Inspiring DC: Matt Davidson, Ironman Competitor

November 30, 2018 -- Matt Davidson, DC (2010) grew up watching the Ironman World Championship on TV, thinking to his 9-year-old self that perhaps one day that would be him on the screen, swimming, biking and running with the world’s most elite triathletes.  

Fast forward to 2001, when Dr. Davidson ran his first marathon in an attempt to lose weight and get in shape. The next year, he completed his first triathlon, and in 2003, his first Ironman. Just recently, Dr. Davidson competed in the 2018 Ironman World Championship in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii – his tenth Ironman (one of which he completed while he was a Trimester 9 student at Logan) and his first World Championship, the pinnacle of the sport. 

“I use triathlons to stay active and to motivate and inspire others, whether it’s my patients, friends, family or community,” said Dr. Davidson, who practices at Mehringer Chiropractic in Washington, Missouri. “I want people to know you can achieve things and do things you never thought possible by being active and living a healthy lifestyle.”

Both triathlons and Ironmans consist of three sequential endurance races – swimming, biking and running – but Ironman distances are longer (2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike and 26.2-mile run). Leading up to a race, he trains anywhere from 16 to 22 hours a week for six to nine months. 

To compete in the Ironman World Championship in Hawaii, Dr. Davidson first had to qualify. He did so in November 2017 at Ironman Florida, where he won the 40 to 44 age group with a time of nine hours and 11 minutes. Cheered on by family members who made the trip to Hawaii, Dr. Davidson finished the world’s most prestigious triathlon with a time of 10 hours and 25 minutes, as one of only 1,900 professional and age-group qualifiers. 

“Ultimately, it was a fantastic experience, and I can’t wait to do it again,” Dr. Davidson said. “Stepping off the plane in Hawaii, the energy was palpable – the island, the people, the vibe, the race all lived up to the hype.”

Logan’s College of Chiropractic Establishes Preceptorship Program with The Medical College of Wisconsin

November 27, 2018 -- Logan’s College of Chiropractic has entered into an affiliation agreement to establish a preceptorship program with The Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) Department of Neurosurgery.

Under the direction of Jeff King, DC, MS, 2011 graduate of Logan University, who serves as an assistant professor at MCW, Logan student interns will receive clinical training in a high-quality patient care delivery system. The goal of the preceptorship program is to enhance patient care, education and research opportunities for both institutions. 

“We are very excited to expand the number of schools participating in our preceptorship program,” said Dr. King. “Our hope is that by offering this transdisciplinary educational opportunity we can encourage students to have an interest in reaching across professions to provide the best possible care for their patients during their clinical careers.”

During 2018, Logan placed approximately 165 student interns in preceptorship programs with organizations, institutions and private practices around the world. Preceptorships at MCW will start in May 2019 wherein eligible students will go through a selection process. 

Chair of Logan’s Department of Radiology Norman Kettner, DC, DACBR, FICC said Dr. King will bring awareness of patient-centered and cost-effective chiropractic care delivered in a multidisciplinary clinical environment, where he daily interacts across a range of specialties and disciplines.  “This clinical environment is what the future is likely to reveal: chiropractic physicians directly integrated into the health care system,” he said. 

Logan Around the World: Fall 2018

November 26, 2018 -- The University’s influence has always extended far beyond the Chesterfield campus, and this fall saw a flurry of travel among members of the Logan community. 

London, England 

In October, several members of the Logan faculty and administration hopped the pond to attend the World Federation of Chiropractic’s Education Conference in London. Logan President and Chair of the Association of Chiropractic Colleges Dr. Clay McDonald served as a moderator during a panel presentation. Melinda Turner, DC presented an abstract on the Doctorate of Health Professions Education program and teaching residency, in which she collaborated with Cheryl Houston, PhD, CHES and Martha Kaeser, MEd, DC. 

Logan Professor Kristina Petrocco-Napuli, DC, MS, FICC gave two presentations. The first was on the necessity of enhancing pediatric chiropractic education. “We wanted to bring this issue to the forefront, because there tends to be a lack of pediatric training in academic institutions,” Dr. Petrocco-Napuli said. “If you have a family chiropractic practice, there is a strong chance you will see a pediatric patient, and when there is no formal training, that can be scary, especially for a new practitioner.” 

Dr. Petrocco-Napuli also presented a workshop in collaboration with two chiropractors from New York Chiropractic College on cultural competency in the academic clinic setting. “It’s becoming increasingly important to look at the expectations of different cultures when they come in for treatment,” she said. “Some cultures bring family members into the room for support, for instance, and females from some cultures may not be able to be touched by a male practitioner. Students need to be aware of this and know how to ask questions about things like gender, too.”

A poster on the effect of chiropractic intern practice perceptions in the utilization of evidence-based care was presented by Dr. Petrocco-Napuli on behalf of Vincent DeBono, DC, CSCS, Dean of Logan’s College of Chiropractic.

Havana, Cuba 

In November, Dr. DeBono and Patrick Battaglia, DC, DACBR, clinician and assistant professor, visited Cuba to lecture at the Institute of Sports Medicine’s annual conference, which attracts attendees from all over the world. This was the second year Logan faculty were invited to speak. Dr. DeBono presented on blood flow restriction training, while Dr. Battaglia presented on musculoskeletal ultrasound in the diagnosis of hip and pelvic complaints in athletes. “This was an opportunity to share our expertise with Cuba’s sports medicine department—they do a lot of ultrasound, because MRI use is limited,” Dr. Battaglia said.  

The Tower - Fall 2018

November 14, 2018 -- The fall 2018 issue of The Tower is out now! 

This issue explore's Logan's new partnership with the University of Memphis, enhancements to the chiropractic technique class, how several nurses in mid-Missouri are using the Doctorate of Health Professions Education program to further their health care careers, a recent student clinic abroad trip to Ecuador, and more! 

Read The Tower online here.

Dr. Norman W. Kettner Published in Journal of Pain

November 13, 2018 -- Congratulations are due to Norman W. Kettner, DC, DACBR, DCBCN, FICC, chair of Logan’s Department of Radiology, whose collaborative research was published this week in Journal of Pain. 

The research explored clinical and neuroimaging responses of spinal manipulative therapy (SMT) in chronic low back pain. It demonstrates reduction of pain, expectation of pain, fear-related movement and the corresponding brain imaging responses. 

According to the study, learning and memory (implicit) processes, such as habituation, sensitization and operant conditioning, are determinants of chronic low back pain. Perception of pain takes place when potential or actual noxious stimuli are appraised as threats. Maladaptive neuroplastic structural and functional brain changes evolve from these learning processes to initiate changes in pain perception. The reversal of these maladaptive brain changes reduces chronic pain. One method of achieving this is through SMT, which generates salient sensory and proprioceptive feedback that may disrupt the relationship between pain anticipation, fear and movement.

The research was partly funded by National Chiropractic Mutual Insurance Company and was a collaboration between Logan University, Athinoula A. Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging, the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine―a partnership between Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School―and Melrose Family Chiropractic.

The paper can be accessed here.

Chiropractic Grand Rounds Recap: Roberta Sclocco, PhD

November 9, 2018 -- This past summer, Logan welcomed Roberta Sclocco, PhD, to campus for a Chiropractic Grand Rounds presentation. Dr. Sclocco is a research fellow at Athinoula A. Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School. Her presentation, titled “Transcutaneous Vagus Nerve Stimulation Optimized Using Functional MRI” focused on the application and integration of advanced imaging techniques and brainstem neural science. This work is an ongoing line of research with which Norman Kettner, DC, DACBR, FICC and Chair of Logan’s Department of Radiology is a collaborator.

In an introduction to Dr. Sclocco’s presentation, Dr. Kettner explained the importance the vagus nerve plays in many major biological systems.

“The inflammatory reflex is a physiological mechanism through which the vagus nerve regulates immune function, inhibits excessive proinflammatory cytokine production and may provide a variety of biological, psychological and behavioral health benefits addressing the elements of the biopsychosocial model,” he said. “Vagus nerve signaling plays an important role in the regulation of feeding behavior, gut regulation, immune network interaction, pain modulation and metabolic homeostasis. Cholinergic signaling (inflammatory reflex) is known to alleviate obesity-associated inflammation and metabolic derangement and could be exploited for treatment of metabolic syndrome, type II diabetes mellitus and other obesity-driven disorders. “

Of particular importance to the current opioid epidemic, vagus stimulation has been shown to alter the pain memory process and free chronic pain patients from conditioned pain responses.

Dr. Sclocco describes her research as a merging of the head and the heart and an exploration of whether something useful can come out of integrating the two modalities. This research has employed subcutaneous stimulation of the vagus nerve (auricular branch) with 7 T fMRI to better understand the treatment and its underlying neural mechanisms. Click here to watch the full presentation.

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