2017 Printable Event Schedule Coming Soon. (Adobe Acrobat required).
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August 10-12, 2017

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Friday, May 5

9-11 a.m.


    11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m.


    1:15-3:15 p.m.


      3:30-5:30 p.m.


      Saturday, May 6

      9-11 a.m.


      11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m.


      1:15-3:15 p.m.


      3:30-5:30 p.m.


      Sunday, May 7

      8 a.m.-Noon


      12:30-2:30 p.m.


      2017 Printable Event Schedule(Adobe Acrobat required).
      Sessions that have been submitted as D.C. credit hours are shaded gold on the schedule.

      Friday, March 3

      8-10 a.m.

      Are Radiographs the Right Choice for My Pediatric Patient?
      Tracey Littrell, D.C., DACBR, DACO, CCSP®
      Worldwide, more than 3 billion diagnostic imaging examinations are performed every year. About 350 million of these are performed on children under 15 years of age. The individual risk from a necessary imaging exam is quite small when compared to the benefit of aiding accurate diagnosis or intervention. However, because of the increased risk of radiation exposure to younger patients, health care professionals must take special care in reducing radiation exposure to pediatric patients. This lecture will identify common challenges in pediatric imaging, discuss radiation exposure minimization, and examine pediatric conditions for which radiographs are most appropriate. Conditions covered will include congenital anomalies, pediatric trauma, pediatric overuse injuries, pediatric arthritides, and pediatric tumors.

      The Secrets of Scapula Dynamics in Shoulder Conditions, Injuries and Syndromes
      Mitch Mally, D.C.
      Sponsored by Foot Levelers, Inc.
      In this fast pace, high energy, content rich presentation, Dr. Mally reveals his authentic biomechanics and treatment protocols for the scapula in patients with recalcitrant shoulder, cervical and thoracic spinal conditions.

      When Philosophy and Medical Necessity Collide – How to Reduce the Risk of Audits Without Losing Your Philosophy
      John Davila, D.C.
      Sponsored by MedPro Group
      Before you can even put a pen to paper or touch a keyboard in order to enter a note into an EMR system, you first need to know where the patient is on the graph of “percent improvement”. We will discuss how this is related to the 24th chiropractic principle and why it is so important to when you move the patient from active care to wellness care. In this hour we will cover how to create compliant fee schedules and how to avoid breaking the OIG policy on “Gifts and Inducements”. This session will be full of references that will allow attendees the opportunity to see exactly what the government’s opinion is on discounts and dual fee schedules.

      10:30-11:30 a.m.

      Palmer Momentum
      Peter Martin, D.C.
      Palmer College, “The Trusted Leader in Chiropractic Education,” is on an upward curve in a challenging era. Through the hard work of our faculty and staff and the dedicated support of our alumni and friends, we are in excellent position and getting better every year. We are achieving success in our classrooms, clinics, research center, and throughout our community. Now, as Palmer College nears its 120th year, we are challenging our community for even greater support of an ambitious plan to update our historical Davenport Campus and continue the upward trajectory of our program and accomplishments. Join Dr. Dennis Marchiori for this opening session. He will share the measurables of institutional performance, key strategic initiatives, and select plans for facilities improvements that together define Palmer’s value proposition and leadership into the future.

      12:30-2:30 p.m.

      Homecoming Hypertrophy
      Dan Weinert, D.C., Ph.D., DACRB 
      How does mechanical force turn into a biochemical signal? What factors influence how exercise result in muscle growth? This session highlights the importance of muscle and examines factors involved in muscle growth. The discussion will include how force converts to a biochemical signal (mechanotransduction) and subsequently results in muscle protein synthesis. The role of key molecules, dietary strategies, exercise and the impact of age on muscle protein synthesis will be explained. Participants should leave with a better understanding of how to implement exercise strategies and modify their diet to optimize muscle growth.

      Common Pediatric Conditions Seen in the Chiropractic Office and What to Do When You See Them
      Jason Yusavage, D.C., DICCP
      Dr. Yusavage will review common pediatric conditions such as scoliosis, ear infections, headaches, back and neck pain. He will review the examination of these common conditions and treatment options for the common conditions. Adjusting technique for pediatric patients will also be discussed and demonstrated.

      Documentation Required to Create the Change in Phases Between Active Care and Wellness Care
      John Davila, D.C
      .Sponsored by MedPro Group
      The course covers how proper case creation allows for doctors to show that patients have moved between phases of care in order to accurately report exactly where a patient is in their care. This process helps doctors to reduce coding problems and risk management issues that are created by the use of continual wellness care without taking into account the patient’s true condition because the true nature of the condition was not documented correctly.

      3-5 p.m.

      Neurosurgeon Reveals Leg-length Inequality as the Primary Cause for Knee, Hip & LBP
      Mitch Mally, D.C.
      Sponsored by Foot Levelers, Inc.
      In this cursory review of the research on Leg Length Inequality, orthotics and heel lifts, Dr. Mally shares the functional facts and fictional fantasies of structural versus functional short leg and the protocols for correcting same.  

      Change Your Lens, Change Your Life
      Michelle Barber, D.C., M.S.W.
      “It’s the lens through which your brain views the world that shapes your reality.  And if we can change the lens, not only can we change your happiness, we can change every single educational and business outcome at the same time.” – Shawn Achor  

      In this session we will look at how we view success and happiness and how we can capitalize on a powerful mindset that builds our personal momentum.  Drawing on research from the fields of positive psychology and the psychology of wellness, we will address the ways that we hold ourselves back, the risk of burnout, and the attitudes/behaviors/habits that keep us from finding true happiness and wellness.  We will then look at principles and actions that we can utilize to improve our performance and make the most of our potential.  These principles can be applied in both our personal and professional relationships and will also be great tools to share with patients!  

      Using PART to Create Functional Documentation to Show Medical Necessity
      John Davila, D.C.
      Sponsored by MedPro Group
      When you review Medicare’s policy on medical necessity, you can’t help but realize they require a certain level of “function” to be included in our notes. In this fast-paced course, we’ll review policy and how including a patient’s loss of measurable function will produce notes that are bullet-proof, will show medical necessity, and help you provide a starting point for active rehab and proper case management. 

      Saturday, March 4

      8-10 a.m.

      Military and VA Chiropractic: My 20-Year Goal
      Lance Armstrong, D.C.
      Dr. Lance Armstrong will present his take on Palmer College and his relationship to it after 20 years of practice. He will focus on the need for students to focus on their career after graduation, and how much they will appreciate their Palmer education once they do enter practice. Partly, this is built upon his own experience after graduation; his first two years were critical in his later success. And he will look at his involvement in the pursuit of military and VA chiropractic integration, and his involvement in several service-related programs, such as offering homeless veteran care, Patrick Air Force Base Red Cross work, and the Lake Nona VA Clinic. It was a Palmer education that made this all possible.  

      Therapeutic Neuroscience of Pain, Part I- The Sensitized Nervous System
      Chris Roecker, D.C., M.S. DACO, DACBSP®, Shawn Neff, D.C., Casey Okamoto, D.C.
      Chronic pain is often disabling to the patient and frustrating to the clinician; however, emerging concepts in neuroscience allow us to better understand how the nervous system perceives and modulates pain. This presentation will provide a review of the mechanisms involved with chronic pain, including central and peripheral sensitization, and an emphasis will be placed on how these concepts impact patient care.  

      The Rise of Corporate Chiropractic and Primary Care Integration
      Daniel Lord, D.C., CCSP®
      A new model of chiropractic practice is booming in northern California and spreading to other regions across the US. Its patient centered, integrated with primary care and gives us inroads to being a leader in the healthcare system of the future. This presentation will look at the research being done and the data that supports our inclusion into the corporate health model. We will cover patient care pathways, clinical operations, and best practices for successful outcomes in corporate settings. Also, we will look at the different models of corporate health centers and how chiropractors can position themselves for these opportunities.  

      10:30-11:30 a.m.

      The Rise of Chiropractic in the World of Sports Medicine and Sports Science: How it All Started and our Evolution to Success
      LeRoy Perry, Jr.,  D.C.
      Chiropractic has achieved great recognition in sports medicine and the Olympics as Doctors of Chiropractic now officially participate as team doctors. It was not always that way. This was not always the case, and early chiropractors had to find creative ways to treat their athletes.  Things began to change when athletes who had been help by chiropractic care demanded that the US Olympic Committee appoint a chiropractor to the medical staff. This was initially denied. Early supporters included basketball great Wilt Chamberlin and coach Tracey Sundlun. The first chiropractic involvement was in track and field, with an appointment to the national team of Antigua. Today, chiropractic has a growing role in the Olympic movement .....................THE STORY GOES ON!

      11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

      How to Care Without Caring Too Much
      Mr. William Esteb
      The purpose of this course is to identify the many facets of the social contract between chiropractor and patient and provide direction for implementing sustainable chiropractic-appropriate boundaries that enhance patient follow-through and optimum clinical outcomes.

      1:30-3:30 p.m.

      Bitters for Better Digestion and Better Brains
      Bruce Bond, D.C.
      Sponsored by Standard Process Inc.
      During this two-hour session Dr. Bond will be talking about two interesting and cutting edge topics. Bitters for Better Digestion: Current research has shown that bitters have a key role in supporting healthy digestion as well as areas outside the gastrointestinal tract. During this one-hour talk Dr. Bond will present current research that you can bring back and apply in your practice Monday morning. Better Brains: With dementia, Alzheimer’s, and Parkinson’s on the rise current research is showing that plant botanicals can optimize brain health and play both a preventative and disease modulating effect. Dr. Bond invites you to come and see why moving forward “Bitters are Better” and what we can do to have “Better Brains”.

      Therapeutic Neuroscience of Pain, Part II- A Top-Down Approach to Clinical Care
      Nate Hinkeldey, D.C.
      Physicians, therapists, trainers, and patients are still struggling with the fact that pain perception is produced by brain activity. The cultural beliefs related to pain still tends to focus on pain as a reliable source of information about what is happening in the body. This is a false assumption and the leading cause of ongoing pain for most people. This presentation will cover the basic of chronic pain and explore how many of our current practices and patient education material may be perpetuating the chronic pain epidemic.

      Diagnostic Imaging of the Post-Surgical Spine
      Matt Richardson, D.C., DACBR
      This two hour lecture explores diagnostic imaging of the post-surgical spine. Participants will learn general indications for spine surgeries, as-well-as how to determine the rationale behind a patient’s surgery from findings on imaging studies. Diagnostic imaging findings of “successful” and “failed” spine surgery will be reviewed inclusive of both conventional radiographic examinations as well as advanced imaging studies. Case-based learning opportunities will be employed during the lecture.

      4-6 p.m.

      Cervical Spine Management: Connecting Concepts in Treatment
      Nate Hinkeldey, D.C., and Michael Tunning, D.C., M.S., ATC 
      This course is designed to examine the current evidence related to evaluation and management of cervical spine disorders. Following this class you should have an understanding of the importance of selecting the appropriate treatment modality with the examination findings. Along with a brief review of orthopedic and neurological evaluation, we will synthesize treatment plans for cervical spine disorder in acute and chronic conditions. The format will be largely didactic with some case-based learning included.

      Ethical Considerations for the Chiropractor
      Mary Frost, D.C., M.B.A.
      Please join Dr. Mary Frost for this session on ethics in chiropractic practice. Topics in this session will include professional boundaries, interactions with staff and fraud and abuse.   

      Introduction to the Grostic Procedure
      Michael Shreeve, D.C.
      This course provides an introduction to the Grostic Procedure, developed by John F. Grostic, D.C., for the specific upper cervical chiropractic correction of the upper cervical subluxation. Topics explored include the anatomical and neurophysiological factors as they relate to the cervicocranial junction.

      Sunday, March 5  

      8-10 a.m.

      Prevention of Medical Errors
      John Davila, D.C. and Kevin Mercer, J.D.
      Sponsored by MedPro Group
      The following points will be covered during this two-hour Prevention of Medical Errors course. Throughout the presentation these points will be supplemented with actual claim review experience and the difficulties in providing a robust defense due to incomplete records when responding to a Board complaint, or allegations of negligence or malpractice from a defense attorney’s perspective.  

      The Dizzy Patient: An Evidence-Based Chiropractic Neurology Approach
      Donald Dishman, D.C., DIBCN 
      This two hour course is an introduction to the evaluation and management of the dizzy patient. Dizziness, vertigo and balance difficulties are very common and can arise from many causes. This lecture will review the anatomy and physiology of the vestibular system as well as describe the common causes of dizziness. Functional chiropractic neurology evaluation of ocular motility will be stressed and examples of videonystagmography in patients with benign paroxysmal positional vertigo and concussion will be provided. An introduction to vestibular rehabilitation maneuvers and other adjuvant rehabilitation will be discussed. This course will provide useful, practical information for practitioners to implement in their practices.  

      10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

      HIV/AIDS: Conventional and Chiropractic Management
      Mark Murdock, D.C., R.N.
      This session will review basic HIV information, including epidemiology, clinical presentation, diagnosis and prevention. In addition, advanced management approaches will be explored from a conventional and chiropractic perspective.

      10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

      Florida Laws and Rules
      Danita Heagy, D.C.
      Sponsored by MedPro Group
      This course will discuss the common issues and problems that occur in the state of Florida, as presented by someone who has served on the Florida Board. Topics include professional negligence, sexual misconduct and boundary violations, appropriate and inappropriate approaches to patient care, advertising, and record keeping and avoidance of record alteration. The importance of professional communications will be discussed. This includes coverage of fees, procedures, responses to care, emergency care, informed consent and its documentation and deviations from the standard of care. Significant time will be spent covering sexual misconduct and how to avoid creating a misperception of its presence. Staff training is another topic of coverage, along with measures one can take to prevent violation of laws and rules.

      12:30-1:30 p.m.

      Risk Management: Pieces of the Puzzle for Today’s Chiropractic Practice
      Michael Shreeve, D.C.
      Solve the puzzle of risk management in the chiropractic practice during this one hour interactive discussion. Participants will explore the definition of risk management and the areas to be considered in today's chiropractic practice. During a Grand Rounds-style case presentation, participants will explore and discuss risk management prevention strategies. At the conclusion of this course, you will have an understanding of key communications and practice procedures for your chiropractic office.

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