Ask the President

Featuring Joseph E. Brimhall, D.C.
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Ask the President
Written by Joseph Brimhall, D.C.   
Monday, 27 March 2006 02:35

Joseph E. Brimhall, D.C., has been president of Western States Chiropractic College in Portland, Oregon, since 2003. He was in private practice in Ogden, Utah, for more than 22 years. He has served as Chairman of the Utah Chiropractic Physicians Licensing Board, Chairman of the CCE Commission on Accreditation, and is currently President of the Council on Chiropractic Education.

Under Dr. Brimhall’s administration, Western States Chiropractic College has received a grant from the National Institutes of Health, launched a new massage therapy program, and has continued to be at the forefront of chiropractic care and education.

Q: What are WSCC’s areas of greatest strength for the chiropractic student and the profession?

A: WSCC, the second oldest chiropractic college in the world, has always been a leader in chiropractic education. It was the first chiropractic college to set up a four-year course of study, one of the first to be transferred from private ownership to non-profit status, the first to require two years of preprofessional requirements to enroll, and the first to be awarded a federal research grant.

Today, WSCC remains a leader in evidence-based health care and research, a curriculum that approaches instruction from a clinical perspective.  We are actively involved in pursuing integrated approaches with traditional western, oriental, and naturopathic medicine. WSCC’s philosophy emphasizes wellness and health promotion and the college is well positioned to create effective paradigms for the future of health care.

The college is located in Portland, Oregon, one of the most beautiful and livable cities in the world. The campus is close to the spectacular Oregon Coast, and to mountain hiking and biking trails, world-class wind surfing, skiing, and many other outside recreational activities. Students are at home in the best possible environment to live and study.

Q: What are your plans for the future of the school with regard to chiropractic?

A: We have always taught our students the value of evidence as applied to the clinical setting.

We remain firmly dedicated to the Western States principle, “For the good of the patient.”   
Q: Where do you see the chiropractic profession headed?

A: Health care is moving into an integrated era.  Consumers are demanding that providers cooperate with each other.  Chiropractic will continue its focus on comprehensive care and will be providing these services in both primary and collaborative settings.

Featuring Carl Cleveland III, D.C.
Ask the President
Written by Carl Cleveland III, D.C.   
Monday, 27 February 2006 01:39

Dr. Carl S. Cleveland III, a member of a pioneering chiropractic family, is a fourth generation Doctor of Chiropractic and the President of Cleveland Chiropractic College, with campuses in Kansas City and Los Angeles.

Dr. Cleveland has served as president of the Council on Chiropractic Education and the Association of Chiropractic Colleges, and as National Spokesperson for the ACA-ICA Alliance for Chiropractic Progress.  In 2003, he co-authored  Fundamentals of Chiropractic, and is a co-editor of  Review Questions for the NBCE Examination, Parts I and II, both of Mosby Publishers.

He is also the host and co-editor of the American Chiropractic Association’s inspiring Simple Justice video series, which details the chiropractic profession’s struggles, past and present, to gain recognition in the health care field.

Q: What are Cleveland’s areas of greatest strength for the chiropractic student and the profession?

A: The greatest strength is the well-qualified and experienced Cleveland faculty.  These passionate educators are truly committed to the success of each student.

Combine this with the optional choice of a 9- or 12-trimester curricular program, early hands-on exposure to a wide variety of adjustive techniques, the diversity of patients in Cleveland Health Centers, and the Cleveland Business and Practice Success Training program—these all contribute to the development of a graduate prepared for today’s realities and demands impacting practice success.

Student interns are quick to compliment the interdisciplinary clinical experience in providing patient care as part of Cleveland’s affiliation with the University of Southern California Student Health Services program in Los Angeles, and at the Truman Medical Center in Kansas City.

Q: What are your plans for the future of the college with regard to chiropractic?

A: The Cleveland Clinic Abroad Program will be implemented providing interns opportunities to participate in supervised patient care settings at international locations as a complement to the college Health Center clinical experience.  Cleveland’s nationwide preceptor program will be expanded to include international practice opportunities.

The college research infrastructure is expanding and has fostered a strong multicampus research team undertaking a variety of projects seeking to understand the profession’s role in contributing to patient health and wellness.

The college is implementing curricular revisions expanding the emphasis on health promotion, lifestyle factors wellness education, and enhanced delivery of the chiropractic technique program. Progress is underway to expand health promotion and wellness education to other graduate programs.

Q: Where do you see the chiropractic profession headed?

A: Predictions for the profession’s future?

• Various internal and external dynamics will focus chiropractic’s leadership on developing a core identity to effectively communicate the doctor of chiropractic’s role and value as part of today’s health care system.

• The “Evidence-Based Care” movement will increasingly affect health care providers in all disciplines.  The chiropractic leadership is responding through the development of a series of “Best Practices” initiatives to assist the practitioner in communicating treatment rationales to the patient, to case managers and to third-party payers.

• A clear identity coupled with the “Best Practices” initiative will result in greater collaboration with non-DC health care practitioners, resulting in increased patient referral to DC practices.

• Chiropractic student interns will have opportunities for residency training programs working under supervision of DCs affiliated with VA Hospitals.  
The research opportunities within such residencies may have far reaching and positive effects for advancing the science of chiropractic. Such affiliations would become training grounds for the next generation of chiropractic researchers.

Featuring Donald P. Kern, D.C.
Ask the President
Written by Donald P. Kern, D.C.   
Tuesday, 27 December 2005 00:02

Donald P. Kern, D.C., graduated from Palmer College of Chiropractic in 1958. Part of a chiropractic family spanning five generations, Dr. Kern’s 45-year career with Palmer began as a faculty clinician, from 1960 to 1976, including serving as clinic director from 1965 to 1970. He has held numerous administrative positions at Palmer, including director of Admissions, vice president for Student Affairs, chairman of the Technique Department and president of the College, from 1988 to 1994.

After returning to full-time teaching in the Technique Department, Dr. Kern was named senior campus administrator for Palmer College of Chiropractic Florida in 2002, and interim president of Palmer College and Palmer College of Chiropractic Florida in 2004. In February 2005. he was named president of Palmer College of Chiropractic’s Davenport campus for an unprecedented second time.

Q: What are your areas of greatest strength for the chiropractic student and the profession?

A: One of our greatest strengths is the appropriate balance of philosophy, science and art in our curriculum, as embraced by the Palmer Tenets and the Palmer Educational Principles. Palmer College of Chiropractic stands squarely in the middle of mainstream chiropractic, and our students are assured of getting a balanced chiropractic education.

The level of experience and expertise of our faculty is another notable strength. For example, our technique faculty average 20 years of experience in teaching and many of them have their own practices. Our students also are privileged to learn from world-renowned experts in radiology, research, pediatrics, sports injury and other disciplines.

Our curriculum offers an extensive list of clinical methodologies for locating and correcting subluxations. The depth and breadth of a Palmer education in the “art of chiropractic” is tremendous.

Q: What are your plans for the future of the college with regard to chiropractic?

A: Our plans are simple: to continue to graduate the best Doctors of Chiropractic possible. This is our driving force, and there are many strategies in place to carry it out.

As we plan for the future of Palmer College, we are surveying all of our key audiences: faculty, staff, students and alumni. Alumni have finished the curriculum and begun practice, so they have the best perspective for telling us what we could have done to better prepare them for success.
We have a great educational product at Palmer, but we know that it can always be improved upon.

Q: Where do you see the chiropractic profession headed?

A: I see constant improvement of service to patients in chiropractic’s future, and eventual professional unity. I can’t think of a single profession that has survived the test of time being as divided as the chiropractic profession is today. There have been indications of movement toward unity on the state level, but the two national organizations need to negotiate a merger in good faith in order to establish professional unity. This would allow for combined resources to use in educating the public about chiropractic’s benefits.

Another issue facing the chiropractic profession is an acceptance of the basis for chiropractic and scope of practice. I believe one solution is to strengthen the science of chiropractic through more research, especially research into the effectiveness of various techniques. This would give us a better opportunity to identify those techniques that have the highest degree of effectiveness.

Alliances with members of other healthcare professions are also key to the growth of chiropractic. We need more multi-disciplinary collaboration. I would like to see more chiropractors joining hospital staffs and working side-by-side with medical doctors. Not only will our profession grow and benefit but, also, our patients will be healthier.

Featuring Thomas A. Gelardi, D.C.
Ask the President
Written by Thomas A. Gelardi, D.C.   
Saturday, 26 November 2005 22:56

Thomas A. Gelardi, D.C., Sherman College of  Straight Chiropractic’s founder and first president, is interim president at Sherman. Gelardi founded the college in 1973, fulfilling a long-standing dream of advancing the chiropractic profession centered on the vertebral subluxation. He led Sherman’s progress for nearly three decades, including its accreditation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and the Council on Chiropractic Education.  He served as president until 1997 and, later, as member and chair of the Board of Trustees from 1997-2002.

What are your areas of greatest strength for the chiropractic student and the profession?

A: Sherman College of Straight Chiropractic’s strength is in the recognition and great belief that something of extraordinary value lies within the present vertebral subluxation model and practice.

Sherman College brings a vision of chiropractic’s place in health care as that profession that works side by side with all health care practitioners, contributing to health through the correction of vertebral subluxation. In addition to preparing its students and practicing chiropractors to be ever more clinically competent, caring and ethical, Sherman is preparing them to be highly successful in managing the business concerns of practice.

What are your plans for the future of the college with regard to chiropractic?

A: Sherman College is focusing on three major programs. The first is its clinical approach to the analysis and correction of subluxation. For the past two years, the Sherman College clinical science faculty has defined the Sherman Package. It encompasses the philosophy, science and art of analyzing and correcting vertebral subluxations anywhere in the spine.

Second, the college is increasing its commitment to be the recognized leader in scholarly activity, institutional research and clinical research centered on vertebral subluxation. We also are embarking on improved imaging methods and exploring ways to bring into our adjusting labs more objective means of analyzing simulated and actual adjusting.

Sherman’s third area of focus is taking place through its newly created Leadership and Practice Management Institute. The Institute will offer programs and courses in leadership, practice management and professional and personal success. These certification programs will be offered in several cities across the country and will be a seamless, integrated approach to all areas of personal development, practice management, leadership skills, asset accumulation and protection and more. Chiropractors make a major investment to join and participate in this profession, so they should be fairly compensated for that investment and the responsibility they assume. Our Institute will ensure that chiropractors learn how to lead and manage more effectively, serve more abundantly and enjoy life more fully.

Where do you see the chiropractic profession headed?

A:  What is perhaps most fascinating about the chiropractic profession is that it has a truly valuable gift to bring to humanity, a gift that great numbers of people who are looking for an alternative to reductionism and therapies are glad to accept.

I see chiropractic at the proverbial fork in the road, with one group caring for the subluxation through vertebral adjusting and the other caring for conditions through spinal manipulative therapy and other allopathic methods. I see the therapeutic road as missing the chiropractic mark, the profession’s reason for being, and leading to the downturn of a beautiful profession.

I look down the other road and see a flourishing profession of doctors of chiropractic who are enthusiastic about changing lives through the correction of subluxation. I see a chiropractic profession with a relevant educational process that is not only patient centered, but also humanity centered. This is the road we choose at Sherman College.

Featuring Reed Phillips, D.C., Ph.D., D.A.C.B.R.
Ask the President
Written by Reed Phillips, D.C.   
Wednesday, 26 October 2005 22:19

Dr. Reed B. Phillips has been President of Southern California University of Health Sciences and its colleges (Los Angeles College of Chiropractic and the College of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine) for the last 15 years.  He is a past-president of the Council on Chiropractic Education, the Association of Chiropractic Colleges, the American Chiropractic College of Radiology Board and CCE International.  As Chair of the Veteran’s Affairs Chiropractic Advisory Committee, he was instrumental in the development and implementation of the program that now provides chiropractic care to this nation’s veterans.

Q: What are your areas of greatest strength for the chiropractic student and the profession?

A: SCU/LACC has always been recognized for its strong emphasis on a scientifically founded program.  Philosophy is also a strong suit, when one puts philosophy into a true scientific perspective, as opposed to a religious dogma.  Our educational methodology, supported by SCU’s Standardized Patient Program, is one of only two programs in the profession totally committed to this form of interactive learning.

Q: What are your plans for the future of the school with regard to chiropractic?

A: First, we plan to grow our research agenda in the area of chiropractic, especially as it relates to clinical, epidemiological and social issues.  We want to be on the edge of policy formulation backed by sound data.  With the expansion of chiropractic into several federal health programs, we plan to expand our clinical training experience, utilizing these new opportunities along with other curriculum innovations that are a continuum of SCU’s ADVANTAGE academic program.  While musculoskeletal conditions remain the center point of chiropractic practice, we intend to expand the DC’s opportunities in the area of wellness care.  We also plan to grow our program by enrolling highly qualified students, committed to humanistic health care, and then provide them opportunities to mingle with other alternative health care providers so they may be more capable of managing patients.

Q: Where do you see the chiropractic profession headed?

A: From a patient care perspective, the future never looked so bright.  Chiropractic has made inroads into major health organizations (Veterans Affairs & the Department of Defense) never thought possible just a decade ago.  Research-wise, the future holds great promise as our critical mass of research-trained DC’s increases and the information accumulated grows.  Politically, we continue to circle the wagons and shoot inward.


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