NBCE 2017 Essay Competition

The National Board of Chiropractic Examiners (NBCE) is holding a $2,000 essay competition for Doctor of Chiropractic (DC) students who are currently enrolled in an accredited DC program and have passed all of NBCE Part 1.

Students have until October 1st, 2017 to submit an original essay on any chiropractic humanities topic: history, philosophy, practice perspectives, jurisprudence/law, ethics, theory, sociology, politics and all aspects of science or social sciences that address historical or philosophical topics.

The essays will be judged by a blind committee and five students will be awarded $2,000.

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Dr. Gutweiler, Dr. Cranwell and Dr. Hillgartner discuss teaching at Logan for over 40 years

Drs. John Gutweiler, Richard Cranwell and Roy Hillgartner

Not many people can say they’ve taught at the same institution for more than 40 years. But at Logan, there are three who can: John Gutweiler, PhD; Roy Hillgartner, DC and Richard Cranwell, DC, MS, DABCN.

Over the years, the three faculty members have shared many things, such as having taught current president Dr. Clay McDonald and molding young minds to help shape the future of health care.

The three recently came together to discuss their past, the future and their proudest moment at Logan.

What was it like to come to Logan’s new Chesterfield campus in 1973? What has changed the most?

Cranwell: I was still a student at that time and was surprised by how rural Chesterfield was—cattle crossings, horses up and down the street, and the campus was surrounded by farms. In the 1970s, classrooms could include 17-year-old students who just graduated high school as well as PhDs returning on a GI bill and students who already earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees. There was a huge variety of students mixed together in classes. Some students graduated Logan before they were 21 and could not go into practice yet!

Hillgartner: At the time, there was some concern about how to get students to the Chesterfield campus because it was in the middle of nowhere. There were no apartments nearby for students to live in and not much infrastructure around it. Now, looking at our beautiful campus in a thriving suburb, surrounded by businesses, it’s hard to believe. The chiropractic student profile has also changed drastically. The character and personality of students has changed, too. In the early days, students were just here to become a chiropractor. Now there is much more awareness of the entrepreneurial side of the career.

Gutweiler: The evolution of the chiropractic profession has brought so many changes, including the assimilation of more science into the curriculum, which really blossomed in the 1980s and 1990s. Faculty has changed significantly and there has been more emphasis on credentialed and degreed faculty in a respective subject matter.

What keeps you motivated to continue teaching?

Hillgartner: Our passion for the profession. I live out my philosophies daily, and it doesn’t feel like work. I teach, I practice—I don’t work. This profession represents who I am, not what I do. I just can’t see myself doing anything else.

Cranwell: Teaching students how to use their hands; taking them from an unsure student to using their hands confidently and competently is thrilling. Being an instructor makes me a better practitioner, and being a practitioner makes me a better instructor; the two go hand in hand.

Gutweiler: Chemistry is a great story, and I like to tell it to students and help them understand how it all ties together. I was destined to be a commercial chemist. I never thought about teaching, but once I became an instructor, I was fascinated by it.

What is your proudest moment of the last 40 years?

Hillgartner: For me it’s the continuation of my work passed on to my son, who practices with me. We share a philosophy and a passion for this profession.

Cranwell: Achieving a 40-year anniversary makes me incredibly proud, in addition to the student and patient appreciation. Enabling students to be successful years later is rewarding. In addition, some of my patients have even donated money to Logan in my name, which makes me proud of the work I have devoted my life to doing.

Gutweiler: Learning how the knowledge I imparted to students has impacted their lives makes this a worthwhile experience.

Logan graduate on AM 1380 KXFN Health & Wellness radio

Dr. Linda Smith, a 1982 Logan graduate, will be interviewed on the next episode of Elder Talk airing on AM 1380 (KXFN) on Saturday, September 16th at 11am CST. Dr. Smith will discuss health and wellness in older adults.

Dr. Smith is the owner of Hands On Health, an integrated clinic providing chiropractic care, massage therapy and acupuncture to the St. Louis community. She is affiliated through teaching and research with Logan University, Washington University School of Physical Therapy and St. Louis University School of Medicine. Dr. Smith was also the Chiropractic Honoree for the 2016 Walk to Cure Arthritis.

Chiropractic care grants patient her independence

Dr. Ross Mattox with patient Rowena Jones.

Rowena Jones knew chiropractic care could work wonders for her acute lower back pain, but her insurance wouldn’t cover the visits. By the time she got divorced and lost insurance altogether, she had been unemployed for six years, and her pain was steadily worsening. “It got to the point where it was difficult for me to do simple tasks like wash the dishes, walk up and down the stairs and carry my groceries,” Jones said. “My quality of life had deteriorated.”

A run-in with a neighbor at a local grocery store earlier this spring set the 73-year-old Jones on the path to healing. Upon learning about Jones’ pain, the neighbor told her about Logan’s Integrated Health Center at Myrtle Hilliard Davis Comprehensive Health Center (MHDCHC) and left a card with information on Jones’ car. “I made an appointment right away, and since then my life has been going upward bound,” Jones noted.

Jones experienced tremendous improvement after only a few weeks of treatment with Ross Mattox, DC (2007), the clinician in charge of Logan’s integrated health center at MHDCHC. Jones can now get up and down the stairs and stand up without assistance.

Slowly, as the pain recedes, she’s regaining her independence. “Chiropractic has given me my life back, and I’m now able to care for myself,” she said. “Before, I wasn’t able to stand for long. Even doing dishes, I couldn’t stand at the sink. I wondered if I was going to be forced to use a walker, and people were sometimes stopping me in stores asking me if I needed home health care.”

The chiropractic adjustments were an important starting point in reestablishing Jones’ quality of life, but it was the ripple effect of positive lifestyle changes that led to true healing.

Like so many chiropractic success stories, empowering Rowena to improve her diet and start moving more were critical to her progress. “When Rowena first came to us, things had been going downhill for a while,” Dr. Mattox said. “There’s not one magic adjustment we can do to change all of that, but because she’s been doing the things we advise her to do outside the treatment room, she’s been getting better.”

Hundreds of underinsured and uninsured patients experience pain relief at the hands of Dr. Mattox and his team at MHDCHC. But it’s not just the patients who benefit; the clinic is also an invaluable training ground for the next generation of chiropractors as they treat pain in an integrated setting alongside general practitioners, behavioral health care professionals and other providers.

“We’re not just seeing your typical low back pain cases,” Dr. Mattox said. “It’s typically a lot more involved, and students get to realize that our job as chiropractors goes beyond the physical. The mind has so much to do with chronic pain, so a person’s mental attitude is critical on the path to wellness.”

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August 2017 Graduation Awards Ceremony


August 2017 Awards Breakfast

Emily Johnson and Zachary Manwaring win the Radiology Department Quiz Challenge

Every trimester, a resident in the Department of Radiology posts a series of imaging cases titled “Case of the Week” on the rolling monitor in the lobby of the Student Health Center. The imaging case is accompanied by questions to provide a supplemental educational resource that challenges trimester 5-10 students. 

The winner of last trimester’s case challenge was Emily Johnson and Zachary Manwaring! For their efforts, the two received a prize courtesy of Dr. Terry Yochum.

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