Month: November 2008 acquired by Planet Chiropractic

By Michael Dorausch, D.C.

What was once the home to one of the world’s oldest chiropractic directory websites,, has been acquired by the owners of Appearing in search archives as early as January of 1999, served as a massive listing database of chiropractors across the planet. It existed until around April of 2007, and had provided search results to those seeking chiropractors, with more than 55,000 local listings of doctors of chiropractic. screenshot circa de 2007 from the homepage)

Up until May 2007, was a chiropractic directory with listings of over 55,000 chiropractors. It was a free directory, that provided consumers access to doctors of chiropractic (practicing everything from wellness to personal injury) in their local area. Planet Chiropractic became owner of the domain this month (November, 2008), and it is our intention to relaunch the easy to spell as a free chiropractic directory, subsidized with contextually targeted advertising, and featured doctor listings.

I was online earlier today, with a representative from NearMeNetworks (a company that provides call tracking services to chiropractors in the US and Canada), discussing the possibilities related to providing trackable call services for chiropractors wanting to list their local businesses on the website. We’ll be meeting with several groups of chiropractors, as well as some local search experts, to discuss usability and the building of a directory that best serves the consumer. No word as of yet if each individual chiropractor will have administrative access to their profile page (and additionally links to their website/s), but it’s my intention that chiropractors are provided with free access to create, manage, and modify their own pages. This is especially important to new doctors of chiropractic entering the field, that have not yet built a solid web presence.

Similar to the Planet Chiropractic Network project, early plans include listings that will be worldwide. One early planned key difference is the exclusion of information related to organizations and associations, and chiropractic schools and colleges, which will continue to be presented on the school review portion of this domain.

The decreasing popularity of the long-standing practice by Internet hosts to name sites with the “www” prefix provides an interesting opportunity to the domain. One idea that is currently on the adjusting table is to add a “find” prefix which would result in a domain that reads Regardless of which route we choose, I’m looking forward to working with others in the community of chiropractic, on a resource that freely seeks to provide better access to chiropractors across the globe. @ 10:11 pm | Article ID: 1227593518

Creating Wellness Centre – Thank You

By Michael Dorausch, D.C.

It’s not often that I receive handwritten thank you letters from chiropractors in North America or Canada. One arrived in the mail earlier this week, and I wanted to say thank you in return.

The card comes from chiropractor Danny Desaulniers of A.D.I.O. Chiropractic in Okotoks (Alberta), Canada. I hope he doesn’t mind me repeating the message here. It reads…

Dr. Mike Dorausch,

Thank you for Ever since our first time meeting each other (C.A.C. convention in Niagara) I’ve enjoyed the articles & the audios that you have on your web site. Thank you for the dedication that you have to preserve the principles and purpose of chiropractic.

I love and appreciate you,

Danny Desaulniers

Thank you Danny, I love and appreciate you as well.

Allow me to share a story with you guys. As Danny mentioned, I first met him at a chiropractic conference taking place in Canada. It was early 2001, and I had flown from Los Angeles, to represent at an exhibit booth I rented at the CAC convention. I’ve found a news post (weekend with the CAC) that posted to planet chiropractic on May 7, 2001. Almost hard to believe that we’ve been posting news since before that time. I even found photos, that are still available online, that I took during the weekend event.

Danny was also working a booth at the event, representing Life University in Atlanta, Georgia. He was a chiropractic student at the time, and I learned that he was part of a long list of incredibly active chiropractors from Canada. As is to be expected, he was fired up about the practice, principles, and philosophy of chiropractic. In fact, everybody I met that weekend at the White Oaks conference center, was fired up about chiropractic.

Thanks to Michelle Whitney (Canadian Chiropractor of the Year 2000) I was invited to the event. There’s something really special about getting to hang out with a group of like-minded individual for several days at a time. I remember Michelle laying into me for traveling with fluoride toothpaste, there would be no such thing in her home.

Dr. Danny is a good example of what happens to fired up chiropractic students when they graduate from chiropractic school. I can’t say that all of them turn out to be great chiropractors, but in his case, chiropractic is in his blood. The best part about receiving a card from him is the fact that I know there is someone in the Alberta area serving their community with the same passion and dedication that he had when representing the college he was attending in 2001.

Located south of Calgary, the city of Okotoks should be aware that they have a fantastic chiropractor practicing in their community. I’d love to hear that area residents have learned about his chiropractic office from reading this post. Looking for a chiropractor that’s passionate about what they do? Go visit Dr. Danny.

A.D.I.O. Chiropractic Centre
3-18 Southridge Drive
Okotoks, AB T1S 1N1, Canada
(403) 995-0855

2008 American Music Awards

By Daria Belov

The 2008 American Music Awards (AMA Awards) air live tonight on ABC television at 7 p.m. Eastern and 6 p.m. Central. A stellar lineup of musical performers are scheduled for the televised event, with an expected special appearance by Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler and Joe Perry. The AMA Music Awards are hosted again this year by comedian Jimmy Kimmel. Check your local ABC television listings for additional information.

18-year-old Taylor Swift to perform at 2008 American Music Awards
(photo: 18 year-old Country and Pop Artist Taylor Swift is performing at 2008 AMA Awards)

Tonight’s 36th Annual American Music Awards event features some incredible talent, including musical artists such as Christina Aguilera, Beyonce, Mariah Carey, Miley Cyrus, Annie Lennox, Kanye West, Taylor Swift, and others. Earlier this month, female artist Taylor Swift, won Top New Female Vocalist at the 2008 CMA Awards. While millions of Americans tune in to see their favorite artists accept awards, the musical performances are often the highlight of the evening.

There is a long list of American Music Award nominees, represented by multiple different categories. Among those nominated for awards are Garth Brooks (nominated for Favorite Male Artist in country music and Favorite Album in country music), Mariah Carey (nominated for Favorite Female Artist in pop or rock music and Favorite Album in Soul / Rhythm & Blues Music), Kenny Chesney (nominated for Favorite Male Artist in country music), Foo Fighters (nominated for Favorite Artist in alternative rock music), Kid Rock (nominated for Favorite Male Artist in pop or rock music), Lil Wayne (nominated for Artist of the Year in rap / hip-hop music and Favorite Album in rap / hip-hop music). Others nominated for awards include bands such as the Eagles, Coldplay, Rascal Flatts, Sugarland, and Wu-Tang Clan.

The awards and live performances are taking place at the Nokia Theatre in Times Square (Manhattan, New York City) and one teen superstar will be celebrating her 16th birthday while taking the stage. Pop artist Miley Cyrus turns 16 today, and a Sweet 16 surprise birthday celebration is expected to be taking place.

Who won the 2008 American Music Awards? You’ll have to tune in to ABC television to find out. Be sure to check out the ABC AMA Awards website for details on winners, nominees, performers, photos, and more. Also, if you’re reading this after awards have been announced, you can perform a Google search for 2008 AMA Award winners which should return some good results. Also do a search for 2008 AMA Award Winner Videos on YouTube.

Chances are, a local chiropractor in your area is providing care for musicians. In places like New York City (especially Manhattan) and Los Angeles, chiropractors providing care to those performing in the music industry, is very common. It’s also not uncommon for chiropractors to be on call at stadiums and sports arenas for musical events. Some performers even travel with their chiropractors. In the 1990s, Mega rock ‘n roll band Guns n Roses (long-awaited Chinese Democracy was released today), had a tour chiropractor. The current Death Magnetic Metallica tour also has a chiropractor (gives new meaning to headbanging whiplash) on board.

Congratulations from to all performing artist’s nominated for AMA Music Awards in 2008! @ 12:10 pm | Article ID: 1227471071

Thanksgiving Recipes Side Dish Videos

By Michael Dorausch, D.C.

7 videos of Thanksgiving side dish recipes to spark your taste buds for Thanksgiving 2008.

It’s that time of year, November 2008, and Thanksgiving is almost here. We already ordered our organic free range Turkey from Whole Foods in Venice Beach, California and I’ve been doing some searches for tasty Thanksgiving side dishes like cranberry sauce and sweet potato pie. I found myself watching a lot more videos versus just finding and downloading Thanksgiving side dish recipes. I figured why not post those videos here (at least I’d have them for Thanksgiving 2009) and maybe save you some time in your recipe searching.

Cranberry Chutney
I like the chefs accent in this video. Neat when he says “it’s a lot more better” with the different kinds of flavors. The video is about 5 1/2 minutes long and he gives a good presentation on cooking up cranberry chutney.

Cornbread Stuffing
This video features Martha Stewart making cornbread stuffing using the popular POM brand pomegranate juice. I’ve seen POM juice sold at Costco, and it should be available in markets near you. I love cornbread and I love pomegranates so this recipe video really appealed to me.

Dark Cornbread Stuffing
Here’s another video featuring Martha Stewart and a cornbread stuffing recipe that’s a combination of a New England grandmother, a Pennsylvania Dutch, and a Southern mother, all mixed together. The stuffing recipe includes Italian sausage, yummy.

Cranberry Sauce
This “Best Cranberry Sauce Recipe for the Holidays” features Katie Stiles from Before and After TV with her friend Antonio cooking up a very delicious looking cranberry sauce. Antonio goes through washing the cranberries, putting them into the pot, adding brown sugar, orange juice, and other ingredients. Check out the video, its tangy and makes your mouth water.

Candied Yams
In this brief video a chef from San Francisco covers the basics on cooking candied yams. He demonstrates the wrapping of the sweet potatoes in foil, reminds us to pierce them with a fork (watch those hands), and demonstrates putting them in a 425 degree oven for about one hour. Watching all these Thanksgiving recipe videos is sure making me hungry.

Lime and Chipotle Glazed Sweet Potatoes
The video above shows the kind of sweet potato side dish I’d expect to see made in Southern California or Texas. The zesty lime and chipotle glazed dish looks scrumptious. The video is about five minutes long and the chef goes through the process of adding lime, smoked jalapeno powder, salt, olive oil, and other ingredients. Looks like a very simple recipe, needing only a few ingredients, and it makes an awesome side dish.

Chocolate Cheesecake
I saved his video for last because I’ll probably go into a food coma just watching it. It’s not Pumpkin Cheesecake but the “How to Make Delicious Chocolate Cheesecake Recipe” is a must watch. The chef demonstrates the “whacking into submission” of graham crackers (watch those fingers) create the base. Chocolate and butter is also added for sheer decadence. According to the chef, “sooner or later everything gives way to chocolate”. From the group or videos, this definitely appears to be the most difficult to make. Fortunately for me, there is a Cheesecake Factory in Marina del Rey, which is walking distance from my house.

There are your 7 Thanksgiving side dish recipe videos. If you have a link to a Thanksgiving side dish or want to share a recipe video, post a link to the comments and I’ll approve it after weeding out any potential spam.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

2008 Philadelphia Marathon

By Michael Dorausch, D.C.

An estimated 18000 runners are expected to participate in today’s 2008 Philadelphia Marathon, which starts at 7am at 22nd & Benjamin Franklin Parkway in the city of Philadelphia, PA. The event is sold out and weather is looking perfect for the race. Current morning temps are expected to be in the low 40’s with around 50% humidity. Skies are expected to be mostly cloudy throughout race day. The Philadelphia Marathon is considered a Boston Qualifier, and it’s likely a number of qualifiers from Philly will head to the 2008 Boston Marathon.

Philadelphia Marathon at 17th Street(photo: runners in the 2007 Philadelphia Marathon – courtesy of freeformkatia)

The race officially begins at 7:00 a.m. on Sunday, November 23rd, 2008. The course is sanctioned by USA Track & Field, and is 26.2 miles. Runners will have the experience of culture and colonial history while running through the great city of Philadelphia. The race goes along Ben Franklin Parkway onto Arch street and through Chinatown. Other major streets include Columbus Blvd., Chestnut Street, 34th Street, MLK Drive, Kelly Drive, and Main Street. The race passes the National Constitution Center, City Hall, the Philadelphia Zoo, Memorial Hall, the Schuylkill River, and other major landmarks. A 2008 Philadelphia Marathon Map can be found here. Check locally for information related to street closures, detours, and changes in parking locations on race day.

Besides the map link provided above, there is a detailed Marathon and Half Marathon Course Map in Adobe pdf format here.

Photos from the 15th Anniversary Philadelphia Marathon will be loaded to Flickr at the end of race day, and throughout the next few days. Check Flickr tags philadelphia marathon and philadelphia marathon 2008 for race related photos. Anyone taking photos at the marathon is asked to tag them using the above tags. Participants will be grateful.

There are Cheer Zones set up along the race course, which are action-packed locations that provide spectators the full experience of the Marathon atmosphere. It’s a great place to demonstrate encouragement and support for ones favorite runners. An estimated 27 different Cheer Zones are positioned along the course, including 4th & Arch Streets at Mile 1, 34th & Chestnut Streets at Mile 7.5, MLK Drive & Sweet Briar Drive at Mile 10, Hunting Park Drive & Kelly Drive at Mile 17, Kelly Drive & Fountain Green Drive at Mile 15 & Mile 23, and many others.

Be sure to visit, the official marathon website, for videos and 2008 Philadelphia Marathon results.

Congratulations to all race participants and volunteers and thank you to the local Philadelphia chiropractors that have helped prepare runners for today’s race. @ 12:44 am | Article ID: 1227429900

Thanksgiving Recipes

By Daria Belov

Like most everyone else in America, chiropractors are gearing up for the short upcoming work week, and looking forward to a four-day 2008 Thanksgiving weekend. Earlier today, Dr. Michael Dorausch organized seven different Thanksgiving side dish videos, which motivated me to search out various thanksgiving recipes, and put together a list. From pumpkin cheesecake to cranberry relish, I decided to search blogs for recent Thanksgiving recipe related posts, and put together a list you could use throughout this upcoming Thanksgiving week.

Chocolate Crepes with Cranberry Sauce(photo: Chocolate Crepes with Cranberry Sauce – courtesy of 3liz4)

Many of the recipes below use similar ingredients, so you may want to check out several of the posts before putting together your shopping list. The recipe for the chocolate crepes with cranberry sauce is available on the notes from my food diary blog. Among the ingredients are milk, vegetable oil, eggs, vanilla extract, sugar, baking cocoa, an optional vanilla ice cream and or whipped cream.

For those of you into pumpkin swirl cheesecake, there is a recipe available on the blog. Ingredients in the pumpkin swirl cheesecake recipe include crushed ginger snap cookies, pecans, butter, cream cheese, white sugar, vanilla extract, eggs, pumpkin, cinnamon, and others.

I also found a pumpkin cheesecake recipe on the home-based Mom blog. Ingredients for that cheesecake include grand cracker crumbs, butter, sugar, softened cream cheese, canned pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, whipped cream, and more. It’s a nicely done blog post with photos and cheesecake cooking directions.

For those seeking a recipe for cranberry chutney I have included this video which features a chef showing us how to make the tart and flavorful side dish. The video shown here, and six others, have been organized into a blog post as well.

The blog,, has a nice countdown to Thanksgiving post featuring a cranberry chutney recipe. Ingredients include chopped Granny Smith apples, cranberries, brown sugar, apple cider vinegar, cinnamon, ground ginger, raisins, and others. The post includes a couple of nice photographs as well. Tasty looking chutney.

Maybe you’re in search of cranberry relish or cranberry sauce, if that’s the case check out a bend in the road post featuring Deb’s Cranberry Relish. It’s a cranberry orange relish to be specific, and it looks delicious. Don’t forget the crushed pineapple.

Moving to some other dishes, there is a sweet post by Meryl (aka Puppymomma) appearing on the inspired bites blog for sweet potato casserole. The post includes some really great photographs of the casserole, and there’s ample directions on preparation and cooking. Ingredients include mashed sweet potatoes, butter, brown sugar, vanilla, pecans, honey, sugar, chipotle chile powder, and some others.

There always has to be room for dessert, so check out the homesick Texan blog, for a recipe on Uncle Richard’s sweet potato pie. It’s another post that features some nice photographs from the preparation and finished product. Ingredients include mashed sweet potatoes, eggs, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, cloves, salt, and evaporated milk.

Don’t forget the green vegetables, and for that you can go with a green bean casserole. Here’s a link to a simple post on flickr with a photo of the finished product, along with listed ingredients.

The blog, green little bites, has a post for preparing up crockpot sweet potatoes. Beside the sweet potatoes, ingredients on this side dish recipe include honey, molasses, balsamic vinegar, ground allspice, and fresh parsley.

That’s a pretty good list for now, I’ll continue searching for Thanksgiving side dishes, turkey recipes, cheesecake recipes, cranberry related recipes (I love cranberry sauce), casseroles, cornbread, and some stuffing recipes. Think I’ll also look for some vegetarian recipes since there’s probably a number of our regular readers that don’t eat meat.

If you have any Thanksgiving recipes you’d want to share, or you have links for good side dish recipes, post them to the comments in the side dish recipes video post. That what we have all the recipes organized in one place.

Please be safe on the roads everyone, it’s already getting crazy around supermarket parking lots and shopping centers. Wishing you an enjoyable 2008 Thanksgiving holiday. @ 11:44 pm | Article ID: 1227426275

The Micro Car and 2009 Fuel Economy

By Michael Dorausch, D.C.

Drivers in the USA are undoubtedly noticing more mini and micro cars on the roads these days, as American consumers show their enthusiasm for greener and more fuel-efficient vehicles. While much media attention has been received for American muscle cars like this 2010 Red Candy GT Coupe Mustang, small economical driving machines have been capturing the interest of the press and public as well.

Smart fortwo cabriolet top view
2009 smart fortwo cabriolet
In the US market, one is not likely to see any automobile smaller on the road, then the car simply known as Smart. I had my first experience with the micro Smart car several years ago when traveling along the coast of Mexico, on a cruise ship out of Long Beach, California. We were docking into port in a West Coast Mexican city and I witnessed a neighboring vessel unloading these tiny automobile by the hundreds. Visiting the coastal city of Puerto Vallarta, I noticed the cars everywhere, and I recall taking quite a few photos.

Years later I was in Hamburg Germany and my cousin dropped me off at the airport in his sapphire blue Smart car. That was the first time I got to experience the vehicle as a passenger, as we moved along the autobahn, into Humbert city and the international airport. The car had a manual transmission, which I wasn’t too excited about, but it held its own on the highway, and sitting inside it didn’t actually feel like I was in a “small” automobile.

In November 2008, the Smart car is now close to approaching its one-year anniversary in the United States. I may be biased, but I couldn’t help but noticing many different customized versions of 2008 and 2009 smart fortwo cars, throughout the LA Auto Show at the Los Angeles Convention Center. Thursday morning I had my chance to get behind the wheel of a 2009 convertible Smart car, and take it for a spin around downtown Los Angeles.

I had two concerns about this mini two-seater automobile, one was an ergonomic comfort, and the other was safety. It’s a cute car, and I like it just as much as I did when first seeing it in Mexico years earlier (the smart fortwo brand has been in existence for 10 years globally). It’s a non hybrid vehicle, and the US model runs on unleaded gasoline (my copilot recommended using premium gas), getting some 41 miles per gallon on the highway. In the state of California, the vehicle has been classified as Ultra-Low Emission (see California Global Warming Bill) by the California Air Resources Board (CARB) and it was recently ranked as the most fuel-efficient non-hybrid vehicle in the United States, by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s 2009 Fuel Economy Guide.

While the vehicle is only 8.8 feet long, and a little over 5 feet wide, it comes equipped with many of the functional and safety features found in most luxury model automobiles. On the floor at the LA Auto Show there were skeleton frames of the 2009 smart car, showing off the vehicles steel reinforced construction. The 2009 smart fortwo BRABUS models come equipped with full-size airbags for driver and passenger, along with head and neck side airbags, seat belt tensioners, and belt force limiters. According to the vehicles USA distributor, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) gave the smart fortwo 5 stars (out of a possible 5 stars) for side impact protection. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) gave the smart fortwo coupe a “good” (highest possible rating) for Frontal Offset Crash and Side Crash.

I don’t know how many people will be shopping for cars on Black Friday (which is this week), but this is a fun and economical vehicle to be checking out. Visit the US distributors web site at for more information regarding the 2009 smart fortwo.

Maintain best driving posture practices and stay safe on the roads. Happy motoring! @ 11:13 am | Article ID: 1227381262

2010 Ford Mustang Red Candy GT Coupe

By Michael Dorausch, D.C.

Here is another car related post, and although I am a chiropractor (and yes this is a chiropractic blog) I’ve been a car enthusiast since I was old enough to put Hot Wheels in my mouth. I’m sure they’ve changed the paint they used back in those days.

Tuesday, had news regarding the world premiere of the 2010 Ford Mustang at the LA Auto Show. There was great anticipation to see the latest version of this classic muscle car, and I was pretty excited to put my hands behind the wheel (in the Mustang garage set up at the convention center), and snap some photos. Let’s take a look.

With the hood up, you can check out the 4.6 L 3 valve-per-cylinder V8 engine. As Ford says, this 2010 Mustang GT Coupe is the essential Mustang, with bold styling that remains true to its proud heritage. The signature exterior look is accented by Red Candy paint.

Baby Got Back. The 2010 features a muscular GT spoiler and premium 19 inch painted wheels with low profile tires. A dramatic glass roof (I didn’t take a full roof photo) provides unique look and gives both the driver and passengers and open sky feeling when cruising day or night.

Notice the dual stainless steel exhaust tips on the rear of the vehicle, making a bold statement and contributing to the signature sound of this eager pony. The sequential LED tail lamps are unmistakably Mustang.

With the driver side door open, you get a glimpse of the Fire Orange interior, which has Cashmere accents, and surrounds occupants with the comfort of natural grain leather trimmed seats. In the photo above, you can also see the rear 19 inch painted wheel with low-profile tire.

Fire Orange leather trimmed steering wheel (which includes convenient redundant controls), and five-speed manual transmission, and an optional Shaker 1000 audio system, which includes an AM/FM radio, and in-dash 6 disc CD changer with MP3 capability.

From this angle you can get a peek of the rear seats as well as the two leather trimmed front seats. The front driver’s seat has six way power control for maximum comfort and proper ergonomics (your chiropractor will like that).

The entire Ford Mustang display (Mustang Garage) at the Los Angeles Convention Center was wicked hot. Computers and flatscreen monitors everywhere, custom wheel in fabric options, and several smoking hot 2010 Ford Mustangs.

I also photographed a Smoke Gray 2010 convertible GT, a Kona Blue V6 convertible, a Red GT convertible, and a few photos showing the garage and optional packages. I will post the entire set to Flickr and will replace this with the link LA Auto Show 2008 Flickr Set.

COCSA Bridging The River To Success


San Antonio, TX — Report of the Annual Meeting of the Congress of Chiropractic State Associations – State chiropractic leaders gathered in San Antonio TX November 6-8, 2008 for the annual meeting of the Congress of Chiropractic State Associations. Set to the theme “Bridging the River for Success,” over 137 delegates from 44 state chiropractic associations participated in round table discussions and workshops aimed at improving their operations and overall effectiveness in serving their members and advancing the chiropractic profession. In addition to providing association management training for state elected leaders and staff, the meeting covered chiropractic’s hottest issues, the introduction of new COCSA programs and policies, and the election of COCSA leaders for 2009. Sponsors of the 2008 meeting were Texas Chiropractic Association, Parker College of Chiropractic, Texas Chiropractic College, NCMIC, Foot Levelers, AMI (Alternative Medicine Integration), Standard Process, Core Products, Blanchard Golf Injuries, Break Through Coaching, National Payment Providers, and OUM. Following is a brief summary of the primary activities and issues of the 2008 Congress.

Bridging The River To Success - COCSA 2008“Bridging The River To Success” – COCSA was formed in 1969 to provide an open, nonpartisan forum for the promotion and advancement of the chiropractic profession through service to member state associations. This year’s convention in San Antonio TX continued to fulfill the COCSA purposes by networking the state ED’s and DC’s in round table sessions. The convention also helped to serve as a forum or clearing house to help solve mutual state problems by having Steve Clarke from the IRS to speak about the changes to the IRS 990 form and the Federal Trade commission’s attorney Rob Canterman who lectured about anti trust laws and issues. In helping the state members to cooperate with other organizations Jim Zechman CEO of AMI spoke about how to communicate and deal with the insurance industry. Collin Rorrie spoke on the “7 measures of a successful association” and there were reports from the ACA, CCGPP, FCER, ICA and Summit Steering Committee.

New COCSA President Dr Jeff Fedorko stated “In the upcoming year, the health care landscape as we have known it will undoubtedly begin to change. If chiropractic is to have a say in the outcome, the state associations must be poised to respond rapidly and effectively with positive messages of action to our member doctors and their patients. Therefore, now more then ever, COCSA must commit to its core mission of supporting the state associations.”

This convention was also the welcoming of COCSA’s new Executive Director Amy Hardin. Amy has spent the last several years in the healthcare industry working with Cardiologists and Family Practice physicians. Her most recent position was with Medtronic as a Business Development Representative where she focused primarily on the education and prevention of Sudden Cardiac Death. Her Great Grandfather was one of the first chiropractic doctors in Duluth, Minnesota and two of her great uncles went on to become doctors of chiropractic as well. Amy is a patient of chiropractic herself, and sees the invaluable need for chiropractic services to be totally reimbursable and available to all. Amy is a native of Minnesota and currently resides in Wichita, KS with her husband Steve and their two children Edie and Sam.

COCSA’s New Leaders
Elected to lead the Congress in 2008 are:
President – Dr. Jeffrey Fedorko of Ohio
1st Vice President – Dr. Kate Rufolo of Pennsylvania
2nd Vice President – Dr. David Kassmeier of Nebraska
Treasurer – Ms. Kathy Chittom of Louisiana
Secretary – Dr. Ken Hughes of Michigan
Past President – Dr. Jerry DeGrado of Kansas
District 1 Director – Dr John La Monica of New York
District 2 Director – Dr Margaret Freihaut
District 3 Director – Dr Don Cross of Florida
District 4 Director – Dr. Harold Lease of Colorado
District 5 Director – Dr Gary Saito of Hawaii
At Large Director – Mr. Lamont Carter of Tennessee

Dr. Steve Simonetti of New York COCSA Past President and Dr John Galbreath of Illinois VP of AMI were voted Honorary Members of the Congress.

The next meeting of the Congress, “The 40th Anniversary of COCSA” will be held on November 12-15, 2009 in St. Pete Beach, FL at the TradeWinds Resort Hotel. For additional information about the Congress, visit

New COCSA address and phone number…
COCSA – 12531 E. Meadow Dr. – Wichita, KS 67206 – (316) 613-3386 @ 8:56 pm | Article ID: 1227329831

First Annual Parker Gala Benefits Chiropractic Research

Parker College News

Dallas, Texas — Parker College of Chiropractic will host its first annual Parker Gala on Friday, Jan. 16, 2009 during the Las Vegas Parker Seminar from 7:30 to 11 pm in the Las Vegas Hilton Barron Ballroom. Proceeds will benefit chiropractic research and the advancement of the profession. All seminar attendees, industry professionals, former speakers, presenters, sponsors, and exhibitors are invited to attend this special evening to support the profession and network with leaders in chiropractic.

Annual Parker Gala Benefits Chiropractic Research“We need the support of the profession in order to, in turn, reciprocate the scientific support that the profession needs,” said Dr. Ronald Rupert, dean of Research at Parker College.

Research establishes credibility and plays a pivotal role in decisions regarding health care policy. The need for research is critical in the areas spanning from the care of children to that of the aged; from treatment to prevention; from basic science to clinical science; and from visceral issues to somatic conditions, among others.

The Parker Research Institute has become one of the most prestigious research publishers, seeking to position itself as a global leader in chiropractic research. The institute has been widely recognized through publications for its exemplary work in peer-review journals and with various honors including the 2005 World Federation of Chiropractic award for the best scientific research. It has been able to establish extensive collaborative research relationships with both the chiropractic and medical communities and will continue to leverage these relationships in the best interest of the profession.

“Our ties and growing relationships with research centers in countries like China, Spain, and Mexico provide unique research opportunities,” said Dr. Rupert. “We will sustain our efforts to involve field doctors and support them by building the research they need for evidence based practice.”

The Parker Gala will raise funds to support chiropractic research benefiting the profession as a whole and to help doctors of chiropractic deliver the best care. The gala will include cocktails, dinner, dancing, a silent auction, and entertainment provided by Earl Turner, singer and Las Vegas headliner. Additionally, the Drugless Research Hall of Fame, founded by Parker College of Chiropractic, will make its debut during the gala. Three research awards will be presented, with one recipient being inducted into the Drugless Research Hall of Fame.

Advanced tickets are required to attend the Parker Gala and must be purchased by December 5, 2008. Individual tickets are 150 dollars and tables of eight are available for 1500 dollars. Table sponsors receive reserved seating for eight guests, table sign identification, and recognition in the Parker Gala program. Parker welcomes donated items to include in the silent auction as an additional funding source to benefit chiropractic research.

To purchase tickets, visit the Parker Gala website. For event information, please contact Lisa A. Fellers at 877-971-9525. @ 10:59 pm | Article ID: 1227250809