Bringing together cultural differences through chiropractic

A person’s college experience is often defined by their academic interests, how well they excel in the program and how successful they are following graduation. But at Logan, the college experience is not only defined by academics, but also by the support and encouragement students receive from those who surround them, expanding their worldliness and preparing them for future success in all areas of life.

At Logan, the student population represents more than 15 countries, including Canada, Brazil, Puerto Rico and Venezuela. Due to an increasing international student population and a yearning from U.S. students to participate in clinic abroad, Logan started the International Students Association (ISA), an organization that promotes cultural diversity and awareness throughout the Logan campus and community.

“We provide a platform for interaction among international students and the Logan student body, encouraging and supporting cooperative relationships among cultural differences,” said Kemmy Klein Ritter, a trimester 5 student from Brazil and president of ISA. “Our purpose is to advance and unite the global chiropractic profession through inspiration, integrity and leadership.”

Associated with the World Congress of Chiropractic Students (WCCS), an international collaboration of chiropractic students, the ISA presents students with opportunities for learning and collaboration with a diverse group of future health professionals from across the world.

Kemmy said the group occasionally brings in doctors to address real-world experiences with practicing chiropractic in other areas of the world. “It’s different outside of the U.S., and it’s important to know the different rules and regulations for practicing chiropractic in different countries,” she said.

Though Kemmy is currently serving in her third trimester as association president, her vision for the organization is just getting started. She hopes to involve more students on a global level, aiming to unite the profession and support one another. “A lot of people dream about the future, and we are the future,” said Kemmy. “Getting involved now means that we have the chance to start the future in the present.”

With the support of the Logan student body and many faculty members, Kemmy and her officers have linked together students from across the globe with three main common interests: their passion for health care, chiropractic and the world around them. “Learning life experiences from students and doctors in the field of chiropractic beyond the Logan clinic is a very humbling experience and a unique opportunity to grow as a future DC.”

The Tower - Summer 2017

The Summer 2017 edition of The Tower is out now!

This issue features Logan's newest health partnership, a mother and daughter creating a unique bond as classmates, Logan making global connections and much more.

Click here to read the Summer 2017 Tower online!

Volleyball Tournament & Pineapple Fest - July 21st, 2017

Students are invited to compete in a volleyball tournament and attend Pineapple Fest on Friday, July 21st, 2017.

The volleyball tournament will begin at 6pm on the Logan sand volleyball court and will be hosted by Lamba Kappa Chi.

Pineapple Fest will begin at 7pm at the Logan Pavilion and will be hosted by LSG.

Food and refreshments will be provided!

Contact with any volleyball questions and or for questions regarding Pineapple Fest.

Calvin Thomas IV named new Chief of Clinic Operations and Strategic Innovation

The Department of Academic Affairs is excited to announce Calvin Thomas IV will be joining the Logan University community as the Chief of Clinic Operations and Strategic Innovation on Tuesday, August 1st. He will begin his on-campus orientation on Monday, July 17th.  

Born in St. Louis, Missouri, he has been a successful healthcare executive in four states (California, Florida, Georgia & Missouri). As an experienced hospital leader in the industry, he has been responsible for the development of a $22 million Orthopedic & Spine Institute, a full-service Hospitalist Program, the onboarding of an electronic health record system (EPIC) and growing gross revenue to as much as $500 million dollars annually in one healthcare system.

His healthcare leadership experience includes for-profit hospitals, academic medical centers and community hospitals which included outpatient clinics. His commitment to operational efficiencies with excellence is evident in past accomplishments and responsibilities. Calvin has been hired into roles to grow existing service lines, successfully attain and retain accreditation, drive critical departments through the turnaround process all while enhancing the patient experience and increasing employee engagement. Some his past departmental responsibilities include the Emergency Department, Trauma, Surgical Services, Anesthesia, Radiology, Pharmacy, Rehabilitation Services, Environmental Services, Radiation Oncology, a Pain Clinic and Laboratory Services as well as many others.  

Since 2000, he has been an active member of the American College of Healthcare Executives. In 2003, Calvin joined the National Association of Health Services Executives where he has been a member and a past Southern California Chapter President.

Calvin is the current Vice President for Healthcare at Ivy Tech Community College. In his role, he is responsible for the School of Health Sciences with 18 academic programs totaling over 16,000 students and the School of Nursing totaling over 2,700 students. Calvin provides strategic leadership and oversight to both schools, ensuring the academic programming and operation is meeting the needs of students, faculty, deans and healthcare employers across the state of Indiana. Ivy Tech is the largest singularly-accredited community college in the United States, serving over 170,000 students through 19 degree-granting campuses and 26 instructional sites.  

Before joining Ivy Tech, Calvin was the Campus Administrator of Arlington High School, a 7th – 12th grade college preparatory high school in Indianapolis where he was tasked to be the turnaround school operator. His first professional introduction into education was in 2002, where he taught Algebra II & Geometry for St. Louis Public Schools at Roosevelt High School on the inner city’s south side. He has also been an adjunct faculty member for his alma mater, teaching multiple upper level collegiate courses including the capstone course.

Calvin received his Bachelor of Science degree from Harris-Stowe State University in Health Care Management and went on to graduate school at Dartmouth College to obtain his Master’s degree in Healthcare Research & Leadership.  He is also a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. and founding member of the collegiate chapter of 100 Black Men at Harris-Stowe State University. Currently in Indianapolis, his civic contributions include serving on two task forces of the Indiana Governor’s Health Workforce Council, being a board member of the Indiana Health Industry Forum, St. Vincent Anderson Hospital’s Foundation and Horizons (a summer enrichment program serving the underserved inner city youth from pre-K to 8th grade in reading and math), a founding board member of the Indiana Community Health Worker Association and an executive board member of the Crossroads of America Council (Boy Scouts of America). 

Calvin and his wife Rachelle have a two-year old daughter named Zelina.