2016 Printable Event Schedule click here. (Adobe Acrobat required).
This schedule is tentative as of July 7, 2016. Changes will occur.

August 11-13, 2016

Thursday, Aug. 11

8-10 a.m.

Homecoming Hypertrophy
Dan Weinert, D.C., Ph.D.
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.

Understanding Functional Assessment of the Shoulder: Simple steps to fix people faster.
Casey Crisp, D.C., M.S., ACP
Session notes have not been provided as of 8-10-16
This is an introduction to the examination of the shoulder anatomy, range of motion, and functional assessment. We will review the most common shoulder issues.  The goal is to create an immediately implementable means of defining the quality and quantity of shoulder movement in your patients. The assessment skills gained will help providers efficiently identify the cause of shoulder pain and develop effective home care plans. The information presented will be for the upper cervical specialist to the chiropractors specializing in sports medicine. 

Therapeutic Neuroscience of Pain, Part I- The Sensitized Nervous System
Chris Roecker, D.C., DACO, DACBSP®, Shawn Neff, D.C., Casey Okamoto, D.C.
Casey Okamoto's slides: https://prezi.com/ulzq8imsq6c5/sensitization-v2/?utm_campaign=share&utm_medium=copy
Shawn Neff's slides: https://prezi.com/lk2rt6ugsjl9/biopsychosocial-palmer-2016/?utm_campaign=share&utm_medium=copy
Chris Roecker's slides: https://www.icloud.com/keynote/05cw2hJlMV7INUrmzvGQ1r2Kg#The_Sensitize_Nervous_System_-_Homecoming_'16
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.

 Imaging of Upper and Lower Extremity Sports Injuries*
Tracey Littrell, D.C., DACBR, DACO, CCSP®
*This session has be applied for D.C.s, C.T.s and R.T.s
This course will detail the most common injuries athletes encounter in the upper and lower extremities, such as epicondylitis, stress fractures, rotator cuff tears, meniscal tears, hip pointers, and avulsion fractures, and the appropriate imaging choices to properly evaluate those injuries . In addition to mechanisms of the injuries, proper plain film view selection and technique will be discussed, with special attention to supplementary views, such as lateral scapula, eversion and inversion stress, and ulnar deviation views. Plain film and magnetic resonance imaging findings will be detailed. 

10:30-11:30 a.m.

Palmer Momentum
Dennis Marchiori, D.C., Ph.D.
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. 

1:30-3:30 p.m.

Integration of DCs in Multidisciplinary Healthcare Systems – It’s All About the Data (and a couple of other things…)
Christine Goertz, D.C., Ph.D., Anthony Hamm, D.C., Anthony Lisi, D.C., Stacie Salsbury, Ph.D., R.N., Robert Vining, D.C.
Robert Vining session notes
Traditionally, doctors of chiropractic have worked in private clinics where opportunities to engage in interprofessional practice were limited. In recent years, more chiropractors are working alongside medical physicians, physical therapists, nurses, and other healthcare professionals. The goals of this presentation are to:

  1.      Describe the demographic, facility and practice characteristics of integrative health care settings within the private sector, and the DCs working in those facilities
  2.      Discuss the data-driven rationale and strategies for advancing the DC in a primary spine practitioner role within integrative care settings

Ethical Considerations for the Chiropractor
Mary Frost, D.C., M.B.A.
Session notes have not been provided as of 8-10-16
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. 

Understanding Functional Assessment of the Hip and Knee: Simple Steps to Fix People Faster
Casey Crisp, D.C., M.S., ACP
Session notes have not been provided as of 8-10-16
This is an introduction to the examination of the hip and knee anatomy, range of motion, and functional assessment. We will review the most common hip and knee issues.  The goal is to create an immediately implementable means of defining the quality and quantity of hip movement in your patients. The assessment skills gained will help providers efficiently identify the cause of hip and knee pain and develop effective home care plans. The information presented will be for anyone who see patients with hip and knee complaints no matter what technique you use. 

Diet-Related Epigenetic Changes in Health & Disease
Lia Nightingale, Ph.D.
Session notes
Our genetic material has not changed significantly in many generations, but what has changed is the way we express the genes we have been given. The environment in which we live is able to control expression of our genes, which is known as epigenetics. What causes these epigenetic changes and how do they occur? Does timing of availability of critical nutrients required for epigenetic expression during development impact future disease risk? Can these changes be reversed? This seminar will aim to provide the clinician with further insight into this fascinating field of research, with a focus on the impact of nutrition on gene expression in health and diseased states.

Radiography in the Chiropractic Office *
Ian McLean, D.C., DACBR
Session notes
*This session has be applied for D.C.s, C.T.s and R.T.s
This two-hour presentation will emphasize skills and knowledge for obtaining outstanding images for chiropractic practice.

4:30-6:30 p.m.

Cervical Spine Sports Injuries and Concussion Assessment
Tracey Littrell, D.C., DACBR, DACO, CCSP®
Session notes
This lecture will detail the pathophysiology of sports-related cervical-spine injuries and concussions, including demographics and risk factors, and the most common clinical presentations of cervical-spine injury and concussion sufferers. Acute assessment and management of patients with cervical-spine injuries and concussions will be covered, with emphasis given to pre-participation examinations and post-concussion evaluations for athletes.

Radiation Uses We Don’t Take Into Consideration Everyday*
Jody Bell, R.T.
Session notes have not been provided as of 8-10-16
*This session has be applied for D.C.s, C.T.s and R.T.s
This presentation will define radiation, and review radiation biology.  It will discuss radiation protection guidelines.  Participants will be educated on some additional uses of radiation and the exposure/protection concerns associated with them.

Curves Are Out there, Through Case Studies
Ron Boesch, D.C.
Session notes
The class will be reviewing scoliosis from presentation to diagnosis. This will be done through case studies. There will be discussion of anatomy and etiology.

Interprofessional Opportunities in the VA: Clerkship, Residency, and Profession
Nathan Hinkeldey, D.C., Mr. Zach Jipp, Shawn Neff, D.C., Casey Okamoto, D.C., Alec Schielke, D.C.
Attendees will learn about the VA chiropractic program, gain knowledge about practicing in the interdisciplinary setting, gain knowledge of veteran centered competencies, and learn how they can be involved in care of veterans.

Friday, Aug. 12

8:30-9:30 a.m.

Gaining Momentum – Gallup-Palmer Report Year-Two Findings
Cynthia English, M.P.P.
Results from the Gallup-Palmer College Year 2 study of Americans will be released at this year’s homecoming. The research looks at perceptions among U.S. adults about the effectiveness and safety of different treatment options for neck and back pain, as well as explores the barriers that prevent some adults from trying chiropractic services. Insights about chiropractic patient experiences will also be reported. This data is vital for the chiropractic industry to gain momentum in attracting new patients, as well as to continue to engage existing ones.

9:45-10:45 a.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.

11 a.m.-Noon

Integrative Medicine: The Science of Connection
Mimi Guarneri, M.D., FACC, ABIHM
In this session, Dr. Guarneri will review the science of the mind body connection to help us understand the role of emotions and disease outcome. Dr. Guarneri will discuss the benefits of creating a multidisciplinary healing team.

1:30-3:30 p.m.

The Secrets of Scapula Dynamics in Shoulder Conditions, Injuries and Syndromes
Mitch Mally, D.C.
Session notes will be provided by the instructor
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.

Chiropractic Technologists: 50 Years Later
Judy Bhatti, D.C., M.S., Alana Callender, Ed.D, Mary Frost, D.C., M.B.A., Stacie Martel, D.C., M.S., LaKeisha Holloway, M.B.A.
Alana Callender's session notes
It’s been 50 years since Palmer’s C.T. program began. Please join experts in this field for information on how far we’ve come and where we are headed. We will discuss office management, personal wellness, marketing and social media, as well as, a physiotherapy refresher. This will be interactive and there will be time left for additional discussion. 
*no CE available 

Bone and Health Support
Joseph Biernat, D.C.
Session notes have not been provided as of 8-10-16
Sponsored by Standard Process Inc.
Dr. Biernat will present on the use of whole food nutrition related conditions and procedures to utilize in practice. Conditions commonly seen in chiropractic practice will be explained in detail. The rationale and implementation of specific nutritional supplementation and lifestyle changes for the management of health will be provided.  The opportunity for questions and case discussion is included.

Functional Taping for Musculo Skeletal Injuries, Part I: Overview and Upper Extremity Applications
Greg Doerr, D.C.
Session notes have not been provided as of 8-10-16
Sponsored by Performance Health, Inc.
Functional Taping for Musculoskeletal Injuries is a course designed to demonstrate several different taping techniques to be used on number of musculoskeletal injuries of the spine, as well as the upper extremities, and lower extremities. In this hands on presentation injuries to be treated with taping procedures will include disc herniation, postural disorders, tendinopathy of upper and lower extremities, ligament sprains of the upper and lower extremity, edema reduction, and joint laxities and a host of other common injures seen in the busy office. All procedures will be applicable to the athlete, geriatric and general patient population with proper coding when applicable, as well as the newest research and physiology on taping procedures. Evaluation techniques will also be demonstrated to ensure the taping techniques will be effective and allow those attending to demonstrate proper documentation on the medical necessity of taping for 3rd party payers. 

Therapeutic Neuroscience of Pain, Part II- A Top Down Approach to Clinical Care
Nate Hinkeldey, D.C.
Session notes have not been provided as of 8-10-16
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.

4:30-6:30 p.m.

Neurosurgeon Reveals Leg length Inequality as the Primary Cause for Knee, Hip and LBP
Mitch Mally, D.C.
Session notes will be provided by the instructor
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.

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.

Will Your Chiropractic Practice Survive the Future of Healthcare?
Jason Yusavage, D.C., DICCP
Session notes
Are you a student getting ready to graduate or a recent graduate about to open a practice? This session will give you some valuable information without any gimmicks from a company who wants thousands of dollars from you. In this session, Dr. Yusavage will review different chiropractic office models including the pros and cons of a cash vs insurance practice. He will discuss future concerns in chiropractic in relationship to healthcare and how to survive.

Functional Taping for Musculo Skeletal Injuries, Part II: Lower Extremity Applications 
Greg Doerr, D.C., CCSP®
Session notes have not been provided as of 8-10-16
Sponsored by Performance Health, Inc.
Functional Taping for Musculoskeletal Injuries is a course designed to demonstrate several different taping techniques to be used on number of musculoskeletal injuries of the spine, as well as the upper extremities, and lower extremities. In this hands on presentation injuries to be treated with taping procedures will include disc herniation, postural disorders, tendinopathy of upper and lower extremities, ligament sprains of the upper and lower extremity, edema reduction, and joint laxities and a host of other common injures seen in the busy office. All procedures will be applicable to the athlete, geriatric and general patient population with proper coding when applicable, as well as the newest research and physiology on taping procedures. Evaluation techniques will also be demonstrated to ensure the taping techniques will be effective and allow those attending to demonstrate proper documentation on the medical necessity of taping for 3rd party payers. 

Medicare Compliance and HIPAA
Mario Fucinari, D.C., CCSP®
Session notes
The Medicare Value-Based modifier, and Quality Resource Utilization Report (QRUR) will go into effect January 1, 2017.  Learn how to optimally position yourself for the new profile and reimbursement models.  Meanwhile, the Office of Civil Rights has announced that it is beginning phase 2 of HIPAA audits this fall.  Dr. Fucinari, member of the Medicare Carrier Advisory Committee and national speaker, will detail the new Federal requirements for chiropractic services.  This class will focus on the upcoming changes in procedures in Medicare and the methods to efficiently meet those requirements.  This class is ideal for doctors, staff and billers.

Saturday, Aug. 13

 8-10 a.m.

Science Meets Philosophy: The Power of a Chiropractic Adjustment!
Dan Sullivan, D.C.
This talk will cover some of the most up to date science and evidence proving the powerful influence of a Chiropractic adjustment. Also covered in this talk will be how the Philosophy of Chiropractic is as relevant today as it has ever been, and it's backed up by some of the greatest scientific literature of our time.

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

The Rise of Corporate Chiropractic and Primary Care Integration
Daniel Lord, D.C., CCSP®
Session notes will not be provided
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.         

Common Pediatric Conditions Seen in the Chiropractic Office and What to do When You See Them
Jason Yusavage, D.C., DICCP
Session notes
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.

Whose Story Is It, Anyway?
Michelle Barber, D.C., M.S.W. and Virginia Barber, D.C.
Session notes
Drawing on insights gained from the fields of Narrative Medicine, Medical Ethics, and Biopsychosocial and Patient-Centered Care Models, we will utilize this session to explore the power of incorporating patients’ life stories, including their unique underlying value system, into our care and treatment of each individual. Stories are the backbone of who we are; having our stories heard and understood can make us feel validated, engaged, respected, and truly involved in our care. Patients’ “stories”, or the narratives of their unique illness, provide context, insight, subtle and not-so-subtle hints about themselves and their needs and priorities. Effective clinical practice requires narrative competence, or the ability to acknowledge, absorb, interpret, and act on these stories and thereby engage with the plights of others. This competence, in turn, allows us to provide true patient-centered care. Learning to truly hear patients’ stories and developing clinical empathy gives us the ability to balance treatment options between the belief systems and life of the patient and the clinical possibilities that we as doctors advocate.

Documentation and Billing Requirements
Mario Fucinari, D.C., CCSP®
Session notes
Medicare has recently released a YouTube video and three memos outlining their new requirements for documentation. Meanwhile, Blue Cross sent out a notice to all of their subscribers notifying them that their doctors have been tiered and it will affect the reimbursement coverage if they choose a lower tiered doctor. What are the documentation requirements? How can you improve your tiering?  Learn the updated Medicare requirements for documentation and coding and what he red flags are that trigger a reduction in reimbursement and an ultimate recoupment. Dr. Mario Fucinari is a Certified Professional Compliance Officer (CPCO), a Certified Medical Compliance Specialist (MCS-P) and a member of the Medicare Carrier Advisory Committee.  This class will focus on the changes in policies and procedures in Medicare and the methods to efficiently meet those requirements.  This class is ideal for doctors, staff and billers.                                

2-4 p.m.

Clinicians Using Research: Foundations of Evidence Based Clinical Practice (EBCP)
John Stites, D.C., DACBR
Modern healthcare requires adopting the basic principles of evidence based clinical practice (EBCP). Although the skills required to practice EBCP are currently being taught in many of our institutions, these skills were not part of the curriculum when the majority of today’s chiropractic practitioners were trained.  The purpose of this session is to provide the doctor with the background and the tools to start to incorporate EBCP into their daily practice. This session will go through developing clinical questions and search strategies, identifying sound resources and understanding the hierarchy of evidence. Different clinical questions are answered by different study designs and these will be reviewed. Essential skills such as how to effectively read a research paper will be discussed.  We will spend some time going through critical appraisal and assessing validity focused on studies of therapy. Interpreting results can be challenging and this will be addressed.  During the course of the session we will explore concepts of relative and absolute risk reduction, numbers needed to treat, sensitivity, specificity and likelihood ratios. At the conclusion of the session strategies to stay current in the literature will be examined. 

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!

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.

ICD-10: The Next Step
Mario Fucinari, D.C., CCSP®
Session notes
The ICD-10 implementation is not over.  Now that we have made it through the first step of ICD-10, it has been announced that there will be over 5,000 code changes beginning October 1, 2016.  How will ICD-10 be used to measure your office profile by carriers such as Blue Cross and Medicare?  ICD-10 specificity will be used to determine your standing in the new Value-based modifiers, Merit Incentive Payment System and provider tiering.  We will examine how to effectively diagnose your patients, look for the red flags in coding, and better utilize the coding guidelines and ways to check your progress in proper coding. This class is ideal for doctors, staff and billers. 

4:30-5:30 p.m.

Training Room Survival Tips: Lessons Learned from 11 Years in the NFL
Kyle Prusso, D.C., CCSP®
In this session Dr. Prusso will discuss the ins and outs of working in an integrated sports medicine team. He will outline how the medical staff is structured, the use of multiple disciplines and integration and where chiropractic fits in the continuum of care. Finally, Dr. Prusso will review what to do if an opportunity arises for you to work in the sports world.

2016 Printable Event Schedule (Acrobat required).

Friday, April 29

9-11 a.m.

Triple-Play: A Review of the Most Significant Literature over the Last Three years Focusing on Three Studies in Three Topic Areas
Tom Souza, D.C.
Session notes

The Blair Upper Cervical Chiropractic Technique: What You Can See on a Radiograph
Todd Hubbard, D.C., CCSP®

Athletes at Risk: The Female Athlete Triad
Michelle Barber, D.C., M.S.W.
Session notes

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

    Integrative Medicine: A New Paradigm for Healthcare in the 21st Century
    Brad Jacobs, M.D.

    1:15-3:15 p.m.

    Lessons Learned from the Joint Commission and Sports Medicine and Science
    Ted Forcum, D.C., DACBSP®
    Session notes

    Integrated Chiropractic Technique: The Low-Tech Anatomic Short Leg Screen and Clinical Implications
    Robert Cooperstein, D.C. 
    Session notes

    Be the Trusted Leader in Your Community
    Mary Frost, D.C., M.B.A.

      3:30-5:30 p.m.

      Chiropractic Care for the Pediatric Patient
      Peter Fysh, D.C., FICCP

      Squat Assessment to Guide Treatment Protocols
      Ted Forcum, D.C., DACBSP®
      Session notes

      Experiences Integrating Chiropractic wtih Veteran's Health Administration Services
      Robert Walsh, D.C., CCSP®

      Saturday, April 30

      9-11 a.m.

      Clinical Case Management of the Knee
      Tom Hyde, D.C., DACBSP®
      Session notes

      The Rise of Corporate Chiropractic and Primary Care Integration
      Daniel Lord, D.C., CCSP®

      Bone Health and Support
      Joseph Biernat, D.C.
      Sponsored by Standard Process Inc.

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

      Challenging a Profession: Changing Public Perceptions about Chiropractic
      Chancellor Dennis Marchiori, D.C., Ph.D.

      1:15-3:15 p.m.

      Clinical Case Management of the Ankle
      Tom Hyde, D.C., DACBSP®
      Session notes

      Evaluating and Adjusting the Shoulders and TMJ the Wong Way
      Kevin Wong, D.C.
      Sponsored by Foot Levelers, Inc. 

      Ethical Considerations for the Chiropractor
      Mary Frost, D.C., M.B.A. 

      3:30-5:30 p.m.

      Evaluating and Adjusting the Foot and Ankles the Wong Way
      Kevin Wong, D.C.
      Sponsored by Foot Levelers, Inc.

      Emergency and Urgent Conditions Encountered in the Chiropractic Office: Recognition, Care, Management and Referral Considerations
      David Quist, D.C., EMT-B, DIBCN
      Session notes

      Chin Up! Avoiding Tech Neck: Averting Biomechanical Dysfunction from the Use of Mobile Technologies
      Sherry McAllister, D.C., M.S.Ed., CCSP®

      Sunday, May 1

      8 a.m.-Noon

      Quality Radiography in the Busy Chiropractic Practice
      Matthew Richardson, D.C., DACBR

      2016 Workers' Compensation Updated - for QMEs and Treating Doctors
      Ramin Shiva, D.C.
      Session notes

      12:30-2:30 p.m.

      Kids' Stuff
      Matthew Richardson, D.C., DACBR

      2016 Workers' Compensation Update Part II- for QMEs and Treating Doctors
      Ramin Shiva, D.C.
      Session notes

      2016 Printable Event Schedule click here .(Adobe Acrobat required).
      Sessions that have been submitted as D.C. credit hours are shaded gold on the schedule. 

      Friday, February 26

      8-10 a.m.

      Adding Activator to Your Practice: How to Treat Two Difficult Conditions
      Arlan Fuhr, D.C.
      In this program, Dr. Arlan Fuhr will discuss how you can add Activator technique into a busy proactive. He will focus on treatment of two conditions, first related to acute low back pain, and second for the use in treatment of the geriatric patient with osteoporosis and neck pain.  

      Athletes at Risk: The Female Athlete Triad
      Michelle Barber, D.C., M.S.W.
      Session notes
      The female athlete triad is a medical condition often observed in physically active girls and women. During this session we will examine the components of the triad and the patient presentations associated with them. We will also explore the potential serious consequences of the syndromes. For most athletes, early intervention is essential to prevent its progression. We will review the current recommendations and clinical guidelines for the screening, identification and management of the female athlete triad and provide clear recommendations for return to play.  

      McKenzie Method® of Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy®
      Jonathan Soltys, D.C., M.S., Cert.MDT
      A growing number of chiropractors are formally studying and applying McKenzie Method in practice.  McKenzie Method is an assessment tool that incorporates repetitive test movements in various planes to help determine a directional preference to treat a patient's condition. It also determines the appropriate progression of forces to which the patient will likely respond. There are three primary sub-groups associated within this method: derangement - pain produced with a non-centrated joint complex or disc; dysfunction - adaptively shortened tissue that causes pain; and postural - pain with static loading. The vast majority of low back and neck pain cases that chiropractors see fall under the derangement category. The specific treatments for each sub-group will be described.  

      10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.

      Leadership Lessons. . . Where Do They Come From?
      Louis Sportelli, D.C.
      Sponsored by NCMIC Group, Inc.
      In an entertaining but very practical way, Dr. Louis Sportelli will make the sometime confusing subject of leadership come alive.  Listen while he shares his personal leadership journey from his beginning at McDonalds while a student at Palmer in Davenport to President of NCMIC Group, Inc.  By attending this lecture the audience will experience a blending of humor and humanism, along with practical leadership advice to put into action on Monday morning.

      12:30-2:30 p.m.

      Optimal Brain Health for the New Millennium …Key Hidden Strategies for the Health Care Provider
      Jeff Lavell, D.C.
      Sponsored by Standard Process Inc.
      Session notes
      In this seminar learn how to optimize your brain health through innovative methods in nutrition and supplementation. Learn what exciting new research has shown regarding anti-oxidants, neuro-inflammation, and optimal gut health in how it influences your brain function and brain health. Key strategies you can implement in your practice the next day that will put you more on the cutting edge in dealing with brain health. It's not only all about fish oils anymore!  

      Quality Radiography in the Busy Chiropractic Practice
      Matthew Richardson, D.C., DACBR
      Session notes
      This two-hour lecture will focus on things you've forgotten, and things you need to learn, regarding accomplishing quality radiographic examinations in a busy chiropractic practice. Focus will be given to discussion on radiation safety and equipment, accomplishing high-quality complete radiographic studies of the spine and extremities, and troubleshooting radiographs - to include both film-based and digital images. Case-based learning opportunities will be employed during the lecture.  

      Understanding Functional Assessment of the Cervical Spine: Simple Steps to Fix People Faster
      Casey Crisp, D.C., M.S., A.C.P
      This is an introduction to the examination of the cervical spine anatomy, range of motion, and functional assessment. We will review the impact common cervical conditions, eg. stenosis and spinal degeneration, can have in the cervical assessment.  The goal is to create an immediately implementable means of defining the quality and quantity of cervical movement in your patients. The assessment skills gained will help providers efficiently identify the cause of cervical pain and develop effective home care plans. The information presented will be for the upper cervical specialist and chiropractors specializing in sports medicine.  

      3-5 p.m.

      The Blair Upper Cervical Chiropractic Technique: What You Can See on a Radiograph
      Todd Hubbard, D.C., CCSP®
      Session notes
      This is a brief introduction to the Blair Radiographic analysis. The Blair Upper Cervical technique uses the only “articular” radiographic analysis in chiropractic. This technique allows the doctor of chiropractic to view the juxtaposition of each articulation of the cervical spine. No line analysis is used to view the juxtaposition, the chiropractor is able to see and measure the amount of misalignment, if found in the cervical spine (C1-C7).

      Ethics in the Chiropractic Office
      Lou Sportelli, D.C.
      Sponsored by NCMIC Group, Inc.
      Session notes
      This course will enlighten the doctor about ethical and unethical practices including inappropriate patient contact.  The class encourages participation and discussion surrounding both the doctor/patient relationship and the patients' relationship with staff.  The doctor will also be made aware of pitfalls in the “office place” as they pertain to relationships with staff members.     

      An Evidence-Based Guide for Patient Management: The Lower Quarter
      Michael Tunning, D.C., M.S., ATC and Nate Hinkeldey, D.C.
      Session notes
      Chiropractic management may encompass a variety of different procedures including: adjusting, stretching, trigger point therapy, myofascial release, exercise and rehabilitation to name a few.  As a result, it is important that chiropractors have systems in place to determine where and when to use each modality. Philosophies and rationale for time of implementation may differ, but all management plans should have a foundation in evidence. This class offers an evidence-based perspective for implementation of different management options.

      Saturday, February, 27

      8-10 a.m.

      Cervical Spine Sports Injuries and Concussion Assessment
      Tracey Littrell, D.C., DACBR, CCSP®
      Session notes
      This lecture will detail the pathophysiology of sports-related cervical spine injuries and concussions, including demographics and risk factors, and the most common clinical presentations of cervical spine injury and concussion sufferers. Acute assessment and management of patients with cervical spine injuries and concussions will be covered, with emphasis given to pre-participation examinations and post-concussion evaluations for athletes.   

      Medicare Documentation and Billing Requirements
      Mario Fucinari, D.C., CCSP®
      Session notes
      Medicare has recently updated requirements to prepare for ICD-10, PQRS, quality resource reports and the value-based modifier.  Dr. Fucinari, a member of the Medicare carrier advisory committee, will detail the very specific requirements for chiropractic services.  Learn what the government and insurance companies are looking for, how the government conducts "data mining," and what are the red flags that trigger a reduction in reimbursement and an ultimate recoupment.  This class will focus on the changes in policies and procedures in Medicare and the methods to efficiently meet those requirements.  This class is ideal for doctors, staff and billers.    

      Therapeutic Neuroscience of Pain: Important Differences in Management of Acute and Chronic Pain
      Nate Hinkeldey, D.C.
      Session notes
      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.

      10:30 -11:30 a.m.

      Healthcare Disruption: Everything Old is New Again
      John Nab, D.C.
      Sponsored by Standard Process Inc.
      Session notes
      Truth is often what we make it, but in healthcare, it’s what works. Chiropractors are in a unique position. We are trained to care for modern patients but we have a rich tradition that provides ballast to our care. In this hour, Dr. John Nab will review the chiropractors place in modern healthcare, examine this new paradigm of wellness, and provide a unique perspective on how the original triangle of health, introduced by chiropractor Alma Arnold in 1910, can guide contemporary practitioners with it’s modern truths. 

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

      Challenging a Profession: Changing Public Perceptions about Chiropractic
      Chancellor Dennis Marchiori, D.C., Ph.D.
      Join Chancellor Marchiori as he presents the results from our recent Gallup poll regarding the public's perception of the chiropractic profession. This poll is a continuation of the work Palmer College has conducted related to our identity. Information about the public's concepts regarding the profession will be described, and the implications of this information will be discussed. 

      1:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m.

      ICD-10 Implementation, Rules and Regulations
      Mario Fucinari, D.C., CCSP®
      Session notes
      Congress has confirmed that ICD-10 will not be delayed.  ICD-10 will go into effect on October 1, 2015.  Learn how to transition and implement ICD-10 codes in your office.  The new coding system will mean new coverage policies, new health care review edits and new reimbursement schedules.  In part one of the ICD-10 training carrier requirements, ICD-10 guidelines and definitions will be discussed.  Dr. Mario Fucinari, a certified insurance consultant, certified health care compliances specialist and a Medicare carrier advisory committee member, will explain the changes in documentation and coding requirements pertaining to ICD-10.  Specific policies and procedures will be presented on how to properly use ICD-10 in your office.  This class is ideal for doctors, staff and billers.   

      Be the Trusted Leader of Your Community
      Mary Frost, D.C., M.B.A.
      Session notes
      Join Dr. Frost for this interactive session and hone your leadership skills.  Topics discussed include communication, perception and persuasion, working in teams and managing change. Prepare to engage!  

      Extreme Extremities 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. 

      4-6 p.m.

      The Yin and Yang of Sports: Improved Self-esteem, Confidence, Academic Performance vs The Female Athlete Tetrad, Eating Disorders and Body Image Disorders, and Substance Abuse
      Tracey Littrell, D.C., DACBR, CCSP®
      Session notes
      Participation in sports offers the young athlete opportunities for enhanced self-esteem, boosted confidence, and improved academic performance. Sports participation can build skills of teamwork and cooperation, as well as improve goal creation and task completion skills. But sports participation can put the young athlete at risk for both physical and psychological injuries, including eating disorders, overuse injuries, altered body image, and substance abuse. This lecture will detail the risk factors for the negative consequences of sports participation.   

      ICD-10 Coding of Diseases and Conditions
      Mario Fucinari, D.C., CCSP®
      Session notes
      In this session of the ICD-10 training, learn the chapter specific codes.  The rules of coding have changed.  Expect increased denials, rejections, and decreased cash flow if you do not use the codes properly.  We will discuss specific coding techniques pertaining to the chapters that relate to chiropractic.  Doctors and staff will learn the specific codes for personal injury, Medicare, worker's compensation and conventional insurance.  Dr. Mario Fucinari, a certified insurance consultant, certified health care compliance specialist and a Medicare carrier advisory committee member, will explain how to specifically navigate the murky waters of the new coding system. This class is ideal for doctors, staff and billers.   

      Extreme Extremities Part II
      Mark Charrette, D.C.
      Sponsored by Foot Levelers, Inc.
      This two-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 rehabilitation exercises for the foot will also be briefly covered.

      Sunday, February 28

      8-10 a.m.

      Condition, Exam and Adjustment for the Pediatric Patient
      Lora Tanis, D.C., DICCP
      In this two hours we will look at common conditions presented in a chiropractic office, exploring different exams and techniques for differing age patients presenting with the same conditions. This session will explain why modification in exam and technique are important in different age groups.  

      Prevention of Medical Errors
      Steve Savoie, D.C., FACO
      Sponsored by NCMIC Group, Inc.
      The following topics will be presented during this session mandatory for Florida-licensed chiropractic physicians: the doctor-patient relationship and the roles it plays in risk management; avoiding errors and understanding the absolute and relative contraindications to chiropractic care and what tools are available to determine if they are present; the level of record keeping sufficient to provide a reasonable defense if malpractice is alleged; and how to ensure that care initiates with informed consent.

      10 a.m.-Noon

      Laws and Rules Pertaining to the Practice of Chiropractic in the State of Florida
      Steve Savoie, D.C., FACO 
      Sponsored by NCMIC Group, Inc.
      This session will discuss those sections of Florida law pertaining to the practice of chiropractic. Dr. Savoie will include a discussion of those rules more commonly violated and how to prevent violations. This session will meet the requirement for re-licensure of Florida licensed chiropractic physicians. 

      Noon-1 p.m.

      Risk Management in the Chiropractic Office
      Steve Savoie, D.C., FACO 
      Sponsored by NCMIC Group, Inc.

      10 a.m.-1 p.m.

      HIV/AIDS: Conventional and Chiropractic Management
      Mark Murdock, D.C., RN
      Session notes
      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.

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