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A Southern baby shower

While a baby shower is not specific to the south, a touch of southern hospitality elevates the event to a whole new level. I had the opportunity earlier this month to join the ladies of Graceway church in preparing Haley (wife of the youth pastor) for the arrival of baby Olivia. I have been to a lot of baby showers in my life, but this was by far the most ornate. I am so blessed to have met such a wonderful group of ladies that would put so much effort into this shower. I was taking notes for the next time I have a shower to host.

As each person entered they guessed how many Hershey's kisses were in the oversized baby bottle. (I won by guessing the closest! I was only off by 5) Next you addressed you own envelope for the thank you notes, then helped yourself to some punch and hors d'oeuvres. I had the opportunity to sit with a very nice lady with a nursing background who could sympathize with my current stress of national boards.

My favorite part was the "who has the heaviest purse game". After the winner was announced with a purse of over 6lbs. One of the women who knows I go to Sherman said "you are going to need a chiropractor." Then pointed me out. You never know where a future patient is going to come from. I highly recommend getting out in the community. Life at Sherman can be a bubble, but Spartanburg has a wealth of wonderful people. I am so grateful for the ladies of Graceway. (And the gentlemen too)


A southern baby shower

A southern baby shower

A southern baby shower

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 cbatson@sherman.edu or visit http://www.sherman.edu/future-students/preview-saturday.asp.

A Tale of Two Snow Days

Yesterday, all the schools in this area let out by lunch time due to anticipation of severe weather. The severe weather was a forecasted 1-3 inches of snow for the Upstate/Spartanburg. The snow started coming down around 4 pm and it was a bit of a spectacle. Later that night, the roads were indeed a little slick and I saw a few cars found their way to the ditch.

Today is another snow/ice day as the Upstate waits for the sun to melt away this dusting of snow. In Michigan, there was also severe weather. My sister Megan didn’t have school the past two days either. Lets take a look at our comparative journeys through the snowpocylpse.

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  Ryan braving the elements on his day off.










Megan braving the elements on her day off.






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Ryan in search of the tallest mountain of snow to climb.






Megan climbing the tallest mountain of snow courtesy of the plow truck







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Ryan's best attempt at a snow angel
















Megan was already an angel, but you get the idea



Snow days… a matter of perspective



The Drive Home

Whenever people learn that my family lives in Tennessee while I go to school in South Carolina, they always say, "Oh, that must be so hard." The next thing I am always asked is how far is that or how long does it take you to get home. My response of 2.5 hours is always met with, "That is not too bad."

Too bad is a relative term. 5 hours every weekend gets a little repetitive, however I always remember the situation could be worse. Phil and I are in the same country unlike when we first started dating and he lived in England. I am not military wife and having to worry about the safety of my husband. And it is not 9 hours like it would have been had a chosen a different school to the south of us.

The nice part about the drive home is the beautiful scenery. There is always something different in each season. The mountain road can be a difficult drive in bad weather, but this weekend there were some beautiful icicles. I hope you enjoy the pictures as they were the best I could do while driving! If you have some free time I recommend a trip to Gatlinburg, TN before the winter is over.


The Drive Home

The Drive Home

Babysitting with ‘Uncle’ Ryan

As an early birthday present to Melinda, I babysat her children for an hour or two last weekend. I was a little apprehensive about this task since I needed to spend some time preparing for a practical. However, I kept calm and carried on.

So, I packed the girls into my car and we went to Chick-Fil-A. The Chick-Fil-A in Boiling Springs has a nice play place. The girls enjoyed going down the slide, climbing on the playplace, and eating their chicken.

As usual, the girls were well behaved, but play time never comes without some kind of conflict when there are two girls involved. For a kids meal toy, there was a booklet of origami animals*. There was a cat, dog, rabbit, parrot and pig**. They increased in difficulty as the book went on. By the time I folded the easier dog and cat, I was running out of patience for the pig and parrot. So when both girls were beginning to want the same origami pig I was working on, I decided it was probably time to go home.

All in all, it was a great time playing at Chick-Fil-A, but next time there is origami in a kids meal, I am telling the children that they are pictures.

                            Signryan*Some folding required

                            **Adult supervision required


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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?

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 introduced the idea that creativity as the missing link in education. He also supports that intelligence is more than one’s ability to exceed in school, but rather, a diverse and distinct entity that isn’t being optimized by the current education and grading systems used by 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 normal society. It would be great if everyone could learn how to learn and enjoy 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 that is 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 in 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 chances to education, but for now I have to get back to studying.