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Chiropractic Seminars for October includes New Beginnings

By Michael Dorausch, D.C.

October 2013 is upon us and it’s time for chiropractors to come together for another spectacular chiropractic event before the holidays begin. I’ve attended New Beginnings in Long Branch New Jersey multiple times during the past decade and it’s well worth the trip, even from the West Coast. This year I’ll be in Las Vegas speaking at Pubcon (as I’ve been doing for about seven years now) during the new beginnings weekend, or I’d probably be there myself. The event features nearly all my favorite speakers in chiropractic.

New Beginnings Chiropractic New Jersey
New Beginnings Chiropractic New Jersey Mailer

As I said, New Beginnings features several of my favorites in chiropractic, including Drs. Jim Dubel, Fred Schofield, Jim Sigafoose, Jeanne Ohm, Sharon Gorman, and Liam Schubel (six highlights from the list). Here’s a partial list of speakers you’ll hear from during the four-day event: Mark Schneider, Tedd Koren, Carol Ann Malizia, Cathy Wendland-Colby, David Moore, Kevin Fogarty, Andy Roberts, Steph Maj, Jeff Aita, James Peck, Gary Stewart, Garrett Gunderson, Chuck Ribley, Tim O’Shea, Jeanne Ohm, Jeff Slocum, Rose Panico, Eric Plasker, Gilles Lamarche, Kevin Jackson, Eddie Diaz, Jack Bourla, Liam Schubel, Sharon Gorman, Sam Selimo, Tony DeMarco, Jay Handt, Bob Tarantino, Peter Kevorkian, John Hoffman, Jim Dubel, Sam Ayan, Bob Crystal, Ernie Landi, Fred Schofield, Jim Sigafoose, Dr. Gary DiBenedetto and others.

New Beginnings can be life-changing, especially if you’ve never been before, this is not your ordinary chiropractic seminar (I know I’ve said that many times before). You could take a single person from the list of speakers above, for example Rose Panico, and discuss chiropractic for days on end. The last time I saw Rose we talked for hours, and she taught me about the triune in a chiropractic office (chiropractor – chiropractic assistant – patient), it had a significant effect on my practice.

Go to the chiropractic seminars pages listing for the October 2013 New Beginnings New Jersey for details on registration. The event is at the Long Branch Hotel located at One Ocean Boulevard in Long Branch, NJ 07740. I’d suggest you fly in on Wednesday evening or early Thursday morning to Newark airport (EWR) and rent a car for the weekend (that’s what I usually do coming from California). Make sure you have some money for the toll roads. There’s plenty of parking at the hotel and there’s lots of places to go eat within walking distance.

Don’t forget your Halloween Costume (don’t make bad chiropractor Halloween costume choices) for the event on Saturday night. You can call New Beginnings direct at 732-741-6862 or go to the October 2013 New Beginnings New Jersey seminar page.

I will also be in San Diego this October for the CCA continuing education program taking place at the Paradise Point Resort and Spa in Mission Bay. I believe New Beginnings provides up to 14 hours of continuing education credit for chiropractors but make sure you check to see if hours are covered for your state (if you’re seeking to get continuing education). Personally, I’d recommend chiropractors be in the room at New Beginnings for as much as possible, regardless of hours provided. Have a spectacular October! @ 8:51 pm | Article ID: 1380502295

How to Publish a Chiropractic Associates Announcement

By Michael Dorausch, D.C.

I received an e-mail this morning from a chiropractor that recently graduated chiropractic school and they wanted to know how to post an announcement that they were available for hire. While hundreds of chiropractors and chiropractic associates have posted “chiropractors available” and “chiropractors wanted” to the classifieds, it had not occurred to me that not everyone may know how to go about doing so. This post is intended to help new chiropractors (and those seeking employment) post announcements for chiropractic jobs wanted.

The e-mail I received could have been from any recently graduated chiropractic student, it read… “I am recently graduated from the Franco-European college of Chiropractic. I wanted to know how I could publish an announcement on PlanetC1 to offer my services.”

My first recommendation is to read a how to post I created in December 2008, it is titled Instructions to post an ad on planet chiropractic. While it’s an old post, it includes the basic information for getting started posting chiropractic classified advertisements, which includes posting announcements from recent school graduates. In the screenshot shown here I’ve highlighted the “post ad” tab and the Associates category, that’s the section that we are focusing on.

chiropractic jobs associates ad
chiropractic jobs associates ad
After you have read the post on how to create an account, have read through the “do’s and don’ts” of posting classifieds, and have created your account, you’re ready to begin posting your announcements. This next screenshot shows the Chiropractic Associates category in detail. There are currently six categories, with Associates Wanted in the United States being the most popular subcategory. If you’re seeking chiropractic employment in the United States, this may be a good category to set up an auto notify on (more on auto-notify below).

chiropractic associates available
chiropractic associates available
I’m not going to get into great detail as to what should be included in the perfect announcement post (perhaps we’ll cover that another time) but I’d like to offer a few suggestions you may not have considered.

Include a Photograph – Post a recent professional looking good quality photograph of yourself. I’ve noticed that classified ads that include photographs get viewed significantly more than those that don’t.

Include a Link – Link out to your website, your Facebook profile, your Linkedin profile, your Google+ profile, or whatever page (site) you prefer to use to display your professional chiropractic bio. Remember, you are posting an ad seeking professional employment, best to link to a page that shows you in a way you’d want other healthcare professionals viewing.

Include the Small Stuff – Use detail when posting your announcements. If you have them written down (you should), share your goals with what you’d like to accomplish being a chiropractor. Those seeking to hire associates will appreciate that you’ve taken the time to share information beyond the basics (like what school you attended and what year you graduated). If you are a former Pilates instructor, a former bodybuilding champion, or an avid mountain climber, I would mention that. Personality is important.

I would also recommend setting up an “auto notify” in your chiropractic classifieds ad account. Using auto notify, you can set up an alert where you will receive an e-mail for keywords of your choice.

For example, if a chiropractor posts an Associates Wanted ad for Los Angeles, and you have “Los Angeles” selected as a keyword, you will receive an e-mail moments after that advertisement has been approved and posted live. The downside is when selecting numerous keywords you may receive more e-mail than desired (you can always modify your settings) but the upside is you will receive e-mails for all advertisements you may be interested in.

Wishing everyone the best in success in chiropractic! @ 2:14 pm | Article ID: 1375812846

Chiropractic Seminar News From Parker Seminars and Dynamic Essentials

By Michael Dorausch, D.C.

I mentioned earlier this summer that there’s a bunch of chiropractic events and seminars taking place in August and September for 2013. The Life West Wave takes place this weekend in San Francisco California, Schofield Chiropractic Training is taking place in Phoenix on Friday and Saturday, and Dynamic Essentials is taking place in Atlanta. I received email information from Parker Seminars and from Dynamic Essentials and wanted to share that here.

First information from Parker Seminars

Parker Serves 2013: 9/19/13 and 9/20/13

Take part in Parker Serves 2013! Parker Serves 2013 offers individuals committed to creating a culture of loving service worldwide the opportunity to donate their time or funds in our annual two-day event.

Parker Serves 2013Parker Serves 2013

Join Parker University on September 19 and 20 as we take time to serve our community through volunteering with deserving organizations around the nation. Our mission is to establish one day a year where we turn the focus outward – toward helping our neighbors. We hope to inspire our alumni, friends, and colleagues to do the same, creating a culture of loving service worldwide.

On September 19, 2013, from 7am to midnight, Parker University is participating in Get Up and Give! North Texas Giving Day. On September 19, every donation of $25 and above will be matched if you donate to us through, North Texas’ online resource that connects donors with nonprofit organizations like us. Please visit the site anytime between 7am and midnight, search for Parker University and click “Donate Now.” Your donation will go a long way in helping us create a culture of loving service through education and wellness care. Plus, gifts given that day will receive a portion of $1 million in matching funds – making your dollar go further.

Ready to roll up your sleeves to support the act of loving service? Join us on September 20, 2013 as we take a break from our hectic schedules to volunteer and serve our community. We’re closing up shop on Friday, September 20 – sending our students, faculty, and staff out into our community to do good for others. Our mission is to establish one day a year where we turn the focus outward – toward helping our neighbors. We hope to inspire our alumni, friends, and colleagues to do the same, creating a culture of loving service worldwide.

Here at Parker, loving service is our first technique. Let’s change the world together through a compassion to serve that is greater than our compulsion to survive.

Want more information about the event or ready to commit your support? Parker Serves 2013 Commitment Form

News from Dynamic Essentials

Throughout 2013, meeting attendance has been setting modern-day records as more and more DC’s discover their true purpose at Dynamic Essentials and tell others.

DE Dynamic Essentials
For almost 48 years, we have been continuing Dr. Sid Williams’ DE meetings not only striving to generate successful chiropractic practices, but to also increase the public awareness of our great profession. During this time, as an important part of Dr. Sid’s vision, DC’s as well as their office staff have been directed toward a clearer understanding of their true purpose as chiropractors.

Doctor, do you enjoy going to your office or clinic each day? Is your staff enthusiastic and excited about chiropractic and the patients you care for? Do your colleagues refer patients to you? Would you go to yourself as a chiropractor if you could? Did you know there are two sides to your practice–the business side and the heart side? Is your family proud that you are a chiropractor? Are your financial rewards for the service you render what you feel they should be? Is your head so strong that your heart doesn’t have a chance? Do your patients like you… not because you are “Dr. Goody Two Shoes” but because they feel good just being around you and they know they can count on you as their doctor because they have witnessed your capabilities as a chiropractor? As we move further into the 21st century, will you be classified as a first-string player in the profession of chiropractic, one who will make a difference in the world in which we live? We at DE would like to challenge you to join with us to make the world in which we live better because of us and our marvelous profession–chiropractic.

Remember our next DE August 1-4 at Atlanta’s Embassy Suites at Centennial Olympia Park Hotel is less than a month away. Phone Melba today at 770-438-9949 and register yourself as well as your staff as they too need to embrace your true purpose as a chiropractic professional.

“Set personal, family, professional, financial, and spiritual goals.” – Dr. Sid E. Williams @ 1:04 pm | Article ID: 1375203846

Chiropractor Authors Greatest Inspirational Quotes Book

By Michael Dorausch, D.C.

Chiropractor Joe Tichio recently authored a book titled Greatest Inspirational Quotes – 365 days to more happiness, success, and motivation. Dr. Joe sent a copy to Planet Chiropractic and I have to say I love the book. It is easy to read and it features quotes that can offer inspiration to nearly anyone.

Greatest Inspirational Quotes – 365 days to more happiness, success, and motivation by Dr. Joe Tichio. In the books introduction Dr. Joe mentions that “it has always amazed me how powerful words can be.” It is no coincidence that one of the most popular posts on Chiropractic Blogs is 101 Words That Feel Good. Dr. Joe tells us that in his chiropractic office he has often shared inspirational quotes with patients to lift their spirits and help them refocus on the positive.

Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that.
Darkness cannot drive out darkness

Dr. Joe feels that inspirational quotes are so effective because they are isolated piece of information, not muddled or diluted by surrounding words or sentences. He says that there is no context to the quote, other than the context of your life. This allows them to speak directly to your situation and act as powerful catalysts with life-changing possibilities.

The book features a collection of quotes that Dr. Joe uses and loves, he mentions that the quotes have been influential in his life and he wants them to have a positive impact on your life as well. His recommended method of reading this book is to take a 365 day journey and read one quote at a time. His intention is that reading quotes one per day will allow them to take root deep in your spirit and express their hidden power.

I really like that there is a reader’s guide on how to get the most out of the book, since I have found that reading quotes can act as a tool for increasing positive vibration in your life. I will not share the first quote in the book, you’ll have to get a copy of your own and read it, it’s terrific.

Here are some selected quotes from Greatest Inspirational Quotes…

Trust yourself. You know more than you think you do. – Benjamin Spock

Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that. – Martin Luther King Jr.

Don’t cry because it’s over. Smile because it happened. – Dr. Seuss

When you don’t know what you believe, everything becomes an argument. Everything is debatable. But when you stand for something, decisions are obvious. – Jason Fried

Courage is never to let your actions be influenced by your fears. – Arthur Koestler

Dr. Joe tells us he has been collecting inspirational quotes for more than 15 years. He created a website to share amazing quotes and help inspire others to live happy, successful, and empowered lives. He is a chiropractor, rock climber, and speaker on topics including wellness, inspiration, and personal development.

I love that I now have a paperback copy of the book, I can read a positive inspirational quote first thing in the morning on my back patio each day, but I’m also happy to see there’s a Greatest Inspirational Quotes Kindle edition available on Not an affiliate link.

You can order the book on, or visit Dr. Joseph’s inspirational quote website and order the book directly from there. Dr. Joe’s book reminds me of a long time ago post from Dr. James Sigafoose regarding your conscious mind and change. Dr. Sigafoose says that as we maintain our discipline of thot we will continue to prosper and all will take care of itself. I have found that reading positive quotes daily is a great way to start. @ 10:52 am | Article ID: 1372171954

League of Chiropractic Women and Art of Brilliance Conference

By Michael Dorausch, D.C.

The League of Chiropractic Women will be hosting a conference in New York City on September 27 and 28th. The event is taking place at the New Yorker Hotel located on 8th Avenue & 34th Street. The conference includes several female chiropractic superstars and it is sure to be pure and powerful. Check out details for the League of Chiropractic Women conference on the chiropractic seminars page and visit the website for more information. The following info is provided by the LCW.

League of Chiropractic Women Gathered at a Lunch Event
League of Chiropractic Women Gathered at a Lunch Event
The Art of Brilliance Conference, a world class chiropractic experience, for all women in Chiropractic. Hosted by The League of Chiropractic Women on September 27th & 28th in New York City.

The conference includes a variety of female superstars each communicating a unique perspective and offering real world guidance for mastering the art of brilliant communication and expression of the chiropractic lifestyle. The conference is tailored for women from all areas of chiropractic including chiropractors, spouses, chiropractic assistants, students, educators and advocates. Participants will also be invited on a peer-guided tour highlighting some of the fun and exciting landmarks in New York City while networking and enjoying fellowship. The event will be held at The New Yorker Hotel and Conference Center in Manhattan, New York.

The League of Chiropractic Women was founded in early 2012 by well-known female leaders in the chiropractic profession, to serve the chiropractic profession. It is the fastest growing organization in the entire chiropractic profession with membership growing to over 600 members in the first year – including chiropractors, office managers, chiropractic assistants, spouses, students and women with various attachments to the chiropractic profession. The LCW is a voice for all women in chiropractic. Our focus is to empower and support women in chiropractic, and to develop leaders in the profession.

To register for this event or for more information about the League of Chiropractic Women, visit and follow the Art of Brilliance link.

Photo from LCW Sherman Lyceum Ladies’ Lunch on the Lawn event held in Spartanburg, SC. @ 12:46 pm | Article ID: 1371573970

Dynamic Essentials can open the Golden Gate

By Michael Dorausch, D.C.

The next Dynamic Essentials is taking place in Atlanta Georgia the first weekend of August, 2013. I attended my first Dynamic Essentials (DE) event when I was a chiropractic student in Los Angeles. Attending DE had a significant impact on my future in chiropractic. To this day, I keep a book “From the Ordinary to the Extraordinary and Chiropractic” by Dr. Sid Williams on my desk, and I reread it regularly. Dynamic Essentials is on my list of must attend chiropractic events for summer 2013. The following comes from the DE staff via e-mail. I’m sharing it to spread the word.

Polly Want a Cracker?

Dynamic Essentials can open the golden gate allowing you to bridge the departmentalized concepts in chiropractic. Those who have attended DE are not bogged down with big overheads. They are conducting their practice from their inner power, which allows them to care for hundreds of patients a week with four or five assistants and perhaps one associate. A DE meeting concentrates solely in bringing you in tune with the inner power within yourself.

Future Chiropractor Checking Spine
A young future chiropractor checks the spine of DE speaker Dr. Dean Sottille.
DE is not like other seminars where a diversified group of people each presents their own concepts. DE teaches you that YOU have YOUR OWN bag. DE strips the facade, peals the misconceptions of chiropractic that you may have, gets right down to the marrow of your bones, into your inner being (innate) so that the debris in your consciousness may be cleansed, allowing a full flow of love and well being to burst forth into a gusher of increasing life.

Those attending a DE meeting share a spirit of chiropractic camaraderie that can be experienced no other place on the face of the earth. DE principles imbue you with the power and positiveness to conduct a highly successful practice in office procedure, patient relations, and clinical techniques.

DE instills a commitment within you that you are a doctor of the highest esteem. By attending DE you will come into awareness of a positive attitude in relationship to chiropractic-that you are THE PRIMARY health provider, second to no one.

Renew your faith in yourself. Once you have attended a DE meeting, you will have a successful practice like the thousands of other people who have acquired the secrets of DE. DE is not a one-shot motivating course. It keeps you in tune with your inner self and then from this power within you become a motivator FOR OTHERS. Don’t allow yourself, like so many chiropractors have, who squander their energy by being negative. Taking a parrot-like attitude – “Polly wants a cracker, Polly wants a cracker” – you may end up with the cracker, but you’ll find it takes all your energy to clean up the crumbs.

In DE we don’t have Polly-want-a-cracker people. DE is a seven-course meal. We have our crackers within our soup. Our dessert is the realization that within us lays the power. Bring your CA’s, spouses and children to the next DE meeting. Let them share the feast with you. Phone Melba today (770)438-9949 to register or go online to for the August 1-4 DE meeting. We look forward to seeing you there.

“Believe… intensely believe in your ultimate success” – Dr. Sid E. Williams

Source: DE Staff @ 3:46 pm | Article ID: 1371152812

Don’t Miss These 2013 Summer Chiropractic Events

By Michael Dorausch, D.C.

You know it’s summer when local parents all bring their kids in on the same morning for a chiropractic adjustment. While kids are out of school and excited to have some summer fun, chiropractors will be having summer fun of their own, and hopefully including their families on a few chiropractic centered vacations. I have put together a list of summer chiropractic seminars and events that should not be missed. Choose one, or several, and get reconnected with your colleagues.

Cerveza Atlas Lager
Atlas lager, the beer of choice for chiropractors that choose to drink beer
The first event takes place this week at Logan College of Chiropractic in Chesterfield, Missouri. Sponsored by the Logan Alumni Association, the 2013 Logan Homecoming takes place June 13th through 16th. The event features 28 hours of continuing education available, along with presentations from chiropractors such as Dr. Dan Murphy, Dr. James George, Dr. Cheryl Hawk, Dr. Donna Mannello, Dr. Jeff Kamper, and others. There is also an annual golf tournament taking place on Thursday. Check the Logan Homecoming and Midwest Conference page for details.

Chiropractors Joseph Lupo and Hank Cousineau at Life University
Chiropractors Joseph Lupo and Hank Cousineau at Life University
Make plans to visit Atlanta Georgia in July for the Life Vision Seminar taking place on July 26 and 27 (Saturday and Sunday). The event is at the Cobb Galleria Centre, and it features a long list of spectacular chiropractic speakers. Expect to see Dr. Jim Dubel, Dr. James Sigafoose, Dr. Sharon Gorman, Dr. Guy Riekeman, Dr. Ray Omid, Dr. Eric Plasker, Dr. Andy Forelli, Dr. Hank Cousineau, Dr. Chuck Ribley, Dr. Patti Ribley, Dr. Jay Handt, and several others. This will be a high energy, high impact, inspirational chiropractic event. Get more information on the Life Vision Seminar page.

August is when things are going to really get hot. There’s three magnificent chiropractic seminars taking place the first weekend of August in the cities of San Francisco, Atlanta, and Phoenix (where it will literally be hot). First let’s check out the 2013 Life West Wave taking place in San Francisco.

Chiropractors Brian Kelly and Tim Gay at Life West Wave
Chiropractors Brian Kelly and Tim Gay at Life West Wave
The Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport Hotel is the location for the 2013 Life West Wave taking place on August 1 through August 3. This is the third year Life Chiropractic College West has held its wave event (view previous Life West Wave posts and photos), and the lineup of speakers is stupendous. There will be keynotes from Marianne Williamson, Patch Adams and Andrew Wakefield, along with chiropractic speakers such as Dr. Gerry Clum, Dr. Rhea Zimmerman, Dr. Dean DePice, Dr. David Fletcher, Dr. Tim Gay, Dr. David Butters, Dr. Sharon Gorman, Dr. Brad Glowaki, Dr. Dennis Perman, Dr. Fred Schofield, Dr. Frank Sovinsky, and several others.

Chiropractors Sharon Gorman and Jay Handt
Chiropractors Sharon Gorman and Jay Handt
You may have already noticed that several chiropractic speakers are speaking at multiple events, for many, spreading the word of chiropractic is a full-time job. Dr. Fred Schofield is speaking at the Life West Wave on Friday morning, and then getting on a plane to Phoenix for the mega hot 2013 August Schofield Chiropractic Training. This year’s August training takes place at the Arizona Biltmore Hotel (one of my favorites in Phoenix) and you can register by calling Schofield Chiropractic Training directly at 800-554-3260. The Arizona Biltmore Chiropractic Seminar is on August 2 and August 3 (Friday and Saturday). I will be speaking on Saturday and look forward to seeing you there. I’m also really excited to be hanging out with some of the greatest chiropractors on the planet.

Chiropractors Fred Schofield and Michael Dorausch
Chiropractors Fred Schofield and Michael Dorausch
But that’s not all, I mentioned there were 3 chiropractic seminars all taking place on the same weekend. All three are rich and chiropractic philosophy, and I really hope you’re attending one of them. In Atlanta Georgia it’s the 2013 August Dynamic Essentials taking place on August 1 through August 4 at the Atlanta Embassy Suites Hotel. It’s a Magnificent Bonfire of Love at Dynamic Essentials, and DE is the place to be. Get more information on the Dynamic Essentials Atlanta Georgia seminars page for August 2013.

It’s certainly possible for a chiropractor to travel to Missouri in June, Atlanta in July, and then onto San Francisco, Phoenix, or Atlanta again in August. But how about a mid August visit mile high in Colorado? The chiropractic lovefest continues with a mile high chiropractic philosophy weekend taking place in Denver Colorado the weekend of August 16 at August 17 (Friday and Saturday). This is why chiropractors love to take three-day weekends out of the office.

The Mile High Chiropractic Philosophy Weekend features chiropractic speakers such as Dr. Daniel Knowles (founder of the Mile High Movement), Dr. Steve Visentin, Dr. Donald Epstein, Bill Esteb, Dr. Janice Hughes, Dr. Lyle Koca, Dr. Dennis Nikitow, Dr. Liam Schubel and others. The event takes place at the Westin Westminster Hotel in Denver Colorado. Come get your chiropractic on with high-altitude and attitude. I’m fired up just writing about the event. Get more details on the Mile High Chiropractic Philosophy Weekend seminar page and click through to visit the website for online registration.

Wherever you choose to go, put a charge of chiropractic spizzerinctum in your life, and have an amazing summer! @ 2:11 pm | Article ID: 1370974312

Great Opportunities for Chiropractors Wanting to Practice

By Michael Dorausch, D.C.

There are many great opportunities for chiropractors seeking to practice chiropractic throughout the globe. One of the benefits I have at Planet Chiropractic is the opportunity to see what types of advertisements are being posted to our chiropractic classifieds multiple times per day. Yesterday it was my turn to approve current advertisements and I smiled when I saw 2 posted at nearly the exact same time. I took a screenshot.

experienced excited chiropractor classified
experienced excited chiropractor classified
Chiropractic classified advertisements numbered 42352 and 42353 had appeared on the screen. Both ads were for successful chiropractic practices and both classifieds were placed by chiropractors I know well. The first was posted by Dr. Dan Ribley, a passionate chiropractor that I first met back in the 1990s when we were both taking the national boards. Dr. Ribley is looking for an experienced excited chiropractor that is ready to adjust lots of people at a great office.

Here’s the body of the listing from his Woodstock Georgia office…

Ready to adjust lots of people at a great office. We are looking to help change peoples lives and would like you to be a part of that. Positive uplifting practice to work in get mentored from a doctor who has seen as many as 1000 a week who has started a new practice and is looking for the right doctor to work with him. Only mission minded people call who have big dreams, who wants to do what they went to school for… change peoples lives we need that now more then ever in todays world. Must be a great confident adjuster with a great work ethic and attitude.

I am on the mission as well, serving people chiropractic in Los Angeles, so his ad really resonated with me. A fortunate chiropractor is going to have their life changed while changing the lives of others and I look forward to hearing your story when we meet.

Posted at nearly the exact same time, was a position opportunity for an associate Doctor of Chiropractic to work with Dr. Brian Wikoff. I also met Dr. Brian way back when I was a chiropractic student in the 1990s, Planet Chiropractic was in its early beginnings at that time and we didn’t yet offer classified ads (that came in 1999). Dr. Brian has been passionate about chiropractic since the day I first met him and he runs a successful family chiropractic practice in Santa Ana California.

These are only two chiropractor selected from numerous ads that get posted daily, and while I may be biased, I feel there is tremendous opportunity for chiropractors to connect with others and move forward with great success.

In 1998 I posted the following on the Planet Chiropractic about page… Planet Chiropractic was launched with the intent of connecting more chiropractors with their colleagues and to increase awareness and involvement in the worldwide chiropractic community.

Here’s to getting connected and staying connected! @ 12:06 am | Article ID: 1370577964

No Chiropractic Schools in Los Angeles

By Michael Dorausch, D.C.

What chiropractic schools are in Los Angeles? That is a question patients in my office frequently ask. They also want to know where I went to chiropractic school, how much it costs, and how long will it take to graduate. For those that are truly interested, I share as much information as I can to help them find a chiropractic school that is right for them. There are numerous factors to consider when choosing a chiropractic school, I’ve covered that in several previous posts, and I will share several links below. First I want to address the question of Los Angeles and chiropractic schools, let’s begin with a bit of local chiropractic history.

Currently, in the year 2013, there are no chiropractic schools located in the city of Los Angeles. That was not always the case. In fact, in the early 1900s (about 100 years ago) Downtown Los Angeles was a mecca for chiropractic education. While Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport Iowa was the first chiropractic college (often referred to as the Fountainhead), Los Angeles experienced a boom in chiropractic education early on. Take a look at this newspaper clipping from a 1921 Los Angeles Times.

Study Chiropractic in Los Angeles
Study Chiropractic – Los Angeles Chiropractic College
The newspaper clipping shows 4 advertisements, one for a chiropractor practicing in downtown Los Angeles on Broadway Street, and the other 3 were for local chiropractic colleges and schools. Eclectic College of Chiropractic was on Hill Street in downtown Los Angeles, Ratledge System of Chiropractic Schools (aka Ratledge Chiropractic College) was in the Pacific Electric building in downtown Los Angeles, and Los Angeles Chiropractic College was located on South Hill St. in downtown Los Angeles.

At the time that these schools were bustling, Los Angeles featured the largest electric railway system in the world. Pacific Electric (which had a chiropractic school inside the terminal building), operated a Red Car railway that was centered in downtown Los Angeles. In 1921 a person could travel by rail to attend chiropractic school in Los Angeles from locations such as Burbank, San Bernardino, Santa Monica, and even as far away as Newport Beach. The reality is that today people are not getting around Los Angeles with the ease that they could in those times. Being that chiropractic school requires a physical presence (students work hands on), the best chiropractic colleges are going to be in locations that feature ease of transportation, plenty of parking, and nearby affordable housing.

I mentioned that students work hands-on while attending chiropractic school so don’t expect to be attending online chiropractic schools anytime soon. In all likelihood, we are moving in the direction of increased online education, especially for prerequisite courses, but coursework such as palpation and spinal adjusting (as well as laboratory work) will require human presence. I sat in loads of traffic going to and from chiropractic school each day (in Los Angeles) and it wasn’t fun. In my opinion it’s better for everyone that the majority of current chiropractic schools are not located in major metros.

One of the schools shown in the advertisement above (Los Angeles Chiropractic College) still exists today. The school is now known as Southern California University of Health Sciences (formerly LACC) and it’s located in Whittier, California. Whittier is a city in Los Angeles County, so for locals that’s as close as we are going to get to the city of LA.

If you live in Los Angeles and you are seeking to attend chiropractic school, expect to travel and research at least a few schools, and then expect to move. My recommendation to everyone that asks me about attending chiropractic school is to visit at least four different campuses. Chiropractic education is a significant investment, so invest the time in selecting the right school. Personally, I would visit the campuses of Life University in Marietta Georgia, Sherman College of Chiropractic in Spartanburg South Carolina, Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport Iowa, and Life Chiropractic College West in Hayward California.

That’s not to say one won’t become a great chiropractor attending a chiropractic school not mentioned, I am sharing what I know based on my experiences of visiting those campuses, meeting instructors, meeting current & former students, and knowing current leadership. We have several terrific leaders in chiropractic education today, and from what I have experienced, it’s a great time to be a chiropractor.

Are those chiropractic schools accredited? As far as I know, all of the chiropractic schools in the United States currently have accreditation with the Council on Chiropractic Education (CCE). While accreditation is important, I know some spectacular chiropractors that graduated from non-accredited chiropractic institutions. Throughout the years I have noticed that too often chiropractic students focus on fear versus setting goals for the future, make sure you’re in the latter category, and develop plans to be a successful chiropractor.

Here are 6 articles I pulled from previous news archives related to chiropractic education. They may be of value for you to read.

Question Regarding Chiropractic Colleges
Considering Going to Chiropractic College
Can You offer Advice about Chiropractic Schools?
Things you may consider when choosing a chiropractic school
Chiropractic as a Mid Life Career Change
Did your Chiropractic College experience Suck?

I’m into my 18th year in chiropractic and I can honestly say I’m more excited today than I was in 1995, and if you knew me in 1995, I was seriously excited about becoming a chiropractor. @ 12:23 am | Article ID: 1370492633

Joining the CCA Evolution of Chiropractic in California

By Michael Dorausch, D.C.

The 2013 CCA Annual Convention & Exposition took place this past weekend in San Diego, California. It was another successful chiropractic event held on the West Coast. The conference attracted a worldwide chiropractic audience for three days of fellowship and continuing education. Chiropractors are shaking things up in the state of California and CCA wants you to join the evolution.

The opening session on Friday, May 31st featured college presidents from three California chiropractic colleges. Doctors Brian Kelly (Life Chiropractic College West), William Meeker (Palmer College of Chiropractic West), and John Scaringe (Southern California University of Health Sciences) were all up on stage, with moderation by former Life West president Dr. Gerald Clum. The event was a call for immediate action and co-powered leadership to inspire growth and innovation in the state of California. The 3 California chiropractic presidents shared their visions and urged chiropractors to join forces in sparking a transformation required to build momentum and strengthen a sustainable movement in our chiropractic future.

High energy presentations continued throughout the day, with continuing education courses being taught by chiropractic leaders such as Drs. Leslie Hewitt, Gilles Lamarche, Patrick Gentempo, Eric Plasker, and Tedd Koren.

Chiropractic Neurologist Dr. Ted Carrick
Chiropractic Neurologist Dr. Ted Carrick
Chiropractors receiving continuing education were wowed by presentations such as “Neurology for the Practicing Chiropractor” taught by Chiropractic Neurologist Dr. Ted Carrick. Dr. Carrick lectured in the morning and in the afternoon, and the room was packed with chiropractors. Neurology based chiropractic was also taught by Dr. Richard Barwell and chiropractic care for children was taught by Dr. Claudia Anrig. The most difficult choice for chiropractors was which room to be in, as numerous presentations were taught in similar time slots. However, chiropractors couldn’t go wrong, as top-notch presentations were provided in every room.

As I mentioned in the 2013 CCA Convention recap, continuing education hours for chiropractors in the state of California have recently changed from 12 hours to 24 hours, with 2 mandated hours of Ethics & Law, and 4 mandated hours in any one or combination of the following topics: Adjustive Technique, History Taking & Physical Examination, Proper and Ethical Billing & Coding.

For chiropractors practicing in states other than California, the CCA Annual Conventions typically offer approved chiropractic continuing education hours for Idaho, Hawaii, Arizona, South Dakota and Nevada. As a practicing chiropractor that frequently travels out-of-state for conferences, I’ve found it’s always a good idea to know what courses are covered for continuing education in my state.

I’m looking forward to seeing my chiropractic colleagues at the 2014 CCA Annual Convention in San Diego, I’ve been told the event will again take place at the Paradise Point Resort & Spa in Mission Bay, California. See you there! @ 1:09 pm | Article ID: 1370365778