Month: August 2011

Life West Presidential Inauguration Photos

By Michael Dorausch, D.C.

This was a historic event in chiropractic and I wasn’t going to miss it. On Friday, August 5th, 2011, the Presidential Inauguration of Dr. Brian Kelly (as the 2nd president in history of Life Chiropractic College West) took place.

inauguration dr brian kelly life westInauguration of Dr. Brian Kelly – Life Chiropractic College West

It was a gala event, with chiropractic presidents, organization presidents, chiropractors, students, staff, and other dignitaries, all dressed to the nines. It’s not everyday I get to photograph chiropractors dressed formally, so my camera was flashing like a paparazzi’s. It brought back memories of when I photographed the dedication of the Life West Campus more than 11 years ago.

Frank Sovinsky Cathy Sovinsky Gilles LamarcheFrank Sovinsky, Cathy Sovinsky, and Gilles Lamarche

Always looking sharp, I snapped a shot of Frank and Cathy Sovinsky (photo from earlier in the day) with equally well dressed Gilles Lamarche, of Parker Seminars.

Bill DeMoss Mary Jane Matt HubbardSoCal Chiropractic Represents

I wasn’t the only SoCal Chiropractor visiting the bay area on this occasion, as I saw Drs. Darrell Crain, Phil Yamamoto, Howard Fleischer, and others, as I made my way towards being seating for the grand event. Mary Jane and Dr. Bill DeMoss (from DCS in Orange County) were in fine fashion for the evening, but Billy didn’t wear his top hat. Also looking sharp, San Diego Chiropractor, Matt Hubbard, did a great job as MC during the weekend events.

Brian Kelly Inauguration Chiropractic PresidentChiropractor Brian Kelly Presidential Inuaguration

The event proved to be a great experience for chiropractors gathering in fellowship and celebrating the welcoming of Dr. Kelly as new president at Life Chiropractic College West. In the above photo, Dr. Gerry Clum can be seen to the right (in gray), with Dr. Guy Riekeman (president at Life University in Marietta, Georgia). That’s Dr. Brian Kelly (delivering his inaugural address) at the podium.

Chiropractors Eric Plasker Life WestChiropractors Post Ceremony

After the inauguration, chiropractors gathered on the 2nd floor at the Oakland Marriott for food, drink and more celebration. Dr. Eric Plasker (center) visits California regularly as his 100 Year Lifestyle program is closely associated with continuing education programs put on by CCA.

Ruth Ribley Chuck Ribley John HofmannRuth Ribley (Sunshine Ruth) and Chiropractors Chuck Ribley and John Hofmann

For me, one of the highlights of attending events like these is getting to spend quality time with your mentors. Pictured above are 3 amazing chiropractic individuals, Ruth (Sunshine) Ribley, Chuck (River) Ribley, and John Hofmann. Dr. Hofmann was one of the first chiropractors I’d ever here speak. He left a lasting impression.

The words Service, Giving, Loving (and other feel goods) were spoken throughout the weekend, not only from podiums, but while at lunch and other meetings. I recall hearing Dr. Jay Handt at three times using the phrase “You cannot out give the giver.” It’s no coincidental accident that that’s been the foundation of Planet Chiropractic since it launched in the 1990s.

Jay Handt Liam Schubel Kathi HandtChiropractors Jay Handt and Liam Schubel, with Kathi Handt

More on mentors and amazing people, Kathi Handt is an amazing individual, and I had a great time seeing her and Jay (the Luau was fun, thank you) while in Oakland. And Jay, I was at New Beginnings in October 2010, so not a year yet (but almost).

Dr. Liam got to experience the Planet Chiropractic paparazzi as well, as he ended up in lots of photographs from the weekend, but not as many as for the Sharon Gorman fan club.

well dressed chiropractorsWell Dressed Chiropractors

I’m about to board a flight to Los Angeles (blogging in the OAK Airport), so I’ll update names and details on this post when I’m back online, I another set or 3 coming later in the week as well.

Presidents from other chiropractic colleges attended the event, and like I said earlier, it was great to have so many mentors and positive influentials in one place.

More to come.

Life West Wave Photos 2011

By Michael Dorausch, D.C.

I ran around all day with my camera (and had fun doing it) taking photos at the 2011 Life West Wave event which was held at the Oakland Marriott hotel in historic downtown Oakland (love the local architecture). Here’s a quick set of photos from yesterday, plenty more to come.

Life West Wave Science TrackLife Wave West Science Track

The day began with continuing education from Chiropractic Science Master Dr. Dan Murphy. The room was packed. Dr. Murphy speaks across the globe on the science of chiropractic and he is a presenter not to be missed. Always loaded with energy and highly recommended for chiropractors (and other health care professionals) seeking advanced knowledge of the human nervous system.

Dan Murphy Packed BallroomDr. Dan Murphy Chiropractic Science Track

It was early Friday morning in August and Dr. Dan Murphy was speaking to a full house gathered for a weekend of chiropractic education and fellowship. Seeing so many excited people so early in the day I knew it would be a terrific weekend. Day one did not disappoint.

Chiropractors Sharon Gorman and Jay HandtChiropractors Sharon Gorman and Jay Handt

Two of my favorite chiropractors, doctors Sharon Gorman and Jay Handt, found me following them around most of the day like chiropractic paparazzi (they are worthy). Sharon Gorman has written many articles for Planet Chiropractic and the two of us use to put on Chiropractic Seminars in the early 2000’s. Sharon still hosts Focus Chiropractic events in both Atlanta and Pennsylvania. She currently practices in the state of Georgia and she is very active promoting Life Chiropractic University in Marietta, GA.

Dr. Jay Handt practices in New York City (Central Park West) and he loves referring his celebrity chiropractic clients to me when they visit Los Angeles (thanks Jay!). Dr. Handt is amazing, he’s got a great practice, great family, rock solid philosophy and superior business skills. He’s very passionate about his role in life and chiropractic.

Dr. Handt is also very active promoting Life University and he is a board member of the New Beginnings Chiropractic Movement in New Jersey. Every chiropractor should attend New Beginnings at least one time, there is little in the profession that even comes close to the experience, love, and energy found at NB.

Pediatric ChiropracticPediatric Chiropractic by Drs. Claudia Anrig and Gregory Plaugher

I love seeing chiropractors publishing books and Pediatric Chiropractic by chiropractors Claudia Anrig and Gregory Plaugher looks like a great read. I am a huge supporter of chiropractic care for children of all ages and I do feel every chiropractor (myself included) would benefit from continuing our education on the subject. Kids need chiropractic too (and so do adults, and parents, and grandparents, and pregnant moms, and even my yellow labradors).

Patti Giuliani Matt Hubbard Jeanne OhmChiropractors Patti Giuliani, Matt Hubbard and Jeanne Ohm

Three more great chiropractors. Dr. Patti Giuliani is a regular speaker at New Beginnings in New Jersey. Dr. Matt Hubbard serves patients at Convoy Chiropractic in Kearny Mesa (San Diego), California. Here’s a video of him at work in the office. Jeanne Ohm is a chiropractor near and dear to my heart. Like Sharon, her energy is enormous, and along with an amazing team at the ICPA, she gets an incredible amount of work done for the profession and future of chiropractic. Jeanne Ohm has also contributed a number of articles to Planet Chiropractic over the years.

Cathy Sovinsky and Frank Sovinsky

I want to be more like Dr. Frank Sovinsky when I grow up. Frank is one of a kind and is always inspirational. He has authored two books that I know of, Life, the Manual and The E-Myth Chiropractor (I’ve got to get an autographed copy). Both books are available via Amazon (I do not get referral commission, just get them both). Dr. Sovinsky is also an advanced Activator Methods practitioner, guest lecturer, and coach of chiropractors and people that want to better their lives. An amazing human spirit. Cathy is just lovely, undoubtedly an inspirational source of Franks awesomeness.

Chiropractors Brian Kelly and Timothy GayChiropractors Brian Kelly and Timothy Gay

Two powerhouse chiropractors in the state of California. Dr. Brian Kelly is the man of the hour, as yesterday was his official Life Chiropractic College West Presidential Inauguration (which was a spectacular event highlighted by Dr. Kelly surprising us with a jazz trombone performance). Dr. Gay is a Chiropractor in Solana Beach, CA and he is very active in the state. Dr. Gay is on the Life West Board of Regents and he’s also active with the California Chiropractic Association (CCA).

OK gang, more photos to come!