Justin Goehl (2011 DC graduate and 2012 MS graduate) has become the first chiropractor at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, New Hampshire’s only academic medical center which is affiliated with the fourth oldest medical school in the country.
“For a long time, I was just winding and finding my way through the chiropractic profession,” said Dr. Goehl, who started in January and also serves as a Clinical Assistant Professor at Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth College. “I’m now in what I consider to be my dream job with unlimited potential for growth.”
Dr. Goehl is responsible for helping create the Primary Spine Care program within The Center for Integrative Medicine embedded in the Department of Community and Family Medicine. The program offers an innovative approach to treating and triaging spine-related disorders with a focus on cost-effective, evidence-based, patient-centered outcomes.
In addition to treating patients, Dr. Goehl will identify research opportunities, especially in the area of comparing primary spine care to traditional spine care models for patient outcomes, cost and patient satisfaction. “This is just the first stepping stone of a bigger movement in integrative medicine. There are a lot of providers who are interested in this model and my goal is to help grow it,” he said.
After earning his Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Logan, Dr. Goehl graduated from the Veterans Administration residency program in Los Angeles, which he said was a career game changer.
“It changed the way I perceived health care, chiropractic and the ability to create an integrated approach to care,” said Dr. Goehl. “Looking back, I am lucky to have been selected because the experience completely changed the trajectory of my career and where I could take my DC degree.”
It was through the VA that Dr. Goehl completed both a residency and six-month fellowship in primary spine care at Southern California University of Health Sciences. That experience made him a prime candidate for the new position at Dartmouth-Hitchcock.
“Hiring a Doctor of Chiropractic has been a vision of the Center’s leadership for many years,” Dr. Goehl said. “It’s very exciting to be working with the college and primary care providers that have never had a chiropractor in their organization, let alone working side by side on their team.”
Last week, Lacey Miller, DC, and Rebecca Skiljan, DC, MS, CCSP, both residents in Logan’s Human Performance Center, attended DC2017, a premier chiropractic conference in Washington D.C. featuring thought leaders on research, best practices and the future of the profession.
Each earned top awards for their research in sports chiropractic. Dr. Miller earned a FICS Original Research Award in the category of Best Student for “Sport-specific rehabilitation for a Paralympic rugby prospect: A case report.”
Dr. Skiljan received first place in the student poster presentation category for her research, “Chiropractic intervention and rehabilitative exercises in an adolescent with a recent incomplete spinal cord injury: A case report.”
Here are their perspectives on attending the conference:
Dr. Lacey Miller (pictured above):
“My experience at the DC2017 conference in Washington D.C. was one to remember. Rubbing elbows with some of the most successful chiropractors in the world was remarkable. I sat in lectures from individuals who practice anywhere from Asia, to Australia. Seeing what our profession is doing worldwide is profound and amazing.
For the first day in DC, I attended the FICS conference, where I did a platform presentation of my research, Sports-Specific Rehabilitation for a Paralympic Prospect: A Case Study. Not only was I nervous to be speaking at a conference, but I was speaking to a room of renowned sports chiropractors from all over the world. In the end I loved showing my passion for sports chiropractic and working with not only abled bodied athletes, but adapted athletes as well. The experience was one I will never forget, and walking away with the Outstanding Student Award for Original Research was the cherry on top.
My second day in DC consisted of attending different lectures at the ACA conference, as well as presenting my poster for the previously mentioned research study. The poster presentation was a more relaxed environment, and I enjoyed answering questions and having conversations about my case study. It was amazing talking to other chiropractors who have worked with adapted athletes, as well as chiropractors who have not, and really showing them our growing role in the adapted sports world. Overall I had a blast in DC and look forward to other opportunities that come my way.”