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.”

St. Louis Business Journal Features Dr. Ross Mattox as ‘Character’

June 7, 2019 -- Ross Mattox, DC, RMSK, instructor and lead chiropractic clinician for Logan University at CareSTL Health, was recently featured as a St. Louis Character in the St. Louis Business Journal, highlighting his work helping patients treat and prevent back pain and his passion for animals.

As stated in the article: “Through his work as a chiropractor at CareSTL, Mattox has helped hundreds of low-income patients escape both chronic pain and a dependence on opioids. Mattox tailors his care to alleviate back pain by adjusting patients’ lifestyle choices, whether it be quitting smoking or losing weight.

“Through those changes and chiropractor services that CareSTL provides, Mattox and his team empower patients to get back in the driver’s seat when it comes to their well-being.”

Read the full feature and watch the video here

Gentle Touch, Profound Results: A Logan Pediatric Clinic Success Story

June 5, 2019 -- Born four weeks early, Blake Boyd had a rough transition into everyday life.

Blake spent his first eight days in the neonatal intensive care unit on a feeding tube. He experienced severe acid reflux, causing him to spit up profusely every 20 minutes. His eyes failed to track movement, and he had trouble with simple things, such as turning his head or grabbing for objects.

“He was miserable,” said his mom, Ashleigh Boyd of O’Fallon, Missouri. “He wasn’t sleeping and he just wasn’t responding in ways he should.”

Ashleigh was especially attuned to Blake’s care, as she is an emergency room and intensive care unit nurse. She took advantage of her access to resources, experts and clinical data, “but I wasn’t finding any answers as to what was going on with Blake and how we could help him,” she said.

Some suggested that Ashleigh have Blake evaluated by physical and occupational therapists. But it was Ashleigh’s CrossFit instructor who set her on a path. The instructor told her about Logan University, Muriel Périllat, DC, MS and her specialized work in pediatric chiropractic.

Ashleigh said she was open to conservative care and finding a more holistic approach for her son. Still, she was wary.

“Going in, I was really nervous,” she said, “but after meeting Dr. Périllat, I found that she was wonderful and her demeanor was amazing. I trusted her because of the way she explained things and how she communicated with Blake. She talked to him like a human, and she took action that first day.”

Ashleigh learned that in the case of her son, chiropractic was not about making adjustments, but rather altering his neurological communication system through craniosacral therapy. This approach uses a gentle touch and manipulation to relieve pain and dysfunction. During the first appointment, Ashleigh began to see immediate changes. Blake’s fists, which had been closed tightly for months, opened for the first time. His body, which had been stiff and rigid, began to ease. “I was able to put him in his car seat, and it was the first time he didn’t have a blood-curdling cry,” she said.

Over the next few weeks, Ashleigh and her husband took notice of other improvements in Blake’s health and well-being―his appetite increased, his acid reflux went away, he was able to turn his head both ways and grasp objects with his hands.

As Blake’s condition improved, his appointments decreased from three times a week to once a week. Now, at 7 months old, Blake sees Dr. Périllat every three weeks for approximately 15 minutes.

“I think there’s a misconception among people about chiropractic,” Ashleigh said. “They think it is about cracking and snapping bones, but they don’t realize how the neurological function communicates with the body. Life has been a lot easier knowing this is an option.”

Ashleigh chokes up as she talks about the effect Dr. Périllat and chiropractic care has had on her infant son. She now feels that she can be a voice for others. “Being a health professional for 15 years, I had never seen or heard anything like what we saw in Blake. I can tell you it was scary,” she said. “I’ve always been an advocate for continuing education. Having been through this, I think there needs to be more public awareness, so more lives can be touched and quality of life can be improved.”

The Life and Career of Dr. Howard Loomis Jr.

May 22, 2019 -- Howard F. Loomis Jr., DC, FIACA, (1967) reflected upon his lifelong love for learning as well as his relationship with Logan during the University’s recent Spring Symposium.

A pioneer and innovative leader in the understanding of human nutrition and enzymes, Dr. Loomis has made a tremendous impact on health care. Most notably, he developed a system for identifying nutritional deficiencies and stresses on the body.

Today, he serves as president and director of Food Enzyme Institute, which educates thousands of health care professionals on the value of diet and nutrition in maintaining optimal health. He’s passionate about sharing his knowledge with others and staying at the forefront of health care.

Before an eager crowd of attendees, Dr. Loomis addressed his own continuing education process, noting that the purpose of chiropractic educators is not to make a student a healer, but to impart knowledge so a student can pass exams and become licensed to practice applying that knowledge.

“Each of you is an artist that brings your education, individual talents and compassion together to heal your patient,” he said. “Remember that regardless of the decade in which you were educated, basic anatomy, physiology and neurology do not change.”

Dr. Loomis’ story begins in June 1937, several months before he was born. His mother, a registered nurse, brought her mother who was experiencing heart and lung problems to see a specialist.

“After the exam, while my grandmother was getting dressed, the doctor wrote a note and handed it to my mother,” he said. “It said, ‘She may drop dead any minute.’ Imagine being five months pregnant and being handed that note. That scene was told a few times as I grew up.”

On the way home, they passed a two-story white frame home on a corner lot with a well-groomed green lawn. “The sign on the lawn simply read ‘Dr. Griffith, Chiropractor.’ No one in my family had ever been to a chiropractor, and certainly not an RN in 1937. But my mother was very resourceful,” he said.

The fact that Dr. Loomis’ grandmother would live for another 11 years―long enough for him to have fond memories of her―had a profound impact on Dr. Loomis.

His second encounter with chiropractic wouldn’t occur until 1948 when back pain stemming from a car accident forced Dr. Loomis’ father to quit his job as a baker. His father pursued a second career as a chiropractor, bringing his family to Logan Chiropractic College in St. Louis.

After moving back to Buffalo, New York, so his father could practice, Dr. Loomis returned to St. Louis for a brief trip. A chance visit to Logan resulted in him enrolling in classes to become a chiropractor.

The next few decades would bring many milestones and life-defining moments. In the late 1960s, Logan President Dr. William Coggins led efforts to purchase a new campus in Chesterfield. “I still take pride in the fact that I, and many other alumni, were able to contribute toward the purchase,” Dr. Loomis said. “I experience a renewed sense of that that every time I revisit the campus and proceed up D.P. Casey Drive.”

By the 1980s, Dr. Loomis’ career took on a new direction. He was asked to conduct clinical outcome studies in the use of food enzymes for health care professionals. After five years of research, he began lecturing internationally, ultimately selling his practice and moving to Madison, Wisconsin to open his own supplement company, which later became certified by the State of Wisconsin Educational Approval Board as an educational institution―a proud moment of his career.

Over the years, Dr. Loomis has remained an advocate for chiropractic and supporter of Logan. In the early 2000s, he donated funds to help construct an amphitheater as part of the William D. Purser Center. More recently, he has provided the funds to establish the Howard F. Loomis Jr., DC Endowed Chair of the Viscero-Somatic Center at Logan.

“The only constant in this world is change,” he said. “While our knowledge base of the functions of the human body continues to greatly expand, the basic sciences of anatomy, physiology and neurology will not change during your career. Continue your personal education and grow.”


Dr. Arlan Fuhr Discusses Activator Safety and Efficacy at Symposium

May 13, 2019 -- Arlan Fuhr, DC (1961) is the co-inventor of the Activator Method, the world’s most widely used chiropractic adjusting technique. At the 2019 Logan University Spring Symposium, Dr. Fuhr presented the many research studies that have confirmed the Activator’s safety and efficacy for spinal manipulation.

Dr. Fuhr has always believed in the necessity of research to back up chiropractic claims. “Data always wins, and if you don’t have data, it’s called hall talk,” he said. The first prominent study took place in 1985 with funding from the National Institutes of Health; the Activator is the first and only chiropractic technique or instrument to receive an NIH grant.

Subsequent studies followed. Research partners included prestigious medical schools such as Baylor College of Medicine’s Bio-Innovations Laboratory. One interesting finding of these studies was that a 140 Newton (N) Activator thrust will move a bone 0.3 to 1.6 mm, while a 540 N manual thrust results in 1.1 mm of movement. The Activator achieves equal or greater movement than a manual thrust with far less force through two factors:

  • Speed: The Activator delivers a thrust up to 200 times faster than a manual adjustment, according to a 1999 study published in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics.
  • The ideal wave form: The frequency of the ideal wave form is fast enough to stimulate mechanoreceptors and propagates more easily through biological tissue. “Enhancing the frequency spectrum of the Activator device toward an ideal wave form allows us to create more bone movement with less force,” said Dr. Fuhr. Each iteration of the Activator has gotten closer, with the Activator I achieving 35% of the ideal wave form and the Activator V, the latest iteration, achieving 94% of the ideal wave form.

During his presentation, Dr. Fuhr also discussed research on the safety of chiropractic for pediatric patients, specifically a 2015 proposal published in the Journal for Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics. The proposal relies upon two assumptions, Dr. Fuhr explained. One, that chiropractic clinicians are able to measure the force and speed of each manual thrust and, two, that force and speed are the only two thrust profile parameters. This is achievable through use of the Activator. “In the laboratory setting, the Activator V performs the most consistent, despite operator experience level,” said Dr. Fuhr, noting one of many points supporting the Activator’s use with pediatric patients.

The proposal provides the following guidelines for cervical spine loading by age: no more than 20 N in children 0 to 23 months, 85 N for children 2 to 8 years old, 135 N for patients ages 8 to 18 and 155 N for adults. Dr. Fuhr stressed that with patients young and old alike, just one thrust per contact point is typically needed. “Less is more—people are doing too much to the body,” he said. “Do less to the body and let the body do the work.”

Dr. Fuhr wrapped up his presentation with a brief overview of research showing the Activator is effective in reducing IVF inflammation-induced thermal hyperalgesia, mechanical allodynia and hyper-excitability of sensory neurons. This research comes from a study in the Journal of Clinical Investigation, “WNT signaling underlies the pathogenesis of neuropathic pain in rodents.”

He also discussed research recently accepted for publication in Calcified Tissue International on the Activator’s safety when used on osteoporotic patients. “Our intention is to publish in journals not related to chiropractic because we want chiropractic to be known by other disciplines, such as rheumatology and orthopedics,” Dr. Fuhr said.

Finally, he shared his goals for improving accessibility for the modern learner by virtualizing Activator training materials. The Activator Institute VT is now available worldwide, with plans to have training materials available in multiple languages. 

Logan’s Innovative Research Featured at ACC-RAC 2019

March 11, 2019 -- This week, 25 Logan faculty and leaders are heading to the Association of Chiropractic College’s 26th Educational Conference and Research Agenda Conference (ACC-RAC) in Baltimore, Maryland, to present research relating to competencies and collaboration.

This year’s conference theme is Fostering Innovation.

Researchers from all over the world submit and present their latest work through posters, group discussions and speaking platforms.  A total of 14 platform presentations and seven poster presentations were accepted from Logan, the most ever accepted from Logan’s radiology department, not to mention a strong showing from the Rehabilitation Active Care Clinic.

Presentations from Logan represent a wide range of research, innovation and thought leadership on topics addressing conditions such as spondylolysis, apophysitis, hamstring tears and ulcers. A full list of the platform and poster presentation topics, as well as the affiliated Logan faculty members, are listed below:


Platform Presentations

Sonography of asymptomatic ulnar nerve instability

Norman Kettner, DC, DACBR, FICC; Federico Villafane, DC, DACBR; Stacey Cornelson, DC; Roberta Sclocco, PhD

Spinal manipulation increases cortical salience network connectivity in cLBP

Norman Kettner, DC, DACBR, FICC; Vitaly Napadow, PhD; Kylie Isenburg; Dan-Mikael Ellingsen, PhD; Ekaterina Protsenko, PhD; Ishtiaq Mawla, PhD; Matthew Kowalski, DC; David Swensen, DC; Deanna O’Dwyer-Swensen, DC; Robert Edwards, PhD; Marco Loggia, PhD

Neural arch bone marrow edema and spondylolysis in adolescent cheerleaders: A case series

Ashley Ruff, DC; Stacey Cornelson, DC; Courtney Wells, DC; Norman Kettner, DC, DACBR, FICC

Bilateral hip cam-deformity and early-onset osteoarthritis

Daniel Ault, DC; Ashley Ruff, DC; Stacey Cornelson, DC; Aimee Jokerst, DC, FIAMA; Norman Kettner, DC, DACBR, FICC

Dynamic vascular thoracic outlet syndrome: a case report

Stacey Cornelson, DC; Forrest Allen, DC; Mero Nunez, DC; Norman Kettner, DC, DACBR, FICC

Anatomic variation of the sciatic nerve utilizing sonography

Stacey Cornelson, DC; Norman Kettner, DC, DACBR, FICC

Chiropractic co-management of two patients with low back pain and bullets in or near the spine

Ross Mattox, DC, RMSK

Spinal epidural hematoma in a patient on chronic anticoagulation therapy performing self-neck manipulation: a case presentation

Patrick Battaglia, DC, DACBR

Point of care ultrasound in a chiropractic clinic: a case series demonstrating value added

Patrick Battaglia, DC, DACBR

Demographics of patients referred for chiropractic care within one Federally Qualified Health Center

Ahmad Abdella, DC; Patrick Battaglia, DC, DACBR

Healthcare student knowledge of psychosocial factors associated with low back pain: A narrative review

Kelsey Lewis, DC; Patrick Battaglia, DC, DACBR

Eccentric loading used in reducing chronic fascial tear of hamstring in a high school sprinter

Cami Stastny, DC; Melissa Engelson, DC, MS, CCSP, DACBSP

Recovery expectations for apophysitis in year-round single sport athletes: a case series on osgood-schlatter disease management

Cami Stastny, DC; Melissa Engelson, DC, MS, CCSP, DACBSP

A case study in the use of therapeutic laser in wound healing of a pressure ulcer

Dana Underkofler-Mercer, DC, MS; Emma Minx, DC; Christopher Belics, DC, MS; Benjamin Heasty, DC; Tyler White, DC; Bobby Prichett, DC, CCSP


Poster Presentations

Sonography of gluteal muscles and sciatic nerve in a 37-year old with chronic spinal cord injury

Stacey Cornelson, DC; Devon Ackroyd, DC, CSCS; Norman Kettner, DC, DACBR, FICC

Sonoelastography of the trunk and lower extremity muscles in Duchenne’s muscular dystrophy

Stacey Cornelson, DC; Ashley Ruff, DC; Muriel Perillat, DC, MS; Norman Kettner, DC, DACBR, FICC

Lisfranc ligament injury in a 23-year-old female with multimodality imaging 

Carrie Santore, DC; Stacey Cornelson, DC; Patrick Battaglia, DC, DACBR; Norman Kettner, DC, DACBR, FICC

Improved cranial nerve sensation in a patient with occipital neuralgia with scar mobilization

Devon Ackroyd, DC, CSCS

A case of flexor carpi radialis tenosynovitis mimicking carpal tunnel syndrome diagnosed by diagnostic ultrasound

Ahmad Abdella, DC; Patrick Battaglia, DC, DACBR

Effects of high-intensity interval training and strength training on endurance and coordination in a patient with a brain stem injury

Melissa Engelson, DC, MS, CCSP, DACBSP

Contraindications in certain types of Chiropractic Manipulative Therapy (CMT) for the connective tissue disorder patient: a case report on chiropractic management and Ehler-Danlos Syndrome

Erika Evans, DC

Best of luck to all as you take on ACC-RAC 2019! For more information on the conference and schedule, click here.

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