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Natural Bodybuilding Chiropractor Takes Third At Musclemania Universe Competition: Interview with Corey Mote, D.C.
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Tuesday, 23 August 2011 21:16



r. Corey Mote started off in high school training for sports such as football and track with weight training.  By his eleventh grade year, he decided to compete in powerlifting competitions. Within one year of powerlifting, he won the National title for his weight division as a teenager.  After the Powerlifting Nationals, he decided to go into Olympic-style weightlifting, an entirely different type of lifting and training.  He ended up doing rather well with this sport as well, placing 2nd in the Georgia Games with pre-Olympian competitors. After a couple years of Olympic-style weightlifting, he decided to go into bodybuilding. His first show was in 1999 at the Association of American Universities Mr. Teenage America in Cleveland, Ohio, where he ended up placing 3rd in the competition. He then went on to compete and win the Nationals Bodybuilding Championship’s National Physique Committee Teenage Georgia the following year. After that, he competed and won several other shows before he decided to put a hold on competitions—although staying in shape for future contests—for a few years, so he could focus on school and other priorities.  He started back competing in September 2010, and, this time, it was in another country altogether.  He competed in the Musclemania Britain in St. Albans, a city just outside of London.  He ended up winning both for his weight class and the Overall, earning the status as a Professional natural bodybuilder. From that point on, his sights were set on making an impact at the pro level in the sport. He immediately began training for the Musclemania Universe that was to be held in Miami in June 2011. Here he would make his pro debut, and he wanted it to be special. It was. He ended up placing 3rd in the Pro Heavyweight division, shocking a lot of people, including himself.


TAC: How did you first get involved in chiropractic?

MOTE: I was first exposed to chiropractic in my second year of college, upon having a sacroiliac sprain that I could not shake alone. I saw a chiropractor for it, and he corrected it within two to three visits. I then realized I needed to make use of chiropractic more often with all the training I was undertaking. I decided to do just that, and it elevated  my performance in the gym to new heights. From that point on, I knew becoming a chiropractor was in my future.

I first came to a chiropractor to relieve pain, but the doctor I went to explained to me the importance of using chiropractic for optimal physical function and thankfully, I listened.

TAC: So is that what led you to seek out chiropractic as a consequence of pain, or more to enhance function?

MOTE: I first came to a chiropractor to relieve pain, but the doctor I went to explained to me the importance of using chiropractic for optimal physical function and, thankfully, I listened. I do not think I would have been nearly as successful with bodybuilding had  I not used chiropractic care.


TAC: Have you been doing Bodybuilding your entire life?

MOTE: To an extent, yes. I began exercising at the age of four, by doing push-ups, sit-ups, sprinting, 1-mile run. I owe it to my mother and father for that, as they taught me the importance of being healthy, active, and fit at a very young age. As far as bodybuilding as a sport, well I’ve been specifically training for that since I was a teenager, right after graduation from high school.



TAC: What was it that led you to choose Life University for your studies?

MOTE: I chose Life University when I found out that Dr. Guy Reikman was hired on as the new president. I read so many good things about him and the philosophy he holds so dear, and I wanted to be a part of Life University at that point, as I saw that they were looking to do great things for the chiropractic profession.


TAC: So you're 30, is that old or young for a bodybuilder? Can you tell us why that is?

MOTE: 30 is actually a great age to begin one’s professional natural bodybuilding career at. As a bodybuilder who trains intensely, he/ she develops more muscular density with age. More definition in the musculature is present, and this is very important in competitions.


TAC: Do you currently maintain an active practice? If yes, what kinds of patients are treated, and treatments used?

MOTE: I currently own and run Performance Chiropractic and Rehabilitation in Clarkesville, Georgia. I graduated from Life University in September 2008, and began my practice in March 2009. I see mostly personal injury and sports injury patients. Along with manual spinal manipulation, I use various modalities, such as E-stim, ultrasound, traction, flexion distraction, and therapeutic exercises in my practice.


TAC: How much time does that leave you to train every day?

MOTE: I only need 90 minutes a day, five days a week to train.  Many people believe that a top-level bodybuilder must stay in the gym four hours a day, every day, to attain such a level. This is certainly not true. Proper diet and rest are equally as important as training. Training more than what I currently do would be over-training, which is something that should be avoided if trying to build muscle mass without overuse injuries.


TAC: Who is your greatest bodybuilding mentor?

MOTE: I would have to say my greatest bodybuilding mentor is Lee Apperson, an IFBB pro bodybuilder that I had the honor to train with in the summer of 2003 in Daytona Beach, Florida. His formula for winning is very similar to mine, in that his main advantage on stage is his definition, proportion, and symmetry – not size.


TAC: And your greatest chiropractic mentor?

MOTE: My greatest chiropractic mentor is Dr. Richard Rosenkoetter of Chiropractic and Sports Injury of Atlanta. I interned with Dr. Rosenkoetter for nine months before setting up my own practice an hour north of Atlanta, basically running my practice as similar to the way he runs his as I can. He is a phenomenal chiropractic physician, and it was truly an honor to intern under him.

It would soon become America’s (and the world’s) most popular natural bodybuilding competition.


TAC: What is it that you find unique about Musclemania, as a venue for body building?

MOTE:  Musclemania is the premier federation for natural bodybuilding. No other natural bodybuilding federation comes close to Musclemania in terms of publicity or worldwide exposure of the athletes, and there are many amateur Musclemania shows around the world, all leading up to the two biggest natural bodybuilding shows in the world: Musclemania Universe (in Miami)and Musclemania World (in Las Vegas). With exclusive, international television coverage by ESPN International, TSN RDS Canada, Sky Sport Britain, Star Sport Asia and other worldwide networks, Musclemania is more recognized than any other natural contest worldwide.

Musclemania began in 1991 as bodybuilding’s first and only tour of world class level staged competitions. Early on, Musclemania took a bold and challenging step forward by declaring that this exciting event would become a natural event. It would soon become America’s (and the world’s) most popular natural bodybuilding competition.


TAC: What is the last book that you read?

MOTE: The last book I read was The Secret. I have probably read it ten times now. I truly believe what the book teaches—that we attract what we dwell on. If one has a positive outlook on things, he or she attracts more positive things into his or her life. The same goes for negative thinking. A pessimist has a difficult time ever achieving his or her goals in life, basically because he or she is consistently viewing things in life as undesirable or unfavorable.

Could You Be Illegally Inducing Patients Without Even Knowing It?
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Written by Kathy Mills Chang, MCS-P   
Tuesday, 23 August 2011 20:46


s I drove to an appointment in the neighborhood the other day, while stopped at a traffic light I noticed a marquee across the street on the corner advertising chiropractic care. The sign blared:  “$49 First Visit, for Chiropractic, Acupuncture, or Massage”.  I cringed and made a mental note to drop my business card off at that office on a future visit. It’s not the first time I’ve seen such an offer on a street sign, or newspaper ad, or even on Facebook. I chalk it up to the widely mistaken belief that it must be OK because everyone is doing it. Nothing could be further from the truth.

In certain states, there are written rules of conduct about advertising. They spell out what you can and can’t do. Some chiropractors must not list themselves as physicians, while, in other states, there are rules about offers that you make. In fact, one state requires that any offer you make must allow the patient to change his/her mind within 72 hours, not unlike buying a car! Yet, all of the state level rules and regulations do not take into account an even more important rule. That is the complex set of Federal prohibitions against certain kinds of marketing that supersede every state rule when it comes to federally insured patients, like Medicare.

The Office of Inspector General (OIG) published a Special Advisory Bulletin (SAB) on August 29, 2002, entitled Offering Gifts and Other Inducements to Beneficiaries. This type of publication is essentially a fraud alert. It signals a clear enforcement priority against improper marketing and patient inducements. The patient inducement prohibition under federal law states:  "Any person...that offers or transfers remuneration to any individual eligible for benefits under [Medicare or Medicaid] that such person knows or should know is likely to influence such individual to order or receive from a particular provider, practitioner or supplier any item or service for which payment may be made, in whole or in part, under [Medicare or Medicaid]...shall be subject to...a civil money penalty of not more than $10,000 for each item or service...and damages of not more than three times the total amount of remuneration offered, paid, solicited or received."

Blah, blah, blah. “What does it all mean, Basil?” as Austin Powers would say. Several important terms must be defined in order to understand the parameters of this prohibition. The term "remuneration" is defined in the statute as follows: "...the waiver of co-insurance and deductible amounts (or any part thereof), and transfers of items or services for free or for other than fair market value." Accordingly, free X-rays, free examinations and any gift certificates for free or other valuable services offered or given to Medicare, Medicaid or other beneficiaries of federal programs violate this exclusion.

Now, take our friend with the street corner marquee; clearly he was offering valuable services for less than fair market value. We all know that a typical first visit in a chiropractic office is far more than $49.  So taking this a step further, one must ask if this is afforded to all potential patients. Does this offer apply to anyone, including federally insured patients? What if the patient has insurance? Will you bill only $49 to that carrier?

The OIG also establishes what they call “bright line guidance" concerning the nominal gift exception.

The OIG also establishes what they call “bright line guidance" concerning the nominal gift exception. Free items or services that have retail value of no more than $10 individually, and no more than $50 in the aggregate annually per patient, are an exception. For example, a new patient gift bag, that all new patients receive, that includes a tube of BioFreeze, or a branded coffee cup, wouldn’t likely be seen as a violation of this rule.

Other state-level rules have to be taken into consideration, of course but, remember, just because your state has laid out rules for marketing, don’t forget to include these federal rules, too.  Marketing is important to your practice, but compliance with federal and state laws is clearly more important than a successful marketing program that ignores the law and places your practice at risk for severe sanctions.

Here are some items to consider:

1)  Social media has changed the doctor-patient relationship. “Friending” our patients and communicating with them online about special offers, discounts or, worse, their condition, can lead to trouble. Recently a Colorado doctor who happens to be a friend on Facebook offered $15 adjustments for any friend who may have strained him/her self shoveling after a recent snowstorm. Such inducements are a serious violation, and should be avoided.

2) Offering a pre-acceptance interview, or other such procedure for ALL patients, helps you to avoid the violation of “Free Consultations”. If your compliance procedure outlines the fact that you offer pre-acceptance interviews to ALL new patients, then it is less likely to be seen as an inducement when you offer a meeting with the doctor to determine whether the patient is a good candidate for chiropractic care. At an appointed time, the billable section of the visit begins only if the patient okays moving forward at that time.  For more information on pre-acceptance interviews, check the Resources and Archives section of www.kmcuniversity.com for a fact sheet and scripting.

3) If you prefer to use more of a capped or maximum fee for your uninsured, under-insured, or partially insured (like Medicare) patients, check out a Discount Medical Plan Organization (DMPO) like ChiroHealthUSA or others. Offering discounts only to a covered group, like members of a DMPO, helps you avoid the snare of inducement. Just like offering special pricing to a group of covered individuals like BCBS members, offering your discounts to DMPO members helps you clear the hazard of inducement beautifully.

Just because everyone does it doesn’t mean you should. While we all have our own risk tolerance, there are many reasons not to follow the pack.  Higher new patient numbers should not come at the cost of potential fines, sanctions or even your license.


Kathy Mills Chang is a Certified Medical Compliance Specialist (MCS-P) and, since 1983, has been providing chiropractors with hands-on training, advice and tools to improve the financial performance of their practices. A well-known and sought-after speaker, Kathy has served in national and state level chiropractic organizations, sits on diverse boards and advisory councils related to the profession, and is frequently invited to address chiropractors in important conferences and seminars around the country. In 2007, KMC University was created to streamline, develop and offer a broader range of chiropractic solutions in the areas of coding, insurance, patient financial procedures, Medicare and compliance. She can be reached at 888-659-8777 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

The State of Chiropractic Malpractice
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Written by Dr. Michael Failla, D.C.   
Tuesday, 23 August 2011 19:41

alpractice—a word any medical practitioner shudders to hear. However, in today's ever increasingly litigious society, it's really not a question of if you're going to be sued but, rather, when. Even if you have the best practice in the country, with the most careful examinations and advanced treatments, eventually you are likely to be involved in a malpractice suit of one kind or another, warranted or otherwise.

Basics of Chiropractic Malpractice Insurance:  Though it's hard to generalize when it comes to insurance policies, there are a few things that you can expect from any basic modern chiropractic malpractice insurance policy. First, there are two types of policies: occurrence and claims-based. An occurrence policy will cover incidents that occur while the policy is still in effect, while a claims-based policy covers any claims that are submitted to you in writing during your policy period—i.e., it can cover you retroactively. There are benefits to both kinds of policies, so be sure to do your homework and shop around before you choose.malpractice

As far as basic policies go, liability coverage can range from 100,000 to several million dollars, depending on your policy and on the regulations in your state. Different policies are available to cover only basic claims, claims of negligence, and even claims of sexual misconduct, which chiropractors are unfortunately sued for fairly often.

Finally, many newer policies are offering coverage for those chiropractors who also work as massage therapists or acupuncturists. This can be a godsend for alternative chiropractic practitioners, since they no longer have to buy three policies for one practice.

Areas of Concern:

There are several areas of concern when it comes to chiropractic malpractice suits. Since chiropractors do so much work with the spine, it is fairly common for them to be sued for aggravating a disk. Additionally, chiropractors often come under fire for allegedly causing strokes by their adjustments, since they do often work with areas so closely connected to the brain.  Besides that, patients who feel more pain after a treatment often sue their chiropractor for malpractice, as do those who are simply unsatisfied with how long the treatment is taking.

Unfortunately, many patients base their claims solely on how they feel, especially when it comes to issues of timing or pain relief. Even if a patient is progressing as quickly as their condition will allow, or even if they themselves are causing their treatment to proceed slowly because of their lifestyle or refusal to change certain habits, they could sue simply because they feel disappointed in the way in which you handled their situation.

There are several other nebulous areas that are "danger zones" for chiropractors as well, notably, failure to diagnose and failure to refer. Cases have been brought to court for as little as a chiropractor’s failing to instruct a client to seek an alternative treatment for a sprain. In another real-life example, a patient who went to a chiropractor for long-term pain became disappointed with the treatment and sought another practitioner, only to be diagnosed with a herniated disk. The other practitioner convinced the patient that the chiropractor caused or failed to diagnose the herniated disk, thus leading them to sue the chiropractor.

One of the top ten causes of chiropractic lawsuits is for alleged sexual misconduct. Though this is not the primary reason that chiropractors are sued—contrary to the widespread rumor, it is a major cause of concern and a risk area for chiropractors.

How You Can Limit Risk:

Though all of this may sound very intimidating, there are ways that you can limit your risk when it comes to being sued for malpractice suits. The first and by far the most important thing you can do is to keep appropriate documentation. When it comes to nebulous claims of the time it takes to complete a treatment, the effectiveness of your treatment plan, or your diagnosis, documentation will be your best defense.

By keeping clear and accurate notes about each and every session with your patient, the treatment plan that you decide on, how that patient is progressing, and the patient's understanding of that plan, you can save yourself an infinite amount of trouble in court. In fact, many cases are dismissed out of hand because of good documentation. This is extremely as simple as using a comprehensive easy to do with all the new chiropractic Electronic Health Records with outcome assessments, SOAP note macros, and online patient intake forms and documentation built right in software.  So there is really no excuse for not keeping the best possible documentation you can.  Developing a relationship with your clients can also help to prevent malpractice claims.  Each person in the practice should make it a point to be polite and approachable to clients in order to develop the best relationship possible with them and prevent any event which could foster resentment in any kind of situation.

Additionally, chiropractors need to be very clear with their expectations and treatment plans when it comes to working with patients. If you have clear documentation that you have shown the patient a treatment plan (for example, you have them sign off on it every time they come in for treatment, or have them write a brief assessment of each session on your SOAP notes), then it is very hard for anyone to claim that they didn't know what you were going to do or believed that you had an irresponsible treatment plan.

The Takeaway:

With a good insurance policy in place, and as long as you avoid your "danger zones" while keeping good accurate, thorough and up-to-date documentation, the vast majority of malpractice claims will not stand the test of court.

Exercise is not an Adjunctive Therapy, Exercise is the Therapy
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Written by Jack Dolbin, D.C., C.S.C.S.   
Tuesday, 23 August 2011 19:22

his quote from Ken Hutchins, researcher and President of Super Slow Exercise Guild, represents the common thread binding the various health care disciplines. Orthopedic surgeons, chiropractors, physical therapists, athletic trainers and others involved in the delivery of health care services may differ on a particular approach to an athletic or industrial injury in the corrective context. But, in the restorative or rehabilitation context, it is generally agreed that passive care will only take the patient to a certain level, usually below the functional level needed to return to competition or prevent further injury. Without a properly designed exercise program to increase the tensile strength of the injured tissue, rehabilitate the neurological elements of the injury, and increase strength and mobility in the kinetic chain, we only place the athlete in a position where re injury can and, most likely, will occur.1,10

With the above in mind, we find ourselves in a difficult position as health care providers. With a shrinking health care dollar, a health care model focused on symptom reduction, insurance companies who have placed corporate profits above needed services, and a system driven by the pharmaceutical industry which contributes significantly to our elected officials, how do we provide these needed rehabilitation services in a cost effective manner. We can no longer invest in expensive resistance equipment and a staff to administer the programs. Yet, there is a compelling need. The challenge is how to meet the need in a cost effective manner that gives a reasonably good chance for a positive outcome.

We know through research that gripping causes recruitment and tight gripping actually can cause vascular problems.

I believe there are presently products and companies that allow us to serve the patient in the area of active care protocols at minimal cost with evidence based protocols. Exercise systems utilizing surgical tubing or bands,12 grip free cuffs3, and stability balls offer resistance training with neurological inroads for every orthopedic and sports injury based on scientifically defensible protocols.7

In rehabilitation, we want to amplify a number of factors. One is isolation. In an exercise rehabilitation program, recruitment is the enemy of isolation. When recruitment occurs, the targeted tissue suffers from both a somatic and neurological standpoint. We know through research that gripping causes recruitment and tight gripping actually can cause vascular problems. Noted author Rene’ Calliett, MD, points out in his book on shoulder injuries that gripping while performing Codman’s passive motion exercises actually activates the shoulder muscles, thus decreasing the effectiveness of the program.1,2 Dave Lemke noted EMG tech and NMT from San Antonio in research done at Northern Idaho Bio Performance Institute demonstrated a 300-500% greater EMG activity in the targeted muscles using grip free technology.3 We further know, through research, that exercise done on an unstable base amplifies the input to the nervous system and enhances outcomes.4,5 Surgical tubing or bands provide variable resistance that research has determined to be necessary to optimize strength  based on the kinesiological  principle that all joints move in a circular pattern and the forces generated vary according to the movement arm (the distance from the fulcrum). Remember weight times arm equals moments of force. Stability balls or discs offer an unstable base. Utilizing the above, we have all the elements necessary to develop an evidenced based rehabilitation protocol for our patients.

neckexamSo, what’s the bottom line? Health care providers who deal with soft tissue and athletic injuries MUST be involved in active care protocols.8,10,11 In fact, every Chiropractor, Physical Therapist, and Athletic Trainer, if we are to responsibly treat our patients, must, in the course of patient care, be able to transition a patient into an active care protocol. The days of just articular joint manipulation, soft tissue treatments, or passive modalities throughout the course of care are over. Science has taught us the need for active care protocols to move our patients to the next level.6. If we fail to properly rehabilitate, we have, in the final analysis, failed the patient.9,13

Here is the practical approach I have adopted. I must first state that I recently sold my entire Nautilus/Hammer fitness center. This was primarily due to decreased reimbursements and constraints placed on us by managed care companies, such as limitations on the number of visits ( forgetting that research has shown it takes a minimum of 3 months of active care to reverse the glycolytic changes in the somatic tissue secondary to a low back sprain).4 In addition, multiple co pays, high deductibles and the current economic climate make it almost impossible to provide the needed rehabilitation services we once were able to deliver in house. But with systems and products available to the practitioner, we can still provide the services in an evidenced based program that is cost effective and will provide the same outcomes as the more sophisticated rehab centers. Remember, results are what counts.

These systems will cost the practitioner a minimal amount, and can be sold to the patient at a reasonable margin. They have all the necessary equipment to provide a total body workout or a rehabilitation program. In fact, once rehab is completed, they can then be used in a maintenance or supportive care program.5,8,13 There are applications on file to get some of these systems qualified as durable medical equipment, which will save the patient a portion of the cost. But, it is a great deal regardless, about the cost of one visit to the Physical Therapist or two months membership in a gym. The physician gives the patient home exercises specific to the injury to be performed concurrent with any passive treatment delivered in the clinic.  On subsequent visits, as symptoms permit, the exercises are expanded on in both increased range of motion and resistance. You bill the 97110 code with each visit that includes the addition of exercises or the modification of exercises. The administration of the program does require the practitioner to gain training in exercise rehabilitation. This is necessary to guarantee desired outcomes in a safe manner.  Companies are developing these programs and instruction in seminar formats to prepare the practitioner to develop active care protocols in his or her practice.

The health care system is broken in terms of the model that provides money and services ad infinitum to a drug based approach to every injury, ignoring the evidence that no drug can do for the patient what a properly administered exercise program can do in areas of providing quality of life and functional return to activity. The program outlined above, utilizing already available products, can meet all the needs of the patient in a cost effective manner.


Dr. Dolbin is certified as strength and conditioning specialist (NSCA), and  a certified fitness instructor (NSPA). He has served as the Chiropractor for the Villanova University sports medicine department from 1993 to 2003, and was Chiropractor for the University of Maryland gymnastic team from 1997 to 2002  For more information you may contact Dr. Dolbin at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it



1. Calliet, Rene: Soft Tissue Pain and Disability: Ch. 6 Pg. 155-156

2. Rubin: An Exercise Program for Shoulder Disability: Cal. Med. 106: 39-43

3. Kemke, David NMT, sEmg. Northern Idaho Bioperformance Institute. Study on Grip free Reisitance training.

4. Active Therapy for Chronic Low Back Pain: Spine, 2001 Apr 15; 26(8): 9009-19

5. Evaluation of Functional and Neuromuscular changes after Exercise Rehabilitation for Low Back Pain using a Swiss Ball. J Manipulative and Physio. Therapeutics 2006 Sep; 29(7): 550-60

6. The Efficacy of Active Rehabilitation in Chronic Low Back Pain. Spine: 1999 May 15,24(10): 1034-42

7. Muscle activation changes after exercise Rehabilitation for Chronic Low Back Pain. Arch Physical Med. Rehabilitation. 2008 Jul; 89(7): 1305-13

8. Active Therapy for Chronic Low Back Pain. Effects on Muscle Activation, fatigability and Strength. Spine. 2001 April 15;26(8): 897-908

9. Back and hip Extensor strength in Chronic Low Back Patients. Arch Phys Med Rehabilitation. 1998 April; 79(4); 412-7

10. The Association of Low Back Pain, Neuromuscular Imbalance and Trunk extension strength in Athletes. Spine J. 2006 Nov-Dec; 6(6); 673-83

11. The Efficacy of Active Rehabilitation in Chronic Low Back Pain. Spine. 1999 May 15;(10): 1034-42

12. Posterior Cuff Strengthening Using Theraband in a Functional Diagonal Pattern in Collegiate baseball Pitchers. J Athletic Train. 1993. Winter; 28(4) 346-354.

13. Neuromuscular Fatigue during modified Biering-Sorensen Test in Subjects with and without Low back Pain. Journal of Sports Science and Medicine (2007) 6, 549-559.

Sombra and the Championship Wellness Chairman
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Written by Jeff Baskett   
Tuesday, 23 August 2011 18:39


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r. Jeffrey E. Poplarski, a chiropractor with a practice in Amityville, NY, was the Wellness Team Chairman for the 2011 U.S. OPEN Golf Championships held this year at the Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Maryland.

Dr. Poplarski recruited 108 volunteer health care professionals that came to the event to man the three wellness tents positioned throughout the grounds.  Massage therapists, physical therapists, and other Doctors of Chiropractic came from 13 different states to help with treatments for the players, caddies, and the thousands of volunteers of this year's esteemed event.

As you can imagine, Dr. Poplarski and his Wellness Teams have become popular figures around the grounds, especially now since the teams have become so recognized.  Poplarski first brought a wellness team to the 2002 U.S. OPEN Championships at Bethpage, NY and he continues to be invited back.

The acceptance of the Wellness Team's complementary and alternative approach to medicine remains a testament to the popularity of integrated, holistic care.  With the complement of the various CAM (Complementary & Alternative Medicine) health professionals on the team, each individual during the event requiring assistance was able to have the treatment tailored to their specific health needs.  Even Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy was offered  for those looking for new heights!

The repertoire of specific patient care that the team can provide is a primary reason they keep getting invited back, which is why Dr. Poplarski has already started his recruiting for the 2012 U.S. OPEN Championships at The Olympic Club in San Francisco.  He stated he would be flying out multiple times (NY to SF) to recruit local health practitioners, and for the state of California, he will be able to add Acupuncture to his wellness team.

As Chairman, Dr. Poplarski had a full schedule of tasks before and after the Championship began.  The construction of the wellness team remains the main endeavor and started well in advance. This year's event had about 70% of the health practitioners recruited from the home state of Maryland, which he has done since the beginning of his tenure for the Open Championships that changes sites every year.

Jeffrey also oversees the supplies of the wellness tents and what goes into the Healthcare Providers gift bags, the Player Spouse gift bags, and the all-important Caddies gift bags.  Because of the respect Dr. Poplarski and his Wellness Teams have gained over the years, these gift bags have become a valued prize.  “I have become a walking billboard”, the Doctor expressed to me when mentioning the number of healthcare providers receiving the bags.

When approached by the practice of Dr. Jeffrey Edward Poplarski, Sombra was thrilled to be part of such a great and historic event.  We have been involved in the complementary and alternative health markets of today for over two decades now and we are greatly honored to have the Sombra Natural Pain Relieving Gels brought to the Congressional Country Club for such a memorable event.  Congratulations Rory Mcliroy for your first major championship!  And thank you Dr. Poplarski for all your support.


Jeff Baskett is the Global Marketing Manager for Sombra Professional Therapy Products and has been in that position for over 7 years now.  He is an avid multi-sport athlete, including golf, and understands the value of complementary and alternative medicine for all his therapeutic needs.  Jeff can be contacted through Sombra at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .



Jeffrey Edward Poplarski, D.C., LLC

217 Merrick Rd. Ste. 204

Amityville, NY  11701



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