic colleges in the U.S. to determine how effectively they increased retention DESIGNATED to graduate EMPLOYEE more diverse FOR DIVERSITY OFFICE OF students. In her INITIATIVES DIVERSITY AND TARGETED INCLUSION assessment, only RECRUITMENT nine chiropractic colleges had strategies in place ALUMNI MENTOR WAYS TO to retain diverse PARTNERSHIP students, which RETAIN MULTICULTURAL included campus CLUBS DIVERSE diversity and STUDENTS inclusion councils, ACADEMIC multicultural SUPPORT club support PROGRAM DIVERSE and targeted CURRICULUM recruitment. INCLUSIVE DIVERSITY Other strategies CAMPUS SCHOLARSHIP ENVIRONMENT PROGRAMS that were highly rated included a designated


employee to work on diversity initiatives as well as alumni mentor partnerships, academic support programs and diversity scholarship Natacha Douglas programs. As both a student and a staff member, Natacha understands that educational institutions play a major role in promoting, recruiting and cultivating diverse chiropractors. Her research shines a light on the need for diversity in the classroom to improve learning outcomes for all students. She said more diversity in faculty, curriculum, cultures and opinions enriches the institution and its students. By the time a student graduates, Natacha maintains they should already have experience interacting with peers from different cultures and ethnicities as a part of their education. “It’s not just about graduating diverse students,” Natacha said. “It’s about everyone benefiting from seeing diverse classmates to prepare for populations in the real world.” Natacha believes most colleges are not fully aware of these issues. She hopes to share her research findings with the colleges that participated in the study so they can improve their recruitment and retention of diverse students. “I hope my research pushes institutions to play a bigger role in implementing strategies to further increase the diversity of the profession,” Natacha said. “We have to start somewhere by getting diverse students interested, keeping them engaged and giving them the resources to succeed as a student and as a chiropractor.” LOGAN UNIVERSITY • SUMMER 2021 25


Dr. Elise Hewitt Named Program Director for Chiropractic Pediatric Master’s Degree In April 2021, Logan welcomed Elise Hewitt, DC, DICCP, FICC as founding program director for the university’s new master’s degree program in chiropractic pediatrics. After earning her bachelor’s degree from University of Colorado and graduating summa cum laude from Western States Chiropractic College—now University of Western States (UWS)— Dr. Hewitt and her husband, Randy Hewitt, DC, CCSP, CSCS opened Portland Chiropractic Group in Portland, Oregon, in 1989. To establish her practice, she provided chiropractic care to patients of all ages wherever and whenever they needed it, but she quickly developed an interest in treating children. “Moms would call on weekends because their kids needed me, and to my surprise, I was actually excited to drop everything to help them,” Dr. Hewitt said. “That was when I recognized my passion for helping children and decided to dedicate my career to chiropractic pediatrics.” To advocate for and advance chiropractic care for children, Dr. Hewitt became a founding member of both the Pediatrics Council, of the International Chiropractors Association (ICA) and the American Chiropractic Association’s (ACA) Pediatrics Council, where she served as president for 10 years. A member of the NCMIC Speakers Bureau and adjunct faculty member at UWS, she currently teaches chiropractic pediatrics to students and health care professionals around the world. Dr. Hewitt is also on the editorial board for the Journal of Chiropractic Medicine, is a peer reviewer for several science journals, and has published numerous scientific papers regarding chiropractic pediatrics. The Hewitts continue to own and operate Portland Chiropractic Group, where Dr. Hewitt has limited her practice to pediatrics for the past 25 years, specializing in the care of infants and young children. She said demand for chiropractic pediatrics has increased as studies continue to validate its safety and efficacy for managing, correcting and preventing health issues such as colic, nursing difficulties, digestive issues, sleep disturbances and ear infections. Chiropractic in general is also becoming more integrated into a variety of health care settings, giving more children access to DCs. “When I first wanted to specialize in this area, I was told it wasn’t possible to build a practice on chiropractic pediatrics alone,” Dr. Hewitt said. “But this was a myth. Eventually, we grew to the point where we had to place new patients on a waiting list.” Dr. Hewitt was named 2019 Pediatric Chiropractor of the 26 SUMMER 2021 • LOGAN UNIVERSITY

Year by the ACA Pediatrics Council. In 2017, she received the Rising Star Award from the American Public Health Association’s Chiropractic Health Care Section and was named Oregon’s 2016 Chiropractor of the Year. In 2008, Dr. Hewitt was elected as a Fellow into the International College of Chiropractors. “I’m very appreciative of the recognition I’ve received for my work, but that’s not why I do what I do,” Dr. Hewitt said. “I’m passionate about getting children the care they need and motivated by the desire to help one more child be able to nurse, sleep or even just run around on the soccer field because they aren’t in pain anymore.” Currently in development, Logan’s master’s degree program in chiropractic pediatrics will be offered through the university’s College of Health Sciences. Primarily online with some in-person components, this two-year degree will be the first of its kind in the United States. “This degree program is much needed in the chiropractic specialty,” Dr. Hewitt said. “For years we have had quality certification programs in chiropractic pediatrics within our profession, but having a master’s degree brings a higher level of knowledge, skill and expertise that is recognized by health care professionals, governmental bodies and institutions beyond our profession.” Students who enroll in the program will receive a comprehensive education in chiropractic pediatrics from some of the foremost experts in the field. Through an evidence-based curriculum that will include pediatric anatomy and physiology, common and uncommon pediatric health conditions, pediatric nutrition and sports injuries, career opportunities in chiropractic pediatrics, how to safely and effectively deliver manual therapies to children of all ages and more, Dr. Hewitt said students will be prepared to lead a rewarding career in this growing area of chiropractic care. “Specializing in chiropractic pediatrics gives you the opportunity to make a profound positive impact on the lives of children and their families,” Dr. Hewitt said. “For instance, if you are able to provide the chiropractic care that improves a baby’s ability to nurse, you have changed the trajectory of her life and thereby the lives of the whole family. Now this baby will be able to get the nutrition she needs and can bond with her mother, giving her the building blocks for a healthy life. I can’t think of anything more gratifying.”


“Specializing in chiropractic pediatrics gives you the opportunity to make a profound positive impact on the lives of children and their families.” – Dr. Elise Hewitt




Soccer Stars Score with Logan’s MS-SSR Degree As a prominent health sciences university, many of Logan’s programs attract athletes. Two students currently enrolled in the Master of Science in Sports Science & Rehabilitation (MS-SSR) program have extensive soccer experience, from playing to coaching. MARAH TAYEH Marah Tayeh has been playing soccer since she was 5 years old. With some friendly competition from her twin sister, the duo honed their skills as they grew up. “When it came time to choose a university, we knew we had to find a school that wanted both of us to play soccer since we had never been apart,” Marah said. “Marshall University in Huntington, West Virginia, offered each of us a scholarship, and it was the best decision we made.” An avid athlete, Marah chose a course of study she was passionate about. She earned her bachelor’s degree in exercise science with the goal of pursuing a master’s degree after graduation. “I began looking at master’s degree programs in the exercise science field and quickly came across Logan’s website,” said Marah. “I loved that the program was completely online so I could work on my degree around the schedule of my full-time job, and knowing I would be learning from one of the top programs in the country was

a huge plus.” Marah began the MS-SSR program in September 2020 from nearly 5,000 miles away from Logan’s campus. “I moved to Germany after I graduated from Marshall because I wanted to play in the German women’s soccer league, but unfortunately, things are still on hold because of COVID-19,” Marah said. “I can’t wait to start playing soccer again, but it’s been nice to focus on my master’s degree, my job and exploring a new country.” With a graduation date in summer 2022, Marah is looking forward to using her degree to achieve her dream of becoming an exercise physiologist for a soccer team. “Soccer has always been such an important part of my life, and I can’t imagine leaving it behind after my playing career has come to a close,” said Marah. “I’ve had some great trainers throughout the years, and I want to be able to provide that same level of high-quality care to other athletes. What I’m learning in the MS-SSR program will help me do just that.”

“I loved that the program was completely online so I could work on my degree around the schedule of my full-time job, and knowing I would be learning from one of the top programs in the country was a huge plus.” – Marah Tayeh JHOJAN OBANDO Although Jhojan Obando has played soccer since he was a child, he never imagined it would lead to a career in coaching. “My family moved to the United States from Colombia when I was 4 years old, and I started playing soccer not long after that,” Jhojan said. “It was the only sport I played

After graduating as a student-athlete from Marshall University, Marah Tayeh moved to Germany, where she is currently working toward her Master of Science in Sports Science & Rehabilitation degree from Logan. 28 SUMMER 2021 • LOGAN UNIVERSITY

S TU DE N T L I F E growing up because I loved it so much.” Jhojan continued to play soccer throughout high school and even received an offer to play at Providence College in Rhode Island. “I absolutely loved playing collegiate soccer, and my coach was incredible,” said Jhojan. “After I graduated, my coach from Providence got a job at the University of Michigan, where he recruited me to work for him as a volunteer coach.” After two years as a volunteer, Jhojan was promoted to his current position of assistant men’s soccer coach in 2014. “My former coach, who is now my boss, always told me I would end up coaching one day, but I never believed him because I had other ideas about what I wanted to do,” Jhojan said. “It turns out he was right, and coaching has been one of the best experiences of my life.” Last year, Jhojan became interested in health care while listening to his wife talk about her experiences in medical school.

“As a coach, I knew I wanted to continue working with athletes, but I had this yearning to learn more about athletes’ physical and psychological makeup,” said Jhojan. “I wanted to understand more about health and nutrition to help my players maintain peak physical fitness and recover properly from injuries.” A friend recommended Logan’s MS-SSR program to him, and after reviewing the online resources, courses and curriculum, Jhojan felt Logan would be the perfect fit. “I could tell just from looking online that Logan truly cares about its students and puts their success and well-being before anything else,” Jhojan said. “Now that I’ve started the program, I can see how dedicated the academic success coaches are. They’re always so readily available and communicative. It’s made the transition back into education much easier for me.” Jhojan is set to graduate in the spring of 2023 and hopes to use his degree to better serve the players he coaches. If his

“Now that I’ve started the program, I can see how dedicated the academic success coaches are. They’re always so readily available and communicative. It’s made the transition back into education much easier for me.” – Jhojan Obando path ever leads him away from coaching, he wants to use what he learned in the MS-SSR program to start his own personal fitness business dedicated to educating kids on developing healthy diet and exercise habits.

As an assistant men’s soccer coach at the University of Michigan, Jhojan Obando practices drills with the team goalie before a game.




Class of April 2021

Jeremiah I. Hernandez

Jacob D. Potter

Rachelle E. Chamberlain

Grant E. Nelson

Omar Y. Al-Ryati

Brittany K. Anderson

Michael J. Bucher

Keven O. Cabán Colón

Alice M. Cardona Otero

Alexa E. Gengelbach

Colton R. Gervais

Joshua R. Glasmann

Garrett M. Goodlett

David T. Graham

Parker W. Klinginsmith

Bradley E. Krock

Nicholas T. Kuhl

Erica L. Leiser

Maxwell S. Lister

Bradley J. Polen

Gregory F. Poma

Lauren C. Powell

Michael Quiles Colón

Jordan D. Rasch

Braxton L. Roberts

Gerardo G. Sotomayor Lugo

Grant F. Speer

Jacob M. Sunderlage

Blaine S. Tharman

Ryan C. Tinsley

John R. Toenjes III



Vice President




Doctor of Chiropractic Graduates

Sara A. Ferman Hernandez Education Coordinator

Education Coordinator

Ashley N. McCool

Christian J. Schmitt

Brandon A. Sontheimer

Ian J. Costello

Kayla C. Dozier

Kevin J. Farley

Taylor N. Feimster

Patrick D. Feldkamp

Houston R. Grogan

Parker E. Grundman

William D. Juul

Ginga E. D. Kimbro

Scott T. Klein

David I. McIntosh

Amisha S. Murray

Bradley S. Muse

Austin D. Neibarger

Jose R. Nieves Morales

Andy R. Ruiz Collazo

Matthew A. Schneweis

Aaron B. Schoenecke

Reed D.J. Schulze

Andrew Scripture

Todd A. Sheffer

Bijil P. Varghese

Raúl M. Vázquez Pedrogo

Chase C. B. Walker

Rachel I. Wilkins

Kaleb J. Wilson

Michael R. Wulfekuhle


Athletic Director

Athletic Director


R E C OG N I Z I N G S U CCESS – CL A SS O F A PRIL 2021 BACHELOR OF SCIENCE DEGREES Human Biology Dominique Marie Chrun Krista Colthurst, Magna Cum Laude Benjamin Corbitt Clarissa Eller Tetyana Gamula David A. Hopkins II, Summa Cum Laude Sylvia Lacy, Magna Cum Laude Jaime Nicole Quinn, Magna Cum Laude James Robinson Alexander John Skaalen, Magna Cum Laude Courtney N. Wittreich, Magna Cum Laude Life Science Dylan Robert Black Jessica Eads, Magna Cum Laude William Lee, Summa Cum Laude Bryan Martinez Anderson C. McLean

MASTER OF SCIENCE DEGREES Applied Nutrition & Dietetics Amir Shaheer* Caitlyn Sheppard**

Nutrition and Human Performance Michael A. Bach Rozebel Cabrera* Martha Cernicchiaro Cruz* Janina Carmen Dukart Lauren Louise Durham** Shane M. Early** Kisha Michelle Evans Scott J Getman** Emmalene Glover* Shannon Harkins** Joel Helms** Shirley A. Hicks Stacy D. Holmes Marisa Howard** Noah James Huffer** Samir Husidic Chelsea Johannesson** Shaghayegh Karimi Patricia Kirk** Danielle Monroe, DC* LaSheka Morris Holly Niebling** Stephanie Nicole Orlando** Kaitlin Cassandra Pander** Taylor Phillips* Karishma Srivyas Rao* Lisa Danielle Rivera** Andriana Janae’ Roberson Emili Elizabeth Nikol Sannes Chelsea Silva** Leann Smith Arisahi Valentin* Evangeline Michelle Ward* Anita B. Washington** Brenda Williams** Brett Lawrence Woodworth**


Sports Science and Rehabilitation Yara Bacca* Jessica Ann Berg** Alexandria Boothe** Toni Coleman Christopher Crawford** Demetric Ray Dunlap Thomas Ellis** Ashley Elizabeth Fennell* Spencer Ryan Gunn Cori Johanna Hilbourn* Brandon Kiraly Joseph Abel Koetters* Riley Edward Krueger** Maxwell Sean Lister Michelle A Mahaffey* Jose R Nieves Morales Brianna Nicole Parker** Candace Parker Katelyn Pettit Sarah Pettit Adriana Raya** Jacqueline Marie Robinson** Matthew Alan Schneweis* Reed David James Schulze Todd Sheffer Jacob Sunderlage* Astriz Vargas* Chase Christopher Bishop Walker Chelsea Adele White** Kristal Woodruff

DOCTOR OF HEALTH PROFESSIONS EDUCATION Kami Briana Gollhofer** Jessica R. Hilton** Sarah Reardon** Sawyer Reace Stiller**

STUDENT & FACULTY AWARDS & RECOGNITIONS Doctor of Chiropractic Academic Honors Cum Laude Houston Ryan Grogan Jeremiah Isaac Hernandez Jacob D. Potter Jordan Daniel Rasch Andy Rafael Ruiz Collazo Magna Cum Laude Rachelle Elise Chamberlain Kayla Christina Dozier Sara Ferman Hernandez Gregory Frank Poma Rachel Irene Wilkins Michael Wulfekuhle Summa Cum Laude Omar Yousef Al-Ryati Kevin Joseph Farley Valedictorian Academic Excellence Award Omar Yousef Al-Ryati

RE COGNIZ ING SUCCE SS – CL A S S O F A P R I L 2 0 2 1 Outstanding Faculty Awards College of Chiropractic Outstanding Pre-Clinic Faculty Award Jane Wibbenmeyer, DC

Logan RESPECT Award Erica Lynn Leiser Michelle A Mahaffey Candace Parker Bryan Martinez

College of Chiropractic Outstanding Clinic Faculty Award Mero Nunez Jr., DC

Service Award Jeremiah Isaac Hernandez Jacob D. Potter Raúl Manuel Vázquez Pedrogo Jose R Nieves Morales

University Basic Science Outstanding Faculty Award Meadow Campbell, PhD College of Health Sciences Outstanding Faculty Award Christopher Fahs, PhD Sasha Hope, MS, DCN University Mission Awards Diversity and Inclusion Award Kayla Christina Dozier Jessica Eads Evidence Informed Award Omar Yousef Al-Ryati Yara Bacca Shannon Harkins Leaders Made Award Omar Yousef Al-Ryati Rachelle Elise Chamberlain Jeremiah Isaac Hernandez Caitlyn Sheppard Brianna Nicole Parker


President’s Honor Roll Krista Colthurst Brianna Nicole Parker Hugh B. Logan Awards Hugh B. Logan Outstanding Staff Award Lulu Brinkley, MBA Hugh B. Logan Outstanding Faculty Award Daniel W. Haun, DC, DABCR Hugh B. Logan Clinic Excellence Award Parker W. Klinginsmith Logan Legacy Award Patrick David Feldkamp Father: Peter Feldkamp, DC (‘88)

**With High Distinction *With Distinction



Summer 2021 Doctor of Chiropractic White Coat Ceremony



Summer 2021 Doctor of Chiropractic White Coat Ceremony





Faculty and Staff News Congratulations to … Kelley Humphries, DC, MS, EMT-P, CSCS, ICCSP, CCSP, executive director of Paralympic operations, for being selected as the nongoverning body representative for Team USA Council for Racial and Social Justice. The athlete-led council—formed to address the rules and systems in the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic movements that create barriers to progress—is committed to working collaboratively to provide solutions and recommendations with the aim of eradicating social injustice and cultivating change through strengthened athlete voices.

In Memoriam Our condolences go to Laura Rauscher, PhD, LPC, NCC, ACS, program director of Doctor of Health Professions Education, and her family for the loss of her father, Roy Partridge, who passed away on April 4, 2021. Roy was a retired colonel from the Air Force Reserves and retired captain with American Airlines. He lived his life to its fullest and adored his grandchildren above all else. It is with great sadness and a heavy heart that we mourn the loss of Vyvyan Moore, who passed away on May 24, 2021. Vyvyan joined Logan in 1986 and served primarily as coordinator for the anatomic donations. She also served as

DC student Devin Woods (second from right) accepts an award from Dr. Brandi Childress (left), Dr. Mariah Payne (second from left) and Dr. Micheala Edwards of the American Black Chiropractic Association. 36 SUMMER 2021 • LOGAN UNIVERSITY

secretary in the department of Academic Affairs and Tour of the Body Chair. The Logan community hosted a memorial service for Vyvyan in June at the Purser Center. Our condolences go to Terra Kneeland, academic success coach, for the loss of her grandfather, Bruce Brown, who passed away on June 11, 2021, at the age of 87. His body was donated to science.

Student News Congratulations to … All of the 2021 spring scholarships recipients: Alice Cardona-Otero, Amanda Gifford, Bailey Allen, Bryanna Hardin, Caleb Strunk, David

Schlinsog, Devin Woods, Gina Potts, Huxlande Petigny, Jacob Potter, Jared Leifer, John Garmon, Justin Heidemann, Lindsay McDonald, Madison Smith, Maxmillian Sauer, Michael Culbert, Rebecca Blake, Reid Kaminski, Samantha Stolle, Sarah Hunter, Sarah Parsons, Shanelle Solgos, Taylor Martin, Teresa Porter, Yoshua Ortiz-Betancourt. Daniel Leach and Wyatt Mohrmann, who each earned a Bucks for Boards scholarship, awarded by NCMIC to help defray the cost of NBCE chiropractic board exams.

Dr. Rodney Williams (second from right) accepts the American Black Chiropractic Association’s Doctor of the Year Award from Dr. Brandi Childress (left), Dr. Shereffa Clarke (second from left) and Dr. Micheala Edwards.

Devin Woods, who received the 2021 Harvey Lillard Scholarship in Professional Advancement from the American Black Chiropractic Association for her work in bringing exposure to chiropractic in underserved communities and recruitment of black students into the chiropractic profession.

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

Alumni Notes Congratulations to … Class of 2000 Rodney Williams, DC, FICC, former Logan University Trustee, who received the American Black Chiropractic Association (ABCA) Chiropractor of the Year Award during the ABCA National Convention in June.

In Memoriam Class of 1959 Gerald “Jerry” Newman, DC June 1, 2021 Class of 1962 Ronald Jay Pollock, DC March 21, 2021 Class of 1975 Kenneth Reiser, DC February 27, 2021 Class of 1977 Peter Walter Andree, DC May 7, 2021 Class of 1979 Stephen LeMaster, DC February 24, 2021 Class of 1983 Norman Gerard Roy, DC June 5, 2021 Class of 2003 Cary Behm, DC May 1, 2021

Multiple Logan Degrees Receive High Rankings Logan University has been awarded top ranking status for multiple degree programs by Intelligent.com, including: Master of Science in Health Informatics Ranked #9 as Best Master’s in Health Informatics Degree Programs for 2021 and recognized as most affordable. Master of Science in Sports Science & Rehabilitation Ranked #16 as Best Online Master’s in Sports Medicine Degree Programs. Logan earned a nod specifically as Best Academic Health Setting. Master of Science in Nutrition & Human Performance Ranked #6 as Best Nutrition Degree Program and recognized as Best Health Sciences University.


Chiropractic Organizations Find Success Through Activism, Events ACA Continues Fight to Modernize Medicare’s Chiropractic Coverage

The U.S House of Representatives reintroduced The Chiropractic Medicare Coverage Modernization Act (H.R. 2654) in the 117th Congress April 19. The bill would increase Medicare coverage of chiropractic services provided by Doctors Dr. Michele Maiers of Chiropractic to the ACA President full extent of their state licensure. This would ensure seniors and other Medicare beneficiaries have access to all Medicare-covered services that DCs are licensed to provide, which represents a broad-based, nondrug approach to pain management. Originally introduced in 2019, this bipartisan legislation gained traction in the last congressional session, picking up over 90 cosponsors. The ACA supports H.R. 2654 Continued on page 38



Chiropractic Organizations Find Success Through Activism, Events Continued from page 37 text of the bill remains the same, and it continues to gather support. Thanks to the tireless advocacy of American Chiropractic Association (ACA) members and other supporters, H.R. 2654 has already gained 59 cosponsors as of June 1. Support for the bill was significantly bolstered on May 6 when chiropractic advocates from across the country entered the halls of Congress virtually for ACA’s Advocacy Day. About 350 Doctors of Chiropractic and students attended 315 virtual meetings with members of the House, urging support for H.R. 2654 with data and anecdotes about patients who have benefited from chiropractic care. Visit HR2654.org for FAQs and resources for practitioners and patients. Patient education handouts and posters can be printed on demand from the ACA Print Shop. Information is also available on HandsDownBetter.org, ACA’s consumer website.

FICS Hosts Athlete-Centric Symposium as Live Sporting Events Return

Last month, the International Federation of Sports Chiropractic/ Fédération Internationale de Chiropratique du Sport (FICS) hosted its Dr. Keith Overland first virtual FICS Secretary General symposium May 7-9, bringing together some of the world’s most renowned speakers in sports chiropractic and sports medicine. The symposium theme, “The Athlete’s 38 SUMMER 2021 • LOGAN UNIVERSITY

Journey,” showcased 20 speakers, including Mikaela Cojuangco Jaworski, a member of the International Olympic Committee’s Executive Board, who delivered the keynote address. Carla Stecco, MD spoke on fascia and pain, while one of the foremost experts in tendinopathy, Jill Cook, PhD, shared her recent lower limb tendinopathy research. Logan University sponsored Kelley Humphries, DC, MS, EMT-P, CSCS, ICCSP, CCSP, who spoke on treatment considerations for the para athlete. FICS is now preparing for the return of live international sporting events. To assist doctors interested in participating as sports chiropractors at games, FICS offers educational programs and postdoctoral recognition for the International Certificate in Sports Chiropractic (ICSC). FICS and Logan University are currently working on a partnership for continuing education credit recognition for doctors taking the ICSC modules. Additionally, Logan University and FICS are teaming up with the Alabama Chiropractic Association to offer the ICSC course this fall. This certification is necessary to prepare chiropractors who want to work at sporting events surrounding the upcoming 2022 World Games, which is to be held in and around Birmingham, Alabama.

WFC Prepares for Virtual 16th Biennial Congress For the first time in its history, the World Federation of Chiropractic (WFC) board has elected an African delegate to its executive committee. Dr. Kendrah da Silva, who also serves as president of the Chiropractic Association of South Africa, was elected as WFC vice president in May and will join Dr. Carlos Ayres (Peru), Dr. Kei Takeyachi (Japan), Dr. Vivian Kil (Netherlands) and Secretary-General Dr. Richard Brown on the committee.


CHIROPRACTIC Preparations are currently being made for WFC’s 16th Biennial Congress, which is being held virtually this year due to the COVIDDr. Carlos Ayres 19 pandemic. WFC President With the theme “Chiropractic for A New Normal,” this online event features more than 60 speakers covering a range of topics relevant to chiropractic. It includes inspiring keynote addresses, stimulating panel discussions, in-depth workshops and groundbreaking research. For more information, visit wfccongress.org. The theme of this year’s World Spine Day on October 16 is “Back2Back.” World Spine Day highlights the burden of spinal pain and disability throughout the world and advocates for effective, evidencebased and accessible spine care. As usual, the WFC will be running a World Spine Day competition and looks forward to receiving an entry from Logan University. The WFC has multiple communication channels to help the profession stay up to date with chiropractic activities around the world. In addition to its website (wfc.org) and social media channels (Facebook and Twitter) is the WFC mobile app and the World of Chiropractic podcast series. The WFC newsletter, Quarterly World Report, is free to download and is published in January, April, July and October. The WFC acknowledges Logan University as its premier corporate partner and thanks Dr. Clay McDonald and members of the board for their ongoing support.

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P OS TG RAD U AT E EDU CA T IO N | August – December 2021 The Postgraduate Department is committed to our graduates’ ongoing development and is pleased to offer the following continuing education programs. Learn more about each seminar and register at www.Logan.edu. Please direct any questions or suggestions to Postgrad@Logan.edu 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 GMP Fitness Elite Specialist Certification courses in a variety of sports, health, fitness, preventative and nutrition categories For additional online postgraduate programs on relevant topics in chiropractic, visit Logan.edu/post-grad. Live Programs Location is Logan University campus unless otherwise indicated. September 11-12 Basic Acupuncture – Session #1 Instructor: Nicholas Gatto, DC, Dipl.Ac Advanced Acupuncture – Session #8 Instructor: Mary Jennings, DC, Dipl.Ac, LAc

September 16-19 Logan University 2021 Symposium Multiple Instructors Location: Logan University and Hilton St. Louis at the Ballpark September 25-26 Overview of Gonstead Technique – President’s Series Instructor: Richard Cranwell, BS, MS, DC, DACBN October 9-10 Overview of Cox Technique – President’s Series Instructor: Kelly Brinkman, DC, MCS-P Diplomate Acupuncture – Session #1 Instructor: Mary Jennings, DC, Dip.Ac, LAc October 16-17 Basic Acupuncture – Session #2 Instructor: Lisa Hart, DC, LAc, Dipl.Ac, MCS-P Risk Management in Spine and Extremity Care Instructor: Jeffrey Miller, DC, FIANM, MBA Sponsored by NCMIC

October 30-31 Women’s Health Symposium Multiple Instructors Diplomate Acupuncture – Session #2 Instructor: Nicholas Gatto, DC, Dipl.Ac November 20-21 Basic Acupuncture – Session #3 Instructor: Nicholas Gatto, DC, Dipl.Ac Diplomate Acupuncture – Session #3 Instructor: Mary Jennings, DC, Dipl.Ac, LAc December 4-5 Evidence-Informed Assessment and Rehabilitation of Musculoskeletal Disorders Instructor: Bryan M. Bond, BSc, BS, DC, MS, PhD Sponsored by NCMIC December 11-12 Basic Acupuncture – Session #4 Instructor: Gary Ditson, DC, LAc, DABCA Diplomate Acupuncture – Session #4 Instructor: Nicholas Gatto, DC, Dipl.Ac