Homecoming Schedule

Main campus

2019 Printable Event Schedule coming soon. (Adobe Acrobat required).

August 8-10, 2019

Florida campus

2019 Printable Event Schedule (Adobe Acrobat required).
Sessions that have been submitted as D.C. credit hours are shaded gold on the schedule.

Friday, March 1

8-10 a.m.

The Zebra Zone
Michelle Barber-Drover, D.C., M.S.W. and Ashlee Drover, D.C.
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!!

The Weekend Warrior: When Dreams of Gold Medal Meet Overuse and Traumatic Injuries
Tracey Littrell, D.C., DACBR, CCSP®

Upper extremity injuries are common occurrences in amateur and professional sports. Many 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, such as fractures, ligament injuries, tendinous disorders and impaction syndromes.

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 sexual/professional boundaries, sexual misconduct, interactions with staff, fraud and abuse.

10:30-11:30 a.m.

A Gallop Through Gallup – Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow
Peter Martin, D.C.
The course will comprise of a critical review of the highlights of the first four years of Gallup survey results and the implications for the future development and direction of the profession. Current external factors playing a role such as the opioid situation and political trends will be interspersed. The presentation will include a panel discussion by DC's involved in interdisciplinary care, chiropractic in the workplace, and the work of the F4CP.

12:30-2:30 p.m.

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 solution 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.

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.

Concussion in Practice, It’s More Than a Sports Injury
Heather Bowyer, D.C., CCSP®
Concussions are often viewed as sports injuries, but they occur in a much wider range of the population and secondary to many different mechanisms. Concussions are often associated with motor vehicle accidents, slip and fall injuries, and other traumas in which the patient sustains an impact to the head, neck or body. This session will provide you with the tools to evaluate a concussion in office and proper management based on the current concussion guidelines.

3-5 p.m.

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, especially 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. This presentation will cover the history, etiology and host immune response to Lyme disease. There will be a clinical discussion and case study describing symptoms that could present in the chiropractic office.

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.

Documentation and Billing Requirements*
Mario Fucinari, D.C., CCSP®
Sponsored by NCMIC Group
Documentation serves multiple purposes. It is required to record facts, findings, and observations about the patient and protects you against claims of malpractice or negligence. Learn what constitutes meaningful use of documentation. We will explore requirements for Medicare, personal injury, commercial insurance and the cash patient. Learn about the proposed overhaul of Medicare’s E/M documentation and payment system, expansion of the VA referrals to chiropractors and changes in Blue Cross requirements. The year will be packed with important regulatory changes that are sure to impact your office for years to come.

Saturday, March 2

8-10 a.m.

Patient Care 360-2.0
Katherine Clark, D.C., Mary Frost, D.C., MBA 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.

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 also will review 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.

Mitigating Risk Through Proper Documentation
Mario Fucinari, D.C., CCSP®
Sponsored by NCMIC Group
We will examine the various avenues of risk related to the chiropractic practice. Specifically, you will learn proven methods in front desk documentation, HIPAA requirements and examination and treatment documentation to mitigate risk in your chiropractic practice. Gain peace of mind by effectively documenting what you do, while still treating your patients as a chiropractic physician.

10:15-11:15 a.m.

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.

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

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.

1:30-3:30 p.m.

Cone Beam Computed Tomography (CBCT)
Matthew Richardson, D.C., DACBR
In this 2 hour lecture we will discuss cone beam computed tomography (CBCT), a newer diagnostic imaging modality that is making entry into the chiropractic profession. In the first hour, attention will be given to identifying unique aspects of CBCT technology vs. traditional high resolution computed tomography (HRCT). Radiation safety and patient dose in different ionizing radiation based diagnostic imaging modalities will be reviewed. Pros, cons, and limitations of CBCT technology in the chiropractic setting will be appraised. The second hour of the lecture will be used to present imaging cases that display use of CBCT studies, some with correlating radiographic examinations, obtained on chiropractic patients.

Using Biomarkers to Classify the Influence of Nutrition, Hormones, Gender and Training on Athletic Performance and Recovery
Gina Sirchio-Lotus, D.C., CCN
This session will explore questions such as: Can we measure athletic performance and recovery and what are the methods we use to do this? What is a biomarker and how is it measured? Does gender play a role? Can nutrition be used to move biomarkers? Do they have a positive and/or a negative influence? Do hormones affect tissue repair and athletic recovery?Are they a help or a hindrance?What are the best diet and training plans for athletes?How do we know if they’re working?

Proper Utilization of the ICD-10 Coding in the Chiropractic Office
Mario Fucinari, D.C., CCSP®
Sponsored by NCMIC Group
ICD-10 diagnosis has become more specific. Learn the rules and regulations of coding and documentation pertaining to the diagnosis. Find out how the codes you use will profile you, even in a cash practice. 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.

4:30-6:30 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.

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.

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

Sunday, March 3

8-10 a.m.

Evaluation and Management of the Dizzy Patient: A Practical Approach
Donald Dishman, D.C., M.Sc., FIACN, FIBE
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 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.

Prevention of Medical Errors*
Mario Fucinari, D.C., CCSP®
Sponsored by NCMIC Group
The Opioid Epidemic and pervasiveness of drug use has resulted in increased risk in our chiropractic patients. It is imperative that chiropractors are aware of their patients' pharmaceutical side effects and the ramifications of their medical history. Prescription, over-the counter and recreational drug use will be discussed. The goal of the course is to provide the chiropractor and their staff with an overview of the problem of medical errors, factors contributing to the occurrence of these errors, and steps that can be taken to reduce medical errors in key care settings.

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 for the Practice of Chiropractic*
Mario Fucinari, D.C., CCSP®
Sponsored by NCMIC Group
This course will familiarize chiropractors pertaining to Florida statutes, laws and rules governing the chiropractic profession. Whether you are just getting into practice or have been in practice for 40 years, this course will discuss the Florida Rules and Regulations and show their practical application to every day practice. We will discuss key areas of the Florida Chiropractic Practice Act and its requirements, including the required manual that every chiropractic office must possess and thenewDirect Primary Care Law.

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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.


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