Month: February 2019

My Dog Died Chiropractic Visit

By Michael Dorausch, D.C.

It happened again this week. Phone call made to office so a family can come get adjusted. It’s not their regularly scheduled day. The reason for the visit wasn’t due to low back pain, a car accident, neck pain, or a contagious event of sciatica. It was something else.

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They enter the adjusting room, like they have many times before. The oldest daughter begins the conversation with a socially accepted (something I’ll cover here later) reason for the visit. Mom follows up and mentions they put the family dog down earlier in the day. The room fills with tears.

They don’t teach this in chiropractic school.

Although I didn’t consciously know it when I agreed to travel this path, this IS why I am a chiropractor.

I’ve lost count of how many times this scenario has taken place in the office. Dogs, cats, parents, children, spouses, and other loved ones.

It’s not always mentioned when someone gets on the table, but if I listen (listen with my heart and hands) while palpating, the information comes out. I have words to describe what happens to me energetically when their words are spoken, perhaps I’ll share another day.

What I do know is that I’ve been permitted to enter a realm of sacred trust, and I have a greater responsibility to serving that, than anything I can comprehend in this manifest world.

Creating a safe place, a sanctuary, a place of love and healing, has long been an intention for my practice. Yet it was only a few years ago that the realization set in. The office isn’t located anywhere special, it’s simply a collectively perceived physical location where people gather to re-tune and re-balance.

The creation of a safe space, a sanctuary of balanced tone and healing, manifests from within.  As healers, we commit ourselves to being well tuned, energetically balanced vessels.

Thank you for being in my field of vibration.


Today Will Be Awesome

By Michael Dorausch, D.C.

Today will be awesome. That’s the reminder at the front desk (usually facing towards me) in our chiropractic office. I certainly prefer this line of thinking to the alternative. This isn’t particularly about being positive, although being positive goes along with it. Decades into this mindset, I now see everything as levels of awesomeness. There’s nothing less than an awesome day, and yet there’s nothing greater than an awesome day.

today will be awesome

As I write this, I hear music playing… “I have a feeling that tonights going to be a good night.” Why wouldn’t it be? Especially when it was an awesome day.

I search through old planet chiropractic content and I find years of awesome articles, and I’m reminded that this has become my manifest world.

Looking back, I am reminded that I’ve been surrounded by awesome people that have taught me awesome things. I’ve even sent myself letters addressed to the world’s most awesome chiropractor, thanks to habits and behaviours I’ve learned from others. From that I was reminded of Dr. Ian Grassam and his question of your price of greatness.

I then came across this making a difference post from a chiropractic assistant in Canada…

Each day we are given a choice as to how our day will turn out, now I know there will always be circumstances beyond our control. There will always be something or someone out there just dying to get under our skin. It’s your reaction to those situations that will determine your day’s outcome.

Have an awesome day!

Chiropractic Rocks Reno Nevada 2019

By Michael Dorausch, D.C.

I am so excited with the chiropractic events I’m seeing on the calendar for 2019 in the US. So many awesome opportunities for chiropractors (and staff) to gather with our family and get filled with spizzerinctum and vitalistic energy.

There’s a rocking chiropractic seminar taking place in March that I wanted everyone to know about. It’s going to be held at the Grand Sierra Resort and Casino in Reno, Nevada (spectacular location for a chiropractic conference) on March 28-30 2019.

Fred Schofield Chiropractic RocksPhoto (by Michael Dorausch, D.C.): Dr. Fred Schofield speaks to a fired up crowd.

Chiropractic Rocks Reno – March 28-30 2019

Grand Sierra Resort and Casino
2500 E 2nd St, Reno, NV 89595

This is a 3 day (Thursday – Friday – Saturday) chiropractic conference.

For those seeking continuing education hours, this event features 14 hours possible CE in 44 states and Canada. CEs have been applied for or are already approved. As always, I recommend DCs check with their state to see what applies and what does not.

The Chiropractic Rocks! events are the brainchild of southern California chiropractor, Dr. Adam J. Del Torto. I absolutely love what Dr. Del Torto is doing, and I know personally how putting on chiropractic events of this size is no easy task. I’m thankful that chiropractors like him are carrying the torch.

Leslie Hewitt Chiropractor CCAPhoto (by Michael Dorausch, D.C.) Dr. Leslie Hewitt (former CCA President) speaking at a chiropractic conference.

I’ve attended several great chiropractic events at the Grand Sierra Resort and Casino in Reno. It’s an easy airport to fly to from LAX, and it makes for a great chiropractic road trip if you choose to drive. I remember one year a group of chiropractors in Orange County chartered a bus for a CCA chiropractic event at the same hotel. Talk about dedication.

This conference features a stellar lineup of speakers, including some of my favorites. I may not have included everyone but here is a list of who you can expect to see in Reno.

Jonathan Verderame, Amanda Apfelblat, Susan Blaskay, Anthony Carrino, Barbara Eaton, Neil Cohen, Travis Corcoran, Hailey Jules, Tristan Schaub, Ryan Reider, Jon Petric, James Chester, Peter Morgan, Liam Schubel, Miles Bodzin, Leslie Hewitt, Ron Oberstein, Gus Domenico, George Curry, Del Bigtree, Tim Gay, Dennis Perman, Cliff Tao, Bharon Hoag, Adam Del Toro, Eric Mckillican, Shawn Dill, Ed Osburn, Fred Schofield, Mark Feldman

There will be opening ceremonies on Thursday and breaks provided between the blocks of speaker sessions.

There’s an exhibitor party (Thursday) and an exhibitor bar hour (Friday Night).

There are closing ceremonies and a chiropractic party on Saturday night.

When not in the hotel, get outside for some fresh air and maybe run (or walk) alongside the Truckee River, which is right outside the hotel.

While I added the Reno Chiropractic Rocks event on the events pages, you can go directly to the Chiropractic Rocks site for all the information you require to get registered.

Mark your calendars and get ready to rock!

New Student Center Opens on Sherman College Campus

By Michael Dorausch, D.C.

Sherman College of Chiropractic celebrated its commitment to Spartanburg and to principled chiropractic education during the opening of the Thom and Betty Gelardi Student Center February 8 on the college’s 80-acre campus in Spartanburg, SC. About 600 guests attended, with many college alumni and supporters watching via livestream on the college’s Facebook page.

Photo: Dr. Thom Gelardi, Sherman College founder, and Dr. Edwin Cordero, Sherman College president stand in front of the newly completed Gelardi Student Center at Sherman College of Chiropractic.

The Gelardi Student Center underscores Sherman College’s focus on student success and includes a library, bookstore, campus café, large meeting spaces, student study suites, lounge areas and more. The facility will serve as the new campus gateway and arrival point for Sherman College and is the newest physical addition to the Sherman College campus since 2000.

The Gelardi Student Center is named in honor of Dr. Thom Gelardi, who founded Sherman College in 1973, and his wife, Dr. Betty Gelardi, a member of the college’s first graduating class. Dr. Thom Gelardi spoke during the ceremony of the commitment of students throughout the college’s history. “The success of Sherman College’s many events and undertakings was – and still is – due to students volunteering many hours of service and time to the college and its mission,” he shared. “It is indeed a great honor, then, to have our names on this building – a building with a goal of serving the students of Sherman College, the future of the chiropractic profession.”

Aside from its clear purpose of serving Sherman College students, the Gelardi Student Center is also designed to serve the local community. “This facility strengthens Sherman College’s commitment to serving humanity and reinforces our commitment to Spartanburg,” explained Sherman College President Edwin Cordero, D.C. “Serving others is a key component of our mission, and we are committed to becoming an even stronger positive force in our community.”

The Gelardi Student Center is just one aspect of the college’s campus master plan, which represents a $21 million investment for Spartanburg. Aside from this significant economic impact, the center’s event space will be available for community use. The college will begin taking reservations beginning this fall for events to be held in 2020 and beyond. The meeting facility can be broken down into three separate meeting spaces or used as one large event space with a total capacity of 650 if set up with auditorium-style seating.

During the ceremony, Dr. Cordero shared Sherman College’s commitment to serving Spartanburg by providing quality, affordable chiropractic care to upstate residents and free services to those who are underserved or in financial need. In addition, Sherman College students and employees support many local organizations and nonprofits through volunteerism and board leadership. The college makes a significant economic impact on the Spartanburg community by employing about 100 area residents and attracting more than 400 students from 41 states and 20 countries.

Sherman College broke ground the 22,000-square foot facility in November 2017, sparking transformational change on campus and beginning the next phase of its campus master plan and ongoing capital campaign. In addition to the construction of the Gelardi Student Center, Sherman College’s ambitious campus master plan has included a complete renovation of Scallon Hall, the college’s main classroom building, and a renovation of the Olsen Building, which houses executive offices. A labyrinth was also added to campus.

Ongoing and future plans include updates to the Chiropractic Health Center, which serves 35,000 patient visits each year to residents of the Upstate, and further enhancing the campus plaza and campus drive to welcome visitors, open up green spaces, and showcase the college’s 80-acre campus.

Sherman College has doubled its enrollment since 2013 under Dr. Cordero’s leadership, and anticipates continued growth over the next decade. As one of just 18 chiropractic colleges in the nation and the only one in the Carolinas, Sherman College’s doctor of chiropractic program is unique in its approach to health care and known globally for producing doctors who are highly skilled in their delivery of care.

Dr. Cordero said the college’s expansion plan is designed to meet the demand for skilled, passionate and successful doctors of chiropractic as the profession continues to grow, with increasing numbers of consumers seeking less invasive and more proactive approaches for healthcare.

Sherman College announced its strategic plans for the college in 2017, including the engagement of planning and program management firm Brailsford & Dunlavey to guide the institution’s master planning process. Partners on the Gelardi Student Center included construction firm Harper Corporation and architects at Lord Aeck Sargent.

Post and Media Provided By Sherman Chiropractic Media Relations

Life West Response to ACA Choosing Wisely X-Ray Guidelines

From: Life West Communications

Life Chiropractic College West Responds to the ACA’s ‘Choosing Wisely’ X-Ray Guidelines

In direct opposition to the Choosing Wisely initiative that has been delivered by the American Chiropractic Association, Life Chiropractic College West believes firmly in the use of spinal imaging for patient safety and the detection of Vertebral Subluxation, at the doctor of chiropractic’s discretion.

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The ACA states in its Choosing Wisely statement that physicians and patients should question routine use of spinal imaging for patients with acute back pain of less than six weeks, especially in the absence of certain red flags. It is Life West’s position that in addition to performing a patient history and diagnostic workup, it is both the duty and responsibility of the chiropractor to perform any further diagnostic tests, including X-ray if indicated.

Patients may have underlying conditions that are not readily explained by their consultative history and/or examination procedures. Adding X-ray results or other spinal imaging findings to the data available, when appropriate, may give a clearer picture of the patient’s internal health status and provide different potential avenues of care. The judgment of the chiropractor, when determining the appropriate approach to chiropractic care, is better informed by multiple points of data.

The ACA Choosing Wisely guidelines also fail to take into consideration the many practices and approaches of chiropractic, which employ manual as well as non-force techniques. Any guideline for chiropractic care must consider the diversity of techniques used, as well as the protocols and specificity involved in the care being delivered.

The decision to X-ray a patient must be based upon the case history, examination findings, best available evidence, professional judgment of the chiropractor and the unique features of the individual patient. This decision should be determined by the doctor of chiropractic, who takes responsibility for the safety of the patient and the appropriateness of care given. This should never be determined by a guideline that fails to consider, among other issues, the differences in individual patients and the differences in chiropractic techniques.

Ron Oberstein, DC

Scott Donaldson, DC
Vice President, Clinical Operations

Brian Gatterman, DC, DACBR
Health Center Faculty, Radiology

Jamie Motley, DC, DACBR
Health Center Faculty, Radiology

Savannah Shortz, DC, MS, DACBR
Health Center Faculty, Radiology

Life Chiropractic College West
Tel. 510.780.4501 Toll Free. 800.788.4476
25001 Industrial Blvd. Hayward, California 94545 United States

Room 1 Chiropractic Seminar Las Vegas

By Michael Dorausch, D.C.

I’m excited to share news about an upcoming chiropractic seminar that features some of my favorite speakers. The event is taking place in Las Vegas (a great location for conferences) on April 19th and 20th, 2019.

room 1 chiropractic seminar 2019

I don’t receive as many postcards as I used to for chiropractic seminars but I’m glad I received this one. It’s not the 14 hours of continuing education credit that got me excited (although CE credits at an event like this is awesome). It’s not that the event is in Las Vegas, one of my favorite places for attending conferences, yet that excites me too. It’s not even the speakers, although seeing some of my favorite chiropractic people sharing decades of wisdom at a weekend event is something I love. So what is it?

Vibrational Tone

I’ve known several of these individuals for 2 – 3 decades, and they live and breath chiropractic. You could attend an event with them, wearing earplugs and an eye mask, and your practice would grow. They may talk about topics approved for CE, but if you listen (with your heart) you will hear so much more.

The event is held at the Westin Las Vegas Hotel and Spa (address below) which is just off the center of the Las Vegas Strip. I’ve attended chiropractic events here before. The conference rooms aren’t huge so everyone can gather in one central setting (I find this is KEY). The hotel isn’t huge (and isn’t focused on gambling) which increases the likeliness you can chat/dine with speakers and other attendees.

Speakers have been asked to remain in the conference room for others sessions, which significantly increases tonal vibration and allows for manifestation from higher planes. I have found this is one of the biggest secrets to hosting a powerful event, and the organizer has obviously discovered that too.

Let’s take a look at the postcards other side, addressed to my practice in Los Angeles.

While there’s going to be much more discussed, the highlighted CE stuff features…

  • Spine Modeling Studies
  • Clinical Chiropractic
  • Chiropractic Protocol
  • Evaluating the Whole Patient
  • Dementia and Brain Health
  • Nervous System and Subluxation
  • Pediatric Chiropractic

As you can see on the postcard the event is $247 (for DCs) and dates are April 19 and April 20, 2019. Rate is likely an early bird rate so be sure to get on it if you are attending.

I have attended a lot of chiropractic events and have had the good fortune to make incredible friendships as a result. I am truly hoping you have that opportunity as well.

john bergman chiropractorOn the postcard I saw that Dr. John Bergman was speaking (awesome). I know John all the way back to my chiropractic school days at Cleveland Chiropractic College in Los Angeles.

He was excited about chiropractic then and he’s excited about chiropractic today.

He’s been featured on Planet Chiropractic before as part of our Business Card Karma series (August 2008 Edition) and during photo ops (with his son Michael) and his big red Ford F150 Chiropractor Truck.

Reminds me to do an updated post on chiropractors and their trucks.

Dan Yachter Chiropractor The first time I saw Dr. Dan Yachter speak was at a Florida Chiropractic Society event in the 1990s. He is credited on Planet Chiropractic all the way back in August 2000 (it’s Chiropractic!) stating “We have a moral obligation to preserving the principles upon which chiropractic was founded and developed.”

I’ve seen and been inspired by so many principled chiropractors from Florida and Dr. Dan is one of them. It motivates me today that he still talks the TIC.

His unlimited energy and enthusiasm is what I’m talking about with vibrational tone, be in the room with him to experience what I speak of.

Dr. Dan Yachter is a co-founder of Elevation Health, and he practices in Lake Mary, Florida.

Dr Fred and Susan Schofield

Two of my favorite people in the world of chiropractic are Dr. Fred and Susan Schofield. Not only can you learn a lot about practicing chiropractic from them, you can learn about living.

Dr. Fred came to the US in 1978 to pursue his goal of becoming a chiropractor in America. He has helped countless people along the way. I’ve seen Susan and Dr. Fred speak more times than I can count and it’s always a delight to be in their presence.

Together, they have operated one of the biggest high volume chiropractic practices in the US, and they have seen it all. If you have any questions about chiropractic procedures and practice I’d sit near them at this event.

I don’t know if the post card had the full speaker list but on it included…

  • John Bergman, DC
  • Susan Schofield
  • Deed Harrison DC
  • Ben Lerner, DC
  • Fred Schofield, DC
  • Bobby Doscher, DC
  • Marc Harris, MD
  • Tom McFie, DC PhD
  • Dean DePice DC
  • Peter Camiolo, DC
  • Dan Yachter, DC

I could search the pages of Planet Chiropractic and find times I’ve listened to all the these individuals speak, but not likely at a single event. This will indeed be one room where you want to be in.

Get more information on the Room 1 Chiropractic Seminar 2019 page in the Chiropractic Seminars section of this site, or visit them directly at Room 1 Las Vegas. If you call to register (844-975-4321) tell them Dr. Michael Dorausch received his postcard.

Have an awesome day and thanks for doing what you do!

PS: Las Vegas hotel address is 160 E Flamingo Rd Las Vegas, NV 89109


Science of Chiropractic and Lifestyle Seminars

By Michael Dorausch, D.C.

Dr. James Chestnut’s Science of Chiropractic and Lifestyle Seminars are coming to Las Vegas starting in April 2019. Each module is a stand alone 12 hour Continuing Education approved seminar. The Evidence-based Chiropractic and Wellness Lifestyle Certification Program (C.C.W.P.) Module One begins April 6 – 7, 2019 in Las Vegas, NV.

chiropractic wellness lifestyle certification

In these seminars, you will learn how to communicate and educate patients and potential patients about the importance of chiropractic and lifestyle in an easy, systematic and effective way that increases compliance and results and practice success.

Do you want to have total understanding and confidence regarding the evidence-based clinical benefits and neurophysiological effects of:

  • Chiropractic adjustment / SMT.
  • Healthy nutrition and essential nutrient supplementation.
  • Spinal and overall exercise and fitness.
  • Healthy thoughts and attitudes and social environments.

Module 1 – The Science, Paradigm, and Clinical Application of Evidence-Based/Informed Chiropractic – The relationship between chiropractic, movement, NMS function, autonomic function, allostasis, and health. Implementing Evidence-Based/Informed patient assessment, reports, intervention, and education for Recovery, Wellness, and Prevention. Chiropractic made easy and systematic for doctors, staff, and patients.

“The information in these seminars not only provided scientific certainty regarding the need and value of chiropractic, it also provided evidence-based and practical nutrition, physical fitness, and psychological fitness advice that my patients love and actually follow! This program made me, my family, and my patients healthier. Best of all the info and implementation strategies are systematized, efficient, and super easy to implement, have grown my practice, and significantly improved my bottom line! As Dr. Chestnut says, what is more evidence-based and effective than chiropractic and lifestyle – NOTHING!” – Dr. Cory Webb, St. Louis, MO

Dr. James L. Chestnut has been studying human wellness and prevention for over 30 years. He holds a Bachelor of Physical Education degree, a Master of Science degree in exercise physiology with a specialization in neuromuscular adaptation, is a Doctor of Chiropractic, and holds a post-graduate Certification in Wellness Lifestyle. He is a peer-review published scientist and author, and an award-winning book author and lecturer. Dr. Chestnut is recognized as one of the world’s leading authorities on evidence-based chiropractic and lifestyle intervention and has been featured as a chiropractic and lifestyle expert in several documentaries.

Visit The Wellness Practice to get registered.

Cleveland Chiropractic University Kansas City Inaugural 5K Race

By Michael Dorausch, D.C.

Cleveland University in Kansas City is having a 5K run on Saturday, March 30, 2019. The 5K run/race begins and ends on campus at 10850 Lowell Ave., Overland Park, KS US 66210.

Move 4 Life

CUKC Chiropractic Health Center Move for Life 5K

The 5K run/race will take place March 30 (Saturday) at 7 am on campus in Overland Park. It will highlight the beautiful CUKC Campus and Health Center.

All proceeds from the race will go to Camp MITIOG, a week-long camp for kids afflicted with spina bifida. Camp MITIOG is accredited by the American Camp Association and has been held each summer for the past 50 years.

During their week of camp, the children will participate in regular camping activities including swimming, fishing, canoeing, arts and crafts, nature classes, classes on self-help medical care and evening campfires. Camp MITIOG is located at Lake Doniphan Conference and Retreat Center which is located in Excelsior Springs, Missouri and provides a wheelchair accessible environment.

To participate in this event, visit the runners signup page and register today! Can’t participate in person? There is a “virtual” option on the registration form.


  • All runners will receive a T-shirt and a Medal for attending the race.
  • Age Groups are as followed; 19 and younger, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70+
  • Top 2 Finishers for Males and Females in each age group will receive a gold or silver medal.
  • Overall Male and Female with the fastest time will receive a prize package from our sponsors.

All registrants will receive a participant shirt at packet pickup.

February Sherman Chiropractic College News

By Michael Dorausch, D.C.

Sherman Chiropractic College publishes a monthly newsletter called Sherman Shares, it features news about Sherman College, upcoming events, continuing education opportunities, research news, and activities on campus. I’m sharing some of the highlights from this months newsletter here.

Sherman Intern Pinning Ceremony

Interns Join Chiropractic Health Center at Sherman College

Twenty-four interns are now ready to serve the community and see patients at the Sherman College Chiropractic Health Center, which serves 35,000 patient visits each year. Interns celebrated the entrance of this final phase of their chiropractic education recently during a pinning ceremony on the Sherman College campus.

“Sherman students transitioning into their clinical internship at the Health Center are well prepared to deliver quality and effective care to our friends and neighbors in the greater Spartanburg area,” said Dean of Clinic Operations and Outreach Kristy Shepherd, M.A. “These students are the future of the chiropractic profession.”

The Chiropractic Health Center at Sherman College is open Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Friday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Walk-ins are accepted, but it is best to call 864-578-8777 to set an appointment. For more information, visit the Health Center info page.

Sherman College Hosts Japanese Guests

Sherman Chiropractic College Hosts Japanese Guests

Sherman College of Chiropractic and Drs. Thom and Betty Gelardi recently welcomed a group of seven Japanese chiropractors, students and friends of the college for a campus visit and tour. Special guests included Dr. Fumio Kaku, Hiroki Kaku, Dr. Hidemi Tomisaki, Dr. Tsuyoshi Yoshinari, Yujirou Chiyouba, Yoshiharu Kasahara and Hirohito Teshima. Sherman College student Hirofumi Isobe assisted with translations.

During the visit, the group met with President Dr. Edwin Cordero as well as college administrators to learn about the college’s progress and tour the campus. “We were very impressed by visiting Sherman College,” said Dr. Kaku said of his group’s experience. “Sherman College welcomed us with such a special attention. We truly thank you.”

Taking Lyceum to the Next Level: Registration Now Open

The Continuing Education Department at Sherman College of Chiropractic is taking Lyceum 2019 to “The Next Level” and will be hosting its annual continuing education and homecoming event May 2 – 4, 2019, on our newly renovated campus. We’re excited about hosting you in our new facilities so you can learn from leaders in chiropractic on a variety of topics including Gonstead, the opioid epidemic, pediatrics, palpation, risk management, x-ray, practice management, science, Thompson technique, documentation, coding, philosophy, and so much more. Early bird deadline is February 28, so save your spot today!

Sherman Lyceum is an awesome event, I’ve found it a highly motivational event and highly recommend it. You can view more info here and get registered for the 2019 event here.