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Publisher Jon Schwartzbauer, D.C.

On the Cover Sherman student Elizabeth Balwah; photo by Nazar K.

Editor Karen Rhodes, M.B.A.

2. Leadership All of us possess leadership potential, whether or not we joined the profession with ambitions of becoming a leader.

3. Campus News

Assistant Editor Marggi Roldan

Students named Intern of the Month; Keim, Picou and Rada join trustees.

Contributing Writers Jaime Browning, D.C. Gary Glancy Tim Guest, D.C. Beverly Knight Charlotte Babb Ally Padden Daria Winnicka

Sherman, Spartanburg Community College form Pre-Chiropractic Institute; supporters earn My Scholarship credit; students help recruit; Shadow an Intern Day; Sherman, Mid Michigan Community College sign transfer agreement.

4. Focus on Enrollment

6. Research News Faculty members publish studies, books and present at conferences; four join Institutional Review Board.

7. Sherman News Luo named to NBCE committee; Senator Martin visits campus; show your pride.

FALL 2010 ISSUE Straight from Sherman is published twice a year and is produced for and about the Sherman College community. For inquiries, call 800849-8771, ext. 242, or e-mail the editor at Located in the beautiful and affordable Upstate of South Carolina, Sherman College offers a comprehensive 14-quarter program leading to the doctor of chiropractic degree. Students graduate with the knowledge, skills and passion to enjoy success and make a real impact on the health and lives of their future patients.

The Doctor of Chiropractic The doctor of chiropractic degree program of Sherman College of Chiropractic is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of the Council on Chiropractic Education. Sherman College is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award the doctor of chiropractic degree. Sherman College is licensed by the South Carolina Commission on Higher Education.

The Mission of Sherman College The mission of Sherman College of Chiropractic is to be the leader in bringing straight chiropractic to the world. Our mission is based upon the college’s philosophy and core values, and encompasses: Education We shall educate, graduate, and support competent, compassionate, ethical, and successful doctors of chiropractic who excel as primary health care providers centered on vertebral subluxation. Research We shall support and produce research and scholarly activities that contribute to the body of knowledge on chiropractic education, clinical knowledge, health care and the theoretical constructs of vertebral subluxation. Service We shall serve humanity by providing the highest quality in chiropractic care, public education, professional partnerships, and community initiatives.

8. Focus on Alumni Alumni Association officers named; association president Tim Guest shares why you should think like a hobbit; alumni share news; alumni authors featured in Sherman’s library.

12. Leadership, Our Style Leadership is hard to define – but easy to recognize. Opportunities to lead take many forms for Sherman grads.

22. Giving Back to Sherman Classmates remember alumnus Paul Davidson; capital campaign opportunities.

23. Living Chiropractic Liam Schübel brings passion and inspiration to his leadership role as a member of the college’s board of trustees.

24. Alumni, Friends Honored Chiropractor of the Year Jim Dubel; the college’s 2010 award recipients

26. From Passion to Action Sherman alumni, friends, students and supporters gather at Lyceum 2010.

28. Building the Profession See where we’re headed next; share your passion with Sherman’s ROAR program.

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Creating a Culture of Leadership — President Jon Schwartzbauer, D.C.

“Leaders establish the vision for the future and set the strategy for getting there; they cause change. They motivate and inspire others to go in the right direction and they, along with everyone else, sacrifice to get there.” ~ John Kotter

it shares the great accomplishments of a few of our graduates and supporters. These individuals are, without a doubt, leaders: dedicated, engaged, and passionate with purpose.

As a college president, I’m keenly aware that our profession’s current leaders won’t be around forever and that we need to encourage like minded chiropractors to take the lead as a shift in our profession’s leaders will inevitably take place. We need to become and support the leaders of tomorrow.

One of my dreams is to keep the class rooms at Sherman filled with students who will graduate and lead, keeping the spirit of chiropractic alive and growing the profession for the next generations. To make that happen, we are focusing our strategies, building our road map.

At Sherman we are deliberate about creating a culture of leadership to prepare our students to hit the ground running after graduation. And we’re quite proud of our graduates: in addition to establishing and working in successful practices and changing lives around the world, Sherman alumni serve as presidents of state and national organizations, members of state boards of chiropractic examiners and researchers and college faculty.

All the things we do have become deliberate actions geared toward bringing more students to Sherman College and, ultimately, bringing chiropractic to the world. I invite you be part of that vision and join us in forward motion toward growing our college.

To nurture our profession’s developing leaders, Sherman encourages and supports students’ personal, social and academic development, and we consistently look for ways to develop the potential in each student. The article “Leadership, Sherman Style” on page 12 offers insight on how our faculty and staff foster leadership, and



I think all of us possess some leadership potential, regardless of whether or not we joined the chiropractic profession with specific ambitions of becoming a leader. We all have an influence in the path our patients take with their health. And we all have an influence in the direction our profession takes though fewer of us take the lead in managing that change.

There are many ways to get involved as a leader in chiropractic. Our new Reach Out and Recruit (ROAR) program is one of them – you can raise

“A great leader’s courage to fulfill his vision comes from passion, not position.” ~John Maxwell


awareness about chiropractic in your community while helping shape the future of your profession. In less than six months, more than 50 enthusiastic supporters have committed to ROAR for Sherman by leveraging social networks, mentoring future students and allowing them to shadow in their offices, representing Sherman at health/career fairs and looking for opportunities to share chiropractic with their communities (see page 29 for more about the ROAR program). Yours in the vision,

Campus News

Students Named Intern of the Month at Sherman Health Center

Keim, Picou and Rada Join Sherman College Board of Trustees

Adam Tedder (July) is a 13th-quarter student from Braselton, GA. Following graduation he plans to join his brother, Nick Tedder, D.C., ’04, in his Upper Cervical Health Centers of America office in Dacula, GA.

Three individuals were recently elected to the Sherman College Board of Trustees to serve a four-year term. Rotating off the board on March 15 after their four-year terms were Carl Gillman, D.C., and Peter Wells, B.Arch. Marilee Keim, Todd Picou and Mary Ellen Rada were elected.

Susan Adamczak (June) is a 12th-quarter student from Buffalo, NY. Following graduation, she plans to open a practice in Myrtle Beach, SC. Brandy McSwain (May) is a 12th-quarter student from Chesnee, SC. Following graduation, she plans to open a practice in Spartanburg. Danna Denise Ancrum (April) is a 13thquarter student from Orangeburg, SC. She plans to open an upper cervical practice in Columbia, SC. Yvette Coll (March) is a 14th-quarter student from Miami, FL, and she plans to start an associateship in her hometown.



Steven Legault (February) is a 13thquarter student from New Castle, PA. He is making practice plans.

“Carl and Peter have added to the tradition of the college with their leadership of the profession, energetic dedication to the college and depth of expertise, setting a high standard for our new trustees,” said President Dr. Jon Schwartzbauer. “We welcome Marilee, Todd and Mary Ellen with high expectations.”

Marilee Keim, B.S., M.Ed. Marilee Keim is the Social Studies Department Chair and a teacher at Fairfield Junior Senior High School in Goshen, IN, and the wife of alumnus and Regent Richard Keim, D.C., ’77. She brings to the board a wealth of experience in education and is devoted to her students and promoting life-long learning. She earned a bachelor’s degree in education at Goshen College and a master’s degree in education at Indiana Wesleyan University.

Todd Picou, B.S., M.B.A.

In addition to her private practice, Mary-Ellen Rada, D.C., of Jackson, NJ, has served the Federation of Chiropractic Licensing Boards, National Board of Chiropractic Examiners, State of New Jersey Department of Law and Public Safety/Division of Consumer Affairs and New Jersey State Board of Chiropractic Examiners in numerous capacities. In 2007 she was presented the Distinguished Service Award from Sherman College. She is a 1988 graduate of Sherman and earned a bachelor’s degree in biology from Richard Stockton College of New Jersey. She brings a wealth of practice and education experience to the board.

Donor Honor Roll Correction



Mary Ellen Rada, D.C.



Todd Picou is an entrepreneur within the health care industry, having co-founded

Hospice Care of South Carolina, the Hospice and Palliative Care Foundation, Executive Management Consultants, Allcare Medical and most recently, Senior Care Consultants. A native of Louisiana, he earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Louisiana State University and a master’s degree in business administration from Gardner-Webb University. He has worked as comptroller for an offshore platform construction company in the oil industry and as a nursing home operator. His business and management expertise will be an asset to the board.

Each spring we publish the Donor Honor Roll in Straight from Sherman. The list published in our spring 2010 issue was composed of individuals and organizations making donations received by the college in 2009. We take great care in compiling the list, and we regret that we incorrectly listed an alumna’s donation in the Spring 2010 Donor Honor Roll. Lisa M. Jaco, D.C., ’00, made a gift to the college that should have been listed as a gift made in memory of William Garren, D.C., ’77. STRAIGHT FROM SHERMAN



Campus News: Focus on Enrollment

Sherman, Spartanburg Community College Form Partnership to Launch Pre-Chiropractic Institute Sherman College of Chiropractic and Spartanburg Community College formalized an agreement to create the Pre-Chiropractic Institute (PCI) at Spartanburg Community College. Officials from both colleges signed the agreement in June. Through the Institute, Spartanburg Community College students can earn an Associate of Science Degree with Pre-Chiropractic Electives and a PreChiropractic Certificate, and then seamlessly transfer to Sherman College, where they complete a doctor of chiropractic degree. “The Pre-Chiropractic Institute at Spartanburg Community College will provide students with a convenient, cost-effective and timely path to enrollment at Sherman College and to their futures as doctors of chiropractic,” says Sherman College President Jon Schwartzbauer, D.C. “The PCI is a highly attractive option for future Sherman students already at the community college, as well as outof-state students who are looking to relocate to Spartanburg, take prerequisite courses such as organic chemistry, anatomy and physics at SCC, then begin at Sherman.” Sherman College and Spartanburg Community College have had a longstanding, mutually beneficial relationship. Spartanburg Community College classes often visit Sherman College for anatomy lab tours, and several Sherman graduates are instructors there. Both colleges are a part of the College Town consortium, which aims to inte-



Amanda Davis, left, with Spartanburg Community College President Dr. Para Jones and Sherman President Dr. Jon Schwartzbauer at the Pre-Chiropractic Institute signing. Photo by Alex C. Hicks, Jr., courtesy of the Spartanburg Herald-Journal.

grate academic leadership and social opportunities for students from six colleges in the Spartanburg area. “This partnership exemplifies the true spirit of College Town by aligning complimentary programs to provide more opportunities for our students,” says Spartanburg Community College President Dr. Para M. Jones. Amanda Davis, a Spartanburg Community College student who recently completed her prerequisites to enroll at Sherman, says the program will greatly benefit prospective students. “Having an advisor at Spartanburg Community College who can help them get everything they need to pursue a graduate degree at Sherman will make the process a lot easier,” she says.

The program advisor is Gail Jones, D.C., a Sherman alumna who has walked in these students’ shoes. “I’ve been there so I can advise students on more than just what classes to take,” says Jones. The Spartanburg Community College curriculum not only fulfills Sherman College’s prerequisite requirements but it also includes courses in business, Spanish, marketing and entrepreneurship, which provide critical exposure and knowledge to students on running a chiropractic business. For more information about the PreChiropractic Institute e-mail or call 800-8498771, ext. 221.

The Pre-Chiropractic Institute at Spartanburg Community College will provide students with a convenient, cost-effective and timely path to enrollment at Sherman College and to their futures as doctors of chiropractic.


Campus News: Focus on Enrollment

Supporters Refer Students, Earn My Scholarship Credit

Students Play an Active Role in Recruiting

Sherman, Mid Michigan Community College Sign Transfer Agreement

In Summer 2010, college alumni and supporters referred nearly half of Sherman’s class of incoming students. Thanks to each of the following chiropractors who referred a student for the summer 2010 class, thereby earning My Scholarship credit.

In addition to referrals from alumni and supporters of the college, many students come to Sherman after talking with a currently enrolled Sherman student. The Admission Office thanks the following current Sherman students who have each referred a friend so far in 2010:

by Public Relations Intern Ally Padden

Reggie Gold, D.C. (2) Joanne Gallagher, D.C. Bryn Gillow, D.C. Mohamed Osman, D.C. Gary & Cathie Padden, D.C.s (2) The My Scholarship Program is the college’s way of showing appreciation for the extraordinary support alumni and friends provide to Sherman College by referring students. For every student referred, supporters earn a $1,000 scholarship credit upon enrollment. Once the scholarship fund reaches $5,000, supporters can award the scholarship to a new student(s) of their choice. Each time the fund builds to $5,000, additional scholarships can be awarded. Find out more at myscholarship.

Scott Baker Amy Crittenden Greg Russo Diane Schroeder Allison Smith Current Sherman students play a major role in recruiting as they lead tours, participate in visit and Shadow an Intern Days, give presentations, call prospective students and applicants to answer questions, send e-mails and more. Some students have taken the next step by attending career and college fairs in their hometowns along with Sherman admission representatives. We appreciate all our students do to build their future profession, and we look forward to their continued support following graduation.

Under the new agreement, students will be able to take their minimum 90 semester hours at MMCC, and then transfer into Sherman College’s D.C. program after three years. MMCC has two campuses in Michigan (Harrison and Mt. Pleasant) and approximately 5,000 students. “This will be a great program for Mid Michigan students looking for a costeffective and timely path to enrollment at Sherman College and to their futures as doctors of chiropractic,” says Sherman admission representative Daria Winnicka, who worked closely with Mid Michigan to develop the program. “Sherman has a strong network of chiropractic alumni and supporters in Michigan, so we jumped at the chance to work with MMCC on this transfer agreement.”

Prospective Students Shadow Interns During the college’s Shadow an Intern Day in July, students and their guests paired up with interns for an afternoon in the Chiropractic Health Center. The event is designed to be personal so prospective students can benefit from the one-on-one interaction with their interns. Guests observed patient visits, sat in on classes, toured the x-ray suite and experienced daily responsibilities of an intern. By all reports, students had a great day, and the only complaint was that the day was over too soon! Shadow an Intern Days are held in February and July.

Enhancing a strong network of chiropractic alumni and supporters in Michigan, Sherman College recently signed a transfer agreement with Mid Michigan Community College (MMCC) to facilitate student transition to the doctor of chiropractic program at Sherman College.

Sherman College continually works to establish articulation agreements and pre-chiropractic programs with undergraduate institutions across the nation to facilitate admission to its doctor of chiropractic program.

Prospective student Keisha Hall spent the afternoon with Sherman intern Holly Clarke during Shadow an Intern Day in July.

For more information on such agreements, e-mail or call 800-849-8771, ext. 256. The MMCC agreement can be viewed at




Luo also presented two research posters at the 110th General Meeting of the American Society for Microbiology in San Diego, CA, in May: “Rapid Detection of Mercury in Shrimp by Bacterial Cells and in vitro Luciferase System of Photobacterium leiognathi” by Wang, J-X., Zhu, L., Mei, C., Wang, Y., Luo, P. G., Lin H. and “Application of Luminescent Bacteria and Bacterial Luciferase in Food Safety” by Wang, J-X., Lin, H., Zhu, L., Mei, C., Luo, P. G., Wang, J., and Wang, Y.

Cindy Gibbon, D.C., Hart, and Claudia Seay, D.C., presented a poster on “Intra- and Inter-examiner Reliability of Mastoid Fossa Thermal Readings Using Chiropractic Instrumentation” at ACC-RAC.

John Hart, D.C., M.H.Sc., has two articles approved for publication in Dose Response journal: “Lung Cancer in Oregon” and “Cancer Mortality for a Single Race in Low versus High Elevation Counties in the U.S.”

Greene-Orndorff and fellow alumnus John Reizer, D.C., published their book Chiropractic Mavericks: The Story of Helen and Dr. Gordon Brown (ISBN 978-0-557-44717-6) in May 2010 via Lulu Press, Inc.

Hart’s paper (in collaboration with USC-Upstate) entitled, “Cancer Mortality, State Mean Elevations, and other Selected Predictors” by John Hart and Seunggeun Hyun is accepted to be published in Dose Response. In addition, Hart presented research work entitled,

Greene-Orndorff, Pat Kuhta, D.C., and Beth McDowell-Reizer, D.C., coauthored a manuscript entitled “The Prevalence of Posticus Ponticus Within a Chiropractic Health Center Patient Population,” which was accepted at the Journal of Chiropractic Medicine.

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Laura Greene-Orndorff, R.T., D.C., authored “Your Secret Patient Protection Agency,” which was published in the April 20, 2010 issue of Chiropractic Economics, Volume 56, Number 6, Pages 37-38.





Hart, along with co-authors Matthew Christopher, D.C., and Ralph Boone, Ph.D., D.C., presented “Asymmetry in Atlas Bone Specimens: A Pilot Study” at the Association of Chiropractic Colleges Research Agenda Conference (ACC-RAC) 2010 in Las Vegas, NV.


George Luo, M.D., Ph.D., co-authored a paper that has been accepted for publication: Cao, L., Deng, Z., Wang, F., Luo, P. G., Zhang, G., Tang, F., and Zou, B. “Self-assembled Synthesis and Characterization of Dandelion-like and Flower-like Cupric Oxide Nanostructures.” Nanoscience and Nanotechnology Letters.

“Cancer Mortality Rates and Land Elevations in the Carolinas,” at the sixth annual South Carolina Upstate Research Symposium.


Faculty Members Publish Studies, Books; Present at Conferences


Research News

Four Join Institutional Review Board at Sherman; Schwartzbauer Appointed Chair Mitzi Schwartzbauer has been appointed as Institutional Research Board (IRB) chair. In May 2010, four new members were appointed to the IRB: Tina Casey, P.H.R.; Crissy Lewis, M.L.I.S; Anthony Duke, Ph.D.; and Pam Hart, R.N. The purpose of the IRB is to protect human research participants and to comply with federal guidelines for experimental subject protection. The IRB will review the proposals for all research involving human subjects and assess the risks. If the IRB finds the risks to be acceptable it may approve the project as submitted. If the risks are unacceptable the IRB may suggest revisions and request the project be resubmitted or it may disapprove the project.




Campus News

Luo Named to NBCE Microbiology Cut Score Committee

SCCA Director Gabriel O’Sullivan, S.C. Senator Shane Martin Visit Campus

George Luo, M.D., Ph.D., has been invited to serve on the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners (NBCE) Microbiology Cut Score Committee. Committee members are responsible for working with colleagues from other chiropractic programs to recommend a “cut score,” or passing score for the NBCE microbiology exam. According to the NBCE web site, cut scores are determined by a team of experts who “determine what minimum score is necessary to demonstrate adequate knowledge, skills and abilities required for entry-level practice.” Cut scores are based on these experts’ judgments. “Dr. Luo will be an excellent addition to the NBCE committee,” says Vice President for Academic Affairs Bob Irwin, D.C. “I know he will represent Sherman College very well.”

Sherman Shares E-Newsletter brings News to Your E-mail Inbox If you enjoy receiving regular printed publications from Sherman College but would like more frequent updates on the latest news, sign up for the college’s email newsletter, Sherman Shares. Sherman Shares delivers news, photos and features each month in an interactive and easy-to-read format — straight to your e-mail inbox. To sign up, visit the college’s web site at and fill out our quick and easy form. From there, you can also take a look at archived issues and other college e-newsletters like Recognition Through Research.

South Carolina Chiropractic Association (SCCA) District Nine Director Gabriel O’Sullivan, D.C., ’01, and South Carolina Senator Shane R. Martin (District 13) visited with Sherman President Jon Schwartzbauer, D.C., and key college administrators on August 24. Senator Martin represents Greenville, Spartanburg and Union Counties and is an advocate for the chiropractic profession. He visited campus to talk with college leaders about Sherman’s mission and its role in both the chiropractic and local communities. He will return to campus in November to receive SCCA’s Legislator of the Year Award.

Show Your Sherman Pride: Link Your Web Site to the College

information on downloading and linking for both Windows and Mac users.

If your practice has a web site, put it to work for you by displaying the Sherman College of Chiropractic logo and linking to your alma mater.

To connect with us on social networks like Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn, check out the blue box on page 25.

Aside from showing your Sherman Pride, posting the college’s logo on your page and linking to us will connect your web site visitors to a wealth of information about chiropractic, Sherman College, careers in chiropractic and current research. Link to us at Want to include the logo? You can download it at We provide





Alumni Insurance Program Supports at Any Age, Stage

Meet Your New Alumni Association President

Whether you’ve just graduated, are established with a family and career, or are getting ready to enjoy a well-earned retirement, The Alumni Insurance Program, sponsored by Sherman College, can help you at every stage of your life.

Tim Guest, D.C., a 1986 graduate of Sherman College, ascended to the office of president of the Sherman College Alumni Association at the annual membership meeting on May 28, 2010. He previously served as second vice president and then first vice president of the association.

The Alumni Insurance Program is a convenient source for life, health and travel insurance for alumni and their family members. There are a variety of plans available to meet your needs, including GradMed short-term health insurance, great for new grads and other alumni seeking temporary coverage and ProtectorMed for Catastrophe Major Medical coverage. Check out all the options on our web site at


You can also get more information on these insurance plans by visiting sherman or calling American Insurance Administrators at 800-922-1245 weekdays, 8 a.m. -6 p.m., Eastern Time.

Guest is the compliance officer at Life University where he also serves as privacy officer and faculty clinician. He has been a certified instructor for Activator Methods since 2000 and now serves as Atlanta City Coordinator for Activator. Many alumni know Guest as an associate professor at Sherman where he worked from 1991-2006 while maintaining Guest Chiropractic Center in nearby Inman, SC. A native of Gaffney, SC, Guest learned about chiropractic as a youngster when his father became a patient of Bruce Ehlich, D.C. His first

Share Your Ideas: Contact the Alumni Association Sherman College’s Alumni Association welcomes your input as we move forward into the future. Association President Tim Guest, D.C., would love to hear your thoughts and ideas about enhancing the association experience. You may e-mail tguest@ or call 770-426-2935.




personal experience with chiropractic care came years later when he became a patient in the Chiropractic Health Center at Sherman. Guest says that during his third year in undergraduate college he decided that he wanted a career in health care. During that time he was dating a girl who was under chiropractic care and he tagged along to her visits. “I saw a health care model that was centered on getting people well and not just patching them up,” says Guest. It was an idea that resonated with him and the rest is history. Guest and a board of five other officers will lead the association during the next two years. Pictured below, l to r, standing, First Vice President, Mark Fullerton, ’84, Woodruff, SC; President, Tim Guest, ’86, Marietta, GA; Second Vice President, Jami Karr, ’00, New Holland, PA; seated, l to r, Secretary, Kristen Denette, ’07, South Easton, MA; Treasurer, Claudia Seay, ’80, Greer, SC; Past President, Nalyn Marcus, ’90, Bethlehem, PA.


Think Like a Hobbit A Message from Alumni Association President Tim Guest, D.C., ’86

Hobbits are a diminutive people who spend most of their time in activities which keep them in harmony with the earth. They are typically very peaceful, but they can become fierce warriors when their way of life is threatened. Hobbits are also very concerned with telling the stories of their history and the accomplishments of their ancestors, but they will avoid telling stories of evil or failures and instead focus on “good” tales. While reading The Lord of The Rings trilogy over the summer, I began thinking that chiropractors in general (and Sherman chiropractors in particular) ought to start thinking like hobbits. We should act every day as a chiropractor in harmony with the natural laws of the body and healing and yet be ready to fly to the defense of our beloved profession and our alma mater when they are threatened. Hobbits love to talk about their home land, the Shire, and are always yearning to go back to it when they are away, much as many of us can hardly wait for Lyceum to come back around each year so we can “return home.” In the first book of the trilogy, a fellowship assembles to take a ring which causes evil on an arduous journey to the land of Mordor and cast it into a volcano, thus destroying the ring and saving the world from evil. I was struck by the fact that this Fellowship of the Ring was composed of hobbits, a wizard, an elf, a dwarf and men, all very different in abilities and in

background, but joined together for a common purpose. The Sherman College of Chiropractic Alumni Association is made up of people with many different backgrounds, different beliefs about how to deliver chiropractic and even different thoughts about how to define chiropractic. And yet I believe we are all, if you will, part of a fellowship that shares a common purpose of taking chiropractic to the world. I have had the opportunity, and might I add the pleasure, to speak with Sherman President Dr. Jon Schwartzbauer about his goals and vision for our college and am personally satisfied that Sherman is set on a true and steady course for growth and success. I am both hopeful and curious about the Sherman College to which I will one day, if I am so blessed, bring my grandchildren to visit. I hope you will join with me in supporting the administration, faculty and staff. As president of the Alumni Association, my own goals and vision for the future of this group are simple and straightforward. Foremost, I want the association membership to double by Lyceum 2011. My vision is to be part of an Alumni Association whose members are active in their home communities, not only promoting Sherman College to prospective students, but also to their fellow chiropractors. I would wager that in every community where there is a Sherman (continued on page 11)

Sherman Alumni Association: Your Membership Matters Your Alumni Association dues support alumni and student programs that provide mentoring opportunities, scholarships and leadership programs. Alumni Association members also receive great benefits, including access to the Alumni Directory online, discounts at the Sherman Bookstore and much more. Join or renew your membership today for only $50. A credit card payment can be made via phone at 800-849-8771, ext. 277, or by sending it to AlumniAssociation@ through PayPal.

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Classmate Updates Send your news to Director of Alumni Relations Marggi Roldan, Sherman College, P.O. Box 1452, Spartanburg, SC 29304;; or through the alumni pages at See more alumni and campus news at

April Kosinski, D.C., ’06, and husband, John Kosinski, D.C., ’07, of Manchester, NH, announce the birth of daughter Kayla Marie on April 12, 2010.


Landin Marzolf, D.C., ’07, and his wife, Katie, of Bainbridge, GA, announce the birth of son Logan Shipp on April 15, 2010.


Chuck Scarpulla, D.C., ’00, and his wife, Fiona, of Orangeburg, NY, announce the birth of son Gavin Charles on August 24, 2010.

Kim Misner, D.C., ’84, of Neptune City, NJ, was inducted into the Neptune High School Hall of Fame on May 7, 2010.

Princess Porter Fowler, D.C., ’01, and her husband, Ralph, of Spartanburg, SC, welcomed son Xander Rhys on June 20, 2010.

Lee Kronert, D.C.’s ’86, novel Mental Cruelty about a straight chiropractor going through a difficult divorce, was published by Tate Publishing and is available in bookstores and through

Jonathan Custer, D.C., ’03, and his wife, Cassie, of Woodruff, SC, announce the birth of son Nathan on July 6, 2010.

Anthony J. De Luca, D.C., ’87, of Old Bridge, NJ, served as team doctor for the Great Britain and Republic of Georgia ice dancing teams that competed in the 2010 World Figure Skating Championships in Torino, Italy, March 23-28.

Rosemary DePasque, D.C., ’90, of Willow Grove, PA, has published Planet Peace, a science fiction novel available through Xlibris Corporation at Lisa Schuenemann Brown, D.C., ’93, and her husband, Mike, of Tampa, FL, welcomed daughter Gianna Maria in May 2010. Faculty member Mitzi Schwartzbauer, D.C., ’96, was appointed chairperson of the college’s Institutional Review Board by the Research Department. The IRB serves to protect human research subjects and comply with federal guidelines for experimental subject protection.


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Amy Krakowski Besso, D.C., ’04, and her husband, Dr. Geoffrey Besso, of Stow, OH, announce the birth of son Brady Montgomery on July 19, 2010. Joe DuPuy, D.C., ’04, and his wife, Tiffany, of Simpsonville, SC, announce the birth of son Miller Clark on May 3, 2010. Kristen Butler Duren, D.C., ’04, and her husband, Dustin, of Cartersville, GA, welcomed son Peyton in June 2010.



David Serio, D.C., ’99, of Buenos Aires, Argentina, was elected to serve a threeyear term on the Board of Directors of the Council on Chiropractic Practice.


Chip Kimble, D.C., ’05, and his partner Mary Kelso of Winchester, VA, announce the birth of son Knox Hunter on April 21, 2010. Jennifer Nickloy Miracle, D.C., ’05, opened Miracle Family Chiropractic on North Grand Avenue in Connersville, IN. Thomas Nonnenmacher, D.C., ’05, and his wife, Jen, of Singers Glen, VA, announce the birth of son Trevor on August 17, 2010. Charles Kenya, D.C., ’06, of Spartanburg, SC, has joined the Sherman faculty as an instructor in the Clinical Sciences to teach X-Ray Physics and Spinal Biodynamics II.


Nina Kennedy, D.C., ’08, and her husband, Bryan, of Greer, SC, announce the birth of daughter Guiliana Pia on July 6, 2010. Jeremy Wills, D.C., ’08, and his wife, Sarah, of Inman, SC, announce the birth of daughter Penelope Ruth on July 26, 2010. Jaime Browning, D.C., ’09, of Simpsonville, SC, joined the Enrollment Services staff at the college in May as the director of the Reach Out and Recruit program. Matthew Christopher, D.C., ’09, married Elizabeth Rice, D.C., ’09, in Smilax, KY, on May 1, 2010. Ryan Williams, D.C., ’09, and his wife, Rebecca, of Simpsonville, SC, welcomed daughter Gabriella Grace on May 26, 2010. Chris Bedenbaugh, D.C., ’10, and his wife, Kimberly, DC2B, of Boiling Springs, SC, announce the birth of daughter, Madysen, on August 25, 2010. Kevin Lewis, D.C., ’10, and his wife, Erin, of Simpsonville, SC, announce the birth of son Daniel Patrick on July 14, 2010.

Deaths Steven De Vries, D.C., ’99, of Broken Arrow, OK, died August 7, 2010.


Alumni Authors Section Added to Sherman’s Tom & Mae Bahan Library A novel, a biography and a practice building book were added to the Alumni Author Section of the Tom & Mae Bahan Library at Sherman College through May 2010, reports Crissy Lewis, director of learning resources. All of the books in the collection were donated by the authors. The new additions are: Mental Cruelty, a novel written by Lee Kronert, D.C., ’86, of Salamanca, NY. Chiropractic Mavericks: The Story of Helen and Dr. Gordon Brown, written by Professor Laura Greene-Orndorff, D.C., ’95, of Moore, SC, and John L. Reizer, D.C., ’86, of Inman, SC. How To Run A Really Cool Practice and Make a Really Big Profit is a practice building book written by Steve Cagen, D.C., ’97, of Brevard, NC.

Lewis was asked by Director of Alumni Relations Marggi Roldan to create a display of alumni author books for Lyceum. She went one better and created a section in the library for permanent display of these holdings to better highlight the talent and hard work of our alumni. If you have authored a book and would like to add it to our collection, please send 1-3 copies to Crissy Lewis, Bahan Library, Sherman College of Chiropractic, P.O. Box 1452, Spartanburg, SC, 29304; UPS delivery address is Sherman College, 2020 Springfield Rd., Boiling Springs, SC 29316. Please include a note with your address so that a donation acknowledgment can be sent.

Think Like a Hobbit (continued from page 9) or Pennsylvania College graduate who is a member of the association, there is at least one other alum who is not. Think like a hobbit: reach out to those colleagues in your area and invite them to join you as a member of the association. Remind them that Sherman College is their always-welcoming chiropractic home and the Alumni Association is a primary avenue of contact and involvement in the future of Sherman. Let’s also continue to tell the world our stories of the good that chiropractic has brought as well as the good that Sherman College has brought to the profession and our own lives. I visualize an Alumni Association in which all members consider themselves an important part of the association and recognize, whether they were in the Pioneer Class or the most recent graduating class, that they are equally endowed with all the rights and responsibilities of membership. Those rights include the opportunity to have a voice in the association’s involvement with the growth and promotion of Sherman. I encourage each of you to consider the leadership role you will play as Sherman College and the Alumni Association move forward into the future. Just being a member means you are forward-thinking and supportive of the college and Alumni Association mission. I hope you will share your thoughts and ideas about enhancing the association experience with me. My contact information will always be in this magazine and on the association page on the college’s web site. As always, yours in TIC,

A special section in Sherman College’s Tom & Mae Bahan Library has been created to highlight the talent and hard work of the college’s alumni authors.





World Congress of Chiropractic Students President Jason Iafolla, New Beginnings Club President Katelyn Niemiec, Chiropractic Student Government President Katy Hughes, Student Affairs Assistant Shay Yates and Dean of Student Affairs LaShanda Hutto Harris






Leadership is hard to define — but easy to recognize. Opportunities to lead take many forms, and leaders come with different personalities and aptitudes. by freelance writer Beverly Knight

Building Leaders as Students LaShanda Hutto Harris, dean of Student Affairs at Sherman, recognizes all types of leaders in the students who enter the college each year. It is Harris’ responsibility to help foster an environment that encourages and supports students’ personal, social and academic development. Doing so requires her to seek ways to develop the potential in each student. “All students are leaders, whether they realize it or not,” Harris says. “Everyone has leadership capabilities. What we try to do is to help them hone in on and sharpen the skills that they have while they have mentorship. When they leave Sherman, they take with them the confidence to step out on their own, knowing they can come back here for guidance if they need it.” There are 11 active student clubs at Sherman, many of which were initiated by the students themselves, in addition to organizations such as the Student American Black Chiropractic Association and World Congress of Chiropractic Students. “What I see here on campus is a wide variety of ways to develop leadership skills,” Harris says of the myriad

opportunities to conduct meetings, write proposals, do community outreach, research and plan events, conduct screenings and make presentations. The most prominent leadership position on campus is that of president of the Chiropractic Student Government. The president functions, Harris says, “essentially as the mouthpiece for the student body,” occupying a seat on the Administrative Council along with faculty and staff. “This gives her an opportunity to interface with administrators, people who can meet her needs and those of the students she represents. Learning to communicate a position and negotiate a solution that meets the needs of all parties prepares students well for the realities of a work environment full of diverse viewpoints.” Harris, a Pageland, SC, native, came to Sherman in 2006 from the University of Georgia, where she had earned her Master’s in Social Work and worked for four years as the lead undergraduate academic advisor, student programs coordinator, clubs advisor and graduate program recruitment coordinator/admissions consultant in the School of Social Work. That experience at a large univer-

sity prepared her to appreciate what a school like Sherman can offer students. “At a small school, students have so many opportunities to make things happen,” Harris says. “Taking on leadership roles on campus forms and molds students to become leaders in the profession because they’re not afraid to go out and be creative, make something happen,” Harris says. “Sherman offers students such a unique opportunity to bring their dreams to fruition.” Some students step into academic and curricular leadership positions. Others are more civic minded, reaching out to the community. Some enjoy going out on recruiting trips, especially to their undergraduate alma maters. “They impact the school in so many ways,” Harris says, citing the emphasis that the school puts on developing each student’s individual skill set. “Sherman allows their voices to be heard, solicits their ideas, lets them know they are important. Leadership comes in so many different forms, but everyone has the capability to lead. We ask them, ‘What type of leader are you?’”




When the Student Becomes the Master Arno Burnier, D.C., arrived in Spartanburg from Paris in 1973 armed only with a telephone number. He had no course booklet, no application, no idea of what to expect when he used that number to call Thom Gelardi, D.C., the founder of Sherman College. But the decision to leave France and pursue his dream of becoming a chiropractor at the newly-formed college of chiropractic is one that Burnier has never regretted. “I had met a very charismatic chiropractor in France who told me that if I wanted to study chiropractic, the place to do that was at Sherman College,” Burnier remembers. He arrived in South Carolina to discover that there was no established “college,” only an empty building on Main Street in Spartanburg. “There was no physical school, but there was so much excitement and enthusiasm. I stayed and helped frame the walls of the classrooms. We built the infrastructure of our own school,” Burnier explains. He graduated in 1977 and opened a practice specializing in infant, children and family care in Yardley, PA, where he worked for 20 years. He describes that time as “a blast, fun, a life party every day.” But more importantly, as a member of that pioneering class, Burnier continued to grow in professional leadership along with the college itself. He had many visitors to his office, students from different schools and other chiropractors who were interested in learning about his methods and techniques. “During the last five to six years I was practicing, there was a growing demand to teach students, other chiropractors and the people I was adjusting and serving,” says the man who in 1983 was named an Outstanding Young Man of America and in 1993 chosen as one of America’s 27 Best Doctors of Chiropractic by Self Magazine. His reputation for leadership in the profession led him, beginning in 1983, to teach adjusting seminars outside his practice on



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weekends. The increasing demands on his time finally led him to close his practice in 1997 and devote himself full time to teaching others. He relocated to Durango, CO, and set up a camp where people came from all over the United States and even from outside the country to share experiences. Over the years, accolades mounted for the man who authored numerous articles on chiropractic, health, healing and wellness. He appeared on radio and television talk shows and was an international guest lecturer at conventions, seminars, colleges, organizations and lay groups. Sharing his philosophy became his driving passion. To accomplish that goal, the founder of MLS Adjusting Seminar, Master Piece Seminars and the Café of Life Vitalistic Practice Model, recently launched, A Path of Mastery & Success in Life and Chiropractic. The Zeechi team, led by Burnier, is made up of vitalistic chiropractors, as well as Burnier’s wife, Jane, who is a certified life coach, who have dedicated themselves to helping others uncover and develop inner potential. Zeechi offers group and individual coaching; tele-consulting and on-site consulting; webinars and mission trips with the goal of creating a network that supports the sharing of common experiences, vision and aspiration. Burnier loves sharing his experiences, or as the accomplished communicator says, “encouraging the mass consciousness to move toward taking care of themselves.” What he advocates is “a true proactive wellness practice.” Burnier firmly believes that people should not wait until they are sick, but should adopt a “wellness discipline” that embraces the idea that the best “treatment” is a preventative healthcare delivery system. That is one of the principles that he conveys to all those that he touches. When speaking to students about to enter the chiropractic profession, he stresses that adjusting should be their number one priority. Further, Burnier advises them


Burnier advises colleagues: “Learn that communication is the essence of a pure practice and that true leadership arises not out of ego but out of the path life has for you.” to graduate from a professional school and train constantly, remembering how important it is to be a professional in adjusting. “Study all of the curriculum,” he says, “not just to know the names but to be in awe of how it has been designed.” Burnier has become a leader in chiropractic by staying true to his principles, and he has received acclaim for his accomplishments by following the advice he gives to other members of his profession: “Learn that communication is the essence of a pure practice and that true leadership arises not out of ego but out of the path life has for you.”

Professors Lead Through Curriculum and Research

Sherman in 1987, completing her Doctor of Chiropractic degree in 1991.

experience she reaps from being a participant in NBCE.

Cindy Gibbon, D.C., also understands that communication can be the key to success, but she chose a different path of leadership in chiropractic. She began her tenure at Sherman in 1983 teaching nonchiropractic classes.

She maintained a small home practice in Spartanburg while raising her four children – now 31, 28 and 25 (twins) – and continued her teaching at Sherman. Over the years Gibbon, a professor of clinical sciences and a member of the health center faculty, has taught more than 20 different courses, calling on her medical technology background and her chiropractic skills to prepare students for success in the field.

The fact that she doesn’t teach technique often leads Gibbon to feel that she has to “sell” the content of her classes. “I try to emphasize that we are all healthcare providers, that we need to understand the health needs of patients,” she says of taking students beyond the physical act of adjusting. “I have students who were reluctant learners when they were in my class who come back years later and tell me that now that they are in practice they understand the importance of the content I taught them.”

The Upstate New York native graduated in 1970 from Elmira College with a bachelor of science degree and taught Earth Science in a public school for a year before pursuing a medical technology degree at Mountainside Hospital in Montclair, NJ. After completing her degree, she worked for 10 years in medical hospitals before coming to teach at Sherman. It was only after teaching at Sherman for three years that Gibbon realized she could be much more effective in the classroom if she added chiropractic studies to her body of knowledge.

But Gibbon’s leadership role at her alma mater has gone beyond her skill as a classroom professor. As part of the committee that makes up the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners (NBCE), she has developed questions for three out of four parts of the national tests. That involvement has given her an opportunity to work with people from other schools, seeing what they emphasize in their curricula and comparing that to the focus at Sherman.

“I loved the college and philosophy so much that I became a chiropractor in addition to being a medical technologist,” Gibbon says of her decision to enroll at

“Because I now know what level students need to achieve to pass boards, I can make sure that level is exceeded in the classroom,” Gibbon says of the invaluable

Gibbon has enjoyed most the fact that the Sherman faculty works so well together as a group. “We’re all really close. There’s so much sharing, bouncing thoughts off each other,” she says of the collegial atmosphere that fosters innovation. That spirit of cooperation has led Gibbon to collaborate with other staff members on research projects and work on a team that developed ways to enhance learning opportunities for students. Gibbon recently made a presentation at the Association of Chiropractic Colleges Research Agenda Conference on a research project that she is pursuing with Claudia Seay, D.C., a fellow Sherman alumna and dean of clinic at the college’s on-campus Chiropractic Health Center and John Hart, D.C., M.H.Sc., assistant director of research. They are investigating a relatively simple method of instrumentation for chiropractors to use in their pattern analysis for vertebral subluxation. “We decided to see if digital forehead thermometers could be used to take Fossa readings behind the ear, determining upper cervical temperatures,” Gibbon said of the ongoing research that, once completed, could be of immense benefit to chiropractors. “We haven’t finished the third leg of the research yet, but so far it’s looking pretty good. We see possible advantages.”

Gibbon’s leadership extends beyond the classroom. She assists in developing questions for several parts of the NBCE exams and works with fellow faculty members to enhance student learning opportunities.

She is also proud of the work she has done with the college’s Quality Enhancement




Plan/Case Study Instruction which explores different methods of learning and instructional changes that can be implemented to help students “become more participatory” in the educational process. By going beyond the confines of the classroom, working with others in the profession and exploring instructional options, Gibbon strives to enhance the student experience. “I want students to give as much to education as they can to become the best doctors – because patients are going to expect to have capable, educated doctors,” Gibbon says of the leadership role she has taken to ensure that students are prepared when they go into the professional world.

Wang, past Sherman President Jerry L. Hardee, Ed.D., Rutecki and Roeben at the trio’s first office.

Becoming Experts in the Business of Running a Practice Others in the profession realize that education doesn’t end when a doctor graduates. In 2001, Sam Wang, D.C., graduated from Sherman and established an office just outside Chicago with two of his classmates – Gary Roeben, D.C., and Brian Rutecki, D.C.

“We set out to find a way to manage the business aspect of practice so that our doctors could take care of patients, do what they went to school to learn to do.” – Sam Wang, D.C. ’01



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Wang is now CEO of Chiro One, which has grown to 56 offices with another 10 set to open soon. Roeben serves as Chiro One’s director of marketing, and Rutecki is the chief training officer. Coming so far in less than 10 years took drive and a strict adherence to the vision that the three young chiropractors embraced when they opened that first office. “We realized that our chiropractic colleges were doing a fantastic job with the academic training, but the day-to-day challenge was running the business aspect of a practice,” Wang says of the impetus for developing Chiro One into the one of the largest privately owned chiropractic clinic groups in the profession.


The three young men discovered that people go into the profession because they want to be chiropractors, and no one goes into the profession hoping to be a business person. “We set out to find a way to manage the business aspect of the practice so that our doctors could take care of patients, do what they went to school to learn to do,” Wang says of the business they developed to help doctors with everything from hiring trainees, handling payroll, managing accounts receivable and billable and dealing with legal compliance issues. “Our goal was to make it easier for doctors to focus on educating and caring for patients.” That entrepreneurial attitude has been so successful that Wang left his full time practice five years ago and is now dealing entirely with the administrative side of the business. He assists in training doctors and handles the corporate administration of getting practices up and running. The group now manages a team of 400 chiropractors and staff members and tallies more than 43,000 patient visits a month.

“I have my hands on everything that has to do with running a practice,” Wang says, likening Chiro One to McDonald’s. “Chiro One has standardized what chiropractic is in our offices. Just like you can walk into any McDonald’s and expect the Big Mac to be the same, we want patients to be able to walk into our office in Waukegan (IL) or one of our offices in Kentucky and know just what kind of experience to expect.” And now Chiro One is set to expand into Texas, a huge market that Wang feels is ready for their concept. But he emphasizes that their model was not designed to be either a franchise operation or a coaching situation. They look upon the relationship with their doctors “like a marriage,” Wang says, focusing on the development of a relationship that helps everyone to succeed and reach goals. “We create the opportunity for them to grow, find themselves, become leaders. When the opportunity arises, they can take advantage of leadership in our group.” Citing the fact that seven to 10 percent of the population now utilizes chiropractic, Wang, who knows what a difference chiropractic can make in a person’s life, wants to spread the word about the benefits of chiropractic care. “But it’s not only important that people experience chiropractic care, we want them to access it in a beneficial way instead of as crisis care,” Wang says, comparing the patient who only seeks chiropractic care where he’s in pain to someone who buys an expensive computer and only uses it to check e-mail.

Volunteerism Can Be Integral to Success Some chiropractors begin with the “why” and develop their careers in a way that accommodates that vision. Leading through example is how Brett Wharton, D.C., describes his approach to integrating his work as a chiropractor with his passion for service. Even while he was a student at Sherman, Wharton kept his focus on life outside the classroom – working with the Christian Chiropractic Club, visiting schools, giving Bible talks. He knew even then that chiropractic would be his profession, but that his life goal was to integrate that profession with his intense need to lead a spirituallydriven life. After graduating from Sherman in March 2010 (he was honored with the prestigious Service Distinction Award), Wharton settled in West Chester, PA, near his hometown of Middletown, DE. Though his chiropractic office, Wharton Chiropractic, has only been open for a few months and he has been working hard to make it a success, he has worked equally hard to establish himself in the community.

“I would like others to see what I do and want to do it too, have a passion,” Wharton says of his active involvement in community service and volunteering. Many young professionals might choose to wait until they have developed their own practice to begin volunteering their time to benefit others, but Wharton sees his focus on leadership through service and volunteerism as integral to his concept of success. Shortly after he moved to Pennsylvania, a local chiropractor who knew of Wharton’s passion for service, mentioned that he might be interested in volunteering with Community Volunteers in Medicine (CVIM), located in West Chester. CVIM, a community-based, volunteer,

Wharton leads through community service.

Wang advises aspiring chiropractors “to create a mission and vision that’s larger than themselves,” something that inspires them. And, he says, “they need to have the ‘why’ of what they’re doing. Having a career and taking care of a family financially is easy. What do they want after that?” “We have attained enough to retire and go off into the sunset, but our vision is so big that we want everyone to be under chiropractic care,” Wang says. “We’ll be in your town, and it’s just a matter of time.”

Wharton says chiropractic mission trips blend his profession and his need for a spiritually-driven life.




non-profit organization that provides primary medical and dental care to the “working poor” in Chester County, needed more chiropractors. Wharton decided that the organization provided him with a perfect opportunity to serve the community in which he lived and worked. The satisfaction that he has gained from volunteering his time to an under-served segment of the community (people who have jobs but do not qualify for Medicare or Medicaid and have no access to health insurance) has been rewarding. He knows that the people who come to CVIM could not afford healthcare without the volunteers who give their time and expertise. CVIM has provided free healthcare services to more than 10,000 men, women and

“I would like others to see what I do and want to do it too, have a passion,” Wharton says of his active involvement in community service and volunteering. Many young professionals might choose to wait until they have developed their own practice to begin volunteering their time to benefit others, but Wharton sees his focus on leadership through service and volunteerism as integral to his concept of success.



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children since opening in 1998. Wharton is one of 200 volunteers, and one of only a handful of chiropractors, who provide services for men, women and children, helping make it possible for them to continue to be contributing members of the community. “I work very hard for my practice,” the dedicated young chiropractor says in answer to those who question how he can devote so much time to volunteering while still establishing himself in the profession. There is a simple answer, he says: “Service requires sacrifice.” That’s why the former college football player also makes time to serve as the assistant football chaplain at his alma mater, the University of Delaware. It’s also why he is going on staff with Athletes in Action, a global sports ministry, working with the Campus Crusade for Christ at the University of Pennsylvania and Towson State University. Even while he was a student at Sherman, he knew that one of the aspects of a career in chiropractic that most appealed to him was its flexibility, a flexibility that would allow him to continue his personal Christian ministry. Leading an active life of service is just as important to Wharton as developing Wharton Chiropractic, and he sees these two parts of his life as intertwined. “The most important advice I’d give to students and young chiropractors is to get into the profession for the right reasons, to help people, not for monetary gain,” Wharton says. “You have to be available, to make your gifts available.”

A Testament to the Times Others find unique ways to lead, forging new paths using technology that didn’t exist just a few years ago. It’s a testament to the times that technology is becoming an integral part of the profession of chiropractic as more doctors who came of age with social media are entering the profession. Ten years ago the word “blog” was not in many people’s vocabularies. Now, some say, those who are not familiar with blogs, Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn are missing out on valuable opportunities to learn and to interact with peers. Brandon Harshe, D.C., a friend of Sherman, ROAR member (see page 29) and 2009 graduate of Parker College of Chiropractic, began to delve into the world of interactive social media while he was still a student, starting a blog while on hiatus from chiropractic school. “I took a break from Parker and moved to Arizona for 10 months,” Harshe says of his initial foray into social media. “I got into blogging, other social media, reading successful blogs, and Internet marketing outlets. During that time I learned a lot of valuable information about how to use the Internet to my advantage.” When he returned to Parker to complete his course work, he found his direction with upper cervical chiropractic and wanted to learn as much as he could about it. “I was going crazy because I needed an outlet,” Harshe says of his decision to write about what he was thinking and feeling. “I decided to blog about it because I couldn’t find anything I wanted to read on the Internet.”

Wharton credits his parents with instilling in him a desire to contribute to the greater good of the community and the world. “My parents are kind-hearted people. When I was growing up, I saw them helping people. They were a great example for me,” he says, adding that there is one guiding principle on which he attempts to base his life: “A life of service is a life well-lived.” It is his hope that he will be able to exert the same type of positive leadership on others that his parents had on him.


Harshe says his blog, The Atlas of Life, opens doors for him “on a daily basis.”

Leading at a National Level Another way to network is through national chiropractic organizations that provide leadership opportunities. Shane Walker, D.C., currently president of the Federation of Straight Chiropractors and Organizations (FSCO), first became acquainted with the organization that promotes straight chiropractic when he was considering chiropractic as a career.

Harshe’s blog has allowed him to make an impact in the profession sooner than he imagined.

There was an immediate response to “Atlas of Life,” his blog about the philosophy, art, and science of chiropractic. The blogger got positive responses from both students and doctors in the field, all of them telling Harshe that he was filling a need with his posts. He heard from a variety of people, from those looking for a chiropractor in their area to others in the profession who wanted to send him books and materials to read. “The blog opens doors for me on a daily basis,” Harshe says of the e-mails he receives that result in contacts that have enhanced his ability to communicate his ideas and philosophy. After a brief period when the new graduate practiced out of his home, he took a position with a doctor in Austin, TX, and has plans to take the reins of an upper cervical clinic in nearby San Angelo this fall. But he schedules one day a week to work on his blog, using software that allows him to set up an entire week of blog posts in one sitting. He has established Facebook relationships and uses, a free service, to link all his social media accounts. Harshe understands that some chiropractors who have been practicing for years might not see the benefit of social media outlets, but he also knows that numbers don’t lie: he gets new visitors to his blog each month, with those new visitors accounting for 63 percent of his traffic.

Two-thirds of the people who follow his blog are in their 20s and 30s, and they are looking for ways to communicate with others who are in the profession. “The blog has allowed me, a first-year doctor who is not an expert and doesn’t have much practice management experience, to share and to make an impact in chiropractic much sooner than I ever thought it could happen,” Harshe says of his successful effort to create an outlet through which he can express his love for chiropractic in a way that helps others. Harshe believes that social media is becoming a necessary tool for practicing chiropractors. “Meeting people face-to-face is still important,” he says because as effective a tool as social media is, not everything can be accomplished through technology. “Going out and doing it the old-fashioned way is still a good way to meet people and spread the chiropractic message. But if I go online and don’t find a web site or find an outdated web site, I always wonder if a doctor is being as effective as he might be.” That’s why Harshe feels it’s important for students to get involved in technology and social media while they’re still in school. He knows that it can open doors for them as it did for him. His advice to everyone is: “Start networking.”

While still an undergraduate, Walker attended a seminar at Life College. At the seminar, he talked to doctors and other students who suggested that he attend a FSCO TRIUNE seminar. Shortly after attending, he visited and applied for admission to Sherman College. Once at Sherman, he continued his membership in the strong student chapter at the college, laying the groundwork for involvement after graduation. “For me it was a miracle that my first understanding of chiropractic was straight chiropractic,” Walker says of his early exposure to FSCO. “I feel fortunate to have that in my background.”

“There’s a big myth out there that the more involved you are and the busier you are with your profession, the more your family or your practice suffers,” says Walker. “My experience has been that the more focused I am on my mission as a chiropractor, the better my relationship is with my wife and children.”




College Town Exhibit at Spartanburg Museum Includes Artifacts from Local Colleges by Gary Glancy of the Spartanburg Herald-Journal The diverse histories of Spartanburg County’s six colleges recently came to life with the exhibit “College Town: Spartanburg’s Legacy of Higher Learning” at the Spartanburg Regional History Museum.

Walker says you can be involved in your profession and still have time to devote to family.

When he graduated in 2000 and began his own practice, he continued to be a duespaying member of FSCO, and after a few years was encouraged to serve in a greater capacity. Walker’s experiences have convinced him that everyone can benefit from becoming involved in an organization or cause whose “mission is bigger than you.” Recent statistics indicate that only 16 percent of chiropractors belong to a national organization, and Walker would like to see that number increase significantly. “There’s a big myth out there that the more involved you are and the busier you are with your profession, the more your family or your practice suffers,” says the doctor who runs a high volume practice in Naples, FL, with 80 percent families and 40 percent children. “That is a total myth. My experience has been that the more focused I am on my mission as a chiropractor, the better my relationship is with my wife and my children.” That focus, says the father of two, carries over into his personal life. “It’s actually when I’m idle and not engaged that life gets tough.” The rewards of involvement, Walker says, are in helping to move chiropractic for-



ward, not in what he receives from the organization. Serving in a leadership role has allowed him to develop a clear picture of where he wants to be in the future. “Without that, it’s hard to get people to buy into your vision and to get on-board. For me that vision has bled over into my practice. The more experience I get to have in leadership in the organization, the more I learn about leading my patients and my family.” There are many professional organizations, each with its own focus and mission. Walker found direction through FSCO, but his advice to anyone who is not currently a member of a national organization is to find the one that represents what chiropractic means to him or her and get involved.

Visitors were treated to an array of artifacts from each of the colleges that helped tell their stories, from a 1950s chirometer provided by Sherman College, to a handwritten visionary note by Converse College’s founder, to an original 1851 architect’s rendering of the Main Building at Wofford College. “What’s the old cliche? ‘You can’t know where you’re going until you know where you’ve been,’” Sherman President Dr. Jon Schwartzbauer said. “We often don’t really take time to reflect on our past, and each of our colleges has this rich history and our own unique story to tell.” Schwartzbauer is president of College Town, a consortium of Spartanburg’s six higher-learning institutions. “I think all of the colleges were thrilled that the history museum wanted to celebrate our contributions to the community in higher education,” he said.

The same could be true of the many ways that chiropractors can provide leadership. There are opportunities of all kinds out there for anyone interested in assuming a leadership role in advancing the profession of chiropractic.

What’s Your Story? Want to share YOUR story? Write to us at Straight from Sherman, PO Box 1452, Spartanburg, SC 29304; e-mail krhodes@


1950s chirometer and drop piece on display at the Spartanburg Regional History Museum.


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Signature __________________________________ Date ______________ Name____________________________________________ E-mail ________________________________________________ Address__________________________________________________________ Phone __________________________________ City/State/Zip_________________________________ Country ____________ Fax ____________________________________ Each brick is 4”x8” and can hold up to 13 letters or numbers on each of the three lines. Please print your message legibly on this template and mail with your payment and completed form above to reserve your brick. Return this form to Sherman College, Office of Institutional Advancement, P.O. Box 1452, Spartanburg, SC 29304. To discuss other Plaza naming opportunities, contact Vice President for Institutional Advancement Susan Newlin at 800-849-8771, ext. 241, or e-mail





Capital Improvement Campaign Naming Opportunities

Classmates Remember Alumnus Paul Davidson

There are many ways to create a legacy at Sherman College. One way is to help improve facilities for our students through our capital improvement campaign. The following naming opportunities are currently available.

After the tragic death of Paul Davidson, D.C., ’03, last fall in a canoeing accident, his classmates sought a way to recognize his bright, loving personality and honor his memory in a meaningful way on the Sherman campus. During this year’s Lyceum, Paul’s friends gathered to dedicate a Brandywine Red Maple tree in his name at the student plaza.

Scallon Building Atrium............$100,000 Health Center Adjusting Rooms (17) ................$25,000 Equip and maintain one room for 10 years. Each room will be newly equipped with:  One Zenith HiLo  One Nichols Side Posture  One Upper Cervical Knee Chest Table  One Gonstead Bench  Computer Station Research Area ..............................$25,000 Classrooms in E.C. Taylor Building (Chiropractic Health Center)......$25,000  HC 5  HC 11 (Digital X-ray Room) Classrooms in Scallon Building ..$25,000  26C Teaching Classroom  36A Technique Classroom  36B Technique Classroom  37 Technique Classroom  38 Teaching Classroom  39 Teaching Classroom  40 Teaching Classroom  Microbiology Lab  Anatomy Lab

“Sherman meant a lot to Paul and his family, and we wanted to mark his place in the history of Sherman College,” says classmate and friend Katie Aita Houpt, D.C., ’03. “We all loved Paul; he was a great friend. Now everyone who walks past that tree will know he was there and that he was loved. “We hope that some day our children and Paul’s boys might choose to attend Sherman, and we can only hope that they will find peace in the shade of that tree.” Those contributing to the tree in Davidson’s name include his classmates Katie Aita Houpt, Eden Berhe, Frank Hahn, Joanna Cook Krolick, Benjamin McNeil, Jennifer Nickloy Miracle, Robert Nast, Patrick Smarch, Sarah Stephens and Michael Stratton. The tree is marked by a plaque with the following inscription:

Christina Davidson with the couple’s sons, Stephen and Paul, at the tree in his honor.

In Loving Memory of Dr. Paul Davidson. Paul shared our dream of a better world where people’s innates flowed freely. He shared our mission to free that innate with our hands. Sadly, all too soon, we lost his healing hands but we did not lose his heart. For the love from that big heart, unencumbered by mortal ties, shines anew. Like a star in the evening sky it stands ready to guide us back on course should we go astray, to strengthen our resolve in troubled times, to focus our intent in daily chores and, if we let it, that love will flow through our hands into everyone we touch manifesting once more that shared dream. Shine on Paul, Shine on. Love Always, Your Friends

Classroom in Olsen Building ......$25,000

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Fitness Center in Olsen Bldg. ....$25,000

“Sherman College has given me a great education. The most important thing I have taken with me is the knowledge of true chiropractic. Sherman has given me the tools I need to change people’s lives and be a great doctor of chiropractic. Sherman is without a doubt where true chiropractic lives.”

For more information about any of the naming opportunities listed here, contact Vice President for Institutional Advancement Susan Newlin at 800-849-8771, ext. 241, or e-mail




– Justin Snider, D.C., South Carolina, 2010 Sherman grad


Matching Passion with Mission: Meet Trustee Liam Schübel by Public Relations Intern Ally Padden “My life is chiropractic,” says Liam Schübel, D.C. “I don’t ever turn the ‘chiropractic switch’ off. I love chiropractic with all my heart and feel blessed to have been chosen to serve in this life as a member of this brotherhood and most noble of all professions.” That is the kind of passion Sherman trustee Schübel celebrates everyday. And that’s the kind of inspiration he brings to his leadership role as a member of Sherman College’s Board of Trustees. Schübel is a New Jersey native and graduate of Life College. He began his chiropractic career working as an associate doctor in Lima, Peru; he discovered his passion for cross-cultural chiropractic by vacationing there. With limited Spanish but an unlimited motivation, he opened his own practice and continued to open offices in Lima to serve the people there. Schübel now owns 11 offices in the country and created an outreach charity named “Hands On” devoted to improving education for the children of Peru. Schübel quickly developed his command of the Spanish language as he practiced in Lima. He has appeared as a guest on Peruvian talk shows many times to educate the public about the benefits of chiropractic care. He is an excellent communicator and featured speaker at national chiropractic seminars. His knowledge of marketing and passion for chiropractic are assets to the Board of Trustees. “The leading doctors in the field today are expert communicators,” Schübel says.

“Sherman prepares its graduates to communicate chiropractic effectively and then deliver the goods with state of the art vertebral subluxation detection, analysis and correction skills.” Schübel spent years supporting the college prior to becoming a board member. Though he is not a graduate of Sherman, he decided to engage with the college after learning of the school’s mission of bringing chiropractic to the world, clearly a mission that resonates with this chiropractor who has reached out to Peru and beyond. “Sherman’s mission of bringing chiropractic to the world is an awesome one,” exclaims Schübel. “It is a huge responsibility that I take very seriously. All around the world there are people who are unaware of the principle and promise of chiropractic,” he continues, unable to conceal his enthusiasm. “I envision a day when every human being on the planet has the opportunity to have his or her spine free from subluxation starting at birth. We are going to have to graduate a lot of chiropractors to fill that huge need!” To complement his efforts to encourage more chiropractors to work with him in Peru, Schübel has launched “The Best Mission Trip Ever” to introduce American D.C.s and students to the beauty of Peru and its people. He describes it as an inspiring 10-day trip that allows visitors to experience the joy of loving service to the people of a third-world country while also experiencing the

Schübel presents at Lyceum 2010.

beauty and grandeur of the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu. Schübel says he is not afraid to dream big for Sherman College because he knows we can make it happen. Though he joined the Board of Trustees just this year, he is ready to make an impact on the college community and beyond. Schübel acknowledges that Sherman is poised for becoming a leader in chiropractic education. “Our focus is entirely on our mission of bringing chiropractic to the world,” he says. “We understand that in order to do this we must graduate some of the most principled, enthusiastic, loving, passionate and successful chiropractors that this planet has ever witnessed. I am proud to be a part of this amazing college, and its vision and growth,” Schübel says. About the author: Ally Padden, a senior at Central Michigan University majoring in integrative public relations and minoring in sign language, completed an internship in the public relations office at Sherman this summer. The Lakeview, MI, native is the daughter of Sherman alumni and supporters Gary and Cathie Padden and is passionate about Sherman and chiropractic.





Chiropractor of the Year: James W. Dubel, D.C.

Regent of the Year: John Hilpisch, D.C.

Career Advisor of the Year: Justin Snider, D.C.

Middletown/Red Bank, NJ, chiropractor James W. Dubel, D.C., was named Chiropractor of the Year at Lyceum. Sherman’s Chiropractor of the Year designation is an honor bestowed upon a D.C. who has given extraordinary time and effort to advance Sherman College and the chiropractic profession.

Lake Elmo, MN, chiropractor John Hilpisch was named Regent of the Year for the second year in a row. This award is an honor bestowed Hilpisch upon a member of the Board of Regents for his or her outstanding and continuous advancement of Sherman College through participation on the Board of Regents. He serves as chairman of Sherman’s Board of Trustees. He is active in fundraising for the colSnider lege, having referred four new Regents to Sherman last year and one so far this year, as well as student recruitment. A 1987 graduate of Northwestern College of Chiropractic, he owns and operates Hilpisch Upper Cervical Chiropractic.

Justin Snider, D.C., of Laurens, SC, was named Career Advisor of the Year in appreciation of his contributions, time and commitment to growing the chiropractic profession and Sherman College’s enrollment. Though a recent graduate himself, Snider has been inspiring others to become chiropractors and personally referred two students while enrolled at Sherman and now while in practice at The Gateway Clinic of Chiropractic which he recently established. Snider continues to be active in helping recruit chiropractic students, especially at his alma mater, Newberry College, as well as at Clemson University.

Dubel is founder and has served as coordinator of New Beginning for a New Future, a chiropractic philosophy program, since 1990. In addition, Dubel has guest lectured at several chiropractic colleges, including Sherman, and is a certified chiropractic continuing education speaker who has held the platform at various national state and local chiropractic organizations. He has served the profession in this capacity in addition to being director of Health in Hand Chiropractic Center in Middletown/Red Bank since 1980, when he graduated from Palmer College of Chiropractic. He holds a bachelor’s degree in biology and education from Monmouth College. Dubel is a member of Sherman’s Board of Regents, a group of individuals dedicated to supporting quality chiropractic education. He is also a member of the International Chiropractic Association, Council of New Jersey Chiropractic, Garden State Chiropractic Society and the Federation of Straight Chiropractors and Organizations. He is president of the board of New Beginnings and president of the “Cruisin’ with the Oldies” charity event. He and his wife, Barbara, live in Shrewsbury and have three children: Palmer James, Stephanie Victoria and Hunter Evan.




Layperson of the Year: Yvonne Villanueva-Russell, Ph.D. Sociologist and researcher Yvonne Villanueva-Russell was named Layperson of the Year, an honor given to non-chiropractors who have contributed to the advancement of Sherman College and the chiropractic Drury profession in a significant and noteworthy manner. An associate professor and department head at Texas A&M University-Commerce, Russell has focused her research on the professionalization of alternative medicine and the politics of science. She is essentially interested in the dilemma within chiropractic that seeks to gain legitimacy in mainstream medicine while striving to maintain its philosophical roots. Her research has analyzed the role of science, the media and professional identity in this process.


Service to the Profession: Ray Drury, D.C. North Carolina chiropractor Ray Drury received the Service to the Profession Award. He is co-founder and CEO of Upper Cervical Health Centers, a network of chiropractic offices that focus on providing upper cervical chiropractic care across the U.S. and Italy. Drury has spent years developing reproducible, turnkey systems to build his Upper Cervical practices to some of the busiest, most profitable in the world. He has been teaching Upper Cervical doctors how to use these same systems to build high volume, low stress practices since 1998, and he now works full-time coaching doctors all over the world, based on the same systems he developed for his own successful offices.


Rising Star: Levi Pulver, D.C. Sherman College’s Rising Star award is given to a recent Sherman graduate who has demonstrated exceptional achievements. Pulver, in a very short time, has built a thriving chiropractic practice in Spring Lake, MI, after several years as an associate chiropractor. A 2005 Sherman graduate, Pulver is a coach and board member for Total Trek Quest, an after school running program for 3rd-5th grade boys which aims to increase boys’ health and wellness while preventing high risk behaviors by using physical activity and training. He also serves as the youth and sports director for the Grand Haven Area Jaycees and recently completed a project with a small community group to build a playground for the Salvation Army Transitional Housing Program.

Distinguished Service: Felicia Stewart, D.C.


Felicia Stewart of Rock Hill, SC, received the Distinguished Service Award in recognition of her contributions, time and commitment to the chiropractic profession, the public and the college. Stewart has distinguished herself as a Regent of the college since 1997 and a presenter at Sherman College Lyceum for more than a decade as part of the “Women in Chiropractic” forum. She has served for multiple terms on the board of directors of both the Federation of Straight Chiropractors and Organizations (FSCO) and the Palmetto State Chiropractic Association (PSCA).

Spirit of Sherman College: Frank Hahn, D.C. Frank Hahn of Franklin Park, NJ, received the Spirit of Sherman College Award, an honor presented to the Sherman graduate who exemplifies the true spirit of Sherman College in his/ her home community. Hahn received his doctor of chiropractic degree in


2003 and opened Chiropractic LifeCenter shortly thereafter. He quickly transferred his student membership to active chiropractor membership in two chiropractic professional associations — the Garden State Chiropractic Society and the Federation of Straight Chiropractors and Organizations. Since 2005, he has served as editor of the Garden State Chiropractic Society quarterly newsletter, Straight To You. Additionally he developed a 14-week internship program for future chiropractic students in order to help the profession grow. He volunteers with Chiropractic for Humanity at Elijah’s Promise Soup Kitchen and also created and developed a web site,, recognizing outstanding achievements by chiropractic students across the country.

Service to Sherman College: Robert Irwin, D.C. Vice President for Academic Affairs Bob Irwin received the Service to Sherman College Award in recognition of his extraordinary, unselfish and noteworthy service Stewart to the college. In addition to his responsibilities in academic affairs, Irwin is the college’s accreditation liaison with the Council on Chiropractic Education (CCE) and the Southern Association of Colleges and Hahn Schools (SACS). His thorough understanding of accreditation standards and the importance of demonstrating compliance with those standards has been an invaluable asset to the college. He serves on nearly a dozen college committees and chairs two.

Spotted on Facebook “Heading up to my alma mater in Spartanburg, South Carolina – home of the only real chiropractic college – Sherman. Go ahead, prove me wrong. I’d love it, believe me!” – Rene Acosta, D.C., ’04

Get Social with Sherman! With social networking, it’s easy to stay connected to Sherman College. Here are a few ways to keep in touch with us: Become a fan of Sherman College and join the Sherman College group. Just search for Sherman College at Find us on MySpace at Connect with us on LinkedIn at and gid=1680507 (the Alumni group). Follow Sherman at www.twitter. com/shermanchiro; President Jon Schwartzbauer is @shermanprez; follow the alumni office @ShermanAlumDir; and read up on news and public relations activities @shermanPRgirl. Check out our blogs for the latest news. Find Sherman’s student, staff and faculty blogs at





1. Traci Donnelly, Luke Badman, Nyliam Brignoni and Natalie Kurylo meet between sessions.



2. Long-time Regent Alan Ott chats with former President and Regent Jerry Hardee. 3. Jami Karr and Claudia Seay reconnect at the reunion event. 4. President Schwartzbauer arrives to kick off the weekend. 5. Comedy-magician Justin Kredible recovers Cynthia Baker’s wedding ring, much to the relief of her husband, Scott.


6. Jeanne Ohm attracts a crowd for her pediatrics program.


7. Jared Sargent and children Helene and Gus arrive on campus. 8. Student Jon Orvis fires up the grill at the food tent. 9. Alumni from around the world convene for a 25th year reunion: Michael Cerami (AZ), Phil McMaster (NZ) Brett Ireland (AU), Michael Giglia (ME).


10. Prospective students gather for Career Day activities. 7

11. Mike Veeck, author of Fun Is Good, reveled the audience with funny stories. 12. Erik Beauvais and Darryll Williams visit at registration. 13. Student volunteers Sarah Williams and Alishia Hepak are ready to assist the Browns in a moment of need.


14. Rob Sinnott heads to the Big Top. 15. President Schwartzbauer chats with Nick Kapustka. 16. Mascot Larry greets Cathie Padden at the Alumni Association Luncheon. 17. Attendees head home after an evening of fun Big Top events. 18. Leslie Wise and Regent John Court catch up outside the tent.











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Coming to a Town Near You

Ready? Set? TRAVEL!

Beginning this fall, we will be focusing travel by our Sherman College recruiters to specific territories from which we receive the majority of our students. Those states include:

by Admission Representative Daria Winnicka

Michigan New York Pennsylvania South Carolina Virginia

New Jersey North Carolina Rhode Island Tennessee

Sherman recruiters, as well as our alumni and supporters will be attending the following state and organizational conventions: New England Chiropractic Council, ICPA Family Wellness Expo, Michigan Association of Chiropractors, NC Chiropractic Convention, PA Chiropractic Association Convention, KY Chiropractic Association Convention, New Beginnings Weekend, Fusion Upper Cervical Convention and CT Chiropractic Council Convention Sherman recruiters will also be co-hosting Career Sessions with the following D.C.s at their offices: Josh and Benna Click, D.C.s (PA) Peter Cohen, D.C. (PA) Chris DeGeorge, D.C. (NC) Gary & Cathie Padden, D.C.s (MI) Chris Powell, D.C. (PA) These Sherman alumni are also representing Sherman in their communities: Theresa Galant, D.C. (PA) Don Eddy, D.C. (NY) John Johnson, D.C. (FL) If you are interested in hosting a career session for prospective students and their families in your office or representing Sherman College in your community, please e-mail admissions@sherman. edu or call 800-849-8771, ext. 221.



I am so excited about the fall travel season! In the Admission Office at Sherman, we are always trying to think “outside the box” for ways to connect with people interested in a career in chiropractic. This fall will be no exception – let me tell you why! First of all, we love working with alumni to educate potential chiropractic students about the profession. Over the next few months, we’ll have many such opportunities. We know that prospective students like to see and hear what chiropractors are doing in the real world, and it’s important for them to experience this before they choose a healthcare profession. This is easy to do through events such as career sessions at local chiropractor’s offices. My first career session of the season will be a collaboration with Dr. Peter Cohen in Erie, PA. Dr. Cohen already does health talks in his practice, so having a similar opportunity for prospective students to learn about health, the profession and admission requirements will be ideal. This will be an extra special opportunity for students to mingle with and learn from a local chiropractor who has been in practice for almost 30 years! Another special event I will be participating in is the Click Family Chiropractic Patient Appreciation Day. Drs. Josh and Benna Click live and practice in Grove City, PA, and have a successful referralbased practice. Showing appreciation for patients is just another reason I love chiropractors. I will attend this event in September to show my support of their practice and to recognize their commitment to referring students to Sherman, because that’s what being part of the Sherman family is all about.


Admission Rep Daria Winnicka looks forward to the fall travel season. To schedule a visit in your area, call 800-849-8771, ext. 201 or e-mail

Yet another special event where I will be representing Sherman College is Michigan Association of Chiropractors’ Fall Convention in Dearborn. At this convention, I will be joining forces with Sherman Board of Trustees member Dr. Kenneth Hughes to present to the Michigan Chiropractic Foundation. We will be explaining to the board why we feel Sherman College prospective students (coming from Michigan) should have the opportunity to receive scholarship money from the Foundation. In my position as an admission representative, the fall travel season is a very busy and important one. In addition to the abovementioned alumni events, I also look forward to attending graduate school fairs and doing classroom presentations. I am also excited about another set of experiences: working with students oneon-one. I thoroughly enjoy grabbing lunch or coffee with a prospective student and just chatting. It’s those moments when I am thankful for whatever small part I may play in opening someone’s eyes to the world of potential that lies in the chiropractic profession. I wouldn’t change it for anything.


ROAR: Share Your Passion and Make an Impact in the Profession with Sherman’s New Program by ROAR Director Jaime Browning, D.C. Do you want to raise awareness about chiropractic in your community and help shape the future of your profession? Sherman has a new Reach Out and Recruit (ROAR) program with those same goals. Recruiting students helps you influence YOUR profession. When you send students to Sherman College, you’ll gain a sense of accomplishment, knowing you are helping build the profession with skilled, compassionate, ethical and successful doctors. Sherman graduates have a distinct advantage and are known for being great adjusters because our focus on chiropractic gives them unmatched expertise in locating, analyzing and correcting vertebral subluxations. Sherman College offers a close-knit community where faculty and staff take time to get to know each student personally – all this in a beautiful setting with a low cost of living, perfect for college students! What role does ROAR play in all this? ROAR members speak about Sherman via social networks, mentor future students by allowing them to shadow for a day, represent

Sherman at health/career fairs, and look for all opportunities to share chiropractic with their communities. ROAR members also hold at least one career session a year to help prospective students to gather information and learn about chiropractic and Sherman College. These sessions are typically held in the chiropractor’s office. ROAR program benefits for you include:  Promoting your practice and possibly finding new patients from prospective students and their families Press releases for your local newspapers,  as well as invitations from Sherman College to all prospective students in your area for career sessions you hold Receipt of exclusive invitations to  campus events sponsored by ROAR and Enrollment Services Access to our list of contacts at your  local colleges and universities  Possible registrations at state chiropractic conventions We send ROAR members a packet filled with goodies to get started (brochures, reply cards, fact sheets, posters and a Sherman shirt), everything they need to ROAR back home in their communities. This fall I will be representing ROAR at the Fusion: Upper Cervical conference, New Beginnings, Lander University, The Citadel and The College of Charleston. You’ll find our fall ROAR agenda in the box at right. If you want to help us ROAR, sign up at, e-mail jbrowning@ or call 800-849-8771, ext. 220.

ROARing on the Road Sherman thanks the following D.C.s who scheduled ROAR events in their hometowns this fall: 9/17-19

Matthew & Elizabeth Christopher (KY) KAC Conference 9/24 Chris DeGeorge (NC) In-office career session 9/27 Erik Beauvais (SC) Converse College Grad Fair 9/28 Brian Filter (SC) Furman University Grad Fair 9/29 Brian Dooley (SC) Clemson CAFLS Career Fair & Alpha Epsilon Delta Clemson Chapter 9/29 Todd Riddle (SC) Wofford Law & Grad School Fair 10/5 Steve Niemiec / Kevin Phalen (NY) Buffalo State College Grad Fair 10/11 Jillian Kersh (PA) PACAC East Stroudsburg University College Fair 10/12-13 Josh & Benna Click (PA) Grove City Health Professions Fair (10/12) & Career Fair (10/13) 10/14 Chris Hawkins (MI) Grand Valley State Grad Fair 10/20 Adam Hall (SC) Citadel Career Fair 10/20 Bethaney Lawson (OH) Ohio State Grad/Professional Expo 10/21 Loren Barisch (PA) Bucknell University Health Professions Fair 10/21 Alan Brewster (NJ) Ramapo College Graduate & Professional School Day 10/21 Adam Hall (SC) College of Charleston Career Fair 10/26 Levi Pulver (MI) Grand Haven High School Career Fair 10/27 Erik Beauvais (SC) University of South Carolina Upstate Health Professionals Club 11/3 Bob Berkowitz (NJ) Rutgers Career Fair 11/16-17 Alan Brewster (NJ) Middlesex County College Fair 11/17 Erik Beauvais (SC) Converse College Wellness Center







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Save the Date — Lyceum 2011, May 26-28 Why should you be here? “I left Lyceum more inspired than I ever have after attending the seminars. But for me, Lyceum has never been about the continuing education. Lyceum is about the relationships.” ~ Brian Dooley, D.C., ’05 “Sherman is my chiropractic home, and I so look forward to seeing my chiropractic brothers and sisters,” Dooley says of Lyceum. “I was fortunate to attend my reunion this year, and how special it was to see faces I have not seen since graduation. Sherman College is a special place, and there is no better time to visit than Lyceum!”

Rachel Whaley, D.C., not a Sherman graduate, says she most appreciated the focus on philosophy. “It was so refreshing to go to a seminar and hear the truth about chiropractic and get to eat, breathe, and sleep philosophy for three full days,” she says. “I went to Lyceum because I was tired of going to other seminars and only getting snippets of chiropractic.”

“At Sherman, I fully immersed myself with amazing people who share the same goal as I have — getting chiropractic’s message to the world! I had a blast at Lyceum and can’t wait until next year!” ~ Rachel Whaley, D.C.

“Lyceum feeds me for the rest of the year.” ~ Gwen Gardner, D.C., ’88 Gardner, a graduate of Pennsylvania College of Straight Chiropractic, is no stranger to Lyceum. “Lyceum at Sherman College is a family tradition, both for my own family and my chiropractic family,” she says. “I have only missed two Lyceum weekends in the last 25 years. I look forward to renewing my education, my commitment to chiropractic and my relationships with old and new friends from around the globe. It feeds me for the rest of the year.”

Straight from Sherman, Fall 2010  

Sherman College of Chiropractic Alumni Magazine