Philadelphia Zoo Nutritionist Pursues Master's Degree with Logan


Barbara Toddes is a zoological nutritionist at the Philadelphia Zoo. She is also a student at Logan, currently earning her Master’s in Nutrition and Human Performance degree online.

For someone who lives hundreds of miles from the Logan campus, some might think her path to Logan is anything but logical. In fact, it’s a path that very few—if any—people have taken. But for Barbara, pursuing a degree at Logan is the most logical next step in her career.

Barbara earned her bachelor’s degree in animal production from Pennsylvania State University with an emphasis in domestic livestock nutrition. Following her undergraduate studies, she joined the Philadelphia Zoo in 1984 as an intern and has worked there ever since. She later became the Zoo’s first zoological nutritionist and currently is one of approximately 25 in the country.

In the years since, Barbara has taken human and animal nutrition graduate courses, which led to her interest in human nutrition and its relation to zoological nutrition. Once her children had completed their own college education, she began looking into accredited programs that could lead to certification and a curriculum that was readily applicable to her current position at the Zoo.

“There are many great programs for training people to be field zoologists,” Barbara said. “But there is no clear-cut path for zoological nutritionists because we deal with so many animal species. The Philadelphia Zoo has a large nonhuman primate collection, which includes Colobus and Squirrel monkeys. In fact, those are the same animals typically used to study human nutrition.”

All of these factors eventually led her to look into master’s degrees in nutrition which, after much research, led her to Logan, where she enrolled and began online coursework in January 2016.

The Master’s in Nutrition and Human Performance curriculum includes many courses that interest Barbara and are beneficial to her career path, including nutrigenetics and nutrigenomics as well as herbology. Relative to the other programs she looked at, Logan’s offerings, Barbara said, were much more interesting and applicable to her situation in the zoological community.

“Zoological nutrition is not very different than human nutrition, but the complexity of the organisms we work with makes captive diet development challenging,” Barbara said. “Nutrigenetics may help us understand the variations of nutrient response between species.”

Barbara also enjoys the overall structure of online courses that allow her to fuse her professional life with her student life. “At first, I wasn’t sure about an online degree,” she said. “But I’ve found that Logan’s online lectures are the best way for me to learn because you can move along at your own pace."

In addition to having the opportunity to choose her coursework and access a plethora of news articles and medical journals in Logan’s online library, Barbara enjoys Logan’s specific ties to the medical community. “I like that Logan is also a chiropractic college,” she said. “I enjoy knowing that, as I listen to the online lectures, the professor is speaking primarily to future doctors.”

She also sees the value in sprucing up her client interaction skills, which is something she is experiencing through the program. 

“I’ve never done the client interaction part of nutrition,” she said. “My clients are animals who can’t talk to me, so all of their communications come through their keepers, who are parallel to a caregiver for a person who can’t communicate their needs. I’ve come to realize that communication is a huge part of nutrition, which is a big part of this program at Logan.”

Movie Night - Creed - August 3rd, 2016



Logan's Student Government will host a movie night featuring Creed on Wednesday, August 3rd at the Loomis Amphitheatre at 8:15pm.

Contact Camille.McClendon@logan.edu for more information.

Logan University Creates First Formal U.S. – Cuba Chiropractic and Sports Medicine Partnership

Agreement between Logan and Cuba’s Institute of Sports Medicine creates opportunities for improved patient care, research and educational collaboration.

On the heels of a trip formalizing the arrangement, Logan University President Dr. Clay McDonald has announced an extensive agreement between Cuba’s Institute of Sports Medicine and Logan University to foster collaboration across many aspects of education, research and patient care. The agreement calls for faculty exchange and development, collaborative educational programs and chiropractic care for the Institute’s athletes, staff and ultimately private Cuban citizens. 

The initial actions include: 
  • The translation of Logan’s online Master of Science in Sports Science and Rehabilitation program into Spanish and incorporating a number of the Institute's acclaimed clinicians as instructors. 
  • Logan’s active participation in the Sports Medicine section of Congress of Sports to be held in Cuba in November of 2017.
  • Exchange opportunities for each organization’s faculty, staff and students beginning in the spring of 2017.
Arrangements are currently being made to host the Director of the Institute of Sports Medicine, Dr. Jorge Pavel Pino Rivera, and other key officials from Cuba on Logan’s campus this fall to explore additional opportunities.  

“The prospect of working closely with one of the world’s most highly regarded sports institutes and bringing chiropractic care to Cuba’s elite athletes and ultimately to their public is an incredible opportunity for both of our students and faculty,” said Dr. McDonald.  

The Institute of Sports Medicine is the health care provider for elite athletes in Cuba and a subset of The National Institute of Sports, Physical Education and Recreation (INDER). INDER was created in 1961 after the Revolution when Fidel Castro announced an end to professional sports leagues and created a national amateur sports program, which governs all sport and recreation in Cuba. Sport is a core subject of the educational curriculum at all levels and is given equal weight with other educational subjects. Further, while the Institute, like much of Cuba’s health care program, is significantly underfunded and lacking technology, it maintains a strong international reputation for quality of care.

Logan University began conversations with the Institute of Sports Medicine in late 2015, shortly after David Parish, DC, MS, CSCS, DACBSP, ICCSP, Program Director of Logan’s Master of Science in Sports Science and Rehabilitation, and Leonard Ershow, DC, CASBSP, ART, NKT, CKTP, a chiropractor from Princeton, N.J. were invited to speak at Congreso Internacional de Medicina Deportiva in conjunction with the Federation of International Chiropractic Sports.

Learn more about this unique partnership in the Fall 2016 edition of The Tower.

Pictured from left to right:

  • Dr. Clay McDonald, President of Logan University
  • Eduardo Antonio Becali Garrido, President of the National Institute of Sports Medicine and Recreation (INDER)
  • Dr. David Parish, Program Director of the Master of Science in Sports Science and Rehabilitation at Logan University
  • Dr. Jorge Pavel Pino Rivero, Director of the Institute of Sports Medicine 
  • Lic. Roberto Leon Richard, First Vice President of INDER
  • Marta Licid a Ruiz Perez, Cuba's Director of International Relations

Congratulations to Dr. Patrick Battaglia!

Congratulations to Dr. Patrick Battaglia for passing Part II of The American Chiropractic Board of Radiology exam which provides him with the Diplomate of the American Chiropractic Board of Radiology (DACBR).

Great job Dr. Battaglia!






Bake Sale - August 2nd, 2016



A bake sale will be held on Tuesday, August 2nd between 11:30am and 1:30pm in the Student Center.

Proceeds from the bake sale will benefit the students attending the August 2016 Logan Dominican Republic Mission Trip.

Master's Programs Lunch & Learn - August 4th, 2016

Logan's Office of Admissions will be hosting a Master's Programs Lunch & Learn on Thursday, August 4th in the Purser Center from 11:30am to 12:15pm. 

There will be two separate lunches, one for students interested in the Master of Science in Nutrition and Human Performance degree program and one for students interested in the Master of Science in Sports Science and Rehabilitation degree program. The event will include admissions and financial aid sessions and an opportunity to ask questions of the program directors. 

Email Emily.Madden@logan.edu by Friday, July 29th to RSVP and please specify which master’s program session you will be attending.