Logan Grad Dr. Holly Tucker Appointed to WFC Council

April 5, 2019 -- Holly Tucker, DC, MPH, CHES, FASA, a chiropractor dedicated to making an impact in the health care system, was recently appointed to the World Federation of Chiropractic (WFC) Council. 

Dr. Tucker traveled to Berlin, Germany, in March for the biennial Congress meeting, where she spent eight days with other council members attending meetings under the WFC’s “EPIC” theme (evidence-based, people-centered, interprofessional and collaborative). 

“Every discussion was so compelling. There are 13 Council members, from all over the globe, which allowed each conversation to have a unique perspective,” Dr. Tucker said. “Chiropractic care is so diverse across different parts of the world, so hearing positions and opinions on a variety of situations served as a great learning experience.”

In addition, the council members discussed the role of WFC in advancing the profession forward, while supporting and empowering chiropractors around the world. The Council worked behind the scenes by drafting new bylaws, strategic plan implementation and listened to special programs and presenters.

After the Council meeting, representatives from every country joined them to attend the General Assembly. WFC members gave reports about the current state of chiropractic care in their region. Congress, the educational portion, in conjunction with the European Chiropractors’ Union (ECU) Convention, consisted of continuing education keynote speeches, breakout sessions and research presentations.  

“This year, the WFC focused the event much more on research-based presentations,” Dr. Tucker explained. “This event is becoming the premier place to present chiropractic research, and a place for greater collaboration to translate this knowledge into practice. I think this will involve the clinical community on a much greater level than ever before.”

Dr. Tucker is very passionate about engaging with other members of the chiropractic community. She is involved in almost a dozen different organizations and being an active member of the American Chiropractic Association (ACA) is what led her to this prestigious WFC appointment.

She plans to further educate ACA and Student American Chiropractic Association (SACA) members about the WFC by developing informational content and utilizing speaking opportunities. 

“I want to get students more involved by showing them all they can do and how they can use their knowledge to really make a difference in the world of the chiropractic profession after they graduate,” said Dr. Tucker. 

   

Parker Seminars Feature Logan Alumni Speakers

February 12, 2019 -- Four Logan University alumni will be presenting at the upcoming Parker Seminars Feb. 21-23 in Las Vegas. 

  • Alicia Yochum, RN, DC, DACBR will be presenting a case-based lecture, reviewing a wide range of pathology from sports injury, arthritis, infection and neoplasm, all of which have come through practicing chiropractors' doors. Dr. Yochum will also address proper utilization of imaging. 
  • Troy Dukowitz, DC will teach DCs the proper steps necessary to move patients from back and neck pain to subluxation-based, wellness type models. He will discuss neuro-communication strategies to help empower patients to a better understanding of chiropractic and its implications in their lives. This program is presented to enhance the chiropractic practitioner's and staff's understanding of these tools to communicate vertebral subluxation in the context of today's health care setting while helping them to increase confidence delivering chiropractic care and their message. 
  • Jonathan Soltys, DC, MS, Cert. MDT will be presenting a three-part series on Practical Applications of McKenzie Method of Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy, a system of assessment, classification, treatment and prevention of musculoskeletal disorders. The assessment incorporates repeated test movements in various planes and static positions to determine the direction in which a patient needs to move and with how much force to begin (based on centralization of symptoms and changes to obstructed movement). 
  • Kevin Christie, DC, CEAS II will guide DCs toward achieving a thriving practice by implementing modern and ethical marketing strategies to grow their business. Additionally, Dr. Christie will provide a framework to implement a fully-involved marketing plan for your business or future practice. 
Best of luck to our Logan alumni and many thanks for exemplifying what it means to be a leader in chiropractic. 

For those attending Parker Seminars, please join Logan University President Dr. Clay McDonald and Logan Vice President of Chiropractic and Alumni Relations Dr. Ralph Barrale for a Logan Alumni and Friends Reception. The reception will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 22 at the Eiffel Tower Restaurant in the Paris Hotel and will include complimentary cocktails and hors d'oeuvres. RSVP here and visit Logan's booth (406) during the seminars. 

Donor Snapshot: Dr. Brian and Ann Walsh

January 31, 2019 -- Brian Walsh, DC credits a chiropractor for saving him from having back surgery.

Inspired by the profession, Dr. Walsh decided to leave his career as an electrical engineer and began looking into chiropractic colleges.

“Logan just felt right to me right from the start,” he recalls. “The beautiful campus, the welcoming details of our first visit, the ergonomic classrooms—all of these things made it apparent this was the best choice for me.”

While he attended Logan, his wife, Ann, worked as an office assistant in a practice with three chiropractors in St. Charles.  There she learned how to manage a practice. After Dr. Walsh graduated from Logan in 1999, he and his wife moved back to their native Melbourne, Florida, and opened up their own practice, CARE Natural Wellness Center, focusing on chiropractic care, as well as nutritional therapy and wellness.

“We started our small, family-oriented, cash-based practice with the goal of helping people in our community get healthy naturally. I now see approximately 120 to 130 patients per week, ranging in age from one month old to 90 years old,” he says. “Our practice has steadily grown over the last 18 years, and I am now looking to hire two more practitioners.”

He thanks his instructors at Logan for an excellent experience. “They are committed to this profession and to the process of teaching,” says Dr. Walsh. “My wife and I enjoy giving back and we are big believers that if everyone gave a little, Logan’s needs would be fulfilled.”

Currently, Dr. Walsh is working to obtain his nutritional diplomate from the American Board of Clinical Nutrition. He has seen an uptick in digestive and immune system problems in the past few years and recognizes the importance of correct nutrition to alleviate these issues.

I believe in treating the whole person—body, mind and spirit. This is how you achieve the best results,” he says.  “While building a practice is important, I suggest doctors stay focused on the patients and helping them get healthy and stay healthy, as naturally as possible.”


The Power of One: Dr. Steven Clarke

January 2, 2019 -- Steven Clarke, DC (January 1983) can talk about strength in numbers.

He is one of more than 2,000 members of the Association of New Jersey Chiropractors (ANJC), one of the largest and most active chiropractic state associations in the country.  

With a unified vision and voice for chiropractic advocacy, the ANJC has made significant strides for chiropractic patients and the profession, working to change outdated and unfair legislation, taking on biases and injustices from health insurance companies, and educating individuals on a drug-free approach to health care.  

“Everyone understands that if we all work together, we can get big things done,” Dr. Clarke said. “But the first step is getting involved.”

Dr. Clarke admits that when he joined the state association after graduating from Logan, he knew little about the inner workings of the profession. Eager and willing to get involved, he joined the legislative committee, soaking up knowledge from veteran members and learning step by step how to get involved and make an impact for the profession. Eventually he became President of ANJC, and with a dynamic group of board members, started to attain successful outcomes that they had never seen before. 

Over the past fifteen years, he and other leaders within the organization have chipped away at health care barriers and antiquated laws, working tirelessly to ensure improved access to chiropractic care in New Jersey. 

And their work continues today. 

Dr. Clarke, along with the ANJC Board of Directors as well as an active organization membership, has dedicated extensive time and efforts to promoting anti-discrimination bills, the first Licensed Chiropractic Assistant (LCA) license and a number of other initiatives. Just recently, they drafted and are working to introduce opioid legislation that will move patients away from the drug model to more conservative approaches.

“We are educating policymakers and patients on the importance and value of chiropractic as part of the solution to the opioid epidemic,” he said. “Many MDs are in support of our initiatives, but we all have to work together. We have to take a multi-prong approach to educate, to get stories out there and to market them appropriately,” continued Clarke. “We were never part of the drug problem, but we can be a big part of the solution.” 

Dr. Clarke said by getting involved, everyone can have a small part in making a large impact. “The younger chiropractors absolutely need to get involved,” he said. “Just like athletes, as the older players retire, the younger ones come up. You have to be involved, and the more involved you are, the more successful we can be as chiropractors and as a profession.”


The ANJC Board with Dr. Clarke (seated, far right) and Dr. Michael Kirk (2000), former ANJC President (standing, second from right).

Logan Graduate Dr. Jeff Williams Featured in Ford "Good Works" Video

Dr. Jeff Williams, an April 2011 graduate from Logan University, was recently featured by Ford in their Built Ford Tough "Good Works" Program. As a former bull rider and a chiropractor, Dr. Williams now treats those injured on site at rodeos.
  

Announcement Regarding Dr. Kevin Holmes

We are sad to announce that Dr. Kevin J. Holmes of Marion, Ill. (class of December 1987) passed away on August 8, 2014. Memorial donations are suggested to the St. Francis Community Animal Rescue or to Hospice of Southern Illinois and will be accepted at Mitchell-Hughes Funeral Home-800 N. Market St.-Marion, IL 62959.  

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