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A Man of Many Hats
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Written by Christopher Kent, DC   
Saturday, 08 September 2007 10:35

Chiropractic Leadership Alliance’s versatile Co-Founder is one the most influential minds that the profession has ever known—and the perfect choice to lead the Wellness Revolution: the kind that would make him one of the most important chiropractic figures of his generation.


 A Man of Many Hats, Christopher Kent is a Doctor, a Lawyer, an Author, a Researcher, an Inventor and a Wellness Revolutionary.

He was not quite 16 years old, but suffered from a Variety of health issues. His best friend, who seemed fi t and always full of energy, told him to go see a chiropractor.

A chiropractor? But, what exactly did they do? An inquisitive young Christopher Kent decided to ask his mother—who worked at a medical college.

“A chiropractor is someone who cracks your bones,” she answered.

This created a serious dilemma for the young Kent. His friend seemed healthy, but “bone cracking” sounded rather scary.

“I decided to test the waters by telling a chiropractor that I wanted to interview him for a school project. That seemed like a good way to fi nd out more without risking life and limb,” recalled Kent recently in an interview with The American Chiropractor (TAC). “My fi rst question to this doctor was, ‘What do chiropractors do?’” His answer changed my life and remains the most elegant and concise explanation of chiropractic I have heard in my 34 years in the profession,” noted Kent.

The doctor told the teenage Kent that chiropractic was based on four simple ideas:

1. The body is self-healing. Cut your fi nger, it heals. Cut the fi nger of a corpse, it doesn’t. Life heals.

2. The nervous system is the master system of the body. Every dimension of the human experience...everything you think, feel, and do is processed through the nervous system.

3. When there is interference with the function of the nervous system, not only does it compromise your physical health, but it also alters your perception of the world and limits your ability to respond to the world.

4. Chiropractors locate and correct the cause of such interference. “This doctor understood ‘wellness’ long before there was a revolution,” smiled Kent. “So, from the beginning, I was taught that chiropractic was about the totality of the human experience: physical, biochemical, and psychological,” he added.

Thanks to research for a bogus school project, Christopher Kent became a patient. His health dramatically improved. His thirst for knowledge impressed his doctor who told the young Kent that he should become a chiropractor, too.

“He made a call to Palmer College on my behalf. One month later, I left for Davenport and never looked back,” said Kent.

And, chiropractic began to look forward.

 

TAC: Doctor, lawyer, author, educator, inventor.… What exactly was the plan when you graduated from chiropractic school?

Kent: Well, I always wanted to be some kind of doctor. The body-mind relationship always fascinated me. Among the professions that I considered were psychology, naturopathy, osteopathy, and chiropractic. Chiropractic won because the concept of correcting interference with the function of the nervous system made perfect sense to me.

I struggled with what to do after graduation. I wanted to get chiropractic to as many people as possible. The best strategy to do so was obvious—teach others. So, I joined the Palmer faculty and had the time of my life. I also practiced after classes, usually becoming the “doctor of last resort” to medical failures. Patients consulted me with visceral, infectious, endocrine, and psychiatric problems. Most were resolved under chiropractic care. And, I saw fi rst hand how chiropractic changed lives. My patients felt more like friends than clients. Many brought their families.

My most memorable experience from practice occurred when a patient I had seen the day before was sitting in the reception room. I asked why she was back.

She said, “It just feels so good in here, I wanted to stop and sit for a few minutes.”

That’s when I knew I had found my life’s work. Through chiropractic, I was empowering individuals to realize their dreams. My practice allowed me to help many improve their overall health, while teaching gave me the opportunity to train future DC’s who would, in turn, spread chiropractic’s wonderful message.

Still, I wanted to do more. Research was an extension of my role as a teacher. I realized that, as philosophically advanced as chiropractic was, we were lagging technologically. In 1974, we were still using technology developed in the 1920’s to monitor neurological function.


TAC: Why are you so passionate about developing chiropractic technology?

Kent: Delivering the promise is where “the rubber meets the road.” I knew how chiropractic could change lives and allow people to expand the range of the human experience. Yet, there were many unanswered questions. How could one know with certainty that a patient is subluxated, or that the subluxation was effectively reduced? How often should a patient be seen? There seemed to be a large gap between philosophy and clinical practice.

A turning point was being invited to attend a National Institutes of Health conference in the early 70’s. A group of MD’s, DO’s, and DC’s, along with basic scientists, assembled to defi ne what was and what was not known about the science behind chiropractic. I was one of eleven chiropractors selected to attend. It was a peak experience, and set me on a new direction—developing technologies to objectively monitor function. I left Palmer to begin full time practice, while continuing to satisfy my thirst for teaching as a presenter at continuing education seminars.


TAC: Any breakthroughs on the horizon?

Kent: In addition to instrumentation, I have been involved in investigating applications for magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) in the assessment of vertebral subluxation, and how chiropractic care affects oxidative stress and DNA repair. This is incredibly exciting. There is a growing body of evidence that wellness care provided by doctors of chiropractic may reduce health care costs, improve health behaviors, and enhance patient perceived quality of life. Until recently, however, little was known about how chiropractic adjustments affected the chemistry of biological processes on a cellular level. The results indicate that long-term chiropractic care of two or more years re-establishes a normal physiological state independent of age, sex, or nutritional supplements.


TAC: You sound as if you might be more passionate about preventing subluxations than correcting them. Why?

Kent: You might say that I had a life changing experience. The universe has a way of delivering a wake up call when one is needed. After a few years of practice, I had become “comfortably numb.” This was the 80’s, when it was very easy to make a good living in chiropractic with relatively little effort. At the time, I was only working a few days each week. I had a nice place to live, a Mercedes, and a share in an airplane. In short, no worries and a lot of freedom. But something was missing, and that was the passion I had experienced in my first ten years as a DC.

I had just met Dr. Patrick Gentempo, and was with his family in New Jersey. One night, while lying in bed, I turned my head. Suddenly the room started spinning, and my right side went numb. I started to hobble downstairs for help. The next thing that I remember was lying on a gurney in an emergency room with all four limbs paralyzed, and my breathing being assisted with an ambu-bag. I had had a stroke, and was being kept alive with a mechanical ventilator. My family was told that the prognosis was poor, and that, if they wanted to see me, they had better come now.

I received a visit from an old-time chiropractor friend who got into the ICU by fl ashing a badge he had received from a patient identifying him as a “police surgeon.” He took one look at me and asked, “How about an adjustment?”

I somehow indicated an affi rmative response, and he adjusted my atlas. It sounded like the report of a starter’s pistol.

The next day, I could wiggle my fi ngers, and soon was breathing on my own, out of bed, and getting around in a wheelchair. The neurologist said that I was very lucky, but should prepare myself for the likelihood that I would be confi ned to a wheelchair for the rest of my life.

That was simply unacceptable. I checked into a physical rehab hospital, and spent as much time as they would let me in physical, occupational, and speech therapy. While in the hospital, I continued getting clandestine adjustments and sneaking in nutritional supplements. One day the neurologist caught us, and gave his permission. “All I can offer you is rehabilitation. If you want to get adjusted and take supplements, go ahead.”

The results were spectacular. They carried me into the place and, in thirty days, I walked out with more function than most similar patients had after six months. This time I was the one who experienced the chiropractic miracle. At that time, I promised myself and the world that I would never sell out chiropractic or allow it to be limited to back or neck pain.


TAC: That commitment has had you championing chiropractic at some pretty high levels. Tell us about your work with the United Nations.

Kent: As an NGO (non-governmental organization) representative, I had the opportunity to attend briefings and conferences at UN Headquarters in New York City. I joined the NGO Health Committee and one day a vacancy arose on the Executive Board. I was elected treasurer, and later was elected chairperson, the first chiropractor to hold that office. During my administration, we had a midwife, a nurse, a psychologist, and a businesswoman on the Executive Board in addition to an MD/MPH. The focus of the committee remains clearly one of wellness and quality-of-life.

Two accomplishments I am proud of are having the first presentation on chiropractic by chiropractors at UN Headquarters in New York, and having a workshop at the UN’s International Conference of NGO’s in Seoul, Korea, titled, “The Role of Chiropractic Care in Global Wellness.”

We’ve also been involved with the World Health Organization (WHO) in developing their Guidelines on Basic Training and Safety in Chiropractic. These Guidelines specifi cally address subluxation, and note that chiropractic education should include contemporary methods and techniques in wellness care.


TAC: Do chiropractors realize the role they can play in Global Wellness?

Kent: Many do...and I believe that number will skyrocket in the near future.

I’m also President of the Council on Chiropractic Practice, which has been involved in the development and publication of evidence-based guidelines focusing on vertebral subluxation. These guidelines have been accepted for inclusion in the National Guideline Clearinghouse, are included in Healthcare Standards: Offi cial Directory, and have been sent to the Health Ministers of 191 countries.

 

We believe strongly in a patient-centered approach, which emphasizes outcomes related to function and quality of life, rather than a “cookbook” approach, which turns doctors into technicians. Our guidelines are designed to support stakeholders with information, recognizing the uniqueness of each individual. 

 

TAC: Why did you decide to become an attorney?

Kent: I’ve been blessed with many opportunities. When I realized that there was a danger that patient-centered wellness care focusing on subluxation correction and lifestyle coaching could be supplanted by a limited pain treatment model, I became active politically. My involvement in law and politics began when I worked for the International Chiropractors Association while a student, developing materials for their Medicare seminars. Shortly after graduation, I represented the American Chiropractic Association at the FDA Panel on Review of Neurological Devices in Washington, DC, and was a member of the ACA Council on Mental Health. I’ve served on the board of the ICA and WCA, and am currently the World Chiropractic Alliance’s Main Representative to the Department of Public Information, affiliated with the United Nations. Becoming an attorney seemed a natural enhancement to my qualifications as a chiropractor.


TAC: What is your defi nition of the 21st Century Chiropractor?

Kent: The 21st Century chiropractor is a clinician whose vision is one of empowering individuals to reach their potential. This involves strategies that enhance quality-of-life and promote health. First and foremost is the analysis and correction of vertebral subluxations, which disrupt nerve function. The 21st Century chiropractor uses objective technologies to measure neurospinal function and overall wellness. The focus is on the entire family—not just those with identifiable conditions.

 

This DC also addresses the causes of subluxation—physical, biochemical, and psychological stress—acting as a lifestyle coach. This is a great niche for the chiropractor. It is not competitive with medicine or physical therapy, and provides a service that people need and want.

 

TAC: How important is it for chiropractors to be less dependent on insurance carriers?

Kent: I think it’s the only way to go. Insurance plans focus on treatment of specific conditions. Most exclude chiropractic wellness services, such as adjustments for asymptomatic patients, wellness coaching, supplements for general well-being, etc. Furthermore, they introduce a third party into the traditional doctor-patient relationship—one incentivized to reduce expenditures, rather than do what is best for the patient.

Regardless of whether your emphasis is musculoskeletal care or wellness services, cash practice is the model to follow. It places the wants and needs of the patient center stage, and it is the only business plan that makes sense, given declining reimbursement and the uncertain future of the healthcare industry.

 

 

TAC: What challenges and opportunities face the profession today?

Kent: It is acknowledged by almost everyone in government and public policy that our healthcare system is badly broken. Our nation spends over $2.2 trillion each year, or 15 percent of the gross domestic product, on health care—more than any other developed country. And, while we have great technology for providing medical crisis care, it is clear that what is represented as health care is really sick care. Despite these expenditures, medical errors and iatrogenic events are a leading cause of death in the United States, and we rank thirty-seventh in overall health care performance according to WHO.


TAC: What opportunity does this present for chiropractic?

Kent: A number of studies indicate that wellness care provided by chiropractors can dramatically reduce costs and improve quality of life. For example, senior citizens who participated in long-term chiropractic care (five years or longer) had 50 percent fewer medical provider visits, and spent only 31 percent of the national average on health care services as their counterparts who were not under chiropractic care. Over 95 percent felt that the care was considerably valuable or extremely valuable.

In another study, persons in a managed care plan who were permitted to select a DC as their primary care physician showed dramatic decreases in hospital admissions, outpatient surgeries, and an 85 percent decrease in pharmaceutical costs.Many providers are jumping on the wellness bandwagon. But, their services are fragmented, and omit the essential dimension of maintaining neurospinal integrity through the correction of subluxations. The chiropractor who realizes that we live our lives through the nervous system, and one who addresses the physical, biochemical, and psychological lifestyle issues that compromise human potential will save the day.

 


TAC: What do you want your legacy in chiropractic to be?

Kent: I hope that I will have played a role in making chiropractic a powerful, effective profession that becomes the dominant model for health care delivery. I know of nothing that one human being can do for another that can improve a life on as many levels as a chiropractic adjustment.

CLA was founded in 1987 with a vision of world leadership in healthcare, and a strategy of empowering chiropractors to improve the lives of all those they touch. CLA is proud to have stood as a leader and innovator during the past two decades, and takes pride in the relationships we have established over that time. I take great pride in our work—our contribution.

The one thing that is more powerful than an idea whose time has come is an individual who has the vision, passion, commitment, and technical skill to turn such a vision into reality. As a chiropractor, we hold that ability in the very hollow of our hands. The best part of the chiropractic story is about to unfold. I look forward to helping write that history with many of my colleagues. Together, we change the world.

 

Dr. Kent would like to offer TAC readers a free gift. The first 150 respondents to this offer will receive his DVD: The Science and Philosophy of Vertebral Subluxation. 

To receive your gift, contact Stacey Moscaritolo at 1-800-285-2001, Ext. 141 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 

 
GodFather of Fitness
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Written by TAC Staff   
Monday, 06 August 2007 12:28

Jack lalanne is often called the "godfather of Fitness" and has assisted millions in achieving better health through exercise and healthy decisions. Jack admits it was not always this way.

Jack LaLanne believes in daily, vigorous, systematic exercise and proper diet. "My top priority in life is my workout each day." Jack LaLanne lives by what he says to others, and he has been doing it for over seventy-five years.

 Jack Lalanne and his wife Elaine Lalanne

Having achieved such feats as doing 1,033 pushups in twenty-three minutes; swimming handcuffed from Alcatraz to Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco…twice; maneuvering a paddleboard thirty miles for 9½ hours non-stop from Farallon Islands to the San Francisco shore throughout his youth; and, as recent as age sixty-six, towing ten boats in North Miami, Florida, filled with seventy-seven people for over a mile in less than one hour, this modern day superhero is promoting a new type of chiropractic clinic as he, himself, is, in fact, a chiropractor. This new model chiropractic clinic is targeting the baby boomers for continued health, by including exercise and strength training, in addition to chiropractic adjustments in a program called Stay Fit Seniors

Turning ninety-three in September 2007, Dr. LaLanne discusses some of the concepts surrounding Stay Fit Seniors in an exclusive interview with The American Chiropractor (TAC).

TAC: Dr. LaLanne, how did you become so interested in Physical Fitness in the first place?

LaLanne: A health lecture, Gray’s Anatomy, the YMCA and a Chiropractic Degree were the foundation of my seventy-seven year career in Physical Fitness. When I had to drop out of school for six months due to ill health at the age of fourteen, my mother took me to a health lecture that changed my life. There was one phrase I heard there that rang through my head and that was, "If you obey nature's laws, you can be born again."

 

After that, I bought Gray’s Anatomy and read it cover to cover, joined the local YMCA, and discovered a set of weights that were only being used by two older men. Lifting the weights, I began to develop exercises for different parts of the body and, before long, I had a gym in my backyard. Men who could not pass the physical for the police and fire departments heard about me—the young man who was putting muscle on everyone who came to him.

During that time, I had visions of becoming a medical doctor, but I wanted to help people before they got sick. So, in 1936, I opened the first modern health club in the United States in downtown Oakland, California, paying $45.00 a month rent. And, at night, I attended Oakland Chiropractic College and obtained a Doctor of Chiropractic degree. Many of my students were sent to me from MD’s, therefore, I was reluctant to put my chiropractic into practice, because, in those days, chiropractors and MD’s were not exchanging patients like they do today.


 "Seniors are demonstrating decreased blood pressure and cholesterol levels while increasing muscle mass and more"


TAC: Tell us about the services and products Stay Fit Seniors offers chiropractors and how or why they are offered.

LaLanne: Stay Fit Seniors is a new innovative exercise program for those sixty years or older that combines exercise and chiropractic care. The program is offered at chiropractic offices throughout the country and is free to seniors who pay for chiropractic treatments. Two chiropractors out of New York, Dr. Roger Russo and Dr. Tony Lauro, came up with the concept and, when I heard about the idea, it was something I totally could endorse. The program is intended as a means for a healthy life style and consists of a seven station thirty-minute Hydraulic Circuit training routine which creates minimal stress on the joints. The first fifteen minutes of the routine is designed to improve flexibility and warm up muscles and the second fifteen minutes delivers muscle strengthening. The circuit training is free to patients of an attending chiropractor. More information is available at STAYFITSENIORS.COM.

TAC: Now, not many people ever knew that you are actually a chiropractor. Can you tell our readers about some of the ways that this type of education may have helped you?

LaLanne: The study of chiropractic helped me continue to learn about the workings of the muscles, bones and nerves of the body, which, in turn, helped me develop the leg extension machine and the weight selector pulley machines.


 Swam from Alcatraz Island to Fisherman's Wharf, for a second time, handcuffed, shackled and towing a 1,000-pound boat.


TAC: Did it ever hinder you in gaining access to circles of health care givers?

LaLanne: No.

TAC: What kind of results are being seen with the exercise programs in conjunction with chiropractic?

LaLanne: Results are fantastic as long as the patient continues to exercise. As chiropractic corrects subluxations, these corrections are stabilized and strengthened through resistant training exercise. Seniors are demonstrating decreased blood pressure and cholesterol levels while increasing muscle mass and bone density. Seniors are experiencing a healthier attitude about living.

TAC: How intense is the screening of the senior citizens prior to placing them on an exercise program?

LaLanne: Seniors are asked, if they are under any medical restrictions, not to exercise; if there are no restrictions they are asked to perform movements similar to those used on the exercise equipment. During the exercise, they are prompted to check their pulse rates every seven minutes to ensure that they are performing the exercise safely.

TAC: What is the most common problem you see among chiropractors today?

LaLanne: I’d like to see them get more into proper nutrition.

TAC: What is the biggest problem or challenge you see in the chiropractic profession today?

LaLanne: Trying to tap into the 90 percent of the population that does not utilize chiropractic services. Almost half the new patients coming to Stay Fit Seniors have never been to a chiropractor before.

TAC: Can you think of one change that a chiropractor can do to significantly impact his/her practice’s growth immediately?

LaLanne: Use themselves as an example for their patients. In other words, they should be in as good a shape as they want their patients to be. Also, perhaps implement a nutritional program for their patients.

TAC: Do you have any recommended marketing strategies that chiropractors can do to attract new patients and to keep current patients?

LaLanne: Stay Fit Seniors Program, along with a new nutrition program.

TAC: Where do you see the future of chiropractic headed?

LaLanne: I see it continuing to improve. The happier chiropractic patients are, the more they will tell their friends and then more people will start using chiropractic services.

TAC: Any final words for our readers?

LaLanne: The medical professions today all agree that, if you're sixty, seventy, eighty, or ninety, you can still build muscle through resistance exercises.


You may contact Stay Fit Seniors at Stayfitseniors.com or www.JackLaLanne.com. Phone 1-800-385-1141.

 
The Palmer Academic Health Center
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Written by Palmer Chiropractic College (PCC)   
Monday, 04 June 2007 14:57

The new, three-story building taking shape on the Palmer College of Chiropractic campus in Davenport, Iowa, is impressive from the outside, but it’s what will happen on the inside that has administrators, faculty and students buzzing on Palmer’s main campus, The Fountainhead of the chiropractic profession. The Palmer College of Chiropractic Academic Health Center will be a unique feature in chiropractic education.

"Because this facility is affiliated with a first professional educational institution, with quality patient-centered care taking place within it, and with a focus on employment of and contribution to scholarship in the profession, it is truly an academic health center," says Palmer College of Chiropractic’s Dean of Clinics Kurt Wood, D.C. The Center has approximately 50,000 square feet of space devoted to a community outpatient clinic facility and a learning resource center for clinical chiropractic education. It will set a new standard in the delivery of clinical chiropractic education as well as quality chiropractic care.

The Palmer Academic Health Center, with its progressive clinic facility, will further enhance the clinical education that students receive at Palmer College of Chiropractic, and offer expanded chiropractic clinic services in the Quad-City community, comprised of Davenport and Bettendorf, in Iowa, and Rock Island and Moline, in Illinois. The new Center is scheduled to open in July 2007, and will include:palmercollegewflags

  •  Community outpatient clinic facilities
  •  Clinical learning resources for students, faculty, alumni and researchers
  •  A philosophy devoted to best practices in clinical education and patient care
  •  Digital radiography (X-ray) services
  •  Chiropractic rehabilitation and sports injury services
  •  Workers compensation and personal injury services
  •  Visitor center

Dr. Wood’s excitement for the new facility is palpable as he describes how it will benefit Palmer’s students. "We are gearing Palmer’s clinical education to prepare our graduates for contemporary chiropractic practice," he says. "The Palmer Academic Health Center facility allows us to shift from a supervisory model to a mentor model of internship. The students will be taking part in all aspects of patient-centered care and management, guided by our faculty clinicians. Our focus will be on best practices, which are made up of three equal parts consisting of evidence (what the scientific literature is telling us), clinician experience and patient expectations."

The best practices philosophy permeates all aspects of the Center, whether they are in clinical education or patient care. "Our students and patients will have access to the best that technology has to offer," Dr. Wood says, "including digital radiography, the latest practice management software and a full-service rehabilitation and sports injury department. Because we want our students to be successful in a contemporary chiropractic practice setting, the clinic will be paperless. We want our students to be exposed to electronic records systems and office software products so that they can make intelligent, informed and objective choices for their practices. It’s our responsibility as an institution to give them the tools they need to make the best practice decisions."

Another unique component of the Palmer Academic Health Center is the learning resource center which, in addition to having the latest multi-media resources for clinical education, will also feature a simulated patient testing center for intern development. "This facility will have two-way mirrors and recording equipment so that interns can come in, go through a mock exam with a simulated patient, and not only be evaluated by a faculty clinician, but also be able to view a tape of the encounter for self-evaluation," Dr. Wood says. "This allows us not only to conduct clinic competency evaluations, but also to work with students one-on-one to develop their patient communication and clinical skills. This is a key component in their future success. Our students will be more confident of their abilities because of this unique feature."

The progressive elements of the new Center will benefit patients in the Quad-City community as well as students, faculty, researchers and alumni of Palmer College. "The new Palmer Academic Health Center will set standards in health care, assuring that people will view it as a resource for the community," says Dr. Wood. "We will continually raise the bar so that we are always setting the standard for others to follow."

Visit www.palmer.edu or call 800-452-5032.

 
Parker College of Chiropractic
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Written by Parker Chiropractic College   
Monday, 04 June 2007 14:55

ParkerCollegeAfter thirty-one years of Parker Seminars, experiencing exceptional growth and success, Dr. James Parker’s colleagues urged him to establish Parker College of Chiropractic. A group of twenty-seven students made a leap of faith in September 1982. They were the first students to enroll at Parker College of Chiropractic. Parker College’s curriculum—both basic and chiropractic—continues to be integrated with the teachings of Dr. Parker. From that first small band of students, now more than 4,700 Parker alumni practice in all fifty states and live in twenty-four countries." The 25th anniversary of Parker College is an extraordinary milestone," says Dr. Fabrizio Mancini. "Dr. Jim’s vision and passion brought Parker College into existence."

New Programs Offered

In January 2007, the Parker College School of Massage Therapy opened to serve the growing demand for highly qualified massage therapists. The composition of the massage program is similar to the doctor of chiropractic program; both combine classroom instruction with hands on lab and clinical experience. The 600-hour program is structured so that students who plan to practice in Texas may test for their Texas license and begin working while completing the remainder of the coursework. This certificate program was specifically designed so that graduates will be fully prepared and qualified to sit for the National Certification Examination in Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork.

Parker Clinic Abroad Program, First in U.S.

Chiropractic Schools

Each trimester, a group of Parker students studies at the Universidad Estatal del Valle de Ecatepec (UNEVE), located in Mexico City, Mexico. "We also recognize not all learning takes place in the classroom," says Dr. Mancini. Students develop their chiropractic skills by serving as interns for four hours a day in the University’s public clinic and the local hospitals. "We have added another international education opportunity for our students. Interns may now elect to participate in our Costa Rica program—inside the Olympic Committee, serving all athletes of that country," Dr. Mancini adds. These experiences provide a total immersion of the culture, language and health needs of the country while promoting international chiropractic growth.

After Clinic Hours Program Underway

After Clinic Hours, sponsored by the Parker Alumni Association, is one of the newest programs initiated by the college this year. This program provides Parker students with opportunities to visit and learn from field doctors in an actual clinic setting. Parker alumni open their practices to students "after clinic hours" and, through lively, interactive sessions, the students gain first-hand working knowledge of life after chiropractic college.

Continuing Education Serves All of Chiropractic

Since the opening of the college, Parker has ventured in several different learning disciplines. Currently Parker College of Chiropractic is the only chiropractic school to have an on-site Animal Chiropractic Program and Clinic.

Through its continuing education department, Parker College extends its high standards of the teaching and learning process to DC’s and CA’s. Chiropractic assistants may utilize on-line training and attend on-site workshops to aid in running a more efficient office. Parker College also provides continuing education opportunities to enable DC’s to gain expertise in areas of interest. "Many of our classes provide immediate benefits for DC’s and CA’s. They return to their offices and practices with information and skills they can use first thing on Monday morning," says Dr. Mancini. "The classes are also relevant and challenging—giving participants further options when treating patients."

Recent continuing education courses include instruction in Laserology, Animal Chiropractic, Command Spanish, and Scoliosis Correction.

The Legacy Continues

"Dr. Parker was keenly aware of the law of abundance and fully believed that our compassion to serve must be greater than our compulsion to survive. It was his passion to serve others that guided his work, first as a field doctor and then as an innovator in the chiropractic profession. That legacy continues at Parker College as we move forward in the next twenty-five years," Dr. Mancini concludes.

Visit www.parkercc.edu or call 800-266-4723.

 
Western States Chiropractic
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Written by Western Sciences Chiropractic College   
Monday, 04 June 2007 14:53

Being a successful chiropractor can mean different things to different people. Should success be based solely on the amount of income earned in a given year or the number of vacations taken in a lifetime? Is it determined by total income generated divided by hours worked and multiplied by vacations taken? At Western States, our students and alumni have a more reflective approach to defining success.

All applicants to the WSCC DC program are required to write essays describing their experiences, thoughts, goals, and ideals about the chiropractic profession. In virtually every essay, the main reasons given for wanting to join the profession were family, lifestyle, and a desire to help their communities. Western States provides opportunities for students and alumni to realize all of these descriptors of success.

WSCC provides clinical experiences both on-campus and off. One of the College’s major off-campus sites is dedicated to treating the uninsured and underserved in our community. Recently, the College received a Collins Foundation grant, which WSCC is using to provide direct access chiropractic services for patients in drug and alcohol rehabilitation centers in the Portland area. We feel that it is extremely important and empowering for students to experience the positive impact they can have within their communities.

WSCC students are encouraged to develop extra-curricular lifestyles away from the classroom. One way to achieve this objective is through sports. There are many opportunities for students to demonstrate their athleticism by participating on teams like soccer, basketball, hockey, softball, and baseball, to name a few. We also provide opportunities for participation in the Hood-to-Coast Run and the Rose Festival Dragon Boat races.

On campus, many events involve family members of WSCC students. Each quarter, the Associated Student Body holds a "Back to School B-B-Q and Book Sale;" this is a great opportunity for spouses, significant others, and children of WSCC students to meet and create additional bonds and sources of community. For the students of WSCC, this event facilitates connectivity between upper and lower quarter students with whom they can share resources. Students also participate, plan, and develop other opportunities for gatherings, like the Holiday Gala, Student ACA Idol, Halloween Parties, Valentine’s Day Dances, and Golf Tournaments.

Business courses are integrated into the WSCC curriculum; students are provided skills and preparation for the demands of managing a small business—their private practices. Students create their own business prospectus; some students go on to use these when they apply for a business loan to start their own practice.

The Career Services department is about to undergo an exciting expansion. More in-depth services are being added for students and alumni. A central location will be created to assist individuals looking for practice opportunities, demographic information, resumé building, interview skills, and the like. We are thrilled to increase the services available to our alumni and students.

Student dedication to the academic program pays huge dividends when taking the National Board examinations. WSCC students routinely rank at the top in performance scores. It is also rewarding to see graduates of Western States paying off their student loans with equal success; currently the College student loan default rate is 0.0. This is an achievement to be celebrated by all.

As a college, WSCC sees successful alumni as involved members of their communities and the profession. We are proud of all the alumni who serve on nationally recognized organizations such as the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners, the Federation of Chiropractic Licensing Boards, the Commission on Accreditation for the Council on Chiropractic Education, American Chiropractic Association, local and state associations and jurisdictional licensing boards.

At Western States Chiropractic College, alumni and students—who have a healthy balance of home and work, participate in their communities, are achieving their personal and professional goals, and are genuinely fulfilled—are considered models of success.


Visit www.wschiro.edu or call 800-215-3716.

 

 
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