Month: May 2012

WCCS Regional Conference Called Game Changer

By Michael Dorausch, D.C.

The First WCCS Regional Conference Hosted At Life West Called A ‘Game-Changer’
Hayward, California – On May 3, 2012, Life Chiropractic College West hosted the first World Congress of Chiropractic Students (WCCS) regional event which ran over the course of four days. Chiropractic students from 13 schools in four countries and two continents congregated at this special conference in Hayward, California. The event was recognized as a “Game-changer” for many of the attendees and prestigious guests. Some of the high-profile guests include Dr. Arno Burnier of MCQI, Research Director of NZCC, Dr. Heidi Haavik, President of Life West, Dr. Brian Kelly, Drs. Gerry Clum, Keith Overland, Joel Alcantara, Mike Flynn, Liam Schubel, and co-author of E-Myth Chiropractor, Frank Sovinsky along with several other renowned presenters.

World Congress of Chiropractic StudentsRegional WCCS event organizers and staff comprised of Life West students and alumni
Sponsors included Life West, Standard Process, WFC, NBCE, ICA, ACA, IFCO, F4CP, CCA, and many others. The event tackled many hot topics concerning Chiropractic education, research, politics, and business while strengthening the unity amongst chiropractic students around the world.

Addison Bulosan, Life West student and key orchestrator, states, “While we hoped to make an impact with this event we never dreamed of it shaking the very foundation of how we serve as Chiropractors. The weekend took the best of the best from each chiropractic school and organization, and created an atmosphere of growth and understanding. The transformation that occurred at this event will contribute to the success of chiropractic for many years to come.”

The World Congress of Chiropractic Students (WCCS) is a non-profit organization representing the chiropractic profession internationally. Active membership consists of over 15,000 students from 32 colleges. Their purpose is to advance and unite the global chiropractic profession through inspiration, integrity, and leadership. The WCCS, which has been running since 1979, will meet on August 2012 for their annual conference to discuss issues pertinent to the chiropractic profession.

Life West, established in 1976, is an accredited non-profit institution of higher learning. Over 4,500 graduates of Life West are now providing chiropractic care worldwide. The college’s vision is to create a brighter future for humanity. 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 1,000 patients per week in the city of Hayward, California.

Source: Life West Chiropractic College @ 11:53 am | Article ID: 1336838035

2012 CCA Legislative Conference Features Governor Jerry Brown

By Michael Dorausch, D.C.

The California Chiropractic Association (CCA) is hosting a legislative conference on Tuesday, May 15, 2012 featuring Governor Jerry Brown as the keynote speaker. The CCA legislative conference is being held in Sacramento, California and chiropractors as well as chiropractic students are urged to attend. Registration begins at 9 AM and there will be a reception and fundraiser taking place later in the afternoon.

CCA Legislative Conference Governor Jerry BrownFrom the California Chiropractic Association: Governor Jerry Brown has been a loyal friend and an extremely effective and staunch advocate to the profession of chiropractic and the patients it serves. CCA is honored to have Governor Brown as the key note speaker for our upcoming Legislative Conference.

Governor Brown is a true believer in alternative health care, freedom of choice for patients and parity for health care providers. In his capacity as former governor of California (1975-1983), he appointed a chiropractor to a local Board of Medical Quality Assurance, which caused a huge stir in the medical profession. In 1976, Governor Brown signed a bill to run an initiative establishing the Council on Chiropractic Education as an accrediting agency for the chiropractic colleges under the auspices of the California State Board of Chiropractic Examiners. In 1978, Governor Brown signed another bill to allow for an initiative to permit clean-up language to the Chiropractic Initiative Act. Not surprisingly, the California Medical Association presented significant opposition, but he stood by our profession.

CCA proudly endorsed Governor Jerry Brown in the 2006 California Attorney General race and in his unprecedented 2010 California Governor race. Today, Governor Brown continues his long standing and incredible support of the chiropractic profession. In the 2011 legislative session, Governor Brown signed into law four important CCA supported bills: AB 25 (Hayashi), SB 51 (Alquist), SB 543 (Steinberg, Price, Hayashi) and SB 826 (Leno).

AB 25 (Hayashi) – Signed by the Governor. Requires a student athlete who is suspected of sustaining a concussion or head injury to be evaluated and receive a written clearance by a licensed health care provider prior to returning to play. CCA actively supported this bill and successfully advocated strongly to ensure that doctors of chiropractic are eligible to evaluate and clear a student athlete suspected of having suffered a concussion.

SB 51 (Alquist) – Signed by the Governor. Requires specified health plans and insurers to comply with specified medical loss ratios. CCA supported this measure.

SB 543 (Steinberg, Price, Hayashi) – Signed by the Governor. Prohibits the Physical Therapy Board of California from taking disciplinary actions against licensed physical therapists who are currently employed by chiropractic, medical or podiatric corporations for a period of one year. CCA strongly supported this measure.

SB 826 (Leno) – Signed by the Governor. Requires the Workers’ Compensation administrative director to assess an administrative penalty against a claims administrator for a violation of data reporting requirements. CCA supported this measure.

For those of you planning to attend, there is an online registration form available (2012 CCA Legislative Conference – along with more details) on the chiropractic seminar pages.

The 2012 CCA Legislative Conference on Tuesday will be followed by a Fundraiser for CCA Political Action Committee (CCPAC) beginning at 3 PM. The reception and fundraiser is taking place at the Pyramid Alehouse, Brewery & Restaurant, 1029 K Street, Sacramento, CA 95814.

Enjoy an IPA with the CCA and celebrate chiropractic in the state of California! @ 2:00 pm | Article ID: 1336672807

Chiropractic Conference Report for May 2012

By Michael Dorausch, D.C.

Here is this months chiropractic news related to several seminars and conferences taking place throughout the United States. Parker Seminars and the California Chiropractic Association annual convention was held in San Diego this past weekend and it was a spectacular event. As a chiropractor member of the CCA and a long time attendee at Parker Seminars, it’s my opinion that the joined effort was a fabulous value for chiropractors. There was continuing education, top-notch speakers, loads of positive energy, and that awesome San Diego sunshine.

Fabrizio Mancini and Matt Hubbard
Chiropractors Fabrizio Mancini and Matt Hubbard

Being that San Diego is not a far drive from my office in Los Angeles, and my CCA dues provide opportunities to get continuing education, staying in California for this May combined Parker Seminars CCA Conference was an easy choice. I’ve already posted one seminar photo set to the blog, and there’s more to come. I was ecstatic to see former chiropractic classmates, old chiropractic heroes, and fresh new chiropractic student warriors.

Record Attendance at Sarasota Dynamic Essentials – While I didn’t make it to the April 26 Dynamic Essentials Meeting in Sarasota Florida, the word from DE is that there was a wall-to-wall, standing room only crowd present for Drs. Sid and Nell Williams. There was a Thursday night video presentation featuring Dr. Sid Williams from a 1980s Life Chiropractic College student assembly. According to DE, students from five chiropractic institutions were in attendance for the Florida event. I remember the days in the early 90s when a few classmates and myself would make the journey from Los Angeles to Atlanta to attend Dynamic Essentials meetings. They helped shape my future in chiropractic.

There is more to come for chiropractic in the month of May. The Palmer College West Chiropractic Homecoming begins on Friday, May 18 and takes place through Sunday, May 20. The event features 20 hours of continuing education presented by an amazing lineup of chiropractic speakers, and it’s being hosted in Santa Clara, California.

Another event for principled chiropractors is going to be the Georgia Council of Chiropractic 31st Annual Convention taking place in Atlanta, Georgia. The chiropractic convention and expo is from July 27 through July 29 and it’s being held at the Mall of Georgia Conference Center. There’s continuing education credits available and several great speakers already on the schedule.

Living in Venice Beach, you’re more likely to find me catching waves in July, and in August I’ll be catching the Life West Wave in northern California. I had a blast at the 2011 Life West Wave was amazed by the turnout of spizzed chiropractors.

Outside the world of chiropractic you’ll find me speaking at SMX Advanced Seattle 2012 on June 5th. I’ll be on the Hardcore Local SEO Tactics track, and I believe the event is sold out. I will likely post material from my local search presentation to my personal site soon after the conference.

That’s my update for the month of May, make it a spectacular month! @ 1:37 am | Article ID: 1336628270

CCA San Diego Parker Seminars Chiropractic Photos

The 2012 CCA Annual Chiropractic Convention in conjunction with Parker Seminars San Diego turned out to be a terrific success. Not only did chiropractors have the opportunity to get Continuing Education credits for relicensing, they also got great sunny weather, and three days of motivational talks by high energy chiropractors and chiropractic assistants.

Chiropractic Continuing Education San DiegoContinuing Education Was Available for Numerous States

Fresh off of posting photos from an Internet Marketing conference in Los Angeles, I changed gears and made my way down the coast to the Paradise Point Resort and Spa in San Diego California. It’s an older style hotel property but it’s a terrific venue for a chiropractic event like the California Chiropractic Association conferences. I loved that you could park your car directly outside your room, beer cooler for the win!

Jeff Spencer with Dennis Buckley and Eric PlaskerChiropractors Jeff Spencer, Dennis Buckley and Eric Plasker

Dr. Jeff Spencer (world renowned sports chiropractor) conducted a presentation on sports injuries and protocols to achieve maximum patient results. In Dr. Spencer’s presentation, he talked about controlling acute pain and inflammation by following an anti-inflammatory diet. He also talked about fibroblastic repair and remodeling, it was a great presentation.

Dr. Dennis Buckley (the former marathon running chiropractor in the center) practices in Pasadena California and is host to monthly chiropractic CORE events.

Dr. Eric Plasker (pictured on the right) presented on becoming the big idea. He is a motivating spirit and creator of the 100 Year Lifestyle, he has provided numerous 100 Year Lifestyle education programs for California Chiropractors.

Brian Wikoff Family ChiropracticBrian Wikoff Family Chiropractic

It’s terrific to catch up with local chiropractors when attending conferences. It’s also great to see chiropractors bring their family and staff to events like Parker Seminars. One chiropractor that brought his family and staff to the event was Dr. Brian Wikoff of Santa Ana, California. Brian and his wife Stacey have always been smiling and positive when I’ve seen them at events, I imagine their chiropractic office is loaded with nurturing energy.

Derrell Pratt BlackburnDerrell Pratt Blackburn talks the TIC

Attendees on Friday were presented with a patient education talk by award-winning talk the tic finalist Derrell Pratt Blackburn titled Stuck in Traffic. His youthful enthusiasm for chiropractic reminded me of my days as a chiropractic student in Los Angeles, and the chiropractic minded friends I was surrounded by in those days.

Fabrizio Mancini and Gilles LamarcheFabrizio Mancini and Gilles Lamarche of Parker University and Seminars

The last time I had the opportunity to photograph these two gentlemen they were featured in a Las Vegas fashion show during a Parker Las Vegas event. Chiropractors Fabrizio Mancini and Gilles Lamarche make all attendees feel welcome at Parker events, and it’s much appreciated, as the feeling of hospitality keeps chiropractors returning. Dr. Mancini has a new book out titled The Power of Self-Healing and I hear he remained an additional day in San Diego to go on Fox television to talk more about his book.

Brandi MacDonaldBrandi MacDonald Chiropractic Assistant Extraordinaire

Chiropractic assistant Brandi MacDonald (2010 chiropractic assistant of the year) did a presentation on the secrets of removing quality interference from the front desk and increasing your healing consciousness. She spoke about removing subluxation and interference from the perspective of a chiropractic assistant. Her talk is a must attend for chiropractic doctors and staff. Next time you are attending a Parker Seminar, don’t miss her presentations.

I have many more photos to post, but it’s time to run the beach and then get ready to serve in the office. Additional photo posts to come later in the week. Please respect my photography copyrights.

Parker University Named One of the Healthiest Employers in North Texas

By Michael Dorausch, D.C.

DALLAS, TX — Parker University was recognized as one of the Healthiest Employers in North Texas by the Dallas Business Journal (DBJ). Each year, the Dallas Business Journal recognizes companies that proactively shape the health of their employees. Parker was honored as an organization that’s committed to creating a healthy workplace.

“Parker prides itself on being a health and wellness leader and advocate so it’s only fitting that we encourage employees to participate in activities that result in healthier lifestyles,” said Dr. Fabrizio Mancini, president of Parker University. “We’re committed to improving people’s overall health and quality of life including our employees’ health.”

The Healthiest Employers awards program evaluates organizations based on criteria including culture and leadership commitment, foundational components, strategic planning, communication and marketing, programming and interventions, and reporting and analysis. With more than 250 employees, Parker was awarded in the midsize company category, along with six others companies.

Parker University Chiropractic College

Parker actively promotes a healthy work environment for employees and encourages them to make positive lifestyle choices. Parker implements a variety of wellness programs including Simply Well, which is an online tool used to motivate employees to manage and increase healthy behaviors. The customized program enables employees to identify their possible health risks and empowers them to improve their health with the help of individualized action plans and support tools. Employees who participate in the program and achieve predetermined point requirements are rewarded with a $40-per-month discount on health insurance premiums. Employees can even be reimbursed for their gym memberships. If they attend a gym of their choice at least 10 times per-month, they receive $35 on the following month’s pay. If employees participate in both programs, they gain $900 a year.

Employees receive Simply Well points for participating in events such as self-defense classes, weekend walks, and workouts on campus like yoga or P90X.

Parker also provides free chiropractic care, health and wellness counseling, and discounted health and wellness products, including supplements, back and neck supportive pillows, and massagers.

In addition, the Human Resources Department collaborates with the Parker Wellness Committee, which plans healthy events and programs throughout the year.

“We’re proud of the numerous programs and support systems we have that encourage and assist in employees’ health,” said Sandra McLean, chief human resources officer of Parker University. “Our wellness committee provides extensive support for employees. They’re great about coming up with fun ways to get people moving and inspired about being active and eating healthy.”

Parker also has a gym on campus that has free weights, treadmills, ellipticals, a basketball court, and a yoga area that’s free to employees and their spouses.

The DBJ featured Parker University in a special article about the award.

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. Parker University also includes Parker Research Institute, which provides sound, scientific evidence supporting health and wellness; three chiropractic wellness clinics in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex; Parker Seminars, the largest chiropractic seminar organization in the world, and Parker SHARE Products that provide innovative, high quality products, and current information on chiropractic wellness. For additional information about Parker University, visit the website at

Source: Parker University @ 12:47 pm | Article ID: 1335890835