Month: August 2012

Parker University Honors Faculty of the Year

By Parker University

Dallas, Texas – At a recent school-wide assembly, Parker University presented two faculty members with its most prestigious awards–the Academic Faculty of the Year Award and Clinic Faculty of the Year Award. Dr. Nicole Lederman was presented with the Academic Faculty of the Year Award and Dr. Paula Shaff was given the Clinic Faculty of the Year Award.

Chiorpractor Nicole Lederman“Drs. Lederman and Shaff are both very deserving of this award,” said Dr. Fabrizio Mancini, president of Parker University. “Their dedication to the students, university, and profession is incredible.”

The recipients of the award were nominated by the faculty and elected by a committee vote. Criteria in selecting the recipients include active service to the university, community service, and scholarly endeavors.

“We have a tremendous group of faculty that truly care about our students and go above and beyond to serve them,” said Dr. Gery Hochanadel, provost of Parker University.

Dr. Nicole Lederman, associate professor of Parker University, started her career at the university in 2002. She worked full time in the clinics as a clinic faculty doctor and taught part time in academics. In 2011, she transferred to academics full time, teaching Pediatrics and Diversified II. She also maintains a private practice in Coppell, Texas, which is dedicated to the education and care of women and their children.

In 1995, she received an Honours Bachelor in Kinesiology from McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario. She earned her doctor of chiropractic degree from Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College in 2000, and practiced in Canada until moving to Texas.

Chiropractor Paula ShaffDr. Shaff, associate professor of Parker University, was licensed and practiced in Colorado before she started her 15-year tenure with the university in 1997. Since she joined Parker, she has been a clinic faculty doctor and a part of the compliance department, and she has worked in the external programs department.

She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Natural Science from Muhlenberg College in Allentown, Pennsylvania, in 1986 and subsequently attended and graduated from Life University in Marietta, Georgia, in 1990. Most recently, in 2011, she received a Master’s degree in Human Nutrition from the University of Bridgeport.

“It is an honor to be selected amongst such a group of hard working and dedicated professionals who strive to educate and mentor students by bringing their best to Parker University each and every day,” Dr. Shaff said.

In addition to the two faculty of the year awards, Dr. Thomas Redenbaugh, professor of Parker University, was recognized for his service as past president for the Faculty Senate Executive Council, and chair of the Council on Curriculum and Grades.

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 www.parker.edu.

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Parker University Launches Three New Degree Programs for 2013

DALLAS — Parker University has announced the addition of three new academic programs launching in January 2013, part of a larger strategic plan to develop 12 new programs through 2017. The development is part of Parker University’s evolution to a health science institution, which will offer new academic programs designed specifically to compliment and support the chiropractic profession. The expansion takes place as the school celebrates its 30th anniversary in the DFW community.

parker-university-supporting-your-journey“After an extremely thorough market investigation, these programs were identified as the first to add to our degree offerings based on how well they compliment chiropractic and the high demand for graduates with these degrees,” said Dr. Gery Hochanadel, provost of Parker University. “The introduction of these programs represents the first step in a journey to becoming a comprehensive university, one that offers degrees in health and wellness and integrates them with chiropractic.”

The trio of degrees includes an associate’s degree in Radiologic Technology, bachelor’s degree in Health Information Management and master’s degree in Business Administration, beginning the Spring 2013 trimester. Each of the three programs were selected due to high demand, how well these programs integrate with and support chiropractic practitioners, high salaries, and the soaring job outlook in health care, as evidenced by the July 2012 report by Georgetown University’s Center on Education and Workforce:

  • “Health care support is projected to be the fastest-growing occupational cluster for the [Southern] region (out of 10).
  • On par with national trends, the fastest growth is expected for education-intensive services sectors, including health care services (38.5 percent [projected growth through 2020]).
  • [In Texas,] health care occupations will grow by 25 percent and comprise 7.5 percent of total employment in 2020.”

“As the health care industry requires more health care professionals and more and more people become open to integrative health care models, now is the time to expand our programs to account for these overwhelmingly positive trends,” said Dr. Fabrizio Mancini, president of Parker University. “Because all of these programs relate to health care, we’re excited about the many opportunities that we’ll have to inform students in other programs about chiropractic. We hope to bring more awareness of the benefits of chiropractic and the education a chiropractor goes through. We foresee this as another opportunity to advance the profession by working with like minds that will eventually be working in health care and can become chiropractic advocates.”

Parker University’s leadership has spent months gathering insights and research to strategically develop its program enhancements. Each of the selected programs demonstrated historically positive data in job demand, salaries, industry projections, and education requirements:

Radiologic Technology (RT), Associate’s

After completion of the Radiologic Technology program at Parker University, graduates will be fully prepared to perform a wide variety of radiological procedures.

  • A reported 54 percent of RT academic programs were at full capacity and were turning qualified students away.
  • The Bureau of Labor and Statistics projects a 28 percent increase in demand through 2020.

Health Information Management (HIM), Bachelor’s – online program

Parker University’s program will train future HIM administrators in technologies related to electronic health records (EHR), personal health records, email communications, clinical alerts, reminders, and more.

  • Bureau of Labor and Statistics projects a 20 percent increase in demand by 2018.
  • Texas alone is conservatively expected to need an additional 10,000 workers in this field by 2013, driven in large part by Meaningful Use Criteria incentives offered for electronic health records.

Business Administration, Master’s (healthcare focus) – online program

The MBA program offers Parker University students a health care concentration that provides practitioners and administrators a solid foundation in business and marketing education to build practices and careers within the corporate hospital environment.

  • Practitioners that complete an MBA program can expect 28 percent growth in their practice in the five years following graduation.
  • A surveyed 61 percent of health care practitioners reported a lack in business and marketing skills needed to grow their practices.

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 in anatomy, a bachelor of science in health and wellness, massage therapy certificates, and continuing education certifications. Parker University also includes Parker Research Institute, which provides sound, scientific evidence supporting health and wellness; two 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 www.parker.edu.

Free Community Wellness Fair October 13 at Sherman College

Sherman College will host a free Wellness Fair on Saturday, October 13 2012 (rain or shine), from 10-3 on its campus at 2020 Springfield Road in Boiling Springs. Attendees will enjoy family-friendly activities and a full range of health screenings by the college and other health professionals. Sherman College students and interns have envisioned and planned this community event.

With the rising cost of health care, many Americans are left without the care they need.

“With the rising cost of health care, many Americans are left without the care they need,” said Sherman student and event organizer Wendy Parker. “This Wellness Fair is our way to give back to our home community. Fairs like this one are incredible opportunities to take stock of your health, and the health of your friends and family members.”

Here’s what you can expect at Sherman College of Chiropractic’s Free Community Wellness Fair:

  • Free admission and parking
  • A full range of health screenings
  • Spinal checks by Sherman interns and faculty (10:30-2:30)
  • Opportunity to donate blood with the Blood Connection (ends at 2:00)
  • Kid-friendly activities including inflatables and an interactive “touch-a-truck” section
  • Free registration for prizes, including an iPad to be given away at the end of the fair

Sherman College of ChiropracticIn addition, event attendees can register for a free yoga class, learn about nutrition and local recreational opportunities, receive valuable coupons to follow up at the Sherman College Health Center, and much more. Spinal screening participants can register for a free iPad to be given away at the conclusion of the fair. Concessions will be available for purchase. Wellness-oriented businesses and organizations are encouraged to participate, and non-profit organizations may exhibit free of charge.

For more information about the free Community Wellness Fair, contact Wendy Parker at 704-600-5272. More information is available at www.sherman.edu/wellnessfair.

Sherman College of Chiropractic provides students with a comprehensive chiropractic education, preparing them to enter the field as primary health care professionals who are highly skilled, compassionate, ethical and successful. On its 80-acre campus in Spartanburg, SC, the college operates a Chiropractic Health Center open to the public where students intern under the supervision of licensed doctors of chiropractic. For more information, visit www.sherman.edu or call 800-849-8771.

Life Chiropractic College West New Philosophy Department Chair

Hayward, California — Dr. Brian Flannery has been named the new philosophy department chair at Life Chiropractic College West starting September 2012.  A graduate of Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport, Iowa, Dr. Flannery started his practice in 1998.  In addition to earning his Doctor of Chiropractic degree, he has a Master’s of Business Administration from Kennesaw State University and a Diplomate in Philosophical Chiropractic Standards from Palmer and the ICA.   As a faculty member at Life University between 2005 and 2010, Dr. Flannery was responsible for the development, implementation, and management of a 120+ hour business curriculum in the chiropractic program.

Dr. Flannery is recognized as a Distinguished Fellow in the ICA, has served on the board of directors of the ICA as the Central Regional Director, was ICA Representative Assemblyman of the Year in 2003, served as a board member of the ICA Council on Chiropractic Philosophy from 2005 to 2010, and was a founding member of the ICA Council on Chiropractic Philosophy.

Dr. Kelly, president of Life West, states, “Dr. Flannery has demonstrated an unwavering commitment to chiropractic philosophy and a passion that resonates deeply with us here at Life West.  We welcome his expertise and insight as we continue to develop our curriculum and program”.

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. www.lifewest.edu.