Ask the President

Featuring Neil Albert Salonen
Ask the President
Written by Neil Albert Salonen   
Tuesday, 26 July 2005 19:02

Neil Albert Salonen has built a quality enrollment and a strong financial base for the University of Bridgeport since he assumed the office of university president in January 2000. Enrollments have risen 22 percent during President Salonen’s tenure. The university has also expanded its graduate programs, satellite campuses and online education programs significantly during his tenure.

Mr. Salonen was serving as chairman of the Board of Trustees when he was appointed the university’s ninth president on December 13, 1999. He was appointed president because of his strong managerial and financial abilities.

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

A: The curriculum at the University of Bridgeport provides students with quality education in the basic and clinical sciences, as well as diverse patient populations in clinical services. The curriculum is delivered by a well-trained, credentialed faculty, who continually update their courses on the basis of the latest research information available.

Students are taught how to assess and integrate this information into their training. As the body of research continues to grow, chiropractic students will be aware of this information and be able to incorporate it into their practices. As such, the next generation of chiropractors will be better able to serve their patients with current information and expert skills.

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

A: The UB College of Chiropractic is the youngest chiropractic program in the United States. To date, approximately 400 students have graduated from the program. As these individuals embark upon their professional careers, it is anticipated they will actively participate in the profession and will remain active alumni. As such, based upon their training and experience, they will have a potential impact on the continuing growth and development of both the chiropractic program at UB, and the profession.

Q: Where do you see the chiropractic profession headed?

A: Chiropractic provides a natural, non-surgical, drugless option for patients seeking aid amendable to chiropractic care.

• There is a growing body of literature which supports the efficacy of chiropractic.
• There is growing discontent in society regarding prescription drug use.
• The education and training of doctors of chiropractic is becoming more understood by academicians, the medical community and the public.
• The chiropractic profession continues to make gains through legislation. Now chiropractic services are offered though the Veteran’s Administration.

For all the reasons noted above, and more, I believe that chiropractic is emerging as a viable profession in the health care delivery system. I believe, as more becomes known about chiropractic over time, its role in the health care delivery system will expand.

Given the orientation of chiropractic practice, perhaps the time will come when patients will initially be evaluated for care by chiropractic physicians and then be referred (if necessary) for additional testing or more radical therapeutic measures. It seems the trends in society are moving in this direction and the chiropractic profession is positioned well to serve the needs of society.

Facts about University of Bridgeport Chiropractic College

President: Neil Albert Salonen
Dean: Frank A. Zolli
Established: 1991
Current enrollment: 196
DC Curriculum Duration: 4 years / 8 semesters
Other Programs: UB-College of Naturopathic Medicine, UB-Acupuncture Institute, UB-MS. Human Nutrition
Admissions: Michael B. Grandison, Director of Chiropractic Admissions
126 Park Avenue, Bridgeport, CT 06604; (203) 579-4348
Continuing Education: Richard P. Saporito, Director of Chiropractic Continuing Education, (203) 576-4335; This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Alumni Association: (203) 576-4133; This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Featuring Richard Brassard, D.C.
Ask the President
Written by Richard Brassard, DC   
Wednesday, 22 June 2005 17:13

A graduate of Palmer Chiropractic College, Dr. Richard Brassard is a Past President of the Texas Chiropractic Association, Texas Board of Chiropractic Examiners, and the ACA Council of Delegates, as well as a Past Chairman of TCC’s Board of Regents. He was elected Vice President of the ACA in September 2003.

Dr. Brassard practiced in Beaumont, TX, for over 35 years, until January 2002, when he became TCC President-elect. He has served as TCC’s President since January 2004.

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

Texas Chiropractic College has offered, since 1985, a Hospital Rotation Program that places interns in approximately thirty clinics and major hospitals in Southeast Texas, including the world-renowned Texas Medical Center. Often, during these rotations in specialties like orthopedics and neurology, interns work alongside medical school students, where a greater understanding and appreciation of integrative medicine is developed among all participants. Texas Chiropractic College’s science-based curriculum provides the foundation upon which our graduating doctors are fully capable of serving as portal-of-entry health care providers.

For the past few years, TCC has also given renewed support to its Research Department. Several noteworthy projects are currently underway, and the department’s chair, a nationally recognized expert in pain management, has actively and successfully applied for grants in support of the department’s efforts.

Finally, perhaps our greatest strength lies in what we fondly refer to as our “TCC family”. Numerous students have told me that the reason they chose to attend TCC was because of the attitude of our administrators, faculty and staff. The pervasive friendliness and willingness to meet the needs of the students is readily apparent to anyone who visits the campus. Our smaller class sizes also allow for more individualized attention—a definite plus considering the challenging curriculum.
Q: What are your plans for the future of the school with regard to chiropractic?

We have developed more stringent academic requirements in order to assure the competency of our students upon graduation, as they enter the arena of integrative medicine. An on-going review and revision of our curriculum creates a dynamic learning environment, thus attracting well-qualified faculty and the best and brightest students, who will be tomorrow’s leaders in the profession.

This is also essential to our goal of affiliation with a State university system. Historically, optometry and osteopathy faced similar barriers to such affiliation as we are currently encountering. They were successful in their quest, just as chiropractic will be. It almost happened in Florida, and it just happened in Europe, where the Anglo-European College of Chiropractic in Great Britain has partnered with Bournemouth University to provide public funding. Because of Texas Chiropractic College’s academic excellence and financial stability, joining a State university system will be a winning situation for both institutions.

Q: Where do you see the chiropractic profession headed?

It is the undeniable right of the chiropractic physician to fully become a part of integrative healthcare in this country and abroad. An important prerequisite of this affiliation has been and is, still, to carry out the research necessary to validate the effectiveness of chiropractic medicine. Eventually, every large university will have a college of chiropractic, and Doctors of Chiropractic will take their rightful place as primary care providers. Much has yet to be accomplished, though, before these goals are realized. I believe that a unity of purpose among all chiropractors would advance the profession exponentially.

Facts about Texas Chiropractic College

Established: Texas Chiropractic College is the third oldest chiropractic college in the nation. It was founded in 1908 in San Antonio, TX, and moved to its present location in Pasadena, TX, in 1965.

Current enrollment: 517

DC Curriculum Duration: 5 years accelerated to 3 1/3 years.

Other Programs: TCC offers accelerated undergraduate studies in order for students to meet the science prerequisites of the Doctor of Chiropractic Degree Program. The college also offers a Bachelor of Science degree with majors available in Human Biology or Public Health.

Contact Info: Sandra Hughes, D.C., Director of Admissions, 5912 Spencer Highway, Pasadena, TX 77505;

Office of Admissions: (800) 468-6839; This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Continuing Education Department: (800) 533-9822; This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Alumni Association: (800) 822-2586; This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Featuring Frank Nicchi, MS, DC
Ask the President
Written by Frank Nicchi, MS, DC   
Friday, 22 April 2005 15:01

In 2000, Frank Nicchi, MS, DC, a 1978 alumnus and long time faculty member, was appointed President of NYCC. Since that time, he has led

Facts about New York Chiropractic Collegenew initiatives to develop clinical education programs that have solidified the College vision and emphasis on academic excellence and integrative healthcare models in chiropractic education.

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

A: New York Chiropractic College is well positioned to anticipate and react favorably to changes exhibited by a rapidly evolving healthcare environment.  We make every effort to prepare our students for an increasingly integrated healthcare market and, in doing so, play a significant role in shaping the profession’s future.

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

A: We will continue to develop exciting collaborative relationships with other healthcare professions that promote greater experiential education and encourage interdisciplinary collaboration for chiropractors. Optimal integration successfully preserves each profession’s uniqueness, respects its principles, and permits the strengths of each discipline to synergistically interact in the best interests of the patient. Our committed efforts in this regard are a matter of record.

For example, soon after historic legislation mandating chiropractic care for all active duty US Department of Defense personnel, NYCC created chiropractic internship programs at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, as well as at the United States Marine Base at Camp LeJeune, North Carolina.

NYCC also was the first college to offer chiropractic services in the VA Healthcare System. We established an internship program at the VA hospital in Buffalo, New York, on the heels of legislation in 2001 that mandated establishment of permanent chiropractic benefits within the Department of Veterans Affairs health care system.

We continue to nurture our relationships with outstanding hospitals, including Monroe Community Hospital (an affiliate of the University of Rochester Medical School), and Rochester’s St. Joseph and Mercy Hospitals. Recently, we began to provide chiropractic care for students, staff, and faculty of the State University System of New York (SUNY) at their health centers in Buffalo and Farmingdale, New York. This, again, exemplifies our commitment to prepare chiropractic doctors for full integration into mainstream healthcare systems.

Q: Where do you see the chiropractic profession headed?

A: Let’s face it. Integration is a fact of life.  Either we decide to integrate or face the prospect of isolation.  I have consistently supported successful integration of chiropractic into the interdisciplinary healthcare environment, while safeguarding chiropractic’s autonomy and professional distinctions.  Our students concurrently will be trained to competently perform within integrated environments and be taught to recognize chiropractic’s unique contribution to healthcare.  Accordingly, we have led the movement by creating educational and clinical programs that serve as academic benchmarks for the profession.  I foresee the profession increasingly populated with doctors who have chosen careers in an integrated practice setting—as well as those who choose to be traditional, stand-alone practitioners... a decision I fully respect.

Ask the President
Ask the President
Written by Alfred Traina, DC   
Tuesday, 15 March 2005 03:18

After graduating from National College of Chiropractic in 1963, Alfred Traina, DC, established a successful 19-plus years in private practice in Michigan. He was a member of Northwestern Health Sciences University’s faculty from 1983-1988 and held faculty and administrative positions at Southern California University of Health Sciences from 1989-2001. He has been the president of Northwestern Health Sciences University in Bloomington, Minnesota, since 2001.

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

A: At Northwestern Health Sciences University, we embrace a core value—we are a “community of caring”. You can see that philosophy embodied throughout the University. Our students are nurtured in an environment of caring, which we believe is an essential element for those who provide health care.

We also offer our students a quality education taught by some of the best faculty in the nation. Our curriculum provides the understanding of structure and function of the human body, diagnostic capabilities and an exceptional clinical experience.  A variety and mix of clinical experiences and early course work in understanding the management of a practice provides the opportunity that allows our students to “hit the ground running” when they graduate.  Our Community Based Internship program also provides an understanding of application within an actual viable practice situation. Our students graduate with a sound perspective with regard to the chiropractic profession. 

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

A: Northwestern embraces a health and wellness holistic perspective.  Our students are familiarized with the conventional health risk factors, which is of critical importance in the holistic health of patients.  Understanding the application of chiropractic care and the application health assessment reflected in diet, weight management, smoking cessation programs, cholesterol management and others is of critical importance to the overall health of patients.

One of the biggest concerns facing chiropractic institutions is our reliance on tuition.  Over the last three years, Northwestern has addressed this concern by identifying alternate sources of income to help offset that dependency. It has been a challenge, but we have had some success and will continue to work toward that goal in the coming years.

Q: Where do you see the chiropractic  profession headed?

A: The foundation of the future of chiropractic is in evidence-based practice and the institutions will have to be the leaders in this area.  The definition of evidence based practice takes into account the needs of the patient, the experience of the practioners and the preponderance of available evidence in the literature. Evidence-based practice is not exclusive to the chiropractic profession.  It is happening everywhere and every health care provider has a responsibility to the public to embrace it.

Facts about Northwestern Health Sciences University

Contact info: Northwestern Health Sciences University
2501 West 84th Street
Minneapolis, MN 55431

Office of Admissions: (952) 888-4777, Ext. 409; This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Continuing Education Dept: (952) 888-4777, Ext. 249; This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Alumni Association: (952) 888-4777, Ext. 412

Established: In 1941 as Northwestern College of Chiropractic

Current enrollment: Nearly 1000 students

DC Curriculum Duration: 10 trimesters and 4,200 contact hours

Other Programs: Acupuncture, Oriental medicine, massage therapy, human biology and integrative health and wellness

Ask the President
Ask the President
Written by James F. Winterstein, DC   
Tuesday, 15 February 2005 02:00

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

Winterstein: First, we require a baccalaureate for admission to our chiropractic degree program. This means the students who come to National to study are more likely to be better prepared and more mature than the average. Secondly, we provide a broad scope primary care based education through which any graduate can choose to engage in a general practice or to specialize on a firm and thorough foundation in diagnosis and chiropractic care. Third, in addition to strong education in the manipulative arts, we teach botanical medicine, physiological therapeutics, and exercise and nutrition as means of helping people gain and maintain optimum health.

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

Winterstein: We will continue to provide a solid foundation in diagnosis and broad scope natural medicine oriented chiropractic care, which is centered on solidly taught articular manipulation. This has been our heritage and continues to be our mission. We promote integration of chiropractic medicine into mainstream health care delivery systems. We also offer accredited Master of Science degrees in Family Practice and Diagnostic Imaging, and programs in acupuncture for the chiropractic physician.

Q: Where do you see the chiropractic profession headed?

Winterstein:  I think the chiropractic profession is perilously close to an unstoppable decline, if some clear leadership decisions aren’t made soon. The broad scope practitioners must take a stand on how our profession should be educated and should practice. We must get out of the musculoskeletal box and apply broad scope care to people of all walks—not just those with musculoskeletal pain or malfunction. We have much to offer a needy population and we are not doing it because of intra-professional nearsightedness complicated by a dogmatic understanding of who and what we are.

A 1968 graduate of National College of Chiropractic, Dr. James Winterstein is a Diplomate in Diagnostic Imaging, was in private practice for seventeen years, and has served as President of National University of Health Sciences for the past nineteen years.  A former President of the Council of Chiropractic Education (CCE), he is a renowned speaker, author, and supporter of broad scope chiropractic education and practice.


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