Help People with a Career in Chiropractic: Sherman College to Host Preview Day February 8


Sherman College of Chiropractic welcomes future doctors of chiropractic to campus on Saturday, February 8, for its first “Preview Day” of 2014, where guests will discover why Fast Company, Forbes, Career Cast and other organizations repeatedly name chiropractic as a top job and what sets Sherman apart as a leader in chiropractic education.

According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, chiropractic employment opportunities are growing faster than the average for all occupations. Employment of chiropractors is expected to increase by 28 percent this decade. Sherman College’s Doctor of Chiropractic program is unique in its approach to health care and known globally for producing doctors who are highly skilled in their delivery of chiropractic care.

Preview Day is a half-day program that allows future students to take a closer look at what life could be like at Sherman College of Chiropractic. Preview Days are available once a quarter and are held on Saturdays to accommodate out-of-town guests and those interested in changing careers; future dates are April 12, August 16 and November 1.  The college hosts a number of additional events on weekdays throughout the year, as well as weekly individual tours.

During Preview Day, visitors will tour Sherman’s campus, anatomy lab and on-campus Chiropractic Health Center. They will talk with current students about the curriculum and learn about our academic program, campus community, financial aid and housing options.

The schedule is as follows:

  • 9:00 a.m.    Check-In, Scallon Building, Atrium
  • 9:30 a.m.    Welcome and Introduction to the Admissions Process, Scallon Building
    Learn more about the admission requirements for Sherman College
  • 10:00 a.m.    Information Sessions (two 15-minute sessions on each topic):
    Financial Aid
  • 10:30 a.m.    Campus Tour, departs from Atrium of the Scallon Building
  • 11:30 a.m.    Individual Meetings, Scallon Building, Admissions Office
    Students and their guests will have the opportunity to individually meet with admission counselors to have any questions answered. 

For more information about Preview Day contact Caroline Batson at 864-578-8770, ext. 200, email or visit

President’s Assembly: Dr. Julie Hunt

Last week, Sherman College hosted Dr. Julie Mayer Hunt for a President’s Assembly. I had heard she was a very intelligent and captivating speaker, so I was excited. My expectations were certainly surpassed.

Dr. Hunt is part of a group that is developing a protocol for taking/reading standing Cervicocranial junction MRI scans. This is a substantial accomplishment since most MRIs are taken in the supine position (lying on the back) and don't directly address this area. Laying down for an MRI chances the dynamics of the body’s response to gravity/weight bearing, and may affect the accuracy of detecting certain spinal abnormality.

This protocol is also substantial for understanding the upper cervical region. This is a key region for chiropractic analysis. With MRI studies in hand, chiropractors such as Dr. Hunt are modifying their thrust to account for conditions that can be missed with Xrays alone. Some examples of conditions include congenital malformations, Arnold chiari, invagination ectopia, as well as general torsion put on the spinal cord due to misalignment of the spine.

During the presentation, some of her pre and post MRIs studies were shown. It was incredible to visualize the soft tissue changes that occurred during her MRI guided adjustment. I wish I could share some of the images, but she requested that they not be photographed.

By the end of the presentation, many students including myself were excited and curious to find out more about this topic. I hope that Dr. Hunt will consider returning to Sherman for information about this topic.



Pinning Ceremony

The entrance into clinic is an important milestone in a chiropractic student career. This is the point when you transition from working on your fellow classmates to the general public. Students have to learn to balance classes with cases, but it is when students finally get to practice what we love. Chiropractic!!

Over the past few quarters the pinning ceremony has occurred during bagelfest. This quarter CSG, after a school wide survey, made the ceremony a separate event. I am happy to see this change. It allowed for more families to be apart of the event. This is important because many times it is our families that bear the brunt of the stress and sacrifice for our education.

Congratulations to all the new interns. I wish you the best of luck!


Pinning Ceremony

Congratulations to the Student Interns of Winter 2014!

Tonight is the big night for Sherman’s new Student Interns! They will be pinned in their own special ceremony separate from Bagel Fest for the first time. I’m sure everyone involved is quite excited!!! 

Congrats to each one of you! You’ve certainly earned it!

Watching the new outpatient interns has put a smile in my heart. So many excited new faces in the Ready Room – place is just a-buzz with awesome energy. 🙂 And it feels good. 


I’ve been busy finishing up requirements in 14th Quarter. With all classes done, it’s very nice just to focus just on patients! I pause to listen to the chatter and feel the excitement around me. 

I kind of wonder how it all went so fast? In no time at all I’ll be on the “outside” looking back … and viewing life from a new perspective just as the new interns are viewing their clinic experience

Somehow we envy those that go before us thinking and hoping that someday it will be our turn. Gee, my turn is coming awfully fast!


It is not just Semantics

As I review for the 1st part of National Boards I am amazed at how much I have learned in the past year.  And while Boards will test my knowledge base required to become a chiropractor, a recent conversation with one of our alumni reminded me that there is more than an academic knowledge required to become a successful chiropractor

In this program my beliefs are challenged and I continue to grow. My view of chiropractic was very pragmatic when I started Sherman. If an adjustment fixes back pain then chiropractic works. This belief has been challenged by the question, what if the pain does not go away? What is the adjustment for? 

Why are patients coming into your office? Is it to get their back pain to go away? Is it to be adjusted? Or is it to get their spines checked? The first is a very mechanistic model. I have pain; I want it to go away, so I go to the chiropractor to fix it. In this case, the chiropractor is a parts doctor. The second is a therapeutic model just like massage or physical therapy. The patient is coming to have a therapy done to them. The third is a vitalistic model. (My spell check does not even know how to spell vitalistic.) We are checking to see if the circumstance of the body can be improved. 

Only the body knows exactly how to react in every circumstance. The problem with the mechanistic model is that it works on the law of averages. What is average for the public is normal for you. I have a low body temperature of 97.3°. I have always had a low temperature, but if I go to the medical doctor with a slight fever of 98.6° I am now normal. If I was humpty dumpty I would want the medical doctor to put all my parts back together again based on the average. But trying to take a pill to make my body meet the average is crazy. I am sure if there was a pill to raise your body temperature some doctor would think I needed to take it. Emergency situations are the time and place for averages.   

Why is the question of why your patients come in the office even important? When we educate our patients the words we use are important. We need to have clarity of terms to have clarity and integrity of the profession. 


Do Schools Kill Creativity?

Do Schools Kill Creativity?

Do Schools Kill Creativity?

How important is education? What topics deserve the most attention? Math, science, health, arts, or writing? I had the pleasure of discovering a TED talk by Sir Ken Robinson: Do schools kill creativity?

In this video, Sir Robinson proposed the idea that creativity is the missing link in education. He supports that intelligence is more than an ability to exceed in school, but rather, a diverse and distinct entity not being optimized by the current education systems used in schools. 

I agreed with several points made in this video. Schools, like our society, seem to be on a reductionist model. People must learn so much information about certain topics in order to be considered educated. Some topics are elevated and others are chastised. This causes the minimization of potential innovators that don’t fit in the box of accustomed society. It would be tremendous if everyone could learn how to acquire and possess the vast amount of knowledge found in our society today.

I think the education system also indirectly minimizes fields like chiropractic. Health and wellness is a topic typically minimized from K-12th grade. I can only remember taking 1 required health class in high school to the 4 years of math and science. Science can be given a healthcare focus, but there is so much more to learn about chemistry and physics that matters for college entrance.

Things get a little better in the college setting, but my experience was limited. I felt that my college didn’t offer a degree that was useful for someone going into alternative medicines since there is so much money in pre-med programs. So, I would be in favor of seeing some changes to education.


Japanese Supporters Provide Knee Chest Table for Sherman Health Center


Dean of Clinics  Adam Morrell, D.C., President Edwin Cordero, D.C., Hirofumi Isobe and VP for Academic Affairs Bob Irwin, D.C., with the black walnut knee chest adjusting table donated by Japanese chiropractors and supporters.

A group of Japanese chiropractors and supporters has donated a beautiful black walnut knee chest adjusting table to the Sherman College’s Chiropractic Health Center. Given by Dr. Keisuke Fujibuchi, Keizaburo Shimada D.C., Ray & Company President Mr. Saburo Mikata, Ray & Company’s Mr. Takayoshi Abe and future Sherman College student Hirofumi Isobe, the table features a plaque honoring the college’s namesake, Dr. Lyle Sherman, and was presented by Isobe on Tuesday, January 7, 2014.

“We look forward to the many life-changing adjustments this beautiful table will provide our patients and students at Sherman College’s Chiropractic Health Center,” said Sherman College President Edwin Cordero, D.C. The table will be placed in the Student Health Center where it will provide much-needed support for the interns in correcting vertebral subluxations daily.

The college’s on-campus Health Center, where senior students intern under the close supervision of licensed doctors of chiropractic, provides quality and affordable chiropractic care to the local community through nearly 20,000 patient visits per year.

The facility is a teaching clinic for chiropractic students who are in their final stage of internship prior to graduation from the doctor of chiropractic program. The teaching environment, coordinated by licensed doctors of chiropractic, allows interns to practice chiropractic under close supervision and constant consultation. For more information, visit .

Caption: Dean of Clinics  Adam Morrell, D.C., President Edwin Cordero, D.C., Hirofumi Isobe and VP for Academic Affairs Bob Irwin, D.C., with the black walnut knee chest adjusting table donated by Japanese chiropractors and supporters.