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NYCC Receives Over $1 Million in Federal Research Grant Funds

Seneca Falls, NY - New York Chiropractic College was awarded a federal grant of over one million dollars from the Department of Health and Human Services. The funding comes under the auspices of the department’s Health Resources and Services Administration’s Chiropractic Demonstration Project Grant Program. The research project, entirely funded by the federal government, will provide $1,124,244.00 over the next three years to perform this multi-site randomized clinical trial. The research will be conducted in conjunction with the Canandaigua Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Center and private practices in the Rochester area. Dr. Frank J. Nicchi, president of NYCC, said, “The award will generate important data benefiting the millions of Americans who experience debilitating back pain. We are honored to have been selected to work with the Canandaigua VA to carry out this important project.” The study will compare two different treatment modalities for patients suffering from chronic lower back pain. The treatment modalities which will be utilized are spinal manipulative therapy and active exercise therapy. Dr. Paul Dougherty, NYCC Associate Professor and principal research grant investigator, will be utilizing a “prediction rule” to attempt to identify those patients who best respond to particular treatment modalities. ”The research will help doctors predict patient responsiveness to treatment and help determine who should be referred for spinal manipulation or for active exercise therapy.” The project will be carried out within VA clinics and in several private chiropractic and physical therapy outpatient facilities throughout Rochester. One of the strengths of this project has been the interdisciplinary cooperation with all professions represented in the study design and implementation of the project including chiropractors, physical therapists and medical physicians. Patients for the study will be recruited beginning March 2007. If you are interested in more information regarding this study, please contact Maureen Kuhlman at New York Chiropractic College’s research center at 315-568-3868.

Mestan Appointed NYCC Interim EVPAA

With the departure of Dr. Clay McDonald, Dr Michael Mestan has been named New York Chiropractic College’s Interim Executive Vice President of Academic Affairs. McDonald now serves as Palmer College of Chiropractic’s new Assistant to the Chief Executive Officer. Mestan arrived in upstate New York in 2002 having previously worked at Parker Chiropractic College chairing the college’s Department of Radiology and directing its Diagnostic Imaging Residency program. Bearing impressive credentials, Mestan came with a Bachelor Degree in Human Anatomy and has earned Diplomate status with the American Chiropractic Board of Radiology and eight years administrative experience. Dr. Mestan says of his work at NYCC, “It is exciting to be able to work at a College with such a rich history as NYCC and serve as part of an administration that provides such a clear and progressive vision.” A national search is being conducted for the Dean of Chiropractic position to oversee academic planning, curriculum development, faculty hiring and associated budgets as they relate to the chiropractic program.


Palmer College Names Three New Administrators

Since Aug. 1, Palmer College of Chiropractic added three experienced administrators from outside the institution to its administrative team. These administrators are filling key roles as dean of Clinics, assistant to the chief executive officer and executive director of the Palmer Center for Chiropractic Research (PCCR). Dean of Clinics, Davenport Campus In August, Kurt Wood, D.C., was hired as dean of Clinics at Palmer College of Chiropractic’s Davenport Campus in Davenport, Iowa. Dr. Wood comes to Palmer after a 20-year career at Northwestern Health Sciences University in Bloomington, Minn. During his tenure at Northwestern, he was a professor in the College of Chiropractic, and served as department chair, program chair, associate dean of academics, associate dean of clinical services, and as Northwestern’s compliance, privacy and security officer. In 2000, he was voted Teacher of the Year by the chiropractic program students. He has presented multiple times at professional conferences and has been published in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics and other professional journals. Prior to graduating from Palmer College of Chiropractic’s Davenport Campus in 1979, Dr. Wood completed Bachelor of Science degrees in biology and chemistry at Upper Iowa University. He is credentialed as a Diplomate of the American Academy of Pain Management, a senior analyst and Diplomate of the American Board of Disability Analysts, and also is certified in healthcare compliance by the Health Care Compliance Board. Dr. Wood has maintained a private practice since 1979, for many years in a multi-doctor, family chiropractic practice in Wisconsin, and more recently in a consulting, forensic practice. A member of the Upper Iowa University board of trustees for 15 years, he currently serves as chair of that board’s residential university committee. In announcing Dr. Wood’s appointment, Palmer’s Vice President for Academic Affairs Dennis Marchiori, D.C., Ph.D., remarked: “We welcome Dr. Wood to this leadership role and look forward to his contribution to our educational program. As dean, Dr. Wood will lead an experienced faculty that is dedicated to the Palmer Clinics’ dual mission of quality patient care and clinical education, and in cooperation with Clinic Department coordinators and directors, will manage, plan, develop and continually improve Palmer’s academic health centers.” Assistant to the Chief Executive Officer In early November, Palmer College of Chiropractic Chief Executive Officer Larry Patten announced that Clay McDonald, D.C., would join Palmer College on Jan. 3, 2007, as assistant to the chief executive officer. In this newly created role, he will work directly with Mr. Patten and the College administrative team to develop and implement operational systems and a program of continual improvement. He also will assist with lobbying for chiropractic education issues at various government levels. “I’ve known Dr. McDonald for many years and I greatly value his perspective and approach to chiropractic education,” said Mr. Patten. “With his diverse and successful background as an administrator, clinician and practitioner, Dr. McDonald’s return to Palmer will continue to strengthen the College leadership team and our commitment to chiropractic education.” Dr. McDonald earned his Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Logan College of Chiropractic in 1982. He also earned a Master of Business Administration degree from St. Ambrose University in 1997, and a Juris Doctorate from Valparaiso University School of Law in 2001. He maintained a private practice in Eureka, Mont., from the time of his graduation until 1990. That year, Dr. McDonald joined Palmer College faculty and spent nearly a decade in service to the College. During that time, he served as an associate professor, faculty clinician and director of Ancillary Procedures. He went on to serve as dean of Clinics before being named special advisor to the president under Dr. Guy Riekeman. Since 2002, he has served New York College of Chiropractic, as dean of Academic Affairs and most recently as executive vice president of Academic Affairs. He currently serves on the Board of Trustees and as secretary/treasurer for the Council on Chiropractic Education. Executive Director for the Palmer Center for Chiropractic Research In late November, Mr. Patten announced that William Meeker, D.C., M.P.H., who had been serving as vice president for Research and executive director of the Palmer Center for Chiropractic Research (PCCR), had been named president of Palmer College of Chiropractic’s West Campus in San Jose, Calif. Concurrently, with Dr. Meeker assuming his role on the West Campus, the College announced the hiring of Christine Goertz Choate, D.C., Ph.D., to succeed Dr. Meeker as executive director for the Palmer Center for Chiropractic Research. Beginning January 3, 2007, she will oversee the College’s research efforts from a new office that Palmer will establish in Washington, D.C. Through this office, Dr. Goertz Choate also will monitor and coordinate government relations activities. “Dr. Goertz Choate has research and administrative experience of tremendous breadth and depth,” Mr. Patten noted. “I look forward to having her on board to lead our research efforts, as well as work through Palmer’s new Washington, D.C., office with federal sources of research funding and on governmental relations efforts.” Dr. Goertz Choate comes to Palmer College from the Samueli Institute for Information Biology in Alexandria, Va., where she served as director of clinical research from 2003 to 2005, until being named deputy director in 2005. Prior to joining the Samueli Institute, Dr. Goertz Choate was the first chiropractor hired by the National Institutes of Health as a health sciences administrator at the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine in Bethesda, Maryland. Dr. Goertz Choate earned her Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota School of Public Health in 1999. In 1991, she earned her Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Northwestern College of Chiropractic in Bloomington, Minn. Among her many honors and accomplishments, Dr. Goertz Choate was named George B. McClelland Researcher of the Year in 2006 by the American Chiropractic Association.


New York Chiropractic College Dedicates Foot Levelers Biomechanics Research Laboratory

Kent Greenawalt, President and CEO of Foot Levelers, joined New York Chiropractic College President, Dr. Frank J. Nicchi as they dedicated the Foot Levelers Biomechanics Research Laboratory housed on the NYCC campus in Seneca Falls, NY. Foot Levelers’ generous funding for equipment and research enabled establishment of the nation’s first biomechanical laboratory in a chiropractic setting. Dr. Nicchi expressed his pride and gratitude, remarking, “Foot Levelers’ unwavering support of chiropractic and its commitment to ongoing research has once again been demonstrated through this generous contribution.” Research at the College will address how Foot Leveler’s orthotics "facilitate proprioceptive feedback pathways and alleviate pain in individuals who suffer from various musculoskeletal pain disorders” according to Dr. Jeanmarie Burke, NYCC Dean of Basic Sciences and Research. She further noted that the new laboratory would provide the opportunity to objectively measure clinical changes that accompany neuromuscular disabilities and orthopedic conditions. It is hoped that research data may reveal how health professionals may better treat patients with complementary and alternative therapies. Essentially, the laboratory will measure combined effects of foot orthotics and chiropractic adjustments on posture, balance and gait. Established protocols will assess body symmetry within the lower extremities, spine and upper extremities in subjects as they, run, walk, and perform other physical activities. The means by which the spine and other body components are impacted by such actions will be determined through a number of means including kinematics, kinetics and electromyography. Detected misalignments in the lower extremities will be viewed to see how they influence functioning in the upper body and how chiropractors can better treat patients. "Only when research is used to help treat patients more competently and is incorporated into examinations does it find its true value,” stated Greenawalt. He saw creation of the laboratory as, as he put it, “an unparalleled opportunity to help fund important research that has the potential to help all doctors of chiropractic.” Foot Levelers, a well known industry leader in custom orthotics, has grown into one of chiropractics most respected companies. More than half a century ago Dr. Monte Greenawalt invented technology that balances the body by balancing the feet, thereby enhancing the patient’s structural integrity. Throughout the years, Foot Levelers has had a positive impact on nearly every facet of chiropractic and has demonstrated its support through donations to chiropractic colleges such as NYCC and research foundations and through substantial financial support to local, state and national chiropractic associations.

State Approves NYCC’s Master of Science in Clinical Anatomy

New York Chiropractic College’s (NYCC) Master of Science Program in Clinical Anatomy (MSCA) was approved by New York State’s Education Department - the first of its kind to be introduced at a chiropractic college in conjunction with a medical school. The MSCA program, operating in conjunction with the State University of New York (SUNY) Upstate Medical University in Syracuse and the Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University in New York City, is intended to appeal to doctors of chiropractic who seek to enhance their education in anatomy and to enter careers in teaching the subject in secondary educational settings. The program will begin classes in the fall of 2007 and graduate students two years thereafter. Instruction will take place at NYCC’s Seneca Falls campus - following a weekly schedule that enables students to attend the College’s well-equipped anatomy facility. Teaching practicums will be held at the Seneca Falls campus, at Syracuse’s SUNY Upstate Medical University, and at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine located downstate. Defense of a master’s thesis is a requirement. Robert Walker, PhD, Dean of NYCC’s Master of Science in Clinical Anatomy program will oversee the new curriculum and teach several courses. Walker’s efforts were instrumental in the program’s development. He will be joined by Dr. Barry Berg of SUNY’s Upstate Health Science Center and by Dr. Todd Olson, Director of Anatomy at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine - an active member of the American Association of Clinical Anatomists and the International Association of Medical Science Educators. NYCC faculty members who will also provide instruction include Drs. Raj Philomin, Seva Philomin, Michael Zumpano, Maria Thomadaki, Sandra Hartwell-Ford, Michael Mestan, John Taylor, Jeanmarie Burke and Judy Silvestrone. Dr. Walker explained that the program was badly needed in order to maintain a pool of professionals adequately trained to teach gross anatomy at advanced educational levels. Walker sees the program as a “win-win” situation for NYCC as well as for the SUNY Upstate Health Science Center and the Albert Einstein College of Medicine: “It will give our [NYCC] students excellent teaching experience while providing the other institutions with well-trained laboratory professionals.” Dr. J. Clay McDonald, Executive Vice President of Academic Affairs, is extremely pleased about NYCC’s new program, remarking, “I am very proud of Dr. Walker’s many accomplishments and am excited by the possibilities this program offers our students.”

Record Number of Students Arrive at NYCC for Fall Trimester

SENECA FALLS, NY - As New York Chiropractic College welcomes fall trimester students, it will have to make room for record numbers entering its doctoral and masters programs. NYCC President Dr. Frank J Nicchi expressed his pleasure at the sizeable incoming class: “I am thrilled that our efforts to provide excellent academic offerings are being well received by the public.” Of the one hundred-ninety-seven new students, one hundred–seventeen will enter NYCC’s Doctor of Chiropractic program and thirty begin study for masters’ degrees in its programs for Acupuncture or Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. In addition, ten new students enrolled in pre-requisite courses NYCC offers in affiliation with Finger Lakes Community College. New this fall, NYCC launched a masters degree program in applied clinical nutrition. Forty students enrolled in the inaugural class for the 2 year program and will attend classes one weekend each month for two years. Faculty provide lectures at the college’s Seneca Falls, Levittown and Depew locations. Such an overwhelming response to the program resulted in a waiting list of applicants. Consequently, the college is considering offering an additional section to the program. Assistant Director of Admissions, Steve Budgar, credits the favorable enrollment picture, in part, to “the College’s delivery of quality programs and its emphasis on excellent customer service.”



The College was notified late Monday afternoon, August 7, 2006, that the Commission on Accreditation of the Council on Chiropractic Education (CCE) has reaffirmed the accreditation of the Doctor of Chiropractic program of our institution. Reaffirmation marks the beginning of the next eight-(8) year accreditation cycle for Logan. Our next comprehensive site visit is scheduled for Spring 2014. We have received eight years of reaccreditation with NO CONCERNS, acknowledged George A. Goodman, DC, President, Logan College of Chiropractic.

Eisenhower Alumni Re-visit Seneca Falls

Alumni of the former Eisenhower College returned to Seneca Falls August 4-6 to celebrate their annual homecoming weekend at New York Chiropractic College, once home to Eisenhower College. This year’s event marked the 30th anniversary of the Class of 1976 and the 25th anniversary of the Class of 1981. Though held in the dead of summer, celebrations included a “New Year’s Eve Party,” in keeping with the long-standing November tradition at Eisenhower College. On Saturday, alumni enjoyed a picnic lunch and presentation of Eisenhower College Alumni Association (ECAA) scholarship awards to Mynderse Academy students Jonathan R. Young and Matthew B. Quinn. ECAA Archivist Virginia “Gigi” Carnes lectured on the Eisenhower archival collection’s history and the alumni association’s future goals for archiving presidential and college memorabilia currently on display in the New York Chiropractic College library. There was also a rededicated of Punkin Park, a grassy expanse named for Joseph Andrew “Punkin” Campbell. The son of Eisenhower College philosophy professor James Campbell and his wife, Mary Ann, Punkin lost his life in a tragic accident in 1973 at the age of 8. On Saturday, NYCC faculty and graduates currently serving in the New York Guard conducted a flag-raising ceremony to commemorate the 40th anniversary of President and Mrs. Dwight D. Eisenhower‘s gift of the campus flagpole, presented by their son John on December 12, 1966. The flag they raised was flown over the U.S. Capitol building on May 28 of this year to honor the 34th anniversary of the graduation of Eisenhower College’s charter class, and in honor of NYCC. Pam Havens, ECAA chair, expressed the organization’s wishes to “acknowledge our very special and unique bond to this area and to our hosts and friends at New York Chiropractic College.” The ECAA Legacy Award, presented this year to New York Chiropractic College, traditionally recognizes those who have made significant contributions to perpetuating the legacy of Eisenhower College, its world-studies education, or the ECAA itself. Drs. Frank Nicchi, president of NYCC, and Beth Donohue, NYCC’s liaison to Eisenhower’s alumni association, received the award on behalf of NYCC on two separate occasions. Donohue was lauded by the ECAA for having helped pave the way for collaboration between the former and current colleges, and was named as an “Honorary Alumnus” of Eisenhower College. A cocktail party, dinner and awards ceremony honored distinguished alumni and faculty and closed the homecoming events. According to Havens, the Eisenhower College Alumni Association has thrived for nearly 25 years and will continue to work to keep the unique memory of Eisenhower College alive.

New York Chiropractic College to Graduate Doctors of Chiropractic, Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Professionals

New York Chiropractic College is proud to announce its upcoming commencement exercises scheduled to take place July 2006. On July 29 and 30, NYCC will confer graduate degrees upon candidates for Doctor of Chiropractic and Master of Science in Acupuncture or Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, respectively. On Saturday, July 29 at 10:00 AM, 32 candidates for the degree of Doctor of Chiropractic will be awarded their diplomas in a ceremony to be held in the campus’ Delavan Theater. The commencement address will be delivered by Dr. Karen Erickson, NYCC Class of 1988 - the first chiropractor to be credentialed by a major teaching hospital in the United States. In 2000, Dr. Erickson was invited to join Beth Israel’s Continuum Center for Health and Healing in New York, where she currently serves on its faculty. A frequent speaker at conferences on chiropractic and integrative health care, Erickson has also authored two chapters on the subject. In 2003 Dr. Erickson graced the cover of New York Magazine in a piece entitled “Meet the New Super Chiropractors.” On Sunday, July 30 at 10:00 AM, the College will graduate its very first class from the NYCC School of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine as 28 masters’ candidates take the stage. Marilee Murphy, the College’s Dean of Graduate Program in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, will read the candidates’ names and President Dr. Frank J. Nicchi, President, will hood the new graduates. Kevin V. Ergil, Director of the Graduate Program in Oriental Medicine and Associate Professor in the School of Health Sciences at Touro College, will deliver the commencement address. A practitioner of traditional Chinese medicine, Mr. Ergil is a practicing licensed acupuncturist (New York and California) and herbalist, having studied East Asian medicine since 1980. Mr. Ergil is a former director and current adviser for the Society for Acupuncture Research. In addition, he served as past president of the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in San Francisco and as founding dean of Pacific College of Oriental Medicine’s New York Campus. Ergil also served as Director of Research and as Chair of the Department of Acupuncture at the New York College for Holistic Health Education & Research (now the New York College for Health Professions), and as representative to the Council of Colleges of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine from 1991 to 2000, where he chaired the Research Information and the Core Curriculum committee. NYCC President Nicchi expressed “extreme pride” that the College would soon graduate its first class of acupuncture and Oriental medicine professionals, and added, “I’m thrilled that we successfully achieved our goal to establish upstate New York’s first acupuncture and Oriental medicine masters program.” First consideration for the College’s expansion into the field of acupuncture and Oriental medicine occurred in 1995. Dr. Nicchi feels that the new AOM program is a perfect fit with the College’s chiropractic program, as acupuncture and chiropractic have long shared close ties. “Many chiropractors work with acupuncturists and refer patients to them,” he explained. Acupuncture is readily accepted by today’s public and has earned respect and acceptance within mainstream healthcare systems. Of the newly graduating AOM students, Dr. Nicchi commented, “They are about to enter a healthcare market that eagerly welcomes professionals skilled in the arts and science of Eastern medicine. Their career options are rife with opportunity.” For further information about New York Chiropractic College’s degree programs in Chiropractic and Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, please visit our Web site at:



The Seneca Falls Health Center located on the campus of New York Chiropractic College is offering new services in an effort to better meet the needs of the community and to broaden its complementary healthcare therapies. The additions include mental health care, podiatry, and dyslexia correction. The center will continue to provide chiropractic care, internal medicine, massage therapy, acupuncture and oriental medicine. Terry Crane McDonald, Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW) in the state or New York, recently began providing mental health care at the Seneca Falls Health Center (SFHC). Her practice provides individual, family and group therapy and covers such areas as marital and family issues; building healthy relationships; child and adolescent behavioral problems; ADD/ADHD; parenting; domestic abuse; alcohol and drug abuse and addiction, sexual identity; education and vocation; spirituality; anxiety and panic; depression; stress; grief; meditation, relaxation; self-esteem, assertiveness and empowerment; anger management; and obsessive/compulsive disorders. Terry says people often seek counseling when they feel “stuck.” Becoming more aware of who they are helps introduce a renewed power, freedom and happiness. Psychotherapy can help this effort. Ms. McDonald earned a bachelor’s in social work from Marycrest International University and her Master of Social Work from St. Ambrose University. She completed family development leadership training at Cornell University, and is a member of the National Association of Social Work. Drs. Carrie O’Neill, DPM, and Vicki Miller-Savard, DPM, of Complete Foot Care, also recently opened an office at the Health Center. They offer a wide range of podiatric care - specializing in foot surgery and the treatment of many common ailments such as fungal nails; in-grown toe nails; plantar warts; heel pain; bunions; hammer toes; and fallen arches. Foot care knows no age limits and both pediatric and senior patients are welcomed. The doctors, excited about their new centralized location, feel it will facilitate treatment of patients from Seneca Falls and the surrounding communities. Complete Foot Care has been located in the Finger Lakes region since 2004. They plan to continue hours at their Newark, NY, office and to maintain privileges with Geneva General, Newark and Clifton Springs hospitals. Dr. O’Neill is a graduate of Elmira College and Temple University and Dr. Miller-Savard is graduated from Cornell University and the Dr. William M. Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine. Both are members of the American and New York State Podiatric Medicine associations. The Seneca Falls Health Center now offers a dyslexia correction program implemented by Lisa Anderson, a certified Davis Dyslexia Correction® Facilitator, licensed with Davis Dyslexia Association International. She operates a learning center that focuses on the root causes of learning difficulties and uses the individual’s own strengths and talents to help overcome these difficulties. Her clients learn to recognize and correct disorientations; focus attention; eliminate confusion in words, symbols and numbers, and increase self confidence and ability in reading, writing, math and physical skills. The learning center provides individualized programs to help children and adults who experience difficulties in reading, writing, spelling, math, listening comprehension, ADD/ADHD, handwriting and motor coordination. Lisa says that early intervention is beneficial in improving academic performance in children, but as long as the client is motivated, it is never too late for help. She was inspired to become a Davis Facilitator after her son, a dyslexic, found success from the program. Ms. Anderson possesses a bachelor’s degree from the University of Rochester, earned her Master of Science in Education at SUNY Cortland and is a full time teacher at Mynderse Academy in Seneca Falls. To make an appointment or for more information about these or any of the health care services available at the Seneca Falls Health Center, please call the Center at 315-568-3166.



Transitions, New York Chiropractic College’s alumni magazine, has won two Awards of Distinction from The Communicator Awards 2006 Print Competition. The Communicator Awards is an international competition that recognizes excellence in the field of communication. Transitions magazine was judged by industry professionals and recognized for exceeding industry standards in communicating a message or idea. Over 5,000 entries were received and Transitions was presented with an Award of Distinction in the Educational Institution category for two recent issues; “’Tis the Season” and “Jobs”. Transitions magazine is produced by NYCC’s Department of Institutional Advancement.


NYCC Offers Masters in Applied Clinical Nutrition

American dieters just got some new help in their battle of the bulge. New York Chiropractic College (NYCC) in Seneca Falls, New York, is instituting a nutritional program that will prepare experts to assist patients with their diet-related problems. NYCC’s new program, founded by world-renowned nutritionist, Dr. Shari Lieberman, will enable matriculating healthcare professionals to blend clinical nutrition applications with existing preventative and treatment options. It is structured to provide comprehensive professional education to prepare graduates to practice in a wide range of clinical, consulting and industry settings. It will emphasize an integrative approach to healthcare with the specific aim to provide a professionally oriented curriculum, focused on clinical nutrition and its application in prevention and disease management. The program emphasizes an integrative approach to healthcare, and is applicable to practice in a wide range of clinical, consulting and industry settings. The 36-credit hour (540 hours), six-trimester program differs significantly from many nutrition curricula because of its focus on applied clinical nutrition and its application in prevention and disease management. Graduates will be able to individually design intervention programs that encompass diet, exercise, nutritional supplementation (e.g., vitamins, minerals, botanicals, essential fatty acids, amino acids), well suited for private practitioners, for integrative practice with other professionals, and for consultant roles with research and industry. Coursework: When and Where? The program is designed for working health professionals who are currently healing patients and working to prevent the onset of illness. Consequently, NYCC’s coursework is uniquely designed to be taught one weekend per month allowing busy professionals to participate. Coursework is delivered through NYCC’s interactive video teleconferencing system located in each location: Levittown, NY (Long Island), Seneca Falls, NY, and DePew, NY (near Buffalo) and is supplemented with online computer modules. The College has found that this method of teaching offers a number of benefits for its students. Delivery of the course to students in all three locations allows students to interact with the instructor and other students in real time, thereby allowing for personal interaction between instructor and students to occur at each site at least once per term. The faculty – all highly accredited seasoned professionals with clinical research experience – will “rotate” teaching in each of the centers during the trimester, thereby allowing for physical interaction between instructor and students to occur at each site at least once per term. For more information about New York Chiropractic College’s Applied Clinical Nutrition program, contact the office of Admissions at 1-800-234-6922, visit the College at 2360 State Route 89 in Seneca Falls, N.Y., or log on to



GREELEY, Colo. — National Board of Chiropractic Examiners (NBCE) President Peter D. Ferguson, D.C., announced today that, in accordance with a vote of the full Board of Directors, the NBCE will reduce its examination fees effective in 2006. The board made this decision at its fall board meeting in Charlotte , N.C. The NBCE will reduce fees for its Parts I, II and III examinations by $25 each and for the Part IV Examination by $100. These reductions correspond to an overall seven percent decrease in the current price of each exam. In 2006, the NBCE will reduce exam fees by: NBCE EXAM / FEE REDUCTION Part I / $25.00 Part II / $25.00 Part III / $25.00 Part IV / $100.00 The new fee structure will be included in the spring 2006 applications, available at by Nov. 15 and mailed to chiropractic colleges by mid-December. “One factor that made this decision possible is the commitment by the Board of Directors to reduce costs following its annual meeting in May. The board has taken a hard look at our budget during this fiscal year,” Dr. Ferguson explained. “By reducing costs where possible, we have enacted substantial savings that we can pass on to our examinees.” In addition, the NBCE has worked to reduce the cost of administering its exams. For example, by making exam applications and brochures available online, the NBCE has saved substantially on printing costs. The board’s decision is also due to an increase in the number of new students enrolling at chiropractic colleges. The NBCE relies on revenues from its exams to cover its costs. With increased enrollments, revenue streams will increase during the next few years as more students take NBCE exams. “We are very excited about passing these fee cuts on to the students,” said Dr. Ferguson. “I can assure our examinees that we will continue to keep a watchful eye over our budget. By employing a conservative fiscal approach, we hope to pass along savings not just in 2006 but into the future as well.” Headquartered in Greeley, Colo., the NBCE is the international testing organization for the chiropractic profession. Established in 1963, the NBCE develops, administers, and scores standardized written examinations for candidates seeking chiropractic licensure throughout the United States and in several foreign countries. The NBCE also produces and administers a practical skills examination for use in chiropractic licensure.

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New Chiropractic College?

A Kansas City nonprofit organization has formed to try to begin offering chiropractic degrees and to improve people’s health by opening wellness centers according to an article in The Kansas City Star. According to this article written by Lynn Franey a higher education reporter for The Kansas City Star, Gerald Jensen a former vice chancellor at the University of Missouri-Kansas City has created the Chrysalis Institute. Most recently, Jensen was an administrator at the Cleveland Chiropractic College in Kansas City, Missouri. To learn more read the complete story in The Kansas City Star by clicking on the link below. The Kansas City Star - Institute is planning chiropractic degrees or Chrysalis Institute


Palmer to Construct Chiropractic Learning Resource Center with New Clinic Facilities

The Chiropractic Learning Resource Center (CLRC) planned for construction on the Palmer College of Chiropractic campus will now include state-of-the-art outpatient clinic facilities, College officials have announced. Groundbreaking for the CLRC, to be located on the east side of Brady Street, will take place later this year with an anticipated completion date in 2007. The new building is the centerpiece of the College’s $35 million capital campaign, which has raised nearly $26 million in gifts and pledges and is now in its completion phase. College officials expect to complete the campaign by the end of 2006. “The new Chiropractic Learning Resource Center and its world-class clinic facility will further enhance the education students receive at Palmer,” said Palmer President Donald Kern, D.C. “We are so excited to add clinic facilities to this new building, which will be a focal point on campus, a crossroads for the entire profession, and will provide alumni, faculty, students and researchers with an educational resource found nowhere else in the chiropractic profession.” Preliminary plans call for the facility to include more than 40,000 square feet of space, which will be used to house: • Community outpatient clinic facilities • Clinical learning resources for students • Radiology services • Rehabilitation services • Visitor center The Palmer College capital campaign goals are as follows: • $12.9 million for Chiropractic Learning Resource Center • $7.1 million for revitalization of campus facilities • $5 million for annual operating funds • $10 million for cash and deferred endowment needs As part of total contributions to the campaign thus far, Palmer College has received $5.2 million in federal funding, of which $3.9 million has been designated for the CLRC. “We are so appreciative, amazed and humbled by the level of support we have received thus far in our capital campaign,” added Palmer’s Chief Development Officer Drew Boster. “Our alumni, friends, employees and the local community have been extremely generous with their gifts and their time in this endeavor. I would like to take this opportunity to thank our local alumni and community leaders who have been instrumental in our progress thus far. Reaching our goal will ensure that we continue to graduate the most talented and skilled chiropractors in the profession by giving them the best tools, education and inspiration here at The Fountainhead of chiropractic.”

Ferguson Renamed President of NBCE

Peter D. Ferguson, D.C., of Canton, Ohio was re-elected President of the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners during their Annual Meeting May 7 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Dr. Peter Ferguson was elected to return as NBCE President after serving for one year as Chairman of the Board, during which Dr. James Badge served as president. Following the elections, Dr. Ferguson took the opportunity to address his intentions for the coming year. Although I was reluctant to once again serve as president, I am honored to do so. Under the circumstances that this position is only for one year, and that year being such a short period of time, my aim is to continue building upon Dr. Badge’s work over this past year and to also build upon the work that I accomplished during my previous tenure as president. I am dedicated to the continual pursuit of reducing expenses of the Board and increasing communication with the delegates, alternate delegates, state board members, chiropractic colleges and students and the chiropractic profession. My overall goal is to do the right thing for the chiropractic profession and that is continuing to do what the Board has done so well for the past 42 years—providing excellent pre-licensure examination services that regulatory bodies can depend on as appropriate and legally defensible. Dr. Ferguson was first elected to serve the National Board as Director-at-Large in 1999. When Dr. Ferguson was elected as President to the Board in 2000, the National Board was at a crossroad. Under Dr. Ferguson’s guidance, the NBCE made many changes. In response to a continual decline in exam revenue the Board cut its budget and found it necessary to increase exam fees for the first time since 1992. In 2000 Dr. Ferguson initiated National Board Days at chiropractic colleges to improve relations with the chiropractic college students. Since 2000, an NBCE director has visited every chiropractic college at least once and the NBCE has also welcomed members of chiropractic college student leadership to its facilities. Another noteworthy change experienced by the NBCE during Dr. Ferguson’s term as president was the first election of a female to the NBCE Board of Directors. Additionally, since 2000, the National Board has introduced two new, optional examinations: Acupuncture in 2003 and the NBCE Ethics and Boundaries exam in 2004. With the Board’s commitment to improving communications with the profession, the National Board began printing a quarterly newsletter in 2000, and in March 2003 introduced monthly reports. Over the past five years the Board has also been committed to the development of a comprehensive Web site that provides information on the Board and NBCE examinations, as well as news updates and other relevant information. During the past year, exam brochures and applications were included on the NBCE Web site as a convenience for examinees so that they could fill out these forms online before submission to the board. A graduate of National College of Chiropractic in Illinois, Dr. Ferguson’s responsibilities outside the NBCE have included being a member to both the U.S. Department of Defense Chiropractic Health care Demonstration Oversight Advisory Committee and to the Advisory Committee on Interdisciplinary, Community-Based Linkages, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. In 1998, Dr. Ferguson received the prestigious George Arvidson Award for Meritorious Service to Chiropractic Licensure for his involvement with the Federation of Chiropractic Licensing Boards (FCLB), which Dr. Ferguson previously chaired. He is a fellow of the International College of Chiropractors, and also a fellow of the American College of Chiropractors. Dr. Ferguson is also a member of the Board of Trustees at New York Chiropractic College, the former director for the Council on Chiropractic Education, former president of the Ohio State Board of Chiropractic Examiners, member of the President’s Advisory Board at Walsh University and Chairman of the Civil Services Commission in Canton, Ohio. Headquartered in Greeley, Colorado, the NBCE is the international testing organization for the chiropractic profession. Established in 1963, the NBCE develops, administers and scores legally defensible, standardized written and practical examinations for candidates seeking chiropractic licensure throughout the United States and in many foreign countries.

Logan Trustees Hold Meeting, Elections

The Logan Board of Trustees held its winter meeting on February 5 in Chesterfield near the Logan campus. Marc Malon, DC was elected chairperson of the board at the February meeting. Dr. Malon succeeds Anthony Bilott, DC of Butler, Penn. who recently reached the maximum tenure of nine consecutive years as a Logan trustee. A 1981 Logan graduate, Dr. Malon has a chiropractic practice in Biddeford, Maine. He is a past president of the Maine Chiropractic Association and has served as the delegate from Maine to the American Chiropractic Association. He first became a Logan trustee in 1997. Dr. Malon was chosen as the 1995 Maine Chiropractic Association “Chiropractor of The Year.” He serves on Maine Governor John Baldacci’s Office of Health Policy and Finance Health Action Team. He is a Fellow of the American Back Society, serves on numerous Biddeford-area boards and is active with local area charitable organizations. Continuing as vice chairperson of the board of trustees is Frank Ungerland, DC, a 1976 Logan graduate from Tulsa, Okla. Re-elected to a new three-year term as a trustee was Susan Crump Baker, DC, a 1967 Logan graduate from Bridgeton, MO. Appointed by Dr. Malon to serve on the board’s executive committee was trustee Steve Roberts, a St. Louis entrepreneur and a past member of the St. Louis Board of Aldermen (1979-91). The Logan trustees’ executive committee consists of the chairperson and the vice chairperson of the board, and one additional board member. Re-elected to a new one-year term as a member of the trustees’ advisory council was Mark Reeve, DC, a 1979 Logan graduate from Austin, Minn. Dr. Reeve was the Logan Alumni Association representative on the board of trustees from 2001-04. Anthony Bilott, DC has been elected to serve on the advisory council for 2004-05. A 1981 Logan graduate, he became the chairperson of the Logan board of trustees in 2003. Also elected to one-year terms as advisory council members were Debra Hoffman, DC and Paul Henry, DC. Dr. Hoffman, 1980 Logan graduate, has a chiropractic practice in Tampa, Fla. She has served on the board of directors of the Florida Chiropractic Association since 1998. Dr. Henry, a 1993 Logan graduate, enrolled at Logan after a career as a governmental financial analyst and manager. He now has a chiropractic practice in Baltimore and is president of the Maryland Chiropractic Association, where he is completing his term this year.

Palmer Board Names Drs. Kern, Martin President; Other Key Issues Addressed

After a period of information gathering and careful planning, the Palmer Chiropractic University System Board of Trustees has approved a number of resolutions and permanent appointments that will have a significant, positive impact on the future of Palmer. At their annual meeting held Feb. 4-5 in San Diego, Calif., the Board’s efforts focused on building a solid foundation from which Palmer can continue to be the leader in chiropractic education. This process resulted from a year of collecting information from a cross section of each Palmer campus. Among the resolutions announced by the Board are: Presidential Appointments: Donald Kern, D.C., and Peter Martin, D.C., were named president of Palmer College of Chiropractic and Palmer College of Chiropractic West, respectively. Their appointments are effective immediately. “We conducted a full and thorough evaluation of their performance during the past year and found that they both had achieved outstanding success in reaching the one-year goals the Board had set,” said John Huston, chair of the Board evaluation team. “During our interviews with staff and administrators, as well as from those who participated in the evaluation forums, we heard overwhelmingly that the greatest constituency of the colleges wanted this to happen. This will bring needed stability and the ability to move forward seamlessly with our program.” “The Board concluded that it would be in Palmer’s best interest to remove the interim titles and appoint each as president of their respective campuses,” said Vickie Palmer, chairman of the Board and great-granddaughter of D.D. Palmer, the founder of chiropractic. “These two exceptional individuals provide a great blend of experience and leadership, and we are fortunate to have them leading us forward.” Plans for an investiture ceremony marking their official appointments are underway. In addition, the Board determined that there also should be a President at the Florida campus. These three presidents will report directly to the Board of Trustees. The Board will immediately begin a search for a president of Palmer Florida. As announced on Jan. 31, Donald Gran, D.C., M.S.Ed., will serve as acting senior campus administrator of that campus while the search is conducted. Palmer’s new organizational structure will include a CEO position that will report directly to the Board and will deal with business issues and assure proper integration of the three campuses. This position will be open in the future. Until the position is filled, Mr. Larry Patten will continue to assist the Board with these matters. One College, Three Campuses: The Board reemphasized that Palmer is one college with three campuses. Because it will continue to focus its attention on assuring that it is the highest-quality chiropractic institution in the world, therefore, it will discontinue the use of the term “university.” “Universities are more commonly made up of colleges of multiple disciplines under one umbrella, which is the university. By the common definition, identifying Palmer as a university implies that we offer programs other than chiropractic, which isn’t the case,” explained Vickie Palmer. “Therefore, to eliminate confusion and to solidify and strengthen the Palmer brand nationwide, we will refer to ourselves as Palmer College of Chiropractic with our three campuses identified as Palmer College of Chiropractic, also known as The Fountainhead, Palmer College of Chiropractic-West and Palmer College of Chiropractic-Florida. Regardless of the campus name, we are dedicated to our students by ensuring that the educational program at each campus reflects the same quality of delivery as well as the same Palmer philosophy. We intend to be certain that is carried out.” The Fountainhead: The Board affirmed the significance of the Davenport campus as The Fountainhead of Chiropractic. “No other college in the world enjoys this distinction, since chiropractic began in Davenport,” said Vickie Palmer. “In a way, all chiropractic colleges and all chiropractors are part of the Palmer family since it all began here in Davenport, Iowa. Having additional campuses within Palmer does not and will not diminish the legacy of the Davenport campus. It simply provides those who wish to obtain a Palmer chiropractic education in another location an opportunity to do so. All students who complete our program will have earned the honor of being a Palmer graduate.” Clinics: The Board stated its commitment to ensuring that students are sufficiently prepared through a curriculum that includes a solid clinic experience. The clinical operation must be a seamless part of the curriculum at each campus. It was agreed that, in order to achieve that outcome, the curriculum must be driven with the clinical experience clearly in mind. Philosophy: The Board also agreed that Palmer and its three campuses are in the business of chiropractic education of the highest quality. It maintains a centrist view of chiropractic as defined by its mission, tenets and philosophy. The boundaries of this view include physiotherapy as part of the core curriculum, due to its potential benefit to chiropractic patients. This decision was based on research conducted by the ad hoc Education Committee. The statement of philosophy shared late last summer received strong support from Palmer faculty, staff and alumni. Enrollment: With a new emphasis on enrollment management, the Board approved opening a new position of Chief of Enrollment Management for which it will immediately begin a nationwide search. The campuses will also open up other necessary positions in this area to ensure that it has a quality team of enrollment management specialists to efficiently work with students wishing to enroll. Interim Positions: The College will now begin working on filling other positions that have been filled on an interim basis during the past year. This may include opening new positions in certain areas as deemed necessary by the College. Technology: The Board approved a new initiative to update the Davenport and West campuses with current technological resources. It has asked the administration to prepare an action and implementation plan. Educational Advisory Committee: The Palmer Board of Trustees is committed to establishing an advisory committee made up of selected alumni. This committee will work with the College as it works to continue to offer the best chiropractic education possible. The committee will also build upon the sense of pride that comes with a Palmer diploma by working to continually improve the Palmer experience. PCCW Location: There have been discussions in the past that the PCCW campus may move to a new city. The Board wishes to lay this idea to rest by affirming that the Palmer West campus will continue to be located in the bay area in California. Curriculum: Providing students with the skills to become a successful chiropractor is considered the highest priority. With that, the Board is committed to working with all constituencies to assess the curriculum and to ensure that it is working effectively. Current Board Members Attending the meeting in San Diego were: Vickie A. Palmer, H.C.D. (Hon.), chairman, Trevor Ireland, D.C, vice chair, Charles J. Keller, D.C., secretary, Hewett M. (Mack) Alden, D.C., Dennis J. Fitterer, D.C., Harley D. Gilthvedt, D.C., Merlyn A. Green, D.C., Michael J. Hahn, D.C., John Huston, Kenneth Koupal, Paul S. Peterson, D.C., William L. Wilke and Ex Officio Member Mark A. Heslip, D.C. John Willis, D.C., attended the meeting on behalf of Ex Officio Member Kirk Lee, D.C. Board member Kent M. Forney, J.D., was unable to attend. Frank Bemis, D.C., Fletcher Keith, D.C., and Byrd Krumbholz have completed their terms on the Board. The Board would like to thank them for their service and support of Palmer. Comments from Board Members “Change never comes without some pain,” said Dr. Keller, secretary of the Board. “However, the efforts of the Board over the past year have been so productive and provided such a clear direction for the future that whatever pain we have been through will, in the long run, prove to be worth it when we measure the value of our outcomes.” “We’ve implemented a new foundation of discovery that will help us establish a framework for a strong direction for the future of chiropractic education,” said Vickie Palmer. “This process has generated a new beginning for our colleges. I’m confident that the bold and aggressive initiatives put in place will ensure that Palmer continues to provide the highest-quality chiropractic education in the world.” “We have done our job,” added Trevor Ireland, D.C., vice chair of the Board. “We have worked diligently as a Board to ensure that we do what is right for Palmer. Our decisions were based on careful deliberations and, as a Board, we are together and strong in our resolve to see our initiatives carried through.” “I would also like to thank everyone–on all three Palmer campuses–who provided input to the Board over the past year,” added Vickie Palmer. “Your commitment and ongoing support are a strong testimony of the quality of individuals who are part of the Palmer family.” The next full Board meeting will be held in June. To learn more visit click on the link below:

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