Palmer Coronavirus/COVID-19 Updates

Homecoming Schedule

Alumni and friends of Palmer College are welcomed for Homecoming events at each of the Palmer campuses. 

125th Founder’s Day Celebration/Homecoming

While many seminars, conventions and other events are being cancelled or postponed, we are still celebrating the 125th anniversary of chiropractic September 18-19 in Davenport, Iowa.

Due to state restrictions in place as we planned the event, we have made the following changes to the celebration:

  • Event dates are now September 18 & 19.
  • In addition to current students, faculty and staff in attendance, this event is open to the first 350 alumni and friends of Palmer to register.
  • The event includes 13 live hours of continuing education.
  • Social events include a toast to the 125th anniversary of chiropractic, 25-year class reunion, 50+ Emeritus Coffee, Old-Fashioned Picnic and Student Talent Show, Big Tent Philosophy Night and the Palmer Women’s Institute Breakfast. View the event schedule here.

2020 Printable Event Schedule (Adobe Acrobat required).

SEPTEMBER 18-19, 2020 

Friday, September 18

8-9 a.m.

There Is No Better Time Than Now!
Alan Sokoloff, D.C.
Sponsored by CHINA-GEL
There is no better time than now to be a sports chiropractor. The public continues to learn the value of chiropractic care from the top down when it comes to sports chiropractic. From the Olympic level to the professional level, through colleges and high schools, to recreational and youth leagues, the need and demand for chiropractic care continues to grow. Education is the key! But how do we fit in? It is the big 3 P’s: Prevention, performance enhancement and active problem solving (the most traditional form in the athletic world). Prevention: Utilizing your skills as a chiropractor to assess an athlete and recognize asymptomatic functional problems that can lead to injury, both acute and overuse. Performance Enhancement: Run faster and jump higher are not just words used by athletic shoe companies. They are what doctors of chiropractic specialize in and most likely 50% of a sports chiropractor’s job. Providing better segmental motion and assuring better muscular function can make the difference in an athlete’s performance on the field. Problem solving is a chiropractor’s bread and butter. In the athletic training room, however, it may not be fully dictated by you; but is essential for every athlete’s recovery. Let’s discuss them all and take that next step together.

Atlas Orthogonal Past, Present, and Future: An Overview of Procedures, Clinical Applications and Advanced Imaging
Angelo Colavita, D.C., BCAO and Laurel Griffin, D.C., BCAO
Sponsored by Atlas Orthogonal
Please join Dr. Colavita and Dr. Griffin as they give a brief history of Atlas Orthogonal. They will then provide an Atlas Orthogonal Overview discussing procedures, pre and post x-rays, and case studies. The session will wrap up with advanced imaging (MRI) studies, ongoing research and the future of Atlas Orthogonality.

8-10 a.m.

When Your Athletic Patient Says “Hey Doc, my hip hurts”: Is the Hip Really the Source of Symptoms?
Tracey Littrell, D.C., DACBR, DACO
Evaluating the cause of a patient’s hip symptoms can be frustrating for chiropractors and their patients. In addition to overuse, traumatic, and degenerative conditions specific to the iliofemoral articulation, many musculoskeletal conditions can cause referred pain to the hip, as can degenerative conditions of the spine, urological and gynecological disorders, and abdominal visceral conditions. This lecture will review hip overuse injuries and their mimics with an emphasis on clinical symptoms, examinations and radiographic and advanced imaging findings.

9-10 a.m.

Care and Management of Chiropractic Patients with Co-Morbid Psychological Disorders
Michelle Drover, D.C., M.S.W.
There are many patients who present to the chiropractic office with co-morbid psychological disorders, both diagnosed and undiagnosed. In this session, we will review some of the more common disorders, including anxiety, depression, psychosomatic and neurodevelopmental disorders. For each disorder, we will discuss the primary clinical features, red flags and clinical clues, the role/impact of chiropractic care, modifications to treatment for the comfort and safety of the patient (if needed), and the importance of coordinated care with other mental health professionals.

Women Chiropractors: Past, Present, and Future: Examining Our Past to Help Project the Future of Female Doctors of Chiropractic and Their Impact in Society
Nancy Elwartowski-Cooper, D.C., DICCP and Cyndy Shaft-Toll, D.C.
Women chiropractors have been pioneers throughout the 125 years of chiropractic and have made enormous contributions to the chiropractic profession and the world. Please join Dr. Elwartowski Cooper and Dr. Shaft-Toll as they discuss women chiropractors in history and their accomplishments. Women chiropractors held the first license to practice in many states, provinces and countries. Who were they and why were they "first" in an age that males would normally be listed in those accomplishments? What does the future hold for women chiropractors? What will their effect be on the growth and development and implementation of chiropractic care?

10:30-11:30 a.m.

Opening Session-State of the College
Chancellor and CEO Dennis Marchiori, D.C., Ph.D.
Join Dr. Marchiori as he opens the 125th Celebration of Chiropractic by offering an insider’s view of the state of the College. In the tradition of the last few years, he will 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 have been, and where we are going as The Trusted Leader in Chiropractic Education®.

1:30-2:30 p.m.

The Art of Unlocking Your Potential
Colin O'Brady
Sponsored by Standard Process Inc.
Growing up, O'Brady's stepmother was a naturopathic doctor. He was introduced early on to the benefits of naturopathic healthcare. Today, O'Brady still employs naturopathic physicians and chiropractors as his primary healthcare. He credits his sustained health and high performance in athletics to the power of these forms of health care.

3-5 p.m.

Intermittent Fasting: Implications for Health and Nervous System
Dan Weinert, D.C., Ph.D.
The course content was derived from a review of literature regarding intermittent fasting, autophagy, neurodegenerative disorders, hormesis, ketosis and brain metabolism. Intermittent fasting (IF) has profound clinical applications. In addition to changing anthropomorphic and metabolic variables, IF decreases inflammation, enhances neural health, and may have a profound impact on preventing/managing neurodegenerative disease.

How to Avoid the Most Common Documentation Errors
Mario Fucinari, D.C., APMP, MCS-P, CPCO
Sponsored by Foot Levelers, Inc.
When it comes to documentation, knowing how to accurately document a patient’s care may mitigate denials, recoupment, or even fines and jail time. We will explore the most common errors made in various insurances including Medicare, personal injury, Blue Cross and cash. Learn what the carriers are looking for and avoid the top errors to improve your record keeping on Monday morning.

Saturday, September 19

8-10 a.m.

Chiropractic Excellence Today and Tomorrow: Enhancing Clinical Acumen to Expand Interprofessional Collaboration
Anthony Lisi, D.C.
This session is structured around a conceptual model in which high quality chiropractic care results in optimal patient outcomes, improved integration and increased patient access to chiropractic care. Part One starts with a detailed review of the current evidence on common lumbar spine pathological conditions, clinical assessment, testing indications, triage and guidelines for clinical practice. The presentation will also address the inclusion of chiropractic care in collaborative case management, and current evidence supporting chiropractic adjustments. This is advanced level content aimed at a target audience of clinicians who manage patients with lumbar spine complaints. Part Two moves to a discussion of the emerging evidence supporting chiropractic clinical expansion in the VA health-care system. Lessons learned in managing complex patients and increasing access to chiropractic services will be presented. Career development pathways for doctors of chiropractic will be discussed.

Mastering the Foot, Ankle, and Knee the Wong Way
Kevin Wong, D.C.
Sponsored by Foot Levelers, Inc.
This unique course is designed to teach patterns of subluxation in the foot, ankle, and knees that present in clinical practice. Starting at the toes we will move through the foot and ankle bones moving up the leg to the knee. This class teaches the student how to analyze the patient, identify subluxation patterns, and render treatment in the form of chiropractic adjustments. It involves hands-on examination and adjusting procedures.

10:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m.

125 Years of Chiropractic
Roger Hynes, D.C., DPhCS and Lou Sportelli, D.C.
Sponsored by NCMIC Insurance Company
The first hour of this session will highlight the origins and establishment of our profession. It will explore the social and political climate that made the United States and Davenport, Iowa specifically such a rich environment for the fledgling profession. It will consider D.D. Palmer’s influences, the challenges he faced, his successes, failures, and limitations of matter. This presentation will also delve into the next generation at the helm of the Palmer empire, Drs. B.J. and his better 7/8th Mabel. It will also examine the growth of the profession, the rapid expansion of competing schools, and the legal battles faced along the way.

The second hour of this session will take the listener on an unexpected journey from the early 1960's when a clandestine plot was conceived to "contain and eliminate" the chiropractic profession by the American Medical Association. Unbeknownst to the chiropractic profession, this illegal plot has been an albatross around the advancement of the chiropractic profession for six decades. Events which have changed the trajectory of the profession, such as CCE accreditation and licensure in all 50 states, were achieved by the dogged determination of a profession composed of colorful and often eccentric individuals and a dedication to preserving an unorthodox health profession under siege.

1:30-2:30 p.m.

Case Studies in Diagnostic Radiology
Ian McLean, D.C., DACBR
Join Dr. McLean in a presentation of clinically diverse cases encountered in a chiropractic radiology practice. Imbedded in the presentation will be discussions on the changing imaging environment pertinent to chiropractic practice inclusive of CT, MRI and MSK diagnostic ultrasonography.  

1:30-3:30 p.m.

“Health and Disease”-Through a Chiropractic Lens: Perspectives for 2020 and Into the Future
Rob Sinnott, D.C., DPhCS, FPhC, FICA (hon)
How do you view the patient differently than an ordinary doctor? Chiropractic’s unique view was described by D.D. Palmer in his text 110 years ago. After all this time, what does science have to say about the premises put forth by our founder? The answer will absolutely amaze you! The lens through which a chiropractor views each individual is far different than the model of “treating disease”. Using our unique objective, this session will consider how those views formulate in clinical experience. Chiropractic’s objective is no longer unique, the educational arm of the medical profession is seizing upon D.D.’s question as well. We will incorporate the most cutting-edge scientific research in our discussion in evidence of this fact. Attendees will receive information that they can it put to immediate use.

2:30-3:30 p.m.

Gonstead for the Non-Gonstead Chiropractor
Dan Lyons, D.C., DPhCS
When most people hear "Gonstead" they envision the cervical chair, pelvic bench, and knee chest with the Nervoscope. But the Gonstead work is much more. It is a philosophy that enables the practitioner to understand the science of analysis and use all the tools available to every chiropractor to better understand that patient’s subluxation so they can determine the best method of correction. We will specifically cover instrumentation (thermography, HRV, S EMG and O2 sat), palpation (static and motion), visualization, X-ray including both traditional Gonstead analysis and more, and history taking/symptomatology. Attendees will learn how to better integrate these into their decision-making and when to value the findings of one more than the other.

3:30-4:30 p.m.

Innovation and Identity: Competition or Collaboration
Nate Hinkeldey, D.C., DACRB and Michael Tunning, D.C., M.S., ATC
Innovation, by definition, involves change and evolution while identity is entrenched in stability and endurance. Conflict often arises when groups of individuals work to identify one or the other as a threat rather than a symbiotic relationship. Join us as we explore how the evolution of clinical care has resulted in innovations in patient evaluation that allow for the maintained identity of chiropractic while providing opportunities for advancement during the next 125 years.

Evidence-Based Resources for Low Back Pain
Robert Vining, D.C., D.H.Sc.
This one-hour session will introduce attendees to research recently conducted and published by members of the Palmer Center for Chiropractic Research. This research focused on providing clinicians with evidence-based diagnosis and treatment-related tools for managing the many conditions that can cause low back pain. Key components of an evidence-based examination and a clinical decision aid for low back pain will be described.

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2021 Printable Event Schedule (Adobe Acrobat required).

FEBRUARY 26-28, 2021

Friday, February 26

Saturday, February 27

Sunday, February 28

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