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.”

Continued Growth at Myrtle Hilliard Davis Comprehensive Health Center

Since opening the integrated health center within the Myrtle Hilliard Davis Comprehensive Health Center (MHD) in St. Louis in January of 2015, the focus has been on growth. This growth has occurred across a variety of fronts: the number of patients seen continues to grow, the complex nature of patient care demands the students rotating through this clinical setting grow in their clinical skills and competence and the integrated approach has allowed other health care providers within the integrated system to grow in their knowledge of chiropractic and its far-reaching benefits.

Barry Wiese, DC, MHA, director of integrated health centers says the experience at MHD is a true integrated clinical setting. “Providers within the system share one patient record. This gives everyone a good picture of the overall health of the patient and makes care efficient and effective, giving better outcomes for the patients.”

“The increased cost effectiveness and efficiency typically leads to better patient outcomes, which is the primary reason integrated models are considered to be at the core of the future of health care. Logan students will be better prepared for opportunities that present themselves within this new health care paradigm, and we’re very proud of that,” adds Dr. Wiese.

Patients at MHD often present with a high degree of case complexity. Their case histories, which may include poverty, abuse and/or injuries like assaults or gunshot wounds are all considerations for the student when evaluating what is impacting the patient’s pain.

Ross Mattox, DC, RMSK™, MHD clinician and assistant professor, says “chronic pain is a complicated entity that requires a multi-faceted approach in its treatment. A multi-disciplinary approach makes the most sense and we've been able to add a missing component to the treatment of chronic pain in the form of manual therapy, nutrition and exercise advice, lifestyle changes and patient empowerment.”

The opportunity to rotate through the MHD clinic is available to approximately 30 students per year, with plans to increase this number. Dr. Mattox states that the experience at MHD is a powerful one and allows the student to prove to themselves that they can handle almost anything in a clinic environment. “They take away unique experiences from this clinic that will not only make them better doctors, but better human beings.”

Logan intern, Ryan Russell treated a woman with chronic pain who was also suffering from depression. “In the beginning, the patient was not satisfied with our care, but after a week, she responded very well and was feeling much better,” he said. “It was rewarding to break through that chronic pain cycle and improve her quality of life.”

Below is a short video with patient testimonials about their experience with chiropractic care at MHD.

Logan University was recently awarded a Resolution from the Missouri State House of Representatives recognizing their contributions at MHD.

Kids Enjoy Exercise Now - Summer 2016

KEEN (Kids Enjoy Exercise Now) Sports will be on the campus of Logan University this summer!

KEEN empowers youth with disabilities by providing one-on-one programs of exercise, fitness and fun led by volunteers. 

Who can help?
Logan students, faculty, staff and their family members.

Logan University athletic field.

Sessions will be held on the following Sundays:
June 5th
June 19th
July 3rd
July 17th
August 7th

For more information and to register email Warren.Kalkstein@logan.edu.

Logan's Got Talent - June 3rd, 2016

Students are invited to sign up for Logan's Got Talent which will be held on Friday, June 3rd at 7pm at the Logan Pavilion.

Participants must be full-time chiropractic students and acts can either be solo or with a group. The winner will travel to Life West's international competition for a chance to win $20,000.

Sign up today and show off your talent!

If you want to sign up or have questions about the event, contact Zachary.Grant@logan.edu.

Summer 2016 Blood Drive - June 8th

A blood drive will be held on Wednesday, June 8th from 11am to 3pm in the Student Center.

For appointments, please visit DonateBlood.Mercy.NetThough appointments are preferred, walk-ins are welcome.

All donors will be required to bring their state ID. Presenting donors will receive a complimentary t-shirt while supplies last!

Movie Night - Concussion - May 25th, 2016

All are invited to attend a screening of Concussion on Wednesday, May 25th at 7:45pm in the North Mabee Hall located inside the Purser Center.

The film starring Will Smith is based on a true story and is described as:

In Pittsburgh, accomplished pathologist Dr. Bennet Omalu uncovers the truth about brain damage in football players who suffer repeated concussions in the course of normal play.

The movie is free and concessions will be sold by Omega Sigma Phi.

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