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.

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 Camille.McClendon@logan.edu 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.

For more information, visit MyNBCE.org/Scholarships.
All questions can be sent to NBCEStudentsScholarship@gmail.com.

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.