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!
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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 President
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
Now Accepting Nominations for the Planet Chiropractic Doctor of the Year Awards.
It’s time to acknowledge a few of the many amazing Chiropractors who are making a difference in the world. Categories include future leaders, veterans, educators, and those showing excellence in communicating chiropractic. Nominations will be open until January 28th, 2019. To nominate a doctor, simply fill out the form below.
Categories are as follows:
Veteran Chiropractor This may be a retired practitioner or a doctor who continues to practice. They perhaps have made a difference in the art and science of chiropractic. Maybe they influenced a generation of chiropractors. Someone who has walked the walk and talked the talk, and impacted his or her community.
Communicating Chiropractic A doctor who demonstrates great skills at communicating chiropractic to his or her community. Though this category will most likely evidence social media skills, old school print and oratory prowess are highly undervalued and deserve to be highlighted.
Educator An educator, in the formal sense, of aspiring, yet to be chiropractors. Possibly an instructor at a Chiropractic College. It may be as well someone who teaches Post Doctoral continuing education.
Leader A Doctor who is leading the charge by example of excellence in the world of chiropractic.
Feel free to nominate as many doctors as you wish. This is not a popularity contest, so there is no need to have your friends submit entries to support your nominee. If you have additional information to support your nominee after your initial nomination feel free to submit another nomination form. Nomination closes at midnight January 10th (Pacific Time).
UPDATE: Nominations closed in January. Here are links for this years winners.
Looking for a place to practice chiropractic, but not have to worry about the headache of running a clinic?
This month we have seen an amazing set of offers for Doctors of Chiropractic to move into a position where they get paid to adjust without the worry of running a practice. Check out these clinics…
Vital Chiropractic in Norway. Dr. Jonathan Verderame has a group of 3 clinics in Norway. His clinics are first class in every way. Beautiful clinics. Solid management. Join a team principled doctors committed to healing with art and science of Chiropractic.
Dr. Verderame may not be well know in the United States, but is becoming known as one future voices of chiropractic in Europe. Ad details here: Associate in Norway!
United States: Concise Chiropractic in Colorado Springs. A wonderful opportunity with unbelievable benefits: Competitive pay, paid vacation, paid malpractice insurance, free supplements, superb work environment, paid sick time, reimbursement for health insurance, paid gym membership and 401k match. And… you live in Colorado Springs! Skiing, hiking, amazing views, world class restaurants… Ad details here: Associate needed for awesome Colorado Springs clinic, buy-in possibility!
South America: Stickloon Chiropractic in Lima, Peru. Think about enjoying a super cost of living while changing lives every day. No insurance, no paperwork, no therapy. Dr. Mike has figured out how to be successful in Peru and as long as you know some spanish, you will have the opportunity to learn from a very successful chiropractor. Ad details here: Chiropractor needed for Lima, Peru – Full Time