Month: May 2011

Chiropractors on the Road to Excellence Pasadena

By Michael Dorausch, D.C.

On Thursday, May 26, 2011, I will be speaking at CORE (Chiropractors on the Road to Excellence) in Pasadena California. The topic is Chiropractic Trends and where we are headed as a profession. The event takes place at Health Advantage Health & Wellness Center beginning at 7 PM. Those of you practicing local to Los Angeles, hope to see you there.

Venice Beach Surfing
I Am Heading to the Beach

In the 16+ years I’ve been involved in chiropractic, I’ve heard people say it’s the best of times, and it’s the worst of times, so it really boils down to who you’re listening to. On Thursday, we’re going to talk about trends in chiropractic, mountain climbing, going to the beach, office motivation, and something called the Internet.

We may talk a bit about local search, social media, and other online related activities. We will also be talking about chiropractic in 2011 and trends for what I expect to see taking place in 2012 and beyond.

California Chiropractors that are interested in attending should RSVP with Dr. Dennis Buckley by calling 626-991-8877. The Thursday night CORE event is being held at the Health Advantage Health & Wellness Center in Pasadena, California.

Health Advantage Health & Wellness Center
1450 N. Lake Ave., Pasadena, CA 91104 (626) 798-7805

The event begins at 7 PM with food and beverages being provided. The event is cosponsored by Glazer/Kennedy Insider Circle and Craig Valine – Marketing Strategist. @ 10:19 am | Article ID: 1306257570

Palmer Chiropractic Clinics Receive Iowa Quality Award

Palmer Chiropractic News

The Palmer Chiropractic Clinics, which provide the clinical education for senior-level students of Palmer College of Chiropractic, Davenport, Iowa, were recognized at the Governor’s Recognition of Performance Excellence Celebration luncheon on May 5, 2011, in Des Moines. During the ceremony, Palmer Vice Chancellor for Clinic Affairs Kurt Wood, D.C., was presented the Commitment Award by Iowa Governor Terry Branstad and Lieutenant Governor Kim Reynolds. Palmer was one of six Iowa organizations to be recognized.

Iowa Quality CenterThe Iowa Recognition for Performance Excellence (IRPE) program is developed through the Iowa Quality Center (IQC) and aligned with the Baldrige National Quality Program. The IQC has more than 180 member organizations with more than 48,000 individual members representing government, manufacturing, business, education, labor, retail, service and healthcare organizations. The IRPE was established in 2000 to help businesses and organizations in the state become more sustainable. Each applicant organization receives more than 1,200 hours of analysis by a team of trained examiners. This process is a proven method for organizations to achieve their highest potential and become more competitive in the world marketplace. The IRPE program presents awards to the organizations that demonstrate successful program-based results.

Palmer’s application through the Iowa Recognition for Performance Excellence program was developed through the coordinated efforts of Clinics Chief of Staff James Owens, D.C., and Senior Director of Accreditation and Licensure Jeannette Danner, M.S. Palmer also participates throughout the year through the involvement of Director of Community Clinics John Stites, D.C., and Ms. Danner. Both serve as application examiners for other organizations that submit application to the Iowa Recognition for Performance Excellence program. Each examiner will average 124 hours of volunteer time each year examining an applicant and completing a site visit.

Recently, the IRPE program was chosen to pilot the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools’ Academic Quality Improvement Program process, whereby institutions of higher education in Iowa can use the state quality award application as an alternative quality initiative process for re-affirmation of regional accreditation. “Evidencing quality improvement processes in institutions of higher education is a central theme in maintaining regional accreditation and this certainly speaks to the authenticity and rigor of the IRPE process,” said Ms. Danner.

“The Iowa Recognition for Performance Excellence process was a unique opportunity to have our clinical education systems and procedures evaluated by criteria that focus on best practices for continuous quality improvement,” said Dr. Wood. “While it is an honor to be recognized, the real benefit to the Palmer Chiropractic Clinics is the identification of organizational strengths and improvement opportunities that resulted from the IRPE. This information has already proven to be of value in contributing to our planning processes, and ultimately will allow us to more effectively and efficiently serve our constituencies.”

Palmer College of Chiropractic

Palmer College of Chiropractic was founded in 1897 by the discoverer of chiropractic, D.D. Palmer, in Davenport, Iowa. Approximately 2,300 students attend Palmer College campuses in Davenport, San Jose, California, and Port Orange, Florida. More than one-third of the 65,000 chiropractors currently in practice are graduates of a Palmer College of Chiropractic campus. @ 9:39 pm | Article ID: 1306039207

2011 California Chiropractic Association Convention

By Michael Dorausch, D.C.

It’s that time of year! The 2011 California Chiropractic Association (CCA) Annual Convention and Exposition is taking place June 10 through 12th in Reno Nevada. The 2011 CCA Convention will be at the Grand Sierra Resort (same as 2010 CCA Convention) and many of the same Expo folks are expected to be there.

Get Educated Chiropractic CCEChiropractors planning to stay at the Grand Sierra Resort and Casino should be calling to book rooms by May 24, as the special room block rate will end on that date. The Grand Sierra is a perfect location for a chiropractic conference. The airport in Reno is small and there is a free shuttle to the very nearby Grand Sierra Hotel.

I love to run when traveling, and there is a path along the Truckee River, just outside the hotel. Chiropractors that are up early in the day, can also run along the hotel property, or in nearby neighborhoods. Just be watchful of local traffic since there is lots of vehicular activity. There’s also a fairly new Wal-Mart (Three Nations Plaza) across the street from the hotel. It’s a great place to go and get snacks, water, and other beverages.

Chiropractic continuing education topics for the CCA event include: adjustive technique, ethics, Medicare, nutrition, orthopedic testing, patients and pharmaceuticals, personal injury, qualified medical examinations, radiology, spinal surgery and rehab, sports medicine, yoga, and more.

A very important note on fingerprinting for chiropractors practicing in the state of California. Do you know if you need fingerprinting for your DC license renewal?  Call the CA Board of Chiropractic Examiners at 916-263-5355 to find out. If yes, get your fingerprints done easily and conveniently at the 2011 CCA Annual Convention & Exposition on June 10 or 11.

New BCE regulations require licensees who have either not previously submitted fingerprints to the BCE, or who were initially licensed prior to January 1, 1997, or for whom a record of an electronic submission of fingerprints no longer exists, are required to submit fingerprints electronically. Licensees are required to comply by the licensee’s renewal date that occurs on or after June 1, 2011.

For your convenience, CCA offers finger printing services at the 2011 Annual Convention & Exposition, in Reno, Nevada. To make things even easier, pre-pay for fingerprinting when you register and complete and submit the required form to CCA by June 6.  Just click on the Live Scan Form link by the Fingerprinting box on the registration form. Complete just 1 form and fax it to CCA for this fingerprinting option.

Make your hotel reservations at the Grand Sierra Resort & Casino by Tuesday, May 24 – call 800-648-5080.

Grand Sierra Resort and Casino
2500 East Second Street, Reno, NV 89595

Look forward to seeing you all there!

2011 CCA Chiropractors Convention Reno Nevada

By Michael Dorausch, D.C.

Get continuing education credits & learn proven ways to grow your practice with a powerful mix of continuing education classes and non-CE programs focused on generating patients and practice success plus more than 50 leading suppliers to the chiropractic profession.

If you are a chiropractor practicing in the state of California and you are not already a member of the CCA, it’s time to join. One of the many benefits is the free continuing education that is provided during the Annual Convention and Exposition, which this year will be held on June 10-12, in Reno Nevada. Did I mention that this continuing education event is free for paid CCA members? That’s right, it’s a no-brainer, even for a smart chiropractor like you.

2011 CCA Convention Reno
2011 CCA Convention Reno

All classes (71 hours total, 16 hours of chiropractic adjusting technique) are approved by the California Board of Chiropractic Examiners for continuing education (CA-A-11-04-5601). QME class submitted for QME continuing education credit approval, DWC provider #110.

California Chiropractic Association
1451 River Park Drive, Suite 230 – Sacramento, CA 95815-4521

Just like the 2010 convention, this year the event is at the Grand Sierra Hotel and Casino in Reno Nevada, a perfect location for California (and chiropractors from other states) to gather. On the blog pages, and mentioned there were some running trails for outdoor exercise, and a newly built Wal-Mart across the street from the hotel. There’s also a Starbucks in the hotel, for those chiropractors that like to start their day with a mocha or some other caffeinated (or perhaps non-caffeinated) beverage. There’s also coffee and beverages served inside the expo hall.

Don’t forget about getting your fingerprints done if you are a practitioner in the state of California. Read this associated blog post for information on contacting the California State Board of Chiropractic Examiners and the CCA. @ 11:19 am | Article ID: 1305829178

Life University Rugby Team in National Championship Game

Life Chiropractic News

Life University will host the Rugby Super League national championship game versus San Francisco Golden Gate Rugby Club on Saturday, May 21, 2011

Marietta — The Life University Running Eagles rugby team beat Boston 27-23 on Saturday to clinch a berth in the Rugby Super League National Championship game on May 21st. Life University will host the championship game on its campus in Marietta versus San Francisco Golden Gate Rugby Club (SFGG), the 2009 national champions.

Rugby Super League is the highest level of rugby in the United States, comprised of 16 teams from 13 major markets across the country. Many players in the Rugby Super League represent their countries in international competitions such as the Rugby World Cup. Life University has finished second and third in 2009 and 2010 respectively, and is hoping to secure its second overall national championship in the Rugby Super League.

Life Running Eagles Marietta
Life Running Eagles Marietta Georgia

James Isaacson, Life University head rugby coach, says, “Hosting the national championship game is a prestigious event for the University. It’s very exciting for the players and the students.” Life University and San Francisco Golden Gate have enjoyed a healthy rivalry over the past two seasons, with SFGG having edged Life in the national championship game in 2009, as well as earning a slim victory over Life in the semifinals a year ago. Says Isaacson, “Both teams are very familiar with each other, which makes this game that much more exciting. Our players are well aware of the last two results against SFGG, and they are ready to turn the tables on Saturday.”

The game will begin at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday on the Life University campus, and the pre-game tailgate party will begin at 1:00 p.m. Admission is $5 per person.

Media interested in attending the game, should contact Craig Dekshenieks, Life University’s Director of Communications at (770) 426-2833.

Life University LogoAbout Life University — Founded in Marietta, Georgia in 1974, Life University is a health sciences institution most known for its chiropractic program, the largest in the world. Life University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) and relevant specialized accrediting agencies to award four-year undergraduate and graduate degrees in a variety of health care, science, business and general studies fields. The mission of Life University is to empower students with the education, skills and values necessary for career success and life fulfillment, based on vitalistic philosophy. @ 10:25 pm | Article ID: 1305782746

Parker Alumni Association Makes First Donation to Parker University

Parker University News

DALLAS — The Parker Alumni Association became the first donor to the newly renamed, Parker University, when the association presented a $5,000 check during a recent board of trustees meeting on campus. Dr. Vincent Scheffler ’07, president of Parker Alumni Association presented the check to Mr. Bill Nardiello, chairman of the Parker University Board of Trustees and Dr. Fabrizio Mancini ’90, president of Parker University, on behalf of its members.

The donation was given to the President’s Circle Giving Club, the highest giving level at the university. “This donation is made on behalf of our members and all graduates who were given a voice during this historic transition to university status,” said Dr. Scheffler. “It was only natural for us to include our alumni during the planning stages of becoming a university because we greatly value their opinions,” said Dr. Mancini. “We wanted to know what they thought, so it was tremendously important to involve them.”

Bill Nardiello Vincent Scheffler Fabrizio Mancini
Mr. Bill Nardiello, Dr. Vincent Scheffler and Dr. Fabrizio Mancini

Dr. Scheffler explained that the association was approached numerous times by the institution’s administration for feedback on the university name change. “We appreciate the administration’s request to hear from our members and the 6,000 graduates who have made this period of expansion possible,” said Dr. Scheffler. “Without these individuals, Parker would not be ready to move to university status at such a young age in the institution’s history.”

For the fourth consecutive year, the Parker Alumni Association has been a member of the President’s Circle Giving Club, the highest giving level at the university.

“Contributions at the President’s Circle level provide unrestricted funds to be used at the president’s discretion to support the highest priorities of the university, determined by the board of trustees,” said JoLynne Jensen, vice president of development of Parker University. “These funds can support the creation of a new program or provide the margin of excellence to take a program from good to great.”

About Parker University — Parker University, located in Dallas, is one of the country’s leading educators of health care professionals with an international student enrollment. Founded in 1982, this private, nonprofit educational institution prepares men and women to become doctors of chiropractic. Parker University 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 University. The doctor of chiropractic degree program of Parker University 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 University, visit the college’s website at @ 11:03 am | Article ID: 1305655423

University of Bridgeport Brings the World to Chiropractic

by Frank Zolli, DC, Ed.D.

When we decided to create a chiropractic college within a comprehensive university, our vision was in part to bring the world to chiropractic. The future presidents of companies, future researchers, future CEO’s, future politicians, future business owners, etc., all have one thing in common, an education from an academic center of excellence. Many chiropractic entities strive to bring chiropractic to the world and although we strongly applaud and support every effort to do so, we choose to fulfill that mission in part by positioning the University of Bridgeport College of Chiropractic (UBCC) in such a manner that the world comes to us.

One of the oldest adages in business is, “Location, location, location” and we have learned our lesson well. When we positioned the physical location of the chiropractic college within the campus, we created our classes and clinics directly in the heart of the main campus. This way, every student sees our very conspicuous presence, and many are seen as chiropractic patients in the UB Clinics, while chiropractic students are concurrently interacting with the general population of students, sharing many of the University’s facilities. Currently, there are over 5,100 students enrolled in the University of Bridgeport, all having exposure to chiropractic. Multiply that by over 2 decades of leaders in the following fields of study:

Business Administration
Computer Sciences
Computer Engineering
Computer Applications
Criminal Justice
Dental Hygiene
Fashion Merchandising
General Studies: Natural Sciences, Math, Social Sciences, Humanities, Science, Engineering
Graphic Design
Health Sciences: Nutrition, Pre-Pharmacy, Exercise, Community Health, Environmental Health
Human Services
Industrial Design
Interior Design
International Business
Management & Industrial Relations
Martial Arts Studies
Music Education
Social Sciences: International Studies, Pre-Law
World Religion

Biomedical Engineering
Business Administration
Computer Engineering
Computer Sciences
Dental Hygiene
Educational Leadership
Electrical Engineering
Global Development
Instructional Technology
Naturopathic Medicine
Mechanical Engineering
Physician Assistant
Technology Management

The University of Bridgeport has graduated leaders in every one of these fields during our presence on campus with a significant amount of these students as our patients in the student clinics because of our location and education. These current and past students have established themselves across the country and the world with many in positions of influence in the courts and legislative bodies. Others are in a position to influence the inclusion of chiropractic care in company health insurance policies. Still others are in a multitude of fields having an understanding and respect for chiropractic with many experiencing chiropractic first-hand.

UBCC has long understood the power of “Location, location, location,” and we also appreciate the importance of being in control of the chiropractic message while educating the future leaders of the world. This has enabled the University of Bridgeport College of Chiropractic to bring chiropractic to the world and we will continue to do so for many more decades. Due to the unique positioning of UBCC, we have never functioned in the “business as usual environment” and will continue to strive to encourage our faculty and students to educate both our community and the student population. That is our vision and commitment to bring chiropractic to the world.

Please visit or share the University of Bridgeport College of Chiropractic with prospective students at:

Frank Zolli, DC, Ed.D. — Dean, University of Bridgeport College of Chiropractic @ 9:59 pm | Article ID: 1305608385

Foot Levelers Partners with Life West to Advance Chiropractic Education

Life Chiropractic College West News

Foot Levelers, Inc., an avid and generous supporter of chiropractic education and the profession, has partnered with Life Chiropractic College West in a multi-phased project to be completed over the course of several years. This comprises the second $250,000 pledge of a donation totaling $500,000. The agreement includes a donation of orthotic scanning equipment, positioning imaging technology and expert training. Patients of Life West’s health center will also benefit as they will receive educational materials, evaluation services and Foot Levelers products. Life West students will also gain access to the latest orthotic technology, and receive the in-depth clinical training needed to provide the highest level of care to their patients.

foot levelers power chiropractic
Foot Levelers Booth at Chiropractic Conference

“Foot Levelers is proud to be a part of the Life West community,” said Kent S. Greenawalt, President and CEO of Foot Levelers. “These students are the chiropractors of the future and will help to further advance our profession. In my opinion, there is no better place to invest than chiropractic education.”

A dedication ceremony is planned for Wednesday, August 3 (2 days before The Wave), where the Life West Health Center will be renamed “The Monte H. Greenawalt Health Center of Life Chiropractic College West”. In addition, “The Foot Levelers Support and Rehabilitation Center” will be housed within the Health Center where Life West students will utilize the newest equipment related to patient assessment, structural support and active rehabilitation.

Life Chiropractic College West President, Dr. Brian Kelly, expressed his profound gratitude and stated, “As we continue to provide the highest quality in chiropractic education, Foot Levelers has made it possible to bring in state-of-the-art technology and provide a deeper level of support to all our students. The Monte H. Greenwalt Health Center of Life Chiropractic College West will serve as a daily tribute to a man who believed in giving back to the community.”

Foot Levelers — Foot Levelers, Inc., the world’s exclusive provider of custom-made Spinal Pelvic Stabilizers and other therapeutic products, has been serving healthcare professionals for more than 58 years. Foot Levelers supports every step patients take to enjoy fuller and happier lives at work, or at play.

Life Chiropractic College West — Life West, established in 1976, is an accredited non-profit institution of higher learning. Currently over 400 students from across the United States and abroad are enrolled, and over 4,000 graduates of Life West are now providing chiropractic care worldwide. The college’s Health Center, a public outpatient facility staffed by approximately 150 senior interns who are guided by licensed doctors of chiropractic, provides affordable health care to more than 1,500 patients per week in the city of Hayward, California. The college and Health Center maintain a Web site at

Life Chiropractic College West
25001 Industrial Blvd., Hayward, CA 94545
(510) 780-4500 @ 8:54 am | Article ID: 1305215688

Catch the Wave at Life Chiropractic College West

By Michael Dorausch, D.C.

Here is info for the Catch The Life West Wave August 2012, below is info from the 2011 event.

Spotted this in an e-mail the other day and wanted to share it with other chiropractors. The date is August 5 and 6, 2011 in San Francisco California, and the event is The Wave, presented by Life Chiropractic College West. 12 hours of continuing education credit will be available for chiropractors.

Life West Wave San Francisco CaliforniaThe Life West Wave event replaces the Life West homecoming that was typically held in the month of October. The unique two-day event includes more than 30 visionaries in chiropractic. The event will also feature the inauguration of Dr. Brian Kelly, the new president of Life Chiropractic College West. There will be social activities including a “Life West Luau” and 12 hours of continuing education credit will be made available to chiropractors (check your state licensing requirements).

Besides continuing education credits, there will be a full day chiropractic assistant program featuring four speakers. The event provides a chance for chiropractors and staff to connect with the ultimate lineup of chiropractic leaders. Attendees will also get to experience the launch of Life West’s new vision – Life West 2.0.

Life West Wave Hayward CaliforniaHosted by Life Chiropractic College West, The Wave will deliver the perfect pipeline with a high-impact experience leaving you breathless!

The event will be held at the Oakland Marriott City Center (1001 Broadway, Oakland, CA 94607), which is about 18 miles from the chiropractic college campus in Hayward California. I’ve flown into Oakland airport (OAK) many times (mostly for Raiders games) and it looks like the Marriott City Center should be easy to get to from Oakland International Airport. The hotel is about 10 miles from the airport.

August 5 and 6 is a Friday and Saturday, a great time of year to be in the San Francisco / Oakland area, as the weather can be terrific. Too bad the event is several days prior to the 2011 preseason NFL schedule, since one could catch a game in either Oakland or San Francisco, but that’s no reason to stop anyone from being at this chiropractic event.

See you there!

Parker College of Chiropractic Now Parker University

Parker University News

DALLAS — Parker College of Chiropractic announced it has achieved university status and will rebrand as Parker University. The Dallas-based school cites the name change as part of an expansion of current graduate degree offerings and programs with a focused long-term strategy of educating the world’s top health care and wellness practitioners for today’s changing health care landscape.

“Alumni and student surveys conducted last year identified many of the suggested degree plans,” said Dr. Fabrizio Mancini, president of Parker University. “We’re also working with a SACS consultant to identify the programs with the highest market demand. Although the list is not final, bachelors programs in health technologies and masters programs in public health, nutrition, sports science and many others have been discussed.”

Statistics show a shift in the health care industry as costs rise and patients look to natural, holistic care as an alternative to high prescription and surgery costs. According to CDC National Health Statistics, approximately 38 percent of American adults and 12 percent of children use some form of Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM), which includes chiropractic, massage therapy and more.

“This is a great day for all of us, and especially for current and future students. The new designation further sets Parker apart as a leader in our industry and allows us to position our students for greater success,” said the school’s vice president of academics, Dr. Ken Thomas. “It is critical to seek specialty training to have an edge as a doctor of chiropractic in today’s market, and Parker’s new programs will set our students apart from other wellness professionals.”

Additionally, the name change will raise awareness within the community, allowing for partnerships with regional universities, a new set of campus amenities, research collaboration with other universities and community health services.

Despite the name change, the chiropractic program will continue to serve as the cornerstone of every initiative launched by Parker. Chiropractic is, and will always remain, the hallmark program offered by Parker University.

The first graduation under the name Parker University College of Chiropractic took place on Saturday, April 16, and the school will adopt its new name immediately. Transition to the new name will occur on the school’s website, materials and elsewhere during the next six to 12 months.

Amid the transition, the focus to spread chiropractic worldwide and remain a leader in chiropractic education, along with the charge to expand opportunities in holistic health care education continues. The prestige, appeal and capacity to diversify educational opportunities will intensify Parker’s status as the leading chiropractic and holistic-based educational institution in the country, supplementing the shifting attitudes of the consumer.

“People today are more aware of the importance of being proactive about their health, and they’re realizing they can do this by making better choices in their lifestyles,” said Dr. Mancini. “Because of this there’s great demand for chiropractors right now. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that chiropractic is a rapidly growing profession, with employment of chiropractors expected to increase 20 percent by 2018.”

With just 27 students in its first graduating class in 1985, Parker has grown into a leading chiropractic and wellness institution with 270 employees and more than 1,000 students impacting the local economy, education and health care industries. Twenty-eight percent of Dallas area chiropractors are graduates of Parker.

“In all my years as a student, administrator and now president, I cannot recall a more exciting time to be part of the vibrant community here at Parker,” said Dr. Mancini. “I know our founding father, Dr. Jim W. Parker, would have been immensely proud of our college’s evolution to university status.”

The University also expects hiring to occur as the offerings continue to grow with its new focus and status.

“As we expand, we will have a need to hire additional faculty who have the knowledge to support our new programs,” added Dr. Mancini.

About Parker University — Parker University, located in Dallas, is one of the country’s leading educators of health care professionals with an international student enrollment. Founded in 1982, this private, nonprofit educational institution prepares men and women to become doctors of chiropractic. Parker University 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 University. The doctor of chiropractic degree program of Parker University 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 University, visit the college’s website at @ 9:47 am | Article ID: 1304614061