Women's Health Series

Program information:

April 28-29, 2018


The Missing Business Course: Maternity Leave & Women's Health Issues (Diagnosis & Treatment) Over the Lifetime Continuum
Gina Sirchio-Lotus, D.C., CCN
Part 1: The Missing Business Course: Maternity Leave. How to plan for it and what kind of time is needed. What needs to change in a practice during pregnancy, for the amount of leave taken and for the return from leave? Types of coverage for a practice, how to find them and utilize them. Can Disability from Insurance be used? Who helps with the new baby and who helps with the business? Dr. Sirchio-Lotus has had 4 babies and therefore has essentially started her business five times. Learn to plan ahead and prepare for an office maternity leave whether the Mom-to-Be is also the business owner, an associate or an employee. Know the laws of the Family Medical Leave Act that apply and how to keep an office going when big life changes occur, because they do!
Part 2: The Timeline of Women’s Health. This portion of the course will cover the history to the
present of Women’s Health and what makes a different approach necessary to best care for Women’s Issues. Why looking at health care through one human lens tend to harm women and/or delay care to them. What is the Yentl Syndrome and can we change it? A timeline of women’s primary health conditions will cover the continuum of birth-childhood-adolescence-reproductive years- postmenopausal years and aging. This portion of the course will cover Classification and Description of common Women’s Reproductive Disorders. PCOS, endometriosis, fertility complications, metabolic syndrome and more will be thoroughly covered. Symptomatology, diagnosis and testing. How to incorporate better health education in office to women for best self-advocacy. 


May 12-13, 2018


The Road to Conception; How to Protect Fertility and Recover from Infertility: An Interdisciplinary Approach
Gina Sirchio-Lotus, D.C., CCN and Jeanie Bussell, L.Ac., Ph.D.
This entire weekend is about fertility and infertility. Dr. Sirchio-Lotus will spend the first six hours addressing the normal structure and physiology of the female reproductive system. From menarche through adolescence and main family planning years; common conditions will be covered as well as evaluation, diagnostic methods and treatment protocols. Dr. Bussell will spend four hours discussing fertility and infertility from the perspective of Traditional Chinese Medicine. History and physical taking, common conditions and methods of treatment and healing will be covered. The last two hours will be spend reviewing reproductive endo. This is a broad introduction into the allopathic diagnosis and treatments of common fertility issues. To be covered will be commonly used medications and their intended purposes, labs and imaging, treatments as well as best methods for co- managing these patients.


June 16-17, 2018


Preconceptive Health: Correcting Hormone Imbalances, Lifestyle Choices and Underlying Conditions Prior to Conception. Natural Gynecology: Treatments and Options Outside of Surgery to Address Common Conditions.
Gina Sirchio-Lotus, D.C., CCN and Rachael Fabbi, D.C.
This session will cover preconceptive health. Dr. Sirchio-Lotus will discuss how to evaluate for hormone imbalance, poor lifestyle habits, gastrointestinal conditions, autoimmune diseases and other impediments to best preconceptive health will be addressed. Preconceptive health and optimal fertility are directly related but frequently ignored in the current healthcare system. Proper testing, diagnosing if necessary, restoration of health and best lifestyle plans will be taught. Dr. Fabbi will share her expertise in ‘Natural Gynecology’. This section of the weekend will address the wide range of options women can have within gynecology care. Too often, women agree to procedures and treatments without fully knowing what will occur. This dearth of information women have about their own bodies can be harmful. Dr. Fabbi will guide on best educating ones patient and, additionally, this section will cover the wide scope chiropractors can cover within natural healthcare with proper training. Beginning with ‘When is the appropriate time for girls to begin with a gynecology check-up’, common conditions, testing and treatments available. Additional natural therapies including topicals, botanicals and nutrients for best usage. 


July 21-22, 2018

All about Pregnancy; the Physiological and Musculoskeletal Care of Pregnancy Symptoms. Mechanical Care during Pregnancy. Treatment Options of Manual Therapy, Taping and Fitness throughout Pregnancy. The Entirety of Childbirth throughout the Stages of Labor and Delivery
Gina Sirchio-Lotus, D.C., CCN, Thomas Lotus, D.C., Cert.MDT, DACRB(c) and Bridget Davidson, R.N., CNM
In this session we will discuss pregnancy; anatomy and physiology from conception thru birth. Common complications of pregnancy and treatments will be reviewed. Symptom care options from both sides of the coin, as the pregnant practitioner as well as treating one’s pregnant patients. Pregnancy red flags and knowing when to refer as well as referral options. Dr. Tom Lotus will discuss mechanical care and functional movement care for pregnancy- both rehab as well as exercise will be covered. Finally, Bridget Davidson presents childbirth: the normal physiology of birth. The various conditions that can occur during birth, and which actually changes the level of risk and perhaps method of birth. Birthing options will be covered both regarding medical personnel as well as location options. (Please dress comfortably for movement this weekend) 


August 18-19, 2018


Post-partum: The Fourth Trimester. The Physical, Emotional and Social Aspects of Recovering from Birth. Initiating Breastfeeding and Common Complications. The Post-Birth Pelvic Floor; Evaluation of Dysfunction, Diagnosis and Rehabilitation.
Gina Sirchio-Lotus, D.C., CCN and Suzanne Badillo, P.T.
Dr. Sirchio-Lotus will address the postpartum window known as The Fourth Trimester. Post-partum expectations of healing; emotionally, as well as, physically. She will explain how early chiropractic care can benefit a new mom, as well as the benefits of good nutrition for postpartum mothers that support birth healing and breastfeeding. Dr. Sirchio-Lotus will review the structure, function and physiology of breastfeeding, including how to support a breastfeeding mom, the very frequent complications and what to do about them. This includes the misinformation given to moms that can drastically affect length of breastfeeding. Suzanne Badillo, a pelvic floor therapist, will address internal pelvic floor musculature, innervation and function. She will address common issues that can occur during birth. Ms. Badillo will educate best methods for evaluation, diagnosis and treatments as well as how to know the line where the best prognosis is achieved through rehab and exercises or a surgical referral. (Please dress comfortably for movement this weekend) 


Sept 22-23, 2018


Pelvic Floor Rehabilitation Progression- Functional Movements for Recovering Mom. Baby Development Milestones and Manual Care. "Newborn and New Parent" Care, Baby & Child Nutrition Ages 0-toddler years.
Gina Sirchio-Lotus, D.C., CCN, Kim Bruno, D.C. and Tracey Eischeid, D.C.
Dr. Gina Sirchio-Lotus starts off this weekend with “Caring for the Newborn”. She will cover some of the early day basics regarding newborn care. Bathing, feeding, fussiness, fevers, sleeping etc. What does research and experience tell us to ease the stress on those new parents? Dr Kim Bruno discusses “Baby Nutrition 0-6 months, 6 Months and Beyond, Natural Treatment for Common Childhood Conditions”. Dr. Kim Bruno will address baby nutrition whether breastfeeding or formula feeding. The introduction of solids both addressing nutrients as well as what to do in today’s age of allergies, reactions and special diets. Common conditions within the youngest population and management; chronic ear infections, constipation, rashes, stomachaches, spectrum disorders and more. Dr. Tracey Eischeid will present “Moving the Post-Partum Mother; from early rehab through strength and endurance. Restoring pelvic floor function and maintaining pain-free fitness” Dr. Eischeid will address the causes of the most common post-partum musculoskeletal conditions; back pain, neck pain, incontinence, weakness, inability to return to fitness or function, reduced flexibility…and what to do about it all, step by step. 


Oct 6-7, 2018


Pain and its Relation to Pregnancy/Birth/Post-Partum: A Pain Mechanism Classification Approach
Gina Sirchio-Lotus, D.C., CCN, Tom Lotus, D.C., FACO, Cert.MDT and Melissa Kolski, PT, OCS, DipMDT
Dr. Sirchio-Lotus will spend four hours discussing the gut as a Second Brain and its relation to pain. She will cover the gut microbiome and how it can function to alter neurotransmitters, hormones, body metabolism, mood and perception of pain. How to evaluate the gut microbiome. Dr. Lotus will address the Pain Mechanism Classification System (PMCS), its supporting research and how to use it for the female patient. Using the text, “A World of Hurt” Kolski, O’Connor et. al., how to classify and treat a patient in pain as well as coordinating referrals. Pain is a brain directed function and is present on a continuum- the proper classification of pain allows a patient to be best treated as early as possible.  While all pain is real, not all pain is the same. Finally. Melissa Kolski, PT. Co-author of “A World of Hurt” will address the research behind the work that led to the book, how it can be best utilized for patient care- its current usage within the medical system and future growth. 


Nov 17-18, 2018


Female Health under Exacerbating Conditions: Auto-Immune Issues Post-Partum, Special Nutritional Issues, Gut Microbiome Dysbiosis, Chronic Emotional Health Complications, Athletic Performance Needs. Progression of Returning a Woman to Athletic performance following postpartum, injury, work hiatus or other interruption.
Gina Sirchio-Lotus, D.C., CCN and Nastaran Whitson “The Female Athlete”
Dr. Sirchio-Lotus will cover general female health from the fitness/athletic perspective from childhood through menopause. Common issues that affect various age groups as well as how tissue and hormone health affect performance and recovery. Performance diets (i.e. high protein, LCHF, intermittent fasting, carb loading etc…) will be addressed. Ms. Whitson will cover training specifics to be utilized for each life stage and age group for optimal performance. Life stage groups to be addressed are youth, adolescent, pregnancy, postpartum, post-menopausal. Ms. Whitson will also be addressed a progression of returning to training following an injury. When to refer for professional help, how to take progress lightly and when to push the tissues. “This weekend covers both the fitness minded patient, weekend warrior and through the elite competitive athlete. (Please dress comfortably for movement) 


December 8-9, 2018


“Metabolic Syndrome, Insulin Resistance and DM2 and Cardiac Health in the Female Patient”
Gina Sirchio-Lotus, D.C., CCN and Dr. Kim Bruno
Why is chronic disease on the rise at an exponential pace? Are these conditions always progressive or can improvements or even reversal be possible? When should the patient seek lifestyle modifications and when is there no turning back from medications. Are cardiac issues genetic without recourse? So much of today’s illnesses are present because true preventive medicine is not being practiced. Why is the female presentation of cardiac health complications so different in its presentation and treatments than male patients? In this session Drs. Sirchio-Lotus and Bruno will discuss the continuum of disease and where prevention can be utilized. Where does chiropractic stand to best help these patients? 


Jan 2019 (Exact date tbd)


Common Female Reproductive Disorders and the Biochemistry That Drives Them
Gina Sirchio-Lotus, D.C., CCN and David Seaman, D.C., DIBCN
Dr. Sirchio-Lotus will spend the first two hours discussing classification and description of common Women’s Reproductive Disorders. PCOS, endometriosis, fertility complications, metabolic syndrome and more will be thoroughly covered. Symptomatology, diagnosis and testing for appropriate usage. Dr. Seaman will spend the remainder of the time covering the biochemistry behind what drives the conditions covered.  What drives the inflammation, endocrine disruption and disease presentation as well as what steps can be taken to help patients achieve a best diagnosis and treatment plan.

Registration information:


Register online or call 800-452-5032. Be sure to read the policies and procedures prior to registering.


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Saturday, 8 a.m.-12 p.m., and 1-5 p.m.; Sunday, 8 a.m.-Noon


12 hours per weekend applied for in select states. Please check with the Continuing Education and Events Department or your state board prior to registering.

Seminar Package Pricing:

$2,700 - all ten seminars
(Please call for more package pricing)
Packages must be used during the offered series; unused seminars may not be rolled over to future series.

Single Seminar Pricing:

$300 - paid more than two weeks or more in advance
$350 - paid less than two weeks in advance or at the door

$30 - Palmer faculty (full-time)
$45 - chiropractic student

Seminar Notes:

Notes will be distributed electronically approximately one week prior to the seminar. Any person requesting a hard copy will be charged an additional $15 per seminar.

Verification of Attendance

Attendance verification will be sent electronically to the e-mail on record approximately three weeks after the seminar.


Requests for reasonable accommodations for individuals with documented disabilities must be submitted to the Continuing Education and Events office at least 10 working days prior to the seminar.

Cancellation Policies:

Single Seminar Registration: Refunds, less a 25% administrative fee, will be issued upon request if received more than seven calendar days prior to the event. There are no refunds permitted after that time. Registrations may be transferable to another scheduled seminar within the same fiscal year (July-June).

Multiple Session Program Registration: After prepaying multiple sessions to receive the discounted pricing, Palmer College will calculate the refund, less a 25% administrative fee, for the remaining unattended sessions. The refund request must be received at least seven calendar days prior to the next session. Program registrations may be transferable to another course within the same fiscal year (July-June). No refunds are issued for the online session portion of multiple session programs. 


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