Featured Alumni

  • Dr. David Darr - 1987 Graduate (NEW!)

    With a father, grandfather, two uncles and two brothers all practicing Doctors of Chiropractic, you might say Dr. David Darr’s fate was sealed from a young age. However, it took an injury from a cycling accident and chiropractic treatment to confirm his decision to enter the field.

    Soon after graduating from Logan, Dr. Darr found himself taking over his father’s practice—spending three days in Sandusky and the other two days working alongside his brother at a practice in Fremont in Ohio.

    It was Logan’s rigorous academics that pushed Dr. Darr to go the extra mile—literally and figuratively. “I’ve been very blessed,” Dr. Darr said, attributing his success to Logan’s proficiency testing through the student and outpatient programs. Yet, his determination has always remained a factor in success.

    Several years ago, Dr. Darr began using exercise for therapy and a positive mental attitude. He started out running small races, then went on to complete full marathons across the country. As far as he knows, Dr. Darr is the only chiropractor to complete 26.2 miles in all 50 states.

    Eventually, he progressed to the Ironman Triathlon.

    Much like the road to becoming a certified chiropractor, the road to succeeding in completing the Ironman was full of challenges and setbacks, yet he was determined to reach his goal. With proper training and preparation, Dr. Darr’s second attempt at the Ironman in 2009 was successful, and today he shares lessons learned from that journey with his patients.

    “I inspire my patients to stay healthy, stay active and keep moving,” he said, adding that he encourages patients to discuss their goals.

    His athletic achievements render lessons not only for his patients but for Logan students as well. “If you train properly, completing a physical challenge within the given time is doable. Similarly, if you study for your exams and prepare properly, you will succeed,” he said. “It takes patience, perseverance and planning.”

    In his near future, Dr. Darr envisions scaling back to working in one office, enjoying time with family and obtaining a license to practice in Florida, where he hopes to retire. With such a high-achieving early life and career, there’s no question he’ll get there soon.

  • Dr. Charles Quigless Jr. - 1995 Graduate

    Working as a sales representative for Anheuser Busch, Charles Quigless Jr., never thought about becoming a chiropractor until a back injury changed the course of his life.

    While medication prescribed by multiple orthopedic surgeons offered temporary relief, it was not a long term solution. Eventually, Quigless turned to chiropractic.

    “After the third appointment, I felt a tremendous difference,” he said.

    Impressed with the results of his care, Quigless made a life-changing decision to start a new career as a chiropractor.

    Through St. Louis Community College, Quigless completed prerequisite courses in science before enrolling at Logan. He says at age 29, he had more determination than ever before.

    “It’s different going back to school after you haven’t been for a while. You’re a little more focused and the parties don’t matter as much,” Quigless said.

    That focus carried Quigless through his graduation in April 1995 when he immediately started his own practice. He continued to broaden his knowledge in areas that complemented chiropractic and learned how acupuncture could be used to treat pain, addictions and obsessive compulsive disorders.

    Dr. Quigless’ expertise led to him to a 14-year stint in treating drug addicts with acupuncture. “The treatment decreases the cravings for the substance of choice, withdrawal symptoms, aggression, and aids in sleep,” he said. “I didn’t know anybody that was doing this type of treatment.”

    After practicing solo for 18 years, Dr. Quigless now works in a group practice at Esquire Sports Medicine in St. Louis. There, he focuses on chiropractic care and acupuncture, and provides patients with recommendations on exercise and nutrition.

    Dr. Quigless credits his Logan education for preparing him to practice and address current health care demands. “I enjoy being able to help improve my patient’s health without ingesting toxins into their bodies,” he said.

  • Dr. Lauren Hendrix - 2010 Graduate

    As a competitive runner since high school, Dr. Lauren Hendrix has spent a lot of time with her chiropractor.

    After winning state championships and setting state records for Marquette High School in Chesterfield, Mo., Dr. Hendrix continued her running career at DePauw University in Greencastle, Ind. While she pursued a degree in Exercise Science and Psychology, she also experienced her share of running injuries.

    “I saw all of the team doctors and athletic trainers,” Dr. Hendrix said. “But I would frequently drive home to see my chiropractor, who was always the one that got me back running.”

    Finally in her senior year, Dr. Hendrix realized she wanted to become a chiropractor and help runners just as she had been helped. She chose Logan because it offered a Master’s of Science in Sports Science and Rehabilitation degree and, in her opinion, was the best education offered.

    While at Logan, Dr. Hendrix served as class secretary, a Red Badge in the BIOFREEZE® Sports and Rehabilitation Center, and helped create the Multisport Club. She valued the multitude of opportunities Logan provided to allow students to launch their individual interests.

    When she wasn’t at Logan, Dr. Hendrix was working only a few miles away as a chiropractic assistant. “It’s important to step out of the ‘Logan Bubble’ and get out into the community,” she said. “My real world, practical experience helped tremendously when I graduated.”

    After Logan, Dr. Hendrix started a practice as an independent contractor, using her passion for running and triathlon to help it grow. Still an active runner and training for her first Ironman, she relates to her patient’s aches and pains.

    “My first go-to is figuring out how we can fix their problem so they don’t have to stop,” she said. “This is largely because I do not like being told to stop either.”

    In addition to caring for patients, Dr. Hendrix is the assistant cross-country coach for her alma mater, Marquette, in addition to the St. Louis Blazers Track Club. She uses each practice to educate students how to manage their bodies and take charge of their lives.

    Dr. Hendrix takes pride in helping people lead healthier lives and feels honored that her patients trust her with their healthcare. Ultimately, she has achieved the dream of turning something she loves into a career she loves.

    “I believe each of us has a purpose,” Dr. Hendrix said. “If you follow your purpose, love what you do and do what you love, then you will make a difference in people’s lives.”

  • Dr. Paul Dougherty - 1990 Graduate

    Dr. Paul Dougherty’s introduction to chiropractic came in junior high when he witnessed a chiropractic physician treating his father’s back. Ever since then, Dr. Dougherty had his sights set on becoming a chiropractor.  

    “I’m one of those people who knew this was the only career I wanted to do,” he said.

    After earning his undergraduate degree in biology from Northwestern College in Iowa, Dr. Dougherty decided to enroll at Logan. There, he would meet professors, such as Drs. Norman Kettner and Glenn Bub, who would have a profound influence on his career, especially in the area of research.

    “They took an evidence-based approach to clinical care and I very much admired that,” Dr. Dougherty said.

    Following graduation in December 1990, Dr. Dougherty’s career took him from private practice in New York to an assistant professor position at New York Chiropractic College during which time he directed one of the first chiropractic clinics within a nursing home. 

    Today, in addition to teaching, Dr. Dougherty is challenged with the task of being one of the first chiropractors to conduct research at the Canandaigua VA Medical Center.  

    “Being the first to do something is a blessing and a curse,” he said.  “It’s a blessing because you get to write your own destiny, but it’s a curse because you get to make all the mistakes.”

    Dr. Dougherty has not let the fear of mistakes keep him from evaluating the effects of spinal manipulation on frail elderly patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or assessing the brain and its response to pain—a study that has brought him back in touch with Dr. Kettner.

    Not only has Dr. Dougherty conducted multiple research studies, he has excelled in them. In 2006, he received a VA Merit Award and was the first chiropractor to be named a principle investigator for a VA Merit grant.  In 2011, Dr. Dougherty was named the American Chiropractic Association’s Academician of the Year and received the Reed Phillips Award, which is unique to VA chiropractors. 

    Dr. Dougherty recognizes the excitement his work provides and he credits much of his success to the opportunities he received at Logan, from an externship at the former etropolitan North and West Hospital in St. Louis, to valuable guidance from mentors, like Dr. Kettner, who have greatly influenced his career.  

    Dr. Dougherty says he continues to be blessed with a variety of experiences involving patient care, teaching and research, and whenever given the opportunity, he encourages his students to diversify their experiences in the field.

    “I tell my students to go and shadow a variety of chiropractors who practice differently than the way you think you might want to practice,” he said. “This helps you gain a better appreciation for different techniques and philosophies.”

  • Dr. Patricia Estrada - 1999 Graduate

    The call to chiropractic came with a little pain for Patricia Estrada, DC.

    Dr. Estrada was a student at William Woods in Fulton, Mo., struggling with a torn ACL when a friend’s mother urged her to seek out chiropractic help as part of her rehabilitation.  That experience, coupled with her research into the profession, encouraged her to learn more. “I felt like it made so much sense,” she says.  

    For Dr. Estrada, visiting Logan made the difference.  “I was impressed from the beginning. The campus draws you in and the strong focus on fundamental science was very appealing.”  She says she looked at other schools, but Logan’s combination of philosophy coupled with the art and science of chiropractic won her over.

    Looking back on her time at Logan, Dr. Estrada shares perspective for prospective students. “This is a choice you cannot take lightly. This is a rewarding yet challenging career.  Many of us are small business owners as well as care givers, so go into it with your eyes wide open.” While she found the academics challenging, she also found an equally strong sense of community.  She credits strong relationships with fellow students as a contributing factor for her success at Logan.

    Following graduation, the native of El Salvador put her healing skills to work in Costa Rica before starting a practice in St. Louis.  She fondly recalls the nights painting the office, hosting wellness events to build a patient base and creating an established practice.  Only the premature birth of her twin sons could slow her down; ultimately making the choice to be a stay-at-home mom for two years. 

    In 2010, a perfect offer came through from Logan inviting Dr. Estrada to serve in the Logan clinics as a clinician. “I loved having patients again, freshening my skills and working with the students. I learned so much from them about what they were learning.” That re-introduction to clinic life helped push her back into private practice, this time with a focused commitment on serving the Hispanic community.

    “We continue to see such a large disparity with the Hispanic community, so I am putting a lot of energy into getting the word out about the benefits of chiropractic.” She partners with local Hispanic media, the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and gives in-practice classes to build awareness of her new endeavor.

    She feels the future of chiropractic is even stronger today than when she graduated. “I hear about more Logan interns going into more diverse opportunities every day,” she says. These opportunities alone enrich the profession that we serve.

  • Dr. Rachel Bartlett - 2001 Graduate

    Rachel Bartlett, DC, ART, LAc, CCSP has a love for sports and physical activities, which drove her to earn an undergraduate degree in physical education at the University of New Brunswick in Canada. But it was when she was thinking about getting a graduate degree in physical therapy that the possibility of becoming a doctor of chiropractic began to make sense.

    “At the time, I saw chiropractic as a profession that was becoming more and more necessary and the ability to heal the human body in a more natural way was appealing to me,” says Dr. Bartlett.

    Her father, a physician, worked closely with a Logan alumni who pointed out Logan’s reputation for providing excellent clinical instruction. Based these recommendations and family friends’ support, she made the move from Sarnia, Ontario to St. Louis and began her education at Logan. After completing her doctor of chiropractic degree in 2001, Dr. Bartlett decided private practice was the best path for her career.

    “Logan prepared me for practice by helping me explore a variety of techniques and options -- truly allowing me to figure out what type of chiropractor I wanted to become,” she says.

    She met Dr. Howard Chapel, another Logan graduate, and began working at his practice as an independent contractor at his office in Chesterfield, Missouri. By the end of her first year in practice, she was seeing more than 20 patients per week. Six years after joining Dr. Chapel, she bought into the practice as a partner and by then, was seeing approximately 70 patients per week.

    “I graduated from Logan confident in my clinical abilities but nervous about jumping into the business side of developing a practice,” she says. “I also wanted to spend some time expanding my knowledge and I became certified in Active Release Technique and earned my diplomat of acupuncture.”

    Today, Dr. Bartlett is a mother of two young children and works three days a week at Chapel, McMurtrie and Bartlett Chiropractic. “I really enjoy working with patients, listening to their needs and treating them. I love the entrepreneurial aspect of the profession and the flexibility to be my own boss and set my own schedule,” she says. “For me, a shorter work week with longer days works better for my work-life balance.”

  • Dr. Michelle Smith - 2000 Graduate

    If there is a chapter in How to Win Friends and Influence People dedicated to health care, Dr. Michelle Smith might have written it.

    She works in a rapidly emerging area of health care, where diverse providers deliver a holistic range of solutions designed to meet the needs of each specific patient.

    Dr. Smith joined the Mercy in 2002 to lead the Integrative Medicine and Therapy Services department, and while the Sisters of Mercy were strong supporters of integrative medicine, Smith said there was a healthy dose of skepticism about it among the physicians in charge of medical care. That quickly faded as physicians saw better outcomes among referred patients.

    The program started with chiropractic, acupuncture and massage therapy. Smith added more services to the practice, including auriculotherapy, healing touch, reflexology, guided imagery, aroma therapy and nutrition counseling. The team also expanded to the inpatient setting, and later provided therapy for cancer patients as part of Mercy’s Survivorship Training and Rehab (STAR) certified rehabilitation program.

    “We kept track of outcomes with the oncology patients, looking at pre- and post-pain levels, anxiety levels and nausea,” Smith said. “We saw phenomenal outcomes in oncology and that group of physicians shared those results with other Mercy physicians.”

    Smith cites collaboration as one of the most important attributes of her position. “I enjoy the best of both worlds. The physicians handle the medical management and we offer ideas and solutions based on chiropractic. We are a group working together for the benefit of the patient.”

    Looking back on her time at Logan, “it was tough,” she says. As a single parent facing a demanding course load, she found phenomenal support in her fellow students. “We picked each other up, and while it wasn’t easy, it was rewarding.”

    Advice for tomorrow’s students? “Believe in what you are doing. You have to be the image of and adopt what you recommend to your patients. You have to live it.”

  • Dr. Mark Eavenson - 1988 Graduate

    “What patients see when they walk through our doors is collaboration in practice,” said Dr. Mark Eavenson. “Our patients benefit from a team approach to health care.”

    Dr. Eavenson’s health care team includes medical doctors, a physical therapist, nurses and, most recently, surgeons and their support staff who operate out of his new 16,000-square-foot surgery center. Employing his former training as a paramedic and registered nurse, Dr. Eavenson has created a patient-centered practice where access to a multitude of health care providers is achieved by simply walking through his office door. Perhaps, the most unique attribute of his practice model is that every health provider—from the medical physicians to the surgeons—reports to Dr. Eavenson.

    In addition to providing his patients chiropractic care, he also acts as a health care navigator, ensuring patients efficiently access the most appropriate level of care. “Hiring medically and surgically trained providers is an expensive venture,” he said. “But with the right health care partners, the gain is a thriving and sustainable practice, patient results and a job you love. We’ve simply brought our referral network under one roof, so when, for instance, I discovered a patient was suffering from a pulmonary embolism upon examination, we were able to provide immediate, and quite possibly life-saving, care.”

    Eavenson credits Logan for providing real-world training and effective chiropractic techniques. “Because of my Logan education, I can treat so many different ailments within my scope of practice, literally from head to toe, without surgical or pharmaceutical interventions. I couldn’t do that in my previous health care careers.”

  • Dr. Linda Smith - 1982 Graduate

    The need for chiropractic-based care has never been greater. This belief, held by Dr. Linda Smith, inspires her to build professional bridges that connect patients and health providers to chiropractic’s benefits.

    Over the years, she’s taken her clinical experiences from private practice back to the classroom—first, teaching Logan students and, now, educating future medical doctors and physical therapists.

    As a guest lecturer and research collaborator for Washington University’s Program in Physical Therapy, since 1989, and the “Alternative Skills” course instructor for Saint Louis University School of Medicine, Dr. Smith links future health care providers to accurate information about chiropractic. Through her efforts to educate and collaborate, she hopes future chiropractors can spend less time knocking down barriers and more of their energies treating patients in the integrated health system.

    “Teaching provides one way that I can give back to Logan,” she said. “Through my financial contributions, I can help Logan retain and attract the industry’s top faculty, who are critical for ensuring students’ clinical advancements. We have to equip our students with the training and protocols to effectively manage patients’ care and the communications skills to engage with other health care professionals.”

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