Category: Chiropractic Schools

Sherman Chiropractic College Presidential Investiture Photos

The presidential investiture of Dr. Edwin Cordero took place on the campus of Sherman Chiropractic College on Thursday, May 23, 2013. After traveling nearly the entire day, and being picked up at the airport by a very helpful chiropractic student, I arrived at the investiture as members of the Board of Directors at Sherman College were sharing words about the college’s fifth president, Dr. Ed Cordero.

Dr. Ed Cordero Approaches the PlatformDr. Ed Cordero approaches the platform

With everyone under the big tent, Dr. Cordero shared his mission of bringing chiropractic to the world, one graduating chiropractor at a time. It was a very special day, an event I’ll remember for the rest of my lifetime.

John Cordero performs at Sherman LyceumJohn Cordero performs an acoustic number during the presidential investiture

Dr. Cordero’s son, John Cordero, performed an acoustic number during the investiture, which brought my memories back to visiting their home in Florida many years ago and seeing John practice guitar as a youth.

Ed Cordero smiling while speakingDr. Ed Cordero has the entire tent smiling

If you’ve ever had the opportunity to meet Dr. Ed Cordero in person, you know that he loves to smile and has a terrific sense of humor. If it wasn’t for the heat and humidity, we could have stayed in that tent all night, listening to stories of chiropractic yesterdays, chiropractic today, and chiropractic tomorrows.

Sherman College of Straight Chiropractic 1973

The focus in the above image was on the original logo for the 1973 Sherman College, along with a very humbled new chiropractic president and others standing in the background. It felt good to be on the campus at Sherman College, it felt good to walk in the grass, it felt good to experience the energy, and it felt good to break bread with others. I saw many of my chiropractic friends in attendance and several of my chiropractic mentors.

Dean Sharon and DeanDean DePice, Sharon Gorman and Dean Sottile

Chiropractors Dean DePice, Sharon Gorman, and Dean Sottile at Dr. Edwin Cordero’s presidential investiture. Somewhere I have audio recordings of Dr. Ed Cordero and Dr. Dean Sottile speaking at Focus Chiropractic Philosophy events Sharon and I put on in Orange County California around 2000 or 2001. If I discover those and post them online I’ll include links here. I did find this 1998 video of Dean Sottile speaking during a chiropractic mission in Panama.

Former ICA President Bob BraileFormer ICA President and Founder of Now You Know – Bob Braile, DC

A student picked me up from the airport and made sure I arrived at the investiture, which reminded me of when I was a student and picked up then president of the International Chiropractors Association, Dr. Bob Braile. It’s inspiring to me to see that Dr. Braile is as committed to chiropractic today as he was when I first met him nearly 20 years ago.

Dr. Fred Schofield and Susan SchofieldDr. Fred Schofield and Susan Schofield at Sherman Chiropractic Lyceum

It’s always good to see my mate Dr. Fred Schofield and his wife Susan. It was especially good to see them at the investiture for Dr. Cordero. Dr. Fred taught a chiropractic continuing education class on Saturday for Lyceum, and Susan spoke as well. Both presentations were an added bonus for my traveling to South Carolina. They had me fired up and excited to be a chiropractor.

Dr. Ed and Debbie Cordero on May 23Dr. Ed and Debbie Cordero on May 23, 2013

One of the last photos I took the evening of the presidential investiture was the above photo of Dr. Ed and Debbie Cordero. The moon was near full and the sky had cleared from the rain that had fallen earlier in the day. It was time to go and celebrate, and celebrate we did.

I have many photos from the weekend at Sherman Chiropractic Lyceum 2013 but I’m in the office serving patients nearly every day this week. I’ll be posting photos from around the campus, photos taken during Lyceum, and photos from the 1970s themed celebration that took place Saturday night. I’ll update information when those photos make it online.

Parker Alumni Association Expands Board of Directors

DALLAS — The Parker Alumni Association recently revised its bylaws to increase the number of members on its board of directors. After the change received 95% approval from members, the board has increased the number of members serving.

Previously, the board of directors consisted of nine elected members and three ex officio members. Now, the board will consist of no less than nine elected members and three ex officio members. The increase stems from the need to expand the number of board members who can assist with association projects through expertise in a given area.

Parker Alumni Association

Six new board members have been elected by the alumni association—Dr. Beau Hightower,’11, Dr. James D. Powell,’93, Dr. Shadi Rahmani,’08, Dr. Christopher Chae Tracy,’04, Dr. Michael N. Traxler,’06, and Dr. Ron Wells, ’95.

The board expansion will assist with numerous projects like the development of a Graduate Resource Center, which is expected to launch in January 2013.

“Throughout this year the board has been finalizing details to launch an online resource center which will allow its members access to business and practice forms, from patient intake forms to sample job descriptions for staff,” said Amanda Rainey, vice president of university advancement at Parker University. “The 2012 board has worked with various association committees and university administrators on obtaining samples which will be shared online when the center officially launches in early 2013. Also, as the university unveils new academic programs, new projects are expected to be launched to better inform and engage current and future graduates of the university.”

As alumni of the university, the board members will work to continue the vision, leadership, and legacy that has been established throughout the years.

Drs. Hightower and Rahmani boast three Bachelor of Science degrees in addition to their doctorate of chiropractic degrees. They earned degrees in Biology from the University of New Mexico and the University of Texas at Arlington, respectively, and both have degrees in Anatomy and Health and Wellness.

“As a young graduate, I believe that the future is in our hands,” Dr. Rahmani said. “By serving on the board, I will have the privilege to serve with the distinguished members and take a small part in moving the profession forward.”

Two of the new members, Drs. Tracy and Traxler, took the knowledge they gained from Parker and opened their own practices. Dr. Tracy and his wife own a practice in Dripping Springs, Texas, that focuses on family wellness care. Dr. Traxler’s practice in Monroe, LA, has been named “Best of the Delta” and “Best Chiropractic Clinic” by community voters.

“I want to give back to a college and a profession that has given me the ability to, not go to ‘work’ but change the lives of thousands of people through the principles of chiropractic,” Dr. Tracy said. “I want to pay it forward and ensure the students of our future continue to carry the torch.”

Dr. Wells practiced for five years after his graduation until he decided to turn his full attention to teaching, which he has been doing for 16 years at his alma mater. Dr. Powell followed in his father’s footstep in becoming a chiropractor, and attributes an adjustment with curing him of his asthma symptoms.

The Parker Alumni Association membership is all-inclusive and welcomes Parker graduates, doctors of chiropractic, chiropractic assistants, massage therapists, corporations, and wellness supporters to join them in their pursuit of excellence. In all its endeavors, the alumni association strives to support and encourage all members to achieve the highest level of success in their relative fields.

Dallas-based Parker University, formerly known as Parker College of Chiropractic, is one of the world’s leading educators of health care professionals. Founded in 1982, this private, nonprofit, educational institution prepares men and women to become doctors of chiropractic. In addition, Parker University awards additional wellness-focused degrees including a bachelor of science in anatomy, a bachelor of science in health and wellness, massage therapy certificates, and continuing education certifications. Parker University also includes Parker Research Institute, which provides sound, scientific evidence supporting health and wellness; two chiropractic wellness clinics in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex; Parker Seminars, the largest chiropractic seminar organization in the world, and Parker SHARE Products that provide innovative, high quality products, and current information on chiropractic wellness. For additional information about Parker University, visit the website at www.parker.edu.

Life Chiropractic College West 2012 Student of the Year

Hayward, California — The Alumni Association of Life Chiropractic College West named Stephanie Williams, a first quarter senior from San Diego, California as its 2012 Student of the Year.

Life West Student of the YearLife Chiropractic College West 2012 Student of the Year

(photo: Left to Right: Dr. Kim Khauv, Stephanie Williams, Dr. Brian Kelly) Ms. Williams decided to pursue the profession after working as a chiropractic assistant and falling in love with the chiropractic philosophy. During her time at Life West, she has been involved in several organizations including the IFCO, ICPA, ICA, CCA, F4CP, WCCS, Legion of Chiropractic Women, and has served as the student council treasurer and, most recently, as the student council president. She volunteers around campus and has recently joined the Champions for Life program which focuses on increasing enrollment and awareness of vitalistic chiropractic.

She has been a finalist for the past three years in the Talk the ‘Tic competition. She is also a member of the Omega Sigma Phi sorority, which is dedicated to promote and protect the principles of chiropractic. Ms. Williams has also taken several chiropractic mission trips both locally and internationally. She has a passion for serving families and children and has completed all her new patient requirements in her first clinic quarter.

Life West, established in 1976, is an accredited non-profit institution of higher learning. Over 4,500 graduates of Life West are now providing chiropractic care worldwide. The college’s vision is to create a brighter future for humanity.  The college’s Health Center, a public outpatient facility staffed by approximately 150 senior interns who are guided by licensed doctors of chiropractic, provides affordable health care to more than 1,000 patients per week in the city of Hayward, California. www.lifewest.edu.

Life West Surpasses Bridge to the Future Campaign Expectations

Hayward, California — The Life Chiropractic College Board of Regents set a target in late 2011 to raise $1.5 million by June 30.  The target was exceeded on the last day of the campaign.  In a YouTube video, Dr. Kelly conveyed a sincere thanks to all contributors to this campaign.

Not only did we raise the $1.5 million but we exceeded it. An exciting part of this campaign was the people who came from all walks of life who contributed at levels we couldn’t have dreamed of.  We are very grateful and appreciative of their support.

Dr. Brian Kelly of Life Chiropractic College WestDr. Kelly stated, “Not only did we raise the $1.5 million but we exceeded it. An exciting part of this campaign was the people who came from all walks of life who contributed at levels we couldn’t have dreamed of.  We are very grateful and appreciative of their support.”

Life West is entering an exciting new growth phase.  In September, Dr. Kelly will start a 33-city tour promoting a career in chiropractic throughout the United States, Canada and abroad.  In addition, their new DC and student recruitment program ‘Champions Weekend’ is scheduled for October where DC’s get involved in recruitment, and prospective students come to campus, meet faculty and current students, and get a taste of  the Life West experience.

Phase two also includes a $10M fundraising campaign to ensure the long term security of Life West.  This comprehensive campaign will include capital, operational, research and endowment elements.

Dr. Kelly commented, “we are working to ensure a bright future, especially at a time when our communities need a rationale, cost effective, safe and effective approach to healthcare. Chiropractic is perfectly positioned for this, and Life West continues to produce high quality graduates”.

Life West, established in 1976, is an accredited non-profit institution of higher learning. Over 4,500 graduates of Life West are now providing chiropractic care worldwide. The college’s vision is to create a brighter future for humanity. The college’s Health Center, a public outpatient facility staffed by senior interns who are guided by licensed doctors of chiropractic, provides affordable health care to more than 1,000 patients per week in the city of Hayward, California.  www.lifewest.edu.

Record Breaking Life Chiropractic College West Wave

Hayward, California — On August 3 and 4, The Wave, a two-day seminar extravaganza hosted by Life Chiropractic College West, saw 1,300 delegates from local regions and as far abroad as New Zealand and Australia congregate at the Hyatt Regency, San Francisco Airport. In contrast to many conferences, numbers for The Wave 2012 exceeded last year’s program attendance by over 30%.

Life West Wave 2012The Wave attracted some of the most influential thought leaders. Leaders in their respective fields included Drs. Bruce Lipton, Joseph Mercola and Gary Null plus a ‘best of the best’ chiropractic line up including Drs. Joe Dispenza, Guy Reikeman, and 30 others. Highlights included a tribute to Dr. Reggie and Irene Gold, debut of Jeff Hays’ groundbreaking movie, Medical Inc., Talk the ‘Tic speaking competition finals and a special presentation/interview with Chiropractic ambassador and FCP spokesperson Jerry Rice. Furthermore, all donors and supporters of Life West were given tremendous thanks and recognition during the event.

Brian Kelly Life West ChiropracticDr. Kelly stated, “We were honored and humbled by the groundswell of support and contributions from alumni and friends who understand and appreciate the value of a Life West education. It is through their loving support that we realize a bright future for Life West and our dedicated students.”

Life West also acknowledged and celebrated all of its esteemed alumni. Furthermore, the 2012 Alumnus of the Year, Dr. Joseph E. Awender II, Student of the Year, Stephanie Williams, and International Alumnus of the Year, Dr. Zachary S. Donnici were announced during the festivities.

Expect to see the 3rd Annual Life West Wave taking place in the Oakland/San Francisco area in August 2013.

Life West, established in 1976, is an accredited non-profit institution of higher learning. Over 4,500 graduates of Life West are now providing chiropractic care worldwide. The college’s vision is to create a brighter future for humanity. The college’s Health Center, a public outpatient facility staffed by approximately 150 senior interns who are guided by licensed doctors of chiropractic, provides affordable health care to more than 1,000 patients per week in the city of Hayward, California. www.lifewest.edu.

Chiropractor Joseph Awender II Honored as Life West Alumnus of the Year

Hayward, California — On Friday, August 3, Dr. Joseph E. Awender II from Redwood City, was honored as 2012 Alumnus of the Year by the Life Chiropractic College West Alumni Association. The award recognized Dr. Awender’s outstanding service to the chiropractic profession and his community. He was honored at The Wave, a two-day seminar experience, held at the Hyatt Regency in Burlingame, California.

life west wave sessionA 1990 graduate of Life Chiropractic College West, Dr. Awender II is a second generation Chiropractor with over 15 chiropractors in his extended family. Dr. Awender II serves on the Board of Regents and was recently instrumental in the successful completion of the Bridge to the Future fundraising campaign for Life West.

Life West, established in 1976, is an accredited non-profit institution of higher learning. Over 4,500 graduates of Life West are now providing chiropractic care worldwide. The college’s vision is to create a brighter future for humanity. The college’s Health Center, a public outpatient facility staffed by approximately 150 senior interns who are guided by licensed doctors of chiropractic, provides affordable health care to more than 1,000 patients per week in the city of Hayward, California. www.lifewest.edu.

Parker University Launches Three New Degree Programs for 2013

DALLAS — Parker University has announced the addition of three new academic programs launching in January 2013, part of a larger strategic plan to develop 12 new programs through 2017. The development is part of Parker University’s evolution to a health science institution, which will offer new academic programs designed specifically to compliment and support the chiropractic profession. The expansion takes place as the school celebrates its 30th anniversary in the DFW community.

parker-university-supporting-your-journey“After an extremely thorough market investigation, these programs were identified as the first to add to our degree offerings based on how well they compliment chiropractic and the high demand for graduates with these degrees,” said Dr. Gery Hochanadel, provost of Parker University. “The introduction of these programs represents the first step in a journey to becoming a comprehensive university, one that offers degrees in health and wellness and integrates them with chiropractic.”

The trio of degrees includes an associate’s degree in Radiologic Technology, bachelor’s degree in Health Information Management and master’s degree in Business Administration, beginning the Spring 2013 trimester. Each of the three programs were selected due to high demand, how well these programs integrate with and support chiropractic practitioners, high salaries, and the soaring job outlook in health care, as evidenced by the July 2012 report by Georgetown University’s Center on Education and Workforce:

  • “Health care support is projected to be the fastest-growing occupational cluster for the [Southern] region (out of 10).
  • On par with national trends, the fastest growth is expected for education-intensive services sectors, including health care services (38.5 percent [projected growth through 2020]).
  • [In Texas,] health care occupations will grow by 25 percent and comprise 7.5 percent of total employment in 2020.”

“As the health care industry requires more health care professionals and more and more people become open to integrative health care models, now is the time to expand our programs to account for these overwhelmingly positive trends,” said Dr. Fabrizio Mancini, president of Parker University. “Because all of these programs relate to health care, we’re excited about the many opportunities that we’ll have to inform students in other programs about chiropractic. We hope to bring more awareness of the benefits of chiropractic and the education a chiropractor goes through. We foresee this as another opportunity to advance the profession by working with like minds that will eventually be working in health care and can become chiropractic advocates.”

Parker University’s leadership has spent months gathering insights and research to strategically develop its program enhancements. Each of the selected programs demonstrated historically positive data in job demand, salaries, industry projections, and education requirements:

Radiologic Technology (RT), Associate’s

After completion of the Radiologic Technology program at Parker University, graduates will be fully prepared to perform a wide variety of radiological procedures.

  • A reported 54 percent of RT academic programs were at full capacity and were turning qualified students away.
  • The Bureau of Labor and Statistics projects a 28 percent increase in demand through 2020.

Health Information Management (HIM), Bachelor’s – online program

Parker University’s program will train future HIM administrators in technologies related to electronic health records (EHR), personal health records, email communications, clinical alerts, reminders, and more.

  • Bureau of Labor and Statistics projects a 20 percent increase in demand by 2018.
  • Texas alone is conservatively expected to need an additional 10,000 workers in this field by 2013, driven in large part by Meaningful Use Criteria incentives offered for electronic health records.

Business Administration, Master’s (healthcare focus) – online program

The MBA program offers Parker University students a health care concentration that provides practitioners and administrators a solid foundation in business and marketing education to build practices and careers within the corporate hospital environment.

  • Practitioners that complete an MBA program can expect 28 percent growth in their practice in the five years following graduation.
  • A surveyed 61 percent of health care practitioners reported a lack in business and marketing skills needed to grow their practices.

Dallas-based Parker University, formerly known as Parker College of Chiropractic, is one of the world’s leading educators of health care professionals. Founded in 1982, this private, nonprofit, educational institution prepares men and women to become doctors of chiropractic. In addition, Parker University awards additional wellness-focused degrees including a bachelor of science in anatomy, a bachelor of science in health and wellness, massage therapy certificates, and continuing education certifications. Parker University also includes Parker Research Institute, which provides sound, scientific evidence supporting health and wellness; two chiropractic wellness clinics in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex; Parker Seminars, the largest chiropractic seminar organization in the world, and Parker SHARE Products that provide innovative, high quality products, and current information on chiropractic wellness. For additional information about Parker University, visit the website at www.parker.edu.

Free Community Wellness Fair October 13 at Sherman College

Sherman College will host a free Wellness Fair on Saturday, October 13 2012 (rain or shine), from 10-3 on its campus at 2020 Springfield Road in Boiling Springs. Attendees will enjoy family-friendly activities and a full range of health screenings by the college and other health professionals. Sherman College students and interns have envisioned and planned this community event.

With the rising cost of health care, many Americans are left without the care they need.

“With the rising cost of health care, many Americans are left without the care they need,” said Sherman student and event organizer Wendy Parker. “This Wellness Fair is our way to give back to our home community. Fairs like this one are incredible opportunities to take stock of your health, and the health of your friends and family members.”

Here’s what you can expect at Sherman College of Chiropractic’s Free Community Wellness Fair:

  • Free admission and parking
  • A full range of health screenings
  • Spinal checks by Sherman interns and faculty (10:30-2:30)
  • Opportunity to donate blood with the Blood Connection (ends at 2:00)
  • Kid-friendly activities including inflatables and an interactive “touch-a-truck” section
  • Free registration for prizes, including an iPad to be given away at the end of the fair

Sherman College of ChiropracticIn addition, event attendees can register for a free yoga class, learn about nutrition and local recreational opportunities, receive valuable coupons to follow up at the Sherman College Health Center, and much more. Spinal screening participants can register for a free iPad to be given away at the conclusion of the fair. Concessions will be available for purchase. Wellness-oriented businesses and organizations are encouraged to participate, and non-profit organizations may exhibit free of charge.

For more information about the free Community Wellness Fair, contact Wendy Parker at 704-600-5272. More information is available at www.sherman.edu/wellnessfair.

Sherman College of Chiropractic provides students with a comprehensive chiropractic education, preparing them to enter the field as primary health care professionals who are highly skilled, compassionate, ethical and successful. On its 80-acre campus in Spartanburg, SC, the college operates a Chiropractic Health Center open to the public where students intern under the supervision of licensed doctors of chiropractic. For more information, visit www.sherman.edu or call 800-849-8771.

Life Chiropractic College West New Philosophy Department Chair

Hayward, California — Dr. Brian Flannery has been named the new philosophy department chair at Life Chiropractic College West starting September 2012.  A graduate of Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport, Iowa, Dr. Flannery started his practice in 1998.  In addition to earning his Doctor of Chiropractic degree, he has a Master’s of Business Administration from Kennesaw State University and a Diplomate in Philosophical Chiropractic Standards from Palmer and the ICA.   As a faculty member at Life University between 2005 and 2010, Dr. Flannery was responsible for the development, implementation, and management of a 120+ hour business curriculum in the chiropractic program.

Dr. Flannery is recognized as a Distinguished Fellow in the ICA, has served on the board of directors of the ICA as the Central Regional Director, was ICA Representative Assemblyman of the Year in 2003, served as a board member of the ICA Council on Chiropractic Philosophy from 2005 to 2010, and was a founding member of the ICA Council on Chiropractic Philosophy.

Dr. Kelly, president of Life West, states, “Dr. Flannery has demonstrated an unwavering commitment to chiropractic philosophy and a passion that resonates deeply with us here at Life West.  We welcome his expertise and insight as we continue to develop our curriculum and program”.

Life West, established in 1976, is an accredited non-profit institution of higher learning.  Over 4,500 graduates of Life West are now providing chiropractic care worldwide. The college’s vision is to create a brighter future for humanity.   The college’s Health Center, a public outpatient facility staffed by approximately 150 senior interns who are guided by licensed doctors of chiropractic, provides affordable health care to more than 1,000 patients per week in the city of Hayward, California. www.lifewest.edu.

University of Bridgeport College of Chiropractic Clinics

by Frank Zolli, DC (Dean, University of Bridgeport College of Chiropractic)

As part of the clinical training program at the University of  Bridgeport College of Chiropractic (UBCC) students are required to perform clinic services, as has been required by all accredited chiropractic institutions for decades.

Every chiropractor while going through our training has to go through the process of helping to securing patients to meet graduation requirements and be able to practice chiropractic. At UBCC we take that academic responsibility seriously and have a slightly different paradigm in our clinic focus. We look at that as an opportunity to make a difference on our campus, in our communities, and to our Veterans who have served our country with pride and deserve the best healthcare our country has to offer. As a result, UBCC has worked hard to create four successful clinic locations where chiropractic interns care for patients; the UB Clinics on our main campus, two off campus clinics, in partnership with Opitmus Healthcare who operate health care facilities in underserved communities, and the Veterans Administration Hospital in West Haven, CT.

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In addition, our interns care for the Bridgeport Bluefish, a minor league baseball team that is part of the Atlantic Coast League, whose facilities are a short distance from campus, and athletes from the all sports in the University of Bridgeport’s very successful NCAA Division 2 athletic programs. With UBCC being the only chiropractic college worldwide to be part of comprehensive university, this offers opportunities never seen before in a chiropractic education.

This past year, like many in the past, UBCC is proud have cared for over 10,000 people in our chiropractic clinics. Caring for our communities has been the philosophy of UBCC from the very beginning. We are committed to making a huge difference through chiropractic care and we will continually seek creative avenues to make further inroads in delivering chiropractic to those in need.

With a policy of working hard to grow the UBCC clinics, our clinic directors, instructors and administration helps the chiropractic student learn what it takes, first hand, to be successful upon graduation and entering practice. We understand that what the student learns in their professional clinical experience will be taken with them into their private practice and will help them ensure a higher level of success. The University of Bridgeport College of Chiropractic will continue to “push the envelope” in creative programs in order to serve more people and help ensure the success of our graduates.

Please visit or share the University of Bridgeport College of Chiropractic with prospective students.