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.”

Students Use Chiropractic to Improve Quality of Life in Ecuador

December 3, 2018 -- Just after completing exams and checking off another trimester this summer, seven female DC students packed their bags and chiropractic tables and headed south to Quito, Ecuador, for clinic abroad, eager to put their knowledge to use on real patients.

The inspiration for the trip came from Lizzie Rooker-Ortega, Trimester 10 student, who met her husband in Ecuador on a volunteer trip three years ago. “It’s always been a big focus of mine to give back to communities,” Lizzie said. Along with help from her husband and mother-in-law, Lizzie coordinated the 10-day trip, including travel arrangements, itineraries and a partnership with a local university.

The students, all of whom are current or past members of the Executive Board of Women’s Leadership Council (WLC) at Logan, were accompanied by Erica Hackett, DC, FIAMA, clinician and instructor, and Charlotte Meier, DC (2017). WLC partnered with Instituto Tecnologico Superior Esculapio, a naturopathic university in Quito, to give health exams to patients, provide chiropractic adjustments and share nutrition and exercise tips.

“First and foremost, the goal was to help the people of Ecuador,” Lizzie said. “Chiropractic is poorly known in South America, and the people of Ecuador are underserved in terms of health.”

The trip also served as a learning opportunity for the students—four of whom were entering the clinics for the first time upon their return to Logan—as well as exposure for chiropractic and the University. “Any international outreach for chiropractic and Logan is huge,” Lizzie said. “There are so many aspects of someone’s life that can be impacted through chiropractic—whether it’s physical, nutritional or emotional.”

As patients came into the temporary clinic, Logan students used a translator to ask questions and understand the patient’s complaint. From there, the students consulted with Dr. Hackett regarding a patient plan and got to work adjusting and teaching at-home exercises and posture tips. They treated patients who had previously suffered from cancer, a heart attack, a kidney ablation, cramping or pain throughout the body, among other complaints—more complicated cases than the students typically encountered in St. Louis, Lizzie said.

Throughout the five days of clinic, WLC saw more than 100 patients, and they treated each patient at least twice. They even referred some patients back to the naturopathic institute to continue care.

“People are in pain for so long that it affects them emotionally, too. The better they feel, the better they want to live, and the better they want to take care of themselves,” Lizzie said. “By experiencing these cases and treating these patients, we were able to grow and be challenged as health care providers and really focus on providing high-quality patient care.”

In addition to treating patients, the women spent time exploring the city. They saw the Ciudad Mitad del Mundo, the monument marking the equator where visitors can stand with one foot in each hemisphere; the Monument to Independence; waterfalls and more.

“A personal goal of mine was for the other students and staff to experience a different way of life in Ecuador,” Lizzie said. “It is a very special place to me with a beautiful culture and beautiful people. Logan helped give me the tools and opportunities to give back to the people of Ecuador, and do so with my fellow students.”

Logan Partners with Universities for 3+3 Program

Logan recently established 3+3 articulation agreements with three universities: Missouri Baptist University in Chesterfield, Missouri, Park University in Parkville, Missouri, and Friends University in Wichita, Kansas.

The 3+3 Program allows students to complete three years of required undergraduate studies at one of the partnered schools before completing the fourth year of undergraduate studies while enrolled in Logan’s Doctor of Chiropractic program. At the end of the student’s first year of studies toward their doctorate degree at Logan, they are awarded their bachelor’s degree from the originating school.

The agreement shortens the time to achieve both a bachelor’s and Doctor of Chiropractic degree by one year. 

“It is our goal to provide viable options and resources to students interested in pursuing a Doctor of Chiropractic degree,” said Clay McDonald, DC, MBA, JD, president of Logan University. “Our partnership with these schools not only achieves that, but also makes it both efficient and economical for students to earn a bachelor’s degree at their undergraduate institution as well as Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Logan.”

To date, Logan has established agreements with more than 50 colleges and universities across the United States.

Dr. Jeff King: Empowering and Educating Patients

October 24, 2018 -- Logan alumnus Jeff King, DC, MS did not take the typical path to becoming a chiropractor, but he wouldn’t change anything in the series of events that led him to his current position.

As an undergraduate biology student at Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois, Dr. King planned to become a dentist. However, when he landed an internship-turned-summer job in a dental office, he quickly realized dentistry wasn’t the career for him.

Still desiring a career in the health professions, Dr. King continued pursuing his biology degree and began shadowing health care professionals, including the football team’s chiropractor. Dr. King became intrigued.

“I worked construction in high school and college, so the hands-on nature of chiropractic was appealing to me,” he said. Dr. King decided to give chiropractic a try and enrolled at Logan. The choice was easy―he felt confident Logan would prepare him to work in an integrated setting and appreciated the opportunities the school offered to experience other health care professions outside of chiropractic.

While at Logan, Dr. King participated in a study program to observe a neurosurgeon interacting with patients and performing surgery in Cape Girardeau, Missouri. Dr. King also completed two community-based internships that provided exposure to other health care professions, taught him how chiropractors can successfully collaborate with other professionals to treat patients and better understand how these methods can be put into practice.

After Dr. King earned his DC in 2011 and his MS in Sports Science and Rehabilitation in 2012, he moved to Madison, Wisconsin, where he worked in clinic practice, before joining the team at Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin SpineCare Program in Milwaukee. The SpineCare Program employs a variety of medical professionals who treat back pain, including chiropractors, physiatrists, neurosurgeons, pain psychologists and physical therapists. This team-based approach to patient care more closely aligned with Dr. King's integrated approach to healing.

“I’m fortunate to have an adventurous wife that allows me to pursue my career dreams,” he said.

With the move, Dr. King’s career focus shifted from working with athletes to treating adults with spine-related issues. One thing he’s learned throughout this experience is that the messages patients receive is critical to their recovery.

Back pain can be scary and debilitating, but Dr. King believes providers can greatly influence the patient’s thoughts about their back pain with the words they choose. “We can either increase the patient’s sense that they are unfixable and disabled, or we can increase the patient’s sense of resiliency and self-efficiency,” he said. “For the majority of patients, we should de-emphasize any fear they have and highlight that our spines are robust and tolerant structures that are capable of a great deal.”

Dr. King also believes educating patients is key to the recovery process. He has found success in providing an honest opinion about what is going on with each patient’s body and goals, because patient expectations are a crucial factor in the ability to recover.

“I try to educate patients and help them understand that back pain is not necessarily a life sentence,” said Dr. King. “I also strive to make it clear that one of the most important predictors of their ability to recover is being an engaged and active participant in their treatment.”

This can be a challenge: It is sometimes difficult to inspire patients to take an active role in their rehab with lifestyle changes, such as walking every day or completing their home exercise program. These challenges, however, don’t dampen the enthusiasm Dr. King feels in caring for his patients.

“The best part about my job is getting to know my patients and seeing how excited they are when they make progress in their recovery,” he said. “When a patient tells me that they were able to get on the floor and play with their grandkids or run the 5k they were working toward, it’s meaningful to me.

 “My advice to a Logan student would be to get exposed to many other health care professionals because at the end of the day everyone is trying to help patients,” said Dr. King. “Understanding how you can be a part of a patient team is crucial in chiropractic.”

Dr. King also believes it is important to find a good mentor and to get involved on campus and in industry associations. When he is not in the clinic, Dr. King is active in multi-disciplinary associations such as the North American Spine Society, as well as chiropractic associations including the State Chiropractic Examining Board and the American Chiropractic Association. He also serves as a committee member in his state association.