Congratulations Dr. Montgomery!

Congratulations to associate professor Dr. Patrick Montgomery, recipient of the Academician of the Year award from the American Chiropractic Association! The Academic Award recognizes an individual for their efforts in advancing the profession through academic or educational excellence.

Dr. Montgomery instructs chiropractic history, philosophy and technique at Logan.


Reviewing Cases from a Chiropractic Family Practice

Dr. Robert Kessinger will be on campus on Thursday, March 10th at 11:30am in Room G102 to review cases from a chiropractic family practice.

All are welcome to attend.

Presented by the Functional Medicine Club.

My Journey from Logan to Major League Baseball

Dr. Perrine with Dr. Filson

By: David Perrine, DC CCSP, FIAMA

Like many of my friends growing up as a young boy in New Jersey, I dreamt of becoming a Major League Baseball (MLB) player. Living only ten miles from New York City, it would have made sense for me to grow up a Yankees or Mets fan. But as for me, I grew up as the loneliest St. Louis Cardinals fan in all of New Jersey! 

I was a good baseball player, but it soon became evident that attaining my goal of becoming a Major Leaguer was unlikely. Time passed and a college degree in economics led me to a job in the food industry. During my undergraduate years, I became very interested in nutrition and fitness, unaware it would soon ignite my true passion. 

During a summer league softball game, I dove for a ball and hyperextended my shoulder. At the urging of a neighbor, my injury led me to visit a chiropractor. This decision would change the direction of my life as I decided to return to school to study chiropractic. A family friend had graduated from Logan University years before and spoke highly of the experience. Although the convenient choice would have been New York Chiropractic College, I was impressed with my visit to Logan and left for St. Louis in 1987. 

While at Logan, my class was privileged to be mentored by some incredible leaders and role models such as Ralph Filson, DC, Ralph Barrale, DC, Roy Hillgartner, DC and Michael Wittmer, DC to name but a few. These doctors not only taught us what was necessary to earn our degree and pass our boards but they invested themselves in us, teaching us what it truly meant to be a chiropractor. After graduating in 1990, my true passion in sports medicine led me to attain my Certified Chiropractic Sports Physician (CCSP) at Logan the following year with the dream of someday working with professional athletes. 

After completing my CCSP, my wife and I moved to Arizona, opening a practice in Scottsdale in 1993. In 2004, one of my classmates, Todd Narson, DC, CCSP, contacted me from Miami. Dr. Narson was treating the Kansas City Royals General Manager and inquired about the team’s chiropractic care with the recent move of spring training operations to Arizona. Upon his recommendation, the door opened for me to begin a professional relationship with the Royals in 2005 that continues to this day. 

In January of 2015, the Professional Baseball Chiropractic Society had its annual meeting in Scottsdale, Arizona at the Colorado Rockies spring training facility. Logan was well represented, including former graduates Chuck Clark, DC (class of December 1998-Arizona Diamondbacks), Chris Williams, DC (class of December 1998-Tampa Bay Rays) and Reddell Nolan (class of April 2012-Kansas City Royals). 

Our presence there would not have been possible without the assistance of Dr. Filson. In 1998, Dr. Filson became the team chiropractor for the St. Louis Cardinals. His contribution and success in the professional realm of sports (two World Series Championships with the Cardinals and a Super Bowl Championship with the Rams) opened the doors for us as the word began to spread amongst professional athletes and medical staffs as to the benefits of chiropractic care. 

I will be forever grateful for those who have paved the way for me to do what I love to do—help people reach their full potential both on and off the field of play.

Conservative Forms Of Pain Management Can Be Better Than Opioids

The following editorial from Logan President Dr. Clay McDonald recently appeared in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

The widely reported number of 100 million Americans living in pain may be so amorphous that we forget that these are real people — trying to work, earn a living, care for their families and lead meaningful lives.

Their pain also is real. Research conducted by Logan University faculty in conjunction with Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School’s largest teaching hospital, shows a clear link between pain in the body and corresponding changes in the brain visible with imaging technology. Our research and practice also shows that there are highly successful treatments for pain that do not involve using medications.

Further, in its compilation of research findings, the American Chiropractic Association references:

• The Agency for Health Care Research and Quality recommendation that low back pain sufferers choose the most conservative care first. And it recommended spinal manipulation as the only safe and effective, drugless form of initial professional treatment for acute low back problems in adults.

• A review of evidence in the Annals of Internal Medicine, which points to chiropractic care as one of the major nonpharmacological therapies considered effective for acute and chronic low back pain.

• Recent research has shown that there is strong evidence that spinal manipulation for back pain is just as effective as a combination of medical care and exercise, and moderate evidence that it is just as effective as prescription NSAIDS combined with exercise.

Most recently, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Proposed 2016 Guidelines for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain recommends conservative forms of pain management — such as spinal manipulation — over long term use of opioids.

St. Louis and our nation are living with the devastating impact of opioid abuse and the related heroin death toll. We suggest that beginning with the root cause — real people in real pain — and offering them holistic solutions wherever possible is an essential part of the long-term solution.

Chiropractic: The Documentary

A screening of Chiropractic: The Documentary will be held on Wednesday, March 2nd at 7pm in the North Mabee Hall inside the Purser Center. Concessions will be available for purchase through Omega Sigma Phi.

The director, Jim Chester, will be on campus on Thursday, March 3rd from 11:30am to 12:30pm in Room G134 to discuss the making of the documentary. Lunch will be served from Jimmy John's (priority given to those who attended the documentary screening).

Philosophy Night - February 19th, 2016

Students are invited to attend Philosophy Night on Friday, February 19th at 5pm in Room 156A.

Dr. Montgomery will present on the topic: Above, Down, Inside, Out - How the power that made the body heals the body.

All are welcome to attend.

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