Logan Alumnus Dr. Jeff King Named Director of Chiropractic at the Medical College of Wisconsin

May 10, 2019 -- Jeff King, DC, MS (2011) was recently named the first ever director of chiropractic at the Medical College of Wisconsin’s (MCW) SpineCare clinic, an integrated clinic for patients with spine-related pain. The SpineCare clinic started in the mid-1990s with one chiropractor and now employs four full-time chiropractors, two of whom are Logan graduates: Dr. King and Jordan Gliedt, DC (2011).

Dr. King’s new role was created partly in recognition of the large number of patients wishing to see a chiropractor but also remain within a large health system, said Dr. Shekar N. Kurpad, department chair of Neurosurgery at MCW.

“Our chiropractic team is extremely attuned to taking care of patients in a timely and effective fashion but also has tremendous expertise with neurological examinations that could fast-track these individuals to other types of providers when appropriate” Dr. Kurpad said. “From an organizational perspective, I felt it would be a great idea to have a lead chiropractic position that could manage that group’s activities across our four clinic locations while also interacting with the leadership of the Spine Service Line from the health system, as well as the leadership of the Medical College in order to strategically put in place referral patterns and networks, and educational programs to enhance the role of chiropractic care at the institutional level.”

One such educational program is the preceptorship program that Dr. King helped establish at MCW in 2018 and currently oversees. Logan University is one of the participating schools.  

Dr. King credits his colleagues Greg Whitcomb, DC and Boyd Peterson, DC with laying the groundwork for the growth of chiropractic at the SpineCare clinic. “Both have done a fantastic job delivering high-quality care and building relationships with various provider groups for several years”, Dr. King said. “Since joining the clinic two years ago, Dr. Gliedt has likewise done a wonderful job integrating into our system and contributing the very best care to our patients.”


Symposium Speaker Dr. Carl Cleveland III on Chiropractic’s Rising Cultural Authority

May 9, 2019 -- “There’s never been a time of greater cultural authority for chiropractic.” That’s the message Carl Cleveland III, DC delivered during his presentation at the 2019 Logan University Spring Symposium.

Dr. Cleveland is President of Cleveland University in Kansas City, which was founded by his grandfather, Carl Cleveland, DC. He is also an author, educator and international lecturer. Generations of his family have been pioneers in chiropractic, giving him a unique perspective on just how far the profession has come in terms of public acceptance.

It all started with Dr. Cleveland’s great-grandmother, Sylva Ashworth. Sylva was born in Lincoln, Nebraska, in 1874, 26 years before chiropractic was founded. By the time she was 27, she suffered from cardiovascular problems and severe diabetes that caused an infection in her foot. Surgeons didn’t think she could survive the amputation and predicted she’d live only a few more months. Thankfully, a neighbor suggested Sylva try chiropractic. “Over time, her gangrenous toes pinkened up and the diabetes left her,” Dr. Cleveland said. “Not long after, she packed up her children and moved to Davenport, Iowa, to enroll in Palmer College of Chiropractic.”

Sylva’s daughter Ruth followed in her mother’s footsteps. Ruth met her husband Carl Cleveland while both were students at the Palmer School of Chiropractic. The couple eventually moved to Kansas City and founded Central College of Chiropractic in 1922. The school was run out of their home. Chiropractic wouldn’t be legal in Missouri for another five years. Their son, Dr. Cleveland’s father, grew up afraid that his parents could be arrested at any moment. They escaped arrest—many of their students did not—but it was nevertheless a curious home to grow up in, with the kitchen serving as the dissection lab. 

Although chiropractic was legal by the time Dr. Cleveland came along, the public still largely misunderstood it or—worse—thought of DCs as “quacks,” Dr. Cleveland recalls. Chiropractic has come a long way since then. “Today my grandchildren won’t hear words of disrespect about what we do,” Dr. Cleveland said.

Indicators of chiropractic’s cultural authority include:

  • As of 2018, chiropractors were serving in official capacities at 97 VA facilities and 66 military treatment centers in the U.S. and overseas.
  • Chiropractors were included in the official medical staff for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.
  • DCs serve all 32 NFL teams and 28 of 30 MLB teams.
  • In 2017, the American College of Physicians, the Danish Health Authority, the Journal of the American Medical Association and the Canadian Medical Association all recommended chiropractic for pain control ahead of pharmacological options, driven in large part by the opioid crisis.
  • In 2018, Missouri covered chiropractic care under Medicaid.
  • As of April 2019, Missouri HealthNet covers complementary and alternative therapies to treat adult chronic pain.

This increase in visibility and trust is due to a few different factors. One big reason is that chiropractic succeeds in all three goals laid out by the triple aim of the Affordable Care Act: improved care experience, reduced health care costs and improved health care outcomes. Numerous studies prove chiropractic’s efficacy in each area. Chiropractic patients seeking treatment for back pain tend to rate their satisfaction higher when compared to medical patients. A 2017 Consumer Reports study showed that 95% of back pain patients find effective relief from chiropractic. Studies have demonstrated the significant cost benefits of sending patients to a chiropractor as a first line of defense against back and neck pain.

Dr. Cleveland concluded his presentation with a call for the chiropractic community to cultivate a wider understanding of chiropractic care and prepare future DCs to work within a multidisciplinary environment.  


Logan Research Earns Award at ACC-RAC Conference

April 18, 2019 -- Congratulations to Patrick Battaglia, DC (2012), DACBR, clinician and assistant professor, who along with Ahmad Abdella, DC (2018), received an award for a research paper presented at the Association of Chiropractic College’s 26th Educational Conference and Research Agenda Conference (ACC-RAC) in Baltimore, Maryland, last month.

Sponsored by the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners, the award recognized the paper, “Demographics of patients referred for chiropractic care within one Federally Qualified Health Center.” It was among 14 presentations and seven poster presentations from Logan that were featured at this year’s ACC-RAC.  

   

Finding Success in Patient-Centered, Evidence-Based Practices

February 4, 2019 -- Join Logan University and Logan’s Student American Chiropractic Association on Feb. 11 to learn more about finding success in patient-centered, evidence-based practices with Ray Tuck, DC and Lee Matthis, DC of Tuck Chiropractic Clinic, a large multi-clinic group practice in Virginia. 

A reception will be held from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. in the Purser Center with the lecture immediately following. All students, faculty, staff and alumni are welcome to attend this free event, however registration is required. Click for more information and to RSVP.

It’s the greatest time to be a chiropractor,” said Dr. Tuck. “With the need for more conservative options for pain, as well as an overall philosophy in health care centering around cost effectiveness and wellness, chiropractic has an opportunity to be one of the key elements in care delivery.”

Over the past 20 years, Dr. Tuck has been successful in replicating quality, patient-centered care through continuous evaluation and improvement in his clinic system of 18 doctors. “Once we were able to define quality and train our clinical team, we were able to create metrics to provide feedback to our group, enabling them to continuously improve while keeping the patient at the center of our activities―also known as patient-centered care.”

Dr. Tuck said he’s always respected the patient’s voice in care delivery and believes it has been the most critical piece of creating successful outcomes. “Key metrics, such as the patient’s perception of the care received and defined quality metrics on the care delivery while using best business practices, will position all caregivers for success in today’s and tomorrow’s health care world.”

For more information about Dr. Tuck and his team, visit tuckclinic.com.

Dr. Mattox and Patient Featured in St. Louis American

January 22, 2019 -- Ross Mattox, DC, RMSK, assistant professor and clinician at Logan's chiropractic clinic at CareSTL Health, was recently featured in the St. Louis American for helping patient Monteal Paige reduce back pain and the need for pain medication, as well as lose 70 pounds.

Read Monteal's full success story here.

Empowering Patients to Better Health

December 13, 2018 -- Through his work at CareSTL Health, a federally qualified community health center, Ross Mattox, DC, RMSK has embraced the opportunity to help patients change their lives.

One such patient is Monteal Paige. When she first visited CareSTL in hopes of alleviating severe chronic pain and multiple chronic health conditions, Monteal was a little over 300 pounds—a lot of weight for her 5’2” frame to carry. “Her situation is common for many of our patients, and obesity is the biggest impediment to getting better,” Dr. Mattox said. “It’s a vicious cycle. Patients hurt, therefore they don’t move, which causes weight gain and only exacerbates their pain.”

For patients like Monteal, chiropractic adjustments can of course alleviate pain, but real, lasting relief must come from major lifestyle changes. That can seem like a daunting task—one that takes hard work and persistence. Although habits can feel impossible to break, Dr. Mattox is doing what he can to ease the way. 

Along with his team of interns, preceptors and residents, Dr. Mattox has researched and compiled information for patients on getting affordable or free healthy food and exercise. They’ve put together diet plans tailored to low-income patients and assembled lists of area food pantries, as well as a packet listing every YMCA and community health center in the Greater St. Louis area. “Almost everyone has a reason why they can’t do something—it may be money or transportation or any number of other things,” Dr. Mattox explained. “We find ways around every barrier. For example, we included free community health centers and information on how to get to the centers via public transportation.”

The bottom line, though, is that patients have to be willing to put in the work. And Monteal was more than willing. She started going to water aerobics, an ideal exercise for overweight individuals since the pool reduces the weight and pressure on knees and joints. “Because almost all of our patients are obese and have some sort of joint pain, the No. 1 thing I push for is movement,” Dr. Mattox said. “When they push back, saying it hurts to move, I say, ‘OK, then get in the pool.’”

Monteal discovered she loved water aerobics and started attending multiple times per week. After a few months, she was such a regular that when the instructor called in sick, others in the class pointed to her and asked her to fill in. Now, she’s an official teacher. 

Monteal also worked on her diet. “Our goal is not to overhaul someone’s diet, because that’s not realistic and we’re dealing with people with limited resources,” Dr. Mattox said. First, patients are instructed to fill out a simple food diary for a week so their CareSTL team can understand their current eating habits. Not all patients comply with this request, but Monteal was a straight-A student, logging her meals for months. “I have a collection of her food diaries I keep on my desk to show to others,” Dr. Mattox said. Starting with this simple tool and with some sound advice from Dr. Mattox, Monteal’s diet gradually changed, with fruits and vegetables replacing fried foods. 

The results from these simple—but not easy—changes were astounding: In just six months, Monteal lost around 70 pounds. “We empowered her to do this, but it was all her,” Dr. Mattox said. “Now she comes in smiling and happy, and she didn’t used to be like that. It’s changed her life and gives me a great example to use when talking to other patients.”

Like so many other patients who are in chronic pain, Monteal simply didn’t know where to start, which left her feeling helpless and depressed. “We told her it was possible and showed her what to do, one day at a time,” Dr. Mattox said. “We taught her to take control of her own health, but she put in all the effort to do so. Monteal now weighs less, takes fewer medications, requires fewer doctor visits, has new friends through her exercise classes and is a happier person.”


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