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August 10-12, 2017

Thursday, August 10

8-10 a.m.  

Optimal Sports Injury Rehabilitation Utilizing Nutrition
Jeff Lavell, D.C.
Sponsored by Standard Process Inc.
Learn how to incorporate diet and nutritional products to leverage your results. Learn optimal methods based upon research to support sports injuries. Areas of emphasis will include muscle spasm/injury, connective tissue, acute and chronic sports injury inflammation, protein requirements, essential fatty acids, as well as key healing herbs and enzymes. You’ll be able to take this information and incorporate it into your practice immediately.  

Practice to Support: The Motherhood Transition
Erica Boland, D.C.
Please join in this two-hour session as Dr. Boland dives into each of the four BIRTHFIT Pillars; fitness, chiropractic, mindset, nutrition. With a world of information at our fingertips it is our responsibility to provide women support and empowerment through education. 

CANCELLED: Chin Up! Avoiding Tech Neck: Averting Biomechanical Dysfunction from the Use of Mobile Technologies
Sherry McAllister, D.C., M.S. (Ed), CCSP®
More individuals are seeking care for neck and back pain as a result of mobile device utilization. Doctors of chiropractic are positioned to be leaders in postural care as smartphones, tablets, and other personal technologies continue to have an increasing importance in our lives.  

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.  

Adjusting the Aging Patient with Safety and Comfort in Mind
Lisa Killinger, D.C.
In this interactive session, learn strategies to enhance the safety and comfort of adjusting aging patients. Recent literature on chiropractic techniques will be woven into the discussion as you learn a “least invasive to most invasive” approach to clinical chiropractic procedures. Leading iatrogenic injuries will be addressed along with strategies for prevention in older adults.  

10:30-11:30 a.m.

Join Us for a Healthier Tomorrow
Chancellor and CEO Dennis Marchiori, D.C., Ph.D.
As a Palmer College graduate, you hold a degree from the most prestigious college of chiropractic in the world. Palmer College is first and foremost in the chiropractic profession. We’ll take a behind-the-scenes look at the groundbreaking efforts your alma mater is taking to build on its position as The Trusted Leader in Chiropractic Education. You’ll learn about cutting-edge research, as well as changes to our facilities and programs that will set a new standard for chiropractic education. Don’t miss this insider’s update on the Fountainhead!    

2-4 p.m.

Women's Health: The Female Athlete Triad and its Effect on Fertility
Gina Sirchio-Lotus, D.C.
Session notes
Learn to define the three corners of the female athlete triad.  Examine the normal ranges and needs of the female reproductive system, as well as the definition of a healthy cycle.   You’ll study the influence of the endocrine and musculoskeletal systems upon the reproductive system.  A woman's fertility is dynamic and can be greatly affected by the Triad. This lecture will cover what is happening within the most common complicating factors and what you can do to help correct them.   

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.  

Current Concepts in Concussion Evaluation and Management
Ron Boesch, D.C., Mike Olson D.C., Michael Tunning, D.C., M.S., ATC
This session will focus on the current evidence surrounding the evaluation and management of concussion for the chiropractor. Processes and procedures that that you can easily implemented into a chiropractic office will be discussed and practiced.    

Nutrition for Athletic Performance
Lia Nightingale, Ph.D.
Session notes
Athletes require optimal nutrition during training and competition in order to be at peak performance. Nutritional requirements differ depending on type of activity (endurance, resistance, or mixed), duration of training, and gender. You’ll learn this and other key concepts related to nutritional enhancement of sport performance, such as quantity vs. quality of calories, the role of intermittent fasting and supplements as ergogenic aides.  

4:30-6:30 p.m.

Review of Relevant Orthopedic Exams for the Practicing Chiropractor
Michael Van Natta, D.C.
Session notes
In this two-hour presentation, Dr. VanNatta will show how to cluster these tests to improve your outcomes in the patients that you serve. This review will cover upper and lower extremity exams and correlate them to our patients; young, old and those active in sports.

A World of Hurt: A Guide to Classifying Pain
Tom Lotus, D.C., Cert.MDT, DACO
Session notes
Gain information critical to the assessment and treatment of patients with musculoskeletal pain.  Learn how to assess and address pain as it relates to the peripheral and central nervous systems.  You’ll study the “Pain Mechanism Classification System” in detail, and learn how to classify and sub-classify each mechanism of pain and integrate it into clinical practice.  You’ll also cover subgrouping methods that address musculoskeletal pain throughout the continuum from acute, subacute and chronic stages, covering chemical, structural, mechanical, cognitive, emotional, psychological and cortical mechanisms.  Patient rated outcome measures, psychometric tools and intervention strategies will be outlined and discussed for all patient populations suffering from pain.  

Placebo: The Power of Perception
Nate Hinkeldey, D.C., DACRB and Casey Okamoto, D.C.
The street magician and the brain-in-pain operate on the same premise: perception is reality. How our patients perceive their condition, their treatment, and their doctor affects their clinical outcome. Join us as we explore the science of perception including the neurophysiology of placebo and nocebo. The discussion will touch on genetics, ethical considerations, and how you, as the clinician, can leverage the power of perception to the benefit of your patients.  

The Amazing Balance Act of being a female Chiropractor!
Cynthia Shaft, D.C.
Sponsored by the Palmer Women's Institute
Over the course of this presentation, attendees will be provided insights into the specific art and practice of being a female chiropractor. The session begins with a discussion of the biomechanics of adjusting and adaptations one can make to account for body and breast size. Strategies for melding work with family are presented, as well as tactics for avoiding burnout. How to confront pregnancy, childbirth, and surgeries is described. Finally, an approach to handling the ethics of care, as well as harassment from patients closes out the session.  

Chiropractic Imaging Practicum: The Annual Roentgen Roulette
Ian McLean, D.C., DACBR
Before the beginning of this lecture, you will view diagnostic imaging "unknowns" and answer a series of questions.  You’ll then participate in a comprehensive review of the unknown cases and gain practical information usable in clinical practice. Plain film and specialized imaging studies critical to your practice will be presented.  The diagnostic imaging studies will be correlated with the patients' clinical presentation.  

Friday, August 11  

8:30-9:30 a.m.

Today’s Opportunities for a Healthier Tomorrow – Gallup-Palmer Report Year-Three Findings
Cynthia English, M.P.P.
Learn the results from the Gallup-Palmer College year-three study of Americans. The research looks at perceptions among U.S. adults about the effectiveness of chiropractic care to improve different conditions, and explores Americans’ perceptions of chiropractic care as an alternative to prescription pain medication. You’ll also gain insight into what prevents some people from seeking chiropractic care. These data reveal key opportunities for the profession at a time where growing concerns about opioid abuse are causing individuals to seek drug-free alternatives.  

9:45-11:45 a.m.  

Fully Charging Your Work and Life
Tom Rath
Hear Tom’s latest research about how small choices profoundly affect our daily well-being and effectiveness at work.  Drawing on the latest research from business, psychology, and economics, Tom will focus on the most practical changes we can make to create better days for ourselves and others. You’ll learn the importance of meaningful work, the influence of relationships and interactions, and discuss how we can create the physical energy we need in order to be our best every day.  

2-4 p.m.  

McKenzie Method® of Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy® Part I
Jonathan Soltys, D.C., 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. You’ll learn the three primary sub-groups associated within this method: derangement, dysfunction and postural. 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.   

Evidence-Based Practice for Chiropractors
Nicole Ingrando, D.C.
Sponsored by NCMIC Group
You’ll learn strategies for developing proficiency and judgment in managing the musculoskeletal conditions chiropractors encounter the most, while enhancing the clinical experience for your patients. Explore the process of using internal evidence to achieve a more effective and efficient diagnosis while identifying individual patients' predicaments, rights, and preferences in making clinical decisions about their care. Examine how to use external clinical evidence, including:

  • clinically relevant patient centered clinical research
  • the accuracy and precision of diagnostic tests (including the clinical examination)
  • the power of prognostic markers
  •  the efficacy and safety of therapeutic, rehabilitative, and preventive regimens

 Pursuing a mindset that uses clinical evidence both invalidates previously accepted diagnostic tests and treatments and replaces them with new ones that are safer, more powerful, more accurate, and more efficacious.  

Chiropractic: A Safer Strategy than Opioids
Sherry McAllister, M.S. (Ed), D.C., CCSP®
Gain a greater understanding of the scope of the opioid epidemic, the elements that have contributed to it and the research showing the efficacy of chiropractic care. Discuss “opioids” and how prescription painkillers can impact our health and the biochemical targets associated with abuse/misuse and use. Discussion will involve calls to actions such as: 

  • Prescribers should heed CDC guidelines and begin prescribing safer alternatives such as chiropractic care for chronic pain management
  • Pharmaceutical manufacturers should institute more responsible marketing and physician education that will result in improved prescribing habits
  • Hospital emergency rooms should evaluate their options for managing patients' pain without the use of opioid painkillers
  • Payers and plan sponsors – both government and commercial – should make chiropractic care an accessible, affordable, option for chronic pain relief, with reimbursement of D.C.s as covered providers
  • Chiropractic services should be expanded in the Department of Defense and veteran’s health care systems since neuro-musculoskeletal pain is one of the leading causes of disability in the active military and veteran populations.  

Kinesiology Tape Research Update and Application 
Ted Forcum, D.C., DACBSP®
Explore updates in recent research and discuss how you can use the lessons learned from these studies to guide patient care. You’ll also learn about new products in light elastic tape.  

4:30-6:30 p.m.  

Understanding Concussions; From the Pros to the Pee Wees
Alan Sokoloff, D.C., DACBSP®
Sponsored by China Gel
How many concussions have you treated in your office?  How do you know that patient even has a concussion?  In sports, athletes of every level sustain concussions in performing different activities.  You will learn what a concussion is, what you need to look for and what you can do to beef up your skills as a doctor.  You will learn what pro teams do and how to apply that knowledge to all athletes.  We will also discuss prevention strategies and how to strengthen your presence as a valuable health-care professional in your community. 

McKenzie Method® of Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy® Part II
Jonathan Soltys, D.C., Cert.MDT
A continuation of Part I.  

Communicating Chiropractic
Nicole Ingrando, D.C.
Sponsored by NCMIC Group
Communication is successful only when both the sender and the receiver understand the same information. In this lecture, you’ll review the science behind manipulation and the neurology of pain in an effort to build a strong foundation of communication for explaining what you do as chiropractor and further diversify this message for various audiences. You’ll review different outlets in which highly effective communication can help increase new patient referrals including community lectures, partnerships with organizations and relationships with referring physicians.  

Evidence-Based Toolkit for Clinicians: What It Is and How to Use It
Christine Goertz, D.C., Ph.D; Robert Vining, D.C.; John Stites, D.C., DACBR
Palmer’s recently developed Evidence-Based Toolkit for Clinicians is a goldmine of resources, tools and services to help you provide the best evidence-based care to patients. The toolkit might be overwhelming to a first-time user. This session will walk you through the toolkit, show you the various tools and demonstrate just how useful they can be to you and your patients.  

Lessons Learned from the Joint Commission, Sports Medicine and Science
Ted Forcum, D.C., DACBSP®
Explore many topics while focusing on our position in sports medicine health care, our role in public health and sports, our role in city planning for sports and health, trends in concussion, and sports technology.  

Compliance and Ethics Audits in Managed Care
Mario Fucinari, D.C., CCSP®
Sponsored by NCMIC Group
Session notes
Federal and state laws require you to have an effective compliance program.  Recent OIG (Office of Inspector General) reports on chiropractic have resulted in widespread audits.  Find out how to look up your personal practice statistics and what it may indicate to the carriers and to your patients.  Learn how an OIG Compliance Manual may be just what you need to avoid fines and jail time.  Dr. Mario Fucinari, a Certified Professional Compliance Officer and a Certified Medical Compliance Specialist will show you the significance of a compliance program and the steps to achieve practice protection.   

Saturday, Aug. 12  

8-10 a.m.  

360-Degree-View Patient Care: Looking At All the Possibilities
Katherine Clark, D.C., Mary Frost, D.C., M.B.A., and Siri Leech, D.C. DACBR
Join Drs. Clark, Frost, and Leech for this presentation on patient care. The session will include a variety of clinical cases and discussion of radiology evaluation, diagnosis, clinical care, ethics, and payment.  

Meeting the “Medicare Episode of Care” Requirement
Mario Fucinari, D.C., CCSP®
Sponsored by NCMIC Group
Session notes
Recent OIG (Office of Inspector General) reports on chiropractic have not been favorable. Strategic Health Solution audits resulted in large recoupment and extrapolation amounts.  Medicare has changed the documentation and coding guidelines in 2017. Learn what Medicare defines as an “episode of care” and how to incorporate their guidelines without giving up your chiropractic roots. Dr. Fucinari will give us an overview of the Medicare changes and how to document to meet the scrutiny of a Medicare reviewer.  

The Sociology of Chiropractic
JC Smith, D.C., M.A.
Session notes
Discuss the history, development and paradigm shift of spine care including political, clinical, and scientific changes over the past two decades. Learn how the chiropractic profession has developed and continues to change due to the socio-political-legal events. Review the current research trends and evidence-based guidelines for spine-related disorders.  

Communication for Better Patient Outcomes and Improved Coordination of Care
Shawn Neff, D.C., M.A.S., FACO
Session notes
This session focuses on how better communication can impact patient outcomes. We’ll discuss general principles of communication, and then turn our attention to addressing issues of informed consent and risk management with patients. We’ll also explore how to prevent chronicity by communication strategies, and end with a presentation related to communicating with other health care providers. 

Rehab Made Easy: Cervico-Thoracic Spine
Don DeFabio, D.C., CES, PES, DACBSP®, FACO
Sponsored by Performance Health Inc.
Session notes
Learn the rehabilitation principles for the management of the cervicothoracic spine from acute through rehabilitative phases. Chiropractic rehabilitation principles incorporating CMT, soft tissue techniques, low-tech rehab and kinesiology taping will be included and demonstration time allowed. Upon completion of the lecture and demonstrations, you will be able to apply these four pillars of chiropractic rehabilitation into your practice immediately.   

10:30-11:30 a.m.  

Successful Integration of Chiropractic in the Training Room
Alan Sokoloff, D.C., DACBSP®
Sponsored by China Gel
“I always wanted to be the team chiropractor for (insert your favorite teams here).” And why not? “Why does that other guy get to work with teams and I can’t.” Chiropractic care has become an essential part of a medical team, yet many chiropractors cannot find the “right fit” for their team(s).  Learn how to get involved and stay involved. But you need to know what you are getting yourself into.  What are the time commitments?  Will you be paid?  What are the responsibilities? Learn the answer to these questions and so much more as you decide if you really want to work with a team . . . it isn’t all sideline glory!  

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

Innovation and Regulation within the Healthcare Environment
Dan Weinert, D.C., Ph.D.
Innovation and regulation are two powerful forces shaping the healthcare environment.  Learn the factors promoting innovation within health care and those causing the most resistance.  Explore the influence of evidence-based clinical practice on the practice of healthcare and regulatory agencies.   

2:15-4:15 p.m.  

ICD-10 Utilization in the NEW Quality Payment World
Mario Fucinari, D.C., CCSP®
Sponsored by NCMIC Group
Session notes
The frenzy of ICD-10-CM may seem as if it has finally settled, but the specificity of the codes has changed the way carriers are reviewing claims.  The diagnosis code updates that took effect last October affected policy limits and reimbursement rates.  It is now more important than ever to avoid being locked into outdated diagnoses, such as lumbago and cervicalgia.  It is time to dig deeper into the 2017 updates and use the diagnosis codes to tell the true picture of why the patient has dis-ease. New codes for complications, medical necessity and even patient non-compliance may change the way you file the claim form.  Learn how to tell the whole story through your ICD-10 code communication.  

Gait Analysis: Effects on Kinetic Chain and Core Stability
Ranier Pavileck, D.C., ATC, CSCS, DACRB
This presentation will analyze gait and its effects on the kinetic chain and core stability. We will incorporate rehabilitative approaches to address common neuromuscular complaints, kinetic chain dysfunction and stability issues.

Treating the Pediatric Patient with Headaches
Lora Tanis, D.C., DICCP
Session notes
Currently in the US, three million bedridden days per month are attributed to headaches.   This lecture will explore the different types of headache that present in children.  Learn contributing factors that cause headaches and what choices are available for patient management.  How can chiropractic play a role?  

A Year in Diagnostic Imaging - Radiology Grand Rounds
Ian McLean, D.C., DACBR
The Radiology Grand Rounds Session is designed to strengthen and enhance your skills in diagnostic imaging interpretation through a case-based approach. At the conclusion of the program you should be able to better identify normal anatomy, variants, trauma, and pathology as they relate to diagnostic imaging studies, allowing for improved patient management.  

4:30-5:30 p.m.  

When Life Blows Up: a Story of Triumph over Adversity
Shilo Harris
On February 19, 2007, Shilo Harris’ armored vehicle was struck by an improvised explosive device (IED). The explosion injured the driver and ended the lives of three of his fellow soldiers. Shilo survived but with severe third-degree burns on 35 percent of his body. His devastating injuries required that Shilo remain in a medically induced coma for 48 days. He spent nearly three years recovering while undergoing intensive care and physical therapy. Today, Shilo embraces how an IED blessed him with scars to make him stronger. Shilo, along with his sweetheart Jamie, will share his inspiring story of triumph over adversity. He says, “Everything in your life is a gift. Sometimes it may not be the gift you want, but you realize that your challenges are a new beginning.”

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Friday, May 5

9-11 a.m.

Understanding Functional Assessment of the Hip and Knee: Simple Steps to Fix People Faster
Casey Crisp, D.C., M.S., ACP
This is an introduction to the examination of 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.

Concussion Management and its Relation to the Cervical Spine
Ed Feinberg, D.C., DACBSP®
Session notes 1Session notes 2Session notes 3Session notes 4Session notes 5Session notes 6Session notes 7Session notes 8, Session notes 9, Session notes 10, Session notes 11
As concussion awareness continues to grow in our profession and throughout society, chiropractors should understand the developing science of brain injury. In addition to evaluating and managing brain injury, there is also growing evidence that cervical spine injury can be a significant component of the usual symptoms that these patients report. Furthermore, cervical spine management can reduce the risk and severity of concussion, suggesting a particular value for specific preseason training. This is why some of the best experts in concussion science have described the need for spinal specialists to be involved in concussion evaluation and care. During this presentation, we will describe evaluation and management plans for patients who experience concussion.

Doctors of Chiropractic as Primary Spine Practitioners: Opportunities and Challenges
Bill Meeker, D.C, M.P.H., F.P.A.C.
Session notes
Chiropractors are perfectly positioned to solidify and expand their presence in the healthcare system by embracing the concept of primary spine care. Chiropractors are already associated with the spine and have a well-deserved reputation as effective patient-centered health providers. The current pain epidemic, along with concerns about opioid drug abuse, underlines the potential for Primary Spine Practitioners. This presentation examines opportunities and challenges for the chiropractic profession to execute this concept, which has the potential to bring chiropractic services to a wider public.

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

Gaining Momentum: Gallup’s Second-Year Results on The Public’s Perception of Chiropractic
William Meeker, D.C., M.P.H., FPAC
In the second year of the Gallup-Palmer survey, 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 an excellent position and getting better every year. We know the chiropractic profession has more to offer the health of citizens than is generally recognized by the public. Join Dr. Marchiori in this opening session as he shares Palmer’s most recent accomplishments, key strategic initiatives and an overview of the second-year data from the Gallup-Palmer Report and related research. These surveys are nationally representative measures of perceptions and experiences with chiropractic among U.S. adults. According to these Gallup reports commissioned by Palmer College of Chiropractic, 36 million U.S. adults (15 percent) seek chiropractic care each year. And more than half of all U.S. adults surveyed view doctors of chiropractic positively and agree they're effective at treating spine pain. This important research comes from the public’s point of view on chiropractic and chiropractors and provides valuable information to individual practitioners and the chiropractic profession overall to more effectively improve the health of our communities. These efforts combined are what define Palmer’s value proposition and leadership into the future. 

1:15-3:15 p.m.

Understanding Functional Assessment of the Shoulder: Simple Steps to Fix People Faster
Casey Crisp, D.C., M.S., ACP
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 Role of Chiropractic in Public Health: Serving Patients and Strengthening the Profession While Preventing Political Fallout
Michele Maiers, D.C., Ph.D., M.P.H.
Opioid abuse. Vaccinations. An aging population. Barriers to healthcare access. Public health concerns have been capturing news headlines this year. But what is the chiropractic profession's role and responsibility to address these public health issues? As with many things in chiropractic, there seems to be little consensus. This session will explore each of these public health issues from social, political, and evidence-based perspectives. A strategy will be proposed for the chiropractic profession to engage the public health community in ways that benefits our patients, profession, and the public at large.

Body Awareness Skills to Help Patients Manage Their Symptoms and Enhance Regulation: Teaching and Learning Interoceptive Awareness Skills in Clinical Care
Cynthia Price, Ph.D.
Session notes 1, Session notes 2
Interoceptive awareness is awareness of inner body sensations. Neuroscience research on interoception highlights the relationship between awareness of inner body sensations (i.e., interoception) and body regulation. This presentation introduces the concept of interoceptive awareness, and highlights research from studies with patients who have been taught interoceptive awareness skills to help them manage their mental and physical health conditions. Patients learn interoceptive awareness skills most easily when they are taught by practitioners who use touch; thus, this presentation will also describe strategies for teaching interoceptive awareness and the application to chiropractic care.

3:30-5:30 p.m.

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

Are We Undertreating Our Patients? Research on the Dose-Response of Spinal Adjustments for Chronic Back Pain and Cervicogenic Headache
Mitch Haas, D.C., M.A.
Session notes 1, Session notes 2, Session notes 3
One of the most important practice issue faced by chiropractors, patients, payers, and regulators is the number of visits required to properly treat our patients. Dr. Haas will start by describing the history of regulatory pushback from an insurance company and state legislature on the quantity of chiropractic and he then introduces the dimensions of dose-response relevant to chiropractic practice. He will talk about the trials and tribulations of securing grant funding to investigate dose-response and present findings from 17 years of research to determine the optimal number of visits to a chiropractor for the care of chronic low back pain and cervicogenic headache.

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 as part of 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.

Saturday, May 6

9-11 a.m.

Sports Nutrition
Joseph Biernat, D.C.
Sponsored by Standard Process Inc.
This presentation introduces the doctor to the objective clinical procedures and protocols required for incorporating nutritional interventions in the care of his or her patients. It provides important information that will expand the doctors understanding of the key role nutrition plays in sports performance and the maintenance of optimal systemic function. This includes material on the use of whole-food nutrition-related nutritional support for sports-related activity, as well as the rationale and implementation of specific nutritional supplementation and lifestyle changes for athletes of all levels. The opportunity for questions and case discussion is included.

The Coming Revolution is Here Now: Chiropractic Services Are Being Integrated into Mainstream Health Delivery Settings
Stephanie Johnson, D.C., Daniel Lord, D.C., Robert Mootz, D.C., Robert Walsh, D.C. and Morgan Young, D.C. Moderated by: Michele Maiers, D.C. Ph.D., M.P.H.
Perhaps the most exciting opportunity for Doctors of Chiropractic is the integration of chiropractic services in a variety of health delivery systems and settings. Some of these opportunities are quite innovative in nature; for example, in corporate sponsored clinics for employees. Others are in more traditional systems that are undergoing massive changes, such as the U.S. Veteran’s Health Administration and the health care systems of the Department of Defense. This panel of experts will provide an opportunity to hear about each of these developments from the inside. Get the scoop on what is happening now, future trends, and how one can prepare for a rewarding practice in settings alongside other health providers.

Neurosurgeon Reveals Leg-length Inequality as the Primary Cause for Knee, Hip & LBP
Mitch Mally, D.C.
Sponsored by Foot Levelers, Inc.
In this 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 the same.

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

Global Health & the Future of Integrative Health: What Every Chiropractor Should Know
Tabitha Parker, ND
Dr. Tabatha Parker will present the key goals of the WHO Strategy on Traditional and Complementary Medicine that most impact chiropractors and the progress of the global integrative movement since its implementation at the World Health Assembly in 2014. Global heath progress and challenges, including issues on pesticides, GMOs, global tobacco policies and biopiracy. Relevant global health examples and policies will be presented as well as best (and worst) practices in global health service work. International social justice in medicine, and how an integrative models for chiropractors will be discussed.

1:15-3:15 p.m.

Therapeutic Neuroscience of Pain, Part I- The Sensitized Nervous System
Shawn Neff, D.C., M.A.S., FACO
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. An emphasis will be placed on how these concepts impact patient care.

Chiropractic: A Safer Strategy than Opioids
Sherry McAllister, M.S. (Ed), D.C., CCSP®
This course will offer greater understanding of the scope of the opioid epidemic, the elements that have contributed to it and the research showing the efficacy of chiropractic care. The speaker for this presentation will discuss “Opioids” and how prescription painkillers can impact our health and the biochemical targets associated with abuse/misuse and use. Discussion involving call to actions such as:

  • Prescribers should heed CDC guidelines and begin prescribing safer alternatives such as chiropractic care for chronic pain management.
  • Pharmaceutical manufacturers should institute more responsible marketing and physician education that will result in improved prescribing habits.
  • Hospital emergency rooms should evaluate their options for managing patients' pain without the use of opioid painkillers.
  • Payers and plan sponsors – both government and commercial – should make chiropractic care an accessible, affordable, option for chronic pain relief, with reimbursement of DCs as covered providers.

Chiropractic services should be expanded in the Department of Defense and veteran’s health care systems since neuro-musculoskeletal pain is one of the leading causes of disability in the active military and veteran populations.

Chiropractic Integration: Opportunities and Challenges in Regulatory and Delivery Settings
Robert Mootz, D.C.

  • Becoming a “Go To” resource for regulators and policy makers.
  • The meaning of evidence-based care, technology assessment and best practices.
  • Reimbursement issues at the policy level and varied delivery settings
  • “Good Doctoring” and its implications for chiropractors.

3:30-5:30 p.m.

Therapeutic Neuroscience of Pain, Part II- A Top-Down Approach to Clinical Care
Nate Hinkeldey, D.C.
Physicians, therapists, trainers, and patients are still struggling with the fact that pain perception is produced by brain activity. Cultural beliefs related to pain still tend 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.

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.

Presentation of the Unique Injuries Occurring in Dancers
Lenny Stein, D.C.
The talk will review the most commonly seen injuries in dance. Dr. Stein will share some of his examination protocols used in evaluating dancers. He will provide an understanding of the common mechanisms of injury and how to design effective approaches for helping dancers in your practice.

Sunday, May 7

8 a.m.-Noon

Chiropractic Radiology: Interesting Cases from Chiropractic Clinics
James Bedle, D.C., DACBR
This is a 4-hour lecture that reviews fascinating cases from real chiropractic clinics from around the country. The focus of this lecture is not just on the diagnostic imaging findings, but also on appropriate clinical management and recommendations.

2017 Workers’ Compensation Update – for QMEs and Treating Doctors
Edward Cremata, D.C.
In this session, Dr. Cremata will review changes in workers’ compensation and current report writing protocols. He also will discuss RBRVS code changes for treatment and reporting as well as report writing updates incorporating new case laws. Dr. Cremata will give a summary of IMR and IBR processes and explain rating by analogy and apportionment. Further discussion will take place in part two of this series.

12:30-2:30 p.m.

Femoroacetabular Impingement (FAI): Imaging Features and Differential Considerations
Matthew Skalski, D.C., DACBR
In this course, Dr. Skalski provides an in-depth review of femoroacetabular impingement imaging, as well as other differential considerations for patients with hip impingement symptoms. The course begins with a brief review of relevant femoroacetabular joint anatomy, and then focuses on the various pathoanatomical features associated with FAI, and how to accurately assess for them on X-ray and MRI. A review of other pathologies that can mimic FAI clinically follows, including external sources of impingement, developmental dysplasia of the hip, snapping hip syndromes, proximal IT band syndrome, ischiofemoral impingement, and stress fracture.

2017 Workers’ Compensation Update Part II – for QMEs and Treating Doctors
Edward Cremata, D.C.
In this final section of the series on workers’ compensation, Dr. Cremata will cover the most current QME regulations and the effect on QMEs, as well as review proper billing, complexity factor documentations, lease agreements, reporting, and related topics to avoid DWC complaints.

2018 Printable Event Schedule(Adobe Acrobat required).
Sessions that have been submitted as D.C. credit hours are shaded gold on the schedule.

Friday, February 23

8-10 a.m.

10:30-11:30 a.m.

12:30-2:30 p.m.

3-5 p.m.

Saturday, February 24

8-10 a.m.

10:30-11:30 a.m.

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

1:30-3:30 p.m.

4-6 p.m.

Sunday, February 25

8-10 a.m.

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

 

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

12:30-1:30 p.m.

Contact Us

Continuing Education and Events

(800) 452-5032
(563) 884-5998
continuinged@palmer.edu

Prospective Speakers

 Are you interested in becoming a speaker for a Homecoming event? Please complete and submit the Speaker Application form to be considered for a program. Acrobat Reader is required. Completed forms may be typed or hand-written and submitted via mail, fax or e-mail. Please contact heather.starr@palmer.edu with any questions.

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