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Humanitarian Chiropractic Mission to Panama June 2020

By Michael Dorausch, D.C.

There’s likely no topic I’ve covered more on Planet Chiropractic than CREW Missions to Panama. I’m very excited to be sharing the following information from Lina, Craig, and Stew.

Kids in Panama

22-28 June


You’ve heard so much about Panama Mission trips over the years, so now is the time to stop observing history, and be a part of making it.

CREW (Chiropractors Restoring Energy Worldwide) in alliance with Life West, The office of the First Lady of Panama, & the Ministry of Health and Fundacion Omar Alfanno have set dates for the next Humanitarian Chiropractic Mission to Panama for June 20-28, 2020.

During the 3rd mission in 1998, 147 DCs served 385,000 patients, and the next in 1999 with 73 DCs a full 175,000. It will be the first time since then that we will cover the entire country. We are looking to bring the same energy in 2020 by having a highly motivated group of 250 chiropractors.



  1. The mission is only available to registered DCs (local legalities). You will need to have graduated from an accredited Chiropractic College and must be able to show a copy of your diploma / degree OR your current practice license.
  2. Your completed registration along with fee must be received no later than April 15. We have created an online form with integrated Paypal. Only when the Paypal transaction is complete is your registration complete. Once processing begins (ie after April 15) there can be no refund or transfer of registration fees.
  3. You are responsible for arranging & paying for your flights to Panama City, to arrive latest June 20th, and depart earliest June 28th. There will also be additional hotel / meal costs which will be confirmed as soon as possible. You are responsible for arranging a travel visa if required for your nationality.
  4. All DCs are required to adjusted upper cervical in a normal chair. There are no other techniques or adjusting tables suitable.

Don’t be the one who wished they had been there, JOIN US!


  1. Decide that you are ready to serve and complete your registration ASAP
  2. If you‘re not already a member ask to join the FB group “CREW Panama”, we won‘t add you until you have completed step 1
  3. As soon as you’re ready, book your flights according to our information and using this form forward that to us asap.

NOTE: you should all know this already, but there is a reason we write it. Ensure that the [email protected] is added to your favourites and our emails not landing in junk. For ease of communication PLEASE once you have started an email thread, try to keep that going rather than creating a new email every time. Remember we are coordinating up to 250 people, help make our life easy.


There is a long history of wonderful things happening in Panama, and we welcome the chance to return and bring a wealth of experience to the people of Panama. Chiropractors will be sent to all 10 provinces and each group will likely have quite different experiences. There will be groups in cities, small towns, and local villages. Some will be in a hotel the entire week, others may be on stretchers in huts. DCs will be in service from Monday to Friday, and typically from 9am-3pm.


The registration requirements set by Panama means that only registered DCs may participate. It’s always great having keen student participating but the government sets the rules on this one.


The registration form link is here, please remember that we will be looking to coordinate up to 250 DCs, so ensure you complete the form correctly, and pay attention to ongoing notices and information. To streamline the process we’ve created an entirely online registration, since we can then collate all information without copious emails to track down. If you are a DC couple please indicate on your forms as we try to keep couples together unless you have no particular preference. We have found through experience that the best energy happens also when the tour groups are not selected based on friendship or special request, we tend to select groups on a somewhat energetic / innate basis.

If you wish to bring partners / family then we ask you to first consider the following

  • our expectation is that you are there to serve, not to be on a family holiday
  • You will need to cover all extra costs
  • If the children are of childcare age, then you must arrange that yourself at your cost. We will not offer assistance to get this organised, we have enough to do. Otherwise generally the older the child the better
    With these criteria met, having a family along can be an incredibly rewarding experience for everyone. Otherwise however, the reality is that a mission is not necessarily the best environment to have your family along, so please consider carefully before deciding to do so.


Transfers to / from the airport and the hotel will be arranged for the 20th and 28th only, therefore as soon as you have booked your fares we require this information. There is a separate online form for you to use to send us this information, you’ll find it here.

If you decide to arrive prior to the Saturday 20th or stay after Sunday 28th then you will need to make all of your own arrangements regarding accommodation and airport transfers. Uber is freely available in Panama City so it might pay to ensure you have this on your cell/mobile phone for private trips. Sunday 21st and Saturday 27th will be necessary travel days for some, therefore your arrival should be 20th latest, earliest departure 28th.


One registration form per DC please. Each submission is set so that the complete registration fee must be paid, so do not combine payments on one registration submission. Your fee will cover t-shirts (likely 3), transport costs (there will be internal flights / busses etc) depending on what part of the country you are serving in. It will also cover some of the food costs at the ‚base‘ Hotel. However you will need to budget for additional costs, and these will vary depending on your location. Water and lunches will be provided during your service.


If you’ve heard about the Panama missions, but especially if not, it’s useful to recall that early on there were no clear guidelines on how to adjust, but after a short few hours a group decision was reached where everyone was to adjust upper cervical chair, and nothing else. That tradition remained solid for every mission since and will continue in 2020. It is likely the reason for the amazing healings and miracle stories that have come out of Panama. If you’ve been on a mission where every DC is doing something different, you’ve likely seen how energetically disruptive this can be. On a practical note, there simply is not the possibility to have any type of adjusting table available, especially for the number of DCs we expect to participate. So if you can adjust, with your hands (not activator), in the chair, then we welcome your registration. This is a structural adjusting mission trip. Alternatives to this are unfortunately not possible in Panama, so you should consider some of the other amazing missions trips around the world that do cater for more diverse adjusting environments.


The primary avenues of communication will be email and the CREW Panama facebook page. It will be your responsibility to stay up to date with information. This applies especially to those of you who are not so inclined to use FB, Ultimately if you do not then you may miss out. It‘s important to realise how challenging it is to organise such a venture, and your cooperation is essential.

If you‘ve made it through to here, awesome! We expect to see you in Panama! If you know for certain, please complete your registration early rather than last minute, and also share this information amongst your colleague so that everyone has the opportunity to join.

The sooner we receive registrations the sooner we can confirm with the government what regions we can visit, with hotels to get better rates, and with the universe to serve more people, so please don‘t delay.


Lina, Craig & Stew


Coronavirus Chiropractic Contingency and Exposure Plan

By Harry Engel

If you have employees or patients, it is prudent to create a set of action and contingency plans to protect the staff, your patients and your practice from the Coronavirus.  Even though we’re exposed to viruses every day as patients come in and out of our offices, and yet we don’t get sick, this Coronavirus seems to be different from the flu.  Hopefully it is more benign.  As doctors, we have our philosophies of health.  As business owners, we need to be prudent about managing risks and protecting the business.  The following is an actual plan developed for a multi doctor clinic in California: 

Our plan of action has 3 separate elements:  A plan to protect our staff. A plan to protect our patients.  A plan to protect the practice. 

Inherently, we understand that there is a scientific and emotional component to managing the effects of the Coronavirus outbreak.  Making sure your employees and patients FEEL safe is just as important as making sure they are safe.

face down on chiropractic table

We identified the following key points:

  • There is a very good chance that the virus will impact our community.
  • Data on this virus is not reliable.  There are a number of indicators.  Governments slant the data.  Media uses it to increase their traffic.  We are liking independent sources like Virology Down Under.
  • Even though the mortality rate will most likely be substantially lower here than it is in other countries, just one fatality from our clinic would impact us in a horrid way.
  • It seems like the most vulnerable are the elderly, very young and those with weak or compromised immune systems.
  • The hysteria will most likely be worse than the virus, comparatively speaking, particularly when you look at deaths from other sources.
  • As the virus hit pandemic levels in communities in other parts of the world, we have seen complete shutdown of industry, education and travel.  People have chosen not to be in spaces where there are other people.
    • If this occurred in our community we could see a substantial drop in patients venturing out in public.
  • Symptoms mimic the flu: fever, cough and difficulty breathing.
  • Cal-Osha (California Worker Safety Board) has decreed we need a plan
    • Written Exposure Control Plan and Procedures.
  • As business owners we need a plan.  As Doctors we need to know how to make sure our patients are properly cared for.  If the virus fails to cause us issues, we have been prudent, and perhaps helped a few people avoid the flu.

Protecting the staff:

  1. Identify staff that have weak immune systems.
    1. These employees should not show up to work.  
    2. We need to better understand if they can collect unemployment, disability or if we need to keep them on payroll.
  2. Be vigilant to patients that may carry the virus.  Notify management/Doctor immediately.
  3. Identify potential exposures, evaluating the cause, determine who was exposed, provide care as needed, improve procedures as we learn.
  4. Educate the staff:
    1. Signs and symptoms
    2. Protection process
    3. Protection equipment, proper use, handling, disposal, limitations
    4. Activities that may cause exposure
  5. Physical protection.
    1. Monitor staff temperatures – if they have a fever they go home.
    2. Masks.  
      1. The CDC and others seem to indicate that masks do not offer significant protection
      2. Masks may actually increase risk.
      3. Masks will provide some protection against spreading the virus if the person wearing the mask has the virus
      4. Masks will show the public that we are doing something, so they offer emotional support.
      5. We will make them available to the staff who desire to wear them.
    3. Antimicrobial wipes.
      1. We’ve ordered wipes for patients to use, to minimize the spreading of the virus by touch.
      2. Wipes can also be used by staff to sanitize as necessary.
    4. Hand sanitizer stations.
      1. Front Desk
      2. Doctors area
      3. Therapy
    5. Anti-Microbial Spray
      1. Spray bottles in all staff areas.
    6. Provide the doctors with stylus so that they don’t need to touch the touch screens.
    7. Ultraviolet lighting
      1. Still in the research stage, but seems to be prudent, and cost effective.
        1. Installed in the AC system
        2. Installed in the patient bathroom with a timer/photo sensor so that they turn for a period of time on every time the light goes out, and turn off when the light is turned back on.
    8. Essential oils
      1. We know we’ll get flack for this, but it’s been on our list for a while to have a scent for the office.
      2. Thieves oil has a reputation for killing viruses as do other oils.
  6. Prevention:
    1. Build the immune system.
      1. No Sugar!  No honey, corn syrup or any other sugar.  That means read the labels, because there’s tons of sugar in processed foods.  And that means no alcohol.
      2. 1,000 units vit C daily
      3. 5,000 units Vit D daily.  If they haven’t been taking it, start with a heavy dose for the first week to kick start.
      4. Get adjusted.
      5. Keep taking other immune supports like chlorella, probiotics.
    2. Educate staff on how to avoid contact and spreading of the virus.
      1. Wash
      2. Sanitize
      3. Elbow sneeze
      4. Do not touch the face
      5. Be cognizant of what you are touching.
    3. Make sure their household is prepared with adequate supplies of food, water, medicines/supplements and hygiene tools.  
    4. Educate their children and others living in their homes.
  7. What to do if you start feeling like crap.
    1. Notify manager
    2. Go home
    3. Stay home until the office manager agrees that you can come back.
    4. Take oil of oregano
    5. Consider Oscillococcinum homeopathic remedy
    6. High doses of vitamin C, follow the protocol on the handout.
    7. Colloidal silver
    8. Lauricidin
    9. Follow medical advice.
    10. Be aware that going to the ER or Urgent care might expose you to the virus, which could be a problem if your symptoms are perhaps related to the flu or other condition.

Protecting Patients:

  1. Educate patients that they are responsible for their own health.  Teach them how to protect themselves, their families and friends.  Use our Staff plan as the basis for their education.
    1. Dry erase boards
    2. Handouts
    3. Workshops
    4. Social media
  2. Provide antimicrobial wipes for them to use to wipe the face section of the table and any other sections of the table they desire to wipe, as well as any electronics they may touch.
  3. Leave the front door open if weather permits so patients don’t have to touch the handles (and improve air cirulation).
  4. Regularly spray sections of the office that patients come in contact with.
  5. Explain our plan so they understand we are taking action to protect them.

Protecting the Practice.  

  1. The practice needs to survive the following scenarios:
    1. Substantial drop in patient visits
    2. Substantial decrease in staffing (Doctors and staff)
    3. Unknown length of time for the practice to recover
  2. As patient volume drops
    1. Overhead must drop congruently and immediately.
      1. Temporary Layoffs, doctors and staff
      2. Cutting expenses 
      3. Negotiate overhead wherever possible
    2. This will be dynamic


This posted document is a work in action.  We’ve shared it with our staff.  We have ordered supplies.  We are educating our patients.

The 2019 Planet Chiropractic Awards

By Michael Dorausch, D.C.

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.


2019 Chiropractor of the Year – Ron Oberstein, D.C.

2019 Chiropractic Educator of the Year – Christopher Kent, D.C., J.D.

2019 Communicating Chiropractor of the Year – Tanya Reynolds, D.C.

2019 Veteran Chiropractor of the Year – Dr. Jay Holder

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.

These four individuals are a living expression of greatness in chiropractic, their dedication is simply amazing.

I raise my pisiform in salute!


Planet Chiropractic Chiropractor of the Year 2019

By Michael Dorausch, D.C.

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.

Ron Oberstein Life West

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.

It was through Dr. Ron Oberstein that I met Herbert Ross Reaver, James Sigafoose, Ian Grassam, and Fred Barge.

With my deepest gratitude, thank you for everything you have done and do.


Communicating Chiropractic with Dr Tanya Reynolds

By Michael Dorausch, D.C.

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 DC

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.

Dr. Reynolds is a 2001 graduate of LIFE University.

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.

Christopher Kent Awarded 2019 Chiropractic Educator of the Year

By Michael Dorausch, D.C.

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

Kent Christopher 2018

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!

Veteran Chiropractor of the Year 2019

By Michael Dorausch, D.C.

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 Holder DC

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 is Adjunct Faculty at Sherman College; Adjunct Professor at St. Martin’s College, Milwaukee and Postgraduate Faculty at Life University in Marietta, Georgia.

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!

Practicing Chiropractic in Amazing Vietnam

By Michael Dorausch, D.C.

I love seeing that people are willing to go out and serve new communities with chiropractic care. Everyday I see chiropractors posting classified ads related to the regions they work in, and it inspires me to know they are making positive change in this world. This post comes from another Dr. Michael who is practicing chiropractic in Vietnam.

I am Dr. Michael.

I wanted to share my experiences working in Southeast Asian countries. I’ve been working in Asia for eight years. I’ve worked in both Indonesia and Vietnam. Both countries have offered me enormous opportunities for growth personally and professionally.

chiro nearme vietnam

Working abroad definitely has its ups and downs. Especially as I have been working where chiropractic is not fully established as a profession. But I believe that the downsides are less than the upside of experiencing the adventure and excitement of rapidly growing Asia.

I’m currently working in Vietnam which has just opened its doors to Chiropractic. This offers an excellent time for chiropractors with a sense of adventure to enter into this market where people are hungry for new approaches to health care. The impediments we experienced in the west such as insurance issues and competition are not present. People can afford treatment and see the value of this treatment.

Starting work in Vietnam was quite overwhelming due to the language barriers, but working inside the clinic, I found that it was effortless as we always had translators and a team of 60 staff who are very highly trained professionals from medicine and physiotherapy.

This experience was unique as I was used to working in a clinic of 6 staff and jumping up to 60 staff in Vietnam was quite a novelty. The clinic I am involved with in Hanoi is over four levels and has state-of-the-art equipment. This has been quite a learning experience for me even after being in practice for 25 years. I have learnt more about the use of Electrophysical Therapies and their use in clinical practice. Fortunately, I have been able to travel throughout Vietnam and experience its incredible beauty, its nature, the delicious food, the friendly people, contrasting cultures and the excitement of big cities like Hanoi.

Life is never dull when working in a foreign country and it satisfies that need for a variety in life that we crave.

It’s very common for people to walk up to you in the street and want to talk with you and the Vietnamese are very friendly, and they want to know more about our lives in our home countries.

After travelling to many Asian countries, I have found Vietnam to be quite different. They aren’t so pushy or looking to get something out of you, and you feel very safe walking around the streets.

Business in Vietnam is quite remarkable and fast-moving, and I think it will be a strong force in Asia in the years to come.

It’s challenging to describe working in Asia. It is quite different from western culture. I believe the best thing is to go and travel there first and try to pick up some work and see if it sits well with you. I must say that it does take a good six months to transition into working there due to the language barrier and a different style of thinking. It can be frustrating to try to explain something and then have something utterly different show up at the table. But that is the beautiful thing about travelling; there is such an opportunity to learn and grow.

I love the clinic that I’m involved with at ICCARE Hanoi. It is by far the biggest and best in Vietnam in my humble opinion, and so it’s an excellent place to look for future opportunities.

Feel free to contact me at my email, and I will give you a rundown on working in Vietnam.

[email protected]
Dr. Michael Bishopp

California Chiropractic Association Sponsors AB 888 Opioid Legislation

Sacramento, California – The California Chiropractic Association (CalChiro) is pleased to sponsor AB 888, which seeks to reduce the over-reliance on prescription opioids by integrating nonpharmacological treatments to pain management care plans and, most importantly, ensures that patients are making well informed decisions before an opioid is prescribed. AB 888 was introduced by Assembly member and Chair of the Business and Professions Committee Evan Low.

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Over the last 15 years, there has been a dramatic increase in the acceptance and use of prescription opioids for the treatment of chronic, non-cancer pain despite serious risks and a lack of evidence about their long-term effectiveness. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has estimated that between 1999 and 2016, more than 200,000 people died in the United States from overdoses related to prescription drugs. The CDC also found that in 2016, 116 people died every day from opioid related overdoses and 11.5 million misused prescription opioids. Overdose deaths involving prescription opioids were five times higher in 2016 than in 1999.

The sheer magnitude of America’s prescription opioid abuse has evoked visceral responses and calls to action from public and private sectors. Opioid prescribing guidelines, like the CDC’s Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain, already recommend the exploration of non-opioid therapeutic options or if opioids are prescribed they should be combined with non-opioid therapies. The California Health Care Foundation’s (CHCF) Changing Course: The Role of Health Plans in Curbing the Opioid Epidemic states that alternative treatments to opioids, including chiropractic care, have been found to play an important role in the delivery of cost-effective, non-drug services in both acute and chronic stages, as complementary to traditional treatments. The CHCF study notes that some health plans now authorize non-opioid treatment services for select diagnoses and that the cost of these services is offset by savings in opioid prescriptions.

Nonpharmacological treatments, such as chiropractic care is a proven safe, long-term, solution to pain that reduces or eliminates the need for opioids and reduces surgical interventions. The Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) has been implementing specific nonpharmacologic therapies recommended by several clinical guidelines. As noted in Opioid Use Among Veterans of Recent Wars Receiving Veterans Affairs Chiropractic Care, a key set of the recommended therapies–spinal manipulation, massage, acupuncture, exercise, and patient education–are the core components of multimodal chiropractic care in the VA. From 2012 to 2016, the number of veterans receiving an opioid for any reason decreased approximately 25%, and one component of the VA’s approach has been expanding access to nonpharmacological pain therapies.

“As the opioid crisis continues to wreak havoc in California families, CalChiro has moved to sponsor legislation requiring nonpharmacological avenues be considered before writing that first, often critical prescription,” states Danny Gambino DC, President of the California Chiropractic Association. “We have always aimed to alleviate pain and suffering without deadly, addictive medications. In fact, studies have shown a 55% reduction in opioid prescriptions if a doctor of chiropractic is sought out first.”

As trained medical professionals and longtime advocates of nonpharmacologic pain management, we strongly support AB 888’s mission to increase interdisciplinary approaches to the opioid crisis that will facilitate practices that will not only improve health outcomes but also decrease over-reliance on opioids. In order to adequately address the opioid crisis in California we must look at evidenced based treatment options, like non-pharmacological providers, as well as other mechanisms designed to stop opioid addiction in the first place. CalChiro believes this bill will allow multidisciplinary teams to begin working together to find pain management options that will bend the curve on opioid addiction.

William Updyke, DC, California Chiropractic Association Past President adds, “AB 888 will require any initial opioid prescription include a full informed consent to provide a much needed level of transparency. Patients deserve to be educated about the dangers of opioids prior to filling a prescription.”

Visit the CalChiro page for more information on AB 888.

About California Chiropractic Association

Established in 1928, CalChiro is a not-for-profit organization supporting thousands of doctors of chiropractic and students across California. Visit; call 916.648.2727.

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
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25001 Industrial Blvd. Hayward, California 94545 United States