Viscero-Somatic Center: Reinvigorating “Total Health” in Chiropractic

Before Logan University’s Viscero-Somatic Center (VSC) opened in August 2015, David Beavers, DC, MEd, MPH, chair of the VSC, had a vision for it.

“Much of chiropractic in general is moving away from the concept of ‘total health,’” he said. “This Center is an effort to reintroduce that connection by using chiropractic and nutrition together to address total health.” 

Dr. Beavers explained that the viscerosomatic connection traces back to basic embryology in that the internal organs and their condition of health affects bodily reflexes and vice versa. So, often, if external treatments are not helping enough, it’s time to also look at internal health. 

For a common example, if the left arm is tingling and/or numb, it may be a sign to check the heart. This, said Dr. Beavers, is just one well-known example and barely scratches the surface of the many similar connections.

“Often, recurring issues are a result of poor nutrition and lifestyle habits with reduced spinal health, but health screenings and recommendations do not dig deep enough or lend themselves to a complete lifestyle shift,” said Dr. Beavers. “Often it takes a detailed diagnosis and motivational interviewing to help guide patients toward improved total health.”

At its core, the VSC uses nutrition and enzymatic nutrition with chiropractic care to address biochemical and biomechanical imbalances of the body, such as concurrent low back pain and digestive issues, or mid back pain and asthma. The Center’s interns often use comprehensive blood studies and DEXA scans for patient analysis for both full body composition and osteoporosis.

“Treatment may just be a matter of simply changing the foods people eat, adding certain supplements, starting an exercise program and using functional nutrition,” said Dr. Beavers. “But we look at everything and request that patients record foods consumed, water intake, stress, exercise and sleep for seven days—basically, how everything comes in and goes out. This isn’t just a simple three-day food diary.” 

Patients of the VSC include those who may need more in-depth nutritional and lifestyle analyses as these relate to internal health issues, especially in the case of a recurring problem.

“We’re not a weight loss clinic,” said Dr. Beavers, “but we are a health clinic. And in the process of getting healthy, most patients will end up losing weight.”

First Forever Chiropractic, Forever Logan Scholarship Recipients


Logan University is proud to announce the first scholarship recipients from the Forever Chiropractic, Forever Logan Scholarship Fund. The recipients, announced at Logan’s recent Spring Symposium, are Camille McClendon of Hazelwood, Mo., Rebecca Sutphin of Raleigh, N.C., Jedidiah Farley of Orem, Utah and Amari Kimble of Memphis, Tenn. Each chiropractic student was awarded $2,000.

Forever Chiropractic, Forever Logan is a permanently endowed scholarship program to benefit students in Logan’s Doctor of Chiropractic program. Gifts to the Forever Logan Scholarship Fund provide benefits in two ways: half of the donation is awarded right away to deserving students while the other half is placed in a special long-term endowed scholarship fund. Interest generated is awarded in chiropractic scholarships, leaving the principal in the fund to grow untouched. As this fund grows and the interest accumulates, larger scholastic achievement awards can be made.
 
Trimester 6 student Rebecca Sutphin says the award, “makes me feel revived. It helps me to know I am on right path and doing what I need to do to be successful.”

Special Assistant to the President for Advancement, Stacey Till, MSEd, said “This year’s $8,000 in awards came from just four generous donors. My hope is to see donations grow the endowed fund to the largest endowed scholarship fund in chiropractic, providing chiropractic scholarships to Logan students for generations to come.”

Chair of the Forever Logan campaign, Arlan Fuhr, DC, a 1961 Logan alumnus  (’61) appreciates the long-term endowed aspect of the program. “It allows me to leave something behind that will never cease.”

To make a difference in the lives of Doctor of Chiropractic students now and forever and become a donor to the Forever Chiropractic, Forever Logan Scholarship Fund, contact the Office of Advancement at (636) 230-1749 or at Alumni@logan.edu.

Congratulations to Kerry Hallahan!

Congratulations to Kerry Hallahan, director of financial aid, on her election as President-Elect of the Missouri Association of Student Financial Aid Personnel (MASFAP). This three-year term officially begins on January 1, 2017. In 2018, she will serve as President and in 2019, Past President. MASFAP is dedicated to serving students, opening avenues to access the benefits of higher education and advocating for the maintenance of high ethical standards in the financial aid profession.




Logan Faculty Members Recognized by Association for the History of Chiropractic and National Science Foundation

Logan University’s Joseph Howe, DC, DACBR, fellow ACCR, associate professor and Roberta Sclocco, PhD, fellow, have received awards for their work in the field of radiology.

Dr. Howe was honored with the Association for the History of Chiropractic’s Lee-Homewood Chiropractic Heritage Award, which is given to living pioneers who have made outstanding contributions to the chiropractic profession.

“Dr. Howe was instrumental in the evolution of chiropractic radiology as a specialty,” said Norman Kettner, DC, DACBR, FICC, professor, chair of Logan’s Department of Radiology. “He is well-deserving of this award for his contributions in implementing this specialty, as well as in maintaining the highest standards in education, clinical practice and research throughout his long and productive career.”

Dr. Sclocco received an Abstract Travel Grant from the Organization for Human Brain Mapping (OHBM), the primary international organization dedicated to using neuroimaging to discover the organization of the human brain. The award is funded by the National Science Foundation and serves to reimburse travel expenses for trainees attending the OHBM’s annual Human Brain Mapping Meeting.
 
At the 2016 Meeting, Dr. Sclocco and her colleagues—hailing from universities and academic medical centers located all over the world—presented a study entitled “Employing ultra-high field (7T) functional MRI,” reporting on the specific human brainstem autonomic nuclei involved in the processing of cardiovagal outflow to the heart in a deep pain model.

“The importance of Dr. Sclocco’s research work lies in the soaring worldwide epidemic of chronic pain,” said Dr. Kettner. “Translation of this knowledge into the clinical setting could guide more effective non-pharmacologic chronic pain treatment utilizing acupuncture, spinal manipulation and meditation.”

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.