Halloween Fest

Halloween Fest

Halloween Fest

Halloween Fest

Halloween Fest October 27 at Sherman College Chiropractic Health Center

What:              Join us as we celebrate Halloween at the Sherman College Health Center

Trick-or-treating, family fun, food truck, candy, and games!


Who:                Everyone is welcome – bring the whole family!


When:             Friday, October 27, from 5:30-7 p.m.


Why:                Good food, good fun, and good company


Where:           Sherman College of Chiropractic Health Center

2020 Springfield Road, Spartanburg, SC 29316


Contact:         Kristy Shepherd or Joy Turner





Facebook:            Go to facebook.com/events/122505408369736


Highlights of 2017

Highlights of 2017

Share Your Sherman College Video Highlights of 2017

highlights of 2017Have you captured a funny or memorable moment at Sherman College this year? If so, please share it with us! The college will be creating a video at the end of the year with some of our most important and entertaining memories from 2017. We would love to include your perspective through a fun moment you may have captured in class, at a continuing education session (including Lyceum, IRAPS, ACP) or just hanging around campus. Submissions from employees, students, alumni, and friends are welcome. Please submit your video for consideration by uploading it to this Dropbox. If you are using an iPhone, please open the link in Safari. A compilation video will be featured in the December Sherman Shares email.

Mary Babian, D.C.

Mary Babian, D.C.

Sherman Alumna Mary Babian, D.C., ’78, Honored

Mary Babian, D.C.The Tennessee Chiropractic Association (TCA) has honored Mary Babian, D.C., ’78, J.D., of Chattanooga, Tennessee with their highest recognition, 2017 Conference Honoree.

“The TCA is proud to honor Dr. Babian for all she has contributed to her over 39 years of servant-leadership,” Tiffany Stevens, executive director of the TCA, said. “Sharing her gifts as a doctor, an educator, and advocate, she is steadily building a legacy to benefit future generations.”

Dr. Babian’s first connection to the spine and its impact on health was through an injury sustained at age 14 while at work at a neighborhood service station. After years of living with discomfort, her injury flared up severely while in her sophomore year at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (UTC). A road trip to visit her grandmother in Iowa left her barely able to move. Spurred by her family, she sought chiropractic care and remembers waking up the next day in disbelief that the pain was gone. It was life-changing, setting her on a new course to help others through chiropractic.

After completing her Bachelor of Science degree at UTC in 1974, she attended Sherman College of Chiropractic in Spartanburg, SC. There she excelled and benefitted from the experiences of dedicated mentors, graduating with her Doctor of Chiropractic degree in 1978. She continues to give back to her alma mater and has been named a Lifetime Member of the Sherman College Board of Regents.

On August 21, 1978, she established her private practice in Red Bank, TN, and this year she entered her 40th year of caring for her community, an achievement she celebrated while viewing the Great American Eclipse. Her chiropractic legacy spans three generations of patients and crosses county lines. She is blessed by family, friends, and loyal staff members, the longest running supporter being her mom who turns 98 this year!

Dr. Babian attended Nashville School of Law and earned her Doctor of Jurisprudence degree in 2000. She accepted the opportunity to share her strengths as an instructor for the Ethics, Jurisprudence, and Risk Management course required of Tennessee doctors of chiropractic, bringing her own unique blend of humor, experience, and legal expertise. Throughout her 18 years in this role, Dr. Babian has helped hundreds of newly licensed doctors to master this essential education, starting them on the road to success.

To support efforts on behalf of her profession, Dr. Babian has been a consistent TCA Gold Member and TCA Eagle Society member. She has also served on the TCA Ethics Committee. In 2004, she was recognized by her peers with the James R. Cole Heritage Award for her noteworthy contributions.

Dr. Babian actively serves members of her community, both two- and four-legged, from having co-chaired multiple Red Bank Jubilees and speaking for local organizations to advocating for animals as a Member Emeritus on the Tennessee Human Animal League Board of Directors, a local no-kill animal shelter, and taking rescued pets into her home.

“If we elevate one other person, we’re all better for it,” said Dr. Babian reflecting on her years of service. “One burden we can take from someone who is tired serves us all! That must be true, I feel my best when I share my luck and love!”

The award was presented to Dr. Babian by TCA President Dr. R.J. Crawford at the Southern Chiropractic Conference hosted by TCA in Franklin, TN, on August 19, 2017.

Source: Tennessee Chiropractic Association

Mile High 2017

Mile High 2017

Alumni, Supporters Lunch at Mile High in Denver

Mile High 2017Sherman College hosted a Private Briefing lunch on August 18 at Mile High Chiropractic Weekend to share college news and President Cordero’s vision for the future. Dr. Cordero presided at the lunch presentation along with Executive Vice President Neil Cohen, D.C., several trustees, and college employees.

Guests learned about or received updated information on several initiatives at the college, including the implementation of iSherman technology and iPads for all students, and the G10 goal of teaching students how they can be free of student loans within 10 years of graduation through the G10 Practice Success Program. Dr. Cordero spoke highly of the college’s faculty and staff and commended recent additions such as Christopher Kent, D.C., J.D., leading the evidence-informed curriculum work.

Annual ConferenceThe highlight of the presentation was news of the college campus expansion plan which will modernize and enhance the current facilities and buildings and includes the addition of a new Student Center.

Sherman is on the move, and college administrators and trustees are happy to share its exciting plans for the future growth of the college and the chiropractic profession.

Martha O’Dell

Martha O’Dell

College Mourns the Loss of Martha O’Dell

Martha O'DellSherman College and the chiropractic profession have lost a faithful chiropractic supporter in Martha I. O’Dell of Garden City, MI. She was born on August 22, 1916, and passed away on September 3, 2017. Martha was the wife of the late Dr. Clair O’Dell, and mother of Kay (the late Dr. Doug) Alcott, Joan (George) Swistock, Dr. James (Diane) O’Dell and the late Dr. Roger O’Dell. She was a grandmother of 17, great-grandmother of 28 and great great grandmother of 13. Read the obituary.

In addition to being deeply devoted to her family, Martha O’Dell was also a chiropractic assistant and a staunch supporter of the profession, having studied in Palmer’s first class for CAs in 1936. The O’Dells faithfully supported Sherman and the chiropractic profession in many ways, including serving on Sherman’s Board of Regents since the program’s inception, as well as referring many students throughout the years. The couple also helped fund the E.C. Taylor (Health Center) Building. The O’Dells were married 74 years until Dr. Clair’s death in 2011.

Martha O'Dell groupingThe O’Dells are estimated to have influenced nearly 200 people to become doctors of chiropractic, including many members of their own family. Their chiropractic legacy includes their sons (both doctors of chiropractic), daughters (both chiropractic assistants), at least a dozen grandchildren and nearly 20 great-grandchildren.

Chiropractic and the FFA

Chiropractic and the FFA

Student Shares Chiropractic with the FFA

Russell Goff

Panel by Sherman College student and DC2B Russell Goff
(pictured third from left in panel discussion photo)


“Learning to do, doing to learn.
Earning to live, living to serve.”
-The FFA Motto


Growing up in Wyoming afforded me many unique opportunities throughout my high school career. My all-time favorite experiences were the opportunities through the local FFA chapter (Future Farmers of America Organization). The FFA prepares today’s youth for premier leadership, personal growth, and career success through agricultural education.

In the small schools in Wyoming, there are not many opportunities for high schoolers to get leadership training, business experience, or practice in public speaking. The larger schools may have a FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America) or a Speech and Debate team; but for a large portion of the small schools in Wyoming, FFA is the outlet for high-achieving, aspiring youth.

park entranceEach year in high school, I waited in eager anticipation for one event: the Wyoming FFA Leadership Camp. This camp was so impactful on my life. I always looked forward to winding up switchback roads into the Shoshone National Forest up above Sinks Canyon State Park at about 9000 feet elevation. Nestled under the shadow of “Candy Mountain” at the Fremont County Youth Camp, FFA members from across the Wyoming gather for an intense week of leadership training, team building, and public speaking experience.

As campers arrive they pack their bags into their home for the week, small cabins that have no electricity nor heat, just four walls and a roof to sleep under. The cold crisp mornings are some of my favorite memories. The frost from the night before just begins to thaw as the sun comes up. A couple years it snowed several inches over the week!

If you did not know that the campers were FFA members, you would never guess that the FFA was an agricultural program. The students come from all types of backgrounds, from schools in the state capital that have 500 kids in a class to schools that serve small remote areas that have a one or two in a class; from the jocks to the nerd bombers, the rodeo kids, to the skater guys, each demographic is accounted for, and this diversity helps contribute to the dynamic of camp. And just as the students are not stereotypical farm kids, Wyoming FFA Leadership Camp is not a camp that focuses on agriculture. This camp is to build leaders of tomorrow.

Throughout the week, campers engage in different workshops to develop leadership skills, communication techniques, public speaking tools, and challenge their perspective on their roles in life. One of the most memorable workshops is the spider web challenge. Each group has a large spider web suspended between two trees that they must travel through; the kicker is that each hole in the web can only be used once.

Future FarmersThe object of spider web challenge is to work on communication skills. The first time through the team simply tries to get through as fast as possible. After a couple of successful attempts, the rules are changed, and only one person is allowed to speak. After the team works through this new challenge, the group reflects, and the campers share what they learned in the process and how they can use this experience in their home, school, and community. These types of workshops are done throughout the week, allowing the campers to truly own their responsibility in becoming a leader.

Throughout high school, FFA camp had such an amazing impact on my life that I chose to continue as a counselor. I have been a counselor five of the past seven summers. The journey to developing premier leadership, personal growth, and career success is continuous. I now have friends from FFA camp that are in every walk of life: lawyers, mechanics, farmers, housewives, doctors, teachers, high school advisors, veterinarians, historians, engineers, livestock judges, firemen, the list goes on and on; those jobs not only represent farming, but also community leaders.

This past summer, I was very disappointed since I would not be able to be a counselor. There simply was not enough time to give up during my summer break. While I was visiting with one of the directors this spring, she shared that they were looking for past campers to share about their camp experience and how it impacted their career and life experience. I asked for them to throw my name in the hat for consideration. To my elation, they asked me to come up to the camp to share.

The five people sharing this year at camp included an attorney, a nurse practitioner, a NCAA wrestler, a physician’s assistant student, and me, a chiropractic student. It was a real honor to be able to share with the campers how the tools that I gained at camp truly helped form the path I currently find myself on. Others on the panel expressed very similar sentiments; this camp truly gave us the tools and experience that allowed for our success out in the “real world” past high school.

Group photoAfter the panel shared, we joined the campers and staff for banquet and campfire songs to end the evening. It was a real privilege to be a part of camp, especially since I was able to represent chiropractic while home at FFA camp.


College Fest Event

College Fest Event

Spartanburg Colleges Come Together for College Fest Event

College Fest

As a bustling city of social gatherings, studious young adults, and families of all types and sizes, Spartanburg has a plenty to offer, but most notably it maintains an esteemed regard for higher education. Coordinating and uniting the seven different colleges and universities within city limits, Spartanburg’s College Town consortium works to increase connections between college students and the community.

On Thursday, September 14, College Town will host College Fest, an annual event that attracts many for its food, music, and activities. Students should come prepared to eat free local food, listen to great music and hang out with other students who also call Spartanburg their home.

For this year’s event, downtown Spartanburg will serve as the venue, where DJ Spin will begin playing his “Musical Roulette” promptly at 8:00 pm. Free t-shirts will be given to the first 200 students at the event. Two food tickets will be given to every student with a student ID from one of the seven member colleges, allowing them to choose two food items from local businesses such as Nacho Taco, Dottie’s Toffee, Sugah Cakes, and Wild Ace. The tickets will operate on a first-served basis.

“Bringing students from all seven colleges into the downtown area together creates a unique and diverse atmosphere. Having this mixture of students together in the center of the city makes for an energizing night,” says Naomi Sargent, director of the College Town consortium. “We want to encourage students to go downtown and explore the city. College Fest is a great opportunity for new students to get an idea of what the area is all about.”

College Town was established in 2003 when former Spartanburg mayor Bill Barnet decided he wanted to do something to promote the unity of the student population in Spartanburg. In his speech announcing the concept, Barnet articulated his mission for the idea to the college presidents, “As these institutions join forces to form the College Town consortium, they greatly increase their opportunity to impact the 10,000 college students in our community as well as our community members. This is a wonderful niche opportunity to advance the identity of Spartanburg as a vibrant college town and develop a positive national image for both the colleges and our city.”

The seven institutions that are members of the consortium are Converse College, Spartanburg Community College, Sherman College of Chiropractic, Spartanburg Methodist College, USC Upstate, VCOM and Wofford College. Through the consortium, a number of different events are held every year, all of which are dedicated to the single goal of promoting a unified Spartanburg community. Amidst all that the College Town Consortium does, the College Town festival attracts many students from the seven institutions.

*original source Caroline Maas, Old Gold & Black

14th Annual IRAPS

14th Annual IRAPS

Sherman College Gathers Leaders in Philosophy and Research for

14th Annual IRAPS, October 7-8

14th annual irapsSherman College of Chiropractic will host the 14th Annual International Research and Philosophy Symposium (IRAPS), a peer-reviewed conference on vertebral subluxation research and the philosophy of chiropractic, in Spartanburg, SC, October 7-8, 2017. Up to 12 hours of continuing education credit are available.

The goal of IRAPS is to bring together leaders in philosophy and research as well as practitioners who are centered on the vertebral subluxation practice, to build a stronger academic community worldwide regarding the subluxation model of chiropractic. The symposium’s intent is to foster a view that the chiropractic profession is centered on vertebral subluxation, based on vitalism, dedicated to research and developing a discipline of philosophy.

Highlights include the following presentations:

  • Vertebral Subluxation, Critical Thinking, and Evidence-Informed Practice – Christopher Kent, D.C., J.D.
  • What is Radical Science? – Bill Decken, D.C., ’86, D.Ph.CS
  • Vertebral Subluxation Models & Definitions: Is There Really Anything New? – Matt McCoy, D.C., M.P.H.
  • Pragmatic Research, Quality of Life and Salu­togenesis Research – Joel Alcantara, D.C.
  • Resolution of Low Back Pain and GERD in a 20 Year-Old Male Patient Following Upper Cervical Chiropractic Care: A Case Report – Charmaine Herman, D.C., ’09

Presenters include the following:

Joel Alcantara, D.C.
Brigette Bowler, D.C.
Rick Brescia, D.C., D.Ph.CS
Carly Lentzt Carney, D.C.
Ron Castellucci, D.C., A.C.P.
Bill Decken, D.C., D.Ph.CS
Brian Dooley, D.C., A.C.P.

Curtis Fedorchuk, D.C.
Tate Gentile, D.C.
Matthew Hartenburg, D.C.
Charmaine Herman, M.A., D.C.
Nicole Hirshowitz, D.C.
Sarah Hock, D.C.
Christopher Kent, D.C., J.D.

Daniel Knowles, D.C.
Dejan Kotur, D.C.
Michelle MacCarthy, D.C.
Matthew McCoy, D.C., M.P.H.
Eric Russell, D.C., D.Ph.CS
Anna-Marie Schmidt
David Starmer, D.C.

For additional information, go to https://www.sherman.edu/iraps.
Registration is open at http://www.cvent.com/d/z5qv1n.


Sherman College of Chiropractic provides students with a comprehensive chiropractic education, preparing them to enter the field as doctors of chiropractic who are highly skilled, compassionate, ethical and successful. On its 80-acre campus in South Carolina, Sherman offers a first professional degree program unique in its approach to health care and known globally for the skill and art of chiropractic delivered by graduates. For more information, visit www.sherman.edu or call 800-849-8771.

For more information, contact:

Jillian Kersh, D.C.
Director of Continuing Education

Sherman College of Chiropractic
Phone: 800-849-8771, ext. 229
E-mail: jkersh@sherman.edu

Scholarship Awarded

Scholarship Awarded

Student Billy Stetzel and Sherman College Honored with $25,000 Scholarship

Scholarship awardedSherman College 12th-quarter student Billy Stetzel has been selected as the recipient of the 2017 ChiroHealthUSA Foxworth Family Scholarship. Stetzel receives $10,000 for tuition and $5,000 in cash to help offset his living expenses, with an additional $10,000 donation being made to Sherman College of Chiropractic.

The scholarship is presented in honor of ChiroHealthUSA President Dr. Ray Foxworth’s parents, Betty Pace Mathews and Charles Vernon Mathews, D.C.s. Stetzel was present for the announcement and check presentation, which was made at ChiroHealthUSA’s National Convention and Expo in Florida on August 25.

“It is such a blessing and an honor to be awarded this scholarship,” Stetzel said. “My biggest hope in receiving it is that one day I can give it back to the profession both financially and through service.”

Stetzel’s dedication to the profession comes naturally, as he is part of a growing chiropractic family closely affiliated with Sherman College. His father, Gregg, is a 1983 Sherman graduate; his mother, Kim, is also a doctor of chiropractic and serves on the college’s board of trustees; and his sister, Danielle, is a current student at Sherman as well.

“We were honored and proud to learn that Billy Stetzel was selected as the recipient of ChiroHealthUSA’s prestigious Foxworth Family Scholarship,” said Sherman College President Edwin Cordero, D.C. “Billy’s enthusiasm for chiropractic sets a positive example for his classmates. He is an exemplary student who is passionate about changing the world through principled chiropractic.”

scholarship awardedCordero also expressed his appreciation for ChiroHealthUSA’s $10,000 donation to Sherman College of Chiropractic as part of the Foxworth Family Scholarship. “Sherman College is particularly proud to be recognized as an institution that nurtures exemplary future doctors of chiropractic – those who will become our profession’s next generation of leaders.”

Sherman College Director of Financial Aid Kendra Strange said she was not surprised when she heard that Stetzel had been selected as the recipient of the scholarship. “Billy is an assiduous scholar, consistently appearing on the Dean’s List and the President’s List each quarter,” Strange said. “He has a kind-hearted and sincere demeanor, which I know will propel him to become a successful chiropractor and a selfless contributor to the community he will soon serve.”

Ray Foxworth, D.C., says he started the scholarship to give back to the profession that has meant so much to him and his family. “We all belong to chiropractic, and we all need to help, invest, and support the advancement of our profession,” he said. “I am overjoyed that we have been able to extend our support to include students who have expressed passion for serving patients and our profession.”


Sherman College of Chiropractic provides students with a comprehensive chiropractic education, preparing them to enter the field as doctors of chiropractic who are highly skilled, compassionate, ethical and successful. On its 80-acre campus in South Carolina, Sherman offers a first professional degree program unique in its approach to health care and known globally for the skill and art of chiropractic delivered by graduates. For more information, visit www.sherman.edu or call 800-849-8771.

ChiroHealthUSA and The Foxworth Family Scholarship are registered trademarks.

For more information, please contact:

Karen Rhodes
Director of Public Relations

Sherman College of Chiropractic
Phone: 800-849-8771, ext. 242
Email: krhodes@sherman.edu
Web: www.sherman.edu

Kristi Hudson
Director of Business Relations
Scholarship Administrator

Phone: 888-719-9990, ext. 302
Email: kristi@chirohealthusa.com
Web: www.chirohealthusa.com