Homecoming Schedule

Davenport Campus

2018 Printable Event Schedule coming soon. (Adobe Acrobat required).

August 9-11, 2018

Thursday, August 9

Friday, August 10

Saturday, Aug. 11

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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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)
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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.
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
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.
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

Atlas Orthogonal Chiropractic Procedures
Matthew Sweat, D.C.
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
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.
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.
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.

West Campus

2018 Printable Event Schedule coming soon!(Acrobat required).

Friday, May 4

9-11 a.m.

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

1:15-3:15 p.m.

3:30-5:30 p.m.

Saturday, May 5

9-11 a.m.

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

1:15-3:15 p.m.

    3:30-5:30 p.m.

    Sunday, May 6

    8 a.m.-Noon

    12:30-2:30 p.m.

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