Integrating Chiropractic in the Workplace

Dr. Don and Lisa Conant often adjust employees at Turbocam.

While working at their family practice in New Hampshire, Don and Lisa Conant, DCs, came to a realization. The Logan Doctor of Chiropractic graduates (August of 2001 and 2003) increasingly began understanding the discrepancies in chiropractic care for the corporate working community. Knowing those discrepancies may not change anytime soon, the couple decided to shift their own careers to make a difference.

“We found ourselves wondering why more people weren’t getting regular adjustments,” said Dr. Lisa Conant. She and Dr. Don Conant realized time and money were the leading reasons. “A lot of people just can’t swing the cost of routine chiropractic adjustments on top of the financial weight of caring for a family,” said Dr. Lisa Conant. That, combined with the demanding hours of working full-time and family responsibilities, left few opportunities for chiropractic care.

The couple decided their answer to this problem could be as simple as reducing the time and money it takes for the community to get adjusted. How? Bring the practice to the patients and create a community of convenience.

They started from scratch with a new concept of meeting corporate employees where they worked to provide chiropractic care. Their new identity, called Corporate Chiropractic Works, would partner with corporations in the region to improve employees’ health and wellness and to “increase productivity by facilitating awareness, accessibility and affordability of care”—a statement central to their work.

After two years in this new practice concept, Drs. Don and Lisa Conant are successfully working with 14 corporations using their on-site model. They visit each of their partners weekly, adjusting employees and educating them on chiropractic, health and wellness. They ensure chiropractic care is consistently integrated into these employees’ lives through routine appointments.

“People even come into work on their days off because they don’t want to miss an opportunity to be adjusted,” said Dr. Lisa Conant. “They love it.”

The couple noted that chiropractic utilization within each of their partner companies is 400 percent greater than the national utilization average of private practices.

Dr. Lisa Conant and Dr. Don Conant.

The mutually beneficial relationships between Corporate Chiropractic Works and corporations’ human resources departments have proven to be important in the couple maintaining and building new clientele. “Human resources departments are quick to jump on this opportunity to offer health and wellness that they don’t have to provide themselves,” explained Dr. Lisa Conant.

In order to make on-site visits feasible and lucrative, Drs. Don and Lisa Conant typically partner with companies consisting of 100-500 employees. The business is completely cash-run, eliminating the costs and restrictions of an insurance-based practice while providing extremely low overhead costs. However, they had to streamline their offerings to make the idea a reality and to really fit with their philosophy of chiropractic.

“We really wanted to focus on the adjustments. We knew that even though we might not have everything available on site (X-rays, supplements, etc.), we would be able to make an incredible difference for people with this model,” she explained. They do, she noted, make recommendations for exercise and nutrition and educate patients on related topics each week.

“We just had to do what felt right to meet our goals, and it has worked out great so far,” said Dr. Lisa Conant. “That’s my main lesson from this experience: do what you want to reach your goals, rather than what someone else tells you you should do.”

Going their own way has reduced Drs. Don and Lisa Conant’s working hours, debt and stress—and has increased the time they can spend with family. “We think this model is a great option for new doctors,” said Dr. Lisa Conant.

While it wasn’t easy going against the grain, the doctors credit Logan faculty, Ralph Barrale, DC, Ralph Filson, DC, Daryl Ridgeway, DC, and Norman Kettner, DC, DACBR, FICC, with instilling in them the confidence and knowledge to utilize their skills in their own way.

“Logan prepared us to be great chiropractic doctors, and we can tell the difference between our skills and those of others with a chiropractic education from a different institution,” noted Dr. Lisa Conant.

Looking forward, Drs. Don and Lisa Conant’s new goal is simple: grow their practice, hire more DCs and help more people.

Puppy Play Day - June 28th, 2016

Need to relieve some stress? What could be better than playing with dogs?

Puppy Play Day will be held on Tuesday, June 28th between 11:30am and 1:30pm at the Logan Pavilion.

Dogs will be brought to campus by the APA Adoption Center. Please do not bring your own pets.

Movie Night - Zootopia - June 15th, 2016

Logan's Student Government will host a movie night featuring Zootopia on Wednesday, June 15th at the Loomis Amphitheatre at 7:45pm.

Contact for more information.

NBCE Student Scholarship Competition - Summer 2016

Any student enrolled in a U.S., CCE-accredited, chiropractic degree program is invited to apply for a $2,000 scholarship opportunity from the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners (NBCE).

The NBCE will award three scholarships of $2,000 each.

To apply:
1. Submit an original essay on a humanities topic that focuses on or relates to chiropractic.
2. Submit a letter of reference from a faculty member or administrator about your outstanding scholarly and/or service achievements.
3. Submit a letter from the registrar proving your enrollment and good academic standing.

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The Story of How Logan University Moved to its Chesterfield Campus

At the time, it was unfathomable to think anything of substantial importance would be built west of Highway 270 in St. Louis. The area was home to grazing livestock and rolling green pastures, dotted with farms and homesteads.

Yet, on one evening in 1972, 70 Doctors of Chiropractic agreed that a 112-acre parcel of land for sale in that area would provide a bright future for development, growth and progress. Today, their vision is realized on the very grounds that make up Logan University.

According to Logan Associate Professor Patrick Montgomery, DC, MS, FASA, the property, at the time, was home to Maryknoll Junior Seminary. However, in the early 1970s, the Brothers of Maryknoll were forced to close the seminary due to declining interest in men joining the priesthood.

Dr. Montgomery said the property, which was gifted to the Archdiocese of St. Louis by the original landowners, came with two stipulations: it could never be broken up into smaller parcels, and if sold, it had to be sold to an educational institution.

The property was for sale two years before Fred Gehl, DC, who was associated with Logan, stumbled upon it. Though the Logan’s Normandy campus was paid for, the college was outgrowing the space as a result of rising enrollment.

Negotiations over the $3.5 million asking price broke down several times though it was Logan Board member William Boehmer, DC, who kept the discussion going. 

Dr. William Coggins signs the purchase agreement with (from left) Drs. Fred Gehl, Bert Hanicke and D.P. Casey.

In the end, the Brothers and Logan reached a $1.8 million deal, as long as $350,000 was provided to the Brothers within 10 days of the contract being signed. It was then that Logan Board members Rolla Pennell, DC, and Gordon Heuser, DC, took immediate action, calling on Logan alumni to join them for a gala dinner at Maryknoll.

That night, Drs. Pennell and Heuser made their case for a brighter future, urging the DCs to give back to the institution that gave so much to them. 

By the end of the night, they had secured financial donations from everyone in attendance, allowing them to turn over the amount needed to acquire the property for their future home.

In June 1973, under the direction of D.P. Casey, DC, the students and faculty completed the move to the new campus in just four days. The following year, the Normandy campus was sold to another division of the Catholic Church (the Cardinal Newman Colleges) which purchased the property for $1 million.

The Chesterfield property was completely paid for thanks to the generosity of Logan supporters and the sale of the Normandy campus.

Logan Graduate Uses Nutrition Background to Support Clean Eating

In the past few years, there’s been a lot of buzz around “clean eating,” but what does the phrase really mean? According to Katie Sherer, DC, MS, to eat “clean” is to consume foods in their most natural state.

Although it might sound simple, “even an apple can be considered processed,” said the December 2011 Logan DC graduate. 

In fact, 90 percent of foods on store shelves are processed or contain chemicals, contributing to autoimmune disease, heart disease and obesity. As hard as it may be to find “clean” foods, clean eating is extremely important, said Dr. Sherer.

“Clean eating alone—excluding calorie counting or reducing fat or carbohydrate intake—can help you lose weight,” she said. 

Dr. Sherer’s dietary practice initially started with friends and family in May 2014. Today, she not only practices with her husband, Jacob Sherer, DC, MS (April 2012/ August 2015) in Alton, Ill., but offers a lean lifestyle program, fostering education and community surrounding dietary education, weight loss and clean eating.

Each month she hosts six to 10 clean eating parties in which a group of patients come together for an hour to prepare seven crockpot-ready meals that can be frozen and ready to eat whenever the patients need them.

Before each clean eating party, Dr. Sherer gives participants a grocery list of items to bring, while she provides the necessary prep items including spices, storage containers, cutting boards, etc. The parties and recipes never involve cooking, with the exception of browning meat or preparing rice beforehand.

“You need to do food prep; otherwise, you will be tempted to grab something on the go, which is not always a healthy option,” said Dr. Sherer. She posts tips like this on social media, using platforms to gather people who are interested in her clean eating parties.

Dr. Sherer also works individually with patients who have diabetes, eating disorders or other conditions—as well as patients who simply need to lose or gain weight—and receives many referrals through local surgeons.

“If a surgeon’s patient has a BMI that is too high, they refer them to me so they can lose weight before the surgery,” explained Dr. Sherer.

Her patients’ results speak for themselves. One weight-loss patient lost 114 pounds in 14 months while one diabetes patient cut her insulin prescription in half within two weeks of Dr. Sherer’s program. Soon after, that patient had lost a total of 80 pounds and no longer needed medication.

“Part of the reason I’ve had success with my patients is because I designed a program that’s affordable,” she said, as insurance policies often won’t cover dietary and/or weight loss programs, deterring candidates from enrolling in them. “But the nutrition aspect is just as important as chiropractic—you’re not going to get the best chiropractic results if nutrition isn’t involved as well.”

Dr. Sherer also credits Logan with her success. She received her DC (December 2011) as well as master’s degrees in both the Sports Science and Rehabilitation (August 2012) and Nutrition and Human Performance (August 2015) programs.

She said it was through the Loomis Program that she realized how physiology really affects each individual person. “Dr. Robert Davidson, PhD, program director for the Master of Science in Nutrition and Human Performance was also a great mentor to me and my husband,” she said. “He helped shape my program.”

Dr. Sherer’s husband, Dr. Jacob Sherer, now teaches two courses in Logan’s Master of Nutrition and Human Performance program and practices in both Edwardsville, Ill., and Jerseyville, Ill., while Dr. Katie Sherer spends time outside of the practice volunteering in the Alton community, hosting grocery store tours and speaking in seminars, where she teaches people how to read labels and choose healthier options.

“Nutrition is my passion, and teaching the importance of proper nutrition is why I love my job,” she said. “Being able to make such a huge impact on a patient’s life through small dietary changes is why I love what I do.”