Parker University Hosts 2011 Talk the TIC Finals

Parker Chiropractic News

Dallas — Parker University played host to the 2011 Talk the TIC Finals on July 6, 2011. Talk the TIC is a worldwide annual chiropractic health talk competition between chiropractic students effectively delivering a chiropractic message to others. The purpose is to refine the skill of communicating the principle, science, and knowledge of chiropractic in order to share it with the public. It allows students to practice overcoming their fear of public speaking as well as perfect their explanation of what chiropractic is and what the benefits of chiropractic care are to a lay audience.

“Parker University has been a catalyst in assisting with fostering growth initiatives for the competition,” said Dr. Erik Van Slooten, founder of Talk the TIC. “It’s great to have the outspoken support from leaders such as Drs. Fabrizio Mancini and Gilles Lamarche and the excitement they hold as an institution for this undertaking is remarkable. They have brought their time, talents, and resources to the table and assisted in fueling a vital interest in the cause.”

Talk the TIC Champion Derrell Pratt-Blackburn
Talk the TIC Champion Derrell Pratt-Blackburn

This year, nine institutions participated in the worldwide competition. Each institution selected a winner to advance to the finals at Parker. The nine competing finalists included Life Chiropractic College West student, Julia Pinkerton; Life University student, Mackenzie Hubert; New Zealand College of Chiropractic student, Caroline de Groot; Northwestern Health Sciences University, Megan Nelsen; Palmer College of Chiropractic Florida student, Lee Thomas; Palmer College of Chiropractic Iowa student, Magalie Lefevre; Parker University College of Chiropractic student, Derrell Pratt-Blackburn; Sherman College of Chiropractic student, Jonathan Orvis; and Southern California University of Health Sciences student, Jonathan Dawson.

The day began with the Semi-Finals Competition where the nine students battled for a spot in the final round. In the end, five students were selected as finalists to compete for the championship.

“Being able to communicate to the general public about what chiropractic is and how it benefits others is such an important skill for every chiropractor to possess,” said Dr. Fabrizio Mancini, president of Parker University. “It’s through practice like this competition that you can truly master your chiropractic message.”

Competing for the first, second, and third winning titles, the five finalists presented their chiropractic message to an audience of more than 800 people. The finalists included Caroline de Groot, Magalie Lefevre, Julia Pinkerton, Derell Pratt-Blackburn, and Lee Thomas.

The presentations were carefully watched by the Talk the TIC judges including Dr. Van Slooten, Matt Eiserloh, chief marketing officer of Parker University; Brian Flanagan, a professional speaker; Gary Gillespie, a distinguished Toastmaster; Joseph Scott, president of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce; and Dr. Mary Warren, Dallas, Texas, chiropractor.

The third place title was awarded to Life Chiropractic College West student, Julia Pinkerton. She was also awarded a $500 check contributed by Parker and Dr. Gilles Lamarche, vice president of Parker Chiropractic Wellness Clinics, Parker Research Institute, Parker Continuing Education, and Parker Seminars.

“The nervous system is like a two-way highway with information flowing to and from and communicating to the vital parts of your body,” said Magalie Lefevre, student of Palmer College of Chiropractic Iowa.

The judges selected Magalie Lefevre, Palmer College of Chiropractic Iowa student, as the second place winner. She was presented with a $1,000 check contributed by Parker and Dr. Lamarche.

“All of these tremendously talented participants are a testament to the future of chiropractic, which is in great hands,” said Dr. Lamarche.

The judges declared Derrell Pratt-Blackburn, student of Parker University College of Chiropractic, as the 2011 Talk the TIC Champion. He was also awarded a $2,000 check contributed by Parker and Dr. Lamarche.

“Subluxations are traffic jams blocking the normal flow of nerves and information from your brain to your body,” said Pratt-Blackburn. “They’re caused by trauma, negative thoughts, and toxins. In order for your body to work as efficient as possible those subluxations must be removed through chiropractic care.”

In addition, the most prized possession of all–The Chiropractic Torch, was awarded to Pratt-Blackburn. His name will also be engraved on the Champion’s Society Plaque in Sid Square at Life Chiropractic College West, where the competition began in 2007.

Pratt-Blackburn will deliver the winning health talk at Parker Seminars Las Vegas 2012. He will be the first student to ever present on the main stage at Parker Seminars.

“I have a strong passion for seeing students go into the profession prepared to communicate what chiropractic is to their patients,” said Dr. Van Slooten. “It’s important for us to empower our future generation in perfecting this.”

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About Parker University — Parker University, located in Dallas, is one of the country’s leading educators of health care professionals with an international student enrollment. Founded in 1982, this private, nonprofit educational institution prepares men and women to become doctors of chiropractic. Parker University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award the bachelor of science and doctor of chiropractic degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA, 30033-4097 or call 404.679.4500 for questions about the accreditation of Parker University. The doctor of chiropractic degree program of Parker University is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of the Council on Chiropractic Education, 8049 North 85th Way, Scottsdale, AZ, 85258-4321. Tel: 480.443.8877. For additional information about Parker University, visit the college’s website at @ 9:38 am | Article ID: 1310488740