Homecoming Schedule

Main campus

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

August 8-10, 2019

Florida campus

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Sessions that have been submitted as D.C. credit hours are shaded gold on the schedule.

March 6-8, 2020

Check back for details on the 2020 Florida campus Homecoming schedule.

West campus

2019 Printable Event Schedule (Acrobat required).

May 3-5, 2019

Friday, May 3

9-11 a.m.

What's Wrong with Evidence-Based Chiropractic?
Stephen Perle, D.C., M.S.
*Introduction to science, scientific method, and evidence-based practice
*Why the evidence doesn't show what I know to be true
*How should we reconcile evidence and clinical experience?

The Art of History Taking – Going Beyond OPQRST
Tammi Clark, D.C. and Theresa Whitney, D.C.
This session will focus on the importance of effective communication in obtaining a comprehensive patient history that will direct the Chiropractor to confidently establish an initial differential diagnosis and explore sociodemographic factors that may impact the management of the patient. Information obtained during the patient encounter combined with appropriate physical examination procedures, including necessary orthopedic, neurologic, and special study assessments, will ensure an accurate diagnosis, determine the most effective individual treatment plan, and establish a rewarding doctor-patient relationship.

Driving Higher Value Through Chiropractic Care
Sherry McAllister, D.C., M.S.(Ed)., CCSP®
This course will offer greater understanding of the current challenges facing American healthcare and the value of chiropractic in the equation. Dr. McAllister will cover research exploring how chiropractic care can address many of the current challenges that create increased spending, decreased patient satisfaction, and higher risk to the patient.

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

Advancing the Chiropractic Agenda. What Can Health Services Research do for the Profession?
Ian Coulter, Ph.D.
*What is Health Services Research?
*What can it achieve for the profession?
*Current projects at RAND and Palmer and their possibilities.
*The future.

1:15-3:15 p.m.

Nutritional Impact on Concussions: From Research to Practice
Susan St. Claire, D.C., M.S., DCBCN, CCN
Traumatic brain injuries, i.e., concussions, chronically impact quality of life and health. Early intervention to normalize brain biochemistry and physiology can reduce symptoms and improve long-term outcomes. This seminar will discuss the current research on specific nutrients and how they help brain function after injury.

Integrated Chiropractic Technique: Drop-Table Adjustive Procedures and Pelvic Blocking Protocols, Part I
Robert Cooperstein, D.C., M.A.
This chiropractic technique seminar provides the rationale for two less-commonly presented methods for treating the low back: the use of padded wedges, as developed by Sacro-Occipital Technique, and drop-table procedures, as developed by Thompson Technique. Although inspired by the founders, DeJarnette and Thompson, this seminar updates these procedures in accordance with contemporary developments in chiropractic technique. This presentation integrates elements of SOT, Thompson Technique, Pierce-Stillwagon Technique, and Chiropractic Biophysics.

Chiropractic Care: Managing Underlying Inflammation for Prescription-Free Care of Chronic Pain
Bill Hemmer, D.C.
The opioid crisis in America has led to serious complications and challenges in the management of pain and inflammation, so much so that an increasing need for a more natural treatment approach is required. The combined treatment regimen of chiropractic care and nutrition therapy can provide effective, prescription-free clinical solutions and result in improved patient outcomes. This session will help participants better understand this approach and why it provides important health advantages, plus advances chiropractic care.

3:30-5:30 p.m.

Imaging of Pediatric Physeal Disturbances: A Growing Problem
Ashley Hook, D.C., DACBR
This 2-hour discussion will provide an overview of the imaging features of common physeal injuries that occur in the pediatric population.Clinical and pathologic correlation as well management of these injuries will also be discussed.

Integrated Chiropractic Technique: Drop-Table Adjustive Procedures and Pelvic Blocking Protocols, Part II
Robert Cooperstein, D.C., M.A.
A continuation of Part I.

Triple-Play: A Review of the Most Significant Literature Publications Over the Last Three Years Focusing on Three Studies in Three Topic Areas
Thomas Souza, D.C.
This session will examine the most significant chiropractic literature published during the past three years. It begins with the three most common mistakes made when interpreting a research article. Its focus will include three specific areas:
*What’s new regarding the evidence for frequency of care and maintenance care?
*What’s new about pertinent lifestyle changes and their impact on morbidity and mortality?
*What’s new regarding what is known about low back pain and disc herniation?
Join Dr. Souza for the latest information on these topics.

Saturday, May 4

9-11 a.m.

Ethics and California Law
Mary Frost, D.C., M.B.A.
This live class is two hours long and focuses on ethics and professional boundaries for chiropractors. The course will address California regulations regarding ethics for chiropractors and includes real case studies. The cases presented are examples of unethical/unprofessional chiropractic conduct and its consequences. The first hour will discuss definitions, laws, and professional conduct codes with examples of unethical behaviors and consequences. The second hour will discuss case studies on various types of unethical behavior including sexual misconduct, fraud, and abuse; regulations and warning signs of unethical behavior; consequences.

Culprit vs. Victim: Spine vs. Extremity – The Importance of a Systematic Approach of Classification
Thomas Lotus, D.C., FACO, Cert. MDT
What is mechanical assessment and treatment classification? This session will provide a systematic approach to: Ruling out the spine as the cause of extremity conditions, according to the latest research; where to refer when the spine is ruled out; and understanding MDT Classification regarding the Extremities. Case presentations will be included.

Beyond the Basic Prenatal Protocol: Management of the Prenatal Patient
Nichelle Gurule, D.C.
Diplomate programs with a focus on pregnant women and children are the main resources for chiropractors treating pregnant patients. Beyond this additional certification, most practitioners do not have many resources on treating this population. Learn how to take a relevant history, assessment, what to educate your patient on with her changing body. Plus, review a through treatment with the addition of rehab home care and educating patients on exercise modifications throughout their pregnancy.

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

The VA Chiropractic Program: Growth, Development, and Impact on the Chiropractic Profession
Anthony Lisi, D.C
This session will discuss current data on chiropractic use, distribution, and access trends in the Veterans Health Administration. Dr. Lisi will discuss an update on expansion plans, data on relationships between chiropractic use, and opioid use, plus information about what chiropractors in private practice can do to serve Veterans. Concepts in integration, inter-professional education, and cultural transformation to be covered will include: Collaborative case management with medical providers; health-care provider training; D.C. student, D.C. resident, and fellowship opportunities; plus directions in health-policy evolution. Doctor of chiropractic employment opportunities, policies, traits, and qualifications also will be discussed.

1:15-3:15 p.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!!

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. There will be no hands-on technique in this session. Instruction will be through dialogue only.

Working Out Safely Throughout Prenatal and Postpartum
Nichelle Gurule, D.C.
Many women continue fitness during their pregnancy and return to fitness postpartum without any guidelines on what is safe for their body. Most coaches and trainers have no idea what should be modified or even why the movements should be modified. While trainers and coaches should know this important information for their clients, chiropractors and other providers should also be knowledgeable in this essential information to help educate their patients on how to maintain a healthy body through this transformative period in a woman’s life.

3:30-5:30 p.m.

Push/Pull Therapy - Myofascial Cupping and Compression Floss Techniques for Common MSK Complaints
Steven Capobianco, D.C., M.A., DACRB, PES
This program will review the science and application of cupping and floss therapy as they pertain to common musculoskeletal complaints. The session will commence with known mechanisms of action along with several simple and effective methods of application to address common lower and extremity issues as well as some novel trunk/spine techniques. We will show what occurs under the skin, during this intervention, with the use of live MSK ultrasound demonstrations. Upon completion attendees should feel comfortable utilizing these interventions to improve pain and functional deficits with their patient base. 

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 diets and training plans for athletes? How do we know if they’re working? 

Cervical Pain Treatment Options
Steven Huybrecht, D.C.
A review of 40 different cervical pain treatment options from a variety of sources to determine what’s effective and what’s not. 

Sunday, May 5

8 a.m.-Noon

Cases in Radiology: An Interactive and In-Depth Review of Interesting Cases
Matthew Skalski, D.C., DACBR
A wide variety of interesting cases will be presented ranging from Chiari malformations to sesamoiditis, with an in-depth review of each pathology discussed, including differential considerations. You can stay engaged with the opportunity to participate in live audience polling for an enhanced learning experience.

California Workers’ Compensation Update - 2019, Part I
Edward Cremata, D.C., R.N., QME
In this session, Dr. Cremata will review the treatment and report writing in workers’ compensation. He will also provide a review of the report writing and billing parameters for the QME within the applicable labor code and regulations.

12:30-2:30 p.m.

Oh, My Aching Joints! Imaging of Common Arthropathies
Ashley Hook, D.C., DACBR
This 2-hour discussion will provide an overview of the imaging features of common non-inflammatory and inflammatory arthropathies. Clinical and pathologic correlation, as well as management of these arthropathies will also be discussed.

California Workers’ Compensation Update - 2019, Part II
Edward Cremata, D.C, R.N., QME
In this final section of the series on workers’ compensation, Dr. Cremata will cover how to provide the most accurate impairment: applying the current law and newer court decisions to decisions regarding impairment, apportionment within a well-structured, and easy to read report for all parties.


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