The nominations were made, the votes were counted, the interviews were conducted, and the winners are finally announced. I know you’ve all been hanging like a chad in suspense of who this years award winners would be. Wait no more. Here are your 2019 Planet Chiropractic Awards winners.
Making the decision to receive a chiropractic education sets one apart from the masses. It provides one the opportunity to go forth and serve those same masses, bringing them into the oneness of our being, and opening their eyes and hearts to the possibilities that become present, when one expresses life from the inside out.
This is incredibly exciting. I am thrilled to announce the 2019 Planet Chiropractic Chiropractor of the Year award goes to Dr. Ron Oberstein, D.C. – President of Life Chiropractic College West.
2019 Chiropractor of the Year – Ron Oberstein, D.C.
Dr. Oberstein graduated from Life Chiropractic College (now Life University) in 1981 and has owned private practices in both Boston and San Diego with a total of 37 years of hands-on practice, with a focus on family wellness care. He also provided care for elite athletes, celebrities, and heads of state – helping them to achieve and maintain a healthy lifestyle. Dr. Oberstein was a member of the Life Chiropractic College West Board of Regents from 1991 to 2016, including two years as the Chairman of the Board. In October 2016, he became the interim president of Life West and in August 2017 he was named the third president of Life Chiropractic College West.
Dr. Oberstein brings extensive experience and vision to the Life West community. He has rejuvenated the connection within the campus to the principles of lasting purpose; giving, doing, loving and serving from our own abundance. Dr. Oberstein’s focus on developing chiropractors who are truly prepared for success in practice puts the clinical experience at the heart of Life West’s educational experience. His leadership honors the strong philosophical legacy of Life West while creating a cultural shift to bring Life West grads to the forefront of chiropractic leadership and cultural authority. Dr. Oberstein lectures at venues worldwide on the scientific validation of chiropractic and the safety and effectiveness of the chiropractic adjustment. He strongly conveys the vitalistic chiropractic story with an deep understanding of the salutogenic health model and its incredible value for patient care.
He and his wife of 30 years, Dr. Mary Oberstein, have practiced together since 1986, serving multitudes of patients and mentoring new graduates. They travel the world spreading the chiropractic message, and they also started a non-profit organization delivering chiropractic care globally to children and adults in need with a focus in Tijuana, Mexico. He is the past Vice President of the International Chiropractors Association, currently serves on its board and is significantly involved in many facets of engagement and professional development in the chiropractic community. Dr. Ron Oberstein has three daughters, Lauren, Morgan and Sydney, who are all chiropractors.
Without even words (he speaks through action) this chiropractor has had a huge impact on my life.
When I was a student in chiropractic school during the 1990s, Ron Oberstein was one of the chiropractors that would make the drive to speak to students during our Philosophy Club or Student ICA lunch breaks. While other local chiropractors did so, Dr. Ron drove from San Diego to Los Angeles and back to dedicate one hour with us.
For me, those days were nearly 25 years ago, and I stand here today in a continued state of awe and inspiration.
I am absolutely delighted to announce the 2019 Communicating Chiropractic Award goes to Dr. Tanya Reynolds of Los Angeles, California.
Communicating Chiropractor of the Year 2019
When it comes to communicating with Millennials (Generation Y) the chiropractic profession has much to learn. So much of our communication follows patterns established throughout or chiropractic history. Symptom based marketing, brand pumping, and old school ads have crudely been transformed into clunky social media campaigns, in hopes of reaching the next generation of patients or future chiropractors.
Tanya Reynolds, D.C.
Meet somebody doing things different. Dr. Tanya Reynolds is an expression of life and love from the inside out.
I have traveled the planet throughout my years in chiropractic and Dr. Tanya (often refereed to as Dr. T by her patients) and I have crossed paths many times. Our first encounter was working side by side providing chiropractic care during the 2004 Chiropractic Panama Mission. She adjusted like the best of them and exuded a passion for serving humanity.
I’d be in Atlanta for a conference and see her there. I’d be in Florida for a conference and see her there. I’d be in Phoenix for a conference and see her there. When the notification on her winning this award hit my inbox, I smiled and thought “of course.”
Dr. Reynolds online presence shows a practice that is loving, warm and friendly (and she is very effective at delivering results). Her use of Instagram shows a simple yet effective way to share the benefits of Chiropractic in a way that works for our younger generations.
I sent off a few questions for Dr. Tanya and I’m sharing them here.
How would you describe your style of practice?
I would say my style of practice goes beyond the modus operandi of many other chiropractors in that it is focused on structured correction – utilizing x-rays, motion studies and post x-rays. Even more important for me, however, is connecting to the emotions and long-term goals of the patient – teaching them that mindset and positivity play a huge role in living a full life and that chiropractic is preventative, rather than simply a band-aid for when they’re in pain. To my mind, using chiropractic to chase the symptom is just taking an expensive aspirin.
Millennials seem to understand that they can take an active role in their health much better than my generation does, so I’ve made it my focus to teach them now how to take care of their bodies so that they can educate their friends and family members that on-going chiropractic care is critical to a body’s optimal performance. I hope to help them realize (make a true shift in their paradigm) that taking their future children to see a Chiropractor is just as important (if not MORE) as taking them to see a Pediatrician.
I’ve always subscribed to the adage, “give a man a fish, and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, and you feed him for a lifetime.” Once someone becomes our patient, we empower him or her with the tools to take control of their health and well being. We do this by embracing a holistic approach – offering workshops on nutrition, breath work, yoga and meditative practices, etc. to educate our patients in a comprehensive way about how integrating all of these factors will allow them to be the best versions of themselves.
Do you feel the practice is any different now compared to when you started?
My inspiration and the core principles of my practice have always been the same, but over the years I have added resources to address the patient questions that come up again and again. In tandem with other health professionals whom I consider the best in their field, I have created and hosted workshops that curate the information that my patients need in order to address all their questions and concerns.
From one Los Angeles Chiropractor to another, I am ecstatic to know you are serving our city with such dedication. May your light forever flow.
To the man that held my hand through the unknown world of chiropractic school, I am super excited to announce the 2019 Educator of the Year Award goes to Dr. Christopher Kent.
Chiropractic Educator of the Year 2019
Christopher Kent, D.C., J.D.
Dr. Christopher Kent is the Director of Evidence-Informed Curriculum and Practice at Sherman College in Spartanburg, South Carolina.
Christopher Kent is a chiropractor and an attorney. He is the co-founder of CLA, Inc., owner of On Purpose, LLC, and President of the Foundation for Vertebral Subluxation. His passion for facilitating human empowerment led him to the chiropractic profession, where he has served as a practitioner, educator, author, lecturer, and researcher. Dr. Kent graduated from Palmer College in Davenport, IA, in 1973.
Following graduation, Dr. Kent joined the Palmer faculty. While at Palmer, he was elected president of the faculty senate and worked as a principal investigator in the research department. After leaving Palmer, he entered full time practice, and qualified as a specialist in chiropractic diagnostic imaging. He was named a Fellow of the College of Chiropractic Imaging, and completed visiting fellowship programs in magnetic resonance imaging. Dr. Kent also served as an associate professor at Palmer-West in California. He is an active member of the State Bar of California and is admitted as an attorney of the U.S. District Court, Southern District of California.
Dr. Kent is known within the chiropractic profession for his dedication to defining the science, art, ethics and philosophy of chiropractic for students and doctors of chiropractic. He is the author of books, textbook chapters and articles in peer-reviewed and popular journals. He serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Pediatric, Maternal & Family Health and the Journal of Vertebral Subluxation Research.
No stranger to winning awards, Dr. Kent was awarded Presidential Award of Merit – 1989 – Palmer West, International Chiropractors Association (ICA) “Chiropractic Researcher of the Year” in 1991 and selected ICA “Chiropractor of the Year” in 1998. He received the Larry Webster Lifetime Achievement Award for his work in pediatric chiropractic in 2000 and Life University’s first Lifetime Achievement Award in 2007. He is former chair of the United Nations NGO Health Committee, the first chiropractor elected to that position.
Holding my hand (via cassette tapes) through chiropractic school, I listened to Dr. Kent and Dr. Patrick Gentempo on my way to and from chiropractic school nearly everyday.
Through Dr. Kent I learned that clinical excellence in chiropractic did not require selling out to a mechanistic approach. Life is better knowing Innate Intelligence has your back.
Thank you and congratulations from an On Purpose Alumni, class of 1998!
I am very happy to announce that the 2019 Planet Chiropractic Veteran Chiropractor of the Year award goes to Dr. Jay Holder.
Veteran Chiropractor of the Year 2019 – Dr. Jay Holder
Jay M. Holder, D.C., CAP, CASAP, DACACD, FICA has been practicing chiropractic in Miami, Florida since 1976.
Dr. Holder is the first American to receive the Albert Schweitzer Prize in Medicine from the Albert Schweitzer-Gesellschaft, Austria. No stranger to awards, Dr. Jay has been named Chiropractor of the Year by the Florida Chiropractic Association and Researcher of the Year by the Florida Chiropractic Society.
Dr. Holder held appointment to the faculty at the University of Miami, Center for Addiction Studies & Education and Nova Southeastern University, and held appointment as Postgraduate Faculty at numerous chiropractic colleges including National College, Life College, Parker College and Life West.
Dr. Holder is a board member of the International Certification & Reciprocity Consortium; Former Executive Board Member of the Council on Chiropractic Practice, and is the Chairman of the Israel Certification Board of Addiction Professionals in Jerusalem, Israel. He is the Co-Founder/Director of the Japan Certification Board of Addiction Professionals in Kawasaki, Japan.
To date, Dr. Holder has earned 4 degrees, holds several licenses in various health care disciplines and maintains multiple board certifications. Dr. Holder has been honored by the 103rd Congress of the United States, and by many state governments, as well as by several foreign governments for his research and treatment strategies.
He is the creator of Torque Release Technique® and the Integrator™ the first chiropractic adjusting instrument to receive an FDA 510K. Chiropractic’s first positive documentary by a major television network was on Torque Release Technique. He conducted the first government funded study on Cranial Nerve Augmentation (CNA) in the U.S. establishing the Foundation Point System, Limbic System and the Addiction Axis Line in CNA, often referred to as Cranial Nerve Auriculotherapy.
At the age of 14, Dr. Holder began his experience in research in neurotoxins at the University of Miami School of Medicine. He established the Brain Reward Cascade and Reward Deficiency Syndrome relationship that supports the role of the subluxation in “State of well-being and human potential”. The 1993 U.S. Senate compared Dr. Holder’s success in research to Michael Jordan’s performance in basketball.
Dr. Holder is the author of 2 texts (Reward Deficiency Syndrome & Handbook of Abusable Drugs) and author of many published scientific papers and research studies. He also holds many patents as inventor of medical and chiropractic devices.
Thank you for your many years of dedication and service!
It was 2001, and a June Friday morning in Venice Beach, California. I was out for a meditative bike ride on my black Schwinn beach cruiser. While riding and having visions of bringing chiropractic to the world I came across what appeared to be a massive set construction project on the beach. There were tents and stages, scaffolding and advertising banners, and tons upon tons of dirt.
I ventured in for a closer look and saw guys raking and shoveling the dirt into place while kids rode down 50 foot ramps on BMX bikes, testing jump conditions. They were preparing for a BMX and Skate Extreme Sports Event, the first in Los Angeles. My chiropractic sense to serve welled up inside and I internally shouted to myself… “This event needs a chiropractor.”
I looked for whoever was directing people to get things done, approached him and asked “who’s the event chiropractor?” He gave me a way too busy to be bothered look and then rattled off several reasons there was no chiropractor for the event. My internal voice went silent, and then it welled right back up.
My mind raced. In getting chiropractic to the world, I’d been travelling on humanitarian missions to Panama and Costa Rica during the past 4 years, and I had promised myself I’d bring the spirit of the mission home.
This event was happening in my backyard, I was a Venice local, how could I let this go? I persisted, highlighting the importance of chiropractic care and athletic performance and my mission to get chiropractic to the world. He was uninterested and preoccupied. He turned to me and said “look, if someone were going to volunteer and …” Without hesitation I said “I’ll see you tomorrow!” He hadn’t even finished and I was getting back on my bike to race home and get ready to rock!
Opportunity hits the pavement.
Saturday morning I was up early, meditating and doing affirmations, and preparing for the unknown of the day. It was a short walk to the beachfront event from my house and I arrived with my portable chiropractic table in hand, eager to make this day happen.
The lead organizer was high up in a tower announcing the days event over a loudspeaker while participants on skateboards got a feel for ramps and the jumps below. I stood at the fence waiting and silently directing thought at the back of the organizers head, hoping he’d soon turn around. When he finally did turn my way I must have had the biggest I’m ready to go to work smile on my face. He gave me a smile killing look, turned his head away, and carried on.
Dejection filled my being and I nearly choose it as reality when I heard a slam and collective gasp from the crowd of spectators that had been gathering. A kid about 12 on a skateboard miscalculated a jump and had face planted onto the concrete, now apparently out cold.
I looked up to see the lead organizer with his jaw dropped. He turned to look at me and I was already jumping the fence. I got down on the ground and applied skills I’d learned working with varsity football players. All was quiet (but it wasn’t). I gave him my best, and eventually we got up together to walk it off. The crowd cheered and I heard something over the loudspeaker about the doctor being on top of it as we walked towards the riders tent. (BTW: That kid went on to accomplish great things in the world of skateboarding.)
The first person to meet us was the kids dad. He said thanks, we chatted, and I turned to discover the organizer standing at my side, ready to show me where I was setting up my table for the day.
I walked out of the tent to go fetch my table and found myself face to face with a news reporter asking me questions about the hazards of extreme sports and the dangers involved for those who participate. Here I was (a sudden voice of authority) defending skateboarding, BMX, the event, and extreme sports in general.
Everything happens for a reason.
I had grown up with a skateboarding is not a crime mentality and the reporter encounter just brought my own biased emotions back. I’d had my share of broken arms, sprained wrists, fractured ribs, and ankle injuries. I had no idea how every injury I’d had as a kid would play a role in my clinical career, and on this day.
My personal BMX experience was short lived (but essential). At about age 13 I attempted a dirt jump the local kids were completing. I came up short, handle bars turned, hit the dirt and cracked my ribs as I fell onto my bike. On day one in my world of extreme sports I learned this was called casing a jump. I saw several riders that had cased jumps that day, and I innately knew exactly how to approach the injuries.
Over go for it.
When I wasn’t adjusting or assessing injuries in the tent, I was up on a platform, studying the body mechanics of the riders. I began to clearly see different postures and mechanics from skilled riders vs kids on the platform for the first time. The pros appeared and acted calm, the amateurs had a nervous tension about them (like I did the day I broke my ribs).
There was one kid in particular who had cased a jump during the practice runs, and I had him on my adjusting table later that morning. He was complaining about aches in body parts (foot, shoulder, etc.) but he didn’t have any major injuries. I was palpating his spine and could feel the nervous energy, I told him to breathe.
When he sat up he shared his concerns about the jumps and I found myself in a role that has affected my personal life and professional practice immensely. I shared that I’d been watching riders from atop of the ramp, and that I’d been seeing a pattern in their behavior. In chiropractic we have a saying “be one with the bone” and I said calmly, “be one with your bike.” Choose whoever you think is the best rider on the platform, and ride out after him, and go down that ramp faster than he did.
This kid went down the ramp just after one of best (and most famous) BMX riders on the planet completed his jump. He rode fast, cleared it, landed it, and the crowd went wild. Other riders ran out to him to give high fives and hugs, it was a great sight. He ended up winning prizes that day, and so did I.
I assessed and adjusted quite a few people that weekend, professional athletes and amateurs, skateboarders and BMX riders, and I had a blast. I had volunteered for the event and yet the rewards came, both physically and emotionally. I went home Sunday night determined to better know the evolving world of extreme sports.
What you think about.
Monday morning came and I was in the office, high off of the weekends event, adjusting patients and internally excited about this wonderful world I had entered. I was less than an hour into the workday when someone new came in with complaints about his low back and right foot after his weekend activity. What are the odds this guy tells me he was out riding motocross in Gorman (California’s second largest off-highway vehicular recreation area) and now he’s pretty banged up? Some people would say the odds are 100%.
This particular patient worked at a local motocross dealer (where I eventually got my motorcycles) and he rode a lot. We talked bike ergonomics, riding, jumping, chiropractic, and injury recovery. Within a week the manager was in my office (also a rider), and then the owner.
I now refer back to that day as Motorcycle Monday. It was as if my entire first weekend working with extreme sports athletes was simply preparation for what was coming my way. Most of the local motorcycle dealers near my office (there are several) are closed on Mondays, and many locals go out to places like Glamis, Rasor Road, and Gorman on the weekends to ride. Monday morning in my office for chiropractic care became a natural extension to their weekend activities.
American flags are flying.
The Core Tour was coming back to Venice Beach for the finals the weekend of September 14th, 2001. I’d been in communication with several riders since June and I made arrangements for them to get in office assessments and adjustments before the tour started. Word had spread and a few brought along friends. Now I had pro extreme sports athletes being assessed and adjusted in my practice.
When it was all said and done, I had worked the Core Tour over four years from 2001-2004, with a focus on BMX and skateboarding. I meet amazing people and learned much more about performance and human mechanics than I had known previously, and I was just getting started.
Possibility loves preparation.
In the summer of 2003, The X Games came to Los Angeles for the first time. Athletes participating began calling me a few weeks before to schedule coming to the office while in the city. While I didn’t officially work for the X Games, I provided care to a number of participating athletes in the office, and at the event that summer. The X Games returned to Los Angeles in 2004 and continued to be hosted in the Los Angeles area until 2013. The proximity of my chiropractic practice to Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) turned out to be great for athletes visiting the area, and it wasn’t uncommon for them to visit directly from the airport.
My office walls became adorned with photos of athletes I’d worked with, and those photos remained on the walls until we remodeled the office in March of 2017.
If you’re still reading this.
Quite a few things had to happen in a universe of possibilities and probabilities in order for me to be here writing about this nearly 2 decades later (it’s been a wild ride). The event had not officially started when the kid had fallen off of his skateboard. If it were 10 minutes later, staff paramedics would have been first to the scene, and I’d have a different story to tell.
The Atlanto Calcaneal Connection
I’ll get into the clinical components (upper cervical calcaneal correlation) of what I learned and how I’ve applied it in my practice in another post. Needless to say, at the time I began providing care (chiropractic centered – subluxation based – alignment and performance care) there were no certifications and no extreme sports seminars a provider could attend (that I was aware of), although continuing education towards a solid foundation in chiropractic technique and extremity work has long been available.
2003: X Games IX – Staples Center & LA Coliseum, Los Angeles (August 14–17, 2003) 2004: X Games X – Staples Center, Home Depot Center, Long Beach Marine Stadium, Los Angeles (August 5–8, 2004) 2005: X Games XI – Staples Center, Los Angeles (August 4–7, 2005) 2006: X Games 12 – Staples Center, Home Depot Center & Long Beach Marine Stadium, Los Angeles (August 3–6, 2006) 2007: X Games 13 – Staples Center, Home Depot Center & Long Beach Marine Stadium, Los Angeles (August 2–5, 2007) 2008: X Games 14 – Los Angeles (July 31 – August 3, 2008) 2009: X Games 15 – Los Angeles (July 30 – August 2, 2009) 2010: X Games 16 – Staples Center, Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum & L.A. Live, Los Angeles (July 29 – August 1, 2010) 2011: X Games 17 – Los Angeles (July 28–31, 2011) 2012: X Games 18 – Los Angeles (June 28 – July 1, 2012) 2013: X Games Los Angeles 2013