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. 

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.

Logan SACA Names Drs. Underkofler-Mercer, Kettner and Cox as DC of the Month

October 9, 2018 -- Logan University’s Student American Chiropractic Association (SACA) named Dr. Dana Underkofler-Mercer, Dr. Norman Ketter and Dr. James Cox as “DC of the Month” for August, September and October, respectively. 

SACA recently initiated the DC of the Month recognition to engage faculty members and acknowledge their leadership in chiropractic, said Logan student and SACA President Blake Brumbelow. 

August DC of the Month: Dana Underkofler-Mercer, DC, MS, associate professor

Dr. Underkofler-Mercer is an associate professor in Logan’s undergraduate, master’s and Doctor of Chiropractic programs. As a certified Medical Laser Safety Officer, she has been instrumental in establishing Logan as the premier leader of chiropractic institutions in laser therapy. Dr. Underkofler-Mercer also led the creation of the Anatomy Centered Education and Sciences (A.C.E.S.) summer workshop program for high school students interested in careers in health. 

“She has also been the honored recipient of the Emerson Award for Excellence in Teaching, and anyone who has taken one of her classes would definitely agree with this prestigious award,” said Jacob. “Thank you for your advocacy and support of the ACA and SACA.”

September DC of the Month: Norman Kettner, DC, DACBR, FICC, professor and chair of the Department of Radiology

Dr. Kettner has served on the faculty since 1980 and is one of the leading researchers in the field of diagnostic imaging and chiropractic. He has authored numerous publications and lectures, and he also serves on the Editorial Board for the Journal of Pain Medicine, in addition to reviewing submissions for 10 other scholarly journals, including PAIN and the Journal of Pain.

“As the recipient of numerous awards, we want to honor his achievements and continued success,” said Jacob. “We want to thank him for his support of SACA and the ACA and the continued progression of chiropractic.”

October DC of the Month: James Cox, DC, DACBR, developer of the Cox Flexion Distraction Technique

“Dr. Cox is one of the pioneers in our profession and one of only three who are still with us. He created the Cox Flexion Distraction Technique as well as the table and tools used in this technique,” Jacob said. “Dr. Cox has been one of the most innovative and profound researchers in our profession and his research has paved the way for some of the most valuable information regarding how the intervertebral disc (IVD) not only functions but also how pain is affected by the IVD.” 

SACA was honored, along with Logan, to host Dr. Cox for his visit to campus October 4-5.

Dr. Kettner earns a spot on the Journal of Pain Medicine editorial board

Norman W. Kettner, DC, DACBR, FICC, chair of Logan’s Department of Radiology, was recently nominated and selected to serve on the Editorial Board for the Journal of Pain Medicine.

The Journal of Pain Medicine is a multidisciplinary, scholarly journal dedicated to pain clinicians, educators and researchers with an interest in pain from various medical specialties. The publication publishes original clinical and translational research that reflects the rapid growth in pain science and practice as well as the field’s need for policy, ethical and forensic commentary on pain and its management.

Dr. Kettner joins six other leading experts in the area of musculoskeletal pain and is the only Doctor of Chiropractic on the Editorial Board, which is comprised of more than 100 people.

Dr. Kettner has served as a reviewer for the Journal of Pain Medicine for the past five years. In addition to reviewing submissions, Dr. Kettner has been tasked with encouraging scholarly research in the area of musculoskeletal pain. “This appointment can certainly be seen as an opportunity for others to follow,” he said.

Dr. Kettner also reviews submissions for 10 other scholarly journals, including PAIN and the Journal of Pain.

Ribbon cutting for the Norman W. Kettner, DC Imaging Center

The imaging center at Logan University has been renamed the Norman W. Kettner, DC Imaging Center!

A small reception (ribbon cutting) for Dr. Kettner will be held on Thursday, November 9th, 2017 at 2:30pm. 

Please RSVP to Kathleen.DeBord@logan.edu if you are planning on attending.

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