Cutting Edge, Clinically-Focused, Evidence-Based, Expert-Driven Training in Pediatrics
Doctors of Chiropractic can change the trajectory of children’s lives by improving their health. Logan University’s online Master of Science in Integrative Pediatrics program blends passion, excellence and leadership and offers clinically focused, specialized training for Doctors of Chiropractic seeking to become experts in pediatric health care.
Courses are offered online with annual in-person, campus-based sessions.
First of its kind
Led by program founder Elise Hewitt, DC, DICCP, FICC, one of the foremost authorities in the specialty of chiropractic pediatrics, Logan’s Master of Science in Integrative Pediatrics is the first program of its kind in the United States. The two-year, part-time degree is offered primarily online with annual in-person sessions for supervised practice and hands-on learning.
Excellence, Quality & Safety
The Master of Science in Integrative Pediatrics degree provides high-quality, clinically focused, specialized training for Doctors of Chiropractic who want to take their pediatric knowledge and expertise to a higher level and deliver safe and effective care modified for pediatric patients. The program is also open to international chiropractors with a DC-equivalent degree and to students with advanced standing.
Gain a working knowledge and understanding of the anatomy, physiology, neurology and nutritional needs of pediatric patients; improve manual therapy skills with training in spinal, cranial and extremity techniques; learn how to manage common and uncommon pediatric health conditions while appraising and assimilating scientific evidence; and dive into management of pediatric sports injuries and extremity conditions.
Meet The Program Director
Elise Hewitt, DC, DICCP, FICC
A board-certified pediatric Doctor of Chiropractic and one of the foremost authorities in the specialty of chiropractic pediatrics, Dr. Elise Hewitt has focused her 34-year career on improving children’s health with chiropractic care. She served as President of the ACA Pediatrics Council for 10 years.
Dr. Hewitt is an alumnus of the University of Colorado and a Summa Cum Laude graduate of Western States Chiropractic College (now UWS).
She currently serves as the Founding Program Director for Logan University’s Master of Science in Integrative Pediatrics, the first master’s degree in pediatrics in the United States designed for chiropractors.
In addition to her role as Program Director, Dr. Hewitt continues to treat children in her pediatrics-only practice, is a member of the prestigious NCMIC Speakers Bureau, and teaches at the post-graduate level for numerous chiropractic institutions and associations throughout the U.S. and around the world.
Dr. Hewitt serves on the Editorial Board for the Journal of Chiropractic Medicine (JCM) and is a peer reviewer for several science
journals. Her own recent peer-reviewed publications include consensus studies on pediatric best practices (JMPT 2016) and core competencies of the pediatric specialist (JEBCAM 2016), as well as an evaluation of forces used in pediatric spinal manipulation (JMPT 2017). Dr. Hewitt has authored chapters in the textbooks Pediatric Chiropractic (Anrig and Plaugher, 3rd edition) and Integrative Pediatrics (Culbert and Olness, 1st edition).
Dr. Hewitt was honored to be named 2019 Pediatric Chiropractic of the Year by the ACA Pediatrics Council. In 2017, she received the Rising Star Award from the American Public Health Association’s Chiropractic Health Care Section and was named Oregon’s 2016 Chiropractor of the Year. In 2008, Dr. Hewitt was elected as a Fellow into the International College of Chiropractors (FICC).
A founding member of both the ACA and the ICA Pediatrics Councils, Dr. Hewitt believes no single practitioner of any healthcare field holds the key to a child’s health and we best serve our patients by working together to optimize the health and wellbeing of all children.
- Dr. Elise Hewitt Named Program Director for Chiropractic Pediatric Master’s Degree
- Dr. Hewitt featured in The Natural Practitioner Magazine
- World Federation of Chiropractic, October 2021 (page 36)
- ACA Webinar: 5 Key History Questions to Document the Potential Presence of Joint Dysfunction in Babies & Young Children
Meet The Team
A founder member of the Paediatric Association of South Africa, Mike is passionate about providing chiropractic care to families, in particular working with infants and toddlers.
Mike has lectured extensively on topics related to infant care, as well as regularly appearing as a guest on radio and television shows. He hosts podcasts for parents and professionals alike and is the founder of The Paediatric Network, an online teaching platform for all professionals working with children. He has published scientific works regarding plagiocephaly (mis-shapen heads) and manual therapy for excessively crying infants.
He earned an M.Tech in Chiropractic from University of Johannesburg, South Africa in 2005 and completed his Master’s degree in Paediatric Musculoskeletal Health in 2019 from Bournemouth University. In 2021, Dr. Marinus was inducted as a Fellow of the Royal College of Chiropractors in 2021.
Learn from Dr. Marinus in the Fundamentals of Chiropractic Pediatrics and Advanced Pediatric Practice courses.
Dr. Erickson has been in private practice in New York, New York for more 30 years, where she cares for adults, children and infants. She is spokeswoman for the American Chiropractic Association (ACA), serves on the leadership team for the ACA Council on Women’s Health, and a Fellow of the American College of Chiropractic. Dr Erickson is on the board of advisors for the Bottom Line, a women’s health newsletter, and has authored textbook chapters on Chiropractic and Integrative Healthcare and Pediatric Chiropractic.
After earning a Bachelor of Science in biology and chemistry from Antioch College in Yellow Springs, Ohio, Dr. Erickson pursued her Doctor of Chiropractic degree at New York Chiropractic College, graduating with honors in 1988. She trained in pediatric craniosacral therapy with Dr John Upledger, and Dr Steve Williams. Dr. Erickson became the first DC credentialed by a teaching hospital in the U.S. as part of Beth Israel’s Continuum Center for Health and Healing in New York City.
For nearly two decades, Dr. Erickson has been teaching and lecturing at conferences, conventions and university commencements across the country. She has appeared in major media outlets like the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, O Magazine, CNN, NBC and the TODAY Show, speaking on topics including pediatrics and women’s health.
At Logan, Dr. Erickson is creating the Pediatric Technique 1 course.
Dr. Halverson earned his Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Palmer College of Chiropractic in San Jose, California, before becoming a Radiology Resident at Logan University in 2019. Upon completing his residency in Spring 2022, Dr. Halverson will join the Universidad Central del Caribe in Puerto Rico as an assistant professor.
At Logan, Dr. Halverson is creating the Pediatric Diagnostic Imaging course for the Master of Science in Integrative Pediatrics.
Specializing in pediatric care, Allison Harvey, DC has been treating children since 2006 and is one of the only board-eligible Diplomates in Clinical Chiropractic Pediatrics (DICCP) in Missouri. In addition to serving as the senior clinician for the pediatric department at the Montgomery Health Center on Logan University’s campus, Dr. Harvey teaches pediatric courses to trimester 7 Doctor of Chiropractic students and oversees the very specialized, highly sought-after pediatrics rotation.
Dr. Harvey is certified in acupuncture and has attended multiple seminars and programs in her nearly two decades providing chiropractic care. She regularly speaks on chiropractic pediatric topics in local media and has facilitated in numerous workshops and webinars.
Learn from Dr. Harvey in the Pediatric Case Management 2 and Advanced Pediatric Case Management courses for the Master of Science in Integrative Pediatrics.
Dr. Johnson is a professor at National University of Health Sciences and serves as the Editor in Chief of the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, Journal of Chiropractic Medicine and the Journal of Chiropractic Humanities, all of which are scientific, peer-reviewed journals indexed in PubMed.
After earning her doctor of chiropractic degree in 1991 from Southern California University of Health Sciences, Dr. Johnson went on to earn a diplomate from the American Chiropractic Board of Sports Physicians in 1997, a master’s degree in health professions education from the University of Southern California Rossier School of Education, Medical Education division of Keck School of Medicine in 2000, and a doctorate in public health (epidemiology) from Walden University in 2016.
In her efforts to help build research capacity for the chiropractic profession, Dr. Johnson volunteers as the administrator for the Chiropractic Educators Research Forum (CERF), whose mission is to build scholarship and research capacity for chiropractic educators throughout the world.
She serves as the Chair of the Public Health Committee for the World Federation of Chiropractic and has given years of service to the American Public Health Association (APHA) and the Global Spine Care Initiative (GSCI), which is an international research group dedicated to reducing the global burden of spine-related disease and disability.
Over the years, Dr. Johnson has received previous recognitions for her work including ACBSP Sports Chiropractor of the Year Award, Clinical Compass Person of the Year Award, American Chiropractic Association Presidential Award, Rising Star Award and the Distinguished Service Award, Chiropractic Health Care section, American Public Health Association, National University of Health Sciences Award for Distinguished Service, and the Fellowship of the International College of Chiropractic. She has contributed to the knowledge of the profession through publishing numerous articles and book chapters. She views her role as a mentor as one of her cherished contributions to the future of the profession. One of her greatest joys is witnessing change through the power of research and publication.
Dr. Brocker is president of the American Chiropractic Association’s Pediatrics Council and in practice at the Portland Chiropractic Group in Portland, Oregon. Over the years, Dr. Brocker has sought advanced clinical training on various techniques and therapies related to pediatric chiropractic. She’s held the board-certified Diplomate in Clinical Chiropractic Pediatrics (DICCP) for more than 10 years and earned the three-year board certification from the International College of Chiropractic Pediatrics.
Dr. Brocker is a strong advocate for working with other health care professionals to provide patients with the best and most complete care possible. She takes advantage of opportunities to educate her colleagues in the field and is a member of NCMIC’s speakers bureau.
At Logan, Dr. Brocker is creating the Pediatric Development and Pediatric Case Management 1 courses as well as the spinal portion of the Pediatric Technique course.
Dr. Sara Cuperus is a chiropractic physician who specializes in prenatal, pediatric and sports chiropractic. She holds a Certification by the Academy Council of Chiropractic Pediatrics and is a Certified Chiropractic Sports Physician® and a Certified Athletic Trainer. Dr. Cuperus has been in practice for nearly 20 years in Minnesota and is past president of the Minnesota Chiropractic Association. She has a background in athletic training, corrective exercise and sports injury as well as training in the Graston Technique, Webster Technique and Structure and Function Dry Needling. Learn from Dr. Cuperus in the Pediatric Case Management 3 course.
Dr. Lisa Goodman is a Doctor of Chiropractic who specializes in pediatrics, prenatal and sports, and has been in practice for more than 15 years in Denver, Colorado. She completed the Certified Chiropractic Sports Physician ® certification and Webster Prenatal Certifications in 2007, along with the Certification by the Academy Council of Chiropractic Pediatrics in 2014. In addition, Dr. Goodman holds an International Certificate in Sports Chiropractic. Her areas of special interest include ankle and foot injuries, wrist pain, aggressive non-surgical treatment for disc herniations, infants and elementary and middle school aged athletes. Learn from Dr. Goodman in the Pediatric Technique 2 course.
Dr. Amanda Stevens is a Doctor of Chiropractic who has been focusing on pediatric and perinatal care for over a decade. Since graduating from Palmer West, she has supported hundreds of women through pregnancy and into postpartum recovery. With a special interest in motor development and infant feeding support, the majority of her patients are under the age of one. Having earned a Master of Science in Applied Clinical Nutrition from Northeast College of Health Sciences, her care tends to blend multiple approaches to support thriving health in children through all stages of development. She has run two multidisciplinary clinics and currently lives and works in beautiful British Columbia, Canada. Dr. Stevens is consistently involved with research projects and educational opportunities related to manual and movement-based therapies for pediatric patients. She currently holds a study coordinator position with Parker University and teaches specialized courses for Somatic Senses. She is passionate about setting children up for success as the best version of themselves and is dedicated to advancing the standard of pediatric care.
Dr. Anna Papadopoulou earned a Master of Chiropractic from the Anglo-European College of Chiropractic (AECC) in Bournemouth, England. She is a diplomate of the American Chiropractic Neurology Board (DACNB) and has a master’s degree in advanced professional practice (MSc in Musculoskeletal Health in Pediatrics). This unique combination within her academic background allows Dr. Papadopoulou to focus on neurodevelopmental and musculoskeletal health in pediatric care.
She has been involved with chiropractic pediatrics in the UK, Cyprus and the Middle East over the past five years and has given and attended lectures in those areas. Dr. Papadopoulou became a fellow of The Royal College of Chiropractors’ Pregnancy and Pediatric Faculty in England with whom she has been part of the faculty’s council for the past three years. She is also an active member of the European Chiropractors’ Union (ECU) Special Interest Group for Neurology.
In addition to her current practice in her hometown of Nicosia, Cyprus, she is a part-time anatomy-dissection tutor with St. George’s Medical School and a clinical associate with University of Nicosia – Medical School in the anatomy department.
At Logan, Dr. Papadopoulou is creating the pediatric neurology module.
Dr. Abbott-Cambridge owns and operates Abbott Chiropractic and Health Care in Brampton, Ontario, alongside her father, who opened the practice more than 40 years ago, and her husband, who has a doctorate degree in spine and hip biomechanics. Although she treats patients of all ages, most of her practice focuses on female care through pregnancy as well as post-natal and pediatric care.
Dr. Abbott-Cambridge has been a member of the Ontario Chiropractic Association (OCA) and the Canadian Chiropractic Association (CCA) since 2011. In 2012, she co-authored a study, “Comparison of force development strategies of spinal manipulation used for thoracic pain,” that was published in Manual Therapy and presented at the Ontario Biomechanics Conference. She has lectured on a variety of topics for Brock University, Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College, Row Ontario Development Camp, and Row Ontario Coaches Conference. Additionally, she has supervised interns during their externship placement from both Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College and D’Youville Chiropractic College. A skilled athlete, Dr. Abbott-Cambridge also rowed for the Canadian National Team for more than two years.
Dr. Abbott-Cambridge earned her bachelor’s degree in health science from Brock University and her Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College. She recently completed her master’s degree in pediatric musculoskeletal health from AECC University College in Bournemouth, United Kingdom.
Dr. Abbott-Cambridge has pursued many additional courses. She trained on the Brazelton Neonatal Behavioral Assessment Scale at Boston Children’s Hospital and received certification in medical acupuncture from McMaster University.
At Logan, Dr. Abbott-Cambridge developed and teaches the Evidence-Informed Practice course for the Master of Science in Integrative Pediatrics program.
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Program Learning Outcomes
Logan University’s Master of Science in Integrative Pediatrics program is an evidence-informed, clinically-focused master’s program that prepares students to be pediatric specialists in the field of chiropractic healthcare. Students are guided to modify and adapt the knowledge and skills acquired during their chiropractic education to meet the unique needs of the pediatric population. Upon graduation, holders of the Master of Science degree in Integrative Pediatrics will not only have all the knowledge and skills needed to meet the chiropractic healthcare needs of the youngest members of society but will also be prepared to collaborate in the greater field of integrative pediatric healthcare:
Graduates of the Master of Science in Integrative Pediatrics program will be able to:
- Utilize knowledge and skills, including critical thinking, to diagnose, manage, and treat pediatric chiropractic patients safely and effectively using evidence-informed practices. (IO2,3,4)
- Demonstrate usage of scientific literacy skills in creating and implementing an integrative chiropractic pediatric management plan. (IO1,3)
- Apply in a safe and effective manner the psychomotor skills associated with assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of pediatric patients. (IO2,3)
- Exhibit fluency in communication through a people-centered lens as pertains to pediatric chiropractic care, including evidence of professionalism in chiropractic pediatric practice. (IO1,4)
WHO definition of People-Centered Health Care: An approach to care that consciously adopts the perspectives of individuals, families, and communities, and sees them as participants as well as beneficiaries of trusted health systems that respond to their needs and preferences in humane and holistic ways. People-centered care requires that people have the education and support they need to make decisions and participate in their own care. It is organized around the health needs and expectations of people rather than diseases. https://www.who.int/teams/integrated-health-services/clinicalservices-and-systems/service-organizations-and-integration
Doctors of Chiropractic can change the trajectory of children’s lives in a positive way by improving their health. Logan University’s online Master of Science in Integrative Pediatrics program blends passion, excellence and leadership and offers clinically focused, evidence-based, specialized training for Doctors of Chiropractic seeking to become experts in pediatric health care.
Learn more about the program from program founder Dr. Elise Hewitt, a board-certified pediatric Doctor of Chiropractic and one of the foremost authorities in the specialty of chiropractic pediatrics, in this engaging and interactive webinar. Dr. Hewitt has spent more than 30 years advocating for the chiropractic care of children and served as president of the ACA Pediatrics Council for 10 years.
Three Doctors of Chiropractic discuss their pathways to careers in pediatric chiropractic and how they are helping educate the next generation of leaders in this growing field. Drs. Elise Hewitt, Jenny Brocker and Allison Harvey share their backgrounds, experiences, and insight into the field of pediatric chiropractic and answer questions from attendees in this virtual panel discussion.
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