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August 9-11, 2018

Thursday, August 9

8-10 a.m.

    The Zebra Zone
    Michelle Barber-Drover, D.C., M.S.W. and Ashlee Drover, DC.
    We are taught “when you hear hoofbeats, think horses, not zebras.” But sometimes the patient’s presentation actually IS a zebra. In a “grand rounds” format, this session will explore a series of unusual Chiropractic case presentations, with an opportunity for attendees to work through the assessment, diagnosis, and management. Come test your knowledge!!

    Iowa Laws and Rules
    Mary Frost, D.C., M.B.A.
    Join Dr. Mary Frost as she reviews the laws for Iowa chiropractors. Your attendance will satisfy the license renewal continuing education requirement by focusing on the content outlined in the Iowa code.

    Assessing Nutritional Status in Patients
    Lia Nightingale, Ph.D.
    Are your patients not holding their adjustments well? One possibility might be that they are not getting the proper nutrition. Through the use of a nutrition-focused physical exam, evidence-based screening tools, biochemical analysis and functional assessments, participants will learn how to identify nutritional imbalances and correct these imbalances with the use of foods. nightingale-speaker-notes-2018

    Reassessment of your Palmer Package Adjusting Protocols
    Roger Hynes, D.C., D.Ph.C.S.
    This presentation will review commonly used chiropractic adjusting procedures as taught in Palmer's technique curriculum. We often get into a rut utilizing procedures we like to do instead of what is best for the patient. In this presentation we will reintroduce some methods of adjusting that you may have forgotten. We will look at how they are sometimes done incorrectly and discuss ways to improve their delivery while reducing risk to both the patient and the chiropractor.

    Radiography in the Chiropractic Office, Part I
    Ian McLean, D.C., DACBR, Lou Woods, D.C., Nate Finkey, D.C., DACBR
    This six hour course will be taught in three parts and will emphasize skills and knowledge for obtaining high quality images for a chiropractic practice. The attendee will be presented the following topics during this two hour series.

    • Impact of high quality radiography on clinical practice
      • Understanding radiation protection
      • Influence of x-ray physics on image production
      • Impact of patient morphology and positioning on image quality

     11 a.m.-Noon

    Opening Session: State of College
    Chancellor and CEO Dennis Marchiori, D.C., Ph.D.
    Join Dr. Marchiori as he opens Homecoming 2018 with a state of the college message to all members and friends of our Palmer Community. Learn more about our accomplishments in the field and on our campuses. He will share measures of success over the past year, and share our strategic agenda for the future. Palmer College is on the move with new research, facilities, advancements in patient care, emphasis on chiropractic technique, and creating the one of kind student learning and experience that defines us as the “Trusted Leader in Chiropractic Education.”

    1:30-3:30 p.m.

    Radiography in the Chiropractic Office, Part II
    Ian McLean, D.C., DACBR, Lou Woods, D.C., Nate Finkey, D.C., DACBR
    The attendee will be presented the following topics during part II of this series.

    • Understanding technical components of x-ray
      1. kVp and mAs
      2. Understanding grid technology
      3. Selecting screens and film
      4. Impact of accessory filtration systems
      5. Methods of calculating x-ray factors

    Chiropractic Care: Managing Underlying Inflammation for Prescription-Free Care of Chronic Pain
    Bill Hemmer, D.C. and Sara Le Brun-Blashka
    Sponsored by Standard Process, Inc.
    The opiod crisis across America has led to serious complications and challenges in the management of pain and inflammation, so much so that an increasing need for more natural treatment approaches are required. The combined treatment regimen of Chiropractic Care with Nutrition Therapy can provide an effective clinical solutions which is prescription free and resulting in improved patient outcomes. Understanding the use of this impactful approach and why it provides important health advantages and advances in chiropractic care.

    The Weekend Warrior: When Dreams of Gold Medal Meet Overuse and Traumatic Injuries
    Tracey Littrell, D.C., DACBR, DACO, CCSP®
    Upper extremity injuries are common occurrences in amateur and professional sports and many of them are sport-specific and can be divided into two categories: traumatic injuries and overuse injuries. This lecture will review the most common upper and lower extremity sports-related lesions, including fractures, ligament injuries, tendinous disorders, and impaction syndromes.

    Practical Applications of McKenzie Method® of Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy®
    Jonathon Soltys, D.C., Cert. MDT
    This lecture provides an introduction to McKenzie Method® of Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy® (MDT), a system of assessment, classification, treatment & prevention of musculoskeletal disorders that is safe, reliable, valid, predictive and evidence based. The assessment incorporates repeated test movements in various planes and static positions to determine the direction in which a patient needs to move and with how much force to begin (based on centralization of symptoms and changes to obstructed movement). This can be especially important to a chiropractor as it not only helps improve safety but it can also help validate the direction of the adjustment. By determining a directional preference, there is a greater likelihood that a patient’s pain will reduce in a short time period. This can allow a chiropractor to introduce active care rehabilitation earlier in the patient’s treatment, which can demonstrate even further value to third party payers. With patients that are in too much pain or have contraindications to being adjusted, McKenzie Method offers safe and effective treatment protocols. There is also far less physical stress to a chiropractor incorporating McKenzie Method in comparison to other spinal or extremity techniques. This helps to protect a chiropractor’s shoulders, low back, wrists and thumbs. McKenzie is the largest spine care referral network in the world, of which there are now 130 chiropractors included.

    Vaccination: A Review of the Immune System’s Response and Public Policy
    Dan Weinert, D.C., Ph.D., DACRB
    Dr. Weinert will provide a review of the innate and adaptive immune systems and discuss the body’s response to vaccination. He will review public health law and the history of federal regulation surrounding vaccination.  He will also discuss how regulatory change affected the viability of various organizations dealing with public health.

    4-6 p.m.

    Unbroken: A Guide to Fostering Resilience in Patients
    Nate Hinkeldey, D.C., DACRB and Casey Okamoto, D.C
    A doctor is sought by the vulnerable, by the burdened, by the pained. We often meet people at their most fragile and it is our job to help them rebuild, to become resilient. To that end we must be deliberate communicators, encouraging self-efficacy and dispelling harmful myths, while teaching patients through anecdote and anatomy lessons just how resilient they are. Join us as we discuss the science of resilience, bust myths, and do some word-smithing for the good of the patient.

    The Impact of Lyme Disease on Human Health
    Ward Jones, Ph.D. and Lora Tanis, D.C., DICCP
    Lyme disease is a significant health problem particularly in endemic areas throughout the world. Infectious Borrelia burgdorferi, a bacterial spirochete, is transmitted through the bite of several tick species including Ixodes scapularis. If left untreated, Lyme disease can lead to serious sequalae including arthritis, Lyme carditis, and meningitis. In this presentation we will discuss the history, etiology, and host immune response to Lyme disease followed by a clinical discussion and case study describing symptoms that could present in the chiropractic office. 2018-lyme-disease-human-health-speaker-notes

    Upper Extremity Subluxation Patterns
    Mark Charrette, D.C.
    Sponsored by Foot Levelers, Inc.
    This two hour presentation is a “hands-on” workshop designed for the doctor to quickly acquire adjusting skills for the most commonly encountered upper extremity subluxation patterns. Also covered in this course are simple stabilization and rehabilitative procedures for the extremities.

    A Clinical Solution to the Health Care Delivery Problems of Musculoskeletal Disorders
    Jonathon Soltys, D.C., Cert.MDT and Kevin Russeau, D.C., Cert.MDT
    Musculoskeletal disorders (MSD) are among the most common and debilitating conditions in Western Society and the leading case of disability worldwide. Diagnostic and treatment costs are skyrocketing with little evidence of improved outcomes. The costs in terms of human suffering is immeasurable. A different direction is needed regarding how society takes care of MSD. The lack of reliable and validated diagnoses is the heart of the problem along with lack of standardization and quality of service oversight. This lecture summarizes the current problems that exist in health care delivery of MSD in addition to a clinical solution. Data from a Fortune 500 pilot project case study will be presented. The results not only transformed how the company addresses health care for their employees but has generated extreme interest from other organization seeking a value-based care system to deal with MSD. Chiropractors are in a unique position to play a lead role in changing MSD health care delivery with a reliably sound assessment approach, standardization and real-time quality assurance.

    Radiography in the Chiropractic Office, Part III
    Ian McLean, D.C., DACBR, Lou Woods, D.C., Nate Finkey, D.C., DACBR
    The attendee will be presented the following topics during part III of this series.

    • Basics of digital radiography
    • Imaging skills and positioning.

     Friday, August 10

    8-10 a.m.

    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, fraud and abuse.

    Functional Soft Tissue and Taping for Lower Quadrant MSK Injuries
    Greg Doerr, D.C., CCSP®
    Sponsored by Performance Health, Inc.
    This two-hour session will be an introduction to the science of soft tissue and taping for lower quadrant MSK injuries. Dr. Doerr will demonstrate FAKTR soft tissue treatment, functional taking for MSK injuries and exercise rehabilitation.

    Lower Extremity Subluxation Patterns
    Mark Charrette, D.C.
    Sponsored by Foot Levelers, Inc.
    This two hour presentation is a “hands-on” workshop designed for the doctor to quickly acquire adjusting skills for the most commonly encountered lower extremity subluxation patterns. Also covered in this course are simple stabilization and rehabilitative procedures for the extremities.

    Office Procedures and Billing for the Chiropractic Office
    Mario Fucinari, D.C., CCSP®
    Sponsored by NCMIC Group, Inc.
    Both new and experienced doctors, staff and billers will gain knowledge of the new billing requirements, claim form instruction and office procedures for 2018. Medicare and commercial insurance carriers, such as Blue Cross, have changed the billing and coding guidelines. This has resulted in increased denials in Blue Cross. This class is ideal for the doctor, staff and billers. Dr. Mario Fucinari is a frequent speaker throughout the United States. He is a Certified Professional Compliance Officer and a Certified Medical Compliance Specialist. Fucinari-Office-Procedures-Coding-Speaker-Notes

    Exploring the Neuroscience of Human Flourishing
    Michelle Barber-Drover, D.C., M.S.W.
    Research has shown that positive emotions and interventions can bolster health, achievement, and resilience, and can buffer against depression and anxiety. While considerable research in neuroscience has focused on disease, dysfunction, and the harmful effects of stress and trauma, very little is known about the neural mechanisms of human flourishing. In this session, we will examine new research that will help us to understand how the brain enables human flourishing while considering the scientific study of strengths that enable individuals and communities to flourish and thrive.

    11 a.m.-Noon

    Neck and Back Pain in America: Where Do Chiropractors Fit In? Gallup-Palmer Report Year-Four Findings
    Cynthia English, M.P.P.
    Results from the Gallup-Palmer College Year-Four study of Americans will be released at this year’s homecoming. This year’s research builds on the previous three years of study regarding Americans’ perceptions of chiropractic care with a specific focus on neck and back pain. The study provides insight on the reasons people seek chiropractic care for neck and back pain, as well as specific qualities Americans attribute to their healthcare professionals. Given the high proportion of Americans who suffer from neck and back pain, this data reveals key opportunities for the chiropractic profession.

    1:30-2:30 p.m.

    The VA Chiropractic Program: Growth, Development, an Impact on the Chiropractic Profession
    Anthony Lisi, D.C.

    1. Current data on chiropractic use, distribution and access trends.
      • Update on expansion plans.
      • Data on relationships between chiropractic use and opioid use.
      • Use of private practice DCs to serve Veterans.
    2. Concepts in integration, inter professional education, and cultural transformation
      • Collaborative case management with medical providers.
      • Healthcare provider training
      • DC students, DC residents, special fellowships
      • Directions in health policy evolution
    3. Employment opportunities for DCs
      • Processes and policies
      • DC traits and qualifications
      • Career planning for DCs

    3:30-5:30 p.m.

    Biomechanics of Adjusting and Patient Assessment
    Siri Leech, D.C., DACBR
    This session will focus on the biomechanics of adjusting in chiropractic clinical patient care. Dr. Leech will cover spinal and joint movements, biomechanical patient assessment and radiology correlates as well as the ergonomics of patient adjusting. Research findings, case studies and patient response to various types of adjustments will be discussed.

    Functional Soft Tissue and Taping for Upper Quadrant MSK Injuries
    Greg Doerr, D.C., CCSP®
    Sponsored by Performance Health, Inc.
    This two-hour session will be an introduction to the science of soft tissue and taping for upper quadrant MSK injuries. Dr. Doerr will demonstrate FAKTR soft tissue treatment, functional taking for MSK injuries and exercise rehabilitation.

    Is Position Important? Pregnancy and In-utero Constraint, Impacting the Biomechanics and Neurology of the Mother and Baby
    Lora Tanis, D.C., DICCP
    This two-hour lecture will focus on the positional challenges of the fetus in utero and how it impacts the pregnant mother. Dr. Tanis will discuss the anatomical structures of the pelvis and soft issues impacted by pregnancy. She will also review the forces that may affect the fetus and different conditions associated with constraint. Finally, growth and developmental changes of the fetus in utero and how it relates to clinical findings and conditions will be discussed.

    Proper Utilization of the ICD-10 Coding in the Chiropractic Office
    Mario Fucinari, D.C., CCSP®
    Sponsored by NCMIC Group, Inc.
    The ICD-10 implementation is in Phase 3. The codes have become much more specific. What you don’t know will hurt you! Learn the rules and regulations of coding and documentation pertaining to the diagnosis. Documentation has moved beyond lumbago and cervicalgia. Don’t be left in the past! We will examine how to effectively diagnose your patients, look for the red flags in coding, better utilize the coding guidelines and ways to check your progress in proper coding. ICD-10-speaker-notes-fucinari-2018

    Perspectives of Contemporary Health 
    Michelle Barber-Drover, D.C., M.S.W.
    This session will explore both the psychology and philosophy of contemporary healthcare viewpoints and questions such as:

    • Who is really responsible for the patient’s health?
    • How does Chiropractic philosophy fit within paradigms such as the Biopsychosocial approach?
    • How does health psychology and the mind-body connection apply to Chiropractic care?
    • What is the role of the 3T’s in modern day health and wellness behaviors and interventions?
    • What is the intersection of Chiropractic philosophy and health psychology and how do we implement and communicate this to patients?

     Saturday, Aug. 11

    8-11 a.m.

    NIMMO (Receptor Tonus)
    Cindy Puent, D.C., CEEP
    Join Dr. Cindy Puent as she takes you through the history of Raymond Nimmo and his technique. She will present an anatomy review and explanation of how the technique works. There will be a period of “hands-on” work by the participants. The session will include time for questions and comments.

    Mechanical Lumbar Spine Aberrations: The Role Players and Pitfalls Encountered
    Willem Boshoff, D.C., M.Sc. Med, FCASA
    The intent in this talk is to look at the essential role players in managing low back pain, the role that the chiropractic adjustment has here as an essential contributor and the pitfalls that are encountered by the professions, it incorporates anatomy dissection as substantiating evidence.

    Using Biomarkers to Classify the Influence of Nutrition, Hormones, Gender and Training on Athletic Performance and Recovery
    Gina Sirchio-Lotus, D.C., CCN

    1. Can we measure athletic performance and recovery? What are the methods we use to do this?
    2. What is a biomarker and how is it measured?
    3. Does gender play a role?
    4. Can nutrition be used to move biomarkers? Do they have a positive and/or a negative influence?
    5. Do hormones affect tissue repair and athletic recovery?  Are they a help or a hindrance? 
    6. What is the best diet plan for athletes?   How do we know if it's working?
    7. What is the best training plan for athletes? How do we know if it's working?

    Introduction to Sacro Occipital Technique®
    Chad Hagen, D.C.
    This course is designed for beginners in the SOT® world. We will cover the history of Dr. DeJarnette and his development of the categorization system. Categories 1-3 will be discussed as well as an introduction into CMRT. Relevant case histories and research will be shared to correlate covered material.

    The Annual Roentgen Roulette: Shades of Gray in Imaging!
    Ian McLean, D.C., DACBR
    This session for the chiropractor is designed to improve practical skills in diagnostic imaging by using a quiz format based on a series of radiographic "unknowns". This program will also review clinical decision making in diagnostic imaging in chiropractic. After the participants view a series of diagnostic imaging "unknowns", the cases will be extensively reviewed for diagnostic accuracy. The presentation will also include clinical decision making for diagnostic imaging recognizing that these decisions are not typically black and white, but contextual to clinical circumstances. The latitude needed by clinicians to navigate the "shades of gray" encountered in clinical practice related to the use of diagnostic imaging will be discussed with a panel of radiologists and clinicians.

    12:30-2:30 p.m.

    Patient Care 360-2.0
    Katherine Clark, D.C., Mary Frost, D.C., M.B.A. and Siri Leech, D.C., DACBR
    Join Drs. Clark, Frost, and Leech as they take you through the history, examination, diagnosis, and treatment patient care using clinical case studies. Consideration for concurrent patient management, referral, payment, patient preference, and ethical considerations will be discussed.

    My Journey in Investigating and Understanding the Need for the Chiropractic Adjustment
    Willem Boshoff, D.C., M.Sc Med, FCASA
    This is essentially a humanities, motivational talk on the boundaries and exclusions that the author experienced in the halls of the Healing Arts, searching for the “Needed Role” for the Chiropractic profession in the ever growing Health Sciences.

    Core Stability and its Impact on Women's Health
    Erica Boland, D.C. and Dave Juehring, D.C., DACRB
    When working with the female population, from high school and adult athletes to postpartum, it is crucial to address the function of core stability. Using proper intra-abdominal pressure based on the principles of Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization we can create long term change and start breaking down the barriers of core and pelvic floor dysfunction, directly improving quality of life.

    Medicare Boot Camp for the Chiropractic Office (Part One)
    Mario Fucinari, D.C., CCSP®
    Sponsored by NCMIC Group, Inc.
    You have taken all the classes, but the rules have changed again! Late last year, CMS and the local carriers changed the documentation rules and regulations for Medicare. See how these changes are being implemented in all carriers of insurance reimbursement. These significant changes will impact the chiropractic office and the way you practice! Dr. Mario Fucinari, is uniquely qualified as one of the few instructors still in full-time practice! Dr. Fucinari is a member of the Carrier Advisory Committee for Medicare, a Certified Professional Compliance Officer (CPCO), Certified Medical Compliance Specialist (MCS-P), and a Certified Chiropractic Sports Physician (CCSP®). This class is designed for everybody; doctors, staff and billers will gain useful information. Medicare-boot-camp-part-1-Fucinari-2018

    Amazing Balancing Act of Women Chiropractors  
    Rosemary Batanjski, D.C. and Cynthia Shaft-Toll, D.C.

    1. Sexual Boundaries
      1. dealing with patients who are not respecting doctor/patient boundaries
      2. proper doctor/patient boundaries as a female D.C.
      3. staff and patient relationships
    2. Adaptative Adjusting Techniques
      1. injury prevention
      2. proper equipment and line of vector and force in adjusting
    3. Staffing Solutions
      1. proper boundaries and respect issues with female/male employee relations
      2. proper boundaries and respect issues with female/female employee relations

    3-5 p.m.

    Integrating the Functional Model of Chiropractic Care for Improved Patient Outcomes and Satisfaction
    Chris LoRang, D.C. and Artemio Del Real, D.C.
    In this presentation, attendees will receive a brief overview of manual medicine techniques within the profession and outside of the profession. Attendees will receive a brief overview of biomechanic principles from the developmental kinesiology perspective and learn how to integrate multiple manual medicine techniques for better patient outcomes and satisfaction. Attendees will walk away from this presentation with several clinical perspectives that will help guide their assessment and treatment of patients.

    Culprit vs. Victim: Spine vs. Extremity-The Importance of a Systematic Approach of Classification
    Tom Lotus, D.C., FACO, Cert.MDT, DACRB (c)

    1. Understanding Classification Systems
    2. Ruling out the Spine as Cause of extremity conditions - what is the research saying..?
    3. Case Presentations 

    Medicare Boot Camp for the Chiropractic Office (Part Two)
    Mario Fucinari, D.C., CCSP®
    Sponsored by NCMIC
    In part two of the Medicare Boot Camp, Dr. Fucinari will discuss how to establish your treatment plan, including specific goals and the care plan. Find out what Medicare is really looking for in your notes. We will tie in the correct use of diagnosis codes for Medicare, the modifiers to use and how to appeal denials. Dr. Fucinari is a member of the Carrier Advisory Committee for Medicare, a Certified Professional Compliance Officer (CPCO), Certified Medical Compliance Specialist (MCS-P), and a Certified Chiropractic Sports Physician (CCSP®). This class is designed for everybody; doctors, staff and billers will gain useful information. Medicare-boot-camp-part-2-Fucinari-2018

    Chin Up! Avoiding the Tech Neck Wreck
    Sherry McAllister, D.C., CCSP®
    Chiropractic care is positioned to be the leader in postural care as smartphones, tablets, and other personal technologies continue to have an increasing importance in our lives. More and more people – and especially young people – are seeking care for neck and back pain from using their mobile devices. Dr. McAllister will discuss “Tech Neck” and other conditions associated with the use of mobile technology.

    Chiropractic Management of Running Injuries
    Zach Shiels, D.C.
    This session will provide the practicing chiropractor with insights into running injuries, focusing on the assessment and management of these injuries. Special attention will be given to gait mechanics and their link to common injuries. Management options will highlight soft-tissue treatments as well as neurologic and structural techniques to create more efficient movement.

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    Friday, May 3

    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 4

    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 5

    8 a.m.-Noon  

    12:30-2:30 p.m.

    Florida campus

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    Friday, March 1

    8-10 a.m.

    10:30-11:30 a.m.

    12:30-2:30 p.m.

    3-5 p.m.

    Saturday, March 2

    8-10 a.m.

    10:30-11:30 a.m.

    11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m.

    2-4 p.m.  

    4:30-6:30 p.m.    

    Sunday, March 3

    8-10 a.m.  

    10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.  

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

    12:30 p.m.-1:30 p.m.  

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