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2018 Printable Event Schedule.(Adobe Acrobat required).

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.

    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.
    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.
    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.

    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
    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.
    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.

    Exploring the Neuroscience of Human Flourishing
    Michelle 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.

    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.
    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. 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.

    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. Mechanical Assessment & Treatment Classification
    2. Ruling out the Spine as Cause of extremity conditions - what is the research saying..?
    3. Where to go when Spine is ruled out - understanding MDT Classification regarding the Extremities
    4. 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.

    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.

    West campus

    2018 Printable Event Schedule (Acrobat required).

    Friday, May 4

    9-11 a.m.

    Functional Medicine and the Chiropractic Patient
    Marina Rose, D.C.
    No notes have been provided
    What is Functional Medicine, how does it relate to DD Palmer's "thoughts, traumas and toxins"? What are some sources of training, and why patients may be searching for it? How chiropractors can address some of the gaps in care that may cause patients to look for a Functional Medicine doctor.

    MRI of the Lumbar Spine: Principles of Interpretation and Review of Common Pathologies
    Matthew Skalski, D.C., DACBR
    No notes have been provided
    This will be a 2-hour interactive review of magnetic resonance imaging of the lumbar spine, discussing basic MR imaging protocols, cross-sectional anatomy, and common pathologies, including: disc herniation, degenerative disease, stenosis, congenital/developmental syndromes, trauma, neoplasm, meningeal cysts, infection, and select post-surgical complications.

    A World of Hurt: A Guide to Classifying Pain
    Tom Lotus, D.C., FACO, Cert.MDT, DACRB (c)
    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.

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

    Using Body Intelligence to Treat Chronic Disease
    Rachel Carlton Abrams, M.D., M.H.S., ABFP, ABIHM
    Session notes
    In this presentation, Dr. Abrams will discuss one of the most important characteristics of integrative health care, the concept of body-intelligence. Harnessing the innate intelligence of the body to improve and maintain optimal health is a choice all patients and health practitioners can make. The first step is to develop the ability to listen to the body’s sensations and signals, interpret those signals, and use them to guide healthy decision-making. Complex patient cases will be described in which the fundamentals of health (eating, sleeping, moving, loving, and finding purpose) were successfully targeted with the assistance of body-intelligence.

    1:15-3:15 p.m.

    Christine Goertz, D.C., Ph.D
    No notes have been provided
    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.

    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.

    Chin Up! Avoiding Tech Neck: Averting Biomechanical Dysfunction from the Use of Mobile Technologies
    Sherry McAllister, D.C., M.S. (Ed), CCSP®
    No notes have been provided
    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.

    3:30-5:30 p.m.

    Current Concepts in Concussion Evaluation and Management
    Ron Boesch, D.C. and Mike Olson D.C.
    No notes have been provided
    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.

    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.

    Tale of Two Paradigm Changes: New Developments in Motion Palpation and Spinal Landmarks
    Robert Cooperstein, D.C., M.A.
    No notes have been provided
    This chiropractic research seminar has two components, each of which reviews a series of studies performed at Palmer West that led to breakthroughs in patient assessment. In the first hour we will review the evolution of the “stiffest spinal site” method of motion palpation, which has led to 5 publications with one more in press. These studies have found motion palpation, against all odds, to be reliable despite previous studies with contrary results. The second hour reviews a series of Palmer West studies on spinal landmarks, which has already led to 4 papers on the spinal level of the inferior scapular tip, one paper on the spinal level of the iliac crest, and one paper currently on review on the accuracy of numerating lumbar spinal levels. These landmark studies are of great interest not only to manual therapists, but to allied health professions, especially anesthetists.

    Saturday, May 5

    9-11 a.m.

    Kinesiology Tape Research Update and Application
    Ted Forcum III, D.C., DACBSP®, FICC, CSCS
    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.Evidence‐Based Toolkit for Clinicians: What It Is and How To Use It

    The Turkish Get-Up: One of the Four Aces (Cardinals) of Functional Exercise
    Jimmy Yuan, D.C.
    Session notes
    A functional movement approach and neurodevelopmental perspective to one of the aces of functional exercise - The Turkish Get-Up. We will explore one of the top functional exercises in the industry the Turkish Get-Up, and break it down from a functional movement (FM) approach. What are it FM pieces and parts and how it integrates to a whole FM exercise. How the exercise honors the FM model and neurodevelopmental perspective.

    California Law and Ethics
    Ed Cremata, D.C.
    No notes have been provided
    Join Dr. Ed Cremata for this comprehensive class on common doctor-patient case studies and how to handle them, as well as, how to identify potential red flags and avoid behavior that may lead to potential violations. Dr. Cremata will review ethical and supportable practice standards, negligence and unprofessional conduct. In the second hour he will discuss proper SOAP note charting, treatment plan signatures, as well as, common advertising errors.

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

    When Life Blows Up: a Story of Triumph over Adversity
    Shilo Harris
    No notes have been provided
    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.”

    1:15-3:15 p.m.

    Ted Forcum III, D.C., DACBSP®, FICC, CSCS
    No notes have been provided
    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.

    Chiropractic Care in the VA: Whole Health a New Vision for Delivery of Care and Community Care Expectations
    David Paris, D.C., DACRB and Robert Walsh, D.C.
    No notes have been provided
    This presentation will address the emergence of Whole Health, an approach to patient centered care that affirms the importance of the relationship and partnership between a patient and their community of providers. Presentation will highlight fundamental knowledge and skills on how to transform our culture from transactional care based on illness and disease, to care focused on the individual Veteran’s life and what matters to him or her. During the presentation, I would encourage my colleagues to explore a more personalized approach to optimize health and wellbeing for themselves and the Veterans/patients they serve. This presentation will also cover thoughts on how integration into this new VA office and paradigm presents an opportunity for DC’s everywhere. Standards of Care, outcome measures and discharge goals will also be discussed.

    McKenzie Method® of Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy® Part I
    Jonathan Soltys, D.C., Cert.MDT
    No notes have been provided
    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.

    3:30-5:30 p.m.

    Opportunities in the World of Sport and Functional Assessment and Adjustments of Extremities
    Brian Nook, D.C.
    Session notes 1
    Session notes 2
    Are all of the opportunities gone? Have I missed the chance to get in on the ground level? Is it only for the select few? Where can I get involved and how? Will it make a difference in my practice? These are questions that we often hear and rightfully so by the practitioner in the field and students. This course provide an overview of the world of Sport and our opportunities. It will discuss and provide processes and advice on how to get involved in sport from the local, national and international level. Examples on past and present opportunities and strategies for integrating the Chiropractic profession into the world of sport and expanding these opportunities to firmly take our rightful place in the dissemination of health care to athletes. Recent research on the demographics of chiropractic care at the World Games demonstrates the utilization of chiropractic. The second portion of the course will focus on a functional chiropractic screen of the extremities. It builds on other functional assessment protocols from the chiropractic procedure to help determine the biomechanical faults in a patient or athlete to deliver the appropriate adjustment.

    Slow Aging, Live Longer: The Science of Foods, Genes, Cells
    Susan St. Claire, D.C.
    Session notes
    Living a long and healthy life is the goal of wellness care. DD Palmer recommended avoiding toxins to prevent dis-ease. Learn the current theories of aging. What are the toxins that age us? Learn how toxins damage genes and cells. Learn how to modify diet and lifestyle to promote longevity and prevent disease.

    McKenzie Method® of Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy® Part II
    Jonathan Soltys, D.C., Cert.MDT
    No notes have been provided
    A continuation of Part I.

    Sunday, May 6

    8 a.m.-Noon

    A Year in Diagnostic Imaging - Radiology Grand Rounds
    Ian McLean, D.C., DACBR
    Session notes
    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.

    2018 Workers’ Compensation Update – for QMEs and Treating Doctors
    Edward Cremata, D.C.
    No notes have been provided
    In this session, Dr. Cremata will review changes in workers’ compensation and current report-writing protocols. He’ll also 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.

    Chiropractic Imaging Practicum: The Annual Roentgen Roulette
    Ian McLean, D.C., DACBR
    No notes have been provided
    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.

    2018 Workers’ Compensation Update Part II – for QMEs and Treating Doctors
    Edward Cremata, D.C.
    No notes have been provided
    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.

    Florida campus

    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.

    McKenzie Method® of Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy® - Practical Applications
    Mitch Miglis, D.C., Cert.MDT
    No session notes have been provided.
    This lecture provides an introduction to McKenzie Method® of Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy® (MDT), an evidence based system of assessment and treatment for mechanical neck, back, radicular and extremity joint pain. 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 125 chiropractors included.

    Understanding Concussions; From the Pros to the Pee Wees
    Alan Sokoloff, D.C., DACBSP®
    Sponsored by China Gel, Inc.
    No session notes have been provided.
    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.

    Ethical Considerations for the Chiropractor
    Mary Frost, D.C., M.B.A.
    No session notes have been provided.
    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.

    10:30-11:30 a.m.

    Tipping Point for Chiropractic: Gallup and the Opioid Crisis
    Peter Martin, D.C.
    No session notes have been provided.
    This session will be a review of the year three Gallup results as well as a discussion of the national opioid crisis. In addition to the Gallup results, Dr. Martin will further discuss the role that chiropractic has in drug-free pain management and the opportunity it affords the chiropractic profession.

    12:30-2:30 p.m.

    Placebo: The Power of Perception
    Nate Hinkeldey, D.C., DACRB and Casey Okamoto, D.C.
    No session notes have been provided.
    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.

    Women's Health: The Female Athlete Triad and its Effect on Fertility
    Gina Sirchio-Lotus, D.C.
    Sponsored by the Palmer Women’s Institute
    No session notes have been provided.
    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.

    Interprofessional Collaboration to Improve Chiropractic Integration in Non-Pharmacological Pain Treatment
    Lisa Barker, D.C., Anthony Lisi, D.C., Nkaku Kisaalita, Ph.D. and David Portee, M.D.
    No session notes have been provided.
    There is evidence that interprofessional collaboration leads to improved patient outcomes. The integration of chiropractic care into medical care systems presents challenges and opportunities. This session will explore concepts related to the inclusion of chiropractic care in collaborative case management with medical and other providers. Current literature on the requirements and impacts of interprofessional collaboration will be presented, along with an overview of key medical specialties with which chiropractors may collaborate. The session will cover lessons learned from research and practice aimed at advancing the inclusion of chiropractic care into evidence-based, patient-centered care processes.

    3-5 p.m.

    A World of Hurt: A Guide to Classifying Pain
    Tom Lotus, D.C., FACO, Cert.MDT, DACRB (c)
    No session notes have been provided.
    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.

    Diagnostic Imaging-Trends and Foci
    Matthew Richardson, D.C., DACBR
    No session notes have been provided.
    This program for the chiropractic clinician is designed to shed light on different areas of interest and trends in diagnostic imaging that are applicable to chiropractic practice. This session will use both lecture and case-based learning to help emphasize recognizing common conditions and diagnostic imaging pitfalls. Special attention will be given to advanced imaging topics, and a review of digital radiography will be offered, inclusive of equipment types.

    Documentation and Billing Requirements*
    Mario Fucinari, D.C., CCSP®
    Sponsored by NCMIC Group
    Session notes
    The old adage, if it is not documented, it never happened is true. Documentation is not just for reimbursement. Medical record documentation is required to record facts, findings, and observations about the patient. Learn what constitutes meaningful use of documentation. We will explore requirements for Medicare, personal injury, commercial insurance and the cash patient. A veteran’s health history including past and present illnesses, examinations, tests, treatments, and outcomes.

    Saturday, February 24

    8-10 a.m.

    Treating the Pediatric Patient with Headaches
    Lora Tanis, D.C., DICCP
    No session notes have been provided.
    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?

    Dynamic Neuromuscular Stability – the Czech Approach to Stability
    Dave Juehring, D.C., DACRB
    Session notes
    This is an introduction to the Czech approach to spinal/global stability that utilizes developmental kinesiology strategies in a neuromuscular environment. This presentation will demonstrate a hands on rehabilitate approach to address common neuromuscular complaints and ergonomic issues.

    Mitigating Risk Through Proper Documentation
    Mario Fucinari, D.C., CCSP®
    Sponsored by NCMIC Group
    Session notes
    We will examine the various avenues of risk related to the chiropractic practice. Specifically, you will learn techniques in front desk documentation, examination and treatment 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.

    10:30-11:30 a.m.

    Innovation and Regulation within the Healthcare Environment
    Dan Weinert, D.C., Ph.D., DACRB
    Session notes
    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.

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

    When Life Blows Up: A Story of Triumph over Adversity
    Shilo Harris
    Sponsored by Standard Process Inc.
    No session notes have been provided.
    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.”

    2-4 p.m.

    Lower Extremity Subluxation Patterns
    Mark Charrette, D.C.
    Sponsored by Foot Levelers, Inc.
    No session notes have been provided.
    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.

    360-Degree-View Patient Care: Looking At All the Possibilities
    Mary Frost, D.C., M.B.A. and Siri Leech, D.C. DACBR
    No session notes have been provided.
    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.

    Proper Utilization of the ICD-10 Coding in the Chiropractic Office
    Mario Fucinari, D.C., CCSP®
    Sponsored by NCMIC Group
    Session notes
    The ICD-10 implementation has changed again as of October 1, 2018. 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.

    4:30-6:30 p.m.

    Why Adjust the Lower Extremity?
    Mark Charrette, D.C.
    Sponsored by Foot Levelers, Inc.
    No session notes have been provided.
    This 2-hour presentation will cover the biomechanics, basic neurology, examination procedures, and indicators, for common lower extremity subluxation patterns. It will address the benefits of adjusting with minimal or no apparent symptomatology with a referenced explanation of “The Noisy Joint”.

    Evidence-Based Practice for Chiropractors
    Nicole Ingrando, D.C.
    Sponsored by NCMIC Group
    No session notes have been provided.
    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.

    Functional Examination: Using Your Exam to Secure Patient Engagement
    Nate Hinkeldey, D.C., DACRB and Mike Tunning, D.C., ATC, M.S.
    No session notes have been provided.
    During this course Drs. Hinkeldey and Tunning will discuss the evidence related to the evaluation process and how to use this to better engage your patients and build value and compliance in their treatment plan. They will explore the implications or orthopedic and functional examination processes from many different authors.

    Sunday, February 25

    8-10 a.m.

    Prevention of Medical Errors*
    Mario Fucinari, D.C., CCSP®
    Sponsored by NCMIC Group
    Session notes

    Atlas Orthogonal Chiropractic Procedures
    Matthew Sweat, D.C.
    No session notes have been provided.
    In this two hour session, Dr. Sweat will review pre and post abnormal sagittal curves. He will also discuss which curves will improve and which will not. Finally, Dr. Sweat will review the sagittal cervical curve, stress chart and Atlas Orthogonal technique.

    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
    Session notes
    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.

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

    HIV/AIDS: Conventional and Chiropractic Management**
    Mark Murdock, D.C., R.N.
    No session notes have been provided.
    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.

    12:30 p.m.-1:30 p.m.

    Risk Management: Pieces of the Puzzle for Today’s Chiropractic Practice*
    Michael Shreeve, D.C.
    Session notes
    Solve the puzzle of risk management in the chiropractic practice during this one hour interactive discussion. Participants will explore the definition of risk management and the areas to be considered in today's chiropractic practice. During a Grand Rounds-style case presentation, participants will explore and discuss risk management prevention strategies. At the conclusion of this course, you will have an understanding of key communications and practice procedures for your chiropractic office.

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