2014 Printable Event Schedule. (Adobe Acrobat required).
Sessions that have been submitted as D.C. credit hours are shaded gold on the schedule.

Thursday, Aug. 7

8-10 a.m.

The Upper Complex, Anatomical and Biomechanical Implications for Care
Todd Hubbard, D.C.
This is a lecture looking at the details of the upper cervical spine as it applies to the chiropractor. We will take a detailed look at the how the joints, ligaments, muscles and neurology play a role in clinical examination of the cervical spine.

Using Evidence-Based Orthopedic Exams in Practice
Ron Boesch, D.C., Christopher Roecker, D.C. and Mike Tunning, D.C., ATC
This program will present information related to the usefulness of various orthopedic physical exams, specific to use within a clinical practice setting. Information gained during this seminar is intended to save clinicians time and assist with clinical decision-making. This program will introduce practicing doctors of chiropractic to concepts related to diagnostic accuracy and will review various orthopedic exam procedures. A variety of clinical scenarios also will be used to demonstrate how clinicians can integrate this information into a clinical practice. 

 Introduction to Sacro Occipital Technique – Incorporating an Evidence-Based Chiropractic System of Analysis and Treatment
Charles Blum, D.C.
Session notes
What is Sacro Occipital Technique (SOT)? How did it develop and what is its rational approach for patient assessment and treatment? How does SOT incorporate whole-body principles and expand a chiropractor’s vision of how they can help patient care from acute to chronic to preventive? Dr. Blum will review some related clinical research that has been presented at research conferences and in the literature as it pertains to this introductory presentation of SOT. 

100 Years of Fellowship and Education
Alana Callender, Ph.D., and Roger Hynes, D.C. 
For a century, Palmer graduates have been returning each summer to Davenport, Iowa. The event was originally called Lyceum, named after the peripatetic school of Aristotle, and was based on the adult educational Chautauqua movement of the early 20th century. The original week-long event was social and educational. It brought chiropractors and their families back together to renew friendships and re-gird their loins against the early battles they faced as pioneers in a new health science. As chiropractic became more integrated into health practice, the educational seminars that were always a part of the event took on more prominence. Education was reviewed and reinforced and advancements in practice and management were introduced. This year, we celebrate the 100th anniversary of coming home.

10:30-11:30 a.m.

Strengthening Palmer's Core
Chancellor Dennis Marchiori, D.C., Ph.D. 
Suggested Reading
Chiropractic organizations, whether colleges, support organizations or individual practices, are facing increasingly difficult challenges. The business literature identifies tactics for meeting these challenges. Assessments of an organization’s strengths, desires and environmental compatibility are important to strategically moving forward for success. This opening session to the Homecoming program will focus on several key strategies to continue the College’s heritage. 

1:30-3:30 p.m.

Cox Flexion Distraction Spinal Manipulation: Biomechanics and Clinical Outcomes
James Cox, D.C.
Session notes
In this session, we will present information related to changes in intradiscal pressure and the foraminal area, along with discussions related to facet joint motion, disc changes under distraction manipulation, and the biomechanics of the intervertebral disc and spine. Video depictions of the spine during spinal manipulation will be shown. Clinical research related to the use of long-axis distraction of the spine will be presented, and there will be demonstrations of manipulation to various regions of the spine. Demonstration of spinal manipulation of the cervical, thoracic, and lumbar spine and pelvis will be in this program.

Strengthening Core Values for Your Financial Future
Cody Allen, David Beck, Franklin Mitvalsky, J.D., Steven Powell and Marlin “Hap” Volz
A group of advisors will help you navigate the legal, financial, risk, investment and tax issues impacting you and your family today and into the future. The panel discussion will focus on financial issues within the practice, including practice structure, management, employee and owner benefits and personal wealth management. Also sharing will be a practicing D.C. and a banker to share financial information from their perspective. Something for all practitioners in various stages of practice. Panel speakers include a CPA - Certified Public Accountant, Attorney, CLU - Chartered Life Underwriter, a Trust Officer and a Financial Planner.

Meditations on Philosophy
Michelle Barber, D.C., M.S.W
Session notes
This session will explore some of the core epigrams, quotes, and philosophy in a discussion format. We will explore these ideas from the following perspective:

  1. What did they say exactly?
  2. What were they trying to say/what was the underlying message?
  3. How does this message fit with any new information we currently possess and/or have gained over the years?
  4. How do we merge the old ideas with a modern knowledge base so that it can make sense?

At the end of the session, participants will walk away with a sense of the importance of context, an appreciation for the value of change, and the ability to critically think about the quotes of our founding fathers and the current day application of these pearls of wisdom.

The Current Concepts in Motion Palpation
Brett Winchester, D.C.
Throughout the last century, we have learned how all bodily systems respond to the chiropractic adjustment. Although much has focused on biomechanical events, there also is a significant neurologic effect. This section will focus on how to assess for joint dysfunction from a biomechanical and a neurologic standpoint and how to perform adjustments pertaining to these joint dysfunctions. Dr. Winchester is an instructor and board member for the Motion Palpation Institute and will share current, evidence-informed concepts and techniques. He believes that the ability to palpate accurately is an absolute prerequisite to performing effective adjustments. The participant will learn current concepts in neurology and adjustments, followed by a hands-on demonstration focusing on assessment and adjustments.  

4:30-6:30 p.m.

Tiny Tune-Ups, Evaluation and Adjusting: Strategies for the Neonate
Lora Tanis, D.C., DICCP
The lecture will include appropriate exams to be performed on the neonate prior to adjusting. Dr. Tanis will facilitate discussion of spinal structure that makes this group unique. Finally, adjusting demonstrations will be conducted and helpful hints to assist in caring for these newbies will be reviewed. Case presentations also will be included.

Nutritional Support for Athletic Performance: "The Game of Calcium”
Jay Robbins, D.C., DABCN
Sponsored by Standard Process Inc.
Session notes
Understanding the calcium pathways and ensuring they function correctly is crucial to athletic performance and endurance. This session will help explain many of the important metabolic pathways in the "Game of Calcium" that are often overlooked or not understood.

Two Barbers, No Waiting: Bringing Customer Service to the Forefront of the Doctor-Patient Interaction, Building Interpersonal Relationships and Enhancing Patient Outcomes
Michelle Barber, D.C., M.S.W., and Virginia Barber, D.C.
Session notes
This skills session will go beyond the chiropractic adjustment and explore the abilities necessary to build patient relationships. What are the little things we can do in our offices every day to create an environment of radical customer service? What are the gestures that communicate we care? How do we find the time to go above and beyond for our patients? How can we cultivate and develop the best relationships to enhance patient-oriented outcomes? At the end of the session, doctors will have an arsenal of ideas to take back to the office Monday morning.

Lou Freedman, D.C., and Dan Weinert, D.C., Ph.D.
Session notes
The nervous system plays a primary role in maintaining homeostasis within the body. Yet our understanding of communication between the nervous and immune systems has been lacking. In this session, Drs. Freedman and Weinert will discuss new evidence on neuroimmunomodulation. Specifically, the presenters will explain how the nervous system regulates inflammation with an “anti-inflammatory reflex.” The discussion includes new information about white bloods cells and their ability to receive information from the nervous system. 

Friday, Aug. 8

8:30-9:30 a.m.

Validating our Traditional Chiropractic Philosophy with Contemporary Science
Christopher J. Colloca, D.C.
Deep-seated in our roots and central to the chiropractic profession has been the concept of vertebral subluxation. Although controversy exists over the various definitions of subluxation, our history has provided numerous vertebral subluxation models that science has begun to investigate. In this session, we will explore some of the contemporary models of vertebral subluxation and research into the neuromechanical advances in biomechanics and neurophysiology of chiropractic adjustments. Dr. Colloca will present an overview of his award-winning in vivo research, conducted in both humans and large-animal models, to form a basis to begin to explore our traditional chiropractic philosophy with contemporary science.

9:45-10:45 a.m.

Chiropractic Quality, Cost and Risks: What the Evidence Says and Why You Should Care
Christine Goertz, D.C., Ph.D.
Never has the saying “in God we trust, all others bring data” been truer. As the U.S. health care system continues to evolve towards the “Triple Aim” of improving the patient experience of care (including quality and satisfaction), improving the health of populations and reducing the per capita cost, it becomes increasingly critical that the chiropractic profession is able to talk the evidence-based talk. Learn what you can and cannot say to your patients, payers, other clinicians and policy makers based on the data. Presentation highlights include the latest information on:

  • the outcomes of chiropractic care for low back pain, neck pain and other conditions,
  • the costs of chiropractic care delivery, and
  • the relative risks associated with spinal manipulation.

11 a.m.-Noon

The Spine as the Foundation for Health and Disease: A Contemporary Chiropractic BioPhysics® (CBP®) Technique Presentation 
Deed Harrison, D.C.
Session notes
Chiropractic is changing. Research, patient management, objective clinical results, treatment techniques, philosophies, and principles all advance over time. The mission of CBP Technique is to provide a research-based response to these changing times that is clinically, technically and philosophically sound. Understanding the relationship of upright human posture and spinal displacements to various pain, functional, and health disturbances is a key concept of this presentation. Secondly, the attendee will gain an appreciation of and for CBP's chiropractic corrective care procedures for structural rehabilitation of the spine and posture using mirror image® adjusting, exercise and spinal remodeling procedures. 

1:30-3:30 p.m.

The Spine as the Foundation for Health and Disease: A Contemporary Chiropractic BioPhysics® (CBP®) Technique Presentation
Deed Harrison, D.C.
Session notes
This session will be an expansion of the general session offered from 11 a.m.-Noon.

Primary Spine Care: A Real-World Approach to Chiropractic Practice in the Evolving Health Care System
Brian Justice, D.C.
Many chiropractors identify themselves as primary spine care providers. Dr. Brian Justice, a pioneer and advocate of this practice approach, will describe the skills, knowledge and attitudes necessary for developing such a practice and discuss the large future potential that exists for D.C.s in this role. He will give examples of programs and opportunities available in primary spine care from the perspective of his current position as an Associate Medical Director at Blue Cross/Blue Shield.

Chiropractic Rationales in Clinical Decision Making
Randy McCall, D.C., Wes Mullen, D.C., and Jack VanDervort, D.C.
This session is a discussion of the theoretical and clinical constructs of chiropractic relating to outcomes in health care. Topics include: retaining the larger impetus of chiropractic while being compliant in the evidence based model; and identifying “neurological clarity” and “adaptability” as goals within the modern clinical setting.

Digital Marketing Basics
Mary Frost, D.C.
Session notes
Join Dr. Frost for an overview of how to bring your practice into the digital age. Simple and effective marketing options will be discussed. Expect to interact and critique options in this practical session.

Radiographic Positioning and View Selection
Tracey Littrell, D.C., DACBR
This two-hour course will emphasize skills in obtaining outstanding radiographic images for chiropractic practice. The attendee will learn proper patient positioning and appropriate view selection for spine and extremity imaging.

4:30-6:30 p.m.

The Third Era of Healthcare
M. Deborah Sesker, D.C., and Cheryl Child, D.O.
Session notes
This session will address the progression of the health care delivery system into the current day model from a shared view of the chiropractic and medical perspectives. As the health care system becomes more complex and difficult to access, patient and provider concerns are rapidly escalating. Many health care providers are now taking part in a major paradigm shift, which is radically evolving the medical model into the third era of medicine, one which no longer reacts to disease, but empowers patients to become creators of their own health. Chiropractic, due to its foundational philosophy, is positioned to take a pivotal leadership position in this new model for health care.

Interdisciplinary Care Models: Working Together to Benefit the Patient
Nate Hinkeldey, D.C., Michael Olson, D.C., Michael Petrie, D.C., Ph.D. and  Michael Tunning, D.C., ATC
This session will highlight the value of interprofessional communication on patient care and how chiropractors can participate in multidisciplinary care teams. A panel of experts will discuss the development of professional relationships with non-chiropractic clinicians, the value of working as a team for improved patient outcomes, and the challenges and advantages of working in an interprofessional setting.

Professional Boundaries
Sponsored by NCMIC Group, Inc.
No link will be provided for handouts
This course will enlighten the doctor about the laws pertaining to professional boundaries and appropriate patient contact. The class encourages participation and discussion surrounding both the doctor-patient relationship and the patients’ relationship with staff. Legalities are discussed including board of examiner reviews and documentation tips to decrease the doctor’s risk.

Recognizing Food Allergies: Challenges and Opportunities
Lia Nightingale, Ph.D.
Session notes
Food allergies are a major health concern in developed countries, causing serious physical, social and financial burdens. The epidemiology and pathogenesis of food allergies will be reviewed, while clinical diagnosis, prevention strategies and treatment will be discussed in detail.

Imaging of Upper and Lower Extremity Sports Injuries
Tracey Littrell, D.C., DACBR
This course will detail the most common injuries that athletes encounter in the upper and lower extremities, such as epicondylitis, stress fractures, rotator cuff tears, meniscal tears, hip pointers and avulsion fractures. The mechanisms of the injuries, the appropriate imaging studies, and the imaging findings, including plain films and magnetic resonance images, will be discussed.

Saturday, Aug. 9

8:30 – 10 a.m.

A Vision of Chiropractic in Today’s Healthcare
Mr. Bharon Hoag
Mr. Hoag will share a different view of where chiropractic fits in the future in relation to where health care is going. This session is designed to help practitioners understand what they can do specifically in their communities or places of influence to position themselves as a solution to the problems they face.

10:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m.

Extremity Adjusting, Part I
Mark Charrette, D.C.
Sponsored by Foot Levelers, Inc.
This two-hour presentation explains the concept of the “noisy joint.” A simple explanation with references is presented to show why adjusting on indicators as opposed to symptoms may be a valuable way to approach extremity adjusting.

An Overview of Movement Development, Injury and Recovery
Ron Boesch, D.C., Dave Juehring, D.C., DACRB, Michael Petrie, D.C., Ph.D. and  Mike Tunning, D.C., ATC
This session will provide the participant with an overview of the common development milestones, discussion of injury from an anatomical and physiological view, red flags screening, and retraining motor control following injury.

Risk Management/Record Keeping in the Chiropractic Office Part I
Steve Savoie, D.C.
No link will be provided for handouts
Sponsored by NCMIC Group, Inc.
This class will address the issues of risk management and proper record keeping in the chiropractic office. Upon completion of this program doctors will:

  1. Understand the warning signs of poor documentation
  2. Understand the rationale for and the development of a Chiropractic Care/Treatment Plan and how you can create one in under three minutes using a worksheet
  3. Understand the components of daily record keeping (SOAP) and how to use standard
    abbreviations efficiently to create an accurate and complete SOAP note in less than one minute
  4. Understand the concept of Medical Necessity.

Chiropractors in Cancer Hospitals Part I
Jeff Sklar, D.C.
This course will provide indications and contra-indications for administering chiropractic care to cancer patients. Dr. Sklar will discuss understanding side effects of cancer treatment on the musculoskeletal and nervous systems and understanding the role of chiropractic in quality of life at any stage of the disease, as well as the criteria of patient-centered care.

Radiography for Chiropractors – A Case Based Approach
Ian McLean D.C., DACBR
Session notes
This two hour course will review chiropractic radiology procedures including imaging techniques. This will be a case-based presentation emphasizing imaging techniques that can enhance or obscure pathology. The course is suitable for both radiographers and clinicians.  

1:30-3:30 p.m.

Extremity Adjusting, Part II
Mark Charrette, D.C.
Sponsored by Foot Levelers, Inc.
This 2-hour presentation explains the basics of Deliberate Practice and then applies it to the workshop of the pronation protocol for the foot. Basic stabilization and rehab exercises for the foot will also be briefly covered.

When, What and Where of Testing … Patient Management
Ronald Boesch, D.C.
The class uses a cased based approach with common injuries and conditions that present to the office. Using clinical decision rules and best evidence to evaluate and manage these problems effectively, efficiently with patient values.

Risk Management/Record Keeping in the Chiropractic Office Part II
Steve Savoie, D.C.
No link will be provided for handouts.
Sponsored by NCMIC Group, Inc.
A continuation of part I.

Chiropractors in Cancer Hospitals, Part II
Jeff Sklar, D.C.
This course will provide indications and contra-indications for administering chiropractic care to cancer patient. Dr. Sklar will discuss understanding side effects of cancer treatment on the musculoskeletal and nervous systems and understanding the role of chiropractic in quality of life at any stage of the disease, as well as, the criteria of patient centered care.

Chiropractic Imaging Practicum: The Annual Roentgen Roulette
Ian McLean, D.C., DACBR
 Session notes
After the participants view a series of diagnostic imaging "unknowns" their answers are submitted to the instructor before the beginning of the lecture. The presentation will be a comprehensive review of the unknown cases designed to give the chiropractor practical information usable in clinical practice. Plain film and specialized imaging studies critical to the practicing chiropractor will be presented. The diagnostic imaging studies will be correlated with the patients' clinical presentation.

3:30-5 p.m.

Black and White in a World of Gray!
Gerry Clum, D.C. 
Making the contribution to health care we know we can make is the dream of every chiropractor. Navigating the path to delivering our greatest good—as individuals and as a discipline—takes careful thought, preparation and skill. The conditions to deliver on the promise of our care are closer than we realize!

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