A Complete Guide to Business Plan Writing - June 25th, 2017

Dr. Brittany Overman will present on how to grow a successful practice on Sunday, June 25th at 12pm to 2pm in Room 142B. Dr. Overman is a Logan graduate, the owner of Columbia Chiropractic Group and the Assistant Director of Logan's Human Performance Center at the University of Missouri.

All are welcome to attend, but please RSVP to WLC@logan.edu by June 23rd if you're planning on attending.



Kansas-based chiropractor Dr. Amber Beckley promotes holistic health through yoga

Yoga offers a host of physical and emotional benefits, and Logan University alumna Amber Beckley, DC (2011) is making it a little easier for her patients to hit the mat at her Topeka-based clinic Beckley Chiropractic. 

The clinic offers beginners classes designed for individuals who have been injured or are experiencing a lot of pain as well as gentler chair yoga and mat-based yoga classes. “Patients can take advantage before or after their appointments,” said Dr. Beckley, who also has experience as a yoga instructor. “We can orchestrate which classes patients go to depending on where they are in their health or treatment.”

The exercise feature was a natural extension of Dr. Beckley’s practice as she was already giving many patients yoga-based stretches and exercises to try at home. “I found myself telling a lot of patients about yoga classes in the community, so it just made sense to put in a studio here and hire a few instructors,” she said.

The initiative has not only resulted in growth for Dr. Beckley’s practice, but it has also made it easier for her team to manage patients’ overall health. “We don’t just focus on physical health,” she noted. “We also focus on emotional health and chemical stress. Yoga is a great way to promote general well-being.”

Dr. Beckley took over Beckley Chiropractic when her father David T. Beckley, DC (1982) retired. “I was always intrigued by what he did for a living,” she said.

Today, the best part of her job is helping people heal and return to their lives. When one patient came in recently for general adjustments, she hugged and thanked Dr. Beckley with tears in her eyes. 

“She had never been able to watch her grandson play baseball because of how much pain she was in,” Dr. Beckley said. “He had been playing for five years and she hadn’t been able to go to a single game…until now.”

Blood Drive - June 14th, 2017

Logan University will be hosting a blood drive with Mercy Blood Donor Services on Wednesday, June 14th from 11am to 3pm in the Standard Process Student Center.

Click here to make your appointment. If you have not utilized Mercy’s new online registration system, select first time donor and take a few minutes to complete your profile.

Dr. McDonald attends the 70th World Health Assembly hosted by the World Health Organization


Dr. Richard Nicols, former consultant, World Health Organization; Dr. Michel Tetrault, executive director, Chiropractic Diplomatic Corps; Labana Simanihuruk, BSc, secretary, Indonesian Chiropractic Association; Dr. Clay McDonald, chairman, Association of Chiropractic Colleges; David O’Bryon, JD, CAE, president, Association of Chiropractic Colleges.

The World Health Organization (WHO) hosted the seventieth World Health Assembly (WHA) in Geneva, Switzerland in May.

Logan president, Dr. Clay McDonald, attended the WHA as chairman of the Association of Chiropractic Colleges. The WHA is the supreme decision-making body for the WHO and generally meets in Geneva each May. It's regularly attended by delegates from all 194 member states with the main objective of determining the policies of the Organization. Some of the topics discussed at this year’s WHA were dementia, immunization, refugee and migrant health and the world drug problem. 

The WHO is the directing and coordinating authority on international health within the United Nations system. The WHO monitors health situations and assesses health trends while providing leadership on matters critical to health. Over 7,000 people from 150 countries work for the WHO with over 150 country offices, six regional offices, a Global Service Centre in Malaysia and headquarters in Geneva. 

To read more about the 2017 World Health Assembly, click here.


Dr. McDonald outside the World Health Organization in Geneva, Switzerland for the annual World Health Assembly.

Dr. Terry Yochum, Dr. James Cox and Dr. Norman Kettner share experiences at 2017 Howe Oration


Dr. Terry Yochum, Dr. Norman Kettner, Dr. Joseph Howe and Dr. James Cox

Salvaging athletic careers, creating pain treatment methods and working to understand the effects of both physical and psychological pain are just some ways Doctors of Chiropractic are contributing to health care. Three eminent DCs specifically shared their experiences with these topics during the 10th Annual Joseph W. Howe Oration in Diagnostic Imaging, an event held May 25 at Logan to honor the contributions and achievements of Dr. Howe.

Speakers included Terry R. Yochum, DC, DACBR, James Cox, DC, DACBR and Norman W. Kettner, DC, DACBR.

Dr. Terry Yochum – Saving a Career

Dr. Yochum discussed a case highlighting a 16-year old female soccer player who was slated to join the United States’ Junior Olympic Soccer Team. The patient was experiencing low back pain on her right side as she kicked the soccer ball and extended. Dr. Yochum concluded that she had developed spondyloysis and his answer was to put her in the Boston Overlap brace and reduce her activity. 

Dr. Yochum noted that athletes are the hardest patients to manage because as soon as the pain goes away, they want to play. However, he praised this aspiring soccer star for following orders. He said the key is to remind athletes, parents and coaches that the brace is not a career-ending activity, but it is ultimately a career-saving activity. As a result, the patient fulfilled her goal and was selected for the Junior Olympic soccer team. Dr. Yochum has performed this treatment with hundreds of patients, in addition to the soccer player, without one reoccurrence.

Dr. James Cox – Treating Post-Surgical Patients  

“The suicide rate is high…the depression rate is high,” said Dr. Cox empathetically during the Howe Oration, as he discussed the chiropractor’s obligation to meet the challenges of post-surgical, continued-pain patients. 

Dr. Cox shared a study he and other colleagues conducted to address the pain patients often continue to feel after undergoing spinal surgery, which may lead to severe depression or even suicide. They found that 10 to 40 percent of patients will experience pain after surgery. Dr. Cox and the participating chiropractors performed chiropractic distraction spinal manipulation on patients and were pleased to record 81 percent of these patients experienced more than a 50 percent relief in pain. 

Chiropractic distraction spinal manipulation is a method aided by an instrument called a transducer, which helps teach doctors how much force to apply. Dr. Cox noted that the transducer is valuable because one of the hardest things with this method of spinal manipulation is teaching doctors how much force to apply to a joint.

Dr. Norman Kettner – Pain & The Brain  

The Oration concluded with Dr. Kettner addressing the human brain and the importance of understanding the brain’s adaptation to chronic pain. He described the models of functional brain dynamics, reviewed the dynamics of nociceptive and anti-nociceptive peripheral and central networks, provided an overview of the techniques of functional neuroimaging and examples of data demonstrating how neuroplasticity of chronic pain may be modified by interventions such as acupuncture and spinal manipulation.

Dr. Kettner stressed the importance of understanding the biopsychosocial model which combines anatomic, physiologic and psychosocial patient-doctor interactions. “We will fail unless we integrate this principle into education and clinical practice,” he said. “It’s the integrative relationships between networks of molecules, cells, systems and the psychosocial dimensions that is more important than the individual components.”  

Over the years, Dr. Kettner has authored numerous publications in the field of chiropractic radiology and functional neuroimaging including prestigious journals such as Brain, NeuroImage, Human Brain Mapping and Pain

Dr. Rachel Loeb is excited to grow the future of Logan and chiropractic

It’s no surprise that Dr. Loeb has eagerly been referring students to Logan University. As a child, she was inspired by her own chiropractors, Brian Morrison, DC (April 1987) and Haydee Morrison, DC (April 1988), both Logan graduates who referred her to Logan as a student.

Today, Dr. Loeb takes pride in the fact that the referral component of her life has come full circle.

“I think chiropractic is such an incredible profession,” she said, “and it’s important that we keep recruiting talented individuals. When I find someone who would be a good chiropractor, I encourage them to pursue it, because those are the kind of people we want to represent this field.”

And Dr. Loeb has done just that. She referred Trimester 5 student Emily Wills to Logan after she worked for Dr. Loeb in her St. Louis office as an assistant. Emily originally aspired to be a physical therapist but ultimately chose chiropractic and Logan.

Additionally, two of Dr. Loeb’s patients, who are currently college seniors, plan to enter Logan’s Doctor of Chiropractic program following the completion of their undergraduate studies.

“I’ve gotten to share with the three of them what I love,” Dr. Loeb said. “I love continually helping people and being part of their health goals and lives, and I love seeing what a positive impact I’m making in the community.”

Dr. Loeb, August 2010 Logan graduate, who is also an acupuncturist, was introduced to chiropractic and acupuncture early in life. She grew up in Clarksville, Md., as a competitive dancer and relied on chiropractic and acupuncture for pain reduction, injury prevention, maximized athletic performance and better general health.

Dr. Loeb appreciates that Logan helped catapult that interest and passion into a career.

“The world of chiropractic is growing and changing and I think Logan does a great job of teaching the history of chiropractic while introducing a modern and innovative curriculum,” Dr. Loeb said. “There was always someone there to answer my questions and there were so many professors at Logan who educated me and supported me to have the career that I love.”

The career she loves includes serving as the company chiropractor for Big Muddy Dance Company and Ashleyliane Dance Company, in addition to owning Clayton Chiropractic Center, where she works as a chiropractor and acupuncturist.

Dr. Loeb is proud to be a part of the legacy of student referrals at Logan and to continue to grow the future of the University and the future of chiropractic.

“Logan is producing great doctors; there are so many different people I’ve met who went to Logan and are such great representatives of the chiropractic field,” Dr. Loeb said. “I am very grateful for what Logan provided me.”

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