On Her Mark: Jenea McCammon Makes Running and Logan Her Top Goals

There is no better feeling than crossing the finish line. For track and field star Jenea McCammon, that finish line takes many forms.

Jenea (pronounced Jen-aye) represents Guyana on its national track and field team. Currently, she has two goals: training to make the 2017 World Championships team and attending Logan University to become an athletic trainer for Guyana’s Olympic team and eventually open her own sports rehabilitation clinic.

Running is in Jenea’s blood, as many members of her family ran competitively. Her grandmother even ran the same event Jenea does: hurdles. A breakout athlete during her undergraduate career at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, Jenea began competing for Guyana’s national team in 2014.

Her first competition in the Guyanese uniform was the 2015 Pan American Games in Canada. Since then, she secured two national records in the women’s 100-meter and 400-meter hurdles. She continued her training in hopes to secure a spot on the 2016 Guyanese Olympic team, however, she finished .53 seconds short of her goal.

In addition to the experiences she’s gained as an athlete, being a member of Guyana’s national team has opened Jenea’s eyes to the other side of the track and has inspired her to overcome her next hurdle. “Unfortunately, Guyana is a country that does not have much,” Jenea explains. “We have a designated trainer for our ‘big competitions’ such as the Olympics. I want to be their go-to person for those competitions. It would also be special to me because that is the country that I have represented and still represent for multiple years.”

After graduating with a bachelor’s degree in sports science and fitness management with a concentration in physical therapy, Jenea knew she wanted to work in a sports related rehabilitation career. That’s when, with counsel from her mother, she decided to pursue a master’s degree and discovered Logan by researching online programs.

“I looked up all of the master’s-level programs Logan had to offer and I found the one that fit what I was looking for,” she says of the Master’s of Science in Sports Science and Rehabilitation degree. “With the busy schedule I have, I quickly realized that an online education would be best for me.”

Jenea is currently living in Atlanta and enjoying her first trimester as a Logan student. Her Logan education will give her a distinctive edge in succeeding to be an athletic trainer. “[The curriculum] is enhancing what I already know from competing for so many years and having so much involvement with the human body,” she says.

She credits her coach, Paris Simmons, with helping her achieve success in track, and her parents with inspiring her to remain focused on her educational goals. In the personal essay she submitted when applying to Logan, she stated: “[My parents] understood the true meaning of working hard for what they wanted in life. [They] raised my older sister and I to have the same work ethic they possessed, if not more. As I got older, I realized this is where my ambition derived from. I can now say my ambition is one of my many strengths in life.” 

As she continues with her education, Jenea said there is one thing she is looking forward to the most as a student at Logan: “Visiting the campus! I can’t wait to plan a trip. It will be my first time in Missouri.”

New Medical Acupuncture Textbook Features Logan Research

The recently released second edition of Medical Acupuncture features the research of Norman W. Kettner, DC, DACBR, FICC, chair of Logan’s Department of Radiology. Dr. Kettner collaborated with Vitaly Napadow, PhD, LicAcc, associate professor at Harvard Medical School and Richard Harris, PhD, assistant professor in the Department of Anesthesiology at the University of Michigan, on the chapter “Neuroimaging: a window into human brain mechanisms supporting acupuncture effects.”

Building on the scientific basis of acupuncture, the second edition of the textbook focuses on strong clinical application, including research of acupuncture on chronic pain, sports medicine, eye and skin conditions, dentistry, veterinary medicine and infertility, among others. Dr. Kettner said the book took about four years to complete and features global contributors.

In the book’s forward, John Longhurst, MD, PhD, professor of medicine, physiology, biophysics and pharmacology at the University of California, Irvine, notes: “New methods of study like neuroimaging, and the critical role of acupuncture’s central and peripheral neural and local tissue actions, provides perspectives on new needling approaches and reflect our modern understanding of acupunctures mechanisms of action…I predict this book will have a major impact on the field of Western medicine.”

Business Builders: Practical Tips for Success - February 3rd, 2017

Don't delay in planning for your future practice!

Students are invited to Business Builders: Practical Tips for Success on Friday, February 3rd between 6pm and 9pm in Room 156B.

The content will be most applicable for Trimester 5 through Trimester 10 students and will cover:

- Ways to maximize retention & referrals
- Attaining & sustaining high patient numbers
- Enhancing your solid clinical education
- Preparation for the ever-changing healthcare system
- Practice efficiency

Please RSVP by Monday, January 30th to StudentAffairs@logan.edu.

Partnership with SIUE Provides Educational Opportunity for Logan Students, Athletes

In an ongoing effort to create meaningful partnerships with local organizations and provide expanded opportunities in integrated care for its students, Logan partnered with Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (SIUE) last fall.

Through the partnership, Lacey Miller (pictured above), DC, resident in Logan’s Human Performance Center, and Logan student interns provide chiropractic care in conjunction with SIUE’s current athletic training program.

“Partnering with SIUE gives interns an opportunity to work in an integrated setting with physicians and athletic trainers on SIUE’s campus, and work on a one-on-one basis with the student-athletes themselves,” said David Parish, DC, MS, CSCS, DACBSP, ICCSP, associate dean of clinical care and director of sports science and rehabilitation.

The relationship is symbiotic in that it provides an educational opportunity in a clinical sports medicine setting for Logan interns, while simultaneously providing the benefit of chiropractic care to SIUE, said David Strickfaden, assistant athletic director for student welfare at SIUE.

“There are a variety of tools you can use as a practitioner of sports and strength and conditioning,” said Strickfaden. “I look at chiropractic as one of those tools I can use here with my athletes to help them perform at the highest level.”

Not only is the partnership beneficial for both universities, but it is also beneficial for chiropractic as a whole. Dr. Miller said working with Division 1 athletes who are being drafted into professional sports is a great reflection on Logan.

“This shows that chiropractic is valuable in the athletic field and can be used on an injury basis or a prevention basis,” she said. “A lot of athletes are now using chiropractic to enhance their performance.”

With visits to the Edwardsville campus twice a week, athletes are able to receive follow-up care within the same week, enhancing athlete performance and enhancing the education of the interns, as they receive immediate feedback, said David Strickfaden.

Dr. Miller and Logan interns work with 16 to 20 student-athletes on SIUE’s campus each week in a variety of sports, including women’s volleyball, soccer and basketball, and men’s soccer, wrestling, and, most recently, basketball. Their care is currently focused on treatment of injuries and general aches and pains but is expanding into preventative medicine as well as pregame care in the near future due to the consistent growth both in the number of athletes and sports being treated.

“The athletes are ecstatic and rely on us for care,” said Dr. Miller. “We’ve built an excellent relationship with the athletic trainers and the athletes, many of whom are further along in their college careers and wish we had been there to provide chiropractic care when they were freshmen.”

VA Chiropractic Residency for Graduates

Applications for the St. Louis VA Chiropractic Residency position are now being accepted. The training period is for July 1st, 2017 through June 30th, 2018.

The VA Chiropractic Integrated Clinical Practice residency focuses on the provision of chiropractic care in an integrated health care system. Residents gain valuable interprofessional experience collaborating with primary care, medical and surgical specialties and associated health disciplines. The residencies provide advanced clinical training in complex case management, allowing recent graduates to increase their knowledge and acumen under the mentorship of senior VA chiropractors who are national leaders in integrated chiropractic practice. 

Residents participate in rotations in other relevant clinics, learning with and from other medical providers and trainees. Residents also engage in related scholarly activities at the facility and with other residents nationally. Residents develop their knowledge of hospital practice and procedures, and are better prepared for future positions in VA, other hospitals/medical systems, and/or academic settings. 
Click here for additional details and application instructions.

Club Day - Wednesday, January 11th 2017

Club Day is scheduled for Wednesday, January 11th from 11:20am to 12:30pm in the lobby of the Purser Center. This is a great way to learn about the different organizations and opportunities on campus. Food will be provided.

Don't miss this opportunity to get involved and enjoy some free food!

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