Category: Chiropractic Schools

Cleveland University Kansas City Homecoming 2019

By Michael Dorausch, D.C.

Happy Summer! The folks at Cleveland University in Kansas City wanted me to remind you that Homecoming 2019 is going to be in October this year. There’s an opportunity to earn up to 20 hours of continuing education credit, and meet up with fellow colleagues for food, drink and fun.

CUKC Homecoming 2019

Homecoming is a 3 day event taking place October 11 – 13. There’s going to be a Friday night happy hour event from 5-7 pm and an awards event on Saturday night.

This years hotel is the Marriott Kansas City Overland Park located at 10800 Metcalf Avenue, Overland Park, Kansas 66210.

It is a tradition to honor graduates celebrating class reunions during homecoming weekend. This year graduates from the 1959, 1969, 1979, 1989, 1999, 2009 classes will be introduced and you’ll get to hear their chiropractic stories.

Presenters include Drs. Mark Pfefer, Don Sharnowski, Jeffrey Tucker, Brian Jensen, Steven Gould, Patrick Starkey, Alan Sokoloff, Stuart MCIntosh, William Moreau, Carl Cleveland III, and more.

Get all the details on the Alumni Homecoming Page on the Cleveland University site.

New Student Center Opens on Sherman College Campus

By Michael Dorausch, D.C.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Post and Media Provided By Sherman Chiropractic Media Relations

Life West Response to ACA Choosing Wisely X-Ray Guidelines

From: Life West Communications

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

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

lumbar spine right

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

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

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

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

Ron Oberstein, DC

Scott Donaldson, DC
Vice President, Clinical Operations

Brian Gatterman, DC, DACBR
Health Center Faculty, Radiology

Jamie Motley, DC, DACBR
Health Center Faculty, Radiology

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

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

Cleveland Chiropractic University Kansas City Inaugural 5K Race

By Michael Dorausch, D.C.

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

Move 4 Life

CUKC Chiropractic Health Center Move for Life 5K

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

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

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

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


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

All registrants will receive a participant shirt at packet pickup.

February Sherman Chiropractic College News

By Michael Dorausch, D.C.

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

Sherman Intern Pinning Ceremony

Interns Join Chiropractic Health Center at Sherman College

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

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

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

Sherman College Hosts Japanese Guests

Sherman Chiropractic College Hosts Japanese Guests

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

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

Taking Lyceum to the Next Level: Registration Now Open

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

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

35th Annual Life West Golf Classic

By Michael Dorausch, D.C.

The 35th Annual Life West Alumni & Friends Golf Classic will be held on May 9, 2019 in Walnut Creek, CA. This years event will be at the Boundary Oak Golf Course, a municipal course in the East Bay that boasts an 18-hole championship golf course, driving range and practice area with putting and chipping greens, a perfect venue for Golf Tournaments.

The Life West Alumni and Friends Golf Classic begins at 1:00 pm with a shotgun start (a tournament format in which all groups of players tee off simultaneously from different holes).

Tournament proceeds will benefit the Alumni Association’s Life West Student Scholarship Program

  • Jackie “Mamma Jackie” Biron Scholarship for student leadership
  • Jim Hawkins Scholarship for academic excellence in the basic sciences
  • Nancy McKillican Scholarship advancing chiropractic philosophy

A tournament dinner and awards event will follow.

Registration for the event is now open (click here for Life West link) and rates are as follows…

  • Early Bird Special through March 31, 2019 = $149
  • Individual Player April 1st – 25th = $175
  • Tournament and Awards Dinner Only – $50 (limited seating available)
  • Life West Student Sponsor – $150

For sponsorship opportunities call Life West at (510) 780-4500, ext. 2060.

Boundary Oaks Golf Course
3800 Valley Vista Road
Walnut Creek, CA

Life West Gladiatrix Dominate Rugby

By Michael Dorausch, D.C.

More good news in the world of Rugby and Chiropractic, as Life Chiropractic College West women’s rugby team (The Life West Gladiatrix) has recently won the USA Rugby Women’s Club D1 National Championship. The following comes from the Life West Press Dept.

Life Chiropractic College West Gladiatrix Repeat as D1 National Champions

Hayward, CA – Life Chiropractic College West acknowledges the women’s rugby team, The Life West Gladiatrix for competing at the highest level and winning the recent Emirates Airline USA Rugby Women’s Club D1 National Championship held in Glendale, CO. Not only has the team dominated in the sport of rugby, they have also spread awareness of the power of vitalistic chiropractic.

life chiropractic college west logo 2018Catie Benson earned Most Valuable Player honors, scoring four tries and providing the spark the Gladiatrix needed to cruise to their victory.

Dominance is a word that denotes the Gladiatrix rise to the top. Their undefeated streak spans over three seasons — and in those seasons they have captured two D1 National Championships and a D2 National Championship back in 2016.

The players and coaching staff continue to rise up to the challenge, “We have a group of committed players who work extremely hard on and off the field. We want players to drive their own development and challenge themselves to work hard on the areas of their game they need to improve,” says Life West Athletic Director, Adriaan Ferris.

The team is built with veterans, Catie Benson, Amy Naber, Elizabeth Cairns, Hali Deters and Jenn Severs. The Gladiatrix have more depth this year with the additions of USA Eagle player Nicole Strasko, and first-year player, Madison Porter.

The dominance of the Life West Gladiatrix for the past three seasons has caught the eye of the Women’s Premier League. The WPL, which celebrates its 10th season this fall, had suspended its promotion/relegation process when the National Championships moved to the spring season. The league grew to 10 teams starting in 2017, and now the WPL will reinstate the challenge matches. WPL commissioner, Milla Sanes, has invited the Gladiatrix to challenge the bottom two teams of the WPL 2018 season for inclusion in the 2019 season.

This could be a new benchmark on the horizon for the Gladiatrix, and one they are surely capable of taking on.

The College would like to thank rugby sponsors, California Capital & Investment Group, Standard Process, Erchonia, RockTape, and Canterbury Clothing Company for their continued support. They also acknowledge Drs. Scott Lessard and Robert Logan from the Life Chiropractic College West Sports Performance Institute for providing chiropractic performance care to all athletes.

About Life Chiropractic College West – Life Chiropractic College West traces its founding to 1976, when the institution was known as Pacific States Chiropractic College. In April 1978, the first group of students at Pacific States Chiropractic College began attending classes.

In March 1981, through the efforts of Dr. George Anderson, Dr. George Wentland, and Dr. Sid E. Williams, president and founder of Life Chiropractic College (now Life University), an agreement was reached between Life Chiropractic College and Pacific States Chiropractic College. As a result, the College was renamed Life Chiropractic College West.

Life Chiropractic College West, which offers a Doctor of Chiropractic degree, is internationally recognized for leadership and innovation in chiropractic education. Life Chiropractic College West is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of the Council on Chiropractic Education, an agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

Employment Opportunities at Cleveland University

By Michael Dorausch, D.C.

Cleveland University in Kansas City is hiring!

I received an email from Cleveland University Kansas City (CUKC) regarding positions available in the teaching departments. For those of you visiting Planet Chiropractic seeking jobs, be sure to also check out the links below for staff positions and associates.

we are hiring

Cleveland University-Kansas City has several full-time faculty openings within the Doctor of Chiropractic degree program.

  • Clinical Educator – The position of Clinical Educator serves as a Clinician in our chiropractic Health Center and provides instruction within assigned coursework as needed. The ideal candidate should possess a Doctor of Chiropractic degree from an accredited chiropractic college and be either licensed or eligible to be licensed in good standing in the state of Kansas, possess 3 years of clinical experience, and have excellent technology skills.
  • Chiropractic Teaching Fellow – This position is responsible for assisting in the coordination, planning, preparation, presentation, and evaluation of classroom and clinical instruction and related activities within our Doctor of Chiropractic degree program. The ideal candidate should possess a Doctor of Chiropractic degree from an accredited chiropractic college and be either licensed or eligible to be licensed in good standing in the state of Kansas and have excellent technology skills. Candidates with less than 3 years of clinical experience will be considered provided they hold a bachelor’s degree in a related field.
  • Technique Simulation Lab Faculty – This position is responsible for the coordination, planning, coaching, and evaluation of technique skill development activities in the technique simulation lab. Force Sensing Table Technology™ embeds a force sensing platform into a chiropractic treatment table to provide users with immediate feedback regarding their performance of manual therapy. This faculty member will work in collaboration with leaders and instructors within the Doctor of Chiropractic program to ensure alignment of lab activities with the program’s core technique curriculum.

Cleveland Chiropractic University

Cleveland University-Kansas City offers a generous benefits package to include medical, dental and vision insurance coverage, University paid life and disability insurance, a 401k retirement plan, as well as on site fitness and dining facilities.

Interested individuals may learn more and apply at

The Planet Chiropractic classifieds have several areas for posting employment opportunities. If you are seeking to hire associates for your chiropractic practice, use the Associates Wanted category. For hiring staff (positions such as office managers, insurance billing experts, front desk personal, etc.) use the Staff Positions Wanted category.

Here’s to everyone being happily and successfully employed!

Planet Chiropractic School Reviews On Hold

chiropractic educationBy Michael Dorausch, D.C.

Earlier this month, I decided to temporarily shut down the Chiropractic Schools section on Planet Chiropractic and the associated reviews.

The particular section of the site was built many years ago and the code was long overdue for an overhaul. Instead of upgrading code to the latest PHP standards, I decided to have a new section built that would provide more interactive listings for all the chiropractic schools on the planet.


In the past, if a school wanted to make changes to their page, the work had to be done by the site administrator (or me). Moving forward, the goal is to allow a school rep access to their pages so changes can be made whenever needed.

I will update this post when the project gets started.

Sherman Chiropractic 2013 Lyceum Photos

By Michael Dorausch, D.C.

Even though yesterday was Memorial Day in the United States, a day out of the office provided me an opportunity to post photographs from the Sherman Chiropractic College Presidential Investiture of Dr. Edwin Cordero, the fifth president of Sherman Chiropractic College. I was in my chiropractic office early this morning, fired up to share the energy that rubbed off on me during Lyceum, and I wanted to thank everyone who took part in putting on such a terrific event. I had promised more photos, and here they come.

Sherman Chiropractic Lyceum 2013Chiropractors on the Lawn at Sherman Chiropractic Lyceum 2013

To the far left is Dr. Tony DeMarco and Susan DeMarco. Maybrook Chiropractor, Dr. Judd Nogrady, is in the middle. It helps me when name tags are facing forward so thanks for helping me out docs. On the far right is Dr. Liam Schubel and another future chiropractor. Liam has the energy of a chiropractic student, and I really admire that about him.

Dr. Ed Cordero on the Lawn at Sherman CollegeSpeaking of people I admire, here’s a photo of the president of Sherman Chiropractic College, Dr. Ed Cordero. This photograph was taken on the first day after the investiture and while Dr. Cordero has been on campus since January, it feels as if he’s been a chiropractic college president for ages. Everything he’s ever done has led up to this time, working together with others, and moving forward into the future with chiropractic.

If you have not done so already, this is a chiropractic leader that you will want to meet, he has a passion for life and a commitment to serving. Dr. Cordero has authored numerous articles for Planet Chiropractic during the past decade plus, many of those articles were authored in Spanish, and we still have those articles available to this day. For those using a Google Chrome browser, you may be able to translate those articles from Spanish to English directly on the page. Here’s one titled… is chiropractic an art, a science, or a philosophy? (Es La Quiropractica Un Arte, Una Ciencia O Una Filosofia?)

Use this Cordero search link to discover a list of articles that mention or are authored by Dr. Cordero, and use the translate features if you want to translate articles from Spanish to English.

Dr. Cordero was also heavily instrumental in chiropractic missions to Panama and Costa Rica since the 1990s, here’s a historical panama missions search link, for those seeking to read more about the history related to those events.

Future Sherman Chiropractic Graduates

I’ve mentioned already that the energy on campus at Sherman Chiropractic College was electrifying, here’s a photo featuring a group of future chiropractors. I love how the little one up front is giving us the number one signal. During my visit to Sherman, I met people from South Carolina, North Carolina, and many parts of the globe. Everyone I came in contact with was enthusiastic, and that enthusiasm was flowing from above down and from the inside out.

Chiropractor Jeffrey FrancoChiropractor Jeffrey Franco Receives Award from Dr. Edwin Cordero

On the left in the above photo is chiropractor Jeffrey Franco, receiving a ROAR Career Advisor of the year award from Dr. Edwin Cordero. Several awards were handed out during Lyceum, and while I didn’t have a chance to photograph everyone, my congratulations to all for your efforts and accomplishments. The award reads “in Grateful Appreciation of Service and Commitment to Sherman College of Chiropractic.”

Kelvin Chiropractic SingaporeYou may think that the top referrer for chiropractic students came from a chiropractor practicing locally in South Carolina, or maybe a chiropractor in nearby Georgia, Florida, or North Carolina. It serves to put the rest of us in our place when Dr. Kelvin (photograph on the left) is receiving an award for referring chiropractic students to Sherman College, and he practices in Singapore.

I live and practice in Los Angeles, but walking on the grass was something I didn’t get to do while at chiropractic college. The years a chiropractic student is focused on their chiropractic education should be nurturing, and as unencumbered as possible. The stress of student loans and passing national boards is something nearly all will face, but the learning environment should be supportive. Something I really enjoyed while walking the campus at Sherman was the discovery of numerous places to study. Not studying with a laptop hunched over a desk, but old school studying with a book under a tree, allowing the mind to blossom and grow, like the nature surrounding it.

Dr. Kelvin is also a Patron and Regent of Sherman Chiropractic College. In this particular photo you can see all the added accolades underneath his name tag, but some chiropractors (and other attendees) had a long list of them. I saw D.C., Patron, Regent, ROAR, Bricklayer, and Presidents Circle. It’s a great feeling being surrounded by people of such enthusiasm and dedication, did I already mention how energetic the weekend was?

Drs. Tom Gelardi and Ed CorderoDrs. Tom Gelardi and Ed Cordero at Sherman Chiropractic College

“Everything stays in existence through tension” were the words of Tom Gelardi that had me sitting up at attention. He had spoken in the Big Tent, previous to taking this photo, and I loved what I heard. Dr. Thomas Gelardi is a visionary with an uncompromising commitment to his principles. It was he who, in 1973, fulfilled a long-standing dream of establishing a chiropractic college centered on the location and correction of vertebral subluxation. Dr. Gelardi remained president of the college until his retirement in 1996.

It’s a good thing I have long lunch breaks, time to return to the office and serve our chiropractic patients, more photos coming later this week.