Logan Residents Pass Sports & Rehab Exams

August 5, 2019 -- Congratulations to two Logan Sports & Rehabilitation residents who passed the most recent round of sports chiropractic certification exams.

Cami Stastny, DC, MS, CCSP successfully passed the written portion of her Diplomate of American Board of Chiropractic Sports Physicians (DACBSP®) exam, and Leslie Reece, DC successfully passed the Certified Chiropractic Sports Physician (CCSP®)exam.

Logan Resident Director and Clinician Melissa Engelson, DC, MS, CSCS, DACBSP, ICCSP said this recognition represents a significant achievement in the journey of successful Sports & Rehabilitation residents. 


Grooming the Next Generation of Pediatric Chiropractors

August 2, 2019 -- For Kelsi McClure, DC ’19, her career calling came in the delivery room where a friend was having a baby. After struggling to decide what kind of chiropractor she wanted to be, Dr. McClure said the experience confirmed her decision to pursue pediatric chiropractic.

“I’ve always been drawn to children, and being able to interact with children has never been challenging,” she said, noting she was a part-time nanny. “I also learned how to connect with children, understanding that you have to be on their frequency first.”

Dr. McClure immersed herself in pregnancy and early childhood care knowledge, becoming a certified birth doula and enrolling in pediatric courses with associate professor Mary Unger-Boyd, DC, DICS, CACCP. Naturally, while a student, Dr. McClure secured a spot working with Muriel Périllat, DC, MS, who oversees pediatric chiropractic services at Logan’s Montgomery Health Center.

Dr. Périllat embraces the opportunity to adjust and teach at the same time, which was a departure from her former role as Dean of Clinics. The education, she said, is in the interaction. “To be able to provide both care and knowledge in one-on-one situations with students is invaluable,” she said. “Every day is different with various conditions and cases.”

Parents seek chiropractic care for their children for a variety of reasons, such as eye-tracking issues, lack of balance and coordination, muscle diseases, colic, acid reflux and cranial distortions. Others look to chiropractic care to support normal development and growth of the child. For Dr. McClure, learning how to apply her adjusting skills and clinical knowledge to pediatric patients required an additional skill set.

“Infants and children have autonomy over their bodies. They read your body language, how you touch them,” Dr. McClure said. “Learning how to adjust softly and effectively under Dr. Périllat’s guidance was critical.”

Dr. Périllat creates a progressive learning environment where patient interaction starts minimally and increases over time as the interns develop their skills. This approach, Dr. McClure said, creates the space and confidence to hone one’s skills.

Following her rotation with Dr. Périllat, Dr. McClure started a 15-week preceptorship under James Kravis, DC ‘86 and Todd Sonquist, DC ‘13 at Correct Care Family Chiropractic in Livonia, Michigan. Dr. McClure graduated from Logan in April 2019 and is working as a full-time associate at Correct Care, where she focuses on family wellness, fertility, perinatal care and pediatrics.

Dr. McClure said one of the most important aspects of working with children is developing trust with the child as well as the parents, and then navigating those relationships

“People have different perceptions of chiropractic, and for some it’s about healing low back pain. In their minds, if they don’t have pain, they don’t need chiropractic care,” she said. “With a child, it’s so different. Children may not necessarily come to us in pain, yet they might display other symptoms of dysfunction. Helping people understand the complexities of what chiropractic can do has been an important part of the job.”

A.C.E.S. Workshop gives high school students hands-on experience in the field of anatomy and health sciences

August 1, 2019 -- This July, Logan University hosted 30 St. Louis area high school students for its third annual A.C.E.S. (Anatomy Centered Education and Science) Workshop. This exclusive experience offers hands-on activities and lecture presentations to educate students on physical body and anatomy systems as well as provide health and wellness information.

Throughout the week, students participated in a variety of immersive activities, including full cadaver dissection overview, a human brain dissection, a suturing workshop and an eye dissection. Students who participated in the A.C.E.S. Workshop plan to enter various fields including neurology, neurosurgery, medicine, forensic medical fields, and engineering

“The A.C.E.S. program continues to expand and improve every year, and based on participant comments and feedback, this was our best year yet,” said Dr. Underkofler. “The students were enthusiastic and had such a hunger for knowledge. The success of the program is due in large part to the engaging and practical approach of the instructors.”

Nidhi Kumpati, a rising junior who had just completed her first A.C.E.S. Workshop, commented on her favorite experience—a suturing class.

“We were able to use the same equipment that neurosurgeons would use, so it was a cool way to see how an actual surgery is performed. I’ve always been interested in the surgical profession, and this experience helped me realize it might be what I want to do in the future,” she said.

Dr. Underkofler said she looks forward to enhancing next year’s curriculum by including more hands-on opportunities for the students. Registration for the 2020 A.C.E.S. Workshop will open this September.

Dr. Stacey Cornelson Earns DACBR Status

July 29, 2019 -- Please join us in congratulating Stacey Cornelson, DC who recently earned the Diplomate (DACBR) status by the American Chiropractic Board of Radiology.

Dr. Cornelson is the 20th Logan recipient of this prestigious certification under Norman W. Kettner, DC, DACBR, FICC, professor and chair of the Department of Radiology, and radiology department faculty. 

World Paralympic Powerlifting Championships

July 26, 2019 -- The 2019 World Paralympic Powerlifting Championships in Kazakhstan came to a close on July 20 with the U.S. Para Powerlifting team earning one medal and hitting personal records.

Kelley Humphries, DC, MS, EMT-P, CSCS, ICCSP, CCSP, Executive Director of Paralympic Operations at Logan University, said she was proud of the progress made by the athletes and coaching staff, adding that this year was a vast improvement from the team’s performance at the 2018 Americas Championships in Bogota, Columbia.

Early on in the competition, Jonathan Coots scored a bronze medal in the up to 54kg men’s Junior division weight category and Para Powerlifter Christian Largo competed in the up to 65kg open division, securing 12th place (with a best attempt of 137kg) among 30 lifters. Additionally, Para Powerlifter Luis (Alex) Gonzalez-Poma competed in the men’s Up to 72kg open division and hit a personal record at 103kg.  

Weekend highlights included:

  • Ashley Dyce competing in the Women’s Over 86kg Open division, earning a spot on the board with an attempt of 105kg. According to Dr. Humphries, this lift gave her a top 20 finish at World Championships and could possibly help with her current world rankings as well as potential for qualifying for a spot on the 2020 Paralympic Team. Dyce will be competing in the 2019 Tokyo Test Event in September, giving her another chance at increasing her world rankings.
  • Antonio Martin competing in the Men’s Over 107kg Open division. Martin finished 4th overall with a best lift of 227kg. This was Martin’s first time getting on the board at an international competition. His performance will help him with his aspiration to earn a spot at the 2020 Paralympic Games. Martin will also compete in the 2019 Tokyo Test Event.
  • Jake Schrom competing in the Men’s Up to 107kg weight class. While Schrom did not make it on the board, Dr. Humphries said he has two more opportunities this year to increase his international rankings. Schrom will be a part of Team USA at the Para Pan American Games in Lima, Peru, at the end of August, and will represent the sport of Para Powerlifting for the U.S. at the Tokyo Test 2019 Paralympic Test Event Sept. 26-27.
  • Ahmed Shafik competing in the Men’s Up to 97kg open division. For the first time in Team USA Para Powerlifting history, an athlete got nine white lights on the international stage. “This means that Ahmed got a “good lift” call from all three of the referees for all three of his attempts,” Dr. Humphries said. “This is something that is very difficult to achieve at this level of the sport.” Additionally, Ahmed set a personal record of 190kg at the age of 46 years old. A two time Paralympian, Ahmed finished 15th overall in his weight class and made history for this developing sport in the U.S. on the World Championship stage.

On their off day, the team had the opportunity to explore Nur-Sultan, the capital of Kazakhstan and met with Tedd Lyng, the U.S. Deputy Chief Mission to Kazakhstan. “It was a great day to see the city and embrace the culture,” said Dr. Humphries.   

The next competition that the group will prep for is the qualifier at Logan in January 2020. Logan will also be hosting a Technical Official Course and an Athlete and Coaches Summit at the same time.

DHPE Professor Uses Grief Experiences to Shape Philosophy as an Educator

July 25, 2019 -- Chenee Gilbert, Ed.D, Ed.S., adjunct faculty in Logan’s online Doctorate of Health Professions Education (DHPE) program, grew up in Miami, Florida, in a family full of educators and pastors. From a young age, she knew that she too would become an educator. What she didn’t know is how one event in college would ultimately shape how—and what—she taught others.

During Dr. Gilbert’s sophomore year studying elementary education at Florida A&M University, her mother died from cancer. “My whole world changed as I was on the cusp of adulthood,” Dr. Gilbert said.

Although she was always a good listener and trusted confidant for her friends and family, Dr. Gilbert didn’t confide in anyone about her mother’s death. Eventually, she began writing her feelings in a journal—lashing out at God, explaining the jealousy and pain she felt when she saw her friends enjoying time with their moms.

Fast forward to 2007, when, as a fourth-grade teacher in Atlanta’s inner-city schools, Dr. Gilbert’s grief experiences helped her recognize unaddressed grief in her students—in particular, three male students who were demonstrating disruptive classroom behavior. After a bit of digging, she discovered the root cause for these behavior issues was, in fact, grief from incarcerated family members or loved ones addicted to drugs. To help her students cope, she decided to make her personal journals from her mother’s death into a children’s book.

“Everyone in the classroom had a story to share about someone they missed or lost,” Dr. Gilbert said. “Once they understood how to release their emotions in positive ways—dancing, singing, karate, to name a few—they got back on track, their grades improved and they stopped acting out.

“They were smart students; they just had issues no one was talking about and needed a space to get it out,” she said. “I felt that God spoke to me and charged me to be a vessel within the community to educate our youth on what grief is, equip them with coping strategies and dispel myths.”

From the first children’s picture book, Dr. Gilbert developed a grief series for students 11 years of age and older—chapter books with questions to prompt students and to show them they can share their feelings.

“Grief is a journey, an emotional roller coaster,” Dr. Gilbert said. “Grief is not limited to death. It can be divorce, job loss, sickness, pet loss, loss of a limb, etc. The word ‘grief’ simply refers to a huge change or loss in your life, and when that happens we have to embrace and adapt to a new normal.”

Although no longer an elementary education teacher, Dr. Gilbert’s grief work, as well as her research and development of strategies to enhance teacher preparation programs, has shaped her philosophy as an educator, including her role as adjunct faculty in Logan’s DHPE program.

“I was attracted to this program at Logan because I’m an educator at heart,” Dr. Gilbert said. “This course was different because it’s centered on how to implement a program—what do you want to see changed, and what steps do you need to follow to get there? I do that working with the grieving youth.

“I like learning from others, and I like relaying my knowledge and realistic experience,” she said. “I enjoyed teaching younger kids, but I enjoy higher education so much more because I can understand where they’re coming from as working adults.”

As a former online student for her specialist and doctoral degree programs, Dr. Gilbert also understands the challenges of an online learning environment and works to ensure each student is engaged in discussion and supported in classwork.

“I always encourage students to reach out to me—I don’t ever want to make students feel like a burden for asking a question or treat them like they’re just a number,” she said.

When Dr. Gilbert is not actively teaching, she works individually with children and families, co-facilitates a community Grief Share group in Atlanta and hosts grief workshops at schools, churches and non-profit organizations.

To learn more about Dr. Gilbert’s grief books, visit www.iamcheneegilbert.com

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