Homecoming Schedule

Main campus

2019 Printable Event Schedule. (Adobe Acrobat required).

August 8-10, 2019

Thursday, Aug 8

8-9:50 a.m.

Ethics and Professional Boundaries for the Chiropractor
Mary Frost, D.C., M.B.A.
Please join Dr. Mary Frost in this discussion on ethics and professional boundaries for the chiropractor. This two-hour course includes case studies and disciplinary actions on the following topics: ethics, professional boundaries, sexual misconduct, fraud, and abuse.

Back to Basics:  Front Desk, Consultation, and Report of Findings Required Documentation 
Mario Fucinari, D.C., CCSP®
Sponsored by NCMIC Insurance Group
Session Notes
In the current healthcare climate of regulations, limited coverage and documentation requirements, proper communication of the “chiropractic story,” and documentation necessities will not only prevent medical errors but will help to ensure better compliance and outcomes of your treatment. Dr. Fucinari will provide you and your staff with the tools necessary for success.  Learn the step-by-step legal methods, forms, and scripts for implementing policies in your office. This class is designed for everybody: doctors, staff, students, and billers will gain useful information!

Radiography in the Chiropractic Office, Part I
Ian McLean, D.C., DACBR, Nate Finkey, D.C., DACBR, and Lou Woods, D.C. 
Session Notes
This six-hour course will be taught in three parts and will emphasize the skills and knowledge needed to obtain high-quality images for a chiropractic practice. Attendees 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; and the impact of patient morphology and positioning on image quality.

Hot Topics That 7500 Women Want Answers To
Rosemary Batanjski, D.C., Donna Craft, D.C., and Cynthia Shaft-Toll, D.C.
Join Drs. Batanjski, Craft, and Shaft-Toll while they discuss technique issues such as doctor/patient size, instruments, tables, ergonomics, adaptations during pregnancy, nursing; work/life balance issues like taking care of the doctor, office times, days, hours; assistance in the office like a doctor, office manager, bookkeeper, and massage therapist; assistance in the home such as a cleaning person, nanny or personal assistant; practice options like solo practice, associate, shared physical space/independent contractor, integrative/group/partnership. They’ll also discuss social media and websites.

10:30-11:20 a.m.

Opening Session-State of the College
Chancellor and CEO Dennis Marchiori, D.C., Ph.D.
Join Dr. Marchiori as he opens Homecoming 2019 by offering an insider’s view of the state of the College. In the tradition of the last few years, he’ll share our latest measures of success, on-going challenges, and new strategies to advance Palmer’s mission. Facilities updates, curriculum improvements, and new opportunities will be addressed. This session will celebrate who we are, where we’ve been, and where we’re going as The Trusted Leader in Chiropractic Education®.

1-1:50 p.m.

The 2019 Social Media Profit and Impact Blueprint
Matthew Loop, D.C.
During this advanced training D.C.s will discover the most effective social media promotion strategies that are working in 2019. They currently average a 24:1 return on investment. We'll also discuss how to build trust, liking, and rapport with people online so the doctor can become a pillar in the community and a local celebrity. Find out the biggest mistakes to avoid when using social platforms like Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram, Google, and YouTube.

3:30-5:20 p.m.

Top 10 Most Common Documentation Errors
Mario Fucinari, D.C., CCSP®
Sponsored by NCMIC Insurance Group
Session Notes
Documentation errors may result in denials, recoupment, or even fines and jail time. This lecture will provide clarity of documentation, as well as the most common errors made, so the practitioner can avoid the top errors and implement correct record keeping on Monday morning.

The Effects of Gender Dimorphism in Chiropractic Practices: Utilizing Orthopedic, Neurological, and Imaging Examinations to Reduce Gender-based Healthcare Disparities
Tracey Littrell, D.C., DACBR, DACO
Inaccurate gendered expectations leading to musculoskeletal healthcare disparities put patients at risk for delayed assessment, diagnosis, and treatment. Recognition of the differences between women’s and men’s burden of disease and response to treatment is key in optimizing care of chiropractic patients. This lecture will focus on structural anatomy differences, hormones, and genetics factors to consider in the analysis of differential injury and arthritic patterns between genders, as well as analysis of orthopedic, neurological, and imaging examinations of relevant musculoskeletal disorders.

Radiography in the Chiropractic Office, Part II
Ian McLean, D.C., DACBR, Nate Finkey, D.C., DACBR, and Lou Woods, D.C.
Session Notes 
The following topics will be presented during Part II of this series: Understanding the technical components of X-ray; kVp and mAs; understanding grid technology; selecting screens and film; impact of accessory filtration systems; and methods used to calculate X-ray factors.

Friday, Aug. 9

7-7:50 a.m.

WAD in the World: The Biomechanics, Assessment, and Treatment of Whiplash Associated Disorders
Siri Leech, D.C., DACBR
Whiplash injuries are a common reason for consulting primary health care providers such as chiropractors. This session will cover the mechanics and grading of whiplash associated disorders and current practice guidelines. The latest research will be used to discuss treatment effectiveness utilizing manual therapy and other modalities.

8:15-9:05 a.m.

There is No Such Thing as a Chiropractic Miracle
Roger Hynes, D.C., DPhCS
There’s something here to offend everyone. This one-hour allocution will incorporate chiropractic philosophy and history and its relevance to today’s clinical practice. The presentation should challenge you to reflect on what you do in practice and why you do it.

Palmer Technique Review: Extremity Technique
Karmen Hopkins, D.C.
Session Notes
Join Dr. Hopkins as she reviews current Palmer extremity technique. In this one-hour session both upper and lower extremity adjusting procedures will be covered. Be ready to get up and move in this hands-on session.

9:30-10:20 a.m.

Movement Matters
Greg Rose, D.C.
Join Dr. Greg Rose for a session on how studying movement patterns led him to care for athletes, collaborate with other professionals, and become the co-founder of Titleist Performance Institute and three other companies.

10:50-11:40 a.m.

Nutrition for Brain Health, Part I
Lia Nightingale, Ph.D.
Session Notes
This two-part presentation will discuss how the foods and nutrients you consume significantly impact brain structure and signaling and ultimately affect development of psychiatric disorders. Nutrients like omega-3 fatty acids, B vitamins, iron and zinc help support proper brain growth and development. You will learn which foods to incorporate for brain health and supplemental doses that might be beneficial. Current knowledge on nutritional therapy for anxiety, depression, dementia, and ADHD will be discussed.

Neuroimmunology: The Undeniable Connection Between the Nervous and Immune Systems
Ward Jones, Ph.D.
Session Notes
At first glance, it may seem that immunology and neuroscience are separate disciplines.  However, the burgeoning field of neuroimmunology suggests that the nervous and immune systems are intimately connected in myriad ways. In this presentation, we'll discuss recent discoveries in neuroimmunology and how this information impacts our understanding and treatment of injury and disease.

Clinical Concerns and Patient History-Why Does it Matter?
Lora Tanis, D.C., DICCP
Dr. Tanis will discuss how patient history can help uncover potential clinical concerns in a chiropractic patient. She will show why a complete patient history does matter and how it can lead to better decision making and care of patients in chiropractic practice.

11:50 a.m.-12:40 p.m.

The Origins of Well-Being and the Future of Chiropractic, Part I
Daniel T. Johnston, M.D., M.P.H.
Sponsored by Standard Process Inc.
Session Notes
This is a clinically oriented presentation exploring the role of fatty acids to promote health, resilience to disease, optimize brain function, and how to use them in the management of various clinical disorders. The course will also explore the meaning of “health” and the role of the brain to promote, control, and ultimately determine the health and quality of life of all people. The biochemistry of fatty acids and their role in cell function and specifically neuron function from neurodevelopment to neurogenesis will be explored.  Finally, the attendee will appreciate the mechanisms of dementia and stroke and learn powerful ways to mitigate what will be the epidemic with the highest economic, physical, social, and psychological cost.

1-1:50 p.m.

Nutrition for Brain Health, Part II
Lia Nightingale, Ph.D.
Session Notes
A continuation of part I.

The Pediatric Motor Vehicle Patient-Reasons for Care and Treatment Plans
Jay Shetlin, D.C.
Dr. Shetlin will help the doctor to understand the right reasons to treat children after a motor vehicle collision, regardless of presenting symptoms. Learn how to properly document and advocate for your pediatric patients against the undereducated adjusters and insurance agencies who claim, “kids aren’t hurt in car accidents.” Providing the research in physics, injury and research based on treatment prescriptions of care that help our profession better provide for this under-served demographic.

Movement is Medicine – A Contemporary Approach to Shoulder Rehabilitation
Trevor Shaw, D.C., DACRB, CSCS
Session Notes
This course describes a new paradigm for management of shoulder pain and instability. Historical treatment will be discussed along with a new contemporary approach based on neurodevelopment and isometric to concentric progressions.

Radiography in the Chiropractic Office, Part III
Ian McLean, D.C., DACBR, Nate Finkey, D.C., DACBR, and Lou Woods, D.C.
Session Notes
Topics to be presented in Part III of this series are: basics of digital radiography; imaging skills and positioning; cervical spine; thoracic spine; lumbar spine; and extremities.

2-2:50 p.m.

Movement Workshop, Part I
Greg Rose, D.C.
Join Dr. Rose for a two-part overview on movement and patient care of sports related concerns. He will demonstrate use of movement screens: Functional Movement Screen (FMS) and the Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA). Learn how one can quickly find the cause of movement dysfunction or pain by logically breaking down dysfunctional movement patterns in a structured, repeatable screen and assessment.

The Origins of Well-Being and the Future of Chiropractic, Part II
Daniel T. Johnston, M.D., M.P.H.
Sponsored by Standard Process Inc.
Session Notes
A continuation of part I.

Fibromyalgia: A Painful Puzzle, Part I
Nate Hinkeldey, D.C., DACRB and Casey Okamoto, D.C.
Fibromyalgia is a chronic and often debilitating condition. It affects around 3 percent of the world’s population, mostly women, and has vexed physicians for centuries. The syndrome is characterized by widespread pain, fatigue, cognitive fog, and insomnia. Which begets which is unclear. Comorbid maladies may include irritable bowel syndrome, headache, anxiety, depression, and non-descript bodily sensations . . . or not. Variable presentation makes fibromyalgia difficult to distinguish from better-understood conditions like rheumatoid arthritis or lupus. There are no reliable tests for diagnosis; no elevated serum marker, no betraying shadow on radiograph, and no tell-tale defect of the fingernail. There is also no cure. This presentation provides an overview of the pathophysiology, diagnosis, and treatment of fibromyalgia, such as we understand them today.

Radiography in the Chiropractic Office, Part III Continued
Ian McLean, D.C., DACBR, Nate Finkey, D.C., DACBR, and Lou Woods, D.C.
Session Notes 
Topics from Part III continued.

3-3:50 p.m.

Movement Workshop, Part II
Greg Rose, D.C. 
A continuation of part I.

Fibromyalgia: A Painful Puzzle, Part II
Nate Hinkeldey, D.C., DACRB and Casey Okamoto, D.C.
A continuation of part I.

Annual Roentgen Roulette, Part I
Ian McLean, D.C., DACBR
Session Notes
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 also will review clinical decision-making in chiropractic diagnostic imaging. After the participants view a series of diagnostic imaging "unknowns,” the cases will be extensively reviewed for diagnostic accuracy. The presentation also will include clinical decision-making for diagnostic imaging to recognize these decisions aren’t 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.

4-4:50 p.m.

Fit After 50: Improving Balance, Strength, and Flexibility as Patients Age
Lisa Killinger, D.C.
Did you know that one-third of all men and one-half of all women over the age of 70 get NO measurable physical activity at all? It’s no surprise that heart disease is the number one killer of older adults in America, and falls are the leading cause of injury in elders. The single most important thing we can do to help ourselves and our patients age well is to get up and move! In this lively, audience participation session, we will show ways to assess older adults for balance, strength and flexibility challenges, and share simple evidence-based activities to help us (and our older patients) to be stronger and safer as we age.

Annual Roentgen Roulette, Part II
Ian McLean, D.C., DACBR
Session Notes
A continuation of Part I.  

5-5:50 p.m.

Raising the Bar on Clinical Pediatric Care-What Every Chiropractor Should be Doing in Their Office
Lora Tanis, D.C., DICCP
Are you asking the right clinical questions of your pediatric patients? Can a thorough history aid in diagnosis and chiropractic care of your pediatric patients? Please join Dr. Lora Tanis for this discussion of best practices for history taking, examination, and chiropractic care of pediatric patients.

Chiropractic and Strength and Conditioning, A Winning Combination, Part I 
Perry Williams, D.C., DACBSP®
Session Notes
Please join Perry Williams, D.C., DACBSP®, for this two-part class focusing on patient care.  Dr. Williams will discuss a systematic approach using progressions and regressions in strength training and chiropractic adjustments to optimize athlete and patient outcomes.

Proper Utilization of the ICD-10 Coding in the Chiropractic Office
Mario Fucinari, D.C., CCSP®
Sponsored by NCMIC Insurance Group
Session Notes
The fiscal year 2020 ICD-10 guidelines and codes will take effect on October 1, 2019. 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’ll 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.

6-6:50 p.m.

Building Winning Relationships with ATCs and Sports Programs
John Zozzaro, D.C.
This class focuses on the interprofessional collaboration opportunities of caring for athletes in professional and college sports. Dr. Zozzaro will discuss the role of the doctor of chiropractic within the sports program structure and will use his experience to guide the learner to better understand the expectations of the chiropractor as a team doctor.

Chiropractic and Strength and Conditioning, A Winning Combination, Part II
Perry Williams, D.C., DACBSP®
Session Notes
Continued from part I.

Medicare Guidelines and Billing Updates 
Mario Fucinari, D.C., CCSP®
Sponsored by NCMIC Insurance Group
Session Notes
A record number of changes in health care policy took place in 2019. Changes in evaluation and management guidelines will take place that will affect all realms of health care. The policies and procedures will continue to evolve, but we’ll explore the updated requirements to mitigate your risk associated with audits. Dr. Fucinari, frequent national speaker, will bring his experience of helping doctors gain insight, respond, and appeal audit findings from Medicare and other carriers.

7-7:50 p.m.

Concussion: An Introduction and an Update
Chris Roecker, D.C., M.S., DACO, DACBSP®
This session will provide an introduction to the fundamental aspects of concussion and will also provide an update on the latest research regarding the diagnosis and management of concussion.

Saturday, Aug. 10

8-9:50 a.m.

Understanding and Adjusting the Foot, Ankles, and Knees the “Wong Way”
Kevin Wong, D.C.
Sponsored by Foot Levelers, Inc.
Session Notes
We start at the feet and work our way up through the knees. The importance of the feet for whole body stability is the foundation of this lecture. When the arches of the feet have problems resulting in them being too flat or too high, common clinical ailments will result. Hour one includes the gait cycle: concept of foot pronation/supination, gait analysis, postural/visual indicators, muscle testing, and understanding, prescribing and casting of orthotic devices (rigid and flexible). Hour two includes foot, ankle, and knee anatomy, common conditions, adjustments, and rehabilitation/exercises.

Introduction to Rehabilitative Exercise for the Sports Chiropractic practice: A Neurologically Based Approach
John Marchese, D.C.
The above down/inside out approach to chiropractic has been a hallmark of the profession since its inception. We have, however, shifted our rehabilitative sciences and therapeutic exercise prescription to a mechanistic, almost "physical therapy" approach. The same principles of neurologically-based chiropractic care apply to our therapeutic exercise prescription as well, and to a return to strength and conditioning. This course will give an overview of the necessary questions we should be asking our athletes and patients, and some CNS hacking strategies for faster recovery and return to training.

If Disney Ran Your Chiropractic Office: Develop Better Patient Education, Boost Patient Compliance, Improve the Patient Experience, and Increase Patient Outcomes 
Michelle Barber-Drover, D.C., M.S.W.
Do you struggle with patient compliance issues, find patients who are unwilling to follow through on care plans, or have patients who don’t experience the outcomes you had hoped for? Could your patient education skills use a boost? Are you worried that your patient satisfaction isn’t as high as it could be? Walt Disney was one of the most successful persons in the business world, in large part due to his vision and creative tenacity. Utilizing lessons learned from the Disney approach, emphasizing the importance of patient education and a customer service perspective, we can develop reflective chiropractic practices and patient-centered care approaches to chiropractic practice that are applicable in any practice setting.

Update on Spinal Levels of Commonly Used Anatomical Landmarks
Robert Cooperstein, D.C., M.A.
The two most commonly used landmark associations in the manual therapy professions are (1) the inferior tip of the scapula corresponds to the 7th thoracic vertebra in the upright position and (2) the ilia crests corresponds to the 4th lumbar vertebra. The presenter has determined through his own original research, as well as by systematically reviewing the literature, that these landmark associations are more conventional wisdom than evidence based. This two-hour presentation will present strategies for accurately locating spinal levels that are to be adjusted and update the information on commonly used anatomical landmarks. It will also discuss the possible consequences of level identification errors in manual therapy.

10-11:50 a.m.

Understanding and Adjusting the Hips, Pelvis, and Thoraco-Lumbar Spine the “Wong Way”
Kevin Wong, D.C.
Sponsored by Foot Levelers, Inc.
Session Notes
We cover the hips, pelvis, lumbar, and thoracic spine, keeping in mind the connection to the feet and the rest of the lower extremity. Hour one includes hips, pelvis, lumbar anatomy, common conditions. Hour two includes anatomy, common conditions, adjustments, and rehabilitation/exercises.

Curves Ahead: Scoliosis Evaluation and Patient Care
Siri Leech, D.C., DACBR
This session will focus on tissue mechanics, scoliosis evaluation, and risk factors for scoliosis progression. Current CAM and allopathic treatments will be discussed along with patient cases including x-ray and advanced imaging findings. 

Movement as Medicine
Trevor Shaw, D.C., DACRB, CSCS and Mike Tunning, D.C., ATC
A combination of both lecture and lab, this class will be geared towards discussing the details of movement and its importance in daily life. The clinician will learn how movement and fitness guide mortality can be used as a predictor. Current aerobic and resistance training recommendations will be discussed. Clinicians will then learn the detailed applications of specific movements that will aid them in the testing and prescription of physical activity for patients.

2-3:50 p.m.

Learning from a Performance Mindset: Finding Clinical Solutions to Pain, Injury & Movement Dysfunction
Sean Gallagher, D.C., DACRB, NASM-PES
Session Notes
As chiropractors, we continually look for ways to improve the function of the nervous system, whether the goal is to reduce pain, elevate health and wellness, or enhance performance. In this session, Dr. Gallagher will discuss how the best injury prevention strategies are found in a performance mindset and application. By respecting principles of posture and movement, this talk will help you navigate the complexities of rehabilitation from pain to performance and get results that will impress your patients and athletes.

Patient Management Through Clinical Cases
Ron Boesch, D.C., DACNB, CHC, CHPC
Dr. Boesch will discuss patient management of difficult cases seen in a doctor of chiropractic’s office encompassing initial work up through treatment plan. The cases range in type from acute to chronic neuromusculoskeletal, with emphasis on conservative care and potential co-management.

How Do I Take Care of That?  Chiropractic Care Plans for Kids, Adults and Seniors!
Jason Yusavage, D.C., DICCP
Whether you’re a student or a chiropractor who has been practicing for years, a question that all of us face at one point is, “how often do you see a patient and what are you doing when you see them?”  Dr. Yusavage will take you through different care plans from pediatric patients through geriatrics.

Understanding and Adjusting the Shoulder, Ribs, and Cervical Spine the “WONG WAY”   
Kevin Wong, D.C.
Sponsored by Foot Levelers, Inc.
Session Notes
We will cover the shoulders, ribs, and neck in this session. The importance of the shoulder girdle joints as important foundations of upper body stability is stressed in this section. Hour one includes shoulder and rib anatomy, common conditions, adjustments, and rehabilitation/exercises. Hour two includes cervical and occipital anatomy, common conditions, adjustments, and rehabilitation/exercises.

Florida campus

2019 Printable Event Schedule(Adobe Acrobat required).
Sessions that have been submitted as D.C. credit hours are shaded gold on the schedule.

February 28-March 1, 2020

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

West campus

2019 Printable Event Schedule (Acrobat required).

May 3-5, 2019

Friday, May 3

9-11 a.m.

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

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

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

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

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

1:15-3:15 p.m.

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

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

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

3:30-5:30 p.m.

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

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

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

Saturday, May 4

9-11 a.m.

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

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

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

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

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

1:15-3:15 p.m.

The Zebra Zone
Michelle Barber-Drover, D.C., M.S.W. and Ashlee Drover, DC.
We are taught “when you hear hoofbeats, think horses, not zebras.” But sometimes the patient’s presentation actually IS a zebra. In a “grand rounds” format, this session will explore a series of unusual chiropractic case presentations, with an opportunity for attendees to work through the assessment, diagnosis, and management. Come test your knowledge!!

Biomechanics of Adjusting and Patient Assessment
Siri Leech, D.C., DACBR
This session will focus on the biomechanics of adjusting in chiropractic clinical patient care. Dr. Leech will cover spinal and joint movements, biomechanical patient assessment, and radiology correlates, as well as the ergonomics of patient adjusting. Research findings, case studies, and patient response to various types of adjustments will be discussed. There will be no hands-on technique in this session. Instruction will be through dialogue only.

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

3:30-5:30 p.m.

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

Using Biomarkers to Classify the Influence of Nutrition, Hormones, Gender, and Training on Athletic Performance and Recovery
Gina Sirchio-Lotus, D.C., CCN
This session will explore questions such as: Can we measure athletic performance and recovery and what are the methods we use to do this? What is a biomarker and how is it measured? Does gender play a role? Can nutrition be used to move biomarkers? Do they have a positive and/or a negative influence? Do hormones affect tissue repair and athletic recovery? Are they a help or a hindrance? What are the best diets and training plans for athletes? How do we know if they’re working? 

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

Sunday, May 5

8 a.m.-Noon

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

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

12:30-2:30 p.m.

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

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


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