Month: December 2011

5th Generation Chiropractor Graduates Palmer West

Palmer Chiropractic News

Meghan Austin Dowling continues family tradition, graduates from Palmer’s West Campus as fifth generation chiropractor

Most four-year-old children have a difficult time deciding on their morning breakfast cereal. At that tender age, however, Meghan Austin already had decided on her future career.

So when her mother asked, “What do you want to be when you grow up? … “with the video camera rolling during a family vacation, the mini-Meghan said, “I wanna be a chi-wo-pwactor like my daddy.”

Meghan Austin Dowling at Palmer WestPhoto: Dr. Meghan Austin Dowling with her father, Dr. Thomas Austin (left), and grandfather, Dr. Douglas Austin.

On December 2, 2011, Meghan Austin Dowling graduated as valedictorian of the Fall Quarter 2011 class at Palmer College of Chiropractic’s West Campus, San Jose, California, with summa cum laude honors, and achieved her early goal of becoming a “chi-wo-pwactor” like her daddy.

The Austin family’s chiropractic lineage now spans five generations. Meghan’s graduation marks 100 years since her great-great-grandparents, Drs. Jay and Mabel Austin, graduated from Palmer’s Davenport Campus in 1911.

Meghan’s great-great-grandfather, Dr. Jay Austin, is the first known chiropractor in San Jose. The practice, Austin Chiropractic, is now managed by Meghan’s father, Dr. Thomas Austin, whom Meghan will join as the newest member of the Austin family to become a practicing Doctor of Chiropractic.

“I was lucky enough to be introduced to chiropractic as a baby,” said Meghan. “My dad adjusted me and my brothers regularly. He was our team chiropractor for basketball, soccer, softball and other sports we played. I really recognized the benefit of chiropractic after taking a good hard fall on the soccer field. It was good to grow up a chiropractic kid!”

Meghan is now looking forward to joining her father’s practice. She couldn’t be happier, and he couldn’t be prouder. “My father is the most honest, trustworthy doctor I have ever known, and I admire how he is so passionate about chiropractic. He has been, and will continue to be, the best mentor I could imagine.”

Dr. Tom Austin added: “To say that I am proud of my daughter is an understatement. She is an amazing, talented and intelligent person and will be a great asset to our profession. I am sure that Meghan’s great-great grandmother, Dr. Mabel Austin, who was the first generation of chiropractors in our family with her husband, Dr. Jay Austin, would also be proud–although it did take 100 years for another woman in the family to enter the profession!”

In January, Meghan and her husband, Jake, will welcome a potential sixth generation chiropractor into the world. “Since I never was pressured to go into chiropractic, I can’t see myself pushing my children to continue the tradition. For me, it was an easy choice. Who wouldn’t want to be a part of a profession that promotes natural healing with the only tools being their hands? I definitely aspire to be as great a doctor as my father and the previous generations. I know I have some big shoes to fill–but at least I have genetics on my side!” @ 7:14 am | Article ID: 1324048512

Parker Seminars Las Vegas January 2012

By Michael Dorausch, D.C.

Parker Seminars is taking place in Las Vegas on January 19-21, 2012. The three day chiropractic extravaganza will be held at the Las Vegas Hilton Hotel and Casino, located just off the world-famous Las Vegas Strip and easily accessible via the Las Vegas Monorail. Parker Seminars Vegas is the world’s largest chiropractic seminar and it’s a great way to get started on developing yourself in the new year.

Parker Seminars Las Vegas 2012
The 2012 Parker Seminar series will usher in developmental tracks designed to provide guidance for doctors of chiropractic (and chiropractic assistants/chiropractic students) as they journey on their path through their chosen career field in chiropractic. Sessions will be led by chiropractic greats like Gilles Lamarche, Fabrizio Mancini, Patrick Gentempo, Gene Orlowsky, Rick Wren, Dan Murphy, and others.

The Las Vegas Parker Seminar event is the premier event within chiropractic, with world class sessions on practice building, and life-changing sessions on chiropractic philosophy. It’s the only place you’ll get living legends like James Sigafoose and John Demartini in a single day (two of my favorite speakers in chiropractic).

Beside spectacular speakers, there are award ceremonies like chiropractor and chiropractic assistant of the year awards, numerous networking events, and a massive exhibit hall.

I’ll be at the event covering news and taking photos of chiropractors from around the world. Back in 2000 and 2001 I had to save photos to my laptop, and then run upstairs to my hotel room, so I could upload them via a 56K modem connection. Thankfully, things are a bit easier today.

While early bird registration is over, attendees can register for Parker Seminars Las Vegas online, by mail, by fax, and by phone. Visit the Parker Seminar registration page for information on packages and pricing.

See you in Las Vegas! @ 10:59 am | Article ID: 1323975618

Palmer Chiropractic students donate toys and time to Toys for Tots

Palmer Chiropractic News

Palmer student groups collect $2,000 worth of toys for Toys for Tots; present donation and volunteer at Toys for Tots warehouse in Davenport, Iowa, on Dec. 10

Members of the Palmer Student Alumni Foundation (PSAF) spent the last several weeks collecting toys and monetary donations from students, faculty and staff at Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport, Iowa, for this year’s Toys for Tots collection by the United States Marine Corps. Their efforts paid off as they donated nearly $2,000 worth of toys on Dec. 10. In addition, they teamed up with members of the Palmer Campus Guides to volunteer at the Toys for Tots warehouse on Dec. 10.

Palmer student groups collect $2,000 worth of toys for Toys for Tots
Some of the more than 20 students from Palmer’s Davenport Campus who volunteered at the Toys for Tots warehouse in Davenport, Iowa, on December 10. The students also presented the Marines with nearly $2,000 worth of toys.

“The reason for the fundraising is that the student leaders realize what the Davenport community does for us while we live here,” said Joe O’Tool, a current Palmer student who is the president of both the Palmer Student Alumni Foundation and the Campus Guides. “We want to be a meaningful part of the community by giving back.”

Added Devanni Partridge, who is a member of both the Campus Guides and PSAF: “Saturday, December 10 was a huge success for Palmer students in the Davenport community when more than 20 current students gathered at the local Toys for Tots warehouse. We not only came with a donation of nearly $2,000 worth of toys, but we also volunteered from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. sorting and packing bags for local families. It was a fun, rewarding and educational time for everyone involved as we got to experience the joy of community service and see how much can be accomplished and how many lives can be changed when everyone gives a little.”

The Palmer Student Alumni Foundation is a group of students who organize activities for students to help prepare them for chiropractic practice and to be active alumni of Palmer College. The Palmer Campus Guides are a group of specially selected and trained students who provide campus tours to visitors and prospective students, and assist in various ways at campus events such as graduations and Homecoming celebrations.

PSAF on Palmer’s Florida Campus conducts Toys for Tots drive

During the past month, members of the Palmer Student Alumni Foundation (PSAF) on Palmer’s Florida Campus in Port Orange, Florida, collected toys for the U.S. Marine Corps Toys for Tots program. The students collected 300 toys from the Florida Campus community. @ 9:17 am | Article ID: 1323969483

Dynamic Essentials at Embassy Suites Atlanta January 2012

By Michael Dorausch, D.C.

January is a great time for chiropractors and staff to get the wheels moving and Dynamic Essentials in Atlanta Georgia is a perfect place to start. The following was in my email but I wanted to share it. There are still chiropractors that don’t know the value of attending DE.

Dear Doctor,

The Christmas and New Year Holidays are fast approaching!

REMINDER… Have you already made your reservations to join us for Drs. Sid’s and Nell’s January 19-22 DE Meeting? If not, we encourage you to do so right away before you get wrapped up in all the Holiday activities. Too often, Melba gets last minute calls from people who need a room at the Embassy Suites and she regrets to tell them that all rooms at the hotel are gone. Don’t let this happen to you! Phone 404-223-2300 today to make your room reservations! Then phone Melba at 770-438-9949 to register you, your associates and staff for the January DE.

DE Dynamic Essentials
What better way to insure yourself a highly productive and successful 2012 than to attend the first DE of the New Year, getting refreshed in the rock solid ChiropracTIC Principles as well as DE success principles that can only be found at Dynamic Essentials. You get all of this plus the privilege of enjoying the camaraderie and fellowship with your DE brothers and sisters.

Your success for 2012 will not happen without a plan, and we encourage you to start planning now for the very best and most successful year ever! Remember, one of Dr. Sid’s key Sidisms: “I CAN, I WILL, I MUST”…Make this your motto for 2012 and we assure you that you can enjoy your very best year ever!

Now from all of us, Dr. Sid, Dr. Nell and the DE staff, we wish you a Joyful Holiday Season and a New Year filled with the very best life has to offer! It can be…it must be…it will be!

Love and appreciation to you all! See you in January for another awesome DE Meeting!

The D.E. Staff

Dynamic Essentials

Embassy Suites Atlanta – at Centennial Olympic Park
267 Marietta Street, Atlanta, GA 30313 (404) 223-2300

2008 August Dynamic Essentials Chiropractic Event
Dynamic Essentials February 2009
CORE Chiropractors the Life West Wave and Dynamic Essentials @ 9:19 am | Article ID: 1323364818

Parker University Presents Scholarships to Students

Parker Chiropractic News

DALLAS — Parker University College of Chiropractic recently presented $23,000 in scholarships to 18 students. The scholarships committee comprised of Parker faculty, staff, students, and alumni, select recipients based on anonymous applications, the student’s financial need, academic achievements, character, extracurricular participation, leadership, and more. The students were presented one of six types of scholarships including corporate partner, leadership, alumni, memorial, Parker Alumni Association, and endowment scholarships.

“Ninety-five percent of Parker students qualify for financial aid,” said JoLynne Jensen, vice president of development at Parker University. “Their financial burden while in school is offset by the student scholarships funds. These 18 students were selected from a pool of 82 scholarship applicants.”

Parker’s alumni continue to support future chiropractors by providing $7,000 in scholarships. Dr. Doug DeShazo, a ’95 Parker graduate, and his wife Diane DeShazo, awarded Aliena Johnston with a $4,000 DeShazo Chiropractic Student Scholarship.

Drs. Brenda and Clark Byroad, who graduated from Parker in ’89 and ’87 and have practiced in Lewisville, Texas for 22 years, presented two of four alumni scholarships including the Byroad Chiropractic Student Scholarship for $1,000 awarded to Gavin Wolff and the $1,000 Dr. Bernard Kunc Student Scholarship awarded to Atrelia Wadley.

In addition, OTZ Health Education Systems represented by Dr. Francis Murphy, a ’95 Parker graduate, awarded Steven Chalk with the $1,000 OTZ Health Education Systems Student Scholarship.

Parker University Donor Wall

A total of $8,000 in corporate partner scholarships were provided by companies supporting the chiropractic profession.

Nicholas Speegle was awarded with a $2,000 scholarship from Erchonia Medical. Chiro One Wellness Centers presented a $1,000 scholarship to Vanessa Morales. Parker student, Angela Natoli, received a $1,000 scholarship from Drucker Labs. Protocol for Life Balance provided Matt Sleeman with a $1,000 scholarship. Evan Pulver was awarded a $2,000 scholarship from Standard Process. Thumper Massager presented Logan Spangler with a $1,000 scholarship.

“This scholarship is a huge blessing,” said Natoli. “This trimester has been especially financially stressful as I had to make large, but necessary purchases, such as a portable table to practice on, board reviews, and board fees, amongst others things.”

Four leadership scholarships were also presented, which included the $1,000 Dr. Phil Cook Student Scholarship awarded to Garett Williams. The scholarship was provided by Dr. Phil Cook, who has served on Parker’s Board of Trustees since 2007.

Dr. Gilles Lamarche, vice president of Parker Chiropractic Wellness Clinics, Parker Research Institute, Parker Continuing Education, and Parker Seminars, presented the Dr. Gilles Lamarche Student Scholarship of $1,000 to Jean-Philippe Mercier.

Dr. Rose Lepien, a ’91 Parker graduate and former Parker Board of Trustees member, provided $1,000 to Lauren Donbar, who was awarded the Dr. Rose Lepien Student Scholarship.

“This scholarship means opportunity to me,” said Donbar. “It has given me the opportunity to pay for experiences I may not have had otherwise such as a mission trip I plan to attend in January to the Dominican Republic. I know this will be an experience I will never forget and I am excited to serve the people there as well as the things I will learn to help better serve my future patients. I’m so grateful to Dr. Lepien for providing me the means for this opportunity.”

Dr. Fabrizio Mancini, president of Parker University and 1990 graduate of Parker, presented student, Jason Trainer, with the Dr. Fabrizio Mancini Student Scholarship of $1,000.

Chelsea Verslues received the fourth scholarship awarded in memory of Dr. Matthew Cacka, a 2007 graduate of Parker. Verslues was awarded $1,000 for the Dr. Matthew Cacka Memorial Scholarship.

Parker student, Corey Todhunter was awarded a $1,000 scholarship provided by the Parker Alumni Association.

In addition, Foot Levelers awarded a $1,000 endowment scholarship to Craig Raschke. Nicole Jones received $1,000 from the Dr. Leander Eckard Endowment Scholarship.

Parker University unveiled its new donor wall following the presentation of scholarships.

About Parker University
Dallas-based Parker University, formerly known as Parker College of Chiropractic, is one of the world’s leading educators of health care professionals. Founded in 1982, this private, nonprofit, educational institution prepares men and women to become doctors of chiropractic. In addition, Parker University awards additional wellness-focused degrees including a bachelor of science with a major in anatomy and a major in health and wellness, massage therapy certificates, and continuing education specializations and certifications. @ 11:07 am | Article ID: 1323198467

Important Google Health Service Announcement

By Michael Dorausch, D.C.

I received an e-mail recently from the Google Health Service that Google Health will be discontinued as of January 1, 2012. According to the e-mail, after that date, users will no longer be able to access Google Health, and any third-party services that are linked to one’s Google health profiles, will no longer be able to send data to or receive data from those profiles.

I wrote about the long anticipated announcement of Google Health in May of 2008. The service launched to mixed reviews, and it wasn’t long after the launch date, that I heard barely anything further about the online health service from Google.

Google Health

According to Google, their goal when launching Google Health was to “create a service that would give people access to their personal health and wellness information.” After a few years of experience, Google noticed that the program was not having the broad impact they had hoped it would. While the service was reportedly being used by tech savvy patients and caregivers, and even wellness and fitness enthusiasts, they had failed to reach widespread adoption.

According to a Google Health related blog post, Google will continue to host information up to January 1, 2013. “Any data that remains in Google Health after that point will be permanently deleted.”

It’s unfortunate that this service did not work out for Google, but healthcare privacy concerns continue to be a hot topic, and it’s my opinion that a large majority of people still prefer to keep their personal health information off-line. It’s also sad that in 2011 my chiropractic office continues to see examples where hospitals and/or medical facilities are still relying on fax machines to transfer patient information. Add to that the problem of proprietary CD-ROMs that are 32-bit Windows XP accessible but fail to read on 64-bit platforms, operating systems like Windows 7 or even Windows Vista, and certainly not readable on Macintosh or Linux based operating systems.

It’s going to be a long time before the old ways of health care are modernized enough for provider and patient adoption. I’d like to say we are there already, but I see evidence to the contrary each and every business day. @ 11:42 pm | Article ID: 1323070949

Chiropractic Christmas Office Decorations

By Michael Dorausch, D.C.

It’s that time of year again (2011 went by lightening fast) to get your chiropractic office decorated for the December holiday season. Having been practicing at the same location in Los Angeles for nearly 10 years now, we’ve accumulated quite a bunch of Christmas decorations (more get added each year). Each year it is tradition in our office to put up Christmas decorations the weekend after Thanksgiving.

chiropractic patient Christmas cardsChristmas Cards from Chiropractic Patients

An easy way to fill the office with joy is by saving the Christmas cards patients send to your office each year. For the past few years, we have put holiday cards up behind the front desk, which adds a decorative touch to the file cabinets and walls. We read through all of the cards while putting them up, stimulating memories of all the people we’ve served, and joyful anticipation that we’ll get to see many of them again this holiday season.

chiropractic-family-affair-ChristmasChiropractic Front Office Decorations

Red and green stockings get hung along the front counter with care, and our clients know, that gifts will soon be there. We’ve filled stockings with ice packs, chocolate and other candy (not all chiropractors like that idea), gift cards, hand massagers, and various items that are typically under $10 each.

Chiropractic Posters and Christmas LightsChiropractic Posters in Christmas Lights

Last year we decorated the office with white lights on the tree and pretty much throughout the entire office. This year we decided to go with colors, and we strung up about 300 feet of lights, not including the tree which is all decorated in white light. Lights can get hot so expect that the temperature in the office may be warmer than normal, but most chiropractors are working in colder climates during the month of December anyway. The additional warmth shouldn’t be too bothersome.

Santa Claus Nervous SystemSanta Claus Stocking Chiropractic Poster

Last year one smart kid that came in the office asked how it was possible that Santa Claus had filled the stockings at ADIO Chiropractic when he’s supposed to be delivering gifts on Christmas Eve. I had to explain to the lad that Santa gets adjusted so that he can travel around the world subluxation free, and that it was more convenient for him to fill stockings when coming in for his chiropractic adjustments.

Have a Holly Jolly Christmas and a great holiday!

Deck the Chiropractic Office with Boughs of Holly

By Michael Dorausch, D.C.

Chiropractic offices all over the world are getting decorated for this year’s holiday season. Not all chiropractors decorate their office for Halloween, and some for pumpkins and other decorations out for Thanksgiving, but most offices will at least have minimal decorations up for Christmas. At ADIO Chiropractic in Los Angeles, we like to go all out. There’s hundreds of feet of colored lights, a Christmas tree that nearly reaches the ceiling, and a 60″ TV playing the season’s best holiday Blu-Ray movies.

Merry Christmas Chiropractic

For a few years we put plastic chiropractic keychains on the tree, truly making it a Chiropractic Christmas Tree. Those have been a huge hit for patients but this year we changed up our decorations a bit.

Decorating one’s chiropractic office is easy to do, especially if you put aside enough time each year for preparation (we do a preparatory staff meeting each November). I posted some Christmas Chiropractic Office Decoration photos in case you’re seeking ideas.

I also browsed through the archives to see what Christmas related news posts appeared on Planet Chiropractic in the past decade, and I found several. One of the most popular was a 2005 article about chiropractors worldwide helping Santa Claus with chiropractic care.

I have not shoveled a driveway since I was a kid in Long Island New York, but I know many chiropractors that not only shovel their own driveways this Christmas, they may have to even shovel snow at the office. Watch your backs doctors.

It’s all about holiday office spirit and we do our best to make sure patients are reminded how much we appreciate them. Any chiropractor that’s been in practice more than a year, has noticed the increase in stress patients present with, from around the Thanksgiving holidays until just after New Year’s Day. Nutrition is a factor, family drama is a factor, and holiday traffic along with the hustle and bustle appears to increase everyone’s levels of spinal stress. It’s a critical time of year for chiropractors to be at their healthiest.

Wishing you all a healthy and happy 2011 holiday season and a spectacular new year! @ 5:49 pm | Article ID: 1322963400