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Greetings Parker Family! On behalf of the entire Parker College of Chiropractic community, welcome to the inaugural issue of our Parker College publication – Parker Life. We have spent many months planning, writing and designing what we hope is a compelling means to stay connected to the Parker family – staff, faculty, students, alumni, seminar attendees and donors – as well as to our profession and those whom we serve. We felt it appropriate to publish this first issue during our Parker College’s 25th anniversary celebration. Our founder, Dr. Jim Parker, encouraged us to go beyond our inner professional circles to explore the world, its challenges, and its opportunities. Dr. Parker was ever mindful of our professional responsibility to engage the world so we can make a significant difference through service. With due diligence and seeking to be good stewards of the strong foundation laid for us, we assessed our past carefully and planned well for the present. Now as we look to our future, we recognize that our college and our profession are on the brink of incredible opportunities. We feel that at Parker we have raised standards and accountability in the success of our students and alumni. We have an outstanding Board of Trustees and administration who have worked hard in helping reach and surpass our goals. We have a faculty passionate about teaching and staff who want to be of service. I am often asked, “What do you think Dr. Jim would say if he were here?” As I reflect on this question, I think Dr. Jim would be inspired. The College has reached maximum enrollment, seminars are reaching people internationally and his principles are more alive today than ever. Today’s health care demands that chiropractors take their practice to an entirely new level. Patients are more knowledgeable about their health concerns and expect more from those who treat and counsel them. Chiropractic has much to offer patients. Chiropractic care can and does profoundly change the health outcomes of those patients who dedicate their time and energy to the hard work that good health often requires. Chiropractic can break the cycle of poor health. It is the key to ensure every single citizen has access to a health care model that promotes wellness. Parker College and all its entities – Seminars, Clinics, Research, Continuing Education, SHARE and Massage – are convinced that chiropractic can lead the emerging concept of lifetime wellness. And we are prepared to lead this change. In fact, our mission dictates that we do so. It is time for the chiropractic profession to act boldly and broadly. To remain silent is to betray our legacy and deny the truth about chiropractic. Silence promotes the continuation of incorrect information, poor public perception and fear. As a profession, we have a special responsibility to bear witness in a culture conditioned to poor health models, bad advice, over-prescribed medications and the promise of quick fixes. We literally hold the health of our communities in our hands. Our profession will indeed be tested as we embark on this journey to make chiropractic wellness the health care norm and progress beyond the edge of our own comforts. We are beginning to venture across uncharted terrain. But, the footprints we leave for others to follow will be embedded in the pathway to chiropractic wellness. These efforts will take determination, hard work and collective participation. Winston Churchill said, “Sometimes it is not good enough to do your best; you have to do what is required.” Chiropractic is up to the task. Are you ready to join us? Love,

Fabrizio Mancini, D.C., FICC, FACC, F.I.C.A President, Parker College of Chiropractic


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Parker College To Provide Chiropractic Care at International Parker College of Chiropractic provided a staff of chiropractors for the 2005 Bolivarianos Games and the 2006 Central America and Caribbean Games through a sponsorship agreement with the organizing committees of both games. “Parker College of Chiropractic is very excited for the opportunity to participate as a sponsor in these two historical sporting events,” said Dr. Fabrizio Mancini, president of Parker College of Chiropractic. “In addition to providing chiropractic care to world-class athletes, millions of sporting enthusiasts will see the benefit of chiropractic in a very positive setting.” In making the announcement during a press conference in Bogota, Columbia, Dr. Andres Botero, president of the Columbian Olympic Committee stated, “Parker College’s involvement in these games marks the beginning of a relationship with a profession little known in this part of the world. World-class athletes throughout the world use the professional services of chiropractors to stay healthy and competitive. We welcome the efforts of Parker College and its visionary president, Dr. Mancini.” As a sponsor of both games, Parker served as the “Official Supplier of Sports Chiropractic Services.” Parker provided chiropractic care at all venues as well as at the Polyclinic. Additionally, Parker representatives spoke at the medical congress held prior to the opening of the games. “With the participation of chiropractors in the Bolivarianos Games and the Central America and Caribbean Games, Latin America opened its doors to the chiropractic profession,” stated Dr. Thomas Hyde, a chiropractor from Aventura, FL. Dr. Hyde has served as a team chiropractic physician for the 1987 Pan-American Games and is a member of the U.S. Olympic Sports Medicine Society and the United States 4

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Athletic Events Sports Chiropractic Federation. “Parker is fortunate to be included within the Polyclinic to provide services along side the medical profession. This is a tremendous opportunity for both health professions to work together as a team for the benefit of the athletes.” Established in 1938, the Bolivarianos Games have been held every four years since 1947. The games honor the South American general Simon Bolivar, who between 1810 and 1824, freed the territories of Bolivia, Columbia, Ecuador, Peru and Venezuela from Spanish rule. Together with the country of Panama, these countries comprise the nations eligible to compete in the Bolivarian games. In July, 2006, the Central American and Caribbean Games (CAC) were held in Cartagena, Columbia, with athletes participating from 32 countries. The CAC games are the oldest continuing regional games; only the Olympic games having a longer continuous history. The first games, originally called the Central American Games, were held in Mexico with athletes from Mexico, Cuba and Guatemala participating. The games were renamed the Central America and Caribbean Games in 1938 to reflect the expanded eligible nations. “These games provide athletes the opportunity to compete on an Olympic level and a chance to gain valuable experience prior to Olympic competition. Parker College is honored to be included in these events,” said Dr. Mancini. Additionally, added Dr. Botero, “It is our hope that some of the competing athletes in the games will become interested in pursuing a career in chiropractic after receiving excellent care at the games.”


Parker College Attends Chiropractic International Athletic Event, Care Provided by

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Faculty, staff, students and alumni from Parker College of Chiropractic traveled to Cartagena, Colombia, where they provided chiropractic care during the 20th Central American and Caribbean Games (CAC). Through a sponsorship agreement with the organizing committee, Parker College provided chiropractic care to athletes from 32 countries participating in the games. “Parker College was honored to participate as a sponsor in this historical event,” said Dr. Fabrizio Mancini, President of Parker College. “In addition to providing chiropractic care to world-class athletes, millions of sporting enthusiasts saw first-hand the positive impact and benefits chiropractic services can provide.”

Dr. Ken Thomas, Vice President for Academics at Parker College, explained that many of the athletes who participated at the games reside in countries that do not provide medical staff for their teams. “We treated some athletes who needed immediate attention for injuries sustained during the competition. Athletes from countries such as Belize and Guyana had no team doctors. They were very open to chiropractic care.” Other athletes, Dr. Thomas noted, knew that chiropractors treat competitors from the United States when they participate in Olympictype games. “The athletes at the games in Colombia are Olympic-caliber, and they are looking for additional options that can give them advantages during competition. It didn’t take long for the word to get out that we were on site providing chiropractic care.” Dr. Mancini believes that Parker’s participation in the Colombian games can help bring chiropractic care to countries either presently under served or not served at all by the chiropractic profession. “As these athletes return home, our hope is they will spread the word about the benefits they received from chiropractic care.” “These games provide athletes the opportunity to compete on an Olympic level and a chance to gain valuable experience prior to Olympic competition,” said Dr. Mancini. “It is our hope that some of the competitors in the games will become interested in pursuing a career in chiropractic after receiving excellent care in Central America.” Parker students that traveled to Colombia in 2006 included Amos Luke Taylor, Corinne Pederson, Gabriel Rojas, James “Ryan” Miller, Jeff Olaveson, Jennifer Meyer, Jennifer Nunnally, Justin Tobias, Michael Kearns, Michael McCracken, Trevor Ferguson and Vincent Scheffler. Drs. Paul and Marsha Heikkinen, both Parker alumni, traveled to Colombia and served as clinic doctors. In addition to Dr. Mancini and Dr. Thomas, other Parker faculty and staff members that participated were Dr. Dan Kurth, Dr. Juan Sanchez and Victor Ballesteros. The CAC games are the oldest continuing regional games; only the Olympic games have a longer continuous history. The first games, originally called the Central American Games, were held in Mexico with athletes from Mexico, Cuba and Guatemala participating. The games were renamed the Central America and Caribbean Games in 1938 to reflect the expanded eligible nations.

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Parker College of Chiropractic Reaches Enrollment

Fast Company Names Chiropractor a Top Ten Job for

For the second consecutive trimester, Parker College of Chiropractic has placed students on a waiting list for admission while the cumulative grade point average for entering Parker students rose to an all-time institutional high.

Steady enrollment at Parker College of Chiropractic reflects the trends indicated in the Top Jobs 2006 list generated by Fast Company, a national magazine that examines the rapidly changing nature of today’s business and work environment. Fast Company named Chiropractor as one the top ten jobs of 2006. This is the second year in a row that the chiropractor profession made the list.

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“To provide the best education for our students based on the capacity of our current facilities, we have purposely set 950 as a cap on our enrollment in our Doctor of Chiropractic program,” said Dr. John Plotts, Dean of Enrollment Services at Parker College. “With the beginning of this current trimester, we have experienced two trimesters of having more applicants than space available. The enrollment cap has enabled us to raise our admission index as evidenced with the increased cumulative GPA for this trimester’s entering students.”

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Fast Company remarks, “It takes a lot of education to become a chiropractor: two to four years of undergraduate coursework, completion of a four-year chiropractic college course, and national and state certification. Job growth looks solid, especially because people are becoming more interested in holistic health care. Health insurance companies are also beginning to recognize the benefits, which bodes well for the practice’s respect and reputation.”

Dr. Plotts explained, “We now can select the more academically prepared students, which traditionally translates into a higher likelihood of success. Additionally, the classroom dialogue is enhanced the greater ability the students possess for intellectual interchange.”

Established in 1982, Parker College of Chiropractic has been offering students the opportunity to create their own careers in this exciting health care area. “Capacity enrollment at Parker College of Chiropractic reflects the attractiveness of a chiropractic career,” says Dr. John Plotts, Vice President of Enrollment and Advancement.

Parker College instituted the enrollment cap after carefully performing a cost-benefit analysis, including facility usage, class size, faculty to student ratio, and clinic student distribution, as well as other factors. “We believe the quality of the education that Parker students receive is far more important than the quantity of students at Parker,” said Dr. Plotts.

Parker College of Chiropractic continues to attract high quality students. “This past trimester,” said Dr. Plotts, “our entering class held the prerequisite highest grade point average in the school’s history – 3.34. This is another indication of the rigorous standards we require of all entering students.”

“Parker College has a rich history and a fine reputation as a leading chiropractic college,” said Dr. Plotts. “We continue to build a culture of excellence that encourages the teaching and learning process.”

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Fast Company’s list supports Parker’s belief that chiropractic is a great career for individuals who are interested in combining their desire to help others through a health career that also offers growth potential. Fast Company created the list based on the criteria of job growth, salary potential and education. Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics was also used to create the list.


Parker College Makes Chiropractic History with Unprecedented Accreditation

Results

Parker College of Chiropractic received a unique and impressive evaluation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS). An accreditation review included almost unprecedented results; absolutely no suggestions or recommendations regarding necessary improvements to meet Association educational standards. Adding to the excitement is the fact that the SACS committee gave Parker three commendations for excellence in faculty dedication, information services and self-study evaluation and planning. College faculty earned praise for their dedication and loyalty to students and to the college. The information services department was applauded for the advanced campus-wide computer technology available to students and staff. The Center for Institutional Research and Analysis, which conducted the institutional self-study, was commended for its processes in planning and followthrough. Parker hosted a seven-member SACS Committee in February 2002, undergoing an extensive peer evaluation to determine reaffirmation of accreditation. Accreditation makes an institution’s students eligible for financial aid and grants, allows for transferability of credits and affirms to the public and peers that an institution is dedicated to educational excellence. Following the visiting SACS committee exit interview, Parker College President Dr. Fabrizio Mancini called a meeting of the entire student body, faculty and staff to announce the results. “Today, we made history,” Mancini said. “It is as if we won a gold medal in the Olympics.” SACS visiting committee members were from East Tennessee State University, Louisiana State University, Samford University, Greensboro University, the University of Bridgeport and Clark Atlanta University. Accreditation is a process of peer evaluation that assures educational institutions meet standards established by SACS member organizations. Regional accreditation evaluates an entire organization, and schools must conduct extensive self-studies involving administration, staff, faculty, students and governing boards. Accreditation is not a permanent status. Membership in SACS depends on continuing improvement demonstrated through periodic evaluations such as this review of Parker College.

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Parker College of Chiropractic Celebrates Kids Day America

Kids, their heath and their safety are the focus when Parker College of Chiropractic hosts the annual Kids Day America/ International™. Kids Day America focuses on education, providing children and their parents with informative literature, health screenings with chiropractors and dentists, and demonstrations from chiropractic students on topics such as backpack safety. Additionally, donations were accepted for the Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund to aid the victims of Hurricane Katrina. Senior interns and staff doctors from the Parker College of Chiropractic Wellness Clinic provided free spinal screenings as well as information on disease prevention and specific health issues that affect children. Parker College collaborated with Project SafeKids providing a free digital identification kit to each child attending Kids Day. Utilizing equipment similar to that used by the FBI, fingerprints and a photo were printed on a full-page card and downloaded to a computer disk, which is immediately handed to parents. Neither Parker College nor Project SafeKids retains any of the information. Parents are also provided a DNA testing kit that allows them to collect and save DNA for up to 15 years. The DNA testing kit was also provided free to parents. The Dallas Police Department was on hand to present child safety tips and to escort McGruff the Crime Dog and Bikebot. Members of the Dallas Fire Department, accompanied by Sparky the Fire Dog, were also on-site with ladder trucks and their fire safety house and provided fire safety tips to the children.

Parker College of Chiropractic Host to 2006

Chiro Games

As many as 1,200 student-athletes from chiropractic colleges throughout the United States assembled in Denton, Texas, as Parker College of Chiropractic hosted the 15th Annual Chiro Games. The Chiro Games featured chiropractic students competing for national honors in eleven sports, including men’s flag football, golf, basketball and soccer; women’s basketball, and soccer; and co-ed tennis, softball, track, volleyball and swimming. Parker College also hosted the games in 1994. The games were played at both North Lakes Park and Texas Woman’s University in Denton. Last year, the Patriots claimed five national championships and won the overall team championship. In addition, all 12 teams that represented Parker College in the 2005 games reached the “Final Four” of their tournament. Other colleges represented in the Chiro Games include Cleveland Chiropractic College of Kansas City, Cleveland Chiropractic College of Los Angeles, Logan College of St. Louis, National University of Health Sciences, New York Chiropractic College. Northwestern College of Chiropractic, Palmer College of Chiropractic, Palmer College of Chiropractic-Florida, Southern California University of health Sciences, Texas Chiropractic College and the University of Bridgeport College of Chiropractic.

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Parker College Defends Chiro Games

Championship

Parker College of Chiropractic proved history does repeat itself when the Dallas college claimed the overall team championship at the 15th Annual Chiro Games in Denton, Texas. The Parker athletes topped the field in five sports and out-distanced the 14-team competition to claim the coveted overall team championship. The victory not only gave Parker back-to-back titles, but broke a 6-6 tie with Palmer College of Chiropractic in a series that dates back to 1992. In 2005, Parker athletes claimed five team championships and went on to win its first Chiro Games overall team title since 1999. Parker tallied 76 points to win the overall title by 34 points over Palmer. Individually, Parker wont titles in women’s basketball, men’s basketball, golf, women’s soccer, and tennis. Parker’s swimming and second men’s basketball teams took home bronze medals. Parker teams also reached the finals in men’s soccer, flag football, and volleyball. In all, more than 800 student athletes representing 14 schools from throughout the United States and Canada participated in the 2006 Chiro Games.

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Parker College Men’s Basketball Team Come Up

Winners

Usually a successful basketball season is determined in the win-loss column. For the Parker College of Chiropractic men’s basketball team – the Patriots – success is defined differently. “After the last game,” said Steve Weller, Parker College Athletic Director, “we realized we had a terrific season. We don’t practice, we don’t have designed plays, we don’t have in-bound sets and we don’t have a coach. Our players spend the majority of their time dedicated to school work and family obligations. They represented Parker as stellar student-athletes.”

Playing against well-conditioned, younger athletes is difficult, Weller explained. However, the Parker Patriots ended their season with a 3-3 record and for the first time since 1998 won the men’s basketball title at the Chiro Games. In the final game of the season, the Patriots played the defending NAIA national champions – Texas Wesleyan – scoring a total of 73 points, the most points TWU gave up to any team throughout the year. Additional highlights of the Patriots’ final game included: • TWU outscored Parker by only four points in the second half • Two TWU players fouled out attempting to guard Parker players • Deven Nightengale posted 23 points and six rebounds, Jay Humphrey scored 12 points and Cory Henderson added 10 points “We represented Parker with honor and professionalism,” said Weller. “We exposed more people to chiropractic in a positive manner. The Wesleyan coach commented that one of his players – an outstanding student as well as athlete – is interested in attending Parker.” Members of Parker’s men’s team were Garet Goodman, Heath Hancock, Eagle Knifechief, Brandon Adams, Tabor Smith, Cory Henderson, Zack Parker, Jerrod McCollum, Devin Nightengale, Jeff Feenstra, and Jay Humphrey.

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Parker College Provides Chiropractic Care at Breast Cancer

3-Day Event

Participants in the Dallas/Ft. Worth Breast Cancer 3-Day Walk discovered a welcome relief at the end of each day’s walk. Parker College of Chiropractic interns and staff doctors were ready to bring much needed care to walkers as they entered the camp each evening. This is the second consecutive year Parker College has served as the walk’s official chiropractic partner. “Parker College of Chiropractic feels honored to participate in this worthwhile event,” said Dr. Fabrizio Mancini, President of Parker College of Chiropractic. “Our efforts are Parker College’s means to show support for the patients and the very important research and education programs funded through this event.” Parker College provided on site chiropractic care for the approximately 2,500 walkers and the 340 individuals serving as crew members throughout the three-day event. They support the walkers by providing meals, water and snack stops, gear transport, hot showers, portable restrooms, safety on the streets and comprehensive medical services. The 11 Parker interns provided 449 adjustments, many to whom received chiropractic care for the first time. “The 3-Day Walk is a life-changing experience for the participants as they can make a personal difference in the fight against breast cancer. As the chiropractic partner, we provided them with our expertise chiropractic care through evaluations, treatment and management of injuries,” explained Dr. Mancini. Parker College staff member DeAnna Golson, a financial aid counselor, participated as a walker along with Parker College interns Julie Clavier, Aaron Gumm, Steve Johnson, Tanya Lopez, Michelle Merriman, Brandon Mills, Anne Patchett, Hong Pham, Leslie Rapsawich, Tasha Taylor and Aaron Wall. Parker College staff who provided care included Dr. Marc Kearsing, Dr. Scott Kopanza, Dr. Rena Sawyers, and Dr. David Walters. Parker alumna Dr. Bobbie Polasek also participated. The Dallas event was one of 12 walks. The three-day, 60-mile walks are held in various cities throughout the United States. Each participant walks 20 miles per day and raises a minimum of $2,100. The Dallas event began at Texas Stadium in Irving and concluded at the Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District. Participants raised approximately $6.1 million through the Dallas walk. The Breast Cancer 3-Day is expected to raise millions of dollars in 2006 enabling event beneficiaries to fund breast cancer research, education and community outreach programs. Net proceeds from the 3-Day Walks benefit the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation and the National Philanthropic Trust Breast Cancer Fund. The Komen Foundation funds breast cancer research, education, screening, and education programs. The Philanthropic Trust provides endowment for breast cancer initiatives. Breast cancer strikes more than 200,000 women and men each year. More than 40,000 lose their battle with this disease each year.

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Economist Shares Insights for Health care

Funding

Americans need to go from sick care to wellness care said Professor Paul Zane Pilzer. “We need to begin making intelligent trade offs in our decisions regarding our health. People want health care but can’t pay for it.” Speaking to Parker College of Chiropractic students during their monthly Wednesday Assembly, Pilzer explained that there are numerous methods for individuals to help fund their health care without dependence on employer-provided health insurance. “For most individuals and families, their health insurance is provided by their employer. Lose the job, lose the insurance. We need to be smarter consumers.” Pilzer, whose newly expanded book The New Wellness Revolution released on February 16, 2006 by Wiley Press, explained that the U.S. health industry rose to $2 trillion in 2006 and accounts for one-sixth of the U.S. economy. “Not only are the dollars spent on health care rising at unprecedented levels,” said Pilzer, “but health care expenses are taking a deeper toll on American families.” According to Pilzer, a Harvard study found that of the two million bankruptcies filed in 2005, half were directly related to large medical bills. Of those families, 75 percent had employer-provided health insurance. To help minimize such problems for American families, Pilzer encourages the implementation of consumer directed health care. Pilzer suggests four possible solutions to financing health care costs: 1) High Deductible Health Insurance: Health insurance with a typical annual deductible of $2,000-$5,000 per year. “With high deductible health insurance,” said Pilzer, “patients choose their health providers and invest savings in wellness, prevention and Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) for future expenses or retirement.” 2) Individual vs. Group (employer) Health Insurance Policies: According to Pilzer, these policies are purchased directly by individuals from major carriers. “Approximately 18 million Americans now have individual/family policies,” said Pilzer. “Once covered, monthly premiums on individual/family policies cannot be raised for subsequent illness.” 3) Health Reimbursement Arrangements – A new employer benefit tool, Pilzer said is the ultimate solution by providing tax-free permanent consumer-directed benefits. “Unused amounts each year may be carried forward indefinitely, or given to the employee for retirement,” said Pilzer. 4) Health Savings Accounts (HSA) for Individuals/Families: “A HSA is like an IRA or 401k on steroids,” said Pilzer. According to Pilzer, contributions are tax-deductible by employee and unlike an IRA; withdrawals are tax-free for qualified medical expenses. Pilzer, who made a presentation during the Las Vegas Parker Seminar 2006, explained that such programs are of great benefit to consumers who use chiropractic as part of their health care. “Often health insurance does not cover chiropractic treatment,” Pilzer said. “Consumers who look at other funding methods to pay for their health care can see a great savings when it comes to chiropractic treatment.”

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Parker College Faculty Members Receive Awards

Dr. Charlotte Watts & Dr. Xue-Jun Song

Two faculty members from Parker College of Chiropractic were honored for their work by two prestigious organizations. Dr. Charlotte Watts was honored as Regional Director of the Year 2006 from Activator Methods International. In addition, the National Natural Science Foundation in China named Dr. Xue-Jun Song as one of 16 Outstanding Young Scientists in the field of biomedicine, 2006. The award also came with a grant of approximately $125,000. Dr. Watts, Professor of Chiropractic Sciences at Parker College, is the course director and instructor for the Activator Method at Parker College. The Activator Method is one of nine chiropractic techniques taught at the college. As the Midwest-South Regional Director for Activator Methods International, Dr. Watts is responsible for coordination of instructors and organization of seminars, proficiency testing and teaching of the Activator Method at regional Activator seminars. She has also edited teaching materials and written exams for certification and proficiency ratings for Activator. Dr. Watts, a graduate of Parker College, received her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of the State of New York, and is a Diplomate of the American Chiropractic Neurology Board. Dr. Xue-Jun Song, Professor and Associate Director of the Parker College Research Institute, received the award and grant from the National Natural Science Foundation for his strong background, achievements and proposal on new mechanisms underlying neuropathic pain caused by nerve injury or spinal cord damage. Award recipients must be under the age of 45. The grant will fund Dr. Song’s investigation of the cellular and molecular mechanisms of nerve injuryinduced neuropathic pain and exploration of new targets for pain treatments.

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As the Principle Investigator for the research project, Dr. Song will direct the investigation. Dr. Xiong LZ of the 4th Military Medical University in Xi’an, China, will serve as Co-Principle Investigator. The research will be conducted in Xi’an by Dr. LZ. Parker and the 4th Military Medical University will share equally in the research outcomes including publication of findings. This is the third research award for Dr. Song in two years. Dr. Song and his team of researchers from the Parker College Research Institute claimed first place for the best scientific paper at the 2005 World Federation of Chiropractic Eighth Biennial Congress. The award-winning research paper, “Spinal Manipulation Reduces IVF Inflammatory Pain,” placed first among 180 research papers submitted for the competition. This is the highest research award made in the chiropractic profession. In addition, Dr. Song also received “Researcher of the Year” honors in 2005 by Activator International. Dr. Song received his medical degree from Xuzhou Medical College, China, and his Ph.D. in Neurobiology from Shanghai Brain Research Institute, Chinese Academy of Sciences. He completed post doctorate studies in anesthesiology and neurobiology at Yale University School of Medicine. Dr. Alan Fuhr, President of the National Institute of Chiropractic Research (NICR), also announced an award of a $14,810 grant to the Parker College Research Institute. The grant will provide funding to investigate the mechanisms of Activator-assisted spinal manipulative therapy (ASMT) on the treatment of low back pain caused by intervertebral foramen (IVF) inflammation. Dr. Xue-Jun Song will serve as Principle Investigator (PI) and Dr. Xue-Song Song, a postdoctoral researcher from Jilin University, China, will be involved in doing most of the studies with the PI.

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Parker College of Chiropractic Researcher Wins Honors in Annual Event Harrison Ndetan, a research associate with the Research Institute of Parker College of Chiropractic, was awarded the prize for second best scientific paper at the University of North Texas Health Science Center’s Research Appreciation Day. This was the first time Parker Research Institute participated in the UNT research symposium. The paper, “Health Outcomes Associated with the Exposures of Learning Therapeutic Manipulations,” measured the burden of adverse health effects experienced by chiropractic students while learning manipulative therapy. A significant amount of musculoskeletal injuries were identified in this study sample. Most of the neck/shoulder injuries were attributable to receiving manipulations from inexperienced hands. The study also found hand/wrist injuries were mostly attributable to administering amateurish manipulations. “This is evidence of Parker’s commitment to relevant chiropractic research,” said Dr. Fabrizio Mancini, President of Parker College of Chiropractic. “We have a superior team of researchers at Parker – dedicated to exemplary work. It is through such research that our profession can provide evidence-based care to patients.” A second research paper by Ndetan was also accepted for presentation – “Job Pressure in the Casual Pie Constellation Between Stress and Health.” This study explored the association between job pressure and musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) among police officers. The Research Appreciation Day is a UNT Health Science Center tradition encompassing medicine, public health and basic science. The program provides an opportunity for students, faculty and staff to share their research efforts with the campus community and the public. Approximately 185 poster and oral presentations were accepted for the competition. Ndetan will complete his master of science in public health from UNT Health Science Center in the summer of 2007. He is a graduate from the University of Buea-Cameroon, West Africa; with B.Sc. (1997) and M.Sc. (1999) degrees in physics and a minor in computer science. He was introduced to applied and computational statistics by the London-based ACCA program (2001) and had primary exposures to the imaging modalities for diagnostic medicine in the college of medical physics at the International Center for Theoretical Physics (ICTP), Trieste – Italy (2002). He served as a physics instructor at the University of Buea and is an adjunct instructor for physics at the Dallas Community College, Dallas.

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Parker College of Chiropractic Receives $1 Million

Gift

Dr. Maurice Pisciottano, founder and CEO of Pro-Solutions for Chiropractic and developer of Pro-Adjuster, announced his pledge to donate $1 million to Parker College of Chiropractic. The announcement came during the Parker Seminar in Las Vegas, 2006. In making the announcement, Dr. Pisciottano stated, “If the chiropractic movement is to continue to progress, we must support our schools aggressively. Parker College produces some of the finest doctors of chiropractic today. Their graduates are leaders in our profession. It is an honor to support Parker.”

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“We are honored by the confidence Dr. Pisciottano has shown in Parker College with his most generous gift,” said Dr. Fabrizio Mancini, President of Parker College of Chiropractic. “Dr. Pisciottano understands our philosophy and our dedication to provide an education that is challenging, rigorous, inspiring and transforming.”

Chiropractic College presidents and representatives met on the campus of Parker College of Chiropractic for the annual President’s Retreat of the Association of Chiropractic Colleges.

Dr. Mancini explained that Parker has embarked on a yearlong initiative – Leadership Is Contagious. “Our leadership campaign seeks to help the chiropractic profession discover those abilities that draw others to us, not for our own gratification but to a cause much greater than ourselves. When effective, contagious leadership multiplies; gaining strength and resilience with each new leader.”

The leaders met to discuss challenges and opportunities for the chiropractic profession and the future of chiropractic education. Dr. Fabrizio Mancini, President of Parker College, hosted the meeting. Dr. Richard Davis served as the meeting facilitator. Dr. Davis, a graduate of Logan Chiropractic College, began his career in chiropractic after a 30-plus year career as an engineer. The ACC holds the meeting annually at one of the nation’s chiropractic college campuses.

“Dr. Pisciottano’s gift is contagious leadership in action. His contribution helps to assure that Parker College can continue to embody the very best of a chiropractic education,” Dr. Mancini concluded.

The ACC provides worldwide leadership in chiropractic education, research and service. Membership includes all colleges and programs accredited by the Council on Chiropractic Education. Attending were: David S. O’Bryon, ACC Executive Director; Dr. Frank Zolli, Dean, University of Bridgeport College of Chiropractic; Dr. Carl S. Cleveland III, President, Cleveland Chiropractic Colleges; Dr. Brian McAuley, Palmer College of Chiropractic; Dr. Christine Nicholson, National University of Health Sciences; Dr. Donald Kern, President; Palmer College of Chiropractic; Dr. Richard Davis, meeting facilitator; Dr. Jeff Ware, Logan College of Chiropractic; Dr. Jean Moss, President, Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College; Dr. Frank Nicchi, President, New York Chiropractic College; Dr. Juan Sanchez, Parker College of Chiropractic; Dr. Fabrizio Mancini, President, Parker College of Chiropractic, Dr. Shelby Elliott, Texas Chiropractic College; Dr. Lester Lamm, Western States Chiropractic College; and Dr. Thomas Gelardi, Acting President, Sherman College of Straight Chiropractic.

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Dr. John Demartini Helps Students Cast a

Vision

Doctors of Chiropractic need to have a reason, a calling for doing what they do. Dr. John Demartini, noted chiropractic authority and best-selling author, shared that message with Parker College of Chiropractic students, staff and faculty during a school’s Wednesday Assembly.

“You can’t just go through the motions in your practice. That is too mechanical,” Dr. Demartini said. “Your patients need to know that chiropractic is a part of you, deep inside your soul.” Dr. Demartini, a frequent lecturer at Parker Seminars and longtime Parker College supporter, believes it is when passion and vision literally permeate the body – hands, heart and mind – that people can live an inspired life. “Our vision determines the vitality of our outreach to others,” he said. “But we must first be humble enough to listen to our soul – our inner voice – to set that vision.” He also encouraged Parker students to always keep the reason why they decided to become a doctor of chiropractic in mind. “Never forget the very moment you decided to be a chiropractor. If you ever forget that moment, you will lose your vision. Remember your calling.” Dr. Demartini told the audience that chiropractic can become the leading profession for the ever-growing wellness movement. Vision, Dr. Martini explained, is necessary for chiropractic to reach more people. “Millions do not know the healing message of chiropractic. It is up to us to make a commitment to expand chiropractic throughout the world. Chiropractic works. Let’s share that message.”

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Dr. Gilles Lamarche Shares Principles for Personal, Professional

Success Living with purpose is all about choices. “Choose to discover your purpose, choose to live your purpose and choose to serve others,” said Dr. Gilles Lamarche, “and you will fulfill your destiny.” Dr. Lamarche, noted chiropractic authority and sought after-speaker, shared that message with Parker College students, staff, and faculty during a

school’s Wednesday Assembly. It is through the Parker Principles, says Dr. Lamarche that he learned how to develop a thriving chiropractic practice and how to think, “Who am I serving?” “When you think ‘obligation’ you can lose your vision, your way. The Parker Principles I learned before I graduated from chiropractic college have guided me throughout my career,” Dr. Lamarche said. “The Parker Principle – faith, confidence and belief in my products, services and ideas – is extremely important if you are to live and practice with purpose,” explained Dr. Lamarche. “Will you ever be challenged in your faith, confidence and belief? You bet. We all are. We can, however, push through those challenges and come out stronger.” Dr. Lamarche detailed numerous ways to guide individuals to live with purpose, including:

• Make a conscious effort to live each day with purpose. • Write a personal purpose statement to guide your actions. • Live life full out. Stay off the sidelines. • Give freely, serve with compassion. • Think, “I want to, I get to, I choose to” rather than “I have to.”


Parker College Names Building after Dr. Maurice Pisciottano

Parker College of Chiropractic designated the formerly named South building, The Pisciottano Building Thursday, April 19, 2007 at the Dallas campus. For the first time in history, the Parker College Board of Trustees has approved this sort of dedication. Dr. Maurice Pisciottano received the honor in appreciation for the one and a half million dollar donation he has made to Parker College. Dr. Pisciottano was the first contributor to the Parker College of Chiropractic Legacy Giving Campaign. Dr. Fabrizio Mancini, president of the college, glowed with gratitude as he introduced Dr. Pisciottano to the one hundred and fifty observers. In 2005, Dr. Pisciottano donated over 4.5 million dollars to chiropractic colleges. “In the spirit of philanthropy, you don’t see that much,” said Dr. Mancini. Parker College administration members, students, faculty and staff were amongst the witnesses.

Dr. Pisciottano openly expressed his appreciation, “It warms my heart to have my name associated with Parker College.” He metaphorically referred to a Doctor of Chiropractic diploma as a stock certificate. Emphasizing that you can either raise the stock value or not. He chooses to raise the value of the chiropractic industry. The building dedication serves as an example of how chiropractic can heal itself. “We are like batteries; we all have to help each other to make things work. Our profession has done well, but it is time for spectacular” said Dr. Pisciottano. Perhaps this is a challenge that every future DC will take on in order to bring chiropractic to the masses.

Greenawalt Foundation Donates $1 Million to

Parker College of Chiropractic The Dr. Monte H. Greenawalt Foundation announced its pledge to donate $1 million to Parker College of Chiropractic during the Parker Seminar in Las Vegas.

“Because of the professional relationship shared by my father and Dr. Fabrizio Mancini,” said Kent S. Greenawalt, Foundation director, “and because of the success of Parker College, my father felt it an appropriate time to make a significant donation to the school.” “We are honored by the confidence Dr. Greenawalt has shown in Parker College with this most generous gift,” said Dr. Mancini, President of Parker College of Chiropractic and Parker Seminars. “Dr. Greenawalt shares our philosophy and our dedication to provide the best chiropractic education possible. Dr. Greenawalt’s gift assists Parker College as we continue our mission to advance the chiropractic profession and to raise the standards of chiropractic education.”

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Parker College Continues Legacy of Outreach to Surrounding Communities Through Campus-Wide Drive Collecting

Food, Toys, and Clothing

An estimated 11,000 pounds of food and hundreds of toys and clothing to outfit children have filled the student lounge and offices at Parker College of Chiropractic. Students, faculty and staff at Parker College continued the school’s legacy of community outreach during the holiday season through collections to benefit the North Texas Food Bank and the Salvation Army. “We believe that outreach projects such as our annual food drive help our students, faculty and staff stay in touch with the needs of our communities,” said Dr. Fabrizio Mancini, President of Parker College. “Compassion does not end with the chiropractic care we provide in our communities. It is important that we work for causes greater than ourselves.” This is the 10th year Parker College held a food drive to benefit the North Texas Food Bank (NTFB). The drive is sponsored yearly by Parker’s Center for Academics. Since 2000, Parker College has collected nearly 43,500 pounds of food for the food bank during its annual food drives. “Donations of nutritious food such as tuna, peanut butter, beans, rice and fruit cocktail can make a big difference in the lives of hungry families in North Texas,” said Dr. Mancini. Established in 1982, the North Texas Food Bank distributes food to a network of charitable organizations in North Texas counties including Dallas, Denton, Collin, Fannin, Rockwall, Hunt, Grayson, Kaufman, Ellis, Navarro, Lamar, Delta and Hopkins. These agencies are composed of after-school programs, residential treatment programs, food pantries, emergency shelters, soup kitchens, senior citizen and low-income day care centers and other social service centers. The NTFB distributed 32 million pounds of food in 1005, an increase of 14 percent. Each month, agency pantries distribute food to more than 56,000 families, and on-site meal programs served 503,000 meals/snacks. Over 500 toys and articles of clothing – estimated at $3,500 – were donated through the Salvation Army Angel Tree project. This was the third year Parker College has participated in the Angel Tree project. Established in Dallas in 1984, the Angel Tree project provides underprivileged children and elderly citizens with gifts who would otherwise be left out during the holiday season. The program has grown to include Angel Trees in nine metroplex shopping malls/centers and on-site at more than 400 area corporations, churches and organizations. With full support from the Dallas and Fort Worth communities, the Angel Tree program makes it possible to help more than 41,556 children and senior citizens in the metroplex each year.

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Larry North Speaks to Parker

Students

Larry North, a leading expert in weight loss and motivation, shared his personal life lessons when he spoke at Parker College of Chiropractic. As the featured speaker at the college’s Wednesday Assembly, North will take the audience through his lessons of failure, success and fulfillment during his presentation – Life Steps. North began his career as a personal trainer in Dallas at the age of 21. He quickly became know as the “go to guy” and in 1989 opened his first health club in Dallas. He has since authored three books created a successful weight loss infomercial and has appeared on numerous television shows including Larry King Live, Fox and Friends and CNN Financial.

Dr. Liz Anderson-Peacock Details Practice Success

Keys

Dr. Liz Anderson-Peacock asked, “If we do not help each other in our profession, who will help us?” when she spoke to a gathering of more than 900 Parker College of Chiropractic students attending a Wednesday Assembly. Dr. Anderson-Peacock is a practicing chiropractor in an active family-based office in Ontario, Canada, a published author and frequent presenter at Parker Seminars. She told the gathering that she wished she knew 20 years ago what she knows now about running a successful practice. “Lessons I learned over the past 20 years are lessons that can help you as you begin your career.” Dr. Anderson-Peacock detailed numerous keys to developing a successful practice, including:

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• Look at your fears and face them • Keep things in perspective Always connect with the patients at their level Appreciate the “wows” of life Listen to your inner voice Be professional under adversity Stay firm in principles, flexible in procedures Always remember your practice is about your patients

According to Dr. Anderson-Peacock, there are always lessons to be learned and that at the end of each day individuals should ask, “What did I learn today? What worked today? What didn’t work for me today? Always evaluate your work. Never stop learning,” she concluded.

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Parker College Confers Honor Upon Agustin Gasca Pliego, Secretary of Education of

Mexico

Parker College of Chiropractic presented Agustín Gasca Pliego the Doctor of Public Service Degree (Honoris Causa) during commencement ceremonies August, 2005. That degree was awarded in recognition of his contributions to the education and health of the citizens of the state and country of Mexico. Agustín Gasca Pliego serves as Secretary of Education, Culture and Social Wellbeing for the State of Mexico. He was instrumental in establishing the Universidad Estatal Del Valle de Ecatepec, the first chiropractic college in a Spanish-speaking country. He serves as president of the university’s board of directors. “Parker College and the chiropractic profession are privileged to include Secretary Gasca as one of our supporters,” said Dr. Fabrizio Mancini, President of Parker College. “He has distinguished himself with a career dedicated to education and health in his home state and country.” Secretary Gasca previously served as Under Secretary of Superior Education under Governor Arturo Montiel Rojas. He also served as president of the Universidad Autonoma del Estado de Mexico of the State of Mexico May 1981-September 1984. Prior to assuming the presidency of the university, he was the university’s dean of the chemistry school and academic secretary. Secretary Gasca also served as a federal congressional representative and in other various positions for the State of Mexico. He holds a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico and conducted postgraduate studies at the Research Institute for Management Sciences in Delft, Netherlands; and at Bouwcentrum International Education Centre, Rotterdam, Netherlands. Secretary Gasca, working with officials from the State of Mexico and the Universidad Estatal del Valley de Ecatepec, assisted Parker College in the development of the school’s Clinic Abroad program. “Secretary Gasca’s leadership and vision helped to bring Parker’s Clinic Abroad program to fruition,” said Dr. Mancini. The Clinic Abroad program at the Universidad Estatal del Valley de Ecatepac, is a “total immersion” experience for Parker students. Clinic Abroad students develop their chiropractic skills by serving as interns at the university’s public clinic. Clinic Abroad also encompasses daily language classes, and the students experience Mexican culture by visiting historical sights, attending cultural and art events, and sightseeing in areas such as the Mayan ruins and the coastal regions. The program also provides Parker College the opportunity to work cooperatively with the Mexican government on health care issues and the development of the chiropractic profession in Mexico.

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Parker College Confers Honors Upon Brian Tracy Philanthropist Awarded During

Summer Commencement

Parker College of Chiropractic presented Brian Tracy the Doctor of Humanities Degree (Honoris Causa) during commencement ceremonies August 2006. Mr. Tracy, author and management expert also addressed degree candidates and their guests. Mr. Tracy was honored for his charitable activities and his long-term support of Parker College and the chiropractic profession. Through his training, Mr. Tracy helps individuals and organizations come closer to reaching their full potential. Mr. Tracy is chairman and chief executive officer of Brian Tracy International, a company specializing in the training and development of individuals and organizations. He addresses more than 250,000 men and women each year on the subjects of personal and professional developments. Mr. Tracy has consulted for more than 1,000 companies and addressed more than 4,000,000 people in 4,000 talks and seminars throughout the United States, Canada and 40 other countries worldwide. He is the author and producer of more than 40 books and 300 audio and video learning programs, including the worldwide, best-selling Psychology of Achievement, which has been translated into more than 20 languages.

Parker College Confers Honorary Degree Upon Les Brown Community Leader Awarded During

Winter Commencement

Parker College of Chiropractic presented Les Brown the Doctor of Humanities Degree (Honoris Causa) during commencement ceremonies December 2006. Brown, an internationally recognized motivational speaker also addressed graduates and their guests. Mr. Brown was honored for his community leadership, charitable activities and his dedication to helping others improve their lives. Through Mr. Brown’s training and speaking engagements, he helps individuals and organizations come closer to reaching their full potential. With a hunger to learn and a passion to help other realize their potential, Mr. Brown rose from a hip-talking morning DJ to broadcast manager; from community activist to community leader; from political commentator to three-term legislator; and from a banquet and nightclub emcee to premier keynote speaker. He is the author of numerous books, including Live Your Dreams and It’s Not Over Until You Win. He is the recipient of the National Speakers Association’s highest honor: The Council of Peers Award in Excellence. Mr. Brown was selected one of the World’s Top Five Speakers by Toastmasters International, and his series, You Deserve, won a Chicago-area Emmy. Mr. Brown is the founder of the Les Brown Youth Leadership Institute.

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Parker College of Chiropractic Announces New Alumni Executive

Board

The Parker College of Chiropractic Alumni Association announced the selection of its Executive Board members for 2007. Dr. Dennis Harris ’88 of Fort Worth will serve his second term as President. Dr. David Hardison ’88, Fredericksburg, assumes the President-Elect position and Dr. John Longenecker ’92, Irving, serves as Treasurer. Dr. Ray Nannis of Richardson, begins a term as a board member. Also serving as board members in 2007 are Dr. Michael Hall ’90, Dr. Paul Heikkinen ’85, Mesquite; Dr. Scott Wofford ’89, Abilene; Dr. Rena Sawyers ’94, Coppell; Dr. Camille Reagan ’01, Dallas; and Dr. Fabrizio Mancini ’90, Dallas. The Parker College Alumni Association works to promote the Parker Principles by offering programs to support the college’s alumni and current students. Association membership is open to any chiropractor, chiropractic assistant or patient who wants to support the future of the chiropractic profession. More than 4,700 graduates of Parker College have received the Doctor of Chiropractic degree and practice throughout the world.

Parker College of Chiropractic Students Receive

Scholarships

Parker College of Chiropractic awarded endowed and sponsored scholarships to sixteen students. Students receiving the endowed scholarships are recognized for their academic excellence and leadership on the Parker campus. Selection of the sponsor scholarships is based on essays written by the students. The sponsor scholarships are provided by companies supporting the chiropractic profession – Biofreeze, Erchnoia, Chiropractic Economics and Chiropractic Leadership Alliance. Students receiving the endowed scholarships were Cory Holtwick, Erica Dietz, Samuel Shay, Kenneth Tran, Ed Osgood, Jonathan Caldwell, Erica Dietz and Brandy Baggett. Sponsor scholarships were awarded to Lorenzo Erickson, Nam Tran, Eric Timperley, Samuel Shay, Cori Carter, Jeff Scarella, Anthony Temoshek, and Jeffrey Rogers. The scholarships are awarded each fall.

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Dr. Lawrence Stolar Named Dean of Chiropractic

Wellness Clinics

Dr. Lawrence Stolar was named Dean of Chiropractic Wellness Clinics at Parker College of Chiropractic. As Dean of the Chiropractic Wellness Clinics, Dr. Stolar oversees operations of Parker’s three clinics – the Student Clinic, the Dallas Clinic and the Irving Clinic. A 1986 graduate of Parker College, Dr. Stolar joined Parker College as Assistant Dean of the Wellness Clinics in September 2003. Dr. Stolar has served as Acting Dean since May of 2006. He was in private practice for 17 years prior to joining Parker College. In addition to his practice in Duncanville, Dr. Stolar established Metroplex Chiropractic Services, treating patients in four different facilities – two in Fort Worth, one in Garland and one in Oak Cliff. He also opened Injury Rehab and Diagnostic Center, Inc. to provide diagnostic testing and rehabilitation services, as well as x-ray digitizing for chiropractors and medical doctors throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. An accredited lecturer for the State Bar of Texas, Dr. Stolar teaches Continuing Education courses covering topics such as chiropractic treatment, diagnostic testing, injury rehabilitation and documentation. He expanded the scope of his courses to include the chiropractic profession and the Texas Department of Insurance. Federal judges, plaintiff and defense firms, special investigative units, claims supervisors and law enforcement officials have attended courses taught by Dr. Stolar over the last 13 years. Dr. Stolar is certified by the American Board of Forensic Professionals in spinal trauma and rehabilitation. He is also certified by the American Board of Independent Medical Examiners (ABIME) in the performance of impairment ratings for workers compensation and personal injury medical-legal dispute resolution.

Dr. Louis Brighi Honored for Service to

Parker College

Dr. Lou Brighi was recognized by Parker College of Chiropractic for his many years of service to the college’s Board of Trustees. He was presented a plaque during the Las Vegas Parker Seminars.

Dr. Brighi completes a six year term of service on the board in 2007. He also served on the college’s Board of Trustees from 1982-1996 and was the board’s secretary for 12 years. A graduate of Palmer College of Chiropractic, Dr. Brighi served on the search committee for the Parker College’s location. He was named Chiropractor of the Year by Parker Seminars in 1970. Dr. Brighi practiced in Greeley, CO, from 1960 until his retirement and presently assists his grandson Matt, a Parker College graduate, with his practice. Dr. Brighi is a veteran of World War II and served as a medic in the U.S. Army from January 1943 through January 1946. He received two arrowheads for his participation in two Philippine Island assaults.

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Three Parker College of Chiropractic Faculty Members

Honored

Three faculty members at Parker College of Chiropractic were honored by the college’s Faculty Senate and student body. Dr. Paula Shaff, an Associate Professor of Chiropractic Wellness Clinics, was named outstanding student clinic doctor. An Associate Professor of Chiropractic Sciences, Dr. David Browning was named outstanding academic faculty member. Dr. Ron Wells, Associate Professor of Chiropractic Sciences, was presented the outstanding faculty award by the student body. Dr. Wells is a Parker alumnus and has been a faculty member at Parker College for more than 10 years. He teaches Chiropractic techniques. Dr. Shaff supervises and mentors interns in the Student Clinic. She has been a faculty member at Parker College for nine years and is a graduate of Life University. Dr. Browning, an alumnus of Palmer Chiropractic College, has been teaching chiropractic philosophy to Parker students for four years. These faculty awards are presented to individuals who have distinguished themselves by their professional example, loyalty and dedication to the mission of Parker College. The awards are presented each year in August.

Dr. Danny Drubin Speaks to Parker

Students

Dr. Danny Drubin shared his 12 keys to business success with the students of Parker College of Chiropractic when he spoke at the college’s Wednesday Assembly. Dr. Drubin discussed “Letting Go of Your Bananas,” and provided simple but powerful reminders about how people get in their own way of their success and happiness. Dr. Drubin is founder of 4th Dimension Management Corporation, a chiropractic business firm dedicated to personalized business management and development. Following graduation from New York Chiropractic College, Dr. Drubin opened his own high volume practice and served as president of Markson Management Services. He later founded Chiropractic Elite Organization, an all-inclusive management and marketing firm that provides chiropractic entrepreneurs with the management and marketing tools necessary to build successful practices.

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Parker Seminars Traveled to Australia ASRF Schedules Three Day

Chiropractic Event

Parker Seminars extends its legacy of providing a combination of practical instruction with inspiration and Parker Success Procedures in Melbourne, Australia, July 22-24, 2005. Working with the Australian Spinal Research Foundation, Parker Seminar Australia featured classes in Parker Success Procedures, Chiropractic Philosophy and Personal Development, and Practice Building at the three-day event at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre. Proceeds from this seminar benefited the foundation and chiropractic research. “It is a privilege to work with the Australian Spinal Research Foundation to share everything good about Chiropractic with our colleagues in Australia,” said Dr. Fabrizio Mancini, President of Parker Seminars and Parker College of Chiropractic. “Parker Seminar attendees come from around the world. The universal and timeless principles, concepts and philosophies first taught by Dr. James Parker have no geographical barriers.” Dr. Mancini headlined the opening session with his presentation of Parker Principles for Success, Health and Happiness. “Dr. James Parker’s principles stand the test of time,” Dr. Mancini said. “These principles continue to guide the Chiropractic profession worldwide. It is always an honor to share Dr. Parker’s wisdom and help colleagues fulfill their mission, talent and destiny.” Dr. Gilles Lamarche led the morning general session, Faith, Confidence and Belief (FCB) in Chiropractic. Dr. Lamarche was also joined by Dr. Shawn Powers and Sherry Hodge as they shared the insights of FCB – faith, confidence and belief. The FCB concept was first introduced by Dr. James Parker and continues to be taught at Parker Seminars. Parker Success Procedures was emphasized in classes designed specifically for Chiropractic Assistants. In addition to the Parker Success Procedures classes, attendees also selected from a variety of classes on Chiropractic Philosophy, Personal Development and Practice Building. Other classes included sessions on marketing and chiropractic philosophy. Parker Seminar Australia also featured the latest products, equipment and resources for the chiropractic office in the EXPO area during the entire three days.

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Parker Seminars Makes Chiropractic History in

Tokyo, Japan

Parker Seminars and the chiropractic profession made history when the first ever Japan Parker Seminars was held in Tokyo December, 2006. Dr. Fabrizio Mancini, President of Parker College of Chiropractic and Parker Seminars, led an all-star contingent of six Parker team teachers during the two days of intensive chiropractic training to the group of 748 chiropractic delegates. The delegates included doctors of chiropractic from Japan, China, Thailand and Australia as well as Bachelor of Science level chiropractors in Japan and Japanese chiropractors, CAs, spouses and children. “It was an amazing seminar,” said Dr. Mancini. “The Japanese chiropractic community warmly welcomed us. They were so intently focused during all the sessions. Their hospitality was absolutely astounding and they planned everything so immaculately. To make communicating as easy as possible, our translators were doctors of chiropractic.” It is of particular importance, Dr. Mancini noted, that this seminar did not teach or promote any particular chiropractic technique. “Our seminar in Japan was about making chiropractors more successful through use of the common thread of love and passion for chiropractic to make it grow in Japan.” “The focus of our Japan seminar was to celebrate chiropractic and to teach success strategies to better the communication of chiropractic in Japan. Our ultimate goal was to motivate great work in chiropractic with the end result of helping more patients achieve greater health through chiropractic,” said Dr. Mancini. Sessions focused on wellness, lifetime care, success procedures, leadership and the Parker Principles. Additionally, 19 chiropractic product providers participated in the EXPO. “We have been overwhelmed by the positive feedback we have received since returning from Japan,” said Dr. Mancini. As pledged by Parker Seminars during the initial planning stages of the seminar, profits from the event were donated to the two schools in Japan that presently provide accredited chiropractic programs. The donations were accepted on behalf of RMIT by Dr. Yasunobu Takeyachi and on behalf of Murdoch University by Dr. Yozo Kawanishi. Other Parker Seminar teachers participating in the Japan seminar included Dr. Denise Perron, Dr. Gilles Lamarche, Dr. Carol Ann Malizia, Doug Capporino and Dr. Elizabeth Anderson-Peacock. The Japan seminar is an extension of Parker Seminars’ goal to take chiropractic globally. Parker Seminars traveled beyond the United States for the first time in 1954. Over 100 chiropractic professionals attended the first Parker Seminar held in Canada. The first overseas seminar was in Melbourne, Australia in 1961. Since that time, Parker Seminars has made its way to South Africa, New Zealand, and the Bahamas.

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Parker Seminar Marks 55th Anniversary as Thousands Gather in

Las Vegas

Parker Seminars celebrated 55 years of service to the chiropractic profession during its annual international event in Las Vegas, February, 2007. The theme of the celebratory seminar was “Reflecting on the Past…One Voice for the Future,” and focused on Parker’s rich history and looked into the promising future of chiropractic wellness. “This commemoration provides us with a powerful communication tool to celebrate our values and vision for the future, as well as provide a historical perspective,” said Dr. Fabrizio Mancini, President of Parker College of Chiropractic and Parker Seminars. The Las Vegas event recognized Parker’s achievements and also raised awareness about chiropractic’s vital role in serving the health care needs of society today and into the future. “Our Las Vegas event was a wonderful opportunity to look at our future and set a course for Parker and a message all of chiropractic can embrace and support,” said Dr. Mancini. Throughout the seminar, speakers provided clear, concise, and compelling information that enabled chiropractors and their staff to maximize their sphere of influence and effectiveness for their patients and communities. The 2007 edition of the Las Vegas event brought together outstanding lecturers and experts in the fields of leadership, techniques, personal development, motivation, and practice building. “Seminars is thrilled to have Dr. Gilles Lamarche as its director,” said Dr. Mancini. “Working in a spirit of cooperation among all in chiropractic and with one voice, we can take chiropractic global – ensuring communities throughout the world will have access to a health care model that promotes health and wellness through chiropractic care.”

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CNN Español Live Interviews

Dr. Fabrizio Mancini The chiropractic profession had the unique opportunity to help its patients achieve a lifetime of healthy living. Dr. Fabrizio Mancini shared this insight with viewers of CNN’s Nuestro Mundo daily news program. Dr. Mancini, president of Parker College of Chiropractic, was interviewed by Glenda Umaña, anchor of Nuestro Mundo aired daily on CNN Español Live which is seen by an estimated 38 million viewers.

“Chiropractors work on prevention, not just acute health care,” Dr. Mancini explained. According to Dr. Mancini chiropractors champion the health of their patients through treatment intended to remove interference with the body’s muscular, nervous and skeletal systems, especially the spine, which could reduce the body’s ability to resist disease. Two basic premises support chiropractic care. First, the body is designed to heal itself. “Our bodies have a miraculous ability to heal themselves when they are functioning properly,” Dr. Mancini explained. Second, the body is controlled by the nervous system, brain, the spinal cord and the nerves that go to all the cells in the body. “When the body has a subluxation – a nerve interference primarily in the spine – the body’s electrical system malfunctions. The cells do not get the proper nerve communication and a person may become ill,” he said. “It is through the treatment of the spine,” Dr. Mancini continued, “and by encompassing the many factors that affect health including fitness, nutrition, and self awareness, that Chiropractors help patients achieve relief from many conditions and ultimately maintain healthy lifestyles.” Dr. Mancini also told the viewers that many Hispanics use a Doctor of Chiropractic as their primary health care provider because Chiropractic uses a natural, holistic and conservative approach to health care. He noted that supporting the growing demand for Chiropractic care by the Hispanic population will require more Hispanic Chiropractors. “Not only is there a need for Hispanic chiropractors,” Dr. Mancini said, “but also for a continued addition of highly trained and skilled Chiropractors to meet the growing demands for Chiropractic care.” According to the U.S. Department of Labor, employment of chiropractors is expected to grow faster than the average for all occupations through the year 2012. “Over 30 million American seek Chiropractic care on an annual basis. We need to make sure our profession is ready to help meet their health needs,” Dr. Mancini concluded. The increased interest in Chiropractic is also reflected in the positive response to “Chicken Soup for the Chiropractic Soul,” coauthored by Dr. Mancini, Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen. Now in its third printing, the book contains stories that inspire readers and give hope to thousands who have been helped through Chiropractic care.

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Multimedia Portrait Presented to

Dr. Fabrizio Mancini

A multimedia portrait collage of Dr. Fabrizio Mancini, President of Parker College of Chiropractic, was dedicated during a special ceremony on the Parker College campus. Lisa Plasker created the collage using over 100 layers of images from Dr. Mancini’s personal and professional accomplishments. It includes pictures of celebrities and media Dr. Mancini introduced to the chiropractic profession and illustrates the history of Parker College, Parker Seminars and the chiropractic profession. The artwork was presented to Dr. Mancini in honor of his 40th birthday.

Commissioned by the artist’s husband, Dr. Eric Plasker, the painstaking detail of the collage and the materials used to create it are visible only when looking at it closely. After stepping back, the details fade into a remarkable portrait of Dr. Mancini. The collage is a reminder that each of our actions, accomplishments and choices become part of our image to the world. While on campus for the dedication, Dr. Plasker, founder of The Family Practice, Inc., introduced his presentation based on the best-selling book “Good to Great” to Parker College cabinet members and administrators. A graduate of Life Chiropractic College in Marietta, GA, Dr. Plasker ran two successful practices in Georgia before starting The Family Practice, a mission-driven training, coaching and turnkey program.

Unified Legislative Effort in Texas Critical for Chiropractic’s

Success

Presidents of Parker College of Chiropractic, Texas Chiropractic College and the Texas Chiropractic Association developed cooperative strategies to provide the best possible results for the chiropractic profession during the Texas legislature. Dr. Fabrizio Mancini, President of Parker College of Chiropractic, Dr. Richard G. Brassard, President of Texas Chiropractic College, and Dr. Franz Klein, President of the Texas Chiropractic Association, met with lobbyists to map out continued unified efforts. The mutual goal is to educate decision makers about the issues important to chiropractic and bring those issues to the attention of Texas legislators. “For the past few years we have found great strength by working together for the common good of our profession and, most importantly, the patients,” said Dr. Mancini. “We believe that through the collective power of the chiropractic profession we can do more to advance our profession and its support by state legislators.”

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Dr. Fabrizio Mancini Named to Advisory

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Dr. Fabrizio Mancini, President of Parker College of Chiropractic and Parker Seminars, was named to the Advisory Committee of the Foundation for Chiropractic Progress (FCP). As a member of the advisory committee, Dr. Mancini will provide input on the issues and work of the Foundation. “It is a great honor to serve on the advisory committee for the Foundation for Chiropractic Progress,” said Dr. Mancini. “The foundation’s national campaign can spread the positive message that chiropractic can help restore and maintain health of those who use it. Millions of people will discover through these efforts the benefit from chiropractic and our profession stands ready to help them.”

A nonprofit organization formed in November 2003, FCP represents a cross section of the profession and seeks to educate consumers about chiropractic. Currently, the foundation is undertaking a national campaign to spread a consistent, positive message about chiropractic to millions of consumers and raise their awareness of what chiropractic can do for them. “I am so excited that the chiropractic profession supports the importance of public education regarding the value of chiropractic,” said Dr. Mancini.

Dr. Fabrizio Mancini Speaks to ABCA

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Dr. Fabrizio Mancini, President of Parker College of Chiropractic, presented the keynote address at the 25th Silver Anniversary meeting of the American Black Chiropractic Association. During his “Get Up and Get Going” presentation, Dr. Mancini discussed how the chiropractic profession needs more minority doctors and how DCs can serve more patients in these communities. “I am honored to be a part of such an important event. The ABCA fills an important need in the chiropractic profession,” said Dr. Mancini. “Parker College supports the vision of the ABCA and we look forward to watching this organization grow and influence the lives and health of so many people.” The ABCA honored Dr. Mancini in 2005 with its Humanitarian Award for his continued dedication to the chiropractic profession and his ongoing support of the ABCA. 30

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Parker College President Encourages Continuation of Texas

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Dr. Fabrizio Mancini, President of Parker College of Chiropractic, today encouraged continuation of the highly successful Texas Round-Up. The annual challenge is a statewide effort designed to encourage Texans of all fitness levels to incorporate daily physical activity and healthy choices into their lives. “The spirit of the program is to encourage all Texans to exercise for 20 minutes a day, five days a week,” said Dr. Mancini, who was appointed to the Texas Governor’s Advisory Council on Physical Fitness in 2005. “Parker college advocates wellness in all areas of our lives. We are pleased at the success of the Texas Round-Up and believe it is a good beginning point for people to get up and get moving. I applaud Gov. Perry for his commitment to the health and well-being of all Texans. These types of programs are important and need to continue for the health and well-being of our citizens.” Dr. Mancini explains that wellness is a multi-dimensional lifestyle and a conscious, self-directed effort by each individual. “At Parker we passionately believe we must interweave the wellness message with chiropractic. Wellness is and will be actively sought, taught, and advocated throughout our college, clinics, research, and seminars.”

Dr. Fabrizio Mancini Urges Support of Food Allergy

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Dr. Fabrizio Mancini, President of Parker College of Chiropractic, encouraged all Texans to support The Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network (FAAN), the nation’s leading nonprofit, patient advocacy organization in food allergy and anaphylaxis awareness and the issues surrounding this disease. Dr. Mancini’s appeal came following the “North Texas Walk for Food Allergy: Moving Toward a Cure,” which benefited FAAN. Dr. Mancini participated in the walk as the representative of the Texas Governor’s Advisory Council on Physical Fitness. “This walk was an excellent example of the community initiatives supported by the Governor’s Advisory Council. Governor Rick Perry and all the Council members commend FAAN’s efforts and look forward in helping create awareness on the proper nutrition, physical fitness and other steps that can provide relief from food allergies.” More than 500 individuals participated in the event and raised $65,000 to benefit FAAN’s advocacy and educational initiatives.

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Dr. Fabrizio Mancini, President of Parker College of Chiropractic and Parker College, was among 14 wellness experts installed as the inaugural class of the Wellness Revolution Hall of Fame. The group was recognized during an induction ceremony at Parker Seminars annual event in Las Vegas in February, 2007. Others inducted included Bob Hoffman, D.C., CEO of The Masters Circle; Patrick Gentempo, D.C., cofounder of CLA and Creating Wellness Alliance; Tod Cooperman, M.D., founder of consumerlab.com; Peter and Kathie Davis, executives and founders of IDEA and ACE; Steve Demos, founder of SILK Soymilk; Ms. Jill Kinney, founder of Club One and Clubsource; Joseph Mercola, D.O., executive and founder of Mercola.com; Carl F. Rehnborg, creator of Nutrilite; Russ Reiss, M.D., cardiothoracic surgeon and stem cell researcher; J.I. Rodale, founder of health and wellness publisher Rodale; Geoff Tabin, M.D., ophthalmologist and founder of The Himalayan Cataract Project; Paul Wenner, chef and founder of Gardenburger; and Frank Yanowitz, M.D., cardiologist and founder of The Fitness Institute. Professor Paul Zane Pilzer coined the term “Wellness Revolutionary” in his 2002 award-winning book The Wellness Revolution (Wiley Press). He founded the Wellness Revolution Hall of Fame to honor individuals who have made significant contributions to wellness – changing the world for the better one person or patient at a time. The members of the Hall of Fame have helped tens of millions of people lead happier, healthier and longer lives. Their contributions and accomplishments serve as an inspiration to future generations. A revised, updated and expanded version of Pilzer’s book titled The New Wellness Revolution will be released on February 16, 2007 by Wiley Press. Named the fifth president of Parker College in 1999, Dr. Fabrizio Mancini leads the third largest chiropractic college and the largest seminar organization in the chiropractic profession. Parker’s student population numbers 950 and has over 4,000 alumni. Dr. Mancini, a graduate of Parker College, is an active member of the American Chiropractic Association, International Chiropractic Association and the World Chiropractic Alliance.


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Gov. Rick Perry announced the appointment of Dr. Fabrizio Mancini, President of Parker College of Chiropractic and Parker Seminars, to the Governor’s Advisory Council on Physical Fitness. The council promotes physical activity and good nutrition to all Texans and encourages local community efforts to increase physical activity. The council also advises the Governor on health and nutrition education, physical fitness and sports initiatives. “By appointing a chiropractor to the Governor’s Advisory Council on Physical Fitness, Governor Perry is recognizing that the chiropractic profession understands, promotes and helps our patients achieve their health goals,” said Dr. Mancini. “I am honored to serve with like-minded professionals to help improve the quality of life for Texans.” Named the fifth president of Parker College in 1999, Dr. Mancini leads the third largest chiropractic college and the largest seminar organization in the chiropractic profession. Parker’s student population numbers 950 and has over 4,000 alumni.

Dr. Fabrizio Mancini Presented TCA President’s

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Dr. Fabrizio Mancini, President of Parker College of Chiropractic and Parker Seminars, was awarded the President’s Award from the Texas Chiropractic Association. “Ever since the beginning of my tenure as President of the Texas Chiropractic Association, Dr. Mancini has enthusiastically and wholeheartedly helped in the ongoing effort to assure the citizens of Texas access to chiropractic care,” said Dr. Franz Klein, President of the Texas Chiropractic Association. “I sincerely thank him on behalf of the Texas Chiropractic Association and the eight million chiropractic patients in Texas.” According to Dr. Klein, the TCA President’s Award is presented to persons serving the Chiropractic profession who have worked tirelessly to better the profession, shown a dedication to chiropractic and who selflessly serve the profession.

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Texas Chiropractic Association Honors

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Dr. Fabrizio Mancini, President of Parker College of Chiropractic, was honored by the Texas Chiropractic Association with the association’s Legislative Leadership Award. The award was presented to Dr. Mancini by Dr. Scott Wofford, President-Elect of the TCA and a 1989 graduate of Parker College.

Dr. Mancini received the award in recognition of exemplary leadership, unwavering dedication and valiant service to the chiropractic profession. “Dr. Mancini,” said Patte Kent, TCA Executive Director, “has worked tirelessly at the local, state and national levels to further the Chiropractic profession in every way.” TCA executive officers, the legislative coordinator and the TCA lobbyist select the award recipient. Dr. Mancini was named the fifth president of Parker College in 1999. He is a 1990 graduate of Parker College and operated successful chiropractic practices in the United States and Europe. As a respected leader and expert in the chiropractic field, Dr. Mancini has earned numerous awards and international recognition. Earlier this year he was recognized for his ongoing efforts and assistance in establishing the first chiropractic program in the Spanish-speaking world by Dr. Enrique Benet-Canut, President of the Colegio de Profesionistas Cientifico-Quiropracticios de Mexico, and the Humanitarian Award by the American Black Chiropractic Association. He also recently was named to the Texas Governor’s Advisory Council on Physical Fitness.

Parker College President Honored for Dedication to

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Dr. Fabrizio Mancini, President of Parker College of Chiropractic, was honored by two organizations for his dedication to the chiropractic profession. The American Black Chiropractic Association (ABCA) presented Dr. Mancini their Humanitarian Award at their 24th annual convention for his continued dedication to the chiropractic profession and to his ongoing support of the ABCA. “Dr. Mancini is a strong supporter of the ABCA. His powerful light shines on us all and continually helps not only the ABCA but all of chiropractic,” said Maurice Tucker, former president of Parker’s Student ABCA. Dr. Mancini was also recognized for his ongoing efforts and assistance in establishing of the first chiropractic program in the Spanish-speaking world by Dr. Enrique Benet-Canut, President of the Colegio de Profesionistas Cientifico-Quiropracticios de Mexico. The Universidad Estatal del Valle de Ecatepec (UNEVE) opened in 2001. Dr. Benet-Canut presented the award during the Parker Seminar in Las Vegas, 2006. Parker College also works in cooperation with UNEVE through the college’s Clinic Abroad program. Each trimester, a group of Parker students study at UNEVE to further develop chiropractic skills in an overseas setting and to experience a total immersion in the Mexican culture. 34

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Three-Part Scoliosis Correction Seminar Scheduled

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Dr. Dennis Woggon and Dr. Clayton Stitzel, well-known lecturers in the field of Scoliosis and Spinal Biomechanics, led a three-part Scoliosis Correction seminar at Parker College of Chiropractic. Scoliosis is one of the most common conditions of the spine and will often respond to appropriate chiropractic treatment. In the Parker seminars, Dr. Woggon and Dr. Stitzel shared established methods to improve spinal curvatures. The three-part series were held on the Parker College campus. Part I and II focused on the history of current research of scoliosis, thorough diagnosis, X-Ray analysis, key rehabilitation protocols and how to conduct an adjustment. Part III featured a hands-on workshop with participants learning to apply the information learned in Parts I and II of the seminar in a clinical setting. Dr. Woggon, chair of the Pettibon Spinal Biomechanics Research Institute, has lectured throughout the United States and internationally and has authored numerous articles. He is founder and director of the St. Cloud Chiropractic Clinic in St. Cloud, MN, and has assisted the Minnesota Board of Chiropractic Examiners and the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners in the testing of adjusting procedures. Dr. Sitzel, a graduate of Palmer College of Chiropractic, took an interest in integration of chiropractic care for scoliosis patients after attending one of Dr. Woggon’s seminars and now teaches alongside Dr. Woggon.

Parker College Offers Chiropractic

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Parker College of Chiropractic continues its Chiropractic Pediatrics Certification Program with session covering Neuro Immunology. Nine other sessions were scheduled throughout 2006, focusing on the many aspects of chiropractic pediatric care. The classes emphasized hands on adjusting techniques and practical information practitioners may use immediately in their practices. Each weekend module were a free standing, independent seminar and attendees earned continuing education credits for the completion of individual modules. Participants who completed the entire year of course work, including the final examination, were awarded their Chiropractic Pediatric Certification by the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association.

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Acupuncture

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Parker College of Chiropractic held a six-part Acupuncture Certification program with acupuncture expert Dr. Richard Yennie leading the sessions. Originating in China more than 2,000 years ago, an estimated 2.1 million adults used acupuncture last year. The use of acupuncture in chiropractic offices, can open a new dimension of care to those seeking relief from a wide variety of acute and chronic health problems. A chiropractic legend and pioneer of acupuncture in America, Dr. Yennie has practiced for over 49 years. While treating celebrities in politics, sports and entertainment, Dr. Yennie has studied and researched Oriental medicine during travels throughout Japan, Taiwan, Korea, China and the United States. Kathleen Colton and Jan SteGermaine also led sessions throughout the six-part course. Ms. Colton, founder of Heartland Yoga and Acupuncture, is a licensed acupuncturist and massage therapist. She is certified in oriental medicine, acupuncture, massage therapy, cranio-sacral therapy, Reiki, The Barbara Breener Style of Energy Balancing, Qi Gong and laser light therapy. Ms. SteGermaine, a graduate of Midwest College with a master of science in Oriental Medicine, currently is in private practice and conducts seminars and lectures on traditional Chinese medicine. Ms. SteGermaine traveled to Beijing to observe the effectiveness of the three branches of Chinese medicine working together as primary care in China.

Parker College Schedules Health Provider

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Approximately 335,000 of all annual adult coronary heart disease deaths in the United States are due to sudden cardiac arrest, suffered outside the hospital setting. When the arrest occurs outside a hospital setting, most victims die because cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and defibrillation were not provided soon enough. About 900 Americans die every day due to sudden cardiac arrest. (Source: American Heart Association) Parker College of Chiropractic offered a one-day course to address this specific emergency care need. Scheduled Health Provider CPR provided attendees with the skills needed to respond in a cardiac arrest emergency and was designed for participants who provide health care to patients in a wide variety of settings. The course was held on the campus of Parker College. Paula Robinson, M.A., E.M.T., and certified CPR instructor, led this course using current American Heart Association guidelines. Subject areas covered during the class included:

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Parker College School of Massage Therapy Names

Program Coordinator Dr. Lyle Wilson was named coordinator of the Parker College School of Massage Therapy, which opened in January 2007.

In announcing the appointment, Dr. Fabrizio Mancini, President of Parker College of Chiropractic, said, “Dr. Wilson comes to us with outstanding experience in massage therapy education. His knowledge and talents will add great depth to the newest addition to our educational offerings.” Dr. Wilson is responsible for curriculum development, staffing, management and professional and regulatory relationships for the massage school. “Parker College has a 25-year history of providing excellence in health care education,” said Dr. Wilson. “I am honored to be a part of this dynamic and growing institution.” He began his career in massage therapy education as an instructor in 1984 and has also served as a consultant and director for massage schools in the DFW area. Dr. Wilson is a former executive board member of the American Massage Therapy Association – Texas Chapter and is currently the owner of Rhythmic Balance, a provider of health care services such as nutritional assessment and counseling, and individualized exercise, massage therapy and wellness programs. Dr. Wilson has earned over 1,500 hours of massage and bodywork classes and holds certifications in numerous areas including basic and advanced Swedish massage, structural integration, injury rehabilitation, orthopedic and sports massage, oriental therapies and teaching adult learners. He holds a doctor of naturopathy from the Life Sciences Institute and is currently working toward his master’s degree in natural health from Clayton College of Natural Health. Dr. Wilson earned his bachelor of science in biology and bachelor or arts in business from California State University in Northridge.

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Parker College School of Massage Therapy invited the public to an open house to celebrate the beginning of its first session of classes in January 2007. Guests had the opportunity to tour the school’s facilities and to ask questions about the new program and massage therapy services available to the public. The massage therapy school, a program of Parker College of Chiropractic, is part of the college’s 25-year proven tradition of excellence in health care education. “Massage therapy students will receive the same benefit of Parker’s hallmarks – quality education and student-centered attention,” said Dr. Fabrizio Mancini, President of Parker College of Chiropractic. Parker’s massage school provides students with over 320 hours of education in the science and art of therapeutic bodywork as well as over 200 hours of classroom, lab and clinical courses in health care sciences. According to theAssociated Bodywork and Massage Professionals (ABMP), approximately 200,000 massage therapists practice in the United States. Massage therapy professionals practice in a variety of settings including chiropractic office, health and wellness centers, hospitals, clinics and doctor’s offices, spas, fitness centers and professional sports organizations. The balance of the massage school’s required hours includes courses in business, ethics and communication. Prior to graduation, all students must submit a complete business plan that can be utilized when beginning a massage therapy practice. “Our program is structured so that students who plan to practice in Texas may test for their Texas license and begin working while completing the remainder of the coursework,” said Dr. Lyle Wilson, Coordinator of the School of Massage Therapy. “We specifically designed this certificate program so that graduates will be fully prepared and qualified to sit for the National Certification Examination in Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork.”

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Doctors Learn To Help Animals

Through Chiropractic Recent surveys and studies indicate that more than 63 percent – or 69 million households – own a pet. Those numbers are up from 64 million pet owners in 2002. Additionally, dog owners spend approximately $211 per year on medical care for their pet while medical care for cats often averages about $179. (Source: American Pet Products Manufacturers Association). Americans spent $8.6 billion in veterinary care in 2005. The Chiropractic for Animals program at Parker College of Chiropractic provides a unique opportunity for veterinarians and chiropractors to learn how to perform chiropractic treatment on animals through a hands-on program. The Chiropractic for Animals course met on the Parker College campus. Licensed veterinarians and chiropractors as well as senior level students who are enrolled in accredited professional programs were welcome. Parker’s program is one of three programs in the nation offering this instruction to health care professionals. “There is a need to have properly trained doctors performing this kind of care,” said Dr. Gene Giggleman, Dean of Academics at Parker and a licensed veterinarian. “This program ties the strengths of both practices together under the guidance of highly trained teaching professionals in an effort to provide the best, most comprehensive approach to animal health care.” The program also included hands-on labs taught by AVCA Certified Doctors. Additionally, the course focused on veterinary anatomy, pathology, neurology and other areas that will enable both veterinarians and chiropractors to receive specialized training in the care of animals. Animal chiropractic is a drug-free approach to pet health care that focuses on the nervous system. Some states require doctors to be specifically certified in this area to perform the animal chiropractic procedures. “Parker’s course is an important tool to assist doctors in obtaining the certification they need in order to be a part of this rewarding and valuable adjunct to their current practices,” Dr. Giggleman said. The course is approved by the American Veterinary Chiropractic Association and upon successful completion, the student is eligible to sit for the American Veterinary Chiropractic Association (AVCA) Certification Exam.

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Alumni

Profiles Dr. Jim Johnston ‘86,

Irving, Texas

Ask most college students what they think about their professors and the first reaction is often, “Oh he’s okay.” But ask Parker College of Chiropractic students about their professors and the response is very apt to be, “He’s great.” Within a few minutes of meeting Dr. Johnston you know he is passionate about teaching and chiropractic. With a little over a year of teaching under his belt, Dr. Johnston is now thoroughly immersed in his position as an assistant professor of Chiropractic Wellness Clinics at Parker College of Chiropractic. “I’m a clinic doctor,” said Dr. Johnston. “I supervise clinic interns and watch them evolve into confident, successful doctors.” “I didn’t set out to be a teacher,” he said. “But here I am. It is truly a joy to come to campus each day. I love my job.” Dr. Johnston graduated from Parker College of Chiropractic in 1986 and practiced full time in Arlington, Texas for over 17 years. When Dr. Johnston “retired” he thought he had done all he wanted professionally as a chiropractor. “I never dreamed that I would teach.” Dr. Johnston wants Parker students to enter their careers with certainty about their abilities as a chiropractor. “I am here to help students learn how to exploit their strengths and minimize their weakness. It is important that they leave Parker ready to begin practice. If they aren’t, I haven’t done my job.”

Dr. Helen (Forrest) Villani ‘97, & Dr. Jeremy Villani ‘98, New South Wales Australia

Becoming a chiropractor has its challenges. After years of studying the art and philosophy of an adjustment, one is expected to go into the world and begin a successful practice. Many choose to move back home to a familiar part of this country. For Drs. Jeremy and Helen (Forrest) Villani of New South Wales Australia (NSW), the challenge became an obstacle that required a year of hard work by Helen and lots of continuous outreach to the local community by many Parker alumni. Upon Helen’s return to NSW in January 1997, Parker College was not a recognized school in that state. Helen was expected to incur the expense of registering in another state and then approach the local registration body for recognition of her education under a mutual recognition clause. While Jeremy was still in school in Dallas, Helen began working with the local parliamentary representative from the chiropractor’s registration board to get all Parker DCs the recognition in NSW they needed to practice. After months of waiting recognition was granted for her and future Parker DCs to follow. Helen and Jeremy Villani continue their involvement on local, state and national levels to help shape the future of the chiropractic profession in NSW. Both are members of the International Chiropractic Association, International Chiropractic Pediatric Association, Australian American Association, and Chiropractors Association of Australia. Jeremy has served as an executive board member of the Chiropractic Association of Australia since 2002 and was appointed to the Ethics Committee for NSW. The Villanis support their local community by acting as official chiropractor for two Rugby teams. They are members of the Masonic Lodge, Rotary, and volunteers to Hands on Health, a community health initiative throughout Australia that brings “touching” alternatives to socialized medicine within reach of those in need.

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Alumni

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Dr. Michael Hall ‘90, Coppell, Texas Dr. Michael Hall sees teaching as an extension of his chiropractic practice. “I teach what I practice,” says Dr. Hall, associate professor of clinical sciences at Parker College of Chiropractic. Through teaching and practicing, Dr. Hall can relate to his students what to expect when they enter practice. “I can be faced with the daily toil and grind, which can be frustrating and stressful. However, all of those frustrations are gone when I walk into the doors of my clinic and there are people there who need chiropractic care. It is such a blessing to be able to positively influence the lives of people every day,” he explains.

Those lives involve not only his patients but also his students. Dr. Hall, a diplomate of the American College of Chiropractic Board of Neurology, can relate what he sees in his practice back to his students. “Students get the academics and reallife experience. They need to see what they learn applied to real patients. For me, continuing to practice makes that a possibility.” “Teaching is a joyful experience. My goal is that Parker students have the absolutely best foundation for their practice in the real world. Rigorous academics and clinical experiences will and do prepare them. We do that at Parker College,” Dr. Hall said. It is his love for both Parker College and an alumnus and as a teacher that led him to participate in the Parker College of Chiropractic Alumni Association. “When I entered Parker as a student in the Fall of 1987, we were in a converted grocery store. Now 25 years later, Parker College has outstanding facilities and faculty that give all of our students the best opportunity for one terrific education,” says Dr. Hall. Dr. Hall sees his participation as a member of the Parker Alumni Board of Directors as an extension of his appreciation for Parker. “On a daily basis I am able to share my faith, confidence and belief in chiropractic because of Parker College. A strong alumni association can further enhance the outreach of Parker College to students and patients. Giving back to our profession and to our world – isn’t that what it is all about?”

Dr. Benjamin Casey Quiroz ‘05, Weslaco, Texas Less than a year after graduating, Dr. Benjamin Quiroz has turned a small clinic into a thriving, 900-patient-a-month clinic. Shortly before graduating in August 2005, Dr. Quiroz sent his resume to Dr. Paul Grindstaff ’97, who owned three clinics in Texas and was looking for an associate in his McAllen clinic. Dr. Grindstaff quickly began teaching Dr. Quiroz the Parker Procedures – the practice management procedures he learned while at Parker and revised over the years to fit each clinic he acquired. In January 2006 Dr. Quiroz took over Weslaco Chiropractic in Weslaco, Texas, which saw an average of 100 patients per month. After applying the Parker Procedures at Weslaco Chiropractic, Dr. Quiroz increased the patient volume to 900 patients per month. Dr. Quiroz’s success in the local community has broadened his network. The University of Texas Pan American Physician Assistant program recently approached him to have physician assistant students work in Weslaco Chiropractic to gain clinic and practical experience. 42

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CONTINUING EDUCATION Check out our current course offerings: • • • • • • • •

Acupuncture 100 hour Certification with Dr. Richard Yennie Animal Chiropractic Certification August Mini-Relicensure event offering 16 hours of CE Chiropractic Assistant Training ONLINE ICPA Pediatrics Certification and Diplomate Laserology: Cold Laser Instruction Physiological Therapeutics Update with Dr. Ken Thomas Scoliosis Correction Series with Dr. Dennis Woggon

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Online classes for DCs Certified Chiropractic Sports Practitioner Certification® Chiropractic Assistant Training Workshops Command Spanish for the Chiropractor Wellness - How to Incorporate it into Your Practice Carpal Tunnel with Dr. Mitch Mally

You can depend on Parker College of Chiropractic to provide relevant and effective Continuing Education classes designed to help you continue on your professional journey of excellence and success. Parker College School of Massage Therapy Enrollment is currently underway for spring and fall classes! Find out more about our course offerings online at www.parkercc.edu or call 800.266.4723 Please call us to verify state board approval.

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