Free Visit on Valentine’s Day at Sherman College Health Center

Free Visit on Valentine’s Day at Sherman College Health Center

FREE VISIT at Sherman College’s Chiropractic Health Center for our Valentines


Sweetheart Day

What: Free visits on Sweetheart Day at the Sherman College Chiropractic Health Center.
Appointments are recommended.
Who: All current Health Center patients will receive a free visit
Current patients only; x-rays not included.
New patients are always our sweethearts; the first visit to our HC is free.
When: Tuesday, February 14, from 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
Why: We love and appreciate our patients!
Where:  Sherman College of Chiropractic Health Center
2020 Springfield Road, Spartanburg, SC 29316
Contact: Kristy Shepherd or Joy Turner or
Online: Go to


Sherman College Stands Against Prescriptive Rights for Doctors of Chiropractic

Sherman College Stands Against Prescriptive Rights for Doctors of Chiropractic

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Sherman College Stands Against Prescriptive Rights for Doctors of Chiropractic

Sherman College of Chiropractic is announcing its position defending the holistic origins of the chiropractic profession and recommending against an expansion of scope in New Mexico that would allow doctors of chiropractic prescriptive rights.

The college asserts that the expansion of practice scope in New Mexico that would include the right to prescribe pharmaceuticals is a dangerous precedent for the chiropractic profession that would encroach on the practice of medicine and potentially put patients at risk.

“Chiropractic was founded to provide the public with a valuable, distinct service of enhancing life, health and human potential without duplicating any existing services,” said Sherman College President Edwin Cordero, D.C.

“Sherman College of Chiropractic strongly opposes the expansion of the scope of practice in New Mexico. The college remains steadfast in holding to the origins of chiropractic to improve and elevate the well-being of people through the correction of vertebral subluxations. It recognizes that the unique philosophy and art of chiropractic are scientifically grounded in their own right and require no expansion into the act of medical practice.”

In addition, the Association of Chiropractic Colleges Paradigm, adopted by most major chiropractic organizations, states emphatically that “chiropractic is a health care discipline which emphasizes the inherent recuperative power of the body to heal itself without the use of drugs or surgery.”

Expansion of the scope of practice could lead to chiropractic losing its unique service to the public, Cordero explained. This change proposed in New Mexico, he said, would put the public at risk and would likely increase the number of licensure and malpractice complaints in the chiropractic profession.

A full, itemized statement of the college’s objections to scope expansion and prescriptive rights articulated by Sherman College Director of Evidence-Informed Curriculum and Practice Christopher Kent, D.C., J.D., has been posted on the college website at

Sherman College of Chiropractic holds the position that the practice of chiropractic remains a service separate and distinct from other healing arts. Its unique clinical objective is to locate, analyze and correct vertebral subluxations. Building on this, Sherman College teaches courses to prepare its graduates to practice as portal-of-entry providers in all 50 states and around the world. Sherman College graduates are competent and trained to meet all requirements for licensure and safe application of the unique service of chiropractors.

Drugs in the Profession of Chiropractic

Drugs in the Profession of Chiropractic

Christopher Kent, D.C.


Statement on Drugs in the Profession of Chiropractic

                                                                              by Christopher Kent, D.C., J.D.                                                                                
Sherman College Director of Evidence-Informed Curriculum and Practice    


There is general agreement throughout the chiropractic profession that we are a drugless profession. The Association of Chiropractic Colleges Paradigm, adopted by most major chiropractic organizations,  states emphatically: “Chiropractic is a health care discipline which emphasizes the inherent recuperative power of the body to heal itself without the use of drugs or surgery.” (1)

Sherman College of Chiropractic teaches that chiropractic practice includes the detection, analysis, and correction of vertebral subluxations and that the practice of chiropractic does not include the use of prescription or non-prescription drugs.

Drugs should not be included in the scope of chiropractic for the following reasons:


  1. It would be contrary to the historic and widely accepted identity of the profession to add drug treatment to our scope of practice
  2. We know of no accredited chiropractic colleges that provide instruction on the use of prescription drugs, including injections of homeopathic medications, hormones, prolotherapy agents, etc. in their curriculum. A few have offered postgraduate courses in injectable nutrients (as authorized in Oklahoma), local anesthetics (as authorized in Oregon), and a 90-hour course in New Mexico. One offers a graduate program.
  3. To our knowledge, no accredited chiropractic college clinic employs injectable homeopathic remedies, injectable nutrients, and other legend drugs in the care of outpatients in their student clinics. Furthermore, students have no hospital rotations and practical training in dealing with the safe and effective use of drugs, and the management of anaphylactic reactions and other adverse effects.
  4. Some have proposed a “tiering” of the profession. Legislation could empower state boards to either allow any licensed chiropractor to practice in these potentially dangerous areas with little or no training or require “certification” that is not comparable to the thousands of hours of residency required of medical and osteopathic physicians. Furthermore, this would lead to two (or more) classes of chiropractors, causing confusion and potential deception of the public.
  5. Homeopathic medicine is a system of medicine in its own right. Only three states separately license homeopathic physicians (Arizona, Connecticut, and Nevada). They require that an applicant hold a medical degree, complete residency training, and have specialty training in homeopathy.  All homeopathic injectables and some oral homeopathic products are prescription drugs. To have marginally trained DCs practicing an entirely different system of medicine is not in the best interests of the profession or the patient community.
  6. Such an expansion in the scope of chiropractic practice could result in an increase in professional liability insurance premiums, due to increased risk to the public.
  7. The public perception of the profession would suffer, as doctors of chiropractic could become perceived as third-rate medical practitioners, sometimes using very questionable drugs and medicines.
  8. Chiropractors would become part of the iatrogenic drug problem. Chiropractic’s impressive safety record could become a thing of the past.
  9. There is no evidence that drugs are useful in locating, analyzing, and correcting vertebral subluxations.
  10. The best interests of the public are served by limiting the use of drugs to fully qualified physicians trained in their use.



  1. Association of Chiropractic Colleges Paradigm.
Fifty-Three Complete Doctor of Chiropractic Program at Sherman College

Fifty-Three Complete Doctor of Chiropractic Program at Sherman College


53 Complete Doctor of Chiropractic Program

Fifty-three students from around the world received the doctor of chiropractic degree from Sherman College of Chiropractic in Spartanburg, SC, on Saturday, December 17, 2016. The commencement was a shared ceremony for December 2016 and March 2017 graduates.

Tan Lay Lay Tracy of Singapore, recipient of the Milton W. Garfunkel Award for the December class, and Brianna Lynn Boliver of New York, recipient for the March class, presented farewell addresses to their classmates. The Garfunkel Award is the highest award given at graduation. Students receiving this honor must have a grade point average of 3.5 or above, and in addition, best exemplify those qualities Sherman College would like to inculcate in all of its graduates: love of the profession, an understanding of the philosophy, willingness to share, and service to the college and community.

Tan and Boliver also both received the Academic Achievement Award for their respective classes. The Academic Achievement Award is given to the individual in each graduating class who maintains the highest grade point average throughout his or her studies at Sherman College.

Timothy John Hartman of North Carolina (March class) and David Yamil Vazquez of Puerto Rico (March class) were presented with the Service Distinction Award. This distinction is not given at every graduation; rather it is given to students who stand out for their significant and distinguished service contributions to Sherman College and the local community throughout their course of study.

The Clinical Excellence Award was presented to Yamira Valentin-Fuentes of Puerto Rico (December class) and Timothy John Hartman (March class) in recognition of their successful practices in the Health Center. This award is given to an intern in each class who has diligently worked to develop skills in the art, science and philosophy of chiropractic, maintained an A average in the clinical program and exhibited superior overall clinical performance and professionalism.

David Yamil Vazquez (March class) also received the B.J. Palmer Philosophy Distinction Award. This honor is given to outstanding students who exemplify the profound philosophical understanding necessary to translate the universal principles of life into the workable philosophy, science, and art which is chiropractic.

The commencement address was given by Sherman College Assistant Case Doctor Tate Gentile, D.C. Gentile is a 2007 graduate of Parker College of Chiropractic, where he had an opportunity to pioneer a clinic in the Costa Rican Olympic Committee during his time there. Gentile bought a practice in Fort Collins, CO, which he transitioned into a thriving family wellness cash practice. He loves working with children and pregnant moms, but most importantly full families. He his wife, Katie, recently moved to Spartanburg, SC, so she could attend Sherman College of Chiropractic. He is on the faculty at Sherman College and currently teaching classes in Patient Education, Pattern Analysis, and Neurofunctional Assessments.

Sherman College Director of Evidence-Informed Curriculum and Practice Christopher Kent, D.C., J.D., delivered the charge to the graduates. A chiropractor and attorney, Kent is also the CEO of On Purpose, LLC, and president of the Foundation for Vertebral Subluxation; he has served the profession as a practitioner, educator, author, lecturer and researcher. Kent graduated from Palmer College in Davenport, IA, in 1973 and has served on the faculty at Palmer and at Palmer-West. He is known within the chiropractic profession for his dedication to defining the science, art, ethics and philosophy of chiropractic for students and doctors of chiropractic. He is the author of books, textbook chapters and articles in peer-reviewed and popular journals, and he serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Pediatric, Maternal & Family Health and the Journal of Vertebral Subluxation Research.

The doctor of chiropractic program at Sherman College requires students to complete more than 4,800 hours (14 quarters) of classroom and laboratory study and also includes an internship in the college’s on-campus Chiropractic Health Center. To enter the D.C. program, students must have at least 90 semester hours of college-level courses, including courses in the sciences.

For more information, please contact:

Karen Rhodes

Director of Public Relations

Sherman College of Chiropractic

Phone: 800-849-8771, ext. 242