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2. Around the World

Publisher Edwin Cordero, D.C.

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

Editor Karen Rhodes, M.B.A.

3. Aligning Structure, Function

The vision of Sherman College is to be the source to create the finest chiropractors and leaders for the profession.

Contributing Writers Dean and Jen DePice, D.C.s Billie Harrington, Ph.D. Christopher Kent, D.C., J.D. Peter Kevorkian, D.C. Beverly Knight Ohmar T. Land, D.M. Kyle Muir, D.C., ’14 Kristy Shepherd, M.A. Emily Wood

5. Employee Accolades

Employees proudly represent the college; faculty and staff members are honored.

6. Enrollment News

Showcase Sherman Weekends welcome prospective students; ROAR members refer students to the college and profession.

8. Continuing Education

IRAPS gathers leaders in chiropractic philosophy and research, issues 2018 Call for Abstracts; ACP program thrives.

10. Reaching Out

Bookstore leads drive for Puerto Rico relief efforts, Kappa Chi collects Toys for Tots; Health Center outreach programs succeed.

12. Postcheck: Alumni News SPRING 2018 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.

Alumni recognized; Alumni Association selects Pride Award recipients; Alumnus Kyle Muir, D.C., shares his “why.”

16. Transforming Education

Sherman College prepares students for successful chiropractic careers in a technology-charged society.

17. Evidence-Informed

Sherman College takes a salutogenic approach to evidence-informed practice for the correction of vertebral subluxations.

18. G10: Practice Success

Sherman students are gaining the confidence and knowledge to succeed in practice and obliterate their student loan debt.

20. Breaking Ground

Transformational change is underway at Sherman College, including the groundbreaking of the Gelardi Student Center.

22. Obsessed: Student Success Sherman College is dedicated to ensuring that student success is at the forefront of every endeavor the college undertakes.

24. Donor Honor Roll

The college recognizes regents, alumni, friends, faculty and staff who generously support the program.

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President’s News: Around the World

Boghosian Presented with President’s Circle Blazer; Lawhon, Stetzel Approved for Second Terms as Trustees Sherman College President Edwin Cordero, D.C., presented trustee Karlos Boghosian, D.C., of Hartford, CT, with his President’s Circle Regent blazer on Friday, October 6, during the board meeting. Boghosian officially joined the group in February.

Bringing Sherman College of Chiropractic to the World In keeping with the 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 aggressive travel schedules to promote the college, share chiropractic and recruit students. Here’s a look at where they’ve been and what’s planned.


TLC4SuperTeams in Princeton, NJ (Cordero, Cohen) n Dynamic Essentials Chiropractic in Atlanta, GA (Cordero, Cohen) n California Jam in Costa Mesa, CA (Cordero, Cohen) n


Showcase Sherman Weekend in Spartanburg, SC (Cordero, Cohen) n AutoPista Americas Recruitment Tour in San Juan, Puerto Rico (Cordero) n


International Chiropractic Pediatric Association (ICPA) in Reston, VA (Cohen) n Chiropractic Society of Texas in San Antonio, TX (Cordero) n The Truth Chiropractic Philosophy Seminar in Kansas City, MO (Cordero, Cohen) n




The President’s Circle, a prestigious group created in 2013, recognizes donors of the college giving at a level of $10,000 per year. Donors in this group are distinguished with a black blazer with an embroidered Sherman crest. To express your interest in joining the President’s Circle of donors, please email Patti Lee Thomas or call 800-849-8771, ext. 240. In related news, the Board of Trustees unanimously approved a second term for Kim Stetzel, D.C., during its October 6 meeting. At the February 3 meeting, the Board unanimously approved a second term for Tony Lawhon, Esq.

Members of the college’s exclusive President’s Circle are presented with a black blazer with an embroidered Sherman crest. Trustee Karlos Boghosian, D.C., received his blazer on October 6 during the board meeting.

Sherman College Well Represented at International Axiom Chiropractic Seminar in Brussels Sherman College Executive Vice President Neil Cohen, D.C., Philosophy Department Chair Bill Decken, D.C., ’86, D.Ph.CS, Board Chair and President’s Circle Regent Peter Kevorkian, D.C., President’s Circle Regent Patti Giuliano, D.C., and Board Member Shawn Dill, D.C., all spoke at the Axiom Seminar August 25-26 in Brussels, Belgium. Cohen, Kevorkian, Giuliano and Dill made presentations to the attendees, and Dr. Decken moderated a philosophy panel discussion. Alumnus

David Serio, D.C., ’99, was also on the agenda. The Axiom Seminar is an international conference that aims to discuss and expand the science, art and philosophy of chiropractic to create sustainable change and growth of the profession. The Axiom Seminar brings substance and solution to the challenges faced in Europe; the organization is dedicated to giving back proceeds to the chiropractic profession.

Board of Trustees: Aligning Structure and Function

Aligning Structure and Function by Peter Kevorkian, D.C. Chair of the Board of Trustees

When the words and actions of a person are not aligned to the values and principles that he or she lives by, distress is created in a person’s physiology. This distress is often at the source of disorder and dysfunction in that person’s life. When an individual continues to live his or her life in this state of incongruence, it creates a complex state of disease and dis-harmony. It is both interesting and paradoxical to see the degree of overwhelm, high level of stress and often unhealthy lifestyles that chiropractic students experience while in school as they train to become leaders and teachers of health and vitality. This incongruence is expressed in a multitude of ways in the chiropractic college graduate. It may manifest as a lack of success, a lower level of personal fulfillment, an inability to communicate effectively, or general unhappiness. The vision of Sherman College of Chiropractic is to be the source to create the finest chiropractors and leaders for the profession, grounded in the traditional values of chiropractic with excellence in chiropractic technique and empowered by cutting-edge scientific knowledge and understanding.

The leadership of Sherman College today recognizes not only the need to increase the number of Shermaneducated graduates into the world, but it also knows that if students are not nurtured and supported properly, the training will lack the appropriate congruence needed to create the health care leaders that the world desperately needs. Chiropractic has long understood the intimate relationship between structure and function. This is not only true in the physiology of the body; it is true in all systems of our world, even systems at educational institutions. The physical structure of Sherman College was created at a time when the delivery of the program was not regulated to the degree it is today and at a time of minimal technology. It is critical that the college rethink and redesign the physical structure of the college to allow the function of the institution to meet its vision to be optimal.

Congressman Trey Gowdy, President Cordero Connect at Spartanburg Chamber Event Sherman College President Edwin Cordero, D.C., was able to express his thanks to South Carolina Congressman Trey Gowdy in person during a Chamber Voice of Business Brunch on November 21 in downtown Spartanburg. Gowdy, who represents South Carolina’s 4th District, is one of several distinguished local business and government representatives who submitted letters in support of the college’s USDA funding for the new Thom & Betty Gelardi Student Center and campus expansion. The congressman gave updates from Washington, where he is chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, as well as serving on the House Committees on Intelligence, Ethics, and Judiciary.

The expansion project is not about new classrooms and libraries and offices. Rather, it is about structurally supporting the contemporary needs of the chiropractic student while being congruent (continued on page 14)

The leadership of Sherman College recognizes not only the need to increase the number of Sherman-educated graduates into the world, but it also knows that if students are not nurtured and supported properly, the training will lack the appropriate congruence needed to create the health care leaders the world desperately needs.

Gowdy is one of several distinguished local representatives who submitted letters in support of the college’s USDA funding for the new Thom & Betty Gelardi Student Center and campus expansion. SHERMAN



Campus News: Employee Updates

Faculty and Staff Join College, Earn Promotions New Employees Aldridge







Hamstead Mahon



Greg Aldridge joined the college as director of information technology.


Todd Bachman joined the college as help desk technician.


Amber Bowers joined the college as admission office coordinator.



Sarah Cain, D.C., CACCP, joined the college as instructor with the G10 program.


Allen Duckworth joined the college as maintenance supervisor.


Chad Elder joined the college as maintenance and grounds assistant.


Allie Hamstead, D.C., ’12, joined the faculty as instructor of clinical sciences.


Ohmar T. Land, D.M., joined the college as assistant vice president of institutional advancement and public relations (see page 6 for more).


Hunter Foster Mahon joined the college as assistant director of development.

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Amy Brademann joined the college as continuing education online learning coordinator.

Rick Brescia, D.C., D.Ph.CS, has been promoted to assistant professor. Brian Dooley, D.C., ’05, A.C.P., has been promoted to assistant professor. Tate Gentile, D.C., has been promoted to assistant professor.


Sarah Hock, D.C., ’08, has been promoted to assistant professor.


Thomas Kolarik, D.C., ’94, has been promoted to assistant professor.


Sarah Stephens, D.C., ’03, has been promoted to associate professor; she is also evidence-informed facilitator for the Chiropractic Health Center.


Patti Lee Thomas has been promoted to assistant director of advancement services.


Nick Watson has been promoted to applications manager.


Emily Wood has been promoted to event and program manager in the Admission Office.

Employees Celebrate Anniversary Milestones Each year, Sherman College recognizes employees who have reached milestone anniversary dates. The college is fortunate to have very loyal employees, including many who have dedicated large portions of their careers to our college and who continue to make great contributions to Sherman and the chiropractic profession. In 2017, Sherman College recognized and thanked the following employees celebrating five or more years of service to the college: n

20 Years Joe Donofrio, D.C., ’94, A.C.P.


20 Years Beth McDowell Reizer, D.C., ’96


15 Years Kevin Power, D.C., ’81


5 Years Karen Canup, C.P.A.

Campus News: Faculty and Staff Members of the Year

Employee Accomplishments Dooley Named to IFCO Board

Sherman College Names Faculty, Staff Member of the Year Terry Lancaster and Nick Watson were recently honored as Faculty Member of the Year and Staff Member of the Year by Sherman College of Chiropractic in appreciation of their contributions, time and commitment to the college. Assistant Professor of Basic Sciences Terry Lancaster, M.A., was named Faculty Member of the Year. “Although she has been with us only a short time, Terry Lancaster has made a deep impression on our students,” says Vice President for Academic Affairs Joe Donofrio, D.C., ’94, A.C.P. “She has helped develop the new anatomy courses and is always accessible and eager to do whatever it takes to help students learn.”

Director of G10 Practice Success Program and Instructor of Clinical Sciences Brian Dooley, D.C., ’05, A.C.P., has been named to the Board of Directors of the International Federation of Chiropractors and Organizations (IFCO). IFCO’s mission is to protect, promote, and advance chiropractic as a separate and distinct profession dedicated to the detection and correction of vertebral subluxation for the better expression of life.

Gentile Completes Pediatric Certification with ICPA

Applications Manager Nick Watson was named Staff Member of the Year. “Nick always sees a solution to any opportunity that arises – in fact, he often identifies multiple solutions,” says Vice President for Business and Finance Karen Canup, C.P.A., of his contributions to the college. “Over the course of the 15 months Nick has been on staff, he has helped everyone on campus either directly or indirectly. He comes to work each day with a positive attitude and is always willing to help in any way that he can.”

Health Center Assistant Case Doctor Tate Gentile, D.C., was granted certification by the Academy Council of Chiropractic Pediatrics (CACCP) in the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association’s (ICPA) renowned certification program on November 28, 2017. The ICPA offers doctors of chiropractic an opportunity to achieve certification in family wellness chiropractic through advanced academics and clinical studies.

Watson joined the college as a help desk technician in September 2016 and was recently promoted to applications manager. In this role, he manages and stabilizes student information systems, and he is currently working with a committee to evaluate a potential new information system, for which he will serve as on-site manager. Watson holds certifications including JAMF CCT, Microsoft MTA, Microsoft MCP, Microsoft MCTS, and CompTIA A+. He is currently working on his Microsoft MCSA in Windows 10. Originally from Mobile, AL, Watson says he loves living in South Carolina; he enjoys golfing as well as mud runs.

The 200-hour, 16-module curriculum provides the doctor with techniques and protocols of care for children and pregnant women, including advanced levels of training and expertise. By being certified, Gentile is recognized for his completion of ICPA’s 14 classroom (continued on page 7)

Lancaster joined the Sherman College faculty in October 2016. She holds a B.S. in biological sciences from Clemson University (1991) and an M.A. in anthropology from Louisiana State University (1998). She has taught secondary education, undergraduate, graduate and professional students in Tennessee, Louisiana, Ohio and Georgia. At Sherman College, she currently teaches Human Anatomy and Physiology, Osteology, and Human Gross Anatomy and she assists with Musculoskeletal Gross Anatomy labs. When she is not teaching, Lancaster is an active booster of the Greenville Swamp Rabbits hockey team and enjoys day trips on her Ural with her dog in the sidecar.




Campus News: Showcase Sherman Weekend

Land to Lead Division of Institutional Advancement and Public Relations Ohmar T. Land, D.M., joined Sherman College as assistant vice president of institutional advancement and public relations in February. He had previously worked with Sherman College as a consultant with CCS Fundraising since August 2017. Land has more than 10 years of experience working in fundraising, scholarship program management and leadership for higher education institutions, non-profit organizations, and community foundations including Bowie State University, United Planning Organization, Prince George’s Community College, Thurgood Marshall College Fund, and Foundation for the Carolinas. While working in higher education, he also taught as an adjunct business professor. He enjoyed teaching business classes and empowering students in the classroom. Land also brings five years of experience working for national and regional healthcare organizations. He holds a doctorate in management in organizational leadership from the University of Phoenix in Washington, DC. As Sherman College builds, renovates and improves the campus, the Division of Institutional Advancement and Public Relations is undergoing similar changes aimed to further increase the impact and support of the college and its future. Patti Lee Thomas, who has been with the college for nearly 10 years, will lead a new Advancement Services Office; the division has also added Hunter Mahon as assistant director of development. PAGE 6



Prospective students and guests enjoy the bridge at Falls Park as part of their tour of downtown Greenville during the college’s fall Showcase Sherman Weekend. This event 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.

Showcase Sherman Weekends Welcome Prospective Students to Campus, Spartanburg Showcase Sherman Weekends for 2018 kicked off on February 9-10, and Sherman College was excited to welcome another future group of prospective students and their guests. Attendees had the opportunity for a chiropracTIC overview session, a meet-up with current students, faculty and staff, as well as a palpation class, campus tour, leadership session, and tour of downtown Spartanburg and Greenville. Showcase Sherman Weekends are the college’s VIP events for prospective students to explore chiropractic and Sherman College and is designed to ignite students’ passion for leadership as well as help them begin their pursuit of becoming the next generation of DCs2B.

Two additional 2018 Showcase Sherman Weekends are scheduled August 3-4, and November 2-3, and they will be held off campus at the AC Marriott in downtown Spartanburg during the upcoming campus expansion. Registration for August and November are open, but space is limited. Contact Admission Event and Program Manager Emily Wood at or 800-849-8771, ext. 271, to refer a student to this event.

Campus News: ROAR for Sherman

Supporters, ROAR Members Refer Students to Sherman One of the greatest satisfactions in life is helping others fulfill their dreams. When they recruit students, Sherman College alumni and friends help build the profession with compassionate, skilled, ethical and successful doctors. Thanks to each of the following individuals who referred students to Sherman College in fall 2017 and winter 2018: Robert Crisman, D.C., ’93 Juan Santiago Cordero Jen DePice, D.C. Stephen Douglas, D.C. Adam Federow, D.C. Eric Galloway Pete Gay, D.C.* Fidel Goldson, D.C. Frank Hahn, D.C., ’04* (2) Julia Hartman, current student Timothy Hartman, D.C., ’17* Michael Heskett, D.C. Jeremy Hess, D.C.* Nicholas Insolia, current student Austin Kemmerlin, current student I. Keith Lavender Nick Lower, D.C., ’16 Shane Lynch, D.C., ’08 Brooke Stroud Martin, current student Greg Moore, D.C. Steve Niemiec, D.C., ’01 Joseph Power, D.C., ’13 Jason Sabo, D.C. Justin Snider, D.C., ’10 Sandra Staton, D.C. Kristina Stischer, D.C. McCall Tanner, D.C. An asterisk (*) indicates that the individual is a member of the college’s Reach Out And Recruit program. ROAR members encourage future chiropractors, support Sherman publicly, are leaders in the community and represent Sherman at career events and school fairs. Find out more at

Employee Accomplishments (continued from page 5) modules taught by leading authorities in family chiropractic, as well as two practice-based research network projects, which substantiate both practical and evidence-informed clinical competencies. Gentile is granted his Board Certification from The Council of Chiropractic Pediatrics of the Academy of Chiropractic Family Practice.

Kent’s Papers Gain Popularity on ResearchGate

Director of Evidence-Informed Curriculum and Practice Christopher Kent, D.C., J.D., has some recent papers posted on the collaborative site ResearchGate. ResearchGate was founded in 2008 by a group of physicians and scientists to facilitate collaboration with colleagues throughout the world. ResearchGate today has more than 100 million publication pages, and more than 14 million researchers. A growing number of chiropractors are members, including Dr. Kent. Two featured papers include: “Heart Rate Variability to Assess the Changes in Autonomic Nervous System Function Associated with Vertebral Subluxation” and “An Evidence-Informed Approach to Spinal Radiography in Vertebral Subluxation Centered Chiropractic Practice.”

Administrators (NASFAA) professional credentials program. This is a first for Sherman College. She joins the ranks of 3,640 other financial aid administrators nationwide who have earned one or more professional credentials. Park participated in an eight-week, instructor-led online course and passed her final exam by demonstrating mastery in the credential’s concepts and skills. The Financial Aid staff have department goals in place to earn more professional credentials over the next few months.

Stephens Participates in EvidenceInformed Practice Workshop

Health Center Case Doctor Sarah Stephens, D.C. ’03, recently participated in an EvidenceInformed Practice workshop hosted by the Part IV Practical Testing Department of the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners (NBCE) in Greeley, CO. Twenty-one chiropractic leaders participated in the program; the overall goal of the workshop was to better integrate the concepts of evidence-informed practice into NBCE examinations.

Park Completes Financial Aid Professional Credential Program

Assistant Director of Financial Aid Marcia Park has completed a course in Direct Loans through the National Association of Student Financial Aid SHERMAN



Campus News: Research and Philosophy Symposium

14th Annual IRAPS Gathers Leaders in Chiropractic Philosophy, Research In October, Sherman College hosted the 14th annual International Research and Philosophy Symposium (IRAPS), a peer-reviewed conference on vertebral subluxation research and the philosophy of chiropractic, in Spartanburg, SC. About 70 doctors of chiropractic attended the event, and 12 hours of continuing education credit were offered. “Our 2017 IRAPS showcased diverse topics in philosophy and research led by Drs. Bill Decken, Matt McCoy, Joel Alcantara and Chris Kent,” said Sherman College Director of Continuing Education Jillian Kersh, D.C. “As a chiropractor, I found the event to be robust, thought-provoking and cutting-edge for the profession.” The goal of IRAPS is to bring together leaders in philosophy and research as well as practitioners who are centered on the vertebral subluxation practice, to build a stronger academic community worldwide regarding the subluxation model of chiropractic. The symposium’s intent is to foster a view that the chiropractic profession is centered on vertebral subluxation, based on vitalism, dedicated to research and developing a discipline of philosophy. Highlights included the following presentations: n

Vertebral Subluxation, Critical Thinking, and Evidence-Informed Practice – Christopher Kent, D.C., J.D.


What is Radical Science? – Bill Decken, D.C., ’86, D.Ph.CS


Vertebral Subluxation Models & Definitions: Is There Really Anything New? – Matt McCoy, D.C., M.P.H. PAGE 8




Pragmatic Research, Quality of Life and Salutogenesis Research – Joel Alcantara, D.C.


Resolution of Low Back Pain and GERD in a 20 Year-Old Male Patient Following Upper Cervical Chiropractic Care: A Case Report – Charmaine Herman, D.C., ’09

Presenters included the following: Joel Alcantara, D.C. Brigette Bowler, D.C. Rick Brescia, D.C., D.Ph.CS Carly Letzt Carney, D.C. Ron Castellucci, D.C., A.C.P.

Bill Decken, D.C., D.Ph.CS Brian Dooley, D.C., A.C.P. Curtis Fedorchuk, D.C. Tate Gentile, D.C. Matthew Hartenburg, D.C. Charmaine Herman, M.A., D.C. Nicole Hirshowitz, D.C. Sarah Hock, D.C. Christopher Kent, D.C., J.D. Daniel Knowles, D.C. Dejan Kotur, D.C. Michelle MacCarthy, D.C. Matthew McCoy, D.C., M.P.H. Eric Russell, D.C., D.Ph.CS Anna-Marie Schmidt David Starmer, D.C.

Call for Abstracts Issued for Sherman’s 2018 IRAPS The college’s 15th annual International Research and Philosophy Symposium (IRAPS) will be held in Spartanburg, SC, at Summit Pointe Conference Center, October 6-7, 2018. Abstracts for 2018 are due May 1, with notifications to authors being made on May 15, and each abstract undergoes a peer-reviewed process. The goal of IRAPS 2018 is to bring leaders in philosophy and research together, along with practitioners who are centered on vertebral subluxation practice, to build a stronger academic community worldwide regarding the subluxation model of chiropractic. Topic examples for this year’s abstracts may include: case studies that focus on the location, analysis and correction of vertebral subluxation (LACVS), or philosophy of chiropractic as a component of LACVS-type care. Abstracts should take the form of short papers with approximately 300 words. References are expected. Email the abstract and your CV as Word documents to Ashley Valladares at CVs for co-authors listed in the abstract must also be submitted. The CV should include author’s educational back ground and other scholarly accomplishments. For full details on abstract submissions, visit our website at

Campus News: Academy of Chiropractic Philosophers

San Diego, Australia ACP Programs Conclude Eleven chiropractors recently earned the Academy of Chiropractic Philosophers (ACP) designation, completing the coursework in Sherman College’s ACP program and receiving their certificates and medallions October 28-29 in San Diego, CA. In addition, 11 others earned the ACP designation after completing coursework in Australia on November 11; this particular program was hosted jointly by Sherman College of Chiropractic and the New Zealand College of Chiropractic. The ACP is a one-year course designed to enhance the understanding, depth and breadth of chiropractic philosophy. Successful completion of the 100-hour program leads to membership in the prestigious Academy of Chiropractic Philosophers. If you would like more information about the program or are interested in hosting a group of 20 or more chiropractors in your area, please contact Ashley Valladares at 800849-8771, ext. 225, email or visit

The San Diego ACP contingent includes (standing, from left) Jack Bourla, program instructor Rick Brescia, Ankur Tayal, Skylar Gemmer, Jeremy Steel, Matt Santos, René Lafrenière, Normand Riendeau, program instructor Bill Decken; (seated, from left) Didier Dupas, Nikie Dupas, Jeanett Tapia and Ric Aranza.

The Australia contingent includes (from left) program instructor Phil McMaster, program instructor Bill Decken, Euan McMillan, Hayden Belle, Peter Maccora, Marcus Chacos, Jess Djalikian, Aaron Scott, Miranda Moorghen, Matt Doyle, Patrick Sim, Ryan Seaman and John Trowse.

ACP Europe Begins; Planning Underway for More Sherman College has a full house for its popular Academy of Chiropractic Philosophers (ACP) program in Europe for 2018-2019, with all seats filled for sessions that began this February in Paris. Modules for the European program are being held in France, Spain, Italy, Germany and England; the program will conclude in February 2019. The ACP is a one-year course designed to enhance the understanding, depth and breadth of chiropractic philosophy. Sessions challenge the thinking process and the application of philosophy in the chiropractic profession. Successful completion of the 100-hour program leads to membership in the prestigious Academy of Chiropractic Philosophers, and the ICA Council on Philosophical Chiropractic Standards accepts the successful completion of the ACP for 100 hours toward its Diplomate in Philosophical Chiropractic Standards. Although the European class is full, the college may consider creating additional programs if there is interest from a group of 20 or more chiropractors in a particular city or region. For details, please contact Ashley Valladares in the Office of Academic Affairs at 800-849-8771, ext. 225, email or visit SHERMAN



Campus News: Global & Community Outreach

Kappa Chi Collects Hundreds of Toys for Tots

Bookstore Leads Drive for Puerto Rico Relief Efforts The Sherman College Bookstore collected hundreds of items to send to Puerto Rico as part of relief efforts following Hurricane Maria, a Category 4 hurricane that affected millions, including some of our own college community and their extended family and friends. “I’m overwhelmed with the outpouring of generosity from our campus,” said Bookstore/Mailroom Manager Angela Thrift. “Sherman College prides itself on fostering a family atmosphere, so when Hurricane Maria affected so many of our Sherman family members, it seemed only natural that we would want to help in some way. We were very pleased to send 17 boxes of items for the Hurricane Maria Relief Efforts on behalf of the Sherman College family.” Items collected included diapers, wipes, bandages, baby foods, clothing, batteries, toiletries, canned goods, wash cloths and more. The Bookstore shipped items out in December to the Sovereign Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons of Puerto Rico, with thanks to Anatomy Lab Manager Edgardo Rivera, M.D., who offered this connection. The lodge is serving as the college’s point of contact for distributing the items at no cost to those who need them. PAGE 10



Kappa Chi Community Service and Outreach Club had a successful second year of its Toys for Tots drive on the Sherman College campus. The group collected 437 toys, an impressive increase over last year’s 190 toys. In fact, the number of toys collected exceeds the student population (408) on campus. Students, faculty and staff participated in the drive, with Kappa Chi and the Torque Release Technique Clubs donating their club funds toward getting additional toys. Several faculty members also championed the drive, including Drs. Laura Greene-Orndorff, Dan Becker and Princess Porter-Fowler. Students also hosted a bowling event with donations from local businesses including R.J. Rockers, La Paz, the Sherman College Bookstore, Woodfin Ridge, Pi Kappa Chi Fraternity, The Henhouse, Primrose Boutique, Dr. Scott Baker, Charles Thomas Tucker LMT, and Palmetto Twist. Donated items and gift certificates helped raise additional money for toys. Bob Winters, an eighth-quarter student and an officer in the Kappa Chi Com-

munity Service and Outreach Club, said the drive is a great community service event that allows students to focus on helping others less fortunate in the area. “I think most people find it fun,” he said. “You go shopping and see a toy you totally forgot even existed, and you remember how much fun you had playing with that toy. So you buy it and hope it’ll bring another just as much fun.” Winters was excited to see the campus enthusiasm this year. “I love how much we have expanded on this year with greater faculty involvement, students, local business, and school clubs,” he explained. Dr. Greene-Orndorff, whose entire eighth-quarter class brought donations in one day, agreed. “These students really touched my heart,” she said. “I’m so impressed that students take time to make life a little happier for those less fortunate. What wonderful, caring, compassionate doctors [are] coming your way, world!”

Campus News: Serving Spartanburg

On October 27, more than 150 community members attended Halloween Fest. The event included a trick-or-treat trail through the patient rooms as well as family fun, food trucks, candy and games. Employee groups, student clubs and interns worked together to decorate doorways and rooms along the adjusting hallways, including a mummy, a giant inflatable T-Rex, a candy monster, a Candyland-themed space and a Nightmare Before Christmas doorway. The Academic Affairs and Institutional Effectiveness departments received prizes for the best all-round doorway (candy monster). Given its success, the Health Center plans to host this event again in 2018.

On November 8 and 9, in celebration of Veteran’s Day, the Sherman College Chiropractic Health Center offered complimentary visits to veterans of the U.S. Air Force, Army, Marines, Navy, National Guard and Coast Guard. “We see this event as an opportunity to serve and honor those who have given so much to our country,” says Sherman College President and Navy veteran Edwin Cordero, D.C. “I think it’s especially fitting for us at Sherman College, since service to others is a major component of our mission.”

Cookies & Cocoa with Santa Finally, the Health Center hosted Cookies and Cocoa with Santa on December 5, treating patients and the college community to a hot cocoa bar, holiday cookies and a visit from Santa. Santa posed for photos with the children (and grown-ups) who stopped by to visit him. Interns, patients and employees (and their families) all enjoyed the chance to spend time with Santa, make their wishes known and spread some holiday cheer. Photos were available to attendees on the Health Center’s Facebook page after the event.

The Health Center recognizes an intern each month who excels in clinical performance, patient management, professionalism and analytical/adjusting technique. Dominic Lupori (December 2017) of Colorado Springs, CO, graduates in September and plans to open a practice in Greenville, SC. n Amanda Reilly (November 2017) of Lansing, KS, graduates in June and plans to join a practice in Houston, TX. n Leonardo René Ñeco-Huertas (October 2017) of Bayamon, Puerto Rico, graduates in June and plans to practice in South America. n Michele Lucassian (September 2017) of Washington Township, MI, graduates in March and plans to open her own practice. n Jonathan Ward (August 2017) of Garner, NC, graduates in March with plans of opening a practice in Western North Carolina. n April McCollum (July 2017) of Destin, FL, graduated in September 2017 and plans to join a family practice in South Florida specializing in pediatrics. n



Halloween Fest

Veteran’s Day



The Chiropractic Health Center finished a strong 2017 by hosting several successful outreach events open to the community. Community engagement is a critical component of a successful practice, and the Health Center hosts these events throughout the year to give student interns the opportunity to engage with community members in Spartanburg. These events provide students with models for a variety of outreach events they can use in practice in the future.

Interns of the Month



Health Center Outreach Programs Successful




Alumni Association: Sherman Pride Awards

Johnston Takes Senior Games State Title in 1500-Meter Event John J. Johnston, D.C., ’81, of Dunedin, FL, won first place and the State Champion title at the 1500-meter finals event of the 2017 Florida State Senior Games Championships. “I always wanted to be a state champion!” Johnston shared. “I finally outdid the competition of my earlier years. It’s almost unfair to feel as good as I do at age 63. The secret is a lifetime of consistent chiropractic care.” Johnston got serious about running while a student at Sherman College, where he trained for and ran three halfmarathons and two marathons before he graduated in 1981. He moved to Gainesvillle, FL, to start his practice of chiropractic largely because of its avid running community and because his wife, Tricia, hated cold weather. Hundreds of races later, he has won a state championship in the so-called “track mile.” “Over the years the mile became my niche event,” Johnston said. “Focusing on this distance has consistently placed me in the 10 best nationally since age 50.” Now a state champion at age 63, Johnston has his sights set on a national title this March at the Masters Indoor Championships. He gives credit to all the chiropractors who have cared for him. “If you want to win at 63, you [had] better keep yourself well-adjusted all your life.”

Sharing the Pride Alumni Association Selects 2017 Pride Award Recipients Thanks to the generosity of Sherman Pride Day sponsors, Sherman College has awarded seven students with School Pride Awards. These seven students will each receive a $500 tuition credit for the winter 2018 quarter: Kathleen Costello, Jimmy Craft, Taylor Fortune, Russell Goff, Hui Zhen Lim, Christian Ortiz and Teena Rowe. The funding for these awards comes from money raised through sponsorships for Sherman Pride Day, which was held on October 12. To be considered for the Pride Awards, students were asked to show how they share or exemplify Sherman Pride in their lives, using words, photos or videos. They were encouraged to be simple, direct and heartfelt in their submissions, which could show Sherman Pride in the local community; in students’ hometowns; as interns in the on-campus Chiropractic Health Center; via essay, poem or song; or however best expressed their school spirit. The winners submitted photos, presentations, videos, poems, and even a song performance. Alumni Association First Vice President Jaime Browning, D.C., ’09, was happy to see a strong turnout of applicants sharing their love for the college. “My life was changed and molded by my time at Sherman,” she said. “It is humbling to see how Sherman continues to do such in the lives of our future chiropractors.” Costello shared a PowerPoint presentation explaining what Sherman Pride means to her – including concepts of service, health, empowerment and more.




Student Russell Goff shared his Sherman Pride through the concepts of gifts and service.

Craft, an Ambassador, shared a poem and created a video about his service to the college and how much he values the family he has built at Sherman and in Spartanburg. Fortune shared just how far her Sherman Pride has taken her. Goff drew comparison to the holiday season with the concepts of gifts and service. “Living life through a posture of service has given me a great appreciation of every person I meet,” he said in his essay. Lim submitted a poem focusing on the college’s collection of epigrams and their importance to her and the profession. Her favorite is “This is the place / Now is the time / Let’s Go!” Ortiz, also an Ambassador, submitted a video/slideshow of how he has shared his Sherman Pride with others. “We found a way to spread the word about Sherman around the world by showing our Sherman Pride everywhere we go,” he said. Rowe created unique lyrics for the Katy Perry song “ROAR” and performed the song to show her school spirit.

Making Your Practice Work: Knowing Your Why

Putting Your Why Ahead of Your What: Sharing Your Passion for Chiropractic Do you ever wonder why some chiropractors are seeing hundreds or thousands of patients every single week, while others barely see enough patients to keep their doors open? I’ve met and interviewed many big-time chiropractors over the last few years who have seen more than 1,000 patients per week, like Drs. Jim Sigafoose, Kevin Jackson, Chris Zaino, Fred Schofield, Ben Lerner, and Dan Sullivan. The one thing they all have in common is that they each have an incredibly powerful WHY! Your why is your purpose. Your purpose drives all of the actions you take every single day. If you aren’t sure what your why is, ask yourself these questions: “What is it that wakes me up every morning to get up out of bed, even when I don’t feel like it? What is that one driving force that pushes me to study to get an undergraduate degree before spending four more years in chiropractic school, including hours of studying to pass four NBCE tests?” Personally, I believe my why is to make an impact on the world by spreading the truth about where health really comes from and how to obtain it. I was always sick as a child and was stuck in the medical model of “health.” I went from prescription to prescription, never really knowing why, but I never questioned it. Growing up with asthma, I was always taking medication. When I got hurt playing football in ninth grade, I visited a chiropractor who

adjusted me for back pain and, to my surprise, the next day, my asthma seemed to be gone. Unfortunately, the chiropractor who adjusted me never explained the nervous system or how it worked. He never explained that it was a possibility that the stress on my nervous system was destructive to my health and could lead to asthma. Because this chiropractor never explained the Above Down Inside Out (ADIO) philosophy, I continued with the medical model of health, and so did my family and friends. As the years went on, sickness set in for my grandparents and some other relatives. I wish that chiropractor had shared the information he knew about the nervous system and its impact on health and function. That chiropractor is the reason I will always explain the nervous system and the philosophy of chiropractic to every single person who walks into my office. I refuse to let my patients, their families or their friends not have the opportunity to at least hear this vital information that could transform or even save their lives. If your patients come in and don’t agree with or don’t want to follow through with principled chiropractic, that’s okay. However, if you never explain principled chiropractic to them, they may never have that knowledge. If you don’t know your why, take time to think about it. Your career will only go as far as the bigness of your why. All suc-

by Kyle Muir, D.C.,’14 cessful chiropractors have a why. Their why may bring them outside of their comfort zones to help or educate others. I heard a quote once that said, “Show me a man who has never failed and I’ll show you a man who’s never done anything.” Anyone who has ever been successful at anything in life has failed at some point. The sooner you realize that not everyone is going to love what you do and why you do it, the sooner you’ll get past the fear of rejection and worrying about what others think of you. (continued on page 15)

I will always explain the nervous system and the philosophy of chiropractic to every single person who walks into my office. I refuse to let my patients, their families or their friends not have the opportunity to at least hear this vital information that could transform or even save their lives. SHERMAN



Alumni Spotlight: Mary Babian

Putting Your Why Ahead of Your What (continued from page 13) The more you love what you do and why you do it, the less you’ll care about others’ opinions of you. The only way for us to make a greater impact on the health crisis of America is to put our why ahead of ourselves. In my personal experience, patients care more about your why than they care about your what. In other words, you need to believe, without a shadow of a doubt, that subluxation is the number one detriment to health in our society. You need to trust that every patient under chiropractic care is healthier, and has a greater potential to heal and thrive, than someone who is not under care and is subluxated. You need to believe so strongly that you are willing to step out of your comfort zone and teach chiropractic to a group of strangers without worrying about your own image. When patients believe your WHY (ADIO chiropractic), it doesn’t matter what your WHAT (technique) is. Most patients really don’t care if you use Thompson, UC, Diversified, Gonstead, Pierce, or any other technique. They care about what you believe, if they believe the same thing, and if you can help them. Once you can communicate your WHY, you’ll notice people gravitating to you who share your beliefs. Kyle Muir, D.C., graduated from Sherman College in 2014 and is currently practicing at In8Life in Pittsburgh, PA. He is the co-founder of The Chiropractic Authority as well as a member of the Chiropractic Fellowship of Pennsylvania.




Alumna Babian Recognized by Tennessee Chiropractic Association The Tennessee Chiropractic Association (TCA) named Mary Babian, D.C., ’78, J.D., of Chattanooga, TN, its 2017 Conference Honoree at its Southern Chiropractic Conference in August. A Sherman College alumna and lifetime regent, Babian “has exemplified dedicated service to the profession, association and community,” TCA stated. “This year’s honoree is steadily building a legacy to benefit future generations through her servant-leadership, a testament to the strength and determination of those who came before her,” TCA shared in a statement. “With a true teacher’s heart, healer’s hands and strong voice for worthy causes, Dr. Mary Babian embodies the spirit of chiropractic.” To learn more about Babian and her accomplishments in the profession and to watch a video, visit the college’s blog at

Kevorkian: Aligning Structure and Function (continued from page 3) with and expressing the vision of Sherman College. When D.D. Palmer pushed on the spine of Harvey Lillard and birthed our profession, he had no idea of the magnitude and level of impact that single event would affect humanity. The interpretation of that event has led to varied viewpoints of what chiropractic is as a profession. Some see us as natural healers and others as facilitators of ideal life expression. From differing perceptions of our philosophy and art, colleges began attempting to advance a particular viewpoint or ideal. Sherman College was no different. Being firmly grounded in the traditional chiropractic principles, Dr. Thom Gelardi’s vision was to carry forward this unique service. His desire was to keep the profession unmixed and un-

sullied while remaining centered on subluxation correction and non-therapeutic in nature. While chiropractic college curricula have advanced and adapted through the years to meet the demands (and accreditation standards) of the profession today, I have not seen any chiropractic college step back to rethink the delivery of their program in such a manner to consider not only the academic program and clinical program but to also consider the student experience during their time in school. This is the task that Sherman College has undertaken, and I am convinced that its results will positively transform the students and graduates of this institution and, therefore, the profession. This is an exciting time for Sherman College and for chiropractic. As we architect the future of the college, the legacy of our forefathers and foremothers will live in perpetuity as we congruently express the values and principles we all hold dear.

In Memoriam: Martha O’Dell and Alan Ott, D.C.

College Mourns the Loss of Martha O’Dell

College Mourns the Loss of Alan Ott, D.C.

Sherman Alum David Serio Publishes ‘33’ Philosophy Text

Sherman College and the chiropractic profession have lost a faithful chiropractic supporter in Martha I. O’Dell of Garden City, MI, in September 2017. Martha was the wife of the late Dr. Clair O’Dell, and mother of Kay (the late Dr. Doug, ’79) Alcott, Joan (George) Swistock, Dr. James (Diane) O’Dell and the late Dr. Roger O’Dell. She was a grandmother of 17, great grandmother of 28 and great great grandmother of 13.

Regent, longtime college supporter and friend to many, Alan Ott, D.C., of Westfield, NY, died on January 28, 2018. Always a friendly and familiar face at Sherman College Lyceum, Ott was born on July 30, 1929, in Kane, PA; he was the son of the late Nelson and Arlie (Larsen) Ott.

Alumnus and international speaker David Serio, D.C., ’99, of Buenos Aires, Argentina, has published 33, a chiropractic text featuring D.C.s from around the world, including many Sherman employees and graduates, as they explain the 33 chiropractic principles to the public.

In addition to being deeply devoted to her family, Martha O’Dell was also a chiropractic assistant and a staunch supporter of the profession, having studied in Palmer’s first class for CAs in 1936. The O’Dells faithfully supported Sherman and the chiropractic profession in many ways, including serving on Sherman’s Board of Regents since the program’s inception, as well as referring many students throughout the years. The couple also helped fund the E.C. Taylor (Health Center) Building. The O’Dells were married 74 years until Dr. Clair’s death in 2011. The O’Dells are estimated to have influenced nearly 200 people to become doctors of chiropractic, including many members of their own family. Their chiropractic legacy includes their sons (both doctors of chiropractic), daughters (both chiropractic assistants), at least a dozen grandchildren and nearly 20 great-grandchildren.

He served with the U.S. Marine Corps from 1946 until his honorable discharge in 1947. He returned home, attended chiropractic college, then embarked on a career of more than 50 years helping others as doctor of chiropractic in Westfield. Ott was a lifetime member of the Board of Regents of Sherman College, and the college honored him in 2012 with the Regent of the Year award in recognition of his outstanding and continuous advancement of Sherman College through participation in the program. He began supporting the college in 1980 when he met the college’s founder, Thomas A. Gelardi, D.C. Ott was a member of the Loyal Order of Moose Lodge # 118 and the John W. Rogers Post 327 American Legion, both in Westfield, and he was blessed with many friends in both his professional life and his private life. “Dr. Ott, a very dear friend, was an inspiration to many here at Sherman,” said Director of Student Clinic and Professor of Clinical Sciences Claudia Seay, D.C., ’80. “I loved to hear his stories about chiropractic.”

In 33, Serio asks doctors of chiropractic from around the world to explain chiropractic principles to the public, helping readers discover how the principles add clarity and insight to our daily lives and our understanding of the universe. Serio supports his interviewees’ thoughts with inspirational quotations and his own insightful comments and practical tips. The foreword was written by Sherman College Founder Thomas A. Gelardi, D.C. Many doctors of chiropractic connected to Sherman College contributed to chapters or sections of the book, including President Edwin Cordero, D.C.; Philosophy Department Chair Bill Decken, D.C., ’86, L.C.P., D.Ph.CS; Director of G-10 Practice Success Program Brian Dooley, D.C., ’05, A.C.P.; Director of Evidence-Informed Curriculum and Practice Christopher Kent, D.C., J.D., as well as several Sherman board members and a number of alumni. See the list on our blog: www.sherman. edu/blog/331392/.

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Only at Sherman: Video and the iSherman Initiative

by Director of Teaching & Learning Billie Harrington, Ph.D.

The iSherman Initiative: Using Video to Enhance Teaching and Learning Those of us fortunate enough to have day-to-day connections with Sherman College have a front row seat to some of the most significant changes ever witnessed in the life of the college. These changes are not limited to the excitement associated with the transformations occurring in the campus infrastructure, but in how the iSherman initiative is revolutionizing the delivery of the doctor of chiropractic degree. Often referred to as the “iPad initiative,” the distribution of iPads to faculty and the student body does not even scratch the surface of the transformative impact the iSherman program has on teaching and learning. The driving question we continue to ask during the development of strategies to improve the educational experiences of our students as well as the faculty is this: “How do we employ the use of various educational technologies to ensure transformative change in teaching and learning?” One of our strategies includes the use of video in its various formats. We recognize the inclusion of video as a vital asset in the development of iBooks, which we are using to replace the traditional paper-based course notes. Plans




Asynchronous technologies, such as video, enhance student learning by providing more time for students to reflect on the content delivered during the in-class lecture.

to expand the use of video include the implementation of a system to record course lectures for upload to a web-based platform. These video resources will allow students to have 24/7 access to previous lectures for review at their leisure. This program was piloted in a first quarter course during fall quarter 2017. The use of educational technology such as video creates an asynchronous learning environment by which students become active participants in their own learning. Video lectures can range from mini-recordings that focus a single topic to full classroom lectures. Asynchronous technologies, such as video, enhance student learning by providing more time for students to reflect on the content delivered during the in-class lecture. The benefits of such a tool are not limited to the student but extend to faculty as well. The development of these resources requires the dedication of additional time but can produce increased efficiency and effectiveness in their classroom teaching. The faculty member can develop a minilecture video on a particular concept that

students historically, have found difficult to fully comprehend. The students can be directed to review the video before the classroom lecture on the topic and instructed to be prepared to discuss the application of the content during the class period. In an alternative use, the video can be used by those students who require additional review of the material, thereby allowing the faculty member to move on to the next topic in the curriculum – thus reducing the amount of time dedicated to reviewing previously delivered material. Asynchronous technologies like video foster an educational setting that is learner-specific, which means the student is provided the tools that can be adapted to his or her individual learning needs. The iSherman Initiative allows us to transform the overall educational experience of our students, thereby positioning Sherman College as the chiropractic program of choice for those seeking an institution focused on their individual learning needs. I am delighted to be serving Sherman College as part of the team making iSherman a reality for our students and their future successes.

Only at Sherman: Evidence-Informed Practice & Curriculum

Evidence-Informed Practice at Sherman College by Director of Evidence-Informed Curriculum and Practice Christopher Kent, D.C., J.D. Traditional approaches to evidenceinformed practice are focused on a model which emphasizes the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of specific conditions. In contrast, the salutogenic approach focuses on the causes of health. Cowley and Billings wrote: “Salutogenesis literally means ‘that which gives birth to health.’ In traditional public health and community medicine approaches, a ‘pathogenic’ perspective, in which the focus is on disease or illness and its prevention or treatment, most often dominates interventions. Adoption of a salutogenic perspective highlights the importance of starting from a consideration of how health is created and maintained.” 1 Salutogenesis is the opposite of pathogenesis. Pathos means suffering; pathogenesis is the birth of suffering. Ironically, most health professions have this term incorporated in their names. For example, conventional medicine is known as allopathy. Even alternative medical systems, such as homeopathy, naturopathy, naprapathy and osteopathy, incorporate pathos in their names, and a focus on disease prevention or treatment is implicit in their clinical strategies. In contrast, salutogenesis is the creation of health and well-being. While the prevention and treatment of disease has its place, it is a dangerously incomplete approach for inculcating and cultivating human potential. A salutogenic approach to evidence-informed practice for vertebral subluxation

differs from that of a pathologic model. Correction of vertebral subluxations to maximize the expression of human potential differs epistemologically and operationally from the diagnosis and treatment of a specific medical condition. As such, a different approach to evidenceinformed practice is necessary. At Sherman College, we have accepted the challenge of implementing evidenceinformed practice in the context of our objective of locating, analyzing, and adjusting vertebral subluxations. We are committed to: n

Providing students and faculty with the tools to effectively implement an evidence-informed approach to chiropractic curriculum and practice.


Inculcating a culture of evidence-informed curriculum and practice throughout the curriculum.


Implementing evidence-informed practices in the Chiropractic Health Center.


Collaborating with the Learning Resources Center, the Research Department, the Office of Teaching and Learning, and the Office of Institutional Effectiveness to promote evidence-informed practice.

References: 1. Cowley S, Billings JR. Resources Revisited: Salutogenesis from a Lay Perspective. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 1999; 29:994.

Sherman College Joins Segal AmeriCorps Education Award Matching Programs In recognition of the dedication and commitment to community service of AmeriCorps alumni, Sherman College now offers a one-time matching scholarship of up to $4,000 for AmeriCorps Education Award recipients admitted to the D.C. program. AmeriCorps engages more than 80,000 young adults in service each year, meeting pressing community needs and mobilizing millions of volunteers while gaining valuable professional, educational and life skills. The first recipient of a Segal AmeriCorps Education Matching Award at Sherman College, James Hopkins, enrolled in January. Hopkins served as a health educator at the Florida Department of Health-Duval with the National Health Corps in Florida. Sherman College Director of Financial Aid Kendra Strange said Hopkins is an ideal fit for Sherman College’s program. “After reading about his service, I knew that James would be exactly the type of student that Sherman College wants: enthusiastic, compassionate, committed and driven,” she said. Read more about James and the AmeriCorps program on the college’s blog at blog/americorps-award/.

James Hopkins (center) is the first recipient of the Segal AmeriCorps Education Matching Award at Sherman College.




Practice Success: The Ticking Clock & the G10 Initiative

Practice Success: The Ticking Clock & The G10 Initiative by Dean and Jen DePice, D.C.s Time is our greatest depleting resource. In September 2017, the U.S. Department of Education released that the student loan default rate increased from 11.3 percent to 11.5 percent for students who entered repayment between fiscal years 2013 and 2014”.1 (Sherman College’s cohort default rate is significantly lower at 4.1 percent.2) College education in this country is costing students hundreds of thousands of dollars. The clock is ticking on the accumulation of debts from the date these loans are disbursed. Most students graduating are not even thinking about the interest accruing from the time their loans are initiated, and many also have not considered the interest accruing during repayment over the next 30 years. It is not an uncommon scenario to find a chiropractor paying monthly on an auto payment schedule (not missing any payments) and at nine years from graduation, still having a loan debt equal to the initial loan amount taken. These prospects facing our future colleagues are truly disturbing. The ticking clock is relentless and unforgiving. Finding a solution to address this growing burden of ever-increasing debt has been the impetus for TLC creating the G10 initiative with Sherman College. As Albert Einstein reminded us, “we cannot solve problems using the same thinking we used to create them.” New thinking was required, and this is what gave way to the G10 initiative. Sherman College




will be the first chiropractic institution graduating doctors who are educated and trained using the G10 curriculum to completely pay off their student loan debt within 10 or less years of graduation. G10 was designed in the most innovative and comprehensive manner by thinking outside the box. Realizing what had been taught and accomplished within the academic experience and what would be necessary in order to accomplish being debt-free within 10 years (or fewer), G10 created the state-of-the-art education medium: combined practical application. The results of training in this new style of education are students who have both the confidence and knowledge to succeed at overcoming the ticking clock and obliterating their debt. Becoming debt free within 10 years is possible if students are willing to work diligently throughout chiropractic college and after graduation, implementing the G10 tools of practicing competently and prosperously. The G10 program meets students where they are by teaching the clinical, practical and financial tools they will need to run their business, from day one of chiropractic college. Being both actively responsive and fluidly dynamic, G10 provides the ability to make vast improvements to the business/practice success curriculum and delivery of content to continually

optimize results. Realizing the comprehensive components of this combined practical application education model is essential to understanding how G10 is the solution to the ever-increasing student loan burden. The G10 program includes the n G10 Day n G10 Curriculum classes required for graduation G10 Day falls on the second week of each quarter at Sherman College. Between five and seven TLC-trained doctors of chiropractic from all over the country come to campus to facilitate classes on a wide range of topics. These practicing doctors bring their varied expertise in different clinical, financial and geographic models of practice for the students’ benefit. Students self-select the workshops to attend based on their personal desires. The topics we cover on G10 Day include patient care, promotion and marketing, leadership training, team development and life-balance skills. The G10 courses required for graduation are being phased into the program beginning with the winter quarter 2018 and are now being taught as part of Sherman College’s core curriculum. We are pleased to announce that our very own TLC coach Sarah Cain, D.C., has joined the Sherman College faculty in teaching the G10 courses on campus beginning with first quarter students.

In Memory of Student Eric Bourg

The ticking clock is unrelenting, but G10 is the vehicle that combines Sherman College’s rigorous academic curriculum with the practical application necessary to be successful in practice. G10 is one more way Sherman College’s forward movement is the example for other colleges’ ideal outcomes for graduates in practice. In our next article, we will address the hard numbers to demonstrate how our graduating doctors of chiropractic will destroy their debts, enhance their clinical services to humanity, and live fulfilled lives in every definition of prosperity. References: 1. “U.S. Department of Education Releases National Student Loan FY 2014 Cohort Default Rate,” United States Department of Education, September 27, 2017. https://www. 2. “Your Journey to Becoming a Doctor of Chiropractic” Brochure, Sherman College of Chiropractic, September 2017.

Finding a solution to address the growing burden of everincreasing debt has been the impetus for TLC creating the G10 initiative with Sherman College. The results of training in this new style of education are students who have both the confidence and knowledge to succeed at overcoming the ticking clock and obliterating their student loan debt.

College Mourns the Loss of Eric Bourg The Sherman College community has been deeply saddened by the loss of chiropractic student Eric Bourg in late January. Eric was a sixth quarter student at Sherman; he joined the college community in October 2016, though his connection began much earlier. His parents, James Bourg, D.C., ’83, and Monica Kemp, D.C., ’81), are alumni and supporters of the college. “On behalf of our entire Sherman College family, we express our most sincere condolences to Eric’s family, friends and fellow students,” said Sherman College President Dr. Edwin Cordero. “His death is a loss to the college, the campus and the community. Sherman College and chiropractic profession as a whole are dedicated to helping others, serving mankind and developing individuals’ potential for the benefit of humanity,” Dr. Cordero explained. “As a student in our doctor of chiropractic program, Eric looked forward making life better for those he would serve. We feel this loss deeply.” Eric was 29 years old. He was born May 16, 1988, at home near the top of Paris Mountain, SC, delivered by his dad. He was the oldest of four children, all boys, and was known for being a strong Christian and a huge Clemson Tigers fan. He is survived by his parents, James Bourg, D.C., ’83, and Monica Kemp, D.C., ’81; his brothers, Alex (Clemson graduate), André (Clemson graduate and MUSC medical student) and Ian (transferring to Clemson); his aunt and uncle,

Jeffrey Lamont, D.C., ’86, and Sylvia Kemp-Lamont, D.C., ’85; and other loving family members. Eric graduated magna cum laude from Clemson University in December 2013 with degree in biology. After graduation, he worked in his father’s office, Bourg Chiropractic Center in Greenville, SC, for nearly three years before starting the doctor of chiropractic program at Sherman College. His father, Dr. James Bourg, said Eric was a loving and sincere young man. “Everybody would like to believe their son is the most wonderful person in the world,” he said. “Eric truly was the kindest, most caring and compassionate person you’d ever meet. He cared about everybody.” On Eric’s first day of 3K, Dr. Bourg shared, he saw another child get hurt on the playground. “Eric took that child by the hand and took him to the teacher for help,” he said. “It didn’t take too long for us to figure out that he would be a great chiropractor, and for the perfect reason: to help people. He would have been one of the best chiropractors that Sherman could graduate. He was a great person and a great son, our first born son and our best friend.” Eric’s roommate and sixth-quarter classmate Tony Choi of Columbia, SC, shared that sentiment, saying Eric was known among friends for being “the most kind-hearted, gentle soul around.” The two had a great roommate dynamic and Choi said Eric was a dependable friend with a huge heart. “He had such a positive energy – he was very inquisitive and wanted to know all about you. He was such a kind person.”




SHERMAN COLLEGE: TOMORROW AND BEYOND Adjusting the World for a Better Future




Transformational change is happening at Sherman College. These changes are attracting more students, better serving the students already enrolled, and increasing the campus’ capacity to accommodate the growth of the chiropractic profession. It is an honor for me to be a part of this great institution that stands for principled chiropractic education. As you read this message, construction is active on campus and our capital campaign is underway. Here’s what’s happening with our physical transformation: n

Olsen Building: house executive leadership and non-academic offices (complete)


Scallon Building: create top-quality classroom spaces through extensive






structural and functional changes (in phase 2 of 3)


Share our vision of health through chiropractic with the world

Gelardi Student Center: enhance the student experience, host programs and events, accommodate chiropractic professional/community activities (in process; the college broke ground and announced the name of this facility in November 2017)


Grow the profession by increasing the pipeline of graduates from a D.C. program grounded in principle


Provide our students a healthy and attractive environment conducive to learning


Use state-of-the-art chiropractic equipment in our classrooms and Chiropractic Health Center


Create a culture of success on our campus and beyond

Chiropractic Health Center: improve patient care and research facilities, also adding elevator (later in 2018) Campus Entrance: welcome visitors (closing current campus entrances) and transform arrival view with open layout (later in 2018)

Now is a great time for you to join me in lifting the college to its rightful heritage – the pre-eminent leader in chiropractic education. Sherman College was founded on principle and will prosper on principle. I invite you to show your support of chiropracTIC at Sherman College by joining me in making a meaningful gift to Sherman’s campaign, “Dreams Coming True,” that will help us to:

The impact of your support cannot be overstated. Your belief in Sherman makes the college what it is today, and your participation in this campaign will help ensure that Sherman College of Chiropractic thrives tomorrow. Help us move to the next level by making dreams a reality! Chiropractically yours,

Edwin Cordero, D.C. President

Breaking Ground: Sherman College of Chiropractic broke ground on a 22,000-square foot Student Center November 13, celebrating the next steps of its campus master plan and ongoing capital campaign. The Drs. Thom and Betty Gelardi Student Center is named in honor of the college’s founder and his wife. Thom Gelardi, D.C., founded Sherman College in 1973; his wife, Betty Gelardi, D.C., was a member of the college’s first graduating class. The Student Center will be the newest physical addition to the Sherman College campus since 2000. “We are thankful for this opportunity to recognize our founders’ vision by naming, in their honor, a facility that ensures that their legacy for the chiropractic profession is carried on,” said Sherman College President Edwin Cordero, D.C., during the groundbreaking ceremony. Cordero spoke from behind the same podium

THE DRS. THOM & BETTY GELARDI STUDENT CENTER once used by Gelardi, as well as the college’s namesake, Lyle Sherman, D.C., and other well-known historical figures in the chiropractic profession. The Gelardi Student Center will serve as the new campus gateway and arrival point for Sherman College of Chiropractic. The facility will underscore the institution’s focus on student success, including a new library, bookstore, campus café, large meeting space, student study spaces, lounge areas and more. The college’s expansion plan is designed to meet the demand for skilled, passionate and successful doctors of chiropractic as the profession continues to grow, with increasing numbers of consumers seeking less invasive and more proactive approaches for healthcare. The college has doubled its enrollment since 2013 under Cordero’s leadership, and he anticipates continued growth at the institution, potentially

doubling student enrollment again over the next decade. Sherman College announced its strategic plans for the college in November 2016, including the engagement of planning and program management firm Brailsford & Dunlavey to guide the institution’s master planning process and serve as owner representative. The college has since formed additional partnerships with construction firm Harper Corporation and architects at Lord Aeck Sargent. The Gelardi Student Center and remaining campus updates are scheduled to be completed by the end of 2018.




OBSESSED WITH STUDENT SUCCESS Commitment to student success requires a total system-wide effort. There are so many moving parts that have to come together to form the coherent whole, a cooperative atmosphere with all facets of the college program dedicated to ensuring that student success is at the forefront of every discussion and every endeavor that the college undertakes. A significant step toward emphasizing that atmosphere of success at Sherman began with the adoption of the “Obsessed with Student Success” (OWSS) program. Over the past year or two, the college has launched several initiatives that are aligned with OWSS, all with the ultimate goal of ensuring that students are provided with the tools that allow them to be successful – both in the classroom and in their professional lives following graduation. Dean of Clinic Operations and Outreach Kristy Shepherd, M.A., heads a committee that includes employee representation from across campus, including administration, faculty and staff. Kristy Shepherd, M.A. (chair); Crissy Lewis (co-chair); Joe Donofrio, D.C., ’94, A.C.P.; Jennifer Gault; Megan Georgion, M.Ed.; Billie Harrington, Ph.D.; LaShanda Hutto




Harris, M.S.W.; Patrick Lausier; Karen Rhodes, M.B.A.; Armand Rossi, D.C.; Melody Sabin; Kendra Strange and Roberta Thomas Wood have all been instrumental in making OWSS work.

success that will be shared campus-wide, and a resource library, a “tool kit” for on- and off-campus resources consisting of a frequently asked questions (FAQ) webpage for students, faculty and staff.

OWSS, Shepherd explains, is defined as “a culture that fosters a mindset of excellence through accountability, positivity and service.” Though the initiative is driven by staff and faculty – a result of more than 18 months of communication, behavior training and collaboration – the focus has always been on keeping students and the potential for student success at the forefront of every step the college takes.

Co-chair of the OWSS Committee and Director of Institutional Effectiveness Crissy Lewis, M.L.I.S., helped guide the committee through the process of developing and implementing a roll-out as well as a sustainability plan for the OWSS initiative. “It’s still in the early stages,” Lewis says of the campus-wide implementation, “but I believe that at this point every employee on campus, with the exception of perhaps a few recent hires, has a full understanding of what OWSS is about and the role he or she can play in its success.

At the formal launch of OWSS in April 2017, Sherman College President Edwin Cordero, D.C., cited several initiatives that were already underway to provide a solid base for OWSS. These include the renovations to the campus, some completed and others still underway: the G10 (Graduation Plus 10) Practice Success Program; the Quality Enhancement Plan; and the Thrive Program for academic success. These existing initiatives will be coupled with two new projects – departmental strategies, with each department creating its own OWSS strategies for

“I honestly can’t think of anyone who hasn’t bought into the concept. If you’re a college employee, you really have to have a service mindset, and chiropractic is also obviously a service profession. So it hasn’t been difficult to get Sherman folks on board with a process that’s centered on improving customer service by removing unnecessary barriers to student success.”

OWSS is formally defined as a culture that fosters a mindset of excellence through accountability, positivity and service. It’s a customer service initiative that keeps the students at the forefront of everything Sherman does along the way to becoming the preeminent chiropractic college in the world. By freelance writer Beverly Knight

Curriculum Improvements Assessing curricular needs is a constant process. The adoption of OWSS has made it even more critical for the curriculum to evolve to meet the ever-changing demands of the drive to ensure student success. This ongoing evaluation and continuous improvement of the academic program at Sherman College not only benefits students while they are in school but helps to prepare them to experience success in the profession following graduation. Vice President for Academic Affairs Joe Donofrio, D.C., ’94, A.C.P., realized that there must be a campus-wide effort to improve student success. Examining the curriculum and making adjustments is an essential part of that process.

A component of that effort has involved breaking some of the most academically challenging larger classes into smaller pieces. “Anatomy courses in the first three quarters were very big, with lots of hours in class and in labs,” Donofrio says of one of the subjects that often took a toll on students. “We took those three courses and made them into more bite-sized, digestible pieces.” Meeting the classes three or four days a week instead of five has made it easier for students to absorb the material.

The plan is to use the same process with Neuroanatomy, another daunting class. These huge courses, which can be up to 97 hours, can be just as effective, Donofrio says, when they are broken up into smaller increments. “In the past, if students failed one of these classes, it would kill their GPA, as well as their spirits,” Donofrio explains. “Now, with students attending courses four or three hours a week instead of eight hours a week, the workload is much more manageable. The goal is to make it easier for students to succeed.”

“We haven’t changed what we teach in the curriculum, but we have changed how we teach it as a result of OWSS,” Donofrio says, and adding that, “There has been a sharpening of focus.” One area that has received attention is placing a strong emphasis on National Board Exams, Donofrio says, adding that “helping students maintain their own sanity” is part of that focus.




challenge to be getting more students to participate voluntarily. There is still, she says, “a perceived stigma” that asking for help signals a weakness. “I hope that as we build trust with the student body, we will be able to break down barriers and reach more students.” There are obvious strengths to the program. First, the focus on the student is holistic with an aim to address issues that affect performance that might “fall below the surface.” For example, Georgion suggests, a student might be struggling in a class or just overall in the curriculum, a struggle that doesn’t mean this is a “bad” student.

One goal of the Thrive program is to help students value and enjoy their experience at the college– to feel supported and to know that the institution cares about their success.

Thrive Program The Thrive program, which involves tutoring, mentoring and success tracking, was an outgrowth of an existing student success program. Coordinator for Assessment and Student Success Megan Georgion, M.Ed., recalls that the idea for Thrive was born in the summer of 2016. “We began to hash out the bones of what would become Thrive,” she says, “because an uptick in enrollment necessitated a change in the existing program.” It was clear that there was a need to incorporate assessment and academic performance data to determine whether student success efforts were effective. “Dr. [Robert] Irwin, Provost, came to me and asked me to develop a program that would meld student support and data collection.” So Georgion crafted a proposal to create the Thrive program which would act as an umbrella for faculty and peer tutoring, success coaching and referrals to other campus services. Since the program was piloted in winter 2017, students who receive services through Thrive, whether participating in the program voluntarily or as a requirement, are tracked based on academic performance.




Georgion currently serves as the coordinator of Thrive, meeting with and tracking all participants as well as training and supporting existing and new success coaches. In addition, she manages an “early-alert” system and schedules and manages faculty tutoring offerings. Thrive has proved to be an integral piece of OWSS as it focuses on the academic success and overall well-being of Sherman students. Any employee (faculty, staff, administrator) can refer students to Thrive if they feel the students could benefit from program services; and, of course, students can and do self-refer. “As far as successes, I have seen students on academic probation and final probation work their way back into good academic standing,” Georgion says of the effect that Thrive has already had on student success. “I have students proactively request academic support to perform their best, not just ‘pass the course.’ I have seen students exude confidence after discovering new and effective study methods.” Despite the fact that students who volunteered for the program have experienced success, Georgion sees the major

“I’ve uncovered issues with childcare, family sickness, a need for disability accommodations, or a need for counseling,” Georgion explains. “By building trust with a student and connecting the dots, the success coaches and I can then make referrals to campus resources as needed to help the student address these hurdles effectively.” And by utilizing “early-alert” software that allows the coordinator and coaches to track student performance in real time, raise alerts to each other and record notes on recommendations and meeting content, problems can be addressed before they become critical. An emphasis on effective communication between coaches and students continues to be a major key to success. “I have piloted the use of the DISC behavioral assessment, which all Sherman employees have taken, with Thrive students to determine why they behave like they do, as well as what drives them toward goal completion,” Georgion adds. The information collected provides the success coaches with the facts they need to communicate with the student effectively, as well as motivate them to succeed. “Our overarching goal is to continuously improve student retention and persistence to graduation. We want to retain students not only academically to avoid dismissal, but we also want them to value and enjoy their experience at Sherman – to feel supported and to know that the institution cares about their success.”

Mental Health Awareness Activities Stress is one of the most powerful enemies of success. Everyone experiences stress, but relieving and minimizing it can be crucial to the educational process. Juggling the demands of classes and a private life can leave students drained. Realizing that very real threat to student success led to the creation of mental health awareness activities on campus that are designed to reduce students’ stress and help them relax. Vice President for Student Affairs LaShanda Hutto Harris is uniquely suited to recognize and address the stressors that students face every day. She holds a Masters in Social Work, and in her previous jobs she had extensive experience in providing counseling, intervention and referrals for those in need. Now as the liaison between the administration, college employees and the student body, she is able to provide oversight and coordination of services that focus on student success. As part of the committee that developed the concept of OWSS, she became aware of what the program could do and how it could help the college better serve students’ needs. “Once the college-wide initiative was determined, I began to take a long, hard look at some of the more challenging situations that have become more prevalent within my area,” Harris says. “It was apparent that student stress levels are high and appear to be increasing.”

Student Activities Coordinator Katie Burns, and others in her area, came to the conclusion that there was a need for a program that provided opportunities to relieve that stress in productive ways. Over the summer, 25 college faculty and staff members completed an eight-hour Mental Health First Aid training course to develop skills to work with students whose stress becomes too much for them to handle. As a result, the pilot program for Mental Health Fun Days was developed and implemented in fall 2017 using lessons learned in the workshop. The first two events that kicked off mental health awareness activities couldn’t have been more different from each other. In October, the college hosted a yoga workshop with Adrienne Ables, owner of Yogalicious, a downtown Spartanburg yoga studio. Ables gave students tips on stress management, diet and sleep exercises that can ward off stress. She also led them in an introduction to simple exercises that can be done even during class to fight stress, pointing out that something as simple as slowing down breathing can lead to a calmer outlook.

Then, in November, Student Affairs brought in a dozen dogs from Paws2Care for an activity called “Paws & Relax.” Harris knew that therapy dogs have become common on university campuses, and she was betting that Sherman’s students would respond positively to the opportunity to pet and interact with the dogs. The timing couldn’t have been better – just before midterm exams. The response from students was overwhelming, and the union of students and dogs resulted in smiles all around. Two more activities have been planned through July 2018, and the plan moving forward is to offer two events per quarter, strategically scheduled in conjunction with midterms, finals and national board exams. Sherman students often juggle a heavy class load, a busy home life, a tight budget and more. Providing a release from those worries can pay huge dividends. “We’ve received positive feedback from students and employees who have participated,” Harris says of the first two activities. “It’s very motivating to have people stop you in the hall to comment on their anticipation of the next

She also recognized that many students are ill-equipped to manage their stress, stress caused by both their personal lives and their academic requirements. Some students, she realized, “come to us with both known and unknown or undiagnosed academic, mental or emotional health challenges that may surface at various points in the program as they begin to run into major obstacles.” Once the need became clear, Harris began to brainstorm with colleagues. Working together, Harris, Assistant Dean of Student Affairs Michelle Schutrumpf,

In November, the Office of Student Affairs brought in a dozen dogs from Paws2Care for an activity called “Paws & Relax.” The response from students was overwhelming, and the union of students and dogs resulted in smiles all around.




event. It’s also inspiring after an event to have individuals come up to you and say they can’t wait for us to repeat the same event. It’s important to us to provide a variety of activities in order to reach the many different interests of our students since we all have different ideas of what calms or relaxes us.” For the winter, the college has partnered with Spartanburg Community College to have massage students come to Sherman’s campus to offer 10-minute neck and shoulder massages to reduce stress and promote relaxation. There will be soft music playing in the background, and after the massages students will be offered water to promote rehydration. As an adjunct to planned activities, a “Take What You Need” banner board has been hung in the college’s main classroom hallway. It is covered with sticky notes with inspirational sayings for students to take when they’re having a rough day. They might need a note that says “Courage,” or one that says, “Keep Going” or “You Can Do This.” In planning future events, Harris knows that they will have to contend with Phase II of the college’s major construction renovation, but the overwhelming encouragement she has gotten from both

students and staff motivates the team. “Both groups acknowledge the rising stress levels on campus and have commented on how innovative this initiative has been.” Harris’ hope is that the attention to and awareness of overall health and well-being can help to manage many of the emergency stress and meltdown situations the OWSS was created to defuse. “With a consistent focus on the importance of self-care, we hope we are able to reach those who have challenges before emergencies arise, and to normalize seeking help when stress becomes more than they can manage alone,” Harris says, adding that connecting students with resources that can provide help will make students aware of options for help on campus and in the community. Plans are underway to assess the program’s growth potential after there has been enough feedback on the initial phase. “Ideally, I’d love to see Sherman with a dedicated employee focused on student counseling services, aside from the academic program itself,” Harris says of her dreams for the program. “In the meantime, we want to work to make sure resources, both on and off campus, are known and easily accessible and available to students.”

Graduation Plus 10 / Practice Success Program A major source of student stress is financial worries. According to the college’s financial aid office, students can finish chiropractic school with up to $165,000 in debt. In light of that alarming statistic, Sherman College’s administration determined that teaching students how to control debt while they are in school and how to eliminate it quickly after they graduate would increase their chances of developing successful practices. “It’s obvious that graduates need to become debt-free in order to plan for their future and to contribute to chiropractic’s future,” Vice President of Academic Affairs Joe Donofrio, D.C., explains. Once this problem was defined, it was necessary to come up with a solution. Initially, that solution was the G-10/ Practice Success Program, a partnership between Sherman and TLC4Superteams, a team of chiropractic coaches headed by Dean DePice, D.C.; Sherman College Provost Bob Irwin, D.C., and Donofrio worked with the team at TLC to develop a framework for the program. TLC and the coaches developed individual course content, and input received through student surveys helped them hone what they needed to do in the curriculum. The seminars were each correlated to the college’s instructional program and aimed at preparing graduates to operate and manage business-related aspects of a successful chiropractic practice. Donofrio, a 1994 graduate of Sherman who is dedicated to providing an environment in which students can succeed, became excited about the possibilities of the program and its goal of meeting the future needs of Sherman students. And he came to realize that, despite its initial success, in order for the program to grow, it needed to become more embedded in the routine Sherman College culture.

A “Take What You Need” banner board in the college’s main classroom hallway is covered with sticky notes with inspirational sayings for students to take when they’re having a rough day.




A major change was to have the seminars taught by full-time Sherman staff. “When it was developed, the Practice Success

The iSherman Initiative As the world becomes more technologically sophisticated, it’s imperative that the educational process follow suit if students are going to be able to go on to successful professional lives. The iSherman Initiative, which includes providing iPads for all students and creating iBooks for use in class, is a campus-wide effort to provide the latest in technology for students.

TLC’s Dean DePice, D.C., works with students during part of the G10 program at Sherman College.

curriculum was taught by off-campus coaches,” Donofrio says of the program that proved itself immediately. “We have now developed a 13-quarter curriculum out of that fledgling program, one that is taught by individuals who are qualified TLC coaches, and also part of our daily campus community.” Branding it as “G10,” Graduation Plus 10 years, marked the program as one that prepares students to pay off debts and establish a successful practice within 10 years of graduation. “And a corollary to the program is ensuring that students are also in a position to begin investing in their families, their communities and their profession by the end of the 10-year period,” Donofrio adds, emphasizing the point that everyone is responsible for ensuring the health and growth of the profession as well as that of their own careers. There is a final measure of the success of the program, according to Donofrio. “There will be an effort to change the metric, to be able to see in alumni surveys that our graduates feel they received good training in the business side of chiropractic. It is crucial that they develop the interpersonal skills they need to deal with the entrepreneurial mindset.” This evolution of the Practice Success Pro-

gram has complemented OWSS because it provides an important key to student success following graduation. The ultimate goal is to prepare students for that success on a level never before attempted by a chiropractic college. The skills taught in the classroom will be reinforced in the Health Center, giving students the opportunity to live out those skills that they will soon need to establish and grow their own practices. Plans for future expansion of the program will include providing graduates with support into the first couple of years of practice. “We don’t know the format yet, maybe online coaching for those who completed the program and training for past graduates who weren’t able to take advantage of the curriculum,” Donofrio says of the future growth of G-10/Practice Success. He sees OWSS as a further statement of the sentiment that has already existed and is convinced that students who go through the program will continue to grow in chiropractic long after they have graduated. “It has organized our thoughts so we can be more effective at what we’ve been doing in one of the areas we felt we needed to improve.”

There are 16 accredited chiropractic programs and institutions in the United States. Director of Teaching and Learning Billie Harrington, Ph.D., knows that Sherman College’s objective must be to stay at the forefront of that group. “This distinct sector of higher education” Harrington says, “has the unique task of preparing individuals for service to a technologically advancing society through the profession of chiropractic.” Addressing the question of how institutions of higher education, and more specifically chiropractic programs, can prepare students for a career in a “technology-charged society” is increasingly important, Harrington believes. In light of that shared belief, Sherman has developed a strategy to technologically enhance the curriculum. “We believe the interweaving of technology into teaching and learning will solidify our position among our peers in the chiropractic education marketplace,” Harrington says. Sherman has embraced the concept that the college must be seen as a trend setter in the field, evolving with the changes in a high-tech age. The iSherman Initiative aims to provide that leadership by transforming chiropractic education through the use of technology, beginning with the use of iPads and iBooks. The Office of Academic Affairs developed a strategic plan which examined the current and anticipated use of technology in each course in the curriculum. That information determined a plan linked to those courses with greater potential use of technology. A goal was set for each student to receive a college-issued




iPad by January 2018, and that goal has since been met. The device remains the property of Sherman until the student graduates from the program. After graduation, the iPad becomes the property of the graduate. The second phase of the iSherman initiative is the implementation of iBooks, a major step toward transforming chiropractic education through the use of technology. Created by Sherman faculty members in collaboration with the Office of Teaching and Learning, these iBooks, Harrington says, “are revolutionizing the way our students learn and how they interact with the doctor of chiropractic program.” The multi-touch technology allows for an experience that includes video, photo galleries, 3D objects, chapter review quizzes and many other features that help bring the content to life. For example, Harrington explains, students enrolled in technique courses engage with their faculty and other students in class to learn the various chiropractic techniques. Traditionally, this hand-on learning was limited to the experiences possible in a classroom setting.

PI2 (Professionalism) Quality Enhancement Plan

result, “Professionalism” was supported by data collected and surveys administered and thus became the focus for the QEP.

The Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) is a continuous improvement project required by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). Sherman College’s current plan resulted from the decennial reaffirmation process which the college completed last year.

Director of Institutional Effectiveness and Co-Chair of the OWSS Committee Crissy Lewis, M.L.I.S., was involved in developing the QEP from the beginning and was integral to the process of implementing PI2 (read: “pi squared”), which stands for Professionalism: Image + Integrity.

In fall 2015, the Offices of Academic Affairs and Institutional Effectiveness conducted a review of institutional research data to develop a potential list of QEP topics to present to the faculty as a starting point for the ultimate selection of the focus of this important plan. During this outcomes review, three potential QEP topics emerged, Director of QEP Janice Higgins-Fordree, D.C., ’89, says. One topic, evidence-informed practice, was immediately eliminated due to the fact that that particular area had already been approved and initiated on campus (see page 17 for an update on this initiative). The two remaining topics were presented to the Faculty Senate in February 2016, along with a summary of the supportive data for each topic. As a

“To increase student and graduate professionalism, we have implemented a first-quarter professionalism course and have designed course-embedded professionalism instruction and assessments through the curriculum,” Lewis says of the plan that is now in place. She points out that professionalism content has also been added to the clinical capstone assessments, Entrance and Exit Exam. Sherman College is currently in year one of implementation of the program, which will be integrated into the curricular content in stages. Full implementation will occur once the students who matriculated in fall 2017 graduate from the program in approximately three years. The new course that has already been added is dedicated to developing a foundation of ethics, Higgins-Fordree explains, “being applied

Now technique iBooks allow students to continue the learning process after they leave the classroom, using step-by-step instruction and demonstration videos. “This inclusion of video instruction from faculty supports students who may require several reviews of the material beyond the classroom delivery as well as in preparation for exams,” Harrington adds, all of which reinforces the principles of the OWSS program. An added advantage is that very few mainstream textbooks are now required for student purchase. The principles and philosophy of the specialized chiropractic curriculum benefit from the creation of even more specialized course material that is keyed to Sherman College’s unique curriculum.




The iSherman Initiative, which includes providing iPads for all students and creating iBooks for use in class (including anatomy) is a campus-wide effort to provide students with the latest in technology.

as a professional student as well as at a broader level as a licensed doctor of chiropractic.” This introductory-level course ensures that students are exposed to foundational aspects of professionalism early in the program. The topics discussed range from the definition and characteristics of professionalism, student issues, and state boards’ responsibilities, to professional organization code of ethics, personal and professional boundaries, social media and various aspects of the doctor/patient relationship.

The goal is for students to incorporate ethical principles, including honesty, responsibility and accountability, into their decision-making, behaviors and communications through the duration of their enrollment and to continue that process as they become doctors of chiropractic.

Higgins-Fordree chaired the first year Faculty Learning Community and will continue to serve as chair during the second and third year communities as she oversees the implementation process that was developed and is being executed.

Data from the QEP is continuously being collected and reviewed in order to ensure that the most beneficial information is being created and implemented to enhance student learning. This continuous process will also make it possible for the program to grow and change as necessary through the implementation process. An additional aspect of QEP, also spurred by the SACSCOC reaffirmation process, dress code re-alignment, was determined by student affairs and was simply discussed in the QEP Report.

“The implementation process has both been on a specific level and a broader level,” Higgins-Fordree explains. “Certain classes have been chosen, based on content, to have a more defined involvement in the implementation process, meaning they have been assigned specific student learning outcomes in relation to their course content. On a broader level, all courses have determined techniques to support the QEP topic.”

“The QEP was created to ensure students have a foundation of professionalism allowing them to enter into the field as doctors who have the skills to succeed both personally and professionally,” says HigginsFordree, making it a contributing force of the OWSS initiative. “By giving students tools to handle various situations professionally, we aim to help them avoid making mistakes with consequences that could affect their lives for a very long time.”

Students vote on their favorite definition of professionalism during class. A new course is dedicated to helping develop a foundation of ethics, both as a student as well as at a broader level as a D.C.

The college’s Quality Enhancement Plan was created to ensure students have a foundation of professionalism, allowing them to enter into the field as doctors who have the skills to succeed both personally and professionally. The goal is for students to incorporate ethical principles, including honesty, responsibility and accountability, into their decision-making, behaviors and communications through the duration of their enrollment and to continue that process as they begin their careers as doctors of chiropractic.

Students enjoyed pizza pie, dessert pie and more during a campus-wide PI2 kickoff event.




2017 Honor Roll of Donors

Our Honor Roll of Donors by Assistant Vice President of Institutional Advancement and Public Relations Ohmar T. Land, D.M. One of the best feelings in the world is giving. The positive energy produced is contagious. With just one act of kindness, you can inspire others to go out and plant seeds of happiness through philanthropy. In 2017, Sherman College supporters planted many seeds. Our Donor Honor Roll reflects a strong foundation in philanthropy rooted in fertile soil, and it continues to grow. These seeds allow the college to blossom and transform the campus for an even brighter future. The generosity of Sherman College benefactors allow students, faculty, and staff to experience increased opportunities to learn, teach and champion a principled chiropractic education. Our greatest gift is the ability to share our blessings; it’s what makes life meaningful. At every level of participation, our donors help to keep the rich tradition of Sherman College alive and help to ensure its future. The seeds planted across our campus include scholarships that support student success, annual gifts to provide to annual operating support, and endowed gifts that ensure the college thrives in perpetuity. Perhaps the campus’ biggest seed in recent history was planted on November 13, 2017, when the college broke ground on the Drs. Thom and Betty Gelardi Student Center. To each donor listed, thank you for planting a seed of hope. I encourage you to continue watering your seed by maintaining and increasing your support. Let your enthusiasm shine as bright as the sun to inspire others to join you in the development of Sherman College and the chiropractic profession. Together we can watch Sherman College flourish and produce fruit that will nurture our communities with chiropractic care for many years to come. With all good wishes,

“Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love.” – Lao Tzu




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Dr. Nicole Wheeler-Glover Dr. Gary Willis Dr. Dennis Yeung Dr. Katsuhisa Yoneyama Dr. Tim Young

ADIO Club ($500-$999)

Dr. Daniel Abeckjerr Dr. Megan Afshar Dr. Michael Aker Dr. Mary Babian Dr. John Balsamo Dr. Daniel Becker Dr. Rich Benjamin Dr. Marc Bloom Dr. James Bourg Dr. Mindy Brown Jonathan Burnstein Dr. Scott Cabazolo Dr. Meaghan Cromer Dr. Meghan Custer Dr. Adam del Torto Dr. Joseph J. Donofrio Dr. Danielle Drobbin Dr. David Espinoza FOIC Charity Dr. Princess Fowler Katrine Frazier Dr. Suzanne Frye Dr. Dean Fuller Dr. Mark Fullerton Dr. Ed Gigliotti Lina Guillen Dr. Colin Hardy Dr. Billie Harrington LaShanda Harris Dr. David Healey Dr. Curtis Horton Dr. Reed Howie Drs. Don & Kathy Hoyt Dr. Jami Karr Dr. Amilliah Kenya Dr. Terry Lancaster Drs. Raymond & Charmaine Lanjopoulos Drs. Ron & Cindy Lanzara Crissy Lewis Dr. George Lubertazzo




2017 Honor Roll of Donors

Dr. Brian Lumb Dr. Leslie Martin Dr. Dawn Maynard Dr. Steve Merritt Dr. William Moss Dr. Kevin Muthersbaugh Dr. Rose Panico Dr. Nicole Pearson Dr. Ryan Pilsner Dr. Harold Privette Brett Ratliff Karen Brower Rhodes Dr. Rich Santangelo Dr. Gerard Schmidt Dr. David Serio Kristy Shepherd Dr. Larry Silverstein Ben Southammavong Drs. Greg & Kim Stetzel Dr. Darci Stotts Dr. Daniel Tew Roberta Wood Dr. Stephen Tosk Dr. Michael Viscarelli Dr. Aaron Wahl Dr. Kenneth Weil Dr. Jason Wood Dr. Rebecca Yaun

Century Club ($100-$499)

Dr. Joel Alcantara Dr. Franca Alterman Ann Apple Dr. Maria Aumick Dr. Paul Bacon Paul & Neena Bailey Dr. Scott Baker Dr. Mahin Banou Dr. Loren Barisch Dr. Dennis Baron Patricia Bauman Dr. Randy Baze David Bedford Dr. Chase Bentley Dr. Stew Bittman Dr. Joseph Borio Dr. Jessica Bradburn




Yvonne Brehan Bret & Rebecca Bretthauer Dr. Jaime Browning Donna Cancel/NECA Carolina Headwear Dr. Eric Carson Dr. Jeremy Casagrande Kelly Casto Alyson Chacon Dr. Karla Christy Amber Cleary Linda Collier Dr. Rajeev Connors James & Linda Cook Bonnie Cooley Dr. Caroll Ann Coyle Drs. Scott & Katherine Crafton Dr. Miguel Cruz Valentina Decruzdixon-Rosenberg Dr. Nancy Denlinger Dr. Matt Dillman Dr. Jody Dosh Dr. Laura Duke Dr. Robert Epstein Dr. Elliott Foster Drs. Peter Frigiola & Lilian Meier Dr. James Gaddis Drs. Doug & Holly Geiger Dr. Betty Gelardi Dr. Tate Gentile Megan Georgion Dr. Craig Gindele Dr. Laura Greene-Orndorff Caroline Sosbee Gregory Dr. Stephen Halverson Tarsha Hamilton Dr. Nicholas Hannouche Deborah Harden Dr. Harvey Haslett Dr. Wesley Hays Janis Hemmen Cameron Hemman Dr. Kenneth Hillman Kaley Hixson Dr. Michael Hrycko Dr. Andrew Jackson Dr. Charles Jaskulski Dr. Kathryn Jones Dr. Shelly Jones

Dr. Frank Ju Janet Juntunen Dr. Charles Kenya Dr. Jillian Kersh Dr. Richard Kettering Dr. Lynne Koch Dr. Elizabeth Koch Dr. Randall Laurich Dr. Chelsea Layden-Power Dr. Robert Leeper Dr. Steven Lindner Dr. Brent Lipke Dr. Timothy Liszewski Dr. Kim Lombardy Dr. Jeffrey Lupowitz Dr. Robert Lupowitz* & Linda Lupowitz Dr. Shane Lynch Tanner & Jennifer Mack Dana Malave Dr. Jeffrey Matoshko Dr. Joseph McClellan Dr. Brett Moore Dr. John Mormile Dr. Doug Morris Kyle & Rondi Mossman Dr. Alice Moyer Drs. David & Sue Mruz Dr. Mark & Tammy Mulholland Dr. Gary Nadler Dr. Amy Nedrow-Zesiger Dr. Steven Niemiec Dr. Ronald Oberstein Dr. Luis Ocon Dr. Raymond Omid Dr. Gabriel O’Sullivan Dr. So Ota Dr. Thuraia Owais Dr. Pasquale Papalia Dr. Franklin Parisi Dr. Thomas Pasterski Dr. Matthew Paterna Dr. Cindy Pekofsky Dr. Kevin Phalen Dr. Bill Pickard Dr. Margaret Pickering Dr. John Porter Christy Potts *deceased

2017 Honor Roll of Donors

Dr. Justin Quail Dr. Cathy Riekeman Dr. Danny Rives Dr. Edward Roberts Dr. Scott Rocchio Dr. Carina Roesener Marggi Roldan Dr. Mark Romano Joseph Phelps & Tina Royce Dr. Fred & Donna Sanders Dr. Anthony Santangelo Deborah Schaub Tristan Schaub Dr. Herbert Schraw Dr. Mitzi Schwartzbauer Dr. Elliott Segal Patsy Sigafoose Dr. Catherine Silver-Riddell Dr. Stephen Simonetti Drs. James & Michelle Snyder

Dr. Anthony Soriero Drs. Ryan & Carly Sorrell Kendra Strange Dr. Jerrilyn Sullivan Roger Sullivan Marie Sundquist Dr. William Tackett Dr. Peter & Veronica Tague Dr. Robert & Sharon Thatcher Dr. Danita Heagy Dr. Donald Trepany Dr. Robert Van Metter Dr. Devin Vrana Dr. Gabe Waterman Nick Watson Dr. Steven Watts Dr. Mindy Weingarten Shawn Wells Anja West Dr. Brandon Williamson

Think Outside the Box With Your Giving In addition to making a cash donation, there are many ways to give. The College welcomes your outside-the-box ideas for discussion as you consider how you can help provide for the future of Sherman College. For instance, you can give appreciated property such as stocks, bonds or real estate. When stocks, bonds, mutual funds, real estate, and other appreciated assets are sold, tax is due on any capital gain. But you can avoid or delay the capital gains tax by making a charitable gift of the property to Sherman College. Sherman College is a 501(c)3 non-profit institution, and your gifts are tax deductible. The combined benefits of bypassing tax on the capital gain, receiving an income tax deduction, and making a charitable gift can be very gratifying. Consult with your accountant or tax advisor to explore how giving appreciated property can benefit both you and a non-profit institution like Sherman College. To discuss a specific gift to the college, contact Assistant Vice President of Institutional Advancement and Public Relations Ohmar Land, D.M., at 800-846-8771, ext. 265.

Silver Club ($50-$99)

A Auto Rental & Sales Dr. Francis Awere Richard & Arcangela Bagwell Louis Bevilacqua Dr. Robert Bolen Dr. Jonathan Brown Dr. Theodore Campbell Dr. William & Barbara Cirino Dr. Nathan Coffin Richard Decker Candice Duclos Dr. Ulrich Eschholz Colby Fisher Dr. Joanne Gallagher Jennifer Gault Drs. Thom & Betty Gelardi Dr. Gerould Giddings Dr. Stanley & Maryann Gilbert Dr. Diana Granger Sydne Groves Dr. Tim Guest Dr. Kenneth Guzik Dr. Melinda Hallam Dr. Steven Hannigan Dr. Jacob Hansen Laurie Harris Nelson Hauke Debbie Hayes Dr. John Henard Dr. Ronald E. Knorr Dr. Gerald Kruba Jennifer Kuduk Dr. Patricia Kuhta Judith Lange Dr. Edward Lanzendorfer Kristin Lauterbach Dr. Joy McClenny Dr. Janet McGaurn Mona Moloney Dr. David Murawski Dr. Kenji Nakata Dr. Katelyn Niemiec-Klimek Dr. Leo Oakchunas Dr. Alan Ott Susan Parke Dot Philp Lori Reeder




2017 Honor Roll of Donors

Dr. Beth Reizer Dr. Guy Reschenthaler Rhea Rhodes Bonnie Savo Jerry & Martha Taylor Patti Lee Thomas Dr. Shan Tian Ashley Valladares Dr. Marylouise Wise Dr. Randolph Yucha


Janett Anson Shonna Auld Karen Baker Jim Barlow Susan Barnett Gloria Becker Laura Berggruen Patricia Bissette Karen Blair Ann Blazich Kay Brown Katie Burns Dorothy Clausen Helen Clemens Michael Cooper Ellen Deal Darian Disrud Louise Edgerton Barbara Evans Barbara Fariss-Bateman Phil Hite & Susan Fischer David & Lesa Giller Toni Glover Drs. Paul & Paula Grenier Ruth Grone & Family Carol Hardacre Dr. Timothy Hartman Margaret Hartmann Amanda Herd Daniel Holender & Kelly Angell Helen Howard Jacqueline Hurley Dr. Chad Janes Dawn & Imants Jecs Charlotte Kennedy Kristofer Koehn & Kelly McKean




Back in Stride Reeva Leahy Deborah Lizotte Ramona Lorenz Tara Louis Elizabeth Reynoso & Ashley Madison Paul Malernee Tamara Marlatt Nina Mongiardo Donald & Kathy Morgan Carroll Muck Fernando Munoz Gretchen Otto Vicky Peppin Sara Pettey Irma Raffensberger Dr. Dana Riffle Rolando Rivera Deanna Robison Dr. John Rowe Melody Sabin Dr. Diane Schroeder Bryn Shoffstall Mandy Smith Mike & Kathy Spellman Kimberly Stenson Brian Stuck Claire Sullivan Douglas & Joyce Taylor Dr. Christine Theodossis Dennis & Diane Tracey Dr. John Tsakos Roger & Deborah Veenhuizen Dr. Paul Wallace Joyce Weber Linda Weinstein Leslie Weise Jan Wiese Sue Willoughby Emily Wood James Young

Ink4, Incorporated International Chiropractic Pediatric Association International Federation of Chiropractors and Organizations More Than Tile, Inc. New Beginnings Chiropractic Training Dr. Susan & Baron Newlin Pena Global Consulting Group Priority One Security Promenade at Boiling Springs River Run Apartment Homes Scrip Hessco Sherman College Alumni Association Smilemakers TIC Chiropractic System


For more information or to take action on any of these ideas, contact Assistant Vice President of Institutional Advancement and Public Relations Ohmar Land, D.M., at or 800849-8771, ext. 265.

Advanced Door Systems, Inc Rose & Bert Saucier, Anytime Fitness Carolina Foothills Federal Credit Union Chirofutures Malpractice Program Hodge Contract Carpets

10 Ways You Can Help Sherman College 1. Refer a student 2. Make a gift 3. Attend Lyceum and IRAPS 4. Bring a student to Lyceum 5. Attend a college event in your area 6. Link to from your website 7. Remember Sherman College in your will or estate plan 8. Join the Sustaining Stars or Board of Regents program 9. Become a ROAR doc (see p.7) 10. Help Sherman College host an alumni or recruitment event in your community

2017 Honor Roll of Donors

Honor Gifts

These donors used a gift to Sherman to honor someone or something special in their lives. In honor of the Sherman College Alumni Association Dr. Brian Dooley Dr. Laura Greene-Orndorff In honor of my children Krystal, Hollie, Steven, Pamela and Kelly Patrick Lausier In honor of the Pulver Family Dr. Brian Pulver Dr. Evan Pulver In honor of Taog my dog and “co-worker” Dr. Terry Lancaster In honor of Laney Rhodes Karen Bower Rhodes

Donald & Kathy Morgan Dr. Gerard Schmidt Jerry & Martha Taylor In memory of Dr. Duncan Greene Dr. Billie Harrington In memory of Dr. Richard Plummer Mary Wren In memory of Dr. John Grone Ruth Grone & Family In memory of Dr. K. R. Jones Dr. Robert & Joy Irwin In memory of Mrs. Marie Bowen Gloria Becker Dr. Betty Gelardi Douglas & Joyce Taylor In memory of Dr. Charles E. & Luella Everett, Jr. Dr. Claudia Seay

In honor of Dr. John Porter, Jr, ’77 Dr. Princess Fowler

In memory of Martha O’Dell Drs. Thom & Betty Gelardi Dr. Robert & Sharon Thatcher

Memorial Gifts

In memory of Jonathan Vu, D.C., ’10 Ben Southammavong

These donors chose to honor the memory of family and friends with a donation to Sherman College. In memory of Dr. Edward Rahuba Richard & Arcangela Bagwell Louis Bevilacqua Dr. Judy Campanale Dr. William & Barbara Cirino Dr. Elliott Foster Drs. Peter Kevorkian & Patricia Giuliano Dr. Steve Merritt Nina Mongiardo Donna Cancel (NECA) Deborah Schaub Dr. Robert & Evelyn Tarantino Dennis & Diane Tracey In memory of Dr. Don L. Thomas Dr. Mary Babian Drs. Doug & Holly Geiger

In memory of Robert Lupowitz, D.C., ’78 Richard Decker Valentina Decruzdixon-Rosenberg Margaret Hartmann Debbie Hayes Charlotte Kennedy Linda Lupowitz Susan Parke Dot Philp Rhea Rhodes Patti Lee Thomas Linda Weinstein In memory of Storm Kent Dr. Alan Brewster Dr. Joseph J. Donofrio Dr. Billie Harrington Dr. Patricia Kuhta Karen Brower Rhodes Dr. Christine Theodossis

Spread the Word: Share Sherman with a Colleague If you know someone who would like to receive Sherman magazine, call 800-849-8771, ext. 240, or email Director of Advancement Services We would be glad to add him or her to our mailing list. Do you have a story idea? Do you have alumni news to share? We’re always looking for news and features. To make a suggestion, call 800-8498771, ext. 242, or email Director of Public Relations Karen Brower Rhodes at

Important Notes About Sherman College’s Donor Honor Roll The list on these pages is composed of individuals and organizations making one or more donations received by Sherman College of Chiropractic in 2017. We take great care in compiling the lists. However, if we have mistakenly omitted your name or if your listing is incorrect, please accept our sincere apology and contact us right away so we may correct our records. If you have a correction, please contact Assistant Director of Advancement Services Patti Thomas at 800-849-8771, ext. 240, or e-mail




Board of Regents

Thank You, Sherman College Board of Regents Sherman Regents provide for the advancement of the college with annual gifts of $1,000 or more. The collective financial commitment of its members is a major source of funding for operating and program costs. We are deeply grateful for the men and women who make this commitment to support the college, its mission and vision. We honor and thank the individuals below who are members of this distinguished group as of January 31, 2018.

President’s Circle Regents ($10,000+)

Dr. Darcy Andersen & Vince Scarpino Dr. Karlos Boghosian Dr. Edwin & Debbie Cordero Drs. Donald Epstein & Jackie Knowles Dr. Irene Gold Drs. Peter Kevorkian & Patricia Giuliano Dr. Edward Marram Dr. Jason & Robyn Sabo Dr. Catherine Silver-Riddell

Drs. Stephen & Ashley Genthner Dr. Donald Harte Drs. Daniel & Richelle Knowles Drs. Raymond & Charmaine Lanjopoulos Drs. Ron & Cindy Lanzara, Jr. Drs. Scott & Rena LeVan Baron & Susan Newlin* Todd Picou Dr. Paul & Mary Ann Roses Dr. Armand Rossi Dr. Bruce & Jen Steinberg

Corporate Regents ($5,000+)

Patron Regents ($1,000 - $1,999)


Visionary Regents ($4,000 - $9,999)

Dr. Randy Baze Dr. Gordon Brown* Karen Canup Dr. Neil & Randi Cohen Drs. Jeremy & Amanda Hess Dr. Robert Irwin Drs. Oscar Molinas & Stefanie Salera Dr. Shoji Morimoto Dr. Brian Pulver Drs. Greg & Kim Stetzel Dr. Shane & Katie Walker

Pioneer Regents ($2,000 - $3,999)

Dr. Judy Campanale Dr. Brett Cardonick Drs. Chris & Brett Rini Dr. Robert & Carol Crystal Dr. John Degenhart* Drs. Dean & Jen DePice Dr. Brian Dooley




Dr. Vincent Adamo Dr. Megan Afshar Drs. Peter & Tracy Amlinger Anonymous Dr. George Auger Dr. Sam Ayan Dr. Mary Babian* Dr. John Balsamo Dr. Bo & Tami Bandy Dr. Michael Bartell Dr. Brian Bartholomew Dr. Joel Beane & Rita Frederick Dr. Daniel Becker Dr. Robert Berkowitz* Dr. Kimberly Berkus Dr. Maria Best Dr. Ronald Boggs Dr. Arthur Bond* Dr. Terri Bonner Dr. Joseph Borio Dr. Jason Bosko Dr. James Bourg Dr. Jack Bourla Dr. Alan Brewster Dr. Emily Broniak Dr. Justin Brown Dr. Misty Browning

Dr. Jamie Bunis Dr. Scott Cabazolo Dr. James Callahan Dr. Sean Carey Dr. Josh & Heidi Carmack Dr. Carly Carney Dr. Ron & Doreen Castellucci Dr. Allison Catapano Dr. Jeff Chamberlain Dr. William Civello Dr. Dana Clum Dr. Michael Cohen Dr. Lona Cook Dr. Robert Costello Dr. John Court* Dr. Scott Courtley Dr. David & Pamela Courtney* Dr. Thomas D’Amico Dr. Ian Davis-Tremayne Dr. Andrew De Saro Drs. Dan & Kris Denette Dr. Michael Diehm Dr. Dan Diep Drs. Shawn Dill & Lacey Book Dr. Joseph F. Donofrio Dr. Joseph J. Donofrio Dr. Ryan Dopps Dr. Danielle Drobbin Dr. Eric Evans Dr. Karl Fischer Dr. Princess Fowler Dr. Rick Franks Katrine Frazier Dr. Beth Frosch & Paul Licata Dr. Suzanne Frye Dr. Dean Fuller Dr. Mark Fullerton Dr. Theresa Galant* Dr. James Galganos Dr. Jamie Galperin Dr. Jeffrey Garofalo Drs. Pete & Katie Gay

Board of Regents

Drs. Thom & Betty Gelardi* Dr. Skip George Dr. Cynthia Gibbon Dr. Gordon Gibson Dr. Ed Gigliotti Dr. Bryn Gillow Linda Giuliano Dr. Allyson Grabowski Dr. Brian Graham Drs. Jett & Cathy Gurman Dr. Frank Hahn Tarsha Hamilton Dr. Lauren Hamm Dr. Bill Hannouche Dr. Jessica Harden Dr. B.J. Hardick Dr. Andrew Harding Dr. Colin Hardy Dr. Janet Harriger LaShanda Harris Dr. Paula Hedglon Dr. Michael Heslett Drs. Charles & Marylyn Hilston* Dr. Curtis Horton Dr. Anna Hughes Dr. Michael James Drs. Stephen & Pam Jarboe Dr. Marc Johnson Dr. Brian Kachinsky Dr. Shogo Kajisa Dr. Jami Karr Dr. Christopher Kent Dr. Robert Koliner Drs. Jay & Rhea Komarek Drs. Mark & Jen Kordonski Dr. Tedd Koren Dr. Michael Koster Dr. Natalie Kurylo Dr. Edward & Sandra Kwasniewski* Dr. Terry Lancaster Dr. Ernest Landi * Patrick Lausier Dr. Bob Leib Drs. Scott LeVan Dr. Timothy Ley Dr. Brian & Rachel Lieberman Dr. Brent Lipke Dr. Roger Lope Dr. George Lubertazzo Dr. Michael Magwood Dr. Nalyn Marcus Dr. Sandra Martin Dr. Sal & Cookie Martingano Dr. Derek Maxson Dr. Dawn Maynard

Dr. James McCann Drs. Scot McCormick & Rosemary DePasque Dr. Ronen Mendi Dr. Jeffrey Miller Dr. Kelly Miller Dr. Jim Minico, Jr. Dr. Leroy & Phyllis Moore* Dr. Brian & Laura Moriarty Dr. Karen Moriarty Dr. Dale & Eileen Mortenson Dr. William Moss Dr. Jeff Muneses Fernando Munoz Dr. John Murray Dr. Frank Musante Dr. Kevin Muthersbaugh Dr. Paul Newton Dr. Kelvin Ng Dr. Ronald Oberstein Dr. Michael O’Halleran Drs. Thomas & Jeanne Ohm Dr. Raymond Omid Dr. Gary & Cathleen Padden Dr. Kevin Pallis Vicky Peppin Dr. G. Stanford & Judith Pierce Dr. Ryan Pilsner Dr. Anthony Pineno Dr. John Porter Dr. Levi Pulver Dr. Justin Quail Dr. Elizabeth Rassel Dr. Carsten Reinhardt Dr. Beth Risser Drs. Nick & Stefanie Rodsater Dr. Rick Rosenberg & Kristin Riley Drs. Norman & Judy Ross* Dr. Gregg Rubinstein Dr. Teresa Saenz Dr. Walter & Glenda Sanchez Dr. Rich Santangelo Dr. David Sarnoff Dr. Samuel Sbarra Dr. Tara Scharich Dr. Bruce Schneider Dr. F.J. Schofield Dr. Fred & Susan Schofield Dr. Matthew & Diane Schrier Dr. Liam Schubel Dr. Kenneth Schultz* Dr. Pennie & Paul Schwartz Dr. Claudia Seay Dr. John Sellar Dr. David Serio

Dr. Robert Shaner Dr. Brent Shealer Dr. Marilyn Shore Dr. Thomas Sidoti Dr. Joshua Siegel Dr. James Siller Dr. Norman Smith Dr. Phil Sorota* Drs. Dean & Toniann Sottile Dr. David Steinberg Dr. Felicia Stewart Dr. Gary Stewart Dr. Darci Stotts Dr. Kaileigh Strath Dr. Roy Sweat Dr. Philip Szalowski Dr. Robert & Evelyn Tarantino Dr. Daniel Tew Dr. Jill Thompson Dr. Jerry Tishman Dr. Dawn Tobin Drs. Matt & Amy Tonnos Dr. Steve Tullius Dr. Michael Viscarelli Dr. Aaron Wahl Dr. Chris Walker Dr. Tyrone Wallace Dr. Joe Wang Dr. Mindy Weingarten Dr. Linda Wells Dr. Trea Wessel Dr. Nicole Wheeler-Glover Dr. Jason Wood Roberta Wood Dr. Dennis Yeung Dr. Katsuhisa Yoneyama Dr. Tim Young Dr. Tim & Dar Zook

Honorary Regents

Dr. Alicia Crabbe Peggy Hartley Dr. Carl Hartmann Sharon Hilston Elizabeth Horwin Rose Panico Dr. Terry Rondberg Julie Crutcher * Denotes Lifetime Members of the Sherman College Board of Regents in recognition of their strong, consistent support of Sherman for 30 or more years.






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Christopher Negrón Rosado celebrates receiving his acceptance letter from Sherman College

María del Mar Cordero and the women’s soccer team placed fourth at Chiro Games

Shannon Newman Ruff, D.C., (center) celebrates with classmates at December graduation

The Hartmans celebrate Emily’s undergraduate graduation and her enrollment at Sherman

Storm Jones competes with the swimming team in Florida at Chiro Games 2017

Charles Tucker gets creative when he has to study x-rays in his hotel room while traveling




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A favorite college tradition, the seventh annual Sherman Pride Day, was held October 12. This year, the college’s on-campus efforts combined Sherman Pride Day with the quarterly Welcome Back celebration for students, making for a fun and memorable event that included music, games, free t-shirts, a photo booth, free beverages from the popular Java Up coffee truck, and throwback to BagelFest with bagels and donuts for all. On Sherman Pride Day, the college asks alumni and friends to celebrate their affiliation with Sherman by sharing positive information about Sherman College on social media or in their offices. Many alumni and friends participated across the U.S. and around the world, even as far as Australia.

Jeanette Chomic, D.C., ’12, and colleagues at Lakeview Family Chiropractors show their Pride.

Tecia Pitts, D.C., ’16, shares her Sherman Pride from Network Family Wellness Center.

“I’m doing a bit of reflection. Today I attended Sherman’s graduation. December 2017. In December, 1973 I graduated from Palmer College of Chiropractic and joined the faculty. Sherman College became a reality that year. Chiropractic has blessed me with life experiences I never dreamed of. Still, I feel I’m just beginning. I am haunted by Reggie Gold’s words, ‘If you were the last chiropractor on earth, would chiropractic survive?’ I can’t save TIC. I CAN play a role in producing the best chiropractors on the planet, who can answer ‘yes’ to Reggie’s question. What next? How can I best serve? I’m at Sherman. I can’t wait to see.” – Christopher Kent, D.C., J.D.

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Students celebrated Sherman Pride Day on campus with games, bagels, donuts and coffee.

Ashley Liew, D.C., ’16, and Kelvin Ng, D.C., ’09, represent the Pride in Singapore.

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Registration Session I Break PLENARY – Everything You Need to Know about Anything You Need to Know – Dr. Dean Sottile PLENARY – President’s Welcome & State of the College – Dr. Edwin Cordero Lunch/Annual Alumni Association Meeting Session II Session III President’s Circle and Regents Reception Friday Night Magician & Mind Reader – Nash Fung Registration Session I Break PLENARY – Looking Forward by Looking Deeper: A Tactical Approach for Mapping Patient & Practice Success – Dr. David Fletcher Lunch/ROAR Member Training Luncheon Session II Session III High Heels & Hard Hats Gala

7:30 am-8 am 8 am-10 am 10 am-10:30 am 10:30 am-11:30 am

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12:30 pm-2 pm 2 pm-3:55 pm 4:05 pm-6 pm 7:30 pm-11 pm

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3:10 pm-6 pm 6 pm-7:30 pm 7:30 pm-9:30 pm

Registration Session I Break Session II Lunch PLENARY – Chiropractic Today for a Better World Tomorrow – Dr. Jeanne Ohm Session III Dinner Break Constructing the Future: Lyceum Kickoff

7:30 am-8 am 8 am-10 am 10 am-10:30 am 10:30 am-12:30 pm 12:30 pm-2 pm 2 pm-3 pm

DR. DEAN SOTTILE Everything You Need to Know about Anything You Need to Know

DR. DAVID FLETCHER Looking Forward by Looking Deeper: A Tactical Approach for Mapping Patient & Practice Success

DR. EDWIN CORDERO President's Welcome & State of the College

DR. JEANNE OHM Chiropractic Today for a Better World Tomorrow

*RM = Risk Management

DR. DAVID MRUZ SC Rules & Regulations DR. ARMAND ROSSI Vertebral Subluxation Analysis for Newborns DR. BRUCE STEINBERG Mental Health Matters (RM) DR. SCOTT ROSA Advanced Dynamic Imaging of Cervical Spine Trauma: Diagnostic and Clinical Implications DR. DEAN DEPICE Lean, Clean and Green DR. NALYN MARCUS Women in Chiropractic Jam Session: Building Blocks of Women in Practice DR. DANIEL KNOWLES Discover Network Spinal Care to Optimize Spinal and Neural Integrity DR. MATT MCCOY Risk Management for the Subluxation-Centered, Family Wellness Chiropractor (RM) DR. JON MURRAY SOT Technique Integration into the Busy Chiropractic Office DR. CHRISTIE KWON A Research Agenda for the Future of the Subluxation-Centered Chiropractic Profession

DEBRA SOUTHARD & JENNIFER MARTINGANO The Essentials of Team Based Care: Putting the WOW in Your Practice DR. ROBERT BROOKS Perspectives on Correcting and Stabilizing the Spinal Subluxation Complex DR. FRED AND SUSAN SCHOFIELD Leadership Mastery: Practice Success Simplified JEN STEINBERG The Art of Collecting Powerful Testimonials NICOLE COWLEY Decoding Online Real Estate and The Social Faรงade DR. PAT KUHTA The Sherman System of X-Ray Positioning, Thoracic and Lumbopelvic Spine

DEBRA SOUTHARD & JENNIFER MARTINGANO The Essentials of Team Based Care: Putting the WOW in Your Practice JEN STEINBERG The Art of Collecting Powerful Testimonials NICOLE COWLEY Decoding Online Real Estate and The Social Faรงade DR. JESSICA HARDEN FLIGHT Rising Strong! Relevant Tactics for Women in Practice Today

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DR. JAMI KARR Infinite Principles KEITH WASSUNG Using Health Research Education for Optimal Patient Compliance ROSE PANICO Philosophy Power Hour DR. FRED AND SUSAN SCHOFIELD Leadership Mastery: Practice Success Simplified

DR. TOM KOLARIK Thompson Technique DR. ROBERT BROOKS Perspectives on Correcting and Stabilizing the Spinal Subluxation Complex DR. DAVID SMITH Documentation and Coding for 2018 and Beyond DRS. JAY HOLDER & BRANDON MAHAFFY Torque Release Technique, the Non-Linear Tonal Model & the Brain Reward Cascade DR. AARON MACARTHUR Clinical Application in Functional Neurology to Support the Chiropractic Adjustment DR. JASON SABO T.I.C.: A Tonal Approach to Vertebral Subluxation Detection and Correction DR. MATTHEW RICHARDSON Diagnostic Imaging in the Busy Chiropractic Practice DR. CURTIS FEDORCHUK The Epidemiology of Subluxation in the U.S. and the Need for Being an EvidenceGenerating Practice DR. PAT KUHTA The Sherman System of X-Ray Positioning, Thoracic and Lumbopelvic Spine

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