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FALL 2016

Young Alumni Making a Difference

Publisher Edwin Cordero, D.C.

2. Around the World Sherman College is bringing its message to the world through seminars, recruiting and continuing education events.

Editor Karen Rhodes, M.B.A.

3. Trustee Insights Board Chair Peter Kevorkian, D.C., discusses building trust in practice.

Contributing Writers Dean and Jen DePice, D.C.s Jillian Kersh, D.C. Peter Kevorkian, D.C. Beverly Knight April Macary, D.C. Rolando Rivera Marggi Roldan Lina M. Guillen-Sucre Roger Sullivan Emily Wood

4. Employee Accolades New employees join the Sherman team; employees proudly represent the college.

5. Ready for Student Success Sherman College continues to add programs and build its team with the goal of student success in mind.

6. Enrollment/Recruiting News Prospective students enjoy Showcase Sherman Weekends; supporters earn scholarship credit; Frank Hahn, D.C., ROARS for Sherman; the college recruits worldwide.

11. CE Learning Goes Virtual The Department of Continuing Education now offers online CE credit to meet the needs of busy doctors of chiropractic.

12. Postcheck: Alumni News FALL 2016 ISSUE Sherman is published twice a year and is produced for and about the Sherman College community. For inquiries, call 800-849-8771, ext. 242, or e-mail the editor at krhodes@ Sherman College of Chiropractic provides students with a comprehensive chiropractic education, preparing them to enter the field as doctors of chiropractic who are highly skilled, compassionate, ethical and successful. On its beautiful 80-acre campus in South Carolina, Sherman offers a first professional degree program unique in its approach to health care and known globally for the skill and art of chiropractic delivered by its graduates.

The Doctor of Chiropractic Program The doctor of chiropractic degree program of Sherman College of Chiropractic is awarded programmatic accreditation by The Council on Chiropractic Education, 8049 North 85th Way, Scottsdale, AZ, 85258-4321, Phone: (480) 443-8877, Web site: Sherman College of Chiropractic is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award the Doctor of Chiropractic degree. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Sherman College of Chiropractic.

New officers elected; a message from the Alumni Association president; ideas for serving more families; classmate updates.

14. Pioneering Firsts Sherman’s first students were pioneers in many ways. See what trailblazing “firsts” the Class of ’76 accomplished.

16. Transforming Education Students taking fourth-quarter classes each received a college-issued iPad during the first installment of the iSherman initiative.

18. Young Alumni Graduates go out into the world prepared and determined to make a difference in their communities and their profession.

26. Health Center Renovation Phase One of renovation is complete now that the college has met its campaign goal.

28. The Integral Pursuit The Practice Success Program embraces with full execution the concept of integrity.

32. Lyceum: All In Photos highlight the 2016 homecoming and continuing education event; alumni and supporters are honored with awards.

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President’s News: Around the World

Sherman Hosts Terrazas, Visitors from IUEM Sherman College recently welcomed alumnus Octavio Terrazas, D.C., ’90, and visitors from Instituto Universitario del Estado de Mexico (IUEM) to its campus.

Bringing Sherman College and Chiropractic to the World In keeping with Sherman College’s vision of “Adjusting the World for a Better Future,” President Edwin Cordero, D.C., and Executive Vice President Neil Cohen, D.C., maintain an aggressive travel schedule filled with events to promote the college, share chiropractic and recruit new students. Here’s a look at where they’ve been and what’s in the works.

Terrazas is interested in establishing a chiropractic program in Toluca, Mexico, that reflects the core values of his alma mater, Sherman College. Campus leaders met with administrators and board members from IUEM to determine their needs and how Sherman College may be able to assist and support them in their worthy endeavor.

President Edwin Cordero, D.C., at the American Black Chiropractic Association Convention.

June Dynamic Essentials Intensive in Overland Park, KS (Cordero)  Pennsylvania Chiropractic Association in King of Prussia, PA (Cordero)  The EPicenter of Chiropractic (EPOC) in Tacoma, WA (Cordero, Cohen)  American Black Chiropractic Association (ABCA) in San Juan, PR (Cordero)

From left, Sherman College Director of Recruitment Services and Presidential Initiatives Rolando Rivera; Dr. Gilberto Bernal; IUEM President Mario Luis Mendez; Rosalva Mendieta; Sherman College President Edwin Cordero, D.C.; IUEM First Lady Raquel Hernandez; IUEM Human Resources Director Jessica Perez; 1990 Sherman alumnus Octavio Terrazas, D.C.; Sherman College Executive Vice President Neil Cohen, D.C.; and Dr. Refugio Ruiz Marez.




July 

Dynamic Essentials Chiropractic in Atlanta, GA (Cordero, Cohen)

August Tennessee Chiropractic Association in Nashville, TN (Cordero)  The EPicenter of Chiropractic (EPOC) in St. Louis, MO (Cordero)  Mile High Chiropractic in Westminster, CO (Cordero, Cohen)  Sherman Alumni & Friends Dinner in Pittsburgh, PA (Cohen) 

Autopista Student Recruitment event in San Juan, PR (Cordero)

September The Rubicon Conference in Geneva, Switzerland (Cordero, Cohen)  Philosophy Group PDX (hosted by Dr. Paul Reed) in Vancouver, WA (Cordero)  TLC Chiropractic Seminar in Princeton, NJ (Cohen) 

October The Chiropractic Revolution in Nashville, TN (Cohen)  Dynamic Essentials Chiropractic in Atlanta, GA (Cordero, Cohen)  New Beginnings Chiropractic Weekend in Iselin, NJ (Cordero, Cohen) 

November 

World Congress of Chiropractic Students (WCCS) in Spartanburg, SC (Cordero)

Board of Trustees: Building Trust in Practice

I Trust You – I Trust Me by Peter Kevorkian, D.C. Chair of the Board of Trustees Trust is earned. When people walk into the office of a caregiver, they seek building a relationship based upon trust and honesty. Integrity builds the power and dynamic of this relationship. In the past, patients often blindly trusted their caregivers, doing “whatever the doctor said.” This level of trust did little to foster true health and well-being. I propose that a deep authentic development of trust between caregiver and patient is necessary to facilitate healing within a person’s life. It’s precisely what the culture is seeking. Often when a person consults a doctor, there is a degree of fear. They often wonder to themselves, “Is this condition serious?” or “Do I need to see a ‘real’ doctor?” or “Can this doctor hurt me (or my child)?” or “Can I afford it?” For healing to occur, a patient needs to allay those fears. The doctor of chiropractic and the chiropractic office team needs to support and nurture this relationship. The doctor/patient relationship is a sacred one. Healing is not about curing or treating a condition. It is a journey of honoring the path of physiological change and increased adaptability. Although fear is a powerful motivating factor and may move someone through crisis, it does not contribute to healing, growth and adaptability. Often chiropractors also live in a state of fear. They might ask themselves, “Will

this person follow my recommendation?” or “Will they pay their bill?” or “Might they sue me?” or even “Will I know the right thing to do?” If the caregiver and the patient are both resonating in a state of fear, healing cannot occur. We must develop trusting relationships built upon compassion, transparency and truth. Earning the trust of patients happens one interaction at a time, one visit at a time, and one action at a time. Things interfering with the doctor/patient relationship can often cloud trust. Insurance reimbursements, managed care, regulations and compliance all have the intention to improve the system and provide better health care. But often, these factors actually interfere with relationship of the doctor to the patient and can break down the trust. It is our responsibility, as caregivers, to build trust in our relationships and to facilitate trust in how patients view their bodies. We live in a time where people feel victim to their bodies. They view that the body is a flawed machine that continually needs to be fixed from the outside. People often believe that the body is deficient in many of its chemicals and need to seek the answers to their bodily challenges from the outside. Patients seek pills, powders and potions to treat, fix or cure their ailments. (continued on page 15)

Earning the trust of patients happens one interaction at a time, one visit at a time, and one action at a time. Things interfering with the doctor/patient relationship can often cloud trust.

“PRide Day” Campaign, College Marketing Efforts Recognized Nationally The Sherman PRide Day institutional relations campaign, the college’s recruiting display, and an acceptance packet for prospective students have been recognized in the 2016 National Federation of Press Women Communications Contest. The contest encourages and rewards excellence in communication. Before advancing to the national contest, each of these pieces won top honors in the Media Women of South Carolina contest. The college’s “Sherman PRide Day” campaign was recognized with a second place national prize in its category of communications programs and campaigns. On this day, the college asks alumni and friends to celebrate their affiliation with Sherman by sharing positive information about the college in their offices and on social media. The 2016 Sherman PRide Day is set for October 27 (see back cover). The college’s acceptance packet for prospective students was recognized with an honorable mention award in the nonprofit/educational brochure category. Also receiving honorable mention at the national level was the college’s display designed for career fairs, conferences and trade shows.




Campus News: Employee Updates

Faculty and Staff Join College, Earn Promotions New Employees Barker




Michelle Gregory, RTR, joined the college as X-ray technical support.

Lina M. Guillen-Sucre joined the college as domestic recruiter (see page 9).


Palon 

Christopher Kent, D.C., J.D., joined the college as director of evidenceinformed curriculum and practice (see page 5 for more on this initiative). Sarah Palon joined the college as continuing education online learning coordinator.

Douglas A. Paris, M.Ed., joined the college as a member of the adjunct faculty.

Tyrone T. Parks joined the college as grounds helper.

Christy Potts joined the college as human resources assistant.



Kimberley Fielder, B.S., D.C., joined the Chiropractic Health Center as an assistant case doctor.



Stacy Barker joined the college as front desk coordinator at the Chiropractic Health Center.




Armand Rossi, D.C., joined the college as dean of clinical sciences (see page 5 for more).

Kendra Strange, B.S., joined the college as director of financial aid.

Roger J. Sullivan, B.A., joined the college as senior director of institutional advancement (see page 17 for more).

Faculty & Staff Promotions 

James Hill has been promoted to network administrator.

Brett Ratliff has been promoted to director of information technology.

Rolando Rivera has been promoted to director of recruitment services.

Kristy Shepherd, M.A., has been promoted to dean of clinic operations and outreach (see page 5 for more).

Appointments 

Assistant Professor Beth Ehlich, D.C., was appointed by Governor Nikki Haley to South Carolina Board of Chiropractic Examiners. Shepherd




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Campus News: Focus on Student Success

Building the Sherman Team for Student Success Sherman College continues to add programs and build its team with the goal of student success in mind. Watch future publications for more details on student success initiatives, but here are the latest updates in the academic and clinical arenas that reflect the college’s focus on supporting successful students and graduates in the field. Christopher Kent, D.C., J.D., joined Sherman College as director of evidenceinformed curriculum and practice in July. There is a growing need for focus in this area in the profession, both from an educational and practice perspective as well as in support of accreditation principles. “Dr. Kent is one of the most accomplished leaders in the profession, and his contributions and publications cannot be overstated,” said Sherman College Provost Bob Irwin, D.C. “He is well respected in the profession and has been honored by many as a result of his accomplishments.” As director, Kent is responsible for overseeing and directing the initiation and collaboration of projects and studies with faculty, students, and staff that increase the quality and quantity of evidence applicable to the curriculum and practice of chiropractic, with a special focus on the unique approach to the science, art and philosophy of traditional chiropractic. He will collaborate with the deans to ensure the inculcation of the evidence into the curriculum and clinical practice. Acknowledged as one of the brightest minds in chiropractic, Kent is co-founder of the Chiropractic Leadership Alliance, co-founder of OnPurpose, founder of Advanced Subluxation Training, founder of ChiroStrokeMyth, and the author of Chiropractic Insights. For more than 35

years, he has been committed to developing improved clinical strategies and securing the future of chiropractic. An attorney as well as a chiropractor, Kent is a member of the California bar. Colleagues Sarah Stephens, D.C., Chandra Placer, M.L.I.S., and George Luo, Ph.D., have attended workshops and training on the subject of evidenceinformed curriculum and practice and have helped the college understand the expanding needs in this area. Each of them will continue to play an important role in this area for the college. Armand Rossi, D.C., who was hired earlier this year as dean of clinical sciences, joined the Sherman campus this summer. In his role, he will support student learning, the academic department chairs and faculty structure. “I have known Dr. Rossi since I first matriculated to chiropractic college, and he was one of my professors,” Irwin said. “He is one of the most dedicated doctors in our profession, serving for years in academia and private practice. His compassion and love for people and the profession will fit perfectly with the Sherman family.” In addition, the college has promoted Kristy Shepherd, M.A., from her post as senior director of enrollment services and international student advisor to dean of clinic operations and outreach. Shepherd has been with the college since 2008. “Kristy’s strong connections within the Spartanburg business and social communities and her understanding of Sherman’s unique culture, combined with her master’s degree in organizational change and leadership, make her a perfect fit for this key position,”

said Vice President for Academic Affairs Joe Donofrio, D.C., A.C.P. The dean of clinic operations and outreach is responsible for two primary areas: first, ensuring that health center resources (equipment, facilities, personnel, records, etc.) are effectively managed to support and evidence student learning and patient care; and second, leveraging her experience and contacts within the Spartanburg community to create new opportunities for interns to share chiropractic. Although Shepherd’s work will be focused on the operations side of the health center, Kristy will collaborate very closely with Chair of Clinical Curriculum Matt Hudson, D.C., and Dean Rossi, who are primarily responsible for student intern learning and quality patient care. In addition to these carefully considered staffing updates, the college continues to improve its Practice Success Program under the direction of Brian Dooley, D.C., A.C.P., and in partnership with (continued on page 15) SHERMAN



Campus News: Showcase Sherman Weekend

Showcase Sherman Weekend Attracts Prospective Students Prospective students will explore chiropractic and Sherman College during the college’s two-day VIP weekend, Showcase Sherman, October 21-22. Showcase Sherman Weekends are designed to ignite students’ passion for leadership as well as help them begin their pursuit of becoming the next generation of DCs2B. They will have the opportunity for a chiropracTIC overview session, a meetup with current students, faculty and staff, a palpation class, campus tour and more. This event is held quarterly, and 2017 events have been scheduled for January 27-28, May 5-6 (at Lyceum 2017), July 28-29 and October 27-28. Prospective students should bring a transcript for evaluation or an application. Prospective students from more than 200 miles away will receive complimentary accommodations, and may receive reimbursement for travel expenses (some restrictions apply). Contact Admission Event Coordinator Emily Wood at or 800-849-8771, ext. 271, for details on how to refer a student to this event.

Showcase Sherman 2017 Events: Jan. 27-28 May 5-6 (Lyceum) July 28-29 Oct. 27-28




About 100 prospective students and guests were in attendance at the college’s Lyceum Showcase Sherman event. The weekend is designed to help students learn more about Sherman and begin their pursuit of an exciting career in the health and wellness field of chiropractic.

Spring Showcase Sherman Weekend a Success Sherman College of Chiropractic welcomed more than 55 prospective students plus their guests at Showcase Sherman Weekend during our annual Lyceum event. Attendees during this event were invited to attend Lyceum sessions, special events and the banquet. Admission Event Coordinator Emily Wood says the timing of this particular weekend makes it a truly special event. “Our prospective students have a chance to meet and learn from D.C.s from all over the world, as well as students, faculty and staff on campus,” she explains. One recent Showcase Sherman attendee said the weekend fueled her excitement about the college and the profession. “Meeting with other couples who are in the D.C. program gave my fiancé and [me] better insight on what to expect as a student,” she said. “The faculty, staff and student ambassadors were very warm and knowledgeable. Everyone went the extra mile to accommodate our needs. It was a pleasure to get to know the heart and passion of Sherman College.”

Campus News: ROAR for Sherman

Supporters Refer Students, Earn My Scholarship Credit In spring and summer 2016, alumni and supporters continued to refer students. Thanks to those who sent students, thereby earning My Scholarship credit: Debora Ayer, D.C. Kevin Bear, D.C. Mickey Cohen, D.C. Jennifer Deriott, D.C. Ryan Dubey, student Joe DuPuy, D.C. / ROAR* Van Edwards, D.C. Christine Figueria, D.C. Timothy Hartman, student / ROAR (2) Zach Hughes, D.C. Glenn Jaffe, D.C. Joshua Keels, D.C. / Jeremy Willis, D.C. Toktam Kermani Ivelisse Lopez / Rolando Rivera Craig McFarland, D.C. / Sam Sanzone, D.C. Tony Mirando, D.C. Hector Morales, student Jason Mubarak, D.C. Jason Muehler, D.C. Craig Onstott, D.C. Pasquale Papalia, D.C. Anneka Parks, D.C. Stephanie Scarpa, student Liam Schübel, D.C. / ROAR Tyler Simmons, D.C. / ROAR For each student referred to Sherman, supporters earn $1,000 in My Scholarship credit (upon student enrollment). Once the fund reaches $5,000, supporters can award the scholarship to the next new student(s) of their choice. Learn more at *ROAR indicates the college’s Reach Out and Recruit program. ROAR members help the college by encouraging future chiropractors, supporting Sherman publicly, being leaders in the community and representing Sherman at career events and school fairs. Find out more at

ROAR Spotlight: Q&A with Frank Hahn, D.C. Reach Out And Recruit (ROAR) program members serve as mentors, shape the profession and influence prospective students through participation in the program. When D.C.s recruit, they help build the profession with compassionate, skilled, ethical and successful doctors of chiropractic. Members represent Sherman at career fairs, host sessions in the office, and serve as advisors to future colleagues. Frank Hahn, D.C., ’03, of New Jersey has embraced the program by referring students and connecting them to Sherman. Hahn is founder of Chiropractic LifeCenter, co-host of IFCO TV, and this year’s Chiropractor of the Year (see page 34). We asked him why he ROARs, and here’s what he had to say. Why did you join ROAR? There are two different answers for this. The easy one is, it’s just the right thing to do. The more challenging answer is, we NEED to educate the younger generation. We want to let them know that there is a career in chiropractic: we need to share this information not only with the people who already know about chiropractic, but with the people who don’t have chiropractic on their radar. More people need to know about the magnitude of this profession and how chiropractic can help humanity.

Why should others be ROAR mentors? As chiropractors, we free people to see their magnificent systems and we also create an inspiration in others. Sherman College has the closest model to pure chiropractic there is. The college really resonates with chiropractic’s real mission and vision. Although ROAR is for the people, there are benefits for the ROAR members as well. The program gets you out there and gives you a way to communicate the chiropractic message and spread chiropractic even further. Why do you refer students to Sherman? I refer there because of the difference in Sherman’s mission compared to other schools. I had visited three or four colleges before Sherman and they didn’t really explain chiropractic the way I had learned about it and felt about it from some of my chiropractic friends. I also refer because of the more individualized program and Sherman’s dedication to communication. What is your favorite part of ROAR? With undergraduate students, I love watching that light-bulb turn on about chiropractic; I wait for that “I got it” moment. I like having the opportunity to change people’s thought processes because these people are the ones who are going to model the message they get and, in turn, the next people that model their message after the initial person’s, creating a chain reaction.

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Campus News: Bringing Chiropractic to the World

Sherman College is Recruiting Around the World May and June were busy months for the recruitment team at Sherman College of Chiropractic. The department traveled, attended special events and also began planning its fall recruitment calendar, identifying the most important conventions, educational, health and careers fairs to attend across the U.S. The team also continued developing relationships between Sherman College and other countries such as Panama and Costa Rica.

May 2016 

May 19-22, New York Chiropractic Council, with guest speaker and Sherman College Executive Vice President Neil Cohen, D.C.

May 22-28, trip to Panama City, including important meetings with:  President of Interamerican University of Panama 

From left, Director of Recruitment Services and Presidential Initiatives Rolando Rivera, Abelardo Guillen, Domestic and International Recruiter Lina M. Guillen-Sucre; former Minister of Education of the Panama Government Dr. Miguel A. Canizales; and Sherman College of Chiropractic President Edwin Cordero, D.C.

American Black Chiropractic Association Convention, held at San Juan, Puerto Rico, from June 22-25. Bilingual Admission Counselor Ivelisse Lopez and Director of Recruitment Services and Presidential Initiatives Rolando Rivera attended as part of the recruitment team.

President of Panama City University

Ciudad del Saber, Panama City

Education Department of Panama

From May 28-June 3, the department participated on a recruitment tour in Panama.

Sherman College participated in important meetings with some of the staff of the Governor of Puerto Rico, Lic. Alejandro Garcia Padilla.

Sherman College participated in an educational fair at Duke University June 25.

Sherman College hosted a recruitment event for prospective students in Puerto Rico on June 22.

Sherman is collaborating with Interamerican University of Puerto Rico to establish an articulation agreement.

Rivera and Cohen represented Sherman College at the Peru Dynamic Essentials June 28-July 3.

June 2016 

Domestic Recruiter Michael Cooper represented Sherman College at the Arizona Chiropractic Association Convention from June 2-5 and the South Carolina Chiropractic Association Convention from June 22-26. Sherman College President Edwin Cordero, D.C., and Cohen represented Sherman College at the




From left, Executive Vice President Neil Cohen, D.C.; Dr. Armando Cardona, director of the science department at Interamerican University of Puerto Rico; Sherman President Edwin Cordero, D.C.; and Director of Recruitment Services and Presidential Initiatives Rolando Rivera.

Campus News: Reach Out And Recruit

Why ROAR for Sherman? Members of the the college’s Reach Out and Recruit program (ROAR) encourage future chiropractors, support Sherman publicly, are leaders in the community and represent Sherman at career and school fairs. Find out more at

Proud to Serve ROAR and Its Champions by Domestic and International Recruiter Lina M. Guillen-Sucre I feel very proud of the confidence placed in me as the director of the Reach Out And Recruit (ROAR) program at Sherman College of Chiropractic. I will work hard to grow ROAR into an even more active and prosperous part of Sherman College as a whole. As I see it, as a D.C., you are a valued member of your community. Your patients go to you entrusting you with their health and respecting your valued input and opinion on a wide variety of other issues. So who better than their chiropractor to guide patients and their loved ones to the wonderful profession of chiropractic and to the best chiropractic college in the country or, for that matter, the world? They trust in you for direction; tell them the truth! I see our ROAR doctors and student leaders as an army of chiropractic champions ready to proclaim our chiropractic message loud and clear. We want to help develop leaders who will convey the chiropractic principle enthusiastically. Doctors of chiropractic that know that they are part of a great profession with the skills and knowledge to deliver a precise adjustment, at an exact moment, to release the body’s full innate potential.

ROAR members are doctors of chiropractic with that honor, and they protect and defend our profession with pride. To continue to grow these wonderful qualities in our profession, we must guide students to a school that teaches chiropractic. We must guide them to a college that stands for the science, art and philosophy of chiropractic. We must send them to SHERMAN! Here is my challenge to ROAR D.C.s: If we all dedicated just one day a month to relay this message, where would our community be? Where would chiropractic be? Where would Sherman College be? Help us continue to take the message of Sherman College of Chiropractic and the profession of chiropractic to the world. More importantly, help us assure we graduate more principled and successful chiropractors in a world that is so in need of your services. Remember: “You never know how far reaching something you may say, think or do today may affect the lives of millions tomorrow.” – B.J. Palmer I am ready to help you organize the events in your community; just send me an email at or call me at 800-849-8771, ext. 256, and consider it done! If you are not yet part of the ROAR program and want to join, please contact me or check out our website at for details.

“Sherman’s ROAR program is absolutely the best way for the top D.C.s on the planet to give back, pay it forward and give direction to any and all potential chiropractors that are interested in a truly phenomenal chiropractic education and experience.” – Jon Baker, D.C. “It is essential in this chiropractic climate to support colleges that promote chiropractic and not support colleges that promote everything else BUT chiropractic. I am very happy to support Sherman College, as I truly believe it is a guiding light of the education of chiropractic. I am not a Sherman grad, but I am an enthusiastic supporter. You should be, too.” – Otto Janke, D.C. “I have referred many students to Sherman College because they live, breathe and love the philosophy, science and art of chiropractic. The faculty’s combination of technical skill, belief in chiropractic and real-world experience gives students an amazing education and best prepares them to reduce subluxations and, in turn, help humanity.” – Fred Schofield, D.C.




Campus News: Academy of Chiropractic Philosophers

Academy of Chiropractic Philosophers Program Graduates Two Classes The Academy of Chiropractic Philosophers (ACP), under the direction of Bill Decken, D.C., DPhCS, has been running in Europe and Rhode Island from 2015-2016. The program consists of five modules, with candidates writing and defending a topic of their own choosing in regard to chiropractic principles and tenets to achieve the ACP designation.

Chiropractic Standards accepts the successful completion of the ACP for 100 hours towards its Diplomate in Philosophical Chiropractic Standards. The ACP begins its 2016-2017 class in San Diego, CA, October 29-30. Modules will also be held in San Francisco, CA, and on Sherman College’s

campus in Spartanburg, SC, during Lyceum 2017. To register, please visit For any additional questions about the program, please contact Director of Continuing Education Jillian Kersh, D.C., at 800-849-8771, ext. 229, or go to

Paper topics included “Universal Intelligence: WHY is it the key to Chiropractic?,” “Finding Chiropractic Integrity,” “Is Vitalism Peaceful? Contemplation on Chiropractic in Germany,” and “To Adjust or Not to Adjust.” A ceremony of completion was held at Barcelona Chiropractic College for all Europe participants and in Providence, RI, for those in the stateside program. The ACP is a one-year course that challenges and inspires participants to learn and think more than ever about chiropractic philosophy and its relationship to the above-down-inside-out world view. The ICA Council on Philosophical

ACP Europe candidates and mentors include (front row, from left): Sophie Anderson, Elizabeth Botha, Magalie LeFevre, Elfi Goumont, Caroline Hauser-Schmeig, Laura Egbring, (middle row, from left) Jaime Pinillos, León Monzón, Samuel Higgs, Bill Decken, Tom Dirksen, Mario Olarte San Juan, (back row, from left) Carsten Reinhardt, Jonathan Liu, Zachary Sedivy, Friso Krúger, Jonny Coller, Luca Nannetti, Ralf Riddarhall.

Hart Published in Internet Journal of Neurology A recent study has been published involving Sherman students as patients. The study involved assessing neurological status according to resting pulse rate before and after adjustment. The relatively large number of measurements allowed for statistical analysis of the data at the level of the individual patient. There were five patients in the initial phase of the ongoing study, and the paper was published in the Internet Journal of Neurology. Here is the citation where further details of the study can be found, including its main findings, and where full text of the paper is available for free: ACP Rhode Island mentors and candidates include (from left) Bill Decken, Rick Brescia, Aram Omar Gomez Mendoza, Michael Elkins, Martin Lamarre and Jim Peck.





Hart, J. Neurological Change According to Resting Pulse Rate Following Chiropractic Care: A Case Series. The Internet Journal of Neurology 2016; 19(1). DOI: 10.5580/IJN.41669. Journal:

Campus News: Online Continuing Education

Interns of the Month The Health Center recognizes an intern each month who excels in clinical performance, patient management, professionalism and analytical/adjusting technique.

Jennifer Campa (May 2016) is from Bluffton, SC. She graduates in December and plans to open a practice.

Luis E. Rodriguez (April 2016) is from Caguas, Puerto Rico. He graduated in June and is returning to Puerto Rico to open a practice.

Justin Dick (March 2016) is from Fort Mill, SC. He graduates in December and plans to serve the community with a membership practice near Charlotte.

Paige Sigmon (February 2016) is from Cherryville, NC. She graduated in June and will work in the Charlotte area.

Rodriguez Sigmon

The Sherman College Chiropractic Student Government (CSG) has elected its slate of officers for 2016-2017. CSG aims to build leadership skills and relationships among students as they work within the governance process to address the needs of the student body. CSG serves as the liaison between the student body and the administration by representing the student interest. New officers include, from left, Secretary Stephanie Scarpa, Vice President Stacey Rodsater, President Craig Knight and Treasurer Carolyn Oliveira.


Chiropractic Student Government Elects Officers

Indy Ishaya (June 2016) is from Sylva, NC. He graduates in March 2017 and plans to practice in his hometown.


As the initiative moves forward, the department will be adding more content options that feature our own world-renowned faculty and current and new CE seminar partners, as well as live events recorded for CE purposes and topics required for licensure in various states. Please visit for more information on current offerings that may be approved in your state.


Ready to enjoy the outstanding continuing education (CE) programs you love at a computer or mobile device near you? Sherman College’s Department of Continuing Education is dedicated to bringing quality CE programs to the profession and has found a way to make getting the information that matters to you a breeze. With the majority of states now accepting online CE hours, the department is excited to offer online learning to meet your needs.

Yadira Santiago (July 2016) is from Puerto Rico. She graduates in December and plans to practice in Texas.


Continuing Education Learning Goes Virtual




Message from the Alumni Association President

Meet Your New Alumni Association President Many alumni remember Dr. Jen York as a faculty member from their student days. For those of you who walked the halls before she joined the faculty, here is a brief introduction to the woman who is the Alumni Association leader for the next two years. York is an assistant professor of clinical sciences at Sherman College. She has a B.A. in biology from Alfred University, an M.S. in packaging science from Clemson University, and a D.C. from Sherman, having graduated in 2009. She practices in Greenville, SC, where she lives with her husband, Will, twin sons, Tyler and Ben, daughter, Lauren, and two Siberian huskies, Everest and Kira.

O’Sullivan SCCA President; Sherman Hosts Reception Local alumnus Gabriel O’Sullivan, D.C., ’01, of Spartanburg, SC, was named president of the South Carolina Chiropractic Association at its convention June 23-26. He will serve for the coming year. The Alumni Office hosted a reception at the convention in honor of O’Sullivan’s new leadership role in the state. O’Sullivan practices at Ivey-O’Sullivan Chiropractic in downtown Spartanburg with his father, David Ivey, D.C., a Sherman pioneer class graduate (see page 14). O’Sullivan is married and has two children.




Guiding the Future A Message from your Alumni Association President Jennifer York, D.C., ’09 I am honored to have the privilege of serving as the new Sherman College Alumni Association (SCAA) president. It is an exciting and dynamic time to be involved with Sherman College, as the college grows and brings chiropractic to more people and communities throughout the world. The goal of the Alumni Association is to foster the shared connection among alumni. You are part of a network that spans generations and the globe, with more than 3,330 alums practicing and living in all corners of the world. While each of you may be in different stages of your life – newly graduated, building your practice or merging into retirement – you share an important common thread: Sherman College. The SCAA is here to unite alumni and magnify your impact on the college. The SCAA board is working hard to grow the Alumni Association and provide more opportunities to connect with fellow alums, share memories and professional opportunities, and maintain connections to the college. I encourage each of you take time to reconnect with Sherman College. Whether that means coming back to Lyceum, hosting an event, joining the Alumni Association or checking out our new web page, you’ll feel the excitement and momentum that is happening at Sherman. If you aren’t currently a member of the SCAA, please consider joining us today. Our Alumni Association is only as strong as the sum of its parts, and the more alums that take part, the greater the impact we’ll have on each other, the college and the people of the world.

2016-2018 Alumni Association Officers are (l to r) Second Vice President Jillian Kersh, D.C., ’09, First Vice President Jaime Browning, D.C., ’09, Immediate Past President Jami Karr, D.C., ’02, President Jennifer York, D.C., ’09, Secretary Melinda Hallam, D.C., ’16, and Treasurer Claudia Seay, D.C., ’80.

Making Your Practice Work: Serving Families

Serving Families: Building a Practice Around Your Passion for Family My husband and I graduated from Sherman within nine months of each other. Our newborn baby, who was born on chiropractic’s birthday, was at Mike’s graduation. We knew from the start that our practice needed to involve family in some way, but it took us a little while to get there. After boards and licensing, I set up a tiny two room practice in the small town of Columbus, NC, where we live. Often our daughter, Autumn, would come with me to the office. Mike worked as an associate at a gym practice, which he did not find fulfilling. My practice was steadily growing at a slow, small-town pace, feeling like a great balance for maintaining home and professional life at that time. Two years later, a chiropractor in Asheville needed coverage work one day a week. I thought it would still be a good balance for work and home life, and I liked her practice as she worked with lots of families, so I offered my services. Four months later, she decided to move away and sell the practice. Mike and I had not considered practicing an hour from home, but we took advantage of the opportunity since I already had established relationships with the patients. Adding to the decision was the fact that Mike was not happy in the gym setting, and our little town was not growing fast enough to suit us. We knew we could grow this already established practice in a fast-growing town while practicing together.

by April Macary, D.C.,’03

The practice we purchased in Asheville had a family and pregnancy focus already, and we decided to run faster with the concept. I had a great birth experience, which I largely credit to the prenatal adjustments that I had received. I shared my message with local pregnant women to give them a chance to have the same type of experience. To build our practice, I started to make appointments with local OB/GYN offices and midwifery practices to share the benefits of pelvic adjustments on pregnant mamas. I offered to bring lunch and promised that I just needed 15 minutes of their time. I was happily surprised with how well the concept was received and how fast new referrals started coming our way. Beyond the nervous system benefits of getting adjusted and of course the relief that comes with adjusting a pregnant woman with postural changes, the benefit that OBs, midwives and mamas really understand as being so important is pelvic alignment for optimal fetal positioning. They understand it. It makes sense. When I explain chiropractic from that perspective, the delivery attendant wants our help to make their job easier as well. I have brought copies of studies and my pelvis model, with baby in tow, to many birth care providers’ offices. It worked. We have no less than 10 referrals a week from birth care providers. Today, more than nine years later, approximately 60 percent of our clients

Alumni April Macary and Mike Mazzarella, D.C.s, have built a thriving family practice in Asheville, NC.

are pregnant. We love it, and they love chiropractic! It is very rewarding to play a role in their pregnancy and birth stories and to hear the successes of uncomplicated deliveries and breech babies turning around. Our office is also the home to a nonprofit group that teaches childbirth education and breastfeeding classes. We host a free infant CPR class once a month, and we share our space with groups like the International Caesarean Awareness Network to hold meetings and support groups. I also teach a class about pelvic health during pregnancy and labor. Our office is not only a chiropractic office, but a pregnancy focused meeting place, and we couldn’t be happier with how it’s turned out. April Macary, D.C., ’03, received her degree from Sherman College after attending Teikyo Post University in Connecticut. She has devoted many hours learning focused techniques for prenatal and infant care. She is a member of the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association and the International Federation of Chiropractors and Organizations. She and her husband, Michael Mazzarella, D.C., ’04, live in Columbus, NC, and have raised Austin, who is now 21, and still have the pleasure of their daughter’s company; Autumn is 11.




Celebrating Sherman’s First Graduates

Pioneering Firsts: 40 th Reunion Front row, from left, are Frances Lounsbury, Virginia Brannon, Judy Ross, Sherman College Founder Thomas A. Gelardi, Betty Gelardi, Irene Gold, Catherine Silver-Riddell. Back row, David Ivey, James Bedenbaugh, Steve Mason, Bill Hannouche, Edward Kwasniewski, John Ware, Brian Pulver and Michael Santone.

Sherman’s first students were pioneers in so many ways. Many of them took a leap of faith to enroll in a brand new college in a health field that was just beginning to claim its rightful place in a medically dominated society. In addition to leading the way to become the first graduates of the college, there are other notable firsts for this trailblazing group that we learned during their th 40 year reunion, namely: PAGE 14



Brian Pulver, D.C., was the first person to receive the doctor of chiropractic degree by virtue of his service of class president.

Edward Kwasniewski, D.C., was one of the first Sherman graduates to be licensed in New Hampshire.

Virginia Brannon, D.C., was the first woman to receive the doctor of chiropractic degree from the college.

Steve Mason, D.C., was the youngest pioneer to graduate at age 20.

Frances Lounsbury, D.C., was the first Sherman graduate to be licensed in West Virginia and also the first to open a practice when she went into business in Princeton, WV.

John Ware, D.C., was the first to write a Lyceum song in 1974 for the B.J. Palmer Memorial Lyceum. David Ivey, D.C., was one of the first graduates to be licensed in South Carolina.

Betty Gelardi, D.C., wife of founder and first president, Thom Gelardi, D.C., was the first “First Lady of Sherman College.”

Judy Ross, D.C., and the late Karen Jennings, D.C., were the first Sherman graduates to be licensed in Indiana.

James Bedenbaugh, D.C., was the first Sherman graduate after the Gelardis to open a practice in Gaffney, SC.

Catherine Silver-Riddell, D.C., was one of the first graduates to be licensed in West Virginia and the first of three in her family to receive the D.C. degree.

Bill Hannouche, D.C., was the first Sherman graduate hired to teach x-ray classes at the college.

Jerry Tishman, D.C., was one of the first graduates to be licensed in Michigan.

Classmate Updates

Classmate Updates To share your news or gain more information on Alumni Programs, contact Director of Alumni Relations Marggi Roldan at, 800-849-8771, ext. 277.

2000s Gabriel O’Sullivan, D.C., ’01, of Spartanburg, SC, was installed as president of the South Carolina Chiropractic Association (see page 12). April and John Kosinski, D.C.s, ’06 and ’07, of Cambridge, NH, welcomed a son, Jackson Connor, on June 9, 2016.

2010s Michael Epperson, D.C., ’15, and his wife, Nicole, of Las Vegas, NV, welcomed son Liam Thane on May 27, 2016. R.S. Porter, D.C., ’13, of Huntsville, AL, was married to Teresa Hasemeyer on December 6, 2015. Together they are creating an upper cervical chiropractic community in Huntsville. Chase Fowler, D.C., ’14, of Spartanburg, SC, made it through multiple preliminary rounds of the FOX TV show American Idol earlier this year. He practices at Infinite Health Chiropractic in Spartanburg.

Deaths James Deason, D.C., ’83, of Las Vegas, NV, died February 28, 2016. He is survived by his wife, Linda, two children, four granddaughters, a sister and brother. Lacey Picard, D.C., ’06, of Tryon, NC, passed away April 1, 2016. She is survived by her father, Dr. Hans Picard. Eric Sidelinger, D.C., ’76, of Littleton, NH, passed away April 19, 2016. He is survived by a son, Adam Sidelinger, and Adam’s fiancée, Maddie Putnam, of Keene, NH.

In Memory of Dick Plummer, D.C., ’79 A regent, alumnus and former employee of Sherman College, Richard E. Plummer, D.C., known by his Sherman family as Dick, passed away on April 18, 2016, and will be long remembered for his passion, kindness and leadership. A mentor and model to many chiropractors, his legacy will continue through the countless lives, hands and hearts he influenced. He is survived by children Kathy, Chris and Shawn. “Dr. Plummer was a chiropractic legend, a personal friend, a fellow veteran and a graduate and long-time supporter of Sherman College,” President Edwin Cordero, D.C., said of his passing. “Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, and with our Sherman family, who will miss him dearly.” A 1979 graduate of Sherman College and a former associate professor, Plummer had served the college as dean of continuing education and director of alumni affairs, student recruitment and fund raising. Through his years in the profession, he appeared on more than 600 radio and television programs across the country; he was an active member of many chiropractic groups, serving many in leadership roles. Beyond chiropractic, Plummer was very active in his local community. Full information and a link to his obituary can be found at

I Trust You – I Trust Me

Team for Student Success

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Chiropractic philosophy offers a perspective that honors life in the body. It teaches that the innate intelligence within the body knows more about what it needs than anyone on the outside and more than any educated person. Sharing the chiropractic story opens a new world of trust for the patient. It allows them to trust their own innate potential.

TLC4Superteams (see the latest article by Dean and Jen DePice, D.C.s, on page 28).

Empowering people to make their own decisions for their health and wellbeing (and that of their family) is one of the greatest ways to build and foster trust on all levels. Telling people what to do does not build trust. Inspiring people with knowledge and compassion will allow them to uncover the best path for themselves. It is not our place to judge others or to force them to live within our paradigm. It is our responsibility to educate, inspire and adjust people.

This program is designed to provide the best of what the Sherman College faculty and TLC4Superteams bring to students. Every aspect of real-life patient care, including care plan development and decisions concerning what type of practice to open as well as the steps that should be taken in the 12 weeks prior to opening a new clinic, are covered in the program.




Campus News: iPad Rollout

Transforming Chiropractic Education at Sherman: iPad Rollout Begins Sherman College students taking fourth-quarter classes learned how fun it can be to serve as the “test group” this summer as they each received a college-issued iPad during the first installment of the iSherman initiative. Student Lauren Golden was one of the first to receive her iPad. She admitted she thought the program was too good to be true when she first heard about it. “With these [iPads], we have all the lessons, videos and teachers’ materials right at our fingertips,” she told the local newspaper in an interview. “The fact that they trust us and gave us these iPads is an honor for us.” The Apple iPads students are given contain everything from syllabi to e-books, at no additional tuition cost. Over the course of the next twelve months, every student on campus will be issued an iPad. Sherman is the only chiropractic college with this level of technological integration for students. “It provides students with the opportunity to transition away from some of the typical lecture-focused instruction to focus more on the application of the course content,” said Director of Teaching and Learning Billie

Sherman students taking fourth-quarter classes received college-issued iPads during the first installment of the iSherman initiative, a program designed to transform chiropractic education and further integrate technology into the curriculum at the college.

Harrington, Ph.D. “That improves the learning experience for all of our students.” Sherman College faculty members were the first to implement iPad technology in their classrooms almost two years ago, and it’s having a tremendous impact on teaching and learning. The iSherman initiative is designed to transform chiropractic education with a teaching and learning environment that is forward-thinking in its approach and that leads the field. Professor of Clinical Sciences Cindy Gibbon, M.T., D.C., said the more

“With these [iPads], we have all the lessons, videos and teachers’ materials right at our fingertips. The fact that they trust us and gave us these iPads is an honor for us.” – Lauren Golden, DC2B PAGE 16



professors can provide new ways of learning, the better students perform. “In this day and age, students are used to high-tech learning,” she said. “The regular old textbook and notes don’t cut it. They have to be engaged.”

Julie Wilkinson was among the first group of Sherman students to receive an iPad.

Campus News: The Sherman Spirit of Giving

“In the months and years ahead, I look forward to meeting all who might read this message. I hope my smile and my welcome will measure up to those that continue making my days at Sherman special. Together, we can build our own culture of philanthropy, and perhaps call it the Sherman Spirit of Giving.” – Senior Director of Institutional Advancement Roger Sullivan

Sullivan Joins Advancement Office at Sherman College As Sherman College continues to grow its impact in the profession and around the world, the college is expanding its team in the Office of Institutional Advancement with the addition of Roger Sullivan as senior director of institutional advancement, responsible for donor cultivation, fundraising and public relations. Sullivan comes to Sherman College with more than 30 years of experience, having served as senior partner with Jerold Panas, Linzy & Partners, a leading national fundraising consulting firm in Chicago, IL. While with the Panas firm, Sullivan directed campaigns with combined goals of over $450,000,000 for the Universities of Massachusetts and Texas, the Imagine No Malaria mission of the worldwide United Methodist Church, and numerous other institutions. He also led the national major gifts program of the American Cancer Society Foundation. He most recently served as vice chancellor for advancement at USC Upstate. “We are eager to welcome Roger to the Sherman College leadership team,” said

Vice President for Business and Finance Karen Canup, C.P.A. “He has extensive experience in launching successful campaigns, building philanthropic support, and engaging individuals, foundations, boards and staff. We look forward to his contributions to Sherman College of Chiropractic.” Sullivan is a member of the Spartanburg Downtown Rotary and Piedmont Clubs. He serves on the Spartanburg Philharmonic Orchestra Development Committee and as a Mentor for the Meeting Street Academy. He serves as a board member for the National Alliance for Mental Health, Spartanburg Chapter, and the York County (ME) Family Fund. “I am thrilled by this opportunity to assist Sherman College’s ambitious growth plans,” Sullivan said, “to help magnify the healing force of chiropractic care, and to contribute to the evermore healthy goals of Spartanburg.” Sullivan holds a bachelor’s degree from Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT. He holds certifications with the Council for Advancement and Support of Education, the Philanthropy Tax Institute and the Institute for Charitable Giving.

Sherman’s Spirit of Giving by Senior Director of Institutional Advancement Roger Sullivan What an extraordinary experience it is to arrive at Sherman for the first time. I felt it on my very first visit. I’ve been to a hundred or two campuses over the years, some friendlier than others – but this was different. I felt it again on my first day of work. After the first few (dozen) gracious exchanges of “hello” and “how are you,” it sinks in. This place is special! Warm and very giving, the smiles are genuine and not painted on. So imagine my delight with the assignment of adding to the already vibrant “Sherman Pride” the extra distinction of philanthropy. Those of us in institutional advancement call it a culture of philanthropy: that atmosphere in which every person is invited, welcomed and empowered to contribute to something bigger than him or herself, something bigger than Sherman College itself, which already is dedicated to the enormous goal of giving greater life and health. Some give of their talents, a prime example being chiropractic clinicians who serve grateful patients. Some give of their time, like when Trustee Kim Stetzel, D.C., recently came to campus and told the students to “sing your chiropractic song.” Some contribute monetarily, according to their means, thus allowing their good fortune to benefit others. Time, talent and treasure are the currencies in a culture of philanthropy. If our invitations are bright and pleasing, many may give of all three. In the months and years ahead, I look forward to meeting all who might read this message. I hope my smile and my welcome will measure up to those that continue making my days at Sherman special. Together, we can build our own culture of philanthropy, and perhaps call it the Sherman Spirit of Giving.





MAKING A DIFFERENCE Eric Goans, D.C.: Using his passion to grow the profession Eric Goans, D.C., a 2014 graduate who received both the Clinical Excellence Distinction Award, given to the top clinician in each graduating class, and the B. J. Palmer Service Award for commitment to the profession of chiropractic, was honored at Lyceum in April as the 2016 Reach Out And Recruit (ROAR) Career Advisor of the Year. During his years as a student, he became an active participant in the ROAR Student Leadership program, influencing two prospective students to enroll as a result




of his recruiting efforts. That relationship with ROAR continued after he graduated and began his career as an associate at Conover Chiropractic Center in Conover, NC. He has continued to support ROAR by educating patients and college students about chiropractic and introducing them to Sherman College. In the short time since he graduated, his enthusiasm for the profession and for Sherman has led two additional students to enroll at his alma mater. The ROAR Career Advisor of the Year award is given annually to a ROAR member who has gone above and beyond

Graduation represents the culmination of much hard work and dedication to achieve the knowledge and skills necessary to become a success. Each graduating class leaves Sherman College of Chiropractic and goes out into the world prepared and determined to make a difference, not only in the communities in which they practice but also within their new profession. They all aspire, in their own ways, to change the world. (by Beverly Knight)

to recruit promising students to Sherman. The recipients are doctors who have led future doctors to the college and to the profession, young men and women who can, in turn, carry on the work of promoting chiropractic in the same way that graduates like Goans have done. The ROAR program was designed to encourage students and doctors who are already in practice to mentor and inspire the next generation of chiropractors. Members take on the job of introducing students to chiropractic, showing them the joy of serving in a health field that focuses on helping people and making a difference in the lives of others. The more than 400 members of ROAR span the globe. The

common goal for all of them is to spread their love for Sherman College and for chiropractic. That is a task that Goans has wholeheartedly embraced. By embracing his role as a mentor, he feels he is paying forward the encouragement that he received along the way. When he shares his story and his love of chiropractic with others, he is sharing the gift he had received from his mentors, the first of which was Rick Davis, D.C., with whom he now works at Conover Chiropractic Center. When Goans was in high school, he met Davis at an Eagle Scout event and knew immediately that they shared similar interests – and that Davis enjoyed helping people. It became clear to the young man that Davis genuinely loved what he did. Goans had never been exposed to chiropractic before, but he decided that he really wanted to learn from Davis, who allowed him to intern in his office. Only a few weeks after starting his internship, Goans had a football accident that led him even closer to an understanding of chiropractic’s capacity to help people. He suffered from cervical discopathy with radiating symptoms that had completely taken the strength from his right arm. He had full paraesthesia in his right arm for several days, and when he began care, he had a severely reversed cervical curve. “My life was completely changed when Dr. Rick Davis started utilizing chiropractic adjustments to help with regaining nerve function, improving my outlook on health and the source of health,” he says of a transformation that changed not only his physical condition but also the direction of his life. “Chiropractic became the forefront of my life, and I determined at the age of 16 that this was my calling,” Goans says of the influence of the man with whom he shared so many interests. When he graduated from high school, he began his pursuit of a career in chiropractic by attending the University of North Carolina at Charlotte where he earned a B.S. in kinesiology/ exercise science. Once he had the

D.C., also mentored Goans, encouraging him to use his voice as a tool for the good of the profession. “She always encouraged me to share my chiropractic story with others because it may just change their life the way that it changed mine,” Goans says of the teacher who greatly influenced his growth in the profession. Sarah Stephens, D.C., a health center case doctor and assistant professor of clinical sciences, provided guidance for him in the clinical setting and continues to be a valuable professional resource now when he experiences challenges in his practice.

Goans is an associate at his mentor’s office, Conover Chiropractic Center in Conover, NC.

Speaking of his role in ROAR and his dedication to promoting chiropractic, Goans says, “I don’t consider it to be a commitment with ROAR as much as I do a responsibility to educate others about the power of the chiropractic

adjustment and how we should all follow our hearts and find something that we are truly passionate about. This profession has shaped me for a long time and I can’t imagine a life without chiropractic for me and my family.” He contemplates a long career, one which he hopes will eventually result in ownership of the 30-year-old practice that he now shares with his mentor and friend. “I’m happy to have developed such long lasting relationships during my time at Sherman,” Goans says of the many who have offered him encouragement along the way. “I was led to this moment in life so that I could give to others what had been given to me. I have never looked back, and it has been the most amazing journey. I am blessed to be a part of such a giving profession that can heal naturally and allows me to educate patients daily.”

prerequisites in hand, he enrolled at Sherman College to complete the last stage of his journey toward a rewarding career. “Sherman was a vital component of this journey,” he says of his path to a successful career in chiropractic, adding that the people he met along the way have continued to play a significant part in both his personal and professional life. “The chiropractic adjustment is the most powerful tool that we have to change the outcome of a patient,” Goans explains. “Sherman teaches you how to use those skills to change lives.” His belief in the philosophy that Sherman embraces and passes along to students has informed his decision to continue to actively support the mission of the school. That’s why he has referred students to the college and why he says he will continue to do so in the future. When the idea for the ROAR program was being developed, Jaime Browning, D.C., one of Goans’ instructors, recognized that her student could use his ability to communicate to promote the ROAR concept. Sherman’s Director of Continuing Education Jillian Kersh,




Giordani says he gets joy from coming up with new ideas that can help doctors of chiropractic in their practices and improve upon equipment that already exists.

Tony Giordani, D.C.: Innovating in table design and developing tools of the trade Anthony (Tony) Giordani, D.C., ’11, is constantly searching for ways to enhance and to give back to the chiropractic profession. The 2011 Sherman graduate didn’t take a direct route to chiropractic, but once he found it, he knew he had discovered his passion. Following high school, the Long Island, NY, native joined the Navy, training as an aviation electronic technician. He worked on radar systems, infrared cameras and weapons systems. When he left the military and moved to South Carolina where his family was living, he became acquainted with chiropractic and the benefits of care. As a teenager, he had been active in sports – football, hockey and martial arts. As a result of these contact sports, he had suffered head injuries, resulting in chronic neck and back pain, digestive issues, headaches, extremity pain and heart palpitations. While working out at a gym, he met Stephen Conicello, D.C., ’04, an upper cervical doctor who was doing screenings. Giordani decided to give chiropractic a chance. “This doctor was very passionate about chiropractic and asked if I had any interest in going to school,” Giordani says of the man who subsequently introduced him to Sherman College’s teachers and staff. “Because of the amazing changes I saw in myself, I knew this was what I wanted to do. I wanted to help people the same way that I was helped.” After completing his prerequisites at Greenville Technical College, he enrolled at Sherman, where he embraced the school’s philosophy of chiropractic. The small class size, which he credits with giving him hands-on experiences and one-on-one time with professors, nurtured his love of the profession. “Our class was like a big family, and to this

Giordani, along with one of his mentors, the late Andy Roberts, D.C., designed a line of tables and equipment now marketed as Integrity Tables and used at Sherman College of Chiropractic.

day I still keep in contact with most of my classmates,” Giordani says of the closeness that he experienced with fellow students as well as faculty during his time at Sherman. “Sherman College has given me a very strong philosophy of chiropractic,” he says, pointing to the fact that students practice in clinic the way they will need to practice when they graduate. “Sherman gives you the tools you need to become successful.” Interestingly enough, he began to use that experience to create tools that have now been integrated into Sherman’s instructional program. Along with one of his mentors, the late Andy Roberts, D.C., who pushed him to become better and constantly train and practice to improve his skills, Giordani designed a line of tables and equipment to meet their exacting standards, now marketed as Integrity Tables. “The development of the table came from taking some of the complications I saw with knee chest tables that already existed and making small modifications to improve upon them,” Giordani says of the modest beginning of his collaboration with Roberts on the initial design. “From there, we

made a portable knee chest table, and then moved onto adjusting simulators. Each time we developed something new, our goal was to make it the best.” Now he is developing custom tables and equipment for other techniques such as a Gonstead knee chest table. “If there is a need for a piece of equipment, I like to say that it can be made,” Giordani says of his team of welders, upholsterers and CAD designers that assist with ideas and designs. “I am really excited and grateful that Sherman College chose to use my tables in their school and clinic. I have a great relationship with the administration and teachers at Sherman, and I hope to help them in any way that I can in the future.” Explaining that he gets joy from coming up with new ideas that can help doctors in practice and improve upon equipment that already exists, he plans to keep developing more equipment ideas. “We are always open to new ideas,” Giordani says of the equipment that has already made its way around the world, and he adds that he appreciates everyone who has helped spread the word about the quality of the products.




Since graduating from Sherman, Giordani has built his practice, The Upper Cervical Spine Center, located in Taylors, SC, primarily on a referral basis. Because he enjoys giving back to the community and to the profession of chiropractic, he does events within the community and networks with other business owners. An active member of the local Chamber of Commerce, he involves himself in the community and volunteers his time to teach students at local schools about chiropractic. “In my office I prefer to take on challenging cases,” he says. “I like to see the cases that have been everywhere, haven’t had any results and don’t know what to do next. I feel that because of the training I have gotten from Sherman College and my mentors, I have the confidence to take on these challenging cases and have great success with them.” One of the best things about being so close to Sherman College, he says, is that he is able to help students learn about upper cervical chiropractic and the knee chest adjustment. Some students even choose to receive care at his office.

“I think the fact that some people are willing to travel over five hours to see me speaks volumes about the type of care they receive in my office,” he says of the pride he takes in the skills he has developed. Giordani’s goal for the future is to expand upon his practice. He wants to continue to bring new doctors in and help them train to become great chiropractors, and he hopes to open more practices in the Upstate of South Carolina and help as many people as possible get their health back. But life is not all work for this young professional. He hasn’t given up his love for hockey and currently plays at the Greenville Pavilion. He has also served as a back-up goalie in the East Coast Hockey league for three different teams. In a small way, his continuing to play hockey means that life has come full circle, since participation in contact sports as a youth is what ultimately led him to a personal healing experience and to chiropractic as his profession and passion.

Maria McElwee, D.C.: Ensuring critters benefit from chiropractic care, too Maria McElwee, D.C., ’14, has always had a love and passion for two things: chiropractic and animals. Her dream-cometrue is that after graduating from Sherman she has been able to successfully marry those two passions in her career. McElwee grew up in Conyngham, PA. Her mother, Joanne Gallagher, D.C., ’82, and her uncle, John Degenhart, D.C., ’80, ensured that she grew up “with the chiropractic lifestyle.” In fact, one of her earliest memories as a child is that she would pretend to “adjust” family members. And she would always dress as a chiropractor on career days in grade school. “I loved everything about it,” she says. But it was the love of animals that permeated her young life. “I think that was instilled by my parents, especially my dad,” she says. “They taught my siblings and me to always be compassionate and

McElwee’s mobile animal chiropractic practice, Critter Chiropractic, allows her to make house/barn calls to keep people from having to trailer their animals.




she remembers. “My friends would pick at me because I acquired quite the ‘furbaby’ family by the end of school. We are one happy family and I wouldn’t have it any other way,” she says of the animals that have always been her love and her passion.

McElwee, who grew up in a chiropractic family, has always had an interest in working with animals.

caring. Life was to be respected.” She was the kid who, while walking to the school bus in the morning, would pick up all the earthworms off the road after it had rained so they wouldn’t be run over by cars. And she clearly remembers almost getting her thumb broken protecting a spider that someone was trying to smash with a dictionary. Her father, a carpenter, would bring home animals that had been uprooted or injured on the job site and she would nurse them back to health and take care of them until they could survive on their own. “My parents would always tell me that I had a bond with animals that they had never seen before, and I didn’t think anything of it.” She had barn cats, and one of her pet chickens would even hike with her, she says, adding, “I never had normal pets, but I always had an understanding with animals.” McElwee completed her undergraduate studies at Bloomsburg University in Pennsylvania. Because she knew she wanted to go to chiropractic school, she chose a degree program that would include the prerequisites through the core classes or electives, graduating with a B.S. in exer-

cise science. And, best of all, attending Bloomsburg meant that she could continue doing 4-H and drill team with her horse. Her family connection to Sherman was a factor in choosing the school for her chiropractic education. She had grown up attending Lyceum with her family and had great memories of the time spent at Sherman when she was younger. Those memories, coupled with Sherman’s dedication to personal attention, led her to the decision to attend, a decision she never regretted. “They always gave you the oneon-one attention when you needed it and made you feel like family,” McElwee says of the instructors who were always available and helped her successfully complete her degree program. Selling her horse, the animal she calls the love of her life, was the hardest thing she had to do as she was preparing to enroll at Sherman, even though she knew she would still be able to see him on occasion. “Animals were always a big part of my life,” McElwee says, explaining that giving up her horse broke her heart. “During chiropractic school it was hard with all the strays that were around. I was always helping with the animals when I could,”

“I had an interest in working with animals through chiropractic, even though at Sherman I focused on people,” McElwee explains. As graduation approached, she decided to look into animal chiropractic as an option and saw that it would be possible to make her dream a reality. Following that dream, McElwee enrolled at Options for Animals College of Animal Chiropractic in Wellsville, KS, after graduating from Sherman in fall 2014. She completed her coursework there, becoming internationally certified in animal chiropractic. She is quick to point out, though, that she maintains her “human” license while living her dream of working with animals. That understanding she developed with animals as a child serves her well in her professional life. Critter Chiropractic, her mobile animal chiropractic practice, located in Sugarloaf, PA, close to her family home, allows her to go to horse barns to keep people from having to trailer their animals. “People appreciate me coming to the house when their cat or dog needs care or is nervous to travel,” she says of the successful practice that she has grown in the area. “I see myself down the road having a farm where people can bring their animals to receive chiropractic care and other beneficial care by holistic practitioners,” she says of her dreams for the future. “But I will always offer mobile services for the care of animals that need it.” When she started her work with animals, she discovered that they benefit from chiropractic care in the same ways that people do. “They are exposed to physical, chemical and emotional stressors of daily living, and that has an effect on their nervous systems,” she explains, adding that caring for animals is made difficult by the fact that they are so good at




McElwee has a few furry family members.

hiding pain and compensating for it, something they do instinctively. “They are silent sufferers and amaze me every day with what they endure. It is the best feeling in the world when I am able to give their body what it needs to start the healing process.” The reward for her is seeing animals relax and “get the joy and brightness in their eyes again.” It continually amazes her that the animals relax and trust her to work on them. Though all of her patients touch her heart, she remembers some for whom chiropractic care was life-changing. One, a little corgi in a cart supporting his hind side, was one of her first patients. Everyone had given up hope on him except his owner, who thought that chiropractic could help him. In the beginning, he couldn’t walk or support himself in the hind end. After the first appointment, he started to support himself and stand. After the second one, he started to walk and improvement continued. “To see him trotting around would bring tears to my eyes. He amazed me with the healing within his body. Every day is wonderful when I see changes like this, big or small,” McElwee says of the rewards she reaps in her professional life. Her advice to other students about to embark on their professional lives is to follow their dreams and passions, no matter where they lead. And, she says, “Don’t let anyone tell you that you cannot do it. Anything is possible when you put all of your heart and soul into it. That will always shine through. The most important thing, though, is to believe in yourself, because that is all that matters in the end.”




Browning is involved with several faculty committees, chairing two of them, and she also helps out with palpation sessions for prospective students during Showcase Sherman Weekends.

Jaime Browning, D.C.: Instilling a love of upper cervical work in her students For Jaime Browning, D.C., ’09, Sherman College provided her introduction to the idea of chiropractic. It was while working at Sherman as an admission counselor that she had her first adjustment. “I heard Reggie Gold [D.C., Ph.C.] speak on campus and my whole world changed,” Browning says. “He made so much sense.” At the time, Browning was working on her master’s degree in counseling, and chiropractic was not in her plan for the future. While she says the subject matter in the counseling program was interesting, she didn’t feel it gave

her the answers she was searching for to help people live a better life. “Dr. Gold’s message gave me that answer,” Browning said of her decision to recruit herself and enroll as a student at Sherman, graduating with her Doctor of Chiropractic degree in 2009. As an undergraduate, Browning had attended Lander University on a volleyball scholarship, graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology with an emphasis in counseling in 2002. Due to her years playing volleyball, she suffered from migraines. Gold encouraged her to take advantage of the Health Center, and while under the care of Steve Clark, then an intern and now D.C., she came to realize how effective chiropractic was in improving her health.

When she decided to continue her education at Sherman, Browning took courses at Greenville Technical College to pick up the few basic science classes she needed to complete her prerequisites. Following her graduation from Sherman College (where she received the Service Distinction Award), she joined Upper Cervical Health Centers in Easley, SC. But after a year, she returned to Sherman, where she became the first director of the Reach Out And Recruit (ROAR) program. Soon she joined the faculty as an instructor. Since then she has risen through the ranks and now is an assistant professor of clinical sciences who involves herself in almost every aspect of the college. “Informally, I help to manage our upper cervical chiropractic program,” she says, though she admits that she wears quite a number of other hats. Browning serves on the Faculty Hiring Committee, the Curriculum Review Committee, the Technique Department Committee, the Critical Thinking Task Force and the ICA Council on Upper Cervical Care. As if that were not enough, she also chairs the Academy of Chiropractic Excellence intern program and the Institutional Review Board and serves as an Objective Structured Clinical Examination Examiner and as a mentor for students in the Alternative Admissions Track Plan. She says she’s on so many committees that she has trouble remembering them all. “The different committees help me to merge our didactic program with our clinic program,” she says. “Being able to speak and collaborate on initiatives in both camps helps to keep the conversation moving between them. I like to think of myself as a bridge builder. Any way I can help others understand ‘the other perspective’ I try to do so.” Browning says one of the major reasons she chose to attend Sherman was its focus and commitment to students. “I think the intimacy that Sherman can provide is bar none,” she says of the key factor that she feels leads to the school’s success. “Faculty

members truly care about the students here. I felt that when I was a student. I was constantly encouraged, empowered to change the world and given wings to fly. I think if students take full advantage, Sherman College offers what you need to be successful and make an impact. Sherman can’t give a student drive and work ethic. But it does a great job of offering many tools to follow your own path and do it well.” Browning admits that her goals for the school are big. “I’d like to see us become the Duke University of chiropractic,” she says of her dream that people will view Sherman in the same way that they do the team at Duke, knowing that when they come here they’ll be seeing “the best of the best.” Upper cervical work is her passion, and she wants to see Sherman grow the field of practitioners. She emphasizes that Sherman College is one of the few programs that focuses on the upper cervical area, noting that only 63 percent of chiropractic schools claim to have a toggle course, and of those only seven programs offer an additional upper cervical elective. “This gives Sherman a place to shine,” she says, because the program has five upper cervical courses in its core curriculum, along with several upper cervical electives. “I’d like to think that I am helping to keep upper cervical in our focus and to evolve to the next level. I am proud of what we have to offer our students.”

The focus on students attracted Browning to Sherman in the beginning, and her pride in that focus has only grown through her experiences as a student and a faculty member. “Being that Sherman is community-focused, our students tend to be great servants in their communities,” she says. “They love to make their communities better. I am always humbled to see what our grads are doing in the world.” And she’s also impressed with the fact that students are so highly motivated in their approach to patient care and spreading the message of chiropractic. When Browning was a student at Sherman, her mentor, Stephen Conicello, D.C., opened his office to students on Friday nights. He allowed them to ask questions, review technique and x-ray set-ups and work their way through cases while motivating them with patient testimonies. “He wanted nothing more than to inspire us to change the world,” Browning says. It’s clear that the message Conicello was communicating to the students then has made a difference. And Browning is determined to continue to spread that message to present and future students at Sherman College.

Browning’s long range plan is to move Sherman to the next level in upper cervical/ cervicocranial junction work and to become the authority in this area, creating textbooks, articles and educational seminars. “It’s extremely encouraging that Sherman is championing my development through the Diplomate in Cervicocranial Junction Procedures,” Browning says of an initiative she plans to start in the fall. “This diplomate will help advance our efforts to be an authority in upper cervical, opening the field for our graduates to make more of an impact on healthcare resulting in the betterment of our planet.”

Browning is working toward becoming an authority in the area of upper cervical and cervicocranial junction work.




Renovators Make Their Mark at the Health Center by Director of Alumni Relations Marggi Roldan

Campaign to Renovate Health Center Goal Met; Phase One of Renovation Complete

Many thanks to all the donors who contributed to this campaign and continue to fulfill pledges made when the campaign was publicly launched in April.

A commitment from local alumnus George Peters, D.C., ’93, pushed the college over the goal line in its $100,000 campaign to renovate the Chiropractic Health Center on campus. Peters practices in Duncan, SC. His commitment came just before Phase One of the renovation got underway. The “renovator” campaign launched at Lyceum 2016.

Impact Was Immediate

Phase One of the Chiropractic Health Center renovation took center stage during the academic summer break June 20-July 8. The health center was closed during this time and the main construction completed to reconfigure the center adjusting rooms in each wing of the building. The transformation of the space continues to evolve with the addition of chiropractic adjusting tables, instrumentation, computers, décor and room donor recognition plaques. The project will be completed before year’s end.




“We have already noticed improved scheduling of patients in the health center,” said Health Center Case Doctor Sarah Stephens, D.C., as students returned to campus for the start of summer quarter in July. “Interns are having an easier time scheduling their patient’s appointments with the additional adjusting rooms available. They are able to spend more time with their case doctors and get the one-on-one mentoring that is needed.” Stephens noted that 11 new chiropractic tables arrived in August for the new rooms and to update aging equipment in some of the other adjusting rooms. She explained that as computers were installed and functioning, interns gained the ability to show and discuss digital x-rays to their patients in the adjusting rooms, which enhances patient care.

“The rooms are smaller,” said Stephens, “yet they are a more efficient use of space. The health center is operating much more efficiently, and our students greatly appreciate this positive impact on their intern experience.”

Forward Thinking The Chiropractic Health Center is where student interns build their first chiropractic practice. This fall, the intern population will increase from 153 to 176, and numbers will rise to 200 by fall 2017. With the increase in interns will come an increase in the number of patient visits in the facility. This renovation allows for a better utilization of the space dedicated to outpatient visits. It results in seven additional adjusting rooms for interns to see outpatients and three additional new patient consultation rooms. Donations can still be made online or sent in the mail to Sherman College of Chiropractic, Attn: Health Center Renovation, P.O. Box 1452, Spartanburg, SC 29304.

Recognition for Room Dedication Donors is Next Step Several individuals and groups made commitments to name a room in the Chiropractic Health Center. The college deeply appreciates the generosity of: 

Debbie and Edwin Cordero, D.C., for the Cordero Room recognizing “El Presidente and the First Lady of Sherman College,” Dr. & Mrs. Edwin Cordero

Barbara and James Dubel, D.C., for the The Dubel Family Legacy Room

Jeanie Ohm, D.C., International Chiropractic Pediatric Association, for a room in memory of Larry Webster, D.C.

Jeanie Ohm, D.C., International Chiropractic Pediatric Association, for a room in memory of Dick Plummer, D.C.

Friends and Family, for a room to honor the memory of Dick Plummer, D.C.

Alumni Association members and friends for the Sherman College Alumni Association Room

Catherine Silver-Riddell, D.C., room naming to be determined




Practice Success Program: The Integral Pursuit

The Integral Pursuit: Sherman College & TLC’s Practice Success Program by Dean and Jen DePice, D.C.s What is most fundamental and true in chiropractic: the “integral pursuit.” Combining the behaviors in practice that are the most proven and competent with the cleanliness and congruency of what we say, accurately being reflected in what we do – this is the mission of the Practice Success Program (PSP) at Sherman College of Chiropractic. This “integral pursuit” conversation and its necessary actions are being exercised at Sherman College in the PSP. To live this out, we must embrace with full execution the definition of the word integrity; talking it or teaching it will not be enough – living it is a must. Integrity is your ability to 

discern what is right and what is wrong


consistently take action based on what you have discerned, even at great personal cost


be prepared to speak openly and immediately, stating why you have taken action and how your choices are based on an understanding of right from wrong.

With integrity defined, we can proceed in our journey of the “integral pursuit” and how it is evidenced in educating and graduating successful chiropractors. The single most valuable service that a chiropractor delivers, both for the clinical value to the patient and for the practitioner’s value to prosper in their service




to others, is the chiropractic adjustment. Everything other than the adjustment, while it may be beneficial, must be laid out in a chiropractic curriculum as secondary to the practitioner’s assessment and delivery of the adjustment. In the PSP, our curriculum is built upon the foundation that chiropractic adjustments are for the purpose of the removal of subluxations. It is regularly said by students in the PSP that the many TLC coaches serving in these lessons are “the real-est chiropractors” they have met, and that “your coaches are not only providing solid information, but they are demonstrating practical real-life applications and living evidence of how procedures are specifically enacted in their practices.” This is the integral pursuit conversation with palpable evidence. These integral pursuit examples are being proven sustainable as they are being carried out by chiropractors who uphold their business models, sustain their households and swiftly obliterate student loan debts. By doing so we are ultimately elevating our nation’s reflections on the character of chiropractic. This is not the “norm” in our chiropractic profession. What the Practice Success Program, TLC and Sherman College have brought together is purity and competency in growing chiropractors who practice chiropractic. One of the “secret” ingredients making this integral pursuit work for

perhaps the first time in the chiropractic profession’s recent history is the maturity with which both parties (teachers/facilitators and students) are willing to say no to that which needs to be said no to. Some of the specifics that the Sherman TLC Practice Success Program teachers and students say no to are as follows.

We say no to treatment plans over care plans. We say no to writing treatment plans based upon what insurance companies deem as “medically” necessary – first. Rather, we are first addressing the person’s needs based upon their presenting findings, history and the doctor’s selected adjusting technique objectives. Treatment plans are for insurance companies and allopathic objectives. Care plans are for people and an ideal expression of life objective. We will write treatment plans and compliantly address third party reimbursement, and we will educate our graduates well in doing so, but FIRST, we will write a care plan.

We say no to non-adjusting services rendered above adjusting. Triage in basic EMT teaches us the evident truth that a doctor has to prioritize how the body systems are addressed in health care and crisis care intervention. In a crisis, medical doctors must look for the most critical injuries first, such as spinal cord injuries (nervous system) or airway obstructions. Likewise for doctors of chiropractic, we are most wise when we assess subluxations and nervous system interferences as vital and of chief concern

Practice Success Program: The Integral Pursuit

prior to ever considering any secondary body systems or supplemental work such as nutritional or fitness training. While these services have value and merit on their own, they must be placed in their proper prioritization while educating future D.C.s. Unfortunately, our present “chiropractic culture” has given opportunity and excuse for students and practicing chiropractors to not triage the correction of subluxations first. Our chiropractic culture is focused on prioritizing many factors of health and wellness (which do deserve to be addressed, but only as secondary or tertiary to spinal concerns) over the presence of subluxations. These other systems have merit and may be considered – after assessing the vital needs of the nervous system and the one thing that the chiropractor is trained to do: correct subluxations.

We say no to promoting and marketing focused on “getting people in.” We in the TLC/Practice Success Program stand strong on the proven fact that all promotions and marketing must be centered on putting truth out, and this is the only primary and true message that our communities are hungering for. Research has proven that the leading cause of death in the world is directly tied to poorly made decisions, thus an educated community is safer and more able to make wise choices like having a subluxation-free spine, with this objective being more important than secondary or tertiary concerns.

We say no to hiring employees or CAs to do our “jobs;” rather, we say yes to engaging our chiropractic teams in relationships with people who likewise serve as advocates to put truth out effectually into the hearts, minds and mouths of patients and community members.

We say no to accumulating unimaginable student loan debt and bank loan debt, instead training students to open their practices efficiently and profitably through mentoring from those who have prospered for decades in practice living the chiropractic principles in all aspects of practice. The single most clinically positive thing a chiropractor can provide for the patient is also the single most professionally and financially positive thing a chiropractor can deliver for his or her career: the chiropractic adjustment. By raising up our future D.C.s with the clarity and competency to be great adjusters, they will also be the greatest contributors to the world we live in. In the PSP program, we believe that the chiropractic leadership must take a stand against the crushing debt of student loans. The most effective way to fix this is to raise a more ideal and exercised “integral pursuit.” The integral ingredient is chiropractors who adjust with competence and passion as their primary service above all else. In the PSP, this is the conversation at the core developing the next generation of chiropractors who will not be defined by financial ruin and who will own what they uniquely provide, which is the detection and correction of subluxations. 

We at TLC and Sherman College are living out the discernment of what is right and what is wrong in our profession. What is right is to defend our detection and correction of subluxations first before all else.


We are consistently taking actions based on what we have discerned as the vital needs of our profession, and we are teaching our students, even if it comes at great personal cost. We are training our students in what to say no to in practice, in order to say yes to what is of highest priority.


We are ready to speak openly and immediately, stating why we are taking these actions and how these choices are based on our understanding of right from wrong.

Our TLC doctors are honored to live TLC’s proven procedures and stand alongside the Sherman College faculty to build the next generation of chiropractors in their integral pursuit to stand strong together FOR chiropractic. We realize that many people in our communities are hungering for truth and are dying from poor choices. We, chiropractors, have that “something extra” that they seek, and we are teaching it via our Practice Success Program: living prosperously in practice, making the decisions of what to say no to, and mustering the strength to act, even at great personal cost – these actions exemplify the definition of integrity. This is our integral pursuit – our challenge to all those in the chiropractic profession. Do you believe chiropractic is the ONLY profession bringing this truth in practice to life through the removal of subluxations and the unity of bringing man the physical and man the spiritual together?

Will you join with us and take a stand in the Practice Success Program to uplift our future D.C.s and our peers to make better decisions of what to say no to in practice in order to say yes to be the source of wholeness for each person in our communities? Let’s make it our collective integral pursuit. SHERMAN





Instagram is a fun and quirky way to share your life with friends through a series of pictures. Snap a photo with your mobile phone, then choose a filter to transform the image into a memory to keep around forever. Experience moments in your friends’ lives through pictures as they happen. We imagine a world more connected through photos. –


At Sherman College, we see Instagram as an opportunity to connect with you and share what’s happening on campus. Follow us @shermancollege and share your photos with us using #shermanpride. Barbie Rosenberg shares her excitement over receiving her spine

Luiza Castro and some Sherman friends enjoy a night of bowling

Samuel Higgs, D.C., celebrates the completion of his ACP designation

Climb Upstate leads a team-building session for prospective students

Student Tim Hartman recruits another sister to Sherman College

Stephanie Dubel has some fun at Showcase Sherman Weekend




Spotted on Social Media: #ShermanPride

“I am so thankful that I was led to be a chiropractor. Few things compare with the privilege of helping others return to living life the way they want to. I have seen such great changes in people’s lives in just the short time I have been practicing. I can think of no better way to serve this world.” – Stan Setzer, D.C., ’15 Keys to Health Chiropractic “Thankful to have passed my biggest and final academic hurdle: Part IV of chiropractic national boards. Wouldn’t have done it without God’s grace, Sherman College of Chiropractic’s rigorous curriculum, stellar classmates, Irene Gold’s board reviews (including daily 10+k runs during the one-hour lunch break!), as well as supporting family and friends. #DC2B #ShermanPride #FamilyHealthChiro” – Ashley Liew, D.C., ’16 Singapore

“Dr. Wood is proud to be a member of the Sherman College of Chiropractic’s Board of Regents. Sherman College is leading the way in teaching a new generation of chiropractors our LIFE-GIVING principles!” – Jason Wood, D.C. Wood Chiropractic

Alumni Inspire the Next Generation of Chiropractors “This morning, out of the blue, Abbie said, ‘Mommy, when I get older I am going to be helping Dr. Logan Rhodes, if she isn’t too old to work.’ I told her, with a big smile, ‘Dr. Rhodes is pretty young; I think she will be working. What will you help her with?’ Abbie said, ‘What Dr. Rhodes and Dr. [Chase] Fowler do. Help people. When they can’t work, I will work for them and when they are there, I will work beside Dr. Logan.’ Man, my heart is warm for so many reasons! I hope and pray she makes her dream at age six a reality. Thank you, Infinite Health Chiropractic, for being such great role models for our girls!” – Michelle Patton, photographer, mom and patient at Infinity Health Chiropractic

Christopher Kent, D.C., J.D., on Making a Difference at Sherman College of Chiropractic “Upon realization that I’m closer to the marble orchard than the birth canal, I decided that it was time for a new chapter in my life. Despite my best efforts, chiropractic is in worse shape than when I entered the profession... “I think I can do the most good at a college that shares my values. Sherman College is a wonderful place. The people are committed, talented, energetic, and just plain pleasant to work with. Having a role in making real chiropractors is something I’ve always enjoyed doing. That will be the new direction in my career. In my 65th year, I am starting a new job when many seek to retire. To me, death and retirement are synonyms. I choose life, and the opportunity to continue serving.”

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Lyceum 2016: All In

1. Susan Newlin, Thom and Betty Gelardi, D.C.s, and others gather in the Big Top for plenary sessions.



2. Alumni gather at the Spartanburg Marriott for reunions. 3. Pioneer graduate Judy Ross, D.C., at the Alumni Association lunch. 4. This sample renovated room inspired Lyceum attendees to donate to the Chiropractic Health Center Renovation campaign (see page 26).


5. Recent graduate and Singaporean marathoner Ashley Liew, D.C., gets the 5K Commit to Be Fit underway. 6. Siblings and Sherman students Sarah and Michael Cohen enjoy lunch between sessions. 7. Alumni Ryan Burkhart and Melinda Hallam, D.C.s, are ready to hear the latest college updates from President Cordero.


8. New Zealand College of Chiropractic President Phil McMaster, D.C., and Sherman trustee Daniel Knowles, D.C., catch up under the food tent. 9. Greg Stetzel, D.C., and recent graduate Tamatha Garris, D.C., try their luck at the poker tables during the “All In� banquet.


10. Charmaine Herman and Tyrone Wallace, D.C.s, talk during the Alumni Association lunch. 11. Alumnus and faculty member Kevin Power, D.C., leads a palpation class for prospective students.



12. Joel Alcantara leads a session on pediatric research. 13. Prospective students tour the campus during Showcase Sherman Weekend at Lyceum.


14. Amanda Cerwinsky Jerviss, D.C., had the company of her daughters under the tent. 15. Billy DeMoss, D.C., presents during the Philosophy Full House. 16. President Edwin Cordero, D.C., student Tim Hartman and Executive Vice President Neil Cohen, D.C., pose during awards. 17. Jeanne Ohm, D.C., presents Great Expectations under the Big Top. 18. Continuing Education staffers Sarah Palon and Chelsea VanderWal and student assistants Gillian Kucharski and Phil Crane help Director Jillian Kersh, D.C., keep the weekend running smoothly.





Lyceum 2016: All In










Lyceum photos by Joe Marcus of @AllPointsImages, Tim O’Donnell, D.C., Karen Brower Rhodes and Julie Wilkinson, DC2B. SHERMAN



Sherman College Lyceum 2016 Award Recipients

Chiropractor of the Year: Frank Hahn, D.C. Franklin Park, NJ, chiropractor Frank Hahn, D.C., was named Chiropractor of the Year, an honor bestowed upon doctors who have, through their service, given extraordinary time and effort to advance Sherman College and the principled chiropractic profession. Hahn is a successful, principled chiropractor who thrives on service – serving his patients and his community, serving Sherman College, and serving the profession. A 2003 Sherman College graduate, he is owner and director of a thriving practice, Chiropractic LifeCenter, in Franklin Park, NJ, and he also provides care through Chiropractic for Humanity for Elijah’s Promise, which helps connect individuals and families in need with social and health services. He says his vision is for “every man, woman and child on the planet to become educated about the benefits of chiropractic.” Hahn created and appears regularly on IFCO-TV, an online television show he created for the International Federation of Chiropractors and Organizations. He is active with the IFCO, and he is a board member of the Garden State Chiropractic Society. He has written 47 Reasons to Visit Your Chiropractor and is a popular speaker. Hahn serves Sherman College as a member of the Board of Regents and is a longtime member of the college’s Reach Out and Recruit Program (see page 7). He referred a student who is currently enrolled at Sherman College, and several who have already graduated.




Chiropractic Advocate of the Year: Susan Schofield

ROAR Career Advisor of the Year: Eric Goans, D.C.

Susan Schofield of Glendale, AZ, has contributed to the advancement of Sherman College and the chiropractic profession. While working as a pharmacist, Schofield discovered chiropractic via her husband, Fred Schofield, D.C., and found a new approach to helping people create health. Since 1981, she has been dedicated to helping D.C.s, their spouses, staff and patients break the barriers of mediocrity. She is considered a leading expert in personalized management and consulting for chiropractic professionals and is often recognized for her chiropractic assistant programs. Together with Dr. Fred Schofield, she co-founded Atlas Chiropractic Center and Schofield Chiropractic Training.

Reach Out and Recruit (ROAR) member Eric Goans, D.C., is known for his hard work and approachability. A 2014 graduate, Goans serves patients at Conover Chiropractic Center in Conover, NC (see page 18). He is always on the lookout for ways to encourage future chiropractors, whether while he was a student or now in practice as a graduate. While he was a student, he influenced two prospective students to enroll; now as a doctor of chiropractic, he continues to educate patients and college students about chiropractic as a career and leads them through the doors of Sherman College. Since his graduation from Sherman, he has had two additional students enroll at the chiropractic college.

Distinguished Service Award: Brian Pulver, D.C., A.C.P.

ROAR Student Leader of the Year: Tim Hartman

Elk Rapids, MI, chiropractor and 1976 graduate Brian Pulver, D.C., A.C.P., was a member of the college’s first enrolled class and was the very first Sherman College student to receive the doctor of chiropractic degree. In that pioneering spirit, he was also in the first class of Sherman College’s Academy of Chiropractic Philosophers which includes advanced study of philosophical principles. He practiced in Mason, MI, for about 25 years before retiring; but just when most people would start taking it easy, he instead started a new membership practice. Pulver has served more than 20 years on the college’s Board of Regents and has referred more than 20 students. Three of his children are chiropractors.

The Reach Out and Recruit (ROAR) Student Leader of the Year is a new distinction given to an exceptional member of the ROAR Student Leadership Program who has gone above and beyond to recruit; the first recipient is Raleigh, NC, native and DC2B Tim Hartman. Through Hartman’s efforts via speaking engagements and interactions with college students, nearly 70 potential students have asked for more information about Sherman College, one has enrolled, and two more are committed to starting the program soon; one of these future students is Hartman’s younger sister, Julia. Traveling to visit as many offices, seminars and mission trips as he can, Hartman truly takes chiropractic with him everywhere he goes.

Sherman College Lyceum 2016 Award Recipients

Thom & Betty Gelardi Service Award: Barbara & Jim Dubel, D.C. Middletown, NJ, chiropractor Jim Dubel, D.C., and his wife and chiropractic assistant, Barbara “Babs” Dubel, were presented with the Thom and Betty Gelardi Service Award, an award presented at the discretion of the president and therefore not awarded every year. This award was created to honor the Gelardis (Sherman College’s founders) and is given to individuals to recognize their unselfish dedication, visionary leadership and pioneering spirit. Jim Dubel, D.C., is a Palmer graduate and opened Health in Hand Chiropractic in New Jersey with his wife, Babs, in 1980. Ten years later they started the New Beginning for a New Future Chiropractic Philosophy Weekend, known best as New Beginnings. From its humble beginnings, the event has grown under their direction and guidance. It is now one of the premier chiropractic philosophy events in the nation, drawing hundreds of chiropractors as attendees and attracting the best of the best in chiropractic philosophy presenters. Like the Gelardis, the Dubels remain steadfast in their commitment to the chiropractic principles and serve as an example for the rest of the profession. They have sacrificed much in their service to chiropractic. The couple remains steadfast in their commitment to the chiropractic profession and has raised their three children in the same principled lifestyle. One of their children, Stephanie, is currently a student at Sherman College.

Spirit of Sherman College Award: Brian Dooley, D.C., A.C.P.

Service to Sherman College Award: Peter Kevorkian & Patti Giuliano, D.C.s

Faculty member Brian Dooley, D.C., A.C.P., was recognized for his dedication to student success for the betterment of both his alma mater and the chiropractic profession. Dooley is a 2005 graduate and returned to the college in 2013 as an assistant floor doctor in the Chiropractic Health Center. He moved from the clinic to the classroom in 2014, and he continues to see patients in his town as owner and operator of Pickens Family Chiropractic, which he established in 2007. Dooley has made a tremendous impact at Sherman College through his coordination of the college’s Practice Success Program (see page 28) and his assistance with the Clinic Challenge Experience for new interns.

Widely known experts and speakers, Kevorkian and Giuliano champion the future of the profession by mentoring students through speaking, allowing students to shadow at their Westwood, MA, practice, and hosting events. They have presented at many seminars, both domestically and internationally. The couple are active in the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association, the League of Chiropractic Women, and the International Federation of Chiropractors and Organizations. Kevorkian and Giuliano are active Reach Out and Recruit (ROAR) members, and they currently have four referred and mentored students enrolled. They support the college financially as members of the President’s Circle. (continued on page 36)

Regent of the Year: Catherine Silver-Riddell, D.C. Inwood, WV, chiropractor Catherine SilverRiddell, D.C., was named Regent of the Year, an award presented in recognition of her outstanding and continuous advancement of Sherman College through participation on the college’s Board of Regents, a group dedicated to supporting quality chiropractic education through financial donations and leadership. Regents give visibility and stature to Sherman College through speaking engagements, legislative roles, student referrals, and financial support. Though she has only been a Sherman College Regent for seven years, Silver-Riddell’s contributions have been significant and noteworthy. She is a member of the President’s Circle, the highest commitment level group in the Regent Program. Silver-Riddell has been a pioneer in the chiropractic profession for 40 years, beginning with her inclusion as part of the first graduating class of Sherman College. She has participated in hundreds of postgraduate professional seminars including Sherman College’s annual Lyceum, and she has brought restorative health and wellness to more than 8,000 patients thus far in her career. She is still serving patients of all ages at her practice in Inwood, WV. She resides with her husband, Roland, in Winchester, VA, and is an active member of her church, choir and community.




Sherman College Lyceum 2016 Award Recipients

Service to the Profession Award: Phil McMaster, D.C., A.C.P.

Rising Stars: Dayna & Megan Socha, D.C.s

Before Sherman College focused on bringing chiropractic to the world, 1985 graduate Phil McMaster, D.C., A.C.P., took what he learned at Sherman back to his homeland of New Zealand. McMaster and a group of dedicated individuals helped launch New Zealand College of Chiropractic in 1994. While serving as interim president of NZCC, McMaster refined the program for accreditation in a time of crisis. Not surprisingly, the college named him president in 2013, a position he still holds. As such, he assures that his part of the world has a principled chiropractic institution for students to learn the philosophy, art and science of the profession. McMaster served for many years on the Board of the New Zealand Chiropractors’ Association and as trustee and chairman of the New Zealand Chiropractic Education Trust.

Dayna Socha graduated from Sherman 2012 and opened her first office in Frankfort, KY. She serves as part of the health team for CrossFit Frankfort, Valhalla Jui-Jitsu, body builders and Kentucky State University athletes. She is working toward an animal chiropractic certification and is very active in her community Chamber of Commerce and Civitan Club. Megan Socha also graduated in 2012, opening her first office with Dayna. She has since opened her own office in Louisville, KY. Her passion lies in working with families, athletes and children of all ages in her practice. She stays active in the community as a member of Women4Women, as a local middle school basketball assistant coach and more. The sisters have worked their love of athletics into their practice by serving as chiropractors for the NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament.

Sherman College of Chiropractic was proud to honor alumni, chiropractors, and supporters during its annual Lyceum, a homecoming and continuing education event attended by hundreds of chiropractors throughout the U.S. and internationally. Lyceum is held on the college’s campus in Spartanburg, SC.


Remember This Chiro Baby? Remember this baby from our Fall 2001 issue of the Sherman College alumni magazine? “Chiro baby” Avery Bieber has just turned 16! Parents and graduates Nichole, ’02 (pictured with Avery), and Andrew, ’00, have since added two more children to the family: Anderson, 13, and Amara, 10. Avery works at the front desk of her parents’ practice, Bieber Family Chiropractic, in Turbotville, PA.




Prospective Students Get a VIP Experience at Sherman

Andrew Yekel of Fort Washington, PA, was Sherman College’s first visitor to experience a revamped campus visit (pictured with student Lauren Corvi). Prospective students now enjoy a true VIP experience, including a DC2B badge, a personalized agenda, admission and financial aid highlights, a campus tour with a highly trained student ambassador, a visit with the president or a member of the college’s executive team, and lunch at The Farmer’s Table. Each prospective student also receives a special t-shirt and tumbler. The campus visit experience is a valuable tool for prospective students when deciding on the right college; since January 2014, more than 80 percent of students visited campus prior to enrolling.

The Sherman College Lyceum Experience

Julie Wilkinson, DC2B

Nick Spano, D.C.

Jaime Browning, D.C.

Shift is almost over and I actually get to hear some speakers today! Saving my first Lyceum tent speaker for the one and only president of Sherman, Dr. Edwin Cordero‌ super pumped. #Lyceum2016

Really enjoyed Lyceum and all the students and docs I was able to connect with both during and after my presentation! The Sherman campus is more vibrant than I’ve ever seen it and I felt blessed by all the folks I had the time to talk to.

Celebrating 40 years since the first pioneer class graduation has all the feels. Thank you, pioneers! #allin #lovewhereyouwork #shermancollegeofchiropractic

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Participate in Sherman PRide Day on Thursday, October 27 Fast becoming a favorite college tradition, the sixth annual Sherman PRide Day is slated for October 27, 2016. On this day, we ask alumni and friends to celebrate their affiliation with Sherman by sharing positive information about the college in their offices or on social media. It’s easy to participate on Sherman PRide Day, no matter where you are. Here are some ways you can join in:  Wear a Sherman College shirt  Talk about Sherman to family, friends and  Shout out on social media with photos or a patients…just work it into your conversations  Change profile photo to something Sherman-related status update regarding Sherman College  Post a link to the Sherman website  Invite a potential student to shadow you at work  Host a chiropractic career session  Refer a student to Sherman

Get ready to share your Sherman PRide:

Sherman Magazine, Fall 2016  

publication for alumni, friends and the Sherman College community

Sherman Magazine, Fall 2016  

publication for alumni, friends and the Sherman College community