Month: September 2010

Palmer College administrator named to national Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute

Palmer Chiropractic News

DAVENPORT, Iowa — One of the provisions in the nation’s new health law, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010, authorizes the creation of an autonomous Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) as a nonprofit corporation that is not “an agency or establishment of the U.S. Government.” In an announcement today by the U.S. Government Accountability Office, Palmer College of Chiropractic’s Vice Chancellor for Research and Health Policy Christine Goertz, D.C., Ph.D., was appointed to the Board of Governors of PCORI.

Dr Christine Goertz ChiropractorPCORI is responsible for establishing research priorities and directing a national center focused on patient-centered research. According to the Act, the purpose of PCORI is “to assist patients, clinicians, purchasers, and policy-makers in making informed health decisions by advancing the quality and relevance of evidence” regarding the prevention, treatment, diagnosis and management of diseases and health conditions in various patient populations, then disseminating these patient-centered, outcomes-based research findings.

Nominations for PCORI’s Board of Governors were sought by the Government Accountability Office from healthcare organizations nationwide and members were chosen following a rigorous selection process. The 21-member Board of Governors includes the directors of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, and the National Institutes of Health (NIH), or their designees, plus 19 members appointed by the Comptroller General of the United States, representing patients, healthcare providers, hospitals, drug makers, device manufacturers, insurers, payers, government officials and health experts.

Dr. Goertz’ experience and expertise is in the area of integrative healthcare research. She joined Palmer College of Chiropractic in 2007 as executive director of the Palmer Center for Chiropractic Research (PCCR), and in 2008 was named Palmer’s vice chancellor for research and health policy. Before coming to Palmer she was the deputy director of the Samueli Institute in Alexandria, Va. Prior to that she was a Program Officer for the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine at the National Institutes of Health.

A veteran integrative healthcare researcher, author and speaker, Dr. Goertz has served as a principle investigator or co-principle investigator for a number of large-scale, federally funded research studies, including several projects – one of which is a NCCAM-funded center-currently underway at the PCCR. She leads Palmer’s research efforts at the PCCR, the largest chiropractic research facility in the world, with an annual research budget of approximately $6 million.

“I can think of no one better than Dr. Christine Goertz to play a key role in this new national initiative to set the agenda for patient-centered research, and help direct U.S. efforts in this area,” said Palmer Chancellor Dennis Marchiori, D.C., Ph.D. “Her experience and expertise in both the research and health policy arenas make her perfectly suited for the PCORI Board of Governors.”

Dr. Goertz added, “I am honored to have been selected to the PCORI Board. For the past 20 years my career has focused on the conduct of research that is directly relevant to patient care. The evaluation of patient-centered outcomes and comparative effectiveness is a critical next step towards building an evidence base that is useful to both clinicians and healthcare policymakers.”

Palmer College of Chiropractic consists of three campuses-the main campus in Davenport, Iowa, and branch campuses in San Jose, California, and Port Orange, Florida. The College was founded in Davenport, Iowa, by the discoverer of chiropractic, D.D. Palmer, in 1897. Today Palmer College of Chiropractic has nearly 2,300 students attending its three campuses and more than 25,000 alumni practicing worldwide. @ 8:19 am | Article ID: 1285860016

Freedom for Family Wellness Summit 2010


Come celebrate the shift to conscious choice at the Freedom for Family Wellness Summit, October 21-24, 2010 in Washington, D.C. Leaders of the vitalistic movement will be offering outstanding presentations on relating to the chiropractic family wellness lifestyle.

Celebrating the Shift to Conscious Choice
Washington, D.C. – October 21-24, 2010

Freedom for Family Wellness Summit 2010The Summit is being held at the Hyatt Regency Reston, 6 miles from Dulles Airport, at 1800 Presidents Street – Reston, VA 20190. You can make reservations for October 21-25, 2010 under the ICPA room block. We are very pleased you will be joining us and look forward to our weekend together in October.

Connect, Collaborate and Expand at this Enlightening Summit for Leaders in the Vitalistic Movement

Who should attend?

* Holistic Practitioners: DCs, NDs, MDs, DOs, PhDs, OBs, Midwives, Doulas, Homeopaths, Acupuncturists, Family Wellness Counselors, Consultants and Therapists.
* New-edge Science Promoters: visionaries, authors, teachers.
* Advocates for Informed Choice: leaders of national groups and their members.
* Parents and Community Group Leaders who want to make a difference in their families and communities lives.

Confirmed Speakers…

Bruce Lipton, PhD – Author of Biology of Belief and Spontaneous Evolution.

Joe Mercola, DO – Best-selling author and owner of

Joe Dispenza, DC – Author of Evolve your Brain and presenter in What the Bleep?!

Joseph Chilton Pearce – Author of many books including Crack In The Cosmic Egg, The Magical Child, Evolution’s End and The Biology of Transcendence. For more than 30 years, he has lectured internationally on human development.

Barbara Loe Fisher – Co-founder & President, National Vaccine Information Center and Co-author of A Shot in the Dark.

Larry Palevsky, MD – President of Holistic Pediatric Association.

Peggy O’Mara – Publisher, editor of Mothering Magazine and author.

Ina May Gaskin – Midwife, founder and director of the Farm Midwifery Center and author of Spiritual Midwifery and Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth.

Guy Riekeman, DC – President of Life University and author of Make Your Life Extraordinary.

Neil Z. Miller – Author of six vaccine books, including Vaccine Safety Manual, and Director of the Thinktwice Global Vaccine Institute.

Cassandra Vieten, PhD – Director of Research at the Institute of Noetic Sciences and author of Mindful Motherhood: Practical Ways for Staying Sane During Pregnancy and Your Child’s First Year.

John Breeding, PhD – Director of Texans For Safe Education, psychologist and author.

Chris Kent, DC – Co-founder of the Chiropractic Leadership Alliance, Co-founder of Creating Wellness Alliance, author, attorney and chiropractor.

Lauren Feder, MD – MD specializing in homeopathic medicine and pediatrics, author of Natural Baby and Childcare and The Parents’ Concise Guide to Childhood Vaccinations.

Suzanne Arms – Co-founder of Birthing The Future, founding & active member of the Alliance for Transforming the Lives of Children and author.

Sarah Farrant, DC – Author of The Vital Truth and Doctor of Chiropractic.

Elena Tonetti-Vladimirova – Co-founder of the Conscious Birth Movement in Russia since 1982, Director and Producer of “Birth As We Know It.”

This is it… a meeting of the minds and souls in a space called Vitalism! @ 8:27 am | Article ID: 1285687687

Parker College Takes a Stance on Proposed CCE Changes

Parker Chiropractic News

DALLAS — Parker College recently provided feedback and took an official position on the proposed revision of the CCE standards. The college found the process constructive and insightful. Parker thoroughly and carefully read the standards and found some revisions that they feel will be beneficial to the profession and some areas of concern that they felt needed further clarity.

First, Parker commends CCE for the revisions that will strengthen the institution and the profession. Those standards include faculty involvement in the admissions process, the inclusion of mandated policies and procedures governing career placement, standards relating to faculty development, and additional clarity on the necessity of a college master plan. These will provide a tremendous benefit to Parker’s students and make the college a more effective and cohesive institution.

Some of the areas on which Parker would like to see additional clarity or further expansion include the following:

1) Student admissions (pg. 19) – GPA admissions requirement increase to 3.0. Parker’s average entrance GPA is 3.0 or higher for most of its entering cohorts; however, Parker recommends a phase in period scale that will allow CCE and its member institutions the opportunity to evaluate the impact of an increased GPA requirement on admissions. A drastic change could negatively impact admissions and institutions need the opportunity to mitigate this change through other means. Perhaps an incremental step from 2.5 to 2.75 finally reaching 3.0 over the course of three to five years would be a feasible solution.

2) Faculty involvement in admissions (pg. 17) – Parker is in favor of actively engaging faculty in the admissions process; however, the standards are not specific on the amount or type of involvement the council would like to see. Are there specific requirements or is the level of involvement at the discretion of the institution?

3) Licensing for jurisdictions (pg. 19) – Informing applicants of regulatory requirements for each state jurisdiction could place an undue burden on the institution. While Parker feels it is important to apprise applicants of the general regulatory requirements, it will be challenging to apprise applicants of jurisdictional requirements in all states. States makes adjustments to these regulatory requirements and the institutions are not always informed in a timely manner. A feasible alternative to this requirement would be to inform applicants where the information can be found and to assist in the search of the information whenever necessary. Applicants should also be informed of their responsibility to frequently confirm these requirements throughout their doctor of chiropractic matriculation.

4) Doctor of chiropractic degree programs or equivalent as determined by CCE (pg. iii) – This statement needs stated criteria under which CCE would identify a doctor of chiropractic degree equivalent. While this would be a beneficial practice for foreign institutions, without some guidelines for equivalency the determination could be too subjective and thus compromise the integrity of the doctor of chiropractic program. It is Parker’s expectation that the only terminal degree for the chiropractic profession would remain the doctor of chiropractic (DC) degree.

5) Subluxation – The proposed standards have removed all use of this term. Parker feels that the inclusion of this term in the examination, treatment, and diagnosis of patients is imperative to the chiropractic profession. It is crucial that this term be included throughout the CCE standards, glossary, and policies and procedures.

Parker is appreciative for the opportunity to provide feedback and looks forward to reading continual revisions of these standards as the college strives to develop chiropractic educational standards that will serve the best interest of the chiropractic institutions, profession, and those Parker serves.

About Parker College of Chiropractic Located in Dallas, Parker College of Chiropractic 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. For additional information about Parker College of Chiropractic, visit the college’s website at @ 8:58 pm | Article ID: 1285300706

Subluxation Benefit 2010

Oklahaven News

Walk/Run in San Francisco Bay Area benefitting Oklahaven Children’s Chiropractic Center. 5K Walk / 10K Run. A Family Event. Jump house, Police Children’s IDs, Fire Safety and more.

Polio Poster Girl ChiropracticYou may recall seeing photos from the mid-1950’s of a girl named Winifred who was the March of Dimes poster girl. Her sweet sad face, huge crutches and cumbersome leg braces raised millions of dollars for the March of Dimes. Unfortunately, after two and a half years of medical therapy, she was given up as an incurable case. Her grandparents took her to see Dr. Lewis Robertson, a Chiropractor. In fewer than six months, Winifred was walking without braces or crutches thanks to Chiropractic care.

Today thousands of needy children, like Winifred, are transformed by the care they receive at Oklahaven Children’s Chiropractic Center. Thank you for your participation and caring about our children. For more information and research about children and Chiropractic care please visit

Taking Your Back To The Future, Michael Gazdar, D.C.
Saturday, September 18, 8:30 am
Lake Vasona, Circle Group Area
333 Blossom Hill Road, CA 95032 Los Gatos Run/Walk Begins at 9:00 am
Registration: Online individual sport, event name “Subluxation Benefit 5K /10K” Adults $35, Children 1-15 years old $15 Students $20. Park entry fee $6 per vehicle. Free T-Shirt if Registered by September 6. Race director Robert Martines, D.C. 408-655-9663.

SUBLUXATION: Misalignment of the vertebrae that results in nerve disturbance, causing abnormal nerve communication from the brain to the body. A subluxation may not always produce pain or discomfort, but is always an unhealthy condition. (From Latin sub — below or less than, and Lux — divine light.)
Benefitting: Oklahaven Children’s Chiropractic Center.

Sponsored by The Personal Injury Offices of Timothy Gill (408) 938-3467 & Santa Clara County Chiropractic Society of the CCA @ 8:46 am | Article ID: 1284652037

Parker Alumni Association Names Newest Board Members

Parker Chiropractic News

DALLAS — The Parker Alumni Association elected four members to serve on its board of directors. Dr. Steve Brooks ’99, Dr. Bart Patzer ’93, Dr. Vincent Scheffler ’07, and Dr. Mary Warren ’00 will work to continue the vision, leadership, and legacy that has been established throughout the years.

Dr Steve Brooks ChiropractorFor more than 10 years, Dr. Brooks has been practicing in San Angelo, Texas at Sunset Chiropractic. He has consecutively earned the award of San Angelo Favorite Chiropractor each year from 2004 to 2009. He specialized in golf fitness and is Titleist Performance Institute (TPI) certified. Dr. Brooks has served on several local and national boards including Make-A-Wish Foundation, Boys and Girls Club, and city council appointed boards. He has co-authored numerous books including his most recent, The Healthy Alternative.

“Being the first in my family to go to college, my career choice was easy and the school was a no brainer, Parker,” said Dr. Brooks. “After celebrating 10 years in the same location, I can only thank all of the thousands of thousands I have helped through chiropractic, and the best reward is knowing that one of my patients went on to attend and graduate from Parker. I preach daily there is no finer chiropractic college than Parker.”

Dr Bart Patzer ChiropractorDr. Patzer, a third generation upper cervical doctor, has been practicing at Patzer Family Chiropractic in Austin, Texas, for sixteen years. He is part of the Upper Cervical Health Centers (UCHC) team and serves as a district franchise manager. He’s certified in Chiropractic Spinal Trauma. Dr. Patzer is a member of numerous chiropractic associations including International Chiropractic Association, Chiropractic Society of Texas, Texas Chiropractic Association, World Chiropractic Alliance, and Travis County Chiropractic Society.

In 2009, Dr. Patzer received the B.J. Palmer Award by the UCHC. He has been named Chiropractor of the Month by the Chiropractic Leadership Alliance and awarded with the Chiropractor Excellence Award in 2001, 2004, and 2007. Additionally, he was part of the Platinum Elite team of Waiting List Practice (WLP) for five years. He also served as an assistant coach within WLP, guided their student program, and was awarded “Chiropractor of the Year” in 2003, 2004, and 2007.

“Over the years talking with Dr. Mancini and going to the alumni events, I have felt compelled to give back to what has been given to me,” said Dr. Patzer. “I’m excited to make a difference in the missions of the college and alumni association.”

Dr Vince Scheffler ChiropractorDr. Scheffler currently practices at Reagan ChiroSport Center in Dallas. He specializes in sport specific rehabilitation for athletes as well as techniques like diversified and graston. Dr. Scheffler is also a certified strength and conditioning specialist and a certified chiropractic sports physician.

He discovered his passion for treating athletes while attending Parker College. As a student, he attended the 2006 Central American and Caribbean Games where he worked with numerous athletes and doctors. He has experience treating various athletes including the players of the Association of Volleyball Professionals and professional cycling teams.

“I want to be a part of something great,” said Dr. Scheffler. “The board is full of great people doing great things and I want to continue the success forward. I want to use the skills I’ve attained in this profession and at Parker to do good for our alumni.”

Dr. Warren practices at Vital Force Wellness in Dallas where he meets patients’ needs through myofacial and the Sacro Occipital Technique (SOT). She is also involved in Toastmasters International and American Veterinary Chiropractic Association (AVCA).

Dr Mary Warren ChiropractorDr. Warren has continued to give back to her alma mater. Since 2000, she has been a guest lecturer for several classes at Parker College including differential diagnosis, pediatrics, and professional development. She has also hosted students for an After Hours Clinic Visit Program.

“I’m excited about being a successful female chiropractor and bringing my enthusiasm to the board,” Warren said. “With our patient population being largely female, I believe everyone would benefit from more female leadership in our profession and educational institutions.”

Membership in the Parker Alumni Association is all-inclusive and welcomes Parker graduates, doctors of chiropractic, chiropractic assistants, massage therapists, corporations, and wellness supporters to join them in their pursuit of excellence. In all its endeavors, the Parker Alumni Association strives to support and encourage all members to achieve the highest level of success in their relative fields.

About Parker College of Chiropractic Located in Dallas, Parker College of Chiropractic 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. For additional information about Parker College of Chiropractic, visit the college’s website at @ 3:58 pm | Article ID: 1284332348