Logan Faculty and Alumni Participate in 2016 Olympics in Rio


All eyes were on Rio de Janeiro as the best athletes in the world assembled for the Olympic and Paralympic Games this summer. Several Logan alumni and one faculty member served as coaches while one alumna competed. 

Melissa Tancredi, DC, MS (Class of 2014) 
Pictured above on the far left.

After competing in the 2012 Olympic Games in London as a member of the Canadian soccer team, Dr. Tancredi completed her next new challenge: earning her Doctor of Chiropractic and Master’s in Sports Science and Rehabilitation degrees from Logan. This past year, Dr. Tancredi helped her team win bronze at the Olympic Games not only by scoring goals, but by using her skills to provide care for teammates. Currently, Dr. Tancredi is playing in Sweden for Orebro FC and has qualified for the Union of European Football Associations Champions League. In the future, she plans to practice chiropractic full time. “I see myself staying close to sports and finding a new journey and new challenges to take on,” said Dr. Tancredi. “I love my profession and I’m very excited to start fresh and create a new identity within chiropractic.”
 
Richard Olree, DC (Class of 1981)

For two years Dr. Olree has provided chiropractic care for three-time cancer survivor and blind athlete Ivonne Mosquera- Schmidt. Instead of looking at blindness as a setback, Ivonne saw it as an opportunity to bridge the gap between disabled and ablebodied athletes. Through years of training and chiropractic care, Ivonne regained strength and endurance, and this past July qualified for the U.S. Paralympic Track and Field team. Dr. Olree joined Ivonne in Rio de Janiero for the 2016 Paralympic Games.

“She was in the finals for the T11 women in the 1500-meter at these Olympics,” said Dr. Olree. “Though she was not on the podium, she is a true chiropractic hero for all the work and hardship she has endured.” Today, Ivonne is the World Champion in Paratriathlon in the sprint and Olympic distances and has set four American records for T11 women. 


David Parish, DC, MS, CSCS, DACBSP, ICCSP and Joel Dekanich, DC, RN, MS, DACBSP, CSCS (MSR Class of 2013)
Pictured above with Dr. Parish on the left and Dr. Dekanich on the right.

Representing the U.S. Para Powerlifting Team, Dr. Parish, associate dean of clinical care and director of sports science and rehabilitation, returned from the 2016 Paralympic Games as a proud coach of powerlifter Ahmed Shafik. Dr. Parish was joined by Dr. Dekanich, founder and director of Vail Integrated Medicine Group. Ahmed finished his second and final Paralympic games, taking seventh place. “When I first volunteered as a United States Olympic Committee sports medicine provider, I had no idea where it would lead. I certainly never dreamed I would be a part of two Paralympic teams for the USA,” said Dr. Parish. “Having now been to the ‘big stage’ as both a doctor and a coach, I can truly say that Logan University has enabled me to reach for what I dreamed of.”


Kyle Peacock, DC (Class of 2012), Matt Uchtman, DC (Class of 2007) and Nick Barnes, DC (Class of 2008) also attended the Olympic Games in Rio to treat members of the U.S. Wrestling Team.

InTouch - November 2016


The November 2016 issue of InTouch has been published!

This edition of InTouch features citations of interest on topics such as the effectiveness of manual therapies for pregnancy-related back and pelvic pain, the use of complementary and alternative medicine in children with common neurologic diseases, factors influencing students' receptivity to formative feedback emerging from different assessment cultures and much more!

Logan Creates Dual-Enrollment Program with St. Louis-Based High School


When high school student Nya Martin found out that her senior chemistry class would be taught by a college professor, she was ecstatic.

Not only did it mean she would receive college credit for the course, but she would also enjoy reduced expenses when she begins college. For Nya and her classmates, they could not imagine a better opportunity. 

That’s exactly what the leaders at Logan University thought as well when they partnered with Nya’s high school, the Collegiate School of Medicine and Bioscience (CSMB) in St. Louis. This fall, the two institutions entered into a dualenrollment course agreement. The two courses—chemistry and physics—are taught at CSMB by Logan faculty and provide select high school seniors with the opportunity to earn credits that satisfy both high school and college requirements.

The partnership is a first for both schools. 

“We were looking for opportunities to get more involved with the St. Louis community, and partnering with local high schools and community colleges was a great fit because of our undergraduate degree programs and general education curriculum,” said Sherri Cole, PhD, dean of the College of Health Sciences at Logan. “Being that CSMB has a focus on health sciences and we are a chiropractic and health sciences university, we knew it was going to be a good fit.”

Only four years old and located across from Saint Louis University’s School of Medicine, CSMB is a highly selective magnet school designed to prepare students for careers in medicine and bioscience. Students come from across the St. Louis metropolitan area and are required to pass a test and interview process before they are considered for acceptance. 

“We want to be sure the students are capable, but that they also consider the expectations of school, which are very high,” said Dan Edwards, PhD, associate superintendent and director of college credit for the St. Louis Public Schools. “Every student takes a minimum of two science classes each year, and the general curriculum is filled with advanced placement and dual-credit courses taught at a college level. Students from our school theoretically can leave here with 30 hours of college credit.”

For Nya and many of her classmates, that, in addition to a strong focus on medicine, is what attracted her to CSMB. 

“I knew I wanted to do something in the medical field, I just wasn’t sure what,” said Nya, who now knows she wants to become a pharmacist. “CSMB just seemed like it was going to be a professional high school environment between the advanced placement courses and different opportunities offered.”

One of those opportunities has been the dual-enrollment program. 


While dual-credit courses are more common in high schools across the country, dual-enrollment courses are harder to come by. Dual-enrollment courses are taught by college faculty, whereas dual-credit courses are taught by high school faculty trained to teach college level courses. CSMB currently has a dual-credit partnership with the University of Missouri-St. Louis.

“It’s very difficult in high schools, especially the smaller ones, to offer a dual-enrollment program,” Dr. Edwards said. “You just can’t find quality teachers with the expertise to teach college level courses in a high school, especially in math and science. This partnership with Logan allows us to have two faculty members with tremendous backgrounds in chemistry and physics to prepare students to make an easy transition into a university.” 

That faculty expertise, Dr. Edwards said, is hard to match. 

Dr. Edwards said while the parents were thrilled with the dual-enrollment program, some students were a bit apprehensive, wondering if they were capable of meeting the professors’ expectations. “I’m now seeing greater confidence in these students and a better understanding of what they can expect from a university course,” he said. “The students are very appreciative of the fact that we’re doing this.”

Nya said she was most excited about the long-term benefit. “I’m going to be saving money when I get to college and I won’t have to take the course again,” she said. 

Forty five students make up the current class of seniors—the school’s inaugural class. Of those, 26 are dual enrolled in Chemistry I and 16 are dual enrolled in Physics I taught by Logan instructors Sarah Luderer, PhD, assistant professor and David Nafar, MS, instructor, respectfully. 

Dr. Cole said Logan is currently working with CSMB to offer Chemistry II and Physics II in spring 2017 and looks forward to identifying other opportunities that might exist between Logan and CSMB students. 

“It was very innovative on Logan’s part that they were the first university willing to offer dual-enrollment,” said Dr. Edwards, who believes what CSMB is doing with Logan will become a trend. “Students have different needs and wants, and to match that, we have to offer a vast array of opportunities. We are so pleased with the arrangement and hope that our relationship with Logan will continue to grow.”

The Tower - Fall 2016

The Fall 2016 Tower is out now!

This edition includes Logan's collaborative partnership with Cuba, engaging high school students through dual-enrollment programs, a record enrollment for the College of Health Sciences and much more!


Chiro Games Tailgate - November 2nd, 2016


Help send off all of the Logan athletes heading to the 2016 Chiro Games!

A tailgate will be held at Logan's Athletic Field and Pavilion on Wednesday, November 2nd between 7pm and 9pm.

The event will feature food, drinks, yard games and an opportunity to wish Logan's athletes the best as they prepare to compete.

Head Leopard Competition - Fall 2016


Do you have what it takes to be the Head Leopard 2016?

On Friday, October 28th at 5:30pm at Logan's Pavilion, the search is on for the finest chiropractic students who want to compete in this fall's contest for Best Posture and the grand title of Head Leopard 2016 (formerly Mr. Logan).

Contact SACA@logan.edu for more information.