Month: February 2010

Dr Robert Percuoco Selected to Lead Palmer College Academics

By Michael Dorausch, D.C.

(Davenport, Iowa) — Palmer College of Chiropractic Chancellor Dennis Marchiori, D.C., has announced the selection of Robert “Bucky” Percuoco, D.C., Long Grove, Iowa, as Vice Chancellor for Academics (VCA) for the College. Dr. Percuoco was identified from a pool of 12 local and national candidates for the position. As VCA, Dr. Percuoco will oversee all matters of academic affairs on each of the three campuses and will also serve as a member of the College’s Executive Administrative Team. Palmer’s campuses are located in Davenport, Iowa, San Jose, Calif., and Port Orange, Florida.

“Dr. Percuoco has proven his leadership in numerous ways for both the Davenport Campus and the College as a whole,” said Dr. Marchiori. “His efforts in the areas of academic and institutional assessment have been invaluable to Palmer, especially his contributions toward obtaining regional accreditation for all three campuses through the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.”

A Massachusetts native, Dr. Percuoco received his Bachelor of Science degree from Stonehill College and earned his Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Palmer College of Chiropractic in 1983. Following graduation, he joined the College as a Clinical Teaching Resident and worked part-time in the Palmer Chiropractic Clinics. He attained an instructor position in 1985 and then advanced through a number of instructional and departmental leadership roles in radiology, post-graduate education and the Associate of Science in Chiropractic Technology program.

In 1997, he was named Dean of Academic Affairs on the Davenport Campus and then moved into the role of Dean of Academic Programs in 1999. He held that position until 2003 when he was appointed Vice President for Academic Affairs for Assessment and later Senior Director for Assessment.

Among his many accomplishments, Dr. Percuoco was also recently elected as a Councilor of the Council on Chiropractic Education (CCE).

“With more than 25 years of service to Palmer College, I am honored to serve my alma mater at this level,” said Dr. Percuoco. “I look forward to building on the initiatives established by Dr. Marchiori during his time in this role, including the advancement of academic planning and assessment outcomes. I know Palmer College is poised for many great things in the coming years and I look forward to seeing future generations of chiropractors benefit from the quality of our academic programs.”

Added Dr. Marchiori: “I have every confidence that his expertise and insight will lend great value to the continued enhancement of the academic experience of our students. He will be a great addition to the College leadership team and our overall commitment to chiropractic education.”

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Palmer Media Relations: Lori Leipold, Media Relations; Palmer College of Chiropractic
Phone (563) 884-5726; fax (563) 884-5225
College web site at: www.palmer.edu

Source: Palmer College of Chiropractic

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Chiropractic as a Mid Life Career Change

By Michael Dorausch, D.C.

E-mails related to student loans, chiropractic schools, and general questions regarding practicing the field of chiropractic have been hitting my inbox with greater frequency lately. My apologies to those that I have not had a chance to e-mail replies to. As I’ve done before, I prefer to address many of the questions as posts so that I can link to them when others ask questions in the future. Far more efficient on my part than to e-mail each person individually, since I too have a practice to maintain. Here’s one selected from a group of e-mails I’ve been meaning to reply to.

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Dear Dr. Dorausch

I am looking into a mid-life career change and am considering chiropractic. I have been an avid participant in chiropractic care, so I come by this interest from personal experience. My background is Registered Nurse, BSN, although I haven’t practiced in 25 years, My most recent career, as a single parent, has been Sales Director with Mary Kay Cosmetics. An empty nester at 53, I’m feeling the urge for change. I wondered if you could send some ideas/suggestions my way about such a career change at this “(st)age” in my life!

For instance, do you know of any programs where my BSN could reduce the time and course work needed for DC?

Is it crazy to change careers at this point, with more education (and cost) involved?

Do I have enough recoup years left, barring any unexpected illness or tragedy, to make the financial commitment worthwhile, advantageous?

Thank you for your consideration and time.
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First of all, I don’t think that considering chiropractic as a career for empty-nesters is out of the ordinary, especially when one has a history with chiropractic care. While I believe the majority of chiropractic students that were in my graduating class were in their early to late 20s, there were several in their 30s, a few in their 40s, those in their 50s, and at least one in their 60s.

I honestly don’t know what kind of experience it would be since I went to school in my late 20s and chiropractic was pretty much my first real career choice (excluding things like becoming a rock star and touring the United States). I don’t personally know of any programs where coursework can be reduced but that’s something best handled by talking to people in chiropractic school admissions departments. I would contact at least four different chiropractic schools and speak to someone in admissions to answer that question. Ask them if coursework you took to become a registered nurse can be used towards getting your chiropractic degree. I’d like to know the answer to that as well. (For those of you reading this; I would do the same if you had veterinary training, medical training, or other training in the field of healthcare).

Crazy to change careers at this point? Nobody will ultimately have the answer to that question but you. I imagine an overwhelming number of people saying that it would be crazy to consider chiropractic school at this point, since you already have a degree in something else, and the cost associated with getting a DC education can easily increase one’s financial burdens. But I’m a pie-in-the-sky kind of guy, and I usually do the opposite of what the masses suggest.

Is the field of chiropractic right for you?
We have situations like my first chiropractor, who chose chiropractic as a second career, after being a musician, and was not in practice until he was in his mid-50s. He’s an excellent chiropractor that is still in practice today and he was part of the motivation that got me moving on the path towards chiropractic school for myself. It’s not the norm, but he apparently pulled it off, and prospered financially and emotionally as a result.

Before making an investment in chiropractic as a secondary career I would strongly recommend doing two things at minimum (especially for those of you that don’t have existing experience in chiropractic). Attend a New Beginnings Chiropractic Weekend in New Jersey (call Dr. Jim Dubel 732-571-4000 and tell him you’re thinking about becoming a chiropractor) and/or make plans to attend a LIFforce weekend in Atlanta Georgia (tell them the same), and that you are considering chiropractic as a career.

I have met nurses that have become chiropractors (I know a few in California) and they have done spectacular work in the field. In my experience, nurses tend to have a realistic view of how the healthcare world actually works. They are less caught up in the polarized medicine versus holism arguments and are typically more focused on serving their patients, rather than their egos.

You won’t have more answers unless you make some calls, and I honestly can’t give you the ultimate answer, I only have my experience. Perhaps make a list for your brain, whether it be positive or negative, and make a list for your heart. Write everything down on that list in columns and move the things that are most important to you at the top.

Chiropractic school is not inexpensive and it’s not easy. The coursework is difficult, the hours are long, and while you’re in school it may seem like a lifetime before you’ll be out as a graduate and practicing in the field. In my personal experience it’s a journey that’s well worth it.

If you missed it, here is a list of chiropractic schools in the United States, pick one that might be near you and visit the campus. Talk to students, talk to faculty, and talk to administration. If you approach the field as if you would when buying a first house, and you do solid research, you’ll have a far greater understanding and will more likely make rational choices.

Regardless of what you choose, I’m wishing you all the best!

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4 Business Cards from Georgia

By Michael Dorausch, D.C.

I picked up some chiropractic business cards while on campus at Life University in Marietta Georgia a few weeks ago and I have been meaning to post some of those cards here. I must have a few thousand chiropractor business cards in my collection at this point. Even so, I still prefer going online and searching for chiropractors, rather than sifting through piles of business cards tucked away inside a shoe box somewhere in my home.

vida chiropractic centerVida Chiropractic Center – Kennesaw Georgia

The first card comes from Kennesaw Georgia, and I received it from Dr. Andres Jimenez. The office is called Vida Chiropractic Center and it is located at 3820 Ethridge Place NW – Kennesaw, GA 30144. You can call the office at 770-363-6613. Visit the chiropractor’s website at VidaChiro.com.

I snapped these chiropractic business card photos with my iPhone so the quality may not appear like it has in some previous posts. For the 10 business card chiropractor Saturday post I had my Canon DSLR Rebel camera handy, so I got nicer pictures.

rubin family chiropracticRubin Family Chiropractic

I was really happy to see Dr. Drew Rubin and his family while I was in Marietta. I have not seen him since we were both at New Beginnings chiropractic philosophy weekends in New Jersey. Drew recently wrote an article for planet chiropractic titled: chiropractic care for children and the pregnant mom. Dr. Drew Rubin is a terrific chiropractor and an expert in pediatric chiropractic and pregnancy chiropractic type techniques and approaches towards care. His chiropractic office is located at 255 Village Pkwy., Suite 620 in Marietta, GA 30067. You can call the office at 770-937-6300. Chiropractors throughout the world seeking a family and wellness minded referral source in the Marietta area can count on Dr. Rubin.

rodnick chiropracticRodnick Chiropractic Michigan

I spoke to several chiropractors practicing in Michigan while I was at LIFEforce in Georgia. One of those chiropractors was Dr. Alexander Rodnick, a graduate of Life University. His business card had four different locations listed on it, which depending on how you look at things, may present a greater challenge when organizing office information for online local search. The four cities represented are Midland, Claire, Commerce Township, and Saginaw Michigan. I particularly liked the phone numbers on the card, and how they read “LIFE – KIDS – NERV – PAIN”. Give one of the above listed chiropractic office’s a call if you’re seeking a chiropractor in the Michigan area.

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Gambino Family Chiropractic

I saved this card for last simply because it was formatted differently than the three cards above. Some people like to print vertically on their business cards and others prefer to print horizontally. By the way, two out of the four cards had information printed on the back. The Rodnick card had appointment information on it, and the Gambino Family Chiropractic card had a photo of a baby along with a quote.

The Gambino family practices chiropractic in Clarksburg, West Virginia. Dr. Dan Gambino was one of the chiropractors that helped keep Santa Claus going during the 2005 worldwide toy drive season. The office is located at 217 N. 27th St. in Clarksburg West Virginia and the zip code is 26301. You can call the office at 304-623-7800 and you can visit their website at DrGambino.com.

It was great seeing everyone in Georgia, I love hanging out with other chiropractors, especially when they’re so fired up about what they do.

Parker College Alumni and Friends Connect during Las Vegas Reception

Parker Chiropractic News

(Las Vegas) — Parker College of Chiropractic held its largest Alumni reception in Las Vegas during the Parker 2010 Vegas Seminar. Parker alumni and friends gathered and reconnected. This year’s event was exclusive to alumni and guest only and was the most well attended Vegas alumni event in the history of Parker College.

“Parker is the leader in this industry and it’s important to support the things you believe in,” said Dr. Jeffrey Cottingame ’00, Lifetime Member of the Alumni Association, who attends the reception every year. “Also, the networking opportunities and connections you can build at the alumni events are amazing.” said Dr. Cottingame.

Booth at Parker Seminars in Las Vegas Nevada

“This is our chance to tell each of you how grateful we are for your commitment to Parker,” said Timothy Gunn, Director of Alumni Relations. “It’s because of your generousness that we have awarded students with scholarships, held After Hours visits in your clinics to benefit future chiropractors with a better understanding of the profession, and accomplished so many more of our goals this past year.”

One of the alumni association’s biggest achievements is the Alumni Association Endowment Fund Scholarship, created by the Lifetime Members in 2008, and has been awarding Parker students with scholarships each year. One-hundred percent of the Lifetime Membership fee is contributed to the Endowment Fund for scholarships. The alumni association is currently on its way to recognizing its 200 Lifetime Members, which has made a fun competition to see who can get the coveted spot receiving a special recognition.

Dr. Michelle Krenek ’08 became a Lifetime Member quickly after graduating. “I feel like Parker put so much into me that I had to give back,” said Dr. Krenek. “The education I received from Parker was amazing. Everything I come across in practice, Parker has prepared me for.”

The association will host the next alumni reception during the Chiropractic Society of Texas on March 13, 2010 at the Hilton Dallas Lincoln Center in Dallas (5410 LBJ Freeway, Dallas, TX 75240), Texas. RSVP to the Office of Alumni Relations.

For a complete list of upcoming events or to become a Lifetime Member, contact the Office of Alumni Relations at 800.PR.ALUMS or visit www.parkercc.edu.

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Free Continuing Chiropractic Education

By Michael Dorausch, D.C.

I don’t think I know a single chiropractor that doesn’t like free continuing education, and I believe it’s available in many states throughout the country. In nearly every state of the US I believe chiropractors are required to complete continuing education (CE) hours on a regular basis. In some states educational requirements are done yearly, and in other states educational requirements are taken care of biannually. Chiropractic continuing education hours are typically 12 to 20 hours per year, depending on the state educational hours are being applied for. I like going for continuing education each year, not only for learning new information, but for getting together with other chiropractors and finding out what they’ve been up to the past year or so.

New Jersey Chiropractor Demonstrating Chiropractic Adjustments(photo: a chiropractor demonstrates side posture chiropractic adjusting)

I was recently on campus at Life University in Marietta Georgia, and while I wasn’t there for continuing education, I spoke to several chiropractors about where they get their renewal hours taken care of. Chiropractor Jim Dubel reminded me that the New Beginnings chiropractic philosophy program will be hosting a continuing education program in October of this year (I’ll be one of the presenters).

I was also recently at Parker in Las Vegas, where hundreds of doctors of chiropractic from across the United States, renewed their continuing education for 2010. While at Parker, chiropractor of the year Dr. Bill DeMoss informed me that there would be continuing education credits available for California doctors of chiropractic at the March 2010 DCS event in Orange County. Besides chiropractors being able to get continuing education credits, DCS is one of the hottest events in chiropractic.

But what about free continuing education for chiropractors? I don’t know about the rest of the nation, but in the state of California I know of two great ways chiropractors can get free continuing education. One is to get a lifetime Alumni Association membership from Cleveland Chiropractic College in Los Angeles (see my post: Alumni Association Lifetime Chiropractic Membership). The other is to become a paying dues member of the California Chiropractic Association (see Time to Join California CCA).

While neither of these are flat out free, both options are quite worth the investment. If you are practicing chiropractic in the state of California, you don’t have to be a graduate of the Cleveland school in downtown LA, in order to become a lifetime alumni member. You may want to check with the school you graduated from and see if they have a similar program. What’s cool about being a lifetime alumni with CCCLA is that each year members are entitled to continuing education programs that are provided free via the alumni association. In my experience all of the events have been held on campus in downtown Los Angeles, and they’ve all been fantastic.

Besides becoming a lifetime member at Cleveland, chiropractors that have joined the CCA have several opportunities in 2010 to get free continuing education. I’m planning to attend the CCA convention in June in Reno Nevada, and I believe there’s going to be free continuing education at that event as well. Currently, the CCA is offering 12 hours of free continuing education in San Jose, scheduled for March 20 and 21st. There is also a 12 hour continuing education program taking place in Santa Ana on February 20 and 21st, and a 12 hour chiropractic education program taking place in Sacramento on April 17 and 18th. All of the CCA continuing education events are free for paid members. Get more details by visiting the California Chiropractic Association website (www.calchiro.org). Tell them Dr. Mike from planetchiropractic.com sent you (but don’t expect any special gift for doing so).

If you know about free continuing education programs for chiropractors in your state, I’d like to hear about them.

planetc1.com-news @ 9:34 pm | Article ID: 1265952910

2010 Chiropractic Assistant and Chiropractor Award Photos

By Michael Dorausch, D.C.

Not only was the 2010 Parker Seminars in Las Vegas a spectacular event for chiropractors to attend, there were awards given out recognizing top chiropractic assistants and chiropractors of the year. 5 different chiropractors from across the globe received Chiropractor of the Year awards while at Las Vegas Parker, and three chiropractic assistants were presented Chiropractic Assistant of the Year awards. With as many chiropractors and assistants that are providing services across the planet, being selected for this prestigious award is quite significant, you don’t get one by resting on your laurels.

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Brandi MacDonald and Fabrizio Mancini

Brandy MacDonald of Southside Chiropractic in Edmonton, Alberta receives her Chiropractic Assistant of the Year award from president of Parker College of Chiropractic, Dr. Fabrizio Mancini, while in attendance at the 2010 Las Vegas Parker Seminars.

Naomi Chance Fabrizio Mancini

Naomi Chance and Dr. Fabrizio Mancini

Also receiving a Chiropractic Assistant of the Year award was Naomi Chance of Chance Chiropractic Clinic in Fort Myers, Florida. A third award went to Charlee Crouse of the Spinal Clinic in Durant, Oklahoma.

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Chiropractor Bill DeMoss of Newport Beach

What likely comes as no surprise to chiropractors in the state of California, Newport Beach chiropractor Bill DeMoss (Billy D) was among chiropractors receiving the prestigious 2010 chiropractor of the year award, presented during the seminar weekend. Bill DeMoss has worked incredibly hard (on the front line and behind the scenes) to preserve and promote chiropractic principles in the state of California and beyond. He as unquestionably done more to effectively promote chiropractic in the state than anyone I’ve seen during the past 15 years.

Congratulations to all of the chiropractors and chiropractic assistants that received awards this year. Your dedication and persistency towards promoting chiropractic and its principles is appreciated.

Parker Seminars 2010 Las Vegas Photos

By Michael Dorausch, D.C.

Chiropractic in Las Vegas for 2010 got kicked off with a bang when Parker Seminars rolled into the Hilton Casino and Hotel on January 14-16. There were thousands of chiropractors in attendance, and the energy at Parker Las Vegas was as stellar as it’s always been.

parker-seminars-2010-las-vegasParker College of Chiropractic Booth

The exhibitor floors at Parker Seminars are always packed with vendors from all walks of chiropractic life. The Parker Chiropractic College (shown above) booth was displayed elegantly and staff working the booth were even active on twitter throughout the Vegas seminar weekend.

cla-chiropractic-leadership-allianceCLA – Chiropractic Leadership Alliance with fresh new look

Some of the vendors at Parker Las Vegas, like the Chiropractic Leadership Alliance, had a fresh new look to their booth display. The clean white set up made for an attractive booth, a change from silvers and blues seen in CLA designs of the past.

parker-seminar-stageParker Seminar Stage in Las Vegas

To my knowledge, Parker Seminars in Las Vegas hosts the largest stage for chiropractic giants to speak on. The above photo shows legendary chiropractor, Dr. James Sigafoose, speaking to a packed house in one of the many conference rooms. Lighting for this particular Parker weekend was fantastic. I really thought the natural accents and backlighting added significantly to the experience of listening to and watching speakers communicate the message of chiropractic.

james-sigafoose-parker-las-vegasChiropractor James Sigafoose

As bold has he ever was, Jim Sigafoose described his vision of chiropractic, his message of chiropractic for the masses, motivation for chiropractors, and his being thankful for a life in chiropractic. Sigafoose has long been one of my favorite speakers in chiropractic, his Saturday morning talk was reenergizing.

jeff-spencer-jason-deitchChiropractors Jeff Spencer and Jason Deitch

I came across several movers and shakers in chiropractic while walking through the exhibit areas and moving in and out of the speaker rooms. Two such powerhouses were doctors Jeff Spencer and Jason Deitch, both are pushing the envelope on wellness inside and outside the industry. These guys are leaders in the world’s wellness revolution.

Parker Seminars Recognizes 2010 Chiropractor and Chiropractic Assistant of the Year

Parker Chiropractic News

(Las Vegas) — The prestigious Chiropractor of the Year Award was presented at Parker Seminars Las Vegas – the world’s largest chiropractic seminar to Dr. Bill DeMoss from DeMoss Chiropractic in Newport Beach, California, Dr. Robert Kipp from Pro-Health Chiropractic in Fairfield, Connecticut, Dr. Jeffrey Cottingame from The Spinal Clinic in Durant, Oklahoma, Dr. Randy Koski from Koski Chiropractic in Chelmsford, Ontario, and Dr. Martin Harvey from Align Chiropractic in Melbourne, Australia.

2010 Chiropractor and Chiropractic Assistant of the Year
2010 Chiropractors and Chiropractic Assistants of the Year
The Chiropractor of the Year Award was given for their excellent contributions to the advancement of the chiropractic profession and for having a tremendous impact on chiropractic wellness worldwide. The chiropractors were also recognized for their dedication to chiropractic and expertise in benefitting the lives of their patients by providing tremendous health care and informing their patients of the best way to live happier, healthier lives.

Parker Seminars also presented the Chiropractic Assistant of the Year Award to Brandi MacDonald from South Side Chiropractic in Edmonton, Alberta, Naomi Chance from Chance Chiropractic Clinic in Fort Myers, Florida, and Charlee Crouse from The Spinal Clinic in Durant, Oklahoma.

The award was presented to the chiropractic assistants for their excellent contributions and dedication to the chiropractic profession. Chiropractic assistants play a vital role in supporting the doctor of chiropractic in having a tremendous impact on chiropractic care.

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Parker College of Chiropractic, located in Dallas, is one of the country’s leading educators of healthcare professionals with an international student enrollment. Founded in 1982, this private, non-profit educational institution prepares men and women to become doctors of chiropractic. Parker College of Chiropractic is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award the bachelor of science and doctor of chiropractic degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA, 30033-4097 or call 404.679.4500 for questions about the accreditation of Parker College of Chiropractic. The doctor of chiropractic degree program of Parker College of Chiropractic is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of the Council on Chiropractic Education, 8049 North 85th Way, Scottsdale, AZ, 85258-4321. Tel: 480.443.8877. For additional information about Parker College of Chiropractic, visit the college’s website at www.parkercc.edu.

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