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ACASC Chiropractors Attend to Medical Needs of Nearly 600 Athletes at 40th National Collegiate Taekwondo Championships
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Written by TAC Staff   
Tuesday, 19 May 2015 13:38
ACASC-logoBerkeley, California (May 8, 2015) – More than a dozen chiropractors representing the American Chiropractic Association Sports Council (ACASC) recently attended to the medical needs of nearly 600 athletes participating in the 40th National Collegiate Taekwondo Championships held from April 4 – 5 at the University of Delaware in Newark, Del. Hosted by the National Collegiate Taekwondo Association (NCTA), this highly-prestigious event serves as a qualifier for the 2015 USA Taekwondo National Championships and the 2015 U.S. National Collegiate Taekwondo Team, which will represent the nation at the Summer World University Games (SWUG) in Gwangju, Korea this summer.

"These are superb athletes fighting with great intensity in an attempt to rise to the next level of national and then international competition," says NCTA Medical Director Dr. Sherri LaShomb, who is also the former president of  the American Chiropractic Association Sports Council (ACASC). "The potential for serious injury is always there. Head trauma, concussions, fractures, contusions and sprains are common. Our doctors oversaw the care of these participants while in the midst of competition. This involved treating injuries as well as determining the ability to physically continue matches once the referees asked for an expert medical opinion. This is an incredibly important medical evaluation, especially for an athlete hoping one day to participate on the world stage.

"That's why the NCTA asked us to participate. Everyone on our team has extensive sports medicine experience having worked everything from the Olympics and Olympic trials to national and international championships in a variety of sports. Plus, we are trained to quickly and accurately evaluate the athlete and then provide care that ranges from chiropractic adjustments to the treatment of soft tissue injuries and first aid care."

During the two-day event, many of the chiropractors stationed as mat doctors providing medical attention to the more than 500 participants competing on eight separate mats throughout the Championships. Under tournament rules, referees are required to stop the match and request the medical opinion of the attending mat doctor after an injury occurs. It is then the responsibility of the professional to evaluate, stabilize and determine the extent of the injury within the one-minute break.

"It's a fast-paced environment that requires expert skills," adds Shapiro of Old Bridge, New Jersey. "Within 60 seconds, you have to identify the severity of the problem and then decide if the contestant can continue. There is a lot at stake. Not only the immediate welfare of the athlete, but also their status on the day, which can directly affect their ranking going forward. Every decision is made based solely on the participant's best interests. Experience is so important because the wrong call can cost the individual in so many different ways."

Dr. Shapiro along with his chiropractic colleagues based throughout the Northeast were invited to join the official medical staff of the National Championships by Dr. LaShomb based on their long-standing sports chiropractic backgrounds . These included Dr. Len Ershow of Princeton, New Jersey; Dr. William Bonsall of Westfield, New Jersey; Dr. Marc P. Jaffe of Summit, New Jersey; Dr. Robin Linster of Doylestown, Pa.; Dr. Cheryl Lee-Pow of Rockville, Md.:  Dr. Joshua Cole of Gainesville, Va.;  Dr. R. Eric Brennan of King of Prussia, Pa.;  Dr. Kirsten Grove of Tysons, Va.;  Dr. Charlotte Fletcher of Wilmington, Del.;  Dr. Jenn Davis of Calverton, Md.; and Dr. Casha Smith of Silver Spring, Md. Others also serving on the medical staff at this year's 40th National Collegiate Taekwondo Championships were Nurse Practitioner Nina Anderson of Wilmington, Dela.; Athletic Trainer Chelise Strickland of Newark, Dela.; and  Paramedic Linda Buell of New York, Ny.

"Attending high-level athletic events as a medical provider always accompanies a sense of accomplishment," explains Dr. Jaffe. "Helping to ensure that the athletes participate in a safe environment, not only enhances the chances for their success, but also leaves me feeling better skilled than when I started. Working alongside so many talented and experienced doctors is always a worthwhile win-win situation."

"These are extremely determined athletes performing at the highest intensity," concludes Dr. Lee-Pow. "The pace is lightning fast with action that is both incredibly acrobatic and brutal. Sometimes, we were asked to attend to the needs of four mats simultaneously. You constantly had to be on your toes. But, it's immensely rewarding to play even a small role in the development of these young athletes, many of whom will soon be on the world stage."

In addition to organizing the medical staff for this past competition, Dr. LaShomb is also charged with compiling the medical personnel needed to support upcoming NCTA national events including the National Collegiate Taekwondo Championships . All ACASC members interested in being named to future NCTA medical staffs should contact Dr. LaShomb at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

About the National Collegiate Taekwondo Association (NCTA)
The National Collegiate Taekwondo Association was formed in 1970 by collegiate martial arts instructors working to promote Taekwondo in colleges and universities and to create a better understanding of the culture and philosophy of Taekwondo. Its mission is to continually promote, foster and broaden activities in colleges and universities through quality instruction and coaching. For more information please visit
Douglas Laboratories® Launches New Line of Vision Health Supplements
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Written by TAC Staff   
Tuesday, 19 May 2015 13:08
Three new products formulated to support healthy eye function introduced during
May's Vision Health Month

vision-health-mayPITTSBURGH, Pa., May 12, 2015 – Healthy aging is a hot topic today, particularly as the Baby Boomer generation enters their 50s. While attention is frequently given to strong bones and maintaining cognitive health as people age, little consideration is given to vision health. Now, three new nutritional products from Douglas Laboratories® are available to support healthy eye function during the aging process, all utilizing the latest research.* This suite of ocular formulas includes Ultra Preventive® Vision, Macu-Support™, and Eye Moisture Support.

“Science continues to emerge regarding the role nutrition plays in eye health,” said Dr. Stuart Richer, O.D., Ph.D., F.A.A.O., and co-developer of the new suite of vision health products for Douglas Laboratories. “We’ve utilized the latest research to create three new nutritional supplements to support healthy eye function.”*

ultra-prev-visionUltra Preventive Vision is a comprehensive multivitamin/mineral formula with phytonutrients and carotenoids specially designed to help support a healthy macula, retina, and visual performance for all ages that are affected by excess blue-light exposure and free radical damage.*

macu-supportMacu-Support supplies a well-balanced spectrum of key antioxidants that are important in maintaining normal retina and macula function in the eyes. As we age, the ability of the macula to function properly can decline. The nutrients found in Macu-Support have been studied for their ability to help maintain and support macular function and health.*

eye-moist-suppEye Moisture Support is a unique dietary supplement featuring QÜELL Fish Oil®, organic borage seed oil, and astaxanthin, among other nutrients, for healthy production of tears and moisture in the eyes.*

“At Douglas Labs, we strive to offer a comprehensive line of nutritional supplements for healthy aging,” said Andrew Halpner Ph.D., Vice President, Product Development and Technical Services at Douglas Laboratories. “The ocular formulas that were co-developed with Dr. Richer are a great addition to our existing line of products to support vision health as we age.”*

For more information on Ultra Preventive Vision, Macu-Support, and Eye Moisture Support, please visit

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

A business unit of Atrium Innovations Inc., Douglas Laboratories, the trusted choice of thousands of healthcare professionals for over 50 years, is proudly researching, developing and manufacturing superior quality, science-based supplements that help people improve their health. Douglas Laboratories provides added insurance of multiple domestic and international GMP certifications, including ISO-9001 Certification and ISO-17025 accreditation for in-house laboratories, as well as NSF International Registration. With its headquarters located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA, Douglas Laboratories currently offers over 600 branded products distributed worldwide. For additional information, please visit

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UWS student, Freya Moran, selected as first chiropractic participant in the LEAPS into Integrative Medicine program
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Tuesday, 19 May 2015 12:54
This is the first year the integrative medicine program is open to non-MD/DO students
PORTLAND, Ore., May 13, 2015 – University of Western States (UWS), a leader in the education of health care professionals, is proud to announce that doctor of chiropractic (DC) student Freya Moran was chosen to attend the Leadership & Education Program for Students in Integrative Medicine (LEAPS in IM). The program, a week-long event hosted by the Academic Consortium for Integrative Medicine and Health and the American Medical Student Association (AMSA) Foundation, aims to enhance the leadership skills and knowledge of future integrative medicine practitioners.

freya-moranMoran, a 7th quarter student from Michigan, was chosen based on her proposal outlining an integrated medicine residency program for DC students.

“For too long there has been this curtain up in front of chiropractic but times are changing and there is a desire in more and more chiropractic students to be part of an integrated medical team after graduation,” Moran said. “I want to help take this curtain down. I think with this extended residency idea there will be more opportunities for chiropractors to learn how to talk to MDs and other practitioners on an integrated health care team in their language.”

Moran will be attending the program in Old Mission San Luis Rey in Oceanside, Calif., June 14-19. The program is limited to 30 students. As part of acceptance into the program, Moran is required to plan and execute her proposed idea of an integrated health care chiropractic residency with support from her faculty mentor and core faculty at LEAPS. As part of the program, she will be meeting with mentors to refine her concept.

Gary Schultz, DC, DACBR is one of the faculty members mentoring Moran in the process.

“The successful integration of health care resources begins with relationship building and sharing patients’ care needs between professions,” said Dr. Schultz. “This program and Ms. Moran’s ideas are a great step in accomplishing this goal. I’m pleased and humbled to be allowed to work with her on this journey.”

About University of Western States
University of Western States provides a science-driven curriculum that delivers a solid foundation and competitive edge in preparing students for clinical practice. UWS is a regionally accredited, independent non-profit institution dedicated to improving the health of society through its educational programs, research and clinical services. Founded in 1904, the university offers a doctor of chiropractic degree program; master’s degrees in exercise and sports medicine, human nutrition and functional medicine, and diagnostic imaging; a massage therapy certificate program; approved continuing education programs for licensed health care professionals; and clinic services in five locations through Health Centers of UWS. UWS is a founding member of the Oregon Collaborative for Integrative Medicine, an organization that aims to advance integrative health care through education, research, patient care and advocacy. To learn more about University of Western States and its academic programs, go to

About Northwest Center for Lifestyle and Functional Medicine
The Northwest Center for Lifestyle and Functional Medicine was launched in 2015 as a center of excellence highlighting ways to reduce lifestyle-related health conditions such as diabetes, obesity and hypertension. The center’s vision is to promote healthy behaviors and positive lifestyle changes in order to achieve optimal quality of life for the members of our community through service, education and research. The center believes in integrated, conservative, patient-centered approaches to address lifestyle-related health conditions. To learn more about the center visit
Dr. Stuart E. Hoffman Honored as ICA's Chiropractor of the Year for 2015
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Written by TAC Staff   
Thursday, 14 May 2015 22:38
Stuart E. Hoffman, DC, FICA, longtime chiropractic leader and ICA member for more than thirty years, has been honored as ICA's Chiropractor of the Year for 2015.  This prestigious honor was awarded in recognition of his decades of service in a host of important duties including chair of ICA committees, service in ICA's Representative Assembly, and, as founder and president of ICA's exclusively recognized professional chiropractic malpractice insurance liability provider ChiroSecure

hoffmanDr. Hoffman has and continues to labor tirelessly for chiropractors and chiropractic, making extraordinarily positive and significant contributions to the profession in many vital dimensions. He is currently active with The Chiropractic Summit, The DaVinci Group, Foundation for Chiropractic Progress, FHC and along with his chiropractic malpractice insurance company ChiroSecure, has created scholarships for pediatric research and supports several Chiropractic Colleges - and many state associations.

Dr. Hoffman is a Life University Alumni, where he graduated with the class of 1981. It was in Michigan where he began his professional practice as well as his service to the Michigan Chiropractic Council and the ICA. He was elected as a Distinguished Fellow of the ICA in 1992 and has received many subsequent awards. In 1992, he responded to a call from then ICA President Dr. James R. Gregg to organize an ICA professional chiropractic malpractice insurance liability company to serve the malpractice insurance needs of the association's members nationwide. Since then, Dr. Hoffman has devoted his professional energy to establishing and developing ChiroSecure, ICA's exclusively endorsed and recognized chiropractic malpractice insurance carrier, earning the respect and appreciation of the profession and of the insurance industry in which he continues to be an active leader. 

Dr. Hoffman is a member of a distinguished chiropractic family. Both of his brothers, Dr. Steve and Dr. Robert Hoffman, are each successful Chiropractors in their own right. Dr. Robert Hoffman served as the President of the ICA and was named ICA's Chiropractor of the Year in 2002. Dr. Stuart and Dr. Robert have the distinction of being the only brothers to have both received the ICA's highest award.

"Dr. Hoffman has made and continues to make extraordinary contributions to the chiropractic profession nationwide," said ICA President Dr. George Curry. "I want to congratulate Dr. Hoffman on his long overdue and well-deserved recognition and to make sure that all within the chiropractic profession know how hard and selflessly he has worked to provide doctors in all 50 states with a unique level of chiropractic malpractice insurance services and options. We in the ICA are proud to recognize and salute him and to honor his extraordinary record of service" 

int-chiro-assocThe Chiropractor of the Year award is ICA's highest honor, created by ICA Founder and President Dr. B.J. Palmer, and presented annually to one exceptional individual who has distinguished himself or herself through extraordinary service to the ICA and the chiropractic profession. Dr. Hoffman's award was announced at the ICA's 89th Annual Meeting held on the Life University campus in Marietta, Georgia April 30-May 2, 2015. The presentation was made by last year's ICA Chiropractor of the Year, Dr. Julie Mayer-Hunt, at the ICA's gala banquet on May 1st.
"Golden Heart Award" 2015 from Oklahaven Children's Chiropractic Center
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Wednesday, 13 May 2015 21:24
oklahaven have a heart
Oklahaven’s Board of Directors and Staff want to thank everyone who participated in the great success of this year’s campaign.  Thus, we are delighted to announce this year's winners of “The Golden Heart Award”.
College Category: Life Chiropractic College West in Hayward, California.
Clinic Category:    Groene Chiropractic Clinic in Schuyler, Nebraska.
Please accept our heartfelt appreciation for each and every one of you who made a contribution. We also want to thank those of you who presented our video to others, either as part of the “Have-a-Heart” fundraising campaign or as an ongoing education for others.   Our work and the work you do to heal the children is a living testament to the power of chiropractic.
As everyone in the chiropractic profession knows, Oklahaven depends on the generous support of the profession to augment our work.  Without this support, we would not be able to help the most damaged children among us, nor would we be able to provide hope for their anguished and heartbroken parents.
It is for this reason our annual “Have-a-Heart” campaign is such a blessing.  We chose Valentine’s Day as a symbol of this effort because this day is associated with love, the love that St. Valentine showed for his fellow man by his actions many centuries ago.  To us, your generosity is an act of your love for children.
According to the dictionary, a Golden Heart is “a rich heart, full of love, faith and good values. The one who has a shining heart is an illuminated one who deserves respect and loyalty of everyone”.  We think that definition clearly expresses why we call our award for generosity to Oklahaven’s work, “The Golden Heart Award”.
As you know, our profession is called to be different, and we know it!  We are richer for our calling because we have learned to live with the great secret of life – LOVE.  Thank you for consciously doing your acts of kindness for another without asking anything in return.  Living this way, you see how your life grows.  Miracles happen not only for others but for you as well. 
Together we can return the life force to the children, our future.
Bobby Doscher, D.C.

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