Month: May 2013

A Magnificent Bonfire of Love at Dynamic Essentials

By Michael Dorausch, D.C.

The next Dynamic Essentials will be in Atlanta Georgia the weekend of August 1, 2013. I’ve written numerous times about the importance of attending Dynamic Essentials (DE), I began attending while still a chiropractic student in Los Angeles, in the 1990s. This is a place for chiropractors to be. Flights to Atlanta are easy from nearly every city in the USA, the international airport features numerous direct flights. The following is sourced from the DE staff, they would appreciate if you would share it with others.

Dear DE Doctor,

“These are the times that try men’s souls.” This statement was made by Thomas Paine more than 200 years ago, a few months after the signing of the Declaration of Independence, when this great nation was in its infancy. It was a time when men had to take a stand for what they believed.

In the past three centuries-nothing has changed. Men must still stand up and be counted-especially chiropractors. Because of the persecution and prejudice that has been our lot in the past, doctors of chiropractic have needed an inner strength to overcome a multitude of obstacles-they have fought a good fight and the major battles have been won-but there must not be a cessation of vigilance or effort. The struggle for freedom must be constant.

Chiropractors Sharon Gorman and Dean Sottile
Chiropractors Sharon Gorman and Dean Sottile, 2 long-time DE attendees and speakers
The basic ingredient of freedom is dependent upon individual effort. One man, inspired, can change the world. That is what Dynamic Essentials is all about. When kindred hearts gather, they kindle the innate fire in each other and the result is a magnificent bonfire of love. At DE, one can learn to put on the armor of love and dedication to mankind-to overcome one’s faults and learn the true source of happiness and fulfillment-service to others.

Come join us at DE (Dynamic Essentials Atlanta Georgia August 2013). You will discover inner strength and capabilities you never dreamed you possessed. You will learn to turn on the dynamic source of energy which will change your life and all with whom you come in contact.

A man who is merely financially successful can become a spiritual “zombie.” As his bankroll increases so does his dissatisfaction with life. Selfish materialistic goals can turn a man into a “Midas.” A sense of purpose and knowledge of one’s usefulness to others can bring success in all the facets of living.

Many doctors have testified to the dramatic change in their lives after attending DE. Hear them speak at DE, as well as Dr. Sid (video). Become acquainted with these highly successful dynamic men and women. Begin what could be a life changing experience now. No need to struggle along for five or ten years. Take the DE express “elevator” to the top of your profession NOW! Register for the August 1-4 meeting being held at Atlanta’s Embassy Suites Centennial Olympic Park Hotel. Call 770-438-9949 or register online at

Sincerely, DE Staff

“True sacrifice is to give of yourself and what you believe in.” – Dr. Sid E. Williams

Source: Dynamic Essentials @ 12:55 am | Article ID: 1369976150

Chiropractic Continuing Education Green Books Study with Harold George

By Michael Dorausch, D.C.

Continuing education is something all practicing chiropractors in the United States are required to do. Opportunities for continuing education are numerous, with weekend chiropractic seminars taking place (typically near airports) throughout the United States. Like most chiropractors, if it’s the month of my birthday, I will seek out what education is nearby, but for several years now I’ve been getting my hours months in advance. Thanks to Planet Chiropractic Seminars I get to see lists of events taking place across the country, and I’m really glad I chose the green books education class during Sherman Lyceum with Dr. Harold George.

The Major Premise with Dr. Skip George
The Major Premise with Dr. Skip George
Something I really admired about the continuing education being provided at 2013 Sherman Lyceum was that there were courses like the one being taught by Dr. Harold George. His three-hour continuing education class was focused on appreciating the importance in understanding the Green Books in relation to providing chiropractic care to patients.

Harold George, D.C., L.C.P., D.Ph.The program taught by Dr. George reviewed the 33 Principles and how they relate in today’s lifestyles. He asked… Should the Principles be changed to the current language of today? Are the B. J. Palmer Green Books dogma, or are they still representing the foundation of today’s chiropractic practice?

A philosophical discussion of chiropractic concepts in patient care took place in the classroom, which included old-time chiropractors and about to graduate chiropractic students. We could have spent the entire day discussing Stephenson’s major premise… A Universal Intelligence is in all matter and continually gives to it all its properties and actions, thus maintaining it in existence.

These are the types of continuing education classes I’d like to see offered by those that teach chiropractic continuing education. The classroom was full and the interaction was strong, I believe every chiropractor in attendance left with a better understanding of chiropractic philosophy and its relationship to providing care in today’s world.

For a chiropractor in the state of California, traveling to South Carolina may seem like a stretch for receiving continuing education, but in my opinion it is worth it. Always check to see that the courses you are going for have approval for re-licensing hours in your state. The state of California has this year increased the number of hours to 24 hours per year from 12 hours per year, and this weekend I will be at the 2013 California Chiropractic Association Annual Convention, receiving even more hours of continuing education. I actually love this stuff. @ 12:31 pm | Article ID: 1369931488

Sherman Lyceum Ladies’ Lunch on the Lawn

The League of Chiropractic Women (LCW) hosted a Ladies Lunch on the Lawn event on Saturday, May 25, on the campus of Sherman Chiropractic College. Here are a few photos from that event.

League of Chiropractic Women (LCW)The League of Chiropractic Women (LCW) at Ladies’ Lunch on the Lawn

Being that there were so many individuals in this photo I shot in RAW format. I’ve posted the original (extremely large) photo to my Sherman Lyceum Flickr set. It’s available in multiple sizes. Please do not post anywhere online without providing photo credit to Planet Chiropractic.

Kim Stetzel with Nalyn Marcus and Patti GiulianoChiropractors Kim Stetzel, Nalyn Marcus and Patti Giuliano

League of Chiropractic Women BannerThe League of Chiropractic Women (LCW) invited the ladies (D.C.s, DCs2B, spouses, CAs, women administrators, teachers, etc.), to a Southern style Ladies’ Lunch on the Lawn Saturday from 12:30-2 p.m. The intention was to illuminate and honor the women who paved the way for us and celebrate the women who will lead us into the future. They held a picnic under the oak tree near the Olsen building. It was fantasTIC! I loved seeing the ladies in their parasols and wide-brimmed hats. Well done ladies!

While I took photographs of cookies and cupcakes as well, I didn’t get a chance to try any, perhaps at the next lunch event. For those interested, there is a League of Chiropractic Women page on Facebook and I have posted photos for Drs. Nalyn Marcus, Kim Stetzel, and Patti Giuliano to the Sherman Lyceum Flickr photo set. Contact me if you want copies of the high-resolution originals, they’ll make terrific prints.

On the topic of Sherman Lyceum, here are photos from Dr. Ed Cordero’s Presidential Investiture (which took place on Thursday, May 23) and some other photos from 2013 Sherman Chiropractic Lyceum. I hope to have more posted before the weekend.

Sherman Chiropractic 2013 Lyceum Photos

By Michael Dorausch, D.C.

Even though yesterday was Memorial Day in the United States, a day out of the office provided me an opportunity to post photographs from the Sherman Chiropractic College Presidential Investiture of Dr. Edwin Cordero, the fifth president of Sherman Chiropractic College. I was in my chiropractic office early this morning, fired up to share the energy that rubbed off on me during Lyceum, and I wanted to thank everyone who took part in putting on such a terrific event. I had promised more photos, and here they come.

Sherman Chiropractic Lyceum 2013Chiropractors on the Lawn at Sherman Chiropractic Lyceum 2013

To the far left is Dr. Tony DeMarco and Susan DeMarco. Maybrook Chiropractor, Dr. Judd Nogrady, is in the middle. It helps me when name tags are facing forward so thanks for helping me out docs. On the far right is Dr. Liam Schubel and another future chiropractor. Liam has the energy of a chiropractic student, and I really admire that about him.

Dr. Ed Cordero on the Lawn at Sherman CollegeSpeaking of people I admire, here’s a photo of the president of Sherman Chiropractic College, Dr. Ed Cordero. This photograph was taken on the first day after the investiture and while Dr. Cordero has been on campus since January, it feels as if he’s been a chiropractic college president for ages. Everything he’s ever done has led up to this time, working together with others, and moving forward into the future with chiropractic.

If you have not done so already, this is a chiropractic leader that you will want to meet, he has a passion for life and a commitment to serving. Dr. Cordero has authored numerous articles for Planet Chiropractic during the past decade plus, many of those articles were authored in Spanish, and we still have those articles available to this day. For those using a Google Chrome browser, you may be able to translate those articles from Spanish to English directly on the page. Here’s one titled… is chiropractic an art, a science, or a philosophy? (Es La Quiropractica Un Arte, Una Ciencia O Una Filosofia?)

Use this Cordero search link to discover a list of articles that mention or are authored by Dr. Cordero, and use the translate features if you want to translate articles from Spanish to English.

Dr. Cordero was also heavily instrumental in chiropractic missions to Panama and Costa Rica since the 1990s, here’s a historical panama missions search link, for those seeking to read more about the history related to those events.

Future Sherman Chiropractic Graduates

I’ve mentioned already that the energy on campus at Sherman Chiropractic College was electrifying, here’s a photo featuring a group of future chiropractors. I love how the little one up front is giving us the number one signal. During my visit to Sherman, I met people from South Carolina, North Carolina, and many parts of the globe. Everyone I came in contact with was enthusiastic, and that enthusiasm was flowing from above down and from the inside out.

Chiropractor Jeffrey FrancoChiropractor Jeffrey Franco Receives Award from Dr. Edwin Cordero

On the left in the above photo is chiropractor Jeffrey Franco, receiving a ROAR Career Advisor of the year award from Dr. Edwin Cordero. Several awards were handed out during Lyceum, and while I didn’t have a chance to photograph everyone, my congratulations to all for your efforts and accomplishments. The award reads “in Grateful Appreciation of Service and Commitment to Sherman College of Chiropractic.”

Kelvin Chiropractic SingaporeYou may think that the top referrer for chiropractic students came from a chiropractor practicing locally in South Carolina, or maybe a chiropractor in nearby Georgia, Florida, or North Carolina. It serves to put the rest of us in our place when Dr. Kelvin (photograph on the left) is receiving an award for referring chiropractic students to Sherman College, and he practices in Singapore.

I live and practice in Los Angeles, but walking on the grass was something I didn’t get to do while at chiropractic college. The years a chiropractic student is focused on their chiropractic education should be nurturing, and as unencumbered as possible. The stress of student loans and passing national boards is something nearly all will face, but the learning environment should be supportive. Something I really enjoyed while walking the campus at Sherman was the discovery of numerous places to study. Not studying with a laptop hunched over a desk, but old school studying with a book under a tree, allowing the mind to blossom and grow, like the nature surrounding it.

Dr. Kelvin is also a Patron and Regent of Sherman Chiropractic College. In this particular photo you can see all the added accolades underneath his name tag, but some chiropractors (and other attendees) had a long list of them. I saw D.C., Patron, Regent, ROAR, Bricklayer, and Presidents Circle. It’s a great feeling being surrounded by people of such enthusiasm and dedication, did I already mention how energetic the weekend was?

Drs. Tom Gelardi and Ed CorderoDrs. Tom Gelardi and Ed Cordero at Sherman Chiropractic College

“Everything stays in existence through tension” were the words of Tom Gelardi that had me sitting up at attention. He had spoken in the Big Tent, previous to taking this photo, and I loved what I heard. Dr. Thomas Gelardi is a visionary with an uncompromising commitment to his principles. It was he who, in 1973, fulfilled a long-standing dream of establishing a chiropractic college centered on the location and correction of vertebral subluxation. Dr. Gelardi remained president of the college until his retirement in 1996.

It’s a good thing I have long lunch breaks, time to return to the office and serve our chiropractic patients, more photos coming later this week.

Sherman Chiropractic College Presidential Investiture Photos

The presidential investiture of Dr. Edwin Cordero took place on the campus of Sherman Chiropractic College on Thursday, May 23, 2013. After traveling nearly the entire day, and being picked up at the airport by a very helpful chiropractic student, I arrived at the investiture as members of the Board of Directors at Sherman College were sharing words about the college’s fifth president, Dr. Ed Cordero.

Dr. Ed Cordero Approaches the PlatformDr. Ed Cordero approaches the platform

With everyone under the big tent, Dr. Cordero shared his mission of bringing chiropractic to the world, one graduating chiropractor at a time. It was a very special day, an event I’ll remember for the rest of my lifetime.

John Cordero performs at Sherman LyceumJohn Cordero performs an acoustic number during the presidential investiture

Dr. Cordero’s son, John Cordero, performed an acoustic number during the investiture, which brought my memories back to visiting their home in Florida many years ago and seeing John practice guitar as a youth.

Ed Cordero smiling while speakingDr. Ed Cordero has the entire tent smiling

If you’ve ever had the opportunity to meet Dr. Ed Cordero in person, you know that he loves to smile and has a terrific sense of humor. If it wasn’t for the heat and humidity, we could have stayed in that tent all night, listening to stories of chiropractic yesterdays, chiropractic today, and chiropractic tomorrows.

Sherman College of Straight Chiropractic 1973

The focus in the above image was on the original logo for the 1973 Sherman College, along with a very humbled new chiropractic president and others standing in the background. It felt good to be on the campus at Sherman College, it felt good to walk in the grass, it felt good to experience the energy, and it felt good to break bread with others. I saw many of my chiropractic friends in attendance and several of my chiropractic mentors.

Dean Sharon and DeanDean DePice, Sharon Gorman and Dean Sottile

Chiropractors Dean DePice, Sharon Gorman, and Dean Sottile at Dr. Edwin Cordero’s presidential investiture. Somewhere I have audio recordings of Dr. Ed Cordero and Dr. Dean Sottile speaking at Focus Chiropractic Philosophy events Sharon and I put on in Orange County California around 2000 or 2001. If I discover those and post them online I’ll include links here. I did find this 1998 video of Dean Sottile speaking during a chiropractic mission in Panama.

Former ICA President Bob BraileFormer ICA President and Founder of Now You Know – Bob Braile, DC

A student picked me up from the airport and made sure I arrived at the investiture, which reminded me of when I was a student and picked up then president of the International Chiropractors Association, Dr. Bob Braile. It’s inspiring to me to see that Dr. Braile is as committed to chiropractic today as he was when I first met him nearly 20 years ago.

Dr. Fred Schofield and Susan SchofieldDr. Fred Schofield and Susan Schofield at Sherman Chiropractic Lyceum

It’s always good to see my mate Dr. Fred Schofield and his wife Susan. It was especially good to see them at the investiture for Dr. Cordero. Dr. Fred taught a chiropractic continuing education class on Saturday for Lyceum, and Susan spoke as well. Both presentations were an added bonus for my traveling to South Carolina. They had me fired up and excited to be a chiropractor.

Dr. Ed and Debbie Cordero on May 23Dr. Ed and Debbie Cordero on May 23, 2013

One of the last photos I took the evening of the presidential investiture was the above photo of Dr. Ed and Debbie Cordero. The moon was near full and the sky had cleared from the rain that had fallen earlier in the day. It was time to go and celebrate, and celebrate we did.

I have many photos from the weekend at Sherman Chiropractic Lyceum 2013 but I’m in the office serving patients nearly every day this week. I’ll be posting photos from around the campus, photos taken during Lyceum, and photos from the 1970s themed celebration that took place Saturday night. I’ll update information when those photos make it online.

Sherman College of Chiropractic Fifth Presidential Investiture

by Michael Dorausch, D.C.

On May 23, 2013, the investiture of chiropractor Edwin Cordero took place on the campus of Sherman College of Chiropractic, during the 40 year anniversary of Sherman Chiropractic Lyceum. The event was held under the big tent on the grounds of the Sherman campus, with chiropractors traveling from as far as Japan and Argentina, to be in attendance.

Dr. Edwin Cordero at Sherman Chiropractic Investiture
Dr. Edwin Cordero at Sherman Chiropractic Investiture
Many notable chiropractors were in the audience for Dr. Edwin Cordero’s investiture, including several presidents of other chiropractic colleges. Drs. Guy Riekeman of Life University and Brian Kelly of Life Chiropractic College West were among those I recognized. I was happy to see Irene Gold and Dr. Nell Williams in attendance as well, both with front row seats for the event.

Sherman Chiropractic College Presidential Investiture
Sherman Chiropractic College Presidential Investiture Invitation
The invitation to the investiture read as follows…

The Board of Trustees of Sherman College of Chiropractic requests the honor of your presence at the Investiture of Edwin Cordero, D.C. as the fifth president of the college.

Thursday, the twenty-third day of May Two Thousand and Thirteen seven o’clock in the evening on the campus of Sherman College Spartanburg, South Carolina.

Rains had fallen earlier in the day on the campus at Sherman College of Chiropractic, and while the temperatures were warm and the humidity high inside the tent, Dr. Cordero kept our attention as he shared his vision for the future of Sherman and chiropractic worldwide. We learned about Dr. Cordero’s move as a young man to the United States from Puerto Rico, his time served in the U.S. Navy, his education at Life University, his successful chiropractic practices in the state of Florida, and a family that has stood behind him throughout every step he has taken in his journey to become president at Sherman.

Ed and Debbie Cordero
Sherman Chiropractic College President Dr. Edwin Cordero and his wife Debbie
Those that have attended Dynamic Essentials know about DE Moments, those that attended ADIO Institute of Straight Chiropractic remember ADIO Moments, and those that have been to New Beginnings can relate to New Beginnings Moments. Regardless of what chiropractic school you attended or where you grew up in chiropractic, those in attendance for the presidential investiture and Sherman Lyceum repeatedly commented on the energy that was present, it was electrifying.

See photos from the event here: Sherman Chiropractic Presidential Investiture Photos

This Los Angeles chiropractor wishes Dr. Cordero and Sherman Chiropractic College all the best in accomplishing their mission and attaining their goals, Planet Chiropractic salutes you. @ 1:10 pm | Article ID: 1369674654

Life University Expands Functional Neurology Center

By Michael Dorausch, D.C.

Marietta, Georgia — Life University (LIFE) continues to carry the torch for functional neurology and exploring the relationship between the spine, the nervous system and healthy body function. Life University established the Functional Neurology Center (FNC) more than nineteen months ago to conduct research and offer chiropractic functional neurology clinical services to the public. With major figures in professional sports, entertainment and from other walks of life visibly benefiting from this natural approach to health and healing. Life University will vigorously work to continue to develop its Functional Neurology Center with several new initiatives announced by University President Dr. Guy Riekeman this morning.

Life University Functional Neurology Center
Changes in staffing, expansion of scope allow University to continue to be the thought leader in the field of functional neurology and rehabilitation

Thanks to the accomplishments of chiropractic neurologist Dr. F. R. Carrick and the talented team of clinicians assembled to support him, the University can take pride in the success of this first phase of its work. We have laid the groundwork for a challenging and important research agenda to more fully explore the basis for the successes we’ve seen and documented. Scores of clinicians from around the world have observed amazing clinical improvements. There is much left to do.

Recently, Dr. Frederick Carrick announced his resignation to pursue another venture. This move comes on the heels of LIFE’s announcement to move the Center forward in the following ways:

  • Continue to expand the physical size of the center and add staff
  • Expand relationships with other leaders in neurological research
  • Create a division for pediatric functional neurology
  • Increase student clinical education and hours, thereby graduating chiropractors at a diplomate level in functional neurology
  • Establish a Master’s degree in Chiropractic Neurology
  • Continue to use all equipment and research available in order to continue to provide state-of-the-art quality care to our patients
  • Work with established chiropractic neurologist to expand the field and organize professional relationships

    Said Riekeman, “We wish Dr. Carrick well in his entrepreneurial project with the Brain Synergy Institute. No one has done more to advance Functional Neurology and we owe him much gratitude in helping us establish the LIFE Functional Neurology Center. We are excited about the future of LIFE’s Center as we continue to explore the relationship between the body and the nervous system. That is at the heart of what chiropractic is, and that’s what the Center is all about.”

    For more information about Life University or the Functional Neurology Center, please contact Craig Dekshenieks in the Marketing & Communications Department at (770) 426-2833.

    About 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 regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) to award four-year undergraduate and graduate degrees in a variety of health care, science, business and general studies fields, and also has programmatic accreditation through the Council on Chiropractic Education (CCE) and the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND). The mission of Life University is to empower students with the education, skills and values necessary for career success and life fulfillment, based on a vitalistic philosophy.

    Source: Life University @ 12:46 pm | Article ID: 1369154775

  • Parker University President Selected to Present Legendary Annual Joseph Janse Lecture

    By Michael Dorausch, D.C.

    San Francisco — The Federation of Chiropractic Licensing Boards (FCLB) selected Parker University President Dr. Brian McAulay to present the Annual Joseph Janse Lecture during its 87th Annual Congress Conference held in San Francisco, California May 1-5. Honored as the first Parker representative to present the legendary Joseph Janse Lecture, Dr. McAulay was selected by a committee of the FCLB board. Joseph Janse Lecture speakers are chosen based on their oratory skills, ability to envision future possibilities, and to encourage the audience of regulators to consider new points of view, new perspectives in their approaches to public protection.

    Doctor Brian McAulayFCLB established the Joseph Janse Lecture Series in 1990 to honor Dr. Joseph Janse and the fire of passion he brought to chiropractic. The late Dr. Janse was recognized for many accomplishments, including his leadership of National College of Chiropractic for nearly 40 years, his contributions to chiropractic radiology, his role in the creation of the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners, his service as an officer during the Council on Chiropractic Education’s decades-long quest to improve chiropractic institutions and establish federal accreditation, among numerous additional accomplishments.

    “Dr. Janse was tremendously instrumental in so many areas of our profession,” said Dr. McAulay. “I’m incredibly honored to have been chosen to present this lecture.”

    Speakers in the Janse Lecture Series are charged with the mission to challenge and energize regulators. Like Dr. Janse, they’re encouraged to envision the future of chiropractic and share both the inspiration and the hard truths of that vision.

    Dr. McAulay’s lecture titled “A Way Out of the Dilemma?” addressed the idea of creating a social movement for chiropractic. Looking back at social movement models, Dr. McAulay related the environmental movement with opportunities to use this same type of model in chiropractic.

    “The environmental movement pushed for things like recycling, conserving water, and celebrating Earth Day, which has become mainstream and has encouraged people to get involved in improving and protecting our environment,” said Dr. McAulay. “With a unifying vision for a spinal health and wellness movement, we can implement a similar model in chiropractic.”

    He encouraged the audience to develop a shared commitment around the vision, lead the provision of spinal health and wellness for the American public, and create an understanding among Americans of the importance of spinal health and wellness-linking chiropractic care to improved health.

    “Social attitudes toward health care are moving toward measures that are safe, effective, cost-efficient, and accessible,” said Dr. McAulay. “These are the same values the chiropractic profession has embraced for over a century.”

    Dr. McAulay also discussed strategies and tactics for the movement, including developing a cadre of public policy experts, creating and implementing a social media strategy, embracing today’s culture, expanding a public health presence, developing consistent messaging and branding, increasing research, and more.

    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 @ 1:15 pm | Article ID: 1368724536