Month: December 2009

Palmer College earns regional accreditation from NCA for all three campuses

Palmer Chiropractic News

Davenport, Iowa — Palmer College of Chiropractic has earned another feather in its accreditation cap by receiving regional accreditation for all three of its campuses. The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA) has notified Palmer that the College–including the main campus in Davenport, Iowa, and the branch campuses in Port Orange, Florida, and San Jose, California has been granted the full, 10-year accreditation by the NCA.

The Davenport and Florida campuses were granted re-accreditation, and the West Campus was granted accreditation by the NCA for the first time. The next comprehensive accreditation evaluation of Palmer College by the NCA will take place in 2018-2019.

“This is an important milestone for Palmer College of Chiropractic,” said Clay McDonald, D.C., M.B.A., J.D., Palmer’s vice chancellor for strategic development. “It is confirmation that all three of Palmer’s campuses meet or exceed the standards of the NCA, which is the largest regional accrediting body in the United States. This regional accreditation is in addition to the long-standing accreditation of Palmer’s Doctor of Chiropractic program on all three campuses by the Council on Chiropractic Education (CCE).”

The specific advantages of regional accreditation, which will now be experienced by Palmer’s West Campus along with the Davenport and Florida campuses, is that it allows for the creation of 3 + 1 agreements (transfer of credit agreements with undergraduate institutions) and generally makes it easier for students to transfer credits if they seek additional degrees beyond the Doctor of Chiropractic.

“For the West Campus specifically, this accreditation better situates students to be able to transfer their credits to other accredited institutions, and it better situates the West Campus to initiate 3 + 1 agreements with undergraduate institutions, making it easier for students to enroll,” added Dr. McDonald.

In addition to the positive end result, the actual accreditation process was beneficial to the College, added Jeannette Danner, Palmer’s senior director of accreditation and licensure. “In order to receive the full 10-year accreditation from the NCA, Palmer College needed to produce a Self-Study Report, which was a detailed analysis of Palmer College spanning the last 10 years. The nearly 100 staff and faculty members from all three campuses who were involved in developing the Self-Study Report learned a tremendous amount about Palmer College, and were able to contribute to a final document that was very well received by the NCA. It was an incredible opportunity for many people at Palmer to learn more about their institution, and the end result was a thorough, thoughtful examination of Palmer’s successes and challenges over the last 10 years.”

The entire NCA accreditation process was open and transparent, with regular updates on a special section of the College website, and the general public was also invited to view the Self-Study Report and make comments to the NCA.

Palmer College of Chiropractic’s Davenport, Florida and West campuses are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and are members of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. The NCA may be contacted at 30 North LaSalle St., Suite 2400, Chicago, Ill. 60602, (800) 621-7440 or online at @ 8:49 pm | Article ID: 1261025418

December 2009 Chiropractor Career Report

By Michael Dorausch, D.C.

December 2009 is on its way out and January 2010 is quickly approaching. While chiropractors throughout the world will take time off during the holidays, adjusting Santa Claus and family, the topic of chiropractor careers and chiropractic employment will be back in the forefront when the new year kicks in. Scanning chiropractic classifieds posted during the past week, I expected to see several related to associate positions and vacation coverage, but I didn’t realize there were so many work opportunities available for licensed doctors of chiropractic. In a single screenshot from a chiropractors classified advertising RSS feed, I noticed several offices that were hiring, along with a couple of individuals posting their availability to work as associates.

full-time chiropractic associate available
chiropractic careers and employment opportunities

The screen grab image above shows 10 different classifieds posted related to chiropractic employment. They were all posted within a three day period and I don’t expect ads for chiropractic clinics looking to hire associates to decrease anytime soon. Regardless of what is going on regarding news of the economy, in speaking to many chiropractors during the month of December, something I came away with was that many are looking to hire chiropractic associates to fill all sorts of positions in their facilities. Some chiropractors are hoping to enjoy more vacation time in 2010, putting vacation and locum coverage on their radar. Other chiropractors I spoke to are seeking to expand their clinics with additional doctors, with positions ranging from exam and report of findings chiropractors to those doing day-to-day adjustments. For the individual willing to work, there’s lots of opportunity in the field of chiropractic.

As it’s been for most of 2009, classified ad activity for chiropractors, has had a significant focus on jobs and employment. Even though finding chiropractic jobs via Planet Chiropractic has been available more than a decade now, 2009 has shown growth over 2008, which showed growth in online job discoveries over 2007.

In December of 2007 I put together a brief summary of chiropractic employment resources available on the site. Scanning through the information that was posted at that time, it appears as though most of the information remains pertinent to those in the job market for chiropractic healthcare.

The report on chiropractic salaries for those entering the field still holds true, regardless of where one chooses to practice. In the US, there are some income variables that come to play, especially for those doing auto injury care, Worker’s Compensation, or strong insurance based clinics. For example, the state of Colorado recently changed their reimbursements for chiropractic care related to automobile collisions. What was previously one of the poorest states for auto injury reimbursement, is now reportedly one of the better states in the nation, for receiving post car accident chiropractic care.

Wherever it is you have chosen to practice chiropractic in 2010, may you be successful in serving your community with the best chiropractic care there is to offer. @ 11:47 am | Article ID: 1260733646

Free WordPress Theme for Chiropractic Websites

Guest Post By Don Campbell

Free WordPress Theme for Chiropractic Websites – Optimized for Local Search Results

We should never have watched that video. My friends and I got a hold of a video of the Korean National Tae Kwon Do demonstration team. These guys were absolutely amazing. Breaking boards, flying kicks, and acrobatics of all kinds. They were the best of the best in a nation where Tae Kwon Do is the national sport. After watching the video, my fellow Tae Kwon Do class mates and I had no choice but to put together our own black belt demonstration team.

The technique that stood out for me was the 540 degree jump spinning kick. In this kick, you have to jump in the air, and then spin around completely once – that’s 360 degrees, and then another 180 degrees, and kick a board and break it with your heel before landing.

It takes a while to get this one right. I must have practiced that kick 400 times over the course of 3 weeks. I was still was surprised when I developed a pain all along my back, like a high tension wire running from the base of my neck all the way down my spine. I’d never had back issues before, and had been training for years so I didn’t make the connection at first.

After a few days like this I went to see an orthopedic doctor. He gave me a prescription for Ibuprofen and offered to take some XRays, which wasn’t really the answer I was looking for.

Chiropractic Care to the Rescue – A good friend referred me to a chiropractor. I was not too excited about having someone work on my spine when I was in such pain, but she convinced me by telling me that she takes her kids in to see this doctor. I needed a solution so I went to see him. During the visit, he asked me a lot of questions and examined my back. He then performed an adjustment on my back, by having me cross my arms in front of me, and then “hugging” me and adjusting my spine. I thought to myself – “here we go…”

I felt almost instant relief. I could hardly believe it. I mean, the pain was not totally gone, but it made a huge difference right away. He told me it would take a few more visits to get the problems with my back corrected. And he was right. After 3 more visits, my back was back to normal again.

That’s when I became a believer in chiropractic care.

The Challenges of Chiropractic Marketing – In 2007 I left Microsoft to start my own company helping small business owners build an effective internet presence. Chiropractic practices quickly became a focus for me because I have several friends who are chiropractors and naturally I started with them. Once I started focusing on this specific type of small business, I learned quite a bit about the challenges chiropractors face getting the word out about their business. I found that many of them were struggling to get any kind of value out of the Yellow Pages, and were interested in the web but weren’t sure how to use it as a marketing channel for their business.


I found that almost every chiropractor I talked to fell into one of two camps:
1) They had a website, but it wasn’t doing anything for them. It was essentially an “online brochure” that wasn’t bringing them any new patients. Or,
2) They didn’t have a website, and weren’t sure how much it should cost, or where to get started.

Instant Chiropractic Websites – After helping many chiropractors build effective websites and optimizing them for top local search results, I created a WordPress Theme for chiropractic websites. The theme is essentially a website template specifically designed for chiropractic practices based on my experience in helping other practices get great results from the Internet. I’m excited to provide the Chiropractor2web WordPress Theme for free to help chiropractors get a “jump start” on their on-line marketing efforts. You can download the theme here: Chiropractic WordPress Theme.

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I’m a big believer in chiropractic care. I hope this WordPress website theme helps at least a few practitioners in the field get past one of the biggest challenges they face in getting started on the Internet, and it evolves into an “active” advertising asset and a significant source of new patients.

Let me know how it works for you!

About the author – Don Campbell is the publisher of Chiropractor2Web, a blog devoted to helping chiropractors build WordPress websites and get a steady stream of new patients from Google local searches. In his leisure time Don enjoys learning to play Jazz piano, skiing, and wake boarding (and visiting his chiropractor. He lives with his wife and two daughters in the San Jose, California where they enjoy traveling and exploring the Redwoods and the Pacific ocean beaches. You can follow him on Twitter here.

Historic 2009 COCSA Chiropractic Convention


Wichita, KS — “Happy Anniversary COCSA!” was the historical celebration that rang out in St. Pete Beach Florida November 12-14th at the Trade Winds Hotel.

The meeting celebrated COCSA and their 40 years of service to the State Associations and the Chiropractic Profession. Executive Directors from 48 state associations, National key opinion leaders, and Doctors of Chiropractic from throughout the states came together for top-notch educational presentations, dynamic speakers, organizational business, political and legislative updates, networking opportunities, increased camaraderie and fun.

An unprecedented 120 DCs, 45 Executive Directors, and 30 supplier organizations attended the convention, which opened with the General Becky Halstead and her presentation entitled “Steadfast Leadership and Life Principles for you and your practice”. The Foundation for Chiropractic Progress sponsored the General and the wonderful Welcome to Florida Dinner was sponsored by the Florida Chiropractic Association, Palmer College and National University of Health Sciences. Attendees enjoyed updates from the Foundation of Chiropractic Progress, the ACA, ICA, CCGPP, ACC and the Summit. Several organizations like the Summit, the ACC and CCGPP held respective meetings, as well as joint leadership brainstorming sessions throughout.

COCSA Annual Convention November 12-14th, 2009 in St. Pete Beach, Florida

COCSA President, Dr. Jeff Fedorko felt that, “As a chiropractor involved in leadership for nearly 28 years, it is great to see the majority of state association’s volunteer leadership and their state executive directors here at the COCSA convention sharing and networking to better serve their doctors back home and the patients they serve.”

Highlights of the program included the emotional and motivational speech by the General Becky Halstead, a productive and valuable discussion by Melynn Sight, President of Msight Marketing, on creating member value for your associations and the tools to do it, the entertaining and nationally acclaimed, Rita Emmett with her “Blast away Procrastination”, how to get things done and effective time management tools, and a timely and valuable update on the recent class action lawsuits led by Dr. Sig Miller and Dr. John LaMonica. A presentation on the history COCSA was provided by some of the original co-founders and members of COCSA, Dr. Richard Vincent, Dr. Lou Sportelli and Dr. Malcom McDonald, at the Friday night Beach party celebration.

Educational programs were complemented by opportunities for attendees to relax and socialize. The Thursday evening Welcome Dinner, the beautiful courtyard luncheons, and the breakfasts and breaks in the exhibit area provided a good time for all. Highlights of the Friday evening party included a ‘magical’ reception sponsored by Core Products and Phil Mattison with live magic tricks, a beautiful outdoor feast with seafood and prime rib, sponsored by NCMIC and PAYDC, live music by Espree de Kor sponsored by Parker Chiropractic College and a prize give a away with more than $17,000 worth of prizes donated by our Amazing Convention and Corporate Sponsors. Some key prizes included a weekend away at the Tradewinds Hotel, a mini-computer from PAYDC, several quality products from Core Products, a 12 wallet pack from TPK wallet, 3 hours of Coaching TC from Breakthrough Coaching, a cheese tray from OUM, a Bag of Goodies from Standard Process, Avazzia for three of their medical devices, ChiroCode for the Chirocode books and software packages, Medical Devices for over 26 Med-lites donated at over $10,000, and for a year of free service.

Proceeds will be used to support the National Campaign Fund that has been established to help support our national affiliates.

The Congress of Chiropractic State Associations extends a special thanks to the suppliers who generously supported the convention and enabled us to offer superb programming at affordable rates. Dr. Jeff Fedorko, president of COCSA stated,” If it wasn’t for the generous support and financial donations that we receive from our corporate and convention sponsors, it would be very difficult for COCSA and other volunteer organizations to fulfill their missions and provide the service and resources to their members.”

For additional COCSA convention information or details, contact Amy Hardin Executive Director, at 316.613.3386 @ 9:09 pm | Article ID: 1260335363

10 Business Card Chiropractor Saturday

By Michael Dorausch, D.C.

I’m at a chiropractor conference in Tempe Arizona (big ASU game going on today next door to hotel I’m at) and I’ve already received a stack of new business cards from chiropractors across the country. Lot’s of docs have figured out that when they give me new cards I often post the info when it’s fresh stuff or something I really like. This morning a chiropractor in Columbia Illinois gave me a stack of 10 Chiropractic Business Cards, he’s ready to roll for 2010!

chiropractor laurie robert mestdaghDr. Laurie Robert Mestdagh and his 2010 business cards

Dr. Laurie didn’t have just one card, he had ten different styles, all wrapped together in a rubber band, and ready to hand out to other chiropractors visiting from throughout the US and Canada. Colorado Chiropractor Steve Visentin gave me a stack of cards in the past, but I think Laurie has outdone him with a “10-pack.”

mestdaghchiropracticofficeFree Exam Chiropractic Business Card

I like the traditional Red White and Blue Free Exam cards chiropractors hand out. I’m not certain if every state allows chiropractors to promote Free Chiropractic Exams or Free X-Ray Exams so I’d recommend checking your state laws before creating such a card.

Other chiropractors have had good things to say about Dr. Mestdagh and I can tell you he rocks with his adjusting skills. Office is located at 1550 North Main Street, Columbia, IL 62236 and you can get more info about his office at

It’s not the first time I’ve gotten marketing materials from Dr. Laurie, he’s shared tons of chiropractic brochures, flyers, motivational postcards, and other stuff with me over the years. You never know when chiropractor contact info will get posted here, but it’s unlikely to happen if I don’t recieve anything.

While I’m on the topic of postcards and chiropractors, I’m hoping to get some more chiropractic holiday postcards for 2009 so I can share them here. Made something creative for the holidays or the new year? If so, get a contact address and send it along, I’d love to check out and share what you’ve got.

Research Begins Patient Recruiting for a Study on Chiropractic and High Blood Pressure

By Michael Dorausch, D.C.

Palmer Center for Chiropractic Research Begins Patient Recruiting for a Study on Chiropractic and High Blood Pressure — Researchers at the Palmer Center for Chiropractic Research (PCCR) clinic facility, 741 Brady St., Davenport, on the campus of Palmer College of Chiropractic, are looking for 165 people in the Quad Cities with hypertension, or high blood pressure, to participate in a clinical research study with the potential for significant impact on the treatment of hypertension. Patient recruitment began in late November. Participants must have high blood pressure and be between 21 and 75 years of age.

The PCCR is the largest institutional chiropractic research effort in the world, promoting excellence and leadership in scientific research. In addition to research faculty, staff and fellows working in a state-of-the-art facility on Palmer’s Davenport Campus, the Center also utilizes the resources of Palmer’s two branch campuses – in San Jose, Calif., and Port Orange, Fla. – and collaborators at other institutions in its renowned chiropractic research efforts. The PCCR has the largest budget for research in a chiropractic college, supplemented increasingly by grants from outside sources such as the National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, and the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration. These funds, totaling nearly $30 million in the past 10 years, have been instrumental in expanding PCCR programs in research education, clinical science, translational research, experimental biomechanics, neurosciences and health services and policy research.

The new collaborative study on hypertension, called Chiropractic for Hypertension in Patients (CHiP), involves the Palmer Center for Chiropractic Research, Mount Sinai Medical Center, Miami, Fla., and Trinity at Terrace Park Family Practice, Bettendorf, Iowa. It is one of three projects that are part of a four-year, $2.8 million grant to the PCCR from the NIH National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine. This grant was awarded to Principal Investigator and Vice Chancellor for Research and Health Policy Christine Goertz, D.C., Ph.D., in 2008 to establish a multidisciplinary Developmental Center for Clinical and Translational Science in Chiropractic.

CHiP will be directed by project co-leaders Dr. Christine Goertz from Palmer and Gervasio Lamas, M.D., a cardiovascular scientist at Mount Sinai Medical Center in Miami who is known for his expertise in the conduct of large, complex, multi-site clinical trials. In addition, Joseph Bergstrom, D.O., director of medical education, Trinity Terrace Park family practice residency program, will be performing the blood pressure screenings and physical examinations for eligibility. Quad-City cardiologist Michael Giudici, M.D., FACP, FACC, FHRS, serves on the study’s Data and Safety Monitoring Committee.

“More than 50 million Americans suffer from high blood pressure, making it the most commonly diagnosed disease in the United States,” said Dr. Goertz. “Although many medical treatments for diagnosed hypertension are available, only about 30% of patients achieve blood pressure goals. Many patients report that they are unable to tolerate medication side effects and find it difficult to sustain significant lifestyle changes. Thus, a non-pharmacological therapy that lowers blood pressure could become an attractive option to many patients and their physicians.”

“The concept that manipulation of the upper cervical spine could reduce blood pressure is both novel and appealing at the same time” said Dr. Lamas. “It is novel because of its originality of thought, and because it is backed up by preliminary data. It is appealing because any treatment for high blood pressure that does not expose patients to drugs and their side effects should be investigated. I really look forward to assisting with the study and seeing the results.”

“This should be an interesting trial,” added Dr. Giudici. “Work to date has shown that blood pressure responds to other non-pharmacologic interventions such as diet, weight loss, exercise, stress reduction and yoga. There is also some interesting early data on blood pressure response to slowing respiratory rate. Palmer has put together an impressive team of researchers and the infrastructure needed to perform this and other studies.”

Potential participants in the study will be examined at the PCCR clinic and Trinity Terrace Park Family Practice Clinic to determine whether they qualify for the study. If so, they will be randomly assigned to one of three different upper cervical treatment groups, all of which will receive chiropractic care at the Palmer Research Clinic for eight weeks. Patients will have their blood pressure monitored on a regular basis while participating in the study. All examinations and treatment are provided at no charge to the patient.

Anyone interested in participating in the study should contact the PCCR clinic facility at (563) 884-5188.

Source: Palmer College of Chiropractic @ 8:49 am | Article ID: 1259686209