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Logan Celebrates Fuhr Science GroundbreakingCenter St. Louis 2022 World Para Powerlifting Parapan American Open LongestAlumnusEnhancesLeading-EdgeChampionshipsTechnologyLearningExperienceCompletesWorld’sKayakRace the TOWerTHE MAGAZINE OF LOGAN UNIVERSITY | SUMMER 2022

Features 12 The Power of Chiropractic Chiropractic care helped DC student, U.S. Army veteran walk again after an injury 16 Partners in Nutrition Education Program offers continuing education opportunities to Master of Science in Applied Nutrition & Dietetics preceptors 25 Using MRI to Assess the Stomach Study shows magnetic resonance imaging can be used as a noninvasive tool to evaluate gastric function 28 Logan United New organization creates safe space for LGBTQIA+ students In This Issue 6 Leaders Made 8 Mission Forward 12 College of Chiropractic 16 College of Health Sciences 18 Alumni Feature 20 Capital Campaign 22 Donor Snapshot 24 Research 26 Logan Connects 28 Student Life 30 Graduating Class 32 Recognizing Success 34 Admissions 36 Under the Tower 37 Industr y Update 39 Postscript The Tower is a publication of Logan University for alumni, students, employees and friends of the University Contents 12 THE TOWER Vol. 2, SUMMER 2022 The Tower is published three times a year: Spring, Summer and Fall. On the Cover: Logan University breaks ground on the renovation and expansion of the Fuhr Science Center on May 12, 2022. Inside photography: Sierra Carter, Mike Chappell The Tower is produced by the Department of Marketing and Communications. Reader comments can be emailed to THE TOWER Logan University 1851 Schoettler Road Chesterfield, MO 636-230-1704Tower@logan.edu63017| 2 SUMMER 2022 • LOGAN UNIVERSITY TOWerthe 20 28


Logan University is proud to introduce the Podcast.President’sTune in each month to hear McDonald,PresidentbetweenconversationsLoganClayDC(’82), MBA, JD and a special guest. Discussions range from topics affecting the university and community to evolutions in chiropractic, health sciences and health care. Scan the QR code to listen! On May 12, Logan University broke ground on the renovation and addition of the Fuhr Science Center, made possible thanks to a $1 million lead donation by Arlan W. Fuhr, DC (’61) and Judi Fuhr. The construction of the Fuhr Science Center, as well as updates to the Administration Building, will be complete by summer 2024. Scan the QR code below to stay up to date on construction progress and view a livestream of the construction team at work.



Logan University and the World Federation of Chiropractic (WFC) maintain a long-standing partnership built upon a shared mission to advance the chiropractic profession across the globe. Logan is proud to host the 11th WFC Association of Chiropractic Colleges (ACC) Global Education Conference November 2-5, 2022. Educators, researchers, academics, chiropractors and association leaders from around the world are invited to attend the conference, which will showcase the very best in chiropractic educational learning, innovation and research. This year’s theme is “Leveling Up: Creating Consistency in Chiropractic Education.” To learn more and register for the event, scan the QR code. Career Services hosted its first Corporate Career Networking Night on May 19 at the William D. Purser, DC Center on campus. The goal of this event was to give student doctors the chance to explore a variety of professional opportunities with large organizations and develop a network of contacts. Representatives from Aligned Modern Health, futureclinicalshadowingwithandHealthsource,ChiroChiropracticAirrosti,Company,One,ChiroPro,TheJointMyoCorespokestudentsaboutopportunities,rotationsandemployment.

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In keeping with Logan’s commitment to being at the forefront of the latest developments in chiropractic, we hosted the Pediatric Symposium: Caring for the Pediatric Spine, in conjunction with the American Chiropractic Association (ACA) Pediatrics Council. Attendees benefited from the expertise of six leaders in pediatric health care. In August, I was delighted to welcome to campus Logan’s new vice president of academic affairs, Brian McAulay, DC, PhD. A veteran in chiropractic education, Dr. McAulay will draw on his 23-year career in institutional and chiropractic leadership to further enhance the superior training Logan Lookingoffers.ahead to this fall, Logan and the ACA Council on Women’s Health are pleased to present the fourth Annual Women’s Health Symposium September 24 and 25 on Logan’s campus. Themed “Advances in Women’s Healthcare,” the symposium will offer up to 12 hours of continuing education credits as well as a panel of experts discussing timely topics such as postpartum depression and whole food nutrition. Attendees may register online, by phone at 1-800-842-3234 or by mail (Logan University, Postgraduate Department, 1851 Schoettler Road, Chesterfield, MO Logan63017).willalso host the 11th World Federation of Chiropractic (WFC) Association of Chiropractic Colleges (ACC) Global Education Conference November 2-5, 2022. Educators, researchers, academics and association leaders from around the world will convene to improve consistency in chiropractic education. Given the exponential growth chiropractic has enjoyed over the past several decades, the formulation and adoption of universal educational standards is long overdue. With the theme “Leveling Up: Creating Consistency in Chiropractic Education,” this conference will bridge that gap and foster consensus around key competencies chiropractors are expected to master, regardless of the school they graduated from or the country where they practice. As we move forward with the intention of continuing to set standards of excellence, we remain incredibly grateful to our alumni and donors whose generosity propels the positive evolution of Logan and the chiropractic profession.


There is never a shortage of excitement at Logan University, and the past few months have been no exception. Every time we set a new bar for excellence, the chase begins to raise it higher. In my time at Logan, I have come to expect nothing Undoubtedlyless.a highlight of the year, the wasAsthisceremonyhighlightsexperientialleadingofandnearlymanyJudibyMadechiropracticLogan’scelebratingandtoafternoontookCentergroundbreakingmuch-anticipatedontheFuhrSciencerenovationandexpansionplaceundersunnyskiestheofMay12.Itwasgratifyingseestudents,faculty,alumnidonorsgatheredoncampusthismajorstepinsecuringpositionattheforefrontofeducationandresearch.possiblebya$1millionleadgiftArlanW.Fuhr,DC(’61)andMrs.Fuhraswellasdonationsfromothergeneroussupporters,the48,000-square-footremodeladditionisyetanotherexampletheuniversity’scommitmenttothewayinprovidingqualitylearning.Youcanseefromthegroundbreakingonpage20ofmagazine.summerheatedup,historymadewhenLoganhostedthe

St. Louis 2022 World Para Powerlifting Parapan American Open Championships in July. Held in the William D. Purser, DC Center, this was the first time an international competition for the sport of para powerlifting was hosted in the United States. It was truly an honor to watch these dedicated athletes from around the world compete in 10 weight categories in what is currently the fastest-growing Paralympic sport. Read more on page 26.


Breanna’s first chiropractic experience for a sports-related injury has been imprinted in her memory since seventh grade, and in high school she decided she was all in on pursuing chiropractic as a career. In researching the best way forward, Breanna discovered Logan’s 3+3 program would be the quickest route to chiropractic school. “I knew at an early age what my career path would be, and at 16 I found a way to make it happen,” she said. She attended Hannibal La Grange University in Hannibal, Missouri, on a softball scholarship and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in biology. In 2019, she began working toward her Doctor of Chiropractic at Logan, immediately getting involved on campus. Since trimester 4, she has been a student ambassador, giving campus tours to prospective students. She’s also a member of the Student American Chiropractic Association (SACA) and previously served as the public relations (PR) chair for Logan’s chapter. In this position, she worked with students at other chiropractic schools to communicate news and events. She also applied to give a SACA talk at the organization’s conference, and it opened many doors. Taking her involvement to the national level, she is now the newly elected national legislative vice chair for SACA.


6 SUMMER 2022 • LOGAN UNIVERSITY Motivated. Determined. Focused. These are some of the adjectives that come to mind when describing BREANNA SPRINGER.

LEADERS MADE Logan University

Breanna Springer Dr. Wyatt Mohrmann

“I love the SACA mission of advancing the chiropractic profession, and in this legislative vice chair position, I work toward helping pass legislation that will impact our profession in a positive way,” she said. “I also love communicating with other students at chiropractic schools and learning fromWiththem.”herPR chair experience, Breanna was also asked to lead the communication committee for the organization, where she communicates with PR chairs from the various school chapters. This is the first time a student has simultaneously held a national student board position as well as a committee chair position for SACA. “I have met so many wonderfully inspiring doctors in the U.S. and Canada who have shared so much knowledge with me,” she said. “These leadership positions have helped me advance as a student as well as grow professionally and learn various aspects of our profession.”

As for new students, Breanna recommends they get involved in campus clubs and find opportunities to grow personally and professionally. “Everyone’s experience is so unique. I have had great mentors and hope that I am able to give back to students who come after me in the same meaningful way.”

WYATT MOHRMANN, DC (’21), experienced a full circle moment. He recently lectured about chiropractic care and biomechanics for athletes to a group of advanced strength and conditioning students at Lindenwood University. Coincidentally, a few years ago, Jose Ramirez, DC, MS, CCSP lectured to the same class when Dr. Mohrmann was an undergraduate student at Lindenwood. is a community of extraordinary leaders. how these individuals are making an impact in their own communities, careers and beyond.

Now in trimester 9 and graduating this December, Breanna is also conducting a preceptorship at MyoCore Personalized Pain Care Clinic. “I am learning a lot about pain management and how chiropractic plays an important role in integrated health care. After graduation, my goal is to work in an environment where doctors can collaborate to improve patient outcomes.”

After graduating from Logan in 1999, Dr. Estrada–who is originally from El Salvador and Southern California–began her chiropractic career in Costa Rica. She then returned to St. Louis and opened a practice with a colleague. When her twin sons were born prematurely in 2008, she dissolved the partnership to care for the boys. In 2010, she began working at the Montgomery Health Center as a clinician. She started at Paraquad in 2021. While in private practice, she became involved with the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan St. Louis to support the local Hispanic community. “Being Hispanic and bilingual, I felt an obligation to serve my community, especially those with financial and language disparities that can become health care disparities,” sheThissaid.year,

LOGAN.EDU/GIVE “That was the first time I heard about athletes taking advantage of chiropractic care for better performance, and it lit a spark in me,” said Dr. Mohrmann. “After meeting Dr. Ramirez and hearing the lecture, I knew chiropractic school was in my future and would be the perfect complement to my strength and conditioning experience.”

Dr. Estrada was selected as one of 12 to 15 Hispanic professionals to participate in the Hispanic Leadership Institute, a series of courses to advance Hispanic and Latin leadership.

By 2018, Dr. Mohrmann was at Logan University ready to begin his doctoral degree. “My experience at Logan was incredible. The professors knew us individually, and we had access to so many resources. It was great preparation for my career,” he said. Dr. Mohrmann is now an associate doctor at HealthSource of Ballwin, Missouri, where they see 40 to 60 patients per day. In addition, he works as a trainer and strength and conditioning coach at F45 Training in Ellisville, Missouri, his career having come full circle.

“The courses were phenomenal, and we learned about a wide range of topics to help us become better leaders,” she said. “For me, the biggest takeaway was how to better understand myself and my leadership style in order to improve my mentoring skills.”


Growing up in Wright City, Missouri, Dr. Mohrmann is the first person in his family to attend college. He was planning on going to Emporia State University in Kansas on a football scholarship, but a family emergency made him reevaluate his plans. He decided to attend Lindenwood to remain close to family in the area. There, he played collegiate football and worked as a strength and conditioning intern. “During my time playing football at Lindenwood, I visited a chiropractor for an adjustment, and the next day my squat max went up by 100 pounds,” he said. “It was hard to believe, but it made an impact on my performance as an athlete.” He graduated in 2016 with a bachelor’s degree in exercise science. He then moved to Columbia, Missouri, where he worked at a kickboxing gym and a chiropractic office. “While in Columbia, I had the opportunity to shadow the Mizzou Athletics team chiropractor, which at the time I did not know was Dr. Brittany Ramirez, married to Dr. Jose Ramirez,” he said. “I enjoyed the shadowing experience and reconnected with Dr. Jose Ramirez. We shared stories about playing football as offensive linemen and discussed all the ways chiropractic benefits the body. He helped me see a bigger scope of how to help others.”


Dr. Patricia Estrada

With a focus on developing emotional intelligence in the workplace and promoting Hispanic and Latin leaders, the program’s participants met one Friday per month for nine months. It was sponsored by local corporations and universities such as Bayer and Saint Louis University.

“The organization’s mission of encouraging diversity is in line with Logan’s mission, which really appealed to me,” she said. “I would love to see more Hispanic and Latin women in chiropractic, including in leadership positions. My best advice to Hispanic and Latin students is to stay connected to your roots and network at Hispanic events and through social media so we can better serve our community.”

ESTRADA,PATRICIADC (’99) has served as the lead clinician at the Logan Health Center at the Stephen A. Orthwein Center at Paraquad since 2021. In her role, she works closely with students and patients to serve the community.Paraquad“Paraquad is an amazing organization where patients with cognitive or physical disabilities can take advantage of more than 30 services,” she said. “Patients can use the fully accessible gym and all the equipment. We also provide chiropractic care through the Logan Health Center at the Orthwein Center, working with other health care providers in an interdisciplinary manner.”

8 SUMMER 2022 • LOGAN UNIVERSITY MISSION FORWARD “As a health sciences university, I believe we are well ahead of the curve,” said Vincent DeBono, DC, DHPE, vice president for innovation and research and interim vice president of academic affairs at Logan. “Few schools have an innovation and research department like ours that is always looking for better ways and new ideas to improve learning and clinical educational experiences.”

“The 3D models are the perfect aid to teach students anatomical landmarks and important features, and they allow me to reach those who learn better visually,” LaToya said.

For 85 years, Logan University has set a high standard for innovative education. Introducing state-ofthe-art technologies into its curriculum and clinical services enhances the learning experience with new opportunities that prepare Logan students and graduates to enter their professions as highly trained, skilled and knowledgeable health care

Leading-Edge Technology Elevates Student Learning and Career Preparation

LaToya White, a trimester 9 DC student, uses the 3D models to help tutor her peers.

• An anatomage center containing Anatomage Tables, the most technologically advanced 3D simulation systems available, and virtual dissection tables, which allow students to view real human anatomy.


Renovating and expanding the Fuhr Science Center is another way Logan is ensuring students can leverage the most current tools and resources available in health care. Once complete, the 47,826-square-foot facility will house technology such as:

director of Logan’s Simulated Learning Center, works with an Anatomage Table.

The Department of Innovation and Research evaluates and pilots the latest technology to strengthen student understanding with the goal of improving patient care. Most recently, Logan’s Learning Resource Center (LRC) began offering 3D printing technology. Students can now request full models of skulls, spines, pelvises, hands and feet to accompany their learning of human anatomy. “We wanted to try something new and exciting in the library and had the idea to obtain a 3D printer for anatomical models,” said LRC Director Ellen Dickman, MLS. “The response has been even greater than we could have predicted, and we are enjoying this new engagement with our students.”

In late 2021, Logan acquired a new Erler-Zimmer radiology phantom, a highly specialized object used in medical imaging for education, which contains a human skeleton as well as outlines of the larynx, lungs, heart and kidneys. Students in Logan’s Radiographic Positioning and Foundations of Diagnostic Imaging courses use it to practice patient positioning and exposure techniques.

Jonah Finocchiaro, Logan’s electronic resources and serials assistant, uses a 3D printer.

• Chiropractic technique labs that will include force plate technology using embedded sensors on a human torso model to provide students with immediate feedback on their performance delivering spinal manipulation. The Activator Technique Lab will be furnished with the latest electronic Activator instruments, which produce an electronic thrust of

Students in Logan’s Radiographic Positioning and Foundations of Diagnostic Imaging courses use the Erler-Zimmer radiology phantom to practice patient positioning and exposure techniques.

pressure at the touch of a button, helping prepare students for their entry into the field of chiropractic.

• The radiography center will train students with equipment like what is currently used in the Montgomery Health Center and provide supervised practice time outside of Theclass.immediate feedback provided by the Anatomage Tables and force plate technology helps students quickly gain competency in several adjustment techniques before putting hands on a patient. Simulations also give students the opportunity to work through complex cases they might not see during their clinical rotations and preceptorships. “In health science education, it’s imperative to empower students to think critically so they understand all the rare and complicated conditions they could see in practice,” Dr. DeBono said. “They say, ‘When you hear hoofbeats, look for horses,’ but sometimes it’s a zebra. Simulations allow us to test our students to see if they can identify the ‘zebras,’ which ensures they can better serve all patients after they graduate.”

Dr. DeBono and his team in the innovation and research department will continue working to provide students with the most advanced technology because they recognize it helps move the health care field“It’sforward.soimportant for me to see firsthand how state-of-the-art technology can help patients,” said trimester 9 DC student Grant Gaspard. “At the Logan Health Center at the Orthwein Center, we’ve treated wounds, concussions and other conditions with lasers, which I wouldn’t have known was possible. The technology available to us—and all the ways we’re able to use it—elevates our education.”


Red Light Wellness Donation Benefits Patients, Students, Doctors

Red Light Wellness Inc., a St. Louis-based company that has more than 40 years of experience manufacturing and distributing red light therapy (RLT) devices, recently donated a red and near-infrared therapy (NIR) bed to the Logan Health Center within the Stephen A. Orthwein Center at Paraquad.


The bed, called the Max Miracle 9600, helps improve health by exposing the entire body to red and NIR light that boosts the function of the mitochondria. This deep tissue therapy increases cellular energy production, allowing cells and the musculoskeletal system to rejuvenate and repair themselves. Safe and natural, red and NIR therapy is offered as an alternative treatment for various health conditions such as muscle pain, joint stiffness, arthritis and more. There is also evidence that suggests it has additional benefits, including reducing depression, improving cognitive function, and promoting wound healing and tissue repair.

Dr. Dana Underkofler-Mercer, Ron Poe and Dr. Annie Morrow (from left) with the Max Miracle 9600

“I’ve researched some of the ways this technology can help relieve pain and even improve strength,” said Annie Morrow, PT, DPT, NCS, director of the Orthwein Center. “The Max Miracle 9600 gives us yet another exciting opportunity to collaborate with Logan to further improve patient outcomes.”

Ron chose to contact Dr. Mercer because in his experience, many chiropractors are eager to embrace new technology that can improve their patients’ well-being. “The first health care professionals to purchase the beds were chiropractors,” said Ron. “They gave the Max Miracle 9600 its name because their patients were calling it a miracle. We’re incredibly thankful to partner with Logan by providing technology that is changing the future of medicine as we knowBothit.”Ron and his daughter Shawn, chief marketing officer for Red Light Wellness, have benefited from using the Max Miracle 9600 themselves. For Ron, it has helped him lose weight and achieve mental clarity. Shawn has found it to be an effective treatment for arthritis and trouble sleeping. “A study from the “Thisindoors,”90showsProtectionEnvironmentalAgencyAmericansspendpercentoftheirtimeShawnsaid.meanspeopledon’t get enough light for their bodies to perform their primary functions and heal properly. We are meant to have light in our lives.”

“I immediately fell in love with the company and its offerings,” Dr. Mercer said. “I jumped on the opportunity to give our patients, doctors and student interns the opportunity to experience some of the most innovative, state-of-the-art equipment available,which no other university has.”

“I would never be able to access a machine like this if it weren’t for Logan,” Hayden said. “Being able to try it for myself and see how patients respond to it is a major part of my learning experience. Logan provides invaluable opportunities for students to use the latest and greatest technology.”

Trimester 9 Doctor of Chiropractic (DC) student Hayden Edge, completing his clinical rotation at the Logan Health Center at the Orthwein Center, is grateful for the chance to contribute to clinical case studies using the bed.

Dr. Mercer encourages everyone to try the Max Miracle 9600 for themselves. Call the Logan Health Center at the Orthwein Center at 314-274-3367 to learn more and schedule an appointment.

Trimester 9 students Hayden Edge (left) and Grant Gaspard

“Red Light Wellness’ generous donation will facilitate interprofessional collaboration between Logan doctors and students and the staff at the Orthwein Center by allowing them to conduct clinical case studies on individuals with various complex health conditions,” said Dana UnderkoflerMercer, DC (’98), MS, professor and director of strategic partnerships for Logan’s Department of Innovation and New Ventures and director of the Logan Health Center at the Orthwein Center. “We are proud of this partnership and look forward to seeing how it positively impacts ourThepatients.”partnership came about after Ron Poe, CEO and chief engineer of Red Light Wellness, reached out to Dr. Mercer about how his company’s wellness solutions could be an asset to the Logan Health Center at the Orthwein Center. Since she had already been considering investing in this technology, she agreed to tour the local facility.

To learn more about the therapeutic effects of red and NIR light, Logan will use the bed to perform clinical case studies like those currently underway at the Wellman Center for Photomedicine at Harvard Medical School’s Massachusetts General Hospital.

The Max Miracle 9600 is currently the only one of its kind in the St. Louis area.



The Max Miracle 9600

An injury suffered while serving in the U.S. Army left trimester 9 DC student Anthony White fearing he may never walk again. During his final deployment as an engineer captain in 2017, he sustained an injury to his lower back. When Anthony woke up the next day, he couldn’t feel or move his legs.

Anthony was flown to Germany to see a neurosurgeon, who wanted to perform surgery to remove a portion of one of his lumbar discs. Despite having only a 30 percent success rate, Anthony was under the impression the invasive procedure was his only hope to ever walk again. “I was terrified of the idea that I may never walk again, but at that point I was just holding out hope that the surgery would work,” said Anthony. His prognosis improved dramatically when a chiropractor he ran into in that same hospital asked how long he had been in a wheelchair and how his injury happened. That conversation led to Anthony deciding to forgo the surgery and give chiropractic care a chance. He was adjusted the next day, and right away he started to feel tingling in his legs. He proceeded to get adjusted three times a day for a week and then two times a day the following week. “When I noticed the chiropractic care was working, I was stunned and angry that my surgeons didn’t recommend that I see a chiropractor before going straight to surgery,” he said. At the end of his second week of care, Anthony went back to see the neurosurgeon. “The neurosurgeon was shocked and amazed that I was walking, and that was the moment I realized I wanted to become a chiropractor,” said Anthony. “I knew I needed to pursue this career.”

“Doctors in the chiropractic community kept telling me that I needed to learn from Dr. Patrick Montgomery, Dr. Richard Cranwell and Dr. Roy Hilgartner,” Anthony said. “When I found out where these chiropractors were, it was a no-brainer to choose Logan,” Anthony said. He is currently completing his preceptorship with Hilary Wendell, DC at Hollon Family Chiropractic in Jefferson City, Missouri. Dr. Wendell is a Gonstead practitioner, which is the technique Anthony plans to specialize in.

Anthony will be working with Hollon Family Chiropractic until he graduates this December. “It’s vastly important to gain realworld experience through a preceptorship before you graduate,” he said. “Being able to see the day-to-day obstacles and what it actually entails to be a practicing chiropractor is vital to our success as students.”

Anthony is looking forward to showing his future patients the power of chiropractic. He believes his personal experience will inspire people who could benefit from it to seek“Logantreatment.hasprepared me to give excellent chiropractic care and credibly provide a hands-on, natural approach to healing that does not involve the utilization of drugs and surgeries,” he said.

Once Anthony committed to pursuing a career in chiropractic, he started researching schools as well as the educational backgrounds of different chiropractors in his sphere of influence. A common thread emerged.

“When I noticed the chiropractic care was working, I was stunned and angry that my surgeons didn’t recommend that I see a chiropractor before going straight to surgery.”

Army Veteran Pursues DC After Chiropractor Helped Him Walk Again

“I’m interested in the Gonstead method because it is a complete and thorough analysis of the spine,” Anthony said. “It doesn’t just rely on one factor to find subluxations. Instead, it uses five different criteria to help chiropractors be specific and precise with their analysis and adjustments.”

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In 2009, Dr. Whalen decided to pursue a career focused on improving people’s quality of life with hands-on care. She first considered becoming a physical therapist but determined that path was not aligned with her personal philosophy or professional goals. As it turned out, Logan University had recently launched its Master of Science in Sports Science & Rehabilitation (MSSSR) program that piqued Dr. Whalen’s interest. She made an appointment with the program director and spent the day with him in the BIOFREEZE Sports & Rehabilitation Center.

Alumna Finds Home at Ozzie Smith IMAC Regeneration Center

“I had never experienced chiropractic care before that day,” said Dr. Whalen. “I was in awe as I watched him treat people with his hands. I knew immediately that this was what I wanted to do.”

Sharon Whalen, DC (’12) spent years working in the sports medicine and rehabilitation field, but she didn’t consider a career in chiropractic until later in life.

Dr. Whalen tripled the practice’s revenue within her first two years at the helm. She expanded it to include acupuncture, massage therapy, rehabilitation services, functional medicine and more.

Dr. Whalen went straight to Logan’s admissions office and enrolled in the Doctor of Chiropractic (DC) program. As an adult learner and single parent of two young children, pursuing her DC was one of the most challenging things she has ever done, but she enjoyed her time on campus and the rigorous curriculum. She was especially grateful for her classmates and Logan’s faculty.


“After I graduated, I began working as an independent contractor at a small private practice in Webster Groves, which was owned and operated by two Logan faculty members,” Dr. Whalen said. “I worked there for three months before they offered to sell it to me due to shifts in their personal lives. Essentially, we switched positions—they became independent contractors, and I became the practice owner.”

“I had been a Pilates instructor forever, establishing a small practice wherever I moved,” Dr. Whalen said. “My favorite part of that job was helping people rehabilitate after an injury or surgery.”

Dr. Sharon Whalen, Ozzie Smith, IMAC Founder and President Dr. Matt Wallis, and IMAC Chief Operating Officer Dr. Ben Lerner (from left) hold the ribbon during the ribbon cutting ceremony for the Ozzie Smith IMAC Regeneration Center of Webster Groves.

St. Louis Cardinals baseball legend Ozzie Smith became IMAC’s Missouri ambassador after the receiving treatment at IMAC’s flagship location in Paducah, Kentucky, that saved him from having surgery on his back and shoulders. He helped open the first Missouri clinic in Chesterfield in 2016. “I met with the founders and loved their model of care, which provided integrated services to their patients,” Dr. Whalen said. “It was a perfect fit at the perfect time.”

Dr. Sharon Whalen adjusts a patient. Dr. Whalen is the case navigator and business unit leader for the Ozzie Smith IMAC Regeneration Center of Webster Groves.

At the same time, IMAC Regeneration was looking to expand in St. Louis. Located in five states, IMAC Regeneration centers offer chiropractictherapytreatments,nonsurgicalinnovative,medicalphysicalandcare.

“It grew to be a lot for one person to manage, and then COVID-19 hit,” Dr. Whalen said. “We never closed, but like everyone else, we had to shift things around. While it was tough, I was able to reflect and focus on my next steps as a practice owner.”


In 2020, Dr. Whalen’s practice merged with IMAC to become the Ozzie Smith IMAC Regeneration Center of Webster Groves. They had so many patients that they expanded to a larger building in the beginning of 2022. Now, that space is quickly filling“Thisup.growth is a testament to the incredible services and level of care provided at IMAC centers around the country,” Dr. Whalen said. “People trust us with their care, and it’s rewarding to help them improve their health and change theirDr.lives.”Whalen currently serves as the case navigator and business unit leader for the Webster Groves center. She treats patients, oversees all care provided and focuses on growing the“Sincebusiness.Iran my own practice for so long, this position was a natural fit for me,” said Dr. Whalen. “From rehab patients and weekend warriors to Baseball Hall of Famers like Ozzie Smith and Whitey Herzog, I’m passionate about helping each individual we treat maximize the life they want to live.”


“From rehab patients and theymaximizeindividualaboutI’mWhiteyOzzieHallwarriorsweekendtoBaseballofFamerslikeSmithandHerzog,passionatehelpingeachwetreatthelifewanttolive.”–Dr.SharonWhalen

Dia Finder Sasha Hope“We are fortunate that our online MS-AND so to create these programs allows us to tap into the wealth of resources we already have here at Logan.” – Dia Finder

Sasha Hope, MS, DCN, assistant professor for Logan’s MS-AND and Master of Nutrition & Human Performance (MS-NHP) programs, delivered the first course, titled “Nutrigenetics and Nutrigenomics: What is the difference and how do we apply it to personalize patient care?” An expert in nutrigenomics, the microbiome and gut-brain connection, Dr. Hope has authored several publications and owns a private practice in Colorado, where she focuses on functional medicine

All the programs are accessible on Canvas for three years after their launch date.

Logan University launched the Partners in Nutrition Education program for its Master of Science in Applied Nutrition & Dietetics (MS-AND) preceptors and partners during National Preceptor Month in April 2022.

Logan’s MS-AND preceptors receive invitations to register for Partners in Nutrition Education on Canvas. Once they create their username and password, they can take any of the available self-paced courses, which require one to two hours to complete. Each consists of an introduction from the instructor, a video, a quiz and a critical thinking component. Upon completion, preceptors receive a certificate they can add to their professional development portfolio indicating how many CPEUs they received.

Dia was inspired to create Partners in Nutrition Education—the first program of its kind at Logan—after a preceptor asked her about accessing Logan’s MS-AND courses. Registered dietitians also need 75 CPEUs every five years to maintain their credential with the Commission on Dietetic Registration, the credentialing agency for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Earlier this year, she decided to turn her idea into“Thisreality.isa maiden voyage for Logan,” Dia said. “I couldn’t have done it without support from so many different departments, including marketing, web design, course development and academic technology. I was so impressed with how well we all worked together as a team throughout this process.”

“Our goal is to create a value-add for our MS-AND preceptors by providing them with opportunities to enhance their knowledge in cutting-edge areas of nutrition,” said Dia Finder, MEd, RD, LD, clinical coordinator for Logan’s MS-AND program. “Becoming a preceptor for our students is a big commitment, so this is one great way to thank them for helping us advance the future of the nutrition and dietetics profession.”

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Logan Launches Partners in Nutrition Education Program for MS-AND Preceptors

The program offers free continuing professional education units (CPEUs) through self-paced courses taught by world-class faculty and subject matter experts from Logan.

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Dia plans to roll out a new continuing education program every trimester featuring different Logan instructors. She encourages any who are interested in developing one to contact“Thereher.are lots of advantages for faculty who create these programs,” Dia said. “It can allow them to get the word out about their practice, research or a book they have written. They can add the experience to their resume, or it can help them land a speaking engagement at a conference or event.”

LOGAN.EDU/GIVE in clinical nutrition and integrative medicine management, in addition to her full-time position at Logan. “We are fortunate that our online MS-AND and MS-NHP programs boast so many accomplished educators from all across the country,” Dia said. “Working with them to create these programs allows us to tap into the wealth of resources we already have here at Logan.”

Dia also believes Partners in Nutrition Education will help Logan offer even more supervised experiential learning opportunities to MS-AND students by attracting more preceptor partners. During the last 30 weeks of the program, all students currently have the chance to apply what they have learned in real-world settings. “This helps us further establish ourselves as a premier nutrition and dietetics program in St. Louis and beyond,” Dia said. “We want to continue to make our program one that preceptors want to be affiliated with.”



Students in Logan’s MS-AND program participate in supervised experiential learning opportunities at a variety of St. Louis-area sites.


“At first, we thought the people who did it were crazy,” said Dr. Roscoe, who is an instructor for Logan’s Doctor of Chiropractic program and owner of Active Care Chiropractic in Chesterfield, Missouri. “But we couldn’t get it out of our minds. Eventually we decided it would be an adventure and signed up for the 2015 race.” To prepare for the grueling 340-mile paddle from Kansas City to St. Charles, Missouri, they bought a 14-foot plastic tandem boat from REI, started training at Creve Coeur Lake in St. Louis, mapped out where they would eat and sleep along the route, and attended the mandatory safety meeting. Their goal was simply to Thefinish.duo ended up crossing the finish line in 77 hours. Out of the 550 people who typically enter each year, only twothirds complete the course within the 86-hour time limit. Despite the difficulty of the race, Dr. Roscoe knew he wanted to compete again the moment his boat skidded to the shore. He has now finished seven MR340 races—including the 2022 event held July 12-15—with Pilar acting as his “ground crew,” ensuring he has plenty of food, fluids and a place to sleep when he stops. Thanks to Pilar’s support, a new kayak named “The Tragically Hip” and a rigorous training regimen consisting of paddling as well as biking, soccer and P90X, Dr. Roscoe has managed to shave his finish time down to 61 hours and 29 minutes.

Alumnus Competes in World’s Longest Canoe and Kayak Race

When Pete Roscoe, DC (’00), CCSP and his wife Pilar Williamsen, DC (’00) read a 2010 National Geographic article about the annual Missouri River 340 (MR340), the longest nonstop canoe and kayak race in the world, they had only paddled a handful of times during vacations.

Dr. Roscoe received prerace chiropractic care from Logan University student interns at the Montgomery Health Center.

Dr. Pete Roscoe

Dr. Roscoe has finished seven MR340 races.

To stay motivated, he also thinks about racers he has met who have persevered through seemingly insurmountable challenges.“Oneyear we met a 40-year-old racing in a tandem boat with his 75-year-old father,” Dr. Roscoe said. “The son ended up dropping out, but his father went ahead and paddled the boat the rest of the way by himself. Another time, there was a woman who paddled a tandem more than 200 miles because her friend had quit. She ended up putting sandbags in his seat to distribute the weight.”

Injuries can keep people from completing the course, too. In 2021, Dr. Roscoe strained his left bicep shortly after passing the 50-mile mark. Although it was painful, he finished the race by paddling with only his right arm. To help prevent himself from getting hurt during the 2022 event, he received regular prerace chiropractic care from Logan University student interns at the Montgomery Health Center. “They gave me adjustments and exercises to do at home that helped improve my kayaking form by increasing my thoracic and lumbar ranges of motion,” Dr. Roscoe said. Although every MR340 tests his strength both mentally and physically, the supportive environment and camaraderie among participants inspires him to sign up every year. “A few years ago, a racer stopped for a long period of time to help rescue another paddler who was in trouble,” Dr. Roscoe said. “He didn’t think anyone would be waiting for him at the end since it was dark and just before the deadline, but all the people who had finished hours ago came to the shore just to cheer him on. He was so surprised and happy to see all of us that I almost cried. He’s just one of the many incredible people I’ve met at this race who has every excuse to quit but chooses to keep going.”


Dr. Roscoe passing the Missouri State Capitol

“My goal is always to beat my personal best because there are so many factors both in and out of your control that can keep you from making good time or even finishing the race,” Dr. Roscoe said. Temperatures in July can climb to more than 100 degrees, which can lead to health problems like heat stroke and heat exhaustion. People have also dropped out due to hypothermia resulting from not eating enough and wearing wet clothes for extended periods of time. A lack of sleep can cause some people to hallucinate—Dr. Roscoe once met a racer who said she saw a circus tent in the middle of the water. Additionally, turbulence from river traffic such as motorboats and commercial barges can capsize kayaks and canoes. Asian carp weighing up to 45 pounds have been known to injure boaters when they jump out of the water. For Dr. Roscoe, however, one of the biggest challenges can be maintaining a positive mental attitude during the race. “It can be demoralizing when you’re only halfway through and start getting messages that the first boat already crossed the finish line,” Dr. Roscoe said. “Every year, I reach a point during the race when I tell my wife, ‘This is my last time,’ or ‘I’m going to sell my boat.’ But I always get back in the water, pick up the pace and remind myself how lucky I am just to be here competing.”

On a hot, sunny afternoon, Logan University broke ground on the renovation and expansion of the Fuhr Science Center on its Chesterfield campus. The nearly 48,000-square-foot addition and renovation is made possible thanks to a generous lead gift of $1 million by Arlan W. Fuhr, DC (’61) and Judi Fuhr, CEO of Activator Methods International, as well as gifts from many other generous supporters.


From left to right, Brian Snyder, DC, representing Logan Faculty Senate; trimester 6 Doctor of Chiropractic student Paul Parrish, representing Logan Student Government; Chesterfield Mayor Bob Nation; Mrs. Fuhr; Dr. Fuhr; Logan President Clay McDonald, DC (’82), MBA, JD; Chair of Logan’s Board of Trustees Gary Mohr, MS; and Jazmine Newsome, MA, representing Logan Staff Council, break ground on the Fuhr Science Center on May 12. From left to right, Dr. Snyder, Paul, Bob, Mrs. Fuhr, Dr. Fuhr, Dr. McDonald, Gary and Jazmine shovel dirt during the groundbreaking ceremony. “This renovation project not only provides our campus with an enhancement, but more importantly, it represents a major investment in the institution’s continuing commitment to quality experiential learning for our students,” said Dr. McDonald. “This groundbreaking ceremony celebrates day one of the transformation of the Fuhr Science Center.”

Logan students celebrate the groundbreaking with Dr. and Mrs. Fuhr. “There’s an old Indian saying: You are blessed that plants the tree knowing you will never sit under the shade,” said Mrs. Fuhr. “We donated to this project to support the thousands of kids that will [learn in this facility] and the millions of patients they will help. That was our goal, and it still is.” Dr. and Mrs. Fuhr in front of the Fuhr Science Center currently under construction. “I want to thank God for seeing us through the trials, tribulations, the ups and the downs we’ve been through in the last 54 years of building the Activator Technique,” said Dr. Fuhr. “I consider this an opportunity to be able to have this building for future students and the things that will be in it to help them learn.”


Ground on the Fuhr Science Center


From left to right, Olivia Hutchcraft; Carmen Jacoby, DC, former member of Logan’s Board of Trustees; Nan Guebert; Logan assistant professor Gary Guebert, DC, DACBR; and Douglas Gordon, DC enjoy the reception following the Fuhr Science Center groundbreaking. “To the many generous donors who have given to this project, thank you for inviting us into your homes and your offices and for allowing our staff the privilege of sharing this project with you,” said Theresa Fleck, MA, CFRE, CAE, vice president of institutional advancement at Logan University. “Thank you for investing in the work and the mission of Logan University. Gifts of all sizes have made this day possible, and today we recognize the pivotal role you have played in this historic moment.”



From left to right, Jason Goodman, DC (’98), PhD, Logan’s director of external clinical rotations and associate professor; Kurt Wood, DC, member of Logan’s Board of Trustees; and Xaivier Tipler, DC (’06), member of Logan’s Board of Trustees and advancement committee, pose for a photo after the groundbreaking ceremony. “The Fuhr Science Center keeps Logan at the forefront of chiropractic and health sciences education and ultimately improves access to extraordinary care for thousands of future patients,” said Gary Mohr, MS, chair of Logan’s Board of Trustees. Logan students sign the foundation block that will be used in the construction of the Fuhr Science Center. “As future chiropractors, our hands are our lifeline,” said Paul. “The ability to learn with our hands is crucial to becoming confident and competent practitioners. I’m excited that Logan is investing in a facility that will put experiential learning at the forefront.”


One of chiropractic’s most prolific donors was drawn to the profession in its infancy—and when he was only a teenager. In the early 1900s, the boll weevil insect plague decimated the family cotton farm of William M. Harris, DC. Seemingly overnight, the once prominent family fell into poverty, a fate many others throughout the South suffered during that time. As a result, Dr. Harris’ father fell into a deep depression, which traditional medicine failed to remedy. Desperate, the family brought in what was at that time a new type of doctor—a chiropractor. That chiropractor was credited with restoring Dr. Harris’ father’s health, and consequently, inspiring him to commit to becoming a chiropractor.

He set his sights on attending Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport, Iowa. Dr. Harris worked several jobs to support himself while going to school, and at one point was even forced to return home to work on the farm until his family could manage to assemble the remainder of his $500 tuition. He eventually repaid his family with his first earnings as a practicing chiropractor and established chiropractic clinics throughout the South. After he stopped practicing, Dr. Harris conducted seminars around the world, where he imparted his knowledge and experience and taught young chiropractors how to run their businesses. While Dr. Harris was a successful chiropractor, he also proved to be an accomplished businessman and investor. In addition to the signature red hat he always wore, he became known for his life philosophy: Determined persistence is the key to lastingDeterminedachievement.persistence led him to establish the Foundation for the Advancement of Chiropractic Education in 1981, which would later become the William M. Harris Family Foundation. To date, the foundation has awarded more than $16 million in grants to support chiropractic education and research. Logan University has been the beneficiary of the foundation’s generosity on many occasions, including its endowment of the namesake William M. Harris, DC Sports & Wellness Center on campus. In 1998, Dr. Harris hired Jane Goodwin to work for the foundation, handing over more responsibility to her as time passed. As administrator of the foundation and member of its Board of Directors, JaneDr. William M. Harris

William M. Harris Family Foundation: A Legacy of Determined Persistence


The William M. Harris, DC Sports & Wellness Center on the Logan Universtiy campus Jane Goodwin

LOGAN.EDU/GIVE oversees the administration of $1 million in giving each year on behalf of the foundation and the late Dr. Harris, who died in 2008.


“The William M. Harris Foundation has a long-standing relationship with Logan University,” Jane said. “As a beacon of chiropractic excellence, we are delighted to continue supporting its expansion as it trains future practitioners and propels the healing arts into new and undiscovered territory.”

Visit to learn about the ways you can support Logan University, including the Advancing Education, Transforming Lives campaign, or contact the Office of Development at or 636-230-1877.


“When Dr. Harris decided to start his charitable giving, he began by unassumingly visiting chiropractic colleges to determine needs and where he believed his money would best be invested to further advance chiropractic education and care,” Jane said. “He was very passionate about the benefits of chiropractic and about propelling the profession into theLoganmainstream.”University remains indebted to the William M. Harris Foundation for its continued generosity, which includes its most recent award of $375,000 to the university’s Advancing Education, Transforming Lives campaign, an investment in experiential, hands-on learning.


“As portal-of-entry doctors, it’s important for us to recognize these issues and advocate for our patients.” – Dr. Mary Unger-Boyd

Mary UngerBoyd, DC (’97), CACCP, thethirdchapterauthored(DC)ofLogan’sprofessorDICS,inDoctorChiropracticprogram,afortheeditionof ChiropracticPediatric publishedtextbook, in May 2022. The chapter is titled “Chiropractic Considerations with Tethered Oral Tissue” and explores tethered oral tissues (TOTs) incidence, signs and symptoms, examination and management as it relates to Doctors of Chiropractic. “Our role as Doctors of Chiropractic includes identification, referrals and comanagement to obtain optimal function of the tongue and restoration of normal oral motor function and its effect on swallowing, feeding, breathing, airway, facial growth and development, and speech,” wrote Dr. Unger-Boyd.

Dr. Unger-Boyd contributed the new “Chiropractic Considerations with Tethered Oral Tissue” chapter to the third edition of the Pediatric Chiropractic textbook.

Dr. Unger-Boyd has 25 years of experience in pediatrics and presents at various conferences. Thanks to her work in this area, textbook editor Claudia Anrig asked Dr. Unger-Boyd to serve as a contributing author for the TOTs chapter, which is new to this edition of the textbook. Previously, Dr. Unger-Boyd was a contributing editor for the chapter entitled, “Sacro Occipital Technique” for the textbook’s second edition in 2012. In the chapter, Dr. Unger-Boyd explains that TOTs affect not only the infant but also the mother, and that symptoms may vary by age. For the infant, for example, “symptoms may fall into areas of ability to suck properly (latch/feeding), swallowing pattern and breathing (airway), and the effects of these dysfunctions.” This can lead to additional stress to the mother’s nipple, causing them to crease, crack, blanch or bleed. Additionally, “inefficient feeding can lead to poor or incomplete drainage of the breast, an oversupply of breast milk and engorgement. With inefficient milk delivery, the ducts may become plugged. Mastitis or nipple thrush canTodevelop.”address these issues, a visual and physical examination for TOTs is required. Dr. Unger-Boyd encourages chiropractors to evaluate soft tissue, function (suck-swallow-respiration pattern, tongue mobility and motion), associated musculoskeletal and fascial balance, cranial range of motion and sutures, and primitive reflexes for feeding. Finally, Dr. Unger-Boyd concludes the chapter by offering techniques for DCs to consider when addressing the neuromuscular and developmental deficits noted in the evaluation. She also emphasizes the need for developing a management team for referrals and/or co-management and notes that the DC is “an integral part of the management team pre- and post-revision.”

Dr. Unger-Boyd Authors Tethered Oral Tissue Chapter of Pediatric Chiropractic Textbook

It was this story and many others like it from patients in her private practice that inspired Dr. Unger-Boyd to begin researching this topic and help educate the chiropractic profession. “As portal-of-entry doctors, it’s important for us to recognize these issues and advocate for our patients,” said Dr. Unger-Boyd. “Many physicians are not aware of the many effects that tethered tissue can have on a child. If we cannot provide the care ourselves, it’s important for us to know who in our community provides exceptional care for tongue-tie so that we can refer our patients to them.”

Dr. Mary Unger-Boyd

Several years ago, Dr. Unger-Boyd invited a mother to share her birth story with students in a pediatrics course at Logan. Her child was experiencing difficulty nursing, and she was having a hard time finding a health care provider who could help. The mother believed the nursing issues were her own fault, was in physical pain and developed postpartum depression. It wasn’t until she expressed her concerns with other moms that she first learned about tonguetie, began researching it and was finally able to get the answers and help she and her baby needed. After explaining her challenging journey to the class, the mother pleaded with the students to learn more about these issues and advocate for their patients.

“It’s essential for clinicians to analyze both the anatomy and function of the stomach,” Dr. Kettner said. “An anatomical evaluation can help identify problems such as an ulcer or blockage; however, doctors also need a way to assess for functional GI disorders not caused by a structuralFortunately,abnormality.”technological advances in MRI, which is noninvasive, have produced new tools for dynamic (or “cine”) body imaging that can be used to simultaneously evaluate multiple aspects of the “Thisstomach.isjustone instance where progress in one area of medicine may translate to others,” Dr. Kettner said. “Cardiac radiologists came up with MRI to study the heart in real time. Now we’re utilizing it as an effective, noninvasive way to look at the stomach.”

“The development of a noninvasive tool capable of concurrently assessing multiple aspects of GI function is highly desirable for both research and clinical assessments,” Dr. Kettner said. In addition to their invasiveness, many techniques are limited because they are either functional or anatomical.

“Demonstrating MRI’s potential as a clinical and gastric physiology research tool represents a new era in imaging history,” Dr. Kettner said. For Dr. Kettner and his team, this research served as a steppingstone to another paper that was recently accepted for publication in Neurogastroenterology & Motility

The study demonstrates how magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) can be used as a noninvasive tool to assess gastric function, including accommodation, emptying andFunctionalmotility. gastrointestinal (GI) disorders, also known as disorders of gut-brain interaction, number in the dozens and occur in children and adults. For example, functional dyspepsia characterized by abnormal gastric emptying and accommodation is seen in 25 percent of the world’s population. While these disorders are not caused by structural abnormalities, emerging evidence implicates an altered autonomic nervous system with sympathovagal imbalance caused by decreased parasympathetic and increased sympathetic outflow, resulting in reduced gastricFunctionalmotility.GI disorders are difficult to evaluate with conventional imaging techniques like computed tomography or endoscopy. Because they are unable to assess multiple aspects of gastric function at the same time, many patients must undergo several invasive tests. For example, gastric emptying scintigraphy requires radiation exposure, while antroduodenal manometry to analyze motility and accommodation involves inserting a catheter into a patient’s nose.

“In our latest research, multimodal MRI revealed that reduced gastric peristaltic velocity was correlated to altered brainstem-cortical function (nucleus tractus solitarii and functional cortical connectivity) in patients with functional dyspepsia, indicating maladaptive neuroplasticity in gut-brain communication,” Dr. Kettner said. “We’re opening a new door in diagnostic imaging by analyzing and correlating brain activity with peripheral and visceral functions. This is truly integrative neurosystems imaging.”

Study Shows MRI’s Potential as Clinical and Gastric Physiology Research Tool


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General Hospital and Harvard Medical School to publish a study titled “Non-uniform gastric wall kinematics revealed by 4D Cine magnetic resonance imaging in humans” in Neurogastroenterology & Motility

Fifteen healthy adults were enrolled in this study. Before being placed in an MRI scanner, they consumed a mixture of vanilla pudding and blended pineapple. The manganese in the pineapple acted as a gadolinium-free contrast agent to help the researchers distinguish between different areas of the stomach. The team collected three fourdimensional (4D) cine-MRI scans of participants’ stomach regions 15 minutes, 45 minutes and 70 minutes after they finished their meals. They were able to use the scans to conduct a successful qualitative assessment of multiple gastric functions such as emptying, motility and peristalsis propagation patterns.

“The development of a non-invasive tool capable of concurrently assessing multiple aspects of GI function is highly desirable for both research and clinical assessments.”–Dr.Norman W. Kettner

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A member of the United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee since 2018, Logan serves as the High Performance Management Organization for the sport of Para powerlifting in the U.S.

Logan University hosted the St. Louis 2022 World Para Powerlifting Parapan American Open Championships in the William D. Purser, DC Center July 8-11. Free and open to the public, this was the first time an international competition for the sport of Para powerlifting was hosted in the United States. Almost 300 athletes and coaches from more than 25 countries flocked to Logan’s campus to participate in 20 individual medal events and one mixed team event.


Pan American athletes (North America, South America and Central America) were required to compete to qualify for the 2024 Paralympic Games in Paris. Practiced in nearly 100 countries from all continents, Para powerlifting represents the ultimate test of upper body strength in which athletes compete in the bench press discipline. Competitors must lower the bar to their chest, hold it motionless on the chest and then press it upwards to armslength with locked elbows. Athletes are given three attempts, and the athlete who lifts the heaviest weight is declared the winner. The sport is open to male and female athletes with one or more of eight eligible physical impairments.

Logan Welcomes Paralympic Athletes from Around the World for Para Powerlifting Competition



Trimester 5 classmates Zach Ayres (left) and Erin Baldwin created the student organization Logan United, which is focused on creating a safe space for LGBTQIA+ students.

educating the community on health care disparities, Zach and his fellow trimester 5 classmate Erin Baldwin got to work creating a student organization. “As a member of the LGBTQIA+ community, I know how it feels to not have someone to represent you or speak up for you, so I wanted to be an advocate for others in similar positions,” said Erin. “As health care providers, we are compelled by the dual imperative to not only advocate for our patients to improve their health but also to make the health care system work to better serve everyone. In January of 2022, Erin and Zach launched and began recruiting for Logan United, a student organization focused on creating a safe space for LGBTQIA+ students and educating the community on the importance of inclusive health careAspractices.theclub’s respective president and vice president, Erin and Zach have used their involvement in other campus organizations to spread the word about Logan United and grow the group’s membership. “As an education-forward group, we always tell people it’s OK if there are things that they don’t know regarding the LGBTQIA+ community, but it’s not OK to not try to learn,” Zach said. “This group offers a safe space for people to learn, and we aim to provide as many resources as possible for the Logan community.” Erin, Zach and the rest of Logan United’s members are hard at work planning programming not only on Logan’s campus but throughout the St. Louis area. The Pride 5K took place on Logan’s campus on Saturday, June 11 and was the organization’s biggest fundraiser to date with more than $2,000 raised. Because they exceeded their goal, they were able to dedicate half the money raised to the St. Louis Queer Support Helpline. In addition to planning events and programming, Logan United assists with other diversity, equity and inclusion efforts on campus by working closely with Melanie Cassidy, MS, community standards coordinator. “Along with a core group of students from Logan United, we kicked off Safe Zone Training over the summer,” Melanie said. “Safe Zone Training is a LGBTQIA+ awareness and ally training for campuses to create and empower safe spaces for students to be authentic.”

Serving as trimester 5 class president, Logan Student Government (LSG) vice president and a student ambassador, Zach Ayres feels connected to his peers. He sits on several committees to help make changes and decisions that best serve all Logan students. After speaking with a friend who is transgender about their experiences, Zach realized promotingZachtoamountdedicatehavecampusphysicaltimeweIcommitteeuniversityparticipatedmeetingsoutunintentionallyimportantsomethinghadbeenleftofmanyofthehehadin.“Inoneofthesafetymeetings,broughtuphowspendsomuchfocusingonthesafetyofthatwemayneglectedtothesameofresourcesemotionalsafety,”said.Withthegoalofinclusionand

Logan prides itself on being so much more than a campus to its students, faculty, staff, visitors and friends near and far. As a community that values diversity, empathy, character and teamwork, Logan maintains a student-first mentality in all that it does.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Efforts Create Welcoming Community


Pride 5K participants The Pride 5K was Logan United’s biggest fundraiser to date. More than $1,000 was donated to the St. Louis Queer Support Helpline.

This initial group of staff and students will provide Safe Zone Training to the wider Logan community once per trimester. “We’ve also been hosting monthly lunch and learn programs, which focus on different topics in the diversity, equity and inclusion space,” Melanie said. From sexual orientation language and terminology to Black History Month and Women’s History Month, each topic allows participants to examine prejudices, assumptions and privilege. “These programs and many others all further our ultimate goal of creating a more inclusive environment,” said Melanie. “I want everyone to believe in the power of community and inclusivity, realizing the incredible impact they can and will make in the health care field.”

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36 SUMMER 2022 • LOGAN UNIVERSITY UNDER THE Tower Faculty and Staff News


Congratulations to … Jake Halverson, DC, 2021thepublishedreportphalanx.firstfractureIIIsustainedpatientfindingsultrasoundandradiographicthetothispurposeBase.”PhalangealProximalofHarrisTypeResulting“BaseballthewhoDACBR,Kettner,NormanDC,QuintinDC,Cornelson,StaceyDACBR,Murray,MSandDC,FICCauthoredcasereportInjuryinIIISalter-FracturetheFirstTheofreportisdescribeclinical,diagnosticinawhoatypeSalter-HarrisoftheproximalThewasinDecemberissue Journal MedicineChiropracticof . Scan the QR code at right to read the LiteratureChiropractictheco-editorwaslibrarian,instructionreferenceWaltersSherylreport.,&whonamedofIndexto(ICL).

Alumni CongratulationsNotes to … Class of 2011 Jeff King, DC, MS, who was recently promoted to associate professor in the Medical College of Wisconsin’s (MCW) Department of Neurosurgery. Dr. King was named the firstever director of chiropractic at MCW’s SpineCare clinic, an integrated clinic for patients with spine-related pain. In Memoriam Class of 1970 Robert D. Monit, DC September 21, 2021 Class of 1976 Robert A. Carter, DC July 7, 2022 Class of 1977 Michael D. Koontz, DC, NMD March 20, 2022 Class of 1988 Gail M. Gau, DC January 15, 2022 Class of 1991 David (Scott) Bakunas, DC June 28, 2022 The Logan University community offers its deepest condolences to Brad Hough, vice president of information technology and CIO, and his family for the loss of his mother, Myrna Margaret Pickens, who passed away on April 5, 2022. We also express our condolences to the family of Rita Kiry, MA, MBA, adjunct faculty member for the College of Health Sciences, who passed away on July 1, 2022; Cheryl Maestas, administrative assistant, for the loss of her mother, Carol Carr, who passed away on May 3, 2022; and Kristina Petrocco-Napuli, DC, MS, FICC, assistant dean for the College of Chiropractic, for the loss of her grandmother, Genevieve Gondek, who passed away on June 17, 2022. Dr.

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Student CongratulationsNews to … The Logan students who had the opportunity to visit the Standard Process Inc. headquarters in Palmyra, Wisconsin, in July. Standard Process, a longtime partner and supporter of Logan, provides whole food-based nutritional supplements. During the visit, students toured the factory and farm and attended professional development sessions. Pat Mehal, president of the Logan Disc Golf Club, who scored 9 under par to win the Show-Me Games disc golf tournament in June.

INDUSTRY UPDATE Continued on page 38

Dr. Michele Maiers ACA President WO RLD FEDERATION OF CHIROPRAC TIC Dr. Richard Brown, WFC Secretary-General

LOGAN UNIVERSITY • SUMMER 2022 37LOGAN.EDU/GIVE ACA Continues Efforts to Modernize Chiropractic Coverage Under Medicare

Industry Organizations Advance Partnerships, Legislation, Events

WFC Elects New Board and Executive Committee Members

The colleaguesjoinedBlumenthal,Sen.AprilMedicare.coveragechiropractictostrideshasAssociationChiropracticAmerican(ACA)madegreatinitsfightmodernizeunderOn7,U.S.RichardbyhisKevinCramer, Tammy Baldwin and Roger Wicker, introduced S. 4042, the Chiropractic Medicare Coverage Modernization Act. This bill is the Senate companion to H.R. 2654 in the U.S. House of Representatives. The introduction of the Senate bill opens additional opportunities to pass this important legislation, which would give seniors and other Medicare beneficiaries access to all Medicare-covered services that chiropractors are licensed by their state to provide. By early June, the Senate bill had gained two additional cosponsors, and the House bill had 139 cosponsors from 41 states and territories. To contact your representatives in Congress and encourage them to support the bill, visit for the 2022 Student Leadership Conference, an annual event featuring two days of educational and networking opportunities for chiropractic students from across the country. This year’s conference will be held September 23-25 at University of Western States in Portland, Oregon. For additional information, visit National Chiropractic Health Month this October, which focuses on the use of non-drug approaches as a first line of defense for musculoskeletal pain. This year’s theme is “Chiropractic: On the Frontline for Pain.” Go to to find out more.

The (WFC)ChiropracticFederationWorldofBoard of Directors met May 19-21 in London, UK, for its first inperson gathering since 2019 and the of2022-2024meetinginauguralofthetermoffice.Theboard elected Dr. Jakob Lothe from Oslo, Norway, to represent the WFC Europe region. A former president of the Norwegian Chiropractors Association, Dr. Lothe will replace outgoing director Dr. Vivian Kil. We are pleased to announce that Dr. John Maltby of Blythe, California, was elected as the WFC’s seventeenth president. He has served on the WFC Board since 2015 and is a past president of the International Chiropractors Association. He is joined on the WFC Executive Committee by Vice-President Dr. Kendrah Da Silva from Pretoria, South Africa, and Dr. Ryan Coster of Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada, who will assume the position of secretary-treasurer. At its London meeting, the Board also approved establishing the International Chiropractic Education Alliance, which will be the first international organization dedicated to promoting and advancing chiropractic education in all seven of the WFC’s regions while bringing together institutions and key stakeholders under a global banner. Additionally, following a call for applications, we are proud to welcome a new member of the Public Health Committee. Under the leadership of Chair Dr. Claire Johnson, the committee boasts representation from individuals with a range of backgrounds and experience from around the world. The WFC is looking forward to several upcoming events, including World Spine Day on October 16. To highlight the burden of spinal pain and disability of people of all nations and ages, this year’s theme is “Every Spine Counts.” I encourage you to visit www. for more information

For students like Luke, the experience of volunteering at international events is not just about watching the games, mingling with the athletes or thriving in a high-energy atmosphere. It’s also an opportunity to facilitate cultural exchange and help athletes perform naturally. We wish Luke and the entire FICS delegation the best in their future careers, and we look forward to seeing what’s next for the athletes they cared for at The World Games.

UniversityanddudeInternationaleFédérationChiropractic/ofFederationInternationalbetweenrelationshipThetheSportsChiropratiqueSport(FICS)Loganisstronger than ever. FICS members have been returning to faceto-face learning to sharpen their sports chiropractic skills. We are also excited to announce that Logan and FICS recently agreed to provide an annual online scholarship placement for FICS-certified sports chiropractors. The application period for this scholarship will begin in late August 2022 for the January 2023 intake. As we continue to see more live sports competitions, many FICS members and students are back to supporting athletes in person. In July 2022, The World Games, an international sports event held every four years, brought more than 3,500 athletes from 49 countries to Birmingham, Alabama. The FICS sports chiropractic delegation was made up of 50 doctors and four students, including Logan’s own Luke Shackleford, a trimester 7 Doctor of Chiropractic student. He was chosen to assist with the delegation of research data and document the utilization and impact of sports chiropractic care at the games.

Dr. Keith Overland FICS Secretary General Luke Shackleford “I was excited to work alongside international sports chiropractors, gain hands-on experience in Worldchiropracticandbothresearch,chiropracticandseetheimmediatelastingeffectsofcareatTheGames.”–LukeShackleford

“This was an opportunity for me to integrate my passion for chiropractic access and advancement at a level of elite sports competition,” Luke said. “I was excited to work alongside international sports chiropractors, gain hands-on experience in chiropractic research, and see both the immediate and lasting effects of chiropractic care at The World Games. I’m grateful for the role Logan has played in my education, and I would like to thank the FICS community for selecting me as one of four international student representatives. This was a foundational experience as I build my career and strive for excellence in patientcentered care and sports chiropractic.”

Partnership Between FICS and Logan Grows Stronger

38 SUMMER 2022 • LOGAN UNIVERSITY Industry Organizations Advance Partnerships, Legislation, Events Continued from page 37 about how to get involved. WFC will also welcome health care leaders from around the world to Logan University for the 11th WFC Association of Chiropractic Colleges (ACC) Global Education Conference November 2-5. The theme is “Leveling Up: Creating Consistency in Chiropractic Education.” We hope to see you there.

Logan Hosts Successful 2022 Walk to Cure Arthritis

The 2022 Walk to Cure Arthritis held on Logan’s campus drew hundreds of participants and raised thousands of dollars for the Arthritis Foundation.


Logan University hosted the 2022 Walk to Cure Arthritis on its campus May 20. Sponsored by the Arthritis Foundation, this annual event is one of the organization’s largest fundraisers. More than 300 people attended the walk, which raised close to $47,000 to support arthritis research, educational programs and advocacy. Before the walk, the public was encouraged to register, set and raise funds to reach their goals, recruit friends and family to join their teams, and volunteer to staff the event. Participants collectively logged 313,727 steps in honor of the 54 million Americans battling arthritis, a leading cause of disability for children and adults in the U.S.


Basic Acupuncture – Session #6

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Basic Acupuncture – Session #5 Instructor: Nicholas Gatto, DC, Dipl.Ac November 19-20 Exam: From Physical to Functional Instructor: Justin Hildebrand, DC Sponsored by NCMIC December 10-11

On Demand Activator Technique Interactive Virtual Training Module 1: Basic Scan Protocol of the Activator ModuleMethod 2: Upper Extremities Module 3: Lower Extremities GMP Fitness Elite specialist certification courses in a variety of sports, health, fitness, preventative and nutrition categories. Live Programs Location is Logan University campus unless otherwise indicated. August 6-7 Preventing Compliance Fines and Improving Staff and Patient Encounters to Improve Clinical Results – Today’s HIPAA Enforcement: Who They Are After, How They Catch You and What They Do!

Basic Acupuncture – Session #2 Instructor: Nicholas Gatto, DC, Dipl.Ac September 17-18 Risk Management, Exam and Treatment Protocols in the COVID Era

Instructor: Mario Fucinari DC, CPCO, CPPM, CIC Sponsored by NCMIC Basic Acupuncture – Session #3 Instructor: Mary Jennings, DC, Dipl.Ac, LAc September 24-25 Women’s Health Symposium: Advances in Women’s Healthcare Multiple Instructors October 8-9 Endo-Nasal Technique Instructor: Michael Fiscella, DC, DABCO, FACO

Basic Acupuncture – Session #4 Instructor: Gary Ditson, DC, LAc, DABCA October 22-23 Management of Common Infant Conditions –Colic, Nursing Dysfunction and Reflux Instructor: Jenny Brocker, DC, DICCP Sponsored by NCMIC

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Instructor: Nicholas Gatto, DC, Dipl.Ac MO 63017 or 1-800-842-3234.

October 15-16

Instructor: Ty Talcott DC, CHPSE

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