The photo of the week for today was taken at a Parker Seminars chiropractic event in Las Vegas Nevada. The photo features a chiropractor serving another. Patients frequently ask “who adjusts you?” or “do you get adjusted?” In my case, the answer is a resounding yes. Most chiropractors I know receive regular chiropractic care.
Chiropractor serving Chiropractic Adjustment
In the case of this photograph, the chiropractor may only be checking the individual’s spine or demonstrating an adjustment for thoracic anteriorities. I find it interesting when I talk to other chiropractors about their schedule of chiropractic care. Those that work in offices with other chiropractors have an easy opportunity to receive care regularly.
In Los Angeles, I know several chiropractors that work as solo practitioners. We all visit the offices of other chiropractors to receive our adjustments. In my experience, I have found that going through what a patient goes through (finding parking, sitting in the reception area, lying face down waiting to be adjusted) makes for better chiropractic care. Going to the chiropractor is a huge added hidden bonus of being chiropractor.
If you are a patient or practice member of a chiropractor, asking them who adjusts them and how often they get adjusted is a great question, it keeps them on their toes. If chiropractic is about helping one function at an optimal level, and your chiropractor is not receiving regular chiropractic care, is it possible you are not getting 100% from your adjustment?
Today’s photo of the week features a massive sign that appeared at the Orange County Performing Arts Center for the very first DCS California Jam. Years later, it seems every chiropractor on the planet is aware of Dr. Billy Demoss and the DCS movement, which came out of Orange County California. The sign turned out to be a good investment.
DCS California Jam Neon Sign
The very first California Jam took place in Orange County (Costa Mesa) on Saturday, April 26, 2008. I can remember being at a Schofield Chiropractic Training with Dr. Billy DeMoss and Mary Jane talking about ways to promote the very first DCS mega event. Billy was on fire (as he often is) and it’s beyond spectacular to see the wave of fresh chiropractic energy that has been flowing out of Southern California ever since.
The very first Cal Jam featured Dr. Rob Schiffman, Dr. James Chestnut, Dr. Brian Porteous, Dr. Monika Buerger, Dr. Eric Plasker, Dr. Patrick Gentempo, Dr. Don Harte, Dr. Dennis Nikitow, Dr. Ben Lerner, and Dr. Fred Schofield. There’s quite a few DCS related news articles on Planet Chiropractic. Something noticeable in 2013 is how so many other chiropractic conferences have copied what has worked at DCS. The music has gotten louder and there’s a lot more “letting the hair down” at chiropractic events.
The photograph of the sign doesn’t really do it justice. If you’ve been in attendance at DCS California Jam you know what I’m talking about. The sign is massive, and it’s just freaking cool. Thank goodness for people like the DeMoss family being in chiropractic.
This week’s chiropractic photo of the week was taken on March 14th, 2001 at the Los Angeles Convention Center, during the “Internet World” conference. The photo features keynote speaker Barry Diller and Chiropractor Michael Dorausch (that’s me).
Barry Diller and Chiropractor Michael Dorausch
At the time, Barry Diller was CEO of USA Networks. I was a chiropractor practicing in downtown Los Angeles where we also had an office for Planet Chiropractic. The building, located on Spring Street and now converted into condominiums, hosted around 48 tech companies during the first dot com boom. We were located within walking distance to the Staples Center/Los Angeles Convention Center and lots of people from our office building were in attendance for the Internet World conference.
Barry Diller spoke about convergence, the entertainment industry, and the tech industry. There was something like 50,000 people expected to attend Internet World that spring week of March 2001. The exhibit halls featured around 500 vendors, and there was an equal amount of speakers, covering all sorts of topics related to the Internet. As I recall, the conference had a very different energy from the years prior, with 2001 being the first West Coast Spring Internet World post dot com bubble bursting. I believe there were five full days of sessions related to everything Internet, I no longer have my notes from Barry Diller’s keynote, but it was inspiring to attend.
California Chiropractor Brian Stenzler in San Diego
Dr. Brian Stenzler has been extremely active in the state of California, both as a chiropractor, and in a leadership role at the CCA. He is a past president of the CCA San Diego and currently sits on the executive board for the California Chiropractic Association. Dr. Brian is a 1998 graduate of Life University in Marietta Georgia. He currently practices in Del Mar and Pacific Beach California.
Chiropractor Patrick Gentempo
Dr. Patrick Gentempo was one of the chiropractors I had been listening to during my daily commute to chiropractic school in the 1990s. Sitting in traffic an hour each way provided an opportunity to listen to Dr. Patrick and Dr. Christopher Kent talk to me about chiropractic (via way of audio cassettes). Just yesterday I posted a photograph of Dr. Kent and how he would have likely looked at Palmer in 1973. I am incredibly grateful for the chiropractors I’ve had in my life since the very beginning of my journey.
California Chiropractor Grace Syn with goodies for vendors
The annual CCA convention features free continuing education for chiropractors that are members of the organization. As everyone knows, continuing education isn’t actually free, it is subsidized by the vendors who sponsor the conference. In the above photo Dr. Grace Syn is carting out a whole bunch of goodies to be shared with conference vendors. I myself purchased two cases of protein bars while at the event, that were sent second day air to my office, great to have in our refrigerator so I can not be hungry and focus on adjusting patients.
North Hollywood Chiropractor Michael Blum
I was really glad to see North Hollywood chiropractor Dr. Michael Blum was in attendance. I had heard that a former employee of another chiropractor had recently started going to Dr. Blum’s office and she was raving about the care and attention she was receiving. Nice to share that with your colleagues when you see them. I feel confident Dr. Blum will provide great chiropractic care if there is anyone you want to send his way.
California Chiropractor Leslie Hewitt speaking at CCA
Danville chiropractor Leslie Hewitt has also been very active with the California Chiropractic Association. She’s the current leadership behind the CCA Conventions & Seminars Department, and she’s already at work planning the extravaganza for 2014 in San Diego. I’ve been really impressed with the continual improvement of CCA events during the past few years. Thanks to the chiropractors that have committed much time and energy to the mission, chiropractic in California is on the move.
Michael McLean – President of the International Chiropractors Association
For those of us that have been involved in the International Chiropractors Association in the state of California (I was a SICA president during my days at Cleveland Chiropractic College in Los Angeles), it’s terrific to see ICA leadership attending a CCA event. That is huge for the state of California and says a lot about the direction we are moving in. Congratulations to Dr. Michael Mclean on his recent nomination to the position of president of the ICA.
Time to get back to the office and rock this Friday afternoon. Wherever you are, hope you’re having a fantastic day. I plan to see you at a chiropractic conference sometime soon.
From left to right we have Drs. Peter Kevorkian, Tom Gelardi, and Liam Schubel. Dr. Tom Gelardi is the founder of Sherman Chiropractic College, and Drs. Peter Kevorkian and Liam Schubel are on the Board of Trustees. These are visionary chiropractors, and it’s great to see they can have some fun.
Cool Cats – Debbie and Dr. Ed Cordero
Speaking of having some fun, this photo features the coolest cats on the planet (especially on Planet Chiropractic), Debbie Cordero and Sherman President Dr. Ed Cordero. These two have amazing energy and they are a blast to hang out with, I’m already looking forward to Lyceum 2014.
Here’s three people that have had a profound impact on my life. From left to right we have Susan Schofield, Dr. Fred Schofield, and Irene Gold. This photo pretty much sums up success in chiropractic. Irene Gold can teach you everything there is to know about passing national boards (she’s helped thousands of chiropractors). Susan Schofield can teach you about running a successful high volume love-centered chiropractic office (she’s also helped thousands of chiropractors). Dr. Fred can teach you to calm that monkey mind of yours and remain focused on serving patients (he has helped thousands of chiropractors do so).
1973 version of Christopher Kent
When I was a chiropractic student sitting in Los Angeles traffic in the 1990s, I used to listen to cassette tapes (remember those?) of Dr. Christopher Kent and Dr. Patrick Gentempo doing interviews with chiropractors from around the world. I remember Dr. Kent once talking about how he had long hair when he attended Palmer College of Chiropractic and that he was quite the rebel. After taking this photo I thought this is probably what Dr. Kent looked like when he went to chiropractic college. Groovy!
Chiropractors having fun at 1970s Lyceum Party
I don’t know how popular Viking horns were in the 1970s, but along with the large black wigs (must have been a sale in downtown Spartenburg), I saw them several times at the party. In case you are wondering, people really had a lot of fun (that should be obvious from the pics). Having attended many chiropractic conferences throughout the years I have found events like this are great for freeing the mind and letting go into the future.
Drs. Patti Giuliano and Peter Kevorkian
Drs. Patti Giuliano and Peter Kevorkian are two amazing people. I believe I first met them at a New Beginnings in New Jersey many years ago. They are full of life and always a pleasure to be around. Their energy is magnetic. I took a photo earlier in the day of Patti during the Lunch on the Lawn event, along with a group of women that gathered for the League of Chiropractic Women (LCW). Fun wasn’t only had at the banquet, it was 4 days of fun during my time in South Carolina.
I didn’t get the names of these 3 ladies but they looked fabulous. Such great enthusiasm from students, faculty, administrators, board members, and the president. I’m thankful I was invited to attend.
This was one of the first photographs I took on Saturday morning (day two) at the CCA convention. From left to right we have chiropractors Bart Conn, Brian Stenzler, Matt Hubbard, Leslie Hewitt, Grace Syn, and Leo Meltvedt. Notice all the chiropractors are smiling and it’s only eight o’clock in the morning on a Saturday. My guess is they are all enthusiastic about what’s taking place with chiropractic in the state of California.
Dr. Matt Hubbard, with Kent Greenawalt, and Dr. Leslie Hewitt on stage during the CCA Expo
Dr. Matt Hubbard (photographed on the left) is the current president of the California Chiropractic Association, he and I would both agree that it’s time you join the CCA. Kent Greenawalt is the president and CEO of Foot Levelers, a company that has made a significant impact in the chiropractic profession. He has received numerous awards from various chiropractic colleges and organizations. Foot Levelers sponsorship is one of the reasons chiropractor CCA members in California can get free continuing education at the annual CCA Expo. Dr. Leslie Hewitt is a California chiropractor and current Chair of CCA Conventions, we are both looking forward to your attendance (don’t forget to bring a friend) at the 2014 CCA convention in San Diego.
California Chiropractor Edward Rodgers
Here’s a photograph of longtime CCA member and California chiropractor Dr. Edward Rodgers. His son Aaron Rodgers plays football in the NFL, perhaps you’ve heard of him? He plays for the Green Bay Packers, and was 2010 Super Bowl MVP (most valuable player), for leading the Green Bay Packers to a winning Super Bowl XLV. If you were in attendance you could have shaken the hand of the chiropractor (and father) of the kid from Chico California that went on to win the Super Bowl.
Chiropractic Neurologist Dr. Ted Carrick speaking at the CCA Annual Convention
Speaking of football, here’s a photograph of chiropractic neurologist, Dr. Ted Carrick, he was one of the speakers teaching continuing education on Saturday. During his two-part session on chiropractic neurology, Dr. Carrick shared numerous videos of pro athletes (for example hockey players) utilizing exercises he taught them while under his care. Up until just recently, Dr. Carrick worked at the Functional Neurology Center at Life University.
Gilles LaMarche, DC
Here’s a photo of chiropractor Gilles LaMarche taken during lunch on Saturday. I am thankful chiropractors pause during their conversations to allow me to take photographs, not everybody is used to having the chiropractic paparazzi following them around at seminars. Dr. LaMarche spoke on Friday, covering a 1 1/2 hour presentation on Evolution in Chiropractic, he has great energy.
Dr. Dan Gambino and Kim Gambino
I love seeing chiropractic friends at conferences. I’ve known Dr. Dan Gambino and Kim Gambino for several years now, but I’m used to seeing them on the East Coast at New Beginnings, even though I’ve seen them a few times now on the West Coast. Once practicing chiropractic in West Virginia, Dr. Dan Gambino now practices in San Diego, California. He is one of several chiropractors that has volunteered to help keep Santa Claus subluxation free during the Christmas holiday season. Fortunately for Dr. Gambino, Santa Claus always makes a stop in San Diego, but I don’t know if that’s before or after he visits Los Angeles. Either way, we have Santa’s back.
The 2012 CCA Annual Chiropractic Convention in conjunction with Parker Seminars San Diego turned out to be a terrific success. Not only did chiropractors have the opportunity to get Continuing Education credits for relicensing, they also got great sunny weather, and three days of motivational talks by high energy chiropractors and chiropractic assistants.
Continuing Education Was Available for Numerous States
Fresh off of posting photos from an Internet Marketing conference in Los Angeles, I changed gears and made my way down the coast to the Paradise Point Resort and Spa in San Diego California. It’s an older style hotel property but it’s a terrific venue for a chiropractic event like the California Chiropractic Association conferences. I loved that you could park your car directly outside your room, beer cooler for the win!
Chiropractors Jeff Spencer, Dennis Buckley and Eric Plasker
Dr. Jeff Spencer (world renowned sports chiropractor) conducted a presentation on sports injuries and protocols to achieve maximum patient results. In Dr. Spencer’s presentation, he talked about controlling acute pain and inflammation by following an anti-inflammatory diet. He also talked about fibroblastic repair and remodeling, it was a great presentation.
Dr. Dennis Buckley (the former marathon running chiropractor in the center) practices in Pasadena California and is host to monthly chiropractic CORE events.
Dr. Eric Plasker (pictured on the right) presented on becoming the big idea. He is a motivating spirit and creator of the 100 Year Lifestyle, he has provided numerous 100 Year Lifestyle education programs for California Chiropractors.
Brian Wikoff Family Chiropractic
It’s terrific to catch up with local chiropractors when attending conferences. It’s also great to see chiropractors bring their family and staff to events like Parker Seminars. One chiropractor that brought his family and staff to the event was Dr. Brian Wikoff of Santa Ana, California. Brian and his wife Stacey have always been smiling and positive when I’ve seen them at events, I imagine their chiropractic office is loaded with nurturing energy.
Fabrizio Mancini and Gilles Lamarche of Parker University and Seminars
The last time I had the opportunity to photograph these two gentlemen they were featured in a Las Vegas fashion show during a Parker Las Vegas event. Chiropractors Fabrizio Mancini and Gilles Lamarche make all attendees feel welcome at Parker events, and it’s much appreciated, as the feeling of hospitality keeps chiropractors returning. Dr. Mancini has a new book out titled The Power of Self-Healing and I hear he remained an additional day in San Diego to go on Fox television to talk more about his book.
Chiropractic assistant Brandi MacDonald (2010 chiropractic assistant of the year) did a presentation on the secrets of removing quality interference from the front desk and increasing your healing consciousness. She spoke about removing subluxation and interference from the perspective of a chiropractic assistant. Her talk is a must attend for chiropractic doctors and staff. Next time you are attending a Parker Seminar, don’t miss her presentations.
I have many more photos to post, but it’s time to run the beach and then get ready to serve in the office. Additional photo posts to come later in the week. Please respect my photography copyrights.
It’s that time of year again (2011 went by lightening fast) to get your chiropractic office decorated for the December holiday season. Having been practicing at the same location in Los Angeles for nearly 10 years now, we’ve accumulated quite a bunch of Christmas decorations (more get added each year). Each year it is tradition in our office to put up Christmas decorations the weekend after Thanksgiving.
Christmas Cards from Chiropractic Patients
An easy way to fill the office with joy is by saving the Christmas cards patients send to your office each year. For the past few years, we have put holiday cards up behind the front desk, which adds a decorative touch to the file cabinets and walls. We read through all of the cards while putting them up, stimulating memories of all the people we’ve served, and joyful anticipation that we’ll get to see many of them again this holiday season.
Chiropractic Front Office Decorations
Red and green stockings get hung along the front counter with care, and our clients know, that gifts will soon be there. We’ve filled stockings with ice packs, chocolate and other candy (not all chiropractors like that idea), gift cards, hand massagers, and various items that are typically under $10 each.
Chiropractic Posters in Christmas Lights
Last year we decorated the office with white lights on the tree and pretty much throughout the entire office. This year we decided to go with colors, and we strung up about 300 feet of lights, not including the tree which is all decorated in white light. Lights can get hot so expect that the temperature in the office may be warmer than normal, but most chiropractors are working in colder climates during the month of December anyway. The additional warmth shouldn’t be too bothersome.
Santa Claus Stocking Chiropractic Poster
Last year one smart kid that came in the office asked how it was possible that Santa Claus had filled the stockings at ADIO Chiropractic when he’s supposed to be delivering gifts on Christmas Eve. I had to explain to the lad that Santa gets adjusted so that he can travel around the world subluxation free, and that it was more convenient for him to fill stockings when coming in for his chiropractic adjustments.
OK gang, I’m back from Oakland, California (AirBart FTW!) and I still have loads of photos to sort through from the Life West weekend event. Not surprisingly, things cranked in my LA chiropractic office today, as a humorous reminder of how our head space effects volume and flow. I’ll get some Luau photos posted before the weekend, but here’s some more from the Friday night inaugural event.
Life West President Brian Kelly Cutting Cake With His Daughters Help
Newly inaugurated President of Life Chiropractic College West, Dr. Brian Kelly, cut the cake with help from one of his kids. I mentioned in an earlier post that the event was fantastic (the entire weekend was) and Dr. Kelly not only cut us cake (it was yummy), he blew us all away with his trombone performance.
Chiropractor Brian Kelly Playing Trombone
I wasn’t expecting an incoming chiropractic president that had such musical talent, and I think it gave those in attendance an opportunity to see another side of the new captain at LCCW. I’m looking forward to see what else we’re going to see from the bay area chiropractic school.
Attendees are all smiles
The crowd was all smiles as chiropractors celebrated, ate cake, and listened to jazz. Earlier in the day, chiropractors received continuing education hours, and got to listen to some terrific presentations from top educators in the field. Friday night was the inauguration and celebration, with more events (and a Luau) on Saturday.
Dr. John Donofrio, Kim Goreham, and Dr. Keith Fretty
Nearly every chiropractor that has done national board review for x-ray related studies in the past 20 years, recognizes the face of 1983 magna cum laude PA Chiropractic College graduate, Dr John Donofrio DC, DACNB. Looking snappy in his classy bow tie, Donofrio was joined by the beautiful Kim Gorman and San Francisco Chiropractor, Dr. Keith Fretty.
Milpitas Chiropractor, Dr. Jon Nichols and his wife
I was so impressed with the number of chiropractors that turned out for the event, and I had a great time catching up with chiropractors on their whereabouts and activities. Colleagues had new offices open, had moved to new cities, had kids going to chiropractic school, and I had to get all the latest. If you don’t know, I love what I do. Great to see so many friends enjoying their lives so fully.
Life President Guy Riekeman with Mary Jane, Bill DeMoss, and Scott Sawyer
Attendees and presenters included Life Chiropractic College President Dr. Guy Riekeman, everyone’s favorite SoCal Chiropractic Rock Goddess Mary Jane, Dr. Billy DeMoss, and Dr. Scott Sawyer (in above photo from left to right). While I have great times traveling to New Jersey for New Beginnings and Atlanta for LifeForce, I’m rather excited about having more principled chiropractic events to attend in California.
Chiropractor Brian Kelly Plays Trombone
Here’s one more view of Dr. Kelly playing trombone with the band. Photos from the weekend will continue to be posted throughout this week and we’ll have some news on awards and accolades as well. Thanks to everyone who helped make this weekend a success.
This was a historic event in chiropractic and I wasn’t going to miss it. On Friday, August 5th, 2011, the Presidential Inauguration of Dr. Brian Kelly (as the 2nd president in history of Life Chiropractic College West) took place.
Inauguration of Dr. Brian Kelly – Life Chiropractic College West
It was a gala event, with chiropractic presidents, organization presidents, chiropractors, students, staff, and other dignitaries, all dressed to the nines. It’s not everyday I get to photograph chiropractors dressed formally, so my camera was flashing like a paparazzi’s. It brought back memories of when I photographed the dedication of the Life West Campus more than 11 years ago.
Frank Sovinsky, Cathy Sovinsky, and Gilles Lamarche
I wasn’t the only SoCal Chiropractor visiting the bay area on this occasion, as I saw Drs. Darrell Crain, Phil Yamamoto, Howard Fleischer, and others, as I made my way towards being seating for the grand event. Mary Jane and Dr. Bill DeMoss (from DCS in Orange County) were in fine fashion for the evening, but Billy didn’t wear his top hat. Also looking sharp, San Diego Chiropractor, Matt Hubbard, did a great job as MC during the weekend events.
Chiropractor Brian Kelly Presidential Inuaguration
The event proved to be a great experience for chiropractors gathering in fellowship and celebrating the welcoming of Dr. Kelly as new president at Life Chiropractic College West. In the above photo, Dr. Gerry Clum can be seen to the right (in gray), with Dr. Guy Riekeman (president at Life University in Marietta, Georgia). That’s Dr. Brian Kelly (delivering his inaugural address) at the podium.
Ruth Ribley (Sunshine Ruth) and Chiropractors Chuck Ribley and John Hofmann
For me, one of the highlights of attending events like these is getting to spend quality time with your mentors. Pictured above are 3 amazing chiropractic individuals, Ruth (Sunshine) Ribley, Chuck (River) Ribley, and John Hofmann. Dr. Hofmann was one of the first chiropractors I’d ever here speak. He left a lasting impression.
The words Service, Giving, Loving (and other feel goods) were spoken throughout the weekend, not only from podiums, but while at lunch and other meetings. I recall hearing Dr. Jay Handt at three times using the phrase “You cannot out give the giver.” It’s no coincidental accident that that’s been the foundation of Planet Chiropractic since it launched in the 1990s.
Chiropractors Jay Handt and Liam Schubel, with Kathi Handt
More on mentors and amazing people, Kathi Handt is an amazing individual, and I had a great time seeing her and Jay (the Luau was fun, thank you) while in Oakland. And Jay, I was at New Beginnings in October 2010, so not a year yet (but almost).
Dr. Liam got to experience the Planet Chiropractic paparazzi as well, as he ended up in lots of photographs from the weekend, but not as many as for the Sharon Gorman fan club.
Well Dressed Chiropractors
I’m about to board a flight to Los Angeles (blogging in the OAK Airport), so I’ll update names and details on this post when I’m back online, I another set or 3 coming later in the week as well.
Presidents from other chiropractic colleges attended the event, and like I said earlier, it was great to have so many mentors and positive influentials in one place.