Logan University provides chiropractic care for Platinum Athletics

When the top cheer and dance teams from Platinum Athletics perform at “The Summit - All Star Cheerleading Championship” and “Varsity All Star - The Dance Summit Championship” in Orlando, Fla., Rebecca Skiljan, DC, MS, CCSP, will be joining them as their official team chiropractor.

As a resident in Logan’s Human Performance Center, Dr. Skiljan is providing chiropractic care to the athletes as part of a new partnership between St. Louis-based Platinum Athletics and Logan. Cheer and dance teams from Platinum Athletics recently earned multiple bids, including multiple full paid bids, to attend the top international and national competitions in Florida.
“I’m extremely excited to be working with these elite youth athletes,” said Dr. Skiljan. “In addition to providing injury-based rehab, we’re also working on performance-based care, such as muscle strengthening.”
For Dr. Skiljan, being able to provide the best care is all about monitoring the athletes during practice. When they’re not practicing, the athletes have access to Logan clinicians who can provide soft tissue, kinesiology and chiropractic care at the Mid Rivers or Montgomery Health Center.
Adam Rufkahr, co-owner and coach at Platinum, said his athletes are not only thrilled with someone who can help treat, manage and prevent injuries, but parents are ecstatic about being associated with a gym that is dedicated to the health and well-being of their children.
“For us, it was more about what can we do to provide more value for the kids at our facility and assure parents that above competitions and performing, safety is of utmost importance,” he said. “At the end of the day, we’re doing what’s best for our athletes in the long run and doing as much as we can. It’s been a huge blessing to be able to have access to Logan’s knowledge and resources.”

Memorial Service - May 24, 2017

Logan University will host its annual Memorial Service for families of anatomic donors on Wednesday, May 24th at 11:30am in the Purser Center.

Faculty, staff and students are invited to attend as a way of saying "thank you" to the families of those who generously gave themselves to further the education of Logan students.

What degree do I need to become a chiropractor?

Are you interested in becoming a chiropractor? If so, there are several educational steps you'll need to take to earn your Doctor of Chiropractic degree.

Licensed chiropractors are required to earn a Doctor of Chiropractic degree from an accredited college or university before they're allowed to practice. Before enrolling in a Doctor of Chiropractic program, students will need to either complete a bachelor's degree with a minimum of 24 semester hours of life and/or physical science or have 90 hours of undergraduate coursework including the 24 hours of sciences. Should a student fall short of either requirement, many schools offer an undergraduate program to assist a student in meeting the entry requirements for the Doctor of Chiropractic program.

Upon being accepted into the Doctor of Chiropractic program, students will learn basic and clinical sciences while simultaneously learning hands-on techniques and skills to provide the best treatment possible. In the final stages of the student's education, they treat patients and are immersed in a variety of unique clinical opportunities.

To learn more about the education a chiropractor receives or if you're interested in becoming a chiropractor, request information or contact Admissions@logan.edu.

Dr. Clay McDonald delivers State of the University Address at Spring Symposium

Attendees at the 2017 Spring Symposium recently gathered to hear Logan University President Dr. Clay McDonald’s State of the University Address in the ballroom of the Marriott St. Louis Airport Hotel. Dr. McDonald provided a comprehensive update on Logan, covering everything from how the school is faring financially to how the evolving curriculum is preparing students for a successful career.

A top point of pride for Logan is its debt-free, zero deferred maintenance status. Since 2013, the University has grown its assets from $35 million to $42 million, an increase of 20 percent. Logan alumni also fare well as graduates have a loan default rate of only 2.3 percent, far below the national average of 12 percent.

Projections for next year’s enrollment look strong, Dr. McDonald noted, particularly for the College of Health Sciences. More than 300 students enrolled for the 2015-16 school year, an increase of 138 percent from the previous year. 

Although Logan’s undergraduate program has historically been more popular for completion degrees, the school is striving to change that. Efforts include teaching college-level science courses to high schoolers at the Collegiate School of Medicine and Bioscience in downtown St. Louis. “Classes like this not only help students cut a year off their undergraduate program, but they also introduce chiropractic as a career option to a whole new group of students,” Dr. McDonald noted. 

Logan’s continued success is thanks in large part to its innovative curriculum, which from the very beginning has students interacting with patients and learning about asking the right questions to get at the heart of their ailments. Logan’s curriculum, updated a few years ago, is being presented as a model to the Institute for Advanced Medical Education, Dr. McDonald says, adding that this represents a huge step forward for the field of chiropractic overall. 

Dr. McDonald also addressed the effort to increase the percentage of the population who see a chiropractor. The initiative strives to utilize interpersonal care to expose a greater number of patients to the powers of chiropractic by partnering with hospitals, clinics and other medical centers. Logan, for instance, accomplishes this a few ways, including:

• Providing chiropractic care to sports teams, including athletes at the University of Missouri, Harris-Stowe State University and Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.

• Running a part-time clinic at Paraquad, a local non-profit dedicated to helping people with disabilities live more independently, which places students alongside physical and occupational therapists.

• Operating clinics in federally qualified community health centers, including Myrtle Hilliard Davis Comprehensive Health Centers, Affinia and, beginning in August, at Mercy Hospital’s JFK Clinic.

These initiatives also offer a wonderful opportunity for students to receive hands-on training in a variety of unique settings, Dr. McDonald notes.

Dr. McDonald’s address concluded with a call to help continue Logan University’s strong legacy of quality, affordable education. This can be done by referring a student, donating to the Tower restoration ($275,000 of the $400,000 goal has already been raised) or supporting the Forever Chiropractic, Forever Logan campaign which earmarks half of the $1,000 minimum donation for immediate scholarships and the other half for scholarship endowments. 

Why is Logan University the best chiropractic school?

Logan University is located in Chesterfield, Mo. and has remained grounded in chiropractic education since 1935. With the Doctor of Chiropractic program as its flagship, Logan also offers doctorate, master's and bachelor's degrees both online and on-campus.

What makes Logan University the best chiropractic school?

Hands-on Education

Logan students experience hands-on learning early in their education. Students spend 40% of their time in their first year in hands-on clinical skills courses. This includes time in the Assessment Center where students learn from standardized patients, connecting real-life scenarios to classroom instruction.

Innovative Curriculum

Logan University’s Doctor of Chiropractic degree curriculum strives to be evidence-informed and outcome-based in order to create practice-ready Doctors of Chiropractic. The Logan education is based on an academic curriculum that is grounded in the Logan tradition and infused with current research, technology and proven practices to educate tomorrow’s chiropractor. 

Diverse Clinical Opportunities

Beyond the time spent in the Assessment Center treating standardized patients, Logan students also treat patients at Logan's Health Centers, their diverse community health centers or at a partnering institution. Students are exposed to diverse and unique patients at Paraquad, Myrtle Hilliard Davis, Scott Air Force Base, Southern Illinois University - Edwardsville and several other locations. Patients include athletes, veterans, the physically disabled and underinsured. By treating a wide variety of patient cases and experiencing a wealth of clinical opportunities, Logan students are more prepared upon graduation.

Quality Education at an Outstanding Value

Quality education at a great value makes Logan a natural choice for those seeking careers in the health care field. Logan’s tuition for undergraduate, masters and doctorate courses are competitively priced. When Logan students graduate, they leave not only with an outstanding education, but also with smaller student loans.

Large, Beautiful Campus

Logan's 112-acre campus features not only lush landscaping, but several student amenities including an 18-hole disc golf course, a wellness center, basketball court, tennis court, sand volleyball court and an athletic field. 

Life in Chesterfield

Logan University is located in Chesterfield, a western suburb of St. Louis. Chesterfield enjoys the best of both worlds - the safety and tranquility of a suburb, but with the excitement and activity of a larger city. Off campus, students enjoy the vibrant arts and music of Chesterfield along with top-rated schools, beautiful parks and a large variety of shopping venues and restaurants. St. Louis area attractions such as the Saint Louis Zoo, Gateway Arch, Forest Park and professional sports teams are all within a 30-minute drive.

Want to Learn More?

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Logan partners with Affinia Healthcare to offer chiropractic care

Logan University has announced its third partnership with a federally-qualified community health care provider, meeting the demands for an alternative form of healthcare to address musculoskeletal conditions in an underserved population.

This month, Affinia Healthcare, which provides affordable primary and preventive health care to residents of St. Louis and surrounding areas, began offering chiropractic services at their 1717 Biddle Street location. 

Overseeing chiropractic care is Barry Wiese, DC, MHA, DIBCN, associate dean of clinic compliance and director of integrated health center development at Logan, and David Mann, DC, Logan’s first integrated spine care resident. They are currently seeing patients three full days per week – expanding from three half days per week initially.  Plans are to increase availa